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An Elegant Gold Wedding In Winnipeg

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Jessica and Justin broke the typical wedding day into two separate events. “We first had an intimate destination ceremony in Rome, Italy with just the two of us, and then a month later we had a casual and fun reception with our closest friends and family back in Manitoba,” shares Jessica. The couple incorporated an Italian feel into their Canadian celebration, by having photos done at Winnipeg’s Hamilton Building.

A colour palette of gold and ivory was incorporated into as many of the days details as possible. “Our stationery and linens really tied in our colour scheme, which also complemented the old world charm of Bailey’s Restaurant, where we held our reception,” says Jessica.

To end the evening a grand candy bar was unveiled. “We made custom bags and served everything from jelly beans to sour peaches — it was a big hit with the guests,” says Jessica. The newlyweds agree they couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Jessica Hoplock and Justin Vokey, July 12, 2014, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photos courtesy of LKB Photography.

Ceremony location: Villa Borghese Temple of Diana, Rome, Italy
Reception location: Bailey’s Restaurant
Bridal gown: Paloma Blanca
Groom’stux: Pronto Uomo from Moores
Wedding planner: Italian wedding planned by Deborah Taliana of Just Get Married
Music: G&L Music

A Gorgeous, Vintage Wedding In Muskoka

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Kim and Richard agree they couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day. “This was the wedding of my dreams,” says Kim. “My older sister Krista had recently been married at our family cottage in Dwight, Ontario and I adored the setting. It was both magical and personal, since Muskoka is a place my family has been visiting since childhood.”

For their celebration, Kim and Richard went with a vintage-meets-nature theme. “Windermere was the perfect venue. It created a stunning setting for our marriage vows,” says Kim. “Also, with 120 guests, we were able to use the entire resort, making it a private getaway for our families.”

The couple’s ceremony was followed by an amazing dinner catered by Chef Andy and the Oliver & Bonacini team. “The food was amazing, the team showed their talents by highlighting local produce,” reflects Kim. “The compressed watermelon salad and beef tenderloin were the hits of the night.”

Kim says the live music during the reception was another highlight. “The band kept guests dancing all night. And they did three encores! We couldn’t believe so much fun could be had in one day,” she adds.

Kimberly Sutton and Richard Murphy, June 7, 2014, Dwight, Ontario.

Photos courtesy of Scarlet O’Neill Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: Windermere House
Bridal gown:
Barbra Allin from Becker’s Bridals
Tanya List Design & Floral
Music: Barlow
Beet & Path Custom Stationery & Paperworks
Wedding planner:
Love By Lynzie Weddings & Events

A Stunning Art Gallery Wedding In Windsor, Ontario

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A champagne and gold theme created a very elegant and romantic day for Krista and Jacob. “You pick colours and linens, and have a vision of what your day might look like, praying it turns out to be everything you hope. I can honestly say it turned out to be even more then I had hoped for,” recalls Krista.

The elegant decor was nothing in comparison to the moment the couple finally got to lay eyes on one another. “I couldn’t wait to see Jacob, the moment I started walking down the aisle with my dad all I saw was Jacob,” smiles Krista. “The room felt empty, as if it was just he and I. It truly felt like a fairytale moment.”

Once all the day’s formalities had wrapped up, the couple couldn’t wait to celebrate with their guests. “Our reception was so fun, and we both danced the night away. To have our friends and family come together and laugh and dance made us want the night to last forever,” says Krista.

Krista Elsdon and Jacob Duhaime, May 17, 2014, Windsor, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Eryn Shea Photography.

Ceremony location: Art Gallery of Windsor
Reception location: The Giovanni Caboto Club
Bridal gown:
Lazaro from Bridal Couture
Bridesmaids’ dresses:
Alvina Valenta from Bridal Couture
Groom’s tux:
Tip Top Tailors
Cake and cupcakes: Renee’s Fine Cakes
Celebrity Music
Hair: Salon One
Flowers: I&F Design
Stationery: Elizabeth R Fine Stationery
Decorator: Elegance By Design

A Foodie Wedding On Ward’s Island

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Jennifer and Matthew’s guests were welcomed in style by champagne freezies, made by the groom who is a chef, as they stepped off the ferry boat that transported them from Toronto’s downtown to nearby Ward’s Island. “For us, Ward’s Island feels miles away from Toronto, it almost felt as if we were having a destination wedding there,” shares Jennifer.

Upon arrival, guests were invited to board a private trolley that the couple called the ‘Wedding Express,’ which headed to the church where the ceremony was to take place.

After the ceremony the guests were escorted back to the Ward’s Island Clubhouse for the reception. “At the reception our guests enjoyed drinks, including a signature cocktail we named ‘Double Happiness,’ which was made of sake, cranberry and orange, as well as an array of hors d’oeuvres,” says Jennifer.

Once the wedding party arrived, a three-course dinner was served, with each dish prepared by a different chef from Toronto including the groom. The party carried late into the night with dancing and late night snacks. “At around 11pm we served a whole roasted pig and set up a self-serve taco bar custom prepared by Chef Steve Gonzales of Toronto’s Valdez,” says the bride.

Jennifer Lee and Matthew Sullivan, July 11, 2014, Toronto, Ontario.

Photos courtesy of Robbie Purdon.

Ceremony location:
St. Andrew by-the-lake Church
Reception location: Ward’s Island Clubhouse
Bridal gown: Barbra Allin from Becker’s Bridal
Bridal party ttire: Alfred Sung from White Toronto
Groom’s tux: Freeman Formals
Cake: Chef Carlo Lazzarino
Caterer: Daniel et Daniel
Favours: Chef Sean Usher
Wedding planner: Jake Curl from Daniel et Daniel
Bride’s hair and makeup: Wendy Roung at Plutino
Bridesmaids’ hair and makeup: Ashley Readings
Flowers: Rita Higgins from Anu Green Designs
Stationery: Custom design by Ryan Johnson

A Romantic Garden Party Wedding In Vancouver

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Iris and Steven met through the groom’s aunt and uncle. “Three months after being introduced we started dating. We went to dinner and each knew we had found a life partner. We were so comfortable and knew we could fully trust one another,” shares Steven.

For their big day the couple wanted a romantic celebration filled with gorgeous flowers. “I love flowers and wanted them to be the main décor of my wedding,” Iris explains.

The couple chose to do a first look in their venue’s beautiful garden. Iris says this was one of her favourite moments of the day. “Steven is always better at fully expressing feelings. His overly joyful facial expression was absolutely priceless,” smiles Iris.

Iris Teng and Steven Chang, May 4, 2014, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of  Modern Romance Photo & Video.

Ceremony and reception location: Brock House
Bridal gown: Julia Wedding News in Taiwan
Bridal party attire: David’s Bridal
Wedding planners: V Décor
Music: Musical Occasion
Hair and Makeup: AC Make Up
Flowers: Balconi Floral Design Studio
Stationery: ECD Graphic
Photobooth: Hoopla Photobooth


A Winter Wonderland Wedding In Boissevain, Manitoba

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The idea of a winter wedding captured Alaina and Tanner’s hearts early on in the planning process. “We wanted to be different then most. I think winter weddings are beautiful and unique,” shares Alaina. A rich colour palette of navy and gold perfectly complemented the couple’s snowy surroundings.

Like true Canadians, chilly weather did not hold Alaina and Tanner back from taking advantage of the beautiful winter wonderland backdrop. “Taking pictures outside, with our skin exposed more than any sane person would want during winter, is something we will never forget,” laughs Alaina.

After pictures the bridal party headed to the local legion hall, where they were greeted by family and friends. A warm meal was happily welcomed, as kind words were shared by the bride and groom’s friends. First dances followed, and the rest of the evening was spent celebrating on the dance floor with loved ones.

Alaina Cook and Tanner Adams, February 15, 2014, Boissenvain, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Studio 78.

Ceremony location:
Boissevain Theatre
Reception location: Boissevain Legion Hall
Bridal gown: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner from Fiancee Bridal Boutique
Bridal party attire: Bill Levkoff
Caterer: Country Corner Café
Music: Party Jockeys
Hair: Pantages Salon and Spa
Flowers and decor: Blacktie Event
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

A Garden Party Wedding With Board Game Details

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Kate and Matt knew right away that a wedding outside the city was a must for their wedding day. “We wanted to take our guests on a journey that was a reflection of us,” says the bride. “We wanted to capture the outdoor elements of our golf course venue, with the elegance of a garden party,” she continues.

The couple chose to incorporate their love of board games into the reception. “Our families are big into hosting game nights, so we brought some of our favourites for our guests to enjoy,” says Kate. “During our reception, to make us kiss, our guests had to putt on our mini putting green, which followed with our golf and games theme.” Games were also incorporated into the reception decor with a Jenga guestbook and signs created using Scrabble tiles.

The couple also brought many DIY elements into their day. “Our DIY project ideas were mostly conceived by me, but unfortunately I am not terribly artistic, so most were executed by Matt and with help from our friends,” laughs Kate.

Kate Hillyar and Matthew Davidson, June 21, 2014, Uxbridge, Ontario.

Photos courtesy of April Maciborka from Olive Studio.

Ceremony and reception location:
Wooden Sticks Golf Club
Simply Em’s
Bridal gown:
Sottero and Midgley from Becker’s Bridals
Groom’s tux: S. Cohen from Tom’s Place
Bride’s shoes:
Nine West
Grace Lewicki Events & Weddings
Ceremony music: String trio from Wellington Music
Reception music: Impact DJ
Hair: Andrea Saccoccia
Brandy-Rose McIlmoyle from All Seasons Weddings
Jenga guestbook:
The Papery Nook
Monica Kalra
Bridesmaid dresses:
Jim Hjelm from Ritche Bridal
Shawna Yvonne Interactive
Cake stand:
ACE Tree Care
Favours: DIY

A Modern Boathouse Wedding In British Columbia

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Memorable moments seem to take place naturally by the waterside for Kim and Mike. “Mike proposed on Cannon Beach, in Oregon. We were walking along the beach and he got down on one knee where the waves crashed on the shore, and asked me to marry him,” smiles Kim.

The couple chose to have their reception and ceremony at UBC Boathouse, beside the marina. “The venue really sold itself, you couldn’t ask for a more breathtaking location to host your event,” shares Kim. The venue was decorated with help from family and friends of the couple. “My father made the white pedestals, grass troughs, wooden planks and much more. Mike’s mom was a huge help too and grew all the wheat grass, while a family friend prepared all of our flowers,” says Kim.

A highlight of the evening was during the ceremony, when the groom performed “Heaven” by Bryan Adams on the guitar. “As he played the sun began to set, streaming golden light across our faces and filling the room with love and warmth,” reflects Kim.

Kim Barichievy and Mike Baxter, March 14, 2014, Richmond, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Melissa Baker from BAKE PHOTOGRAPHY.

Ceremony and reception location: UBC Boathouse
Bridal gown: Designed by the bride and created by seamstress Jane Poon
Bridal party attire: Bridal & Fashion Group
Caterer: Anne’s Gourmet Pantry
Music: Beyond Sound
Makeup: Makeup by Denise
Hair: Bella Vie Salon
Invitations: Jukebox
Graphic prints: Scott Paragon Signs

A Glamorous Wedding In Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Highschool sweethearts Eloina and Lloyd’s wedding was 16 years in the making. “It’s not every day you get back together with your childhood boyfriend and get married,” laughs Eloina. “After only three years of being apart we reconnected and have been together ever since.”

The couple decided on a traditional Filipino ceremony at the church Eloina grew up attending. “For us it was the most important part of the day, we were finally going to be united in the eyes of the church,” shares the bride.

The reception decor was just as lavish as the couple’s cathedral ceremony venue. “The reception was breathtaking,” explains Eloina. “Our tables were draped in white with pops of gold and each table had a four-foot crystal chandelier for a romantic feel.”

Eloina Cleodoro and Lloyd Evaristo, August 16, 2014, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photos courtesy of Manuel F. Sousa.

Ceremony location: St. Mary’s Cathedral
Reception location: Fort Garry Hotel
Bridal gown: Malou Castillejos
Bridal party attire: Paola Blanco Atelier
Groom’s tux: Aldo Formal Wear
Cake: Katrina’s Bakeshop
Dessert bar: Bee for Brooke
Stationery: Beehive21

A Country Wedding In Manitoba With Sunflower Details

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It was Pamela’s father that introduced this Manitoba couple. “My dad worked with Michal and they became good friends. When I came to visit and first met Michal it was honestly love at first sight,” Pamela shares.

Pamela and Michal chose a rustic country wedding theme with an yellow and ivory as their colour scheme. “This theme matched our intimate space, and enhanced all the bright sunflowers and daisies used in our wedding,” explains the bride.

One of the couple’s favourite moments was being alone together for the first time as husband and wife. “After the ceremony we drove to our photo location, just the two of us, it felt so amazing,” smiles Pamela. Their wedding vows were another highlight of the day. “It was one of the best moments because we were finally up there at the alter, making the most important promise to each other,” explains Pamela.

Pamela Michniewicz and Michal Pater, May 24, 2014, Ross, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Sunny S-H Photography.

Reception location: Ross Community Centre
Bridal gown: Stella’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ dresses:
HUSH Clothing & Accessories
Cake: Belle Rose Cakes
Caterer: CJL Specialty Catering
Groom’s tux: Moores
Hair and makeup: Vishanti Singh from Beauty By Vee
Music: MJ the DJ

A Rustic-Chic Wedding In Riding Mountain National Park

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Rhela and Terry returned to the place where Terry popped the question, Riding Mountain National Park, for their rustic-chic wedding celebration. “The sun was shining, there was a light breeze, it was the first beautiful day of summer and it was perfect,” recalls Rhela.

The couple agrees that their ceremony included some of the best moments of the day. “Our three-year-old son Chase, made his way down the aisle holding a sign that read ‘Daddy here comes Mommy’. He definitely stole the show,” laughs the bride. The ceremony was short and sweet, so the celebration could begin as soon as possible. “Our entire family is from Saskatchewan and we were so excited to be able to spend the day with loved ones who had traveled to share the experience with us,” says Rhela.

Rhela Manz and Terrance Bowers, July 19, 2014, Wasagaming, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Jamie Wiley from Studio 78.

Ceremony location:
Riding Mountain National Park
Reception location:
Elkhorn Resort, Spa & Conference Centre
Bridal Gown: from Jessica Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: from Bryan’s
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Moores
Cake and Cupcakes: Laure Nixon from Onanole, Manitoba
Music: Denis Deslauriers from D&D Music Factory
Flowers: Fountain of Flowers


A Vintage Country Wedding Outside Ottawa

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Brittany and Justin chose a vintage, rustic theme for their special day. “Our theme went well with both our personalities. We both work outside, and wanted to bring aspects of our love for nature into the decor. Our goal was to give our venue a comfy and homey vibe,” explains the bride.

A refurbished barn created the perfect atmosphere for the couple’s theme. “The renovated barn had so much character, and also had white lanterns hanging from the ceiling. We really didn’t need to go overboard on decorations because it was so beautiful on its own,” shares Brittany

Brittany admits its hard to pick a favourite moment from such an incredibly special day. “Having all our family and friends there with us to celebrate was amazing — how often do you have all the people you love the most all together for a day?” smiles the bride.

Brittany Kuipers and Justin Dart, May 3, 2014, Bloomfield, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Melanie Rebane Photography.

Ceremony location: Parkdale Baptist Church
Reception location: Fields on West Lake
Bridal gown: David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Tristan
Caterer: Urban Herb Catering
Music: DJ Bill Fulton
Hair and makeup: Michelle Embury
Flowers: Lottie Jones Florist Ltd.
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

A Rustic-Chic Wedding In Clinton, Prince Edward Island

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Robyn and Todd met through mutual best friends. “I was traveling back and forth from my home in P.E.I. to New Brunswick, and once I met Todd the visits became more and more frequent,” laughs Robyn.

The couple got engaged at their home, with the help of a furry friend. “Todd had tied the ring onto our dog Mulligan’s collar, so when I got home I caught a glimpse of the shiny ring. Once I turned around I saw Todd on one knee, asking me to be his wife,” smiles Robyn.

The couple chose to celebrate their big day in a place close to Robyn’s heart. “P.E.I. has always been, my home and I knew there was no other place I would rather get married,” explains Robyn.

Robyn Gallant and Todd MacPherson, July, 26, 2014, Clinton, Prince Edward Island.

Photos courtesy of Rachel Peters Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: Clinton Hills
Bridal gown: Robert Bullock from Luxe Bridal Boutique
Bridal party attire: Alfred Sung from Lockhart’s Wedding Salon
Groom’s tux: RW&Co.
Cake: The Big Orange Lunchbox
Wedding planner: Kiss The Bride
Music: Sunday Punch
Hair: Cheryl Weeks
Makeup: Kiss and Makeup
Flowers: Flower Buds
Stationery: Kim Roach Design

Galia Lahav 2015 Wedding Dresses

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Tales Of The Jazz Age by Galia Lahav 2015 Wedding Dresses - greta garbo dress back

Galia Lahav, known for her haute couture dresses, has wowed us for over 30 years and her latest collection ‘Tales of the Jazz Age’ is no exception. The latest crop of gowns are show-stopping numbers adorned with lavish lace and luxurious embellishments. In particular, this collection pays homage to the Roaring Twenties with its baroque bead work, divine pearls, lace and crystal detailing. Past, present and future are fused together in this lavish line of gowns, which is sure to impress every bride.

Photography courtesy of Galia Lahav