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The Fairmont Pacific Rim Is The Most Amazing Venue For A Luxe Vancouver Wedding

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Stepping into the Fairmont Pacific Rim, it’s easy to see why a spot like this would attract not only the locals, but visitors from all over the world who want the luxe Vancouver hotel experience of their dreams. Bustling with businesspeople and well-dressed folk alike grabbing a drink or nibbling on the delicious eats from the Lobby Lounge’s Rawbar, the Fairmont Pacific Rim is nothing short of chic and sophisticated.  Which is why they’ve recently launched their new wedding brand, “Weddings at Fairmont Pacific Rim,” allowing couples to create a customized experience for their celebration, complete with all the luxury that the hotel has to offer.

Photography by Hong Photography.

The hotel has three distinct spaces: the Star Sapphire Ballroom, which overlooks the Vancouver Harbour and is the largest venue, with a capacity of 420 people; the Emerald Ballroom, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the harbour, the Northshore Mountains, and the city, with a capacity of 150; and the Chairman’s Suite Terrace, a gorgeous landscaped private terrace with a capacity of 40 for a seated dinner. Any of these spaces offers spectacular views and makes any event feel that much more elevated. There are also some amazing spaces around the hotel to take beautiful wedding photos—you can have your fairytale moment posing on the grand marble staircase in the lobby, or you and your new spouse can also pose for photos with the iconic 1970 Jaguar XKE, displayed at the front entrance.

Photography by Hong Photography.

What sets the Fairmont Pacific Rim apart from other venues is their incredible attention to detail. There’s a dedicated wedding manager and a full team aboard to assist with all aspects of your wedding day. In the way of food, the hotel pulls out all the stops to ensure that your wedding is truly a culinary experience. A catering team will help you customize and tailor a menu that fits your culinary tastes, from Persian to Asian fusion. For drinks, the hotel takes the experience to the next level—the wine director will help you come up with wine pairings for every dish, while the beverage director and the ultra-talented bartending team will help you create signature cocktails that will be served at the personalized monogrammed bar fronts. For an extra-special sweet ending, you can have the pastry team create a dessert that fits your theme and colour palette.

Photography by Hong Photography.

Thoughtful touches in the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s wedding packages include accommodations the evening before your wedding and your wedding night, as well as treatments at the hotel’s luxurious Willow Stream Spa. They also have your bases covered on decor (they have an on-site florist), entertainment (they can arrange a ballet to perform at your wedding!) and photo booth (a professional photographer takes elevated black-and-white portraits of your guests). All of these elements combined makes the Fairmont Pacific Rim a truly unforgettable venue for your wedding.

1038 Canada Place, 604-695-5300,

Ever New Has Just Launched An Amazing Affordable Bridesmaid Gown Collection

Fashion & Beauty » Bridesmaid Dresses

If you’re looking for bridesmaid dresses that won’t break the bank, Australian-based company Ever New has just launched The Main Event, a stylish line of bridesmaid dresses that are easy on the wallet and come in a range of sizes, from 0 to 12. The line includes five different flattering styles in six colours we know will be hot for bridesmaids this season. This will allow your bridesmaid to pick out the style she’s most comfortable in, while still sticking with a single colour scheme.

Pieces we especially love? The Holly cowl neck dress and the Charlotte drape maxi dress (one of the brand’s most popular styles). You can find all the gowns in Ever New’s Canadian stores in Vancouver and Toronto, as well as online. See them in the gallery below.


This Is Where To Get The Cutest Plant Wedding Favours In Toronto

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Pine Flora Co. started in 2017 after owner Joanne Lam came up with the idea to gift succulents as favours to her guests for her own wedding. “The idea was to provide guests with personalized favours they could keep and nurture, long after the party was over,” Lam explains. “I received such positive feedback after the wedding that I wanted to share this with other couples.”

Not only does Pine Flora Co. provide the plants, but also the vessels and personalization.  “The plant favours can double as place cards,” Joanne explains. “It’s just one less thing for couples to think about.” Lam hand-letters all the names herself, adding an extra-special touch to the font and technique, depending on the wedding’s overall theme.

Pine Flora Co. offers favours for weddings of any size. In addition to favours, Lam also does bouquets, centrepieces and boutonnieres, specializing in incorporating succulents. She’s also expanded her lettering services into lettering signage using wood, glass and mirrors.



White Wedding Cakes That Are Anything But Traditional

Planning » Wedding Cakes

White Wedding Cakes That Are Anything But Classic

Here at Weddingbells, as much as we love whimsical celebrations brimming with colour, we also adore sleek, monochromatic events that are classic and timeless. Therefore, we figured why not fuse the two concepts together?

Choosing a white cake with a modern design is definitely a win in our books–not only because it’s a nod to a sophisticated favourite, but also because these cakes feature a unique twist on tradition and are completely customizable to your personality and theme.

Think of a white wedding cake as the perfect neutral detail to complement your decor. Whatever your palette is, we know these confections will be a hit with your guests. Check out the gallery below for some seriously suave white wedding cakes we know you’ll love.

The Green Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For April

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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With more and more beauty brands taking part in creating products that are both good for people and the environment, there’s no excuse to not incorporate them into our beauty routine. In honour of Earth Day (April 22nd), we’ve picked ten green beauty products that you need to incorporate into your beauty routine for your wedding day. Not only do these products contain natural, organic ingredients, but they’re also incredibly well-formulated to be long-lasting on your face—which you’ll want, all the way into the wee hours of the night.

ILIA Multi-Stick In “All Of Me”
ILIA is a natural and organic beauty line founded by Vancouver-born Sasha Plavsic. The multi-stick is a holy grail item for our editors—we love that you can get multiple uses out of this product, which is . Swipe on your lids, cheeks and lips for a cohesive, naturally beautiful look. Plus, this shade’s name reminds us of aptly named John Legend song, so it’s only fitting to use it on your wedding day.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
For brides with sensitive skin, this product is a must-have. The healing properties in rosehip oil make it perfect to heal any blemishes, pigmentation, dry skin and an overall dull complexion. This rosehip oil in particular uses a volcanically sourced CO2 supercritical extraction to ensure that the oil stays fresh, unlike many oils, which are cold-pressed and can change in smell over time.


Source Essentielle
Naturally derived ingredients are the hallmark of Source Essentielle, L’Oreal Professionnel’s first line of natural, professional hair care products, with one especially cool feature: the container is refillable, allowing you to go to a salon with your empty container to refill it. Four different ranges in the line are for different hair types, which include normal hair, dry hair, coloured hair and delicate scalp. This line doesn’t launch until May, but for now you need to put it on your list as one of the must-have hair products to get your hair ready for your big day.

Odacité Crystal Contour Gua Sha Rose Contour Beauty Tool
If you already have a jade roller in your kit, here’s another must-have you need: a gua sha tool. Gua sha, an ancient Chinese technique in which massage is used to stimulate the skin, giving it a refreshed, revitalized look. The contours of this tool make it great for getting into areas such as your jawline and under eyes, and the fact that it’s made out of rose quartz means it likely won’t break or get damaged.


Kjaer Weis Pressed Powder Compact
Kjaer Weis is the luxe green beauty brand that proves you don’t have to sacrifice luxury in order to go green. The brand only uses certified organic and natural ingredients, and this fine-milled translucent powder is perfect to set your makeup or for touchups throughout your wedding day. Not does the metal compact it comes in feel especially luxe and is made to last, but instead of throwing it away after the powder is done, the compact is refillable.


Cocoon Apothecary Skin Care Starter Kit For Normal To Dry Skin
If you don’t have a wedding-day skin care routine (or any skin care routine, really), this is the perfect kit to pick up. With a facial cleanser, toner and cream, the kit provides all the steps necessary to get your skin glowing before your big day. The plant-based cleanser and cream include organic oils that cleanse while keeping your skin hydrated, and the toner is alcohol-free and contains organic rose water. The set is also the perfect size for travel—pack it in your suitcase for your honeymoon to ensure gorgeous skin long after your nuptials.


Clove + Hallow Lip Velvet In “Uptown”
On your wedding day you’ll want a lip colour that requires minimal touch-ups and lasts virtually all day. Our green beauty pick for lip is Clove + Hallow’s Lip Velvet in “Uptown,” a gorgeous brick-red that enhances the natural colour of your lips and is the perfect timeless colour for your wedding. Formulated with coconut oil and shea butter, not only is this lip colour long-lasting but unlike other liquid lipsticks, it will keep your pout moisturized, too.


RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
Revealed as one of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s favourite products, and it’s quickly become a favourite of ours as well. The RMS Beauty Living Luminizer gives you an incredibly healthy, natural, glowing-from-within look that we absolutely love. Apply to your cheekbones, cupid’s bow and brow bone for the ultimate makeup finisher.


Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Pomegranate Day Cream
This face cream has quickly risen the ranks as a cult classic among green beauty lovers. Made with pomegranate oil that smells absolutely delicious, the cream is made to not only nourish but also protect your skin from free-radicals. Black Oat Extract provides a protective barrier that keeps your skin moisturized.


Henné Organics Lip Serum
This Sweden-inspired line focuses solely on lip products, so you know their lip serum will be done right. The product, which is made of a blend of including arctic cloudberry seed, camellia and argan, is housed in a glass tube with a 24K gold-plated roller ball, so your lips are given the luxe treatment.


Suncoat The Peelables Nail Polish In Petal Blush
This Guelph-based company produces a unique line of nail polishes with natural, clean ingredients that’s virtually odour-free. The line also includes a plant-based nail polish remover, the first of its kind. But this nail polish in particular is special, in that it is peelable and doesn’t require remover to take off—perfect for traveling during your honeymoon when you want to switch up your look but don’t want to pack nail polish remover in your suitcase. With a price point comparable to most nail polishes found in drugstores, we think it’s easy to make the switch to a more natural option.


LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin – Face & Neck
Every bride needs a good sunscreen that she uses on an everyday basis. Our green pick is the LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen, which is fragrance free and contains organic ingredients in its mineral-based products. Hypoallergenic and sweat-resistant, this sunscreen is a must for anyone getting married during the summer months, especially if it’s in an outdoor ceremony.


This New Toronto Venue Is Perfect For Intimate Weddings

Local Finds

New event venue The Delisle Space is a blank canvas that allows you to transform it into anything you want it to be for your wedding. Located in the Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood in uptown Toronto, this space has changed hands over the years, most notably housing fur coat shop Ira Berg. In fact, the venue still includes the space in which the coats were modelled, with an overhead balcony for buyers to stand on as they observed the show. We can imagine this would be a cool space for guests to watch as you and your new spouse have your first dance.

This intimate space with four open-plan areas makes it easy to stage separate spaces for your ceremony, cocktail reception and dance floor. Skylights in each of the areas allows for a lot of light, making it great for photos. There’s also a full-service kitchen for your caterer.

With a capacity of 150, The Delisle Space is deal if you want somewhere in central Toronto to host a smaller guest list for a wedding. Tell your guests to ditch the vehicle and take transit instead, as the venue is right outside of St. Clair subway station.

1 Delisle Avenue,

12 Pretty Bridesmaid Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Use…And LOVE!


12 Bridesmaid Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Use

Photography by Jessilynn Wong. As seen in this real wedding.

On your wedding day, you’ll want to gift your girls with items that convey special meaning but are still useful. Nothing is worse than giving an item with the words “bridesmaid” on it, which, let’s be real, likely will never see the light of day ever again (unless your ‘maid gives the robe to another friend on her own wedding day!). The best gifts are ones that can be used on the wedding day and long afterward. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite gifts that are both beautiful and functional, and will mean a whole lot more to your bridesmaids whenever they use them.

Cool Ways To Incorporate Cookies Into Your Wedding

Planning » Reception Ideas

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Cookie sandwiches by Short and Sweet Bakeshop. Photo by Carlo Mendoza.

With an onslaught of new dessert trends that have recently hit the market, you may have overlooked the humble cookie as a sweet table option. Even though these treats may seem rather simple compared to the latest innovate desserts, cookies are incredibly easy to dress up without breaking the bank.

There are some fresh, new (and delicious!) ways that cookies have been re-introduced as a wedding must-have. Lately cookies have been embellished with intricate designs and  Whether that be as favours that speak to your personality or an ice cream sandwich cookie bar, we have some sweet ideas to incorporate a classic favourite into your wedding.

10 Bridal Jumpsuits We’re Currently Obsessed With

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

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The bridal jumpsuit is one style trend that won’t be losing steam anytime soon. Stylish and chic for a modern bride, we love how the whole look is easy and ridiculously comfortable. Accessorized with a cape or epic train, the jumpsuit is a power outfit that makes a statement. Whether you see them on the runways or in the stores, jumpsuits are virtually everywhere nowadays, making them accessible at any price point. We’ve rounded up our top ten favourite jumpsuits that range from sleek and minimalist to embellished and dramatic that are perfect for any occasion, whether it’s your bridal shower outfit or your second outfit for your reception.


Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Flowers

Planning » Bouquets & Flowers

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Flowers

Photography by Marissa Joan Photo. Planning by Blush & Bowties.

Flowers are arguably the most important element of your wedding decor. Not only can they completely transform the look of a wedding venue, but they can also be an important accessory to complement your wedding dress. From bouquets to floral installations, there are many pieces to consider and colours, textures and shapes that can tie together your wedding theme or colour palette. We spoke to Tellie Hunt, Toronto wedding and event florist and owner of Hunt & Gather, to give us the scoop on how to work with your wedding florist to ensure you get the exact floral look you’ll want for your big day, as well as some tips to ensure the whole process goes smoothly.

How does a couple go about choosing their florist? 
“I think the most important thing is to find a florist who’s style suits your vision. When you have vendors that you trust, it can take a lot of weight off of your shoulders. This also allows your vendors to be creative which is when they will put out their best work.”

How important are flowers when it comes to the look of a wedding?
“I think that people are steering more towards using florals as their only decor. It is a way to transform a space and give guests a unique experience (especially when there are installations involved.) They can also be a way to warm up a venue and make it unique to your wedding.”

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Photography by Scarlet O’Neill. Planning by Blush & Bowties.

What are some of the most important floral pieces a couple should consider for their wedding?
“I would say bouquets, centrepieces and something for the ceremony space. Without bouquets it can be hard to know what to do with your hands in photos and when walking down the aisle. Although it isn’t necessary to do florals for the ceremony, I always find that it is a great way to tie separate spaces together and give the event an overall cohesive look. It is always a great idea to create something for the ceremony that you can re-purpose from the ceremony to the reception.”

What are some flowers that are beautiful but often overlooked for weddings?
“We source a lot of our product from local farmers who grow really unique smaller blooms such as Cherry Caramel Phlox and Tobacco Flower. Sometimes, I find that floral arrangements are focused on larger blooms that give you “more bang for your buck”. I think that the smaller “airy” blooms are integral to giving pieces dimension and shape.”

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Flowers

Photography by Leann Weston. Planning by Bisous Events.

What should a couple be aware of when it comes to setup of their flowers?
“I think that a lot of people are unaware of the work that goes into delivery and why it costs what it does. Some of things that can be overlooked are packing the flowers into boxes, renting a van, loading the van, unloading the van, multiple staff members, gas and finally tear down. When multiple drop offs are required we may have to drive to the reception venue,  the brides house, the grooms house, the church, back to the reception venue and then return to pick up the church pieces. Flowers are something that should be delivered by the florist. Sometimes things can get damaged in transit or shift positions. We always come prepared with a bucket of extra flowers to replace any broken or dehydrated stems and ensure every centrepiece looks perfect before placing them on the tables.”

How often should a couple be communicating with their florist during the planning process?
“I tend to have one initial meeting with my clients to provide them with a custom quote. From there, we go back and forth by email until a month prior to the wedding. Things tend to change within that time period which is why I find it best to amalgamate everything into one final meeting. Things that you may want to email your florist about along the way include: 1) A change in design which may significantly effect the overall cost of the florals. 2) If you need recommendations on other design details such as chargers, linens or napkins. I love working closely with my clients for these details as it is integral to creating a cohesive look. 3) Getting pricing on items you may want to add to the wedding.”

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Flowers

Photography by Scarlet O’Neill. Planning by Blush & Bowties.

Is it weird to keep the flowers after the wedding? Do you encourage guests to keep the centrepieces? “Because clients have shifted to using more unique containers for their centrepieces, the vessels are usually rentals. This being said, taking home florals can come down to guests pulling out a few blooms from the centrepieces that they would want to take home. We leave some of our flowers (i.e.: roses and spring flowers) out of the fridge so that they open to their largest and most beautiful stage. Because of this, they look perfect for the wedding but would not last much longer afterwards. If you would like guests to take home the centrepieces, you can always ask your florist about purchasing the containers which may add $10-20 to each piece.”

Spence Diamonds Has Opened An Amazing New Store At The Rideau Centre In Ottawa

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All photography by Jake Wright.

Brides, grooms, family, friends and influencers were abuzz with excitement last night at the grand opening of Spence Diamonds‘ newest Canadian store at the Rideau Centre in Ottawa. To mark the occasion, Spence Diamonds partnered with Weddingbells to bring guests a fun evening of dazzle, giving them the chance to peruse Spence Diamonds’ gorgeous diamond rings and fashion pieces including tennis bracelets, necklaces and earrings, while enjoying delicious eats, sweets, wine and music. The company carries Artisan Created Diamonds, as well as earth-mined diamonds, both of which are conflict-free.

Editor-In-Chief Alison McGill was on hand to provide her expertise and her Editor’s Picks among Spence Diamonds’ sparkling offerings. Guests were treated to manicures, posed with their favourite pieces for portraits in the portrait studio and took home a gift bag of goodies at the end of the night.

See the gallery below for all the highlights from the event and some of the beautiful jewellery you can see at Spence Diamonds stores across Canada.

A Romantic Ultra Violet Styled Shoot In Quebec

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Ultra Violet, Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018, was the inspiration for this gorgeous styled shoot in Quebec. The colour, which according to Pantone symbolizes mindfulness and spirituality, was used throughout the shoot, adding richness, elegance and whimsy to all the details. Accent colours including light pink and gold were included to enhance the star colour. “I wanted to create a very romantic ambiance full of softness,” says Nadine Gregoire, the photographer and conceptualist behind the shoot. To enhance the romance, Grégoire ensured the dresses included lace and that lots of candles were used in the decor.

The Manoir Hovey, a gorgeous estate venue in Quebec, was the location for the shoot. “This beautiful venue in the Eastern Township is one of the best hotels in Canada,” Grégoire shares. “The venue has a beautiful garden full of flowers, including Delphinum, so Dominique, our florist and art director, chose to bring that flower inside in the form of a gorgeous floral installation above the table.”

Other details include a kids corner with a white teepee. The teepee featured colourful cushions and plenty of space for kids to be kids. “They can sit on the floor to draw and make puzzles or play in the teepee with teddy bears,” Grégoire says. With many couples bringing their children to weddings, this is a unique and creative way to keep the little ones entertained.

Photography courtesy of Nadine Grégoire Photography.


Assistant-photographer:  Manue L. Photographe
Ceremony and reception venue: Manoir Hovey
Bridal gown and bridesmaid gowns: La boutique Champagne
Groom’s tux: Boutique Jules Demers
Flowers: Dominique Houle
Stationery: Images & Mots
Sweet table: Chocolata
Buffet and armchair: Les causeuses
Hair and makeup: Belle un jour
Jewellery: Joaillerie Langevin
Bridal shoes: The Wedding Boutique
Teepee: Tipi en fête
Plateware and tabletop decor: Tenue de soirée
Cutlery and plates: Sofa to go
Models: Kimberly Boyer & Mathieu Pellerin
Flower girls:  Mathilde Labrecque & Marguerite Labrecque
Balloons: Balloon Babe
Champagne: Juste des bulles
Nails: Car-res Onglerie
Video: Hsward Productions

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The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For March

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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March is the month where winter slowly but surely dies down and makes way for warmer weather. For couples who want to avoid getting married during peak wedding season, March is a great time to plan for your vows. It’s also when some of the best beauty products hit shelves for the spring season—making it the ideal time for spring brides to stock up on the products they might be using on their wedding day. Here are this month’s bridal beauty favourites.
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Chillz
Rihanna continues to impress us with every Fenty Beauty release, and her Spring II collection is no different. What we particularly love is the bold and daring Killawatt highlighter in the shade Chillz—a shade that goes against all conventional highlighter colours. While most highlighters pull on the golden side and feature warmer tones, Chillz goes all-out iridescent baby blue shimmer for a shine that’s as bright as a diamond. Use this highlighter both on your cheeks and the eyes for a look we’re totally obssessed with.
Lise Watier HydraForce Lip Balm
Lips still cracked from the winter cold? Ours too. But we’ve found saving grace in the Lise Watier HydraForce Lip Balm, an amazing product that hydrates and nourishes the lips, acting as the perfect base for our lip colour. It also protects the lips from any further drying and cracking. Life saver!

L’Oreal Paris Magic Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is your best friend at the end of a long week of not washing your hair (hey, you don’t want to screw up your colour!). Along with keeping oil at bay and refreshing your locks, dry shampoo can also give your hair some much-needed texture for your bridal hairstyle. We are currently loving the L’Oreal Paris Magic Dry Shampoo, a lightweight formula that doesn’t leave behind visible white residue in your mane. The line has a range of scents, but our fave is Sweet Fusion.


Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette
Upon hearing the news that Urban Decay’s iconic original Naked palette, a bridal beauty favourite, was being discontinued, we shed more than a few tears. But fear not—the new Naked Reloaded Palette includes four brand-new shades that are just as flattering for your wedding-day eye look as the shades in the original Naked palette. The palette’s warm, rosy shades are especially romantic and beautiful for any bride.

Aveda Stress Bath Salts
Stressed about wedding planning? Looking to unwind after a busy few months of pre-wedding events, or even need a soak the night before your wedding day? We’re currently obsessed with the Aveda Stress Bath Salts, which contain the scents of organic lavender, lavandin and cleary sage to promote feelings of calm. The sugar in the scrub exfoliates skin, while the essential oils create the perfect bathtime aroma.


Pantene Rosewater Shampoo
Pantene’s latest line is made with rose water from parts of the Rose Galica plant found to be have moisture-rich nutrients such as vitamin B3 and B5. This sulfate-free, creamy shampoo has a delicious scent, moisturizes dry locks and can even be used on colour-treated hair as well.
Dior Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation
If you’re a bride who’s spent time prepping your complexion prior to your big day, you’ll want a foundation that enhances your natural complexion while still delivering coverage that lasts until your guests see you and your spouse off at the end of your reception. We are loving the Dior Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation, which has been reformulated into two finishes, Matte and Glow, to provide you with the exact look that you want for your skin. With a range of 28 Matte shades and 24 Glow shades, you’ll be able to find a shade that matches you perfectly.
Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C
The winter can be pretty harsh on your skin. Luckily, we’ve found just the product to put life back into your complexion—the Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C serum, an amazing skincare product that uses two Vitamin C sources: Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Kiwiberry. Protecting against environmental stress, this serum can be used daily for brighter, firmer and more even-looking skin.

Nude By Nature Sunkissed Pressed Bronzer in Byron Bronze
If you weren’t fortunate enough to make an escape to warmer weather this season but still want to look like you were on the sunny vacay of your dreams, you’ll want to snatch up this product. The Australian-based brand Nude By Nature has just launched their Endless Summer Collection, which, among highlighters and other glow-giving products, includes this gorgeous bronzer that simultaneous gives you a glow and adds some colour to your face. We love!


How To Hire An Officiant For Your Wedding

Planning » Ceremony Ideas

Deciding who will officiate your wedding ceremony isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. Your wedding officiant will be overseeing the most important part of your wedding day–the actual ceremony and signing of our marriage certificate. If you’re having a non-religious ceremony, it might be difficult to select someone–many people opt for a friend, but others want to hire an officiant, someone who has experience marrying couples. We spoke to Catherine Kentridge, a professional officiant who has officated weddings in both Ontario and the U.K., who says that couples need to think about what’s really important on their big day.

“Officiants have the ability to help you create a completely personalized ceremony unique to you and your partner,” she says. “You have to take this into account when having a realistic expectation of price point.” While you may think that your wedding ceremony has to follow everyone else’s, there are special elements that you can include that you may not have thought of previously. “If a couple has different religions or speaks more than one language, that’s something to consider talking to your officiant about,” Kentridge shares.

Kentridge says that for some couples, the officiant acts as an advisor on etiquette and finding a balance when it comes to blending what each partner wants on their big day. Depending on the couple’s needs, the officiant’s involvement in the process can vary. “As soon as you know your date, you’ll want to look into hiring an officiant,” Kentridge advises. She receives many clients from referrals, or clients who have seen Kentridge officiate a friend or family member’s wedding.

After a potential client reaches out, Kentridge sets up an initial meeting with them. “Make sure you have in mind what kind of unique elements you’ll want to include in your day,” she says. During this initial meeting you can also check with your officiant to ensure they are licensed. You should also make sure there’s a good connection, and that your officiant is listening to what you want. “You have to ask yourself, is this person listening to what you want, or are they telling you what to do?” Kentridge explains.

After the meeting, Kentridge drafts the ceremony and sends it to the couple for approval. The approved ceremony will include all the details and acts as a script. “It’s almost like a stage play,” Kentridge says. It will indicate when the groomsman should pass over the rings and all the important details.

It’s also up to you whether or not you want your officiant to be there with you for the rehearsal. “Sometimes couples want to really make sure they have everything practiced before the actual event, and other couples don’t want to have a rehearsal and say they want to full experience the ceremony.” However, Kentridge says a rehearsal is important. “It allows everyone to know exactly what to do, where to stand and how the ceremony will play out.”