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A Modern Wedding with Crystal Details in Mississauga, Ontario

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Amisha and Keval’s Indian wedding may have been steeped in tradition, but that didn’t stop the duo from opting for a modern aesthetic complete with crystal details. With a strong emphasis on design, Amisha and Keval transformed the Radisson Plaza Mississauga — where they hosted their modern wedding — utilizing lavish crystal detailing and decor. From the ceremony space adorned with spherical glass globes to the reception tables illuminated by floating candles in stemmed square glasses with mounds of glass crystals at the bottom. Crystals were even incorporated into the glass cake table at this modern wedding celebration. Amisha and Keval, however, made sure to incorporate their cultural heritage in the celebration, with both opting for attire made in India. After dazzling guests at their modern wedding filled with crystal details, Amisha and Keval jetted to Belize for their honeymoon.

Amisha and Keval Patel, November 19, 2011, Mississauga, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Pear Studios (

Ceremony and reception location: Radisson Plaza Mississauga Toronto Airport
Dress: Purchased in India
Groom’s tux: Custom tailored in India
Bridal party attire: Purchased in India
Hair: Amanda Reid
Amanda Reid
Music: DJ Kareem at Empire Entertainment
Cake: Cake Expectations
Caterer: Gujarati Foods and the Radisson Plaza Mississauga Toronto Airport
Favours: Donation to local charity
Flowers: The Perfect Setting
Stationery: Indian Wedding Card

See all of the photos from this modern wedding with crystal details here.

A Whimsical, Cottage Wedding in Perth, Ontario

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After getting engaged over breakfast, Adrienne and Sylvain celebrated a whimsical cottage wedding just as sweet as their relationship. Selecting a riverside location for the ceremony, Adrienne and Sylvain exchanged vows in Stewart Park. Afterwards, the pair — who initially met when Sylvain offered to help Adrienne with her bags — joined their 120 guests for a reception at Code’s Mill on the Park. Reflecting its rustic setting, the whimsical cottage wedding incorporated several natural elements in the decor, including leaf place cards and arrangements of moss and wood. “I was thrilled how it all came together,” explains Adrienne, who handmade the whimsical woodland centrepieces. A sweet touch to the whimsical cottage wedding, Adrienne and Sylvain personally distributed homemade truffles to their guests, who also received homemade still and sparkling wine as favours.

Adrienne Fowlie and Sylvain Larocque, June 4, 2011, Perth, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Kathi Robertson (

Ceremony location: Stewart Park
Reception location:
Code’s Mill on the Park
Dress: Laysieng Couturier (ceremony dress designer) and Le Chateau (reception dress)
Hair and makeup: Amy Fisher from The Curly Red Head salon
Music: Mick Armitage Band
Groom’s tux: Tip Top Tailors
Bridal party attire: Laysieng Couturier (bridesmaids’ dresses) and Tip Top Tailors (groomsmen’s suits)
Cake: Homemade truffles by the bride and groom
Caterer: Code’s Mill on the Park
Favours: Homemade wine and sparkling wine, with help from Wine Station
Flowers: Apropos
Stationery: PaperStudio

See all of the photos from this whimsical cottage wedding.

A Gothic Wedding in the Country

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When Mandy Boyd and Jamie Drew celebrated their gothic wedding, 70 guests were treated to a delightfully unusual country celebration. Both wearing black nail polish, the bride and groom exchanged vows at a lakeside cottage belonging to Mandy’s parents before proceeding to Nordlaw Lodge (which had been dramatically decorated in black and red gothic wedding decorations for the occasion). Clutching a studded bouquet of calla lilies, roses and whimsical pods, Mandy wore a black and white gown with lace appliques while her bridesmaids dressed in polka-dot party frocks. Details such as skull festooned goblets and wine labels, a coffin-shaped card box and black and red signs completed the eclectic look of the gothic wedding, which included a black wedding cake topped with red roses and skeletons. Guests departed this gothic wedding with skull chocolates wrapped in miniature paper coffins.

Mandy Boyd and Jamie Drew, August 13, 2011, Westport, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Christopher Steven B Photography (

Ceremony location: Bride’s parents’ cottage
Reception location:
Nordlaw Lodge
Le Chateau
Bridal party attire: Sears
Hair: Salon 93 (613-273-9300)
Salon 93 (613-273-9300)
Music: A friend of the bride and groom
Cake: Kakes by Judy
Caterer: Nordlaw Lodge
Favours: DIY
Flowers: Trillium Floral Designs
Stationery: Jiffy Print
Wine from The Wine Station

See all of the photos from this gothic wedding.

A Rustic Vintage Wedding in Whistler, British Columbia

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Having met while working at a Whistler restaurant, it was only fitting for Erin and Will to return to the town for their rustic vintage wedding. After exchanging vows at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, Erin and Will joined their 115 guests for a rustic vintage wedding reception at Nita Lake Lodge, where the duo made their grand entrance in a row boat. “In the pictures it looked really romantic, but really I was nagging at Will that he was rowing too slow,” says Erin. At the  reception, guests were entertained by the Irish band Murphy’s Laugh before hitting the road with burlap bags of trail mix, a fitting favour for the rustic vintage wedding.

Erin Conley and Will Johnson, September 10, 2011, Whistler, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Christie Graham Photography (

Ceremony location: Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
Reception location:
Nita Lake Lodge
Dress: Alfred Angelo from Isabelle’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Moores
Bridal party attire:
Hair: Brenda Bakker
Brenda Bakker
Music: Irish band Murphy’s Laugh
Cake: Made by a friend of the bride and groom
Caterer: Nita Lake Lodge
Favours: Homemade burlap bags full of trail mix
Flowers: Provided by a friend of the bride and groom
Stationery: Vistaprint Invitations

See all of the photos from this rustic vintage wedding in Whistler.

An Intimate Fall Wedding in Halifax

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Sabine and David celebrated an intimate fall wedding in Halifax, the same city where they met as students at Dalhousie University. With just 45 guests in attendance, Sabine and David were able to create a warm, fall wedding filled with thoughtful details. After exchanging vows in the whimsical garden of the Halliburton House Inn — decorated with paper lanterns for the occasion — Sabine and David joined their guests for an indoor reception featuring an oyster bar, one of the couple’s favourite elements of their intimate autumn wedding. Sabine and David supported many local businesses throughout the celebration, include the Halifax Market, which provided sea blooms for the floral arrangements. As sweet finale to the fall wedding, guests were presented with jars of organic Nova Scotia honey.

Sabine and David Wilkie, September 17, 2011, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Photography courtesy of Laura MacPhee Photography (

Ceremony and reception location: The Halliburton House Inn
Dress: Mikaella from Felicity Bridal
Groom’s tux: Moores
Bridal party attire: Maxi dresses purchased on eBay
Hair: Lindsay MacIntyre
Kelsey Kennedy
Music: DJ at the Grafton Lounge (902-444-4777)
Cake: Scanway Catering
Caterer: Stories Restaurant
Favours: Cosman and Whidden pure Nova Scotia honey
Flowers: Sea blooms from the local Halifax Market
Stationery: DIY by the bride and groom

See all of the photos from this intimate fall wedding in Halifax.


Steal Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake’s Wedding Style


Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake may have spent $6.5 million on their week-long wedding celebration in Puglia, Italy this October, but the Hollywood duo’s destination style is relatively easy (and affordable) to replicate. A glance inside of People, the magazine that scored Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake’s wedding photos, reveals several charming details, including kraft-style place cards, a three-tiered almond coconut wedding cake topped with lavender and bouquets wrapped in burlap, a surprising contradiction to the Jessica Biel’s lavish pink wedding gown, designed for the occasion by couturier Giambattista Valli. The bridesmaids, meanwhile, wore ethereal white gowns with gold belts, perfect for the Mediterranean setting. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, who reportedly planned the affair together, implemented a simple, rustic aesthetic to their wedding design: at the reception, elongated banquet tables featured local blooms and tapers protruding from mismatched glass bottles. Ever the fans of celebrity “I dos”, we at Weddingbells have put together an exclusive shopping guide to help you score Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake’s wedding look!

1. Bouquet wraps: Suzanne Kasler burlap ribbon — set of 2 roles, $20, Ballard Designs

2. Decor: Organic dried lavender bundles — set of 20, $80, Faye Marie

3. Decor: Antique ceramic pillar candle holder, $45, Jamali Garden

4. Bridal gown: Lazaro sherbert tulle bridal gown with silk satin organza bodice and circular gathered skirt (Style #3250), $5500, JLM Couture

5. Bridesmaids’ dresses: After Six nu-georgette gown with draped bodice (Style #6646), The Dessy Group

6. Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dessy Collection luxe chiffon gown with draped shoulder and bodice (Style #2858), The Dessy Group

7. Centrepieces: Vintage green glass bottle, $16, iasVintage

8. Flowergirl dress: Seahorse Collection oatmeal tulle flower girl dress with tea-length skirt and tulle flowers, Watters

9. Place cards: Kraft notecards — set of 25, $3.25, Berry and Rabbit

10. Bridesmaids’ belts: ASOS bow skinny waist belt, $10.50, 

30 More Outrageously Original Wedding Ideas Your Friends (Still) Haven’t Thought Of


Back by popular demand! As follow up to our 50 Original Wedding Ideas Your Friends Haven’t Thought of Yet, Weddingbells has tracked down even more details to get your creative juices flowing. From wedding trivia napkins to chalkboard drink tags, silhouette signs to a sweet makeshift pharmacy (what?!), we’ve reached back into the Weddingbells vault for 30 outrageously original wedding ideas to turn your nuptials into a standout celebration. Some are simple, some are extravagant, all are guaranteed to make an impression. We’ve turned to everyone from Kate Middleton and Prince William to Trista and Ryan, superstar wedding bloggers to everyday brides, the continent’s most prodigious wedding planners to independent Etsy artisans, and are more convinced than ever of the infinite creative potential weddings possess. At Weddingbells, we are continually inspired, but our constant pursuit of fresh ideas to share with you is not without challenge. Good ideas are repeated…a lot. With over 115,000 weddings taking place somewhere in the world each day, originality can be a difficult task. Difficult, but not impossible. While we agree that originality shouldn’t be the sole focus of your celebration (your guests are there to celebrate the love between you and your partner, not see something they haven’t before), a couple of clever details can cement a wedding on everyone’s lips for months, even years, after the cake has been cut and the dance floor swept of confetti. Here are just a few more of our favourite original wedding ideas…

A Contemporary Spring Wedding in Kelowna, British Columbia

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After a Christmas engagement, Lydia and Nathan celebrated a contemporary spring wedding in Kelowna, British Columbia. The pair, who met at UBC Vancouver, exchanged vows in front of 100 guests at St. Charles Garnier Catholic Church before participating in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. The contemporary spring wedding celebration continued at the Harvest Golf Club, where a red and gold Chinese “double happiness” symbol was prominently displayed above the festivities. Cheery colours like yellow and pink were reflected in the centrepieces. Customary in Chinese weddings, Lydia changed into a second red silk dress (red is considered a lucky colour). The happy couple cut a pink-trimmed wedding cake adorned in orchids, concluding the contemporary spring wedding.

Lydia Ting and Nathan Wipfli, March 25, 2011, Kelowna, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Suzanne Le Stage (

Ceremony location: St. Charles Garnier Catholic Church
Reception location:
The Harvest Golf Club
Dress: Maggie Sottero from Bliss Bridal
Groom’s tux: Kenneth Cole
Bridal party attire: Alfred Sung from Bliss Bridal
Hair: Cheri Chung
Cheri Chung
Music: OK Express Entertainment (250-212-1838)
Cake: Made by mother, sister and cousin of the groom
Caterer: The Harvest Golf Club
Favours: Homemade cookies given out at tea ceremony
Flowers: Burnett’s Flowers
Stationery: Online invitations blog (

See all the photos from this contemporary spring wedding here.

Anne Barge Fall 2013

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

It was a good season to be Anne Barge. With everyone from Monique Lhuillier to Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta clamouring for classic bridal style, traditional came out on top during bridal fashion week. While many designers struggled to shake their contemporary pasts in order to embrace this seasonal trend, Anne Barge — whose preference for traditional long predates current obsessions with lace trimmed ball gowns à la Duchess of Cambridge — commanded the familiar aesthetic with a massive collection. Instead of taking cues from the game changing Royal Wedding, which continues to make waves almost two years later, Anne Barge looked across the pond to France for inspiration, specifically the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris. The Anne Barge Fall 2013 collection combined sumptuous French laces, Chantilly and Alençon, with the same ball gown and sheath silhouettes the designer was making when red mermaid gowns were a thing. Dresses in the Anne Barge Fall 2013 collection even had French names: “Aimee”, “Genevieve”, “Madeleine” and “Simone” were just a few, each one more glamourous than the next. Standout pieces in the Anne Barge Fall 2013 collection included “Brigite”, an eloquent A-line gown with a scooped neckline that could easily pass for an item in Jackie O’s wardrobe; “Gabrielle”, a bisque lace sheath with dramatic v-neck; and “Sophie”, a subtly striped ball gown begging to be taken for a spin down the Champs-Élysées.

Photography courtesy of Anne Barge.

Winnie Couture Fall 2013

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The Winnie Couture Fall 2013 collection consisted of several glamourous mermaid gowns with jewel encrusted bodices. Eschewing traditional bridal trends dominating the runways this season, Winnie Couture Fall 2013 favoured the Hollywood starlet over the princess bride, unveiling a fitting selection for the red carpet. Lace was scarce, sleeves were nonexistent; in their place, intricate beading and lavishly pleated silk featured prominently in the Winnie Couture Fall 2013 collection. Designed for modern brides, Winnie Couture will likely appeal to girls wishing to channel their inner glamour puss on the big day, though anyone who balks at classic ball gowns should be satisfied with this season’s sizeable offering, amounting to 20 dresses in total. Some interesting gowns in the Winnie Couture Fall 2013 collection included “Kazane”, a ruched silk mermaid gown with a dazzling crystal trim and “Jeanette”, a tulle ball gown (one of the few in the collection) with a sharply pleated bodice, an interesting contrast to the otherwise ethereal design. Further contradicting the unabashedly modern glamour of the Winnie Couture Fall 2013 collection were the models’ whimsical boho-chic braids. As the latest collection of Beverly Hills-based designer Winnie Chlomin Lee, the Fall 2013 offering proved just as dramatic as seasons past.

Photography courtesy of Winnie Couture.

An Elegant, Romantic Wedding in Toronto

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Angela and Anthony’s elegant, romantic wedding was family affair in more ways than one: the pair was initially introduced by their fathers, who worked together at the Liberty Grand. Naturally, the same venue was selected for their May 2011 wedding celebration. Following a traditional ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Parish, Angela and Anthony joined their 400 guests at the Liberty Grand, which was lavishly decorated for the elegant, romantic wedding reception. Crystals and flowers adorned the entire space, which had been decorated by Tamara Mutter-Slagter of Fuscia Designs. Mounds of white roses and hydrangea were piled atop clear glass vases with dangling crystals inside; for a unique look, square and circular tables were mismatched throughout the event space. A massive four-tiered cake piled with roses was created by Liberty Grand as a focal point for the elegant, romantic wedding. After a sit-down dinner, guests were treated to a live band and go-go dancers throughout the night.

Angela Di Maso and Anthony Di Donato, May 14 2011, Toronto, Ontario

Photography courtesy of Jolly Photography (

Ceremony location: Immaculate Conception Parish
Reception location:
Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex
Dress: Custom made by bride’s grandmother with Swarovski Crystals
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Bridal party attire: Custom made by bride’s grandmother
Hair and makeup: V Salon
Music: The Anita Rossi Band and Christopher Dallo (singer)
Cake: Sharon D’Costa from Liberty Grand
Caterer: Liberty Grand
Favours: Donations to Million Dollar Smiles and a Murano wine charm for each family
Flowers: Fuscia Designs
Stationery: Auguri Gifts
Others: RS. Divas Entertainment Dancers

See all the photos from this elegant, romantic wedding here.

An Elegant Summer Wedding in Ottawa

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Vicki and Ryan celebrated an elegant summer wedding with 130 friends at the Hilton Lac-Leamy last June. With a vision of simple sophistication, the couple — who got engaged over a plate of lasagna — selected personal details for their celebration, like maple syrup favours cultivated by the groom’s father in trees from his backyard. Vicki, donning a traditional ball gown from Baroness Bridal, accessorized with a classic pearl necklace and colourful pumps, contributing a punch of colour to the otherwise neutral palette of the elegant summer wedding. The bridesmaids, dressed in pretty white dresses, carried ethereal bouquets of white blooms and greenery. The fresh, organic shades were carried through to the reception space at the elegant summer wedding, where monobotanic clusters of hydrangea, tulips and dahlias were arranged on the tables. Vicki and Ryan enjoyed their first dance to “Best Friend” by Tim McGraw.

Vicki and Ryan Matheson, June 23, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Barbara Ann Studios (

Reception location:
Hilton Lac-Leamy
Wedding planner:
Lynn Lee of Weddings Unveiled
Baroness Bridal
Ottawa Makeup Artists
Music: PM Event Services
Cake: Sophie Bifield
Favours: Maple syrup from the groom’s parents’ farm
Flowers: Bel Fiore
Stationery: Paper Studio
Others: Linens from Groovy Linen

See all of the photos from this elegant summer wedding here.

An Elegant Autumn Wedding in Toronto

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When the bride is a wedding planner, you know her big day is going to be a show-stopper. Such is the case of Jessica Madeira (Farrugia), who orchestrated an elegant autumn wedding to celebrate her marriage to Tiago Madeira. Following a nuptial mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Jessica and Tiago joined their 275 guests for an elegant autumn wedding reception at Renaissance by the Creek, which was decorated in autumnal hues of  ivory and aubergine. The elegant autumn wedding also included a monogrammed press wall, photo station and samba and capoeira dancers.

Jessica Farrugia and Tiago Madeira, October 15, 2011, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Tony DiLorenzo Photography (

Ceremony location: St. Mary’s Catholic Church (416-393-5205)
Reception location: Renaissance by the Creek
Wedding planner: The bride is a wedding planner at Eventageous Wedding & Events
St. Patrick from Mona Richie Bridal
Groom’s tux: Calvin Klein from Tip Top Tailors
Bridal party attire: Enzoani from Mona Richie Bridal
Hair: Salon M Squared
Bold n Beautiful Makeup
Music: bb Blanc
Cake: Wicked Little Cake Company
Caterer: Renaissance by the Creek
Favours: Frames were direct wholesale; tissue paper and bags from Creative Bag
Flowers: Carisma Florists
Stationery: Invitations 4 You
Decor by Elegante Decor; Videography courtesy of Studio 910; Samba and Capoeira Dancers from Afro-Latin Dance Company; Limousines from SUV Limousines

See all the photos from this elegant autumn wedding here.

A Romantic Winter Wedding in Caledon, Ontario

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Ariana and Jarred’s romantic winter wedding was arguably one of the most stylish of the season. The bride, donning a spectacular Vera Wang mermaid gown with hand-cut organza flanges, made a dramatic statement in Manolo Blahnik pumps, a fur stole and birdcage veil. Jarred looked dapper in a Burberry tux. With a ceremony at the Old Mill Inn and reception at the Caledon Inn, Ariana and Jared celebrated their romantic winter wedding with just 75 guests, ensuring their big day was an intimate celebration. Though the temperature outside may have been cold, nothing but love and warmth surrounded the couple while they danced for the first time as husband and wife to “Lost Together” by Blue Rodeo. Guests were treated to Godiva chocolate favours as they departed the romantic winter wedding.

Ariana and Jarred Lindale, January 15, 2011, Caledon, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Francesco Armogida Photography (

Ceremony location: The Old Mill Inn & Spa
Reception location:
The Caledon Inn (905-584-0033)
Wedding planner: Weddings of Elegance
Vera Wang
Groom’s tux: Burberry
Bridal party attire: Melanie Lyne and Calvin Klein
Hair: Carly Sellen
Keirsten Morris
Music: Rob MacDonald at JustDJ
Cake: Dessert Trends
Caterer: The Caledon Inn (905-584-0033)
Favours: Godiva Chocolates
Flowers: Bloor & Kennedy Flower Shop (416-766-0175)
Stationery: Perfect on Paper (

See all the photos from this romantic winter wedding here.