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May 26, 2014

Bicoastal Images | Toronto Destination Wedding Photographers

{ moments to memories }

Jennifer and Manuel Salazar of Bicoastal Images caught our eye when our very own Vanessa posted that she was going down to Cancun for 9 days on Instagram. Jennifer was so friendly and open to meeting and chatting about all-things-Destination-Wedding-Photography.

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Shortly thereafter, early one morning these two lovely ladies had a chat on the beach and exchanged ideas and inspiration for destination weddings.

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Jennifer and Manuel have a passion for weddings and being in love for as long as they can remember. Based in Cancun, Mexico as well as in Toronto, Canada, having wedding photographers that understand the ins and outs of the countries they’re shooting in puts them head-and-shoulders above those photographers that fly down blindly and hope for the best.

It’s important to know that your wedding photographers have done their research and understand what it means to take pictures at your destination: climate, weather, time of year, daylight hours, local permits, landscape and even wildlife can play a role in wedding day photography – make sure to stick with seasoned experts!

And Jennifer and Manuel aren’t strictly stuck to Mexico. Earlier this year they ventured to Ocho Rios, Jamaica for a destination wedding. They called it one of their most beautiful to date! (no doubt)

“There’s nothing more exciting than capturing the chemistry and excitement between couples from all over the world. Love knows no borders and we give our brides and grooms moments and memories that they can relive and treasure for years to come. Our hearts know no happiness greater than turning life’s moments in to incredible memories.

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Vanessa is a travel blogger and destination wedding planner with Wanderlust Weddings by WG.
To have Vanessa feature your travel-related product or service on the WG blog, please contact her directly: vanessa@weddinggirl.ca
For destination wedding planning inquiries, make sure to Get In Touch!

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May 23, 2014

{ Hotti Biscotti | Gourmet Desserts | Hamilton, Ontario }


We recently had the pleasure of meeting Debby at the Niagara Food + Wine Expo, promptly fell in love with her desserts and delightful disposition, and now MUST introduce her to the WeddingGirl.ca universe!

She’s the founder and driving force behind Hotti Biscotti, a gourmet dessert shop in Hamilton, Ontario. They create tasty treats for weddings, showers, special and everyday occasions.

Their desserts make amazing, tasty favours that can be colour-coordinated to match your wedding’s theme.  What about incredible, heaping dessert platters to delight your wedding guests? Check, they have those too! The options are really only limited by your imagination!


Located in Westdale Village, the cozy, 200 sq ft shop pumps out hundreds of desserts for distribution throughout Hamiton. Debby has an amazing ally in all of this: her son, Louis. He not only brings a fresh, contemporary energy to the brand, but continues to motivate and encourage Debby in her life-long dream of running a bakery.


We can personally vouch for the tastiness of Debby and Louis’ baked goods – we tried their biscotti, chocolate peanut butter pops & chocolate pretzels – all incredible! This mother-son duo has hit a home run with Hotti Biscotti and we’re so happy to share their loveliness with all of you!


Looking to have these delightful, delicious treats on your big day? Make sure to Get in touch!

To see your product or service featured on the WG blog, send a note to Media@WeddingGirl.ca



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May 22, 2014

{The Sweet Treat Co. | Clionadh Twomey | Dublin, Ireland}


As lovers of all things pink + colourful it’s no surprise The Sweet Treat Co. grabbed our attention!

A perfect addition to any wedding or birthday party, The Sweet Treat Co. elevates dessert tables and candy buffet from ordinary to exceptional. Check out their website, and awesome online boutique.

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While planning her own own wedding, Clionadh – the founder of The Sweet Treat Co. (a.k.a. The Queen of Candy) – became frustrated at the lack of original and unique ideas for the big day.  She wanted something that worked with the stylish theme, while indulging her guest’s affinity for fun!

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In that moment, she decided that all Nearlyweds looking to make a statement, with unparalleled style, should have a place to go…and so The Sweet Treat Co. was born!! Now, Clionadh works with a carefully selected team, to turn dessert dreams into a sweet reality!

Completely and utterly obsessed with creating beautiful displays at home and in the garden, Clionadh approaches the Sweet Treat Company with the same passion and creative styling. She researches trends, event styling, and always looks for ways to add a bit of shimmer and sparkle.

“I hope to inspire you to infuse personal style with gorgeous details in your next celebration.”

- The Queen of Candy

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Looking for ways to have some stylish, yummy accents incorporated in to your sweet day? Make sure to Get in touch!

For Destination Wedding Planning, contact our team of experts at Wanderlust Weddings by WG.

To see your product or service featured on the WG blog, send a note to Media@WeddingGirl.ca

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May 21, 2014

Istilia Roche | Paper Designs

{ Toronto Custom Stationary Design }

There’s no denying that picture-perfect celebrations begin with beautiful invitations. Your wedding day stationary is your guests’ first glimpse in to the style, design, and overall feel of your big day – so it’s important that you create a stationary concept that’s a great reflection of your love story.

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We recently had the pleasure of being introduced to the lovely Tess Mantas, Invitation Artist and Designer over at Istilia Roché Paper Designs. She offers a stunning selection of meticulously tailored invitations for any celebration, as well as matching stationary for the entire event or special occasion.

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Stationary isn’t just about invitations anymore. More and more couples are opting to have their Stationary Artists create gorgeous packages that include Save The Dates, Invitations, Ceremony Programs, Table Menus, Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Seating Charts, Favour Tags, Thank -You Cards, and sometimes even more. The most memorable pieces are custom designed and handmade with love; each matte perfectly aligned and every font chosen with care.

“I personalize every design to each, individual bride. I create timeless styles to suit each couple’s theme and budget using only the highest quality of paper, the most beautiful lace trims, elegant satin ribbons, and just the right amount of bling, crystal accents, and chic buckles.


All of our invitations are entirely customizable – so be sure to think outside of the box! Everything can be altered to match your liking… from size, colour, graphics, and layouts to individual embellishments that will adorn your notes.”


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Tess works closely with her brides to design not just an invitation, but unique pieces of art. “I’m often told that guests thought the invite was so beautiful that they just couldn’t throw them away after the wedding. Many of my pieces end up displayed in china cabinets and saved as a token of an memorable celebration.”

Whether you’re recently engaged, planning a bridal shower, or planning a birthday party or baptism, every picture-perfect celebration begins with an invitation, and Istilia Roché will make sure yours is unforgettable.

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May 15, 2014

Wedding Celebrant | Sandie Smith | Paris, France

{ France is always a good idea… }

Paris Eiffel Tower Wedding Celebrant Sandie

Sandie Smith’s Twitter profile grabbed us with the words “evolution of the soul”.. visiting her website, we knew immediately that something special was crossing our path! She is an experienced, wedding celebrant (we LOVE this term!) who happily officiates humanist, non-religious wedding ceremonies all over the world.


We love her commitment to honouring personal sensibilities and cultural traditions.

She works closely with couples to chose readings, vows, music and laughs.

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She embraces ideas both formal and informal with patience and compassion.

She aims to tell a story with every ceremony; A perfect reflection of the love being celebrated.

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Sandie, why do you have to be so far away!?

“…but the wedding ceremony is the quiet moment where everything stops.

It must be moving and absolutely engaging.

Even the most cynical must get swept along.”

Celebrant Sandie Smith France

Combining her passion for spiritual development with years of experience in the performing arts, Sandie will orchestrate an uplifting, romantic ceremony which is both joyful and profound.

Her services have been sought all over the world, as reflected in her impressive portfolio.

Fluent in English and French, Sandie has made France her home for the past thirty years. As she mentions on her website:

“People come from all over the world to get married in France. Its romantic allure is perfect for fairy tale weddings in French chateaux, on beaches, in family homes, under the Eiffel Tower, Paris etc. A great deal of effort and resources go into the organization of the event.”

We couldn’t agree more!

We also wish on every star that one day our paths might cross in person, to give us the chance to meet this kind soul who’s making the world a better, brighter place by uniting people in love.

To connect with our Destination Wedding Planning team, take a peek at Wanderlust Weddings by WG.

To have Sandie officiate your same-sex marriage, connect with us over at WeddingGirl-Equals on Facebook!

Celebrant Sandie PAris France



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Sandie Smith, France, has earned our WG{=} seal of approval, denoting a safe and open love and acceptance of all relationships. For more details on how to be denoted an {=}-Approved Vendor, make sure to Get In Touch.

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May 14, 2014

Eco-Chic Accessories | Custom-Designed Stationary :: Boston


“The luminescent glow of a freshwater pearl, the crisp texture of a handmade paper, the way that a new journal feels in your hands – these are the things that I seek to preserve in my designs.”

- Aurora Palesca






– All things that our WG event designers love, love, LOVE!​

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Aurora Palesca Designs opened for business in the spring of 2009, the inevitable result of a life-long love affair with art and beauty. Designer Robyn Palescandolo, nicknamed Aurora Palesca, began selling her beaded jewelry to classmates when she was only 10 years old, and received her first paid calligraphy job at the age of 12. She has spent much of her life wandering the halls of art museums and galleries, and has traveled the world discovering unique perspectives. She is a self-taught artist and artisan of many trades, has exhibited her paintings in Boston area restaurants, and holds a degree in Art History from Boston University.

After 10 years of working in art-related fields, Aurora Palesca had fully realized that nothing could satisfy her artistic impulses better than creating simple, natural, and handcrafted goods that make everyday life a little more beautiful. In the spring of 2008, she decided to take the plunge. She left her full time job at a cutting-edge virtual tour company in order to pursue her dreams. Aurora Palesca is now a full-time mother, a full-time business owner, and a happily prolific creator of handmade luxuries.


“One of our primary goals at Aurora Palesca Designs is to celebrate what is naturally beautiful. We like to think that what we are making adds something special to our world, rather than taking something away from it. Because of this, we feel a strong commitment to providing a fully sustainable and ethical service. So we choose materials not only for their beauty and superior quality, but also for their sensitivity to our world and the people who live in it.

“We also run a green studio focused on the beauty of craft rather than productivity and profit margins. Our philosophy is simple — respecting our world, our creations, and ourselves deepens the sense of pride that we feel in our work.”

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Aurora Palesca’s jewelry and stationery has been described as eco-chic, understated, and elegant. She designs primarily in sterling silver, gemstones, and natural papers, but is constantly exploring new media. She runs a green studio, and uses ethical and environmentally friendly raw materials whenever possible (think: recycled metals, textiles, and fairly traded stones! so lovely!).

These stunning pieces are currently sold online, through private parties, and at various craft shows. Robyn also frequently donates items to charity auctions.

To have your very own Aurora Palesca custom-designed pieces accentuating your one-of-a-kind wedding day, send us a note about the dreams you have – and we can’t wait to watch them come to life!


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May 8, 2014

The Original Wedding Soirée | 2014

{ the Grand Carnival }

A few weeks ago we helped to unveil Toronto’s finest Original Wedding Soirée at The Warehouse Event Venue — putting on a wedding show of epic proportions: the first intimate and interactive wedding showcase in Ontario.

This curated + themed experience promised to delight and inspire every bride, guest and industry visionary, so of course we had to send our team of WeddingGirls to experience the festivities!


A Sunday afternoon with the WeddingGirls at The Original Wedding Soirée?

Uh, yes please!! It was a great experience, and our team had tons to say.

First off, the Soirée was meticulously planned, beautifully executed and well attended. We have nothing but all the respect in the world for the planning team behind this event! It was a gorgeous showcase of high-quality vendors, delicious eats, and unique entertainment – row after row of lovely things for the WeddingGirls to share with their followers.

We especially enjoyed meeting some incredible businesses owners with an awesome passion for what they do; it was brilliant chance for brides and industry professionals in the Toronto area to meet, greet, and network.

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We arrived at The Warehouse Event Venue, walked through lavishly-draped curtains, onto a red carpet reception. At once  we were surrounded by spectacles engaging every sense: refreshing tequila and grape cocktails,  a life-sized wedding dress dessert stand {complete with gorgeous bride inside doling out delicious cupcakes}, aerial acrobatic performances, sweet serenading by talented vocal group Cadence, ice cream made in front of our eyes with dry ice, a string ensemble providing ambiance while entertainers {think stilts, ballerinas and acrobats} roamed throughout… the list went on. This really wasn’t a show to miss!

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Our very own Carmelina especially loved the gourmet snow cones. Just imagine your summer wedding guests cooling off with inventive, all-natural flavoured apple cider or lemon lavender essence!  Carm appreciated the incredible variety of vendors, and how well they all designed their booths to contribute to show’s theme and ambiance.

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Our in-house travel expert, Miss Vanessa, praised the show for having something for everyone – even the munchkins! A team from MelonHead were offering haircuts and stylish do’s for the little ones. Favourite show moment? watching four WeddingGirls turn to mush as a 2-year-old, sporting a tiny blue mohawk passed by – it was the cutest!

Vanessa also especially loved our photobooth fun. We had a blast posing with the goofy props and were warmly welcomed to snap multiple pictures and selfies. Oh, did we ever!

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Our photo strip will always remind us of Soirée fun – so if you have a silly, photogenic guest list we highly suggest you consider having one of these interactive entertainment stations at your wedding reception!

Linda even managed to sneak a shot of Lisa’s mini make-up session. These ladies were having a great time, giving visitors touch-ups and chatting up other vendors. They embodied the elegant, friendly vibe of the show – a total delight!

Our resident Marketing Maven, Bianca, loved the custom invitation options at the Vibrance Designs booth. There was so much talent to take in and endless options to include personal details at every turn.

We ventured outside with our Social Media Rockstar, Miss Laura, to check out the options for lunch. WG Lifestyle Writer, Linda, is a huge foodie and especially loved the inclusion of food trucks. A wedding she attended last summer brought in a late night poutine truck, it was fantastic!  Kudos to the Soirée for helping support the urban food truck movement.

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The Original Wedding Soiree earn a sparkling 5 stars from every one of the WeddingGirl’s in attendance. WG Planner Lisa raved that it was one of the best shows she’s ever attended; the variety and quality are what stood out to us and rocketed the Soirée to the top of our list for shows not miss next year!

We’re all looking forward to seeing what this fabulous team does in the future, and extend many thanks on behalf of all the WeddingGirls for inviting us.


If you’re planning a fabulous event and want to get it noticed, contact media@weddinggirl.ca for event promotion options with weddinggirl.ca and the #WGx team.

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May 6, 2014

Maria Miranda | Toronto Wedding Photography

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We couldn’t be more excited to shine today’s vendor spotlight on an incredibly lovely and oh-so-talented Toronto lifestyle photographer with an exceptional eye for catching fleeting magical moments of being seriously in love with life.

Meet Fabulous Photographer:  Maria Miranda

We recently had the pleasure of discovering Maria Miranda Photography, learned a little bit more about her and now want to share her with all of you!

So what makes Maria stand out? Well, from a childhood in rural Chile to a life in the fast-paced urban jungle of Toronto, Maria has had the unique opportunity to live in and observe two very different worlds. This wonderfully unique perspective reveals itself in all the work she creates. Maria can view a scene from different angles, orchestrate creative shots, and catch the sweetest expressions her subjects didn’t even realize they were making.

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She was on track to become an English teacher back in Chile but then fate stepped in and Maria found herself in love and embarking on an international adventure. Once she arrived in Toronto, the adjustment wasn’t exactly easy; Maria often felt homesick and disconnected from her family and culture.

She then started photographing and documenting her life in Canada to share with the people she missed the most. It was the desire to stay connected and share stories that sparked her passion for photography. It was being in love with what she did that inspired her to change her entire life.

It wasn’t long before her love of her art grew and Maria started taking on more creative projects: capturing events for non-profit organizations, weddings and portraits all while still pursuing personal projects.

As a photographer Maria prefers to remain the observer.  She aims to capture the beauty and innocence of unaware,unguarded subjects. However brief a gesture or expression, Maria freezes it in a moment of still beauty. Her passion is to showcase subjects in their natural state: unaltered, genuine and alive.

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Maria Miranda Photography Toronto

Documenting romance is, without question, Maria’s favourite part along her journey.

She strongly believes in the values promoted by WG {=}: that Love is love and that love is never wrong. Like everyone on the WG team, Maria knows that being in love comes in all shapes, sizes, colours, and desires – and learning about individual love stories is what ignites her passion for waking up every morning.

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If you would like to know more about Maria’s work, photography packages or 2014 availability, be sure to get in touch.

Here at WeddingGirl we absolutely adore Maria’s romantic, whimsical, candid shooting style. Her portfolio speaks to her love of catching unexpected moments and her love and support of our WG {=} values makes us love her ever more.

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You can also find, like and follow Maria on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!


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Maria Miranda Photography, Toronto, has earned our WG{=} seal of approval, denoting a safe and open love and acceptance of all relationships. For more details on how to be denoted an {=}-Approved Vendor, make sure to Get In Touch.



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May 5, 2014

Chalk Signs | Wedding Decor | ChalkTreatment.com


She creates hand lettered chalkboards and signs for weddings and events.

A self-proclaimed fontophile who geeks out over type and great graphic design; we’re loving her all over the place!

You can add some of Miss ChalkGrrrl’s stylized creations to your big day celebrations by reaching out to her on Facebook, Twitter, or over at her ChalkTreatment website.

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Sure, we’re seeing all kinds of rustic | shabby | eco-fabulous affairs adorned with beautifully styled chalkboard signs announcing ceremony orders, dinner menus, and cocktail ingredients… but who’s the one behind creating these swoon-worthy works of art?

Make sure to take a peek at all of the awesome over at ChalkTreatment.com – never did we ever think we could fall in love so hard with chalk dust!

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April 22, 2014

World’s First International Wedding Planners Accepting Bitcoin

{ WG Blazes Global Wedding Trail

:: Now Accepting Bitcoin } 

The WeddingGirl team believes that, like digital currency,

falling in love and planning a wedding should be without borders



The WeddingGirl.ca team announces it now accepts Bitcoin as a form of payment for local and international wedding planning services as well as retail purchases made through its online wedding marketplace.

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Blushing brides and wedding vendors from around the world can now work alongside a team of our event planning experts to turn lavish dreams in to magical memories, on a budget.  WeddingGirl.ca is the world’s first wedding planning service provider to accept Bitcoin payment as an alternative to costly credit card and money transfer options from international clients.

“We receive hundreds of international inquiries for wedding planning services as well as online marketplace purchases, “ states WeddingGirl.ca founder and CEO Mary Bratko. “Love has no borders. Planning your wedding shouldn’t either!”


Bitcoin is the most widely used virtual currency in the world.  “Central banks charge costly currency conversion fees which often dissuade brides from placing international orders,” states Bratko. The fees for an international Bitcoin transaction will only cost the bride a couple of cents to send any amount of money from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world. “And working with us will save her thousands!”

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Today’s bride, regardless of where in the world she lives, spends hundreds of hours planning her wedding online. Newly engaged couples are inundated with costs, fees, and hidden expenses associated with their upcoming nuptials that they mostly have never even considered. Bitcoin is the most logical solution for online payments. Not only does the WeddingGirl team help couples make smart spending choices with booking venues, décor, transportation, and flowers, now they can pay for international services and avoid additional currency exchange expenses.

It was a serendipitous conversation with a Toronto-based attorney, while Bratko, herself was overseas, that prompted the virtual expansion. Bratko says, “There are no coincidences. We are in the midst of launching the WeddingGirl blog in Europe and this Bitcoin system just fits so seamlessly into our expanding WG puzzle.”

To plan your international wedding with the WG team,

or to shop, without borders on the WG Marketplace,

make sure to get in touch!

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For more information on Bitcoin, read about it on Wikipedia here!

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