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March 10, 2014

Palais Royale | WeddingGirlx | Promo Photo Shoot

{ a #WGx Production }

We all woke up before the sun, packed bags full of all-things-beautiful, and made our way downtown.

We shared jewelry.

We did each others’ hair.

We spent the morning drowning in coffee, Portuguese custard tarts, and make-up.

We rocked little black dresses with killer stilettos and oversized balloons in frigid temperatures.

We laughed.

All day, we laughed.

The #WGx team planned this photoshoot to celebrate the incredible things that happen when your wildest dreams become a reality.

The gorgeous Palais Royale invited us in to their elegant ballroom, which we proceeded to deck out in couture furniture rentals from JCompany Designs and beautiful blooms from Fraîche Floral Atelier.

Stills of the day were captured by the oh-so-talented Miss Serena Swan and behind-the-scenes cinema was documented by Barking Mad Media, and the reason everyone looked absolutely flawless? Makeup stylings by the incredible Sabina of A Brush Of Sass.

And finally… a GIGANTIC Thank-You from every single one of us on set goes out to the amazing Rob of Palais Royale. Our day would not have been half of what it turned out to be without his kindness, thoughtfulness and assistance every step of the way. Rob – thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Here’s just a teeny tiny sliver of still frames of how our day went down:

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Sabina Babayan A Brush Of Sass Toronto Makeup Artist

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Palais Royale Ballroom Serena Swan Photography Toronto

Serena Swan Bridecast Barking Mad Media WeddingGirl.ca Toronto

Serena Swan Bridecast Barking Mad Media Toronto

Barking Mad Media Jeff Ridout Toronto

Toronto Budget Wedding Flowers Fraiche Studio WeddingGirl.ca

Fraiche Floral Atelier Toronto Wedding Flowers

Fraiche Floral Studio Toronto Budget Wedding Flowers

 Little Black Dresses Photoshoot Serena Swan Photography Toronto

Pretty In Pink Dress Photoshoot Serena Swan Photography

 Palais Royale Toronto Corporate Photoshoot Serena Swan

WeddingGirl.ca Wedding Planner Toronto

WeddingGirl.ca Team Promo Shoot Palais Royale Toronto

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Serena Swan Toronto Wedding Photographer

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WGx Palais Royale Photoshoot Toronto

WeddingGirl.ca Team Palais Royale Toronto

WGx Palais Royal Photoshoot

WGx Palais Royal Photoshoot Pretty in Pink

To see the rest of our #WGx Promo Shoot, as well as some outtakes and behind-the-scenes photos, make friends with WeddingGirl Dot Ca on Facebook and check out the entire album!

To read Mary’s Open Letter to the #WGx team and learn more about what made this shoot so special, click here.



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January 31, 2014

2nd Floor Events | Toronto | Wedding Venue

{ #GatheringHere }

Remember when we stumbled upon the oh-so-chic 2nd Floor Events a couple of weeks ago? (click here to read the blog) — well, we couldn’t be more excited to have been invited back for cocktails!

Sunday February 2nd, 2014

11 am – 6 pm

Perfect for Gathering Here Today is free for attendees, with complimentary flutes of sparkling loveliness going around, scrumptious bites provided by participating caterers and editorial tables displaying event décor ideas that compliment this trendy downtown venue.

Come have a cocktail with me, Mary – Toronto’s only Bridal Lifestyle Blogger! Let’s take cute selfies together in the 2ndFloor photo booth and gush about all things Being-A-Bride!

Mary Bratko - WeddingGirl.ca - Rick Denham Photography Promo 2011


Participating vendors will be awarding all kinds of door prizes via various social media contests, so make sure to LIKE | Add | Follow - 

Twitter: @2ndfloorevents

Instagram: @2ndfloorevents

Facebook: /2ndfloorevents

2ndFloorEvents Toronto Wedding Venue

{ oh… and there’s a giveaway! }





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January 22, 2014

2nd Floor Events | Toronto Wedding Venue

{ #WGx :: pt. II }

“Ignoring your passion is a slow suicide.

Never ignore what your heart pumps for.

Mold your career around your lifestyle not your lifestyle around your career.”

WGx Wedding Planning Internship Toronto


After the remarkably successful WGx event at the gorgeous Faculty Club at UofT last week, it seemed most appropriate to keep the inspiration and momentum going and host a follow-up evening for those anxious to get involved in the WGx project.

For our second evening of think-tank inspiration we invited attendees to join us at the fabulously chic new event space in trendy King West, 2nd Floor Events.

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This  event space in downtown Toronto is truly like no other!


With its stylish contemporary design, 2nd Floor is a turn-key function space boasting a sleek backdrop of exposed brick and oversized windows. The versatility of this venue is further enhanced by power-everything.. each light on dimmers, automated dividers, black out blinds on said oversized windows; an event planner’s dream!



And above all the awesomeness that is the space itself, Jessica. There’s something magical that happens when you immediately connect with the event coordinator at a venue and Jessica’s passion, enthusiasm, and charisma spills out around her when you’re in the same room!

Whether you’re hosting an intimate corporate function or an elegantly lavish fête, 2nd Floor has it all. Stumbled upon this gorgeous little collage from MKPhotographics… officially in LOVE.  {{ and the yummy confections were styled by the fabulous SweetTable }}


Here’s to getting our wedding-planning hands all over this space! (and tons more urban bride magic to come)


And as for the multiplying magic of WGx? We couldn’t have asked for a more fabulous evening. A special thanks goes out to Barking Mad Media for providing us with photographic evidence.

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WGx 2nd Floor Events Mary Bratko Toronto

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January 19, 2014

#WGx Soirée :: University of Toronto Faculty Club


The other week we did a lovely little feature on the gorgeous Faculty Club over at the University of Toronto. A few short nights later, the doors of this private gem of a venue in the heart of the city swung open to greet all the attendees of the WGx Tête-à-Tête Soirée. Warmly received with flutes of champagne and some of the yummiest berry punch I’ve ever tasted, we were welcomed to the Club’s beautiful function space by friendly staff and amazingly tasty hors d’oeuvres. Nothing makes an evening run more smoothly than delicious food, sparkling drinks, and smiling faces.

The evening opened with the Club’s event Coordinator, Michele, introducing us to the space and teaching us about the club. Post-introduction, our evening was underway…. a background story of the girl behind WG, a brief introduction in to starting your own business, and a robust question and answer session about how to get through the entrepreneurial trenches. The evening ended with beautiful, individually-wrapped (and branded!) treats from the wonderful Amy at The Luvvly Cake Co.

One of the girls in attendance chose to feature us in her blog the next day: take a peek at Lisa’s lovely afterthoughts here!











A gigantic, heart-felt Thank You goes out to everyone who came to the WGx event last week, to Michele and Leanne at the Faculty Club (along with their amazing staff), to Jeff Ridout for photographing the evening and to the Mary-posse that showed up to provide additional love and support.

In 2014, WGx is about multiplying, and our night at UofT was just the beginning.

Here’s to lots more love, laughter, and happily ever after for all of us!  - xo


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Casa Loma Toronto | Glass Tent Garden Wedding

{ the magical Casa Loma }

Every little girl dreams of getting married in a castle. In Toronto, she can!

This past summer, one of our beautiful WG couples, Danielle and Michael, were married at the majestic Casa Loma castle, sitting atop Austin Terrace overlooking the downtown Toronto skyline.  { Photography Credit : Brent Foster }

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And we recently received an exciting media alert!

 Casa Loma is about to become a multi-event venue under management of amazing Liberty Entertainment Group

With their upcoming addition of a glass Garden Tent, weekend dates in summer 2014 are still available for weddings! 

(which, if you’ve ever known a bride who’s tried to book a wedding date at Casa Loma, you’ll know how high-demand they actually are!)

Earlier this week, Liberty Entertainment Group has been officially appointed the operation managers for Casa Loma, responsible for the main house and surrounding grounds.

Liberty Entertainment Group announced the first step towards enhancing the special events and dining experiences. Just in time for the summer wedding season, a glass tent will be installed in the garden which will serve as additional event space.

The fully enclosed, state-of-the-art Garden Tent will have panoramic views of the city and castle, seating 200 guests banquet style and 500 guests reception style.

Casa Loma Wedding Toronto Garden Tent Image


With 49% of couples preferring a summer wedding, and most venues being booked through 2015, brides will be thrilled to learn that with the addition of the Garden Tent, there are now weekend dates available this summer to hold their wedding receptions at Casa Loma.

Following December, the most popular month to propose, Liberty Entertainment invites you to be the first to book your special event in the new venue at an open house on January 19th, 2014.

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Happy Planning!



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January 7, 2014

Toronto Wedding Venue :: The Faculty Club at UofT


One of my very favourite aspects of WeddingGirl: Stumbling upon hidden gems in the wedding industry – both people and venues alike. Imagine my excitement when I opened a message from the lovely Michele over at the University of Toronto’s Faculty Club extending a welcome in to their elegant function space.

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Michele’s enthusiasm was contagious in her note and I was so looking forward to touring the facility. Nothing from the Club’s website nor our brief digital exchange could have prepared me for this beautiful space, indeed an oasis in the heart of the city. 

With its multiple dining spaces and varied room designs, The Faculty Club offers a beautiful backdrop for events ranging from intimate, contemporary-styled gatherings to opulent, timeless banquets.

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Wedding Venue Toronto UofT Faculty Club The Fairley Lounge

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Exquisite meals at The Faculty Club are accompanied by meticulously-paired wines and available for service throughout the Club’s extensive facilities. On any given day, the function space is limited to one party, giving guests an opportunity to transition throughout the Club to experience its lovely facets.

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Wedding Venue Toronto UofT Faculty Club Tea Ceremony setup

Best of all? A beautiful backdrop and easily accessible downtown location ensures a budget-friendly option for brides and grooms around the greater Toronto area.

For additional information on planning a wedding at The Faculty Club, make sure to get in touch!

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August 19, 2013

Airship 37 :: Toronto Wedding Venue

{ Airship 37 : Toronto Wedding Venue }

The most prevalent trend in wedding design for 2013 and beyond? Chic, hip, urban function spaces designed and transformed to created memorable guest experiences in the heart of the city.

We have had Airship37 on our wedding planning radar for a couple of years now; with its contemporary style complemented by a classic nod to its vintage past.

{ Ceremony  }

Airship37 offers brides and grooms a seamless white backdrop to host a romantic blank-canvas ceremony, perfect for leaving just as-is or decorating with stunning focal points for most dramatic visual appeal.

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White on White wedding Ceremony Decor

Toronto Wedding Venue Ceremony Design

Shabby Chic Wedding Ceremony Decor Toronto


{ Cocktails :: Goodherham Lounge }

The versatility of the Goodherham Lounge allows couples to offer guests a comfortable space for mingling during cocktails or taking a break from the bustle of the reception throughout the evening.

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Toronto Chic Wedding Venue Airship37

Private outdoor function space serves as a chic retreat for guests of Airship37 throughout the event (and can be covered / heated in the more chilly months!)

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{ Reception }

The open-concept layout of The Hangar at Airship37 offers adventurous couples the opportunity to design and decorate in any way their hearts desire. Bold splashes of linen colour can be used to accentuate romantic lighting and elegant centrepieces designed to fit any wedding style (striking or intimate) on any wedding budget.

Red White Silver Wedding Decor Toronto

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Toronto Beautiful Wedding Orchids Candles Decor

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{ the Details }

It’s the couples’ individual personalities that come through in the details at Airship37. It’s these tiny elegant touches that create the all-encompassing feel of shabby chic, vintage elegance or contemporary style.

Orange Blue Wedding Decor

Mr Mrs Wedding Chairs Signs DIY

Vintage Wedding Card Suitcase DIY

Mason Jar Wedding Decor

Toronto Wedding Ceremony Venue Airship37

Chic Urban Wedding Furniture Rental Toronto

Vintage Rustic DIY Wedding Escort Card Tags

Toronto Urban Bride Wedding decor Green Pink White

{ Real-World Wedding : Scott and Jason }

Authored by Joulie, Airship37 staff.

Scott and Jason’s wedding was a perfect confluence of intimacy and elegance. The wedding had original striking graphic elements coupled with creative playfulness.

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During cocktail hour in the Goodherham Lounge, guests were invited to pick a word in the dictionary that described the wedding couple and elaborate on it. How fun!

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A full-course reception meal was served to guests in The Hangar, with tables perfectly accented with fun, striking graphics and bright, fresh flowers interspersed with glittering lights.

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Toronto Wedding Photography Jason and Scott

DIY Wedding Favour Personalized Candy

Congratulations, Jason and Scott!

For additional planning information, or to book a site visit with us at Airship37, make sure to Get In Touch!

{ Blog Love }

A special Thank You and all photog credits go out to Paul McNulty over at PlayVideo.ca



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June 17, 2013

Winter Wedding :: Niagara On The Lake Courthouse

{ Wedding Threesome v.2.0 Winners }

In February of 2012, Rick Denham (of Rick Denham Photography), Jay Lupish (of Captivate Bridal Cinema) and Mary Bratko (of WeddingGirl.ca) got together and planned a contest.

A few months later, they picked a winner…. Rick affectionately dubbed them “LoJack” … and here’s how telling them went down:

W3 v.2.0 – Big Reveal! from Captivate Bridal on Vimeo.


{ Loretta + Jackson :: 02.09.13 }

 In February of 2013, the winners of the Wedding Threesome contest had a picture-perfect winter wedding day… and we were all lucky enough to be a part of it!

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Groomsmen Wedding Morning Hockey Arena

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Prince of Wales Wedding Bridal Prep Photography

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Eggplant Purple Wine Grape inspired wedding invitation

Rick Denham Photography Bridal Prep Shot

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Winter Wedding Bridal Bouquet Lush Flowers Design

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DIY Here Comes Your Girl Ring Bearer Sign

Bride and groom wedding photography Rick Denham


Wedding Ceremony Photography Rick Denham St. Catharines

Winter Bride Wedding Photography

Winter Wedding NOTL Snow Bride

Niagara On The Lake Courthouse Wedding Reception

Wine Themed DIY Cork Wedding Escort Cards

Winter Wedding Flowers LUSH Designs NOTL Courthouse

Bridal Wedding Decor Backdrop White on White


{ LoJack’s Same Day Edit }

Thanks to the super-talented boys over at Captivate, this is what wedding guests got to watch during their dinner reception.

loretta+jackson :: 02.09.13 :: +accentuate film from Captivate Bridal on Vimeo.

Start to finish, Loretta and Jackson were absolutely amazing to work with. Their love for one another and zest for life shone through in every step of the Threesome contest and in every second of their wedding day.

Wishing these two nothing but the very best of everything. We love you!

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April 30, 2013

{ Kyla + James :: 04.27.13 :: Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding, Toronto }

…. and even after all these years, we still get goosebumps.

Goosebumps are exactly what we walked away with, in the wee morning hours this weekend as Kyla and James’ wedding guests danced the night away at the gorgeous Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto.

Goosebumps are what we would get every time James looked at Kyla, and she would blush. They are so madly in love that the happiness, mutual respect, and admiration they have for one another can be felt just from sitting next to them. We had the distinct privilege of working alongside these two from when she said Yes to when they said “I Do”. From venue hunting all over Toronto to placing out each individual green bottle opener keychain wedding favours, every step of our journey with Kyla and James has been filled with love and laughter.

Here’s how all our hard work came together in what was, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful wedding days we could have ever hoped for.

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Civello Toronto Wedding Hair Makeup

Toronto Hilton Wedding

Silverlight Photography Toronto Bridal Portrait

Morning Bridal Prep Photography Silverlight Toronto

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First Look Wedding Photography Silverlight Toronto

Grey Black Lime Green Wedding Party Toronto

Toronto Distillery District Wedding Photography Silverlight

Distillery District Toronto Wedding Ring Photo

Grey Black Lime Green Wedding Party

Gold Sparkly Bridal Wedding Shoes

Lime Green Orchid Bouquet Fleurish Designs

Distillery District Toronto Wedding Photography Silverlight

Black White Lime Green Wedding Party Bridesmaids

Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Party Bus

 Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Toronto

White Orchid Wedding Ceremony Toronto

Silverlight Wedding Photography Toronto

Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Photography Toronto

Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Toronto Silverlight Photography

Black Green Grey Steamwhistle Toronto Wedding Silverlight Photography

Green White Grey Wedding Cake Cupcakes Luvvly Cake Co

Elegant Simple White Tulip Lime Green Wedding Centrepiece

Liquid Entertainment Patryk Wasiak Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Toronto

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, a more lovely couple, or a more wonderful group of vendors. It takes a spectacular team of professionals to create picture-perfect beginnings to fairytale endings… and we’re sending out all our WG love to those we had on board with us this weekend.

Venue: Steamwhistle Brewery

Officiant:  White Orchid Weddings

Photography: Silverlight Photography

Catering: Marigolds and Onions

Floral Styling: Fleurish Design Studio

Cake + Cupcakes: the Luvvly Cake Co.

DJ: Liquid Entertainment

Venue Lighting: Pandor Productions

Hair and Makeup: Civello Salon on Queen

Wedding Dress: Dillon, Blue by Enzoani

Accommodations: Hilton Hotel on Richmond

Transportation: Steamwhistle Party Bus

Design, Planning, and Coordination: WeddingGirl.ca

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April 2, 2013

{ previously-loved :: Candle Vase Decor for sale :: Toronto }

{ Candlelit Wedding Aisle decor }

This past weekend a WG bride walked down a stunning aisle lined with tiered floating candles atop a bed of romantic mauve rose petals at the gorgeous Stone Mill Inn in St. Catharines.

We arranged the floating candles at various heights to create a dramatic glow along her aisle, across the beautiful vintage dresser she rented from Ruffles & Twine, and repurposed the decor in the venue’s alcoves directly behind the head table at the wedding reception.

To recreate a similar look for your wedding ceremony you can purchase her previously-loved decor in the Shops @ WG – Previously Loved Shop.

For additional details or to purchase your vases, make sure to Get In Touch! — and stay tuned for more wedding day photos, coming soon!


Candlelit wedding ceremony aisle decor

Ruffles and Twine Vintage Dresser Rental Niagara

Stone Mill Inn Wedding Ceremony

Wholesale Candle Wedding Decor Niagara

Wholesale Candle Wedding Decor Toronto

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