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Wedit: An Exciting DIY Twist to Traditional Wedding Video

Posted At : July 1, 2015 11:00 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,923
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We all love a great movie and wedding videography has become just that: a full-on cinematic experience full of emotion. Traditionally, couples hire a professional wedding videographer to make sure every special memory is caught on film, but as we recently found out, there are some pretty cool options making the "wedding rounds" these days. One, in particular, caught our attention: Wedit. This is not a new service, but it recently started offering shipping to Canada; so, we just had to share. Check it out!

Wedding Videos produced with Wedit DIY

What is Wedit? How Does it Work?

Wedit is a "do-it-yourself" type of wedding videography service:
  1. Five HD cameras (iPod Touches) are sent to you the week before your wedding.
  2. Distribute them amongst your family and friends and let them capture your wedding from their standpoint.
  3. After the wedding, send the cameras back to Wedit
    where everything then gets uploaded into your own password protected area.

Wedit Trailer from Wedit on Vimeo.

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Real Wedding: Dustin & Lucy
Wilderness Meets Heritage at the Pacific North Cannery

Posted At : June 9, 2015 3:20 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 3,809
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Dustin & Lucy's northern BC wedding is full of so many unique and special details that we weren't sure where to begin... until we read this beautiful passage from Tyler, of Tyler Meers Photography:

"Lucy and Dustin's wedding was a truly beautiful affair that intertwined not only their deep love for one another, but also their connection to culture and place. Bonds of love, light, and life run powerfully though the event of their union, from the century-old fishing cannery with the family connection that was transformed into an unforgettable reception venue, to the locally sourced and handcrafted items that made their day unique.

bride and groom standing on rocks at rivers edge with mountains in the background at sunset

Lucy & Dustin along the banks of the Skeena River in beautiful Northern BC. Captured by Tyler Meers Photography.

Dustin & Lucy met and live in the coastal community of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and wanted their wedding theme to emulate the mountains, streams, and coastline that they love so much. The vision for their wedding was simple: sea-foam meets mossy forest floor. "We tried to keep it as natural and local as possible," says Lucy. With the breath-taking scenery of Prince Rupert and its surrounding areas, natural and local made for one incredible wedding day location.

Lucy is a member of the Nisga'a nation, an indigenous group from the northwest corner of British Columbia. Lucy's connection to her heritage comes through in many of the wedding details that you will see in this story. Add to that, the couple's love for their community and you have an affair brimming with personal touches and beautiful nods to nature.

You may remember Dustin & Lucy as the winners of our 2014 Best Engagement Photo Contest: Winter! You can see their winning photo (also photographed by Tyler Meers Photography) here.

wedding collage wedding shoes red high heels with lace bride getting ready, bouquet and dress hanging from trees

This wedding offers incredible DIY details everywhere the eye can see! For starters, Lacy hand-appliqued lace to her red high heels, elevating them from fashionable to fabulous ;)

The boutonnieres, crafted of cedar bark roses, hydrangeas, and sprigs of Rosemary, were lovingly made by Lucy's bridesmaid.

bouttonierres with cedar bark wood roses, rosemary and hydrangeas. Seafoam green bridesmaids dresses and seaglass pendants

Lucy handmade tiny cedar-bark rosebud earrings for each of her bridesmaids; their pendants were made from sea glass gathered from the beaches near the cannery and crafted by a Prince Rupert artisan.

westcoast wedding bouquets of hydreangeas, roses, baby's breath, and cedar bark wood roses.

The bouquets included cedar-bark roses hand-woven by Lucy, her sisters, and other women in her family.

The groom & groomsmen wore unique ties that had been silkscreened with a Chinook salmon, gifted to them by local artist Kostan Lagace.

real wedding at the North Pacific Cannery museum northern bc venue bride and groom looking out of window of the First Nations netloft.

Lucy and Dustin look down from the upper floor of the First Nations netloft at the North Pacific Cannery.

From Tyler: "North Pacific Cannery is a National Historic Site and the longest standing cannery on the northwest coast. Situated outside of Port Edward on Cassiar Road, about 25 kilometers from Prince Rupert, the cannery is a collection of wooden, tin-roofed buildings spread along a tidal river bank and connected by a series of boardwalks. To Lucy and Dustin, North Pacific symbolized the heartbeat of coastal life - salmon. Wild salmon are integral to First Nations culture and existence, and many coastal communities would not exist if it were not for this precious food."

reception venue at North Pacific Cannery with white draping and seafoam green and light-blue florals.

The North Pacific Cannery offers a truly amazing wedding venue, with airy high-rafter cielings and picturesque views. Each of the 168 cedar bark roses that were given as wedding favours, were lovingly crafted by Lucy, her sister Nikita, and other members of her family. The roses were made by harvesting strips of red cedar tree bark, drying and cleaning it, then hand-weaving the strips one by one into lovely, unique roses.

From Lucy: "My grandma's moms name was Rose, and I really wanted to incorporate them to honour my Ool'ie."

bride and groom sitting on an ancient tree looking out at the Skeena River and walking at sunset

The couple, as they chase the sun along the banks of the Skeena River.

stylized black and white photo of bride and groom on a rocky beach in the mountains of northern BC.

This duo has style, style, and more style! Dustin sports his custom Kostan Lagace tie and Lucy is radiant in her reception dress.

The Dream Team


Styled Shoot: Blushing Bride!
Inspiration in Blush, White, Cream & Gold!

Posted At : June 2, 2015 3:22 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 3,065
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" The vision was to create a romantic and rustic wedding shoot withwhimsical undertones, ideal for the down to earth bride who loves flowers, ruffles, lace and everything pink! "

Gorgeous Bridal Bouquet and matching floral mini-roses crown

Story & Photography: Samantha Ong Photography
Floral Designer: Midge Flower Studio, Toronto

The whimsical floral headpiece focused on mini pink roses to frame the bride's lovely face. Her stunning bouquet featured peonies, roses and other soft florals creatingblush-peach-pink-rose palette. The greenery added interest and brought back the rustic outdoors feel to the bouquet wrapped up with white lace and pearl pins.

Gold, White & Pink Wedding Stationary

Empress Paper Crafts, Markham

The stationary included a circular rose-print style menu card with charming font. The invitations were stunning withwhite invitation card dressed up with gold painted doily overlay, elegant font, and a blush pink envelope with rose pattern peek-a-boo interior. The whimsical program cards featured a pictogram wedding party on a rustic cardstock.

Blush & White 2-tiered Wedding Cake

Cakes by Shmi, Pickering

The striking two-tier cake sat upon a ruffled edge cake stand. It featured soft blush ruffle layer dusted with a hint of gold on the edges sitting beneath a white pearl beaded layer topped with a flower with delicate pink petals and jewel-like gold center.

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Styled Shoot: Warehouse Wedding at The Burroughes

Posted At : May 19, 2015 4:17 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 3,469
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Rich table decor

Event Design by RL Designs Inc. & Twelfth Night Events

" We wanted something romantic, dramatic, and rich in colour and texture. Our goal was to break the traditional ideals of wedding style and colour palettes. "
by Red Button Photography

luxurious black,white and gold plate setting

bride, red bouquet, headpiece

As a collective, we wanted to create a luxury inspired photo shoot; One that would reflect our personal and unique style, as wedding vendors. We wanted something romantic, dramatic, and rich in colour and texture. Our goal was to break the traditional ideals of wedding style and colour palettes.

Amelia ball-gown by Farage Paris

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Styled Shoot: Bohemian Vintage Wedding Inspiration

Posted At : May 13, 2015 3:08 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 2,848
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Bohemian Vintage bride & Groom

photo: Jessica Grenon, Photo & Design

" I wanted a vintage wedding with a beautiful lace dress and glitters. Then I choose the colors, gold, purple and beige.
From that moment, I couldn't stop! I just needed to find the perfect suppliers for the project (a thousands thanks to all of you!) "
~ Jessica Grenon

Vintage bohemian style bridal hair & makeup

Makeup Artist: Laurence Auclair
Hair Stylist: Jade Surprenant

Bride in custom vintage wedding dress by Narcisse Atelier, Montreal

Fashion: Jessica Boutin-Dorion of Narcisse Atelier Boutique
Fur : Les fourrures MOS

Fall/Autumn or Winter themed bridal floral bouquet

Flowers: Les mains fleuries

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Real Wedding: Emilie & Jan
Rustic, Backyard & Very DIY!

Posted At : April 30, 2015 6:10 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 3,120
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Real Wedding: Emilie & Jan - Rustic, Backyard & Very DIY!

" Living in the northern part of Canada, we get an amazing opportunity to have the gorgeous mountains and rivers as our back drop. Everything about this wedding makes you warm and fuzzy inside! "

Bride &amp Groom: Emilie & Jan Wandel

This beautiful couple met during bible studies, their love for one another shines bright enough to make the heart smile.

Stefania Bowler, wedding photographer in BC, Canada
Photography + Comments, Captions & Narration by Stefania Bowler Wedding Photography, Vancouver & BC Interior.

Yellow, summer, sunflower bridal bouquet

Country wedding ceremony on the green

The couple decided on a simple back yard wedding accompanied by their closest friends and family who came from near and as far as Germany.

Rustic wedding decor, menues, guest books

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Winners: Our Very Best Wedding Photos of 2014

Posted At : April 1, 2015 8:48 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 9,205
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" .. over 1,000 photographs, 37 finalists, 8,000 people voting on social media .. "

And the Winner Is...

Bride and Groom kissing against the stars and the milky way

Michelle & Mark, under the milky way, on the left coast of Canada, incredibly photographed by Chris Boar of Nanaimo, BC (chrisboar.com)

Tied for 2nd Place

The judges were split on these two - but social media carried the day and the popular vote on Facebook cliched it for Camillia, Brittany & Luke :-)

Passionate kiss in the lake

Brittany & LukeCamillia Courts Photography

bride and groom kissing in the snowy rocky mountains

Delphine & Pierrick, photograhed by Tatiana & Natalia of Karizma Photography


All the Finalists

Michelle & Mark Brittany & Luke Delphine & Pierrick Laura ( - and Trevor?) Christine (waiting for Mark!) Lana & Mike Lana & (soon to reach!) Michael Katrina & Dustan Lana & Mike Lauren & Bryan Sheri & Doug Olivia & Tom Emily & Tucker Kayla (& Jeff) Krystal & Justin Dina & Ahmed Maria Tima & Stephen Polina & Stas Melissa & Mateo Amanda & David

Kudos & Congratulations to All the Finalists!

Special Mention : Martine Sansoucy

An extra shoutout must go out to Saskatoon shooter Martine Sansoucy. In an unprecendented show of artistic prowess and popularity both, Martine placed four finalists in our top-20! (She was also a finalist in 2012 and 2013) We have run this contest since 2009 and no one has ever come close to that. Great showing!




Real Wedding: Cara & Selwyn New Year's Eve at the Diamond Ballroom

Posted At : February 26, 2015 6:00 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 4,289
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Cara & Selwyn

The radiant couple, Cara & Selwyn
photo: Cakewalk Media, Vancouver

New Year's Eve has to be one of the best nights of the year to get married. Period! Everyone is already in great spirits on December 31st, and the fun and festiveness of a wedding only adds to the merriment. Best of all, counting down to the new year takes on a whole new meaning when the happy newlyweds beside you are also counting down the start of their first year as newlyweds. Cara & Selwyn tied the knot with their family and loved ones at the Diamond Ballroom in Vancouver.

bride, birdcage veil

The dazzling bride, in her classically elegant wedding day look
Her hair by Maria's Make Ohh-Ver and make-up by Darrelle Griffiths

photo session with the bridal party at Jericho Beach

Having planned a lovely photo session with the bridal party at Jericho Beach?!, the bright, clear sky was undoubtedly a welcome sight when Cara & Selwyn awoke the morning of the wedding!

Event Design by Coco Events & Wedding Planning

Lara of Coco Events & Weddingscreated a beautiful, intimate atmosphere for the couple's evening ceremony at the Diamond Ballroom in Vancouver and planned the day perfectly, from start to finish. The beauty and elegance continued into the dining room, where the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a delicious catered dinner, lively speeches and the great views that the Diamond Ballroom is known for.

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15 Weddings Dresses You HAVE to Try On in 2015!

Posted At : February 19, 2015 2:39 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 4,722
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If you are choosing your wedding dress in 2015, consider yourself a lucky gal, because you will have some of the most beautiful and unique gowns to choose from!

Wondering where to start? We've put together a list (in no particular order!) of the top 15 wedding dresses you HAVE to try on in 2015!

  1. Blush by Hayley Paige 'Giada'

    model wearing Blush by Hayley Paige Giada goddess chiffon slim a line wedding dress with beaded wait and straps, standing on a palm tree limb in front of the ocean

    The Giada gown by Blush by Hayley Paige offers a stylish and romantic silhouette; perfect for an outdoor or destination wedding. The flowy chiffon skirt will billow softly in the wind and the beaded straps and belt are sure to glisten in the sunlight. The delicately ruched chiffon bodice is also oh-so right; thanks to the perfectly cut, cross-over V-neckline.

  2. Enzoani 'Jocelyn'

    Model wearing Enzoani Jocelyn trumpet lace wedding dress with silver beaded and embroidered floral and leaf pattern on bodice and cascading down hips

    While lace may have been on nearly every runway this season, the beautiful thing about it, is that there is an endless number of ways this beautiful fabric can be used. Whether it's a re-embroidered lace trumpet gown, beautifully enhanced with intricate silver embroidery, like Jocelyn by Enzoani (above), or a romantic ball gown with a delicate chantilly lace bodice, we predict that lace will continue to wow us for many seasons to come.

  3. Jim Hjelm '8515' & '8500'

    Model wearing Jim Hjelm style 8515 blush colored tulle ball gown wedding dress with white floral pattern, deep v neckline and sheer fitted sleeves.

    Model sitting on stone stairway weraing Jim Hjelm 8500 blush colored tulle ball gown wedding dress with white floral pattern, and straight strapless neckline

    Style '8515' by Jim Hjlem is the perfect gown for brides looking to make a fashion statement with their wedding dress. The gown's blush color and sheer sleeves are definitely on point this season and the white embroidered flowers add the perfect amount of whimsy to this romantic silhouette. Not sure if you can pull off the deep V-neckline and fitted sleeves? Sister style '8500' offers the same romantic skirt and embroidered tulle, paired with a modern, straight neckline.

  4. Rosa Clará 'Serena'

    model wearing sheer short white lace gloves and rosa clara serena wedding dress with aline skirt with soft pickups and fitted lace bodice with straight neckline

    Classic and modernity collide with Rosa Clará's Serena gown. The elegant silhouette and tailored lace bodice channel the classic beauty of Audrey Hepburn, while the playful pick-ups, straight neckline, and beaded belt add a touch of modern to the gown.

  5. Christos 'Heidi'

    Model wearing Christos Heidi slim aline wedding dress with fitted lace trumpet skirt and tulle aline overlay, fitted sweetheart lace bodice and small halter strap.

    If we were going to play favourites, 'Heidi' by Christos certainly makes it into our top three. The gown is available in a subtle blush tone and the soft tulle overlay and scattered lace are the perfect counter to the figure-hugging trumpet skirt beneath. Oh, and did we mention that the molded bustier lace bodice is our version of perfection?

  6. Monique Lhuillier 'Moonlit'

    Model wearing lilac purple Moonlit wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier. Tulle bodice with scoop neckline and delicate embroidered bodice that cascades down the tulle ball gown skirt.

    'Moonlit' by Monique Lhuillier is simply magical, mystical, magnificent... you get the idea! Colored wedding dresses were front and centre at the Fall 2015 New York Bridal Market, and Monique Lhuillier certainly rose to the occasion, with her beautiful pastel-hued bridal gowns. This lilac colored ball gown, with its delicately beaded & embroidered tulle, was a favourite of ours, but choosing just one from the breathtaking collection was certainly a difficult decision.

  7. Maggie Sottero 'Aurora'

    Model standing in front of sheer white drapes wearing Maggie Sottero Aurora blush colored fit and flare wedding dress. Beaded and embroidered fitted elongated torso bodice with layered organza skirt.

    It would appear that we have a bit of a color trend unfolding in our top 15! 'Aurora' by Maggie Sottero made the list for its gorgeous blush tone, as well as its intricately beaded bodice and dramatic skirt of cascading organza. The figure-hugging elongated bodice and sweetheart neckline will flatter a curvacious bride's figure and the ruffled skirt adds a bit of playfulness to this otherwise glam gown.

  8. Truvelle 'Nicolet'

    Model wearing Truvelle Nicolet slim aline wedding dress with lace deep v neckline and ruched chiffon bodice. Rose colored ribbon at waist and slim aline chiffon flowy circular skirt.

    Truvelle's 'Nicolet' gown channels the brand's 'effortless chic' aesthetic perfectly. The circular cut chiffon skirt creates a full layer that seems to dance as you move, and the scalloped lace deep V-neckline is somehow subtly sexy AND feminine, all at the same time. Oh, and let's not forget the latte grosgrain ribbon at the waist, which is ah-mazing!

  9. Rosa Clará 'Samba'

    Model wearing Rosa Clara Samba elegant wedding dress with tailored pleated ball gown skirt and molded loace bodice, with straight neckline. Inset photo of model wearing Samba lace bateau neckline bridal jacket.

    There will always be a place for classic elegance in bridal, and Samba by Rosa Clará is no exception. Precision tailoring creates a ball gown with perfectly placed pleats and an immaculately cut bodice. The bow belt and the soft lace detail along the bodice add that perfect, feminine touch. Brides looking to add an extra bit of personality to this classic style will love the removeable lace jacket (inset), complete with a bateau illusion neckline and cap sleeves, which you can see in full here.

  10. Casablanca Bridal '2195'

    Model standing on a mediterranean terraza wearing a lace fitted trumpet wedding dress by Casablanca Bridal with sweetheart neckline and portrait lace sleeves.

    '2195' by Casablanca Bridal is scattered with an intricate lace pattern throughout its figure-flattering fit & flare silhouette. Instead of a full lace gown, each piece has been placed with care to create this gorgeous, eloborate pattern. We especially love the way the scallop has been placed at the hip and along the portrait neckline and hem.

  11. Nicole Miller 'Taylor'

    Model standing in front of light grey wood panelled wall wearing Nicole Miller Taylor fitted trumpet charmeuse wedding dress. Sweetheart neckline with slim double straps.

    'Taylor' by Nicole Miller is made with their signature stretch silk fabric, which hugs your curves and sculpts the body perfectly. The cross-over ruched bodice is modern and fresh, as are the metallic double straps that frame the shoulders. The high slit also needs mention, as it is a daring break from the ordinary, when it comes to bridal fashion.

  12. Bliss by Monique Lhuillier '1518'

    Model wearing Bliss by Monique Lhuillier 1518 ball gown with beaded and embroidered lace bodice, jewelled belt at waist, and layered tulle skirt with horsehair layers.

    We've been in love with Monique Lhuillier's diffusion line since it first launched and year after year, her Bliss collection continues to amaze. '1518' is a beautiful ball gown that is grand, elegant, and fun all at the same time; we imagine brides will have a fabulous time wearing this dreamy dress on their wedding day.

  13. Maggie Sottero 'Verina'

    Model sitting on the end of a chaise lounge wearing Maggie Sottero Verina sheath beaded lace wedding dress with sheer illusion bateau neckline and fitted sleeves.

    'Verina' by Maggie Sottero offers brides an elegant lace bridal sheath with touches of vintage elegance. The illusion bateau neckline, 3/4 length sleeves, and beaded lace channel the femininity and glamour of the art deco era. Verina would be an amazing gown for a wedding at a grand estate or perhaps an art gallery.

  14. Astrid & Mercedes 'Lovely'

    Model wearing simple and fun aline bridal gown style Lovely by Astrid and Mercedes. Taffeta circular cut skirt with wide ruched waistband, ballerina cut lace bodice and small spaghetti straps.

    This past bridal market saw the launch of Astrid & Mercedes; the diffusion line of talented Canadian designer, Lee-Ann Belter. Lovely is the perfect name for this dress, because this dress is just that: lovely! This a-line dress is effortless and fun, with a touch of daring; thanks to its chantilly lace accented ballerina bodice and low back.

  15. Lazaro '3503'

    Model wearing blush colored lace wedding dress by Lazaro, style 3503 from the Spring 2015 collection. Beautiful molded lace sweetheart bodice with beaded and embroidered belt at waist.

    Last, but certainly not least, we have Lazaro's '3503', and although we said we weren't picking favorites, this dress certainly makes our top three! Rose-coloured chantilly lace and a sheer corseted bodice create a beautiful silhouette that is flawlessly accented by a decadent jeweled belt at the waist. And, if it wasn't perfect already, the lace mini underlay beneath the sheer lace skirt takes this dress one step further and truly sets it apart from the rest.

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