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September 25, 2016

Protea Floral Design | wedding trends

Remember when marsala was all the wedding-rage? I guess it’s only fair then, now, that this marsala-hued bloom, the protea, is taking centre-stage. Such a funny-sounding flower, right? Pro-Tee-Ah…  it sounds sort of like the plural-form of some kind of nutritional supplement? But it’s actually this deep, rich, gorgeous, slightly-strange (in the best possible way), heavy-hitting stunner that’s all-the-rage for 2016 floral designs. Here’s a few of our favourite ways it’s been used:

Check out how the reds of the protea in the assorted vintage milk glass really tie together the burgundy of guest pillows strewn about this gypsy-inspired intimate boho wedding!

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No wedding-day-typical hydrangeas in these sweet ceremony aisle pieces: just protea and roses with rustic blooms!

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Or how about these blown-open king protea as focal points of a ceremony arch garland?!

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Whether you’re tying it into a bridal bouquet or styling your wedding day stationery, there’s no denying that these atypical blooms are a fabulous way to make a statement!

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{ blog love: in order of appearance: Fraîche Floral Studio | Enchanted Forest | The Bloomin Gypsy | InstantTrends | CedarWood Weddings }

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September 24, 2016

Geode Cakes | for when your love ROCKS!

{ Geode :: the latest wedding cake trend }

Alright, my Sweets…. feast your eyes on this incredible new display of sugar-savvy… geode wedding cakes!

These geologically-inspired masterpieces are styled with precision using all edible ingredients: silver and gold leaf foil, rock candy, and marbled fondant. Brides can choose their rocks of choice: amethyst, emeralds, turquoise and rose. *swoon*

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And if you think these oversized, gorgeous designs are a little too opulent for your tastes, indulge in some smaller, hand-held creations including geode cake pops and bite-sized sweets:

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Curious to know the secret behind this jaw-dropping pastry trend? A huge Thank You goes out to Rachael Teufel at Intricate Icings for sharing this quick Geode Wedding Cage How-To!

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{ blog love: cake designers in order of appearance: Intricate Icings | Whisk Cake Company | MJ Cakes Malaysia | Shazdeh Cakes | Sweet Bites BC | Cake Poppin }

 

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September 21, 2016

Now Hiring! | Toronto Hair Stylists + Makeup Artists

{ PrettyBird App Canada }

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So, we ALL know how important it is to look Wedding-Day-Gorgeous when you’re walking down the aisle – but what about all those times that us babes need to look our best and it’s not our wedding day!?

Birthday

Anniversary

Bridal Showers

Baby Showers

Girls’ Night Out

Date Night

Gala

Big Interview

…. don’t we deserve to look on point for all of these?!

The PrettyBird App has landed in Canada and they’re getting girls gorgeous on-demand and on-location! PrettyBird is sending top-notch beauty pros right to your door, whether it’s your home, office, hotel room – they’ll even come and get you gorgeous in the delivery room! (we all know how important that first photo with Baby is!)

If you know a Beauty Pro in search of a high-octane beauty career, PrettyBird is giving away mobile Hair Stylists and Makeup Artists jobs across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area!

Download PrettyBird-Artist from your App Store and apply!

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September 9, 2016

Wed In White | Waterstreet Cooker, Burlington – Wedding

{ when Courtney married Stuart }

Designed, planned and coordinated by the oh-so-talented Hamilton wedding planner Jackie Penner Events, Courtney and Stuart’s wedding day was a simply elegant affair.

From the attire the bridesmaids and groomsmen wore (BHLDN and Moore’s respectively), from their personalized vows to the décor at the reception at gorgeous Waterstreet Cooker … everything was thoughtfully chosen and creatively styled.

Jackie and her couple focused their planning on simple but impactful décor (can we please just take a second to swoon over that showstopper of a floral wall?!?!). They carefully planned the ideal flow for wedding guests and created a day that was not only enjoyable for the Bride and Groom but for their bridal party, closest family members, and family and friends alike. 

Jackie, when asked about her Newlyweds, smiled and explained:

“These two are just amazingly fun, down-to-earth people who wanted to throw a good party for their closest family and friends. And that is exactly what we did!”

{ the Day in Frames }

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{ vendor LOVE }

Photography: Brian Reilly 
Planning | Day-of Coordination: Jackie Penner Events 
Floral Design | Decor | Flower Wall: Forget Me Not Flowers 
Ceremony: Knox Presbytarian Church, Burlington
Reception: Waterstreet Cooker, Burlington
Signage: DIY by the Bride

 

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September 1, 2016

‘Oh, the details…” | Boho.Rustic Wedding | Balls Falls, Jordan

{ #JessHeartsJimi }

Umm, Hi? Pinterest? Can you please just take a moment to check out how gorgeous this wedding day was?!

( Behind-The-Scenes setup shot by @PureStorm Studios. Wedding photography by @AfterglowImages – coming soon! )

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{ :: Vendor Love :: }

Design, Planning, Coordination: WeddingGirl.ca

Behind-The-Scenes Photography: PureStorm Studios

Venue: Balls Falls, Big Barn

Floral Design: Fraîche Floral Studio

Naked Cake: Eat Joe Cake

Barn Door Draping + Chandeliers: A Night To Remember

String Lights, Sweetheart Head Table Linen, Bride + Groom’s Chairs: Simply Beautiful Decor

Stationery Suite: Bellezza Design

Birch Pole Easel, Barn Board Escort Card Wall, Sweets Table: Southern Charm Vintage Rentals

Vintage Window Calligraphy: Love Lettering by Doris Wai

 

 

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July 27, 2016

Style-meets-budget-savvy | the Le Chateau Wedding Boutique

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 9:56 pm

{ meet the Le Chateau Wedding Boutique! }

Have you ever wondered what you get when you cross one of Canada’s most notable fashion brands with a mad love for all-things-wedding?

Admit it, you’e been swooning over their stylish frocks for about as long as you can remember…. and now Le Chateau is expanding to feature so much more than just high-fashion formal-wear!

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The shiny new Le Chateau Wedding Boutique is the latest online addition to a Canadian-made label most of us girls actually can’t live without.  For decades we’ve loved their style-forward frocks at affordable prices… and now the fashion love is spilling over to include Bridal, Bridesmaid, Guests, Family, and even Groomsmen!

A flurry of formal gowns and stylish suits will now grace the racks of select Le Chateau locations across Canada, and you can even shop in the middle of the night online.

Also … please take a moment to all in love with the shoes:

… because it’s basically impossible not to.

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Oh…and “Ask Charlotte”? It’s the most thoughtful, style-savvy solution for questions  you’re bound to have about sizing and design: live-human help in real-time to answer even the most random inquiries about things like whether satin and organza are actually all that different (note: they are). You’re not expected to be a pro at styling your wedding day… you just worry about being in love… and the fab folks at Le Chateau will take care of getting you gorgeous without breaking the bank.

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Was your Big Day Le-Chateau-Styled?

Tag us in your photos { @WeddingGirlca } for a chance to be featured!

We’d love to see how gorgeous you got!

 

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{ blog love :: Thank you, Le Chateau, for the fab treats and Wedding Boutique scoop. ~xo }

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June 26, 2016

Clubhouse Eventspace | Toronto’s newest Wedding Venue

{ venue LOVE :: @Clubhouse1982 }

Nothing excites a wedding planning pro more than a shiny new event space!

There’s no doubt about it, By Peter And Paul’s stand among the leaders in wedding spaces throughout the Toronto area. Their commitment to 5-star celebrations are echoed across the GTA, their website rocks socks – and their latest venue, Clubhouse EventSpace, follows perfect suit.

I was lucky enough to be invited to last week’s Open House and grand unveil… and live-tweeted the festivities as they unfolded!

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Located at the edge of the Royal Woodbine Golf Club, Clubhouse is crazy-conveniently nestled between Highway 427 and 401, just down the street from Toronto’s international airport (out of town guests, anyone?)

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So, getting there = SUPER easy.

And, ummm.. how’s *this* for commitment to guest experience right off the hop?

Clubhouse has organized for people-mover golf carts to drive around the parking lot as your wedding guests are arrive. They’re quickly escorted to an impressive red-carpet entrance – and the experience begins!

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It’s hard not to fall in love with the incredible versatility of an indoor-outdoor wedding space… and how much better does it get with picture-perfect rolling-hill greens and the odd jet plane streaking across the sky? Unforgettable, indeed.

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Wedding Venue Media means learning about the in’s and out’s of venues to share with audiences online. I had the opportunity and distinct privilege to meet the visionary behind Clubhouse EventSpace, Dave Bussoli. From its initial concepts through renovations to final touches, this hospitality guru knows how to weave the By Peter and Paul’s commitment to quality into every corner of his space.

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Clubhouse Eventspace is a *single* event space – meaning that there won’t be any running into other Brides on your wedding day.

This versatile indoor/outdoor venue specializes in events ranging from 150 to 220 guests, with a maximum capacity of 240 both on the outdoor patio for ceremony and cocktails, as well as indoors for a seated dinner (or switch those up and reverse them if you’d prefer!)

Step inside and the attention to detail is bar none – classic, contemporary designs, clean lines, elegant fixtures and no expense spared to delivering a top-notch celebration.

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All event-space rentals at Clubhouse include gorgeous black padded chiavari chairs, elegant white ceremony chairs, premium quality table linens and everything needed to deliver a stylish celebration; just bring in your own centrepieces and your big day planning is done!

And if you’re familiar at all with By Peter And Paul’s commitment to wedding-day-awesome you’ll KNOW how crazy-good the food is! Visually dynamic displays, top-notch hospitality and service, and culinary creations that can make your tastebuds water from photos alone (though I could speak to how delicious the food was all day long!)

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Here’s to new spaces, new faces, and our newest wedding-venue-love!

Congrats, Dave + Crew! Cheers to you!

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Follow Clubhouse EventSpace on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates!

Follow By Peter And Paul’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too.

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{ blog love | photog credit: @PureStorm Studios }

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June 20, 2016

5 Years of Giving Back | Donna Dolphy, Yorkville

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 11:20 am

{ Donna Dolphy Salon | Yorkville }

Meet Donna Dolphy.

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She’s a Toronto-based BossBabe with a passion for all-things-gorgeous… especially hair. Donna and her team have been making Brides, Bridesmaids and the most important women of wedding days beautiful at her Yorkville Hair Salon since 2011.

Last week, Donna celebrated her 5th anniversary at the super-swanky Yorkville spot and I was invited to join the festivities! (storybook images courtesy of Snapseed…. what a fun editing app!)

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Donna’s business prowess is backed by her love of the work she does, alongside a team of beauties who live|breathe|eat|sleep style.

The Appreciation Party was to thank her Clients, “Without whom this anniversary celebration couldn’t be possible” – said Donna.

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At the centre of the celebration were the proceeds and benefits from the Salon that go to Ernestine’s Women Shelter – raising awareness around the women and children who are victimized by abuse. Twice a year, the Donna Dolphy team raises money and non-perishable items for this Toronto-based charity.

“This cause is particularly close to me.” explained Donna. She has been recognized by the Shelter with an Ernestine van Marle Inspiration award (2014) and had the honour of bestowing this same award upon a new and inspiring role model in 2015.

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Donna made sure we all knew how grateful she was as well to her L’Oreal Professional Partners for making five years possible.

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Oh! And my favourite Blogger-Babe, Raymi, was there!

Leave it to the bloggers to cause the shenanigans…  and debate stealing your hashtag sign.

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Looking to get Wedding-Day-Gorgeous in Yorkville! Pay Donna a visit and tell her that WeddingGirl sent you <3 I think I’ll be making my own beauty appointment to visit her soon.

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June 15, 2016

Don’t forget HIS feet! | creative grooms’ shoes + laces

Filed under: Bridal Blog,Design & Decor,DIY Weddings,Fashion,Vendors — WeddingGirl @ 10:53 am

{ we’re SO sole’d …  }

Here we are, all hype-y over the Brides’ sparkly stems on her big day…. but why does the Mister lose out on all the footwear-frenzy? Guys’ shoes matter too! I mean, how else do you get a photo like this to stand out from the rest??

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Aside from it being one of the most notorious Groom-Getting-Ready photos in the wedding worlds these days, there are plenty of wedding-day keepsake moments that could totally be made more memorable with this one teeny tiny little detail:  his laces.

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We’re so happy to announce that (mostly) gone are the days of grooms and groomsmen wearing boring black on black.

Seriously, how much more creative and stylish are these big-day footwear options?!

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Sure, they might be one of the most overlooked elements of a main man’s wedding day attire but honestly, without the right shoes + laces, the amped-up style of a groom’s get-up will totally fall flat.

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There are countless website that sells shoelaces out there, which means that you just need to find the right inspiration in order to find the right one for your main squeeze. Maybe you’re looking for something trendy and tasteful? or you’re going for a look that’s bright and bold?

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Regardless of the trend you take, make sure you don’t forget his feet!

{ Blog Love – Photog Credit: Marie & Michael Photography | TASTES Magazine | Lani Elias Photography | White Linen | Tara Whittaker Photography | Josh Elliott Photography }

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June 6, 2016

Say Yes To The Budget + avoid Bridal Remorse!

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TD Bank is like that shades-of-green oasis – recognizable in every city – and literally just about always open! I’ve been banking with these fab folks both personally and for business for almost a decade so when they contacted me to share their Wedding Planning Splurge vs. Save report I knew it would fit seamlessly into WeddingGirl’s longstanding belief of luxe on a budget.

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Say yes to the budget: here’s how to avoid ‘bridal remorse’.

There’s no question that engaged couples squirm most at one query:

… “What’s your budget?”

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TD surveyed Canadian Millennials and found that one third of them admit to overspending on their wedding plans, on average by 55 per cent. And, I mean, it makes sense – weddings are an emotional time… but vendors know this. With no less than a dozen vendors that the average wedding brings on board, those margins add up fast - and your budget can plummet just as quickly.

The months leading up to your wedding day are an exciting time filled with love and anticipation. To say that they also take a toll on finances (and your relationship) is often an understatement.

One in five Millennials will go in to debt for their “I Do’s” and over forty per cent admit that the financial aspects of their wedding day plans caused stress in their relationship.

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“Planning a wedding is often one of the first times couples budget together on a significant expense, which can add stress to an already stressful time,” says Shirley Mallow, Associate Vice President, Every day Banking, TD Canada Trust. “To keep spending – and stress – in check, work together upfront to determine how much you’re comfortable spending, then build a budget and track all wedding-related expenses against it to avoid a surprising total after your big day.”

The TD survey, and wedding planners alike, find that it’s food and beverage where the most over-spending happens (52 per cent) – which makes perfect sense as this is typically where you’re spending 50-60 per cent of your overall wedding budget to begin with! Decor is the next culprit for over-spending at 31 per cent, and attire rounds out in the third spot at 28 per cent.

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Toronto-based wedding planning expert, Rebecca Wise, has crafted the following wedding vows that you should be exchanging the instant the love of your life puts a ring on it:

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We vow to set a budget.

Looking for ways to calculate realistic budget limits? It can definitely be overwhelming with all those vendors you need to book: venue, attire, catering, photography, florals, décor, etc. TD actually created an online saving and budgeting tool that can help you track your expenses!

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We vow to track our spending.

I get it – it can be super easy to fall in love with that oversized birdcage at the antique store and convince yourself that you just have to have it on your receiving table… but if you buy it, just jot it down! Nearly one quarter (23 per cent) of Millennial Newlyweds say they don’t know what they spent their wedding budget on. Tracking expenses is an easy way to stay on top of spending and it prevents you from forgetting you bought that feather pen twice already! Use TD’s money management mobile app, TD MySpend, to keep track of where your nuptial dollars go.

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We vow to shop around.

You should never feel pressured by any vendor, to make an impulse decision. They will tell you that they have limited dates left. They will tell you that another couple contacted them for your date. I promise you, vendors are in large abundance – and if any one of them is pushing you to book, you can simply choose to look elsewhere. Research trunk shows and sample sales to save on frocks. Consider consignment or renting garb instead of buying it new. Use the old-school approach of “something borrowed” for cufflinks and jewellery to save a few bucks and amp up the sentiment factor.

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We vow to save where we can.

Wise suggests saving on decor by alternating between elaborate and tall floral centrepieces and simple, low ones. Not only will the variety create a stunning aesthetic drama in your space, it’s cost-effective as well! Alongside florals and decor, it’s food and beverage where couples spend most. Wise suggests limiting your bar during cocktail hour to only beer and wine, or a passed signature cocktail.

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We vow not to compare ourselves to others.

Social media is an amazing tool for collecting boatloads of wedding day inspiration. But this constant comparison leads to unrealistic expectations and a huge temptation to overspend! Wise stresses that every couple is different and if you are going to splurge on anything, do it on elements that make your wedding to stand apart. Spend on something unique like a late night food station featuring your favourite dish, or an acoustic guitarist to play your favourite song live as you walk down the aisle.

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We vow to think ahead.

Yes, your wedding is allegedly the BIGGEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE – but to be fair, the marriage you’re embarking upon will be chock-full of really big financial decisions as well. Commit to being open and honest with each other about your finances and take the time to ‘unpack’ any financial baggage together; the earlier, the better.

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A few additional money-saving tips from Rebecca Wise:

“Rent a cake pedestal to increase the height of your cake without increasing its price, and select in-season flowers that don’t need to be imported.”

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TD’s Malloy adds, “Weddings are one of life’s biggest milestones and can come with a big price tag, but through smart budgeting and saving strategies it’s possible to celebrate the big day and start a new life together putting the right financial foot forward.”

Must Have Wedding Photo Purestorm Studios Toronto

 

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{ note: this message sponsored by TD Canada Trust }

{ photog credit: PureStorm Studios | Daniel Benjamin | Taylor Jackson | Sara Monika | Hamstra Photography | Laura Fess | Matt Trimble | Emily Christine }

 

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