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October 29, 2014

the sad, sad day when WeddingGirl disappeared….

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 1:53 pm

by: Mary

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…. on Facebook, anyway.

And, well… okay…. maybe “over” is a touch dramatic…. but it’s still sad.

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I started this business almost six years ago. It was around that time that I created the WeddingGirl Dot Ca profile on Facebook. It was in the prehistoric days of social media when Twitter made no sense to anyone, Instagram was nothing more than a glimmer in Kevin Systrom’s eye, and Facebook “Pages” hadn’t been invented yet. It was back in the days when social networking was still about social networking, not social-network-monetizing.

Those were the days.

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Over the years, the friends on WeddingGirl’s profile grew…. originally from the closest friends and family who knew about my endeavours to then my local support system, a broader audience of brides, wedding vendors, aspiring wedding vendors, aspiring event planners, and most recently just a handful of a few thousand of WG’s nearest and dearest who would interact with that profile they way I would wish for them to interact with me: as a person, not as a brand.

This morning I received a notification on my phone that I needed to log into Facebook from my web browser.

Upon attempting to do that, I was told that I needed to convert my profile to a page.

…. But I already have a WG page?

I wondered if I would lose my friends, my wall, my newsfeed, my photos, my notes – pretty much everything that’s been my WG life since 2010.

The answer turned out to be ‘yes’.

My friends have turned into “likes’.

There’s no more wall to track the random rompings of this doe-eyed, black haired wedding planner and her army of WeddingGirls.

No more newsfeed to keep my finger on the pulse of the world’s happenings (yes, I’ve learned of most recent celebrity deaths and global news events through Facebook. No, I’m not necessarily proud of this!).

Photos – gone.

Notes – gone.

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Every year WG’s friends would get notifications that it was her birthday (the anniversary of the date I registered the domain name) and the profile would get flooded with “birthday” love… so much so that I had our graphic designer create this gorgeous little design.

Happy Birthday WeddingGirl

And Xmas WeddingGirl.

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And Movember WeddingGirl.

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Ugh…..

WeddingGirl died today.

And I’m so sad about it.

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Fact of the matter is, though… when you’re a business owner, there’s no such thing as setbacks.

Everything that happens is for the best possible outcome, even though you may not see it right away.

It would seem that the Universe had a different path for WG and I – be it through alternative social media outlets, through this blog, through the WG team (whose profiles are still beautifully in tact, from what I gather!).

Business owners adapt. Entrepreneurs get creative. Dreamers don’t treat anything as debilitating.

Well, except for … like… reruns of Saved By The Bell. Those are pretty immobilizing.

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What makes me most sad, though, is the loss of the equally humbling and exhilarating thread that ensued on the WG Facebook profile yesterday when I casually mentioned that we need more wedding planners…. so many excited aspiring planners and dreamers and believers-in-all-things-in-love.

If you’re reading this, aspiring-wedding-planners, I STILL MEANT IT!!!

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THAT blog will have to come next… once I get past the reeling disgust of my once warm, inviting, and personalized Facebook wall now being replaced with an ugly, austere advertising dashboard (no joke).

To everyone that I still ENTIRELY believe to be a real human being behind a social media account (just as I am) — you will ALWAYS be my friend! even if the powers that be at the Facebooks inside that you’re just a “like” now…..

I will always love you!

you were all i could think about today

And if there’s a prize for most awesome collection of pink-themed sad photos anywhere on the interwebs, methinks I’ve definitely earned it.

Thanks, Pinterest.

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Sidenote: with all of these shenanigans on Facebook, come say hello on Twitter and Instagram:

@WeddingGirlca

 

I promise there will be plenty more love, glitter, and unicorns there soon!

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October 28, 2014

Gown and Glory | Toronto Bridal Consignment Boutique

{ bridal style on a budget }

We know better than most that magic happens when we dare to dream.

Angela Kerry, a wife, mother and fashion lover, is the creative mind behind Toronto’s leading consignment bridal fashion boutique, Gown and Glory.

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Angela’s story is passionate and colourful – dotted with trials, tribulations, dreams, aspirations.. inspiring us with her ‘never-give-up’ attitude!

Choosing to be a stay-at-home mom, Angela wants to play an integral role in the lives of her little ones. She also has a business baby to attend to. She balances a busy family alongside building a company that brides in the Greater Toronto Area need to know about.

“Focused on building the business for two years, my husband and I juggled and adapted. I don’t know if I’d call it fate, or simply just taking the leap and going for an opportunity that presented itself – one that seemed like it was meant to be.”

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Angela had never worked in the wedding industry before, but she strongly believed that if you have the core skills to provide absolutely exceptional customer service, you can learn the details of any industry.

“There was certainly a learning curve to understanding what women-in-love wish for: silhouettes, fabrics, bridal lingo…”

It didn’t take long for her to figure it out and feel completely confident in providing brides the expertise and devotion they look for in a wedding vendor.

Above all else, Angela continues to provide an unparalelled customer experience – Her intimate studio allow every bride that crosses the threshold to feel as if she’s the only one.

 

{ the Consignment Stigma }

The stigma around consignment wedding gowns is about as ‘cool’ these days as black and white damask.

Once upon a time, wearing a previously-worn wedding gown was scoffed at…. but then again, once upon a time, wearing white on your wedding day meant something entirely different too!

Wedding planning reality check:  times are changing.

Gone are the days of ‘bad luck’ in wearing a previously-loved gown.

There’s no magic hex on wedding dresses that have been loved, worn, dry-cleaned, and returned to their original state of immaculate gorgeousness.

Oh…. and did we mention that most of the gowns at Gown And Glory have never been worn at all? Brides are constantly changing their minds, and that translates to some serious savings for all you budget-conscious wives-in-training out there.

The way we see it? Every bride needs to know about this hidden gem: a unique shop that offers racks upon racks of alternatives for the budget-savvy, eco-conscious, educated and discerning bride anxious to make careful and meaningful choices when it comes to planning her big day.

“It’s an unconventional and intimate place to find your dream wedding gown at a price that you can really feel good about.”

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{ the Experience }

Angela says it best…

“Once a bride starts the dedicated process of searching for her gown, she’ll quickly learn that finding the perfect dress is not only about its style or price tag - it’s about the experience!”

Each bride at Gown And Glory is guaranteed to have an experience like no other boutique they’ve visited: completely private, un-intimidating, informative, and stress-free. Brides are invited to come on their own or with their favourite people – all of which are made to feel at home, at ease, and pampered in this unpretentious and inviting atmosphere.

All the celebrities these days are doing the private-shopping, luxe boutique thing — and brides can be doing it too!

The Gown and Glory Boutique closes its doors to any other bride for up to two hours of private shopping. The one-on-one personalized service is something larger bridal shops often struggle to deliver, and it’s something Angela knows is ineffective when making such a big decision.

“There is no pretension, no judgement and definitely no pressure to purchase or to conform.”

The gowns in Angela’s shop are curated from a broad range of designers, from up to three years of designer collections. Brides will have the opportunity to see and try on many dresses not available in stores and might even stumble upon the one they’ve been searching for for years!

A bridal treasure, indeed!

“We feature new and once-loved gowns from many well-known designers: Maggie Sottero, Pronovias, Melissa Sweet, Alfred Sung, Allure, Mori Lee, Paloma Blanca…. They’re all within three years of production, so brides can be assured that the styles are current.”

No puffy sleeves here, Ladies!

The boutique also carries a selection of jewellery, hair accessories and veils.

If this wasn’t enough of a bridal dream-come-true, Angela also offers style demonstrations as an independent stylist for Henkaa convertible bridesmaid dresses; one dress that can be worn in an endless array of ways; perfect for a diverse bridal party!

 

{ the Bride }

What we love most about Gown and Glory? The diverse spectrum of brides that benefit from this experience.

The Budget-Savvy Bride:

Brides looking for dresses under $1000. Those on a budget. Brides getting married later in life, living with their partner, buying a house, paying for their own wedding. These brides are more money-conscious than their splurging counterparts.

The Eco-Conscious Bride:

These brides want to make meaningful choices when it comes to planning their big day – decisions that positively impact society, decrease their wedding’s carbon footprint. The power of many single acts of green-love make a huge difference when multiplied by the exponent of one another!

The Second-Time Bride:

This bride did the elaborate storybook fairytale wedding the first time around and realizes that this time it’s a dress she’ll wear for one day – a day that goes by so fast – and she wants to be more sensible in how her money is spent.

The Last-Minute Bride:

Sometimes brides don’t have all the time in the world (or, 6-10 months!) to order a wedding gown. Buying off the rack is the more time-efficient option when planning a quaint cottage wedding, a destination elopement, or simply preferring a planning timeline that doesn’t prolong the wait for the big day. After all, when you meet the person who you want to spend forever with – you want forever to being as quickly as possible!

The Petite Bride:

Imagine how difficult it is for petite brides (i.e. size zero to four) to narrow down the style of many dresses because so many sample gowns these days come in sizes ten to twelve! It’s important to see, clearly, how a dress will actually fit – and the Gown And Glory Boutique carries every range of sizes available for trying on to your heart’s content!

The Larger Bride:

Just as super petite girls will struggle to find dresses to try on that fit their frame, those brides who need larger-than-sample sizes often feel discouraged and humiliated when dress shops carry limiting samples. Angela stocks dresses up to size 20.

The Sensible Bride:

A wedding gown is the single most elaborate, most expensive, piece of clothing most women will ever buy, ever wear (for only one day – even a few hours for some!). These brides want to make smart choices with how their budgets are spent – elaborate price tags don’t interest them.

The Consigning Bride:

And once “I Do” is all said and done…. Gown and Glory provides past-brides, or brides that have changed their mind, the opportunity to recover some of their costs – all while helping brides-to-be save upfront on theirs!

Gown and Glory is for smart women looking for ways to save the money they’ve worked hard to earn.

All of us at WG believe previously-loved, pre-owned, consigned are all practical and viable options that caters to sensible budgets without compromising fashion and style.

I mean, who doesn’t want to save up to 75% off retail pricing?? We know we do.

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Searching for your perfect dress?

Visit the Gown And Glory Boutique website and

get in touch to set up your personal shopping experience!

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Angela was featured in a WeddingGirl.ca “Meet This Girl” post.

Click here to read her story.

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Vendor Love | Dan Osadtsuk Photography

{ because, Dan Osadtsuk … }

 

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We put out a call for super-awesome photographers.

Dan replied.

Hey Wedding Girl(s),

(he knew there was ‘a bunch of us now’).

He continued….

I’ve attached some of my favourite images as of late! To be perfectly honest, it’s hard to pick. I kind of have a crush on a lot of my clients. Often times, I just luck out and find these really genuine clients on the other (better) side of the divorce rate statistic! I don’t believe I’m the greatest photographer out there, but I feel very lucky to do what I do for a living. It’s an absolute joy to be so intimately intertwined with my couples on their wedding days, when they are at their very best, and I’m sure you can all attest to that.

(he’s not wrong).


I don’t write about myself very often haha. I am a pierced, tattoo’d individual (not too heavily) and I love folks of all creeds and cultures. In the past I’ve shot mostly Central and South Indian weddings, and am now moving more towards smaller, more intimate events. Big budgets are the least of my concern, as money is just not a motivator for me. As long as I’m fed, clothed, and sheltered, I’m a pretty happy camper :) My passion in wedding photography, is the connection of the couple. It’s pretty spectacular watching two people who are absolutely crazy for one another, sort of like watching a really great movie; Everything just unfolds in front of you, and it’s quite pleasant.

*swoon*

We liked him already. And then went to his website….

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As wedding planners, wedding bloggers, and girls who live life all-things-in-love, we see a lot of wedding photographs. (a lot!)

When I, as a planner-blogger-bridal-life-stylist, log onto a photographer’s website and see an elderly couple, a same-sex couple, a tattoo’d and pierced unconventional couple… I immediately know I’ve found a gem in the industry.

Dan Osadtsuk has earned himself every ounce of kudos that this particular WeddingGirl has to offer. Good for you, Sir.

Good for you for believing that love is love.

Good for you for seeing the beauty in love of all shapes, sizes, colours, ages, style.

Good for you.

Seriously.

I didn’t even need to go any further into Dan’s website to know that he’s super talented and unbelievably passionate about his work…. but, I suppose these images really do say it all. This man’s got talent.

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October 27, 2014

#MeetThisGirl | Gown + Glory Consignment Boutique

{ this is Angela }

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She wished to be a dancer.

She’s a chocoholic.

She owns a banjo but doesn’t know how to play it.

She loves red wine and refuses to avoid it even though she’s allergic to it.

She’ll tell her life story to anyone who will listen, but one day she decided to set all of the world’s drama aside and just focus on creating the life that she loved… and that’s precisely what made us fall in love with her!

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Angela, the remarkable woman and visionary business-owner behind Gown & Glory Consignment Bridal Boutique knows brides.

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With her passion for fashion and an eye for style, Angela’s personal guidance and assistance – in helping a bride make what’s arguably the single-biggest wardrobe investment in life – is what makes all the difference.

“I love what I do. I want every bride that leaves my shop to know that how they looked truly mattered to me.”

Brides at Gown and Glory aren’t just faceless paper dolls in a long chain alongside hundreds of others.

“Every woman who comes into my shop, regardless of whether she’s shopping or consigning, is helping to build my business.”

Angela’s honesty and humour, kindness and compassion, made our visit to her boutique even lovelier than the elegant decor and the rows upon rows of gorgeous gowns. She’s just the lovely sprinkles atop an already-awesome cupcake.

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When putting together outfits comes naturally, and looking ‘put together’ comes from an exceptional ability to fuse the ordinary with the unexpected (and getting complimented on it!) – Angela’s love for fashion has always sat at the forefront of her zest for life.

“I don’t profess to be a style guru, and I’ve never shopped high-end… but I know what looks good and what doesn’t; regardless of brand, era, trend, or style.”

Runway styles don’t work for everyone. What looks good on a celebrity won’t always make a real-world woman feel gorgeous, and pricey fashion fads are sometimes far more cringeworthy than their thrift-shop timeless counterparts. We looove Angela’s luxe on a budget approach to fashion, and more importantly, her ability to style real brides on real budgets, in really gorgeous gowns!

Bargain.

Thrift.

Consignment.

Vintage.

Call it what you want….

“It’s the thrill of discovering that unique find, piecing together an idea that nobody else will have, or stumbling upon that incredible sale that you just can’t pass up. Even if it’s a piece found in all the mainstream shops, the magic happens in how you make it yours.”

- we couldn’t agree more.

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 So then came the big question….

How can I spend my days doing what I love, and get paid to do it?

Angela could have been a really great stylist or personal shopper. Dreaming super big, she could have rocked the fashion design world. For a period of time in her late 20′s she dabbled in fashion drawing. Entirely self-taught, this #GirlBoss even drew her wedding suit for the elaborate wedding she never had… nothing like what she actually wore.

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Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Angela grew up working in her family’s small business, and when she found herself outgrowing her small childhood town she decided to graduate from high school and spread her wings to fly as far away as they would take her.

Even with a university degree in Business, this fierce creative still wasn’t satisfied.

“It wasn’t until I graduated and traveled for six months to ‘find myself’ that I realized I could be a part of the fashion world.”

All she had to do was the age-old adage…. put  her mind to it.

Angela dreamed of being a personal shopper, so she gained fashion retail experience in a less-than-glamorous role – travelling with a retail store that made its rounds to seniors’ homes across Ontario. Glamorous? Not in the least. Effective? Most definitely. Before she knew it, this budding fashionista was interviewing for a Personal Shopper position at Holt Renfrew. Without a client list, an entirely commission-based position wasn’t ideal, so instead, Angela was offered a job assisting the head of the Personal Shopping department. She turned it down.

“My excitement was beyond… but… at the time, I guess I was scared.”

Angela opted to accept a less-risky and more comfortable role as an Account Manager at a brand design firm.

“Although still in a creative world, I wonder to this day where my life would have gone had I accepted that job at Holt.”

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 All of us at WG believe that everything that happens is the best possible thing.

Angela, too, believes in fate; and that the path you choose – whether by choice, necessity, or chance – will eventually lead you to something great.

“As cliché as it all sounds, it was truly love at first sight when I met my husband. (For me anyway!)”

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They met at an end-of-year party in their last year of university.

They dated long-distance for six months, followed by her departure for a previously-planned work-abroad trip to Australia with a friend.

“All odds seemed to be stacked against us.”

Their mutual passion was so undeniable, though, that Angela’s main squeeze took a leave of absence from his job and joined her in Australia.

“We traveled together for two months, then flew to New Zealand where we lived in a van for six weeks. Then it was Fiji for two weeks where we stayed on a remote island with no running water or electricity.”

Talk about a ‘make or break’ relationship!

“We learned a lot about one another, and experienced the times of our lives.”

…. most importantly, they did it together.

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It’s assumed that when you’re in the wedding industry, that you, yourself, will have an elaborate wedding, gown, set of plans.

“After living together for three years, my husband proposed to me unexpectedly.”

They were engaged for two years and prioritized buying their house over planning a wedding.

“We started to plan a traditional wedding, in my hometown, at the local Civitan Hall.” but it wasn’t what Angela had envisioned for her big day.

“I didn’t want anything glamorous, but I did have a vision.”

Her vision was a rustic barn wedding, dancing under the stars beneath string lights, outdoors. They found a venue which proved to be entirely out of their budget. Not wanting to settle for something that wasn’t her, and feeling overwhelmed by the logistics of making it happen, the wedding planning process was quickly become less and less enjoyable.

“That’s when we decided to go to Mexico.”

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With a handful of their nearest and dearest in tow, Angela said “I Do” on the beach.

“I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. It was perfect.”

And her dress was perfect for her and perfect for their setting – but it wasn’t easy to find!

“I had a vision, like most brides do… but sometimes our visions just don’t exist.”

She searched high, low, and then (ironically?) walked into Holt Renfrew as a last resort. Not a place she would normally shop due to her thrifty budget… but, there it was,

“Lit by the gods,”

… just put there on the floor.

“It was perfect.”

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These two lovebirds didn’t waste any time setting out to build a family.

Their first born, Cameron, came after a year of being married, and a year and a half later, their daughter, Morgan, was born.

“It wasn’t all wedded bliss. I experienced the most challenging year of my life, then spent a year on auto-polit, survival mode.”

It was when baby Morgan turned one that Angela decided she would stay at home with the kids instead of going back to work.

That was the year Angela’s third baby, Gown and Glory Bridal Boutique, was born – the perfect fusion of a passion for fashion, a bias for budgets, and a love-of-all-things-in-love.

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Focused exclusively on building her business for two years, Angela and her little family juggled, adapted, felt swamped. She struggling with an overwhelming feeling to have a third little one, and after almost seven years of marriage, came miss Isla.

The juggling continued.

With her two oldest in school, and an established business that needed to be maintained, Angela spent her time doing what any true-blue-entrepreneur will spend her days doing – figuring out a way.

Come back tomorrow when we excitedly, and with infinite amounts of pride, feature our first-ever official spotlight on Gown And Glory Consignment Boutique on the WG blog!

Stay Tuned!

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Be sure to visit our other #MeetThisGirl features:

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October 21, 2014

{ blog love } Visual Poetry |Colorado Wedding Photography

“Art is not what you see …

but what you make others see…” 

Authored by: Laura Arbelaez 

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One of my favorite quotes by the 19th Century French Painter and Sculptor Edgar Degas.

What do you see in the following photographs?

I see romance, beauty, blessings, happiness…love.

I see ART.

Alas! My first Bridal Blog Feature!

Presenting … Drum Roll, Please! 

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One of the things I discovered earlier this year is that I love all things #SocialMedia, especially Instagram.

Social Media allow us to explore the world like never before and it often reveals the passion, talent and creativity that some of the most exceptional individuals showcase on a daily basis.

Today, I am sharing one of those stories. A few months ago I stumbled upon THE most enchanting Instagram Account: @megsvisualpoetry. It has the perfect mix of fabulous, romantic and magical photographs that I have ever seen.

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Meet Meghan. Owner and lead photographer of a company called Visual Poetry!

In her own words, she’s a #Colorado Native, adventure seeking, book reading, world travelling, coffee drinking, sweets eating, wedding photographer! I think she is brilliant. She is the kind of #GirlBoss that we talk about!

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To say that Meghan’s photographs are beautiful is an understatement. Her work is extraordinary; she has the ability to capture the most whimsical moments. I find her imagination and attention to detail quite moving.

“I learned no detail was too small. It was all about the details…”

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It is no secret that I have been afflicted with a serious case of wanderlust.

Did you know that Colorado is absolutely gorgeous all year round?! It has been added to my Bucket List, I can’t wait to visit! Perhaps plan a wedding there?! After all, WeddingGirl is multiplying like never before!

“Creativity is more than just being different…Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

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I believe the Universe has brought Meghan and I together for a reason; our DREAM:

To Plan and Photograph a Wedding in Paris!

Consider this a Casting Call of all sorts, if you or someone you know is getting married in Europe, be sure to get in touch!

We can’t wait to hear your story!

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Have you ever seen a more inspiring set of photographs?!

Every photograph is a new adventure.

Take a look at her website, this blog is just the beginning.

Say Hello! I am on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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{ Blog Love }

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NY Bridal Fashion Week 2015 {Part deux}

 From the Runway: Monique Lhuillier

Authored by: Leah Sandhu

Have you seen Monique Lhuillier‘s latest bridal collection? I think I’m in love! She always comes up with the dreamiest designs, and I couldn’t help but share some of my favourites with you.

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I seem to love anything with sleeves lately! What’s your favourite?

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Leah Sandhu is a Fusion Wedding Expert and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca.

To have Leah’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your celebration, make sure to Get In Touch! Have a question? Email me leah@weddinggirl.ca

Find Leah on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest

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October 20, 2014

This is the Tiffany Pratt.

{ colour is the new blush }

Authored by: Mary

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Okay… so, I love whites and blushes and ivories and creams as much as every other Pinteresting fiend out there…. but one day (soon), brides are going to get bored of blush. And then what?

 

{ Meet Tiffany }

A few weeks ago our WeddingGirl, Leah came to our team meeting gushing about this girl named Tiffany Pratt.

Any girl who puts the word “The” in front of her name on social media is pretty rad in my books.

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Oh. And she rocks coloured tresses like it’s nobody’s business.

She wins.

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Elsie DeWolfe once said… “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.”

I think that Tiffany Pratt and Elsie DeWolfe would have gotten along. And, by gotten along, I think they would have put on colourful tutu skirts and sparkly shoes and had tea parties together. With cupcakes.

Not only is this designer|stylist|interweb maven totally stunning, she also leaves trails of her sparkling personality behind her everywhere she goes in social media land. Seriously, just follow her for, like, two seconds, and you’ll see what I mean.

My favourite was the day that she randomly dumped rainbow sprinkles on a wet, gloomy, dreary sidewalk, “To show you how good every colour looks with gray”. I mean, is there any better example on the planet? Not even close.

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Alright. So, colour.

But more importantly….

COLOUR.

IN.

WEDDINGS!!!

Every single wedding we planned this summer was completely gorgeous. I found myself falling hard in love with blush over and over; cascading across tables, tied up into bouquets, and adorning beautiful bridesmaids. Even some of the most spectacular wedding gowns on the planet today have deviated away from traditional white and glean this stunningly soft pink hue that just adds a hint of romantic je ne sais quoi to the overall look of the day.

But.

COLOUR!

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There’s something so intoxicatingly playful about bright, bold, and eclectic colours unapologetically splashed around everywhere.

The entire wedding industry these days seems to have bought into this muted, understated (yes, elegant) monochromatic tone-on-tone design… but think back to the last time you stared at a blank page of a colouring book with a box of crayons within reach. Did you really only stick to one shade??

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Tiffany isn’t afraid to stand out and that’s precisely why we love her so much. She isn’t afraid to sparkle.

And I’ve decided Brides shouldn’t be either.

A well-styled, colourful wedding can exude the exact same degree of elegance and timeless romance as a white-on-white affair.

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TheCaketress Purple Pink Gold Wedding Cake

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Rainbow Bridesmaid Dresses LGBT Lesbian Wedding Planners Toronto

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Colourful Rainbow Bridesmaid Bouquets

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So really, any way you look at it… colour is never a mistake.

Like any medium, sure, it can be mis-managed and taken to extremes that not even the boldest at heart can handle… but leave your designs to an expert and we promise, every single stitch of your big day is going to come up rainbows.

Are you bored with blush?

You should follow Tiffany immediately :: facebook | twitter | instagram

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Devonshire Photographic

The Caketress

Berkeley Events

Confetti & Co.

Joel Hannigan Photography

TheWeddingOfMyDreams.co.uk

Brides.com

Erin Volante Floral

Fraîche Floral Studio

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Blog Love :: Cali-cool | Wilson Lee Photography

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 11:30 am

 

{ Met this dude… }

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Well, sort of met.

He emailed us, from Wilson Lee Weddings in California.

And we love him already.

 

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“Degree of Awesome: NINJA status”

{ the note … }

I’m just a simple dude and family man trying to give brides-to-be the best experience out there.

I have a background in skateboarding, design and music and I shoot concerts and portraits for some pretty neat magazines.

I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and I currently reside near Yosemite at the base of the Sierras.

I am happy to service Nor Cal and So Cal as well as any town that has a beach.

I love dogs, baseball, gummi bears, and Trader Joe’s Mochi ice cream.

 

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October 19, 2014

When Vintage+Rustic meets Hipster+Awesome…

 { presented by Lucas and Tay Photo + Cinema }

There’s just so many vendors in the wedding industry these days, all of which do so much beautiful work, that it’s nearly impossible for us to keep up with all of the gorgeous. But once in a while, someone sends us something for feature that we just fall madly in love with at once!

Meet Lucas And Tay.

They’re an amazing Toronto-based couple; he shoots still, she shoots cinema, and together – they’re pretty freaking awesome.

Check out this gorgeous creative that combines the best of vintage, rustic, urban, and hipster charm.

We particularly like the Sailor Jerry’s and bacon. Nice touch, guys!

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Industrial Vintage Modern Gentleman Wedding Style

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Eco Twine Rustic Vintage Wedding Stationary Design

Autumn Fall Rustic Wedding Design

Hipster Urban Vintage Industrial wedding design decor

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Photography Credit: Lucas + Tay

Cinema: Lucas + Tay

Hair and Makeup: Arrowbow

Groom’s Attire: Gerhard Supply

Bridal Gown: Maureen Patricia Toronto

Floral Design: Cedar & Stone Floral Studio

Cake Design: Crumb & Berry

Vintage Furniture & Set Design: Vintage Rentals and Events

Stationary: Bueno Market

 

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October 17, 2014

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica | #WGxWANDERLUST


{Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica, Runaway Bay}

Authored by: Lisa Hardie

As Mary and Linda set off to beautiful Jamaica, I am here sipping on a tea reminiscing about the trip I took to Jamaica back in May. And let me tell you; it was paradise.

I am there in spirit, ladies!

I turned into a wandering WeddingGirl when my husband and I took a kid-free trip in the Spring, and it was pure bliss (because having some alone time is hard to get sometimes!). We spent a week in Runaway Bay, surrounded by lush green mountains and blue skies (much like Linda was when she went to St. Martin).

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Runaway Bay is a town in Saint Ann Parish on the northern coast of Jamaica and is considered one of the most naturally beautiful places on the island. There, we stayed at the beautiful Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica.

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When you walk into the grand lobby of the resort, you’re greeted with nothing but smiles from the resort staff. The service at this resort was nothing short of exceptional. They truly aim to please; especially when the first thing they hand you is a welcome drink.

The resort itself is family-friendly and I was actually surprised at how many children were at the resort (including many infants). Having said that, we hardly noticed they were even there. There were no screaming or crying kids, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities, and the resort is so big that we hardly ever saw them. I guess that can happen when your resort has 850 rooms.

There are a lot of activities to do at the resort; this includes windsurfing, tennis, snorkelling, catamaran, kayaks, and bicycles. You can also check out the shopping centre or the nightly entertainment.

Or you can simply lie by the pool all day, for about three days in a row like I did. Bliss I tell you.

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There are also plenty of things to do outside of the resort. We went on a tour to Ocho Ríos; a botanical garden tour, a visit to a local flea market, a visit to Dunn’s River Falls, and a truly authentic Jamaican Beef Patty make for a pretty great day. If you’re looking for a more relaxed excursion, take a raft ride down Martha Brae River.

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The resort is also somewhat of wedding experts. There were a several weddings taking place there, and we even managed to catch a proposal in progress. It was magical.

Imagine getting married in a beautiful beach gazebo, followed by a lovely dinner on a lit beach patio. The food itself is amazing, and with five different restaurants to choose from you have plenty of options. Of course, staff members will be there every step of the way to provide you with prompt, excellent service.

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I encourage you to check out this beautiful resort. The warm weather, amazing people, and stunning resort will be there to greet you – as well as the amazing sunsets!

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If you’re interested in a destination wedding, be sure to get in touch – we’d love to help plan YOUR dream destination wedding!

To view more photo’s, follow me on Instagram! You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

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Lisa Hardie WeddingGirl.ca Hamilton

Lisa Hardie is a Bridal Lifestyle Blogger and Wedding Planner at WeddingGirl.ca.

To have Lisa’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your wedding, make sure to email her at  lisa@weddinggirl.ca.

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