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A Rustic Cottage Wedding In Nova Scotia

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For their wedding day Jennifer and Zlatko chose a breathtaking outdoor location. “The venue spoke for itself with stunning architecture, reclaimed buildings, endless ocean views, and even sheep!” Jennifer explains.

Even though the day started off foggy and rainy this made for stunning pictures; and the sun came out just as the couple said their vows!

During the reception antique books served as centrepieces and favours. “As the groom is a bibliophile, we thought it would be fun and very appropriate to use the books as centrepieces and it was a great conversation starter. We encouraged guests to take home any books that interested them,” says Jennifer.

Their wedding song, “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin, fit perfectly with the day with the lyrics: “If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you.
When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me.”

Jennifer Sarah Mackay and Zlatko Ivan Pozeg, September 1, 2013, Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia.

Photography courtesy of Liam and Steph from Applehead Studio.

Ceremony and reception location: Shobac Cottages
Wedding planner: Lauren from Elegant Productions
Bridal gownBeckers Bridal
Hair and makeup: Lauren Arbuckle
Groom’s tux: Canali Suit from Harry Rosen
Cheese wheel cake: Chris’ Cheesemongers
Caterer: Fleur de Sel
Music: True North
Favours: Doull Books

A Romantic, Boathouse Wedding

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Kerstyn and Cody wanted to make sure their wedding reflected their easy-going personalities. To achieve the rustic-romantic feel they were after for their big day, the pair planned their party at UBC Boathouse, a waterside venue with tons of natural light. “What a place! Takes your breath away,” says Kerstyn. “The scenery is breathtaking, and if you are lucky, you may even get a plane or two overhead. I also loved that it was a blank slate and we could do whatever we wanted to it to make it reflect us as a couple.”

The couple decided on a delicate colour palette of soft pink, purple and tan. “I gave each bridesmaid a different coloured paint chip and asked them to choose their own dresses,” Kerstyn explains. “I really wanted them to choose a dress that they would wear again.”

Kerstyn says the decor at her celebration was among her favourite wedding details. “From the ladders and the Love sign to the Kal Baterski scripture and the centrepieces, everything just worked. There so many little specific details that made the whole venue come together,” she remembers.

While the decor was a highlight, Kerstyn says nothing could compare to seeing Cody for the first time as she walked down the aisle. “What a feeling to know you get to spend forever with your favourite person,” she adds.

Kerstyn Etheridge and Cody Kilbourn, June 13, 2015, Richmond, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Luke Liable.

Ceremony and reception location: UBC Boathouse
Wedding planner: Courtney Robinson from C Star Events
Officiant: Jennifer Bateman
Bridal gown: Novelle Bridal Shop
Bridal party attire: Aritzia, Le Chateau, H&M, J.Crew, Creekside Fashion
Groom’s tux: Moores
Caterer: Vancouver Firefighters Banquet & Conference Centre
Music: Hot Wax Entertainment
Hair and makeup: Rae Pelat
Stationery: Vistaprint

Canada’s Cutest Couple Has Tied The Knot!

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You voted and, in April, Kristie Thébeau and Kyle Simpson were awarded the title of Canada’s Cutest Couple. In June the pair tied the knot and we think their wedding was just as fabulous as the winning love story they shared with us.

Kristie and Kyle’s celebration took place in a rustic barn in Clinton, P.E.I. “It was the absolute perfect place for a ceremony,” explains Kristie. “We chose it for its effortless beauty and the need for very few decorations.” The couple decided on a blush, navy blue and gold colour palette to complement their venue. “We chose these colours for their muted elegance and vintage feel,” says Kristie.

Considering Kyle popped the question in an antique shop, Kristie knew that vintage treasures also needed to play a part in their big day. Stacks of vintage books and vases served as centrepieces while an antique door was used to display hankies to catch happy tears. “We had a ton of old hankies that we didn’t know what to do with so we strung them on an old door and it ended up being one of my favorite details,” says Kristie.

Kristie and Kyle agree that one of the best moments of the day was their intimate first look. “It was such an unbelievable feeling to finally get to see each other and it was so special to be able to do it just the two of us – no crowd watching. It was nice to just have a moment to ourselves and be able to talk to each other. It was also a huge help with calming the nerves,” Kristie explains.

Kristie admits that one of her favourite wedding details was one that will help her relive all of the joy of her wedding day. “We made a heart-shaped piñata and asked our guests to leave us a message, a joke or some advice for our one-year anniversary in it,” she explains. “It was a fun, unique element that I decided to add at the last minute and I can’t wait to crack it open on our one-year anniversary”

Kristie Janielle Thébeau and Kyle Jason Lowell Simpson, June 26, 2015, Clinton, Prince Edward Island.

Photography courtesy of Rachel Peters Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: Clinton Hills
Bridal gown: Allure Bridals from Bella Promessa Bridal and Formal Wear
Bridal party attire: Boutique 1861
Groom’s tux: Indochino
Cake: City View Bakehouse
Caterer: Murphy Hospitality Group
Music: SwiftKick – A Taylor Swift Cover Band
Hair: Laura Morgan from The Dry Bar
Makeup: Sarah-Jane Bastarache from Bastarache Beauty
Flowers: Barb Jewell from Island Meadow Farms
Stationery: Kim Roach Design

Pro Tips For Selling Your Wedding Items Online


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If you’ve just wrapped up your big day, or are in the final stages of planning, you obviously know how wedding costs can add up. According to our Weddingbells reader survey, the average wedding in Canada will cost more than $30,000 this year and 75 percent of brides agree that they will blow their budgets entirely!

A great way to recoup some of the costs associated with tying the knot is to sell decor items, accessories, and even your dress, online. And there’s no better place to list gently-used wedding items than Kijiji. We spoke to Shawn McIntyre, community relations manager at Kijiji Canada, to ask him for some insider tips on using the online marketplace.

From figuring out how to price your buntings, Mason jars and twinkle lights to creating an ad that stands out, read on for expert advice on offloading all those things that are currently gathering dust in your garage.

Haute Couture Wedding Desserts You Need To See To Believe


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Your wedding day is probably one of the only days of your life when you can justify splurging on an over-the-top designer cake as beautiful as any sculpture. And if you’re as into fashion as we are, your mind is about to be blown by these haute couture confections from Toronto-based cake designer Lori Hutchinson from The Caketress. Inspired by 2015 runways, these jaw-dropping desserts pay homage to new creations from iconic brands like Chanel, Dior and Oscar de la Renta.

In recent years, brides have been known to bring their dresses to cake designers to have patterns and textures replicated on their desserts. In this case, The Caketress has taken high fashion favourites (like Valentino’s ‘Rockstud’ pumps) and re-imagined them as mouthwatering sweets.

So, bid farewell to the traditional white, tiered wedding cake and indulge in one of these fashion-forward wedding desserts instead.

Kenneth Pool Spring 2016 Wedding Dresses

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Kenneth Pool Wedding Dresses

With shimmering sequins and seashell motifs, designer Amsale Aberra’s new Kenneth Pool collection is ideal for a dreamy destination wedding. Aberra’s beachy theme is interpreted in a number of different ways throughout the collection, from intricate, scalloped beading to ornate, structured seashell bodices, displayed on fit and flare, trumpet and mermaid silhouettes.

Sweetheart necklines dazzle this season, as do soft floral details. This collection is meant to accentuate a woman’s curves, especially with the beaded bodices and waists, and swishy skirts. The designs are also undeniably glamorous with layers of tulle and dramatic sparkle — perfect for a show-stopping seaside celebration.

New Wedding Favour Ideas That Will Definitely Impress Your Guests


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Your wedding just wouldn’t be the same without friends and family. Make sure they know just how much you appreciate their attendance with cool wedding favours that will serve as a reminder of your special day.

Choosing the right wedding favours can be a process. You’ll want to select items that allow you to showcase your personalities and reflect your wedding theme. The key is picking items that aren’t too expensive, but that also won’t be thrown out a week after the wedding.

We’ve gathered up a collection of awesome wedding favours your guests are sure to love.

A Cheerful Spring Wedding With Yellow Accents

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Farah and Sean met online and connected instantly. “As soon as we meet we both knew it was something different,” Farah remembers. “We had so much in common and spent the whole night without a gap in the conversation. For me what sealed the deal is when he asked me what my favourite book was. I’d been asked that by lots of different guys, but when I told him it was The Great Gatsby, he is the only man to have ever asked me why.”

For their celebration the pair settled on a low-key rustic, spring celebration accented with a yellow and grey colour palette. Farah admits that one of her favourite wedding details was the handmade guest book, which was a gift from one of her friends. “Since Sean and I love books so much she created a beautiful DIY guest book with vintage library cards inside that marked important moments in our lives,” she explains.

Though the day was filled with amazing moments, Farah remembers the first dance as an especially high point. “We always joked that it we would find it quite cheesy,” she explains. “But in that moment it was incredibly romantic and I did feel as if I was swooning with happiness.”

Farah Ispahany and Sean William Alemany, April 12, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Samantha Ong.

Ceremony locationArta Gallery
Reception location: Archeo
Wedding planner: Iris Li at Blue Lavender Events
Bridal gownDavid’s Bridal
Florist: Winston Sham at Sham Flowers
Hair and makeup: Rhia Amino
Groom’s tux: Hackett London
Cake: Bloom Cake Co.
Caterer: Archeo
Favours: The Chocolate Factory
Stationery: Vicentine Design

These Chalkboard Wedding Cakes Are About To Blow Your Mind


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Chalkboard decor has long been a popular wedding element, but modern brides are now taking the trend one step further by incorporating it into their cakes! Whether you’re planning a rustic, retro or elegant celebration, there are endless ways to design this type of dessert. Consider a confection covered with chalkboard-style fondant complete with filigree and quotes, or go for a more subtle look by integrating framed chalkboard accents on the tiers of your otherwise traditional cake.

Here we’ll show you our favourite chalkboard wedding cake designs.

A Lovely, DIY, Ciderhouse Wedding

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Shannon and Eric still debate about who made the first move. They met when they were both on the swim team at the University of Lethbridge then spent the six years that followed dating long distance. “During our six years of long-distance dating Eric and I spent our summers together in Victoria, B.C, Eric’s hometown,” Shannon explains. “After being apart for four or five months we would reunite in Victoria and spend our summer vacations exploring Vancouver Island.” Victoria was also where Eric chose to pop the question. One night in January of 2013 he convinced Shannon to climb up to a lookout at Moss Rocks Park, which is where he got down on one knee under the stars.

When it came to selecting a wedding location, Victoria was the obvious choice. “Victoria holds a special place in both our hearts,” Shannon explains.

The couple’s celebration was an intimate affair held at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. “Our theme and colour scheme, which included Robin egg blue, a variety of natural greens, beige and light grey, were chosen to reflect the natural beauty of the Vancouver Island and our love of travel,” Shannon recalls. The couple also included a variety of DIY details in their wedding. “I designed our travel-inspired wedding stationery and hand-lettered our ceremony signs, which were made by my father-in-law. I also hand-painted table runners, beanbag toss boards, cake toppers, and a card mailbox, put together our test tube tea wedding favours and made the one-inch buttons that we handed out to our guests. To me all of these small touches helped to create an event that truly represented us,” says Shannon.

Both Shannon and Eric look back at their first look photos as one of the most memorable moments of the day. “Having a few moments to be alone before the wedding was something we will always cherish,” says Shannon. “It was such a special moment seeing each other for the first time.”

Shannon Emerson and Eric Carmichael, August 7, 2014, Saanichton, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Lara Eichhorn Photography and Gwen Ewart.  

Ceremony and reception location: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
Bridal gown: Robert Bullock from The White Peony
Jennifer Leigh Couture Veil Design
Sara Gabriel Veiling and Accessories
Modcloth and BHLDN
Pearl bracelet:
Emma Glover Designs
Earrings: Virginia Geiger Jewels
Florist: Verbena Floral Design
Hair: Conscious Hair by Elena
Makeup: Melanie Baird
Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew
Groom’s tux: Indochino
Cake: Ooh La La Cupcakes
Caterer: Food for Thought
Favours: Shannon from The Otter and the Owl
Music: Paul Smith
Groom and groomsmens’ ties: Cyberoptix Tie Lab
Wedding dress hanger: Just Beachy Décor
Cake plate: Jeanette Zeis Ceramics
Mr. and Mrs. dessert forks: For Such a Time Designs
Mr. and Mrs. teacups: Yvonne Ellen Unique Homewares
Stationery: DIY

Floral Wedding Shoes You May End Up Loving More Than Your Gown

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Who ever said you had to wear white, satin, cinderella-inspired shoes for your wedding day? Summer is here and so are the hottest floral sandals, pumps and peep-toes. Want to add a pop of colour to your bridal look? Look no further. Floral shoes are a fun way to add some whimsy to your outfit — we especially love them paired with a tea-length gown that shows off your gams. So, step away from the boring white pumps — these bloom-adorned beauties are accessories you can absolutely wear beyond the big day.

A Romantic, Music-Themed Wedding At The University Of Toronto

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From the vinyl stationery to the gold record guest book, music-themed details filled Ashley and William’s September wedding. “We are both big music nerds and from the moment we started planning our wedding we knew that we wanted music to be a central part of the big day,” Ashley explains. “We also knew that we wanted to there to be pops of colour everywhere. We both have big, bright personalities and thought this would be a great way to make us shine through.”

The couple tied the knot outdoors in front of a whimsical wall of vinyl, accented with paper flowers and gorgeous greenery. Guests were even given customized tamborines to shake in lieu of throwing confetti during the recessional!

Ashley admits to calling in a few favours to pull off the perfect celebration. “William is a seasoned saxophone player and we have a long list musician friends,” she explains. “The ceremony musician was a close friend of Will’s. Will is also a member of the Big Band that played during our cocktail hour. In addition to that, Will asked a close friend to put together the reception band. And on top of all of this, we also had a DJ! We loved dancing the night away with our family and friends and to this day they all comment on how much they enjoyed all of the music.”

Ashley Belfast and William Heslop, September 14, 2014, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Sara Wilde.

Ceremony and reception location: Hart House
Cake: Swirls Cupcakes
Wedding planner: Lynzie Kent from Love By Lynzie
Wedding coordinator: Carlee Wright from Love By Lynzie
Music: Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras (during the cocktail hour) and DJ Mark Raghu (during the reception)
Hair: Nadine Bastien 
Makeup: Giancarlo Intini 
Flowers: Tanya List

Super Stylish Wedding Manicure Ideas

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Don’t underestimate the importance of a great wedding manicure. From the time your new mister slips the ring on your finger, your hands will be on display and they’ll be photographed more on your wedding day than any other day in your life.

Luckily, there are plenty of creative manicure ideas out there to make sure your digits are as stylish as the rest of your bridal look. From cool runway-inspired paint jobs to sweet, understated, Pinterest-approved polish ideas, we’ve gathered together a collection of the hottest new wedding manicure ideas around.

A Rustic, Travel-Themed Wedding In Saint John

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Carli and Courtney met while volunteering at an elephant conservation project in Namibia. Carli lived in South Africa and Courtney in Canada, but the two were determined to keep their relationship going after their month-long volunteer placement wrapped up. “Something inside of me ignited when I really saw her, and there would be a hollow without her in my life,” Courtney explains. “Thousands of texts were sent, hundreds of emails, hours of Skype calls and eventually I managed to bring her to Canada. But, again, our time was limited. When she had to leave Canada after a few short weeks that felt somehow both like an instant and an infinity, no one could talk me out of it: I was going to be with her, no matter what. I returned to Namibia to volunteer again, where she surprised me for a weekend visit.” Courtney was eventually granted a year-long travel visa for South Africa and she packed her bags to be with Carli. It wasn’t long after that the couple decided to tie the knot. “We had something unique in all the world and no matter what got between us, we would never give up. We decided to get married.”

The couple’s wedding was intimate and sweet, with only 30 guests in attendance. The brides organized most of the wedding themselves, taking care of everything from the catering to the music.

Travel featured prominently in Carli and Courtney’s celebration. The invitations were made of customized world map post cards, and the guest book was a world map. “An old suitcase that held dozens of letters that had been sent while we were long distance and world map printed diaries from our time in Namibia together all found their way into the décor as well,” Courtney explains.

The brides agree that being able to include their dog in their celebration was extremely special. “This one may seem strange to some people, but our dog, Kobane, is part of our family. We decided that we must include him somehow, and so after the ceremony was over a family member brought him to the loft. He was even dressed up in a bow tie! Guests blew bubbles at us while we danced, and Kobane jumped after the bubbles. It was important to include our puppy and we are both very happy that we did, and that we chose to be married in a place that would allow us to include him,” says Courtney.

Carli Le Roux and Courtney Gallant, May 24, 2014, Saint John, New Brunswick.

Photography courtesy of Alicia Robichaud.

Ceremony and reception location: Rockwood Park Stables 
Bridal gowns: Mori Lee from Heavenly Gowns
Invitations: Vista Print
Hair and makeup: Essential Esthetic & Hair Studio
Cake: Shannon Piccott (
Catering: DIY