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Inspired by Tuscany:
A Romantic Okanagan Editorial

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Kathryn Easton & Tanya Peters of Milestone Events, combined their incredible talents to produce this romantic, Tuscan inspired photoshoot at The Plaza Hotel, in Kamloops, British Columbia. Kathryn Learie, of Owen Imaging, did an amazing job of capturing every picture perfect detail.

From Kathryn Easton of Milestone Events:

"Like no other location in Kamloops, the desert scenery of sagebrush and large arches made for a perfect location."

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Model wearing Truvelle Michelle with floral head crown and pastel bouquet.

Pastel tones and the Michelle dress by Truvelle, provided by Aglow Bridal Lounge, fit the Tuscan wedding theme perfectly. Photography by Owen Imaging

Tuscan theme rooftop ceremony with white chairs in the Okanagan at The Plaza Hotel Kamloops

The rooftop patio at The Plaza Hotel provides a private urban oasis for both your ceremony and reception. We love the high walls that give the space an extra bit of intimacy.

Tuscan themed wedding ceremony ideas at The Plaza Hotel in Kamloops

Greenery and pastel florals, designed by Milestone Events, accent the natural aesthetic of the venue perfectly.

Bride and groom at Kamloops Plaza Hotel wedding. Bride wearing Michelle dress by Truvelle.

The dramatic floral headpiece, created by Milestone Events, was the perfect finishing touch to the effortless, easy aesthetic of the Truvelle wedding dress. We love how MUAH Bridal & Event Styling chose a bold lip colour to bring an edge to the soft, modern gown.

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Real Wedding : A Rustic Maritime Island Wedding

Posted At : December 11, 2014 11:31 AM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 1,469
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A private island off the coast of Newfoundland was the perfect setting for Heather & Adrian's quintessential maritime wedding. Every element of the wedding was crafted with love by the couple, their family, or friends: from the handbuilt driftwood arch that they married under, to the handpainted signs, lovingly inscribed by friends.

Alex Stead of Alex Stead Photography did an amazing job capturing the couple amidst the beauty of the awe-inspiring natural surroundings, as well as portraying the heart-warming comfort of marrying in front of your closest friends and family.

While the gorgeous driftwood arches are close to the top of our list, our absolute favourite part to this Atlantic Canada affair? The bonfire, complete with s'mores, of course!

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Bride and groom standing in front of altar at outdoor maritime wedding ceremony. Bridal party photos.

What a picturesque spot to capture a loving moment. Photography by Alex Stead Photography.

Handwritten driftwood ceremony reception and bonfire wedding sign

Which way to the bonfire?! What a fun idea!

driftwood altar and ceremony decor ourdoor atlantic Canada maritime wedding

The arch that Adrian's brother, Christian, built for the couple to marry under. The wooden crates and burlap, used as tables, tied in perfectly with the rest of the decor.

bride and groom standing on rocky beach beside ocean and cliffs at Newfoundland wedding

The private island offered plenty of picturesque views to capture the happy couple amidst.

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Style Inspiration:
Rich Fall Editorial at Tanglewood Crescent Estate

Posted At : December 5, 2014 12:13 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 2,275
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A private estate in Lasalle, Ontario, was the pefect location to capture this elegant styled shoot photography by Vita Photography and co-produced by CJH Florals.

From the photographer, Tiffany Santini-Rousseau:

When Cori {the florist} & I got together to discuss what direction we wanted to go with the creative shoot we were immediately on the same page. We both love the cool, crisp air & rich colour pallate that Autumn has to offer.

We would have to agree that this editorial came together perfectly! From the golden hued Stella York wedding dress provided by It's Your Day Bridal Boutique, to the gorgeous floral crown by CJH Florals, there is inspiration everywhere the eye can see.

Bride wearing Stella York 5922 and a floral crown, holding a vibrant wedding bouquet

Vibrant hues take this floral crown and bouquet, created by CJH Florals, to a whole new level of gorgeous.

bride looking out a window, Stella York 5922 wedding dress hanging, blush floral belt

Pretty getting ready details captured by Tiffany of Vita Photography. Don't you love the way the golden tones shimmer?

bride in Stella York 5922 in gold and wearing a lace headband

This fit & flare Stella York 5922 gown is the perfect dress for a bride wanting a soft, romantic style that still shows off her shape.

Bride sitting in chair wearing floral crown with purple red pink and orange tones

The floral crown and bouquet by CJH Florals can be described in just one word: Ah-mazing!

wedding invitation suite with sparkly gold and pink displayed with roses on table

Shimmering gold is the perfect choice for this elegant invitation suite designed by DistInk Designs.

naked undressed wedding cake accented with pink roses alongside a vibrant bouquet with ribbon streamers.

Undressed cakes, like this one by A"Maz"ing Cakes, are a trend that we are loving right now.

wedding table design with high centerpiece of vibrant flowers gold cutlery and blue china

The tableware, including the china, silverware & glasses were from a personal, vintage collection and Allure Events created the perfect centerpiece to highlight every beautiful detail.

wedding tablescape with vibrant pink and magenta flowers, purple votives, gold cutlery, and blue china.

A special mention to Tiffany of Vita Photography, who captured this beautiful editorial so perfectly!

The vibrant choice of color by CJH designs makes the floral crown and bouquet stand out beautifully Rich gold tones really make the detailing stand out on this Stella York gown from It's Your Day Bridal Boutique A bridal sash draws the eye in to the waist. A floral crown is the perfect accessory to add drama to your wedding day look. Golden sparkle adds a swoon-worthy element to this invitation suite by DistInk Designs. Undressed wedding cakes are a new trend that we are really loving! A vibrant (and beautiful!) wedding tablescape designed by Allure Events. Gold cutlery and purple votives are the perfect complement to this gorgeous design.

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Wedding Dress Reviews : November 2014

Posted At : December 3, 2014 11:52 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,327
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" Real Brides, Real Reviews "

Month two of our Wedding Dress Review Contest is complete and we are sharing the most helpful reviews of the month! The review of the month is going to win jewellery rentals for their wedding day from The Borrowed Collection. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for the winner announcement!

One Maggie Sottero bride is also going to win her wedding dress! The winner will be notified by December 10, 2014. Best of luck to all of the Maggie Sottero brides who participated.

Without further ado, here are the most helpful dress reviews of the month!

Model wearing Maggie Sottero Tamsyn, a trumpet wedding dress with silver beading

Maggie Sottero 'Tamsyn'

Real Bride Review: I am planning on having a beautiful, timeless wedding in the garden of a historic mansion in London, ON. I have always loved lace designs with beading and sparkle which is why this dress really surprised me. As my future mother in law put it, this dress exudes "that Grace Kelly Look" of timeless elegance and intricate detailing. I am 5'9" and relatively slim. For someone with a similar figure, this dress is jaw dropping. The intricate beadwork is absolutely gorgeous and for those wanting a slightly more dramatic, mermaid shape, a crinoline could easily be added underneath.

I tried the dress on in Champagne and was very surprised to see how well it flattered my fair skin tone. I ultimately decided on the Adalee by Maggie Sottero as I had always envisioned myself in lace and wanted something slightly more dramatic, but it was a very tough choice. I highly recommend this dress to any brides having a Gatsby or Old Hollywood themed wedding. Paired with a pearl accented veil, this dress is a total knockout. -Melissa L.

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Model wearing Maggie Sottero Savannah Marie, beaded trumpet gown with low back.

Maggie Sottero 'Savannah Marie'

Real Bride Review: Wedding style: fun, party atmosphere for 150 guests.

What I was looking for in a dress: something different and glamorous, that highlighted my figure without being over-the-top or too sexy.

Overall impression of the dress: This dress was absolutely perfect. It was the first dress I tried on, and none of the others could come. It is beautiful gown, covered in gorgeous lace and beading, with a flattering body skimming fit. The illusion back is stunning.

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Real Wedding: Chris & Abbi's Romantic Rockies Wedding in Banff

Posted At : November 10, 2014 2:17 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 2,468
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Abbi & Chris were married this past August in picturesque Banff, Alberta, under blue skies and in the company of their loving friends and family. The couple wanted the world to surround them on their wedding day and the Juniper Hotel & Bistro was the perfect location to make that dream a reality.

Nicole Modde, of NC Photography, photographed the couple's wedding day and succeeded in capturing the beauty all around!

bride and groom at Banff Alberta wedding beside a lake and mountains

Abbi & Chris enjoying one another's company on their wedding day in beautiful Banff, Alberta.

gold kaci jimmy choo heels for wedding with pink and light green floral bouquet

Abbi chose sparkling (amazing!) heels by Jimmy Choo. The beautiful floral decor was created by Willow Haven Flower Shop in Canmore.

Abbi's chiffon wedding dress, as well as the bridesmaids' blush dresses (style 2890 by Dessy), were from Pure Bridal in Edmonton. The girls' hair & makeup was done by Calgary-based Claire Marjanen Hair & Makeup Artist.

hand painted sign for wedding ceremony, bride pink and white bouquet and flower garland for ceremony.

A cute hand-painted sign directed guests to the wedding ceremony, which was held outdoors at the Juniper Hotel & Bistro.

The decor at both the ceremony and reception was expertly planned by Jenelle Jamani of Special Event Rentals in Calgary. The umbrellas, which thankfully ended up only being there "just in case", were certainly a thoughtful touch for guests!

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7 Great Golf Wedding Venues
in Greater Vancouver

Posted At : October 27, 2014 3:58 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 3,967
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Photo credit: Cliff Ma Photography

" When it comes to wedding venues, golf courses offer couples some truly amazing options "

  1. Outdoor ceremony locations surrounded by natural beauty.
  2. On-site catering and event managers that help your day run smoothly.
  3. Locations that are easily accessible, yet still feel like an urban oasis.
Without further ado, and in no particular order, we have put together a list of 7 amazing golf course wedding venues that you definitely need to consider for your big day!

Fort Langley Golf Course

A view of the Douglas and MacKenzie rooms combined. White linens with brown sashes.

A view of the Douglas & MacKenzie rooms combined, which seats up to 115 guests. Photo credit: Rachel Barkman Photography

If you are looking for a beautiful space to host an affordable wedding, Fort Langley Golf Course in Langley is the perfect place for you! It is rare to find a Lower Mainland wedding venue without food and alcohol minimums and that is precisely what Fort Langley Golf offers. With dinner buffet options starting at $33, you will be able to keep a little extra in your pocket for the honeymoon!

[ Room Name (size) ]
Douglas or MacKenzie (10 - 50)
Thompson (40 - 80)
Douglas + MacKenzie (70 - 115)
Douglas + Thompson (80 - 140)
Douglas + Thompson + MacKenzie (120 - 200)
CeremonyOutdoor : Off-site option nearby
Indoor : Thompson or Douglas Rooms

Fort Langley Golf Club's rooms offer a lot of versatility, since they can be reserved separately, or in a variety of combinations to suit weddings of all sizes. The fireplace mantel in the Douglas room is the perfect blank canvas for your décor, be it elegant, rustic, or anything in between.

If you are considering an indoor ceremony space, the large window in the Thompson room or the fireplace in the Douglas room both make wonderful, intimate spots to say your vows. Couples that yearn for an outdoor ceremony will also be happy to know that there is great outdoor space that is available just minutes away from the golf course.

When browsing the photos below, the intimate, cozy feel of the venue really comes across; something that isn't always possible for weddings with 200 guests. After enjoying a catered meal that has earned the golf course glowing reviews, you and your guests will enjoy the serene view from the heated patio and dance the night away on the complimentary dance floor.

Visit the website: Fort Langley Golf Course


"One of the most amazing things about the Fort Langley Golf Course isn't the amazing quality of service or the quick professional response of all the staff or the remarkable flexibility they showed us but the value provided from the golf course. Their rates were so affordable compared to some venues and worth absolutely every penny. We had both our ceremony and reception here and were so glad we did." -Bride Melissa

Bride and groom dancing at their reception of a Fort Langley Golf Course wedding

When all three rooms are combined, the dance floor can be perfectly situated in the middle. Photo credit: M&Him Photography

A view of the Douglas and MacKenzie Rooms combined. The Fort Langley Golf Course offers a picturesque setting for your wedding day. You and your guests will enjoy this beautiful view from the heated patio. The pergola on the property is the perfect spot to take photos with friends and family. The view of all three rooms combined. Bright windows make the rooms feel spacious and inviting. A view of the Douglas room in the evening. The mantel is a wonderful canvas to infuse your personality. No matter the size of your wedding party, this set-up allows the head table to be a variety of lengths. The catering has garnered the Fort Langley Golf Course high praise. When all three rooms are combined, the dance floor can be perfectly situated in the middle. The Fort Langley Golf Club is definitely a wonderful place to begin your happily ever after!

Morgan Creek Golf Course

Light shining through the trees at the Morgan Creek Golf Course outdoor ceremony location.

Morgan Creek's wedding garden is simply beautiful. Photo credit: Pure White Studio

The Clubhouse at Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey is an incredible wedding venue for more than a few reasons. To name a few: their wedding garden for outdoor ceremonies offers a stunning view, the grounds are equally spectacular, and their level of professionalism and attention to detail is top notch.

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Wedding Dress Reviews : October 2014

Posted At : October 20, 2014 1:49 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 2,007
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" Real Brides, Real Reviews "

The first month of our Wedding Dress Review Contest is complete and we are sharing the most helpful reviews of the month! The review of the month is going to win jewellery rentals for their wedding day from The Borrowed Collection. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for the winner announcement!

One Maggie Sottero bride is also going to win her wedding dress! Contest closes November 30th, 2014. If you've purchased a Maggie Sottero or Sottero & Midgley dress be sure to review it for your chance to win! Click here for contest details.

Without further ado, here are the most helpful dress reviews of the month!

Model wearing Maggie Sottero Melanie trumpet gown with lace-covered low back.

Maggie Sottero 'Melanie'

Real Bride Review: This dress is gorgeous! It was the third dress I tried on and nothing else compared to it. After about 12 dresses, I could still only picture myself in this one. I was looking for a dress that was sexy and classic, one I could dance all night in and one that was light and soft - the Melanie dress has it all. The illusion back on this dress is absolutely stunning and to my surprise, very comfortable! I had seen this dress online and I anticipated it to be itchy but it was nothing but soft and comfortable. I am having my wedding by the water so the fact that this dress is flowing and light is perfect to flow in the breeze coming from the lake. This dress covers all my bases; my dad will see his little girl in an elegant dress, my soon-to-be husband will be stunned by the sexy back and I will be able to dance the night away in my dream dress! :) -Roxanne C.

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Model wearing Maggie Sottero Blakely silver beaded trumpet gown with V-neckline

Maggie Sottero 'Blakely'

Real Bride Review: Another amazing dress by Maggie - beautifully constructed and gives me such an amazing silhouette. I'm more petite, about 5'3, but I don't feel that this dress makes me short at all, in fact, the detailing of the beading is so breathtaking and I feel like the centre of attention with this gown. - Anne W.

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Painted Rock Winery: A Modern Okanagan Wedding Editorial

Posted At : October 17, 2014 10:58 AM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 4,000
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This beautiful Painted Rock Estate Winery editorial, produced by Erin of Filosophi Events combines, beauty, edge, drama, AND style. The location is stunning from every angle and the overall result is a perfect inspiration shoot for the modern bride. We for one expected nothing less from the talented team at Filosphi!

Brandon, of Brandon Elliot Photography, deserves a special mention for the stunning photographs that he captured for this editorial. There were so many amazing frames to choose from, we had a terrible time narrowing it down! Be sure to click on the photos to see even more of his incredible shots in our collages.

bride wearing monique lhuillier bellflower standing beside Skaha Lake at Painted Rock Estate Winery

The beauty of Monique Lhuillier's 'Bellflower' from Bisou Bridal is a perfect juxtaposition against Painted Rock's mountain backdrop.

High fashion bride wearing statement crystal necklace and high volume braided hair. Groom wearing bowtie and blue suit.

The bride's high-volume braided up-do and striking makeup were done by Jenny McKinney of Jenny McKinney Makeup Artist. Her striking crystal statement necklace is by Elsa Corsi and is stacked with even more sparkle from Jeweliette in Vancouver. The dapper blue suit and plaid bowtie were provided by the style afficionados at Baracos + Brand.

landscape of the Painted Rock Estate Winery wedding venue in Penticton

The architecture of Painted Rock Estate Winery provides the perfect setting for a modern wedding theme. Another benefit of such beautiful vistas at every angle? Every seat promises to have the best view in the house!

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Real Wedding:
Jessica & Howard's
Urban Fairy Tale Wedding

Posted At : October 14, 2014 3:06 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 3,304
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Jessica & Howard's magical summer wedding in Vancouver was an elegant affair complete with beautiful scenery and gorgeous wedding details.

Modern Romance Productions captured every moment of the day, including the couple's traditional Chinese tea ceremony and vows at Cecil Green Park House, as well as their intimate reception aboard The Wedding Yacht.

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Real bride wearing Tara Keely 2360 pink and purple bouquet and silver jimmy choo heels

Jessica wore a Tara Keely ballgown, purchased from Bisou Bridal with an intricately beaded bodice and tulle skirt. We love that Jessica added crinoline beneath her skirt to really capture her fairy tale vision!

Chinese tea ceremony bride in red cheongsam with embroidered collar

The bride & groom served tea to their parents and relatives during the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, held at the beautiful Cecil Green Park House.

First look with bride and groom. Bride wearing Tara Keely 2360.

The grounds of Cecil Green Park House were a picturesque setting for the couple's 'first look' in Jessica's bridal gown.

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Style Inspiration: Vintage Glamour & Sophistication

Posted At : October 8, 2014 3:21 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 2,276
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This vintage, elegant styled shoot, photographed by Janelle of Beauty Light Love Photography is set in the historic downtown of Kingston, Ontario.

Janelle tells us a bit about the inspiration that day:

'It was a gorgeous sunny day to shoot in historic downtown Kingston at the perfect spot for a small intimate wedding, Hochelaga Inn. I was inspired by the grounds there and the collection of romantic and vintage items for rent at Something Nostalgic.'

The Pronovias wedding dress and the vintage-inspired cathedral headband veil
from Bridal Creations make a stunning impact.

bride wearing Pronovias wedding dress and cathedral veil with lace headband also couple portrait

wedding bouquet with pink white purple and vintage brooch and matching boutonniere with light pink pocket square

Soft blushes and purples offset the rich tones of the vintage brooch on the bouquet. Bouquet and boutonnière designed by Loyalist Flowers.

bride and groom leaving ceremony with processional toss and posing with vintage car

A vintage car, like this 1947 Cadillac from McCoy-Tower Limousine, is a classy and romantic way to be transported from your ceremony.

vintage wedding decor with china plate wrought iron chairs and chandeliers

There are some fantastic companies that provide vintage decor rentals for weddings, and Something Nostalgic Vintage Rentals are no exception! The china dinnerware and crystal glassware add a charming vibe to the table setting.

White fondant wedding cake with pearls and sugar flowers with vintage vases

Safari Cake Boutique provided this dainty, precious cake for the shoot. The cake looks perfectly at home surrounded by mismatched vases and fluffy mashmallows.

wedding invitation set with poster letters, vintage typewriter, and birdcage for envelopes

Lace paper doilies were used as guest book pages. The notes and well wishes were collected in a vintage bird cage. Invitation suite by Send in the Clowns. Vintage decor rentals provided by Something Nostalgic Vintage Rentals.

Wedding couple at Hochelaga Inn in Kingston Ontario

The historic Hochelaga Inn is an amazing backdrop for a photo. If you have historic buildings in your wedding location, consider taking time between the ceremony and reception to have a photo session. Photography by Beauty Light Love Photography (Kingston)

wedding couple photo idea with vintage suitcases

Vintage suitcases are a fitting endnote to this beautiful photo shoot! Photography by Beauty Light Love Photography (Kingston)

Photographer: Beauty Light Love Photography (Kingston)
Vintage Decor Rentals: Something Nostalgic Vintage Rentals (Kingston)
Floral Designer: Loyalist Flowers (Kingston)
Cake Designer: Safari Cake Boutique (Kingston)
Invitation Designer: Send in the Clowns (Kingston)
Wedding Dress: Pronovias from Bridal Creations (Kingston)
Groom's Attire: Murano's Formalwear (Kingston)
Hair Stylist: Envy Hair Studio
Makeup Artist: F.A.B. Hair & Aesthetics
Transportation: McCoy-Tower Limousine (Kingston

The bride's Pronovias gown and veil, as well as the groom's attire were provided by Bridal Creations and Murano's Formalwear Light pink accents add a soft touch to the vintage brooch and floral arrangements. The 1947 Cadillac was provided by McCoy Tower Limousine The lovely vintage decor rentals were provided by Something Nostalgic Vintage Rentals Safari Cake boutique provided a dainty, precious cake for the shoot. Send in the Clowns provided the perfect vintage invitation suite. The historic Hochelaga Inn is a lovely, intimate place to spend your wedding night. The vintage suitcases complete this styled shoot perfectly.

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