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Marsala Anyone? 2015's Wedding Colour of the Year

Posted At : February 11, 2015 5:02 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,640
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" an earthy yet muted red wine colour with strong brown undertones.. "

marsala colour wedding cake

For better or for worse, when Pantone speaks, the wedding and design world listen. The leading authority on all things colour sets the tone every year and we all follow suit, in one way or another. Over the years, designers, decorators, florists and brides have rejoiced in exciting hues of green, orange, pink, and blue but this year's surprise winner has caught many off guard. A far cry from bright and exciting, Marsala, an earthy yet muted red wine colour with strong brown undertones, has been named Pantone's colour for 2015.

marsala-themed wedding table settings

This is a rich, warm colour that signals confidence and strength while giving a sense of groundedness. It is not a fun, flirty colour like what we've seen over the past few seasons but it is one that beckons sophistication from its richness.

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Styled Shoot: Frozen!
A Snow Princess for a Winter Wonderland

Posted At : February 10, 2015 4:40 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 2,192
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" Inspiration for this event came from my 4-yr old daughter. Being a huge Frozen fan, she was in love with snow princesses! She dreamed of meeting a real snow princess someday. "

Snow Princess Bride

Styling, production, photography and narration by Jenny Vandersteen, Mill Canyon Photography - Pincher Creek, AB.

At the same time I always hated winter, but thought that the winter offered some of the most beautiful photo opps, and infrequently saw many winter weddings. Doing summer weddings year after year, I wanted to create something different. I chose the model because I loved her look- both beautiful classically, as well as a bit edgy, with the brown/purple/red hair. I loved the contrast created with her hair and the snow, along with her gorgeous eyes, I thought she would make the perfect winter bride.

Gorgeous Pnina Tournai wedding gown

What a trooper! Kassidy Czerniak poised & gorgeous in the sub-zero Alberta winter conditions!

We own a beautifully, scenic ranch, which was the perfect backdrop for this shoot. I do not work in a studio. I do all of my photography outdoors, on our ranch. It offers unique, amazing spots, from beautiful mountain vistas, to secluded forest trails, flower-filled meadows to old vintage vehicles, tall hay fields, steep rocky cliffs, and stunning streams and ponds. Not to mention all the wildlife! (bears, cougars, elk, deer, fish, eagles, songbirds, moose..)

The gorgeous winter fur-lined cape

Living in the heart of the southwest Alberta Rockies, winter is a big part of our year. I wanted to create a beautiful inspiration to brides to consider the majesty and uniqueness of winter weddings. I started gathering ideas of inspiration for this shoot, selected my ideal model, designed the headpieces & bouquets, found the perfect gown, and the best hair & make-up artist. Everyone involved was from the local area, which I loved as well!

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Vintage Effects!
Wedding Photography Style Inspiration

Posted At : January 29, 2015 2:53 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 2,129
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Retro bride

Photography by Mila Jackson
Gown by Stella York

Today's styled shoot is all about the photography. Virginia photographer Mila Jackson has combined inspired themes with magic lighting and some really brilliant post-production to create this veritable showcase of some of the looks and effects possible, when your wedding theme is Vintage or Retro - or even pin-up.
There is nothing much to explain, we will simply let the pictures tell their own story.. ENJOY!

Vintage Bride Portrait

Photography by Mila Jackson

While planning this bridal portrait shoot I decided on incorporating a vintage feel for a few different reasons. First, I liked the idea of shooting something a little different. Vintage and Retro themed weddings are not uncommon but they are a smaller percentage than traditional weddings. Second, a lot of themed weddings are kind of over-the-top so I wanted to show that you could incorporate a vintage feel without going too far, kind of a mix between traditional and theme. And, lastly, it seemed to be a fun idea that the team and I could have fun and be creative with!
~ Mila Jackson

Vintage bridal photography treatment

Photography by Mila Jackson
Reception Venue: Harbor View

Vintage bridal photography treatment

Photography by Mila Jackson
Hair Stylist: Haircolor N Style

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Elegance Defined : Rosa Clará debuts at Blush Bridal

Posted At : January 20, 2015 7:07 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 2,534
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Last week, we shared part-one or our two-part editorial with Blush Bridal and Coco Events & Weddings, and we are very excited to reveal the rest of this gorgeous story! Part-one revealed a playful and feminine side to Rosa Clará and Soft by Rosa Clará; two of the newest additions to Vancouver's Blush Bridal.

bride holding a red rose in a tulle and lace ballgown, crystal headpiece with ivory ribbon in her hair

In part-two, the impressive juxtaposition of this editiorial is revealed; illuminating an entirely new, dramatic side to Rosa Clará. Lara Taylor, of Vancouver-based Coco Events & Weddings, led the creative direction for the editorial and shares the inspiration behind it:

"Inspired by our travels in the East, and our years living in Southeast Asia, we were energized by the myriad of textures and colors in the décor used for celebrations, and in places of worship. We were captivated by the use of rich, strong, metallic, jewel tones and weighted fabrics; contrasted against light and delicate florals, folded papers, and lights.

This shoot was meant to portray the emotions and feelings brought about by two opposing elements. In part one, the paper floral wall created an intricate and whimsical canvas for portraying the delight and playfulness evoked by the anticipation surrounding one's wedding, that one magical day. In part two, the rose gold metallic wall acted as a bold contrast; showing elegance and expressing an intrinsic thread of tradition."

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Playful Delight : Blush Bridal presents Soft by Rosa Clará

Posted At : January 13, 2015 11:05 AM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 2,610
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We wanted to have a fabulous, inspiring start to the new year, and decided that the perfect way to do just that, was to debut part one of our two-part editorial with Blush Bridal and Coco Events & Weddings.

bride standing in front of white paper wall wearing soft by rosa clara sabia trumpet gown with lace bodice and floral headpiece.

Joni Kim, of Charles Stuart International Models, is wearing the 'Sabia' gown by Soft by Rosa Clará.

Rosa Clará and Soft by Rosa Clará are two new (& gorgeous!) bridal lines that Blush Bridal introduced to Vancouver brides this past year and here at Bride.Canada, we are thrilled to help Blush formally debut the lines. Based in Spain, Rosa Clará gowns standout for their high quality fabrics and precision tailoring. Best of all, Rosa Clará offers something for everyone; whether it be a soft and romantic lace dress, a vintage-inspired beaded sheath, or a refined and elegant ballgown.

Lara Taylor, founder & co-owner of Vancouver-based Coco Events & Weddings, expertly produced both the set design and styling for our editorial. Every consideration was taken when choosing the elements that would best portray all sides of Rosa Clará. The inspiration behind the editorial is best told by Lara:

"This shoot was meant to portray the emotions and feelings brought about by two opposing elements. In part one, the paper floral wall created an intricate and whimsical canvas for portraying the delight and playfulness evoked by the anticipation surrounding one's wedding, that one magical day. In part two..." (sorry, you will have to wait until part two to find out the rest!)

We hope you enjoy part one; be sure to click on the photos for larger views and full image credits!

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Style Inspiration: Once Upon a Sweet Winter's Fairy Tale

Posted At : December 18, 2014 10:15 AM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 2,613
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Melissa Johnstone of Sugar & Soul Photography brings us this sweet, fairy tale inspired winter styled photoshoot, set in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Loosely inspired by the Brothers Grimm tale of Hansel & Gretel, this editorial embodies all of the fun and festive possibilities of the holidays.

We will leave the rest of the tale to Melissa, who tells it the very best:

"Heidi and Markus embark on a journey to get married on a magical winter day in the forest. Leaving breadcrumb trails behind them, (in case they get lost!), they discover a witches hut decorated in candy. They say their vows amidst an archway of candy, then head into the hut for their whimsical reception - complete with snow globes, pretzels, and lots of holiday treats and warmth by the fire!"

A bride and groom walking in snow covered trees with lantern and basket of bread

"As they walked through the trees, they left a trail of crumbs behind to mark the way." Photography by Sugar & Soul Photography.

Bride with braids holding a rich holiday inspired bouquet.

A beautiful, winter-inspired bouquet by Oak & Lily. The rich reds, oranges, and yellows stand out against the snow perfectly.

Bride wearing tulle and lace ballgown in the snow with braided hair and rich wedding bouquet.

This Hayley Paige wedding dress from Bliss Bridal Boutique is a pretty sea of tulle and lace.

winter bride with two braids and red berries in hair and pink lip. Groom in grey suit with red bow tie.

We love the soft and subtle glow that Justine of Vamp Industries Makeup & Hair created for the bride.

bride groom outdoor festive wedding ceremony inspiration, candy canes, hansel gretel theme

Nancy Arnold of Lady Owl Design did a fantastic job of infusing fun and festive elements into this styled shoot.

festive holiday wedding invitation with black details and red candy canes

These striped candy graphics add the perfect touch of whimsy to this invitation suite by Lady Owl Design.

German inspired winter wedding reception with checkered table cloth and candy canes

The reception at Gasthaus Gutenberger was designed to envoke a nostalgia for German Christmas traditions of olde.

Bride in a ballgown and vest with groom standing in snowy trees. Groom kissing her forehead.

These two were the perfect pair to portray this sweet, snowy fairy tale, brought to life by Sugar & Soul Photography.

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A lantern to guide the way and breadcrumbs to lead guests to the ceremony, perhaps? The rich bouquet of reds, oranges, and yellows, stands out against the snow perfectly. A pretty sea of tulle and lace. We love this soft and subtle glow for the bride. Nancy Arnold of Lady Owl Design did a fantastic job of infusing fun and festive elements into this styled shoot. The striped candy graphics add the perfect touch of whimsy to this invitation suite. The reception was designed to envoke a nostalgia for German Christmas traditions of olde. These two were the perfect pair to portray this sweet, snowy fairytale.


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: 1,902
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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: 2,867
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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: 1,622
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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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