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David’s Bridal Has Opened A Gorgeous New Location In Vaughan, Ontario

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Photography by Glenn Pritchard

Hundreds of brides flocked to Vaughan, Ontario this Thursday for the grand opening of David’s Bridal‘s newest Canadian location. To celebrate the occasion, Weddingbells partnered with the brand to host an opening party extravaganza complete with champagne, sweet treats, gorgeous flowers, a live art installation, a photo booth, gift bags, prizes and, of course, an endless array of gorgeous gowns and accessories.

Change rooms were bustling with brides and their bridesmaids trying on affordable looks to suit every type of celebration. Meanwhile, models sashayed about the door highlighting some of the season’s hottest styles.

Flip through the slides below to see some of the highlights of the celebration, along with some of the stunning merchandise you can expect to find in David’s Bridal locations from coast to coast.

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For January

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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January is a great time to set goals and make commitments to yourself, and your skin care and beauty routine is no exception. With winter in full swing, you’ll want to look for products that make you feel luxe and pampered (the best kind of self-care) and also those that can give your skin an added boost of hydration. Starting a new routine now means your skin will be at its best in time for your summer wedding. These are the products you need to get through the month of January.

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual
Charlotte Tilbury has a serious knack for creating products that deliver the most divine glow, which is why it’s only fitting that she come out with not one, but two new products with the word “goddess” in the name. The pair of products are meant to be used together in a two-step process. Makeup is removed with the Citrus Oil Radiance Cleanse, and once that’s all gone, you go in with the Purifying Charcoal Cleanse to ensure any impurities are fully removed from your pores. The set also comes with a muslin cloth—a must to get spa-like results. The process leaves your skin feeling clean, soft and radiant.

$55, charlottetilbury.com

Storie Veneziane by Valmont
Fragrance is a super important wedding day consideration and we’ve recently discovered a set of scents that are absolutely perfect for a big celebration. The Storie Veneziane collection from Valmont, which includes five unique “Venetian Stories,” has fragrances to suit every style of bride. The perfumes evoke different moods, ranging from sexy and provocative to light and spring-like. Each bottle is decorated with a Murano mask in a different colour, which would look gorgeous in wedding photos (and on your vanity beyond the big day).

$550 each, available at La Maison Valmont Vancouver, Holt Renfrew Vancouver, Holt Renfrew Yorkdale, Holt Renfrew Bloor Street and Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa.

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance Moisturizer
Dermalogica’s newly reformulated Intensive Moisture Balance moisturizer is the ideal winter solution for anyone who is prone to dry skin. In addition to rehydrating, it supports the skin’s barrier lipids, which are critical for locking moisture in and keeping irritants out. A prebiotic chlorella algae complex helps to balance the skin, while hyaluronic acid combined with echinacea, centella asiatica and aloe vera works to up moisture content and reduce the appearance of fine lines, ensuring that skin is flawless and glowing for the big day.

$69 for 50mL or $111 for 100 mL, dermalogica.ca

Radford 24K Gold Hydrogel Eye Mask
Face masks are one of our favourite things to incorporate into a pampering routine. Masks we’re particularly obsessed with at the moment are those that target specific areas of the face. The Radford 24k gold hydrogel eye masks contain peptides and antioxidants to smooth out any fine lines that can occur underneath the eyes. Pop these 24-karat gold beauties on before your wedding makeup application to ensure your peepers are primed and photo-ready.

$9, victoriaradford.com

 

Kerastase Masque Chromatique
If you’re a bride who’s looking to colour her hair prior to the wedding, the Kerastase Masque Chromatique is one product you definitely need to try. This rich hair mask has multiple benefits, including keeping your colour vibrant for longer, as well as leaving your hair ultra-smooth and soft, something you need if your locks have been heavily processed.

$65, kerastase.ca

Sigma Beauty Brushes
Sigma Beauty, the beauty brand that’s been raved about by YouTubers for years, is known for its affordable brush line. Luckily for Canadians, this line has finally made its way into stores and online at Canadian salon Caryl Baker Visage. You can finally get your hands on beloved brushes such as the F80 Flat Kabuki brush and the E25 Blending Brush, essentials for any bride doing her own wedding day makeup.

From $19, carylbakervisage.com

Bastide Rose Olivier line
Bastide, a 25 year-old brand based in Aix-en-Provence, France, was recently bought by hair maestro Frédéric Fekkai, who was born and raised in the same town. One of the scents that is quickly becoming iconic for the brand is Rose Olivier, an intoxicatingly beautiful blend of Centifolia rose, olive leaf, lychee and amber. Inspired by the uncommon occurence of a rose bush growing around a tree’s trunk and roots, the scent comes in an eau du toilette, body wash, bar soap and travel-sized fragrance pen. The Rose Olivier scent smells as luxe as laying in a bed of roses, and is the perfect gift for either yourself or your bridesmaids.

From $11, holtrenfrew.com

Weleda Skin Food Lip Butter
Dry lips are one the many nuisances that come with winter in Canada, and keeping your pucker moisturized and kissable is absolutely paramount for the big day. Luckily, natural skincare line Weleda, known for its cult-fave Skin Food moisturizer, has just come out with a lip butter in the same Skin Food family, along with two other products: the Skin Food Body Butter and Skin Food Light. The lip butter includes nourishing sunflower seed oil and chamomile and calendula extract to help moisturize even the driest pout. This is an ideal product to incorporate into your pre-wedding skincare routine to ensure your lips are perfectly primed for that first kiss.

$9.90, well.ca

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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December is the month of cheer—from holiday parties to the start of proposal season, it marks a lot of special occasions. It’s also a great time to mix it up and try something new. We’ve rounded up some of the latest and greatest bridal beauty products that are perfect for purchasing during this time of year—especially when there are Christmas sales going on. Whether you decide to purchase these products as last-minute gifts or holiday splurges for yourself, these are the beauty items you’ll want to keep your eye out for this month.

Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème – Limited Edition
For a winter skin overhaul minus the professional treatments, this is your product. Clé de Peau Beauté’s cult favourite La Crème offers results that are nothing short of transformative (and it should be, given the price point). This rich moisturizer diminishes the look of fine lines and gives skin a firmer, more resilient appearance. Its Illuminating Complex EX with precious silk and pearl elements helps to retexturize skin while reducing the appearance of damage caused by environmental stress. Use it as the last step in your evening skincare routine and you’ll awaken to a radiant complexion in the morning. This iconic product is made even more special for the holidays with a a limited edition butterfly-adorned rose pastel jar.

$700, cledepeau-beaute.com

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - crambe oil

Crambé Face Forward Rejuvenating Oil
If you haven’t heard of abyssinian oil, you’ll be obsessed after trying this Canadian product. Crambé Face Forward Rejuvenating Oil is 100% natural abyssinian oil, harvested from the seeds of Crambe Abyssinica plants grown on Prince Edward Island. With anti-inflammatory properties and omega-3 fatty acids to hydrate the skin, this oil smooths and rejuvenates, giving you the natural glow you’ll want on your wedding day. Pro tip: The oil should be applied right after cleansing, before other products such as toner or serum due to its light, fast-absorbing consistency, and we love that it’s not heavy or greasy!

$59, crambeskincare.com

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - holiday collection

The Body Shop Holiday Collection Gift Sets
The Body Shop is home to iconic scents (satsuma, anyone?!) and some of the best, most practical holiday gift collection sets. These conveniently pre-packaged sets make perfect bridesmaid gifts, with skincare staples including gel soap and the brand’s best-selling body butter. Gift each of your girls a different scent that suits her personality.

$46, thebodyshop.com

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - air optix contacts

AIR OPTIX® COLORS Contact Lenses
One of the ways to instantly change up your look is with coloured contacts. Some brides may opt to wear these more often than not, even choosing to wear them on their wedding day. We are currently in love with theAIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses by Alcon, which has a range of colours that will allow you to enhance your natural eye colour, while still drawing attention to your eyes on your special day. The lenses are comfortable enough to wear right through the reception speeches, and are available with or without a prescription.

airoptixcolors.ca

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - dyson airwrap

Dyson Airwrap Hair Styler
Dyson’s done it again—they’ve released a new hair styling tool that everyone’s been talking about (you’ve probably seen it on Instagram by now). The Dyson Airwrap Hair Styler is the perfect hair tool to add to your wedding registry, and it’s truly a game changer in the way that it styles your locks. Using air to wrap hair around the tool, you can achieve a gorgeous hairstyle without damaging your mane from the heat. You’ll also no longer have to blow-dry your hair then style—the tool is designed to be used on damp hair. Drying and styling your hair simultaneously? That’s a win to us.

$649.99, dyson.ca

Quo Ombré Lashes
False lashes are a must for stunning wedding portraits and we’re currently crushing on Quo’s ombré version. These lashes are black at the base and lighten to a soft brown to accent your eyes in the most natural way. They’re easy to apply, can be reused for up to three weeks, and at $10 a pop you can afford to grab a few extra pairs for your bridesmaids too.

A$10, shoppersdrugmart.ca/beauty

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - lip duo

Arbonne Double Take Matte & Shine Lip Duo in Redwood
Love a deep, earthy red hue for your lips? Then you’ll be all over Arbonne’s Double Take Matte & Lip Shine Duo in the colour Redwood. On one end you’ll find a gorgeous matte liquid lipstick, which applies beautifully, doesn’t dry out the lips and is impressively long-wearing—something you’ll no doubt want for your wedding day. On the other end is a lip gloss in a complementary shade, which you can add for shine and shimmer.

$36, arbonne.ca

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - turmeric brightening polish

Volition Turmeric Brightening Polish
Volition Beauty, an online beauty platform that crowdsources ideas for beauty products from consumers, vets the ideas, and allows the consumers to vote on which products should be made, has recently launched in Canada at Sephora, with three products available in-store and seven products available online. One product you should definitely pick up if you’re at a Sephora store this month is the Volition Turmeric Brightening Polish. Used on the face and body, the turmeric in the product brightens and smooths skin, giving it a glowing, healthy appearance.

$48, sephora.ca.

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - fullmoon serum

Graydon Skincare Fullmoon Serum
Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and collagen are just a few ingredients in Graydon Skincare’s newest product, which plumps and protects the skin against environmental pollutants. The light formula isn’t heavy and absorbs quickly, giving your face a hydrated, smooth appearance. We love Graydon Skincare for their plant-based philosophy, and this product doesn’t disappoint.

$87, graydonskincare.ca.

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For November

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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We have now descended into perpetually cooler weather, and we’re not mad about it. With fall comes quite a few exciting new beauty launches that are especially great for brides. The best part? You can obviously use these new items well into the new year. If you’re doing some shopping for the holiday season—with a beauty purchase or two for your upcoming wedding—these are the products we highly recommend.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer
Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line includes several favourites of Weddingbells editors (we have a major crush on her Matte Revolution lipstick in “Pillow Talk”), and one of the latest launches from the brand is a new must-have. The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away concealer is full coverage and removes the appearance of fine lines, blemishes and pores—which is exactly what you want for your wedding day. The formula is also water-resistant and the texture feels like a second skin, to ensure you look flawless in photos no matter how many tears you’ve shed!

$38, charlottetilbury.com

Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum Intense
Playing off of their original signature perfum, the Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum Intense contains some of the same notes, but includes additional amber and benzoin (which smell vanilla-like), amping this fragrance up a notch and feeling like a deep, rich hug (which sounds like a great idea, given the cooler temperatures!) Perfect for your wedding day, this scent wears like a dream and will have you feeling as luxe as any of this jeweller’s iconic pieces.

$165 for 75 mL, tiffany.ca

L’Occitane Delicate Cherry Blossom Treasures
The holiday season is the perfect time to stock up on limited edition holiday gift sets that you can use as presents for your bridal party at any time of year. This year we’ve got our eyes on L’Occitane’s gorgeous Delicate Cherry Blossom Treasures gift set, which includes bath and shower gel, Bonne Mére rose soap, shimmering lotion, hand cream, and eau de toilette enriched with cherry extract from Luberon, Provence all packaged up in a beautiful L’Occitane x Castelbajac Paris red gift box.

$64, ca.loccitane.com

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops
Healthy, glowing skin is a wedding day must, so Rodial’s new Soft Focus Glow Drops seem designed with brides in mind. This hybrid skin care and makeup product can be applied alone or mixed with foundation to brighten and illuminate your complexion giving you lit-from-within radiance for your walk down the aisle.

$55, beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip
Every bride knows that a great lippie is paramount for the big day. Most brides will opt for a shade that’s classic and timeless, while some will take a more unconventional route and wear something that packs a punch. No matter what shade you choose, the Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip line is beautifully bridal-worthy. While many liquid lip formulas can leave your lips feeling dry (which is exactly what you don’t want on your big day), this is a high-shine formula that ensures your pout stays perfectly lush.

$37, bobbibrowncosmetics.com

Omorovicza Skin Saviour Mask
Omorovicza, the luxe Budapest-based skincare brand known for containing mineral-rich healing waters from the city, has come out with a new line of Silver products to help fight blemishes. The anti-bacterial and healing properties of collodial silver are used with other ingredients such as vitamin B3, salicylic and glycolic acids to brighten and exfoliate the skin. The thick mask, when applied, is indeed silver and washes off to reveal a smooth, soft complexion. Use it in your routine pre-wedding to zap any imperfections.

$150, omorovicza.com

L’Oreal Colorista Hair Makeup
Pre-wedding festivities, especially your bachelorette party, are the perfect opportunity to do something a little out of the ordinary. For a fun night out with your girls, L’Oreal’s Colorista Hair Makeup is a great way to spice up your look. The formula washes right out of your hair with just one shampoo, making it easy to play with colour. Thanks to the new neon shades with a glow-in-the-dark effect that have been recently introduced to the line, your look will definitely stand out during any evening events.

$16.99, lorealparis.ca

Are You The Best In The Wedding Business?

Planning

Have you heard? We are launching our very own awards program! The Weddingbells Canadian Wedding Awards 2019 will recognize the best in bridal products and services across 18 categories, from cakes to photographers, videographers, planners, florists, designers, venues, real weddings, styled shoots and more!

The awards will be judged by an expert Weddingbells panel in early January, and winners will be announced in all 18 categories—including the eastern, central and western Canada regional Real Weddings of the Year—online in February 2019 at Weddingbells.ca and showcased in the Fall & Winter 2019 issue of Weddingbells on newsstands in late June.

Vendors are invited to submit for consideration in Weddingbells Canadian Wedding Awards 2019 at weddingbells.ca/canadianweddingawards.

Submission deadline: December 14th, 2018.
Entry fee: $100 CAD per entry. Photos and testimonials are also required to enter.

CATEGORIES

  •      Cakes & Sweets
  •      Wedding Photographers
  •      Wedding Videographers
  •      Bridal Makeup
  •      Bridal Hair
  •      Wedding Planners
  •      Wedding Caterers
  •      Wedding Florists
  •      Wedding Stationery
  •      Canadian Bridal Designers
  •      Rustic Wedding Venue
  •      Hotel Wedding Venue
  •      Intimate Wedding Venue (under 100 people)
  •      Grand Wedding Venue (over 100 people)
  •      Styled Shoot
  •      Real Wedding of the Year: Central Canada
  •      Real Wedding of the Year: Western Canada
  •      Real Wedding of the Year: Eastern Canada

MARKETING EXPOSURE

Logo Usage: Winners of Weddingbells’ Canadian Wedding Awards will receive the Weddingbells’ winner’s seal and will be allowed to use the official seal on their in-store promotional material, websites and social media accounts for a one year period.

Print: The winners will be featured in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Weddingbells.

Web: The winners will be announced and featured online at weddingbells.ca in February 2019.

Social Media: The winners of Weddingbells’ Canadian Wedding Awards will be promoted on Weddingbells’ social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) reaching our social media audience of 254,000.

Public Relations: A PR campaign will be built to promote Weddingbells’ 2019 Canadian Wedding Awards winners.

A Romantic Rustic Wedding In Tottenham, Ontario

Real Weddings

A Rustic, Whimsical Wedding in Tottenham - Bride and groom

Didi and Garrett filled their wedding day with whimsical, rustic details, and incorporated more traditional elements into their ceremony.

“We personalized the wedding by DIYing a lot of details and skipped a few traditions to make it more ‘us’ rather then what was expected,” Didi says. “The only religious tradition we stuck with was getting married in a church. Not only did it mean a lot to us, it meant a lot to our families as well.”

It was important for Didi and Garrett to let the beauty of their venues speak for themselves. “Our church is a charming historic building, on the modest size in terms of size, with beautiful stained glass windows. The only decor we brought into the church were two large flower arrangements for behind the priest,” Didi says. “The reception venue was a lovely golf course with exposed beams, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking a patio, serene pond with swans swimming about, and surrounded by greenery.”

Blush pink and creamy white flowers and décor, twinkling candles and gold chandeliers added romance to the exposed beams in their rustic reception space. “Our flowers were just gorgeous—I was so in love with my bouquet,” Didi shares. “We really put our trust in our vendor with the flowers as it was something we knew nothing about.”

For Didi, the best moment was the couple’s first dance. “Our ceremony and reception were both indoors, but for our first dance we went outside down the stone steps to a lower area by the water,” she recalls. “Our guests surrounded us with lit sparklers and created a circle of light around us. ”

Didi Ceci and Garrett Jones, September 23, 2017, Tottenham, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Emily Suzanne Harris Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony venue: St. Patrick’s Parish
Reception venue: 
Woodington Lake Golf Club
Bridal gown: Eddy K from Mona Richie
Bridesmaid gowns: Sherry’s Bridal
Groom’s tux:
Freeman’s Formalwear
Hair:
Yazi’s Salon
Makeup:
Plush Makeup Bar
Flowers:
 Flower Workshop
Cake: Kalli Kakes
Music:
Bob Hawkins

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Temperley Bridal Fall 2019 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Fantasy and femininity were top of mind for Alice Temperley while designing her fall 2019 Temperley Bridal collection. With a palette of whites, ivories and pinks, these dreamy gowns are ideal for the boho-chic brides.

Translucent blush tulle is used to create sheerness on décolletages and sleeves, or layered to create soft, delicate hues. Skirts with soft silk godets create a feeling of movement and fluidity, while drama is achieved with volume and trains. Sleeker silhouettes are realised using satin backed crepe and chiffons, which effortlessly skim the body.

Botanical drawings and star constellations were sources of inspiration for the artfully placed embellishments crafted from crystal chains, glass beads and oval clasped stones, while hand-stitched scalloped embroideries reminiscent of Victorian lingerie contour the bodice, waist and hips.

Pnina Tornai Fall 2019 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Dazzling bejewelled gowns are a Pnina Tornai signature and the designer’s newest offering was no exception. For fall 2019, Tornai showcased a selection of over-the-top glam gowns and pantsuits dripping with shimmering beadwork. The designer is also known for her sexy silhouettes and this season sultry details included plunging backs and necklines as well as illusion bodices with lace-up corsets to cinch the waist.

The collection’s undeniable pièce de résistance is a frothy ballgown with layer upon layer of tulle that is sure to make jaws drop.

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For October

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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With October upon us, we’re looking forward to cooler temperatures and cozy sweaters. Better yet, we’re embracing the upcoming fall weddings where we know we won’t have to stand outside in 30 degree-plus weather, sweating under the sun. With fall comes gorgeous colours, and weddings that play up the best of the season.

With the weather change, you’ll have to adapt your beauty routine to ensure your makeup not only stays all day, but protects against the elements. We’ve chosen some of our current favourite beauty products for the month of October that are easy to integrate into your existing beauty routine to ensure you’re ready for the cooler weather ahead.

BITE Beauty Sweet Treats: Party Prep Agave Lip Care Set
The perfect little present to include in wedding welcome bags or bridesmaid gift boxes, these party prep lip kits include a mini version of BITE’s best-selling Agave Lip Balm, a water-activated Agave Lip Scrub sample and a mini Champagne Agave Lip Mask for a frost of wedding-ready rose gold pearl colour, all packaged up in a cute little pill bottle. These sets are limited edition so be sure to snap them up now!

$15, bitebeauty.com.

KORRES Pure Greek Olive 3-in-1 Nourishing Oil
Combat the cool weather with this new all-purpose moisturizer from KORRES. Incorporate this velvety, luxurious oil into your day cream for enhanced moisturization, use it as a highlighter by applying a drop on the cheekbones, work it into the ends of your hair to eliminate split ends and frizz or use it all over your body after showering to lock in moisture.

$60, shoppersdrugmart.ca/beauty.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in “Fawn”
On your wedding day, and particularly in the cooler months, you’ll want a lipstick that’s moisturizing and comfortable to wear. For this reason, we’re currently loving L’Oreal Paris’s Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in the very wedding-appropriate nude hue “Fawn.” Infused with oil, this formula doesn’t feel waxy whatsoever on the lips, and the colour payoff and shine it provides ensures you have the perfect pout throughout all parts of your big day.

$12.99, lorealparis.ca.

Kérastase Resistance Bain Extentioniste and Fondant Extentioniste
This revolutionary line from Kérastase, formulated to encourage long locks, was basically made for brides. Designed to target the hair fibre from root to tip, this shampoo and conditioner combo works together to keep locks fortified while repairing split ends and breakage. Enriched with taurine, the shampoo protects the hair follicle while creating healthy scalp environment while the conditioner’s creatine R complex works to reinforce the internal structure of the hair. Use this line from the moment you get engaged for gorgeous long tresses on your wedding day with no extensions required!

$45 and $48, kerastase.ca.

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence
For a refreshing dose of hydration to your skin, we love the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence. Like many health and wellness enthusiasts, Fresh’s founder wanted to see if there were properties in kombucha, the fermented sweet black tea, that would show benefits to the skin after being applied directly. The result is this essence, which protects the skin against air pollutants and provides antioxidant protection.  Apply it after cleansing your face at night during your pre-wedding skincare routine.

$85, sephora.ca.


Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne
We can’t emphasize enough just how important a wedding-day fragrance is. One we’re currently loving is the Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne. This floral fragrance is given a cheerful twist with the addition of davana, and smells like how you’d want to smell if you’ve been in the English countryside. For celebrations where the flowers are lush and plentiful, this would make the ultimate scent, bringing you back to your celebration each time you smell it.

$184, jomalone.ca.

CND Wild Earth Collection
CND’s latest collection is inspired by nature, including its textures and landscapes. With earthy shades that are neutral and go with basically any shade of wedding dress, these hues are perfect for every style of bride. We especially love “Spear,” the ultimate nude-pink, and “Blue Moon,” that perfect something-blue colour for brides with a bit of an edge.

Your Dream Destination Wedding Is Closer Than You Think

Travel » Destination Weddings » Travel

So you’ve made your first major decision as an engaged couple: you and your beloved want to pledge your love while indulging in a tropical paradise. Not only that, but you want your wedding to be a once-in-a-lifetime, wholly romantic experience with your nearest and dearest on hand. So you’ve opted for a destination wedding and you’ve set your sights on the beauty and serenity of a tropical beach affair. But, planning a wedding can be difficult, and planning a destination wedding sight unseen seems like it could be an even more daunting endeavor. However, it doesn’t have to be. With the proper assistance from your chosen destination, the planning process can actually be much more simple than planning a wedding at home.

Air Transat and Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts offer exceptionally romantic beachside settings and thoughtful wedding coordinators who make it their business to ensure your wedding is the happiest day of your life. Their 18 all-inclusive resorts in idyllic locales like Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica redefine paradise by welcoming you and your betrothed to the lap of ultimate luxury. Upon your arrival you will enter a dream-like oasis of tropical beauty, with an enchantingly intimate setting, supreme personalized service and extravagance at every turn. Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most: like a celebratory toast after your ceremony, a room upgrade, a special wedding gift, and, of course, late checkout. Plus, with professional on-site planners, all the little things are covered – leaving you to simply enjoy every moment of your big day.

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts radiate a charm that verges on the ethereal—refined cuisine to please the most discerning palates; exquisitely decorated rooms with views of stunning landscapes; and unparalleled treatment that aims to satisfy your every desire and whim. Because to experience happiness, joy and romance on your wedding day—that is the greatest gift of all.

With a range of packages to choose from for your special day, Air Transat and Bahia Principe make planning a destination wedding in paradise not only extremely simple, they make it an absolute joy!

Sunshine Package
Soak up the sunshine of the tropics on your wedding day. Your personal wedding planners will cover all the basics before professional photographers capture your ceremony while you and your beloved enjoy VIP treatment throughout your stay. This package includes everything you need (with an extra-special touch) for the wedding of your dreams.

Unforgettable Package
Your wedding day is one of the most unforgettable days of your life. This wedding package strikes the perfect balance of classic elegance and tropical flair. Romance mingles with a high-end atmosphere, live music sets the scene for your ceremony, a toast ushers in your reception and dancing is encouraged the whole night through.

Romance Extravaganza Package
Opulent decor and personalized touches make your big day—and your entire stay—everything you dreamed it could be. From the moment you look in the mirror that one final time to the lavish celebration that follows, you and your guests will enjoy the most luxurious amenities.

Emerald Package
The very best for those with the biggest dreams. Like a rare gem, this top-of-the-line package sparkles with beauty and elegance: live music enhances your ceremony and reception, Moët & Chandon champagne stays chilled just for you, and a couple’s VIP spa experience promises complete relaxation throughout your stay.

Free Wedding Package
Of course, a FREE wedding would make an excellent gift, and Air Transat and Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts agrees! From December 23 2018 to April 30, 2019 and from May 1 to December 22, 2019 you have a chance to have the wedding of your dreams at specific resorts absolutely free (conditions apply).

Air Transat destination wedding advantages for groups

When you book your destination wedding with Air Transat, they will pamper you and your beloved—and yes, even your guests—with the dedication of a maid of honour or best man. Let them shower you with some amazing early wedding presents like:

  • Upgrade to Option Plus on Air Transat, giving you and your sweetheart priority check-in at a designated counter, an additional piece of checked baggage, priority boarding, special perks on board and priority baggage handling.
  • $500 in future travel vouchers so you can celebrate your one-year anniversary in the same spirit as your wedding and a $100 credit for pre-booked excursions during your honeymoon.
  • Leaving from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal or Quebec City? Air Transat will start your destination wedding off perfectly by giving you and your darling VIP treatment at lounges at those Canadian airports.

Air Transat wants to ensure your wedding is a truly unique and magical experience that leaves you with unforgettable memories. The perfect soulmates in an idyllic setting with a breathtaking ceremony—all of these come together on this one day in this one place, and with Air Transat and Bahia Principe it will be spectacular. From “Will you marry me?” to “I do,” they want to fill every nook and cranny with intimacy and perfect moments.

Do you have your something borrowed, something blue and something old? Allow Air Transat and Bahia Principe be your something new.

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Proof That Fruit And Vegetables Are About To Take Over For Wedding Flowers

Planning » Reception Ideas

15 Fresh Ways To Include Fruits At Your Wedding

Produce may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you daydream about your ideal wedding decor, but there are plenty of good reasons to consider working fruit and veggies into your design plans. With a little creativity, grocery store goods can be used to adorn everything from tabletops to lapels!

Think about the theme and time of year you’ve chosen for your celebration then do a quick search for farmer’s market offerings during your wedding season — you just might find a whole new source of inspiration here!

We’ve gathered up a few of our favourite fresh produce-related wedding ideas. Scroll through these and you’ll quickly realize why an increasing number of couples are incorporating fruit and vegetables into their wedding decor.

The Eight Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving

Fashion & Beauty

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With a slew of summer engagements and heaps of September weddings, this month has become one of the busiest times of the year for brides. The change in temperature may also mean you need to switch up your beauty routine and choose products that will better complement that end-of-summer glow you’re hanging on to, or will help your skin acclimatize to cooler air. Regardless of your reasons, here are some of our favourite products that you need for your stash, from your pre-nuptial celebrations to jet-setting on your dream honeymoon.

Beautycounter Velvet Eyeshadow Palette In Classic
We love California-based Beautycounter’s mandate of creating cosmetics with safe, non-toxic ingredients and their strict policy of avoiding the use of 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals. The eyeshadows in their Velvet Eyeshadow Palette prove that those ingredients aren’t necessary to get buttery, rich shades that flatter all eyes and skin tones. This palette totally lives up to its velvety name—the colours are vibrant and blend like a dream, and are versatile for everything from smoky looks to adding just a hint of sparkle on the lids. We also love how compact this palette is—nine shades are held together in clean, minimalist packaging, small and thin enough to slip into your wedding-day clutch or pack in your honeymoon carry-on. Did we mention it also has a detachable mirror? Genius!

$62, beautycounter.com

Céla Black Gold Supreme Coffee Scrub
Many brides adopt strict facial skincare regimens in the months before their big days but forget all about the rest of the body! Enter Céla, a new Canadian skincare brand devoted to upgrading the ritual of body care. Developed by Celine Tadrissi, owner of Toronto’s award-winning Hammam Spa, each product in the line is formulated with the most potent natural ingredients from across the nation, including blueberry, elderberry, evening primrose, juniper berry, rosemary and lavender extracts, which combine to reveal skin’s natural radiance while protecting it from the ravages of environmental factors. Work the brand’s Black Gold Supreme Coffee Scrub into your shower routine once or twice a week to slough away dead skin while combating cellulite.

$46, thisiscela.com

Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel
Dermalogica’s Rapid Reveal Peel is the ultimate solution for glowing wedding day skin. We’ve always been quite smitten with chemical exfoliants for the face, and this is the highest-strength retail exfoliant offered by The International Dermal Institute, which means your skin will look instantly radiant and smoother upon application. Incorporate this into your pre-wedding evening skincare routine for a flawless wedding day complexion.

$114, dermalogica.ca

Reversa Urban Protection Hydrating Care SPF 30
Reversa is a Canadian pioneer of anti-aging skincare, and this is one product that’s currently in our best-face-forward arsenal. This anti-pollution face sunscreen-meets-tinted-moisturizer protects against air pollution and the environmental factors that can stress your skin. Our preferred use for this is during a beach honeymoon, when you want a product that will make your skin look gorgeous, provide just a hint of coverage, and give you some SPF protection against the sun’s rays.

$47, shoppersdrugmart.ca

T3 Whirl Trio
T3 is known for its innovation, and the Whirl Trio is our current favourite set of tools from this California-based company that brands itself as “part tech start-up, part beauty venture.” The company’s goal of keeping hair healthy while being styled is something we can get on board with, using technology for even heat distribution as well as tourmaline and ceramic barrels to quickly seal the hair’s cuticle. The interchangeable barrels make it so that you virtually never have to buy multiple curling irons again, with barrels of different widths creating all the types of curls you need for every bridal occasion.

$350, sephora.com

TO112 Mask For Damaged Hair
Your wedding haircare program should start the second you get engaged — especially if you’re dreaming of sporting long, luxurious locks on the big day. To encourage the maintenance of healthy, beautiful hair, Canadian celebrity colourist Luis Pacheco (whose client list includes Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle) has developed a tamanu oil-based line of products that are equal parts luxurious and functional. Our personal favourite, the Mask for Damaged Hair, is designed to deeply nourish delicate tresses and smooth the outer cuticle to lock in moisture to create shine, strength and elasticity. The best part? All liquid TO112 products are stored in a singing room, vibrating at 528 hertz, which is the frequency of love! These products are literally infused with love — can you imagine a better line to use in the lead up to your wedding day?!

$63, to112.myshopify.com

Valmont V-LINE LIFTING Cream
It’s never too early to start fighting the signs of aging, and the Swiss company Valmont has made finding solutions to preserve youthfulness its business. The company’s latest skincare innovation is AWF5, an exclusive complex of five active ingredients targeting five components of the skin to fight the most visible signs of aging. The complex is present in two new lines, the V-LINE LIFTING and V-SHAPE FILLING collections. We’re currently crushing on V-LINE LIFTING cream, in particular, which can be used morning and night to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

$390, valmontcosmetics.com

Vichy Densi-Solutions Thickening Shampoo
If you’re looking to enhance your locks to achieve your ideal bridal hairstyle but wearing extensions is not an option, Vichy’s Densi-Solutions thickening shampoo can definitely give a boost to your natural mane. The shampoo penetrates each strand with a silica-gel called filloxane, which helps make your hair fibres more resistant. It also includes other ingredients that stimulate your hair to grow new follicles.

$22.95, vichy.ca

The Most Inspiring Wedding Photographers For 2018

Planning » Photo/Video

The best wedding photographers possess a skill set that goes way beyond artistic talent. Location scouting, an eye for minute details and intimate moments, and great interpersonal skills also play heavily into the equation when it comes to capturing beautiful wedding photos.

Throughout this year’s guide to the top wedding photographers in Canada you’ll find some of the finest examples of photojournalistic, fine art, dramatic and lifestyle wedding photography. Each photographer on our list has had at least one real wedding featured by Weddingbells or Mariage Quebec over the course of the last year. And while all of the weddings we feature online and in print inspires us in some way, 2018’s top photographers have created work that transcends typical wedding coverage.

Know any great Canadian wedding photographers that aren’t on our list but should be? Have them submit a real wedding to be instantly entered into the running for 2019.

Need more inspiration? Take a look through our list of some of the best Canadian wedding photographers of 2017.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry

home & registry

home and registry - glassware

FROM LEFT: Ichendorf Poseidon tumbler in aquamarine, $15, hopsongrace.com. Ichendorf highball glass in violet, $18, hopsongrace.com. Baccarat Mille Nuits champagne flute in olive, $340, williamashley.com. I.V.V. water glass in yellow, $109 for 6-piece set in assorted colours, williamashley.com. Dibbern curved tumblers in green & Bordeaux, $36 each, hopsongrace.com. Riedel Fatoo A Mano champagne wine glass in yellow, $110, riedel.com. Waterford Mixology Collection Ciron all-purpose glass in amethyst, $280 for 2-piece set, williamashley.com.

When furnishing and decorating your home, you want pieces that are just as pretty to look at as they are functional. You also want items that you’ll use over and over again, whether they’re for entertaining, eating or personal grooming. We’ve sourced everything you can possibly think of — from cool kitchen tools to tabletop musts and haute lifestyle pieces. Here’s our essential guide to what you need on your wedding registry.

All the Colours
Light up your table settings with multicoloured glassware for a fashionable retro vibe.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - Bar Items

FROM LEFT: Ralph Lauren Wyatt cocktail shaker, $160, hopsongrace.com. Mr. Slim gold Japanese jigger, $55, cocktailemporium.com. Waterford Olann square decanter, $405, canada.waterford.com. Alessi Sottsass ice bucket & tongs, $230 & $65, williamashley.com

Beautiful Barware
All the tools you need to create killer cocktails (and mocktails!).

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - Sofa

EQ3 Eve classic sofa, $1,900, eq3.com.

Comfort Zone
Comfort and style come together in this dreamy pink statement couch.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - place setting

Lenox Radiance in Fall, $197 for 4-piece place setting, williamashley.com.

Dining In
Great dinnerware is always a must and we love the earthy yet bold vibe of this simple pattern.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - bar cart

Earth Wind Fire bar cart, $436, vdevmaison.com.

Entertain in Style
Shake up your cocktail hour with libations from this retro trolley.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - pillows

FROM LEFT: Lake Agawam Palm pillow, $53 and Dabito Confetti pillow, $52, both tonicliving.com.

Fab Florals
Bring your space to life with these botanical beauties.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - saucepans

Le Creuset stainless steel 10-piece cookware set (only saucepans shown), $1,260, lecreuset.ca.

Get Cooking
This cookware is the latest and greatest from this iconic brand. Trust us when we say you need every piece in the lineup!

 

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - dyson hairdryer

Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, $500, dysoncanada.ca.

Haute Hairdryer
This is the Mercedes of hair tools—if you are a beauty junkie and want a dryer that delivers high speed and maximum styling ease, you need this!

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - flatware

Vera Wang for Wedgwood polished gold flatware, $155 for 5-piece set and Christofle BY silverplate flatware, $1,097 for 5-piece set; both williamashley.com.

Instagrammable Flatware
The right cutlery makes for the ultimate dining event. These patterns are slick, sleek and made to be seen.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - espresso machine

De’longhi Dedica deluxe espresso machine, $380, bedbathandbeyond.ca.

Java Junkie
We all know coffee makes the world go round. Plus, this little gem looks fabulous in any space no matter your style.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - Dutch oven

Martha Stewart 5.7-litre cast iron Dutch oven with trivet, $230, thebay.com.

Kitchen Confidential
This practical pot will become your go-to for soups, stews and just having on your stovetop— it’s so pretty!

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - lounge chair

CB2 Gala gold lounge chair, $800, cb2.com.

Lounge Lizard
Relax in style with this OTT luxe lounger.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - Prep Set

Joseph Nest 9 Plus prep set, $75, thebay.com.

Measure Up
All your baking tools in one rainbow-coloured mix. How perfect is that?

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - duvet set

Marimekko Unikko duvet set (only pillow case shown), $150, eq3.com.

Night Moves
Your master bedroom’s style will go up a notch with this designer bedding that’s as comfy as it is chic.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - vitamix

Vitamix E310 Explorian blender, $450, vitamix.ca.

On the Go
This wonder appliance that does smoothies, soups and even ice cream is a registry must-have.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - cake stand

Michael Aram Molton granite cake stand, $295, williamashley.com.

Pedestal Power
Presentation is key, especially when it comes to dessert, and this sleek stand takes the cake.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - cable knit throw

FROM TOP: lhassa throw in amber, $116, vdevmaison.com. glucksteinhome cable knit throw, $100, thebay.com.

Quiet Night
Make your Netflix-and-chill nights extra cozy with these snuggly blankets made for sharing.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - knives

FROM TOP: Ceccaldi Horn kitchen knife, $235, hopsongrace.com. Zwilling J.A. Henckels Five-star 8-inch carving knife, $120, bedbathandbeyond.ca.

Razor Sharp
Great cooking starts with the right tools and these knives are absolute culinary essentials.

 

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - champagne coupes

FROM LEFT: William Yeoward Corinne Champagne coupe, $86; william Yeoward Pearl Champagne coupe, $490; both hopsongrace.com.

Sparkles
Serve your champers in style with these deco-inspired coupes.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - teacups

FROM TOP: Wedgwood Tea Garden Lemon & Ginger 3-piece set (accent plate not shown), $109, canada.wedgwood.com. Hermès Carnets d’Equateur cup & saucer, $805, hermes.com. Wedgwood Wonderlust Rococo Flowers teacup & saucer, $72, canada.wedgwood.com.

Tea Time
The perfect cuppa isn’t just about a great tea blend, it’s also about how you serve it. Make your brew extra special with one of these stunning cup-and-saucer duos.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - sandwich press

Breville The Perfect Press grill, $130, breville.ca.

Ultimate Sammie
The perfect sandwich works for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and this machine grills them to perfection.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - kitchenaid mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5-quart tilt-head stand mixer in Hot Sauce, $450, kitchenaid.ca.

Vivid Hues
Add a pop of colour to your kitchen with this luxury mixer in a sizzling shade.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - duffle bag

Hermès Airsilk duffle 44 bag, $2,000, hermes.com.

Wanderlust
A dream honeymoon deserves the chicest of carryalls, don’t you think?

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - custom stationery

FROM TOP: Dazzle customized stationery set, $1,971, etsy.com/ca/shop/dazzle. MengsiShop custom wedding portrait, $98, etsy.com/ca/shop/mengsishop. Owl Paper Goods custom rubber stamp, $100, etsy.com/ca/shop/owlpapergoods.

X Marks The Spot
Say thank you to your guests and make a lasting impression with bespoke stationery.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry -

Richard Ginori Babele covered urn in blue, $820, hopsongrace.com.

YOLO Splurge
Every home needs a cookie jar so, why not make it a super luxe one?

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - juicer

Salton Orange citrus juicer, $30, bedbathandbeyond.com.

Zesty Juicer
Your fresh squeeze will put a smile on your face with this kitschy kitchen must.

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