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Wedding Dress Reviews : October 2014

Posted At : October 20, 2014 1:49 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,419
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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: 3,376
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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: 2,369
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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: 1,763
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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.


Real Wedding:
Rustic Elegance in the City

Posted At : October 3, 2014 11:40 AM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 2,199
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bride and groom standing in front of window with sunlight streaming in

The happy couple, Natalie & Braden, enjoying a quiet moment as husband and wife.

We had a hard time deciding which photos to share with you because, simply put, this wedding was absolutely spectacular! Natalie & Braden were married at the Celebration Pavilion at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. Their reception was held at the equally beautiful Diamond Alumni Centre in Burnaby.

The flawless day was captured by Will Pursell of Will Pursell Photography and planned by Lua Weddings & Events. --click on any of the photos to see more.

Our favourite thing about this wedding? The way that Natalie & Braden shared their love of all things country (they both wore cowboy boots!) and at the same time, infused the day with one elegant touch after another. This rustic country affair is proof that you can indeed have an elegant AND charming rustic-themed wedding.

Bride wearing Lazaro 3955 fit and flare wedding dress. Getting ready details.

Natalie had a custom train added to her Lazaro wedding dress,
which was purchased from Bisou Bridal.
Her hair and makeup was done by the talented team at Pillars Salon & Spa.

Rustic ceremony decor at the Celebration Pavilion in Queen Elizabeth Park

It was a beautiful day for a wedding at the Celebration Pavilion in Vancouver

Touches of lace adorned mason jars and added a romantic feel to the rustic décor. Purple, peach, and white make for a beautiful color palette, don't you think?!

The ceremony floral arrangements and wedding party florals were created by Garden Party Flowers in Vancouver.

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Style Inspiration :
A Shabby Chic Bridal Shoot

Posted At : September 25, 2014 12:36 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 2,156
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This shabby chic styled shoot was captured by Esenses Studio in a beautiful garden at the Nature Centre in Laval.

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Bride in lace wedding dress by Melissa Gentile holding a pastel bouquet

The textured lace of Melissa Gentile Couture's 'Florence' gown is a perfect complement to the natural beauty of this outdoor space.

Beauty shot. Silver high heels on stacked books with pastel bouquet.

The very talented Yves Chenier of YVES CHÉNIER FLORIST created the florals for this shoot, including this beautiful bouquet of roses, mums, and dahlias (to name a few!)

Melissa Gentile 'Florence' gown outdoor photoshoot late summer.

Loose curls add a touch of glamour to this bridal look.

Shabby chic wedding decor with lanterns and wooden stands and shutters.

There are fun touches everywhere the eye can see on this shoot, styled by Glam Événements. From the polka dot straws, to the milk jars, mugs, and shutters, we are in love with this beautiful, inspired shoot!

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Real Wedding: Leyna & Craig
at The Lake House

Posted At : September 17, 2014 5:29 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 1,617
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Wedding photos by the lake. Couple kissing

Leyna & Craig enjoyed a moment to themselves on the shores of Lake Ontario.

This summer wedding is set on the shores of Lake Ontario. If you are looking for a picturesque wedding venue with just the right amount of charm, The Lake House in Pickering, Ontario is the perfect place! Photos by Samantha Ong Photography (in Toronto)

Samantha describes capturing Leyna & Craig's day

It was so easy to shoot this fun loving couple as they were so relaxed and just wanted to have a great time. You could just tell that Leyna was Craig's whole world and I was so honoured to be able to capture their love for each other. They are the sweetest people and I was so honoured to be the special person to shoot their wedding.

Bride with bridesmaids in yellow dresses. Allure lace wedding dress.

Leyna's beautiful lace gown was style '2455' by Allure Bridals purchased from Bridals on Spadina in Toronto.

Groom and groomsmen getting ready. Yellow and white boutonnières.

The boutonnières were made by the bride's mother.

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Wedding Dress 101 :
Strap & Sleeve Styles

Posted At : September 2, 2014 3:22 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 1,918
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" A series of posts that explain the ins-and-outs of wedding dress terminology, from silhouettes, to necklines, and even sleeve styles. "

Types of Straps

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Strapless wedding dress. Style 9169 by Allure Bridals. Wedding dress with spaghetti straps. Style Cloris by Sophia Tolli. Wedding dress with strap(s). Style Marco by Rosa Clara Two. Wedding dress with elbow length sleeve. Style Kerry by Watters Brides.
Strapless Spaghetti
Straps
Strap(s) Sleeves


Types of Sleeves


Wedding dress with cap sleeves. Style Summer by Sottero and Midgley. Wedding dress with flutter sleeves. Style Haldis by St. Patrick. Wedding dress with short sleeves. Style Maddalena with Matthias Jacket by Watters Brides. Wedding dress with elbow length sleeve. Style 1808 by Mikaella.
Cap Sleeve Flutter Sleeve Short Sleeve Elbow Length

Wedding dress with 3/4 length sleeves. Style Silvine by Ines di Santo. Wedding dress with full-length fitted sleeves. Style Anastasia by Sottero and Midgley. Wedding dress with full-length sleeves. Style Ill be There by Ivy and Aster.
3/4 Length Fitted Sleeve Full Length

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What are Straps?

Straps connect the front of the bodice to the back of the bodice. They can be on one side or both and range in width from a 1/2" wide to full shoulder coverage. Depending on the strap style chosen, straps can be a minor addition to a dress or play a major part in the overall look. Straps be constructed of the same fabric as the main dress or other fabrics, like ribbon or lace. Many dresses have no straps and are simply finished at the top; this style is called strapless.

Types of Straps

Strapless

The strapless gown has been the benchmark of North America bridal fashion for the past three decades.

Definition: A wedding dress that is finished at the top of the neckline and does not have straps connecting the front of the dress to the back of the dress.
Perfect For: Everyone. It has earned its spot as number one thanks to the fact that it is a style that can be worn by anyone.

Style Tip

Brides with larger busts need to ensure that their strapless gown has the correct inner construction or that they wear a supportive undergarment to ensure that they will feel properly supported.

Strapless wedding dress. Style 9169 by Allure Bridals.

Strapless wedding dress. '9169' gown by Allure Bridals

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Spaghetti Straps

Definition: Thin straps that are typically 1/4" to 1/2" wide. Due to their delicate nature, these straps are more for decoration than support.
Perfect For: Brides that like the look of a strapless dress, but do not want completely bare shoulders.

Style Tip

Since spaghetti straps are mostly for decoration, it is a good idea to make sure that your dress stays put without the straps during your fitting. To test this, simply tuck the straps in and check to see how secure your dress feels.

Wedding dress with spaghetti straps. Style Cloris by Sophia Tolli.

Wedding dress with spaghetti straps. 'Cloris' gown by Sophia Tolli

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"Victorian Illusion": A Romantic Styled Fashion Shoot

Posted At : August 29, 2014 4:49 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,893
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A Victorian house built in the 1800's was the perfect setting for this romantic styled shoot by Lis Photography.

Romantic country bride

This ballgown by CB Couture is both elegant and romantic. We adore its jewelled illusion neckline, delicately beaded cap sleeves, and softly layered tulle skirt.

Romantic bridal makeup

French braid updo bridal hairstyle

Illusion back wedding dress

The back of this dress is equally as beautiful; with its amazing beadwork and pearlescent buttons, you are would be guaranteed to 'wow' guests wearing this dress on your walk down the aisle. The elegant French-twist up-do allows the intricate beadwork to shine.

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Wedding Dress 101 : Necklines

Posted At : August 29, 2014 1:45 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 1,606
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" A series of posts that explain the ins-and-outs of wedding dress terminology, from silhouettes, to necklines, and even sleeve styles. "

Click on any of the photos to jump to the silhouette or scroll down to view all.

Wedding dress with asymmetric neckline. Style Habidd by St. Patrick. Wedding dress with bateau neckline. Style Tomasina by Watters Brides. Wedding dress with cowl neckline. Style Taren by Maggie Sottero. Wedding dress with halter neckline. Style Azita by Sottero & Midgley.
Aymmetric Bateau Cowl Halter

Wedding dress with illusion neckline. Style Jacinda by Watters Brides. Wedding dress with jewel neckline. Style 1914 by Mikaella. Wedding dress with off-the-shoulder neckline. Style 2169 by Casablanca Bridal. Wedding dress with portrait neckline. Style Bellevue by Sottero and Midgley.
Illusion Jewel Off the
Shoulder
Portrait

Wedding dress with scoop neckline. Style Bridget by Eugenia Couture. Wedding dress with square neckline. Style Milan by Watters Encore. Wedding dress with straight neckline. Style Divine by Anne Barge. Wedding dress with surplice (
Scoop Square Straight Surplice /
Ballerina

Wedding dress with sweetheart neckline. Style Kristi by David Tutera for Mon Cheri. Wedding dress with modified sweetheart neckline. Style 2759 Allure Romance. Wedding dress with tank neckline. Style Dulce by Sarah Janks. V-neck wedding dress. Style Gianna Marie by Maggie Sottero.
Sweetheart Modified
Sweetheart
Tank V-neck

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What is a neckline?

The term neckline describes the top of the dress bodice. The bodice can be designed in a number of ways and can drastically change the overall look of the dress.

Asymmetric

Definition: A neckline that is different on one side than the other.
Perfect for: Brides wanting something a bit different or those that want a more modern, angular look.
When to Avoid This: Brides that want a soft look may want to avoid this style

Style Tip

Asymmetry is something that some people love, while others prefer things to be perfectly symmetrical at all times. If you feel compelled to have both sides match while you are wearing an asymmetrical neckline, we suggest moving to the next one!

Wedding dress with asymmetric neckline. Style Habidd by St. Patrick.

Asymmetric neckline. 'Habidd' gown by St. Patrick

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Bateau

Style icons like Grace Kelly have made this neckline synonymous with grace and elegance.

Definition: A high-neckline that creates a slightly curved line from shoulder-tip to shoulder-tip.
Perfect For: Brides wanting a refined, elegant look. Can be worn by both large and small-chested brides.

Style Tip

Since so much of a petite frame is covered by a bateau neckline, petite brides may want opt for a sheer, bateau shaped illusion neckline instead.

Wedding dress with bateau neckline. Style Tomasina by Watters Brides.

Bateau neckline gown. 'Tomasina' by Watters Brides

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