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June 17, 2015

DIY Burlap + Lace Rose Bouquet | #WGxCalgary

{ WeddingGirl How-To … }

by: Krystal Robertson

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If you haven’t received the memo that I love all things floral I’m here to tell you that I do! Very much so. Anything and everything! Now that I’m situated in Alberta I decided to get down to my country roots and think outside the box!

We all adore floral bouquets. How could you not? But wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to have it as a keepsake? Something sentimental to decorate your home? Well I came across flowers made from burlap material. It was love at first sight. I’d like to demonstrate how to make one of these beautiful bouquets for yourself!

Burlap Lace Wedding DIY Flowers Tutorial How To WeddingGirl.ca

 
Ready to get started? { Sidenote, I found everything at Micheals! }

You will need:

- glue gun

- glue sticks

- burlap fabric

- lace burlap fabric

- floral tape

- decorative ribbon

- circle tulle sheets

- twine

- sticks

- scissors

- raffia

- babys breath (artificial)

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Start by getting your glue gun ready and put out a paper towel to avoid mess!
Lay out your non-printed burlap fabric and place the stick halfway up as shown. You really could use anything as a base but I thought that sticks really added that rustic feel that I was going for.

2.

Glue the side of your stick facing up. Keep in mind that burlap fabric is not full and that glue is hot! I learned this lesson the hard way. Don’t worry, the glue will start to dry fairly quickly (and the burn only hurts for a second, I promise).

3.

Hold the left side of the fabric with your left hand and roll the stick over. Hold for about 30 seconds to make sure the glue cools.

4.

Grab your glue gun once more and glue the side of the fabric that the stick is under, you will only need to glue half of it as demonstrated.
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5.

Once you have glued the burlap you will then proceed to fold the fabric on top of the glue. After this step is completed simply roll the stick over onto the fabric. This creates the inside of the rose.

6.

Roll a few times to get the look you desire.The middle will have a few rolls. Pull tight to make sure it is in place!

7.

Once you have the inside arranged, glue the burlap together to keep it strong. Wait 30 seconds to make sure the glue is dry before letting go.

8.

To make the petals, simply and loosely fold the remaining burlap fabric into a loop.
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9.

Continue to grab remaining pieces of burlap into loops and fold up. Every time you make a loop secure it to the fabric with glue. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to look perfect – that’s exactly the beauty of it all!

10.

As you finish all the way around leave approximately 3-4 ” of burlap fabric.

11.

Hold your flower at the base tightly and start to wrap around the excess fabric. Glue as you feel necessary.

12.

Once you have waited a few moments for that glue to cool, grab a piece of twine and start to wrap around the base tightly. I made a couple of knots and tied them as tight as I possibly could!
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13.

Congrats! You’ve completed your first rose!

Set it aside and now grab a piece of tulle. Take your scissors and cut a hole in the middle. This also doesn’t have to be perfect as it just has to fit on the rose.

Start from the bottom and gently pull the tulle up to the base of the rose.

14.

Voila! This is how it should look thus far.
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15.

Repeat these same steps for the amount of flowers you desire. My bouquet has 6 flowers! I used 4 regular pieces of burlap and 2 pieces of lace burlap to give it some dimension.

Once you have all your flowers gather them up together and arrange them as you wish – tall, short, loose, tight.

I added hints of baby’s breath and some raffia to each rose so all my stylistic elements tied in with one another beautifully.

Once you have your bouquet designed and shaped the way you like, hold the base tightly and grab your floral tape. (floral tape = awesome!)

Start wrapping the floral tape around all the sticks until it is tight and secure. Now take out your raffia and break it into small pieces. I looped mine for a fuller feel. Start placing and taping them at the base of your bouquet. It doesn’t have to be perfect because we will be covering the floral tape with stem wrap.

16.

Now grab a piece of leftover lace burlap (about 4″ long). Get out that glue gun again!

On the edge of your lace burlap put glue all the way down the side and position over top of the floral tape (and across any imperfections you want to cover up).  Wrap tightly and glue in place.

Get out your decorative ribbon. I used a firm ribbon to hide my bouquet’s mechanics (a flimsy ribbon would be less forgiving). Cut a long piece, wrap around, and tie it into a bow! Easy peasy. Then cut another piece of ribbon and wrap around the base where you have put the lace burlap. I positioned mine right in the middle. Glue it down securely and symmetrically.

Add some glue onto the knot of your bow, put it right in the middle of your ribbon – and you’re done!

Congrats, lovely! You now have a beautiful bouquet to carry down the aisle, give to your bridesmaids, or use as decor around your rustic wedding space.

DIY Burlap Lace Wedding Flower Bouquet Tutorial How To

 

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Krystal is a Wedding Planner, Bridal Life Stylist, and Blogger with WeddingGirl.ca in Calgary.

Follow her adventures on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!
Connect with Krystal directly: Krystal@WeddingGirl.ca

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June 16, 2015

#RibfestWedding | Meet Ribfest lovers Pamela + Francis!

{ Toronto Ribfest 2015 }

#RibfestWedding Designs By Liselle Save The Date BBQ

A few months ago, Rotary Etobicoke connected with WeddingGirl.ca to create the most memorable Toronto Ribfest ever. Just a few short brainstorming sessions later, the #RibfestWedding was born and plans were underway to find Toronto’s sauciest couple to tie the knot.

A few weeks ago, we styled a gorgeous #RibfestWedding photoshoot…

#RibfestWedding Designs By Liselle Burlap Lace Stationery

#RibfestWedding Fraiche Floral Studio Toronto

#RibfestWedding Cakeity Cakes Toronto Burlap Lace Design

#RibfestWedding Place Setting BBQ

#RibfestWedding Design Styled Shoot

The theme was burlap, lace, and a hint of Ribfest-inspired creativity….. along with all the fixin’s of a good, old-fashioned BBQ cook-out!

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(missed the full style shoot blog? Check it out here!)

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We wanted Toronto to ditch their smokey, muddy preconceptions of what a Ribfest Wedding could be and imagine, instead, the simplistic elegance and gorgeous goodies that would await our winning couple!

{ the story }

The contest was open and the submissions came in. The stories were all special, but one in particular really touched our hearts:

We’re country-chic (rednecks) but with good manners! (And just look at Pamela’s Pinterest wedding board, it matches the Style Shoot decor to a T!)

We have silly personalities but also charm and wit; a combination of easy-going and precise… and, let’s face it, we’re planning on attending the Toronto Ribfest anyways, so we may as well just make it a family affair!

Pamela was born in Orillia, Francis – from Montreal… and together we made the best thing to happen to us: little 3-year-old Olivia.

We live in Angus, a small town outside of Canadian Forces base Borden, where Francis is currently serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

It’s been over five happy (yet some more difficult) years together… and we know that marriage is messy! 

A year ago, a tornado touched down and destroyed our home, only a day after Francis left for Manitoba on a tasking. 

It hasn’t always been easy, but the life we’ve created is entirely worth it. We’ve fallen, gotten back up, picked each other up, stood strong, and continued to love and laugh together. We know we are meant to stand by each others’ side until we can no longer stand at all… and even then, we’ll sit side by side, wrinkly and gray, in rocking chairs on the porch.

And just like that, our hearts melted.

This was our couple: a born-and-bred, true-blue Canadian, all-around kind-hearted pair, and their little girl… who stood for exactly what our #RibfestWedding, and Rotary Etobicoke is all about: fun, family, and building a better community together.

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{ behind-the-scenes }

Just a handful of hours ago, the stage was set for an epic #RibfestWedding surprise.

Carly, Laura and Mary piled into a balloon-packed Jeep and drove northbound on the 400 to small-town Angus, just west of Barrie.

WeddingGirl Ribfest Surprise Roadtrip

It wasn’t long before our Surprise-Crew connected in Essa and developed our plan of attack.

“You’re going to set up your tripod at the edge of the street.”

“Right. I’ll use my prime lens to get a really tight shot.”

“You hold the balloons behind the garage door so that if she answers she doesn’t see them right away.”

“You’ll film?”

“You do the talking.”

Got it.

We rolled in….

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“Hi! Are you Francis?”

“Yes.”

“Is Pamela home?”

“No, she’s working!”

……. #$%&.

With the help of some pretty amazing neighbours and some on-the-spot creativity, Plan B was devised in a few short seconds.

(the key to being really good wedding planners? nothing surprises you anymore!)

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We rolled out…

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A quick jaunt over into Barrie brought us to a pretty little park just outside of Pamela’s work.

Cameras in place.

Balloons in place.

WeddingGirl decoys in place.

Plan B was in place… the stage was set and the surprise was going to be BIG!

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Pamela Francis RibfestWedding Toronto Winning Couple Giveaway Contest

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There’s something intoxicatingly magical about changing somebody’s love story.

The most gigantic Thank You in the world goes out to the amazing folks at Rotary Etobicoke and Toronto Ribfest for choosing us to plan this unforgettable celebration.

To Pamela and Francis….. buckle up, lovers! You’re getting married, and Toronto’s invited!

Francis Cote Pamela Ruttan Toronto RibfestWedding Winners

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The countdown is on to the #RibfestWedding when #PamCis | #FraMela say “I Do!”

If you’d like to be a guest at this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, save your spot at EventBrite’s Ribfest Wedding event.

Follow Pamela and Francis’ (short!) journey to the altar on Facebook, by clicking here! You can also check out behind-the-scenes photos and footage on Instagram, @WeddingGirlca or by following #RibfestWedding

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#MarriageIsMessy

#RibfestWedding

@RibfestToronto2015

 

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photography credits for capturing this special day: PureStorm Studios

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June 13, 2015

#WGxCalgary | YYC’s newest wedding planner extraordinaire!

Filed under: #WGxCalgary,Author: Krystal Robertson,Bridal Blog — Krystal @ WG @ 1:37 pm

{ #WGxCalgary }

We’ve made it!

Safe and sound.

Home sweet home.

…. and I’m smiling from ear to ear!

Calgary YYC City scape Krystal Robertson Wedding Planner

Bless my mother’s heart, the moment I walked into the house I’ve had family and friends crowding into our space waiting to greet me. How truly amazing?! The love has been radiating all around me since the moment I arrived. I knew I had a support system here, but to come home and it be so readily available at that exact moment was one of the best feelings a girl could experience.

Things feel right.

I don’t know how to explain it entirely.

Not to mention that Darwin is absolutely loving life outside of the concrete jungle that is Toronto. He is barreling through the grass at the park across the street, chasing birds and whatever else catches his little eye. I suppose he feels the same way I do – we are home!

Krystal Robertson Darwin Calgary Wedding Planner

So here I go… putting everything I have into this industry. These new surroundings here are inspiring: not only beautiful but now conducive to achieving whatever my little heart desires. My mind is cluttered with visions of floral designs, dresses, and all-things-amazing.

Just like the mountains, lakes, and gorgeous fields around me, my possibilities really are endless.

Calgary Landscape Wedding Planner Krystal Robertson

Stay tuned for my new journey….

Oh, and next week I’m getting together with Lindsay Nickel Photography to chat about blogs, style shoots, and making things happen. You HAVE to check her out! She’s amazing!

~ xo

 

Krystal (+ Darwin)

Krystal Robertson WeddingGirl.ca Calgary Alberta Wedding Planner

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Krystal is a Wedding Planner, Bridal Life Stylist, and Blogger with WeddingGirl.ca in Calgary.

Follow her adventures on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!
Connect with Krystal directly: Krystal@WeddingGirl.ca

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June 4, 2015

She Said Yes! | Toronto Proposal Planners | One King West Engagement

{ Surprise Marriage Proposal }

When Giordano sent a note to us all the way from New York City asking to help him plan a surprise proposal for the love of his life, our first question to him was: Why do you love her?

She’s loving, caring, and has the best sense of humour. She’s artsy, with a Bohemian style! She’s so talented. She’s creative in writing poems, an amazing communicator. She has a smile that knocks me off my feet. She is so beautiful!

And with that…. we knew everything we needed to know. A few short weeks, a handful of emails, and we set off to create a once-in-a-lifetime proposal for this love-of-a-lifetime pair.

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Toronto Engagement Photographer Mark Wilson Purestorm Studios

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Adam Cooke Toronto Guitarist Wedding Acoustic Soloist

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Venue: One King West Hotel & Residence | Photography: PureStorm Studios | Catering: LeBlanc Food Co. | Music: Adam Cooke | Floral Design: Fraîche Floral Studio | Event Design: WeddingGirl.ca

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May 27, 2015

The Perfect Wedding Shoe for You

{ 5 factors to consider when shoe shopping }

Authored by: Angela Kerry

Until you’ve been there yourself, you would never guess that finding the perfect wedding shoe could be just as hard as finding the perfect dress. But it is! Most of the time anyway.

A great pair of shoes (that you can comfortably walk in) can make you feel sexy, confident and empowered. But if you’re like me, I’ve bought shoes that were too small, thinking that I could stretch them out,  or boots that I *had* to have, but the heel was maybe two inches too high for me. Trust me when I tell you my husband was not impressed having to practically carry me as I latched onto his arm, barely able to walk, both times I wore them.

Why are we are willing to torture ourselves, or specifically our feet, for the love of shoes?!

It’s because shoes say a lot about our style and personality.  They can make us feel great when we wish our outfit could be better, when we’re having a bad hair-day, or if we’re feeling self-conscious about our bodies. The perfect shoe can do all these things and more…

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…but for your wedding day, make sure you think it through.

With all the items you need to think about for your big day, nobody really spends time coming up with a strategy on how to manage your bridal-tootsies, but you should! It’s going to be a very long day, and it would be unfortunate if all you can think about is how much your feet hurt and when will finally be OK to take off your shoes.

It’s a pretty popular practice for a bride to wear high heels for the ceremony and photos, but then change into her hidden pair of flats or flip-flops for the dance floor. Recently, I heard about a bride who changed her shoes 5 times throughout the course of the wedding day! Cheers to her! What a great way to justify your shoe fetish, especially if you can wear them again.

So, with your perfect pedicure in mind, here are 5 things to think about when considering the perfect wedding shoe for you.


1. Comfort is key

Just how long will your wedding day be? From the time you’re up and dressed, until you collapse on the dance floor, you will have a pair of shoes on your feet. If these shoes hurt your feet, you won’t be able to focus fully on anything else. If you’re not used to wearing heels, you might not want to start now. There is an art to walking naturally in a heel, so if you’re a beginner, give yourself time to perfect it. Comfort is key for an enjoyable day and night, so consider opting for a shorter wedge, or kitten heel. If you do opt for that sky high stiletto, plan to change into flats, strappy sandals, or go barefoot when it’s time to hit the dance floor.

Bridal Flats

 

2. Vertically challenged

Consider how tall your fiance is. If you’re almost the same height as him, you may want a shorter heel so you’re not towering over him (unless he likes you in heels of course). On the other hand, maybe he’s a foot taller than you and you want to gain some height with a heel. If you want to build up some height, while maintaining comfort and stability, go for sturdy wedges. If height is the opposite of what you need then wear a flat from beginning to end. Your feet will love you for it.

Donna Karan Wedge

 

3. Practicality

We all know that fashion isn’t always practical, but keep in mind where your wedding ceremony will be held. You may love wearing heels, but those signature sky-high stilettos you normally wear might not make sense for your day. A backyard garden wedding, or the trek down a cobblestone walkway to an outdoor alter, could result in a wobbly and awkward walk, or worse – a sprained ankle. If you’ve actually forgotten how to walk in flats, consider a wider wedge heel for outdoor venues. For beach weddings where a stiletto heel will just sink in the sand, shop for strappy sandals. My personal favorite are the new barefoot sandals – I love them – and what a great bridesmaid gift too!

Barefoot Sandals

 

4. The style of your dress

Not every type of shoe will suit every type of dress. Consider the proportions of your dress in relation to your height, as well as considering the silhouette of the gown. For example,

- If you’ve choosen a sheath dress, you can often see the toes of the shoes when you’re standing still, and always when you walk, so you want a shoe that is not too bulky, but rather delicate and perhaps strappy, so that the foot isn’t the focal point at first glance.

- If you’re wearing a ballgown or more of a full skirt, be creative with your shoes, choose a pop of colour or a fun print!

- If your dress is a tea length or a high/low cut dress, your shoes will be a prominent part of the overall look. They will be a focal point of your entire outfit. Have fun with it. Shoes can be an art piece.

Blue Polkadot

Some brides like to choose a shoe that suits their theme if they have one - for example,  cowboy boots or a pair of converse. But if a traditional ivory wedding shoe is what you love, there are some unbelievably gorgeous options out there, beyond the basic dyable satin pumps.

Important note: style is subjective. If you see beauty in it, if you love it, wear it…and rock it!


5. Reusability

This is the practical side of me talking. If you’re not going for a more traditional wedding shoe, why not get a pair of shoes that you can’t wait to wear again, especially if you’re budgeting to spend a small fortune on them. It’s very difficult to incorporate those white satin dyable pumps into your everyday wardrobe, as they do look distinctively bridal (this is the same reason it’s unlikely you’ll wear a satin or taffeta bridesmaid dress again). However, if you’re a shoe girl, it’s just too sad to buy a pair of shoes that you know you can only wear once. Whether you’re buying for comfort or style, thinking about wearing them after your wedding will give you more bang for your buck. A shoe with colour, pattern, or unique details can create a signature wedding look that is all your own.

Christian Louboutin

 

Happy Shoe Shopping!

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May 22, 2015

Previously-Loved Wedding Sale | Toronto

{ pretty DIY Wedding Stuff for sale }

This past weekend, Genna and Dan said “I Do” at the gorgeous Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Toronto island.

What’s better than an absolutely flawless, picture-perfect, fairytale wedding day? Sharing the love afterwards!

Genna is putting her wedding day goodies up for grabs….

Frocks

Justin Alexander Signature Collection 9735 Wedding Gown

Justin Alexander Signature Collection 9735 Wedding Gown

Bridal size 8 (fits street size 6: Bust 35″, Waist 27″, Hips 39″)

Would be good for a bride up to about 5’7″, depending on your footwear selection and hemming.

This stunner is made of raw silk and has at boat/bateau neck line, intricate beading across the chest and down the back. . . it’s a show-stopper ladies! A real old Hollywood glamour appearance (and looks incredible in the sunlight!)

Purchased at Crème Couture Bridal in Guelph — Worn for four hours (ceremony and photos only), currently being professionally cleaned at Creed’s Toronto and will be available to try on the week of June 1st – like new! Asking  $2,500.

Mori Lee 31013 White Chiffon Cocktail Dress

Mori Lee 31013 White Chiffon Cocktail Dress

Bridal size 10 (fits street size 6: Bust 35″, Waist 27″, Hips 38″)

Purchased from PromGirl.com – Worn for four hours at the reception and out being professionally cleaned at Creed’s. This pretty dress will be available to try on the week of June 1, like new! Asking $250.

Stems

Jimmy Choo “Maria d’Ordsay” glitter jeweled pumps/shoes

Size 37 (fits like ladies’ size 7)

Included: original box, individual bags for each shoe, extra narrow SoulMates caps to prevent sinking in grass.

Purchased at Holt Renfrew – minor/superficial wedding day wear on bottoms (pictured). Asking $750

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Jimmy Choo Maria dOrdsay glitter jeweled pumps

Sparkle

Intricate Handmade Art Deco Bridal Belt for 28″ waist

Purchased at Crème Couture Bridal in Guelph and worn for four hours at reception. Asking $250

Intricate Handmade Art Deco Bridal Belt


Simple, elegant, short jeweled veil - purchased at Crème Couture Bridal in Guelph and worn for photos and ceremony (2 hours). Asking $200

Buy Bridal Veil Online Toronto

This gorgeous Swarovski Barron Bracelet  was purchased at the Swarovski store - it’s in perfect condition! Asking $150.

Buy Used Swarovski Online Toronto Bridal Bracelet

So we all know that girls change their minds…. this pretty little bridal bracelet can also be used as a hair accessory …. purchased at Bitter Sweet, and never worn. Asking $50.

BitterSweet Buy Online Brand New Bridal Bracelet Hair Accessory

Hair/Face cage veil was purchased at David’s Bridaland never worn. Asking $20.

David's Bridal Veil Cage Never Worn Brand New Toronto

Props

The wedding altar was made up of an 8′ x 8′ x 8′ gazebo structure with customized IKEA sheers) (greenery not included). Asking $100

Wedding Altar Gazebo Buy Sell Toronto Decor

Check out this gorgeous custom-made a gold sequin photobooth backdrop (10′ tall and 15′ wide).

From Genna: “This is my bridesmaid and I.. she’s the one in green (and I’m rocking the Morilee dress!)”

Asking $250 for the backdrop.

DIY Gold Sequin photobooth backdrop Buy Sell toronto

Reads

This Bride did her wedding-planning homework, and you should too! She’s selling ‘Wedding Etiquette’ by Peggy Post and The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown by Khris Cochran, for $5 each.

Bridal Books Wedding Planning Buy Online

Details

This bride didn’t end up wearing these SoulMates, but they’re really brilliant to have. These are standard size, purchased at Crème Couture Bridal in Guelph. Asking $10.

SoulMates Bridal Shoe Buy Online

These handmade, wooden script table numbers (#1-14 available) were absolute gems on the guest tables. Made by Better Off Wed, purchased previously-loved. Asking $200. 

Gold Script Laser Cut Table Numbers Wedding Decor

Kitchen papers, including gold chevron table runner and gold confetti place mats – along with circular floral waxed paper. These two used these to stylize otherwise lacklustre areas of the wedding like receiving table linens, white guest table linens, bar area, cocktail hour cruiser tables, and ceremony table! They were a huge hit! Asking $50.

Gold Chevron PolkaDot Wedding Decor Paper Toronto


Picture frames and signage, including 3 x 8×10 frames with stands, 14 x 5×7 frames, one round embellished frame, and one guestbook sign – purchased previously loved. Asking $100 for all. 

Gold Wedding Decor Vintage Frames Buy Used Toronto

Set of 10 champagne flutes, purchased at Dollarama. Asking $5

Wedding Day Champagne Flutes Buy Online Toronto

Handmade woodland creature photobooth masks – asking $10

DIY Wedding Photobooth masks woodland creatures props

Glass candy jar filled with gold dinosaurs !? (because why not?) – asking $15

Gold Dinosaur Wedding Favours

Stuff you can have for free if you buy other stuff:

• Will You Be My Bridesmaid? greeting cards — Unused 
• Printing ideas (menu, program, etc)
• “Leave a note for the Bride and Groom” purchased at Anthropologie, unopened
• Stack of Kate Spade “Confidentially Speaking” note cards — Unused
• Wicker gift baskets 
• Handmade paper envelopes
• Handmade ‘Thank You’ bunting banner
• One billion gold sparkles

DIY Wedding Buy Online Toronto Stationery Design

DIY Wedding Decor Buy Used Toronto

See something you love? Send a note to info@WeddingGirl.ca to be connected with our bride!

~ xo

(+ to see the video of their big day and all this gorgeous stuff in action, check out this blog here!)

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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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We’re giving away a #RibfestWedding :: 06.27.15

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 4:37 pm

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Ribfest is having a wedding, and YOU’RE invited!

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All of us here at WeddingGirl.ca know that falling in love is the beginning of everything…. so why not #KickOffSummer with one lucky couple tying the knot at their very own #RibfestWedding?!

We’ve teamed up with Rotary Etobicoke to give away a first-of-its-kind wedding celebration: a little bit country, a little bit chic, and a whole lot of tasty!

On June 27th, 2015 (Ribfest Toronto’s Opening Day!) Toronto will watch as one couple says “I Do” among pigs and plaid… but this won’t be your typical Ribfest experience. The wedding planning pros at WeddingGirl.ca have beautifully styled a celebration for the books, complete with all the elements of shabby-chic and country-rustic to set any Bride’s heart ablaze!

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Toronto’s lifestyle photographer, PureStorm Studios, will be capturing our winning couples’ big day by photo and cinema, leaving our Newlyweds with all their gorgeous moments caught on film.

(Oh, and did we mention that Toronto’s Centennial Park boasts some pretty stellar sunsets?!)

#RibfestWedding Photography June 27 2015

The Fraîche Floral studio is hand-crafting the kind of once-in-a-lifetime-beautiful blooms that any bride would swoon for…. soft, lush, fluffy, and oh-so-crazy-romantic.

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The creative designer behind Designs By Liselle will be custom-creating enviable wedding day stationery… from personalized programs to elegant escort cards and everything in between!

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Our wedding day’s sugar artist, Cakeity Cakes, will be taking great care to ensure no one forgets that even though #MarriageIsMessy, in the end, love really is oh-so-sweet.

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And grub for our guests? From the Ribbers, of course!

Clearly, nothing goes with a wedding gown like BBQ does…

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So, fasten your BBQ bibs, Toronto… it’s time for a good, ol’ fashioned cookout! AND wedding.

We’re looking for Toronto’s sauciest couple to tie the knot with us on June 27th. All we need is for these two to be crazy-in-love, to know that #MarriageIsMessy, and to be willing to share this unforgettable Ribfest weekend with not only their favourite VIPs, but the rest of the city too!

We’ll provide the pigs… so you just grab your plaid and head over to www.RibfestWedding.com for details on how to enter.

Good Luck!

 

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Photography: PureStorm Studios | Floral Design: Fraîche Floral Studio | Stationery: Designs By Liselle | Cake: Cakeity Cakes | Bridal Gown: Gown And Glory Boutique

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May 12, 2015

WGxNepal :: please pray for Nepal <3

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 8:55 am

Written by: Mary

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God, somebody just please make that country stop shaking.

This morning my heart is broken, again, for Nepal.

And yes, this is a wedding blog…. yes, we write about pretty dresses and beautiful blooms and all the creative ways to let wedding guests know which table they’re sitting at…. but as a high-profile online outlet, we also have a responsibility….

… a responsibility to be human.

This morning, please think of Nepal.

Your prayers themselves won’t give aid to these beautiful faces… but they will change you…. and collectively, the thoughts of all of us around the globe, can change the world.

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Any time you embark upon any adventure in life, you take a risk.

Whether you’re saying “Yes” to a proposal, “I Do” on a wedding day, or trekking through the Himalayas, you’re taking a risk.

Not too long ago, I took a risk of my own…. a random, unexpected visit to one of the poorest and most beautiful countries on the globe: Nepal.

This morning my heart bleeds, as it did two weeks ago, to hear that this teeny tiny country has been rattled by yet another massive earthquake.

Landing in Kathmandu is like landing in a painting….  and flying into Lukla (labeled the world’s most dangerous airport) is like landing on a mountain island – with no way in, or out, but plane.

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Nepal isn’t just mountains, rivers, and treacherously steep climbs…. it’s gentle faces, beautiful babies, and the kind of kindness that most of us have long forgotten about sharing with one another in the west.

Nepal reminds you of simplicity.

Nepal reminds you to be humble.

Nepal checks your ego at the door when you’re traversing 53 trail kilometers across three vertical kilometers, in hypoxic mountain air.

Nepal changes you.

Nepal changed me.

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But praying for Nepal isn’t just for the mountains and the temples and the homes of its impoverished population…

Praying for Nepal is for the faces:

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Think of these beautiful people… because dresses, centerpieces, and escort cards, all mean absolutely nothing, if we don’t take the time to remember to be human.

(and more importantly, to take a moment today to be grateful)

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After my trek to and through the Himalayas, I wrote a book:

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Between now and the end of May, ALL proceeds from The WG Story will go directly to Earthquake Relief in Nepal via the Red Cross.

Click Here to Buy.

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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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