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FANTASY YOUR ULTIMATE WEDDING GUIDEâ„¢

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On the Cover BRIDAL FA N TA S Y

WEDDING PLANNER

Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Adelyn by Made with Love, Novelle Bridal Shop Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Laurel's on Whyte

All the resources you need to plan your big day. bridalfantasy.com


EDITOR’S LET T ER

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Celebrating In Love Realizing your personal vision of what you dream your wedding will be like from the style of your gown, to the colour of your flowers, your hair and makeup, to from the important choice of words at “I do.” Don’t be afraid to create your own style! With the help of your wedding vendors, your day can be spectacular! Even if your budget is tight, it doesn’t mean some luxury and glamour can’t be included, the additional personal and cultural touches can make your look unified, creative, and intimate. As you take center stage for the event that will celebrate and bring your family and friends together, let the warmth, love, and intensity of your feelings for each other guide your choices and embellish your celebration with the things that matter the most to you and not what may be on a list or plan. Be assured if you follow your heart, it will always lead you down the right path.

Gay Derk Editor-in-Chief gay@bridalfantasy.com


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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

MARKETING & SALES

Gay Derk ASSOCIATE EDITORS

Mandy Bilous Gay Derk Carmen Schutz

Mandy Bilous Carmen Schutz

MODELS

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Mode Models International

Brandie Sunley – Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Evan Will – Sharko Studios Grant Olson – Grant Olson Photography

CREATIVE DIRECTION

The Bridal Fantasy Team CREATIVE & MARKETING DIRECTOR

Mandy Bilous CLOTHING STYLING

Mandy Bilous Brandon Bernhardt Larissa Holub Kyeongmin Kim Carmen Schutz PRINT PRODUCTION

Capital Colour Press Ltd. DESIGN & PRODUCTION

Andrew Bly – Capital Colour Sylvia Kysela – Capital Colour GRAPHIC DESIGN

Mandy Bilous Andrew Bly – Capital Colour

CIRCULATION & DISTRIBUTION

Mandy Bilous Gay Derk

HAIR STYLISTS & MAKEUP ARTISTS

Bliss & Glow Artistry Rock It Out Salon

ARTICLE CONTRIBUTORS

Gloria Bednarz Danielle Champagne Leah Da Gloria Kaitlyn Green Jenny Jans-Holicza Pat Kehdy Adriana Senecal Jessi Love Kayla Loyek Stephanie Martin Sarah McLaughlan Stanley Padgett Amber Prepchuk David Tutera Evan Will - Sharko Studios Direshni Vining

PUBLISHERS

Gay Derk The Bridal Fantasy Group

Bridal Fantasy Magazine is published by Derks Fine Group of Companies, The Bridal Fantasy Group and is published once a year. The views and opinions herein do not necessarily represent those of The Bridal Fantasy Group, its Publisher, Editor or Employees. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the Publisher. Check out our website BridalFantasy.com Follow us on our blog BridalFantasy.com/blog


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M A N DY BI LO US Creative and Marketing Director, Associate Editor

CARMEN SCHUTZ Associate Editor

I’m sure you will find Bridal Fantasy Magazine is a great resource for your journey as a bride or groom. We invite you browse our pages of brilliant images and find inspiration as you embark on your wedding planning adventure.

This year has been quite the adventure! Our team at Bridal Fantasy has trekked through forests, paddled across lakes, and climbed mountains – all for the perfect shot. We have had the pleasure of exploring the beautiful province of Alberta and have enjoyed collaborating with so many talented people along the way. Our goal this year was to provide inspiration for every type of bride: the glam bride, the boho bride and the minimalist bride, all in the natural setting of our rocky mountain backyard.

I would like to thank all our wonderfully talented contributors and our fabulous advertisers who have helped to make this issue so memorable. I’m so proud of this team for their dedication to creating the exclusive content you can find only within the pages of our magazine. We wanted to focus on making your wedding unique, that is the very heart of some of the most beautiful and romantic weddings. As you browse through this issue you’ll see a carefully curated selection of stunning real weddings, as well as some inspirational editorial imagery and stylized shoots.

I would like to thank our amazing contributors and advertisers for providing such helpful advice and inspiring images. From wedding décor to beauty and bridal fashion to home planning, this year’s magazine covers it all! We hope that our readers can celebrate our local community members with us and feel empowered to plan their big day.

It’s your wedding day; customize it to be as unique as you are.

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Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography


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133 Contents PLANNING CAKES..................................................................... 17 DÉCOR TRENDS 2020....................................... 25 COCKTAILS...........................................................29 FLOWERS...............................................................31 FLOWER TRENDS 2020.....................................37 WEDDING ROLES...............................................54 FAUCHON HOTEL..............................................66 OUTDOOR...........................................................69 YOUR CREATIVE STAMP...................................92

ECO........................................................................142 MUMM CHAMPAGNE..................................... 144 POMMERY CHAMPAGNE............................... 146 DECOR & DESIGN............................................ 148 HEALTH, FITNESS & BEAUTY SKIN CARE.............................................................43 BEAUTY GIFTS.................................................... 44 PRODUCTS..........................................................45 HAIR......................................................................... 51


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150 LASHES..................................................................55 MAKE-UP.............................................................. 88 MANAGING STRESS......................................... 189 RELATIONSHIP ADVICE.....................................191

WEDDING VISTAS...............................................85 MEN'S FASHION................................................ 109 MEN'S FORMAL...................................................119 LEAH DA GLORIA COLLECTION...................128

FASHION SAREH NOURI COLLECTION..........................47 SILHOUETTES..................................................... 57 BRIDESMAIDS......................................................58 FANTASY GOWNS..............................................70

HOME HOME PRODUCTS............................................137 MAKING A HOUSE A HOME...........................138 WELCOME HOME, NEWLYWEDS................140


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A love like yours is nothing to be quiet about. So when all eyes are on you, go ahead and show off a little. Make it the moment you’ve always imagined. Make today the day you Wed Out Loud. For more information, please contact: CHAMPAGNE WEDDINGS AND TRAVEL Call: 1.877.428.2307 Email: info@champagnewed.com Visit: www.champagneweddingsandtravel.com


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THE ART OF CAKE We are excited for another wedding season coming up and we’ve got so many great cakes on the books

So what’s on trend for this year when it comes to cakes and goodies? 1. Taste vs Extravagant Design A lot more people are using cakes as actual dessert! They are working it into menu as part of the meal verses it just being something pretty for pictures. Many of our clients are keeping it simple but wanting their guests to enjoy the flavour. 2. Small Cakes + Dessert Tables Some people are going with smaller cakes and ordering full dessert tables. This adds variety for their guests and with many dietary restrictions they really can have something for everyone. CAKE: The Art of Cake PHOTOGRAPHER: Carissa Marie Photography

3. Buttercream vs Fondant Again, taste is “taking the cake” so to speak. You can create such beautiful finishes with buttercream! We still do a lot of fondant but we are seeing more and more buttercream. Naked is a favourite for those who like it a little less sweet! 4. “That’s so Vanilla” Believe it or not, many people are still going classic with the vanilla cake. For our clients, some do spice it up with our Vanilla with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Buttercream. Or even chocolate with vanilla buttercream. Doing a cake two tiers or more, you have the option to add additional flavours. continued on page 18


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CAKE: The Art of Cake FLORAL: Fabloomosity (Image 2) PHOTOGRAPHER: ENV Photography (Image 2)

5. The Personal Touch We have many clients asking to add that personal piece to their cake. This can be obtained with a custom topper of their names, or something special to them. There are some great businesses in Edmonton that create ours like Brick Bubble, Justine Mah and Love Plus Design to name a few. 6. So Fresh People are living for the fresh florals on their cake. From simple ferns and greenery, to classic rose all the way up to birds of paradise - it’s fresh all the way. Coordinating variety and colours with your chosen local florist is a way to create a cake that ties in to your day!

7. Something Blue Classic blue is making a comeback in 2020 and not just in the decor. The flowers, the treats, many have chosen this as one of their colours! This is what we are seeing for 2020 but in the end, it’s your day! The advice we always give our couples is - make it about you! You know what you like and you should feel comfortable with your cake decorator. Ensure you ask the right questions, do your homework and we always encourage sampling.

Gloria is the Head Pastry Chef at The Art of Cake. She has been making dessert dreams come true for 30 years. Together with her Husband Guenter she has turned her passion for baking into an artisan cafe and bakery in the heart of the brewery district. She feels so blessed to be part of couple’s special days, birthdays and more. Daily, she leads her team with caring, grace, guidance and shares her years of knowledge. Photographer: NC Photography


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CAKE: The Art of Cake PHOTOGRAPHER: Carissa Marie Photography


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CAKE: The Art of Cake PHOTOGRAPHER: Shandro Photo (Image 1) CAKE: The Art of Cake PHOTOGRAPHER: Katch Studios (Image 2,8) CAKE: Confections Cake Co. PHOTOGRAPHER: Confections Cake Co. (Image 3,4) CAKE: Confections Cake Co. PHOTOGRAPHER: Shandro Photo (Image 5) CAKE: Annie’s Cakes PHOTOGRAPHER: Carlos Vicente Photography (Image 6) CAKE: Annie’s Cakes PHOTOGRAPHER: Annie’s Cakes (Image 7)


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PL A N N I NG • D ÉC O R

2020 WEDDING DÉCOR TRENDS

In Full Bloom From big, beautiful blooms to luxurious velvet linens, wedding décor is truly in full bloom this year. Look to see unexpected colour palettes such as millennial pink paired with an avant-garde mustard and colorful elements such as glassware, candles and stationery. Bold colours are showing up everywhere and we aren’t mad about it! Edgy Décor This year’s wedding décor trends are all about making a statement – think Mrs. Justin Bieber’s wedding veil in all of its over-the-top beauty. Leather accents, edgy colour palettes and unconventional décor is the perfect way to make a statement on your special day. Be it winter, spring, summer or fall, edgy décor is sure to look fabulous. Sophisticated & Sustainable As interest in local, organic and sustainable options increases, so does the influence it has on wedding décor. It’s no secret that there is a huge push to ‘Go Local’ and this trend continues through into décor as couples prioritize sustainability. Floral arrangements are including locally sourced vegetables such as kale and organic fruit such as pomegranates, which offer the perfect pop of colour. Pssst, did you know renting is green?

‘This year’s wedding décor trends are all about making a statement’ Let It Be Lit A new decade means all the more reason to celebrate. Look to see dramatic, out-of-the box lighting options such as industrial chandeliers, customized neon signs and more. No matter what venue you select whether it be a warehouse, restaurant or even a tent, light the place up! Outside In Bringing the outdoors in continues to be popular but in 2020 look to see more unusual foliage options with leafy greens and larger than life floral arrangements. Visually enticing floral prints also add a botanical element to an event space making any environment feel both natural and lush. All In The Details Details truly make the design! Today’s couples are choosing to personalize more and more throughout the wedding planning process. Every detail is carefully thought out and purposeful, whether that’s selecting industrial inspired flatware or incorporating sentimental dinnerware, wedding décor should be perfectly reflective of each couple’s unique story.

Kayla Loyek is an Event Specialist and Marketing Coordinator at Special Event Rentals. She has worked with the company since 2006 and is passionate about all things wedding. With over thirteen years of experience in the event industry, Kayla has coordinated events of all sizes and styles. Her heart beats fastest for pretty linen, charger plates and overthe-top floral arrangements.


Become Your Own Sommelier Choosing the food for your big day can be one thing, and choosing the wine can be another. Should you splurge on fancy labels or wine glass charms for your friends and family? Chances are, your guests will be less interested in the visual aspects of your choice if you have chosen a wine that suits the food you will be serving. First off, you should always match the colours of the wine and meat to be served - and not for aesthetic reasons. White wine has a lighter flavour that goes well with light-coloured foods, like chicken, rice, and pasta. A red wine, no matter how pricey, will be overwhelming with these kinds of foods. If you will be having steak or dark vegetables, a red will likely be a better choice. Chardonnay is currently the world's favorite white wine, and will likely be a crowd pleaser. Another safe choice for white wines is Riesling, especially if you are serving food that will be spicy or bold. As for red wines, red wine blends are consistently growing in popularity. These are light, delicious, and taste more like juice than wine. If you prefer a wine with more of a punch, Cabernet Sauvignon is usually a crowd pleaser. Another option to consider is serving a rose wine. These go well with a variety of foods and flavours, and are light and romantic - perfect for a wedding. However, if you prefer pink, do your research! Many of your guests may not care for a simple White Zinfandel, and you will want to show them that you have put thought and consideration into your choice. When choosing a wedding wine, the safe choice is often the right choice. You will want to please as many of your guests as possible, and choosing your favorite, harshest red wine may not be the way to do so. Spend some time deciding, and maybe recruit your bridesmaids for the tasting process!


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WANT A SIGNATURE SHOT OR DRINK AT YOUR WEDDING? Below are 2 of the Canadian Brewhouse Fan Favorites!

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Pineapple Expressy Woodsy

2/5oz Red Sour Puss 1/5oz Butter Ripple Schnapps 2/5 oz Creme de Banane Topped with 7 up and Slush

1 oz Pineapple Vodka 1 oz Peach Schnapps Shaken with OJ, Pineapple Juice and Cranberry

Served in a small rocks glass filled with ice and a straw

Served in a small rocks glass neat


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FLOWER FLAIR Today’s trends are easy to adapt and make your own - whether you’re a boldly bohemian bride or you’re tying the knot with a chic traditional ceremony, your posies will look perfect!

When you’re choosing your florist, it’s a good idea to meet with approximately three florists to compare their pricing, style, and if they’re a good personality fit. Ask your wedding and reception venue if they have anyone they would recommend and take referrals from family and friends, especially if you liked the flowers at their recent nuptials! Focus on learning about your florist’s services and approach be sure to ask for their wedding portfolio. Once you’ve settled on “the one”, make the most of your appointments! Make sure to bring fabric swatches of the bridal party’s dresses, pictures of your dress and the venue, and some ideas that you love. Come with an open mind; like all wedding vendors, these specialists understand how to create the showstopping look you want while staying within your budget. They’ll also have great suggestions for flower pairings, be able to recommend blooms that are in season (or look so fabulous you won’t care that they’re out of season), and present a few amazing design ideas perfect for you! continued on page 32

Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Martina Liana, The Bridal Boutique Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Laurel’s on Whyte

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Photographer: Grant Olson – Grant Olson Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Ashley Annett, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Spencer by Jenny Yoo, Delica Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Kuhlmann’s Flower Shop

Photographer: Grant Olson – Grant Olson Photography Venue: Jasper Riding Stables Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Bruna by Theia, Novelle Bridal Shop Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair Accessories: iDo Accessories Floral: Kuhlmann’s Flower Shop

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Wondering what trends we’re saving in our inspiration file? Here are our favourites: • LOOSE AND UNRULY. Both bouquets and arrangements are saying goodbye to tight, traditional shapes in favour of organic shapes bursting with beautiful blooms! Greenery, branches and ferns add interesting texture and volume that complements this perfectly imperfect vibe. • FRESHLY PICKED. Consider featuring local, in season flowers for an English-garden inspired look that is both beautiful and environmentally friendly. • TRADITIONAL FAVOURITES. Flowers like carnations and chrysanthemums have often been eschewed as overused but they’ve made a comeback thanks to the beautiful heirloom varietals cultivated by independent flower farms.

• VASES WITH PERSONALITY. Gather your flowers and greenery in unique containers! Add a bit of glimmer with mercury glass and antique cut glass vases or embrace the shine with metal containers in rose gold, copper, silver, or gold. Embrace interesting shapes too: geometric pots, unexpected containers, and mismatched vases are a great way to spice up your arrangements without distracting from your florals. • CREATIVE CENTREPIECES. Think beyond single arrangements on round tables; get creative with the opportunities offered by long King’s tables or add variety with multiple arrangements in different complementary styles. Consider one large centrepiece paired with smaller complementary arrangements on large tables or a family of smaller arrangements.

• SWEET SUCCULENTS. Succulents are a lovely option for adding a soft greenery to your table; plus if they’re potted individually, they make thoughtful wedding favours. • BEAUTIFUL BACKDROPS. Create a eye-catching backdrop for your ceremony with a flower wall or garland-covered gazebo. While luxurious Pinterest-worthy flower walls can be expensive, you can get a similar look by incorporating vines and greenery with the blossoms. • GO GREEN! Looking for a unique alternative for your florals? Ditch the flowers! Consider embracing trees, succulents, ferns, and other greenery for decor that is full of texture and personality.


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Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Floral: Incredible Florist DĂŠcor: Special Event Rentals


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Photographer: Grant Olson – Grant Olson Photography Venue: Jasper Lutheran Church Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Ophelia by Daughter of Simone, Delica Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair Accessories: iDo Accessories Floral: Envy Floral Studio


Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Jasper Lutheran Church Model: Ashley Annett, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Brooke by Pure Magnolia, Bridal Avenue Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair Accessories: iDo Accessories Floral: Kuhlmann’s Flower Shop


Making all your Floral dreams into reality


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Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Models: Ashley Annett & Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Provonias, The Bridal Boutique & Harper by Wilderly, Bridal Debut Gownhouse Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair Accessories: iDo Accessories Floral: Incredible Florist

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2020 FLORAL TRENDS After you say I do, your walking down the aisle blissfully into the next chapter of your life, in one hand is your loving partner and in the other is the bouquet of your dreams. This bouquet is going to be in majority of your wedding photos, put some thought into this process. The florals chosen will show the guests another piece of the couple’s personality, something that is created just for them that hasn’t been seen before. Whether playful or classic, flowers are a highlight of many weddings. The 2020 Bride can look forward to a wide variety of colors, texture and informal unique designs. A fun trend observed is the comeback of the Cascade! But this is not your mothers tear drop by any means, the modern cascade is a naturally gathered, wildly organic and fun bouquet full of textures and artful touches. This bouquet photographs beautifully with satin or raw silk tails trailing at various lengths. Couples should no longer be afraid to go bold and big. Whichever style bouquet you choose, P osy, Bohemian, Garden Gathered or Asymmetrical, mix it up and make things fun, experiment using layers of foliage and texture with undertones of

unique color. Add meaning to the bouquet with something sentimental such as wrapping the stems with a piece of your mothers wedding dress, adding Grandmothers broach or simply a photo of the family pet. Embrace the opportunity to play with flowers. Multi-use arrangements is a trend we are seeing more of as this keeps budget in mind, for the bride that wants to be able to repurpose her florals. Make the most of what you paid for! A statement piece such as a swag on an arch at the ceremony can easily double at the reception on a fireplace mantel or a centerpiece for the head table. Swap out a lavish garland for organically laid greenery on guest tables. Rich tropical botanicals can really add a modern pop to an industrial venue and be super cost effective. I am so lucky to work with such a creative team of nationally and internationally acclaimed designers at Incredible Florist. We have the opportunity to really learn from each other and stay on top of the latest trends. Our cooler is stocked with a worldwide variety of florals to see, touch and smell during a one on one consultation, this really helps to bring the floral vision to life for any wedding! We are so looking forward to the 2020 Wedding season and can’t wait to design each bouquet with a touch of the couple’s personality.

Jenny is a previous pastry chef who has a passion for all things DIY as well and is driven to create the perfect florals for each individual couple. She has previously worked at Avenida Flowers and continues to grow with Incredible Florist and the amazing team of designers creating innovative wedding bouquets and unique showpieces.


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FLORAL: Agora Floral PHOTOGRAPHER: Deanna C Photography (Image 1,6) FLORAL: Incredible Florist PHOTOGRAPHER: Mackenzie Kelly Photography (Image 2) FLORAL: Florist Gallery PHOTOGRAPHER: Jas Jasimon Photography (Image3) FLORAL: Country Bouquets Maui PHOTOGRAPHER: Barbara Rahal Photography (Image 4) FLORAL: Agora Floral PHOTOGRAPHER: Jess Leigh Artist (Image 5) FLORAL: Denise Laube PHOTOGRAPHER: Smarty Pants Photography (Image 7) FLORAL: Claddagh Crown PHOTOGRAPHER: GH Photography (Image 8)


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HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I START PLANNING MY WEDDING SKIN CARE REGIMEN?

WHAT PRODUCTS WILL HELP MY WEDDING MAKEUP STAY ALL DAY?

I would start a year before; this will allow your skin to be at it’s healthiest before your big day! But don’t worry, better late than never so start as soon as you can!

A good primer is key to a flawless make up application. We have two to choose from: for a glowy finish, use Skin Perfect Primer; if you prefer something slightly more matte, our Hydrablur primer will give you the perfect canvas. Using our Antioxidant Hydramist as a setting spray will flash firm and maintain your make up look.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BOOK A TREATMENT WITH MY SKIN THERAPIST?

Every 4-6 weeks is recommended.

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How to Prepare a Beauty routine for your big day

WHAT ARE SOME TREATMENTS THAT I CAN BOOK 1 YEAR, 6 MONTHS, 3 MONTHS, AND A FEW WEEKS BEFORE MY WEDDING? 1 YEAR BEFORE: Treatments focused on deep peeling,

microneedling and brightening are recommended to help plump and firm the skin.

WHAT PRODUCTS WILL ASSIST WITH ISSUES LIKE BREAKOUTS OR FINE LINES?

AGE Bright Clearing serum can be used morning and night will help treat breakouts or keep them at bay. AGE Bright Spot Fade; is a spot treatment for active breakouts as well as the darker marks left behind after the breakout.

6 MONTHS: Treatments focusing on exfoliation

will polish and smooth the skin and allow any concentrated treatments like masques to be better absorbed which will increase skins luminousity and help your specific skin concerns.

Biolumin C will help brighten and firm the skin to treat fine lines. Phtyo-Nature Firming Serum will offer flash firming as well as firm the skin over time.

3 MONTHS: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with a

hyaluronic acid rich serum and masque. A FEW WEEKS: I’d suggest a deep exfoliation to

smooth any texture on the skin (this will allow for a flawless make-up application), follow that with our Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque and you’ll already have a bridal glow! WHAT TREATMENTS SHOULD I AVOID IN THE WEEKS UP TO MY WEDDING?

Any deep skin peels, microneedling or IPL as these require downtime for skin healing.

HOW QUICKLY WILL RESCUE PRODUCTS WORK?

If you’re talking breakouts, skin aging, or sensitivity, give products a good month to see changes. However, if you are looking for a rescue of hydration and glow, 1-2 days. WHAT FOODS AND BEVERAGES SHOULD I AVOID TO MAINTAIN MY COMPLEXION?

Any food or drinks containing any excessive amounts of sugar should be avoided, as they can lead to skin rosiness. Spicy food can also increase flushing in the skin and dairy can increase puffiness. Increase water intake for added hydration!

WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I BE USING WEEKLY?

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An exfoliant that will help buff off any dead skin cells and smooth the texture of the skin showcasing a radiant and luminous skin canvas! A nourishing, vitamin enriched masque will quench thirsty skin and provide an extra boost of nourishment.

WHAT BODY PRODUCTS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO PAIR WITH MY DREAM WEDDING DRESS?

WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I BE USING DAILY?

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE SAFE TO USE ON MY LASH EXTENSIONS?

A good cleanser is vital to healthy skin, at Dermalogica we believe in a double cleanse which will effectively remove any pollutants and make up from your skin. A hydrating/brightening serum to help replenish any lost moisture and increase luminosity and a skin specific moisturizer and an spf for the daytime.

Start with a full body exfoliation using our Thermafoliant Body Scrub. You can do this twice a week, follow up with Phyto Replenish Body Oil to soften and nourish the skin.

Any products that aren’t oily will be safe for use on your lash extensions.

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Giving an experience for a wedding, engagement or a bachelorette party is something you can do to keep your gift giving unique. Perhaps you’re looking for a gift to pamper the bride, something to give your bridal party, or maybe you’re even looking to pamper your mom or grandma. Here are some unique beauty gift ideas to consider when gifting for your loved ones.

Makeup Workshop A makeup workshop is an event where you can get together with a group of your friends to learn a few makeup techniques. Workshops can be personalized in so many ways: Were you looking to purchase a gift for the entire bridal party where everyone can get glammed up before a night out or for the bachelorette party? Were you looking to gift an intimate experience for just the mother and daughter to spend some quality time together? Are the people participating in the event looking for more of a day time, glam or bridal look? Perhaps they want to learn to take their daytime makeup to a night time look without starting over. Whatever sort of workshop you may be looking for, you can personalize the experience to your needs. Just consult with the company you’re booking with to see what types of workshop they can provide.

Lash Lift and Tint If the bride does not have lash extensions for her wedding, a lash lift and tint is always a nice treat that requires zero maintenance and is at a lower price point - bonus! Lash lift and tints will last about 4-6 weeks, which is the perfect service to have done a week before their wedding. This gift will last throughout their honeymoon, making it the best gift for a new bride.

DIY Spa Day at Home Sometimes an experience isn’t always about leaving your home. An engagement gift that is always a hit for the bride is a DIY Spa Day. All you need is a bathtub caddy, face masks, bath salts, a candle, a bridal magazine and maybe even a bottle of wine! This gives the bride a nice spa experience in the comfort of their own home to relax and start their wedding planning!

Luxurious Spa Day Services like a massage, facial, manicure, or pedicure are all perfect ways to gift an experience. Give your bride a spa day at their Bridal Shower to help them prepare for their wedding day, or wait for their wedding day to help them wind down after all their planning has finished. You could even gift a couple’s massage so that the new bride and groom can relax post nuptials. Wedding planning can be both stressful and expensive so gifting something to help them prepare or relax from the big day will certainly not go unnoticed!

Spray Tan Who doesn’t love a good bronzed glow on their wedding day? If you’re going to gift a spray tan to the bride, I would recommend purchasing two sessions. One for a trial to make sure the color is just right and one for them to use a couple days prior to the wedding day. If you’re wanting to gift your bridal party with a spray tan for the wedding day, you can book all your girls at a spray tan studio, or you can book a mobile business to come to your home. Spray tans are a great, non-permanent way to get a beautiful glow without any damage or risk to your skin. Sometimes gifting an experience outside of the bride’s registry is something that they didn’t know they needed. It helps create lasting memories with those who are the most important to them and helps them really take their time and enjoy the wedding planning process.

Adriana is the owner and lead stylist for Bliss & Glow Artistry. She launched her business in March of 2019 and quickly build up a team of experienced hair and makeup artists to accommodate the demand. With over 12 years of experience in the beauty industry, she has found a love for every-thing bridal and wanted to create a business that reflects that.


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RHYTHM OF THE RAIN HAIR MASQUE AND SCALP DETOX: Inspired by the soothing

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The French Romance Collection SAREH NOURI NEW YORK FALL 2020


Oh, the spell the French Arts cast over us. We are perpetually lured and entranced by the expressive design of artists such as Monet, Matisse and Seurat. Our Fall 2020 collection is influenced by the unique and strategic design of Andre Le Notre’s Gardens of Versailles. This dynamic showcase of magnificent geometric design is balanced by a serene visual harmony as evidenced in each piece of this collection. Every line having a distinct purpose, every fabric selected with careful precision. The ultimate goal – impression on a grand scale while maintaining a classic formality of glamorous charm. This collection is its own love story; fabric meeting the designer’s hand, spun into a bold and beautiful creation that leaves the onlooker both mesmerized and captivated by the power and beauty before them. Fabrics of three-dimensional qualities were selected. A silk palm-leaf jacquard mimicking the soft brush stroke of an artist’s hand as well as a hand painted floral sash representing true, one of a kind art. A delicate pique creating an ever subtle illusion of depth and movement. A laser cut crinolina lace that offers a beautiful visual harmony in the fusion of fabrications. Each gown cut in strong silhouettes with modern lines and significant parallel seaming to create impressive images of great finesse. Every detail with purpose. Every line perfectly planned. This is French Romance. This is our Fall 2020 Collection.

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BRIDAL GOWNS & VEILS: Sareh Nouri PHOTOGRAPHER: MANI ZARRIN HAIRSTYLING: Samantha Agostino Makeup MAKEUP: Samantha Agostino Makeup JEWELRY: Jennifer Behr FLORAL: Scott’s Flowers NYC


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THE RIGHT BRIDAL HAIRSTYLE FOR YOU

Adriana is the owner and lead stylist for Bliss & Glow Artistry. She launched her business in March of 2019 and quickly build up a team of experienced hair and makeup artists to accommodate the demand. With over 12 years of experience in the beauty industry, she has found a love for everything bridal and wanted to create a business that reflects that.

Choosing a style for your hair on your wedding day can be a daunting task. You don’t want to choose the wrong style and regret it every time you look through your photos, right? Here are some tips for you to consider when deciding on your wedding hair that may help you through the process.

seeing a lot of large headbands, anywhere from satin with pearls to a full rhinestone tiara style. Take a step back and look at the overall theme of your wedding. Is it more trendy or classic? This will help you choose whether to do something more fashion forward or stick with a more classic look for your wedding hair.

Tip #1: Don’t let your hair compete with your dress.

Tip #4: Don’t ask for too many opinions.

You more than likely spent a large amount of money on your dress. You want to make sure that your hairstyle complements it rather than taking attention away from it. If you have a more simple dress, add in that extra large hair piece that you wanted or do something more extravagant for your updo. If you have a very detailed dress, you may want to think about doing something more simple for your hair, like a loose wave or a low chignon with a smaller hair piece or even no hair piece at all.

This is your wedding and your style. This day is all about you and your soon-to-be partner. Make sure that you choose what you want and don’t let other people’s opinions confuse you or sway you in a different direction. If you really need assistance, ask your stylist or your wedding planner. These experts will look at the overall picture more objectively and listen to your vision.

Tip #2: Think about what you do with your hair on a regular basis.

This could apply to anything involved in a wedding, really. As soon as you set an expectation that is unrealistic, you’re going to stress yourself out over something that cannot be controlled. When it comes to hair, find multiple images of a style rather than just finding one that you have your mind set on. Take the time to look at what you like or don’t like about each image and be sure to communicate this to your stylist. They may be able to work with the features that you like from that updo and let you know how it will differ from the image. If your stylist tells you that the look may not be able to be achieved, trust them. You may have very different hair than the person in the photos which means that there will be variations between the final look.

Do you normally wear your hair up in a messy bun for work? Do you often style it with loose waves? Sometimes not going too far from what you usually do is the best option. I’m certainly not saying that you should throw it up into a messy bun and call it a day, but you will feel more like yourself on your wedding day if you do something that you’re comfortable with. Consult with your stylist to see whether you want to have something similar to your regular style, but spruced up a notch or if you want to step outside the box and surprise your soon-to-be partner with a totally different look.

Tip #3: Look at what is trending. Current trends are easy to find with so many social media platforms. For the 2020 wedding season, straight hair and middle parts are making a comeback. Don’t worry, if you’re into loose waves or curls you’re still in luck since these will always be a popular bridal hairstyle. You’re also going to be

Tip #5: Don’t set unrealistic expectations.

We all know how important it is to have a vision for your wedding from start to finish. Being open to suggestions from the professionals that you have booked may be the best way to have your vision come to life and who knows, it may end up being even better than you planned!


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HAIR AFFAIR Retro waves, jewel studded clips, trendy barrettes, pearl bands, wild curls, and sophisticated undo’s. The sheer amount of options you have when considering your wedding hair is staggering. Whether you want to make a statement, or stick to cool and classic, don’t be afraid to experiment. Seek out some expert advice from your stylist, and most importantly stay true to your personal style.

Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Models: Ashley Annett (Image Page 1, 3, 5, 6, 8) & Sammy Gardner (Image 2, 4, 7, 9), Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair Accessories: iDo Accessories Fashion: Bridal Debut Gownhouse (Image 1 & 5), CIEL Bridal Studio (Image 2), Novelle Bridal Shop (Image 3 & 7), Bridal Avenue (Image 4, 6, 8), The Bridal Boutique (Image 9)


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There are several things to think about when deciding on the style of your wedding. You need to consider budget, the level of formality you want, the location of the ceremony and the reception, the number of guests, and finally, who is paying for the wedding. T H E PE O PL E I N YOU R W E D D I N G PA R T Y

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Flower Girl Ring Bearer Father of the Bride Mother of the Bride

DUTIES OF THE B R I DA L PA R T Y

Maid/Matron of Honour • Helps with addressing and stuffing envelopes • Keeps a gift record at the shower • Arranges bridal shower • Pays for her own wedding attire • Helps the bride arrange her train and veil at the altar • Holds the groom’s ring until the appropriate point in the ceremony • Signs the wedding certificate • Stands in the receiving line • Helps the bride change her clothes after the reception • Takes charge of the bride’s gown after the wedding • Is the bride’s best friend through all the good and bad continued on page 56


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Lashes that say "I Do" If you’re planning the type of lashes you want to have on your wedding day, it can be a little daunting. But with the right information and research, they can be the perfect addition to any wedding look!

Here are a few things to know: 1. Choose a reputable artist! Most people aren’t aware, but Canada does not require you to be certified to start doing lashes. So first step is to ensure your lash artist is certified, has plenty of experience, great reviews and photos. Your wedding is not the time or place to be budget hunting for a lash artist! 2. Try Volume lashes! This means you’ll have more volume and depth to your lashes than you will naturally be able to achieve on your own. Remember: Flash Photography causes your makeup and your lashes to appear on average 30% lighter in photos! So your lash extensions will need to be fuller than you’re probably used to, in order to achieve that look.

3. Lash Extensions mean NO RUNNING MASCARA on the big day! The last thing you want to worry about when the emotions are flowing on your wedding day is a strip lash popping off, or mascara running. Lash extensions will completely solve this problem! 4. Get a full set 2-3 weeks prior to your wedding. This will ensure that you are not al-lergic or sensitive to the adhesives used during the application process. It also allows you to wear the style for a few weeks to ensure you LOVE them before committing to having them for the wedding. Then book your lash fill about 2 days prior to the wed-ding to ensure they are as full, fluffy and flawless as possible! Lash Common will offer 20% OFF to any brides for a full set of lashes.

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Bridesmaids • Pay for their own wedding attire • Help with the bridal shower • Help dress the bride before the ceremony • Stand in receiving line Best Man • Organizes the bachelor party • Rents or purchases his own formalwear • Drives the groom to the ceremony • Holds the bride’s ring until the appropriate point in the ceremony • Gives payment cheque to the officiant either just before or after the ceremony • Returns the groom’s attire (if rented) Ushers/Groomsmen • Rent or purchase their own formalwear • Arrive at the wedding location early to assist with set-up • Ushers escort guests to their seats • Ushers roll out aisle runner immediately before the processional • Help decorate newlyweds’ car

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Flower Girl • Proceeds down the aisle just before the Maid/Matron of Honour • Tosses flower petals down the aisle • There can be more than one flower girl. If there is more than one, all of the flower ­girls would walk down the aisle together Ring Bearer • The ring bearer precedes the flower girl in the procession • The ring bearer carries the rings down the aisle on the pillow (usually the rings are fake and the maid of honour and best man carry the real rings) Father of the Bride • Proudly walks his little girl down the aisle • Wonders how he is going to pay for the wedding

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Mother of the Bride • Helps the bride choose her gown • Helps the bride select bridesmaid’s attire • Co-ordinates her own attire with the mother of the groom • Works with the groom’s family to assemble a guest list and seating plan • Helps address, stuff, and mail invitations • Helps with the bridal shower • Stands at the beginning of the receiving line • Assists the bride with all the arrangements and details of the entire day • Provides invaluable emotional support


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WEDDING DRESS

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David Tutera is the expert when it comes to all things weddings, from fashion to decor David has been a trend setter in the world of weddings. David’s main objective is that every bride should “Walk Down the Aisle in Style”. David embraces and celebrates the beauty of all women from all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, from all walks of life. Each and every women is beautiful in their own unique way, David see’s the inner beauty of all women therefore, he wants women to celebrate who they are, and the importance of bringing their inner beauty outward on their wedding day. The celebration of LOVE symbolizes the greatness of life.

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A spectacular fit provides confidence supporting all bride’s beauty. So one of the big keys when shopping for a dress is understanding your body type and what is the right look for you. Check out David’s tips below:

FIT & FLARE/MERMAID: fit and flare styles are great

A-LINE: this silhouette looks great on any body

PRINCESS CUT/BALLGOWN : similar to an a-line

type! Be sure to pick a dress that falls easily away from the widest part of your hips for the most flattering fit.

gown, a princess cut will look great on almost everyone. This should nip in at the narrowest part of your waist to create a beautiful shape.

EMPIRE WAIST: empire gowns are best left for brides

SHEATH: this simple shape is perfect for brides with

with a straight, ruler figure or those who are appleshaped. If you have wider hips, an empire waist may make you look very boxy and square.

a straight, ruler figure. The fabric should fall and flow easily, without clingy anywhere on your body.

on girls with hips. Brides who are pear-shaped or have an hourglass figure will look the best! Be sure the dress hugs your curves and emphasizes your figure in all the right places.

David Tutera


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Enjoying macarons and an apéritif in the guest lounge near reception

Clara in front of the signature pink Fauchon neon sign by the kitchen

Table setting in the special event room

In the hotel kitchen

The special event dining room in the building atrium

Amazing view of the streets of Paris’s 8th district

Spiral staircase in the centre of the hotel

Table setting of some of the brand’s signature desserts and sweets


Champagne in the Junior Suite

Rue de l’Arcade in the 8th district

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Fauchon’s signature sweets and desserts

FAUCHON L'HÔTEL

Fauchon l’Hôtel is a luxurious 54 room fivestar boutique hotel situated on Place de la Madeleine in the heart of Paris’s 8th district. It boasts stunning views of Paris and a focus on bespoke services, gastronomy, and the French style of joie de vivre. The hotel stands a stone’s throw away from the spot where Auguste Fauchon opened his first delicatessen in 1886, which seemed a fitting place for the company’s first hotel project. The Fauchon brand is centred around French gourmet foods and is a lasting installation in the French gourmet scene around the world. Several former Fauchon pastry chefs have

gone on to create their own brands and open shops internationally. In addition to the amazing location in a great neighbourhood, the hotel features a beauty spa and a wonderful restaurant with a patio, as well as a special events dining room set in the building atrium covered with glass ceilings. The check-in process is also lovely with top-notch customer service and hospitality, including a welcome drink and complimentary Fauchon macarons. A magical destination to stay in Paris! Photography and Article: Evan Will of Sharko Studios Model: Clara Bodin of I Style Japan


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WEATHERPROOF YOUR WEDDING Superstitions might say that rain on your wedding day means good luck but that isn’t always comforting when you look out the window and see clouds on your big day! The best way to beat wedding day weather woes? Create contingency plans. The most important thing you can do to ensure you’re weather-ready on your big day is to discuss your options when you’re booking your venue. If you’re planning to hold your wedding at an outdoor venue, find out what options they have if weather gets in your way. Do they have an indoor space you can move into? Do they have sufficient tenting if the weather is passable? Having a clear plan with your venue means it will be easy for your other vendors to adjust accordingly so your day can still run smoothly. Learn who will be responsible at the venue for keeping an eye on weather and last-minute changes; ensure that you feel confident that they understand what you’d like done and will adjust plans accordingly. Ensure that either your wedding planner, day-of coordinator, or someone you trust that can liaise with the venue and your other vendors to ensure things go smoothly and you’re not worrying about things like last minute details on your big day. Planning a summer wedding outdoors? Tents offer a lot of flexibility for most weather situations. Perfect for creating shade on sunny

days, event tenting’s vaulted ceilings and arches can be left open to let the sun and breeze in on beautiful days but solid walls can be substituted if the weather requires. If you are hosting your wedding in a tent on a rainy day, do keep in mind that you are still outside! Allow sufficient space between the wall and anything you have set up - some rain can still leak in and the ground near the edges can get a bit soggy. An added nice touch would be gathering a collection of blankets and shawls for your guests to borrow if it starts to become a bit chilly. Think ahead and keep your guests comfortable and cared for with small touches like ensuring dress code and venue information is provided so they can dress appropriately. Your guests will appreciate the little detail after all, who likes navigating a grassy lawn wedding in heels? If it will be a bit cooler out, consider adding a warm drink or two to the menu. Something comforting, even classic hot chocolate, can be a nice warming touch when the weather gets a bit chillier. On the opposite side of the spectrum, if you’re having a summer wedding, consider adding a little selection of toiletries like cans of spray deodorant and sunscreen in the washroom.

Stash a stylish umbrella in your limo or vehicle on the way to the ceremony and venue; if you plan ahead, you can find some chic options that will ensure you can make the dash from vehicle to door without getting damp! If you’re keen on extra preparedness, online shops even offer bridal rain boots and special elasticized rain capes that will hold up the hem of your dress, keeping you and your gown clean and dry. Finally, you can consider a wedding insurance policy. These cover a wide range of situations, including if you’re forced to cancel or rearrange your wedding celebrations due to adverse weather conditions. This would only cover situations where weather conditions were bad enough to cause major disruptions to travel, preventing the wedding party and guests from attending. Not a perfect solution but definitely smart to consider, especially if you’re planning a winter wedding. Regardless of what side you fall on the wedding day rain superstition debate, the weather is something you can’t plan for your wedding. However, by ensuring you’ve planned for both perfect weather or stormy skies, you’ll be able to get hitched without a hitch!


Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Ariel & Kate by Lea-Ann Belter, Bridal Avenue Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair Accessories: iDo Accessories Floral: Incredible Florist


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Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Ashley Annett, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Provonias, The Bridal Boutique Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Incredible Florist


Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Martina Liana, The Bridal Boutique Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy

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Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Ashley Annett, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Joanne by Calla Blache, Bridal Debut Gownhouse Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Laurel’s On Whyte


Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Harper by Wilderly, Bridal Debut Gownhouse Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Incredible Florist


Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: CIEL Bridal Studio Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair Accessories: iDo Accessories


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Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Ashley Annett, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: India by Madi Lane, Novelle Bridal Shop Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy


Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Nalee by Enzoani, Novelle Bridal Shop Veil: The Bridal Boutique Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy

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Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Ashley Annett, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Harlow by Wilderly, Bridal Debut Gownhouse Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Envy Floral Studio


Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Venue: Jasper Anglican Church Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: CIEL Bridal Studio Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy


Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Ashley Annett, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Spenser by Jenny Yoo, Delica Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy


Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Ashley Annett, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: India by Madi Lane, Novelle Bridal Shop Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Incredible Florist


Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: CIEL Bridal Studio Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Kuhlmann’s Flower Shop


Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort by Pursuit Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Ryley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: CIEL Bridal Studio Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair Accessories: iDo Accessories


Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Jasper SkyTram Model: Ashley Annett, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Riley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Riley by Made with Love, Novelle Bridal Shop Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy

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Both images this page: Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Venue: Jasper Sky Tram Model: Sammy Gardner, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Riley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Hamlin by Willowby, The Bridal Boutique Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair Accessories: iDo Accessories Floral Top: Kuhlmann’s Flower Shop Floral Bottom: Incredible Florist


Photographer: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort Model: Ashley Annett, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry Makeup: Riley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry Fashion: Riley by Made With Love, Novelle Bridal Shop Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Kuhlmann’s Flower Shop


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BRIDAL MAKE-UP Let’s talk about makeup techniques versus makeup trends. Understanding the difference can save you from mistaking an influencer for a professional artist.

For those of us who aren’t from the millennial generation, you may recall a time when makeup trends were created by senior makeup artists backstage at fashion shows. Then they were mimicked by celebrities on the red carpet before they trickled onto local makeup counters as a new or limited edition launch for the public. Times are changing and so are makeup trends – but more specifically, who is setting them. In today’s beauty industry, on platforms such as YouTube or Instagram, trends are starting with a new driving force. Influencers, vloggers, and beauty gurus alike are flocking to YouTube and In-stagram to create their channel or page with the hope that with enough

followers, they will develop their own brand. Beauty companies are taking note of the millions of people following beauty influencers and are realizing that these social media content creators are amassing a huge market following. If they can tap into that following, it could result in mass sales. Today, makeup trends are driven completely by sales, rather than by trained and certified makeup artists. The trouble is that most of these trends aren’t created for the everyday person. Certified makeup artists know how to highlight their client’s features and help each person look like the best version of themselves. Here are some tips to booking a Professional Makeup Art-ist:


#1. They have a portfolio specifically of makeup looks they have done on others. An experienced makeup artist will be able to share examples of their work on other people. If you’re researching someone and most of their work is only on themselves, it’s likely they are an influencer or have not established themselves professionally. #2. They have strong interpersonal skills, meaning they will listen to your wants and opinions. Makeup artistry is a service, specifically it is customer service. The artist will work with you to create a customized look, rather than just recreating your inspiration image. They will also have a strong knowledge of hygiene, health, and safety practices due to their education and experience. #3. They have an unbiased opinion on the product they are using. A Makeup Artist isn’t getting paid to use or say they like something. Most often, they’ve bought the product with their own money and use it because it actually works. A professional makeup artist will have extensive experience with skin care, different skin types, textures, tones, eye shapes and personality types. There is room in the beauty industry for both makeup artists and influencers. However when you are researching artists, be thoughtful of who you are choosing for your big day!

Photographer: Natasha Marie Photography Couple: Amber & Jesse Kupina Beauty: Amber Victoria Prepchuk Make-Up Fashion: Bamboo Ballroom Stylist: Janine Stowe (Bio Image) Photographer: Curtis Trent Photography

Amber Prepchuck

780.423.7757 #205, 10180 - 101 Street Second Floor, Manulife Place Edmonton www.nightowllingerie.com


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Inspired by the Science of Skincare for Hair, Caviar Anti-Aging is Alterna’s first comprehensive line of hair care products that address intrinsic (natural aging process), chemical, and environmental aging by infusing hair with the finest, most effective ingredients to restore hydration, strength, vibrancy, and elasticity for more youthful-looking hair. Every product contains pure caviar from the roe of non-endangered sturgeon fish, sustainably farmed in France. This product is rich in vitamins, minerals, and omega fatty acids that help restore hair's lipid layer creating healthier, younger-looking hair. Alterna product is suitable for color-treated hair and free of added SLS/SLES, DEA/TEA, and synthetic color.

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CAVIAR ANTI-AGING® SMOOTHING ANTI-FRIZZ BLOWOUT BUTTER: This crème-to-oil formula

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tames coarse, frizzy hair, protecting from humidity and heat-styling while sealing in moisture, shine and smoothness. This butter is formulated with Caviar Extract and moisture-rich oils such as Camellia, Abyssinian and Avocado, with a proprietary Climate Shield Complex that controls the level of moisture in hair in the environment to keep stands smooth and soft - with less frizz for up to 72 hours and reducing blow dry time by 40%!

pure Caviar Extract — rich in omega 3 fatty acids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins A, C, and D — to visibly improve the signs of aging hair in as little as one use. A proprietary blend of Sea Silk® and an Age Control Complex® help target the intrinsic (natural), chemical and environmental signs of aging and stress that can cause hair to lose moisture, becoming dry, brittle, and more prone to breakage. The lipid-rich formula in the Replenishing Moisture Conditioner helps to replenish every strand, sealing in moisture for hair that looks and feels healthier.

cream that delivers 10 benefits in one simple step - provides moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, anti-breakage, heat protection, light hold, UV protection, manageability, and strength. Clinically proven to reduce breakage by 92 percent and provide up to 450° F heat protection!

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Availability: Available at www.sephora.com and select Sephora locations Price: $38.00 CAD


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PHOTOGRAPHER: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography & Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography VENUE: Jasper Riding Stables MODELS: Ashley Annett & Sammy Gardner, Mode Models ASHLEY FASHION: Lea-Ann Belter, Bridal Avenue; Rue de Seine, The Bridal Boutique SAMMY FASHION: Theia, Novelle Bridal Shop; Sorella Vita, The Bridal Boutique HAIRSTYLING: Adriana Senecal, Bliss & Glow Artistry MAKE-UP: Riley Chalmers, Bliss & Glow Artistry JEWELRY: Bridal Fantasy ACCESSORIES: iDo Accessories FLORAL: Laurel’s on Whyte, Kuhlmann’s Flower Shop VIDEOGRAPHER: FILMR Media


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PHOTOGRAPHER: Abbey Raine Photography LOCATION: Cardston Family Land GROOMS' ATTIRE: Mr Big and Tall JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Imperial Fine Jewelers HAIR & MAKE-UP: Prestige Barbers DÉCOR & FLOWERS: Sol Vé Custom Events MODELS: Alan Leung and Nathan Lang


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M O ON LIG H T M AGIC


PHOTOGRAPHER: Barbara Rahal Photography VENUE: Yellowhead Brewery BRIDAL ATTIRE: Rue De Seine,

The Bridal Boutique GROOM ATTIRE: Mr. Derk JEWELRY: Shakti Jewellery RINGS: Andronyk Jewelry HAIR: Stephanie, Vanity Collective MAKE-UP: Tiiu Anrea Makeup FLOWERS: Fabloomosity HIMMELI ART: Salvage + Bronze CARPETS: Simply Maria Rentals CAKE: Cake Affair MODELS: Harriet, Mode Models

& Catlin, Numa Models


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PHOTOGRAPHER: Barbara Rahal Photography VENUE: Fort Edmonton Park BRIDAL ATTIRE: Rue De Seine, The Bridal Boutique GROOM ATTIRE: Mr. Derk JEWELRY: Soma Mo HAIR ACCESSORIES & EARRINGS: A pocket of posies HAIR: Jill Keech Hair MAKE-UP: Tiiu Antrea Makeup FLORALS: Fabloomosity HIMMELI ART: Salvage + Bronze VOW HANDLETTERING: Windsor Rose Atelier MODELS: Kristen & Chris, Mode Models


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THE LITTLE CHURCH


PHOTOGRAPHY: Allie Knull's Photography LOCATION: Drumheller Little Church BRIDAL ATTIRE: Lulus GROOM ATTIRE: Simons HAIR & MAKE-UP: Sero Beauty FLOWERS: Elka Creative DÉCOR: Homesense CAKE: With Love YEG PLANNER: Chloe Leigh Events


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PHOTOGRAPHER: Gabriela Cruz Photography VENUE: GC Studios BRIDAL ATTIRE: Bridal Avenue GROOMS ATTIRE: Derks Formals & Menswear JEWELRY: Sonja Deklerk Fine Art and Jewellery HAIR: Victoria’s Creations MAKE-UP: Heather Thieson, Smudge Makeup FLORALS: Bud + Bloom PLANNER: Bud + Bloom DÉCOR: Sugar Plum Events CAKE: Wild Rose Cakes VOW BOOKS: Presentable Gifts INVITATIONS: Ocular Kraft MODELS: Caden & Nicole


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PHOTOGRAPHER: Wild Theory Photography LOCATION: The White Wood Barn BRIDAL GOWN: Lea-Ann Belter and Astrid & Mercedes,

Bridal Avenue HAIR: Kaitlyn Wilson MAKE-UP: Rebecca Bland, Bliss & Glow Artistry DESIGNER / PLANNER: Virginia Rose Floral & Event Design FLOWERS: Virginia Rose Floral & Event Design STATIONERY: Windsor Rose MODELS: Madeline & Maez


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PHOTOGRAPHER: Brittany Niehaus Photography DRESS: Delica Bridal HAIR: Blush Artistry MAKE-UP: Blush Artistry JEWELLERY: You Fancy Huh Jewellery BOUQUET: Flowers by Willows TABLESCAPE FLORALS: Fleurs Flowers PLANNER/DECOR: Hitched by Joelle MODELS: Cherri Coutts & Nathan Coutts


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GROOM'S ATTIRE: TUXEDO VS. SUIT? Renting or Buying? Once you’ve decided on your wedding style and what you want to wear on your wedding day, the next big question is choosing whether to rent or buy. Both options have their benefits and should be considered; the biggest factors to think about are how much you (and your groomsmen) are willing to invest on attire and if you’re looking for a less traditional option.


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Renting is a popular choice for weddings and with good reason! Renting is budget-friendly plus it’s preferable for groomsmen who already own several suits and don’t want to add another one to their wardrobe. Rentals ensure it’s easy to find a great option that flatters the whole wedding party; thanks to the wide range of sizes available, it’s simple to find a great fit for everyone. They also tend to emphasize styles that are timeless and look best on a wide range of clientele. The biggest advantage of rentals? It’s a package! Rentals include everything you need for your look, including your suit/tuxedo, shirt, vest, shoes, tie, and all of the finishing touches. Unlike assembling your own outfit, you won’t have to worry about finding cufflinks and pocket squares (unless you want to add your own), it’s all there. Larger rental companies typically offer their vests, cummerbunds and ties in dozens of colours so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect colour to compliment your colour palette and the bridesmaid dresses! With an easy pickup and drop off process, it’s always convenient and easy. Looking forward to wearing that special suit again in the future? Buying your wedding attire is a smart idea if you like the option of wearing the suit again or if you’d welcome a reason to add a new suit to your closet. If you have a unique look in mind, retail offers a wider selection of styles, including trendier options and colours, slimmer cuts, and the ability to get more tailoring done to get a flawless fit. While this can be a larger financial investment, don’t rule it out even if you’re on a tighter budget - there are fantastic options available at every price point.You’d be surprised by some of the great options available at entry-level prices! If you are going the purchase route, look at a few options for bespoke suiting as well; it’s your big day, consider investing in something made just for you. Don’t forget that as the groom, you can select something different from the groomsmen! If they would strongly prefer to rent but you want to purchase your suit, that’s okay. As long as the styles are complementary, the wedding party will still look cohesive and stylish.

Photographer: Evan Will, Sharko Studios Venue: Biera, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company Model: Mackenzie & Nicholas, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Melanie White-Merrill, Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Amanda Prozil, Rock It Out Salon Bride: Mikaella, The Bridal Boutique Groom: Suit by Tagliatore, shirt & pocket square by Stenströms, Tie by Drake’s, Derks Formals and Menswear Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Kuhlmann’s Flower Shop

Remember to start thinking about the men’s attire several months before the wedding day so your options aren’t limited. While it’s possible to do a last-minute rental, you’ll be at the mercy of availability, especially during the summer and early autumn wedding season. Plan to do at least a couple of trips. Once just as a couple to narrow down the options you like (it’s easier without commentary from the peanut gallery) and again with the wedding party to try them on.


Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Model: Joel Eden, Mode Models Formalwear: Suit by Tiger of Sweden, shirt by Stenstrรถms, Bowtie & Pocket Square by Dion, Mr Derk & Derks Formals and Menswear

Performance PEAK


Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Model: Joel Eden, Mode Models Formalwear: Suit by Tagliatore, shirt by Stenstrรถms, Tie & Pocket Square by Tino Cosma, Shoes by Lloyd, Mr Derk


Photographer: Grant Olson, Grant Olson Photography Model: Joel Eden, Mode Models Formalwear: Suit by Tagliatore, shirt by PYA, Pocket Square by Dion, Jeans by Paige, Briefcase & Shoes by Tiger of Sweden, Sunglasses by Dom Vetro, Mr Derk


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The Mr. Laline cosmetic collection is designed for men who recognize the importance of self-care. The Mr. Laline range includes body, hair and face care products with deep woodsy, spicy notes with a hint of lime. Mr. Laline products have a sophisticated, yet romantic scent combined with freshness.

MR. LALINE FACIAL CREAM: A rich and

MR. LALINE PEELING SOAP BAR: A peeling soap bar for both face and body that

moisturizing face cream that nourishes and softens the skin. Enriched with calendula, sweet almonds, cucumber extracts and avocado oils. Parabens free.

contains apricot granules for deep cleansing and skin renewal. Enriched with shea butter, olive oil and jojoba oil that freshens skin, leaving it moisturized.

Availability: www.laline.ca and select Laline locations

Availability: www.laline.ca and select Laline locations


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Gifts to Show Your Gratitude At a loss for cool new ideas? We’ve got you covered.

You’ve read articles on writing your speech, set yourself an essential reminder to pack the rings, and you’re ready to say “I do.” But have you thought about your groomsmen’s gifts?

Like the gifts the bride gives her attendants, the groomsmen’s gifts are a token of gratitude for all of the help and support that they’ve given you through the wedding process. Typically, gifts are given to the members of the wedding party, the best man, all groomsmen, the ring bearer, the father of the bride and your father as well. Not sure how grand the gesture should be? A common range is between $75-150; take into consideration how much they had to spend on hotels, wardrobes and associated celebrations. Your gift should reflect the time, money and thought that everyone put into helping make your day amazing. Also, compare with your bride and her plans for bridesmaids’ gifts - they should be comparable to the groomsmen’s gifts. It’s common to get matching or similar gifts for all the guys, but you certainly don’t need to. Personalizing each gift and finding things they ’ll love is a thoughtful gesture that will ensure your thank-you won’t be forgotten in a drawer. If you’re not the first gent in your social circle to tie the knot, most guys probably already have a flask or two gathering dust - just to use one example. Typically, the best man, fathers of the bride and groom, and the ringbearer will receive personalized gifts, even if you opt for otherwise matching gifts.

• You can never go wrong with a nice addition for their liquor cabinet. Think beyond expected classics and find something special like a local craft brew or wine from the venue if you’re getting married at a vineyard. • Spring wedding or rainy location? Keep the rain at bay with a slick umbrella. Famously fashionable, American president John F. Kennedy gifted each of his groomsmen engraved umbrellas at his wedding and his style was always impeccable. • A sharp, well-made weekend bag. While they likely have casual duffels and reliable suitcases, they probably don’t have a serviceable but sharp weekender. Help them arrive in style with a nicely constructed bag for those weekend getaways. • A metal money clip is an under-appreciated accessory, especially for those days (like your wedding) when tucking a full wallet in your pocket isn’t ideal. Clips are a great way to wrangle together just the essentials, like cash and a card or two. Gifts wrapped and ready? The best time to give them out is at the rehearsal dinner while the bride is giving her gifts to her bridal party. The rehearsal dinner is an intimate celebration and opportunity for your entire wedding party to gather together, making it the perfect time to thank everyone for their role in your big day. The ideal way to present your gifts is individually so you can take the time to express your gratitude in each person’s role. If you do choose to give the gifts at the rehearsal dinner and are having formal seating, you and your bride may also opt to beautifully wrap and set the gifts at each person’s seat. Whether you choose to put the gifts at their place setting or to give the gifts by hand, ensure you include a thoughtful note! If you’ve opted for alcohol or a similar gift, you may want to give your gift at a different time (like the bachelor party).


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Charming Children

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Brandie Sunley, Associate Photographer

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COLLECTION

RETAIL PACKAGES AVAILABLE IN BLACK OR WHITE TUXEDO, FROM SIZE 6 MONTHS TO BOYS SIZE 14. INCLUDES JACKET, PANTS, VEST, SHIRT AND BOWTIE. ALSO AVAILABLE IN PINSTRIPE, CHOCOLATE BROWN OR GREY.


M E N ' S • FA S H I O N Photographer: Evan Will, Sharko Studios Venue: Biera, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company Model: Nicholas, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Melanie White-Merrill, Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Amanda Prozil, Rock It Out Salon Mens Fashion: Suit by Tagliatore, shirt & pocket square Stenströms, Tie by Drake’s, Derks Formals and Menswear Floral: Kuhlmann’s Flower Shop

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Photographer: Evan Will, Sharko Studios Venue: Biera, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company Model: Mackenzie, Nicholas & Ryley, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Melanie White-Merrill, Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Amanda Prozil, Rock It Out Salon Mackenzie Fashion: Provonias, The Bridal Boutique Nicholas Fashion (Image 1): Suit by Tagliatore, Short by Stenströms, Tie By Altea, Mr. Derk Nicholas Fashion (Image 2): Suit by Empire, Shirt by Stenströms, Tie by Drake’s, Pocket Square by Dion, Shoes by Loake, Mr. Derk Ryley Fashion: Suit by JOOP!, Shirt, Tie & Pocket Square by Drakes, Mr. Derk

Everyone might be buzzing about the bride’s dress, but that doesn’t mean you should pass on your chance to shine! After all, it’s your day too. Unless you and your bride are opting for an unconventional wedding, the best way to elevate your style is paying extra attention to the little details. Even if your bride’s dress will be a surprise, make sure you have a good idea of its style, and keep your wedding theme and venue in mind when you’re picking your suit and ensemble. Remember, it’s not just a perfect fit you’re looking for - you’ll want to make sure your outfit is appropriate for what you’re planning. Matching suits for the wedding party can be a great way to achieve a chic, cohesive look that looks amazing in photos - but make sure to add something special to your look. You don’t want to blend in with the groomsmen! Don’t rule out wearing a completely different suit, but if you like the idea of matching, switch a few things up. Use a different accent colour for your accessories or design a unique boutonniere. If you’re keen on making a sartorial statement, don’t shy away from patterns. While your wedding might not be the best time for wild experimentation, you can always try a light pinstripe, windowpane, or check pattern. A subtle, classic pattern is a great way to add interest to your suit. If patterns aren’t your thing, consider a different colour: blue, black and grey are reliable, but colours like burgundy, dark forest green, or eggplant are a great way to add something special to an otherwise classic look.

Once you’ve got your clothing all ready to go, be sure to get groomed. If you don’t regularly, this is a great time to spend a bit of extra time on your overall look. Plan to get your hair cut about a week before the wedding day, even if it’s just a trim or shape so you will look your best. Schedule a shave too - take advantage of a local high-end barber and indulge in the works. The hot towels and full treatments help get a supersmooth, longer lasting shave. You may also want to consider a buff manicure; completely no-frills, it skips nail polish and simply consists of some basic shaping so your hands are smooth and photo ready. It might feel indulgent, but taking these few extra steps will ensure you look and feel confident and camera-ready. You’re ready, your suit’s ready and it’s almost the big day. Before you go to bed the night before, unpack your suit and dress shirts and hang them up. Remove any creases and let it air out. This will ensure you’re not looking at a suit full of wrinkles when you get dressed on the morning of your wedding day. Finally, take your time getting ready on your wedding day. Take a few extra minutes, fidget and perfect your tie before you leave, and only slip the essentials into your pockets. Refrain from weighing down your pockets with keys, wallets and devices, which will cause lumps and disturb the clean lines of your suit. Remember, the key to putting together your best wedding day look is paying attention to the little details from head to toe. Whether you’re going for a classic look or a trendier approach, attention to detail will ensure you and your partner will be starting married life in style.


Photographer: Evan Will, Sharko Studios Venue: Biera, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company Model: Nicholas, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Melanie White-Merrill, Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Amanda Prozil, Rock It Out Salon Nicholas Fashion: Tuxedo & Shoes by Tiger of Sweden, Shirt by Stenströms, Bowtie by Dion, Belt by Anderson’s, Mr. Derk

Photographer: Evan Will, Sharko Studios Venue: Biera, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company Model: Ryley & Mackenzie, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Melanie White-Merrill, Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Amanda Prozil, Rock It Out Salon Mackenzie Fashion: Lola’s Fashions Ryley Fashion: Suit by Renior, Shirt by Elite, Bow Tie by Lee Allison, Shoes by Derks Formals, Derks Formals and Menswear Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy


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Photographer: Evan Will, Sharko Studios Venue: Biera, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company Model: Nicholas & Mackenzie, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Melanie White-Merrill, Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Amanda Prozil, Rock It Out Salon Mackenzie Fashion: Lola’s Fashions Nicholas Fashion: Blazer by 0909, Trousers by Alberto, Shirt & Pocket Square by Stenströms, Tie by Drake’s, Belt by Anderson’s, Mr. Derk Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Floral: Kuhlmann’s Flower Shop


Photographer: Evan Will, Sharko Studios Venue: Biera, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company Model: Nicholas, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Melanie White-Merrill, Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Amanda Prozil, Rock It Out Salon Nicholas Fashion: Suit by Tiger of Sweden, Shirt 7 Pocket Square by Stenströms, Tie by Drake’s, Belt by Anderson’s, Mr. Derk


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Photographer: Evan Will, Sharko Studios Venue: Biera, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company Model: Ryley, Mode Models Videographer: FILMR Media Hairstyling: Melanie White-Merrill, Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Amanda Prozil, Rock It Out Salon Ryley Fashion: Suit by JOOP!, Shirt & Pocket Square by Stenströms, Tie by Altea, Belt by Anderson’s, Shoes by Lloyd, Coat by SAND Copenhagen, Sunglasses by Dom Vetro, Mr. Derk


Your happily ever after begins here. Your big day was a huge success, and now it’s time to celebrate your marriage in style. Whether you want to treat yourself to a relaxing post-wedding massage, get your beach body ready, or suit up in some seriously sizzling swimwear, Currents has everything you need to prepare for a heavenly honeymoon.

CHATTERS HAIR & BEAUTY SALON | TOMMY GUN’S ORIGINAL BARBERSHOP | CYCLEBAR | CURRENTS SUN & SWIMWEAR | FIVE STAR TAILORS & DRYCLEANING | GREAT CLIPS | FRILLY LILLY | MASSAGE HEIGHTS | Q-NAILS | WINE & BEYOND | AND MORE!

shopcurrents.ca | Henday+Terwillegar


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CURRENTS OF WINDERMERE Your One-Stop Wedding Shopping Destination Weddings require so much more than dresses and heels. From getting into shape, to getting into the perfectly tailored suit, manis and pedis, or cool swimwear for your honeymoon – Currents offers all the little things to make your big day perfect!

As Marketing Manager Angela Lockhart explains, “Currents has big box stores for all your wedding basics and gifts, plus boutique-style retailers for personalized tastes and popular fashions, all within one area.”

Currents, located in South West just off Anthony Henday and Terwillegar Drive, is Edmonton’s finest shopping centre destination, featuring quality retailers that will help make your big day special.

When it comes to planning your wedding, we know how hectic life can get. So, to help, we put together the top seven ways Currents can make your wedding successful.


1. SAVE THE DATE – Staples is the perfect place to print your

invitations, place cards, menus, signage and thank you cards. They also carry stationery and specialty supplies, making sure all the details are checked off. 2. RECEPTION NECESSITIES – Whether you are looking for

drink options to go with your dinner menu or the latest cocktail recipes, Wine & Beyond is here to help. They can pair beverages according to the wedding’s menu and can provide recommendations based on preference. Choose from a selection of the wine, beer and spirits. 3. TAILORING – Five Star Tailors & Dry Cleaning live up to their

name by providing top notch service. Whether you need to tailor your suit or adjust the size of your dress, their staff are trained to know exactly how to help. They help approximately 200 brides each year and offer 10% off for wedding parties. 4. HAIR AND NAILS – Whether you are looking for luscious

locks, a classic updo or a trim, Currents offers hair options for men, women and children. Check out Chatters Hair & Beauty Salon, Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop or Great Clips for all the popular hairstyles. Make sure to also stop in at Q-Nails or Frilly Lilly for a manicure or pedicure. 5. BEAUTY AND COSMETICS – From the right shade of lipstick

to the fullest eyelashes, Currents offers beauty and cosmetic locations. Visit London Drugs for brands like Lise Watier for cosmetics, Burberry for fragrance and Shiseido for skin care. 6. HEALTH AND FITNESS – To help kick your butt into shape,

Currents has fitness locations for all shapes and sizes. Check out a spin class at Cyclebar or stock up on vitamins from Sangster’s. 7. HONEYMOON – Your big day was a success, and now it’s

time to celebrate. Stop in at Massage Heights to treat yourself to a relaxing massage or suit up in swimwear from Currents Sun & Swimwear. Whether you are in the planning phase of your wedding, or it’s just around the corner, remember that Currents has all the things to make your big day a success. Visit shopcurrents.ca for additional information. Your happily ever after begins at Currents!

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TRENDS HEADING INTO

2020 Leah Da Gloria

Every bride secretly or not so secretly wants to be princess on their wedding day. The overload of bridal inspiration on social media has changed the way brides shop and has made choosing a wedding gown harder than ever before. Every bride now has the ability to be a celebrity on their day with the potential of ‘going viral’ so the pressure is on. Adding to this pressure is the bombardment of a million different options trickling across feeds daily. Current bridal trends are reflective of this overload. Ultimately, everything is in fashion, depending on the bride. Sexy and sheer with strategically placed appliqué show no signs of slowing down. We have seen several seasons of gowns intricately embroidered with 3D florals, organic vines, linear elements, sparkles, glitter underlays and dainty details. Necklines are plunging and linings are barely there. The ‘sexy bride’ is a look that is only getting stronger into 2020. The use of multiple textures layered together to create new fabrics is very strong. Drama is in, with detachable over skirts trending well into next year. Brides are embrac-ing the idea of two looks and two moments to have a grand entry or big reveal. Again sheer light fabrics with multiple layers to create volume will be popular. Photographer: Henry K Photo Model: Charlie Robertson Hairstyling: Katie Angus Makeup: Katie Angus Fashion: Leah Da Gloria

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Photographer: Henry K Photo Model: Charlie Robertson Hairstyling: Katie Angus Makeup: Katie Angus Fashion: Leah Da Gloria

A move back to plain is definitely a strong look coming into 2020, with brides looking for a modern interpretation of the classic clean gown. A sharp new cut and a grand train, a level of drama is still essential. A reworking in some way to a classic cut. Brides are realizing they can still have an impactful look without lace or beads. Crisp white and ivory feel new again and a welcome relief for brides who don’t like the look of lace or beading. Both mermaid styles and ball gowns will keep trending into 2020, in both their plain and intricate iterations respectively. Grand ball gowns with lots of sparkle, long trains, dramatic veils, a true princess look will stay strong into next year. Brides are more informed than ever before and are often looking for something a little different. Voluminous and billowy or sleek and tight, sleeves will keep popping up as a strong bridal trend in 2020, especially with many brides choosing to have winter weddings. 2020 will see the trend of wide scoop and squared necklines, always flattering to the décolletage it brings a point of difference to the dominance that the plunging V neckline has brought for the past few seasons, especially for brides wanting to err on the conservative side. A scoop neck and a dainty low back will definitely be seen on brides in 2020. A return to French lace is also due, having taken a back seat to more modern embroideries in recent years. French lace feels new again, like when you pull out a once loved item of clothing from the cupboard and fall in love with it all over again. Traditional lace will have a moment in 2020. Baroque style embroidery patterns have dominated the psyche of brides in recent times. The repetitive heavy swirls are ready to be packed away, in their place we will see refined, delicate florals and a move back to fine beading and pearls. With so many trends happening simultaneously it’s both an exciting and overwhelming experience to be a bride. The only trend I subscribe to is ensuring brides choose a style that suits them and the style of the wedding, regardless of the category it falls into. The Leah Da Gloria Couture and BOHÉME by Leah Da Gloria collections encapsulate a wide variety of styles that speak to the modern bride, Select pieces are available at Powder Bride Toronto and Calgary.


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Photographer: Henry K Photo Model: Charlie Robertson Hairstyling: Katie Angus Makeup: Katie Angus Fashion: Leah Da Gloria


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MAKING A HOUSE A HOME Written by: Stephanie Martin, BAID Photos by: Michelle Johnson of MJ Photography

In today’s world of ever evolving technology, seasonally emerging fashion trends, weekly diet fads, and the latest and greatest of every product streaming to us daily; it can feel like very few things in our lives are truly lasting. Our homes however are the one exception, and unlike our iPhones, we don’t want a yearly upgrade. Our home can act as a true respite from what can feel like a disposable culture. At home, we surround ourselves with items of comfort, sentiment, memory and joy. So when selecting a home to purchase, do you find yourself seeking out the shiny, new cookie cutter home, or do you search for something more unique that you can transform into your own? While an older home may not offer the luxury of brand new appliances or perfectly placed pot lights; the unique architectural elements and charming character that these homes often feature can be much harder to infuse into a new space. Elements such as moldings, interesting ceiling details, curved staircases and built in millwork are all examples of

features often found in older homes that are major upgrades in new builds. At first sight these character pieces may feel old or dingy, but a fresh coat of paint or new hardware can inexpensively transform these items into the key features of your home. The key to renovating an older home is to let the character shine through while adding the modern conveniences that you need. We often advise clients to first live in their older home, to get to know the home itself, and to dissect their habits, needs and desires for the refreshed space. Renovating provides an opportunity to not only create a home that reflects your personal aesthetic but also a home that functions to suit your unique lifestyle. Essentially, you can enjoy the luxury of building a custom dream home with the flexibility to build it over time and as your budget allows. Your design choices can evolve through the renovation process and in the end, you will be left with a truly personal home that reflects your own personality and life story.


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As we enter the New Year we are really starting to see interiors move away from clearly defined style trends (think “modern farmhouse” or “mid century modern”) and evolve into more eclectic and personal spaces. The architectural character we celebrate in renovations translates directly to the furniture and décor items we choose as well. Mixing styles, eras and cultural influences into your home is what will create a timeless and personal feel. We are also seeing a lot more warmth in our neutral tones with textures and natural elements creating a base palette to layer upon. Lighter woods, mixed metals, soft whites and touches of black create a space that you can add anything into, including that antique heirloom you just can’t part with. Overall there is just something so rewarding about breathing new life into an older space. Renovating allows you to take a once older, outdated house and make it a home, because after all, what is a home without the lives that dwell inside it?

MARTIN LEE DESIGN is an Interior Design Firm passionate about

creating perceptive and considerate spaces that are reflective of each individual client. Stephanie Martin and Mae Lee Logullo have spent a decade together creating a client experience that allows others to share in their love for design. Outside of the business, both ladies are also raising young families and have each embarked on renovating their own personal homes full of character and potential. To follow along with their business and design journey, you can find Stephanie and Mae on Instagram @martinleedesig


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WELCOME HOME, NEWLYWEDS! Purchasing a home is very much like falling in love. It is an empowering experience, one worthy of being proud of as you build the foundation for your marriage! It is exhilarating and exciting, however, a process that requires thoughtful consideration, preparation and commitment. Keeping the lines of communication open, determining expectations and doing your due diligence will transform your Real Estate dreams into your new home reality. Whether this is your first time purchasing a home or you are combining properties to buy your dream home together, there are ways to ensure you are set up for success to find the perfect fit. DEFINE YOUR STYLE AS A COUPLE. The home you chose should reflect

both your individual personalities, as well as your new identity as a couple. To transform a house, to a home, look for the framework and the compilation of elements, that make you feel your best self. Then add your personal expression through décor, to produce creativity and comfort. Just as each home is different, every couple is unique; so no matter the size, shape or style of the home you choose, it is yours and being proud of this will come honestly.

CREATE A WISH LIST WITH A LITTLE WIGGLE ROOM. Know what you

can’t change or personalize over time. Who are you as a couple? Are you, fireplace/hosting or gorgeous kitchen/double islands? Do you prefer a large home with a low maintenance yard or a mature area with outdoor spaces and mature beautiful landscaping? Determine both a wish list and deal breakers. This will help you narrow down the type of home that best suits your lifestyle. Leave some room for compromise when you find a home that has the majority. You’ve heard “Location, location, location”, but I love “Location, layout & lot.” Before you sign on the dotted line, consider backyard sun, traditional vs. open concept, or even a larger lot as, after all, land appreciates more than the structure!


KNOW YOUR NUMBERS. Budget should always be the first step. Before

you start shopping, it is crucial to meet with a mortgage broker for a pre-approval. This will ensure that the home you fall in love with, is not only attainable but complementary to your lifestyle. Set a budget that works for you and only look at homes within it! Trust me on this, there is a perfect home for every budget. Know your numbers, stick to them, and put the credit cards away while you house hunt! CONSIDER THE FUTURE. Your home should reflect not only your needs

today but also the needs of your future. While it is important to find the “right size” for the life you have, consider the next 5 years and ensure the home suits those needs as well. If you’ve been dreaming of starting a family, climbing the corporate ladder, or enjoying an elevated lifestyle with your partner, keep this consideration top of mind and ensure your home is versatile enough to suit your upcoming passions and pursuits. COMMUNICATE OPENLY. If you have questions, ask them! I guarantee there

are no questions worth leaving unanswered. Ask about neighbourhood, local amenities, demographic, walkability and the proximity of places you frequent. Not familiar with the working of the HVAC, or electronic Smart Home? Attend the home inspection and ask away! Open communication is the focus for confidence when writing an offer. WORK WITH A PROFESSIONAL – The most critical parts of purchasing a

home, extend far beyond finding the perfect match. Your purchase is deserving of professional, attentive and knowledgeable service. Select an agent who will advocate for your interests, advise you on the offer price, bring new thought on negotiation strategies and act as your trusted proponent. Purchasing a home is likely the largest transaction you will undertake at this point in your life. It is your safe haven, personal retreat, and when chosen carefully, your home is the foundation that you will use to create, host, love and grow. It is a milestone where proud moments are to be enjoyed with the ones you love! Photographer: Sharon Litchfield Properties currently or previously listed by Kaitlyn Gottlieb and Jaclyn Baillie of The Exclusive Ed-monton Real Estate Team, of Century 21 Bamber

Kaitlyn Gottlieb has been a Realtor for over a decade with Century 21 Bamber and is the founder of The Exclusive Calgary & co-founder of The Exclusive Edmonton Real Estate Team. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, she followed her heart and moved to Edmonton after marrying the love of her life this past June in Vancouver & happily resides inner city with her husband and their three dogs, Lexie, Lucky & Joey. For all things Real Estate, inspirational homes, puppies, travel, wine & interior design, connect with her on Instagram @kaitlyn.gottlieb

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The key to an eco- and style-conscious wedding is to keep it simple. By reusing materials and accents, you can save money and save resources at the same time. Work with what’s nearby and in season and you can feel good about your efforts.

a canoe (if your ceremony is near the water) or something classic like a horse-and-buggy carriage.

Alternative Flowers

When choosing your site, choose something with significance. If you’re looking for an outdoor event try a botanical garden or the grounds of a historical home in your area. You will probably even be able to find one that is run by a non-profit organization.

A symbol of the natural world, wedding flowers are a great place to make some eco-friendly choices. Investigate the origins of flowers and think about the pesticides that might have been used. Were they grown in an environmentally way? Cut flowers result in a lot of waste. Talk to your florist about conserving – maybe sharing your blooms with another party.

So many decorations! By decorating your ceremony site with items you can use at the reception – like arrangements that decorate the program area and then dress up your guest book table – you can save money and a lot of waste. When your magical evening is over see if there are any pieces you can donate to a hospital or the local nursing home.

Flowers that are pesticide-free show off a flower’s natural beauty. Some flowers, like roses, are so genetically engineered that they need to be sprayed with an artificial scent. Organic roses smell exactly how they should. And if you can’t find a florist in your area with organic blooms, there are a lot of options on the internet.

One of the most sustainable materials on earth is bamboo, and it makes a very modern-looking option for decorating. It can grow up to two feet a day, so it takes only three to seven years to mature, unlike trees! Use tall stalks of curly bamboo for centerpieces and lucky mini-bamboo stalks make a great wedding favour.

Potted plants, flowers or even small trees can make wonderful centerpieces, which can be transplanted later on. Use potted trees strung with lights to enhance your dance floor, or use a flowering bush (like hibiscus) to hang escort cards from.

Okay, so there might not be a hybrid limousine available yet, but there are a lot of other options out there. Some great ideas are tandem bicycles,

Your goal: support local nurseries by looking for locally grown, seasonal blooms. Talk to your florist to figure out what flowers fall into this category so you know what you can choose from. Using herbs, greenery and berries, you can do a lot of fill in.

EXTRA ECO TIPS

• rent the men’s formalwear

• find a vintage or used gown, then dress it up with accessories

• create a wedding website to keep your guests up-to-date on all the happenings with your wedding

• choose a dress made from organic cotton, silk or hemp – these materials are much more eco-friendly than a lot of other materials • rent your wedding gown • sell your wedding gown after the wedding (either through eBay or a local consignment store)

• use fewer programs, menus, etc – print one per couple or table, instead of one per person • encourage your guests to use gift bags that can be re-used • let your guests know you are having a 'green’ wedding and how they can do their part


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The vineyards around the historic Mumm windmill - Moulin de Verzenay

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Champagne tasting at the shops at Maison Mumm Mumm’s signature red ribbon label, the Cordon Rouge, is patterned after the red sash of the Grand Cross, of the French Legion of Honour

M U M M C H A M PAG N E The atmosphere of the wine cellars in the Champagne region is unlike any other. The heart of the Champagne region is centred between the two major cities Reims and Epernay. Most Champagne Maisons have their cellars located within the city with the actual wine production happening in the countryside closer to the vineyards. G.H. Mumm has their cellars right in the centre of Reims and is one of the larger wine producers in the region. In fact, in 2019, Mumm was the fourth best selling Champagne brand in the world, which certainly was helped by the drive of their CEO Usain Bolt (Chief Entertainment Officer, in case you were wondering)!

G.H. Mumm was founded in 1827 by three brothers Jacobus, Gottlieb, and Phillip Mumm who were German winemakers from the Rhine valley. Just before World War I, the Mumm’s property was confiscated by the French government despite having lived in the area for almost a century. Mumm Champagne is easily identifiable by its Cordon Rouge (Red Ribbon) label and is famous for sponsoring many sporting events including: the Kentucky Derby, Melbourne Cup, and F1 racing. Photography and Article: Evan Will of Sharko Studios Model: Clara Bodin of I Style Japan The wine caves at Maison Mumm


The Mumm Museum at the end of the Cave and Cellar Tour

Maison de Champagne G.H. Mumm

Wine passes from wooden vats (foudres) to these concrete tanks for fermentation

Controls in the tank room used for the fermentation of the still wine

Different bottle designs from some older vintages of Mumm Champagne

Tasting at Maison Mumm after touring the caves and cellars A demonstration of dierent sizes of Champagne bottles from Salmanazar (9 litres) to le quart (18.75 cl)

Our three bottles for tasting at the end of the tour

The Historic Mumm-owned Moulin de Verzenay built in 1818 was designed for milling two types of grain simultaneously

The stairway from the wine caves back to the surface at Maison Mumm


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A well-worn bottle of 1934 vintage Pommery The front steps of Villa Demoiselle, a creation of Louise Pommery

The beautiful and creatively lit caves of Champagne Pommery

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Chardonnay grapes used in the production of Champagne This balancing elephant is an art installation in the main hall outside the entrance to the caves

Entrance to the Pommery caves These stairs that descend 30 meters below the earth’s surface into the caves of Pommery dazzle with a special light show

Showroom and display cases that can be viewed after the cave tour

Clara sharing a glass of Champagne with the Pommery Cellar Master, Clément Pierlot

No other Champagne brand embraces the world of art quite as much as Pommery! The Champagne Maison visit is accented by beautiful and interesting contemporary art installations throughout the crayères and galleries where the wine is stored and aged. Each year, the theme of these annual temporary exhibitions changes and is curated by Madame Vranken. The Pommery Maison was founded in 1858 by Alexandre Louis Pommery and Narcisse Greno as a wool trading business. Under the direction of Alexandre’s widow, Louise Pommery, the business became dedicated to Champagne production. It became one of the region’s largest brands and the first to commercialize a brut Champagne in 1874.

The Pommery estate is one of the few Maisons to have crayères. These chalk tunnels with vaulted ceilings can extend up 30 meters high and are used for aging the wine. These caves began as quarries in the Middle Ages and are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the nearby Villa Demoiselle, a stunning piece of architecture that blends Art Nouveau with Art Deco. Created by Louise Pommery in 1909 and constructed by architect, Louis Sorel, this magnificent structure fits its setting in the beautiful grounds designed by Edouard Redont. Photography and Article: Evan Will of Sharko Studios Model: Clara Bodin of I Style Japan

Les Clos Pompadour, 2004 vintage. The same year that Cellar Master, Clément Pierlot started with Pommery.


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DÉCOR, DESIGN & DETAILS WITH DAVID Thinking about the details when you are celebrating your special day, but also in the design of how you are executing the visuals is very important. Your wedding should simply feel and represent who you are as individuals, pulling inspiration from who you are as a couple. Wedding and entertaining extraordinaire David Tutera has your décor, design and details tips, that will get you down the aisle in style.

Adding your Personality Every couple has a story. Personalize your special day; define your own unique look and feel. If there is any trend or wedding etiquette that you are trying to follow, break it! Then your guests will experience something that they did not expect. Adding an extra special touch, that is special to you and your fiancé. You can really do anything you want. Just remember to have fun creating the details of your wedding.

Don’t underestimate the power of the glow. Candles, Candles, Candles. Reflect romance and ambiance to help to tell the story of your personal love story. Mix votives with larger sizes of candles for the best effect. The more the merrier. Amplify the colored glow with rhinestones and accents. Affordable embellishments will help to add a sense of drama and make your day extra special.

Keeping it Simple

Attention to Details

Remember to keep it simple and enjoy the process along the way. Paper flowers are on trend today. Incorporate faux flowers with real flowers to add a little fragrance. A simple and affordable way to express yourself and your wants; using your imagination and having a keepsake arrangement that will last a lifetime.

Décor is all in the details. Simplicity of rose petals. Accent to floral design. Loose crystals in bouquets, escort cards, place cards. The little details are what makes a signature wedding. What truly makes the wedding YOUR wedding.


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ABOUT DAVID TUTERA Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle. He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera has hosted several hit television series, is a media go-to expert on weddings and celebrations, and is a regular expert on various talk shows, and a contributor to numerous magazines.


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THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

17th November 2018 WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

The River Oaks Garden Club WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE:

The Hendrix, Houston, Texas OFFICIANT:

Diann Valentine GROOMS' ATTIRE:

Olympus Styling WEDDING PLANNER:

D’Concierge Wedding CATERER:

Chef K Michael DÉCOR:

Décor 2 Remember What’s the Occasion Linens & Décor COORDINATOR:

Elly B Events FLOWERS:

19 Eleven Events STATIONERY:

Oda Creative PHOTOGRAPHER:

Injie Photography VIDEOGRAPHER:

Klasik Kreatives LIGHTING:

LG Entertainment DANCE FLOOR:

Lace vinyl Dance Floor SINGER:

Leela James DJ:

One Sound Entertainment, DJ Young Streetz, DJ Chris Thomas VIOLINIST:

Bridgid Bibbens BALLERINA PERFORMER:

Nessaja POET:

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Carmel and Regan met during the fall of 2010 through mutual friends, both were dating other people at the time. Fast forward to October 2013, they reconnected through Facebook over their love of travel. Regan was at Oktoberfest in Germany at the time, Carmel was in Edmonton walking in the Western Canada Fashion week. They exchanged pictures (Carmel couldn't resist the short leather lederhosen) and stories and talked about their recent trips to Portugal, as both had recently been. They attended an Edmonton Eskimos game together where the stories continued and neither of them even noticed the score of the game. Finding time to spend together became a top priority, and creative date ideas began to pop up. Everything from sushi making and sake night, to putting bubble bath in the hot tub on a cold fur hat evening. Weekends were now filled with adventures together like snowshoeing, lake days, and ice fishing. During the week, work couldn’t finish soon enough to spend time together. They dated for 4 years before getting engaged on Christmas 2017, then after a 20-month engagement were married on August 24, 2019 at The Whitewood Barn. It was the most magical day, surrounded by all the love of their friends and family. Carmel wanted a venue that had beauty in itself and focus on simple décor with romantic elements. Regan wanted a short ceremony and a great party! They both wanted fun and a little surprise! It went off without a hitch and was everything they imagined. After a less than average Edmonton summer, the weather surprised us with the perfect sunny summer day. The girls sipped mimosas in the bridal suite during hair and makeup, as the guys enjoyed their time skeet shooting out in the back field before getting suited up. Carmel and Regan then shared an intimate first look to take in a moment to themselves before the I-dos. The Bride’s personal details include a necklace of her late Grandma’s that was also worn by her Aunt, Sister and numerous Cousins on their wedding days and will continue to be passed down in the family, and a bouquet charm holding a picture of her dad to have him close as she walked down the aisle, escorted by her mom and stepdad. The outdoor ceremony was hidden amongst the lush trees, intimate and sweet. Following the ceremony was a social hour of lawn games, hard iced tea on tap and a mac n cheese bar, both homemade by the groom himself. Smoke bombs were set off in the distance as the wedding party started photos. The reception was a beautiful barn setting with big gorgeous chandeliers, wooden tables with greenery runners, white candles and gold accents throughout. Dinner included a special family recipe homemade by the Mother of the Groom and dessert was pies all homemade by the Mother of the Bride. A walk on the clouds first dance ended formalities and got the party started. There was an energized buzz of excitement in the air, and the dance floor was flooded with friends and family embracing the moment and bustin’ their best moves. The music was fantastic, the libations flowed, the dance floor was full until the last possible moment. In the blink of an eye, the celebration was over with many fond memories to reflect back on!


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

24th August 2019 LENGTH OF ENGAGEMENT:

20 months WEDDING VENUE CEREMONY & RECEPTION:

Whitewood Barn OFFICIANT:

Brenda Jackson HAIR:

Raylene, Goldie Salon MAKEUP:

Ryley & Meagan, Bliss & Glow Artistry BRIDAL GOWN:

Allure BRIDAL PARTY FASHION:

David’s Bridal GROOM’S & GROOMSMAN ATTIRE:

Simons CONFECTIONS:

Cake Affair CATERER:

A Cappella Catering WEDDING PLANNER:

Bride MASTER OF CEREMONIES:

Jacqueline (Jack) Sweeney, CISN Country 103.9 ENTERTAINMENT:

Jordan Helm, Nyquest Entertainment FLORALS:

Corinthia Flowers PHOTOGRAPHER:

Shyloh Ray Photography VIDEOGRAPHER:

Maria Boychuk Cinematography PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

Whitewood Barn and surrounding area HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

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licia and Sheldon most decidedly wanted to create a celebration that focused on family, traditions and fun. The wedding day started with a light drizzle of rain and both the bride and groom were very convinced that by the time the afternoon ceremony came about, the rain would let up. One of the first family focused elements of their day was Alicia’s surprise for her mother. Alicia’s mother had lovingly hand embroidered a beautiful silk veil for months before the wedding, she even tatted a ring bearer pillow and beautiful lace clutch for the flower girl. Alicia saw all these little things her mother was doing and knew she had to do something meaningful for her mother. She sewed one of her deceased grandfather’s Navy dog tags into the closure of her dress herself, and kept this a surprise until her mother went to do up the gown. Mom, who was already excited and emotional to see her little girl getting married, nearly fell over when she

discovered this very touching piece of her father’s history, so lovingly included by her daughter. By about noon, the clouds broke and there was sunshine for nearly 45 minutes. Unfortunately, by the time the ceremony began, it was not only raining, but a complete torrential downpour. The guests at this wedding were a hardy crew and they all sat through the ceremony huddled under umbrellas and wrapped in jackets trying to keep warm. The rain came down so hard that the signing of the wedding documents had to be postponed until the reception dinner. As soon as the ceremony was complete, most of the guests made a mad dash to their vehicles and straight to hotel rooms to attempt drying off and warming up. The mother of the groom and the mother of the bride had other plans, these two free-spirited women embraced each other, held hands and


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE

31st August 2019 WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

Tunnel Mountain Reservoir, Banff Alberta WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE:

Mount Norquay Resort, Banff Alberta HAIR:

Christina Quinn, Diztinctive Beauty MAKE-UP:

Chelsey McNeil, Confident Beauty BRIDAL GOWN:

Pronovias, Ethos Bridal Group DÉCOR:

Bride WEDDING PLANNER:

Bride ENTERTAINMENT:

Rob Murray, Class Act DJ FLORALS:

Wild About Flowers PHOTOGRAPHER:

Brandie Sunley for Edward Ross Photography PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

Banff/ Mount Norquay HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

Africa

took a running skip through the rain, laughing and giggling like little girls. They were just so excited to see their children married and couldn’t wait to celebrate. The bride’s family had a secret recipe for their own unique moonshine which was lovingly referred to as “panther piss”. Alicia’s father shared a very coveted bottle of this with a small group of family and close friends to toast their union. After dinner, many family members shared stories and spoke to the newlyweds, sharing advice, love, tears and laughter. The bride’s grandmother was responsible for the wedding cake as it was a traditional Norwegian Kransekake (This type of cake is actually a series of concentric circles stacked on top of each other and have more of a cookie consistency than cake). One of the traditions for the Kransekake is how the couple “cuts” it, instead of using a knife to cut slices, both bride

and groom put their hand on the top circle of the cake and lift, depending on the number of rings that come off the stack, that is the prediction for how many children they will have. Alicia and Sheldon had the good fortune of actually lifting the entire cake up, for a total of 18-20 children. Alicia was adamant that they give it a second go, and the official number is closer to five. When the dancing began, the guests were delighted to watch the bride’s father dance with grandma in his traditional highland regalia. One of the highlights of the evening was a surprise appearance by a sloth and a unicorn (the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom dressed head to toe in ridiculous inflatable Halloween costumes) to the delight and amusement of the bride. As the evening wore on, a limbo pole came out and many guests demonstrated their flexibility. Before the festivities were complete, the beloved shotski appeared and merriment was had by all!


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e hoped for our wedding to be traditional, warm, and blessed. Therefore, we decided to hold our wedding at The Grand Hotel in Taipei, which is an ancient and historic hotel in Taiwan. Our wedding colours were red and gold which are radiant and culturally important for traditional Chinese people. Moreover, we tried to keep some meaningful rituals to express our appreciation, respect, and love for our parents. We were glad that our close family and friends came to join us and to celebrate our big day together. We hoped to share our happiness with all of our guests. Especially, we would like to thank our best friends for getting up so early with us on the wedding day and being so supportive and such great help to ensure that our wedding day went as smoothly as possible. We were also pleased to see some friends who rarely get together because we all live in different cities.

Party Favors

Bride cakes from Autumn Cookie & Cake (歐庭烘培) / Tanghulu from 杜姊古早味糖葫蘆 / Handmade soap from Workshop with Happiness (心路 • 幸福+工場)

Stationery

喜印坊

Photographer

Evan Will of Sharko Studios

Videographer

Brad Gowan of Black Birch Media

Photography Location

Taiwan

Honeymoon Destination

Italy

Special Notes: Include notes about your wedding i.e.: theme, colour scheme, how was the proposal done, how did you meet, anything else you want to share, etc. (min. 250 words).

We hoped for our wedding to be traditional, warm, and blessed. Therefore, we decided to hold our wedding at The Grand Hotel in Taipei, which is an ancient and historic hotel in Taiwan. Our wedding colours were red and gold which are radiant and culturally important for traditional Chinese people. Moreover, we tried to keep some meaningful rituals to express our appreciation, respect, and love for our parents. We were glad that our close family and friends came to join us and to celebrate our big day together. We hoped to share our happiness with all of our guests. Especially, we would like to thank our best friends for getting up so early with us on the wedding day and being so supportive and such great help to ensure that our wedding day went as smoothly as possible. We were also pleased to see some friends who rarely get together because we all live in different cities.

and I metTaiwan at NationalOcean Taiwan Ocean University ((國立台灣海洋大學)) in Sophie and I met Sophie at National University inKeelung City just northeast of Taipei along the coast. We really liked this location and chose to Keelung City just northeast of Taipei along theand coast. Wehere really this have our engagement photos done here also came on aliked vacation right after our wedding. It was great to come and relive and share memories of where we first location and chose toIt have our engagement here met. is a beautiful spot in Taiwan withphotos a beautifuldone coastline and and ruggedalso mountains. I recommend everyone to visit here! Sophie and I are glad that our wedding day turned came here on a vacation rightjust after ourboth wedding. great tovery come out so beautiful, as we had hopedItitwas would, and are much looking forward to our honeymoon to Italy and our future together! and relive and share memories of where we first met. It is a beautiful spot in Taiwan with a beautiful coastline and rugged mountains. I Please include up to 20 high resolution photos (min. 300DPI) with no watermarks for recommend everyone to visit here! I arelinkglad that our Drive) or by flash submission – Must be sentSophie either as aand download (Dropbox or Google drive/disk wedding day turned out so beautiful, just as we both had hoped it would, and are very much looking forward to our honeymoon to Italy and our future together!


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Wedding Planner Hair & Make-Up Entertainment (music, dancers, etc.) Bridal Gown Florals

University of the Arts Jenny Chou Couture / FLOWERS:

Ellior Flowers ) Ellior Flowers Royal Gown Ltd.((艾莉爾花苑) (御囍龍鳳褂)

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PARTY FAVORS: Dress: Jenny Chou Couture

Bride cakes from Autumn & Cake Bride cakes from Autumn Cookie Bride cakes from Autumn Cookie &Cookie Cake& Cake Bride cakes from Autumn Cookie & Cake Corsage: Bella.FLR (歐庭烘培) / Bride cakes (歐庭烘培) / ((歐庭烘培) ) / from Autumn Cookie & Cake James Lee Tailor (歐庭烘培) / Tanghulu from 杜姊古早味糖葫蘆 Tanghulu from Tanghulu from 杜姊古早味糖葫蘆 / / Tanghulu from 杜姊古早味糖葫蘆 / Tanghulu from 杜姊古早味糖葫蘆 / Prepared by themselves Handmade soap from Workshop with Handmade soap from Workshop with Handmade soap from Workshop with Handmade soap from Workshop with Happiness (心路 • 幸福+工場) Happiness ( ) Happiness (心路 • 幸福+工場) Happiness (心路 • 幸福+工場) Handmade soap from Workshop with N/A Happiness (心路 • 幸福+工場) 喜印坊 STATIONERY: 喜印坊 喜印坊 The Grand Hotel (圓山大飯店) 喜印坊 Evan Will of Sharko Studios Evan Will of Evan Sharko Studios Will of Sharko Studios Zenice Studio Evan Will of Sharko Studios Brad Gowan of Black Birch Media PHOTOGRAPHER: Brad Gowan of Black Birch Brad Gowan of Media Black Birch Media N/A Evan Will of Sharko Studios Brad Gowan of Black Birch Media Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan String orchestra from Taipei National Taiwan University of the Arts Italy VIDEOGRAPHER: Italy Italy

Brad Gowan of Black Birch Media Italy Ellior Flowers (艾莉爾花苑) PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

Taiwan

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Charlotte &Dean F

rom the moment Dean and I fell in love, we knew we had found our life partner. The big milestones in our relationship came and went with barely a discussion. After a year together, we bought our home, and a year after that we got engaged. The day we signed the contract to buy our home, I asked Dean if we were going to get married. Turns out we hadn’t discussed it before. He said “Yes, I was planning on it!” so I signed on the dotted line, and we started planning our wedding as soon as we moved in together. Our main goal for the wedding was that our guests have fun, but also that it look like a scene from a painting. We set up a photo booth, styled to look like a 17th century painting. People had so much fun and we got some of our favorite wedding pictures from that booth.

Dean and I are both artists, and we have a deep appreciation for fine art and literature. To us, our relationship was a fairy tale, so we wanted to reflect that in our decor. The thing I love about fairy tales is how dark they can be sometimes, so it was important we had that edge to our event. Even our programs were designed to look like a fairy tale novel. The tables were covered in wine red, gold with touches of greenery and apples. I loved the idea of apples as an added pop of color. They are a unique way to add color, inexpensive, and a classic metaphor in literature and art. Bell jars adorned the tables with sculptures inspired by literature and taxidermy. We filled in the gaps with vintage books and candlesticks. We wanted our wedding to be a work of art, like our relationship, and I believe we were successful.


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

7th September 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

One Year WEDDING VENUE CEREMONY & RECEPTION:

Rouge Restaurant OFFICIANT:

Tamara Jones, Weddings by Tamara HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Glamaway Beauty BRIDAL GOWN:

Hourglass Bridal Boutique GROOM’S ATTIRE:

espy Experience WEDDING PLANNER:

Love Crush Weddings DÉCOR RENTALS:

Special Event Rentals FLOWERS:

Itinerante Flowers WEDDING BANDS:

Gem by Carati STATIONERY:

CF Creative PHOTOGRAPHER:

PMG Image PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

Rouge Restaurant


Wedding Theme and Colours Fun and stress-free!! We wanted the day to be laid back, relaxed, beachy and chill for both our guests and ourselves. We chose to have neutral attire with some pops of pastel/vibrant island colours (coral, yellows, soft pink, and lush greens). Top 3 Wedding Moments

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1) The first look- I am so happy that we decided to have this special time together prior to the initial ceremony. We wrote our own vows and read them privately during the first look. The minute I saw Darren’s face, all of the stresses and worries of the day just faded away. I don’t even know how to properly put those feelings into words. Our photographers were so easy going and were able to capture very special moments without us feeling any pressure. It was an experience I will never forget. We have our handwritten vows framed above our bed :)

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2) Darren’s vows to Kinsley (Ceremony)- Darren wrote his own vows for Kinsley and had a special ring made for her that consists of her birthstone (Ruby) in a heart shape surrounded by our birthstones. I have never seen her eyes look at us the way they did at that moment and when I think back I still see her little face full of so much joy. Looking at the photos still brings tears to my eyes. 3) The reception toasts and the groomsmen dance-off. Both of our families did an incredible job delivering their toasts, especially the parents. We were blown away by their words and having all of these people here with us meant the world to us both. The groomsmen danceoff had the entire crowd howling with laughter… thanks to Barb and Megan for capturing that !!! Top 4 Wedding Details 1. Dress- Calla Blanche Rebecca 17115- This dress could not have been more perfect for the tropical Hawaiian climate. It was light, and stretchy, and I did not once feel restricted at all- I joked that I could probably do a full squat in it with no problem! Thanks to the Bridal Boutique in Edmonton for their help with this.

Michelle &Darren

2. Flowers- with a destination wedding, couples are placing trust in people to understand their vision. Country Bouquets Maui created the most beautiful arrangements and garlands I have ever seen. When we talked, I told her of my vision and that I didn’t really have a colour scheme but I explained wanting pops of colour throughout. She took this vision and made it a reality. The accents of the terrariums on the cocktail tables were one of my favourite things. 3. The Venue/ plantation house: The venue took our breath away. The historical aspects of the plantation house and the preservation of its character was so interesting and unique. 4. Remembrance candle and signage: Darren and I both lost siblings, as well as a few other very important people in our lives (grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc). We wanted something to honour them and recognize their presence with us on our wedding day and always.


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

17th November 2018 WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

Olowalu Plantation House, Maui WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE:

Moose McGillicuddys, Maui PHOTOGRAPHER:

Barbara Rahal Photography WEDDING DRESS:

Calla Blanche Rebecca 17115 Bridal Boutique, Edmonton WEDDING PLANNER:

Laurie and Cindy Makena Weddings OFFICIANT:

Al Terry FLOWERS:

Country Bouquets, Maui CAKE:

Maui Wedding Cakes STATIONERY:

Vistaprint Signage done by a family friend FAVOURS:

Wooded Trails and Berry Pails Edmonton, Alberta BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

Boutique 1861 GROOM’S ATTIRE:

Derks Formals & Menswear GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE:

Simons and Hawaii Hangover shirts HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Love and Beauty Maui CATERER:

My Aunt lost her husband earlier in the year and said that it felt very special to have something symbolic there to honour him as they spent many special times in Maui together as well. Wedding song If I Ever Leave This World Alive- Flogging Molly - We both love the band, they are Irish punk style and we have belted this song out around a campfire more than a few times in our relationship. Memorable Moment We were lucky enough to have my 86 year old grandma fly to Maui and enjoy the day with us. She and I have had a very close relationship and this meant so much to me. She was able to put her feet in the ocean and really enjoyed herself and having her there with us meant so much.

Cafe O’Lei Maui MUSIC:

Maui DJ’s


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Aanu &Bernnard A

anu and Bernnard met at a mutual friend's birthday celebration. Bernnard proposed to Aanu 2 years later over a fantastic dinner at one of their favourite restaurants in Pittsburgh with a view of the city.The wedding took place in the summer with wedding colours of gold, creme, navy and green to connote fresh, clean and classic simplicity. It was a full day affair with a morning Nigerian Traditional Wedding Engagement ceremony followed by the Western Ceremony that afternoon. It was a medium sized wedding with family and friends from near and far.


THE DETAILS WEDDING VENUE:

Carriage House Inn OFFICIANT:

Pastor Brent Reilly PLANNER:

Lesley Plumley, LP Events DECOR:

Chair Flair VEHICLE RENTALS/ LIMO SERVICE:

Quest Limo GROOM'S WARDROBE:

Fari Hara GROOMSMEN WARDROBE:

Ted Baker BRIDAL GOWN DESIGNER:

Jenny Yoo BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

Lulu's DRESS SHOP:

Blanc de Blanc JEWELRY:

Belle Amour Tiaras, Cassandra Lynne MAKE-UP AND HAIR:

Bride WEDDING RINGS:

Davidson Jewels FLOWERS:

Occasional Bloom WEDDING CAKE & CATERING:

Carriage House Inn PHOTOGRAPHER:

Brandie Sunley for Edward Ross Photography DJ:

Razaq El Toro INVITATIONS:

Green Envelope HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

Las Vegas, NV


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Jake &Chaelyn J

ake and I met 12 years ago through my brother and have been close ever since. Our friendship grew into a relationship and were together for almost 3 ½ years when we got engaged on January 18th, 2018. Our engagement was in Jamaica on the Sandals Resort in Ochi Rios. We were engaged for a year and 8 months before we got married in September 2019. It was absolutely the best day of our lives and could not have hoped or dreamed of it going differently. So much love was in the air that day you could stick out your finger and touch it. It was a perfect and magical day. Our colors were sage green, burgundy and quartz. The theme of the wedding was elegant and rustic.


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

7th September 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

1 Year 8 months WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

Snow Valley Ski Resort (outside) WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE:

Snow Valley Ski Resort (Inside) OFFICIANT:

Sue MacDonald HAIR:

Rachel Jaster, Rock Paper Shears Hair Studio MAKE-UP:

Blush Artistry BRIDAL GOWN:

Galina Signature (from David's Bridal) BRIDAL PARTY FASHION:

David's Bridal GROOM’S AND GROOMSMAN ATTIRE:

Derks Formals & Menswear CONFECTIONS:

Cake Affair CATERER:

Snow Valley Ski Resort WEDDING PLANNER:

Shannon Gamache ENTERTAINMENT:

Str84ward Entertainment FLOWERS:

Wild Orchid - Bouquets, Arch flowers and greenery Costco - all other flowers and greenery PARTY FAVORS:

Mint boxes PHOTOGRAPHER:

Paul Swanson VIDEOGRAPHER:

Forever Films / Cut:Thru Media PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

Whitemud Creek & surrounding area HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

Disneyland (California)


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asper Pride, April 21, 2018. With friends a few chairs behind us, Stephen

awkwardly, but romantically, pulled a ring from his ski jacket and said “here” as he asked me to be his husband. Naturally, I said “Of course” as our helmets banged together as we kissed, and cheers erupted behind us. From that point, we hit-the-ground-running with planning – every concept had to be created “non-traditional”. All “typical” wedding traditions were thrown out for unique and different ways to celebrate our special day. Our vision was a “wedding experience-like-no-other”. Our theme was modern and slick – trendy and classy. The typical “bridal party” was our “groom crew” consisting of our two sisters on each side. We wore black, classic, custom-tailored tuxes by Indochino, and were complimented with champagne dresses that were not only worn by the groom crew but FLAUNTED.

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The cloudy, misty skies provided an incredible photo and video backdrop (who really wants sunny, blue-sky photos on the biggest day of your life anyways!), at downtown Edmonton locations where we typically hang – the 104-street market (where we shop on Saturdays), a rooftop parkade and scenic river valley. We were escorted around in two classic cars (’64 Chevy, and ’68 Lincoln with red velvet seats… need we say more?) by drivers who were passionate about their pimpin’ rides. The ceremony was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown Edmonton in the Sun Gallery room which featured floor-to-ceiling windows, modern lighting, crystal chateau chairs and cement pillars with a beautiful view of Edmonton’s renowned river valley. A live cello quartet welcomed us into the ceremony, with a spin on the grooms’ song “Simply the Best”. Jason’s aunt was the officiant – a sweet, little Hungarian voice-over artist who won over the 140 guests with her intimate knowledge of the grooms, telling their story of “how fate brought them together” and that the celebration was not only “the joining of two people, but rather, two families”. The reception venue was a wedding-planners dream: The Parlour Italian Kitchen & Bar, – a modern bi-level, brick space with lots of natural light, signature bar and an Il Forno oven for those delicious late-night pizzas. The energetic staff were ready for a party!

Stephen &Jason

The reception concept: focus on socializing. Cocktail party with a huge selection of custom, craft cocktails. Masculine décor featuring high-top tables, gun metal stools, leather lounge seating, and custom lighting design set the mood. Warm, inviting patio for cozying up next to the wood-burning fireplace. Passed hors’dourves and charcuterie to start, followed by plenty of chef action-stations, including Jason’s sisters’ “Passionate Perogies”. Dessert charcuterie – a first-time concept by The Art of Cake. A roving magician. Minimal, but quality speeches. Hilarious emcees. Confetti cannons and balloon drops. Cheesy video from the grooms. A perfectly-timed meteor that whistled across the sky as we all watched from the patio. And the piece de resistance – The Grand Dueling Piano Show featuring Katie, Spenser and Sean – who had our guests singing and dancing for hours, followed by DJ Johnny Law who continued the party well into the morning. Upon reflection, the day was magical. The highlight: the comradery amongst our guests was above-and-beyond what we envisioned – as our friends, family, colleagues, staff and entertainers all treated each other as if they had known each other forever. We didn’t simply have a wedding, we had the wedding!


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

31st August 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

16 Months WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

DoubleTree by Hilton Edmonton Downtown WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE:

The Parlour Italian Kitchen & Bar OFFICIANT:

Edie Tusor (Jason's Auntie) HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Julies Beauty Haus & Mai Makeup BRIDAL PARTY (REFERRED TO AS "GROOM CREW") DRESSES BY:

Bridal Debut Gown House GROOMS' ATTIRE:

Indochino & Steve Madden JR. GROOMSMAN ATTIRE:

Derks Formals & Menswear DESSERT STATION:

The Art of Cake CATERER:

Century Hospitality Group DÉCOR:

Special Event Rentals & Evolution AV WEDDING PLANNER:

The Grooms + Kaitlyn Degrasse of Special Event Rentals CEREMONY MUSIC:

Edmonton Cello Guys FLOWERS:

Best Buds (Edmonton) & Kermodi (Vancouver) - Yes, we had tree's & succulents brought in from one of our favorite plant stores in YVR. PARTY FAVORS:

Donation to the Edmonton Cross Cancer Institute, in support of parents who both beat cancer this year, just weeks before the wedding. PHOTOGRAPHER:

Rebecca Frank Photography VIDEOGRAPHER:

Ursula Kelly PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

104th Street Farmers Market Edmonton River Valley McDonald Drive – 102 Street Parkade Roof Top HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

Honeymoon Part 1: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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Kasia &Marco W

e met Kasia and Marco at the Bridal Fantasy fair last winter. Marco has experience in the printing industry. Thus, when he saw our albums, he became interested of how they are made and the quality of the print. Kasia was interested in our photography style. After getting to know this lovely couple from Vancouver, we knew that we have great chemistry and it would be so fun to capture their special day. So, here is a bit of their story... Kasia and Marco met at Marco's cousin's wedding in Vancouver. Marco was a groomsman and Kasia was a wedding planner. It was love at first sight. Few years after they met, Marco proposed to Kasip on New Year's night at his home in Edmonton. A year later the couple moved in Edmonton and had a beautiful wedding celebration. Prior to their wedding, we had a winter engagement photo session at the Ice Castles event. Where I got to meet their two lovely puppies. Bundled up in warm clothes, we truly enjoyed this magical winter session. Next, we captured their wedding celebration on a cloudy summer day; it was a truly flawless day. Perhaps because Kasia has an experience in wedding planning, she was able to find such a great wedding planner. Every special moment and every detail of the wedding was perfect, including our downtown mural trip. A month before the wedding, together with our newlyweds we scouted several mural locations and planned a special trip after the church ceremony. It was so handy to have a Limo bus on the wedding day. We were able to travel with the wedding party to Old Strathcona and downtown murals and capture the fun atmosphere in the limo in between each stop. When we arrived at the venue, we were awed by the beauty of the decor. The dusty rose, green and white colour scheme was enhanced by warm candle lit ambiance of the hall. And of course, no party would be complete without great DJ music and a delicious meal well served. Both Kasia and Marco expressed so much love and care to every guest at their celebration. Especially memorable part of the evening was their speech to family and friends. We were all got touched by their happy tears and sincere words. I have never met a couple who was loved and admired by so many people. It was a true pleasure to be part of this heartwarming Italian/Polish wedding.


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

10th August 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

One year WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

St. Joseph's Basilica, Edmonton WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE:

Santa Maria Goretti Centre OFFICIANT:

Fr. Paul Kavanagh HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Blush Artistry BRIDAL GOWN:

Allure Bridal dress from Lisa's Bridal Salon, Vancouver BRIDAL PARTY FASHION:

KF Bridal GROOM'S ATTIRE:

Calvin Klein from Moores Clothing for Men GROOMSMAN ATTIRE:

Moores Clothing for Men CONFECTIONS:

Art of Cake CATERER:

Santa Maria Goretti Centre DECOR:

Special Event Rentals WEDDING PLANNER:

VIP Weddings and Events ENTERTAINMENT:

DJ Kwake FLOWERS:

Laurel's On Whyte TRANSPORTATION:

Apex Limo PHOTOGRAPHER:

Keemera, Main Photographer Diana Duzbayeva and Second Photographer Amber Cleasby VIDEOGRAPHER:

Steven Li PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

Old Strathcona Streetcar, El Cortez patio by San Miguel's mural, Y.Cheng Min Ma mural, Giselle Denis mural HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

Mexico, Ventus at Marina El Cid


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Jenny &Greg T

his wedding was truly a collaboration of the wedding industry coming together to grant a wish for someone that was terminally ill. Gregg and Jenny’s story was an inspiring one for anyone who is in love. They lived each day to the fullest even after Gregg’s terminal diagnosis.

for a few more days each time we talked about the plans. Jenny was a trooper through the whole process and really gave a vision of what they like and the vendors were able to make it happen. A week almost to the day of the wedding Gregg passed away surrounded by family and friends.

Gregg uses all his energy to be able to have the wedding of their dreams. We feel it all gave him the courage to hold on

The wedding touched everyone’s heart. It was truly a humbling experience for all of us and certainly a highlight in all of our careers.


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

4th July 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

1 year WEDDING VENUE CEREMONY & RECEPTION:

Lynx Ridge Golf Course OFFICIANT:

Tamara Jones, Weddings by Tamara HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Glamaway BRIDAL GOWN:

Allure, Rococo Brides BRIDAL PARTY FASHION:

Bridal Fashion Group GROOM’S AND GROOMSMAN ATTIRE:

Derks Formals & Menswear CONFECTIONS:

Whippt Desserts and Catering CATERER:

Lynx Ridge DÉCOR:

Chair Flair WEDDING PLANNER:

LP Events ENTERTAINMENT:

Fun Factory DJ Service FLOWERS:

Flower Artistry and Occasional Bloom STATIONERY:

Glimpz Invitations PHOTOGRAPHER:

PMG Image VIDEOGRAPHER:

Milky Way Productions


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amie and I met the cliché, old-fashioned way – in a bar. It was a random Thursday night and a girlfriend of mine invited me out for a drink, and after some convincing, I decided to go. Little did I know, I was about to meet the love of my life. She had invited out some guy friends to meet us and I first locked eyes with Jamie on the street outside of Billiard Club on Whyte Avenue. We spent the night playing pool, and although I am sure Jamie wanted to trade partners, as I am not exactly a “pool shark”, that is where it all began.

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After 5 years of love, Jamie planned a photoshoot and completely surprised me by getting down on one knee and asking me to be his wife. We have the exact moment when he popped the question caught on camera; it was picture perfect! Shortly after, the wedding planning began. We knew we wanted a fall wedding and something a bit different – a moody & edgy, modern take on romance. Our venue was the perfect blank slate to take on our vision, with industrial cement floors, striking barn doors, and exposed beam ceilings. We kept the colour palette dark with shades of grey and black throughout, letting Jamie’s bold burgundy-wine suit stand-out! Gorgeous dark florals, gold geometrics and flickering candlelight, helped to keep the space feeling cozy and intimate, while the pops of neon signs brought some unexpected flair – including a custom neon sign made by our friend that hung as the backdrop of the photobooth. To switch up our seating arrangement, we incorporated a mix of round, with long harvest tables and ‘x’ tables and kept all our favourite people closer together and had a gorgeous vintage seating area just off the dance floor to rest your feet after showing off your best dance moves. We loved the mix of rich textures from the unique sequined lace on my dress to the velvet on the bridesmaid dresses and Jamie’s skull embossed velvet loafers and of course, my custom painted leather jacket. Everything came together seamlessly and the biggest compliment to hear was that our wedding was so “us”, perfectly representing our style. We headed back to the exact place we first met outside of Billiard Club for our very special first look. And to keep with our urban, edgy theme, we headed downtown for more pictures getting some epic shots in Mercer Tavern, Baijiu, and in the middle of Jasper Avenue before heading to Fort Edmonton Park for our ceremony.

Victoria &Jamie

There was not a dry eye in the house during our emotional, heartfelt vows and speeches. We were and still are overwhelmed by all the love we felt on our wedding day. We are so grateful to all our friends and family that travelled from near and far to celebrate our love with us, especially those that travelled all the way from Scotland! We cannot wait to share many more adventures together and continue to love each other – the maximum amount!


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

28th September 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

1.5 Years WEDDING VENUE CEREMONY & RECEPTION:

Fort Edmonton Park Blatchford Hangar OFFICIANT:

Henry Madsen HAIR:

Glasshouse Hair Design MAKE-UP:

LexoBeautyyy & SKC.Beauty BRIDAL GOWN:

Harlie by Made With Love, Novelle Bridal Shop Custom Leather Jacket: Wink Ink Design Co. BRIDAL PARTY FASHION:

The Dress Lounge GROOM’S ATTIRE:

Suits by Curtis Eliot GROOMSMAN ATTIRE:

RW & Co. CONFECTIONS:

Cake Affair CATERER:

Fort Edmonton Park DÉCOR:

Simply Maria Rentals, All West Wedding Rentals, Infinite Event Rentals, Lasting Love Weddings WEDDING PLANNER:

Shannon Gamache ENTERTAINMENT:

Happy Wife, Happy Life FLOWERS:

Graham Lane Florists STATIONERY:

Sam Schwinghamer Design PHOTOGRAPHER:

Karly Ford Photo VIDEOGRAPHER:

DCO.Films PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

Billiard Club, Mercer Tavern, Baijiu, Fort Edmonton Park HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

Spain, France & Italy


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Lori &Nick I

would say we went for a Rustic/ Glam theme, but my most important theme was throwing a fun party. It’s suppose to be a celebration about Love and that’s what we wanted everyone to feel. The color scheme was pastels and sparkly gold. Nick proposed in the St. Albert Botanic Park last summer. He planned the whole thing, down to his family surprising me from California. Right after I said yes I turned around and my family and his popped out from hiding to celebrate with us, and then we went back and had a party at my parent’s house, same place as the ceremony.


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

22nd June 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

1 year WEDDING VENUE CEREMONY & RECEPTION:

Parent’s backyard OFFICIANT:

David Hancock HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Blush Artistry BRIDAL GOWN:

Bridal Elegance by Sandy BRIDAL PARTY DRESSES:

David’s Bridal GROOM’S AND GROOMSMAN ATTIRE:

Derks Formals & Menswear CAKE:

Confections Cake Co. CATERER:

A Capella Catering DÉCOR:

Knotwood Event Rentals, Infinite Event Services WEDDING PLANNER:

Bride and Bride’s mother ENTERTAINMENT:

Wild Rose String Quartet DJ Bradley James Entertainment FLOWERS:

Bunches Flower Co. INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS/STATIONERY:

Everything Summer Calligraphy PHOTOGRAPHER:

Jon & Beth Photography


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Lauren &Craig C

raig and I met August 28, 2012 on a remote worksite in the oilfield around Edson Alberta.

The proposal was a unique one, and one that will stay with us forever. It all started at his surprise 40th birthday party in the summer of 2017. His birthday was in March, but he was away working. Craig and I love camping in the back country so I planned his birthday party in June and I knew that it would be a surprise for sure seeing it was 3 months late. The surprise was a great one, he had no idea and the turnout was great. Lots of close friends as well as family from both sides showed up for the weekend campout. The weekend turned out to be an absolute blast. Friday and Saturday were busy just being with friends and family and enjoying the time together. I had no idea that Craig was up to his own surprise for me! Unknown to me, Craig had called on one of his friends who wasn’t there to travel to his work site and retrieve the ring he had been closely guarding for the last few months while he waited for the perfect time to propose. Saturday evening, he gathered everyone around the fire “to thank everyone” as he put it. After thanking everyone for coming he began to ramble on about what a great partner I was, how special I am to him and he had really turned the attention of everyone to me at that point. I didn’t like it a whole bunch. At this time, I am sitting down facing the fire, everyone standing and sitting in a circle around the fire, and he is standing behind me nervously rubbing my shoulders while he spoke. I was listening to him speak and hoping soon he would take the attention off of me… but he carried on “Lauren is the best thing that ever happened to me, I could see myself spending the rest of my life with her. But the question is, could she see herself spending the rest of her life with me?” The look on the crowds’ face told me that potentially a proposal had just sort of taken place. I spun my head around in disbelief. There he was in front of all of our people, on one knee with a sparkling princess cut diamond ring in his hand. I screamed “what, WHAT, WHAT” I was in total disbelief. He continued “Lauren Flessatti, will you marry me?” I cried. I bawled. Through the tears and crying, I somehow managed to say yes. Our wedding day was a dream come true. We went back to Jamaica, as that is where we took our very first holiday together. We said “I Do” on the windy pier over the ocean, and celebrated the night on the sandy beaches, with rose gold and sparkles, and everything I ever dreamed of! The rest is history, here we are. Living the good life. We have 3 beautiful children, and couldn’t be happier. Our wish is that everyone could find a love like this.


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

2nd May 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

2 year, 6.5 year together WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

Ocean Gazebo, Melia Braco Village WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE:

Melia Braco Village OFFICIANT:

Melia Braco Village HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Melia Braco Village BRIDAL GOWN:

Martina Liana Bridal, The Bridal Boutique BRIDAL PARTY FASHION:

The Dessy Group GROOM’S AND GROOMSMAN ATTIRE:

Tommy Bahamas CONFECTIONS:

Melia Braco Village CATERER:

Melia Braco Village DÉCOR:

Melia Braco Village WEDDING PLANNER:

Shauna Sharp, Rock It Travel & Nischele, Melia Braco Village ENTERTAINMENT:

Melia Braco Village FLOWERS:

Melia Braco Village PHOTOGRAPHER:

Barbara Rahal Photography VIDEOGRAPHER:

Sheri Colautti, Capture It Photography PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

Melia Braco Village HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

Hawaii, May 2020


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Zak &Rebecca O

ctober in the Canadian Rockies can be an unpredictable time of year to have an outdoor wedding ceremony, but Rebecca and Zak had the good fortune of sunshine and a warm Chinook breeze to welcome them into their married life. Some weddings focus on lavish dĂŠcor and host hundreds of guests, Rebecca and Zak selected to surround themselves with the beauty of the mountains they adore and family members they love for their very private and intimate ceremony. The day began with Rebecca getting primped and pampered at Maddpretty Salon in Calgary, while Zak got ready in their home. Friends and family members convened at Barrier Lake with the bride and groom. On the drive to Kananaskis, from Calgary, there was a prevailing northwest wind which had

a bit of a bite to it. By the time the officiant Tamara Jones arrived, that wind had shifted to a gentle, warm chinook from the west and the ceremony was perfect. Just before the group arrived at the ceremony site, a group of kayakers had gathered and were providing a good deal of entertainment doing tricks and rolling their vessels, while the guests got settled for the vows. After Rebecca and Zak said “I do�, they celebrated with a lovely bottle of champagne and a toast to their friends and family. The newlyweds spent some quiet moments together just enjoying the excitement of becoming Mr and Mrs. before they headed to Banff to finish off their evening with a private dinner in the Sky Bistro atop the Banff Gondola.


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

12th October 2019 WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

Kananaskis wilderness Barrier Lake OFFICIANT:

Tamara Jones Weddings by Tamara HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Maddpretty Salon BRIDAL GOWN:

Galina WEDDING PLANNER:

Bride FLOWERS

Safeway, Calgary PHOTOGRAPHER:

Brandie Sunley


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Robert &Shelby R

obbie and I met in Fort McMurray in 2009 playing baseball. We both loved the sport. Fast forward 8 years, a move to Edmonton, a house, a dog and a little girl, he finally decided to pop the question. He is not the hugely romantic type, but he had won a $400 gift certificate from his hair salon which he had given to me to use. I was 6 weeks post baby at this time, so I was a stressed out new mom who needed a little TLC. So I went to the salon that morning, got my hair coloured and curled and came home. He told me I needed to get ready because he was taking me out for supper. We ended up going to LUX Steakouse just him and I; the whole time, a ring was the furthest from my mind. We had just gotten our desert, and he says to me, “I hope today has showed you a bit of how important you are to me”. To which I reply that I had the perfect day and thanked him for spoiling me and giving me a night out. He looks me right in the eyes and says “So you weren’t expecting this then?” as he slides an open ring box over the table and asks me to marry him. It was a perfect evening, indeed.

We didn’t have a major theme for our wedding, just wanted to keep it as light and airy feeling as possible. The girls all wore dusty blue skirts with white shirts, and the guys light grey. We had greenery with white roses surrounding glass vases with floating candles on all the tables at the ceremony. We wanted the feeling of the night to be the love in the room between us and from all our friends and family. Our head table was adorned with greenery garlands and fairy lights. Behind the head table was a copper arch and 2 copper hoops on a white drape backing. Rainer Gardens was the perfect outdoor venue for us. We didn’t need to decorate too much as the beauty of nature around us created the perfect feeling for our day. The trees had just started to turn yellow and we really wanted that to be the accent of the ceremony. We had an arbor made by a family friend draped with white cloth, and 3 terrariums made by a coworker to decorate the venue, and that was it. The wooden benches and wooden barrels part of the ceremony were just beautiful and didn’t need any more decorating than that.


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

14th September 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

2 years WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

Rainer Gardens WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE:

Ellerslie Rugby Club OFFICIANT:

Jeremy Hummelle HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Blush Artistry BRIDAL GOWN:

Mikaella Bridal from The Bridal House BRIDAL PARTY FASHION:

Skirts from Stylish Brides (Etsy maker) and shirts from RW&Co GROOM’S ATTIRE:

Moore’s Clothing GROOMSMAN ATTIRE:

Pants from Moore’s, Shirts from RW&Co CONFECTIONS:

Cake Affair CATERER:

Ellerslie Rugby Club DÉCOR:

All DIY by the bride and bridesmaids WEDDING PLANNER:

Shannon Gamache ENTERTAINMENT:

Jordan Helm from Nyquest Entertain-ment FLOWERS:

Corinthia Flowers PARTY FAVORS:

Salted Caramel Jars made by the Bride STATIONERY:

Vista Print PHOTOGRAPHER:

Angela Roxburgh from BRZPhotography PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

Klondike Campground in Blackmud Creek Ravine, McNally High School, Rossdale Area and Brewery HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

Honolulu, Hawaii


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ur love story, started in December of 2016 when we met by chance, while staying at the Fairmont Whistler, each on snowboarding trips, with friends. We spent the weekend on the hill together, trading stories, getting to know each other and laughing over dinners and wine, not knowing that our accidental love story would turn into forever. After returning home to separate cities, James began making the trip to Calgary and within a few dates and some classic courting, we were inseparable, living for the weekends we could visit one another. Over the next two years we travelled endlessly and took every chance we had to spend time together. We went on an African safari, enjoyed friends’ weddings in Hawaii and Mexico, spent weekends together in different cities and eventually took our dream vacation to Australia, spending the New Year together island hopping and adventuring. It was on this trip, our dreams of forever started to form.

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Upon our return from Australia, we bought a house together in Calgary as we continued long distance and a few short months after that, Kaitlyn followed her heart and moved from Calgary to Edmonton to start their life together. James booked a beautiful trip back to Whistler, where we took the train from Edmonton to Vancouver in a gorgeous Via Rail car through the mountains. On 11.11.18 (as Kaitlyn always makes a wish at 11:11) everything came full circle, when James got down on one knee, in the same hotel they first met and proposed. Whistler & Vancouver are special to us for so many reasons; the place we met, the city we have shared some of our most special memories, where we got engaged and finally married. It is the place we professed our love to one another, in front our family, friends and the people we love the most when we vowed, forever. Our wedding exceeded every hope, dream and expectation. It was a day we will cherish for our entire lives and one we often still reminisce and think of with happiness and love. It solidified our bond and gave us the foundation to build a life we are proud of, together.

Kaitlyn &James

We hosted a formal rehearsal dinner in the Chairman’s suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, for 20 of our closest friends and family, the evening before the wedding. It was absolutely breathtaking and truly felt like a wedding in and of itself. It allowed us time to personally thank and celebrate with those who have impacted our lives and prepare for the monumental day ahead. We chose a small, intimate wedding party with Stephanie Martin (sister of the bride) as maid of honor, Greyson & Ezra Martin (our nephew’s and godson) as our ring bearers, Brent Poirier (best friend and business partner to the groom) and Christopher Martin (brother in law and long time friend) as our emcee. Having a small wedding party allowed our day to intimate, peaceful and reflective, surrounded by family. The rehearsal dinner gave us the opportunity to invite a larger party of loved ones we wanted to acknowledge in a more private setting. The Collective You took portraits of our guests as we enjoyed champagne under the sun, prior to dinner. Our three dogs joined us in all of the celebrations and truly made us feel at home! Our ceremony began at 11:30am at The Rosewood Hotel Georgia. The Spanish Ballroom we chose, was opulent, romantic and the perfect setting for our ceremony, which meant everything to us. We had a string quartet with classic wedding music and wrote our own vows as an expression of our love and commitment to the life we are building


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

15th June 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

8 Months WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE:

Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver OFFICIANT:

Jeremy Postal HAIR:

Katerina Tsakalakis MAKEUP:

Mylynn Lam BRIDAL GOWN:

Christopher Paunil - The White Gallery Edmonton REHEARSAL DINNER GOWN:

Grace Loves Lace BRIDAL PARTY FASHION:

Cameo & Cufflinks WEDDING BANDS:

Tiffany & Co GROOM’S AND GROOMSMAN ATTIRE:

Mr. Derk WEDDING CAKE:

A. Elizabeth Cakes CATERER:

Fairmont Pacific Rim DÉCOR:

together. The old world elegance of the hotel set the perfect tone for the day. It was intimate, soft, romantic and classic. Our reception started out with a saxophone and piano duet during cocktails at The Fairmont Pacific Rim. The modern marble, gorgeous lobby and breathtaking views of the water were exactly what we were looking for our reception. We envisioned a black-tie wedding that felt decadent, royal and romantic. Most importantly, we wanted our guests feel loved, special and treated as a symbol of thanks and to acknowledge how honoured we were, to have them celebrate with us, on our special day. Our décor was based on rich colors, opulent florals, soft pastels, French blue and lots of gold. We had cloud florals on every table and a room filled with candles and fresh blooms. Our cake featured gold butterflies which have always been special to us as a couple and something we incorporate into our home and décor. We worked with the chef to create an extremely special menu and dined with our loved ones over some of the most special words we will ever share. The speeches our family shared with us as well as the beautiful slide show my sister created, were highlights of our evening. The evening opened with our first dance to Ellie Gouldings “How long will I love you”, and ended surrounded by all of our friends and family in our suite. The Collective You took portraits of all of our guests as a gift from us, to each of them, and created a wall of all of the people we love, where each guest signed their portrait with their wishes for our marriage. Our wedding, was the most magical evening we have ever experienced, one we will look back on with love, for all of our life.

Éclat Decor WEDDING PLANNER:

Alicia Keats ENTERTAINMENT:

Ceremony String Quartet - Armadillo Quartet Cocktail Reception - Brent Mah, Saxophone Reception Music - DJ Al V, Papercrown FLOWERS:

The Flower Factory GUEST FAVOURS – PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHS:

The Collective You STATIONERY:

Bride & Maid of Honor, Stephanie Martin PHOTOGRAPHER:

Blush Wedding Photography Kristy & Ken PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE REHEARSAL DINNER & RECEPTION:

The Collective You VIDEOGRAPHER:

Memento Films PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION:

Rosewood Hotel Georgia The Fairmont Pacific Rim Chairman's Suite, Fairmont Pacific Rim HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

The Cayman Islands


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Corinne &Mark A

n intimate spring wedding with a dusty blue colour scheme to match the colour of the dreamy Lake Minnewanka in Banff.


THE DETAILS WEDDING DATE:

30th May 2019 HOW LONG WERE YOU ENGAGED?

1.5 years WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE:

St. Mary's Church, Banff WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE:

Fairmont Banff Springs OFFICIANT:

Fr. Dan Stevenot HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Something Borrowed Beauty BRIDAL GOWN:

Redesigned by Dean Renwick Design Studio BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE:

Renz Bridal GROOM'S ATTIRE:

Eph Apparel GROOMSMEN ATTIRE:

Tip Top Tailors PHOTOGRAPHER:

Lori Loree VIDEOGRAPHER:

Integra Films, Edmonton PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION SPOTS:

Lake Minnewanka, Banff Surprise Corner, Banff Fairmont Banff Springs CATERER:

Fairmont Banff Springs DECOR:

Mountain Event Rentals, Modern Luxe Rental FLOWERS:

Willow Flower Co WEDDING PLANNER:

Rocky Mountain Weddings ENTERTAINMENT:

New Soul Duo HONEYMOON DESTINATION:

Bali, Indonesia


E M P OW E R M E N T • M A NAG I NG S T R E S S

M A NAG I NG S T R E S S I’m sure you have dreamed about this moment your entire life. The day when the person you love gets down on one knee and says those four special words, “Will you marry me?” Time seems to stand still, and all you feel is pure bliss. Happiness. There is nowhere else you would rather be. It is moments like this where you are experiencing being in the “now”. Fully immersed in the present. But what follows after can sometimes pull you away from this: wedding planning. Planning a wedding can be one of the most exciting yet stressful times for brides and grooms. From choosing a venue and wedding cake to coordinating the guest list and decor, it requires a lot of your attention and energy. It is at this time where practicing self care, staying centered, and remembering your “why” is so important. The solution? Meditation and yoga.

What exactly is meditation and yoga? Simply put, meditation is a mind and body practice that has a history of use for increasing calmness, improving mental and physical health, reducing stress, and enhancing overall wellbeing. We can classify meditation into three streams; concentration, mindfulness, and guided. Concentration meditation is focusing our full attention on a word or mantra, an image, or our breath. Mindful meditation is when we become fully aware of the present moment without creating attachments or judgements. Guided meditation is when a teacher leads you through the meditative process. This can be experienced through hypnotherapy or yoga nidra. Yoga is a mind and body practice with over 5000 years of history from India. Various styles of yoga include hatha, power, kundalini, and yin, to name a few. These different styles combine physical postures, or asana, breathing techniques, meditation, and yogic philosophy. According to the Yoga Alliance, “Millions of people use various aspects of Yoga to help raise their quality of life in such diverse areas as fitness, stress relief, wellness, vitality, mental clarity, healing, peace of mind and spiritual growth.”

Where and when should I practice? Now, this is the great thing; yoga and meditation can be practiced anytime, anywhere! Firstly, I recommend checking out your local yoga or meditation studio. The benefits of going to a live class is foremost safety. The yoga or meditation teacher is able to address any injuries or ailments that you may facing and offer personalized modifications for you. A live teacher will also be able to explain the breathing, asana, or meditation techniques and providing instant feedback for an effective and safe practice.

We have so many great yoga studios and instructors in YEG, so I know you’ll find one that fits well with your lifestyle, goals, and schedule. If you are too busy in between dress fittings and cake tasting to attend a live class, I recommend downloading apps such as Alo Moves or Headspace. Both give you access to a large variety of classes and exercises to choose from.

Why Meditate and Do Yoga? Research has shown that meditation and yoga can help improve sleep, decrease anxiety, and increase muscle tone. These are physical benefits that I am sure every bride and groom would enjoy; however, the real benefit is something much deeper: presence. As you are busy preparing for the wedding day, your mindset is on that future moment and not here in the “now”. Because of this, it is easy to miss out on the remarkable experiences that are happening throughout the process; like your best friend rocking the karaoke to Spice Girls on your bachelorette, or your mom’s face when she sees you for the first time in your wedding dress. It’s cliche, but the saying, “it’s not about the destination but the journey” couldn’t ring more true. You are going to create once in a lifetime memories during this time, so it’s important to practice being present. Incorporating meditation and yoga into your daily or weekly routine will help you enjoy these moments even deeper, keep you calm on your wedding day, and help you live life to its fullest during this special time in your life. Most importantly, meditation will help you come back to your “why”. Weddings are incredible life events, but at the end of it all, it’s not about the dress or the ring, it’s about that person who said those four special words and made time stand still.

DANIELLE CHAMPAGNE is a yoga teacher, a freelance writer, and a socially

responsible entrepreneur. She teaches private yoga lessons, public classes at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness in Sherwood Park and teaches chair yoga sessions at local retirement homes with 2 G Fitness. She is the founder of Ombition, an ecommerce store that offers self-compassion products and gratitude journals, as well as Karma Social Marketing, an online marketing company. Danielle believes that everything starts from within and is passionate about helping others come back to their true selves. Through her work, Danielle aims to help others feel seen and heard and encourages the practice of selflove and gratitude on and off the mat.

Follow her on Instagram at @danielleanayah or @ombition to find out more. Citations: https://www.yogaalliance.org/ About_Yoga/What_is_Yoga

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4 QU ESTIONS BEFOR E "I DO"

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If you want your marriage to last forever, you need to ask 4 questions before you say, “I do.” Most couples plan a dream wedding and hope for a dream marriage. Divorce statistics suggest few couples get both. The Canadian divorce rate is 38-40%. The American divorce rate is 40-50% for first marriages and 60-75% for second and subsequent marriages. Why do so many couples try so hard and fail? Many of those couples were fundamentally incompatible and didn’t find out until after the wedding. They got infatuated before they got educated (about each other). A great wedding can’t fix a bad match. What if you could find out if you’re compatible on a deep level before you said, “I do?” If you openly and honestly discuss the 4 questions in this article, you’ll have a pretty good idea. The 4 questions are about sex, money, children and religion. Even before you discuss those topics, you need to identify your core values, the relationship deal breakers, the things you must have and can’t tolerate to be happy and fulfilled. A forever marriage should be full of love, joy, passion and connection every day. What do you need to feel that with your partner? You have to be brutally honest with yourself about your must haves and can’t tolerates, and many of them may center around the 4 questions. If one of your core values directly conflicts with one of your partner’s core values, you’re not compatible. If the woman feels she must have children and the man is repulsed by the idea of bringing children into the world, they’re not compatible, because one of them must give up who they are as a person to be with the other.

If your core values are aligned (or at least not in conflict), you need to discuss sex, money, children and religion. The sex discussion includes each person’s definition of fidelity, their physical needs and their expectations. The money discussion involves finding out whether the two of you are spenders or savers and agreeing on saving, budgeting and financial responsibility. The religion discussion centers on each of your belief systems, how strongly you adhere to the tenants of your faith, how strongly each of your parents adhere to their faith, and how you’ll handle religious instruction of your children. The discussion about children should take the most time because of their importance and you’re total responsibility for them and their welfare. The questions about children for a couple who have no children are extensive. The questions are even more extensive where one partner is bringing children to the marriage. Both discussions are critically important, because divorce is expensive financially and emotionally and is devastating and damaging to children. You can learn more about these questions and how to create a Diamond Marriage; one that will stand the test of time, in my book, “UnVeiled: Secrets to a Marriage that Lasts Forever” and at www.relationshipmagicacademy.com.

Stan grew up in Kentucky, graduated from high school in Alabama, graduated from Auburn Uni-versity at Montgomery in 1979, and from Duke University School of Law in 1982. He has been a business trial lawyer in Tampa since 1982. Stan married his high school sweetheart when they were 18 and 17 years old (after an 18-month engagement). In July 2018, they celebrated 42 years of marriage. They beat the odds of teenage marriage, attending college and law school with small children, a high stress profession, raising children, and now helping to raise grandchildren. They're best friends and love spending time to-gether. Relationship Magic Academy was founded to teach other couples the principles Stan and Linda learned through trial and error and used to create a Diamond Marriage; because marriage should be forever too. Stanley Padgett


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spaces. A destination resort with every imaginable amenity. CopperPointResort @copperpointresort www.copperpointresort.com

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D ’A R C Y R A N C H GOLF CLUB

Offering Pristine views with casual and elegant dining, all alongside a freshly renovated banquet room. D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club is ‘the venue’ with our Red Seal Chef, Sommelier, and Event Planner. We will turn your dream into a reality! 403.938.5522 GabrielleC@darcyranchgold.com

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Badlands Community Facility is a Drumheller-based multi-use center that offers various different spaces to commemorate your wedding or reception in a serene ambience. With its contemporary interiors and eye-pleasing surroundings, it makes the ideal wedding venue for anyone wanting to get married in Drumheller.

The Edmonton Riverboat is available for wedding bookings throughout the summer. Host your big day while sailing down the North Saskatchewan River! Edmonton’s most exclusive wedding venue is probably more affordable than you think. Contact us today to discuss your plans.

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Our historical centre combines relaxed and friendly service with a modern and elegant facility to bring you the perfect space for your wedding. The centre includes set-up and take down in our pricing, and we ensure the facility is arranged perfectly! The Highwood Memorial Centre – The perfect setting for your perfect day! 403.652.4404 office@highwoodmemorialcentre.com

POP UP W EDDINGS Y EG

Pop Up Weddings YEG wants to make sure the vision for your intimate wedding becomes a reality without the financial burden. Our Pop Up Wedding packages provide everything you need for a unique, stress free, and fun wedding you and your guests will always remember. 780.458.0785 www.popupweddingsyeg.com

SOUL HOUSE SWEETS

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Artisan Chocolates Custom design artisan chocolates and packaging for your cherished moments

On our racks you will find hundreds of new, sample and once-wed designer gowns. We specialize in prices under $1500! Financing Available.

'I have found the one whom my soul loves.' - Song of Solomon 3:4 5110 50 Avenue Beaumont, AB 780.929.2441 soulhousesweets.com

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Bring your fairy-tale to life with our enchanting bell tents. Our furnished tents offer unique and charming accommodation, perfect for wedding guests, bachelorette parties or honeymoons. For those hosting their wedding outdoors, our pop-up bell tents are ideal for photoshoots, guest lounges, groom & bride dressing rooms, or hanging polaroid exhibits. Lantern lit bell tents under dreamy summer skies? It’s the idyllic way to experience romance.

Tarnished Timber carries a unique and continually evolving collection of handcrafted and cherished vintage pieces. With a keen attention to detail, we offer a cultured blend of modern and rustic gems. Are you a bride or groom, event planner, photographer, or planning a party? We’re here to supply your special event with inspirational and beautifully crafted pieces.

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WO ODL A N D + W I L D F LOW E R W EDDINGS

Our boutique, secluded, private property located in north central Alberta offers weekend weddings in the woods. This forest glamping experience provides eco-friendly, non-traditional, Pinterest worthy wedding celebrations. Planning, design, florals, dĂŠcor, accommodations and more included. 780.689.9679 woodlandwildflowerweddings.ca

N YQU E S T E N T E RTA I N M E N T

Nyquest Entertainment Ltd. is a mobile DJ company, specializing in weddings. Known for keeping the dance floor packed, we ensure the entertainment portion of your event is one of the most memorable parts of your day. Jordan Helm 780.297.8719 nyquestentertainment @nyquest_entertainment www.nyquestentertainment.com

C OA ST W E ST EDMON T ON

Let our experienced Catering sales team help you plan the most special day of your lives! Whether it is small and intimate or large and extravagant, the Coast West Edmonton Hotel and Conference Centre is an exceptional venue for your wedding. With two different ballrooms we are happy to accommodate both the Ceremony and Reception. Contact our experienced wedding planner today. T.champagne@coasthotels.com

DERKS FORMALS AND MENSWEAR

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At Derks, we have made it our business to make men look good. With over 80 years’ experience, no one knows more about formalwear and accessories for your wedding than we do.

At Derks, looking your best was never so easy. We pride ourselves on our quality service, up-to-date trends and affordable selections of suits and casualwear. We have the selection and options to personalize your look and style.

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Alterna Haircare....................................................90 & 91 Amber Victoria Makeup......................................... 88-89 Bliss & Glow Artistry.........................................................51 Dermalogica............................................................. 42-43 Lash Common.................................................................55 Mr. Laline......................................................................... 114 Voir Haircare................................................................... 45

Derks Formals................................................................IFC Derks Kids Collection......................................................117 Derks Uniforms..............................................................108 Mr. Derk........................................................................... 118 MISCELLANEOUS

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Bridal Fantasy Contributor............................................68 Bridal Fantasy Social Media............................................6 Capital Colour................................................................. 14 Danielle Champagne...........................................188-189 Sarah McLachlan School of Music.............................. 63 Stanley Padgett...................................................... 190-191 Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation..................... 136 Women of Vision............................................................40

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