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October 21, 2014

NY Bridal Fashion Week 2015 {Part deux}

 From the Runway: Monique Lhuillier

Authored by: Leah Sandhu

Have you seen Monique Lhuillier‘s latest bridal collection? I think I’m in love! She always comes up with the dreamiest designs, and I couldn’t help but share some of my favourites with you.


All images via [Monique Lhuillier]

I seem to love anything with sleeves lately! What’s your favourite?


Leah Sandhu is a Fusion Wedding Expert and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca.

To have Leah’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your celebration, make sure to Get In Touch! Have a question? Email me leah@weddinggirl.ca

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October 15, 2014

New York Bridal Fashion Week 2015

From the Runway: J. Mendel Bridal Collection

Authored by: Leah Sandhu

Is anyone else excited to see what’s coming off of the Bridal Fashion runways?!  If you haven’t had a chance to catch up, here’s a selection of some of my favourite’s from the J. Mendel Collection. I’ve been working on our Bridal Look Book and have been dreaming about using some of these gorgeous gowns!






Photo source {J. Mendel Collection}

Who is your favourite bridal wear designer?

What dress are you dying to wear on your wedding day?

Stay tuned for more of my favourites! You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest for more inspiration.


Leah Sandhu is a Fusion Wedding Expert and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca.

To have Leah’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your Fusion celebration, make sure to Get In Touch! leah@weddinggirl.ca


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September 11, 2014

Wedding Guest Dress Codes :: de-coded

So…. what does ‘Creative Black Tie’ even mean?

Authored by Leah Sandhu

Some weddings have very specific dress codes and as a guest it can be hard to know what to wear. So, I thought I would share some notes for you to refer back to next time you get an invite that says Creative Black Tie, and mostly have no idea what that means.

bowtie - invitation

{ White Tie Wedding }

A white tie wedding is formal.

And by ‘formal’ I actually mean ultra formal.

Like, super, crazy, over-the-top, red carpet formal.

Ultra formal black tie event Black Lively Ryan Reynolds

What to Wear

Ladies: If you’re attending a white tie affair, you best be rocking a floor-length ball gown.
Gentlemen: You, Sir, must be in full dress: white tie (bowtie or ascot), vest, shirt with cufflinks, top hat optional (if you don’t know what an ascot is, you may want to just go with the bowtie).


{ Black Tie Wedding }

A black tie wedding is formal too. Just not as formal as a white tie one.

Black tie formal wear

What to Wear

Ladies: Rock a long evening gown or a fancy cocktail dress – either is appropriate for this affair.
Gentlemen: Black Tie on an invitation indicates, unequivocally, that the host expects tuxedos to be worn. Don’t be the dude that shows up in a suit – you will stand out… not in a good way.


{ Black Tie – Optional Wedding }

A black-tie-optional wedding is a semi-formal shindig.

Semi-formal attire

What to Wear

Ladies:You’ll look best donning a long dress or a formal knee-length gown. Feel free to get creative with your frocks, but just make sure they’re not too revealing! (perhaps your hostess will prefer you skip the plunging neckline).
Gentlemen: Black Tie Optional (or Black Tie Invited) on a wedding invite suggests that men wear tuxedos but not to insist on it. A dark coloured suit and tie would be another option, but skip shirts with button-down collars; they are too casual for this occasion.


{ Creative Black Tie – Wedding }

Okay…. so….  some Nearlyweds get just as creative with their invitation wording as they hope their guests will get with their outfits. “Creative Black Tie” indicates that formality is optional.

Creative Black Tie Wedding attire

What to Wear

Ladies: Cocktail dresses and dressy separates. Follow instructions – get creative! Have fun with colours and patterns and funky accessories.
Gentlemen: Modern tux, tie optional. Think: grey suit, blue shirt with brown shoes. Trust us. It works.


{ Informal - Wedding }

Informal weddings are dressy-casual.

firenze_jumpsuit - dressy casual attire

What to Wear

Ladies, bust out your cute little sundresses or polished jumpsuits.
Men: Dress pants, button-up shirt, casual shoes. A tie is optional.
Note: Casual does not mean you can wear jeans to a wedding. It’s usually referring to an element of comfort that the couple wants to extend to their guests. Be appreciative of their gesture – don’t take advantage by showing up in cargo pants.


{ Beach Formal - Wedding }

Now we’re getting casual.


What to Wear

For the ladies, a beach wedding calls for breezy knee-length or maxi dress attire

(No, bathing suits aren’t appropriate… even if they are underneath).

Boys, show up in a button-up short sleeve shirt and shorts. While sandals are okay, please do NOT wear cargo or palm printed shorts …. even if it is a beach resort wedding! Nobody likes that Hawaiian design as much as you think they do.


If you find yourself in doubt about what to wear to a particular celebration, remember you can always ask the host or hostess directly! They’ll likely have way more appreciation for the fact that you cared enough to ask… and opted to leave your band tee’s at home.


Leah Sandhu is a Fusion Wedding Expert and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca.

To have Leah’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your Fusion celebration, make sure to Get In Touch!

Find Leah on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest |  leah@weddinggirl.ca

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September 8, 2014

Real Wedding feature { Lorah + Galen } | The Gibson Centre

Authored by Leah Sandhu

Today we’re sharing Lorah and Galen’s charming DIY wedding. The Gibson Centre was the perfect venue for their simple, yet modern wedding. The open brick and wood flooring, paired with the freshly picked flowers and birch accents made it feel so warm and cozy. Enjoy!

 {A Word from the Photographer}

“This wedding was such a joy to shoot! Lorah and Galen were such a fun couple, and their love for each other was so evident, making it easy to shoot some great candids!

Lorah had poured so much love and care into all of the little details of their special day. From her handmade bouquets and centrepieces, to the earthy and natural colour scheme, this wedding made for some beautiful photos and was definitely one of the highlights of my summer.”



{DIY Projects}

“I did all of my own flowers – the bouquets, centrepieces, and one arrangement  for the church.

In the church, we decorated the pews with bunches of greenery my sister and I gathered around our property. As part of the centerpieces, we bought a thick birch log which my dad cut up and sanded. On each of these we had a variety of vases/jars I had collected from thrift stores and borrowed from friends.

We bought birch branches from a farmer’s market that were on sale after Christmas which we cut down for table number holders (and  bought the cards from Etsy.)

For the favours, we made homemade caramel corn (under the supervision of a friends mom) and packaged them up for each guest.”








Reception table1

{ From the Bride }

“Use your friends skills! If they have creative talents, use them!

A friend made our cake, which we topped with foxes from Etsy and decorated with some left over greenery from our flowers.

A graphic design friend did the invites and programs… and did an amazing job!

Another friend who was involved in a lot of film projects in college made the wedding video.

I had my cousin do my hair and a friend do my make-up, which was great because I wanted to look natural and they pulled that off excellently. It also made my morning really fun and relaxing because I was surrounded by all of my girlfriends.”


Total Budget: $15,000

130 Guests

Budget tip: Instead of renting the hall for a cocktail hour (which would have been an extra $2,000-$3,000), a bunch of friends made baked-goods which were served with punch outside the church.


Photography: Hannah Belvedere Photography
Church: Bond Head United Church
Venue: Gibson Arts & Cultural Centre of Alliston
Hair: Laken Gleason (cousin)
Make-up: Kristina Kamenar (friend)
Caterer: Casal Catering, Barrie
Flowers: DIY’d by the bride
Dress: The Gown; Newmarket (Essense of Australia)
Suits: JC Penny
Cake: Lyssa Pelton


Leah Sandhu is a Fusion Wedding Expert and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca.

To have Leah’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your Fusion celebration, make sure to Get In Touch!

Find Leah on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest |  leah@weddinggirl.ca

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May 15, 2010

The Convertible Wedding Dress – Part 2!

Filed under: Fashion — Tags: , , — WeddingGirl @ 10:24 am

Part 2, by VintageGypsy

Of COURSE the true meaning of your wedding, centers around the eternal love that you and your spouse are vowing to in front of God and your witnesses. Of COURSE the most important elements of your union have to do with the wedding ceremony itself. It would be vain to state anything otherwise. I also believe in upfront and ballsy honesty. I can honestly say that the most memorable part of my day were the love and promises that were shared between my husband and I.

A close second was searching for my wedding dress(es).

I ordered the dress online and prayed it would fit. I saw it and I instantly knew that the funky, non traditional yet still beautiful style was meant for me. I also knew that after trying it on, it would be nearly impossible to pull off our wedding dance, which was set to the genre of swing, that was specifically designed to move, jump and kick, in that trumpet style sheath.

I set out to buy a 2nd dress that would hopefully allow me to perform our dance which we had worked so diligently in practicing. I had a vision that later in the night, while tearing up the dance floor with my ladies, I could be freed of the restrictive corseted number and boogie the night away with ease.

Obviously I am not alone in this vision, as now made available to all brides is an option which is much less expensive than buying two dresses. Enter: The convertible/detachable wedding dress. This popular growing dress trend allows you to have your dress, and wear it too! (And possibly wear it again.) The idea is that you get two looks out of the one dress. The longer and fuller train allow for tradition, yet the zip or button off portion allow for a cocktail dress which represents fun, freedom and variety. You can even possibly wear the shorter version of the dress again if you wanted to dye it or wear it, prêt-à-porter.

This “2 for 1″ style of wedding dress will allow the bride both tradition and chicness, all wrapped up in one dress for one price.

By: VintageGypsy

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