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March 24, 2015

#ShopLocalSeries | A Celebrity Limousine

{ Toronto’s Primiere Limousine Service Provider }

Authored by: Lisa Hardie

When we started our #ShopLocalSeries, we introduced you to Luxe Drive, Toronto’s Ultra-Luxury Chauffeur Driven Auto Service.

This time, we’d like to introduce you to A Celebrity Limousine.

A Celebrity Limousine is Toronto’s premiere Limousine service provider, and Luxe Drive’s go to for high end limo service. We were actually referred to A Celebrity Limousine by Luxe Drive and we’re so happy to have made that connection! After just one chat with Rob, the owner of the company, we knew good things would happen (which I guess has been the norm lately!).

It was Thursday February 12 of this year when we first connected with Rob; the day before our #Indie88Wedding winner would be announced. We were in a bind with trying to find a limo provider to whisk around our winning couple as they prepared for their wedding with just 24 hours notice.

That’s when Rob and his team stepped in without question, without hesitation…it was like a match made in wedding heaven.


With over 15 years of experience, A Celebrity Limousine is the most reputable limousine service in the GTA, specializing in weddings. They have been awarded the #1 Limo Service in Toronto by Readers Choice for several consecutive years.

Partly what sets them apart is that they actually own their entire fleet of vehicles for which they guarantee your limo of choice will arrive on your wedding day and not a different subcontracted limo (a big plus when servicing such a large city!).

Here are just a couple of vehicle’s they offer.




Aren’t they stunning?

So the next time you need premiere limousine service, be sure to contact Rob and his team.

We know he’ll go the extra mile to ensure you’re receiving the best possible service ever; just like he did with us.


Interested in being featured in our #ShopLocalSeries? Be sure to contact media@weddinggirl.ca with the hashtag ‘#ShopLocalSeries‘ in the subject line for more information.

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March 17, 2015

WGLookBook: Evergreen Brickworks

{ Going #Green on your Wedding Day }

The WeddingGirl.ca team loves when couples make “green” choices when it comes to their wedding plans. Check out WGxGreen for our eco-friendly division, focusing on greener events for a cleaner world.

With today being St. Patrick’s day, I thought it would be fitting to post about our green photoshoot that took place at Evergreen Brickworks.

This venue is a dream! During my first visit, I wandered the aisles of the brick kilns, and couldn’t stop snapping photos of the colourful graffiti art.


There are so many elements of this venue that I adore, but what I love most of all is the innovation of the facility and the opportunities that are available to people in the city to live a more sustainable lifestyle.


On a cold and snowy January day, our team had the privilege of working in the Holcim Gallery, showcasing some of Toronto’s best talent!

Stayed tuned for the WeddingGirl.ca LookBook coming soon, to see the full look, with photography by the talented Dan O. from Dan Osadtsuk Photography.

For now, here are some sneak-peak shots to get you in a greener mood for spring!


The team at Fraiche created a stunning tablescape that played off of earthy elements such as moss and driftwood, and a wintery bouquet full of lush greenery.


Invitation Twist used plantable seed paper to design a beautiful stationery set to inspire brides to use eco-friendly alternatives, while still looking traditional and gorgeous!


My favourite details were the green belt, veil, and headpiece worn by our beautiful model, Samantha, made especially for her by one of Toronto’s top milliner’s, Blair Nadeau Millinery. Thank you Blair! We can’t wait to share your work with everyone!


The cupcakes and cake were made by Nicole from Cakeity Cakes. When she was describing her idea of making fondant succulents and putting them on top of chocolate cupcakes with oreo crumbs to look like dirt, I thought the idea was so cute and fun, and it really added a playful element to a more serious shoot. For the record, they tasted as amazing as they looked!


We can’t giveaway all of the juicy details yet, but I want to say a huge thank you to the LushBrush team that made our bride look stunning, and Gown and Glory for providing us with a gorgeous dress that made Samantha look and feel like a real bride for the day.

If you’re looking for more eco-friendly wedding ideas, check out one of our previous posts about Satisfying your Inner Green Goddess, and Evergreen Memories which offers some great favor ideas!

Be sure to stayed tuned for our LookBook launch soon! To keep up behind the scenes and see some sneak peek photos, like our Facebook page.

Thank you to our very own WeddingGirl Laura for these amazing photos!

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March 9, 2015

#ShopLocalSeries | Luxe Drive

{ Toronto’s Ultra-Luxury Chauffeur Driven Auto Service }

Authored by: Lisa Hardie

Sometimes you meet someone and they just make such an impression on you, even if you only end up connecting with them for a few moments. The passion that came from Nick Stillo when I briefly chatted with him back in January was really unlike anything I’ve seen in a long time. With the way he spoke about his company, Luxe Drive, you could immediately see the pride he has for his profession.

It was right then I knew our brands would collaborate on something epic.

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Luxe Drive’s mission is to give their clients in the city of Toronto and surrounding areas, a bespoke driving experience of carefully curated fine details, perfect timing every time, and impeccably professional and friendly service for their passengers and clients.

And we know this first-hand.

Nick and his team at Luxe Drive provided our #Indie88Wedding winners, Jessie and Jim, with the ultimate wedding day vehicle, a Rolls Royce Ghost, and we really couldn’t have asked for anything better.

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In fact, when Jessie and Jim were having some photos done, Nick gave me a quick call to say he’d be right back to pick up our Indie couple after a quick stop at the car wash because the stunning Rolls Royce became too dirty amidst all the salt and snow while driving around.

How’s that for service?

And pride.

And dedication.

And…well, the list can go on and on.

I actually asked Nick what set his company apart from others (aside from the above) and here’s what he had to say,

“We’re about creating an experience for our passengers, not just transportation.  We’re about the little things, the details…the things others don’t think of, we do!  We’re about the fashion and style of being driven around, the luxury of being catered to. We’re not about single serving a client, we’re about learning to know what they like before we drive them so that the client feels like we’ve been driven them for years, even if we only just met.”

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Luxe Drive isn’t just for weddings either (though I’d highly recommend them because they love couples in love as much as we here at WeddingGirl do); they are also for business, film, leisure, and just because (because every woman deserves a date night with a sweet ride every once in a while).

So when it’s time for you to start looking at your wedding day transportation, take a look at Luxe Drive. They stand behind their service and quality just as much as we stand behind them.


Our new Shop Local Series brings you the best the fine City of Toronto (and beyond) has to offer. Stay tuned as we feature some of our favourite places, spaces, and vendors!

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March 4, 2015

Behind the Scenes: WG LookBook project

Art Gallery of Hamilton photoshoot: #Blue

Over the past four months, our team has been hard at work creating showstopping photoshoots for our WG Lookbook!

Last month we were at the Art Gallery of Hamilton for our #Blue photoshoot which was so much fun! We had the pleasure of working with Mike Streeter Photography and his assistant Emily. I can’t wait to show you all of the photos, but for now, here’s a sneak peek at what we were up to.

The scene was set for a bride and her leading ladies to sit down for an afternoon of socializing over tea. The AGH graciously provided us with their Sunday afternoon tea menu, and we paired this with super cute mini cakes made by Andria Hanna with each girl’s initial monogrammed on the top in blue to match our theme. Matching stamped cutlery was designed by Two Cats Designs for Life.



Makeup was provided by the ever so talented, Avryl, owner of Makeup Jedi Inc. and each girl had hair done by Renee from BeautiMarkPro. Our models looked great thanks to these wonderful ladies!


Our “bride” Sheena looked amazing in the wedding dress borrowed from Gown and Glory consignment boutique, and jewelry and outfits for our lovely “bridesmaids” were provided by The Edit vintage shop in Hamilton.


The concept and design would not have been possible without the Interior Design expertise of Kelsey, owner of N60 design. She has a keen eye for design and was such a pleasure to work with!  Shout out to you Kelsey, you’re amazing and I hope you can decorate my home one day!


Most importantly of all, a HUGE thank you to our lovely leading ladies who made this shoot a success! Your laughter and enthusiasm throughout the day made it so much fun!


I can’t wait to show you the official photos from the day, stay tuned here and on all of our social media outlets to see the published Lookbook soon!


Photography by Mike Streeter Photography & Emily Maxey.



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February 28, 2015

#Indie88Wedding | Jessie + Jim | Toronto Wedding Giveaway

{ #JessieAndJim + their #Indie88Wedding }

by: Brenda Hanks

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a beautiful princess and a handsome radio station…



That’s not how it started at all.

It started with a random afternoon lunch date.

Just a regular, run-of-the-mill, patio lunch date in Liberty Village; in attendance was the crew from Indie88 FM in Toronto and Mary from WeddingGirl.ca. And during this regular, run-of-the-mill lunch date, something magical happened… for it was then that the idea for the most epic wedding giveaway ever, was born.

*Cue dramatic music*

Back in January, our friends over at Indie88 announced a contest that promised to change two lives forever.

After some teasing, the details came pouring out and the entries came pouring in.

Within just two weeks we’d received 88 submission videos (coincidence?)

Can you imagine how hard it was narrowing it down to just two finalists? Luckily we only had to get it down to two, and that’s when the power of social media took over, Toronto voted for the winner, and vote they did – about 16,000 times!  The votes were in. The tallies were counted. The decision was final.

A few of us here at WG were lucky enough to be in the Indie studios when the announcement was made.

Emotions went wild when The Morning Show with Brian, Matt, and Candice,  congratulated Jessie and Jim on their victory! (Click here to listen to the exact moment they found out!) – how’s that for reality radio?!

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And this is when the real fun started.

Our lucky couple found out at 8:10AM on Friday that they would be getting married on Valentine’s Day.

The next day.

About 30 hours later to be exact.

Luckily for them, we had it all planned out.

All that was left for us to do was get these two lovebirds a marriage license, finalize dress alterations, pick out the rings and jewelry, and get the groom fitted for his suit.


And the shoes.

And pick a hairstyle.

… and invite the wedding guests!

Good thing we’re experts.


With so much to do and such little time to do it, A-Celebrity Limousine swooped in with an amazing 10 passenger limo to chauffeur the WG team, photographers, and our winning couple around town.

In the lap of luxury, Jessie and Jim traveled from the Indie88 studios directly to City Hall to get the paperwork that would make everything the next day the real deal. No falsie-weddings here!



Once the legal business was in check, our next stop was a visit with the gorgeous urban studio of Susan Dicks on Richmond. It was here that our beautiful bride was fitted in the top two gowns she’d picked out at LoversLand bridal boutique.

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After a quick stop at Starbucks, we all loaded back into the limo to take a ride out to Queen St West, to pick some rings from the amazing Made You Look jewellery studio.


Sure, the stop here was for Jessie and Jim to pick out their wedding rings, but let’s face it… we’re girls… and girls love sparkly things! Each of us took turns trying on (and gushing over!) the stunning one-of-a-kind finds that this boutique is packed with We even think our very own Laura may have fallen in love with a wedding band!! (Yay, Laura!)

Once the blingy details were finalized, we were on the road again.


It’s hard to believe after accomplishing all of these tasks it wasn’t even lunchtime! Definitely the makings of a pro team of planners (and a stellar team of supporting cast).

One last stop to make: getting the groom handsome as hell. Thank you to the fab crew over at J Crew in Yorkville – for treating our groom like a king and helping him pick out his threads for the big day.

And now all there was to do was wait…

… but only until Check-In time at One King West - where our Nearlyweds had luxurious accommodations provided for the weekend.


After a long and restful night’s sleep (or not?!), our Bride-To-Be woke up ready for her wedding day prep.

First on the agenda:  a perfect indie-hairstyle by Sacha of All Glam Affair and wedding day makeup by Caryl Baker Visage – Yorkville.

In no time at all, Jessie was transformed from her lazy morning PJ style to being aisle (and runway) ready; complete with her custom-designed headpiece from the oh-so-talented Blair Nadeau Millinery.


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Photographers from Purestorm Studios arrived in the prep suite and Mark and Emily began with all the behind-the-scenes snaps before heading down to the One King West lobby for our couple’s First Look.

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Shortly after noon, it was time to get these two gorgeous people married!

Our friends over at LuxeDrive sent over a Rolls Royce Ghost to deliver the couple to the venue in style…

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Despite the short notice of these nuptials, there was no shortage of guests arriving at The Richmond; which had been transformed from a contemporary gallery space to a gorgeous and intimate wedding space by J Company Designs and our WG style team.

Each guest’s place setting was adorned with amazing stationary from Paper and Poste and tea leaf wedding favours from our friends at Lemon Lily.


And then the magic continued….

Just like any other wedding day:

Guests seated.

Groom in place.

The beautiful bride emerged from her elegant Rolls and glided effortlessly down the aisle with a proud papa at her side.

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Waiting for her at the end of the aisle was Indie88′s own Raina to officiate!


The couple exchanged super-cute, personalized vows and after a killer first kiss, these two were ready to eat, drink, and party like rockstars!

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That’s when the party started.

Step 1:

Open up the bar.

Double Trouble Brewing sent over some of their finest beers for their guests enjoyment, while Dillon’s served up some tasty gin.

Step 2:

Feed the masses!

If you have never been lucky enough to indulge in Cookery Catering eats, add them to your next event’s menu – FOR SURE!

Our indie-inspired fun, casual, and creative menu was flying out of the kitchen and guests were gushing.

Step 3:

Open up the video booth!

TalkBox Events set up their photobooth to capture Truths and Dares revealed and acted out by Jessie and Jim, alongside their friends and family.

The guests especially loved seeing their Same Day Edit played during dessert!

Step 4:


What’s a wedding without dancing??

Indie88 served up the First Dance for our newest husband and wife and kept the music coming while wedding guests got their groove on.

Step 5:

Let them eat cake!

To our friends at Le Dolci, we thank you. Love, all of the world’s tummies and tastebuds.  <3


And then you’d think that was it, right? That the night ended like any other wedding and that al the guests went home?


Not at this indie wedding.

Instead of packing it in, we packed them all up… and sent the entire wedding reception to see STARS!

A wedding reception party ensued at the Danforth Music Hall.

Jealous yet?

Don’t worry….. us too.



Here’s the video that PureStorm Studios unexpectedly created:


{ ALL of the Thank You’s }

Like any epic wedding celebration, there are so many people working together behind-the-scenes to make it gorgeous, flawless, and unforgettable.

To all of the vendors who helped us make this Indie Wedding happen: from the bottom of our WeddingGirl hearts…

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you to all the couples who entered –  we wish we could have married you all!

… and a special thank you to Toronto!

Without your votes we would probably still be trying to pick a winner.

Indie Sponsors


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February 26, 2015

Satisfying Your Inner Green Goddess

{ Going green with your wedding invitations }

Authored by: Bayley Sarrasin

The date has been set. You’ve chosen the most perfect eco-friendly venue you could find, and you’ve been successfully ticking off the boxes on your wedding to-do list.

You’ve got almost all of your details sorted out except for one last piece – designing the perfect “green” wedding invitation.

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You’ve spent the last 20 minutes staring at a design, and are starting to question everything about it. Is it too colourful? Is the font legible? Is it really cute as you first thought, or is it just tacky?

Invitations are seen as the gateway into your wedding. They give your guests a feel for the theme and formality of your big day. The more elegant your invitation, the more formal the affair. After spending countless hours trying to figure out how to make your wedding as eco-friendly as you are, you now need to communicate your eco-chic style through your invitation.

Traditional wedding invitations tend to produce a lot of waste more often than not. As soon as the wedding is complete, all of the guests go home and throw away their invitations. Here at WeddingGirl x Green, we have come up with a few suggestions that should satisfy your inner Green-Goddess.

While using recycled paper is a good alternative, and a great first step towards going green, a good way to satisfy your inner Green-Goddess is to go with plantable seed invitations! These invitations allow your guests to plant the invitation once the wedding is done, and a variety of flowers will grow as a result! Unique and oh-so-eco-friendly!  There are several companies that can provide these plantable invitations, but one of our favorites is Invitation Twist. They offer DIY options for the creative types as well as a variety of pre-set themes we think you will fall in love with.

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Online wedding invitations, or evites, are becoming more and more common for less formal weddings. You can design your own website (satsifying your inner techie maybe?) or use one of many free template sites out there to provide your wedding and RSVP information to your guests. Simply send an email with a link, and you’re set to go!

If you’re planning a more formal event, or just want the traditional invitation feel, there are still green options out there for you! Using a postcard for an RSVP avoids the need for an envelope for the RSVP card. Alternatively, you can ask your guests to RSVP through email alone. Also consider waterless printing and plant based inks to green up a traditional invitation package.

We hope these tips have helped inspire your inner Green-Goddess.  Not only will going green help the environment, it will share the eco-love with your family and friends.


Bayley is a WeddingGirl Intern.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Photography Credits: Dan Osadtsuk Photography / Emily Christine Photography

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February 25, 2015

First Impressions: Looking Your Best to Enhance the Dress | Gown And Glory Consignment Boutique

{ The Do’s and Don’ts of Bridal Gown Shopping }

By: Angela Kerry

Gown And Glory Consignment Bridal Boutique

You know the saying, “oh she’d look good in a paper bag”. Well unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of always looking good dressed.

A few months ago we talked about the Top Ten Rules For Being A Super-Awesome Wedding Dress Shopper. This time, we’re digging even deeper! With todays fashions of flowy tops, layered looks and boyfriend jeans, we’re not used to wearing form fitting, figure flattering garments that hug and enhance all of our curves. So if you’re not initially comfortable with how you look in various bridal silhouettes, it always helps when you can envision the entire look, and here’s some simple Do’s and Don’ts to help enhance how you look in each dress (to help you wear it well), in hopes that you’ll find ‘the one’ that is perfect for your personality, your body and your confidence.

1. Look The Part

This means: do your makeup and hair!

I’m not suggesting you get a full updo and professional makeup done every time you go to a bridal boutique, but do lightly freshen up your face with a bit of mascara and lipgloss.

Wear your hair in a way that makes you feel beautiful and confident.

If you look like you just rolled out of bed, it really does affect the overall impression a gown makes. At the very least: have a shower, bring a hair clip, wear deodorant and minimal-to-no perfume.


2. Control Unflattering Variables

DON’T go to try on wedding gowns when you’re all sweaty after the gym

DON’T go dress shopping after a meal at your favourite Korean BBQ.

Believe it or not, the odours that are either directly from your body or aromas that have stuck to your clothes and body, will also stick to the dress. In the case of boutique’s similar to Gown and Glory, we only carry one dress of each, off-the-rack and ready to purchase. So they must be cared for, because if one is not the dress for you, it is ‘the one’ for another bride.


3. Mind Your Undies

DO wear proper undergarments. When you first start shopping, you may not know whether you will love a ballgown or a more fitted gown, therefore, you may not be prepared with the proper undergarments. If you decide on a ballgown, in some cases you could wear red boycut underwear if you wanted and no one would know because the skirt is so substantial. On the other hand, a mermaid gown would show every seem, colour, flaw or uneven surface under the dress. Because it’s unknown what you will be trying on from shop to shop, wear a nude coloured undergarment that smooths everything out to ensure there are no panty lines or otherwise. You will be able to view each dress as it should look on you without the distraction of lines and bulges. Some girls are lucky enough to try on a gown that seems like it was made for her body in every way, but this is a rare occurrence so you don’t want to be dwelling on how the dress is puckering at your panty line or that you can see your belly button. Believe me, it’s more distracting than you think.


4. Mind Your Bra

DON’T wear your most fun, fluorescent polkadot bra with ruffles on the edges. However flirty and cute, it will throw the whole look off when you’re trying to concentrate on what you like most about a dress. If you intend on wearing a bra under your gown on your wedding day because you have a fuller bust, or merely because you would feel more comfortable doing so, bring one that is strapless if you have one, and wear one that is neutral in colour i.e. white or nude.  (it is not necessary to go out and buy a strapless bra for the shopping process, we’ll just tuck the straps in if necessary).



5. Stand Tall

DO bring a pair of heels. Ones that you have already chosen to wear on your wedding day, or ones with a heel height that you know you’re comfortable in. Although most dresses you try on will be way too long for you anyway, even with heels, and you’ll be standing on a pedestal to get the full perspective of the dress, it’s not a bad idea to try the dress on with a pair of shoes in the desired height you would most likely wear on your wedding day. Wearing a heel often changes your stance making you stand with better posture.


6. Wash Up

DON’T forget to come with clean hands. It never fails, when a girl puts a dress on that she feels  stunning in, or that has a fabric that is luxurious to the touch, she almost always starts caressing herself and rubbing her hands all over the dress. I don’t mean this in an awkward, inappropriate way, but it’s an automatic reaction that I think we all do when something feels good against our bodies, just like how you might constantly rub a cozy blanket you curl up with on the couch. But with consistent rubbing and friction, some fabrics more than others, will take on dirt and absorb the natural oils from our hands, ultimately leaving markings on the dress.


7. Accessorize

DO bring any special jewellery or accessories that you know you will be wearing regardless of the dress you decide on. Often women find the dress first then accessorize afterwards. But if there is a family heirloom or accessory pieces you love, wearing them will help you visualize the complete picture.

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8. Take Photos

DO bring your camera! I encourage taking pictures of your favourite dresses, and highly recommend it. If you decide to shop at more than two stores, I guarantee that it will become difficult to remember which ones you liked best and from what store…especially if you’re shopping with others. Everyone views a dress differently, so a dress without a photo is sure to cause confusion when your discussing your options. Once you have narrowed the photos down to your favourite 2 or 3 dresses, download them to your computer so you can view them on a larger scale to compare your favourites side by side, instead of flipping back and forth on your phone. Then to make your decision; it just comes down to process of elimination.


9. Open Your Mind

DON’T disregard a dress even before trying it on just because you read somewhere that a certain shape doesn’t flatter your body type. Some experts say that certain dress silhouettes suit specific body types. Although true, from a general standpoint, please remember that this is a guideline only. I’ve had girls avoid an entire style family simply because she was told it didn’t suit her body type. Go into the shopping experience remembering that every dress is built differently depending on the designer, specific dress proportions and design details. Each dress will fit every body differently depending on her proportions.

10. Trust Your Gut

If it catches your eye, try it on.

If you love it, wear it.



Style is in the eye of the beholder! And any girl who has tried on a wedding gown can attest to the fact that a well structured dress can really transform the body. But, in the same light, a dress itself is just fabric while it’s hanging on a hanger.

A body can transform a dress!



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Photography By: Pure Storm Studios / Sara MonikaErin Kate Photography


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February 17, 2015

Vendor Love

{South Asian Wedding Boutique}

Written by: Sacha Parawan

If you attended the Shades of White Open House at One King West last month, you would have seen the gorgeous work by South Asian Wedding Boutique in our Henna room.

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We searched high and low for the perfect vendor that would be able to pull off the glamorous design that we had been envisioning. When we stumbled upon South Asian Wedding Boutique, we instantly fell in love with their work! We were so excited when Arooj said yes to coordinating our Henna room decor with us! From the very first email, she gathered our ideas and concepts and was diligent in asking all of the right questions.

When the WeddingGirl team walked in on the morning of the open house, everyone was astounded with what this team had delivered! The décor team has transformed this room into the most stunning Henna room any girl could have asked for!

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They included pillows, draping, a sitting area, and not to mention a fabulous mandap fit for a princess. Can you imagine having your henna or haldi done under this beauty?!

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The style was very traditional yet had bit of a Moroccan feel to it as well. They incorporated traditional Indian décor, a chandelier and mirror under the mandap which created an intimate feel. The value of what this team provided to us was just over $1700!

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They are truly talented and delivered even beyond what we had visioned, and provided us with excellent customer service. The WeddingGirl team wants to send a HUGE thank you to the South Asian Wedding Boutique team, and is excited to work with them again in the future.

Were you at the Shades of White Open House at One King West?

Did you get to check out this fabulous henna room?

Also, a big thank you to Emily Christine Photography for all of these beautiful photos, and capturing this room perfectly!


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February 13, 2015

Tom & Lisa’s Toronto Wedding | Hamstra Photography

{ Distillery District Wedding: Tappo Wine Bar }

Some couples just have it, you know? And, when you combine that kind of love with a bride wearing a champange coloured dress, you know you have to share their wedding with the world!

Tom and Lisa’s wedding was held on a gorgeous October evening at Tappo Wine Bar in Toronto’s hip Distillery District. The perfect location for these lovebirds to tie the knot!

From the Photographers:

When we sat down with Lisa and Tom to discuss the plans for their wedding day, we asked Lisa if there was anything special that tied their wedding day together – we quickly determined it was champagne! From her champagne coloured dress, to the champagne diamonds in her wedding bands; even the ceremony was closed with a champagne toast. It was such a fitting theme for this effortless love-struck couple. Everything about their day was an honest celebration of hope and love found. We were so thrilled to be part of Tom and Lisa’s special day – cheers!

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Thank you Sarah for sharing this beautiful wedding with us! You captured it perfectly!

Check out Hamstra Photography for more of their beautiful work!

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February 12, 2015

#SocialMedia: More than just a number’s game!

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart…!”

Laura Arbelaez Social Media Stylist Lifestyle Bridal Blogger Canada Instagram Toronto

Authored By: Laura Arbelaez

Did you know that most introverts excel at social media? It’s the perfect way for those who are (dare I say) “Socially Awkward” to express themselves and experience the world like never before. I can say with all certainty that Social Media is my #passion, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Watching my social media accounts grow over the past year has been an emotional rollercoaster! The key to being successful in social media is staying relevant to your audience, which means constantly updating status’, photos, and responding to comments.

Did you know that for a fair price you can buy Instagram followers? Sadly, it’s true.

As a Social Media Stylist I am well aware of the importance of BIG numbers. Over the last couple of days I have been contemplating the pros and cons of this matter. You must understand that buying followers is an illusion. There is no real value in them. At the end of the day, you are not spreading your message, knowledge and experiences with people that are genuinely interested in what you are sharing.

When you take the time to engage with your audience, the outcome is extraordinary… I have met fantastic wedding vendors and remarkable human beings online. The following are just a few of what I consider to be Social Media #SuccessStories.

After months of following Lemon Lily Tea and The Toronto Popcorn Company on all things Social Media, I finally had the marvelous opportunity to work with them on one of our latest projects; The #ShadesOfWhite Wedding Lounge and Open House at One King West. Meeting the creative and brilliant minds behind these companies, hearing their awe inspiring stories and trying first hand their unbelievably amazing products was an incredible experience!

The Toronto Popcorn Company Bridal Lifestyle Bloggers

I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot more of the Toronto Popcorn Company and Lemon Lily Tea around here! Don’t forget, #ShopLocal!


Toronto Wedding Photographer Dan Osadtsuk Photography Bridal Lifestyle Weddings

Another one of the talented and coolest business owner I had the pleasure of meeting through Social Media is Dan from Dan Osadtsuk Photography. Let me just start by saying that wedding photographers have my utmost admiration! They gracefully capture moments that we can keep forever. You may remember Dan from one of our recent real Indie wedding features this year! We also had the opportunity to collaborate with him on the #WGLookBook project!

Finally, a social media success story will always be connecting with Toronto brides. Have you been following along with our #WGxIndie88 Win a Wedding Contest?

WeddingGirl.ca and Indie88 are giving away a wedding to one lucky couple this Valentine’s Day! The finalists are down to #SamanthaandJonathan and #JessieandJim and we can’t wait to hear who the winning couple will be tomorrow at 8:10 am. You have until midnight TODAY to cast your vote! This is the power that social media can have.

Toronto Weddings Indie 88 Wedding Girl Social Media Contest

Toronto Weddings Indie 88 Wedding Girl Bridal Lifestyle

These people, these companies have touched my life in one way or the other. Creating an online community is what social media is all about. It’s a lot more than just a number’s game!!

The question remains, do you think buying followers worth it? Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and let me know!

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