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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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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!


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!


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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August 25, 2009

Some thoughts by WeddingGirl.ca’s eco-friendly, ethical, hollywood glam Bride

Filed under: Bridal Blog — Tags: , — WeddingGirl @ 7:24 am

A while back I posted a blog about the ethics of the bridal gown industry, and shared with you my own struggles with trying to make the “right” decisions. (See my prior blog, or this article with similar sentiments http://www.canadianliving.com/life/green_living/eco_friendly_wedding_attire.php) .

Last week I finally got a chance to go wedding dress shopping and found myself struggling to find a dress that would both make my morals and my pocket book happy. My mother and I went shopping at a store in Ajax that carried both consignment and new dresses, just so that I could get a sense of the types of styles that looked good on me in preparation for the big shopping the next day. The sales staff at this store could not have been more fabulous! To my surprise, I found a dress that I loved, designed and manufactured by a Toronto based designer, Paloma Blanca, for an AMAZING price, and it was BRAND NEW!. This being my first bridal store experience I wasn’t quite ready to purchase, and so my sister and two of my good friends came along with me the next day as I navigated four stores in Toronto.

I was appalled by the service that I received in some of these stores. I expected that I would have been stepping into a high pressure sales environment. What I experienced at one locale in Toronto was COMPLETELY the opposite. The sales lady assigned to us didn’t care about her job AT ALL! She didn’t take the time to listen to me and what I wanted before she started plucking dresses off the rack and shuttling me into a change room with an 8 dress limit! I barely explored 1/10 of the store, and to my dismay ended up trying on dresses that were not in line with my ethical priorities. I must admit that some of these dresses were BEAUTIFUL and had they been made in any other manner I would have purchased one of them in an instant, but I stuck true to my heart and my word. In this store I asked the sales lady for a particular Paloma Blanca dress by style number, the dress that I had tried on at the store in Ajax with my mother, just so that my sister and friends could see me in it. The style of this dress was remarkably similar to many of the over-seas dresses that I felt suited me the best. Price tag $1700. Price tag in Ajax $489 including tax. The reason for the price difference? I have no idea. I know that the dress is no longer in production, a past season’s style, but why one store would discount the dress so much and another store would leave it at nearly full price, I cannot say. I do know however that the owner of the Ajax store has a business relationship with Paloma Blanca and carries many of his dresses at amazing prices. Needless to say I went back to Ajax and bought the dress immediately, carried it out of the store, and it now hangs in my mother’s closet.

It is possible to find locally made wedding dresses to fit every budget! One of the four stores that we visited in Toronto was Adele Wechsler’s store, and although I found that the dresses are out of my price range, their products are certainly VERY eco-friendly and very gorgeous. Paloma Blanca and Mikaella dresses are more appropriate for budget conscious brides, and since they are produced on a larger scale, you’re more likely to find great sales on them like I did.

I could not be happier with the dress that I purchased. I knew that if I came home that day having ordered a dress manufactured overseas that I would be one of those crazy brides that ends up buying a second wedding gown just weeks before the event because she’s not happy with the first one. I cannot wait until the next time I get to put my new gown on!

Written by Chrissy Lackner

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