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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: 935
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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: 870
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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: 1,136
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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: 1,077
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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 : Bridal Network   |  Views: 2,986
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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, Maggie Sottero's shell pink, and 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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Fun with Pink! Okanagan Lakefront Winery Inspiration

Posted At : April 23, 2014 3:51 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,502
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A conceptual shoot on a beautiful September day showcases British Columbia's soft, romantic side in the province's Okanagan region.

Okanagan sun, winery wedding inspiration

With the romantic background of Cedar Creek Estate Winery and the perfect blend of vintage and modern style elements, Melissa of Natural Touch Wedding & Event Planning, along with her team of experts, has given us lots wedding inspiration in this fun, late summer styled shoot.

Okanagan sun, winery wedding inspiration

We particularly love the fun vintage dress styles and the monochromatic theme (with a twist)... so very cool.

Okanagan sun, winery wedding inspiration

Okanagan sun, winery wedding inspiration

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Spring Garden Wedding Inspiration: 'Young Love' Stylized Shoot

Posted At : March 12, 2014 12:04 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 2,395
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what signals spring more that young love?

Young Love: Inspirationsal bridal photoshoot by Edmonton wedding planner Stacey Foley; as seen on Bride.Canada

This Groundhog's Day, we were told to expect another six weeks of winter. While it wasn't the news many of us hoped for, it did signal a countdown: spring is coming... eventually. So as the snow continues to fall, I can think of no better way to warm my insides than with this gorgeous stylized shoot from Edmonton wedding planner, Stacey Foley of JoyFoley Weddings. With gowns by Jim Hjelm and Alvina Valenta, flowers by FaBLOOMosity, and photography by Eternal Reflections, you will definitely want to check out every last detail!

Peach / blush / coral wedding theme. Bridal photoshoot by Edmonton wedding planner Stacey Foley; as seen on Bride.Canada

From Stacey Foley: When I started the design of this shoot I was inspired by the beginnings of every relationship. When it felt as though time stood still for you and the world stopped moving if just for a minute. The time when your stomach was constantly filled with butterflies and your heart was forever a-flutter. The time when love is young and every dream is reachable.

And what signals spring more that young love?

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Best Wedding Photos of 2013

Posted At : March 5, 2014 6:22 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 4,141
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The Winner : Wedding Photo 2014

Winner: Bride.Canada's Wedding Photo of 2014

This stunning and technically brilliant shot by David Buck of David & Sherry Photography (in Owen Sound) was, easily, our overall winner. To hear David explain it ...

The photo was taken on a hilltop in Bognor Ontario during the June supermoon which rose as the biggest full moon of the year. It took months of planning and we had to learn all about moon angles and directions in order to pick a spot to shoot from. We were very fortunate as the only thing we couldn't predict was the weather and there were thankfully no clouds in the sky. ?
Wow! Click the photo to appreciate it in max size. And of course our congratulations to the lucky and photogenic couple, Andrea & Desmond.

Their Prize

Andrea & Desmond will celebrate their victory (away from David's prying tele-lense ?), for a whole week on Cuba Cruise's Louis Cristal, courtesy of our friends at BookMyGetaway.com!

Honourable Mentions

The #2 and #3 images also deserve a special mention. They were both close judges favourites; Tracy & Sharon were also our fan favourite on FB; and Heather MacEachern's generational candid of Kellie was by far the most touching image of the entire contest. For all that and more they were both a "notch" up from the remaining finalists in the final scoring.

Tracy and Sharon, fan favoutites for Best Wedding Photo of 2014

Tracy & Sharon, photographed by
Adam from Stick Productions in Regina.

Kellie and Joseph: finalist for Best Weddin gPhoto of 2013 in Canada

Kellie & Joseph, photographed by
Heather MacEachern from HRM Photography (London, ON)


All the Runners-Up

Andrea and Desmond Tracy and Sharon Kellie and Joseph Lindsay and Ben Amy and Steven Jennifer and Clint Mishelle and Mark Michelle and Geoff Carleigh and John Sophia and Alex Ashley and Ryan Lauren and Mitch


Kudos


Cuba CruisesA great many thanks to our prizing sponsor, BookMyGetaway.com.

They can take you not only on a Cuba Cruise, but also to Grenada, Tuscany, even closest to home to Muskoka!


Our Celebrity Judges!
And of course, let's not forget our guest judges, who added their votes & expertise to our own editorial staff and completed our panel. We couldn't have done it without them:

Theo Dermatis
Theo Dermatis, Editor-in-Chief,
Elegant Wedding Magazine.
Shannon Emerson
Shannon Emerson, Founder & Director for Forge & Spark Media
Adjunct Professor, SFU Master of Publishing Program.


Thank You ~ and see you all again next year!



Best Engagement Photos of 2013

Posted At : March 4, 2014 4:22 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 4,749
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Overall Winner : Engagement Photo 2014

This amazing long exposure by Kurt Brown of Two-Tone Studios (in Guelph) is our hands-down overall winner. It was in fact the only photograph in the entire contest to receive marks from all six judges. Kudos! And congratulations to the lucky and photogenic couple, Jessica & Brad.

Their Prize

Jessica & Brad will celebrate their victory with a five-night Carribean vacation, courtesy of the super-natural & super-romantic Fond-Doux Plantation in St Lucia!

Winter + Spring Photos

Since "winter" is short (January+February) we decided to merge the two seasons this year... and were promptly overwhelmed with stunned images :-) Both the overall winner and the most popular "fan favourite" pics came from this group!

"People's Choice" for Winter+Spring

Another canoe shot! Canadiana!
So very close to the overall winner too .. just two votes!
Chelsea & John, photographed by Jason Ploegman,
in the CM Wilson Conservation Area in Chatham-Kent

Their Prize

Chelsea & John have already selected their matching set of titanium wedding bands, from Black Tie Rings.

All the Runners-Up

Jessica & Brad  Chelsea & John Bella & Vijay Angela & Wayne Crystal & Jonathan Patricia & Carlo Evgenia & Roman Tammy & Jason Danielle & Michael Lisa & Emiliano Jillian & Laura

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14 Wedding Dresses You HAVE to Try On in 2014!

Posted At : February 13, 2014 4:55 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 6,153
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Shopping for your wedding gown can feel like a daunting task. If you don't know how or where to begin, not to worry!

Ashley Child, BRIDE.Canada's Fashion Editor, has put together a list (in no particular order!) of the top 14 dresses you HAVE to try on in 2014!


  1. Lazaro - style #3400

    Lazaro, Style #3400 Fall 2014 wedding gown

    We all love a little glitz and glam, especially when it's done right. And no one does it better than Lazaro! This particular gown blew us away!! From its opulent beading, to its dramatic mermaid silhouette, and fashion-forward flange skirt, this gown is a showstopper. Every bride is bound to discover her inner-diva the moment she steps into style #3400!


  2. Watters - "Carina" Corset + "Ahsan" Skirt

    Watters Carina + Ahsan Fall 2014 wedding dress corset and skirt

    Who says you have to wear white or ivory? One of the most popular colours for brides today is blush. Watters' version of the color is so beautiful it will have brides everywhere seeing pink! In a mix of soft pinks, champagnes and nudes, the "Ahsan" skirt takes your breath away in layers of English net and tulle. This frothy skirt is set off by the "Carina" corset- a fitted bustier with accents of delicate, rose-hued lace. Sweet yet sophisticated, this look will delight brides from the moment they put it on!


  3. Pronovias - "Laila"

    Pronovias Laila Fall 2014 bridal gown

    More and more brides are opting for a small and intimate wedding, but they feel stuck when it comes to the dress: big gowns feel like too much, while simple dresses don't resonate as bridal enough. Finding a sheath dress that still looks and feels like a wedding gown can be a challenge, but Pronovias has done just that with "Laila." As Dana Alexander-Salares, owner of With Love Bridal Boutique in Stittsville, ON says, brides that try it on immediately fall in love! Its illusion lace back and button closure are classic details that take this gown from simple to perfectly bridal!

    Pronovias Laila Fall 2014 wedding gown - back view

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