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January 23, 2014

introducing, the WG magazine!

{ Carm + Mary } ²

The multiplying magic of #WGx in the past couple of weeks has led to some pretty amazing collaborations over  at WG. One of them happened the moment that Carmelina, founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Wedding Planner Magazine, introduced herself to Mary immediately after the  WGx Tête-à-Tête Soirée at the Faculty Club at UofT.

“The instant I met Carm I knew exciting things were about to happen. And she was wearing a hot pink, sparkly scarf. So, clearly there was no alternative.” – Mary reminisces.

They two made plans to get together nearly immediately; americanos at White Squirrel in lovely Queen West.

“I walked into White Squirrel and looked up to see a dark-haired beauty, smiling behind her silver Mac and knew that magic was about to happen. The moment I sat on the stool next to her ideas started flowing and I knew my life was about to change.” – Carm aptly described the creative synergy.
Girl crushes all around!


WeddingGirl.ca Wedding Planner Magazine Toronto


A collaboration was born and today, it’s become official that WeddingGirl.ca has teamed up with The Wedding Planner Magazine to deliver a fresh, new, comprehensive bridal experience from “I Will!” to “I DO” and all-things-wedding in between.

The editorial debut for this wedding-planning duo is set for March 1st, 2014 :: keep your eyes on the WG blog and local Chapters / Indigo shelves!

And because Mary is really bad at keeping secrets… here’s a sneak-peek at the mock-up for the new cover! YAY!


the WG magazine -- working cover

{ media inquiries }

Please direct all advertising and media feature inquiries to info@weddinggirl.ca for an official magazine press kit.

Submissions must be received by February 1st for March 1st publication.

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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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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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January 9, 2012

I’d never really thought of myself as a “blogger”….


{ Okay… so….here’s the deal…. }

I’m never seen without my laptop (it is my office, after all).

I’m always updating the WG Facebook, putting up new blogs, searching out fun ways to collaborate…

Yet, I’ve never considered myself a blogger?

Well…. not until this guy came along. His name is Rob Campbell (of Smojoe.com), he’s a digital social media engineer. Rob’s business helps companies build social relevance…. interesting!

Rob got in touch with me late one night to compliment me on the WG blog after I’d ‘liked’ one of his clients’ pages on Facebook (a venue I’d coordinated a wedding at last year). We got to talking, and suddenly  it just made sense! When you’ve got 45,000 visits to your site per month, it’s time to start considering yourself a true blue blogger!

Yesterday morning, Rob emailed me a link to a fabulous article he’d written for his website – a blogging community called CanadaBlogFriends.ca. Follow this link to Rob’s WG Feature on CBF!

Thanks, Rob!

I’m flattered to have been featured and

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the near future!


{Photography love for this post goes out to….}

The super-cool Rick Denham 

The beautiful Mandie over at Shutterbrugs

My amazing Meg at Earthling Photography, Vancouver

and WG’s fabulous graphics designer, Maggie at Humble Hearth. – thanks, guys! xo

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March 30, 2011

Valvano Salon Spa + ShutterBrugs + Rick Denham Photography = WG 2011 Edition!

As you’ve seen over the past two days, when you add…

… an amazing shoot stylist…. (Thank you, Crystal!)

…. a couture salon….  (Thank you Tony, David, Julia, April, and Kayla!)

…. a fabulous  second-shooter…. (Thank you, Mandie!)

… an awesome venue … (Thanks to the team at the Quality Inn Parkway, St. Catharines!)

and last but far from least, a super talented photographer….

Here are the promotional photos for WG – 2011 Edition!

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