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"Victorian Illusion": A Romantic Styled Fashion Shoot

Posted At : August 29, 2014 4:49 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,109
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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: 1,035
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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

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 /

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
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.


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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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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Real Wedding:
Jenny & Adam in the Fall

Posted At : August 28, 2014 1:18 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 615
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Bride, Groom, kids, Fall wedding

August was Fall wedding theme ideas month on the Bride.Canada blog. We're closing the month with another country affair, Jenny & Adam (and the kids!) at Halloween, in the country. Narrative and photos by Eye Wander Photo:

Fall wedding theme - pumpkin, halloween

conutry wedding sationary

The church was small and old only holding up forty people

photography by : Eye Wander Photo

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Wedding Dress 101 : Silhouettes

Posted At : August 26, 2014 2:42 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 1,369
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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.

ballgown wedding dress esme marie by maggie sottero A-line wedding dress Phillipa by Watters Brides Slim A-line wedding dress Rose Garden by Ivy and Aster Empire wedding dress style Ores by Pronovias
Ballgown A-line Slim A-line Empire

Fit and flare wedding dress style 2752 by Allure Romance Trumpet wedding dress style Abigail by Maggie Sottero Mermaid wedding dress style 2162 by Casablanca Bridal Sheath wedding dress style Harlow by Jenny Packham
Fit & Flare Trumpet Mermaid Sheath

Tea-length wedding dress. Style Malta by Rosa Clara Two Cocktail length wedding dress. Style Messina by Watters Encore.
Tea Length Cocktail

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What is a silhouette?

Silhouette refers to the overall shape of the wedding dress. Dress shape plays a major role in the look and feel of your gown; by wearing the right silhouette for their body type, brides can accentuate, minimize, and emphasize their shape.

Most brides can wear more than one silhouette very well and if you are feeling stuck, consider the wedding venue and the overall feel that you want on your wedding day. With that in mind, see if you can then decide if one look feels more like your vision of yourself on your wedding day.


This classic silhouette has been loved by brides of every era. Ballgowns can have a variety of necklines and its waistline is typically at either the natural waist (just above the belly button) or dropped waist (on the hips). Thanks to its outward flared skirt that draws the eye inward, ballgowns highlight the waist by making it appear its smallest.

Perfect For: Brides wanting a classic or fairy-tale feel. Choose the amount of fullness that is right for you.
What it Highlights: Waist
What it Minimizes: Hips

ballgown wedding dress esme marie by maggie sottero

'Esme Marie' ballgown by Maggie Sottero

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Common Questions:

Q. How do I know if I should wear a slim A-line or regular A-line?
A. We say if you love it, wear it! You can avoid feeling overwhelemed by choosing a ball gown with a bit less fullness or lighter layers.

Q. I want to dance a lot at my wedding. Won't the skirt be too much on the dance floor?
A. Seamstresses are able to add a bustles or bustles to your gown, which is a way to tie up the back of your dress so that it just grazes the floor. Remember: when trying a ballgown on in-store, the sample will likely be too long, which always makes the dress feel less manageable. Once it is hemmed to your length, the gown will move easily with you and is sure to be beautiful floating on the dance floor!

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The A-line gown is the ultimate in versatility. Considered another timeless silhouette, the A-line gown is the perfect canvas to showcase an interesting neckline, intricate beadwork, or fabric details. A-line skirts also flare at the waist, but far more gradually than their ballgown counterparts. Since the difference in width between the hips and waist measurements is less pronounced, the eye focuses more softly on all three attributes. You might choose an A-line with more details to show your fashion sense or less to channel simplicity.

Perfect For: Brides wanting to draw attention to the details on their gown instead of their silhouette.
What it Highlights: Bust and Waist
What it Minimizes: Hips

A-line wedding dress Phillipa by Watters Brides

'Phillipa' A-line gown by Watters Brides

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Style Inspiration: "Mad Men", 50s Retro Glam

Posted At : August 25, 2014 1:43 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 936
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retro 50s style bride and groom

" If you are thinking of channeling 50's glamour into your wedding day, you can look to television's Mad Men for limitless inspiration and suave style. This retro glam styled shoot, captured by Esenses, is brimming with Don Draper-esque sophistication and 50's flair. "

~ Photography by Esenses Studio :: Wedding Photographers (Montreal)

Bride and groom in fifties bar, sitting on on bar stools

For your 50's affair, we love the idea of an urban retro restaurant, complete with subway tiles, wood paneling, and retro furniture.

The tea-length fifties style wedding dress

Retro wedding invitations

The tea-length wedding dress by Narcisse Haute Couture highlights the perfectly tailored silhouettes and beautifully draped fabrics of 50's bridal fashion. A suave-looking man is a look that never goes out of style, thanks to a well-cut suit, tie, and crisp linens.

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Real Wedding: Chelsea & Tyler's DIY Rustic Barnyard Elegance

Posted At : August 20, 2014 11:19 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 752
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Bride and Groom kissing in a barn set up for a wedding ceremony

This was one of our favourite weddings to photograph. It was a rustic wedding on a little farm. The wedding was full of DIY details, beautiful landscape, a barn and sheep. Barns are highly sought-after in Vancouver and this couple managed to find one of the most gorgeous barns we have ever seen. The DIY details, chandeliers, wood accents, made for a fairy-tale wedding.
~ Will Pursell (Burnaby)

Bride and bridesmaids getting ready in the farmhouse cottage

Chelsea's Day

My husband and I grew up on opposite sides of a small town in British Columbia, Canada where it was highly unlikely but clearly a possibility to wait twenty years before finally meeting. When we least expected it, Tyler and I finally met during a summer in Whistler where some friends had brought us up for a weekend of camping. Instantly, thoughts of forever entered my mind and we didn't spend much time apart from there. Two years later, I came home from university to find a forest lit up with mini lights and the man of my dreams down on one knee and forever became a reality.

Creative weddig guest book with a typewriter for guests

Rustic Elegance

I had always imagined an over-the-top wedding but Tyler brings out a much more outdoorsy-understated side which was reflected in our day. We planned for May 19, 2012, an eight month engagement. Those months were filled with scavenging through local thrift shops and online craft stores where we found hundreds of items that reflected both our personalities. The theme quickly emerged as "rustic elegance" and my Mom's highschool friend had the most perfect property for this day to play out. Evita owns a working farm that is rarely used for events, which is why I won't mention the address but will say that the property is about twenty minutes from Tyler's and my hometown. The farm is a place of beauty and relaxation, but it would not exist without a lot of hard work. Evita is creative and passionate and she was fully devoted to making our dream day a reality. Her and our families spent hours and hours enhancing the beautiful red barn, tea house, and garden into a "venue" fit for a wedding.

Beautiful wedding ceremony in the barn

The bridal party, happily posing in a field

Chelseas semi-custom wedding dress

Our photographers set the tone for the day with their relaxed yet inspired and creative attitude; from then-on, everything went smoothly. The ceremony was held in the loft of the barn which was strung with the handmade tweed balls and bunches of tool and lace. Wooden white chairs filled the loft from front to back in order to accommodate 150 of our closest friends and family members. The intimate ceremony was led by Tyler's brother-in-law, Alex, who spoke about love and faith. After the ceremony, our bridal party left for the tea house for some champagne while the guests had some appetizers and found their seat under the tents. The reception had a very laid-back feel and each table was thoughtfully decorated by our friends and family. The various thrift store 'finds' all seemed to work together to bring the 'rustic elegant' feel from the barn to the tents.

The rustic elegance outdoor wedding decor

We were so blessed to have so many hands help make our wedding a possibility. Every place-setting was set with wedding programs that were printed from my family's regular ink-jet printer. The photo-board was created by our best man and maid of honour from plywood and thrift store picture frames. The hanging string balls were made by the bridesmaids and our Moms who glued twine and yarn around balloons.

Rustic elegance, vitnage wedding table decor

My grandma spent many hours applying crystals to the applique of my wedding dress and the satin buttons originally came from her own dress. The beautiful bouquets were prepared by a family friend who put so much thought into choosing the most perfect flowers for the theme. I could go on and on about all of the preparation but what really 'took the cake' was the day itself.

Rustic barnyard wedding decor

Wedding cake and candy buffet

The meal was lovingly prepared by Evita's sister, Doreen, who owns a catering company. Her team presented an elegant plated meal of prime rib and my Uncle Gerry's freshly caught sockeye salmon. After dinner our guests were welcome to wander around and visit the candy and doughnut tables or head over to the tea house to get away from the excitement for a minute. The tiered lemon-filled cake was baked and decorated by Evita and her friend; it definitely tasted as good as it looked! The first dance was back up in the loft of the barn, where an ipod playlist kept friends and family on the dancefloor into the early hours of the morning. The photos shown here truly capture the love and detail that went into this wedding, and we are so thankful to everyone who helped make our dream a reality.

Outdoor wedding photobooth backdrop and props

Chelsea and Tyler

Photography: Will Pursell (Burnaby)

Chelsea and Tyler enjoying a romantic moment before the ceremony Here comes the bride! Great Idea for a guestbook The beautiful ceremony in Evitas barn The bridal party! Chelsea in her one-of-a-kind dress! The Rustic Elegance theme continued throughout Even more nivtage and rustic table decor A few more of the DIY vintage + rustic touches Cake and Candy Buffet! The crazy vintage backdrop for the photobooth! Chelsea and Tyler Brown :-)

Inspiration: Summer Style in Vera Wang, at the Flower Farm

Posted At : August 15, 2014 3:36 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,081
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Summer bride in floral crown

Bridal portrait sessions, before and especially after the wedding, are becoming quite popular. Quite simply, as our photographer here (Matthew Addington at Foster & Asher) put it:

We love these portrait sessions because they give us extra time to capture the beauty of the bride. Often times we suggest to our brides that they consider a bridal portrait session AFTER they marriage. We have found that our brides are often much more comfortable during these shoots after the wedding.

Summer bride in flower crown

We chose Irvington Spring Farm in Central, VA as our location for this shoot partially because of the beautiful early morning light, but mostly because of the gorgeous hand-manicured flower farm they maintain.

Bride in floral crown and veil

Bride in flower crown and veil

photography: Matthew Addington, Foster & Asher Photography, VA

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Shandell & Jordan:
Winter Destination Banff

Posted At : August 14, 2014 11:19 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 1,847
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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: 1,039
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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: 2,095
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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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