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Shandell & Jordan:
Winter Destination Banff

Posted At : August 14, 2014 11:19 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,409
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Sardachuk and Petker in front of the gorgeous Banff Springs Fairmont, in winter

The happy couple, Shandell & Jordan
and their fairytale location: Banff, AB

With the Summer almost over, we have selected another Rockie Mountain destination special for you today. Defnitely one of the most iconic options if your wedding is in the next 6-8 months. Our location? Where else but Banff, once again, at the majestic and historic Fairmont at Banff Springs. Story & photos by Kim Payant (in Banff!)
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How Shandell remembers her day:

We rose early Saturday, full of nervous excitement and anticipation. We woke to a white, winter wonderland as about 15 cm of fresh snow had fallen during the night. For a couple who loves the mountains and loves snow, it couldn't have been a more perfect start. The morning passed by in a blur as we both spent time getting ready for the big day.

Then, the moment we both were waiting for finally came; time for the bride to walk down the aisle and meet her groom. The ceremony was a highlight for both, as we celebrated each other, our families and our faith.

wedding ceremony at the majestic banff springs fairmont

Their ceremony in the incomparable Mt Stephen Hall
at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Bride in Maggie Sottero wedding gown

Shandell looking radiant in her Maggie Sottero gown from The Bridal Centre (Calgary)
Jordan's (sharp in Vera Wang!) "I am the luckiest man here" look says it all :-)

After the ceremony was time for photos, most of which were outside. The snow made for incredible photos and even though I could could barely feel my arms by the end of the outdoor photos, they were entirely worth it. After photos with family, it was time to make the grand entrance into the reception. The food was incredible from start to finish. After the food, various family and friends filled the reception room with their kind, thoughtful words. The speeches were a real highlight of the day. The reception included plenty of time for guests to mingle, eat cupcakes and listen to some of the bride and groom's favorite music. It was everything we had hoped for!

Navy blue and white wedding decor

Wedding theme & colours: Navy blue and silver were our main colours. The choices were made based on the time of year; the couple figured the dark, romantic hues would best be suited to a wintery wedding. They were right!

Navy blue and white wedding decor

Décor by It's All in the Details Event Planning (Calgary)
flowers: Designing on the Edge (Calgary)

    Their Top-3 Best Moments

  • Walking down the aisle, because it was a moment the bride and groom had been anticipating for a very long time.
  • The outdoor wedding photos, because it was picture-perfect outside with fresh fallen snow and amazing scenery.
  • The wedding toasts and speeches, because all of the family and friends that spoke put such incredible effort into their speeches and their kind words will be cherished forever

Signed Snow Board wedding guest book

Our favourite first-seen idea from their wedding: the winter-themed snowboard guest book, signed by everyone!

An Online Romance

The bride and groom initially met on eHarmony... Both were a bit tired of the dating "scene" and were ready to try a new way of meeting people. Shandell was the first to initiate contact, but Jordan didn't wait too long to reply... The two traded emails for about a month or so before deciding it was time to meet face to face. Jordan and Shandell met at a local pub and shared a meal and a couple of beers for their first date. They discovered they had a lot in common, and conversation was easy. It wasn't long before the first date led to the second date and the relationship blossomed from there.

Winter bridal party in blue

Bridesmaids Fashion by Alfred Sung, from Cameo & Cufflinks (Calgary)

Beautiful wedding at the fairmont banff springs

Like-you-were-there photography by: Kim Payant (Banff)

The Dream Team

Sardachuk and Petker in front of the gorgeous Banff Springs Fairmont The gorgeously decorated ceremony The bride wore Maggie Sottero The Table Decor The Blue and White Decor The smart, winter-appropriate guest book The Bridal Party! Thank you!


Style Inspiration: Spring Garden Wedding in a Blooming Apple Orchard

Posted At : August 8, 2014 10:26 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 774
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Spring blossoms garden wedding inspiration

Bridal hair, braid with headpiece

An amazing day spent at Vermont's Allen Holm Farm with Jackie Watson from VT Enchanted Events, Sarah Jo Willey from Creative Muse Floral Designs, Sarah Crowley from Finishing Touch and of course our gorgeous models Heather & Mike Yassick.

  ~ Lis Companion, Lis Photography, VT

Spring themes, pastel wedding invitations

What a dreamy scene for a sweet & romantic wedding! The color pallet is perfectly complementing each look. All the details, from the gorgeous custom designed stationary from Christa Alexander Designs, and the dress from Fiori Bridal, to the elegant rentals from Vermont Tent Company, everything in perfect harmony :)

pink wedding pastries and mini-cakes

The petit fours from Bakearia LLC were more than perfect to the eyes and absurdly delicious!

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Leah-Rose & Brendan at Sutton Place: A Real Winter Wedding, Vancouver Style!

Posted At : August 5, 2014 5:19 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,606
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Leah-Rose and Brendan

The Setting

The prestigious The Sutton Place Hotel in the centre of the city hosted the couple both for their ceremony and their reception. Since December in Vancouver is often rainier than it is cold and white, having the ceremony and the reception in the same location proved a very smart and "dry" decision for the couple and a very thoughtful consideration for their guests. The hotel's grand entrance and elegant atmosphere offered the perfect backdrop for Leah-Rose and Brendan's woodland elegance themed winter wedding.

Traditional white rose bridal bouquet

Vivio Flower Gallery (Port Moody)

Wedding reception, white chair covers, with muted gold accents

The Sutton Place Hotel (Vancouver)

The Décor

The décor picked up on the hotel's already elegant atmosphere with the addition of soft candlelight, and muted gold accents. The use of twigs and greenery in Leah-Rose's "woodland elegance" theme brought a natural feel to the room while the adorning white lights lent a wintery sparkle to the warm and inviting environment.

Two curly willow archways (designed by Leah-Rose) adorned the aisle and the stage during the ceremony and were later used as a head table back drop and as an entrance arch during the reception.

Alternating short and tall centerpieces accented the guest tables; florals were used in the short displays whereas the tall vase centerpieces incorporated branches with hanging candle holders and crystal chains.

Wedding Reception details at the Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver

Chairs with Flair Seat Covers (Vancouver)

Leah's Gorgeous

Wedding Dress from The Bridal Gallery (New Westminster)
Hair & Makeup by Facade West Salon (Port Coquitlam)

The Attire

The beautiful bride took centre stage as she glided down the aisle in an elegant strapless tulle and lace gown (Ramaje by St. Patrick)..a unique creation featuring a trumpet skirt that is hidden under a tulle overskirt with appliqués. A simple jewel accent on the slightly raised empire waist along with a tone on tone sequin in the bodice created a very subtle sparkle to an already special gown.

The bride's wedding day look?

Simple adornments completed Leah-Rose's look...a long veil was attached to the back of her lovely long, wavy hair. And, one, single ornate rhinestone hair pin created the centerpiece of an already magnificent wedding hair style. Sophisticated, modern, and romantic!

The bridal party was sheer elegance in a wonderful blend of elegance and winter chic in one of the season's top colour combinations, navy blue with gold accents. The bridesmaids complimented their navy gowns with blue and gold accented pashminas, the perfect cover up for a winter wedding.

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Colour & Style Inspiration:
Classically Cool in Black, White & Red

Posted At : July 30, 2014 7:31 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 931
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Bride & Groom in Tuxedo & Wedding Dress

Annie & Alex, stylish & sharp, seen through Ermenegildo Conte's lens of Esenses Studio (Montreal)
Alex's tuxedo by Denis Jaouich (Laval)

" Classic or Contemporary? Timeless or Trend-setting? Why not both? "

Beautiful Melissa Gentile Sevilla Wedding Dress

Annie, looking gorgeous in her 'Sevilla' wedding gown, by one of our favourite Canadian designers, Montreal's own Melissa Gentile

Today's stylish & inspirational photo-shoot is a study in cool. We love it!
The creative team of Glam Evenements and Laurie Art & Design built their theme on the classically debonair foundation of black & white, then added sexy & confidence with a dash of bright cherry red. The end result is simply perfect.

ENJOY! [ click the photos for more detail ]

Red & fucsia summer bridal bouquet

Annie's stunningly vibrant bouquet, courtesy of Yves Chenier Design (St-Roch-de-l'Achigan)

Contemporary black, white & red wedding stationary

Stationary design: Laurie Art & Design (Montréal)

Black & White tiered wedding cake

B&W wedding cake by Les Gourmandises a Diane (Valleyfield)

Ornate, Braided bridal up-do hairstyle

Annie's elaborate braided updo by Sylvie Dion
from Flair Espace Beauté (Brossard)
Makeup by Marie-Eve Landry

Candy buffet / sweets & deserts table, for a wedding

Looking so yummy! Overall event styling by:
Laurie Art & Design (Montréal)

Happy groom & relaxed bride!

Great chemistry between our two gorgeous and photogenic 'subjects', Annie & Alex. Here they are looking satisfied with the day's work!
Event Planning & Design: Glam Evenements
A great many thanks to the Loft Hotel (Montréal)!

The Design & Production Team ~ Kudos!

The Bride and Groom, looking classically sharp! Annie looking gorgeous in her wedding gown The bridal bouquet Sharp, contemporary stationary The Cake! The elaborate hairstyle The Candy Buffet The Bride and Groom, looking happy


Style Inspiration: 'Placid Blue' Wedding Theme

Posted At : July 25, 2014 10:58 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,475
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placid blue pantone color of the year wedding shoot

" We wanted real love captured for this, so we reached out to a real couple that got married the year prior "

Placid Blue in the 2014 palette by Pantone

When the colour experts at Pantone published their 2014 Spring fashion palette, Placid Blue was foremost on the swatch. "A soft pastel invoking the sky, this hue of blue brings a sense of openness and peacefulness.".
So what would your wedding look like, in this colour? Let us show you, with this gorgeous and inspiring photo/video study on placid blue, designed & executed by the ultra-creative Calgary team of Sofia Hernandez-Larocque at Sofia Katherine Photography and Jacqueline Delorme at Jacqueline Rae Weddings & Events.

ENJOY! [ click the photos for more detail ]

Blue & white weddin gflowers

Floral Design : Amborella Floral Studio

stylish wedding invitations & save-the-date cards

Wedding Stationary Design : Plush Invitations

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Destination Banff!
Alexis & Shaun's Fall Wedding
at the Fairmont

Posted At : July 22, 2014 9:08 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,108
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Bride & Groom in Rockies, by Banff Springs Hotel

Gorgeous locations, both indoors & outdoors, under the Alberta Rockies' breathtaking vistas, underscore Alexis & Shaun's destination wedding with a sense of timelessness that is hard to duplicate in an urban setting. The undisputed star of the event: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel; those vaulted ceilings belong in a fairytale!

~ photography by : Kim Payant Photography, Banff.

wedding rings, cufflinks & bridal bouquet charms

A beautiful clear sunrise over the Bow River started our castle in the mountains wedding. Surrounded by family and friends, we were married in the St Mary's Catholic church in a wonderfully humorous and engaging reliougous ceremony with music accompaniment from our harpist. We were then transported to some of our favorite places around Banff to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery for our pictures.

wedding reception, harpist

Wedding ceremony in St Mary's Church in Banff Alberta

Newlyweds in St Mary's Church, in Banff, Alberta

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Fall Wedding Fun;
A DIY Couple with Rustic Flair!

Posted At : July 9, 2014 2:06 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,025
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Jasmine & Chase: Alberta country couple

What happens when a creative "do-it-yourself" bride and her beau visit a farm and its barn on an Alberta Fall day? A wonderful wedding fusion of rustic charm and creative elegance... complete with mason jars, burlap and even a few horses!
Here is the story of their wedding day, full of loving details & creative ideas, seen, witnessed, recorded & narrated by their talented photographer, Melanie Mayer

Rustic vintage chaulkboard sign, welcoming wedding guests

Chase and Jasmine's rustic wedding day took place on a perfect fall day. Yellow leaves blanketed the ground and the air was fresh and crisp. The bride started the day by having her hair styled at Puressence, a trendy local salon. She continued getting ready with her bridesmaids at Life Church, where the ceremony was also being held. Delicate strings of pearls adorned her wrists and neck, and she wore a cream coloured, elegant gown- she looked absolutely breathtaking.

Jasmine getting ready, reading her bridesmaids keepsakes

The couple was wed in a touching ceremony filled with tears from family members and lots of laughs shared between the bride and groom. Chase and Jasmine work in the Yukon in a mine, and it just so happens that the history channel is making a television series about what they do! A History Channel Film Crew was present to film their wedding day, which was really exciting. After the ceremony, we headed to a beautiful farm to take photos. I loved all of the curious horses who wanted to be a part of the photos too! Most of the day was cloudy and we were very fortunate to have the sun peek through the clouds just as it was setting for some golden, glowing light.

The bride & groom enjoying a break from their photo session on the farmyard swing

Rustic, burlap-themed table-settings & wedding favours

Mason-jar barnyard rustic wedding centrepieces

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Tips & Trends: Treating Orchid, Colour of 2014

Posted At : May 22, 2014 4:22 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,207
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Somewhere between lavender and lilac with fuchsia, purple and pink undertones lies the colour "Orchid".

Radiant Orchid wedding styleboard

When Pantone speaks, the fashion world listens. Why?
Pantone is the authority on all things colour when it comes to fashion and design. So, when the 2014 "colour of the year" was announced back in December, the upcoming season's palette was officially set.

Monique Lhuillier : Bridesmaids

Monique Lhuillier : Bridesmaids #450001

2014 Wedding Colour Trends

The 2014 palette takes its inspiration from blooming flowers. Soft pastels paired with vivid, bright colours create a strong and confident look and by mixing them together, they "defy conventional design wisdom", making the result super-modern.

pic from The Washingtonian

The 2014 "Pantone Colour of the Year"?

Pastel blue, pale violet, light grey, beige, and light green make up the soft side of the 2014 palette, whereas, yellow, orange, coral and bold blue complete the vivid side. And, right on the boldest end of the spectrum, we have Radiant Orchid...2014's official colour of the year!

"Elegant Orchid" Tealight Holder from Bridalicious

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Eyelash Extensions 101: Tips, Tricks and Trends

Posted At : May 8, 2014 3:36 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,140
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6 questions that every bride should ask when in search of the perfect wedding day lash!

Lash Affair extensions, EdmontonLong, luscious lashes are on every bride's wedding day wish list.But, there is a lot to know before embracing this beauty trend. So, we asked the experts at Edmonton's Lash Affair Lounge to break it down for us.

  1. How long do eyelash extensions typically last?
    Are there ways to make them last longer?

    Lash extensions are individually applied to each natural lash and most extensions should last until your natural lash sheds. Natural lashes have a lifespan of 60-75 days typically, but we extend them at different stages of growth. As your lashes naturally shed, they take the attached extension with them. This is why to maintain lash extensions, we recommend fills every 2-4 weeks to keep them full and perfect!

  2. What are the different types of curvatures you can use for eyelashes, what different effects does it create?

    There are a ton of different lengths, curls, and thicknesses available on the market for individual lash extensions. The length/diameter will depend on the type of natural lashes you have; for example, fine natural lashes will require finer lash extensions. A responsible lash technician will be able to tell you what will be healthy for your particular lashes, and will not use extensions that are too heavy or too long as this can stress your natural lashes.

    Then, there is the choice of curls which range from a very elegant natural curl – all the way to an ultra doll-like curl. Your technician will be able to tell you which curl will suit your eyes, and will best compliment your planned make-up look for your big day!

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Straight from the Runway: Spring 2015 Bridal Fashion Trends!

Posted At : April 29, 2014 5:27 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 3,341
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A Recap from the NYC Bridal Market

Wedding dress trends for 2015

Bridal fashion week in New York City is a girl's dream! But it's a marathon: racing all over Manhattan in 4" heels, often booked on the hour, every hour for appointments and runway shows - it's a non-stop flurry of wedding dresses. And I wouldn't have it any other way!

Less than two weeks ago, the bridal industry descended on NYC to ooh and aah at the designer's newest collections. There was a lot to love for Spring 2015! Across the board, designers continued to play with the soft and romantic looks that have defined past seasons; everything from illusion necklines and gentle pleating, to light and breezy fabrics. The trend for delicate, old-Hollywood, Gatsby-inspired sparkle, is also here to stay as gowns once again twinkled down the runway. But for all those re-occurring trends, there was plenty of new. Straight from the NYC runways, we recap the newest and hottest bridal trends for Spring 2015!

  1. Boho Chic

    Taking on a '60s vibe, the boho look made a strong showing this season as these diaphanous gowns were all over the runway. In easy silhouettes and wistful fabrics, showcasing hand-made laces and eclectic details, this trend is over-the-top, romantic. Unique yet effortless in their appeal, I suspect brides everywhere will crave a little boho for their big day.

    Bridal, Spring 2015, Trends, Boho, Wedding Dress, Bridal Gown

    (clockwise, from top left): Oscar de la Renta, Watters, Elizabeth Fillmore, Jenny Packham, Vera Wang

  2. Colour

    White, ivory and cream: classics- yes, but perhaps the most traditional of all bridal ideals. While blush has trended in recent years (and continues to, once again), designer's challenged our ideas about tradition and presented an assortment of romantic hues this season. Among my favourite colours were Monique Lhuillier's blue "hydrangea" and sea-foam "mist", Jenny Packham's silver "teardrop" and "wheat" gold, Rivini's nude. As I'm admittedly not the most traditional, this is one trend I hope brides embrace!

    Spring 2015, Trends, Colour, Non-Traditional, Blush, Nude, Wedding Dress, Bridal Gown

    (clockwise, from top left): Monique Lhuillier, Monique Lhuillier, Rivini, Maggie Sottero, Jenny Packham, Jenny Packham

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