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October 23, 2015

#WGxBigThings :: Vendors ….

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


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

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


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

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

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October 20, 2015

#WGxBigThings :: Wedding Planners….

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

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

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


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

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October 19, 2015

#WGxBigThings :: Brides….

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

{behind-the-scenes} …

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Missed our Sneak Peek video? Watch it here!

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October 13, 2015

#WGxBigThings :: 2015 Sneak Peek Promo

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

Canada's First Wedding Planner Blog Network WeddingGirl.ca

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


We mean serious wedding-planning-business.

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

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

Mary Bratko WeddingGirl.ca

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

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

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


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September 22, 2015

Vendor Love: Meet Doris | LoveLettering.ca

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

Doris Wai LoveLettering.ca

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

LoveLettering.ca Doris Wai Starbucks Bride Cup


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

Starbucks Engagement Ring Personalized Lettered Cup 1

Starbucks Engagement Ring Personalized Lettered Cup 2

Starbucks Engagement Ring Personalized Lettered Cup 3

Starbucks Personalized Cup LoveLettering Doris Wai 1

Starbucks Engagement Session LuckyBird Photography


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


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September 3, 2015

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

{ Emily + Kevin }

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

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

Niagara On The Lake Wedding Price Of Wales Hotel

Niagara On The Lake Wedding Photographer Purestorm Studios Mark Wilson

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Toronto Wedding Photographer Mark Wilson Purestorm Studios

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Nautical Gold Anchor Wedding Purestorm Studios

Green White Fern Bridal Bouquet Fraiche Floral Studio Toronto

Father Daughter First Look Wedding Photo Purestorm Studios Mark Wilson

Groom Morning of photography Toronto Wedding PureStorm Studios

Niagara Wedding Photographer Mark Wilson Purestorm Studios Toronto

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Niagara Wedding Photographer Mark Wilson Purestorm Studios WeddingGirl.ca

Fraiche Floral Studio Green White Bridal Bouquet Niagara Florist

Niagara On The Lake Wedding Photography Mark Wilson Photographer

Must Have Wedding Photo WeddingGirl.ca

Navy Hall Niagara On The Lake Riverview Wedding Ceremony

Pink Yellow Orange Wedding Flowers Ceremony Fraiche Floral Studio

Niagara On The Lake Navy Hall Wedding Ceremony Decor

Navy Hall Niagara River Wedding Ceremony Photography

Niagara Wedding Photographer Mark Wilson

Sunset Wedding Photography Niagara On The Lake

Navy Hall Wedding Niagara On The Lake Toronto Planner

Niagara On The Lake Wedding Stationery Details

Kate Spade Centerpiece Pink Yellow Orange Purple Fraiche Floral Studio

Niagara Wedding Photography PureStorm Studios Mark Wilson Toronto

Toronto Wedding Planners Niagara On The Lake Navy Hall

… and they lived happily ever after <3

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

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August 27, 2015

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

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

Here’s how the day unfolded:



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

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August 4, 2015

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

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

Here’s how their wedding story was written…

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

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9 Alternative Wedding Destinations for Adventurous Couples

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

Underwater Trang Ceremony :: Thailand

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


Everest :: Nepal

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


English countryside, :: United Kingdom

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

Heaton House Farm Wedding UK

Scott Island :: Antarctica

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

Scott Island Antarctica Wedding

Burning Man Festival :: U.S.A.

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

Burning Man Festival Wedding Jonathan Clark Photography

The Grand Canyon :: U.S.A.

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


In Space (no joke)

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

Virgin Galactic Outer Space Wedding

Ice Palaces :: Lapland

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

Ice Hotel Church Palace Lapland Wedding

Ayers Rock, Australia

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

Uluru Ayers Rock Australian Destination Wedding

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


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

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July 27, 2015

DIY Wedding Decor Tutorial :: Vintage Vanity How-To Guide

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By: Krystal


DIY Vintage Door Wedding Decor How To Tutorial

Since making the trek back to Alberta I have found myself enthralled with all-things-DIY! My mom, also known as my inspiration, has really been showing me a whole new world of creativity.

I wanted to share something with all of you – we’ve been working steadily on this project together! If you follow my story you’ll be seeing this piece in the very near future. For now, I’m just going to give you the tips and tricks I used to create a vanity out of an old door. Amazing, right? This gem would look incredible at just about any shabby-chic, rustic, vintage-inspired wedding. *swoon*

Alright, let’s get started!

You will need:

1. vintage door

2. painter’s tape

3. electric sander

4. sandpaper (60 and 100)

5. chisel

6. jigsaw cutter

7. small desk

8. chalk paint (colour of your choice!)

9. cream chalk paint (I used American Paint Company – Limoges)

10. brown chalk paint (American Paint Company – Leather Books)

11. small shelf

12. clear wax (I used Van Gogh Furniture Paintology)

13. brown wax (Van Gogh Furniture Paintology)

14. cloths

15. paint brushes

16. wood glue

17. gorilla glue

18. butter knife

19. wax brush

20. decorative hooks

21. window / glass cleaner


Off we go!

To start this journey, I have two words for you:



You would be amazed as to what you can find! It’s like treasure hunting.

I found both my vintage door and desk for an amazing price at a garage sale.

All of the tools I’ve listed here can also be found at any hardware store. Or ask a dad or an uncle. They likely have them too (and most are more than willing to help you use them!)

DIY Wedding Decor Vintage Door Equipment How To

The paint we used was made by American Paint Company – Leather Boots and Limoges. They have SO many other great colours though…. look!

DIY Vintage Door Wedding Decor Tutorial Krystal Robertson

Oh. And two more words:



But I promise that if you put nothing but love into it, it’ll turn out beautifully! That, and it’s a pretty great bonding project to create with a family m ember, or even your main squeeze!

Now… here’s how I made it happen, step by step:

1. Finding your perfect piece.

Get creative and when you see something you love, try and envision what you could do with it! Make sure to take a “Before” photo…it’s so great to look back on all your hard work and progress.

2. Scrape. Scrape. Scrape.

Once you have your piece in a position that’s easiest for you to work with, take out your chisel or simple butter knife and go over the whole door to remove any large excess wood pieces prior to sanding. Make sure to do this first as wood will likely be flaky and dry due to its age.

3. Sand. Sand. Sand.

Get out that electric sander (or sandpaper, if you don’t want to purchase an electric one) – and it’s time to smooth out the wood. In case you didn’t know, sand paper comes in different grades – I used a 60 and a 100.

The original colour of my door was mint green, and because I didn’t want any of that residual colour to show through in my final product, I removed it entirely. If you happen to like the original colour of your piece, keep some of it in place! You’ll end up distressing it later, which will allow for that colour to show through.

Be prepared – sanding is tedious. If you’re not using an electric sander, this step will be time consuming – but it’s very important! You want your piece to be perfectly smooth, especially when you get to the painting part. Believe me, your future-self will thank you for being patient here.

4. Clean up

This is easy – grab a vacuum and clean up all excess wood.

Calgary Wedding Planner DIY Vintage Door Tutorial 1

5. Fine-tune

Take your desk and measure it accordingly so that all four legs connect with the ground properly. This step will vary depending on your piece because of the different types of desks and how much alteration each individual one may require. I had to use a jigsaw cutter to remove excess wood in order to achieve the perfect fit I was looking for. You might get lucky and not have to!

6. Double-check

Take a moment to re-check that your cuts are even, that your pieces sit and will fit properly.

7. Attach

Here’s where you attach your door to your desk. This step will vary depending on how your desk will fit against the panels on your door and how much of your desk will actually attach. I used a power drill to screw the pack piece of the desk to the door itself.

8. Yay!

You’re not done yet, but this is the basis of how your finished product will look! Celebrate! (but not for too long – there’s still more work to be done).

Calgary Wedding Planner DIY Vintage Door Tutorial 2

9. Tape

Grab your painter’s tape and tape off the inside of your door’s window. This saves having to scrape / wash accidental paint streaks down the road.

10. Paint

This is the fun part! Get out your paints! I used a cream colour.

11. More paint

I did one full coat of Limoges as my base. The reason for this? I wanted it to be the shade that peeked through after distressing the top colour. You’ll see.

12. Judgment call

I chose to stick to just one coat so that during the distressing process, some of the original wood would come through as well. It’s always such a nice touch to keep a bit of that original, vintage beauty! This step is entirely up to you.

Calgary Wedding Planner DIY Vintage Door Tutorial 3

13. Get Artsy

I wanted my vanity to be a piece in a colour not readily available. I chose to mix Limoges with Leather Boots and ended up with this really gorgeous blush-type colour. LOVE!

14. Paint some more + then distress!

Add two coats of your specific colour and allow a few hours for it to dry completely. In the photo demonstrated, I used the electric sander to achieve the distressed look I was going for.

15. Fine-Tune

I used my 60 and 100 grade sandpapers to distress the fine details. Distressing gives your piece the antique look we’re all crushing on so hard these days. Yes, it’s a ton of work for making something look old and worn.. but the end result is oh-so-worth-it!

16. Wax On

Get out your wax brush and clear wax. This is the step where your paint gets sealed and a slight glossy shine is added. Make sure to only apply the wax in small patches at a time – it dries quickly!

Calgary Wedding Planner DIY Vintage Door Tutorial 4

17. Wax. Wax. Wax.

Excess wax can be wiped off with a cloth.  Rub the wax in delicately so that it blends into crevices and cracks. Keep in mind that the wax really does dry quickly, so do this in small pieces.

18. (dark) Wax On.

Once your whole piece has been finished with clear wax (and you’ve removed all excess with a cloth), it’s time for the dark wax. Take your brush and, again, only work in small pieces as the wax dries quickly. Use circular motions and press the brush hard into the wood so all cracks are filled.

19. Two-toned

This photo demonstrates how dark the wax is in comparison to my paint colour, but don’t worry – it goes on dark and then can easily be wiped off to achieve the look you’re going for!

20. The choice is yours

You decide how light or dark you want your finished product to be by deciding how much of the wax you leave on or wipe away.

Calgary Wedding Planner DIY Vintage Door Tutorial 5

21. Step by step…

This piece is the shelf that will be attached to the middle of the door. The painting and distressing was done before it was attached – making it infinitely easier to work with!

22. Hooking Up

I found these super-cute hooks at Real Deals Home Decor in Lethbridge. Love! Position and measure them accordingly at the top or wherever you prefer to position them.

23. Attach + Secure

Once you’ve positioned the hooks where you’d like them to be, use your power drill and screws to firmly attach and secure.

24. Finishing Touches

We’ve painted our hooks with the main colour, and once attached to the door we waxed them with clear and dark wax and then lightly distressed them too. At this point we’ve also attached the ornate shelf to the middle of the door – fairly simple as we had attachments that easily screwed in.

Calgary Wedding Planner DIY Vintage Door Tutorial 6

25. Almost done!

Remove your painter’s tape. Such an easy and rewarding step.

26. Spot shine

Grab your glass cleaner and wipe down your window, removing any blotches or stains left behind by all your hard work.

Calgary Wedding Planner DIY Vintage Door Tutorial 7

DIY Vintage Door wedding decor close-up photo

DIY Vintage Door Wedding Decor How To Tutorial

DIY Vintage Door Vanity Wedding decor

There you have it!

You can prop this beauty up at the entrance to your wedding ceremony, use it as a Guestbook signing table, arrange photos of family weddings or In Loving Memory frames, and then bring it home after the big day to display your wedding pics, fresh flowers, or even makeup or jewelry!


Make sure to tag me in your own vintage furniture projects…. #WGxCalgary or @Krystal.WeddingGirl on Instagram and I’ll make sure to get them up on our blog as well.

Hugs and Kisses -

~ xo, Krystal


Krystal is a Wedding Planner and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger in the Calgary area.

Connect with her directly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email: Krystal@WeddingGirl.ca

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