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November 1, 2015

Welcome, Movember! | #WGxMovember

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{ Fuzzy Kisses For A Good Cause }

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It’s that time of year again, my dears! The men we love are getting hairy for a good cause.

Movember‘ is a visual brand that inspires men to grown moustaches they wouldn’t otherwise don and raise funds and awareness for issues around men’s health. Social media channels become laden with Mo-Bro-progress … and there’s even some Mo-Sistas out there who do their part as well! As always, WeddingGirl is showing her support.

Every year we choose a Movember team to cheer for and this year we’ve chosen to collaborate with fellow entrepreneur and dreamer Jake Stika – the founder of non-profit organization, Next Gen Men.

Next Gen Men was launched in November of 2014 with the help of Movember’s first Canadian Men’s Health and Wellbeing Innovation Challenge. NGM runs an after-school program which aims to engage, educate, and empower boys aged 12-16 around societal constructs of masculinity. With the alarming rise in rates of depression, suicide, and domestic violence amongst men, it is timely and important work to disrupt prevalent ideas surrounding toxic masculinity and present young boys with a multitude of opportunities to be a man that contributes positively to their community.

 

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+ Next Gen Men by donating here:

 

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October 23, 2015

#WGxBigThings :: Vendors ….

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 8:07 pm

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Have you heard? We’re making some HUGE changes around here and we basically couldn’t be any more excited about them.

(How excited is REALLY excited? - the kind of excited you would get if you saw unicorns riding bicycles over rainbows! – it’s a thing, right?)

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And we’re getting equally as excited to share sneak peeks into what’s happening around these parts. It’s no surprise that we love gushing about our favourite vendors on our blog, through our social media accounts, and in our Vendor Showcase – because we know that what we say matters to girls in love! How lucky we are to connect Nearlyweds with super-awesome vendors we know they can count on.

Well, Vendors…. now more than ever, you’re going to want to stay tuned. THIS hint’s for you!

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October 20, 2015

#WGxBigThings :: Wedding Planners….

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 11:44 am

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Almost daily we receive emails from wedding planners eager to feature their work on the WeddingGirl.ca blog.

So long as Mary + her team were planning weddings themselves, it wasn’t possible to shift the spotlight to other event artists – despite their incredible talent and passion. Well…. things are changing around here… remember that Sneak Peek trailer we posted a few days ago??

Wedding Planners, take note…. THIS hint’s for you!

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WeddingGirl.ca Mary Bratko Wedding Planner Niagara Toronto Hamilton Rick Denham Photographer Photography

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October 19, 2015

#WGxBigThings :: Brides….

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Carly and Mary were in the WeddingGirl studio today….. and, Brides, this hint’s for you!

{behind-the-scenes} …

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Missed our Sneak Peek video? Watch it here!

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October 13, 2015

#WGxBigThings :: 2015 Sneak Peek Promo

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 3:38 pm

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If you follow us on the Instagrams (@WeddingGirlca) you’ve seen some hints being dropped here and there that some BIG changes are coming to the WeddingGirl brand…. and the hinting ensues!

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We’ve been working so hard, behind-the-scenes, to transition WeddingGirl.ca into something that none of us have ever seen before… not within our brand, not in Toronto….. not in the entire country.

Yup.

We mean serious wedding-planning-business.

In the past few years, what it means to plan a wedding has changed lightyears. I mean, when WeddingGirl first started, Facebook was still new, none of us had any idea how to use Twitter, and Pinterest and Instagram were barely even a glimmer in their developers’ eyes. It was a different world back then!

Well…. as things in the industry changed, so did we.

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First, we launched WeddingGirl-Multiplied, then we opened up the Fraîche Floral Studio. Earlier this year, some accidental marketing projects turned into an exciting new digital media strategy for ourselves and our favourite vendors in the industry … and suddenly we realized we were staring down the barrel of a COMPLETELY new WeddingGirl.ca experience.

The big things coming in the next few weeks are the first of their kind and entirely unprecedented… and they say that when something equally excites and terrifies you, you should definitely do it.

So, without further ado…. here’s our next hint! <3

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September 22, 2015

Vendor Love: Meet Doris | LoveLettering.ca

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You know that moment when you’re planning a wedding and you stumble upon something super-awesome-amazing and you want to share it with EVERYONE!?! Well…. meet Doris. And what we just described is basically how we felt when we found LoveLettering.ca.

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Umm…. her custom-lettered (reusable) Starbucks cups for that epic Newly-Engaged or Wedding-Morning ring shot?! YES PLEASE!

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Goodness… does it get any more adorable than this?!

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You can order your custom-lettered Starbucks cups over at Doris’ Etsy Shop! Our order is already placed!

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{ blog love – Photog Credits: Just Love Me Photography | Deonna Caruso Photography | LuckyBird Photography }

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September 3, 2015

Real WG Wedding :: Navy Hall, Niagara On The Lake

{ Emily + Kevin }

When we first met Emily and Kevin it was clear that their love for one another was genuine, strong, and free-spirited. These two lovebirds share just about every passion in life – bicycling, travel, education, and a relaxed urban lifestyle in one of Toronto’s loveliest pockets.

We planned this wedding together from start-t0-finish keeping a few tidbits at the forefront of our priority list. This wedding needed to be authentic, affordable, and absolutely unforgettable. Judging from how gorgeous the photos came out, I’d say we succeeded! It was actually almost impossible to narrow these photos from PureStorm Studios down to just the most beautiful highlights of the day. God, we love a first look! And an atypical wedding dress! AND a wild, ferny, bridal bouquet!…. okay, enough gushing…. take a peek for yourself. (prepare to swoon!)

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Navy Hall Niagara On The Lake Riverview Wedding Ceremony

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… and they lived happily ever after <3

{ Blog Love :: Officiant: White Orchid Weddings | Venue: Navy Hall | Photography: PureStorm Studios, with Dan Osadtsuk | Catering: Touch of India + Highland Chef, David Glover | Floral Design: Fraîche Floral Studio | Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor | Accommodations: Prince of Wales + Harbour House | Design + Planning + Coordination: WeddingGirl.ca  }

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August 27, 2015

Real WG Wedding :: Audrey + Jonathan :: Whistle Bear Golf Club

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This past May, we had the opportunity to plan Audrey and Jonathan’s wedding at the stunning Whistle Bear Golf Club. Audrey and Jonathan are one of those couples that are just meant to be together. Their love of travel, their silliness, and their overall adventurous spirits, made this one incredible day. From the bold red designer florals to their Star Wars themed wedding cake, this wedding is one to remember.

Here’s how the day unfolded:

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Venue: Whistle Bear Golf Club | Photography: Lucas + Tay | Hair + Makeup: Pro Makeup by Natasha | Florals: Fraiche Floral Design Studio | Sweets + Treats: Too Nice To Slice | Entertainment: Nth Degree Entertainment Group | Linen Rentals: Jodi Leigh Designs | Planned + Coordinated by Lisa and Mary of WeddingGirl.ca

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August 4, 2015

Real WG Wedding :: Genevieve + Daniel :: Royal Canadian Yacht Club

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This summer we had the pleasure of planning Genna and Dan’s wedding at the beautiful Royal Canadian Yacht Club. It was a gorgeous affair full of earthy greens, sailboats, and stunning sunsets. Genna and Dan share a once-in-a-lifetime love full of adventure, romance, and the kind of honest-to-goodness partnership that all of us wish for. These lovebirds filled their day with personalized touches and DIY elements to reflect their hopes, their dreams, and their love story.

Here’s how their wedding story was written…

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Venue: Royal Canadian Yacht Club | Officiant: Drew Goursky, All Seasons Weddings | Photography: Katie Thompson Photography | Cinematography: PureStorm Studios | Hair + Makeup: All Glam Affair | Florals: Brittany Fantham, Bee Designs | Sweets + Treats: Twisted Chef | Reception Band: Running Red Lights | Planned + Coordinated by WeddingGirl.ca

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9 Alternative Wedding Destinations for Adventurous Couples

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Dreaming of an unforgettable wedding day? What about turning your celebration into a vacation? But gone are the days of far flung white beaches being the only destination wedding option for jetsetting lovebirds. From the beautiful to the bizarre – there are so many unique and creative spots around the globe to tie the knot!

Underwater Trang Ceremony :: Thailand

Attention all mermaid brides…. once a year, during their annual Trang Festival, couples can wed beneath the waves in drop-dead-gorgeous Thailand! Between the street parades and ancient Thai ceremonies, you can translate “I Do” into bubbles with an underwater wedding ceremony. Skip the sandy beach and opt for this submerged celebration.

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Everest :: Nepal

Though not for the faint-hearted, a little bit of preparation and planning can go a long way with this full-on expedition into the next chapter of your lives together! Say your vows, literally, on top of the world…. and so long as you stick to Everest Base Camp, oxygen masks won’t be required.

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English countryside, :: United Kingdom

Fancy a quintessential English countryside as a timeless backdrop for your vows?  Consider the rural romance inherent in farm wedding venues and hop over to the UK for the rustic, converted-barnyard wedding of your dreams. How much more romantic does it get than a first kiss in the candlelight surrounded by rolling green hills?

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Scott Island :: Antarctica

Looking for something remote, isolated, and entirely once-in-a-lifetime? Head to the one continent that hardly anyone on the planet has been to. Accessible only by helicopter, Scott Island is one of the most remote places on the planet – so privacy for your big day is guaranteed! Just watch out for frostbite.

Scott Island Antarctica Wedding

Burning Man Festival :: U.S.A.

Possibly the most iconic festival in the world, there is surely no better place for two free-spirited lovebirds to commit to one another than at Burning Man. The landscape is surreal. The atmosphere is electric. These memories will, undoubtedly, last a lifetime. Weddings here are not uncommon and are surprisingly easy to organize!

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The Grand Canyon :: U.S.A.

There’s nowhere else on the planet more imposing or more photographed than the perfect red-rock background of the Grand Canyon. I mean, really, would any other setting off-set a white wedding dress more majestically? All couples have to do is choose their favourite elevated viewpoint, obtain a permit, and curate a guest list based on who they think would be brave enough to traverse this rugged interior.

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In Space (no joke)

Is is, in fact, possible, to get married about a Virgin Galactic flight that leaves the Earth’s atmosphere; budget-permitting, of course! Imagine exchanging your I Do’s in zero-gravity. The experience would be, quite literally, out of this world. As would your budget need to be… presumably.

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Ice Palaces :: Lapland

I mean, it might not be outer space, but the snow can be just as stunning a backdrop as a starry-night sky… so why not consider an ice palace or igloo hotel for the ultimate unique venue for a picture-perfect white wedding? Think fur coats, snow-coated landscapes, and celebrations in an entirely unforgettable style of luxury.

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Ayers Rock, Australia

You can’t beat the imposing beauty of the Australian outback. There’s no between place on the planet to experience it than iconic Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, in central Oz. Particularly potent at sunset or sunrise, here’s the perfect location for incredible photos and an ideal adventurous wedding destination. You’re not afraid of kangaroos, are you?

Uluru Ayers Rock Australian Destination Wedding

Whatever your dream wedding destination – wherever your wanderlusting hearts carry you, there’s a venue somewhere on the planet that’s sitting, waiting, to witness you professing your love. Grab your main squeeze, your passport, and go find it!

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Photog credits: HelloTravel.com | PrivateExpeditions.com | Silk Wedding Films | Jonathan Clark | Mark Haughwout | Ben Adams Photography 

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