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This Canadian Designer Created Two Special Pairs Of Bridal Shoes For Her Wedding

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Elle AyoubZadeh, founder of luxury footwear brand Zvelle, is no stranger to creating gorgeous shoes for special occasions. When choosing what to wear on her feet on her own wedding day, she knew she had to design something extra-special. “The inspiration for our shoes came from one of Zvelle’s first designs—the “Rayna” style,” AyoubZadeh shares. “I wanted to design something I could wear beyond our wedding day, something that felt very me and very Zvelle.”

Wanting to match her rose-gold engagement ring, AyoubZadeh chose rose gold metallic leather to design two pairs of shoes: one being pumps, the other sling-back heels. “Rose gold is not very common in shoes, and I loved how modern it looked and felt,” she says. “The combination of rose gold leather and clear PVC gave the shoes a glass slipper effect.”

She also looked to her wedding dress for inspiration. “I fell in love with my wedding dress because of the details and craftmanship,” AyoubZadeh says. “I tend to like strong architectural shapes, and a lot of subtle details—my dress is full of a million little details, and so were my ring and shoes.”

For AyoubZadeh, comfort on her wedding day and every-day was key in designing her perfect shoes. “When you’re comfortable, you’re more poised and elegant,” she explains. “There’s nothing more attractive than a woman who feels good all around.”

Her advice for brides choosing their wedding-day shoes? “Go with what your heart desires, and what you feel great in,” AyoubZadeh advises. “Don’t feel like you have to follow any type of rules—don’t be afraid of colour, and don’t work so hard on matching!”

Her bridal shoe designs will live on well after her wedding day. “We’ve received such great feedback on the styles I’ve designed and worn at the wedding, we’ll be putting them into production.”

Want to see photos from Elle’s dreamy destination wedding in Venice? Click here.

A Dreamy Luxe Destination Wedding In Venice

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For Elle and Raymond, one of the things they have in common is their entrepreneurial spirit. Elle, the founder of Zvelle, a luxury footwear brand, and Raymond, founder of Hockeystick, a financial company, first met in Montreal in 2010. “Raymond was living there at the time,” Elle shares. “For the next year, he came to Toronto every weekend to see me.”

The couple got engaged with the “help” of their dog. “Raymond knew that our engagement wouldn’t be complete with our dog, Chilby,” Elle recalls. “So he told me that we had a reservation at an exclusive dog-friendly restaurant at the Four Seasons and I believed him!” Instead, to Elle’s surprise, Raymond whisked her away to a private suite, where he got on one knee and popped the question. “I was so excited about our fine dining experience with Chilby I didn’t know what was happening until I saw Raymond down on one knee with a beautiful ring,” Elle says with a laugh. “It was the highlight of our lives—and room service hot dogs were the highlight of Chilby’s life!”

For the couple, who live in Toronto, a destination wedding in Italy was a must. With family and friends coming from all corners of the globe, the couple wanted to give their guests an experience they’d never forget. “Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world and the Palazzo Pisani Morretta is the most beautiful palace in Venice,” Elle says. Naturally, the venue was the perfect place for their nuptials.

Elle and Raymond’s love of art, history and classic, understated luxury was the inspiration for the couple’s wedding decor. “We chose colours that complemented the Palazzo’s beauty,” Elle explains. For flowers, the couple worked with their wedding planner, Ema Giangreco, and California-based floral designer Christine Cater to create the ultimate table setting. Elle’s bouquet included prince jardiniere white roses, with ranunculus, astilbe and white phaeleonopsis.

With an eye for detail and craftmanship, Elle wanted her bridal gown designer to have the same skill and passion. “I wanted something unique, form-fitting and something I would want to stay in all night long,” Elle explains. “I looked at some photos of Lihi Hod’s masterpieces before my first fitting, and it was love at first sight.”

Elle designed two custom heels for her wedding day. “One was a sling-back, and the other was a pump set on a stiletto heel,” Elle says. “Both had soft rose-gold metallic leather and plexiglass accents that complemented our wedding and my engagement ring.”

“We had very talented musicians for every part of our day,” Elle says. “Raymond studied classical music, so classically-trained musicians were a must.” A harpist played at the ceremony, as well as a saxophonist who played the couple’s first dance song, “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. After the reception, a DJ churned out tunes from all corners of the world. “Being Persian, we had many Persian songs during the celebration,” Elle recalls. “There was a lot of dancing!”

Elle AyoubZadeh and Raymond Luk, October 15, 2017, Venice, Italy.

Photography courtesy of Lilly Red.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Palazzo Pisani Moretta
Wedding planner: Ema Giangreco
Bridal gown: Lihi Hod
Bridal shoes: Zvelle
Groom’s tux: Giorgio Armani
Groom’s shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Flowers: Christine Cater
Catering: La Dogaressa Catering
Cake: Pasticceria Racca
Glassware: Santachiara Murano
Ring: Tamara Kronis of Studio 1098

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Instagram Makeup Trends That Won’t Work For Your Wedding Day

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Grace Lee, lead makeup artist for Maybelline New York, has beautified some of the world’s most famous faces, including Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, and even Meghan Markle (ahem, we mean, the Duchess of Sussex). She’s also been an on-set regular with Weddingbells, so she’s become our go-to expert for the best bridal beauty tips.

We get the scoop from Lee on everything from what the best features are to accentuate on your wedding day, to what popular Instagram makeup trends you should stay away from.

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Weddingbells: What are your bridal beauty musts?
Grace Lee: “Maybelline’s waterproof Lash Sensational mascara, Colour Tattoos in Barely Branded and Bad To The Bronze, a good foundation, highlighter (Maybelline’s strobing stick is awesome), a long-wear lipstick like SuperStay Matte Ink. And LASHES!”

WB: What is the best feature for brides to accentuate?
GL: “Eyes, cheeks, and lips. Sorry, can’t pick just one!”

WBHow can a bride ensure her makeup lasts throughout the day? 
GL: “I would layer everything—do an emollient base, and set it with a form of powder. For example, when doing eyeliner, you can line the eyes with a gel liner, but also set it with an eyeshadow on top. Make sure to use waterproof everything for your eyes!”

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WB: What is your favourite bridal beauty look?
GL: “I like to stick to more classic looks so they stand the test of time. I also love classic Hollywood makeup with a red lip.”

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WBWhat are your top three don’ts when it comes to bridal makeup?
GL: “First, don’t over do it with a makeup trend. If a blue eyeshadow is on trend at the moment, don’t do that for your wedding. Stick to classics. Second, don’t put on too much foundation. Remember less is more and you want your skin to look radiant, not like a mask. And third, don’t do a facial the night before, you never know how your skin will react.”

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WB: What is your vision of a perfect bridal beauty look?
GL: “It’s when all the features are perfectly accentuated without looking like overkill. I love fluttery lashes, a beautiful glowing rosy cheek and perfect lips with eyes that are defined but not overdone.”

WBWhat are the beauty trends you see on Instagram that doesn’t work for bridal? 
GL: “Bad contour and over-killing highlighter. Just don’t do it.”

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WBWhere should a bride look for bridal inspo?
GL: “Bridal magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, and the runways.”

WBWhat’s your secret beauty tip that nobody really knows about? 
GL: “I spend a lot of time prepping the skin (massaging, moisturizing, exfoliating, etc.) to make the skin look its best before a makeup application.”

Gorgeous Ways To Incorporate Greenery Into Your Wedding

Planning » Wedding Decor

The greenery trend shows no signs of slowing down any time soon, and we’re totally on board. Whether you use seeded eucalyptus or olive branches, gorgeous green leaves and stems are a great way to give your wedding a lush, dreamy garden vibe, without having to incorporate a ton of pricey blooms. At this point, green is practically a neutral colour at weddings, and it works with practically any theme from woodsy and rustic to modern and elegant.

We’ve seen tons of gorgeous ways our real wedding couples have incorporated greenery into their own celebrations — everything from minimalist garlands to glam chandeliers covered in foliage. Here are some of our favourite ideas.

Lush garland centrepieces
Ditch the vases and instead opt for a full green garland with seeded eucalpyuts complemented by just a few candles.

Photography by Tara McMullen. As seen in this real wedding.

Minimalist ceremony arches
Instead of incorporating blooms around the ceremony arch, opt for a canopy of greenery for a pretty minimalist effect.

Photography by Artanis Collective. As seen in this real wedding.

Wild, unstructured bouquets
Silver dollar eucalyptus accented by a gorgeous succulent gave this bride’s arrangement a free-spirited vibe.

Photography by Beige Weddings. Photo as seen in this real wedding.

Whimsical ceremony arches
A wooden arch is brought to life with twisted vines draped over top.

Photography by Elizabeth In Love. Photo as seen in this real wedding.

Green tablescape accents
A modern, elegant white tablescape is accented by green and gold vases filled with leaves—the perfect pop of colour.

Photography by Purple Tree Photography. As seen in this real wedding.

Chair wreaths
Loads of greenery adorn these rustic ceremony chairs.

Photography by Beige Weddings. As seen in this real wedding.

Pew markers
Evergreen branches fastened with ribbons on to church pews are a sweet way to tie a winter-themed wedding together.

Photography by Rachel Peters. As seen in this real wedding.

Green chandeliers
Greenery and tulips dangle from this venue’s beautiful chandelier, adding to this wedding’s greenery theme.

Photography by Beige Weddings. As seen in this real wedding.

Olive branch wreaths
Instead of bouquets, the bridesmaids at this wedding held olive branch wreaths, for a minimalist, ethereal effect.

Photography by 5ive15ifteen. As seen in this real wedding.

Cake decor
Olive branches decorate each tier of this white wedding cake, giving the whole creation a fresh feel.

Photography by 5ive15ifteen. As seen in this real wedding.

Tall greenery centrepieces
Tall centrepieces with bouquets of greens give this elegant wedding a rustic-chic feel.

Photography by Barb Simkova of Tara McMullen Photography. As seen in this real wedding.

Dangling greenery-framed candles
Greenery adds interest to this hanging candle installation, giving the reception venue a dreamy vibe.

Photography by Art Haus Foto. As seen in this real wedding.

Canopies of greenery
Instead of a traditional green garland, this couple opted for bushels of greenery atop elegant gold frames with dangling glass candle terrariums.

Photography by Rebecca Wood. As seen in this real wedding.


Potted-herb centrepieces
For the ultimate garden-inspired wedding, use herb centrepieces in elevated pots.

Photography by Aron Goss. As seen in this real wedding.

Proof That Pink Weddings Will Always Be In Style

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Pink continues to be one of the hottest hues in bridal—and for good reason. Pink and its variations (blush, millennial, etc.) lend a romantic tone to any colour palette, and they work relatively well with almost every colour. But what we particularly love is a classic, romantic pink palette with a few whimsical elements.

That’s exactly what co-creative directors Cindy Li of Wonder Chic Events and Samantha Ong of Samantha Ong Photography were envisioning when they came up with this gorgeous styled shoot. “With the summer upon us, we can’t help but dream of pretty pink blooms and the air of sweet summer romance,” Ong explains. “Shades of pink, hints of gold and touches of white come together harmoniously to create a soft, classic, romantic love story that never goes out of style.”

For the shoot, the Li and Ong wanted florals to take centre stage, keeping in mind elegance and romance—from the bride’s bouquet, to the ombre centrepieces and the vibrant floral arch.

For added whimsy, a few key elements included a hot pink paper peony, a five-tier gold leaf cake and mismatched white-and-gold-plating. “Dressed in a pink-toned ballgown and adorned in simple, yet refined, gems, our bride has us swooning over her soft and graceful look, as she anticipates her happily ever after on this beautiful, sweet summer day,” says Ong.

Photography courtesy of Samantha Ong Photography.

Vendors
Co-creative director and event planner: Wonder Chic Events
Co-creative director: Samantha Ong Photography
Venue: The Great Hall
Flowers: Ashton Creative
Wedding gown: Blue Bridal Boutique
Headpieces and veils: Parisienne Luxe
Rings and jewellery: Brockton Gems
Stationery: Brooklin Paper Co.
Hair and makeup: Ford Beauty
Linen: Around The Table
Chocolate favours: Succulent Chocolates and Sweets
Cake: The Frosted Cake Boutique
Tableware rentals: Plate Occasions
Tables and chairs: Detailz Couture
Paper floral: Paper Flowers Toronto
Candles: Yummi Candles
Model: ICON Model Management Inc.
Creative videography: Norris Films

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A Surprise Wedding At The Broadview Hotel In Toronto

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The road to Lexi and Adam’s surprise wedding started with a surprise proposal—at a gas station! “I love surprises, as you can clearly tell, but I am rarely surprised,” Lexi tells us. “Adam really wanted to catch me off guard, so his plan was to have minimal plans to propose, which for him is very out of character.”

Adam’s plan was to propose to Lexi on the drive up to his brother’s Muskoka cottage, but they got lost on the way there. “Out of default we stopped at this ’boutique’ gas station, and while I was using the restroom, Adam found the only grassy area in front of a pond and proposed. I was shocked!”

To go with the eclectic decor of The Broadview Hotel in Toronto, the couple chose decor with a focus on natural greens, burnished gold accents and dozens of candles for a comfortable, elegant atmosphere. “We balanced the formal, romantic setting with cans of beer and champagne when our guests arrived, and had champagne buckets filled with beer at the reception and fries at dinner,” Lexi shares.

Walking down the aisle was a memorable moment for the couple. “Stepping into the most beautiful, intimate room filled with our closest family and friends who had just been completely taken aback with our wedding surprise was amazing,” Lexi says. “When we walked down the aisle there was laughter, tears and just so much love.”

But a surprise wedding wasn’t all that Lexi and Adam had in store for their guests. The couple spoke first at their reception, discussing each milestone that led to their surprise wedding. And then they dropped their second surprise of the evening. “It wasn’t until the very end of our speech that we announced our biggest milestone to date—July 22nd, our baby’s due date!” Lexi says. “Needless to say, our guests were shocked. Our family and friends were completely surprised, and it was an incredibly special moment that we feel so grateful we were able to share with the people who are closest to us.”

Lexi Miles and Adam Corrin, January 27, 2018, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Rebecca Wood.

Vendors
Venue: The Broadview Hotel
Bridal gown: Muse by Berta from White Toronto
Groom’s tux: EPH Apparel
Wedding planner: Bliss Events
Flowers: Stemz
Stationery: Paper & Poste
Cake: The Broadview Hotel
Hair: Ashley Readings 
Makeup: Taylor Downes of Victoria Radford Makeup
Favours: Freshii
Ceremony music: Julien Bradley-Combs Jazz Trio
DJ: Bellosound
Reception music: Miles Raine, Chris Rouse and Jesse Gold
Flatware: Plate Occasions
Champagne ice buckets and stands: Run Your Show
Video: Images Life Media

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Expert Advice For Designing Unique Wedding Stationery

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Wedding stationery is an important detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. From the moment your guests open their invitations to the signage and menu cards they’ll see on the day-of, your stationery sets the tone for your celebration and ties your wedding theme together.

We’ve seen some seriously gorgeous wedding stationery, and one of our favourite companies for luxe craftmanship and whimsical designs is Ferris Wheel Press. Tackling one of the hottest colour trends for weddings this year, their pink and red wedding stationery takes personalization to a new level.  The brand’s deconstructed place card are particularly cool, doubling as packaging for petite wedding favours.

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When it comes to adding unique touches, it’s all about working with your stationery designers to come up with some great ideas. “In an age were most guests have ‘seen it all’, especially in the presence of social media, it’s all about creating a guest experience that tells a personal story,” says Jimmy Yu, brand manager at Ferris Wheel Press. “What we’ve been doing is helping couples incorporate these personalized touches where it’s not expected. For example, creating beautiful paper displays for the centrepieces with intricately laser cut designs that tie in the theme.”

In some cases, Yu says, compelling graphic designs and illustrations even replace traditional decor for a refreshing aesthetic. “An example of this is when we’ve created a large custom vinyl design as a backdrop, versus a traditional pipe and drape.”

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According to Ferris Wheel Press, some other stationery trends include tropical foliage, boho-rustic invitations with modern calligraphy, and paper with unfinished edges. But what’s most important, says Yu, is elevating a design beyond what’s popular, and choosing a design that speaks to you. “We are all about creating meaningful and thoughtful designs that speak to the narrative of each couple’s story,” Yu shares. “Create something that you’ll fall in love with over and over again, and that gives you the same feeling when you look at it in five years, 10 years, and 20 years.”

Pronovias Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Luxe, sexy and sophisticated have long been the words that come to mind when describing Pronovias, and their spring 2019 collection stays true to this aesthetic–but kicked up a notch. For this season, Pronovias provides a fresh, gorgeous take on classic silhouettes, whether it be through the addition of 3D florals, graphic lace or fluffy skirts. Here, more is definitely more, and we are loving it.

Many of the gowns allow brides to show some skin–from sheer lace skirts to thigh-high slits, these will definitely evoke a sultry vibe. But don’t worry—if these aren’t quite up your alley, there are plenty of options in the collection that are a bit more conservative. We particularly adore the Grace Kelly-esque gown, featuring a high neckline and full sleeves—and as a modern touch, a luxe cape.

From feathered frocks to a chic two-piece crop-top and skirt number, to an haute couture number with puffed sleeves, we mean it when we say that the Pronovias spring 2019 collection truly has something for everyone.

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One Item Every Calligraphy-Obsessed Bride Needs

Planning » Stationery

 

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Here at Weddingbells, we love a good stationery set, especially ones that include beautiful hand-lettered calligraphy. Pen and ink writing is one tradition we’re all for keeping, and we know that many brides are as pen-and-paper obsessed as we are, so we’ve scoped out the perfect pre-wedding gift to treat yourself to (or drop hints for a gift suggestion to your friends and family).

The stationery pros at Ferris Wheel Press (the sister company of Palettera) have created a stunning, expertly crafted brush fountain pen that we’re currently swooning over. The pen was inspired by the tools used in their own studio, and we especially love that it includes a Canadian leaf engraving on the nib, an ode to the brand’s heritage. Ferris Wheel Press’s whimsical carnival-inspired logo is also etched into the nib and on the pen itself.

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The pen comes in three different colours–crème glacée, sunset yellow and printmaker’s teal (with more colours being released in the fall), and we totally picture the white one being used to sign your marriage certificate or even given as a gift to your bridesmaids. Of course, this is also the perfect tool to have in your kit for signing thank-you notes post-wedding. If you’re searching for a tool that’s equal parts stylish and functional, this pen should be on your list.

A Rustic Elegant Same-Sex Wedding In Winnipeg

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For Rob and Leon, it was important that they wed in the city where the two first met: Winnipeg. Fate brought them together when both were in the city for training in family medicine. The couple were engaged during a medical mission to Northern Haiti in 2016. “Leon proposed after a breathtaking hike up to the National History Park Citadel, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site,” Rob explains.

Their wedding theme was a “love is love is love” and east-meets-west celebration with Great Gatsby-inspired details. “Our venue was filled with candle lights, making the room romantic and elegant beyond words,” Rob and Leon share. The couple chose a palette of navy and gold, and encouraged guests to come dressed in black and white for a truly chic affair. The pair were even able to change the venue’s “The Gates On Roblin” sign to “The Gays On Roblin” for the event.

Rob and Leon gave their wedding planner the freedom to execute some fabulous surprises for the couple as well as the guests. “Among the surprises were drag queens who not only served up bubbly, but also dished out entertainment on the dance floor,” the couple recall.

Instead of bouquets, the grooms had their groomsmaids hold adoptable puppies. “It provided a nice touch, and resulted in four adoptions,” says Rob and Leon.

The couple agree that the best moment of the day was the amazing party and celebrating with loved ones. “Between the music, the fun vibes, and being surrounded by loved ones, this was FUN on another level!” the couple shares. “The band and orchestra filled with the room with an energy that got everyone on their feet.”

Robert Obara and Leon Waye, September 2, 2017, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Ashley Nicole Photography.

Vendors
Venue: The Gates on Roblin
Wedding planners: Just In Couture
Grooms’ tuxes: EPH Apparel
Hair and makeup: The Be You Tee Bar and Black Smith Parlour
Groomsmaid Dresses: Dessy
Groomsmen gifts: Larsen & Erikson
Flowers:
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Cake: Chocolate Zen Bakery
Band: Danny Kramer Dance Band
Harpist: Little Harp on the Prairie
Orchestra: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Wedding commissioner: Marlene Pringle Miller
Rentals: C & T Rentals, Spark Rentals and Bel-Ayre Rentals
Fireworks: Archangel Fireworks
Videography:Roston Digital
Lighting: Event Light

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A Timeless Romantic Wedding In Vancouver

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A classic, traditional wedding look with a modern twist served as inspiration for Alyssa and Jeffrey’s spring celebration. “We used 1920’s-inspired elements of copper and gold in our decor, with navy blue accents throughout,” Alyssa explains. “Florals were kept classic with the use of light pinks, lush greens and soft creams to bring the early spring season to life.”

One of the modern twists the couple incorporated into their wedding was their reception floor plan. “I wanted to maximize the space in our venue and create a unique floor plan, so my planner, Jessica of Petite Pearl Events, worked with me to create my dream vision of having an X-pattern floor plan with one dramatic centrepiece in the middle of the X,” Alyssa recalls. The layout served as a wow-factor for the beautiful, intimate space.

A favourite detail was Alyssa’s custom bridal gown by local Vancouver designer Joanna Delaney. The ethereal, delicate gown included French lace detailing, and an open back and flowing chiffon skirt, exactly as Alyssa envisioned.

The couple’s first dance was a magical moment, swaying to the song “ILYSB” by LANY on the balcony of their venue, The Permanent. “Our friends and family surrounded us as the twilight streamed down from the vaulted stained glass ceiling,” Alyssa says. “It was magical.”

Alyssa Laserson and Jeffrey Gunson, March 24, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Christie Graham.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: The Permanent
Bridal gown: Joanna Delaney
Bridesmaid dresses: Park and Fifth
Groom’s tux: The Tux Store
Wedding planner and design: Petite Pearl Events
Flowers: Celsia Floral
Caterer: Hawksworth Catering
Stationery: Blushtype Stationery + Calligraphy
Sundae bar: Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionary
Hair: Erin Ryan Ross
Makeup: Jamie Hyslop
Music: Girl on Wax

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A Stylish, Modern Fall Wedding In Toronto

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For Stefanie and Rondie, running a design studio together made planning their wedding feel like a natural process. “We talked about what was important to us, and our guests, and prioritized everything accordingly,” she shares. “It helped us stay focus and not overwhelmed by thinking about all the things we could do.”

The couple’s wedding decor was heavily inspired by their venue, the Design Exchange. “We chose not to have an overall theme, but we did want things to look cohesive,” Stefanie explains. “We wanted to play with balance, proportion and shape for the decor.” To blend their personalities into the visuals for their wedding, they included red and pink hues, a vibrant combination that particularly shone in their flowers. They were the couple’s favourite wedding detail. “Jordana from White Oak Flower is one of the most creative and talented people we’ve ever met. She understood our vision perfectly and brought it all to life,” Stefanie shares. “Since we trusted her so much we were pretty hands-off and let her do her thing. Our jaws dropped when we got to the venue and saw how everything came together.”

Stefanie wore a stunning look straight off the runway–a gorgeous wedding gown and cape combo that sparkled. “I knew I wanted a clean, sleek silhouette with a glamour look, and this dress was exactly that,” she says. “Pairing my Theia dress with a Berta cape added drama and dimension and brought the whole look together. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?!”

The couple opted to forgo a first look in favour of tradition, seeing each other the moment the double doors to the church opened. “We could not stop smiling,” Stefanie recalls. “It was our best and most vivid memory.”

After their church ceremony, everyone made their way to the reception, where Rondie and Stefanie shared their first dance to “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal. “We are both huge karaoke fanatics and this is Rondie’s go-to karaoke song. He loves to sing it to me–or to anyone who will listen!” Stefanie says with a laugh. “We were laughing and smiling through the whole first dance as the song played. We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously and we loved that it was a bit of a silly moment.”

Stefanie Fiore and Rondie Li, November 18, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Christine Lim.

Vendors
Ceremony venue: Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Reception venue: Design Exchange
Bridal gown: Theia from Sash & Bustle
Bridal cape: Berta from White Toronto
Bridesmaid gown: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s tux: J. Crew
Flowers: White Oak Flower Co.
Caterer: The Food Dudes
Cake: Tori’s Bakeshop
Espresso: Espresso Bella
Stationery: Designed by the bride and groom, printed by PrintNG
Hair and makeup: Eryn Shannon
Music: Platinum Entertainment Solutions
Videography: Fresh Canadian Content

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10 Details We Loved From Kaley Cuoco’s Rustic-Chic Wedding

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Kaley Cuoco recently wowed us all with her stunning, over-the-top nuptials to equestrian Karl Cook. The elegant ranch affair was held at Karl’s Pomponio Ranch outside of San Jose, California. The couple’s elevated rustic-chic celebration was complete with stunning pink florals and dried pampas grass adorning the floors and tables, accented by gold details. The perfect combination of country and city vibes, we know the couple’s wedding will serve as the perfect inspiration for a couple who wants a next-level wedding at a relaxed venue. Here we break down our top ten favourite details from the Big Bang Theory star’s wedding.

Her incredible dress and cape from Reem Acra
For the ceremony, Kaley donned an incredible custom V-neck ball gown and matching cape from Reem Acra. We loved this romantic ensemble, which was equal parts on-trend and totally princess-worthy. It reportedly took 400 hours to make.

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Her amazing second outfit
When it came time to party the night away, Kaley slipped into an entirely different silhouette and one that’s hot on the runways–a long-sleeved white graphic lace jumpsuit designed by Tadashi Shoji.

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Her bridal hairstyle
For her bridal hair, Kaley enlisted the help of her longtime hair and makeup artist Jamie Greenberg to put her blonde locks in a stunning chignon, complemented by a gorgeous floral headpiece from hair accessory designer Jennifer Behr.

Horseshoe altar. #kcsquared #laurentatumevents @emptyvaseyvonne

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The showstopping ceremony backdrop
Kaley and Karl immediately connected over their love of animals and in particular, horses. To pay homage, they commissioned a gigantic floral horseshoe composed of pink blooms and dried pampas grass as their ceremony backdrop.

The fairylight tunnel walkway
This tunnel walkway was the stuff Instagram dreams are made of. Beautifully grand with twinkling fairy lights, this was the ultimate photo backdrop.

Personalized details
The couple completely branded their wedding details–from the flip flops personalized with horseshoes to the KC2 cookies and treats on their sweet table, it was impossible for guests to forget whose party they were attending. The couple also came up with an awesome original idea–after they said their vows, they had their guests take a shot from the gifted bottles of tequila and shot glasses.

A shoeshine service and beauty room for the guests
The couple took hospitality to the next level–guests were treated to a shoeshine service and a beauty room where they could take home some of Kaley’s favourite products.

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The over-the-top carnival theme for their reception
Not only were there branded details, but for their reception, the couple transformed their celebration into a carnival. guests were treated to fun snacks such as cotton candy and popcorn, and indulged in entertainment from stilt walkers, jugglers, fire breathers and trapeze artists.

There were animals at the ceremony
We always love weddings that include canine attendees. Kaley and Karl made sure their pet dogs were the stars of their reception, with loved ones carrying and walking the dogs down the aisle. The couple also decorated the stables where they keep their two horses and ensured their horses appeared at the wedding as well.

An A-list guest list
It wouldn’t be Kaley Cuoco’s wedding without her Big Bang Theory co-stars, including Johnny Galecki and Simon Helberg. Other celeb guests included Gary Janetti, Lacey Chabert and Amy Davidson.

A Retro-Chic Wedding At The Drake Commissary In Toronto

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For Rachel and James, a romantic, vintage wedding was a natural choice for their venue, The Drake Commissary in Toronto. “The venue’s retro atmosphere went amazingly well with the awesome turquoise, vintage 1956 Ford Customline car we rented for the big day,” Rachel shares. “The colour really popped in the photos.”

For flowers, the couple enlisted the florists at Blush and Bloom to create their floral arch and decor. “They did an amazing job with my bouquet and the matching floral arch for the ceremony.”

The bride and groom ensured they included meaningful touches into their celebration. A favourite detail was their wedding rings. “James and I made our wedding rings with gold from a chain and pendant his mother gave him when he was 12,” Rachel explains. “We thought it was a nice way to add significance to the rings and include his mother, who is no longer with us, both in the ceremony and our daily lives.”

The couple’s son, Oliver, took centre stage at their wedding. “He stole the show when he walked down the aisle with his Dinotrux sticker book,” Rachel says with a smile. “When I walked down the aisle with my dad, Oliver can be heard saying ‘Mommy looks like a princess!’ Moments like that are what will stay with us for a lifetime.”

Rachel and James’ Instagram-famous French bulldog, Vi, was also a part of the wedding. “She has over 25K followers on Instagram, so we did a fun poll where her followers voted on what outfit she should wear for the wedding,” Rachel recalls with a laugh. “It ended up being a custom-made gold leather harness, and I sewed on flowers to match the wedding flowers!”

Rachel Simpson and James Tobin, August 26, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Rebecca Wood.

Vendors
Ceremony venue: Olga Korper Gallery
Reception venue: Drake Commissary
Wedding planner: Lexington & Co.
Bridal gown: Sarah Seven from White Toronto
Groom’s tux: Gotstyle
Flowers: Blush and Bloom
Stationery: Rachel Simpson
Hair and makeup: Anna Nenoiu
Music: DJ Odario

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