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May 19, 2015

#HamiltonWeddingGownPopUpShop | May 24

{ Gown & Glory is coming to you, Hamilton! }

The countdown is on for what is expected to be a Wedding Gown Pop-up Shop like no other.

Gown and Glory Consignment Boutique is officially coming to Hamilton (and our very own Hamilton WeddingGirl, Lisa Hardie, couldn’t be happier!).

Join us on Sunday May 24, from 12:00 – 4:30 pm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 King St. W.). Click here to view the map.

Racks upon racks of amazing designer dresses will be available, first-come-first-serve, and will include brand new and sample gowns, as well as previously-loved gowns, reduced by up to 80% off their original retail prices! 

There will be dresses for every size and budget, including sizes 2 to 22, available to touch, feel, and of course to try on. All of these glittery gems have been carefully curated by fashion expert Angela Kerry – to ensure they are all created by current designers, and all perfect and available to go home with their new Bride this weekend!

Attend the event and enter for a chance to win an additional $200 off your dress!

Admission is complimentary! 

You can RSVP directly via our Facebook event HERE.

And if you’re curious to know what you might find, here are some real-world Gown and Glory Brides, as well as some of the gowns that were used as part of our WGLookBook.

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Marcie Costello Photography | Dan Osadtsuk Photography | Serena Swan Photography | Emily Christine Photography

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May 2, 2015

Derry + Daniel :: Rosewater, Toronto

{ #DnDsayIDo }

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It’s note often that, in follow up to a Bride and Groom’s big day, we, as their wedding planners, ask for a copy of the couples’ parents’ speech. Well, this was an exception.. and we trust that when you read what we’ve shared below, you’ll understand why.

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For those of you who don’t know me I’m Frank and I am Daniel’s father.
I’d like to welcome you all, family, and friends, to today‘s festivities.
 
As parents approach a child’s wedding day it’s customary to reflect upon certain signposts in a child’s life that flesh out who they are. To say that your mom and I are proud of the person you are is an understatement. Your heart is bigger than this room. 

Today, Daniel, you have tied the knot with Derry: a beautiful, charming, intelligent and athletic partner. 
One day a few summers ago my wife, Judy, and I were having dinner on the patio at the Biermarkt on the Esplanade (great mussels by the way) when Matt Francis, Daniel’s best man, walked by. As part of our conversation Matt asked me if we had met Derry yet, whom Daniel had only been dating for a few weeks. I replied that we had and that we thought she was da bomb and that if Daniel screwed up this relationship he was a fool.
Well Daniel’s mom and I didn’t raise no fools.

Now I’m going to briefly address the newly wedded couple:

Daniel and Derry harken to your wedding vows. I am a big fan of said vows.
To get the job of marriage done, you must reflect, talk, and listen, both to what is said aloud and to what isn‘t, which is where the real truth so often hides.
You have to compromise – a wise word, that, as well as a practical art.
Now I’m not a fortune teller so I can’t tell you what awaits you in the years ahead, but marriage can, should, and must evolve. Don’t be alarmed and don’t resent it.
Be patient and kind, unflaggingly.
In the long run, it’s the unasked for kindnesses in troubled times that matter more than the extravagant gestures. Express gratitude, especially for the work that tends to be taken for granted.
Identify problems that arise, remembering that anger is flammable.
When you’ve behaved like an asshole, either of the two of you, remember that a sincere apology never diminishes the apologizer.
Wrong turns teach us the right way.
My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years your love for each other will so deepen and grow, that years from now you will look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least.
And lastly, an old African saying:
If you want to go quickly, go alone.
If you want go far, go together.

I toast you and love you both.”
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This, was Derry and Daniel’s fairytale day….

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Officiant: Ann Forfar | Venue: Rosewater Room | Photography: Matt Trimble | Cinema: Robert Collins | Floral Design: Fraîche Floral Studio | Hair + Makeup: Niki Khalaj + Mona Kavazi | Accommodations: Omni – King Edward Hotel | Photobooth: Never Forget Photo | Cake + Cupcakes: Prairie Girl Bakery | Planning + Coordination: WeddingGirl.ca

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April 20, 2015

Atypical Wedding Bands | Cobalt Rings

Filed under: Getting Engaged,Love,Vendors — WeddingGirl @ 10:32 am

{ innovative metals to say “I Do!” }

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Everything in wedding planning these days is changing… we’re tying the knot in barns instead of churches, wearing fascinators instead of veils, and rocking bright-coloured spikes instead of traditional bridal footwear…. so then tell me, why would wedding bands stay the same as they’ve always been?!

There are so many new and exciting changes to wedding day jewelry, including these really sharp innovative metals cobalt rings that totally set themselves apart from their underwhelming 14k gold counterparts!

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Our friends at CrownRing.com make these super-attractive designer pieces for surprisingly affordable price points. These metal masterpieces are spiffy, shiny, and and remarkably durable – so if your main man works with his hands he’ll be pretty grateful! Who knew that cobalt metal looks this good without the typical dulling over time that’s such a drawback of pricey platinum??

Oh.. and you’re not sacrificing customizability in the least! These beauties can be easily engraved with personalized meanings special to your day. Win-Win.

Cobalt wedding band? Good wedding band?  Either way – everyone’s living happily ever after!

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April 14, 2015

How To Shop For Your Wedding-Gown-Body-Shape…

 { Get to know your wedding gown body type }

Authored by: Angela Kerry

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So, you’ve fallen in love with a specific wedding dress that you saw on a Size Zero model posed in an awkwardly uncomfortable angle. You know the one –  hands on hips, awkwardly hunched over, legs crossed like she has to pee. Sure, her eyes are a little sunken in and her cheeks are a bit bony… but, god! that dress is incredible!

Weird model pose aside, you love the gown she’s rocking and you’re totally certain it’s the one for you.

… until you try it on.

That’s when the love stops.

So now you’re disappointed, left to start again from pages of those teeny tiny models… and you’re struggling to figure out where your bridal plans went so horribly wrong.

The truth is, my love… it’s not you… it’s them.

For real.

The step you’re missing in your bridal gown dreams is figuring out which design of dress actually flatters your body shape!

Sure, that perfect dress looks great on the seriously underfed model…. but, if you’re anything like me, and you enjoy chocolate cake for dessert once in a while – I’d rather that dress not fit me anyway!

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It’s not that your body isn’t perfect for the dress….. it’s actually the exact other way around.

Don’t you worry your pretty little bridal head – I promise you that there is an amazing dress out there for you… and it’s not anything like needles in haystacks – you just need to know your tastes, know your shape, and flatter your assets (wherever they may be).

 

{ Wedding Gown, meet Body Shape … }

Experts say there are anywhere from 6 to 12 body-type categories in the world.

They say that every person fits into one of those categories.

A quick search of Google images will result in so many versions and namings of body types that it’s no surprise that us girls get confused! Do yourself a favour and check out ShopYourShape.com. These body shape guides are totally self-explanatory and super realistic:

 

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Keep in mind that body type charts and guidelines are generalizations.  They only take into account ratios between shoulders or chest, waist, and hips – without accounting for height and overall size of each individual person.

Are you short or long-waisted?

Is your torso longer than your legs or vice-versa?

Do you have a large or small bust-line?

So many factors come together to influence how a wedding gown looks and sits on women’s bodies.

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As a tried, tested, and true wedding dress-connoisseur, I don’t tell brides to avoid shopping for specific silhouettes based on body type…. ever.

My advice is always to try on everything that catches your eye. I pinky-swear, you won’t know how it looks until you try it on!

Sure, we know that certain silhouettes flatter some body-types more than others, but don’t stick yourself into one silhouette category because of what body-type guidelines tell you.

 

{ Dresses aren’t created equal }

So, one strapless gown was way too revealing for you…. but that doesn’t mean that all of them will be!

One waistline might dig into your side and picker at your hip bone, yet the next one we pull of the rack could fit your waist-to-hip proportions just right.

It’s kind of like playing Little Red Riding Hood with wedding gowns.

While the straps on one dress might make you look bulky and broad, others might give you the right amount of delicate detailing to take your shoulders to a gorgeous feminine shape. While some trumpet-style gowns are tight around the thighs, the very next one might have a higher flare – making it totally comfy to dance around in!

 

{ Dress Dictionary }

Here’s a quick intro to wedding dress lingo that you should probably peruse:

A-line

- easy to wear and flatters almost every body-type

- fitted bodice, defining the waistline, and gradually flares out right around the mid-hipline.

A modified A-line is a bit more fitted around the hip and bum, with a slimmer skirt. A modified A-line may be too tight around the hips of a Pear body-type, and may accentuate the midsection of an Oval/Diamond body-type. However, those brides could simply go up in size and alter the top to fit if they find a dress they love.


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Ballgown

- the classic princess look – cinched at the waist with a large bell-like skirt.

Ballgowns vary in their bodice styling, with fit options including the natural waistline, basque waistline (just at top of hipline), or dropped waistline (mid-hipline).

I wouldn’t say that any one body type should avoid a ballgown, however, if you are on the shorter side, short-waisted, and full figured, sometimes a ballgown with a natural waistline can make you look stocky.

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Trumpet

- Surprise, surprise.. this gown is shaped like.. well, a trumpet!

- fitted from the bust-line through to the thigh

- trumpet-shaped skirt starts to gradually flare out around the mid-thigh area.

Oval/Diamond body-types often avoid this shape as it can define their mid-section. Pear body-types can certainly wear this silhouette, particularly when they love to flaunt their hip and thigh assets, but if they have a much smaller upper body, they will have to get a dress in a size that fits their largest parts and alter the rest of the dress to fit.

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Mermaid

- a mermaid is not a trumpet

- while quite similar, the fitted part of the skirt of a mermaid is tight right down to the knee then flares out into a trumpet skirt.

A true mermaid is much harder to walk in because you have less material and space to move your legs. Because this silhouette is so fitted, it accentuates your curves, and for some women it can tend to make them look more hippy than they are. Pear and Oval/Diamond body-types generally try to avoid this silhouette.

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Fit-And-Flare

- often similar to the trumpet silhouette

- defined by a fitted bodice with a dropped waistline ending at the top of thigh, below the bum, or to the mid-thigh. The skirt often flares out from a defined line rather than a gradual continuation into the skirt.

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Sheath

-  often referred to as a column dress

- usually has little to no structure built into the dress.

The fabric on a sheath gown is often cut on the bias, and drapes over the body for a close fit. The sheath silhouette typically hugs every curve, so it can be a trickier style to pull off for those who are more self-conscious about their body. Because it lacks in the structure that often helps to define the waistline, this silhouette can often create a boxy look.

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So here’s to you, pretty girl:

  • If you are shorter in the neckline – avoid heavy straps or illusion necklines! Opt for sweetheart or deep V-necks instead.
  • If you have a longer neckline – a strapless dress that starts at your bust-line often sits quite low, appearing as though it needs to be pulled up. Opt for V-neck with straps, halter, or off-the-shoulder styles instead.
  • If you have a rectangular or athletic boyish body-type, a fitted trumpet style will really define your waist and give you the illusion of an hourglass figure – that va-va-voom you never knew you had!
  • Stuck in a boxy dress? Adding a sash to any dress will instantly define your waistline!
  • If you have a pear or inverted-triangle body-type (larger on the top or bottom) and you love to flaunt your curves, don’t feel like you need to hide them. Simply look for a dress that fits your largest parts, then alter the rest of the dress to fit everywhere else.
  • If you’re trying to camouflage a fuller tummy, avoid dresses that tighten up under the belly button and around the hip, bum and thighs. Choose a dress that has a gradual flare from your widest part.
  • Short? Sometimes the fit & flare and dropped waist styles can appear to cut you in half. Although they may elongate your bodice, they may make your legs look short. When you’re looking at a dress on you, don’t forget to step off the pedestal to see how your actual height affects how the proportion of the design looks.
  • Well endowed? If you have a larger bust-line you don’t have to wear straps to hold everything up. Straps can often make you look bustier if you have a shorter neckline, especially if the straps are too substantial. If you are going for a strapless fit, make sure that the top of your dress comes up and over the top of your bust – tou don’t want the top of the strapless to sit too low (leaving your dress looking too small, giving you bust overflow, and potentially resulting in a clothing malfunction that nobody wants on their wedding day!)
  • Some dresses are better suited for taller girls. If you’re shopping consignment and fall in love with a mermaid gown that was worn by a 6′ bride while you’re used to rocking a solid 5’5, the proportions of that gown won’t fit you properly. Don’t be disappointed – at least you know what you love and are that much closer to finding it!
  • If you’re ordering a dress new, most dresses can be ordered in 3 different lengths – i.e. petite fitting around a height of 5′-5’2″, regular 5’7″ and tall 5’11”. For even taller girls, extra length can be ordered as well.

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Stressed about finding your perfect dress? Contact Angela@GownAndGlory.ca for some love and support along the way. Schedule an appointment at Gown And Glory Bridal Boutique to get to know your body shape and learn how to shop-for-your-shape in a private, intimate, bridal boutique atmosphere.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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…

Oh.

Wait.

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.

Oh….

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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:

DANCE PARTY!

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

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

Nope.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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