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April 3, 2015

Getting Married, Round II :: #RealWGBrideBlog

Filed under: #RealWGBrideBlog,Bridal Blog,Getting Engaged,Love — WeddingGirl @ 11:40 am

{ this is what I know … }

by: Amy Liza, Bride-To-Be.

Never BEen Kissed

At the end of the film “Never Been Kissed”, an adorable and highly under-appreciated rom-com starring Drew Barrymore, Drew’s character is writing a piece for her newspaper. Her voice is heard saying, in all of its wistfulness: “Someone once told me that to write well you have to write what you know. This is what I know.”

I could quote Mark Twain, the originator of that saying, but Drew Barrymore is my spirit animal, so here we are.

And this is what I know: I’m a divorcée and I’m getting married for the 2nd time.

Typing the word “divorcée” makes most people cringe.

It’s a label.

It screams FAIL WHALE.

It screams “I wear dark sunglasses, chain smoke, carry a small dog in my Chanel purse, and I may or may not have gotten the house in the Hamptons as part of my settlement.”

But I digress.

Anyway, it’s generally a word that brings judgment and turned up noses.

I was also once a wedding planner.

I became WPIC certified post-divorce.

Those fun facts about me mean I know some things. Not all of the things, but some of the things. So I want to share what I know, as someone about to get remarried, and as someone who has been exposed to the weddings of many different couples. Oh, and as someone who is so excited and scared at the same time, just like any other bride-to-be.

When you say “YES!” to a proposal, or someone says yes to yours, it’s the promise of forever (and the awesome wedding to come) that lights everyone up with excitement. You carefully craft your announcement photo for Instagram or Facebook, with fancy filters and clever hashtags like #helikeditsoheputaringonit or #doesthisringmakemelookengaged.

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Suddenly, rainbows are everywhere you go!

Unicorns weep with joy at your news!

It’s a ring on THAT finger, a message to the world that someone wants to be with you, and you with them, until you’re old and crusty and you sit on a porch together yelling at the youth of tomorrow to get the hell off of your lawn.

If that made you dance with glee and toss glitter into the air, please sit down.

It’s time for real talk.

*brushes glitter off laptop*

Not for one second do I want to take away from the bliss that is a wedding.

The excitement of planning your big day is undeniable: A wedding is truly a beautiful and wonderful event.

But it’s an EVENT.

A point in time.

One day of your life.

One single day where you wear a beautiful gown (that I really hope doesn’t cost more than your wedding because THAT IS CRAZY TALK.)

I’m putting a lot of emphasis on it being a one day thing, because marriage is an entirely different kettle of fish. It is not an event. It is not one day. It is a lifetime of commitment to one person. It is good days and bad days. It is really loving that person even though they leave the peanut butter knife on the edge of the sink, or their socks on the kitchen counter. It is a commitment to making things work even if sometimes things are scary, difficult and/or frustrating.

Your relationship, your marriage, is like a garden and you need to tend to it. There will be no flowers, no fancy Kale, nor any heirloom tomatoes unless you take care of your garden every day.

Rain or shine.

You cannot be asleep at the switch, and expect your kale to be bountiful, your tomatoes to be juicy, or your marriage to be successful.

That one day of your life, your wedding, will not fix the things that are already malfunctioning in your relationship.

If you’re arguing all the time, a wedding won’t fix that.  If you’re insecure in your relationship, getting married won’t make it better.  If you’re not sure you want to get married, but he/she asked you, and your families are on you for grandkids so you may as well…a wedding won’t make you suddenly want to be married. I could say it a million different ways but I have a word limit (I think), so I’ll leave it at this: Your wedding isn’t a solution. It’s a celebration.

I’ll wait while you write that down somewhere.

There are many reasons why my marriage didn’t succeed, but mainly it fell apart because we had no foundation. I think I knew we’d fail before he even proposed, but I was so desperate to make things right in my world after my Mom died.

On my wedding day, I received an early card from a family friend, Carol. I read it before I walked down the aisle. That card is the one single thing I kept from my first marriage. Carol was an older woman, very close to my Mom. She was married with three grown sons who themselves were married with kids. She was a brassy New Jersey Italian, an off-Broadway actress, a recovering alcoholic. She was the most authentic woman I’d ever met, and I loved being around her for that reason.

Her card sits in a box of memories, and I kept it because it was so honest.

It terrified me.

Instead of the usual platitudes one gets in a wedding card, she had written the following:

“…the truth is, nobody knows what’s going to happen. And even after you’ve done it for an indeterminable amount of time…you still have no idea how it works. You just keep trying and you create a relationship with lots of emotions, lots of comfort, and sometimes discomfort. Lots of work and play. Good times and not so good times. You’ll do this all together, and you still won’t know. Here’s the secret: It is what it is.” 

Wait a minute.

Who says that to a bride on their wedding day?!

I really wish more people were this honest.

Carol is now in assisted living in California with Alzheimer’s and I WISH I could call her and thank her.

She doesn’t remember me anymore.

I am sharing her wisdom with you, because she said what all engaged couples need to hear: Being happily married is a lot of hard, albeit beautiful, important work. I learned some best practices for a successful marriage from the one that failed. I still take Carol’s words to heart. I stay true to myself as much as I can. The mister and I are set up for success with a solid relationship, and our foundation is strong. We’ve had some pretty rough moments, and I can safely say we’ve earned this wedding, and this marriage. We work very hard to maintain what we’ve built, and though we’re giggly and silly about this wedding planning, we’re not glossy-eyed and bathed in glitter, thinking that a wedding is the overall destination.

I’m so very excited to marry my penguin.

And if that reference escapes you, set some time aside to watch “Never Been Kissed” this week. I mean, I’ve mentioned it twice here, so just go watch it please and thanks.

Yes, it’s on Netflix.

You’re welcome.

…. and ALL of this is to say that being married to the one you love is one of life’s greatest joys.

The most important gift you can give to each other is honesty and authenticity.

Don’t race to get married because you have a timeline to follow, or you’re being pressured by your friends and family.  Like a house, you need to lay the foundation first. Build it to last forever. And once it has proven it can withstand storms and other nonsense, go ahead and plan yourself one awesome wedding.

With glitter.

~ xo,

Amy

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To share your own pre-wedding-day thoughts with fellow Brides-To-Be, submit your #RealWGBrideBlog writing for considering to info@WeddingGirl.ca

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April 1, 2015

The hottest new wedding trend you haven’t heard of…

Filed under: Author: Brenda Hanks,Bridal Blog,Entertainment,Wedding Fun — WeddingGirl @ 11:18 am

{ Brides and Cats }

Authored By: Brenda Hanks

As any avid WeddingGirl reader would know, we love to keep up to date with the hot new trends in the wedding world. Recently a hot new trend has started taking North America by storm…

Cats!

 

Why carry a beautiful bouquet when you can stroll down the aisle carrying a cuddly cat? This trend also brings a really soft touch to your wedding photos.

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Talk about spicing up the boring old bouquet toss! Your girls will never know what hit them!

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Still looking for a way to incorporate your kitty? What about a furry ring bearer or flower girl?

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Or consider adding a cat to your dress for a personal touch?

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Cats are showing up everywhere – check out this sweet invitation suite we found!

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Trend or foe?

Does this post have you purring for more?

Would you kitty-up your wedding day?

Happy April Fools day!

{ photog love }

These totally inspiring cat-snaps are courtesy of: Ivan Malafeyev, BridesThrowingCats.com, ORBrideMag.com, DailyMail.co.uk, WeddingInvitations-UK.co.uk.

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March 30, 2015

WGLookBook: Atlantis Pavilions

Recently, we were lucky enough to hold the last LookBook photoshoot in the amazing Metropolitan Room at the Atlantis Pavilions in Toronto. This room features 30 foot floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing views of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario. If you have never visited, add this location to your must-see list!

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Our photographer for this shoot was the amazing Joti from Oottum fine Photography.  Joti and her assistant (and husband) Jay, are a dream to work with! They are an incredibly talented team, and we can’t wait to share all of  the gorgeous shots they captured for us!

As you know, our LookBook shoots are colour-themed, and this time we were styling a purple Sangeet. To give you a little lesson on Indian wedding traditions, a Sangeet is a celebration held for a bride before a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. Purple has historically been associated with royalty, magic, mystery, and piety, so it’s the perfect colour to use for a Sangeet!

We were spoiled by Manish and his team from Dulhan Mandap who created a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind mandap design, which was created just for us! It  incorporated lush velvet fabrics in every shade of purple. Not a single detail was missed!

 

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Country Lane Floral Design created some beautiful pieces to enhance the entire look of the mandap. The floral ring around the lantern made for a beautiful focal point, and the floral garlands around the gold urns made for an inviting entrance to the mandap.

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Sacha, the talent behind All Glam Affair, did an amazing job getting our beautiful model Sonia camera ready. Sonia’s makeup incorporated hints of purple to tie into the overall look, and her hair was the perfect combination of elegance and glamour.
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What is an Indian wedding without the dazzling details? We were so excited when Jami from Jewel Flash Tatts came on board to create a unique tattoo design specifically for us! I had been eyeing these gold foil tattoos for so long, and this was the perfect opportunity to try them out. Jami created a henna inspired design that fit perfectly with the bridal look, and we hope to inspire brides to try it out for themselves!
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Sometimes I meet new vendors that I just can’t wait to work with, and Vibrance Designs was one of them. Puja and I met over Twitter, and I instantly fell in love with her hand illustrated designs. Her work is so in tune with the latest trends, and she takes the time to make every mark count. Thank you Puja for the stunning Invitation suite you made for us.
A project like this can’t come together without support from our entire team. Thank you ladies – especially to our interns who not only modeled outfits, but steamed and prepped them all for the shoot!
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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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#WGRealBrideCampaign | #WGLookBook :: naturally, beautifully-bride…

“8 Month Wedding Beauty Timeline”

“18 Stunning Makeup Looks For Brides”

“28 Prettiest Wedding Hairstyles”

“Bride-To-Be Beauty Tips”

“Detox Your Way To The Altar!”

Just a quick search for “Beautiful Bride” on Pinterest, and never will a girl ever feel as much pressure to be beautiful as she does the moment she agrees to be wed.

Bridal Beauty

Lose weight!

Tone up!

Eat well!

Slim your arms!

Curve your bum! (but not too curvy!)

Oh… and do it all between now and your wedding day…. while maintaining your job, your family, your social life, and sanity.

It’s tough being a bride!

But who came up with these standards of bridal beauty anyway?!?

Somewhere in the regime and routine and rules, it seems we’ve forgotten everything about the girl the guy (or girl) fell in love with in the first place!

Bridal beauty standards these days have been mass-marketed, extra-exploited, pretty much entirely unattainable objectives of weight-loss formulas and faddy work-out apps to make you feel like a less-than-acceptable version of your flawless bridal self.

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Sure, Monique Lhullier spared no expense in finding a super-stunning bride to wear her super-stunning bridal collection… but did you know that only 5% of women naturally have the “ideal” measurements that this gorgeous gown is flaunted on?

So basically, line up 20 brides… and maybe one of those brides might be able to pull off this dress.

Am I the only one who thinks that’s insane?

Why do we keep allowing the wedding world – designers and stylists alike – to continue setting this superficial (artificial?) ideal?

And who came up with this entirely insane bridal beauty standard in the first place??

In all fairness, it wasn’t always this way.

Here’s how the world used to view its prettiest brides:

Ancient Greece (500-300 B.C.) – plump and full-figured.

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Victorian England (1837 – 1901) – corsets were worn to have cinched waists, with long hair to promote their femininity.

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Roaring Twenties (1920′s) – women favour a genderless look; downplaying waists and wearing bras that flattened their breasts to create a curve-less, boyish body.

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Golden Age of Hollywood (1930s-1950s) – Hays Code in effect; movie stars started flaunting curvy bodies with slim waists. This was the Marilyn Monroe era.

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Swinging Sixties (1960s) – Twiggy unknowingly initiated a change from curvy to tall and thin through her modelling.

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Supermodel Era (1980s) – also known as the Aerobics Fad; the ideal body became tall, slim, athletic but still curvaceous.

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Heroin Chic (1990s) – beauty is now seen as thin, withdrawn, and pale.

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2000’s – today we need to be skinny but healthy; large boobs and bums but a super-flat tummy. Simple, right?

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We agree emphatically, these brides are GORGEOUS! But what happens when you’re not the teeny-tiny Size 0-2 that designers’ top gown models boast?

{ Standing Up For The Cause }

In recent years many people, celebrities and non-celebrities alike, have decided to stand up for women against unrealistic expectations and standards. Even though it was done in subtle ways, the impact left behind was impressive.

Shailene Woodley is a prime example of a naturally beautiful woman. She chooses not to wear makeup for many red carpet appearances and numerous award shows. Despite her unconventional approach, she’s praised constantly for her exquisite complexion and raw look.

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Who says transforming into the “ideal beauty” is what will determine your success?

Rebel Wilson has, on numerous occasions, explained that her focus in life is to be amazing in her field of work: acting and comedy.

She has graciously decided to ignore the standards and remain herself, which, might I add is magnificent!

Rebel embraces her curves and focuses on what truly matters, her own happiness and accomplishments in life, work, and love.

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{ What WE’RE choosing to do… }

As much as we’d like to think that brides around the world love what we do here in our little corner of WeddingLand, the truth is, we can only begin to wish to change the industry.

What we can change, though, is ourselves.

Did you know we’re launching a WeddingGirl LookBook? Yup.

Real women.

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Real sizes.

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Really gorgeous wedding looks.

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And in anticipation of our LookBook launch? We’re turning to you, our REAL-world brides, to show us how you’re celebrating the real kind of beautiful that you plan to be on your wedding day!

Are you love-love-loving your plus-sized bridal gown?

Are you rocking a DIY-manicure down the aisle?

Are you trading in perfectly-polished curls for your natural, just-a-touch-wavy, tresses?

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Hey…. we’re not asking you to ditch concealer on your big day… but we are hoping to hear that there’s at least one bride out there who’d prefer to toast her flute of bubbles without worrying about how many stairs she’ll have to climb to burn it off.

Tell us the ways in which you’re choosing to fly in the face of unattainable bridal beauty and, instead, walking down the aisle as a perfectly, naturally, beautifully-you bride. Watch your stories be shared by our WeddingGirls, and maybe together, we can create a whole new bridal beauty trend; one that doesn’t involve a Stairmaster and lip injections.

Tag #WGRealBrideCampaign and #WGLookBook in your post.

We can’t wait to share it!

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{ blog love }

All the wedding gowns features in this blog are available to buy from Gown And Glory Bridal Boutique and on our WeddingGirl.ca Bridal Gown Marketplace: (in order of appearance)

Monique Lhullier Tulle Mermaid | Callista 4153 | Sophia Tolli Y11226 | Sottero Midgley, Topaz | BCBG, Maxine | Allure 8920 | Alfred Angelo 8501 | Essence of Australia D1639 | Casablanca Couture B086 | Stella York 5679

Photog Credit: (in order of appearance)

Mike Streeter | Dan Osadtsuk | Julia Park   | Sara Monika |

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March 10, 2015

#MeetThisGirl | Tola Farayola

{ Meet Our Intern }

We’ve already introduced you to one of our interns, Bayley…and now we’d like you to meet Tola.

While Tola may be a bit on the quiet side, we know she will move mountains. Here is her first ever blog.

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It is such an honor to be working with everyone of this amazing team because I know that each day I am going to learn something new and go home with more knowledge about wedding and event planning (which can be a bit tricky at best).

It hasn’t even been two months and I feel like I have known the WeddingGirl team for a very long time, especially my fellow intern Bayley.  It’s like we have been friends for a long time and she makes me feel more open and relaxed.

Although I am still learning the ins and outs of event planning and what goes on behind-the-scenes of running a business, I can tell you that in the short amount of time that I have been part of this team, I have had the pleasure of working with the most open, appreciative and understanding team I have ever met. It is a privilege to be learning so much in my short amount of intern hours that I would normally learn on a regular basis.

Aside from the great people, one of the reasons why I wanted to join the WeddingGirl team was because of the love I have for traditional weddings. Where I come from, Nigeria, weddings are celebrated to the fullest; in a large ceremony of family, friends and well-wishers in various traditions and I can’t wait to start sharing these traditions with you.

Joining this team will and has given me more confidence and belief in myself because I know that I have people that I can share my knowledge, opinions, care, understanding, wisdom and accountability with, and they will be able to tell me what is right or wrong and push me in the right direction.

If there’s one thing I can leave you with, it is to know that every wedding and event planner deserves so much respect and admiration for what they do because it takes the motivation, love, dedication and willingness to learn to bring magic to life, which is what each and everyone of the WeddingGirl team members is all about and I am so honoured to be working with them.

I really hope that in the days to come I am able to achieve more and make the team proud to have me on board.

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…and proud we are, Tola!

We are so happy you chose us! <3

You can find and follow Tola’s internship journey with the WeddingGirl team on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram! Go find her and say hello.

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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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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?!

Finding Out

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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