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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! 

Visual Poetry

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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!

Meghan Ritchey Wilson Colorado Wedding Photographer

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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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Visual Poetry

The Bridal Collection 

Rocky Mountain National Park

Floral Design of Europe

Serena Swan Photography

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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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All images via [Monique Lhuillier]

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

leah

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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Rainbow Bridesmaid Dresses LGBT Lesbian Wedding Planners Toronto

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Colourful Rainbow Bridesmaid Bouquets

Kate Spade DIY luxe wedding decor

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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Fall Autumn Groom Bout Tweed Twine

Industrial Vintage Modern Gentleman Wedding Style

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Wedding Dessert buffet decor vintage industrial design

Lace Wedding Cake Design Toronto

Eco Twine Rustic Vintage Wedding Stationary Design

Autumn Fall Rustic Wedding Design

Hipster Urban Vintage Industrial wedding design decor

Lucas Tay Wedding Photography Toronto Cinema Videography

 

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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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October 15, 2014

New York Bridal Fashion Week 2015

From the Runway: J. Mendel Bridal Collection

Authored by: Leah Sandhu

Is anyone else excited to see what’s coming off of the Bridal Fashion runways?!  If you haven’t had a chance to catch up, here’s a selection of some of my favourite’s from the J. Mendel Collection. I’ve been working on our Bridal Look Book and have been dreaming about using some of these gorgeous gowns!

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Photo source {J. Mendel Collection}

Who is your favourite bridal wear designer?

What dress are you dying to wear on your wedding day?

Stay tuned for more of my favourites! You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest for more inspiration.

leah

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 Fusion celebration, make sure to Get In Touch! leah@weddinggirl.ca

 

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October 13, 2014

Meet Carly :: #TheNewWeddingGirl

Filed under: Author: Carly Whiteman,Bridal Blog,WGx — WeddingGirl @ 11:07 am

{ this is Carly }

Authored by: Carly Whiteman

(the newest WeddingGirl)

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“Wow”

That’s what I’ve been walking around for the last 48 hours saying.

Well, to be completely honest I’ve walked away from each WeddingGirl meeting and event over the last month with a huge smile and always the same reaction…

“WoW”.

This “WoW effect” ( thats what I’m calling it) comes from me being absolutely amazed at the love, support,  and kindness that a group of intelligent, business savvy, smart witted, beautiful women (and AlphaGroom) exude so naturally and here I stand in shock.

Am I actually fortunate enough to be a part of this ?

To back track a little I should introduce myself.

My name is Carly, I’m from Hamilton, I’m raising 2 amazing kids, and have just about 10 years experience in the wedding industry.

I never anticipated coming out of the shadows from behind a business name, or discussing what I have to offer….

… but here I am.

And I’m all in!!

I’m ready to share my experience, put my ideas and concepts on paper, and spread glitter and a contagious smile wherever I go.

This is my transformation.

It’s happening when I least expected it, but taking that leap can move mountains and surround you with the kind of love you never anticipated; a sisterhood, a family, not through blood, but through bond.

So in the spirit of thanksgiving I cannot help but support what Mary wrote yesterday….

Be grateful every day.

Don’t limit your gratitude to one day a year.

I am so very grateful to be on this team.

This is the beginning of my dreams coming true.

I am unbelievably grateful to have this team support me and I cannot wait to introduce myself to all of you in person.

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Happy Thanksgiving!  

 

 

 

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Alternative Late Night Buffet Ideas

Filed under: Author: Lisa Hardie,Bridal Blog,Catering,DIY Weddings,WGx — WeddingGirl @ 12:00 am

{Dare to be different when it comes to your late-night buffet.}

Authored by: Lisa Hardie

After the vows have been said and the formal dinner over, your guests are ready to party as your DJ drops the beat (yes, I actually did just say that). But after a while they have likely had a few drinks and need something to soak up all the alcohol.

Enter your late night buffet.

Gone are the traditional fruit and veggies trays; and those awful egg salad sandwiches that we used to see. It’s time to keep up with the trendy late night buffet tables that suit your personality. Don’t be afraid to talk to your caterer or venue on what matters to you; they should work with you to help make every detail just the way you want it. Of course, your wedding planner can help with that too.

Here are just a few idea’s to help make your late night buffet stand out.

1. Burgers and beer; a natural combination.

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2.  A doughnut bar; to satisfy your guests sweet tooth.

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3. Taco bar; to keep the fiesta going.

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4. A pizza bar; because quite honestly, who doesn’t love pizza?

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5. For something completely out-of-the-box; how about a trendy food truck?

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to catering your event. Just have fun with it and make it your own; you’ll be sure to leave your guests wanting more!

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Lisa Hardie WeddingGirl.ca Hamilton

Lisa Hardie is a Hamilton-based Wedding Planner and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca. If you have any questions or are thinking about hiring a Wedding Planner, make sure to email her at lisa@weddinggirl.ca.

You can also be friends with Lisa on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, and Instagram as well!

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October 12, 2014

thank you. thank you. thank you.

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 12:25 pm

{ Today I am thankful for…. }

Thanksgiving Thankful Wedding Place Setting

Just like Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a marketing ploy to remind people to love one another, Thanksgiving shouldn’t be a turkey-laden, pumpkin-adorned reminder to be grateful. Alas, whatever the outside reminder may be to take a moment and reflect inward on the all the incredible bounties in our lives, so be it.

Today, I’m taking a moment to express gratitude, and be thankful.

Today, I’m thankful for a fateful trip - an unexpected adventure to and through India and Nepal – that changed, forever, how I see life, love, business, and the world.

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I’m thankful for a random, slightly drunken afternoon walk west on Bloor Street that gave rise to an idea that would change everything I knew about the company I’d built.

I’m thankful for those loving and supportive faces that showed up on that random evening back in January when, for the first time in ever, I sat in front of a group of  mostly-strangers and spoke aloud about this crazy idea.

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I’m thankful for the faces from that crowd that believed so much in what I had to say that they decided to come on board and be a part of that wild dream.

I’m thankful, today, for that dream being more alive and more real than ever.

I’m thankful for WeddingGirl-Multiplied…. #WGx …. and for the group of people I’m surrounded by that remind me never to stop dreaming.

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In alphabetical WeddingGirl order….

Today I’m grateful for Brenda – our tech-savvy, creative, sarcastic and baby-loving WeddingGirl who can write a stellar blog post on just about any topic in such a way that makes you want to re-read it over and over.

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I’m grateful for Carly, our newest WeddingGirl. And by newest I mean, literally less than 24 hours old. Carly and I met at a wedding years ago. Our paths crossed again at an event in the summer, and after some dreaming big together, WG was lucky enough to bring this passionate, driven, talented soul on board.

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I’m so grateful for our beautiful little Laura. This meek, timid little mouse is a Social Media Maven force to be reckoned with. In her own words, speaking in public may make her want to vomit, but put this brave traveler into any social media vessel and she’ll circumnavigate the earth. Twice.

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I’m grateful for Leah. She may have just had to pass her #TheNewWeddingGirl title off to Carly, but this business-minded dreamer has been making things happen since her very first day with us in WG-Land. Whether it’s planning weddings, styling shoots, or changing the way things are done around here…. Leah’s going to scorch the earth and we’re so lucky to have her.

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Linda. Grateful doesn’t even begin to express my gratitude for Linda. Once upon a time I bribed Linda with cupcakes and champagne to be a friendly face of support at that WGx talk in January. That night she proposed to come on board. Since then, our best-friend-ship would never be the same again. Corporate strategy, media relations, nights out in little black dresses and cocktails on rooftop patios…. what’s more amazing than being in business with your bestie? Well, I guess, being in business with 7 of them….

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So very grateful for Lisa. Our Little Miss DIY who can make anything, do anything, and so far has been one of the few WeddingGirl’s to muster up the intestinal fortitude to post video selfie diaries. Lisa has coordinated a couple of gorgeous weddings with me and is planning a handful more – all while learning what it means to be a mum, be a stellar wife, all while chasing her dreams for Happily Ever After of her own.

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And then there’s AlphaGroom. How can I not be grateful for a dude who’s brave enough to join a team of ALL-of-the-girls, be a high octane gentleman every time we get together, and, most importantly, watch our purses during WG-army outings. Thanks for being awesome, AlphaGroom.

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And last but BY FAR not least…. to all of our beautiful brides, incredible vendors, and those friends and family who won’t ever stop supporting our mission to lace the world with cupcakes, glitter, and unicorns.

So while I may not agree that turning leaves and colourful gourds are required to remind us to acknowledge the awesome, I suppose any external reminder is a good one.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

thankful grateful blessed

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