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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!


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.

Le Chateau Wedding Boutique Online Collection

Le Chateau Wedding Guest Fashion

Mother Of The Bride Wedding Dress Toronto

Wedding Shoes Toronto

Wedding Day Bride Purse Clutch Jewelry Le Chateau

Groomsmen Groom Accessories Le Chateau Canada

Wedding Party Gift Ideas Le Chateau Canada

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.

LeChateau Wedding Boutique Ask Charlotte Stylist


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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!

Wedding Blogger Toronto

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?)

Royal Woodbine Toronto Golf Club

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!

WeddingGirl at Clubhouse Events

Clubhouse Events Toronto Red Carpet Treatment

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.

Toronto Golf Course Wedding Venue

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.

WeddingGirl Blogger Media

Toronto Outdoor Wedding Spot

Dave Bussoli Clubhouse Events Toronto

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.

Clubhouse Eventspace Toronto

Toronto Wedding Venue Clubhouse Eventspace 1

Toronto Wedding Ceremony Venue Clubhouse

Sweetheart Head Table Swarovski Chairs

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!)

Wedding Oyster Bar Ice Shelf Toronto

Toronto Gourmet Wedding Menu

Clubhouse Eventspace Toronto Outdoor Wedding Venue

Sangria Champagne Wedding Drinks

Clubhouse 1982 Toronto Open House

Indian Toronto Wedding Menu Golf Clubhouse

By Peter And Pauls Toronto logo

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

Congrats, Dave + Crew! Cheers to you!

Dave Bussoli WeddingGirl.ca Clubhouse Eventspace Toronto


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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.

WeddingGirl visits Donna Dolphy

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!)

Donna Dolphy Salong Yorkville

Donna Dolphy Salon Yorkville Bridal Beauty

Donna Dolphy Giving Back 5 Year Anniversary

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.

{ Giving Back }

Ernestine's womens shelter logo

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.

{ Sponsor Love }

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

loreal professional partners logo

{ blogger love }

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

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

Toronto Tastemaker Blogger WeddingGirl Raymi The Minx

WeddingGirl and Raymi The Minx Donna Dolphy Salon


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??

Turquoise Green Grooms laces

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.

Marie and Michael Photography

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?!

colourful groomsmen shoe laces

Creative Groomsmen Wedding Day Laces

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.

Grooms Shoes Laces Blue Wedding

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?

Turquoise Grooms Laces

Coloured Groomsmen Shoe Laces

Grooms Wedding Shoes Design

Groom Wedding Day Shoes Laces

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!

luxe on a budget, with TD Bank }

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.

TD Bank Toronto


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?”

Fort George Navy Hall NOTL Kissing at Sunset_Emily and Kevin

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.

Dan Osadtsuk Photography Punk Indie Alternative Wedding Bride Toronto 7

“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.

B+M 100

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:

Rebecca Wise Toronto Wedding Planner

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!


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.


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.

feet - hamstra photography

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.

Hockley Valley Wedding Coordinator Barrie

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.

Toronto Wedding Planner Rosewater Room Ceremony

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.”

Toronto Wedding Planner Luvvly Little Cake Co

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



{ 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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May 24, 2016

love in the vineyard| Niagara wine country tour

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 11:31 am

{ Birthday Bubbles + Wine Country }

It’s no secret that wine and vineyards continue to top the charts when it comes to the most romantic spots for proposals, engagements, and Happily Ever Afters! How lucky are we in the Toronto area that in only a short hour drive we’re nestled in the heart of some of the most incredible wineries that the North American continent has to offer?!

Mary Bratko WeddingGirl goes to Wine Country Niagara

It was my birthday this past weekend and I got the best. surprise. EVER – an afternoon of birthday bubbles in my favourite wine region!

Tips for touring Wine Country? Don’t drive yourself! You can book an amazing limousine wine tour through local transportation companies like Gem Limousine. Dapper drivers like Jim will show up at your door and chauffeur you around to wineries of your choice. You can create your own itinerary or they can make one for you!

Mary Bratko WeddingGirl gem limo Jordan Wine Tour

Having your own driver means that you can spend more time doing other things in the car like…. detangling a necklace, tweeting about going on a wine tour, and posting a selfie…

Niagara Wine Tour Gem Limo

Angel’s Gate Winery was my first stop of choice – they have some of the best Chardonnay I’ve ever tasted out of southern Ontario (and I’m totally a chard snob).

Angels Gate Winery Beamsville

This spot might top the list for most romantic winery to get down on one knee than with a glass of rosé bubbles and this storybook view:

Angels Gate Winery Sparkling Rose

Mary Bratko Angels Gate Winery Tour

With the Chardy Party well underway, Tawse was the next stop to taste some bold Niagara red wines.

Driving up to Tawse is pretty impressive even if you don’t know that the wines there are really delicious. And Snapseed makes Tawse look like it’s stepped out of a futuristic sci-fi.

Gem Limo Niagara Wine Tour

Tawse Winery Jordan Beamsville Niagara

When a Toronto wedding photographer goes on wine tours, he ends up taking really amazing shots like this:

Tawse Winery Niagara Sparkling Wine

While the wedding blogger gets to dance on picnic tables in the vineyard and sip sparkling…

Niagara Wine Tour WeddingGirl.ca


To Megalomaniac… where the chandeliers are the size of my car, the Homegrown Red is fantastic, and you get to sport a bowler while you taste. Sadly you’re not allowed to enjoy a glass of wine on the patio (a super-awesome way to enjoy your time at most other wineries in this area) – but maybe it’s coming soon? Amazing staff totally made up for it, though.

Megalomaniac BubbleHead Sparkling Niagara

WeddingGirl at Megalomaniac Winery

Next stop: Featherstone… where there’s the most gorgeous little vintage verandah overlooking the vineyards… and when you’re not busy working on alliterations you get to design your own Niagara meat and cheese boards to sample with your sparkling…

Featherstone Winery Jordan Niagara Wine Country

Alsooo, the teeniest taste of pure JOY – 2012 Premium Cuvée in this crazy-elegant feather-etched stemware that I totally wanted to snag but sadly they didn’t sell. Oh, sad day.

Featherstone JOY 2012 Premium Cuvee

BUT – on a positive note! When you learn about the fact that Featherstone gets their amazing Avonlea Cheddar from the nearby cheese boutique at Stoney Ridge Winery, you just get back in your limo and head there next!

And THIS…. my friends… is where it’s ALL at…. 2010 Stoney Ridge Estate Chardonnay… worth every premium penny spent – oaky, chewy, with these brilliant hints of buttery-vanilla-magic. It’s the bottle of wine you’ll use to toast every special occasion from here on, ever. (or, wait.. maybe that’s me?)

WeddingGirl Wine Tour Stoney Ridge

… also…. CHEEEEESE! We left with a Bleu D’Elizabeth, horseradish cheddar, and more of the Avonlea cheddar than I’ll ever know what to do with. Entirely not sorry.

Stoney Ridge Cheese Boutique Jordan

Last stop on the wine tour? One of the most boldly-marketed and near-and-dear-to-my-heart, off-the-beaten-path approaches to making and sharing wine… Flat Rock Cellars. I worked here while I was in university and learned the intimate in’s and out’s of what it means to buy, build, grow, and excel at everything-wine.

Flat Rock Cellars Wine Tour Niagara



All etched into a completely stunning property boasting a striking view of the Toronto skyline on clear, sunny days.

Each vineyard has a story.

Each bottle label shares a piece of heart.

It’s a winery experience unlike any other…. actually.

WeddingGirl Wine Tour Niagara

WeddingGirl Wine Tour Flat Rock Cellars

Soooo, with Angel’s Gate, Tawse, Megalomaniac, Featherstone, Stoney Ridge and Flat Rock Cellars behind me, not only was it actually the best day in Niagara ever, it’s serious inspiration for lovebirds wanting to stay-cate, celebrate, or just get out of the city any unwind!

Happy Wine-Touring, Lovers!

(and thanks again for the spectacular day, Gem Limo!)

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May 22, 2016

Fore the love of golf | Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy

{ I Do’s + Golf Lessons }

Farmington Country Club Golf Wedding

Golf and nuptials go back about as far as peanut butter and jam on toast… seriously, more than half of the weddings we see involve golf to some extent: Groomsmens’ day out, morning-of driving range, saying “I Do” with rolling greens in the background. With golf courses becoming increasingly popular to host your wedding day celebrations, why aren’t more of us grabbing our clubs and hitting the greens leading up to (and after!) the Big Day as well?!

Last week I had a chance to meet golf pro Bradlee Ryall and take golf lessons at Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy in Mississauga. 

One thing I figured out pretty quick? These guys know golf (and have a mad passion for sharing the love!)

Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy Lessons Kaneff

I’ll be honest… I’ve never been much of a golfer. You know how the story goes: I was the girl who bought clubs because I was dating a boy who loved golf and I wanted to be cool like he was. I’m certain there are FAR better ways to get into the sport! Maybe it was the investment I made in pink clubs and pink-laced golf shoes that tagged my interest? I didn’t wear (or bring) them to meet Bradlee – I didn’t want to mislead the pro into thinking I had any idea what I was doing. I wore a polka-dotted coral number instead, and got to use these brand-spanking-new gorgeous blue Nike clubs – definitely for the win! (Thanks, Lion Head!)

Bradlee Ryall Kaneff Golf Academy

Nike Blue Golf Clubs Lion Head Kaneff

Now, I wish that I could say gorgeous new clubs and a wicked pro-golfer instructor makes for a good play… but to be honest, I barely hit the ball. I blame a torn rotator cuff in my shoulder – though I don’t think my lack of natural talent was remotely related.

Bradlee, on the other hand, is a golf-master Jedi. With a BA from Western, a post-grad in golf management, and experience working and playing around the world, if anyone’s going to make you a pro (or at least LOVE the game) – it’s this guy.

Bradlee Ryall Golf Mississauga

“Do it like this! Not like this!” – and as I learned about tension-free swinging (applying pressure but not a strong grip, etc) – I couldn’t help but consider what a super awesome gift this would be around wedding planning time… SO many possibilities!

Bradlee Ryall Kaneff Academy Golf Lessons

You can literally gift golf lessons for EVERYTHING wedding-related!

Newly engaged? Golf lessons as a way to bond and distract yourself from stressful planning weekend after weekend.

Planning a wedding? Gift golf to the Groomsmen as a thank-you experience (nobody needs another engraved flask).

Golf Lessons for the Fathers as a Thank-You for everything they’ve done to help with the wedding plans.

Gift the Newlyweds a membership + golf clinic to de-stress and have some fun on the greens together after they tie the knot!

Seriously… golf-everything…. it’s sunshine, exercise, bonding, a little competitive spirit, and golf carts. Who doesn’t create memories in a golf cart?

And if you happen to end up lucky enough to be golfing at a club as gorgeous as Lion Head, the food’s pretty awesome as well. I speak from experience…

WeddingGirl Kaneff Golf Academy

Kaneff Golf Academy WeddingGirl Raymi Toronto

Goooo golf!

And here’s a photo my friend Rob took of me figuring out Golf In a Box….  my wicked instructor Bradlee created this DIY order-taking iPad software to make my golf-lesson-buying entirely wedding-planner proof and easy-peasy. I basically have no excuse not to learn. Challenge Accepted.


Kaneff Golf Academy Bradlee Ryall

( blog love | photog credit :: @AnnaAndSpencerPhotography }

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May 2, 2016

Toronto’s Original Bridal Swap | a huge success!

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 9:57 am

{ The Original Bridal Swap – Toronto West }

A few weeks ago we were so excited to share that The Original Bridal Swap was making its FIRST-EVER appearance in Toronto this year!

Well, not only did the Swap take place in Toronto this past week, it was an absolutely amazing success! So much love and heartfelt happiness is being sent out to the fierce-spirited Vicky over at Perfect Planners for lovingly stitching this incredible event together.

If you haven’t heard of The Original Bridal Swap before – here’s a peek at the awesomeness that went down in the 6ix last week.

It was a wedding show unlike all other wedding shows. At THIS show, PAST BRIDES sold their previously-loved wedding items (decor, fashion, accessories and DIY gems) to FUTURE BRIDES! – like a super fancy flea market with way better music. The oh-so-talented Jessilynn Wong was there to capture the fab.

Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Wedding Bridal Swap 1

Vicky Perfect Planners Toronto Original Bridal Swap - Bridal Swap Toronto JessilynnWongPhotography

Vintage Suitcase wedding - Bridal Swap Toronto JessilynnWongPhotography

{ Previously-Loved Bridal Fashion }

We all know that gone are the days of superstitions around wedding day frocks.  Bridal gown prices at The Original Bridal Swap ranged anywhere from $300-$800 - do you know a blushing bride who said “Yes!” to a dress at the show?

Original Bridal Swap Toronto West 2016

Original Bridal swap Toronto West - Bridal Swap Toronto JessilynnWongPhotography

{ DIY Gems }

Another wedding day To-Do that’s awesome to pick up previously-loved? Signage and table numbers! You can never go wrong with class, timeless gold or white… and you might just be lucky enough to come across a Newlywed who’s already made beauties in your exact theme.

Wooden Table Numbers - Bridal Swap Toronto JessilynnWongPhotography

White Table numbers - Bridal Swap Toronto JessilynnWongPhotography

Coral Green Wedding Table Numbers - Bridal Swap Toronto JessilynnWongPhotography

Mirror Wedding Sign - Bridal Swap Toronto JessilynnWongPhotography

{ Saving on Centrepieces }

These stylish finds went from lovingly-made to excitedly-found at the Swap as well.

DIY Gold Centrepiece - Bridal Swap Toronto JessilynnWongPhotography

Gold Manzanita centrepiece - Bridal Swap Toronto JessilynnWongPhotography

White Wedding Lanterns - Bridal Swap Toronto JessilynnWongPhotography

{ sweet treats }

And how can you not love a Sunday afternoon of wedding day dreams finished off with sweet treats custom-made with local love?

Toronto Bridal Swap Sweet Treats Wedding


For questions about Toronto’s inaugural Original Bridal Swap,

or to inquire about the next Swap event in your area,

contact event organizer

Vicky of Perfect Planners


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April 19, 2016

meet PrettyBird | Canada’s 1st on-demand mobile beauty app

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 1:21 pm

{ Hiring Makeup Artists + Hair Stylists! }

“So, it’s like Uber – for faces?”

Yup! Pretty much!

PrettyBird is Canada’s 1st on-demand mobile beauty app – connecting the ease and convenience of technology with the affordability and accessibility of Hair Stylists and Makeup Artists anywhere, anytime. Whether you’re getting married, in a wedding party, attending a wedding as a guest or you’re a wedding vendor posing for promo photos throughout the day – this app is designed to get you gorgeous, FAST! On demand and on location.

PrettyBird App Canada Mobile Beauty Artist Stylist OnDemand copy RESIZED

But before there’s a PrettyBird app, there needs to be a PrettyBird team of Hair Heroes and Makeup Mavens to make it happen! If you’re Canadian, over the age of 18, and certified in the Beauty Arts (or have equivalent real-world experience), head over to the Apple App or Google Play store to download PrettyBird-Artist and sign-up!

Download The PrettyBird Artist App mockup


Sign up as a PrettyBird Client and receive VIP updates + perks at



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April 11, 2016

By Calin | Toronto Wedding Photographer

Filed under: Love,Media,Photography,WG Media — WeddingGirl @ 10:50 am

 { November Rain | Photography LOVE }

By Calin – Toronto Wedding Photographer

Bride and Groom waiting...

It was a chilly Saturday in November and the cold Canadian weather just did not want to cooperate with us.

The couple had planned a long photo shoot in a park next to their wedding venue but the rain kept pouring – without stop. we half-heartedly reverted to our back-up plan: indoor photos instead. For a few brief minutes the bride and groom escaped into their limo to warm up and I could feel their energy and excitement falling with every raindrop.

Despite the fact that they were enjoying their wedding day, the cold rain took its toll and the Newylyweds decided, after a brief chat in the limo, that they did not want to take any more photos and instead just wait in the car as guests began to arrive.

Even though the weather was something we couldn’t possibly control as wedding photographers, I somehow felt responsible for their misfortune. I wanted to give these two beautiful people a beautiful image despite the trying conditions outdoors.  I asked my assistant to put an off-camera flash inside the car and I waited at a distance, armed with a long lens – I just knew that something was about to happen. I chose to focus on the droplets on the window, rendering the bride and groom out of focus, and I waited.

The piercing cold rain was falling, still without stop, and I was soaked. The couple talked amongst themselves and nothing seemed to announce itself as an incredible moment. I grew impatient. That’s when, suddenly, they decided to leave the limo, kissed, then smiled at the same time while looking at the venue where their friends and families were waiting for them. That’s when the magic happened.

The Newlyweds love this moment. I love this moment. This moment is what makes a photographer not just a guy with a camera, but an artist.

A moment, a flash, and a cold November rain.


About the photographer: Calin is an award winning Toronto wedding photographer shooting in the Toronto area and traveling worldwide.

Take a peek at more of Calin’s work by visiting him over at www.bycalin.com or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/bycalin



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