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Planning the Party

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44 48 53 56 58 60 61 62 86 158 172 184 184

Photography Music Venue Edmonton Weddings Calgary Weddings

Whats Inside 10 11 11 203 207

Editor’s Letter Associate Editor’s Note Message from Creative Director Select Advertisers Advertiser Listing

Fashion & Beauty 21 28 28 30 34 35 40 42 63 76 82 186 189 189

The Wedding Gown Glamour Get Your Whites Right Bridal Bling Bridal Hair Flare Bridal Beauty Secrets Perfect 10’s Tejani Jewelry Sparkle & Shine Fun & Funky Black & White Glitz & Glam Your Big Bridal Close-Up Raising Your Bridal Eye-Q

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E-Wedding Planning Formal or Funny Venue Verdict The Bar Décor Drama Cost Saver Venue Cost Saver Receptions Party Planner Wine & Roses Bubbly Bliss Invitation Gallery How to Select A DJ Fantastic Favors

News & Extras 50 70 72 87 87 88 88 90 92 94 96 98 179

All In The Family Effortless Entertaining Company’s Coming Bridal Shower Basics Playin’ Around Casino Night Ask Gay About Your Day Wedding Watch: A Detailed Affair Wedding Watch: Sweet Simplicity Wedding Watch: Rocky Mountain Romance Wedding Watch: Making It Our Way Wedding Watch: Commanding Couture Divas, Diamonds and Delicious Homes

FEATURES 18 114 119 123 162

The Fairy Tale Marriage Money Talk Running For Health, Life & Love Profile Lesson in Love, Joyce Bone United as One by WEM

123 Travel the World

Fabulous Flowers 61 64 66 68

Cost Saver Flowers Pushing Color with Petal Power Silk Sensations Complimentary Colors

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Destination Scotland World Wedding Watch: Scottish Love & Lore Old World Romance The Great Getaway Hand Made Honeymoon Best of Banff

Charming Children 170 Scene Stealers

Couture Cakes

Cultural Color

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Love at First Bite Cupcake Craze Sweet Treats

For Him 82 144 146 148 150 152 154 156

Black & White Suited To Your Style Clothes Call Casual Sophistication Tux Appeal Tiger of Sweden Groomed The Grooms Point of View

Simach Mexican Traditions Buddhist Marriage Kingdom of Aksum

The Photographer 177 Completely Letting Go 182 Picture Perfect


Empowerment 109 110 112 114 116 117 118 119 120 122 124 126 198

Relationship Revolution Science of Lasting Love Love SOS Marriage Money Talk Falling Forward Money Magic for Couples Romance Through the Years & Bad Habits Running for Health, Life & Love Secrets of the Wealthy Couple Love Lessons Love Lessons Soular Marriage Love Lessons

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Contributors Editor-in-Chief Gay Derk

Associate Editor


Heidi Dennis

Contributing Editor Sereena Schneider

Editorial Assistant Mona Struthers

Creating Your Bond

Creative Design The Bridal Fantasy Team

Photography and Art Director Darrell Derk

Creative Director Mandy Bilous

Clothing Styling Mandy Bilous Sterling Derk Landon Derk Tim Mohr

Design and Production Mandy Bilous Sarah Chung Marek Konarzewski Sylvia Kysela Kurt Kowalchuk RR Donnelley, Edmonton

Marketing & Sales Mandy Bilous Heidi Dennis Gay Derk Anna Law Cyndi Luong

Circulation & Distribution Heidi Dennis Gay Derk


absolutely love this quote from the great Dr. Seuss that says, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

This is the beginning of your journey together. It starts as a bond of commitment that is spiritual, emotional, and basically all about love. Marriage requires you to be there for each other and to work through any challenges. Love will pull you through any obstacles that life throws in your way. Love will enrich your spirit and, with work, strengthen the bond between you. In our issue you will find some creative ways to stamp your personal style on your wedding day. You’ll see some great fashion and some sparkle and shine for the beautiful bride. Celebrate your special moments with family and friends.

Learn important ways to communicate with our “Relationship Revolution” and “Love Lessons” sections. From learning how to be a financially sound couple from Slice TV’s own Gail Vaz-Oxlade from “Til Debt Do Us Part,” to Dr. Brenda Wade’s article, “The Science of Lasting Love,” “Love S.O.S.” by Debra Macleod, or Millionaire Mom Joyce Bone’s candid advice, you will find advice that will keep you falling in love, over and over. After all, love is the one thing that never goes out of style. Have an inspired wedding! Remember to celebrate with love. Gay Derk Editor-in-Chief

Article Contributors Joyce Bone Clara Chorley Company’s Coming Cookbooks Sterling Derk Mary Edwards Darren Jacklin Ryan Jesperson Anna Law Wayne Lee Shannon Loeber Debra Macleod Reverend Stuart McQuarrie Rodney K Robertson John Stanton Gail Vaz-Oxlade Dr. Brenda Wade

Make-up Artists/Hair Stylists Alexander Daniel Hair & Body Boutique In Motion Style Group Willow Stream Spa

Photography Andrew Peter Bradley Photographer Sarah Chung Curtis Comeau, Instant Memories Darrell Derk Photography Infused Studios

Publishers Gay and Darrell Derk Derks Media Werks Derks Fine Group of Companies

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COVER-ON THE COVER Dress: Bridal Debut Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair and Makeup: In Motion Style Group Photography: Darrell Derk Photography Model: Carmen Balen Wedding Date: Oct 1, 2010 Stylist: Vesper Flowers: (on front cover) Flower Fusion

Follow us on… twitterbridalfantasy facebook Bridal Fantasy is published by Derks Fine Group of Companies. Bridal Fantasy Magazine is published once a year. The views and opinions herein do not necessarily represent those of Bridal Fantasy, its publisher, editor or employees. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher.

Associate Editor’s Note

Heidi’s Hints…


or 2010 weddings, yesterday’s focus of having a unique wedding is being replaced by the desire for something more… something elaborate. Wedding planners are becoming the norm as weddings become full blown events. Where to start? It’s all about location, location, location. Check out the Bridal Fantasy Venue Directory, which highlights fun places to have your ceremony and reception.

This past July, I was the Maid of Honour (also the go-to wedding planner) for my best friend’s wedding. Yes, the wedding itself was the epitome of every Banff bride’s boutique wedding dreams, but it was the process, the 14 month planning period and all that it entailed – an engagement BBQ, an over-the-top wine and cheese shower in my downtown loft (featured in the Bridal Shower section), a destination stagette in Vegas, the rehearsal dinner and all the fun in-between that made the wedding itself that much more enjoyable. You can find photos and a bunch of other details about her big day in our Wedding Watch section. Bridal Fantasy Magazine had our fair share of fun in Banff too. The dresses in our bridal gown section were shot on location at the fairytale Fairmont Banff Springs, arguably one of Alberta’s most magnificent places to tie the knot. If you’re considering a Rocky Mountain wedding or stagette be inspired by the Best of Banff article. Elaborate or not, enjoy every moment. Heidi Dennis Associate Editor

Note from the Creative Director

Mandy’s Message


t’s been a very exciting year for Bridal Fantasy! We’ve been working on some amazing contests (check out the website to find out how you can win a brand-new C30 from Volvo of Edmonton) and traveling down to Banff to do our bridal gown shoot. What could be a more perfect way to say I love you or propose than in Paris, the city of romance. Bridal Fantasy will fly you and your love to Paris, put you into a romantic Boutique Hotel with champagne & roses opon arrival..then the love story begins. Enter bridal Fantasy sweepstakes and you could be the lucky winner.

The team at Bridal Fantasy Magazine has been working hard to bring you new designers and new lines, along with the latest fashions, like the black & white wedding theme straight from Europe. Here’s to the hottest trends for your wedding! Mandy Bilous Creative Director

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Dress: ADK Available at: Bells & Bows Bridal Centre Veil: Bells & Bows Bridal Centre Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

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The castle… The prince… The gown… Take the Time… before you buy, try on as many different styles, with as many different kinds of sparkle and shine accents as possible…gowns look different on your body type versus hanging on a hanger…walk around and sit down…make sure it’s comfortable…shop as soon as possible… gowns are ordered and are not always readily available right away, some made to measure can take six to twelve months. Trying on wedding dresses can be one of the most daunting experiences a bride faces. You allow yourself to be swept up in a whirlwind of love and romance in the perfect dress that will take his breath away. Feminine chiffon, organza, and satin in whisper light layers, adorned with frills and flowers to put you both in the mood for love.

All hair and makeup: Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Shot on location at: The Fairmont Banff Springs Photography by: Andrew Peter Bradley

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From Left to Right Dress: MD30TT by ADK Available at: Bells & Bows Bridal Centre Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Dress: Martina Liana Available at: Beautiful Bride Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Dress: San Patrick Available at: Novelle Bridal Jewelry: Stylists Own Dress: #2185 by Jade Daniels Available at: Tifany’s Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

Establish some boundaries for yourself to make this a happy experience. Consider the type of sleeves, neckline, gown length, and train length you want, and the gown style best suited for your body type. Remember to match your accessories to your veil and gown. FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL GOWN SHOPPING: 1) Take along someone who knows your style and whose taste is similar to yours. 2) Talk to the shop professionals- they can advise you what the best style for your figure is or what fabrics won’t crease. 3) Remember that it is easier to take a dress in then let it out when you are planning to lose weight. 4) Consider the proper undergarments and shoes for fittings. 5) Take your time…try on lots of different styles until you’re happy with your choice. 20 Bridal Fantasy 2010

Dress: Mon Cheri Available at: Crystal’s Bridal Flowers: Flower Fusion Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

Dress: J1205LV by Maggie Sotero Available at: Bridal Debut Veil: Birdcage from Bridal Debut Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

Dress: F267 by Jasmine Available at: Tifany’s Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

From Left to Right Dress: Martina Liana Available at: Beautiful Bride Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Dress: 2185 by Jade Daniels Available at: Tifany’s Bridal Necklace: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Bracelet: Stylists Own



heard horror stories of brides that go to pick up their dress days before the wedding only to find it missing or that is has suddenly become a size 4 from an original size 8. Check with Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the business. Pay with a credit card. Federal law now protects all transactions made with credit cards so you may withhold full payment if the vendor doesn’t provide the goods or services promised (Check with your credit card company, since there are restrictions).

The wedding gown is the one article of clothing all women dreamed about since they were little girls.

Dress: MD30TT by ADK Available at: Bells & Bows Bridal Centre Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

Looking through magazines, attending Bridal Fantasy and other bridal shows and window shopping can help you become familiar with the latest style and fabrics. Ninety percent of the time, your dream dress is the one you’ll purchase because when you finally put in on, it will make you smile, confirming that it truly is the one. To protect yourself and your dream it is wise to shop with reputable businesses. We have all

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Dress: Available at: JenniferScott Bridal Flowers: Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

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Dress: Distinctions by Mori Lee Available at: Crystal’s Bridal Flowers: Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

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From Left to Right Dress: J1205LV by Maggie Sotero Available at: Bridal Debut Veil: Birdcage by Bridal Debut Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Dress: C833 by Alfred Angelo Available at: Wedding World Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Tiara: Stylists Own

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Dress: Pattiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bridal Available at: Novelle Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy

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o you’ve gone online and magazine shopping, getting your prep for the big shopping day. You are going to get THE GOWN. But as you continue your research for the perfect dress you start to see terms you weren’t expecting. Wedding gowns come a variety of different ‘whites’, some of them not even white at all. We are here to direct you in picking the best shade for your skin tone. stark white – this is the brightest and crispest white and looks fabulous on dark skin. silk, diamond or natural white - a shade off of stark white but it looks pretty much identical in photos. Most people look good in this colour.

ivory – you have a couple of choices here: ivory is also referred to as eggshell or candlelight. Some ivory dresses have yellow undertones and some a just a toned=down white. Check with the salon on which category your gown falls into. champagne – also called rum, this is a white with pink undertones that look nearly white in photos. Which one is best for you? Know you skin tone and you will know exactly what colour of dress to choose. fair – yellow/ivories but stay clear of stark whites as this will usually wash you out medium (with pink undertones) – look for creamier colours medium (with yellow undertones) – go for diamond white or champagne dark – lucky bride! Most shades with complement your skin tone, however; stay away from yellow and ivory. If you’ve found your dream dress but the colour doesn’t look right, ask your bridal salon consultant if it is available in another shade. Bridal shops carry samples but not usually one of each shade in the same dress.


WEDDING FASHION The attire of the wedding party can break the bank. Follow these tips so you don’t blow out your budget:

• Consider renting your wedding dress rather than buying.

• Check for the fabrics on your wedding dress. Silk is

expensive, blends – not so much. Keep in mind that the more beading and detail a gown has, the more money it will be.

• Contact bridal shops in your area to find out when they are having a sale. Most shops have one once a year – a great time to find an awesome deal on your dress.

• The Christmas/New Years season and prom seasons are an excellent time to find your bridesmaid dresses, without paying the huge costs.

Do your shoe shopping in the summer. The shelves are full of white shoes – shop in the afternoon as your feet will swell, which will happen on your wedding day.


he Martina Liana line brings an element of couture to its bridal gown designs. Each dress creation is made with luxurious silk, satin and organza, and adorned with Swarovski crystal and diamond embellishments. Available at Beautiful Bride, (in Calgary) and Pure Bridal, (in Edmonton). Jewelry

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bridal bLing

A bracelet is a must-have finishing touch for a bridal gown and the bridesmaid dresses. A cute idea is to have the bridal party jewellery match. Stella & Dot, the hottest fad when it comes to fashion jewellery, offers a variety of bracelets and each have matching necklaces and earrings too! All bracelets available at

A classic style tiara made with a variety of uniquely shaped Aurora Borealis Crystals offers maximum sparkle!

A comb adorned in feathers and crystals is a wonderful way to add a little flare to your look. Wear it on its own tucked into your updo or to finish off the top of a veil.

A flexible band is a versatile hair accessory that can be bent to fit any hair style. All of the above available at Kalaray Custom Headpieces & Jewelry,

A perfect bridesmaid gift idea, a Stella & Dot necklace customized with special charms. All bracelets available at

These sweet heart-shaped earrings are a great finishing touch for any bride.

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all about home... Register this Thought... We know exactly how wedding guests feel when faced with the ‘what do we buy them’ dilemma. Everyone buys a gift, but wouldn’t you rather give them something you know they need or like? Too many people fall into the trap of buying for themselves rather than the lucky couple who end up getting saddled with four teapots or towels Bridal Registry • Tableware • Custom Window Fashions

that don’t match their bathroom.

Fine Bedding & Bath • Area Rugs • Kitchen Accessories

Today’s bridal registries let you get an idea of the


suit your personal preference. Remember, a

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preferences. For example, many people go into a store and discover the china pattern is beautiful,

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but not in their gift budget. Instead, choose complimentary items such as table linens that mirror the china’s colour scheme. This way, the registry list is not as imposing. A good registry planner will help guests consider various price points to accommodate their own budgets.

The Top 10 Ways to Thrill Your Fiancé 10. Let her have 10 bridesmaids 9. Let her overhear you telling one of your ushers “Of course we have to wear matching formal dress shoes. Otherwise it will spoil the symmetry.” 8. Reveal to her that you still have the ticket stub from the movie you saw together on your first date. 7. After you get the Marriage License, go away to a romantic inn for a weekend long prehoneymoon. 6. When you are registering for gifts, offer to look at more than one place setting without her having to ask you first. 5. Tell her you have waited your whole life to wear a wedding ring. 4. Assure her that your best man won’t make any references to your sexual history in the toast…and then make sure he doesn’t. 3. Find a way to make her father laugh. 2. As you walk back up the aisle together, lean over and whisper “I’m the luckiest guy in the world.” 1. Propose to her all over again.

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Hair by In Motion Style Group

Bridal HAIR


This bridal season the look is all about sexy, unstructured hair that looks elegant and polished. The Bridal Up Do

The Bob

Use a texturizer and a bit of hairspray to add some volume and lift before starting your up do. Up dos should be carefully planned out. Remember to consider your headpiece or hair accessory. Before setting in your tiara, be sure to add some shine spray to get that justpolished lustre.

This look combines the season’s popular midlength cut with one of the hottest styles. Work mousse into clean, damp strands for texture, then set with large, hot rollers for true bridal-diva style.

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The New Fringe Opt for a thick and heavy Audrey Hepburn style, as worn by Kiera Knightley. The key is in the styling: the new fringe needs to be slightly rounded. To achieve this style, use a big, round brush to curl the ends under when blow drying.

Short Pixie Hair For a sleek option, try a sharp, graduated bob with more weight in the front. If you’re more daring, try a texturized pixie cut. Long, grown out fringes look fresh, and flatter the face.

Bridal Accents Hair clips; from butterflies to pretty to pearl hairpieces, ribbons, and jewels are hot new hair trends. Backcomb to get extra grip for jewelled looks. Jewelled hair bands are perfect with long fringes, or backcombed Bardot looks. Tiaras are a perfect compliment to your wedding gown. Nothing says ‘princess for a day’ like trendsetting crystal, bead, or pearl tiara.

Hair by Alexander Daniels Hair & Body Boutique

Hair by Alexander Daniels Hair & Body Boutique

Bridal Beauty

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very bride wants to look fabulous for her special day. We’ve put together a list of some great tips and tricks to help you look perfect for your wedding day.

HAIR: Back-combing creates a solid foundation for your headpiece. Tease at the roosts where you’ll put the comb of your veil and spritz the comb with hairspray before attaching it. You want to create shine without looking oily, so mist your brush with a shineenhancement product and then gently run over your hair. If you have a problem with baby flyaways, use a clear brow gel – it works great! Another non-conventional item for your hair – blotting paper. It works well for getting rid of shiny skin, but swipe them on your bangs and forehead to keep it clean and fresh. If you want to give your flat hair some fluffing, rub baby powder in your hands, flip your hair over and work it into the roots. Fine and medium hair can be too soft to hold an updo, try using an instant spray shampoo to build texture and lift your hair. Spray it onto your hair in sections to add thickness but still keeping hair soft. When you wash your hair, condition only the ends so the hair isn’t weighed down at the top.

SKIN: Match your skin care to the season. In spring or summer, you want to switch to a lighter moisturizer to keep your makeup from sliding. In fall or winter look for a lightly tinted moisturizer, which warms up and evens out your complexion. Keep the shade within one tone of your natural colour so it doesn’t look heavy. Avoid taking super-hot showers which can make you look blotchy. Drink a glass of ice water to calm your skin and it will cause the vessels to constrict, thus cooling you down from the inside out. Don’t substitute water with champagne because alcohol can intensify a flush. MAKEUP: Reapplying your lipstick over and over (on top off everything else you’ll be doing – eating, drinking, etc) can make your lips extremely dry. Try a non-greasy tinted lip balm or gloss in the same shade. Watch out with gloss however, as it can leave your lips slick. Remember to smile – it really is the simplest beauty secret out there. Use a lip

scrub to create smooth, supple lips which will allow your lips to hold pigment longer. Rely on water-proof eyeliner and mascara, as most brides do get weepy on their wedding day. On the big day, try washing your hands with cold water, drying them and pressing your cold hands to your face. This trick helps get rid of grease as clean fingers pick up the excess oil and the coldness will close your pores. PERFUME: And last but not least; apply your fragrance to last throughout the day. Splurge on a perfume, rather than cologne or eau de toilette. Perfume is stronger and longer lasting than the other products because it has a lower alcohol content. Put perfume on your pulse points about ½ hour before dressing, which allows the scent to absorb into your skin and not your clothing.

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Tips for Outstanding Tresses Spray on Shine: Reduces stress to your hair and scalp by stimulating and massaging your head. Curl Cream: Get the ultimate bouncy curl without a crispy feeling. Super Hold Mousse: Fantastic, lasting hold with a great natural shine. Spray Wax: This will give you great definition and texture with an unreal smoothness. Volume Cream: Great for damp or dry hair, use this for lightweight volume and medium control. Texturize Your Hair: With a spray-on product like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Play Dirty,â&#x20AC;? by Short Sexy Hair. Paddle Brush: Reduces stress to your hair and scalp by stimulating and massaging your head.




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Perfect T


here is nothing like gorgeous red nails to make

a strong fashion statement. Bouquet colour and nail colour creates a strong statement. Keep your nails short with the deep, rich shades. For longer lengths, try silver, sheer or white. Time your manicure to keep your nails at their best before the big day. Once the ‘I dos’ are done, everyone will want to check out your beautiful ring and you want to make sure your hands look fabulous. If you’re wearing open-toed shoes or planning on heading someplace warm for your honeymoon you’ll want to

make sure your toenails look fantastic too. Manicures and pedicures create a polished look, and you get some pampering too!

Consult with a professional about three months before the big day. They can give you some great advice on how to take care of your hands and feet properly so they are healthier come the wedding day, which makes it easier to do your manicure and pedicure. If you take some extra time to make sure your hands and feet look their best before the wedding day, you’ll feel a lot better showing them off and your family and friends will be sure to notice your ‘Perfect 10s’!

Spray it


A lot of today’s brides want the sun-kissed look for their wedding day, but don’t have the time to do multiple sessions in a tanning booth or want to spend hours outdoors – both options run the risk of burning! Spray on tans are becoming an extremely popular option. Here are some of Bridal Fantasy’s tips for spray tanning, whether you choose a self tanner spray tan or a booth at a tanning salon. 1. Exfoliate - Use a good exfoliant and loofah sponge in the bath the night before you self-tan to remove the dead skin cells, which gives the spray tan a good base to stick to. 2. Moisturize - Applying a good water based moisturizer a few hours before is a one of the best ways to ensure your skin is ready to accept the selftanner. 3. Choose your clothes carefully - Wear loose fitting clothing (not white) to avoid staining from the bronzer most spray tan solutions contain. 4. Do your homework and follow the instructions! Self-tanning booths or at-home sprays have a handout, so read up, and make sure you know what’s coming. 5. Completely wipe off after applying your spray tan. You will need to wipe your skin with a towel to catch any drips. 6. Apply cream to your hands and feet - Because these areas of the skin are usually the driest, your hands and feet may get dark faster. If you are spraying yourself, go lightly on the feet. If you are using a booth, use the paper booties (usually offered by staff) to protect your feet. You can also apply a light coating of cream to your hands and feet to filter the solution.

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Tejani Jewelry G

lamour and avant-garde style with a

touch of ethnic heritage defines contemporary bridal jewelry brand, Tejani. Designer, Urvi Prunier creates a capsule of jewels, including bangles, chokers, bib necklaces, chandelier earrings, and brooches, in an eyecatching array of unique styles and finishes. Tejani is derived from the designer’s family name, and means “brightness” and “sparkle.” Tejani features many custom options such as bangle sizing and custom finishes making it easy for every bride to find a piece that suits her personal style and taste. A custom bridesmaid’s collection allows the bridal party to dazzle in Tejani as well! Available for purchase worldwide via our website, this couture fashion jewelry line features over 300 pieces! TEJANI has a piece to compliment every bridal gown, from classic to modern, couture to vintage.

for your ears only… Sparkle &Shine

When you complete your bridal look, your face shape can help you match your earrings. • Oval face – chandeliers, drops • Rectangle – hoops (large or small) • Round – long and slim to lengthen your face • Heart – triangles or teardrops to balance your face • Square – round, small spheres or ovals, or hoops

When going long, have a point at the bottom.

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Earrings by Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

e-wedding planning


hen you think of wedding planning, do you feel stressed? Is your stomach aching from the thought of the meetings you will be attending with your wedding planner, the countless hours spent sifting through the million of wedding dresses to try on, or the scanning of individual gifts from the home registry? Are you tired of always doing things in person?

Luckily, for many brides today, this is no longer the issue. With online wedding planning and social media marketing in the wedding industry, brides-to-be can make well informed and efficient decisions from their very own home. The scheme of DIY (Do It Yourself) plan has expanded beyond the scope of just sending out save the dates. Brides have the option to choose what their dress will look like, accessories, suit rentals, booking the reception, to planning your honeymoon and bridal shower, all just a click away. With easily accessible wedding sites like, Wedding Wire, and Bridal Fantasy’s online wedding planner, brides have tons of options. The beauty and reality of online planning is just as efficient, if not, even more so than before. It cuts through the clutter, focuses on the priorities and from a financial perspective, can save you tons of money! What isn’t there to love about online planning? 44 Bridal Fantasy 2010

With online wedding planning and social media marketing in the wedding industry, brides-to-be can make well informed and efficient decisions from their

very own home. That being said, caution is still necessary when planning online. Because of the information overload these days, it is hard for brides to tell what is a deal, what the *editors pick really mean, and how to gauge what are the different opportunities that will add to your wedding day at the end of it all. A few tips right off the bat are:

Like a good shopper in real life, the same thing goes for online. Don’t just visit one site. Visit enough to get the feel of what you like and don’t like in the services the web site provides. Then once you have chosen one, stick with it and use it as a template guideline. Purchasing online. Before signing up your credit card to a website that promises great sales, make sure it is a trustworthy website and uses a transaction system you are familiar with (ie. PayPal).

Contribute to the online discussion forums. This is the best way for local vendors to gauge what your needs and demands are for your special day.

Don’t hesitate to email special requests. The beauty of your big day is that it is unique and customized personally to you. If you want a certain aspect of your wedding to be a way that is unprecedented, just ask!

Have fun! Be creative with what you choose and take in all the great opportunities out there available to you. If you spend that extra 3 hours choosing what type of flowers you want as a centre piece, so be it! After all, it’s your special day.

Cost Saver

Bouquet under $100.00 Today’s bride is typically paying several hundred dollars for her bridal bouquet, but there are ways to cut costs. Save money on your bouquet by mixing expensive exotic flowers like calla lilies and orchids with more readily available filler flowers like carnations and roses. Carnations are back en vogue, give your bouquet fullness and are well priced too! Finish off your bouquet with a little butterfly bling. Retail Value: $99.00 Available at Bride-on-a-Budget,

Cost Saver Centerpiece under $10.00 A ‘wow’ centerpiece is achievable on a budget as well. The most important thing to remember is to make sure the vase looks full. Here, a single stem of mini purple Cymbidium orchids is tucked into a vase. The clear and opaque marble beads create fullness and the floating candle completes the look. Another fantastic idea is to put a round mirror under each centerpiece to make it stand out. Retail Value: $9.99 Available at Bride-on-a-Budget, 46 Bridal Fantasy 2010

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“It really helps if you’re funny to begin with” was Bill’s response to our question, how can one make their speech funny. If you’re not naturally blessed with the wonderful gift of being funny, here are a few of Bill’s pointers to use as a guide. Remember, the point is not to have guests keeled over with laughter, but consider your speech a job well done if it keeps people entertained.

fOrMAL or Funny? Humorous Wedding Speeches


ridal Fantasy met with local Edmonton-based comedian and host of K-97’s, The Terry, Bill & Steve show, Bill Cowen to get the lowdown on what it takes to get a few chuckles from a wedding speech. Not only is Bill paid to be funny, he’s a well-known Edmonton wedding

photographer. He has heard plenty of speeches; some had him in stitches, while others left him cringing, “I’ll never forget this one wedding speech, she’d turn to the next page and the audience would moan. It’s was torture”.

“If you’re not a funny person, don’t try to be funny, be sincere instead”. – Bill Cowen, Comedian, Radio DJ and Wedding Photographer,

Brainstorm – Write down anything funny that you can think of about the person you’re toasting and the time you’ve shared together. Also think about stories with a “cool factor” that defines your friendship. Another idea is to look for something current in the media that ties into your speech. Brainstorm over several months; you’ll be surprised with the things that come to mind if you’re not rushing it. Weed through your notes closer to the wedding date and choose the stories that stand out the most. Anecdotes – Incorporate a few funny stories into you speech. Use them as examples and as an opportunity to engage your audience. Bill’s advice is to make the audience feel like you’re sitting at a table with friends telling a story. Each story should be between sixty to ninety seconds long. Figure out ways to make the story funnier - give the story a title or exaggerate slightly. A throw away line is another technique to try out; the idea here is when you’re telling a story to say something funny that’s related but not key to the story. Point form – Write out your stories in point form, as you rehearse, the story evolves and naturally gets better. Point form will also avoid the tendency to read your speech straight off the page. Rehearse – In Bill’s opinion this is the secret to stand-up comedy. “You can’t over rehearse”. Cut out the punch lines – Don’t go for the huge punch line at the end, humorous comments through out are a lot more entertaining. Speak from the heart and be sincere. The key to a great wedding speech is speaking from the heart and tying in a few jokes to keep it light. Start and end sincerely, “you want a lump in their throat and tears in their eyes”. Keep it clean – “It needs to be a story you can tell to the groom’s mom… nothing embarrassing, nothing friction causing, nothing surprising”. You can be self-deprecating, but don’t be condescending to anyone else. Less is more – Don’t try to squeeze too much in. A wedding speech should be five to ten minutes. “Five minutes goes by really quickly and before you know it, it’s been fifteen… one joke well told is better than three butchered by rushing”. Visuals/Props – These provide impact and reinforce what you’re saying. If you’re telling a story about the time the groom won a pie eating contest, why not put up a picture on the projector screen of the prize winner chowing down? Careful with inside jokes – Don’t expect everyone to laugh and don’t use too many as most people will feel excluded. Either give enough background so that the joke will be funny to everyone or avoid it all together.

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All in the Family What to do when you have a big, extended familyâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;ŚYou include everyone!

Photo: Instant Memories

Christina Sarich and Mark Sturko included everyone for a real family event. A wedding is a special time to celebrate your family and friends.

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Formal Wear: Derks

Preserve your Gown Many dry cleaners, bridal shops or specialty companies will professionally clean and preserve your gown. Always ask for recommendations as care is important for this special keepsake. Always clean your gown right after your wedding otherwise it may turn yellow.

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Photo courtesy of Infused Studios


fter the ceremony and the photos it’s time for the party! Planning the reception entails a few key decisions. The venue where the reception is held is one the biggest decision you’ll make. Where you hold your reception will dictate the direction of a lot of the other areas of your wedding, including food and décor, just to name a couple When choosing your venue, ask these key questions: • Is the venue close to where your photos are being taken? • How many guests can the venue hold? (this is very important –too little and your guests will be cramped, too many and your wedding space will feel empty) • Can you set up the day before? • Do they allow an independent caterer to provide the food for the wedding? • Is there a private outdoor patio/area for your guests? • Is the venue equipped with audio/visual equipment? • What extra fees are included with the cost of booking the venue? • Are there any restrictions in terms of photography, décor, candles, alcohol and music? • What meal options are available? • Is parking available? • Is there wheelchair accessibility? • Is there a dance floor? • What type of bar/alcohol service is offered? • How many hours is your reception booked for? You may have more questions, based on the type of wedding your and your fiancé are looking for, but these one are key to making sure your reception gets off on the right foot.

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LOVE at First Bite

Sweet Treat. Fun and flavourful cupcakes made with fabulously fresh ingredients. Available at Flirt Cupcakes,

That which is unique, different or elaborate is that which is popular with today’s bride and groom, and the same goes for the cake. Wedding cakes have evolved to works of art. Symbolism aside, more couples are using the cake to make a statement. From mile-high cakes and cupcake sculptures to a cake with an entourage of individual mini cakes around it, the cake table, or a version of it, has become a focal point at weddings.

Raising the Bar. A seven-tier work of art. Cake design by Cake Couture, Photography: DQ Studios,

Picture Perfect. Roses sculpted to perfection. Cake design by The Art of Cake, Photograph: Shallon Cunningham Photography,



upcakes are still a huge trend for weddings and this is one trend that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. They are a great option to the traditional wedding cake. Cupcakes can be easily (and individually) personalized and you don’t have to cut them! Butterfly/Flower: Vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting and custom cupcake liner. "R" Square: Square chocolate cupcake with gold sparkle accents and chocolate buttercream icing. Cut-out Square: Square cupcakes, available in any flavour, with double-layer icing and hand- cut out floral design and custom cupcake liner. Black and White Floral: Hand-painted floral design onto icing with edible flower decoration. Chocolate cupcake with white buttercream icing. All white: Elegant and classy pure white cupcake - prefect for weddings. Vanilla cupcake with edible flower embellishments. All cupcakes from Jam On Your Face,

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treats W hy spend endless time searching for a crowd pleaser? Treat your guests to a sweet feast: a candy buffet specific to your theme and colours will leave your guests begging for more! Candy buffets have become the NEW trend for weddings and other special events like the bridal shower. When imagination and candy work together, expect a “sweet work of art”.

Companies like M&K Candy Buffet Inc. provide candy buffet service to weddings, bridal showers and more! They come out to your venue the day of the wedding prior to the reception, set up and take down the buffet. Most companies have their own glass and container selections, talk with your planner/décor provider to find out your options. A full self-serve candy buffet with a variety of candies, matching your theme will be the hit of your reception. The buffets can be absolutely gorgeous and generally end up as a focal point that everyone surrounds around and while they mingle and munch.

Candy buffets can also replace your favours, saving you time and money. You can also use your candy buffet as a create-your-own-wedding-favour station. Guests choose what they would or wouldn’t like, and put their chosen candies into a little jar/box decorated in your wedding colours (empty baby food jars, cleaned and decorated are a great size for this!). Photos courtesy of: D4 Photography

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Complimentary or Cash?


n the past, the rules for serving liquor at a wedding reception were simple – the host paid for everything. It was considered inappropriate, and even offensive, to expect guests to pay for any part of the wedding. However, today cash bars are becoming common at wedding receptions, since couples are concerned with the liability and cost associated with offering an open bar. Many couples worry about what type of bar to provide at their reception. They want their guests to have a good time, but they feel uncomfortable asking people who are sharing in their joy to pay for their own drinks. On the other hand, they don’t want their reception to turn into a frat party by offering an open bar, or have to deal with liabilities (not to mention the cost). The best people to ask what kind of bar to serve at your wedding is yourself and your groom. You know your crowd well enough to

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determine what they’ll like. Guests at a formal wedding reception are likely to consume less alcohol than guests at a laid-back reception.

If you decide to go with an open bar, you can save money by limiting the time that alcohol is available. You can also limit the type of alcohol that will be served. Setting a limit on the amount of alcohol can help decrease some liabilities as well. It’s important to check if your reception facility offers any type of liquor liability insurance. Most do not. You can check the contract your reception facility provides for this information. If you are not covered it is possible to purchase liquor liability through companies. Don’t forget to get a liquor license if needed, which is available at most liquor stores. Organizing liquor for your wedding does not have to be a headache. Just remember that you understand your guests best, and you will be the judge on what type of bar to serve, and what steps you need to take to make your reception perfect.

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Ryan Jesperson from CityTV married the love of his life in March 2009 in Costa Rica. While their wedding dĂŠcor was created by the resort they got married in, you can recreate this look for your wedding with wicker plate chargers, green napkins, tropical flowers and coffee! Weddings Costa Rica used coffee beans and the coffee-coloured light box sitting on top of a bamboo table runner to add drama to the table dĂŠcor. Finally, an abundance of tea-light candle holders complete the table, giving it the polished and dreamy look they wanted. (photo courtesy of Joshua Dunford, Burnkit Creative)


This fun and funky look is from Special Event Rentals. A polka-dot tablecloth sets the base with a red organza overlay. Round mirrored chargers hold the black napkins, which use red licorice as napkin rings instead of something more traditional. The centerpiece is a spiraled candy holder with the candy colour-coded to the theme â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a real treat for your guests! The chairs are a white Chiavari with black pads and red organza chair ties. (photo courtesy of Infused Studios)


Atmosphere Wedding Planning and Designs created this look â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reflective Romanceâ&#x20AC;?. This table is conceptualized around the romantic at heart. White pintuck table linens set tone for simplicity and confidence. A combination of large white pillar candles and small red votive candles create depth in the centerpiece, surrounded by both large and small crystals and rhinestones. The rhinestone buckle napkin holders add a touch of flair and the round gold charger plates break up the white-on-white look, creating diversity in the look without a jarring effect. Black favour boxes with red ribbon add a touch of colour, highlighting the red in the centerpiece. (photo courtesy of Infused Studios)


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uffles are a huge trend for wedding gowns this season and the ruffled halter neckline on this dress is guaranteed to make a statement.

Know Your Most Common Bridal Fabrics: Brocade: Raised designs on a heavier fabric Chiffon: Sheer silk or rayon Lace: Hand or machine done, lace is popular in the bridal market Organza: Sheer but stiffer than chiffon Satin: Smooth with a high sheen, popular now Silk: A natural, strong expensive but elegant fabric Taffeta: Smooth, crisp fabric Tulle: Open weave net, most often used in veils and under slips Style #11031 available at The Bridal Boutique H&M by Willow Spa Jewelry is Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Flowers: Flower Fusion



The venue can make or break your wedding, but don’t let it do the same to your budget! • Have your wedding on any day other than Saturday. • Have your wedding in a ‘less popular’ month (January to March, and November) • Hold your ceremony and reception in the same location. This will save on décor and transportation fees. • Check about ‘preferred suppliers’. If a venue says you have to use their suppliers (i.e.: for décor, etc) you might not want to have your wedding there, as you will not have an option for companies you may want to use. However, if you like their suppliers, this can save you time and money. • Be ruthless with your guest list. The less people, the less cost per person.

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COST SAVER RECEPTIONS When decorating your reception venue you can save money buy using some of these cost saving tips:

• Head to a dollar store or a large chain-store like Wal-Mart to buy vases for cheap – • • • • •

then use them on the head table to hold your wedding party bouquets. Use votive holders in between to add some drama. Buy plants (or rent – check with your florist), get some plant pots and paint them in your colours to put the plants in. Place them on your tables as the centerpieces and let your guests know that they can take them home. You can also use larger floor plants to decorate the venue. If your venue will let you, buy your own liquor. Choose a few key pieces to decorate with, rather than a lot of different items. Keep it simple. We like the idea of wine glasses with coloured marbles in the bottom. Then fill with coloured water (use food colouring to get the shade you want) and place a floating candle inside! Use decorations that will go from the ceremony to the reception (if they are in two different locations). A buffet dinner is almost always cheaper than a plated dinner.



Your wedding florals can really go astray from the plan if you let yourself get carried away. Check our tips for keeping your floral budget on track: • Use flowers that are in season and local – let your florist know and ask for their recommendation. • Allow your florist as much flexibility as you can. Give them your style, colours and a list of either must-haves or do-notwants and let them work their magic. • Flowers in February – prices are at the highest point of the year. Avoid February if you can. • Large arrangements can be filled in with lots of little flowers like carnations which are really inexpensive, or large flowers like mums. • Consider ordering your flowers wholesale and creating your bouquets/décor yourself. Note: you will be responsible for all of the prep work and keeping them alive!

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So youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to start planning your amazing reception! There are a lot of details when it comes to the reception, but here are the six things you need to keep in mind when planning your party:


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verything is based on your location â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this is the key element to your celebration. Is it a blank slate, ready to create the perfect look? Are there architectural elements you want to hide or emphasize? What about lighting? Ideas for your reception come from many places â&#x20AC;&#x201C; magazines, websites, friends and

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lowers are one of the most important parts of your wedding day. They help compliment the entire feeling of your wedding day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whether it be a traditional or modern wedding, large or small.

Dramatic Cascade White amaryllis, white phalaenopsis orchid blossoms, white dendrobium orchids, green amaranthus, snowberries (in blue) and lily grass combine to create an amazing bridal bouquet.

Dresses Bride: JenniferScott Bridal Bridesmaids: Mori Lee from Wedding World Bridal Flowers: Wild Orchid Flower Shop Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

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Wired Up This trailing cascade bouquet is held together with aluminum wires, allowing for a more dramatic look. Green cymbidium orchids, succulents, lambs earl, ginko leaf and crystal all mix together in beautiful harmony.

Asymmetrical Splendor A posey bouquet with red green hydrangea, choco anthurium (the large, glossy ‘leaves’), pink kale, cymbidium orchids, green sedum and ornamental peacock leaves create a glamorous look for any bride. A matching boutonniere create a unified look.

Tropical Cascade A modern take on the traditional cascade, this bouquet of heliconia, green anthurium, equisetum and lily grass is guaranteed to be a showstopper, not for the faint of heart!

Classically Twisted This traditional calla lily bouquet is given a new spin – teal and peacock feather accents bring in a great splash of colour. The matching boutonniere ensures the groom makes a statement too.

Understated Elegance Beautiful pink roses are combined with hints of green leaves and grasses to create a classic look. Glitter adds a touch of drama to these pretty petals.

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any brides are looking at different options for their wedding florals. Some brides want the unconventional options, some are going green and some brides want their wedding flowers to last forever. Silk (or synthetic) flowers have some great pros: you can view your bouquet early and make any changes before your wedding day. Your flowers are already preserved and the exact colour you want is easily obtained. One of the best things about synthetic flowers is you can get exotic or out-of-season flowers at a fraction of the cost.

These red roses are done with tiny accents of green buds and little leaves. Simple, traditional and beautiful.

Red calla lilies are combined with white roses and long grasses creating a sweet bouquet for any member of your wedding party.

White calla lilies are mixes with large leaves and fernlike greenery to make this fabulous cascade bouquet. All silk bouquets were created by Opalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Artistry in Flowers

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Bouquet by Wild Orchid Flowershop


hen people think of flowers and love, the first bloom that usually comes to mind is the red rose. Beautiful, classic – one of the traditional flowers of love. There is a wide variety of rose colours, ones created in nature and ones created by man. You can find roses to go with any colour scheme but what do they mean? RED – love, beauty, courage and respect, “I love you”, passion DARK RED / DEEP BURGUNDY – unconscious beauty

WHITE – purity, innocence, reverence, youthfulness, “I am worthy of you”, heavenly WHITE (BRIDAL) – happy love PINK (BOTH DARK AND LIGHT) – appreciation, grace, perfect happiness, admiration, gentleness, joy, sweetness YELLOW – joy, gladness, friendship, “I care”, remember me, promise of a new beginning YELLOW (WITH RED TIPS) – friendship, falling in love ORANGE – desire, enthusiasm RED AND WHITE – when given together, it means unity

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RED AND YELLOW – when given together, it means jovial and happy feelings CORAL – desire LAVENDER – love at first sight, enchantment BLUE (NOT A NATURAL COLOUR) – the unattainable or impossible A single rose in any colour signifies simplicity and gratitude and a thornless rose means “love at first sight”.



The Amorous Pizza Garlic and onion, both known stimulants, combined with potatoes, create a food marriage made in heaven—an adult pizza, a perfect side dish for an amorous repast. (“they (potatoes) increase Seed and provoke Lust, causing Fruitfulness in both sexes”) Add 1 clove of chopped garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of Oregano into 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Let marinate while you prepare the rest of the pizza. For a quick and easy solution to the pizza crust, we buy premade frozen bread dough; we find it’s quick and affordable and has that homemade taste that makes this pizza special. Let the bread thaw out on a plate. One loaf makes one 12 inch pizza. Sprinkle flour onto a clean, dry counter. Roll the bread dough onto the flour, completely covering it. Place the dough into an ungreased baking pan (either a pizza pan or a cookie sheet). Knead (punch, to get the air out) and stretch the dough into a flat pizza crust. Now paint the crust with a thin coat of the marinated oil. Cover with 2 cups of thinly sliced mozzarella cheese. Add sweet onion, garlic, potato, sweet potato, salt and black pepper. Bake at 400 degrees until the crust is golden brown. 70 Bridal Fantasy 2010

Vegetable Kingdom Stuffed Peppers This recipe comes from mythical Greece. It calls for enough rice/vegetable stuffing and sauce to fill 8 small peppers. This is a delicate dish with the combination of different tastes in every bite—the peppers, rice, vegetables, and sauce. We are going to start with the rice. Take 3 cups of slightly undercooked rice and let cool. Chop into small pieces: 1/2 medium onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 3 small celery stalks with leafy tops, 1/2 medium potato, 1/2 small sweet potato—peeled, 2 small parsnips—peeled, 1 large broccoli stalk— peeled, 2 medium carrots, 3 cauliflower pieces, 1/2 zucchini, 15 green beans. In a large frypan, heat 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil and 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons butter to the sizzle point. Add the onions, garlic, and celery first; the hard-root vegetables and the zucchini and beans last. Add spices: 2 teaspoons Oregano, 2 teaspoons Basil, 1/2 teaspoon Thyme. Salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until vegetables begin to soften. Let

cool. Mix with cooled rice (you want approximately 2 cups of sautéd vegetables to each 3 cups of cooked rice). Let sit while you make the sauce. Now the sauce: 1 1/2 medium Onions, 6 cloves garlic, 16 small-medium roma tomatoes, 2 teaspoons Rosemary, 2 teaspoons Basil. Salt and Pepper to taste. Sauté onions and garlic in 2 table-spoons of grapeseed oil and 1 teaspoon butter. (Butter is optional. Just add a bit more oil.) Chop tomatoes and add to pan. Add spices and let simmer for 3/4 hour. Cut a lid into the pepper around the stem and slice the seeds and excess pulp off its underside. Gently scoop out anything left inside. Trim the stem. Stuff the raw peppers with the vegetable/rice mixture, put the lid back on, and place into a baking dish. Pour the tomato sauce over the peppers (your sauce should almost come to the top of the peppers in the dish). Cover with foil, leaving the sides slightly open as a steam vent; bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Mary Edwards and Shannon Loeber live in North Vancouver, British Columbia. They have been reading, writing and researching for most of their adult lives as well as cooking great tasting food and re-inventing easy fun-filled recipes for family and friends. Mary and Shannon grew all the herbs and most of the vegetables in their photographs, prepared and cooked all the recipes numerous times from scratch, tortured their families with their early failures, and took pictures of the incredible food and magic they created in their homes and kitchens. Check out for more info.

Ginger Beef Stir Fry Vegetables: Ginger (fresh peeled), garlic, onion, celery, red, yellow or orange sweet pepper, asparagus, broccoli stalk (peeled), carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms Stirfry Sauce: 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup soy sauce, 3 cloves grated garlic, 1 piece grated ginger (same size as garlic), 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce and/or black bean sauce, chili peppers to taste. Melt ingredients together in a small sauce. Thinly slice all vegetables for stir fry, the portions depending on what you have in the

fridge and how many people you wish to feed. Heat grapeseed oil in a large wok to sizzle point, add vegetables (sweet pepper and mushrooms last). Quick fry at a fast heat for 2 to 3 minutes, remove the vegetables from the pan with a perforated spoon to allow the oil to escape back into the pan. Add thin sliced meat to the hot oil and fry on high heat until the meat browns. Add sauce and sprinkle flour or corn starch to thicken. Put the sautéed vegetables back into the pan of meat and sauce, bring to boil, and serve over rice.

Their book of cookery is teeming with teachings of wisdom, sexuality, and romance through food craft, garden alchemy, poetry, healing arts, love, and nourishment. They weave passion and a pinch of humour with recipes and folklore erotica, enabling each reader to discover his or her pleasure senses. All colour portraits in Wisewoman's Cookery – Food, Sex, Magic & Merriment were taken by – one of the TOP 10 wedding photographers ON THE PLANET – American PHOTO 2007

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The Couple that Cooks Together… At Company’s Coming we know that family, friends and home cooking are key ingredients for a good life—and the same could be said for a good marriage! Here are three reasons why cooking together can help make you a happier, healthier couple.

Health & Wellness: When you’re first dating and spending time together, it’s easy to ditch balanced meals to eat in restaurants or have TV nights on the couch—complete with snacks, of course. Turn those habits around and take control of your nutrition by planning meals and cooking together. It will be easier to stick to a lifestyle change if you’re both there to encourage and motivate each other! And with a cookbook like Healthy in a Hurry, you can have wholesome meals on the table in half an hour. Try Something New—Together! Some people think they don’t like cooking—until they actually try it! Maybe you’re the Queen of Takeout, or you think your guy won’t be into the idea. Just try it—you might like it. And don’t be afraid to bargain. Let him choose the next movie you see together in exchange for a night in the kitchen. Chances are you’ll both have a great time—and you might even make a habit of it! For an easy transition, why not check out our simple and delicious recipes in 30-Minute Rookie Cook? Couple Closeness: If you both work, you’re probably apart all day long. Making dinner together is a great way to catch up on your day, discuss plans for the weekend or just spend some time together. If regular weeknight meals don’t fit your schedules, set a goal to cook together once a week. Why not spend a lazy weekend morning making breakfast? Stay in your pyjamas and robes, savouring both the food and your time together. For a fun and easy breakfast for two, try our featured recipe, Irish Breakfast, from Table for Two.

Irish Breakfast This Irish-style meal makes a complete breakfast, but you can also serve it with a side of fresh fruit salad.

CORNED BEEF HASH Butter (or hard margarine) Finely chopped onion Finely diced cooked peeled potato Finely chopped deli corned beef (about 3 1/2 oz., 100 g) Pepper Chopped fresh chives POACHED EGGS Water, approximately White vinegar Large eggs Chopped fresh chives Pepper, sprinkle

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Corned Beef Hash: Melt butter in medium frying pan on medium. Add onion. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to brown. Add potato. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potato is golden. Add corned beef and pepper. Heat and stir for about 1 minute until corned beef is heated through. Add chives. Stir. Makes about 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Corned Beef Hash. Remove from heat. Cover to keep warm. Poached Eggs: Pour water into medium saucepan until 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) deep. Add vinegar. Stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Water should continue to simmer. Break 1 egg into shallow dish. Slip egg into water. Repeat with remaining eggs. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until egg whites are set and yolks reach desired doneness. Transfer eggs with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Spoon corned beef mixture onto 2 plates. Top with eggs. Sprinkle with chives and pepper. Serves 2.

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uick! Look in the back of your closet. How many old bridesmaid dresses are in the corner? So goes the saying - Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Many women have a closet full of taffeta Cinderella dresses they would never wear again. However, designers are creating gowns that double as cocktail or black tie function attire.


ridesmaids can look great at the wedding, and afterwards too, by looking for dresses with quality construction, fine fabrics, and timeless design. For even more functionality, consider mix-and-match separates. The bridesmaid dress is a subject that needs delicate negotiation. Finding a gown that works for everyone in your party takes a little give-and-take from your girls.

Hair and Makeup: Alexander Daniels Hair & Body Boutique Dresses: Alfred Angelo available at Wedding World Bridal Suit: Derks Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

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Dress: Alfred Angelo from Wedding World Bridal Tuxedo: Derks Jewelry: Stylists own

Remember to be considerate…while it is an honour to be asked it to be part of the wedding party, it does cost money. Etiquette states that bridesmaids pay for their own gowns. It’s in everyone’s best interest if you talk to your attendants about a budget, and then stick to it. You want your friends to look amazing on your wedding day, and you want your photos to be fantastic. Dressing your bridesmaids identically may not be the best way to get what you want. All the bridesmaids do not have to look alike. Many brides consider styles and colours that look good on their friends. It’s a good idea to ask, “Would I wear that?” You may then want to ask, “Would they?”

Dress: #7015 by Alfred Angelo from Wedding World Bridal Jewelry: Stylists own

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Maybe one of your party has a more sophisticated look, while another is more flirty and adventurous. Embrace these differences! Remember, we love Sex in the City because each character has their own special style and flare. A good way to keep everyone on the same page is to have a brainstorming session and follow up with a shopping date with your friends. Remember to find a look that’s fun, funky and can be worn again. Simple, classic elegance…and friendly consideration for your bridesmaids’ personal style are priorities when selecting your bridesmaid gowns.

Dress: Alfred Angelo from Wedding World Bridal Bridal Jewelry: Stylist’s own Hair & Makeup: Willow Stream Spa Tux: Derks Dress: BM1202 by Venus available at Wedding World Bridal Bridal Jewelry: Stylist’s own Hair & Makeup: Alexander Daniel Hair & Body Boutique

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Bride: Cape from Wedding World Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Flowers: Kuhlmanns Floral Boutique Shot on location at the Fairmont Banff Springs Bridesmaids: Pretty Maids from Bells & Bows Bridal Centre All hair and makeup: Willow Stream Spa

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Dresses Bride: JenniferScott Bridal Bridesmaid (left): #6588 by After Six Bridesmaid (right): #6587 by After Six Available at Bridal Debut Hair: Alexander Daniels Hair & Body Boutique Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

Dress: #2792 by Dessy available at Wedding World Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

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or a fresh new take that has a sleek and timeless look many couples have recently attracted to black and white wedding themes.

Whether you’re looking for modern and chic, or smoky, Hollywood glamour, black and white could be the way to go. This look is a formal one that appeals to couples who want to bypass frills, hearts, and cupids. The big plus is that this is one of the few themes that doesn’t forget the men. This is a wedding that’s meant to have all-out glamour, from the tuxes, the cocktail dresses and the brides gown.

Photography: John Oliveri of Campanelli & Oliveri Photography

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Dress: Jennifer Scott Bridal Flowers: Opal’s Artistry in Flowers Jewelry: Stylists own Tuxedo: Derks

Dress: #1616 by Alfred Angelo from Wedding World Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry

Dress: GP23 by Glamour Girl from Wedding World Bridal Jewelry: Stylists own Tuxedo: Derks Flowers: la piazza dasee

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A selection of wine from Crestwood Fine Wines & Spirits, Mahogany Chiavari chairs finished with a rose and ribbon available at Special Event Rentals, Roses from Bride-on-a-Budget,

WINE &Roses

For the sophisticated urban bride, a wine tasting is a classy and fun alternative to a traditional bridal shower. The Wine

The Atmosphere

Visit a local wine boutique and ask for help to choose a selection of unique wines. Usually 2 white and 3 red is ideal. At the shower, make the tasting more interactive by allowing a different guest to introduce each wine (either prepare a write-up for each or use the bottle’s label).

When it comes to décor, keep it classy with a girly flare. Think fancy chairs and table linens in wine-inspired hues of mahogany and pink (available at a wedding décor/rental store). Make sure that the bride’s chair stands out. For centerpieces, cluster three empty wine bottles together and put a flower in each. Candles help create a warm and cozy atmosphere and don’t forget music – jazz and folk music mix well with a wine theme.

The Fun Organize several games, such as wine trivia, to play between sampling the different wines. Challenge everyone to a wine taste test in which they need to identify the type of blend or grape used. Purchase wine-related prizes, like petite bottles of ice wine or wine glass identifiers, to give to the winners.

For centerpieces, cluster three empty wine bottles together and put a flower in each. Candles help create a warm and cozy atmosphere

The Food Choose finger foods that pair well with wine. Serve a variety of cheeses with different tastes and textures and a selection of crackers and breads to compliment them. Opt for an exotic fruit platter, including some of the fruits found in the wines, like blackberries or pineapple. Bunches of grapes are a must. For dessert, bite size mini cheesecakes and a selection of chocolate pair well with wine.

Photos courtesy of Trident Photography,

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PLAYIN’ Around

Looking for fun games for the bridal shower? Here are some of our favourites! THE TOILET PAPER BRIDE – this is a classic shower game. Have the guests divide up into groups as evenly as possible. Try to get guests to go with people they may not know. Have one person in the group designated as ‘the bride’. Each group gets one roll of toilet paper. The group then has to create a wedding outfit for the bride using ONLY the roll of toilet paper. Time limit on this game is about 3-4 minutes, unless you have very creative guests! The real bride-to-be can join in or can be the judge, whichever you decide.

Bridal Shower


Bridesmaids – your game needs to be on when it comes to one of your most important jobs: the bridal shower.


f you haven’t entertained much or planned an event, there are a lot of great books, helpful websites and seasoned bridesmaid to call upon in your time of need.

Choosing your own personal and distinctive style for the shower is a great idea. Lots of showers are themed like the popular “Kitchen Theme” or the fun “Honeymoon Theme”. Other favourites are the “Garden Theme” and the “Tea Party Theme”. Many times it’s easy to pick up the bride’s personal interest and style too. My friend Sherri loved the colour orange. Her car was orange, she painted walls orange, she wore orange as a colour in some aspect everyday.

So of course we decided to do an “Orange Party” for her bridal shower. We had oranges in vases for décor, orange gerbera daisies, orange invitations, orange drinks – you get the idea. Sherri got the most amazing selection of gifts, each with the colour orange in it, on it or around it. Some great bridal shower favour ideas:

• Seeds • Cookies • Soaps • Tea

20 QUESTIONS – this is game for the bride-to-be. Before the shower, call the groom and ask him twenty questions about the bride, himself, the relationship, whatever! Get some of those old-fashioned gumballs (the bigger the better). At the shower have each guest ask her one of the questions. Each time she gets one wrong she has to put a gumball in her mouth. By the end of the game, the bride is trying to answer her questions around a large gum wad! MEMORY – a good game to play right at the beginning of the shower. Before the shower, lay out a large variety of different items (kitchen stuff usually works best) on a tray, then cover the tray with a cloth or towel. Start off by telling the guests that you are going to play a memory game. Do NOT say ‘memorize what’s on the tray’ or anything else that might give them a clue to the game. Have the bride or MOB carry the tray into the room and let each guests take a look at the tray (about 2-3 minutes total for all the guests). Have her take the tray and leave the room completely. Tell your guests they now have 1-2 minutes to write down…everything the bride (or MOB) was wearing! You will get some groans but it’s tons of fun.

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ASK GAYAbout your dAy QUESTION: I’d like to have my mother and mother-in law walk together in the wedding procession. I want one of them to carry a unity candle, but don’t want to leave the other empty-handed. Do you have any advice?

QUESTION: Can we register for gifts if we’re having a destination wedding? We don’t expect everyone to get us gifts, since they haven’t attended our wedding, but would like to have the option available. What should we do?

The lighting of a unity candle is a relatively recent addition to the traditional wedding ceremony, and commonly involves two taper candles and one large pillar candle. You can have both mothers carry and light the two taper candles at the beginning of the ceremony. Later, usually after the formal vows, the bride and groom use the taper candles to light the larger Unity Candle together.

It is very acceptable to register in this situation as people will still want to get you a gift, even if they can’t attend. However, you may want to avoid printing your registry information on your invitations, as this may appear demanding. Use your invitation as a tool to communicate your expectations.

QUESTION: My fiancée and I are not religious, but he wants to have a church wedding. I don’t feel comfortable having a pastor perform our ceremony. What is a possible compromise? Many non-religious couples feel that a civil ceremony lacks that special ‘something’ to commemorate their big day. As a result, it is possible to have a church ceremony without religious readings, and songs, but with some of the familiar wedding rituals that your fiancée seems to be craving. A lot of churches will rent out their venue (if you are not a part of their congregation, you can usually expect to pay more) at which point you can have whomever you want perform the ceremony.

Casino Night!


omething new for stags and stagettes is the fantastic idea of having your own casino party at home. Depending on the tone of the party you can create a memorable, outstanding, fun event where there's no cover charge and its a lot easier on the wallet than flying to vegas....check out or

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A detAiled AffAir Mark & Andrea Marinic – September 12, 2009 When Mark Marinic proposed to Andrea Kemper, Event Coordinator and owner of Jupiter Events, the stars aligned and burned bright with the possibilities their wedding day would bring. One boy, one girl, True Love...and details galore! Andrea spent over a year of research and planning every perfect detail of their wedding day. The classic black and white wedding incorporated a damask print along with kiwi green and fuchsia accents. As guests entered the foyer, a guest-signing tree of curly willow to write wedding wishes for the couple, wedding photo’s of parents and grandparents including photo’s of their family’s history was displayed and a photo station complete with a 'tickle trunk' of props to capture their guest’s creativity and playfulness. After a night of dancing, guests found a treasure chest set up in the foyer offering flip flops in various sizes and wrapped in kiwi green ribbon. They were encouraged to rest their tired feet and slip a pair on to continue dancing the night till dawn.

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Beauty Hair – Elysium Makeup – Kristina Susnjara (freelance) Bridal Gown The Bridal House Bridal Party Dresses The Bridal House Cake Deliciously Different Cakes Ceremony Venue St. Joseph’s Basilica Church Creative Design/ Wedding Planner Andrea Kemper – Jupiter Events & Three Tall Women Design Décor Table Linens – River City Rentals Chair Covers – C&J Chair covers Lighting – Production Lighting Entertainment Modro Nebo, Croatian Band Formalwear Derks Formals & Menswear Flowers Swish Flowers Honeymoon Destination Croatia, Germany and Slovenia Invitations/Stationary Kristina Susnjara (freelance) Location Shots: Alberta Legislative Building Old Arts Building University of Alberta Officiant Father Victor Botari Photographer Corrina Walker Photography Darren Kemper Photography Photo Station: Darren Kemper Photography Reception Venue: Santa Maria Goretti Centre

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sweet simplicity Vinny & Sheena Farkas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; September 19, 2009

Sheena and Vinny had a long engagement (2 years) so they had plenty of time to plan and execute the wedding they wanted. Vinny proposed to Sheena in Bow Falls, Banff and took her completely by surprise! With help from their family and friends the normal stresses felt by a bride and groom never affected this couple. Using a colour scheme of purple and silver, Sheena was able to use her home-based business (PartyLite Gifts) to accent her dĂŠcor and create a beautiful look. Along with doing all of the planning, Sheena, Vinny and their friends and family all worked to set up for the wedding day. Purple table linens covered the head table, giving it a very regal look while they celebrated with family and friends around a wonderful meal cooked by friends of the bride.

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Beauty Hair: Tess Rozak Makeup: The Bay

Bridal Gown Sposabella

Bridal Party Dresses Tres Chic

Cake Cakes by Trina

Caterer Becky Lastiwka (and family)

Ceremony Venue St. Joseph’s Basilica Church

Décor Amber’s Flowers & Gifts (Smoky Lake) PartyLite (Bride)

Entertainment Mystic Sound

Favours Hersheys Bliss & Cherry Kisses

Formalwear Derks Formals & Menswear

Flowers Amber’s Flowers & Gifts (Smoky Lake)

Honeymoon Destination West Coast Road Trip and a cruise in the future

Invitations/Other Stationary Invitations: Notables Stationers Programs: designed by bride

Location Shots: Alberta Museum

Officiant Father Victor Botari

Photographer Andrew Peter Bradley Photographer

Reception Venue: Andrew Alberta Community Centre

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rocky mountain romance Dave & Jordan Tran â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 18, 2009

When Dave popped the question, Jordan was completely surprised. He planned an elaborate scavenger hunt on their second anniversary, which ended with Dave proposing in their living room, and a celebration at the Hotel MacDonald with their families. Soft colours were key for their wedding. Yellow and ivory created a simple and elegant look, and were a fantastic contrast with the beautiful scenery in the Rocky Mountains. With over 1000 roses for the centerpieces and other dĂŠcor, it was breathtaking! Dave and Jordan had a private Buddhist ceremony a few days before their civil ceremony. For their Banff wedding, they put a photo from the Buddhist ceremony along with some roses in each hotel room to welcome their guests. On the morning of the big day, Jordan and her bridesmaids went for a hike up Mount Norquay before getting their hair done and brunch, while Dave and his guys played golf at the Banff Springs.

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Beauty Hair: Cascade Hair Makeup: A friend of the bride’s

Bridal Gown Unique Classique (Edmonton)

Bridal Party Dresses BCBG

Cake The Art of Cake (Edmonton)

Caterer The Juniper Hotel (Banff)

Ceremony Venue The Juniper Hotel (on the terrace)

Décor Elegant Touches (Edmonton)

Entertainment DJ Transter

Favours Female: personalized earrings for each lady made by Design by DeVa Male: golf balls with “Rosentran July 18, 2009” screened on

Flowers Forget Me Not (Banff)

Formalwear Derks Formals & Menswear (Edmonton)

Honeymoon Destination Hawaii (Maui and Kauai), then San Francisco

Invitations/Stationary The Paper Tree (Edmonton)

Officiant Robin Wright (Banff)

Photographer Buddhist ceremony: Bella Photography (Edmonton) Civil ceremony (in Banff): Shallon Cunningham Photography (Calgary)

Reception Venue The Juniper Hotel

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mAking it our wAy Mark & Laura Bollinger – October 11, 2009

When Laura and Mark first met, it was through a mutual friend via MySpace. Laura headed down to California to visit her girlfriend and to meet this guy who was interested. From there, Mark came to Canada to visit and ending moving here. In May of 2009, Mark popped the questions with roses spread all over Laura’s apartment and Beyonce’s All The Single Ladies playing when Laura walked in. With a wedding scheme of burnt orange and deep purple, they had a classy and slightly glamorous feel to their wedding without falling prey to a Thanksgiving theme. 96 Bridal Fantasy 2010

To create a vintage feeling the décor was made up of mismatched vases, bird ornaments and candle holders found a local second-hand shops and craft stores. The result? Cheery, eclectic clusters, individualized to each table. This completed the not-traditional idea of their table numbers – personalized to Laura and Mark (for example, table #1982 was the year both Mark and Laura were born, table #2827 was the number of kilometers between Edmonton and California, and so on). With the support of a lot of friends and family, finishing touches and décor were created by

hand using vintage pieces like buttons and bird stamps. The bride, along with her mom, bridal party and sisters of the groom made the fabulous cake – five, three-layer cakes with buttercream and coconut icing, poured ganache and fresh berries. The party atmosphere had fun touches like a photo booth with vintage fabric for a backdrop and a hand-cut willow archway for the bride and groom to stand under while they exchanged their vows.

Beauty Hair: The Salon by Joe Michel Makeup: Miranda Wulf of LuLuDi Image & Style

Bridal Gown San Patrick from Wedding World (veil from Bridal Debut)

Bridal Party Dresses EBay

Cake Made by the bride

Caterer Sunridge Ski Area

Ceremony Venue Sunridge Ski Area

Décor Bridal party & family

Entertainment DJ Len Oldrich

Formalwear Groom: Zaras Groomsmen: Derks Formals & Menswear

Favours Homemade peach jam in baby food jars, covered with purple fabric and tied with an orange ribbon and a stamp with the wedding date on it

Flowers Zocalo’s

Honeymoon Destination Mayan Riveria, Mexico – December 2009

Invitations/ Stationary Invitations by Brennan Black

Location Shots Ezio Farone Park

High Level Trolley Steeps Tea House on Whyte Ave University of Alberta

Officiant Omar Reyes

Photographer Boe & Carly Lefebvre, Pokedog Photography

Reception Venue Sunridge Ski Area

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commanding couture Tommy & Annie Jankovic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; November 14, 2009 Annie and Tommy have known each other for over twenty years, but about six years ago they started dating. On Christmas day of 2008, Tommy proposed to Annie, just outside her house. In traditional Croatian style, the wedding and reception involved a lot of dancing, and a shot table â&#x20AC;&#x201C; customary for guests to have when greeting the bride and groom, although some indulged more than others! Tommy and his groomsmen had their ties and pocketsquares designed for them by Derks Formals and Menswear. Using blue and pink and the colour scheme, Tommy and Annie created a beauty reception look with tall vases filled with water and a tall white orchid. The vases sat atop blue satin napkins as the centerpieces and included cube lights floating at the top, which light up the room beautifully.

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Beauty Hair: Moda Salon Makeup: Antonella Cuciz

Bridal Gown Maggie Sottero,

Bridal Party Dresses After Six,

Ceremony Venue Nativity of Mary

DĂŠcor Azalea Azoreana

Entertainment Band: Modro Nebo DJ: Kevin Ledesma

Flowers Azalea Azoreana

Formalwear Derks Formals & Menswear

Invitations/Stationary Kristina Susnjara

Location Shots The Citadel Theatre HP Center (NAIT)

Officiant Father Franjo Vistaicki

Photographer Scade Photography

Reception Venue Meridian Banquet Hall

Videography Capturing Time Productions Inc.

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SCOTLAND “Its Brigadoon, its Brigadoon!!” shouts Gareth, one of the characters in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.


Reverend Stuart MacQuarrie is Chaplain to the University of Glasgow. He has been a Church of Scotland Minister for 25 years.

e then proceeds to throw himself enthusiastically into Highland dancing. Brigadoon is the mythical highland village that appears for one day every 100 years, and where life is happy and romantic. Modern Scotland is not like Brigadoon but it is a wonderfully romantic place for a wedding. Personally, I have conducted more than a 1000 weddings now - in churches, in castles with associations to Mary, Queen of Scots, on mountainsides above the roar of a highland burn (a stream), in hotels and stately homes, and in football stadiums. Wherever the venue, there can be nothing on earth quite like witnessing the radiant joy and happiness of a newly married couple, the newly declared Mr. and Mrs. as they have that first married kiss. Scotland is such a fabulously romantic place for a wedding. It is remarkably easy to be married here, whether your wedding is in one of the great churches or cathedrals or on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond or any other lochside, or in a stately home or highland lodge, a castle or virtually any place in this wonderful land. Google ‘Marriages in Scotland’ and you should be directed to the website (1). This site has all the information about the legal

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requirements for being married in Scotland. There is a leaflet which can be downloaded which explains it all in clear terms. Even the forms can be downloaded. Having met the legal requirements, the next stage is to decide which type of ceremony you would like. Basically there are two. One form of ceremony is conducted by the local Registrar. These are known as civil marriage ceremonies. They are fairly simple, even brief ceremonies. Registrars in my experience are always helpful and willing to assist couples. Often they are perfectly happy for you to choose to include music or specific readings. But there must not be any religious aspect to these. Cities like Glasgow have quite palatial rooms where civil marriage ceremonies can be conducted. Some hotels and stately homes have special ‘Approved Places’ where civil marriages can take place. Even if the place you would like your ceremony to happen is not one of the ‘Approved Places’ it is possible to obtain temporary permission to hold your ceremony there. This can be time consuming and even expensive depending on the place. A list of Approved Places is on the getting married in Scotland website. The other form of ceremony is that conducted by an authorised religious celebrant – usually a Minister, Priest, Rabbi or someone authorised by a faith community recognised by the Registrar General. This

includes Humanist celebrants. Some faith communities such as the Catholic Church have very specific rules about where and when marriage ceremonies may take place. Others such as the Church of Scotland will be much more flexible. Most clergy or celebrants are very welcoming and happy to talk over the Marriage Vows and how you would like your ceremony to be. If you choose a Humanist wedding then the Humanist Society of Scotland will make you a member. Many of the places which hold weddings will be able to put you in touch with someone who is authorised and would be willing to conduct your wedding. And that takes us to locations and how to find out where you can be married. If you would like to be married in a church or cathedral there will be someone you can contact direct. One of the most popular places in Scotland for marriages is Luss Parish Church on the shores of Loch Lomond (2). The picturesque and historic local church and village welcome couples from all over the world. On the east coast, near to St Andrews – handy for a golfing honeymoon – Kilconquhar Parish Church is a lovely setting with the nearby Kilconquhar Castle estate, the ideal wedding reception venue with accommodation for your guests (3, 4). At the University of Glasgow we hold more than 150 wedding ceremonies a year. One of the couple being married must be a graduate or staff member (or a son or daughter of one). Weddings in the Christian faith are conducted in the lovely University Chapel (5). Even if you don’t meet the criteria to have your wedding ceremony in the University you can still hold your wedding reception in one of the beautiful ceremonial rooms (6). The universities of St Andrews and Aberdeen also have wonderful and historic chapels where weddings can take place. Throughout Scotland there are the most amazing and at times unusual venues where weddings can take place. The sacred Abbey on Iona is a place where the sense of spirituality is almost tangible. Iona holds a special place in Scotland’s history and the nearby St Columba Hotel (7) or Argyll Hotel (8) can make your reception and stay on the sacred isle that bit more special. There’s even a quite luxurious bunkhouse (9) for those wishing to be that bit closer to nature. Iona Abbey with places like Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace are all

managed on behalf of the nation by Historic Scotland (10). During the summer I conducted a wedding in the ancient St Margaret’s Chapel – the oldest building in Edinburgh Castle. Historic Scotland with the National Trust for Scotland, Crathes Castle, Mar Lodge, even Falkland Palace have many historic and special places where you can be married. For those with an interest in that ultimate romantic Robert Burns, it is possible to be married in a number of locations with associations to the National Bard. Brig o’ Doon Photograph of John & Jan McGregor by Naomi, Norma Ann Photography House Hotel (11) is in the These words penned by Sir Walter Scott shadow of the famous bridge where Tam describe the rugged, highland landscape o’Shanter’s mare lost her tail to the witches which makes Scotland a mystical, spiritual and warlocks haunting old Alloway’s Kirk! place. Earlier this year I was privileged to Scots have a deep and passionate interest in show your esteemed editor and her husband sport. Recently I conducted a marriage around Scotland. We went deep into the ceremony in the magnificent splendour of heart of the Trossachs and enjoyed a trip on Ibrox Stadium home of Rangers FC (12) where the beautifully restored vessel, “Sir Walter the couple had a champagne reception in the Scott” which sails on Loch Katrine. The water famous Trophy Room. Hampden Park (13), from this loch surrounded by mountains is home of Scotland’s international football piped 35 miles to Glasgow. It is the purest team and for Celtic fans, Celtic Park (14) can and softest water to be found anywhere in also offer tremendous experiences. And if the world. You can be married on the loch rugby is your game you can even be married (17) and I am sure it was that discussion on the pitch at Murrayfield (15), home of the which led to this article. Scottish international rugby team. For golfers there is even the possibility of being married within a short distance of the Old Course at You can easily hire Highland Dress and St Andrews (16), the home of golf. virtually everything you need for your wedding. Unlike Brigadoon, your wedding in Scotland won’t fade into the mists of time. It “O Caledonia! stern and, wild, will be a truly unforgettable, wonderful Meet nurse for a poetic child! experience which lasts forever in the hearts of Land of brown heath and shaggy wood those who come to be married here.

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scottish love & lore John & Jan McGregor – July 17, 2009

Jan Logan and John McGregor know each other for years before they started dating, through their involvement with a youth organization. John proposed on one knee in a local beauty spot – the falls of the River Clyde on New Lanark heritage site – on a Sunday afternoon in September. Jan & John were engaged for just under two years, which gave them a lot of time to plan their special day down to the last detail. Through their wedding, the theme was there but subtle. The use of their initials (J & J) were incorporated into all of their designs – from the invitations to the favours to the cake (a three-tiered cream fruit cake), even the photo album carries this theme.

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Beauty Hair: David Corbett Salon Make-up: Linda at Sistars

Bridal Gown “Hollywood Dreams” – Eleganza Sposa Bridal Party Dresses Anne Priscilla Bridal

Cake Margaret Dandie

Ceremony Venue Uddingston Old Parish Church

Entertainment Conundrum Band

Formalwear Groom: his own kilt in Scottish Rugby Tartan Groomsmen: their own kilts in Douglas Tartan

Favours Females: heart-shaped chocolate wrapped in silver foil boxes Males: chocolate playing cards tied with ribbon Done by Adele, Finishing Touches

Flowers Alison Walker

Honeymoon Destination Kenyan Safari followed by a beach resort in Mombassa

Invitations/Stationary Adele, Finishing Touches

Location Shots: Church and hotel grounds

Officiant Reverend Norman McKee

Photographer Naomi, Norma Ann Photography

Reception Venue The Crutherland House Hotel

Videography Sherwood Video

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hen Stephanie and Matt came to me for premarital coaching, they sat down on the love seat in my office, holding hands and glowing with love. I asked what they wanted to get out of their counseling and Stephanie replied, “I read in one of your books that there are two-thirds fewer divorces among couples who get premarital counseling. We love each other and we want to stay together, so here we are.”

“And both of us come from divorced parents,” Matt chimed in. “I remember all the traveling back and forth, feeling awkward, sad, and angry all the time. I use to get in fights almost every day at school. It was all I could do because I didn’t understand why I felt so bad.”

By Dr. Brenda Wade Dr. Brenda is a regular on NBC’s Today Show and CNN as a psychology expert. She has been featured on shows such as Oprah and Good Morning America, and as the host of the nationally syndicated Can This Marriage Be Saved and the national PBS Pledge Special Power Choices. Dr. Brenda is also founder of the Love and Money Summit. For more information on Dr. Brenda’s books Power Choices, Love Lessons, and What Mama Couldn’t Tell Us About Love or on her upcoming workshops, check out

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“We don’t want that.” Stephanie said firmly. “We’ve already read several books. What else do we need to do?” “Thank God you’re here,” I replied. “It’s much cheaper to do some work up front rather than try to fix your relationship later when negative patterns are more ingrained. I have to tell you, I was a trained scientist before I became a clinician so brace yourself, you’re about to learn the science of love.” Yes, that’s right. Scientists like John Gottman of the University of Washington and Alan Leavitt of the University of California, Berkeley have shown that there are specific factors that lead to lasting love. But the flip side is also true; there are behaviors that will destroy your relationship. Good and bad, these factors will determine if your marriage has a fat love bank account or if you’ll end up

emotionally bankrupt. Following is a summary of what I shared with Stephanie and Matt over the next eight weeks of their premarital counseling that you can start putting to use right away. The major factors that contribute to marital bliss versus martial bomb is whether you use the four A’s or the four C’s as the basis of your relationship. ‘The four what?' you’re probably thinking. Let me break it down for you. The C’s: criticism, coldness, contempt, combativeness

• Criticism means looking for what’s wrong or focusing on the negative. We all know what it’s like to be criticized and it’s not fun. Why do this to your loved one?

• Coldness equals withdrawing affection, love, positive attention, and/or sex. Did someone turn down the temperature?

• Contempt is behaving as if your partner disgusts you, including eye-rolling, sarcasm, speaking in a contemptuous tone or using contemptuous words such as “that’s a stupid idea,” or “you need help.”

• Affection equals words, gestures, tones or touches that convey love and caring.

• Admiration are words such as, “Wow, you look as attractive now as the first time I saw you,” or “you are always ready with great ideas to make our life better.”

• Appreciation equals giving thanks for your partner and the contributions they make to you and your life. Remember when you didn’t have a partner and longed for one? Now show that they are here, show them some appreciation!

• Everyone longs to be accepted for their true selves. To express acceptance means to love the core of who your partner is, what they stand for in the world, and even their quirks and little annoying habits. This doesn’t mean you don’t strive to grow and evolve and become better people, but it does mean no nagging about habits or your pet peeves unless it crosses the line and become a C or a real hazard to you, your partner or your relationship. Making the A’s a daily practice automatically eliminates the C’s, thereby depriving them of any opportunity to rear their C-shaped little heads. Research shows that we develop new patterns in our brains the more we repeat something. So go forth and build those love patterns and your love bank account will never go bankrupt, it will always be full. Not surprisingly, after implementing the A behaviors above into daily practice and working to eliminate those nasty C’s, Stephanie and Matt are now celebrating their second wedding anniversary and expecting their first child. In a note they sent me recently, they say they practice the A’s like a new religion. Adopt these behaviors and you too will grow a healthy, steadfast marriage.

• Combativeness is using either attacking or defending as a way of communicating. Attacking is “You are the problem, you never call, you should change.” Defending is “I’m not the one causing problems, I do all the work,” etc. I cringe even writing about the four C’s, just imagine how it feels to live with them! Research shows that couples who use the four C’s as their primary means of

communication, have an 81 percent--let me repeat that--81 percent chance of being divorced within five years. The four C’s are what we would technically call emotional or verbal abuse and they are withdraws from your love bank account. But wait, help is on the way! The A’s: affection, admiration, appreciation, acceptance

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connection between your engagement and the cool-down, but that could be a good thing. Perhaps sealing the deal has made both of you subconsciously relax and realize that your commitment is for real. Perhaps you’re both starting to sense the gravity of marriage and it’s preoccupying you. Or perhaps your long-term relationship is simply moving out of the hormonal stage. Those are all positive, healthy changes that a couple can expect to experience. You didn’t say that you or he weren’t satisfied with your sex life; you simply said that, after four years, it’s starting to cool down. Don’t make this a bigger issue than it is. Relax, keep your perspective, and use your common sense. Sex is going to change over the years that you’re together— just wait ‘til you bring your first baby home! As long as you and your husband enjoy a mutually-satisfying sex life and keep intimacy a priority, all will be well. You don’t have to experience fireworks every night!

love S.O.S. for newlyweds

I’m getting married next summer, but there’s a nasty issue between my maid of honor and my fiancé’s best man. They used to date (my fiancé and I actually met through them) but now they’ve broken up. It was a messy breakup since he cheated on her, they’re on terrible terms, and are both threatening to boycott our wedding if they have to stand up together. I told my fiancé it was only fair for him to ask his friend to step down (since he’s the jerk), but he doesn’t agree and now we’re arguing. What should I do? I don’t think my friend should have to stand up with a guy who treated her so badly. Ah, I’m partially out of my league: With regard to the logistics of the ceremony, including presenting this ex-couple with options so they’re not paired together, I’d encourage you to consult a wedding etiquette specialist. These folks are experts at negotiating awkward wedding issues. Just do it soon! But now to what I think is the larger and more important issue, which is the fact that you and your fiancé are arguing over this. It pains me that lovebirds like you are being drawn into this drama. If your marriage is to last longer than the wedding ceremony, the two of you must learn to insulate your relationship from other peoples’ problems. Regardless of how this situation resolves itself, 112 Bridal Fantasy 2010

you and your fiancé should use this opportunity to have a heart-to-heart about prioritizing and protecting your relationship. That involves respecting and empathizing with each other’s feelings, compromising, and presenting a united front to friends and family. Realize that this issue will be a transitory one: your marriage, however, will last forever. If you can turn this argument into a chance to showcase the insight and skills your marriage will need to survive, you’ll be the wiser (and happier) for it. My fiancé and I have been together for four years and living together for two. Since we got engaged last year, I’ve noticed that our sex life is cooling down. I’ve asked him about it, but he says he doesn’t notice a difference. I’m worried this is going to get worse after we’re married, since it seems that the change has happened since the engagement. What can I do to make the sex as hot and heavy as it used to be? The bad news is that there’s probably nothing you can do to make the sex as “hot and heavy” as it was in first year that you were together. The good news is that this mild cool-down isn’t just normal, it’s also necessary if your relationship/marriage is to deepen in meaning, strength, and—yes— sexual intimacy. Sure, there may be a

How do I get over my jealousy? Whenever my fiancé talks to a pretty woman (cashiers, waitresses, whatever) I feel a mixture of insecurity, anger, and helplessness. My fiancé seems to think it’s funny and puffs out his chest like it’s a joke. Believe it or not, your fiancé’s reaction may be a good one. In my experience, men who are out to make their partner’s jealous are more subtle about it. My guess is that he’s doing his best to marginalize your jealousy because he knows it’s unfounded and doesn’t know how else to handle it. You’ve also indicated the type of pretty girls he’s talking to—cashiers and waitresses that you and he encounter in the normal course of a day—so it’s not like he’s trolling the bars at closingtime looking for “hot babes.” I think you need to cut yourself some slack here. Jealousy is a normal emotion and it’s at its strongest in the early years of a relationship. When you feel it, turn your thoughts to all the ways your fiancé makes you feel like you’re “the one.” Although some degree of jealousy is normal, you must maintain your perspective, use your common sense, and keep it in-check so it doesn’t start to consume you. Debra Macleod is an internationally published author of five sex & relationship guides. Her sixth book will be out in 2010. She is a contributor to Cosmopolitan, Bridal Guide, Men's Health, Playboy, and Fox TV. Having just moved to Calgary, Debra can be seen on Global TV, Breakfast Television and Shaw TV, and heard on the VIBE 98.5 fm. She is also the host of "Love S.O.S" spice-it-up intimacy seminars for women. Debra has been married for nine years and she and her husband, Don, have a son.

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marriage Money Talk HONEY, I have something to tell you…


he conversation you should have before you tie the knot. People are always talking about money: what they paid for their latest toy, how much they saved on their last shopping expedition, how expensive life is. And while the money chatter really ratchets up as couples plan for their weddings, the focus tends to be on The Big Day and not on what comes next.

Gail Vaz-Oxlade is the host of the award winning “Til Debt Do Us Part” on Slice and Global TV in Canada and CNBC TV in the U.S. Gail is currently in production on a second reality series called Princess which will air on Slice in the fall of 2010. Gail blogs daily at her website,, where she urges readers to take control of their money and their lives. Sought after by the media for her quick wit and blunt honesty, Gail has appeared in pictures and print all across Canada. The author of 12 books on money, her latest book, Debt Free Forever is published by HarperCollins Canada.

While the wedding itself is exciting and challenging, it doesn’t hold a candle to what it’s going to be like sharing a life. If you haven’t had the money heart-to-heart, you’re begging for a fight down the road. When questions about financial goals, money values and debt start cropping up, so can the conflict. Better to get it all out in the open so you know what you’re getting into.

Who Will Pay for What? You might think that splitting the bills 50/50 is the fair thing to do. He might think you should just pool all your money in one account and pay for everything together. So what’s it going to be? If you don’t iron out how you will manage your cash flow on dayto-day basis, you’ll likely end up with multiple accounts, struggles over who should pay for what, and resentment about how the other guy spends your money. Ask each other: • Who will do the day-to-day money management? • How will the other partner participate? (Abdication should not be an option.) • How will we deal with unexpected expenses? • Do we each want “our own money” that we don’t have to answer for? How much? • How will we decide on major purchases?

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What Are You Bringing to the Table? Couples hook up all the time without talking about how much money they have or how much debt they’re carrying only to face the horror of the other person’s past financial indiscretions. While one partner is not responsible for the other’s debt unless that person borrows jointly or co-signs, old debt has a way of haunting new relationships. If one of you has been lax in your repayment history, it’ll cost you both more to borrow when it comes time to get a mortgage. If one of you has racked up dozens of credit cards and is barely making the minimum payments, it’ll cost you both when it comes to achieve the goals you’ve set together. Ask each other: • How much do we have in the bank? In retirement savings? In other assets? • How much do we have in debt? What are we paying for that debt (in terms of interest cost and cash flow)? And how do we plan to deal with that debt moving forward? • How much do we each earn (in net dollars)? What benefits do we have from work? Whose job will take priority if we have to move for a career opportunity? • Do you have any insurance through work or bought privately? Who is it with? What’s it for (life, disability, medical, critical illness)? What’s the insurance benefit? Who is the beneficiary? Will you be changing the beneficiary once you marry? • Do you own a car (or other vehicle)? How old is it? When will you likely need to replace it?

• What other financial responsibilities do we each have (e.g., supporting a family member, child support or spousal support, aging parents, needy siblings)?

What Do You Want? Speaking of goals, do you have any? Have you talked about them? Do they mesh or conflict? If you have chatted about when you’d like to buy a home, how many kids you’ll have and who will care for them, and how often you should take a vacation, these are but a few of the hundreds of things you still have to cover. Don’t get overwhelmed… you don’t have to do it all at once. But it does mean you have to make your goals – and your money – a regular topic of conversation. Ask each other: • What does our life together look like in a year? Five years? Ten years? • How are we the same with our money? • How are we different with our money? • How will we negotiate so we keep things fair? • Who will we ask to help us with our financial planning? (Parents, friends, professionals) As you move from Me to We, do your relationship a favour and make communication a top priority. No matter how well paired you seem at first, as time goes by and you each change, you won’t be the people you were when you married. So communicate, don’t disintegrate.

7 Steps to Set The Stage • Choose a non-stressful time to talk. • Listen to each other with patience and respect. • Be honest. • Share concerns without judging your partner. • Make your partner feel safe. • Take a break if emotions start to run high… but • Set up the time for the next money talk before you’re done.

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Falling forward I

believe that every person you meet comes into your life for a reason. I believe that it's not what happens to us in our lives it's what we do about it.


is when it really hit me. I had to go into my children's 3 bedrooms and pack all of their personal belongings; I would pick up things like a zip lock bag of their first hair cut trimmings; their first letter to mommy and daddy; their first little footprint that they made for me in Pre School; their first note to Santa Claus; their first picture and the note that says I Love You Mommy. I would pack up these keepsake items and save them. Some of the clothes I donated to our church and Salvation Army.

At that moment, the entire audience stood up and gave this woman a standing ovation. It was an experience that I and many in that room will always remember. People hugged each other in that seminar. There wasn't a dry eye in the place. That day had an impact on so many people's lives, including mine.

“Then I had to go into the bedroom I shared with my husband and look around at all of the memories that we had built over the past 20 years of marriage our life together.”

It's not what happens to you in your life; it's what you do about it.

ometimes while I am in front of my live audiences I share with them stories of people who have impacted and touched my life. I am truly blessed to have had so many wonderful life experiences. A few years ago I was doing a Public Seminar and a woman stood up and started complaining about how tough and difficult her life was. She started to become the poor me victim. A woman behind her a few rows asked out loud, Your life is difficult compared to what?

The woman who was speaking turned around and said, and so you think your is more difficult than mine? The woman said, I don't think anyone in this seminar today has ever experienced what I have been through and I never wish it upon them but people I believe that everyone can truly learn from my experience. I asked the woman to stand up and share and she accepted my request. She began with this: “A year ago my husband and my three beautiful young children awoke one early summer Sunday morning feeling adventurous and excited to go on our two-week family vacation. We got up and packed our SUV and drove off a short while later. As we were traveling down the highway a group of people coming home after a long night of Saturday night partying decided to cross the centerline of the highway. “At that moment our lives changed forever. My husband and three children were killed on impact. I was in shock - I was pinned in the vehicle helpless, not able to do anything. The emergency crews arrived to pry the vehicle open with the Jaws of Life. I was freed from the wreck and taken away. Later I had to return with the coroner and police officers to identify my husband and three children. This event changed my life forever. “When I returned home, after the emotional shock started to wear off that

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I asked her how she got through this experience or if she ever would. She replied confidently, "It's not what happens to you in your life it's what you do about it. My husband and children would never want me to go on living my life with pain and misery. Nor would they want me to be medicated for the rest of my life. "I am blessed to have had three beautiful children some people today in this seminar and in this world will never be able to give birth to a child. God gave us the miracle of three. Some people in this seminar and in the world will never find their soul mate I lived with mine for over 20 years and we were also best friends. We lived in a Beautiful neighborhood had great careers and did many wonderful things together. "I could sue those people who were in that other automobile for what they did but instead I have forgiven them. I could write letters to the Editors of Newspapers and blame Law Enforcement for not putting up more Police Road checks to catch drunk drivers. I could go to a medical doctor and get a prescription to take medication for the rest of my life. But I have chosen to be a Victor vs. a Victim."

So the next time that you think your life is challenging and difficult, the next time the man or woman you love upsets you or you have an argument or things aren't going the way you believe they should be going - ask yourself this question. "Compared To What?"

Darren Jacklin's uncanny ability to increase business income, wealth and success by uncovering hidden assets, overlooked opportunities and undervalued possibilities has captured the attention and respect of NBC TV, Elevision Network, Sharing Success TV, best-selling authors, entrepreneurs and marketing experts. Darren Jacklin, is called a Mega Manifestor. Tell Darren what you really, really, REALLY want in your personal or professional life and he can show you how to get it! He has help people to manifest dream jobs, relationships, joint venture partners, automobiles, vacations and so much more. For almost two decades, Darren Jacklin has traveled the planet and dedicated his life to discovering the most advanced principles for producing accelerated change. As a World Authority on Making Your Dreams Real he has trained personnel from more than 130 Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, Black & Decker, Barclays Bank, Air Canada, as well as high school and professional athletes from more than 36 countries. Darren is supporting his fiancé Clara Chorley in her lifetime vision of building villages in Africa. For more info about Darren Jacklin, check out his website at

money magic for Couples W

hether you have just gotten together with your mate or you have been together for years, the topic of money is important. If couples do not discuss money this can lead to many frustrations, disagreements as well as divorce. With discussion couples can at least get on the same page towards creating a very wealthy and fulfilling future. The media has bombarded us with how to survive in a recession, it is my belief that if you focus on surviving that is all you will get, in order to thrive you must both develop a mindset for money and abundance. Money is always a reflection of what is going on inside (beliefs, values, interests), if you are not happy with your current situation regarding money then you need to set your sights higher and develop the right mindset and habits to accumulate wealth. It will take an absolute commitment from you and your partner to change your thinking as well as apply the following principles to develop habits of success.

“There isn’t enough money to go around,” “I don’t believe that I can make $50,000 a year.” Immediately reverse your beliefs to the positive and start affirming them every day.


Develop an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for what you have while achieving what you want. Every morning and night, give thanks to all that you have in life. Find as many reasons to give thanks.

4 If you are not already doing what you love and making money at it, then discover what you love to do by making a list of your passions. In your spare time, work on the things you love and brainstorm the opportunities of making money with them. 5

Make a budget that includes identifying all of your expenses, income and spending habits. Once you have identified them, implement the 70/30 rule. Budget to live on seventy percent of your net income. The other thirty percent allot to charity (10%), capital investments (10%) and savings (10%).

6 Remove the clutter from your life – simplify. Once you clean up any messes in your life, doors will open for you to focus on activities that can make you more money.


Surround yourself with your images of wealth and prosperity. Put up pictures, quotes and sayings around your house or work environment. Also, surround yourself with people who have positive influences in regards to wealth and prosperity.


Review and visualize your goals daily. Imagine every day as if you have already achieved your goal. This will motivate you to complete your goals. Remember that life is a journey and along the way you will reach many destinations as well as hit many road bumps. Keep your head up high, stay focused and know that you and your partner have the power and magic to create a wealth and abundant life together. Wayne Lee Mental Programming Expert

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Here are 8 surefire ways to open the gate to abundance for you and your partner: (these do not have to be followed in any particular order)


Decide what you would like to be, do and have. Identify and write down your longterm goals – 3 years, 5 years, 10 years and 20 years from now. Make a list of your shortterm goals – weekly, monthly, yearly. Write out what you do want as opposed to what you don’t want. Make your goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic, Time deadline). For example, “I will make $50,000 by September 30.”


Identify any beliefs that are limiting you from being wealthy and prosperous. For example, “I don’t deserve to have money,”

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hen I opened the door to the bathroom, my heart leapt. The kind of leap that happens when a double rainbow unexpectedly appears, or you catch a glimpse of a dolphin in the ocean, or when the man or woman you love surprises you...


andlelight flattered my tiny bathing room as gentle Latino music played softly in the background. The aged claw foot tub all but purred as warm water lapped its porcelain sides, sealed in by a red carpet of blood-red rose petals. All I wanted to do was immerse. To dive into that beckoning softness and leave my day on the bathroom floor along with everything else. My body wanted to immerse while my heart wanted to enter the low-lit living room and hold the man who'd created such beauty. Thankfully, aware of my stillness, he came to me; glass of chilled white wine in hand and a smile that told me he was really proud of himself! I climbed in and the rest of the evening is sacred... That evening is etched in both our minds and hearts. Often, as women, we become accustomed to flowers, chocolates and dinner. Perhaps champagne or a weekend away - both of which are wonderful. And. There's something magical that happens between two people when uniqueness is gifted, when we're offered something that we're not expecting. So much of life can become known, and sparks of unknown tend to revitalize and re-activate our heart muscles. When I walked into the bathroom that night, the messages I heard, loud and clear, were: "You are important to me". "You matter." "You are a priority in my life." I felt loved. Darren is consistent with his 'rose petal baths'. They come in many forms: last pennies spent in my favourite restaurant; surprise gifts in my lap, pockets, and purse on our anniversary; and almost daily love and 118 Bridal Fantasy 2010

appreciation notes - both privately and publicly; but perhaps the really juicy, yummy part lies in our open, honest communication. I don't have to guess. Nor does he. While romance is wonderful, even necessary, presenting a rose to the woman you love when you're both still hurting from yet another argument about finances, sort of dilutes any potential or intended heart connection. Romance is just not the same when there's underlying resentment, unfinished arguments, or unresolved misunderstandings. If each relationship is a garden, it's very important to pull the weeds ... consistently. Romance is easiest in the beginning of a relationship. With heightened emotional and sexual receptivity hormones creating all those yummy sensations for the first couple of years or so, we want to give to each other sometimes at the exclusion of all else... But there's something comforting about being known really deeply and loved for exactly who you are. When you discover that he leaves his clothes scattered around the living room, or she spends 2 hours getting ready to go out, or he eats too fast (which leads to other challenges!), or she talks too much; when you discover that the woman or man you fell in love with comes with an array of value differences, know that those differences are designed to help you embrace patience, acceptance and love. Really, is a messy man a deal breaker? Is a talkative woman a deal breaker? Not so much when the messy man draws rose petal baths with soothing sounds

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and chilled libations; and not so much when the talkative woman is expressing appreciation and love. I invite you to inhale the excitement of newness, and, at the same time, be sure to nurture and relish the journey of depth. Give to your lover, husband, wife, life partner simply because of who he or she is and because of all the delicious imperfections and differences. The life partner that you have chosen is there to open you up so that you can love more deeply than ever before. And that is the really yummy part of being human and of being wed.

Clara Ann Chorley Speaker, Coach, Author, Founder of Charity Unlimited Clara Chorley is an awardwinning public speaker, private coach, author; and founder of Clarity Unlimited. Clara worked with a Fortune 500 company where she coached partners and team members in leadership competencies and team building skills; leadership effectiveness and interdependence. She is skilled at helping others clarify their Purpose, move through obstacles such as procrastination, fear and resistance to change; increase self/inner awareness and get into action with their lives. Born in Birmingham, England, Clara has lived in Honolulu, Hawaii where she acquired her BA in Speech/Communications and worked as an organizational specialist. Clara moved to San Francisco in 2005. She has lived and worked in India, Romania and Rwanda with disadvantaged populations; and has traveled to over 34 countries. Clara is a published writer, editor and contributor to the book: 15 Winning Ways to Better Living. (Sherman Texas: 15 Winning Ways Book Series, 2009)


for Health, Life and Love


ome couples run to lose weight, take control of their lives or run a specific distance, others run for stress relief and the positive feelings exercise gives as a reward for their efforts. Running was once about the lonely long-distance run; today it is about the social benefit, with people laughing and enjoying themselves while reaping the benefits of an active lifestyle. Attitudes towards your personal goals, your family, your career and your community improve as you, together, take charge of life and become more athletic. You learn that life is full of challenges, but with an intelligent plan, a couple can share in the journey and the celebration of the finish line, together achieving success both in running and in life. Why Run? Rewards of improved fitness: • lose weight • take control of your life • run a specific distance • stress relief • healthier eating habits • positive feelings • improved self-esteem

For many of couples running is as natural as brushing your teeth or combing your hair. Running is no longer reserved for those with good genetics; it works for nearly everyone. A look at most healthy living programs and material will show the commonality of some simple recommendations: combine the national food guide for nutritional intake with a regular routine of brisk exercise. Running fits the recommendation perfectly when it comes to brisk exercise. You can run on your own, run with your life mate and run at a time and place that is convenient for the two of you. Over the past 20 years running has changed from being a competition, to winning at health and fitness through a regular routine of participation. Many of you will say, “I am not an athlete. I could never run.” I say to you, “Yes, you can.

You are athletes and you can run. With some conviction you can do it!” You will soon adapt to the physical training and feel the benefits. You will learn that the more we exercise the better our nutritional choices. The thought of an evening run reminds you to make the most intelligent choice for lunch. The very thought of how you feel when you run and how your food choices leave you feeling makes you an athlete. Do not let anyone tell you that you will never be an athlete or runner. I have seen individuals make the decision so many times to take control of their lives and succeed. Do not let your current assessment of your body image be a concern. Running provides an attitude adjustment. The empowerment and sense of self-control is the very reason many runners run. Many of our world leaders relish the clarity of thinking, the calming effects and the energy provided by the simple act of placing one foot in front of the other. They know they are better for those they lead by taking care of themselves. If you care about the people important to you, you must first take care of yourself, so you are in a better position to help them. As we become more athletic, we learn structure and discipline to keep balance in our training and prevent the obsessive-compulsive workouts that lead to burnout or injury. Staying highly motivated and injury free provides the consistency of training, the ability to improve and long-term success. After over 25 years of coaching runners, I have seen many athletes injured from running too fast or too long. Interestingly, I have not seen a single injury from running too slowly. The adage “slow and steady wins the race” certainly applies as you commence a running program. Keep your program gentle while maintaining your motivation and consistency. Getting our butts out the door on a regular basis is often the biggest challenge.

great motivator, the very thought of not keeping up to your buddy provides the selfmotivation to run. A question often asked is “What is the absolute minimum amount of training required to run a 5 K, 10 K, half or full marathon?” The answer is to run at least three times per week. All training programs are built on the premise of endurance, strength and speed. The other key ingredient is rest. Rest is a part of every good training program, and you need it for recovery and to improve and be stronger. Finally keep your time together fun think of your running as play time! John Stanton is the Founder of the Running Room with over 100 stores in Canada and the USA . He is the author of 5 books on running. He has completed over 60 marathons and the Canadian and Hawaiian Ironman World championships in Kona.

The power of a couple running together is amazing. Running steadily becomes a way of life. In addition to discovering the many benefits of running, you expand your topics on interest. This positive peer pressure is a 2010 Bridal Fantasy 119



ealth is a choice, a concept, an attitude, a way of life. Wealth does not just happen. A couple must choose to be wealthy. Couples rarely succeed in building wealth without the strong commitment of both partners. The Law of Attraction states that you can create your life through your thoughts. Think wealthy thoughts and you are on your way to leading a wealthy life.

Rodney K. Robertson, B.Comm., C.A. Partner SVS Group LLP, Chartered Accountants Rod brings with him 20 years of combined private industry and public practice experience. Since receiving his designation in 1989, Rod was a business owner for a period of time and draws upon that experience to compliment his professional knowledge base in his hands-on approach to client service. Setting goals and developing strategic plans with regular feedback has been a formula for success that Rod insists is paramount in any business. Rod has been quoted in the past by Profit Magazine, when interviewed as a CFO in the magazine's annual edition of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies. Rod coordinates the firm’s Business Development efforts. Professional designations include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan. Rod is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts for both Saskatchewan and Alberta. On a personal level Rod is married to Cheryl and is the proud father of two wonderful little boys Kyle (7) and Blake (4). As a family they enjoy time together on their acreage and at their lake lot while attending to the educational personal growth of the family. Rod and Cheryl together have acquired and manage a sizable residential and commercial Real Estate portfolio.

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Making the choice to be wealthy sets into motion forces that will put you on the path of wealth accumulation. Study wealth, model wealth, choose wealthy habits, be wealthy. Wealth, in monetary terms, can be measured in terms of Capital. Capital is useful to the degree that it generates cashflow, which is what you use to meet your day to day expenses. The key to wealth accumulation is to build capital that generates cashflow. Once the cashflow from your capital is greater than your day to day expenses, you have solved the wealth equation. The wealth equation: Income – Expenses = Capital Build capital by: 1) Increasing your income or your incoming cashflow. 2) Decreasing your expenses. How do you build capital while raising a family, paying a mortgage, a car loan a student loan, saving for education and so on? To accumulate wealth, you need to systematically build capital on a daily basis. Many of your expenses are not going to go away, without a major lifestyle change. To build capital then, certain new habits will have to be developed. Forced savings must become a part of your daily routine. Repetitive, unnecessary and frivolous expenditures need to be eliminated. Specialty coffees, snacks, regular takeout or

delivery, cigarettes and other expenditures make it virtually impossible to build wealth. If you constantly expend all of your income, then you will be unable to accumulate wealth. You will not build capital as there will be no cash left. You need to divert a portion of your income, on purpose, to a capital accumulation pool in a systematic and repetitive manner. Capital can be equated to freedom. Freedom is your ability to live your life as you please (within the boundaries of societal and moral codes) off the cashflow from your capital. Develop habits that build your wealth rather than erode your capital/freedom. The greater your capital, and the security of it, the greater your freedom. Some examples of wealth building habits are: •

Daily deposits to a Capital Freedom Jar.

Weekly transfers to a savings account.

Monthly transfers to a savings account.

Use your electronic organizer to remind you to do your transfers and employ internet banking for convenience. When you do spend money, spend cash. Save the change. It adds up. Put it in your capital freedom jar. When you use a bank machine, pull out an extra $20. Sell off redundant items. Put the cash in your capital freedom jar. When you make a deposit into your capital freedom jar, praise yourselves for a job well done by saying “We are great builders of capital, we feel wealthy and free, we are wealthy and free.” Deposit the money from your capital freedom jar into an high-interest savings account every time you reach as set amount i.e.: $200. Understanding how to calculate and manage the increase in your net worth is a very important part of maximizing your capital and freedom. Assets – Liabilities = Net Worth. Assets are items which can be liquidated to

at work. You must defeat Parkinson’s Law by throwing a wedge into the equation. If you have a regular systematic transfer to savings, you have effectively put Parkinson’s Law to work for you. Watch automatic charges to your accounts that can creep up unnoticed such as cable, insurance, vehicle loans, and consumer loans. As you accumulate capital, you are then in a position to invest in financial assets that will appreciate and eventually throw off cash to support your day to day needs. Once your cashflow from your financial assets exceeds your daily expenses you are, by definition, wealthy. You are then in a position to work by choice, not by necessity.

receive cash or items that generate cash flow. Assets that spin off cash are termed as Financial Assets. Wealthy couples concentrate their efforts on systematically building their Financial Assets and reducing their debt that does not support Financial Assets. Liabilities are items that use your cash such as a mortgage, car loan, line of credit, credit card balances, student loans etc. Build your capital by calculating and monitoring your Net Worth at regular intervals say monthly or quarterly. Build a spread sheet to do this. List your assets and liabilities and calculate the difference which is your Net Worth. What gets measured gets managed! Where you put your attention, you focus energy. Where you focus energy, you achieve results. As a couple focus your attention on systematically building your Net Worth. You will apply energy with your new Wealth

Builder habits and you will achieve results with increased Net Worth. Consider starting a part time business. The cashflow you generate from your business, after expenses and taxes, can be contributed to your Capital Freedom Jar. Business income receives preferential tax treatment over income earned by salary. Forcing savings out of what is left from your salary after taxes, and day to day expenses can be a challenge even for the most seasoned savers. Forced savings is a habit that must be adopted in order to ensure capital is built on regular and consistent basis. As outlined earlier, systematic transfers to saving is a great way to consistently build capital. This is a must!

This obviously will not happen in 5 or even 10 years if you are young and just starting out. It will get you there in 15 to 20 years if you have the discipline to stick with it. As a couple, you will accumulate knowledge along the way that will help you with your investment decisions to grow your financial assets. Make sure that you have fun along the way as well. Many couples have had great luck with setting up a Fun Jar as well that gets regular deposits for the sole purpose of having fun. Remember fun doesn’t always have to involve spending money. A little financial knowledge applied at the beginning of a relationship can put a couple on track to a wealthy life. It is your choice. Good luck! This article is based on excerpts from a soon to be published book.

Parkinson’s Law states that outlays will generally adjust upwards to the level of inflows. Have you ever gotten a raise and wondered why you still had nothing left at the end of the month? This is Parkinson’s Law

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omething I have found is that as you age, you realize that the entirety of your experience has been a love story in varied proportions – a story with overly romantic occasions and at other times, encounters with the deeper, more subtle initiations of love. We trust that some of the love lessons we have learned about will inspire and benefit you. With divorce and miscommunication on the rise we felt some lessons were in order to take love to the next level. So here’s to our mutual and ever expanding enrichment and knowledge. Here’s to the power of love – in its many faceted forms!

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A Profile lesson in from Joyce



n this motivational masterpiece and instant classic, Joyce shares her journey of personal development which lead her from a stay at home mom living on a tight budget to cofounder of a NASDAQ traded company in a male dominated field with revenues of $125 million. It is an emotional story full of laughter and tears that anyone can relate to. This combined with practical information on how to juggle a successful business and a family at the same time makes the book a valuable resource for women seeking employment alternatives. In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenging economic environment and divorce rates sky rocketing many women are finding themselves in the dual role of mother and bread winner. Women need flexible alternatives as evidenced by the fact women are starting businesses at twice the rate of men. Millionaire Moms delivers just that. The book offers hope, insight and specific information on how to happily blend the two worlds into one successful lifestyle. Thirty five of Joyceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-made millionaire mom friends share their best business advice, wisdom, time management tips and how they overcame their fear of trying to become successful business owners and moms.

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s a young bride of 24 years I had all the romantic connotations of what it meant to get married but little knowledge of what it meant to be and stay married. To get married meant caterers, flower stores and bridal shops. I never really thought about what life might have in store for us more than a few years down the road. I assumed we’d always be madly in love. My Aunt inquired about 6 months into my marriage how it was going? I said with all the youthful enthusiasm I could muster, “It’s like having to spend the night at a party with your best friend every night of your life!” We were young and in love. This period in my life was my happiest. Fast forward, 17 years and throw in three boys, two mortgages, two careers, private school tuition into the mix and ask me how I would answer that now? I’d say, “Marriage is like having to spend the night at a party with your best friend who you sometimes feel like smothering with a pillow.”

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Time creates a patina on a relationship that romantic love can’t touch. “Madly in love” can turn into a more mellow appreciation of each other. There is comfort in the knowledge that we have gone through the journey of life as a pair. He knows me better than anyone else on this planet. I know him better than he knows himself sometimes. If you think about it long term intimacy and love is new territory for all of us. Never before in the history of mankind were relationships lasting this long. The only way for a marriage to thrive and survive is constant evolution within the relationship and a true commitment to making it work from both partners. As we watch marriages break apart all around us it makes us more committed to keeping the lines of communication open. We have seen the devastation and don’t want that to happen to our family. We work hard at our marriagemore now then ever before.

Couple’s Name Alan & Joyce Bone

What I love about HIM: That when I sat down to type this I realized I wrote 3 things (he’s loyal, a fantastic father & loves me more than anything else in the world) and he had written half a page about what he loved about me. He is my biggest supporter.

What I love about HER: Joyce is the type of person anyone would want in their life. She is hot, smart, sexy & everything a man could hope for. Joyce lights up a room when she walks in it. She’s awesome in the bedroom and in the boardroom. She makes friends everywhere she goes and has never met a stranger. The other day we were jogging and she and the mailman high fived each other. I have never seen a mailman high five anyone! (He was even driving the truck no less). That is Joyce. She makes everyone feel happy to be near her. She never gives up on anyone and is fiercely loyal. She will defend her friends to the end and will go toe to toe with a bully. Joyce is a great mom to our 3 active boys. If I had to chose just one person to help me accomplish a goal or get through a difficult situation, hands down she is the one I’d want by my side. Marrying her was the best thing I ever did!

What I love about US: We both agree in many ways we are polar opposites but on the important issues (principles, values & financial styles and parenting) we are on the same page.

Share Your Bio We met on July 29, 1988 at a lake party. I left to go back to college in Ohio a month later. Alan is five years older and was out of school. I say he’s the first “man” I ever dated. He was established: house, job, boat. He even wore a tie! I never imagined the relationship would last since it was an 8 hour drive away. This was pre-Internet which meant no email and no one called long distance until 11 p.m. when the rates went down. I told Alan to feel free to date other women and I would do the same at school and I’d see him at Christmas. This drove him crazy! He drew a line in the sand. He said, “No way. It’s me or it’s them. You choose right now.” I had never been called out like that before. I admired his moxey. In the back of my mind I thought, “Well, I guess we’ll do the slow fizzle out thing. He’ll get tired of the distance and fade away.” I was smitten by him but didn’t want to set myself up for heart break. I’ve always been good at managing emotions. Alan was officially bitten by the love bug and drove 16 hours round trip every two weeks to see me that entire year. Once I saw he was for real I committed wholeheartedly and didn’t date anyone else. I took mercy on him and transferred to a local university back in Georgia. We dated another 3 years and then married on September 26, 1992. He said he knew he wanted to marry me when he saw me do a dive off a rope swing into the lake. He said I was the nicest girl he ever met and that he admired how easy going I was. I never got mad about anything. He is the most committed person I’ve ever met. He loves his family more than anything else in the world. I admire that. He chose me and he was committed! What I Love About The Energy Of Us Our differences are what creates the energy between us. When I was younger I was very concerned that I “fall in line” with whatever he thought. As I’ve aged I’ve become more vocal on my opinions. We use humor to take the

edges off our debates and/or disagreements. It is very rare that either of us raise our voices with each other. He helps me view choices from a completely different point of view. I liven things up with my social animal ways. What I Love About Our Communication Techniques We don’t yell. We discuss. We respect each other’s right to have varying opinions. I used to stuff my feelings. Alan would get mad that I wouldn’t say anything until the point I was so upset I said too much! He convinced me it’s better to say what’s on my mind in the moment. Sometimes I think he regrets counselling me on that! ☺ What I Love About our Spirit and Spirituality We have the same basic values and morals. We believe we are souls having a human experience. Our overall spirit is that of family. We believe the priorities are God, marriage and children in that order. We haven’t always seen it that way or lived it that way but trials and tribulations have taught us life works best in that order. We are born into this world alone. We depart it alone. Marriage is the base of the family. Children grow up and leave. We are but their caretakers for a short while. It’s important to keep the marriage vital because that’s forever. What I Love About Our Determination in Crisis The Bones are at their best in a crisis! We rally the troops and do whatever it takes to make a bad situation better. We pull together for the greater good. What I Love About Our Closeness It’s real. It’s not for convenience or because we “should” be close. We are best friends. I know he’s got my back and he knows I have his. The older we get the more we value our closeness. We’ve had some serious issues to contend with over the years but in spite of heart aches we stick together. We’ve laughed more than we cry so we are happy with that!

for their gain but they can’t. We are committed to making the relationship work. As long as both of us are willing to try we will persevere. **Advice: What advice could you give that could help another couple overcome a difficulty or challenge in their life together? We’ve had plenty of challenges. Several of which could have easily dive bombed our marriage. Married couples do hurtful things to each other. Sometimes it’s not intentional and sometimes it is. Life will always have struggles. It’s the nature of living. It is how you choose to respond that will make all the difference. You can let you ego take over or step back and ask, “what did I do to contribute to this unfortunate situation?” We are big on accepting 100% responsibility for our actions. If both the husband and wife can come to a rift with a humble attitude and the willingness to accept their 100% then anything can be worked out. Find out what turns your spouse on and deliver on that. If your wife likes having her neck messaged or holding hands then do that. If your husband wants sex give it to him. No big deal. Just do it! It also helps to keep your mate interested in you. Don’t let yourself go to pot. Make an effort to remain attractive intellectually, spiritually and physically. Above all else, remember those wedding vows: Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

What I Love About How We Handle Outside Influences Outsiders have tried to tear us apart before

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Love Talks Wayne Lee and Nicole Diduck

Together Since February 14, 2005 Married May 9, 2007

Share Your Bio: Nicole and Wayne are the proud parents of Ivee Diduck. We have our own businesses. Wayne is Canada’s Premier hypnotist and Nicole is the owner of “Naturally Baby.”

What I Love About Him I love Wayne’s positive energy and how he lights people up. He has a huge heart and is fun to be around.

What I Love about Her

Soular Marriage With quantum physics and the realization that each one of us is vibrational energy, you can focus on the vibrational energy that is you, and with your bond as a couple. The sphere of energy that is you, and surrounds you, pulsates and grows as you manifest with good intentions and love. Each day, each minute, there are meridians of energy that course through the earth, your personal space, your body, each molecule and strand of DNA. Every moment there is a chance to reach that next level of magnificence in the energy being that is you, and as you, the couple, become one, an invisible band of this energy and power forms. When we meet an energy mate, that higher level propels us to a new level. At that higher level we can now make choices that continue to lead us into a path of enlightenment. The

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energy is all around us, just waiting to be called upon so that everyone and all we touch continues to benefit from us. When two people are one, the energy is strong. Strong enough to accomplish anything we think we are able to project and accomplish. By choosing to resonate at a higher level, you also affect those around you. You infuse them with your light and your vibrational energy. This is why sometimes one sentence, one kind word, one kind deed, can truly change the lives of others. The question we all need to ask is: Are we ready to make the effort and commitment to take ourselves to the next level? When we talk about a “Soular Marriage,” we are talking about a strong energy path that is framed with love.

I love Nicole’s beauty, brilliance and compassion. She also makes me laugh.

What I love about Us We love that we are partners growing together. We inspire, admire and mutually respect each other. • Both for Nicole and I, our energy and passion of our relationship definitely translates into so many other parts of our life. We have a zest for raising our daughter, travelling the world, building our business, and deepening our spiritual practice. • Nicole: I never met a person I admired more than Wayne. I couldn’t imagine my life without him. Wayne: For me, I was totally drawn to Nicole’s sweetness. I just wanted to hold her, be with her and be a part of her life. We still find these qualities in each other. • The bare bones truth that we have learned is to love unconditionally. When things are challenging we ask the question “Can we get back to Love?” • We think marriage is important. To us it means the sacred union of two souls, and being completely vulnerable, showing our hearts and growing together. Many people in society take marriage lightly and fail to see the deeper meaning within it.

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Eric & Heather De Kok – May 20, 2009


ric proposed to Heather by a campfire on May 16, 2008 after following tradition and asking her parents for their blessing before proposing.


rom there they planned a destination wedding in beautiful Greece, on the cliffs of Santorini. Using black and pink as their wedding colours, Heather and Eric celebrated with 26 of their family and friends. Heather’s daughter Elyse and her son Andrew were the flowergirl and ringbearer.

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Weddings in Santorini ( they had the destination wedding of their dreams. Twenty-six of their closest friend and family made it out to Greece to celebrate with them as they exchanged vows on the cliffs. Heather did her own make-up and hair, with help from her girlfriends. Eric and Heather had shoe and matchstick keychains, fans, wedding tissues and bottles of Greek wine as favours for their guests.

Heather is a florist (Heather’s Grower Direct) and working with her close friend Deborah, they scoured the city of Santorini for fresh flowers – not an easy task – and found a great local garden center. Improvising with roses, rosemary (which grows everywhere), peonies and vibernum, they made some fabulous bouquets. White gardenia was added to Heather’s hair.

The Santorini Princess Hotel took care of the catering, the décor and the music. Guests were treated to traditional Greek fare and an amazing brunch the next morning at a cliffside restaurant in Fira.

The ceremony was sweet and simple, with Eric wearing white linen from Jhane Barnes and Sublime, and Heather decked out in a Dimitrios gown from Sposabella, and Swarovski crystal Christian Laboutin shoes. With the help of the wedding planner,

Because a lot of their friends and family couldn’t make it out to Greece, Heather’s parents hosted a pig roast in their backyard in late June. There was a magician for the kids, a bluegrass band and tons of food and fun for the entire evening.




Photo By: Curtis Comeau


Months of Planning, lots of lists and late nights and now for the pièce de résistance …the honeymoon…a romantic breath of fresh air and time to relax.

decide on your holiday location and your holiday style. Is it the sun, the shopping and the sightseeing that you want? There are a lot of great options available.

First, decide on a destination…this is decided by the time of year, and inevitably by the budget you set. Think about your priorities, and about what you both like to do when you decide on your holiday location, and your life together as husband and wife.

Most couples make this decision together, poring over brochures and searching the web to ensure the holiday of a lifetime. Consider what you like to do. If he likes to golf, and you like the beach, find a resort that offers both. You can always compromise by cutting your trip in half. Many couples opt for a week at a remote beach destination followed by a week in a city destination for some shows, shopping, and urban excitement, or, alternately, a week in a cultural destination where history opens its doors.

Whether you are jet-setting around the city, hitting the beach or headed on the adventure trail, it is time to get packing for a first class holiday. This could be the most romantic and extravagant holiday of your life. It’s a fabulous chance to relax together, remember all the special wedding day memories you’ve created, and most importantly, contemplate the rest of your life together as husband and wife. Your honeymoon is usually the most important holiday you’ll ever plan, and probably the most expensive. It’s a time and a memory that you’ll always remember, so organizing it can initially be more complicated, because you’ve got so many other things to take care of as time leads up to the big day. 132 Bridal Fantasy 2010

Your honeymoon is usually the most important holiday you’ll ever plan and probably the most expensive. It’s a time and a memory that you’ll always remember, so organizing it can initially see more complicated because you’ve got so many other tings to take care of as time leads up to the big day. First, decide on a destination…this is decided by the time of year, and inevitably by the budget you set. Think about your priorities, the things you both like to do when you

Whether you are adventuring in the city, or hitting the adventure trail, it is time to get packing for first class holiday style…look no further.

Stay: Paris, France Why: It’s all there…the food, the wine, the chefs, the shopping, and the style of Paris. Enjoy: The culinary delights of the cafes and bistros that are on every corner. From La Tour d’Argent (Established in 1852), to Stohrer (Established 1730), there are many places where you can taste the region’s famous pastries, cakes and puit d’amours (creamfilled, carmel-topped puff pastries).

Activities: Site seeing, museums, dancing… Paris is the original Boho Parisian hangout. Chez Prune, the Folies Bergère, Le Limonaire; one of the best places for listening to traditional French Chansoms (songs), or Paris’ most famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge. Say it With Love: Create an epic romantic memory by saying it above the lights of the city, atop the Eiffel Tower.

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Bonus: Romance…the city of Lights and Love…you’ll definitely score big points by taking someone you love there.

Epicurean Adventure City Break

Stay: Hudson Hotel or Flatotel Hotel, New York City Why: There’s no city like the Big Apple, and either of these two hip, urban hotels will meet an urban couple’s expectations. Enjoy: Asian de Cuba, Tribeca Grill and small fabulous places just around every corner.

Shop: From the seasoned designers to the upstarts it’s a complete immersion into a shop-aholic’s shopping dream. Why: This city goes 24 hours of each and every day…the energy here is contagious.

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GREAT GETAWAY… Great Destinations…

Barbados… Unhurried, Unique, Unspoiled The pace of life in Barbados is extremely relaxed. Here, honeymooners can enjoy an especially romantic retreat. When the sun sets and the beaches clear, this island springs to life with exciting rhythm. Whether you’re going to the weekend fish fry, or visiting a jazz club, get set to have a truly tropical experience.

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A Caribbean Honeymoon in the Mayan Riviera The Mayan Riviera is one giant, white, sandy beach on the blue Caribbean sea. Relax on any of the stunning beaches, or explore the ancient world of the Mayans. Indulge in one of the all-inclusive activities offered at a fabulous resort and enjoy the peaceful, secluded vacation in a beautiful Caribbean setting just an hour away from the livelier Cancun.

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Photo By: Curtis Comeau

When the perfect mountain getaway is required, for those newlyweds who want to enjoy the tranquility of the mountains, we recommend a stay at one of the Fairmont Hotels in either Banff, Jasper, or Lake Louise. Whether honeymooning in the winter or summer, you are sure to find a plethora of outdoor activities, both adventurous and relaxing. After a day in the mountains, return to the comfort and luxury of your hotel room to enjoy spa services and mountain views. For a peek, have a look at our bridal section, which was shot on location at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

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The Tea House, with a slight Japanese flare, is the most popular for honeymooners.

Stone steps and paths connect each house to the properties common areas.


hOneymOOn All photos courtesy of Jae Feinberg,

“Once your plane lands in Puerta Vallarta taxi to Boca De Tomatlan beach to catch the boat to Yelapa. Wade out into the water and climb aboard. The boat ride curves down through the Bay of Banderas, skimming the waves past villages and fishermen as the sun begins to drop. Suddenly the driver cuts the engine to drift in towards the coast. The mules are standing on the rocks. Your luggage is strapped to their backs. Hike up the hill into the jungle overlooking the bay. I will be waiting for you. I am Verana, the handmade hotel”. - Liz Cavalier


erana is truly a labour of love. The owners, Heinz Legler and Veronique Lievre, combined their talents and created the hotel together. Heinz focused on the exterior structures while Veronique decorated the interiors. The couple was the first to tie the knot here, in November 2000, just prior to Verana’s opening.

Breathtaking view from the Palapa house.

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Its eight open-air houses are perched on a mountain of tropical foliage overlooking the Pacific’s crystal waters resting in Banderas Bay. Each house has its own unique style. The Tea House, with a slight Japanese flare, is the most popular for honeymooners, while the Palapa’s breathtaking views rival it. Stone steps and paths connect each house to the properties common areas – an outdoor fine dining space, a lounge with benches built into the side of the mountain, a library whose books and magazines tell a story of those who’ve ventured to Verana and an open-air spa. Verana is a place for lovers seeking an indulgent adventure. It’s essence of primitive sophistication is endearingly contradictory. Gourmet food prepared in simple ways… A luxury retreat with little environmental impact… A spa in the middle of the jungle… While taking in a relaxing couple’s massage you will be serenaded by an orchestra of jungle’isms. The most popular spa option for

newly-weds is the starlit bath, which offers honeymooners the chance to cuddle in an outdoor candlelit bath oasis and star-gaze. Looking for a little more adventure? Activity options include coastal tours, kayaking, a day trip to the Marietas Islands (a protected wildlife sanctuary and marine preserve), snorkelling, whale watching, fishing, cooking classes and an excursion to a private beach for a champagne picnic. Verana stands out among other members of the Mexico Boutique Hotels consortium because of the adventurous side of the experience it offers. Mexico Boutique Hotels, is a collection of unique hotels that have been categorized as boutique based on criteria such as intimate size, idyllic settings and undreamt of style. The lodgings offered vary in style and mood from historic buildings to a return to the primitive. For more information visit or

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he big day is fast approaching and its time to look like a supermodel on your honeymoon. Now is the time to perfect your hot weather chic. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need the perfect frames - Jackie O sunglasses will do, a great pair of wedge sandals, and a big, bright beach bag. Find a style status cover up, and make sure you bring a big sun hat.

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“Banff is the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains; the breathtaking views and spectacular scenery make Banff the most romantic spot in the world to tie the knot”. – Angela Spencer, Get Married in Banff

Get Married in Banff Need help planning the perfect Banff wedding? It’s a great idea to get advice from a local, better yet, a local wedding planner. Wedding expert, Angela Spencer, knows all of Banff’s best kept secrets for your big day. 140 Bridal Fantasy 2010

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The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel The Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada’s Castle in the Rockies will make your fairytale wedding dreams come true. With its grand foyers, winding stairwells and elegant surroundings, the castle is the most breathtaking spot in Banff to say ‘I do’. The property offers an amazing selection of reception rooms. Go bold with the grand open-concept Mt. Stephen Hall or inspire your guests with hues of blue, burgundy and gold in the Cascade Ballroom. For a more intimate affair, Grapes Wine Bar is a quaint and cozy favourite. Have your happily ever after begin with a wedding at the Fairmont Banff Springs.

Mount Norquay Perched above Banff on Mount Norquay, Norquayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ski lodge brings the possibility of Rocky Mountain rustic elegance to another level. Create romance in Norquayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ski lodge with satin table linens, chair wraps, candles and floral centerpieces. A perfect venue for ski lovers or outdoor enthusiasts.

The Juniper Hotel & Bistro The perfect spot for an intimate Banff wedding, the Juniper Hotel & Bistro is a boutique-style hotel and member of the Charming Inns of Alberta. Recently renovated, the venue offers a chic and sophisticated appeal. Its bistro boasts a fabulous selection of locally inspired cuisine.

Banff Bride Banff Bride is a consortium of Banff wedding vendors working together to make your wedding magical. From cakes to disc jockeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure to find reputable vendors on their online directory. Photo courtesy of Peak Photography

Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs


Relax before your Banff wedding at the exquisite Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs. The spa has a unique and expansive selection of treatments for the bride and groom. A highlight of this spa is the hot and cold mineral pools. This is a wonderful idea to include as part of a Banff stagette or as part of your Rocky Mountain honeymoon get-away. Willow Stream spa also has a full-service hair and make-up boutique for all your bridal beauty needs. 2010 Bridal Fantasy 141

The Scenic Wonders of Canada..... Surely there is not a country that contains the sheer breathtaking scenery or exciting venues that you will find here in Canada. From coast to coast there are locations that are a photographic dream.

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A Diamond in the Wilderness

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is naturally graced with all the elements of a magical celebration. Embraced by mountains frosted with white wedding cake snow, glittering glaciers and a sparkling lake, our setting will add inspiration to one of the most important days of your life. The hotel blends mood and grandeur with a sense of ease accented by fine cuisine and renowned service. Our Wedding Sales Department is ready to assist you in planning your special day at: 403-522-1810 or

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Suited to Your



he suit has been the staple garment of choice for most men since the early 17th century. No other garment has had a world wide presence like this since the toga or robe. A finely tailored suit is a feat of engineering in cloth. Properly fitted to the body, a suit can refine a physique by broadening shoulders, shaping waists, elongating legs and smoothing out bulges.


ust as men have become connoisseurs of fine watches, wine and automobiles, they've also embraced artisan tailors who have elevated suit making to both a luxury and an art. Becoming well versed in fine tailoring requires that shoppers learn about construction details that add to quality. Now in Modern days the general knowledge of what can be tailored on a suit is fleeting. Expectations of how a suit should fit off the rack is more the general consensus but that thought is more due to the fact that Big Box companies have groomed consumers into believing that everything can be off the rack like a tee shirt. What most consumers need to realize is that a suit is an extension of your body and everyone has different body types and shapes so each garment has to be tailored to fit your physique. Now sometimes you can get lucky and have very little alterations off the rack but 98% of the time you’re always going to have some minor alterations of some sorts. Be it be a plain hem, waist reduction, or a sleeve adjustment there are always ways to make a suit more complementary to your body shape and style. So next time when making a selection in the suiting department keep in mind these several timeless standards of reference to use to select the perfect suit and also as well what needs to be tailored.

• Shoulder pads end with your shoulders. • Your flat hand should slip easily into your suit under the lapels when the top (or middle) button is fastened. If you put a fist in, the suit should pull at the button. • The top button of a two-button suit -- or the middle button of a three-button suit -- should not fall below your navel. • With your arms at your sides, your knuckles should be even with the bottom of your jacket. • Jacket sleeves should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist. • Between a quarter and a half inch of shirt cuff should be visible. • One inch of break.

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Clothes CALL GROOM’S STYLE New Ways to Wear Your Suit with Attitude 1. As a Perfect Suit 2. Break the suit look by adding silk or cotton t-shirt. 3. Add jeans, boots, and/or a t-shirt to casualize your suit. The trick is to make your look sporty. 4. Roll up your sleeves or flip up your collar. There is a return to elegance and a revival of the notion of “fashion” for men. The new generation of men are capturing a new energy in the fashion image they present.

Tips on Bringing your suit into Everyday:

SNAP SHOTS OF STYLE “God made man. A tailor made him a gentleman.” – Anonymous It has been re-occurring…a historic revival in menswear…the men’s suiting silhouette is becoming narrower. Flat front trousers and form fitting jackets are now becoming the fashion norm. Perfect for dad is a form fitting Lanza suit paired with crisp white shirt and a tie that pops. Men today are streamlining and updating their look with functional, fashion sensibility and personal style. Lanza’s cut and fabric is like an architect’s modern application of design in glass and concrete.

- Wear your blazer with a sport shirt and sacred blue denim. - Layer your jacket with a hoodie. - Buy a neutral colour (blue, navy, grey, brown) as an initial investment and build from there. - Find a nice v-neck shirt that can be tucked in and pair with a nice belt. This will give a refined feel. - When in doubt, wear all black. This is the most flattering on most men. It is also very easy to put together a fashion conscious look. - If you want to try something completely original, why not a made-to-measure suit? There are hundreds of fabrics to choose from. You can get as plain or funky as you feel.

“Tie” Your Wedding Suit into Your Wedding Week - Buy a black suit that can be easily transitioned into four different outfits. - Suit with shirt/tie for that special day! Matching, of course, the colours of your wedding. - Take your suit blazer and wear it with a knot sweater or linen shirt for the rehearsal. - For a more laid back, like a relaxing meet and greet with the family, wear denim, a polo shirt and your suit jacket. - And for that intimate one-on-one date leading up to the special day, an all black look adds a touch of class to the evening.

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FASHIONS FOR FATHER Colour Guard Nobody mixes elements and colours better than a man who has his own sense of personal style. Style allows you to look edgy and elegant. Going monochromatic has been a big European trend. It signals individuality, style, and panache. Layering black or charcoal elements to your look creates an urban and strong fashion statement.

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ow I know that you (or your bride) has picked out what you are going to wear on the big day, but what are you going to wear on all the big days before and after the wedding? Now you are thinking, what big days? Well, let’s just rattle off a few: bridal shower, bachelor party, wedding rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, gift openings and above all, the honeymoon. There are many factors when choosing your outfits for various events surrounding your wedding, such as: location, type of event, personal preferences, and appropriateness. When having dinner with your future fatherin-law you may want to be slightly more dressed up than the outfit you are going to wear to your bachelor party. Let’s run through a quick list of events and some things to think of when getting ready.

The Rehearsal Dinner There are two things to consider for this event: tradition and practicality. First we have tradition, and this starts with luck. It is said that wearing a new tie on your rehearsal dinner and never again brings a couple good luck. With that being said, rehearsal dinners are starting to take all shapes and sizes, therefore your attire should also be versatile. Whether your dinner is going to take place in a restaurant or in the backyard, a casual jacket is appropriate; this could be either a sport coat, or a casual outerwear piece, depending on the occasion. As you get ready for the event, try to incorporate a collared shirt into your outfit. This could be a nice polo, dress shirt, or casual sport shirt. A collar always helps any outfit to be a tad more formal. This event should be one of the events you want to look your best. Often times, you will be meeting people for the first time and you want to make a good impression.

The Big Day Although you have already decided on what to wear for the big day, there are little touches that will make your outfit look and feel better. You spent all that time picking out the perfect tuxedo, so it’s important to include the subtle touches. Cufflinks are a great way to show a touch of personality that doesn’t scream ‘look at me.’ Whether they are family heirloom or a brand new pair off the shelf, they will help that outfit become your own. From there, you may want to think about a great pair of socks, something that breathes and looks good. 148 Bridal Fantasy 2010

What the heck, get two pair; that way you can change them between the church and the reception. Your feet will thank you the next day. Another great little tip is to keep a cotton handkerchief in your pocket. This will come in handy in the receiving line: as you shake a million hands you can dry off your own in your pocket. Finally, you are going to want to cover up before and after the wedding. A great jacket is a must for a groom who wants to look his best. If your wedding is in winter, a wool overcoat in black is perfect. If a summer wedding is your choice, try a simple black raincoat to give yourself that finished look.

The Gift Opening The big day is behind you and now you can look forward to the honeymoon. It is one of the more relaxed days in the wedding experience, so it’s a great time to throw on a pair of jeans, chinos or cords with a simple tee or knit and kick back. By this point everyone knows what you’ve been through so they are not expecting you to be in a suit and tie. With that being said, leave the old holey stuff in the closet. This is not the time to be showing everybody your Saturday morning attire.

Travel No matter how you plan on getting to your honeymoon destination, comfort is important. Often times its not what you wear on the plane but what you carry around the plane instead. Temperature change is going to happen, so dress in layers. It will make you a happier traveller. Take extra, whether it’s just underwear or a complete change of clothes in your carry-on. If air travel is your mode of transportation, then you are going

to want to dress up a touch, it’s a great way to get upgraded.

The Honeymoon Well, by this time I am sure that your time on the beach is well deserved. I know all you want to leave with is a toothbrush, swim trunks, and PJs, but that’s not going to cut it. As most couples choose to go somewhere warm, they often neglect key pieces of clothing. The one rule of thumb is to be prepared for anything! Plan for numerous perfect events; a walk on the beach at sunset (this may require a sweater, because of cool ocean winds), a romantic dinner (this may require a suit, remember that many restaurants still have a dress code of a jacket), or breakfast on the balcony (requiring a robe for your neighbours benefit). Now these are just a few examples of events that may come up, you know your life better than we, therefore, just think ahead, and remember that you are planning for perfection, not for second best.

The Attendants

the feeling and mood of the big day. Over time I am sure that everyone has seen pictures or attended a black tie wedding (this is where all attendants are wearing tuxedos). From those memories I am sure you can say that the mood created by the attendants’ attire greatly changed the feel of the event. So, recommend people dress up, and ask them the last time they put on their best outfit. Children are a great way to start. Little guys and girls love getting dressed up. From tuxes for the boys and frilly dresses for the girls, they have a blast looking their best. Then you move in to the teenage category. This is where you can get them to express their own personality, give them options and don’t force them into something: a pair of jeans with a dress shirt and a tuxedo jacket is a great alternative to a suit, while allowing them to feel like it is more ‘them.’ With all this being said, it is the little things that make the difference. Just like the flowers that your future groom got you for no reason, at some point in your relationship. His attire should be all about the little things.

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his is not your normal formal. There’s a tuxedo version of every trend for every season.

It goes without saying that the groom should look just as amazing as the bride on the wedding day. One of the many joys of your wedding day is that you can revel in just how glorious dressing up can be and enjoy the latest in formal wear, as well as all the finer details of today’s modern weddings. Remember the old proverb: “It is the clothes that maketh the man.”

Dress: JenniferScott Bridal Tux: Derks

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he process of renting the perfect tux is not as simple as renting a movie from the video store. However, there is a step by step guide to help you through the process.

1. Find a reputable formalwear store. Now this is easier said than done with all the horror stories you hear about in the bridal industry. A reputable store should have the following: well trained staff, onsite tailoring, local warehousing and a large selection of tuxedos and accessories from which to choose. 2. Find a sales associate you feel comfortable with. A qualified sales associate should understand body type, fit, trends, colour and your particular needs. 3. Finding the right product. This might be the toughest call of all, as it is highly personal and event specific. This may range from traditional dress to something with a more modern flare. You will also want to make sure that the colour is in your consideration, as a good shop will have a lot of choices.

COLOURIZED It’s the small personal touches that make or break a suit. Essential because although most of the attention will be on the bride and the bridesmaids, the guys standing next to you deserve to look special too. Things to think about… The small details – according to the fashion pros, it’s the way you wear your clothes that makes the difference like vest colour and coordination flattering fit – these are important. Check out the new wedding trends like the musthave colours for this season. Small touches like this or custom accessories for the groom will make or break his look.

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SWEDEN Step out from the rest with a Tiger of Sweden tuxâ&#x20AC;Ś perfect for the groom who likes sophistication with a touch of the cutting edge. Available at Derks Menswear,

The Groom - What Should He Wear?â&#x20AC;Ś Nowadays grooms will find they have a lot of options like this Tiger of Sweden Formal Tux Jacket in tropical wool with black accent lapels. Trendy and modern yet definitely something he will be able to wear again. It looks like something James Bond or Aristotle Onassis would wear. The white dinner jacket should be worn with a black trouser and shoe. Accessorize with a black tie and cummerband and you have look to turn any brides head.

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TALK Big-Day Goodies for Guys


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Groom’s Personal Touches These beautiful custom Omega shirts and Dion vests and ties are made to measure. Visit Derks to have your groom select his own custom look. Each shirt is handmade, with intricate contrast lining and quality fabrics to rival the quality of Saville Row.

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groom’s beauty regime is definitely not as elaborate as a bride’s, but there are a few key things

to consider to ensure he’s picture perfect too. The following spa treatments will leave him looking his best on the big day: an eyebrow wax, facial, pedicure and manicure. Get a hair cut or trim a couple days before you say ‘I do’. Ask your stylist about the right hair products and styling techniques for you too.

Matte Separation Workable Wax & Pure Texture Molding Paste A Bed Head favourite; a workable wax for guys who want hold, style and a natural finish. The paste offers a versatile cream-to-paste fusion for guys who want controlled separation.

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Perfect Shave

o you’re tired of getting razor burn, in-grown hair, and bumps, and you’re ready to try skin care products. Skin care is essential in pre-and-post shaving procedures. Read on for a shaving regime that will help you achieve the ultimate shave: • Take a hot shower to open up your pores. • Dry your face & neck with a soft towel. • Apply and massage in a small amount of a pre shaving product to all areas of the face and neck where you plan to shave. • Apply and massage a small amount of shaving cream where you plan to shave, creating a rich lather. • Begin shaving in the direction of the grain (the direction how your hair grows). Do not push down to hard on the razor because it will cause you to have razor burns. • Re-lather your face and neck area with a light lather and shave very lightly against or adjacent to the grain. • Wash your face with cold water to remove any excess shaving cream/soap that was not used. • If razor burn should occur, don’t worry! Apply a small amount of cooling aftershave and afterwaxing gel. • Apply a small amount of an aftershave moisturizer.

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Charge Up Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner Bed Head’s Charge Up Thickening line is a bodybuilding mega-mix proven to maximize volume and add moisture to the hair.

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Po i n t o f V i e w The Business of Being the Groom Funny, I had always perceived the role of the groom throughout the wedding planning process to be similar to that of children circa 1950 - "seen and not heard." I mean, who truly wants input from a guy who knows more about first downs than fondant? I figured men in my situation would be wellserved to heed the advice of comedian Gene Perret, who noted, “Like good wine, marriage gets better with age – once you learn to keep a cork in it.” Besides, I figured my love opus was the proposal. Once I popped the question in style (and received an affirmative response), wasn’t I off the hook? That’s not to say I wasn’t willing or interested in helping plan the big day. I had simply noted the cliché (perpetuated in Hollywood) of the classic planning power struggle between the brideto-be and her mother. In almost every movie, the groom-to-be is typically assigned to fetch lattes and help with the cake tasting. I was okay with my forecasted limited role – quite excited, in fact, about the latter. You see, my soulmate, 96.3 Capital FM’s Kari Skelton, is a go-getter if there ever was one. Her focus and ambition are a couple of the “non-tangibles” that first caught my attention when we met (and clashed) as competing reporters in a media scrum. Combining Kari’s tendency to plan for events months in advance, her consistent attention to the tiniest details, and every girl’s childhood dreams of a fairy tale wedding, I figured I’d be doing her a favour by adopting the “Whatever you say, dear” approach. Boy was I mistaken. To speak in a metaphor most men can understand, it’s a different playing field when it comes to planning a wedding these days. It’s more of a “win by committee”-type approach. I soon found myself studying up on table runners, tabouleh and taffeta. Early in the game (after we decided on a destination wedding in Costa Rica), a local publication invited me to share our engagement journey

with its readers. I quickly realized I’d have more than enough fodder to fill a monthly column. Over the course of eleven months, I received a crash course in not only event planning, but becoming a husband too. In a sense, putting together a perfect wedding day is a microcosm of marriage itself. In either situation, “Whatever you think, babe” is rarely an acceptable answer when your partner’s looking for feedback. “Doesn’t matter to me” simply doesn’t count. It strikes me as simple common sense now, but it took a while to understand that a team goal can only be reached when both parties kick in. With guidance from Weddings Costa Rica’s Larissa Banting, our dream day came together in spectacular fashion on March 22, 2009. From the walk-up water bar, mariachi trio and breath-taking beachfront ceremony to regional hors d’oeuvres and themed cocktails, dinner under the stars with Costa Rican coffee favours, a fireworks show and an onsite cigar roller, it was nothing short of a perfect day…and I didn’t lose any sleep over taking (almost) half the credit.

Wedding Details: Wedding Date: March 22, 2009 Ryan and Kari were married at the Bahia del Sol Beachfront Hotel in Playa Potrero, Costa Rica. Kari found her dream dress at Pure Bridal in Edmonton and Ryan’s outfit was from Banana Republic. The stationary was done by Notables Stationers and Joshua Dunford, Burnkit Creative based out of Vancouver was the photographer. Ryan sent Kari all over the city, beginning with a pampering at Pergia Salon & Spa, then heading over to Second Cup, where she was picked up by a white limo (which had a special gift for her – a scrapbook of their years together as a couple). All of the locations were in on the proposal, handing Kari pink notes with her next set of instructions. Her ride ended at the Legislature where Ryan was waiting with a bottle of champagne, flowers from La Piazza Dasee and a ring in his pocket. Ryan Jespersen hosts Breakfast Television on Citytv weekday mornings from 6-10.

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WINTER WISH Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Wrap up in the warmth of an authentic Champagne. Dominated by Pinot Noir, this wine also sparkles with a touch of Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. The sweet flavours of apricot, peach and vanilla pair perfectly for a winter wedding. 158 Bridal Fantasy 2010

nce the wedding bells have rung, it’s time for some fun! What better way to celebrate your commitment than by sipping on a glass of bubbly with your guests. Whether your wedding is in the spring or fall, summer or winter, rest assured that there are multitude of wonderful champagnes and sparkling wines to choose from. Here are a few of Bridal Fantasy’s favourite picks. All wines Available at Crestwood Fine Wines & Spirits,

SUMMER FIZZ-LER Cipes Brut - One of

HARVEST TOAST Langlois - Celebrate with

SPRING FLING Canaletto - Made in Italy,

Canada’s finest sparkling white wines made at the Summerhill winery, a certified organic vineyard, in Kelowna, British Columbia. A Summerhill classic, the Cipes Brut is a Riesling that offers aromas of apple, lime, pear, almonds and grapefruit. This bubbly is perfect for an outdoor wedding on a warm summer day.

a flute of this crisp sparkling red wine made from 100% hand-picked Cabernet Franc grapes from France. Blackcurrants and blueberries create rich fall colours, which are reflected in the wine’s intense, yet lively, disposition.

this Prosecco is a refreshing and fruity sparkling wine with scents of apples, lemons and grapefruits. Love is in the air, so have fun flirting while enjoying a glass.

Whistler Icewine Tying the knot in 2010? Commemorate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games by giving each of your guests a petit bottle of icewine. The Olympic significance of this favour will ensure your guests remember the year you were hitched forever. Available at Crestwood Fine Wines & Spirits,




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COLOUR Símach In Judaism, marriage is traditionally considered to be the ideal state of personal existence, as a wife without a husband, or vice versa, is considered incomplete. The “kiddushin” or ‘marriage dedication’ is full of traditional customs like chuppah, bedekin, and more.

Bride & Groom: Christina and Joel Reboh Photography: John Oliveri of Campanelli & Oliveri Photography Dress Designer: Ron Anderson of Ephram di Medicci Wedding Designer: Christina Reboh, Fancy Shmanzy

A Mexican Tradition – The Lasso Wedding Rosary

A Lasso Wedding Rosary is made of two separate rosaries joined with a crucifix and an additional center. The godparents of the couple place one five decade rosary loop around the bride’s neck and the other around the groom’s neck during the wedding ceremony. This symbolizes the unity of their marriage as one body in Christ. The Lasso can be kept by the couple as a keepsake or separated into two rosaries. One rosary would be given to the mother of the bride and one to the groom’s mother. The mothers will then pray with the rosaries for their children’s marriage.

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A Buddhist Marriage The Buddhist Marriage is dedicated towards the happiness of all living beings. The wedding is simple with its strongest focus being that the two individuals marrying will sincerely put all of their efforts into sustaining a harmonious relationship by devoting themselves to sharing all parts of everyday lives. One Buddhist tradition is for the couple to walk down the aisle carrying a juju – a strand of 21 beads – representing the couple, their family and the Buddha. Once the marriage has been blessed, the couple shares a cup of sake, then hugs their parents and presents them with flowers. The bride traditionally wears a red gown for good luck, happiness and keeping away bad spirits. The bride and groom bow their heads to each other to show their gratitude and respect towards their soon-to-be spouse. The date and time for the marriage ceremony is traditionally chosen by the Buddhist monk, the spiritual leader who performs the ceremony.

Photo courtesy of Bella Photography

Kingdom of Aksum Eritrean wedding traditions, being in Africa, do not differ from the many other wedding traditions in other African states. There are nine tribes in Eritrea and they all have the concept of family at heart. Participation and arrangements of the wedding is handled with great care with the communities that the parents of the bride and groom reside. During the wedding celebrations, it takes a period of not less than a week for the preparation of food, a month to brew a traditional beer known as ‘suwa’ and a honey bread called ‘miyess’. On the 1st day of Mera (wedding day), it takes place in a church. A ring ceremony is performed by the persist, which afterwards followed by the bride and groom singing ceremonial songs. Later in a banquet that follows the morning ceremony is provided for by the female relatives of the bride. The couple enter the reception hall by dancing with leaves to African drums and swords. The night consist of speeches, food, African dancers and singing as form of entertainment. Alicats Photography

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This page, from top: engagement ring from Michael Hill Jeweller, wedding bands from Design Jewellers, engagement ring from Birks. Opposite page: wedding dress from Minaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bridal & Prom.

Makeup by EvelineCharles Salons â&#x20AC;˘ Spas.

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This page, from top: bridal hairstyle from RAIN Salon Spa, bridesmaid hairstyle from Regis Salons, bridesmaid dress from Laura/Laura Petites/Laura Plus. Opposite page: bridesmaid dress from Firoz, wedding dress from Très Chic Fashion & Bridal.

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She waited . . .



heart pounding in her chest . . .

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for him, anticipating his hand in hers . . . his touch awakening every sense and

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This page, from top: flowergirl dress from Hansel & Gretel, wedding dress from Ethos, white shoes from Mayfair Shoes, gold shoes from Boardwalk Shoes. Opposite page: menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suit from Harry Rosen, wedding dress from Style America.

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This page, clockwise from top left: lingerie from Love Boutique, lingerie from Les Saisons, lingerie from La Vie en Rose, lingerie from Luv nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stuff. Opposite page: wedding dress from Sposabella, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suit by HS.

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Roles for Little Ones: Flower Girls Ring Bearers Junior Bridesmaid Junior groomsmen Handing out programs Watching the gift table Helping guests sign your wedding guest book Setting up place cards and/or favours Special readings or prayers Carrying candles

Success Tips: Dress them at the last possible minute Make sure they have access to videos, snacks, and toys Little ones need big, big, bibs Make sure kids have back-up shoes for the reception Make arrangements for a location near the reception for kids to sleep, nap or rest with baby sitters that are handy. Feed children a small meal before the event.

SCENESTEALERS Derks Can Make Your Little Guy Look Gorgeous Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a full selection of retail tuxedo and suit packages starting at $99. These include a suit, vest, shirt, and tie, and make up the perfect look that can be used again. Spencer is wearing a pin-striped suit from Derks.

For the Princess What little girl doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to look like a princess? Here, Ava looks like the perfect princess flowergirl in an ivory satin gown and purple sash.

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“Pocket” style and “Seal ‘N Send” invitations.

Put your engagement photos to use with picture perfect invites.

The Invitation Lady offers an abundance of invites from Carlson Craft.

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Don’t underestimate the importance of your invitations. They set the stage for what guests can expect; will your wedding be formal, informal or themed.


our invitation should reflect the theme of your wedding through its design and color scheme. Order your invitations four to five months in advance of your wedding and send them out two to three months in advance. If you’re planning a destination wedding or a wedding that will require a number of guests to travel, it’s a good idea to send out a save-the-date card ten months to a year in advance so that your guests can make travel arrangements and plan to keep the date free.

Rock Star wedding invites will make your guests feel like VIP’s with these lanyard style invitations.

Haute couture invites embellished with perfectly placed crystal bling.

Cutting edge designs and an abundance of wedding stationary ideas.

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t used to be that simply capturing the beautiful, happy couple on their wedding day was all brides and grooms were looking for from their photographer. Today, Trash the Dress photo sessions have become the rage amongst couples looking for something a little different for their wedding photo album.

As the name suggests, a Trash the Dress photo shoot allow a bride and groom to completely let go of their reservations to create fun, candid photographs with little or no regard for the usual wedding formalities or traditions. Whether you are the bride, groom or photographer, it is the spontaneity on display in these photo shoots that makes them so appealing. With the stress of the big day a faint memory, a couple can be completely

relaxed. For photographers like me, capturing a bride and groom as their playful, unreserved selves is the most satisfying and purest form of wedding photojournalism. Brides, who pay thousands of dollars for their wedding dress, are understandably hesitant to roll around in sand or jump in water. But for every bride that thinks twice about destroying their dress, there are just as many that simply don’t care. “I paid $4,500 for my dress but I didn’t care if it got trashed the day after the wedding. It is not like I’m going to wear it again,” says recent bride Sophie Delauriers. Most of the brides I photograph take the modest approach to trashing the dress by purchasing a second, discounted wedding dress to destroy, allowing them to keep their real wedding dress in pristine condition. Even though the second dress isn't the one

from the big day, brides and grooms still create memorable photographs. Shelley Gure, Manager of Bridal Debut in Sherwood Park sees a lot of second dress purchases. “Typically, we have a lot of girls that buy a second dress just to trash" says Shelley of the growing trend. "We offer discounted dresses on sale year round so brides have plenty of options and can easily get a discontinued dress for between $100 and $500.” The beauty of a Trash the Dress photo session is that it can happen at any time, long after the wedding is over. Some brides want to photograph the trashing of their dress a year or two after the big day, while some brides gather with other brides who are friends to trash their dresses together. My creative energy starts to flow every time a bride comes into my studio for a consultation on trashing their dress. Just like the wedding day itself, every dress trashing is different. The possibilities of what can be done to a dress are as endless as our creative, adventurous minds can go. As a photographer, I couldn't ask for anything more. Curtis Comeau

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Delicious Homes Realty Diva Shares her Sizzling Secrets for Buying Your Home! Guess who’s here to help you take a load off? Your very own Sassy Realty Diva! Take those stilettos off, put your feet up, and enjoy.

• First: Are you really ready? Owning a home takes a lot of time, and requires emotional, physical, and financial care. It’s quite the plunge and planning it right can be one of the most Diva-Smart things you will ever invest in. • Do yourself a big Diva favour. Figure out your monthly budget, your cost of living, and the costs associated with owning your home. Do you have a down payment? Can we talk? I’m sassy enough to say get a Certified Financial Planner and premarital counseling to start this process, because you‘re worth it! Prevention is better than fixing a big mess later. That’s what True Divas do. Using your smarts makes you ultra sexy!

• Now that you’re Diva-Determined to buy your very own home, what you need are some professionals to look after you. Did you know that savvy Divas have a network of consultants? Also, I’ll let you in on a secret…GET PRE-APPROVED FIRST! This means giving your work documents to your mortgage broker, getting your credit checked, and all your ducks in a row before you go shopping. This prevents a lot of headache. • Choose a Realtor who is professional, likable, and gets your style. They have to be someone who listens to you and has your trust. It’s a big deal, and you deserve someone who takes your life seriously. It has to be a good fit, so you have the best

experience possible. It’s all about You, Miss Diva. This is big! • Pick the house that speaks to you! Your gut will speak to you too. Follow it! Surf the net, send your favorites to your Realtor, and then go look at them. This is the fun part! No one should be talking you into purchasing or selling you on a home. A good Realtor will look after, educate, and help you get the home you love. That’s the Diva difference! • I’ll let you in on another secret. You need to bring your cheque book with you when shopping for a house. It serves as your Deposit, and goes with your Offer to Purchase. A deposit is different than your down payment. It comes off the purchase price, and is usually cashed right away. Another tip is not to be surprised if you make an offer, and then receive a counter offer. This is quite normal. You need to have your potential home inspected. Do not skip this step! Smart Divas spend the time to get to know their homes. Inspections do just that. • Start Packing. Diva Secret: Book your moving van after lunch. Rarely do we see keys released beforehand. Now for the exciting task of making your house a home. Design away! Your Realty Diva, Michele Weselake RE/MAX Accord

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How to Select a DJ Selection: Is the DJ you hire going to be able to play the songs that you want to hear, and how often do they update their library?

part. You should decide what your budget is and then let the deciding factors be the services that you can get within that range.

Professionalism: Is the DJ you hire going to be able to interact with your crowd to the level that they will respond to without going over “the line?” Wherever your line may be.

Experience: Hire a DJ with experience. Look for a company or individual that can provide references. It’s important that music creates the right atmosphere.

Value: Price should not be the deciding factor in your choice, but it does play an important

Comfort: This is your wedding day. You have a ton of stress from other things and you

don’t need it from your DJ. If you aren’t confident in the decision that you made, it will ad to your stress load, and make you worry about it when you should be worrying about other things. The best way to be confident in your decision is to ask questions. The more you ask, the more you know. The more you know, the more you are going to be confident that you are making the right decision.

Fantastic Favours Giving your guests wedding favours will never be passé, but spending hundreds of dollars on throwaway gifts is. You want to bestow a lasting impression with favours that are absolutely fabulous and won’t break the budget. Not sure when or how to distribute your favours? You can hand them out the traditional way, by putting them at each place setting or on a table for when your guests are leaving the receptions. Or you can make them the centre of attention by instructing your wait staff to hand out the favours on trays before the meal or between courses.

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Don’t be afraid to make your favours personal! They can be inspired by the season you are getting married in, the setting, or your own personal obsessions. Are you a huge fan of BBQ? Make some jars of homemade sauce with your initials monogrammed on them. This is also a great way to show your guests how you and your honey met. Share your love of coffee or tea houses with gift cards to your favourite shop, or the place you had your first date. Are there going to be a lot of guests coming in from out-of-

town? Instead of doing favours, put welcome bags in their hotel rooms before they start arriving. Include an itinerary of the weekend and nourishing items your guests will really appreciate after a day of travelling – things like water, nuts or even something sweet. Whether it is a do-it-yourself gift, like tiny potted plants from a nursery or a decadent treat like chocolate truffles, make sure it is something personable and memorable. Finish off your favours with a quote, poem or picture that is special to the two of you.

Personalized ribbon

Asian Inspired Favour Box Available at Evergreen Stationers,

Karsh: Image Maker January 31-May 30, 2010 Karsh: Image Maker is a major exhibition at the AGA that celebrates the work of one of Canada's most prominent portrait photographers. See a fresh and dynamic approach to the work of Yousuf Karsh, a multifaceted photographer, whose life, influence and work have created an enduring legacy. Karsh: Image Maker features original portraits, studio and darkroom artifacts, archival material as well as innovative interactive and hands-on experiences to build a picture of the artist that was Karsh. See how Karsh created his photographs (technically, aesthetically and culturally) and how he gained such wide circulation and currency in the world of 20th century portrait photography. Karsh: Image Maker considers how portraiture is a form of storytelling, and explores the contexts, myths and memories that surround Karsh's work, and how portrait photography shapes our understanding of power, fame and the construction of self. Albert Einstein. ŠYousuf Karsh, LAC-BAC e010751675

Organized and circulated by the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, and the Canada Science & Technology Museum, Ottawa.

Audrey Hepburn, ŠYousuf Karsh, LAC-BAC, e010752256

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Staternent Necklaces...with metal flowers, rocks, stones, and crystals...chandelier earings...exotic and perfect bridal couture...big and bold...dramatic unique necklaces...multi strand necklaces and pearls

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Your Big Bridal Close-Up Your Bridal Entourage • Hair Stylist • Aesthetician: Perfect skin is required. • Makeup Artist: For a knockout, romantic look. • Trainer - Exercise regime to be in Top Shape. Your Wedding Face Over the next few months your mission is to find the perfect: • Foundation • Lipstick • Mascara • Eyeliner • Nail Colour • Best Features • Beauty Tricks Your State of Mind • Mood • Fragrance

Raising Your Bridal Eye-Q Lash Away One of today’s hottest beauty trends, professional lash extensions should be top priority on your bridal beauty plan. They are the ultimate finishing touch for your bridal make-up and look amazing in photos! Extensions add length, volume and thickness to the lash, opening and brightening your eyes. Best of all, you don’t need to wear mascara, so you’ll be smudgefree all day! “I can’t emphasize the importance of professional lash extensions enough for your big day. They’ll bring your bridal make-up to the next level and leave your groom breathless”. – Cathy Wong, Owner, Bizou Lash Studio,

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bride’s virtual make-over dreams can come true. A new edition to the Mary Kay website, the virtual make-over is an amazing way to test different shades of lipstick, eyeshadow, blush and more. Just upload your picture to their site and start playing! They also offer a variety of completed bridal beauty looks that you can test out, which include: classic, modern, glamorous, natural, day wedding and night wedding. If it’s a new hairstyle you’re after, have fun trying out a selection of hairstyles and hair colours. “All eyes are on the bride; a virtual make-over is a fun, easy and inexpensive way to try out different beauty looks before your big day”. – Fran Sorobey, Mary Kay Senior Sales Director Tip: For best results, use a photo of yourself with your hair pulled back and no makeup. Start playing by visiting (in Edmonton) or (in Calgary)

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The new Art Gallery of Alberta is open. Visit for exhibition, event and facility rental information. Photo: Robert Lemermeyer

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Chantal Milaine Photography

Diamonds Photography Inc.

Chantal Milaine is an international wedding photographer based out of Calgary, who loves to combine glamour, beauty, style and emotion on your wedding day to create stunning imagery that is sought after all around the world. Chantal Milaine offers a wide range of luxury albums and customized collections intended to suit your needs and desires. We are excited to connect with you and hear about your wedding!

We are a fun-loving team of husband & wife photographers who are lucky enough to be able to shoot some of life's best experiences. We are inspired by our awesome clients and the moments they share together. 403.992.6000 780.288.0035

ENV Photography

Lori Alvarez Photography

PhotoArt by Sonia

Modern. Quirky. Beautiful. ENV Photography specializes in wedding and engagement photography with an urban edge. Unconventional locations and unique poses make for stunning photographs. The best wedding pictures are in places where you wouldn't expect, and often, wouldn't look at twice. Let everyone else have their pictures taken at the Legislature while we take a walk on the wild side! Located in Edmonton, AB but available to travel the world for you!

Ever since you were a little girl you have been dreaming about this day. As a photographer I am passionate about capturing your moment in time. Call me to book your consultation today.

Romantic, Fun, Artistic. These are the words that will describe your wedding photos when PhotoArt by Sonia is your photography company. Wedding packages designed to suit your wedding day desires.

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We'd love to meet you, so give us a shout and we'll do coffee. Dan & Rachel Humenny

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McMaster Photographers

Sarah Pukin Photography

Absolute Photography

At McMaster Photographers, we are a team of FULL TIME professional dedicated artists providing you with exceptional photography for your wedding day.

Sarah offers a fresh & stylish perspective to couples looking for modern & edgy photos. Let her years of experience shooting high fashion stand out to ensure your wedding day will be remembered in time.

Absolute Photography creates a unique, stylish and contemporary collection of memories to capture every moment of your wedding day. Customized digital photography in black and white, sepia and colour. Available for travel. Consultations by appointment.

We can create "candid" or "formal" portraits (or a mixture of both) for your desired look. Paul Walker 15004 - 107 Avenue Edmonton AB T5P 5S1 Ph: 780.489.9898 Fax: 780.481.3852



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Brianna Hughes

Devonian Botanic Garden

Brianna Hughes specializes in documentary style wedding photography. After receiving her BFA in New York, she moved to Paris where she earned a Master’s degree in photography. Engagement and boudoir sessions available. All packages customizable.

Wedding Photos in the Garden. Spectacular outdoor settings for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding photos. Devonian Botanic Garden, located 5 kms north of Devon on Hwy 60, just minutes from west Edmonton.

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780.987.3054 ext. 2223

Play, Passion, Perspective. I’m not your average photographer. I like to engage my clients so that posing is the last thing on their minds. They appreciate my ability to capture “perfectly imperfect” glimpses that pop up during a wedding – ones you only see when people are comfortable and having fun. Photographs are part of your legacy. I can’t wait to meet you and add Tara Whittaker Photographs to your album. 403.247.3746

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Tracy Connery Photography Making pictures is more than my business... it's my passion... my life! Capturing the moments between the moments. Creating art. Unique lifestyle coverage of your wedding. Fabulous art books to hold your precious memories for a lifetime. In addition to Alberta, happily serving destinations Rocky Mountain and Riviera Mayan... as well as those farther flung! 250.345.4002

Teena Thomas Photographic Creations We offer affordable classy and intimate photos, and pride ourselves in capturing every detail of your day without being intrusive. We work very hard with the bride and groom to ensure that no detail is missed.

Bella Photography Did you think your friends could look this good....we did! Bella Photography traveling the world for you. 780.953.0202


Kevin Yee Photography

Andrew Peter Bradley Photographer

Acclaimed photographer Kevin Yee strives to photograph your wedding day as an intimate and caring portrayal of people joining together to declare emphatically â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, you are for meâ&#x20AC;?. His energetic persona and good nature with the people he photographs, enables him to manipulate, capture and convey images that transcend their technical purposes. To see more of his work, visit

With over twenty years of wedding photography experience, Andrew has captured weddings across North America and Australia. He works with a passion to capture that perfect moment. 403.616.7320

Kevin Yee Photography 403.615.2500

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City Pro DJ

SOUNDfonix Entertainment

If you're like us, you believe you get what you pay for. In the case of our DJs, you'll only pay a little more to get the very best. You'll appreciate the valueadded level of service our Expert staff will deliver and your guests will rave of the fun and good times had. Visit today for special Bridal Fantasy rates and offers for 2010.

A full service mobile DJ company for your wedding. Featuring an ever expanding music library to suit you and your guests requests. From day one, you will receive direct contact with your personal DJ. 780.893.4975


Revolution DJ & Limousines

Koreen Perry Wedding Singer

Revolution DJ & Limousines specializes in elite mobile entertainment, executive transportation and shuttle services. We are industry leaders in weddings and special events and have the ability to customize packages to suit your needs. With over 750 wedding and event bookings each year, and a new fleet of high-end limousines; we’ve got what it takes to make sure your special day is just the way you envisioned it.

Koreen sings at various events, festivals and cafés throughout Edmonton and rural Alberta. Her easy rock style is perfect for wedding ceremonies and even specific moments at your reception, like the cake cutting. She offers her singing with or without accompaniment in order to work with the bride’s budget. She has over 50 songs in her repertoire and will consider specific requests.

Calgary: 403.873.1218 Edmonton: 780.416.9017 Vancouver: 604.688.4445


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Varscona Hotel on Whyte

Devonian Gardens

The Rutherford House

This classic boutique hotel located in the heart of Old Strathcona is an ideal spot for an intimate wedding ceremony and reception. Customized wedding and guestroom packages available. Consider Varscona Hotel for your Wedding on Whyte.

A beautiful outdoor setting for an unforgettable garden wedding. Ceremony and photo packages available for up to 250 guests. Photoonly packages also available. Devonian Botanic Garden, located 5 kilometres north of Devon on Hwy 60, just minutes from west Edmonton. Photo credit: Tara Johns

For brides looking for a touch of class, the historic Rutherford House offers just that. Enjoy a high tea bridal shower in the beautiful sun porch. The house is also available for cocktail style receptions; perfect for couples looking for a more intimate affair and the premises can be booked for photos. Photo Credit: McMaster Photographers,

780.987.3054, ext. 2223



Mirage Banquet

Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort

Edmonton’s newest banquet facility holds up to 1,000 people. The bride and her bridal party can freshen up in the private bridal room with a washroom and shower. Our state-of-the-art camera system allows you to followand play your function on large projection screens. The venue rental also includes a moveable stage, two bars and a lounge area. Transform this space with wedding décor or enjoy the simple elegance of this large open lay out.

If you’re looking for a wedding reception with some extra fun elements look no further. The Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort is an elegant and modern reception facility that also offers all the fun and entertainment of a Vegas-style casino. They also include several wedding extras in their packages such as valet parking, spacious guestrooms, private cocktail-hour reception areas, specialty linens, chair covers and more.



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Carnmoney Golf Club

Winspear Centre

The beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains at Carnmoney Golf Club will truly leave a lasting impression with all of your guests. Carnmoney offers a full buffet dining experience including customized cuisine that is sure to satisfy every appetite.

Nestled in the heart of Edmontonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown art district is the Winspear Centre; not only a world-class music facility, but also a contemporary and unique reception venue. Its spacious lobby, 2nd and 3rd floor balcony areas and rooms provide a diverse number of options to host a cozy and intimate ceremony or a grand and luxurious reception.



Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

The Art Gallery of Alberta

Located in downtown Edmonton, the four star Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel is the perfect place to host your wedding reception. The two tier Glenora Room can accommodate up to 130 guests for a dinner and dance and is perfect for either a formal or informal occasion. The Valley Ballroom, complete with its own grand piano and private foyer, is ideal for Weddings up to 350 guests. Special guest room rates are offered to all weddings held in the Edmonton area.

Looking for a modern and unique place to tie the knot in 2010? The newly renovated state-of-the-art Art Gallery of Alberta is opening its doors January 31, 2010. The facility offers 85,000 square feet of soaring ceilings and open space. They also provide an on-site culinary team and catering service. 780.392.2505


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Gord and Deb Steinke Couples Bio Gord and Deb Steinke were married 25 years ago. We met in Oshawa, Ontario (she was my next door neighbour while I was a musician traveling in a band). Her 3 year old daughter Jennifer introduced us one day and we hit it off immediately. We've been together ever since.

What do you feel is the most important factor that has contributed to your successful relationship? I'd have to say a good sense of humour is important to maintaining a good relationship. Also - treat the other person like you'd like to be treated and always try to be a good listener.

Do you find that the passion and energy of your relationship translates into other things you do? Yes. Deb and I enjoy the same hobbies. Motorcycling, travel, history, music…We tend to spend our recreational time together enjoying the things both of us like to do.

What kind of surprises and challenges have there been in your relationship? We both have had other relationships that include children, so a step family is always a challenge…but also a blessing.

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What is the best piece of relationship advice anyone ever gave you? Don't sweat the small things…and try not to go to bed mad at each other. Arguments always seem less important in the morning for some reason.

What is the most romantic thing your partner has ever done for you? Asked if we could renew our marriage vows on a recent Maui vacation to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was very cool, and very romantic. Advice: What advice could you give that could help other couples overcome a challenge in their life together? Keep an element of surprise in your relationship. Spontaneous little gifts, a romantic dinner out, or breakfast in bed....things like this to always keep them guessing. It's fun! Gord Steinke is an evening anchor on Edmonton’s Global TV

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The Art of Flowers

One of a kind in Edmonton, Bizou Lash Studio is Whyte Ave’s newest beauty boutique! They specialize in professional lash extensions for any woman who wants to evoke a little eye envy. From natural lashes to wild eyes, there are over 75 looks to choose from. Brides can opt for a number of different packages tailored to their wedding needs. Bridal Fantasy’s favourite is the Diamond package, which offers individual eyelash extensions for your engagement photos, stagette and wedding day.

The Wild Orchid offers the perfect marriage of timeless design and endless creativity in each bouquet. From opulent luxury to simple sophistication their designers will work with you to ensure your selections will compliment your desired theme and budget. Visit this unique floral boutique in the heart of downtown for a complimentary consultation and to create a customized wedding package that will ensure a truly personalized wedding.

780.236.LASH (5274)


Edmonton’s Newest Bridal Boutique Check out Edmonton’s newest bridal store, The Bridal Boutique, located in Phase 1 at West Edmonton Mall. The owner has over twenty years experience in the wedding dress industry. They carry a wide variety of lines including Jacqueline, Bridal Lane, Esssence of Australia, Ella of Australia and White One. Lines exclusive to their store include Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jane, Beautiful Plus Bride (a line for fuller-figure brides) and Petite Bride.

Colourful Buffet For 2010 weddings, a cupcake buffet has replaced the previous year’s cupcake tower. Flirt Cupcakes, located on the east edge of the Whyte Ave strip offers an abundance of flavours to indulge in. From chocolate mint cupcakes to mini mocha cupcakes, each guest’s sweet tooth will surely be satisfied. 780.757.4899


Flower Market Sip on an authentic Italian cappuccino and be inspired by La Piazza Dasee Flower Market’s wedding flower creations. Custom designs and couture finishes are their signature, and their team of floral trend setters will ensure your day is special by designing florals that that will accent your personality, dress and venue. 780.437.1380

In Motion Style Group What could be more convenient than a salon and spa that comes to you on the day of your wedding? In Motion Style Group does just that, offering professional hair, make-up and spa services in the privacy and comfort of your home or hotel. “Getting ready for the “big day” in someone’s home is a lot more relaxing and enjoyable than having your entire bridal party go to a conventional salon”. – Karen, Owner. In Motion has the expertise needed to transform you into a radiant, breathtaking vision of beauty and grace. 780.439.4061

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Customized Love Song Here’s your chance to write your own wedding song! Six Sense Audio Visual will assist you and your groom in recording your very own love song. You will be in a real recording studio, and you can either sing the song you’ve written or have a professional sing it. What could be more romantic than playing this song for the first dance? Six Sense Audio Visual also offers photography, disc jockey and karaoke services, and pride themselves on bring exciting and innovative ideas to your wedding. 780.993.5530

High Street Hideaway Novelle Bridal Shop nestled in the heart of High Street just west of 102nd Ave and 124th Street downtown, is worth checking out on your search for the perfect dress. They carry a selection of unique designers like Nicole Miller, Pattis and Wtoo, all exclusive to their shop. Novelle Bridal Shop brings a fresh, young and modern shopping experience to today’s bride including a private consultation to ensure that 100% of the focus is on you. 780.761.0888


Photo Greetings

Picture perfect wedding photos start with professionally styled hair and make-up and a photographer who can capture you in your happiest moments. Trinity Weddings is a mobile photographer, hair stylist and make-up artist trio who work together to ensure you look fabulous on the biggest day of your life and in your photos for years to come.

A perfect way to make use of your engagement photos! Book Fox Creative Design for your wedding photography and they’ll not only shoot your engagement and wedding photos, they’ll help you out with your invites too! All you’ll need to do is choose several of your favourite shots and your invitations will be ready to go.



The Talk of the Table The detail in these centerpieces is sure to have your guests talking. Each vase is a true work of art that blends several materials such as colourful sand, fabric flowers, stones and miniature birds. These are a unique alternative to flower centerpieces and a wonderful memento of your wedding for several lucky guests.

Newget? Hand-made goodness. A delicate balance of chocolate with nuts and unique savory flavours. Choose a flavour combo that suits your wedding theme. Newget is the perfect filler for any favour box. 780.995.1115


One Stop Shop The Lily Pad offers everything from discounted gowns to fresh flower design. With bridesmaid, flower girl and mother-of-the-bride dresses, and a large selection of décor, you’re sure to leave here with a few things checked off on your to-do list. This home-based company prides itself on an intimate atmosphere and one-on-one attention. 403.869.6167

Tailored for Happily Ever After Derks Formals & Menswear has been outfitting men since 1939. Whether you want to rent or buy, from tuxes to suits you’re sure to find the perfect look for the men in your wedding party. With over 80 accesorry packages and colours finding the ideal colour won’t be a problem. We do our best to help you celelbrate your special time they way you’ve always dreamed of.

Bridal Fantasy Go-To Photographer With over twenty years of wedding photography experience, this Australian born photographer has captured weddings across North America and Australia. A special thanks to Andrew, from the entire Bridal Fantasy team, for capturing picture perfect shots at our bridal gown photo shoot in Banff. 403.616.7320

Star Style Boasting the largest limousine in Canada; the Mammoth F650 holds up to 24 passengers. “This ride gets attention wherever it goes… it literally looks down on other limos, some people in the industry call it the Hummer Killer” says owner, Dave Brodoway. Its features include hardwood floors, ten televisions, a sound system that rivals nightclubs and light shows that create amazing ambience. Executive 4 Star Limousine serves Calgary, Lethbridge and all of Southern Alberta.

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SELECT ADVERTISERS Alexander Daniel Hair & Body Boutique 119070 Jasper Avenue Edmonton, AB T5J 3R8 Phone: 780.488.9985 Email: The team at the Alexander Daniel Hair & Body Boutique travels the globe to bring leading edge techniques in hair and body treatments to you. They ensure your experience at their salon is tailored to meet your individual needs, whether it’s for hair or body. At Alexander Daniel, the team will meet and exceed your every expectation. AMA Travel 10310 – 39A Avenue Edmonton, AB T6J 6R7 Phone: 780.995.2221 If you’ve always dreamed of a destination wedding, Let AMA Travel make your dreams come true. Whether it’s a small, intimate gathering or a large celebration, our destination wedding experts will handle all of the details. Andrew Peter Bradley Photographer Calgary, AB Phone: 403.616.7320 Website: With over twenty years of wedding photography experience, Andrew has captured wedding across North America and Australia. He works with a passion to capture that perfect moment while blending traditional and contemporary imagery. Art Gallery of Alberta 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1 Phone: 780.422.6223 Website: Scheduled to open on January 31, 2010, the new AGA will be an 85,000 sq ft innovative gallery that will allow us to present national and international exhibitions. The gallery in itself will be a work of art. The new AGA will be a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada in the 21st century, expressing the creative spirit of Alberta. Some of the great features of the new AGA are dedicated gallery space, an expanded education centre, restaurant, gallery shop, 150 seat theatre and unique facility rental spaces such as an atrium for banquets with catering kitchen, outdoor sculpture court and ‘floating’ private lounge.

Bells & Bows Bridal Centre 229 – 12 Street N Lethbridge, AB T1H 2G3 Phone: 403.238.2355 Website: Every wedding is a unique and memorable celebration of joy, love and commitment. Bells & Bows Bridal Centre embodies this philosophy with gowns that are timeless and exquisite, reflecting modern elegance, with a Haute Couture flair. We are a full-service boutique that pays close attention to detail with an emphasis on customer service. We create an atmosphere and an ambiance for the bride, bridal party and the mother of the bride that is exciting, fun, and worry-free. We hope you will allow us the pleasure of turning your dreams into a reality.

Body Science 6727 – 177 Street Edmonton, AB T5T 4K3 Phone: 780.424.2662 Website: Bodyscience was formed to fulfill the need of clientele who have a passion for rejuvenation and youth. We promote as many products as we can that are environmentally friendly and rejuvenating for the senses. We have perfected the art of using modern techniques to successfully balance science with nature. Escape from everyday stress and rejuvenate with us. Bodyscience is the exclusive DANNE product line distributor in Edmonton – a product line with numerous advantages for anti-agin and acne treatment. Contact us for an appointment today!

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Bridal Debut #2B – 153 Pembina Road Sherwood Park, AB T8H 0B9 Phone: 780.467.4082 5916 – 104 Street Edmonton, AB T6H 2K3 Phone: 780.431.0539 Website: Visit one of our fabulous salons (in either Sherwood Park or our new Edmonton location) and experience the thrill of finding your perfect wedding dress. Our wonderful consultants will give you excellent service in a friendly and comfortable setting. With designers like Maggie Sottero, Sophia Tolli, Alfred Sung and more, you’re sure to find the wedding dress you have been dreaming of.

Bridal Fantasy Magazine & Tradeshow Corporate Office: 8109 – 102 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 4A4 Phone: 1.800.565.6664 Website: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Email: Website: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry is the newest addition to the Bridal Fantasy family. With tons of unique pieces and new lines being added, along with prices to fit any bride’s budget, Bridal Fantasy Jewelry is your one-stop online shop for all your bridal and wedding party accessory needs. Bill Cowen Photography Phone: 780.476.2455 Website: Bill’s passion is seizing that decisive moment, his images put the viewer in that time. With tons of experience both in front of and behind the scenes, let his years of photography excellence be put to work for you.

Canadian Cancer Society Website: Instead of gifts or favours for your guests, recognize a loved one with a Wedding Tribute from the Canadian Cancer Society. We are happy to provide you with gift cards, place cards and/or a reception certificate for your guests. Visit our website for more information on how you can help today. Carrington Homes Website: The Carrington Group of Companies has been in operation for over 35 years and has grown to become a top residential builder in Edmonton and surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on building quality, affordable and innovative homes in the most soughtafter communities. With a commitment to excellence and delivering on what we promise, Carrington Homes takes pride in what they build.

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City of Edmonton – Community Service Website: Whether it’s Fort Edmonton Park for a wonderful moment in history, the Hotel Selkirk for a 1920’s flair, or the Muttart Conservatory with beautiful flowers and waterfalls under glass pyramids, you can sure you will find the perfect setting to match your wedding day. Crystal’s Bridal Edmonton, AB Phone: 780.242.1060 Website: At Crystal’s Bridal we believe in searching for the one special gown requires personalized attention and excellent customer service. When you arrive for your appointment it is all about YOU! You can relax and take your time on deciding which dress is the one you have been dreaming about. Make an appointment with Crystal’s Bridal and discover a relaxed bridal experience. Derk's Formals and Menswear Edmonton: 8111-102 Street – Main Store Phone 780.433.6614 10410-118 Avenue Phone: 780.477.1655 10120-151 Street Phone: 780.483.1807 Calgary: #107 7004 MacLeod Trail SE Phone: 403.301.3366 Email: Website: Derk's Formals & Menswear has been outfitting guys since 1939. Whether it's your wedding day, graduation, or just another Saturday night on the town, Derks has been trusted and trained to help you look your very best. Check us out online at or at any one of our 4 locations. Consumer Choice Award winners since 2002! Dion Website: Edmonton Queen Riverboat 9734 – 98 Avenue Edmonton, AB T6C 4P6 Phone: 780.424.2628 Website: The Edmonton Queen Riverboat is a unique attraction in the heart of downtown Edmonton. A unique experience, a relaxing atmosphere and a picturesque view of the river valley is the perfect setting for your event. Come sail with us and experience Edmonton in a whole new way. Edmonton Wedding and Party Centre 6010 – 99 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 3P2 Phone: 780.434.1277 Website: Edmonton Wedding and Party Centre has been serving Edmonton and area for over 12 years. We pride ourselves on staying current with the needs of our clients who are organizing their special occasion. We can offer a complete range of wedding services. Why run around all over town when you can make one stop at Edmonton Wedding and Party Centre?

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Eternity Limousines Phone: 780.474.0600 Website: Our goal is to be Edmonton’s first choice in luxury transportation. Enjoy modern comforts and the prestige feeling while cruising around Edmonton. Sit back, relax and let us take you there in style. Event Planning Headquarters 6010 – 99 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 3P2 Phone: 780.435.4433 Website: We offer professional event management and planning services, individualized to your event. Our experienced and innovative team pride themselves on cutting edge décor, decorating, on-site directing and full or partial event planning services. Leave the fine tuning to the experts and have the assurance that meticulous attention is paid to all the details. Executive 4Star Limousine 716 – 2 Avenue “A” N Lethbridge, AB T1H 0C9 Phone: 1.877.329.3650 Website: Executive 4Star Limousine serves all of Southern Alberta with their fabulous fleet of limos, including Canada’s largest SUV limo, the F650 Mammoth. The staff at Executive 4Star customize your wedding according to your specific needs for the wedding day. They will get you there in style and comfort! Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel 405 Spray Avenue Banff, AB T1L 1J4 Phone: 403.762.2211 Toll-Free: 1.866.540.4406 Website: Happily ever after begins at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Also called Canada’s “Castile in the Rockies”, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel creates the perfect atmosphere for a fairy0tale wedding, making every bride feel like a princess. Contact them today to put their team of professional wedding planners to work on your special day. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel 111 Lake Louise Drive Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0 Phone: 403.522.3511 Toll-Free: 1.866.540.4413 Website: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is located in the heart of Banff National Park. No matter what time of year it is, there are a large variety of activities, sights and treasures to explore, for you and your wedding guests. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise was voted one of the “World’s Top Ten Honeymoon Hot Spots” by Discovery Travel. Come and find out why. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Hotel Old Lodge Road Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Phone: 780.852.3301 Toll-Free: 1.866.540.4454 Website: Perfected located between captivating mountains and beautiful lakes, say hello to the beginning of your Rocky Mountain Experience. Experience the beauty of Jasper. Amazing adventure awaits you, whether it be the middle of winter or the high heat of summer. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge promises an experience you won’t soon forget.

Farlie Travel #20, 580 St. Albert Road St. Albert, AB T8N 6M9 Phone: 780.459.6661 Website: The specialists at Farlie Travel excel in the art of romantic travel planning. Whether you want a destination wedding or are looking for the perfect place for your honeymoon, the staff at Farlie Travel are there to make sure all your plans are executed perfectly. GEM ORO Goldsmith 1093 West Edmonton Mall 8882 – 170 Street Edmonton, AB T5T 3J7 Phone: 780.444.7210 Located in West Edmonton Mall, GemOro Goldsmith is the perfect place to look for your wedding jewellery. The experienced and friendly staff will be able to help you find the perfect wedding accessories. You’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. Global Television Edmonton & Calgary Website: Heather’s Grower Direct 3811 – 99 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 6J1 Phone: 780.988.8588 Website: Heather’s Grower Direct is the perfect place for your wedding floral needs. Whether you have a small, intimate setting or a large affair, the knowledgeable and friendly staff will be able to create the perfect flowers to match your prefect day. With locations in Edmonton and Calgary, Heather’s Grower Direct with meet and exceed all your expectations! Hi Tech Productions Phone: 403.827.1405 Website: Hi Tech Productions does it all. Small parties to large events, you can expect an interactive DJ service that is customized to your needs. The staff at Hi Tech Productions is dedicated to hassle free entertainment. Sit back, relax and let their professionals do what they do best – create an awesome party atmosphere. In Motion Style Group 12425 – 97 Street Edmonton, AB T5G 1Z6 Phone: 780.439.4061 Website: In Motion Style Group is the salon and spa that comes to you! Your specialist focuses completely on you using the unique, completely mobile system. Relax in your own home while their specialists pamper you, creating that perfect look.

Instant Memories Phone: 780.910.4800 Toll Free: 1.888.399.3040 Website: Instant Memories offers free wedding negatives and free engagement photos. With over 10 professional photographers on staff, you can rest assured you will have a professional to capture all the moments on your special day. With various styles ranging from fun and candid to a more photojournalistic or traditional approach you will get the exact feel you want for your wedding day photos. Jennifer Scott Bridal Phone: 780.643.2469 Toll-Free: 1.866.740.2412 Website: Jennifer Scott Bridal is a new and innovative online store for today’s bride. Dresses are made to order, customized by style, size and colour. Imagine having a one-of-a-kind dress, designed and created according specifically to you. Oh, and imagine paying no more than $429 for your dream dress, with delivery in a matter of weeks, not months. Head to their website today and start exploring the possibilities! Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique 1320 – 167 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5B 4K3 Phone: 780.476.3384 Website: Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique has been providing custom-designed floral wedding work for over 40 years. From the bride’s and attendants’ bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and decorations, we have you covered. Consultation is by appointment with our award winning floral designers and event planners who work within your budget to make your day fabulous. Delivery is also available on your big day. la piazza dasee flower market 8004 Gateway Boulevard Edmonton, AB T6E 6A2 Phone: 780.437.1380 Website: la piazza dasee (pronounced daisy) creates the “WOW” factor. Ever thought of bling and feathers in your bouquet? Your dream is our design. Our inviting European atmosphere will make your flower selecting a calm and enjoyable experience. Sit with us; enjoy espresso or gelato and we will chat about the perfect flowers for you. We were chosen as “Best Flower Shop” in the Edmonton Journal’s “Worth a Second Look” Awards. Lanza Website: Le Belle Arti 16844 – 111 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5M 4C9 Phone: 780.454.0677 Website: If you are looking for the perfect décor for you home, you need to check out Le Belle Arti. With amazing collections from a huge variety of designers and everything from furniture to lighting to kitchens and area rugs, Le Belle Arti is your one-stop shop for home décor and living.

MacEwan Conference & Event Centre 210 MacWean Student Centre 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Phone: 403.210.9375 Website: McMaster Photographers 15004 – 107 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5P 4S1 Phone: 780.489.9898 Website: We are a creative and state-of-the-art studio with creative wedding photography and wedding videography. Excellence and quality is paramount at our studio. With experienced and passionate professionals you don’t need to look any further to ensure your special memories will be beautifully captured. Michele Weselake, ReMax Accord Phone: 780.901.4770 Website: Whether you are buying or selling your home, Michele Weselake of ReMax Accord is here to help. Offering a complimentary interview to understand and define your criteria for finding your dream home and a complimentary market analysis on your existing home, Michele goes above and beyond the call to make sure you are completely satisfied with your home. Mirage Banquet Hall #360, 8170 – 50 Street Edmonton, AB T6B 1E6 Phone: 780.468.3003 Website: No function is too large or too small for the Mirage Banquet Hall! The passion for perfection the staff have will ensure your event will be the best it can be. With careful attention to details, your celebration will be the memory of a lifetime. Nisku Recreational Centre 606 – 18 Avenue Nisku, AB T9E 7V8 Phone: 780.955.7533 The Nisku Recreational Centre is a beautiful banquet facility with vaulted cedar ceilings and a wall of windows to take in the view of Nisku’s forests. With a overlooking patio, fireplace and park-like setting, it’s a beautiful location to host your magical day. Ovation Catering & Banquets 3790 – 98 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 6B4 Phone: 780-440-7863 Website: Ovation Catering & Banquets has the ability to offer a broad range of services in virtually any setting, and that sets us apart from the rest. We do event consultation, tailored menus and we have professional event staff to ensure your special day is highly successful. We can even offer you a single point of access to everything you need to host a fantastic party.

Phoenix Reborn Productions Phone: 780.288.0186 Website: Specializing in video and photo production services, Phoenix Reborn Productions with take your priceless memories and create a new way of looking at them, time and time again. Whether you have photos you want to preserve or video you want edited into a fabulous DVD, Phoenix Reborn Productions can make your dreams come true. Prestige Limousine Phone: 780.465.8514 Website: Prestige Limousine is proud to be Edmonton and area’s largest limousine fleet. Whatever your needs, Prestige Limousine will provide you and your guests to their destination with quality service. Custom limo packages are available, just talk to one of the customer service team to book the package that is right for you. Revolution Entertainment Phone: 780.416.9017 Phone: 403.873.1218 Website: An elite mobile DJ entertainment company, the mission of Revolution Entertainment is to provide the most outstanding service possible. The exceptional staff will do everything in their power to ensure your special event is exactly the way you want it to be. Roche Bobois 225 – 10 Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2R 0A4 Phone: 403.532.4401 Website: A Roche Bobois piece of furniture has unique character and is inspired by multiple personalities – the creator who designed it and you, using your creativity. Each piece becomes unique, exclusive and truly created for you. Establish décor that speaks to you and your style. Sand Website: Sherbrooke Liquor Store 11819 St. Albert Trail Edmonton, AB T5L 5B5 Phone: 780.455.4556 Website: With wedding packages and volume discounts available, Sherbrooke Liquor Store has the booze for your celebration covered. They also carry over 600 different types of beer, along with wine and sprits. Delivery is available – talk to one of their knowledgeable staff members today!

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Sixth Sense Audio-Visual Production Phone: 780.993.5530 Phone: 780.902.9978 Website: A full feature media production studio – your one stop shop for your wedding! Photography, videography, DJ/karaoke and rentals – they’ve got it all. Check out their Jaguar rental for your wedding, complete with a driver. Contact them today to book your entire wedding package!

Sunterra Catering Phone: 403.263.9759 Phone: 780.426.3807 Website: The food experts at Sunterra offer consultations on meals and menu planning, professional staffing and more to ensure your party is as smooth as chocolate silk. Everything from hors d’oeuvres to fully catered meals to gourmet desserts – the staff at Sunterra take care of the details, so you don’t have to.

Smiles Dental Group 322 McLeod Avenue W Spruce Grove, AB T7X 0J6 Phone: 780.962.3433 #9, 11 Bellerose Drive St. Albert, AB T8N 5E1 Phone: 780.460.8889 A full service dental office, Smiles Dental Group wants to help you look amazing on your special day. Whether you just need some whitening or a full smile makeover, the competent and professional staff will do everything they can to ensure you and your smile look their best.

The Citadel Theatre 9828 – 101A Ave Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6 Phone: 780.425.1820 Toll-free: 1.888.425.1820 Website: The Citadel Theatre Complex is located in the heart of Downtown Edmonton in the Arts District and houses five performing spaces: the Shoctor Theatre; the Maclab Theatre; the Rice Theatre; the Tucker Amphitheatre and Zeidler Hall. A registered charity, we present 13 plays and a Teen Festival each year. We are home to the Eldon and Anne Foote Theatre School which offers theatre classes, workshops and summer camps for children, teens and adults.

Special Event Rentals 6010 – 99 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 3P2 Phone: 780-435-2211 #101, 2312 – 52 Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2C 0A3 Phone: 403.235.2211 Experience the Difference…leading the way for over 20 years, Special Event Rentals is Western Canada’s largest rental and sales centre and we are pleased to supply you with all of your rental and tent requirements. Our extensive and continuously expanding inventory consists of a complete line of tables, linens, chairs, tents, chocolate fountains, chair covers and ties, catering equipment, and dance floors which are only a few of the 250,000 items readily available for your event! Visit our state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot facility, which showcases a vast array of rental items and décor or shop online! Staples Business Dept Website: Staple Business Depot is ready to help with you with all your stationary needs. From invitations to reply cards, even your guest book and seating chart, Staples can help you create fabulous stationary to match the style and theme of your wedding day. Choose from one of their designs, or supply your own. Get online and start designing! Strellson Former owners of Hugo Boss and one of the top clothing brands from Germany. Nobody manufactures better looking suits at this price! Available at Derks southside and westend locations.

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The Juniper Hotel Mt. Norquay Road & 1 Juniper Way Box 3449 Banff, AB T1L 1E7 Phone: 403.762.2287 Website: A unique hotel in Banff National Park with vistas of three iconic Banff mountain ranges, Vermilion Lakes and the town of Banff. A beautiful location for smaller weddings, the Juniper Hotel is an exclusive location, perfect for the discerning couple looking for a distinctive wedding experience. The Little Black Book Inc. Phone: 780.570.0514 Phone: 780.994.6785 Website: Trans Canada Weddings #102, 3132 – 26 Street NE Calgary, AB T1Y 6Z1 Phone: 403.273.3655 Website: The premiere wedding boutique in Calgary, your onestop shop for everything for your wedding – except the dress! Huge selection of favours, invitations, rentals and other accessories for your wedding ensure your ‘fairy-tale’ wedding is perfect. Uniglobe Geo Travel Phone: 780.424.8310 Phone: 403.531.2400 Website: Website: It’s not what we promise that sets us apart, it’s what we deliver. The last thing you want to do is take chances with your destination wedding. Call the specialists at Uniglobe Geo Travel where you know the details are going to be perfect.

Volvo of Edmonton 1205 – 101 Street SW Edmonton, AB T6X 1A1 Phone: 780.486.5100 Website: Take a European Honeymoon in your brand new Volvo! Tickets to Sweden, one-night luxury hotel and 15 days insurance to explore Europe are some of the benefits you’ll receive with the new European Delivery program. Talk to your Volvo dealership to get your new Volvo today! Wedding World 5361 Gateway Boulevard Edmonton, AB T6H 4P4 Phone 780-433-1622 For more than 30 years, Wedding World has been helping brides create beautiful weddings. They carry the largest selection of decorations and accessories from bells and bonbonniere supplies to invitations and albums. Whatever your colour or theme, Wedding World can accommodate you. Wedding World brings you a fabulous selection of designer gowns at affordable prices. They carry bridesmaid dresses, mother’s dresses, flower girl dresses, shoes, headpieces and veils. Bridal fashions, invitation decorations and everything in between, Wedding World has it all. Welcome Wagon Website: If you’re planning a wedding, this showcase is for you. Special displays, gifts and door prizes are available. You could even win a dream honeymoon trip! West Edmonton Mall 8882 – 170 Street Edmonton, AB T5T 4M2 Phone: (general inquiries) 780.444.5200 Website: West Edmonton Mall is waiting for you. This is the world’s largest entertainment and shopping centre, featuring over 800 stores and services. From gowns to jewellery, accessories and more, you’re sure to find everything you need for your special day! Wild Orchid Flower Shop 10136 – 105 Street Edmonton, AB T5J 1C9 Phone: 780.425.2816 Website: Winspear Centre 9720 – 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5J 4B2 Phone: 780.429.1992 Website:

ADVERTISER LISTING Company Page No. Bridal Shows Bridal Conference (EDM) .....................................................81 Bridal Fantasy (CGY & EDM)................................................31 Welcome Wagon (CGY & EDM) .......................................128 Bridal Accessories Beveiled! Custom Bridal Veils & Accessories (EDM) ...30 Bridal Shops Abride Within (EDM)...........................................................142 Bells & Bows Bridal Centre (CGY)......................................26 The Bridal Boutique (EDM) .................................................25 Bridal Debut (EDM)................................................................17 Crystal’s Bridal (EDM) ............................................................24 Jennifer Scott Bridal (CGY & EDM)....................................27 The Lily Pad Inc (CGY) ........................................................100 Novelle Bridal Shop (EDM)..................................................23 Pure Bridal (EDM) ...................................................................25 Scottish Imports .....................................................................51 She Matters (EDM) .................................................................85 Tifany’s Bridal (EDM)..............................................................23 Urban Bride Delivered Consignment Boutique (EDM) ...23 Wedding World Bridal (EDM) .............................................14 Cakes Bake Me A Cake (EDM) .........................................................49 Jam On Your Face (EDM)......................................................55 Catering Ovation Catering & Banquets (EDM) ............................127 Sunterra Catering (CGY & EDM) ........................................73 Union Bank Inn (EDM) ..........................................................48 Décor/Rentals Be Center of Attention (CGY) .............................................49 Edmonton Wedding & Party Centre (EDM)...................63 Event Planning Headquarters (EDM)............................175 Special Event Rentals (CGY & EDM) .................................57 Trans Canada Weddings (CGY) ............................................4 Flowers Heather’s Grower Direct (EDM) .........................................67 Kuhlmanns Floral Boutique (EDM)...................................69 la piazza dasse (EDM)............................................................66 Wild Orchid Flower Shop (EDM) .......................................68 Formalwear Derks Formals (CGY & EDM) ...............................................15 Scottish Imports .....................................................................51 Health & Beauty Alexander Daniel Hair & Body Boutique (EDM)...........16 Body Science: Customized Bridal Beauty (EDM).........41 In Motion Style Group (EDM).............................................38 Smiles Dental Group (EDM) .............................................181 Trinity Weddings (CGY)......................................................101 House & Home Bella Casa Design Center Ltd. (EDM)...............................32 Carrington Group of Companies (EDM).........................45 Le Belle Arti (EDM) .................................................................75 Michele Weselake, REMax Accord (EDM) ....................178 Roche Bobois (CGY).............................................................IBC

Jewelry Bridal Fantasy Jewelry (CGY & EDM) .............................171 Gemoro Goldsmith (EDM) .............................................IFC-1 Lingerie Sheer Fusion Lingerie (CGY)...............................................40 Liquor Crestwood Fine Wines & Spirits (EDM).........................159 Sherbrooke Liquor Store (EDM) ........................................56 Menswear Derks Menswear (CGY & EDM)........................................155 Dion (CGY & EDM) ...............................................................153 Lanza (CGY & EDM) .............................................................145 Sand (CGY & EDM) ...............................................................147 Strellson (CGY & EDM).........................................................6-7 Miscellaneous Bridal Fantasy Sweepstakes (CGY & EDM) ..................188 Canadian Cancer Society (CGY & EDM) ..........................74 The Citadel Theatre (EDM).......................................106-107 Gail Vaz-Oxlade.....................................................................113 Volvo of Edmonton (EDM)................................................135 Music/Entertainment Alicats Photography, Videography & DJ Service (EDM)........101 Ben Rose Wedding Band (CGY).........................................36 Deluxe DJ Services (CGY)..................................................190 Hi-Tech Productions (CGY)..................................................37 Koreen Perry, Wedding Singer (EDM) .............................33 Revolution Entertainment (CGY & EDM) .....................180 Sound Fonix (EDM) .............................................................190 Photo/Video Alicats Photography, Videography & DJ Service (EDM)........101 Andrew Peter Bradley Photographer (CGY & EDM)..........84 Bill Cowen Photography (EDM) ......................................176 Brittney Anne Photography (EDM)................................100 Instant Memories (CGY & EDM).........................................89 McMaster Photographers (EDM).........................................3 Phoenix Reborn Productions (EDM) .............................175 R.J. Hidson Photo (EDM) ......................................................85 Sixth Sense Media (EDM) ....................................................38 Studio Four Twelve (EDM) ................................................199 Tait Boudoir Photography (CGY).............................85, 141 Trinity Weddings (CGY)......................................................101 Planning Bride-on-a-Budget (EDM) ...................................................49 Dream Wedding Production Ltd. (CGY) .........................36 Edmonton Wedding & Party Centre (EDM)...................63 Event Planning Headquarters (EDM)............................175 Get Married in Banff (CGY & EDM).................................101 ID Bohemia ............................................................................202 The Little Black Book Inc. (EDM)........................................43 Milan Weddings (CGY) .......................................................174 Special Event Rentals (CGY & EDM) .................................57 Shopping West Edmonton Mall (EDM)....................................162-169

Stationary Notables Stationers Inc. (EDM) .......................................174 Staples Business Depot (CGY & EDM)...........................199 Special Day Specialties (EDM) ...........................................32 Spoonful of Sugar Invitations & Creations (CGY) .....174 The Paper Tree (EDM) .........................................................176 Television Global TV (CGY & EDM)...............................................39, 129 Transportation Eternity Limousines (EDM) .................................................29 Executive 4Star Limousines (CGY)......................................5 Prestige Limousines (EDM) .............................................OBC Travel AMA Travel (CGY & EDM)..........................................136-137 Farlie Travel (EDM)...........................................................12, 13 Uniglobe Geo Travel (CGY & EDM)...................2, 100, 131 Venue/Hotels Art Gallery of Alberta (EDM) ............................................191 Bayshore .................................................................................202 Century Casino & Hotel (EDM)...........................................46 Edmonton Queen Riverboat (EDM).................................47 The Fairmont Banff Springs (CGY & EDM)...................208 The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (CGY & EDM) ....143 The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (CGY & EDM) .........108 Fort Edmonton Park (EDM).................................................62 Hotel Selkirk (EDM)................................................................58 The Juniper Hotel (CGY & EDM)......................................142 MacEwan Conference & Event Centre (CGY) .............180 Mirage Banquet Hall (EDM) .........................................52-53 Mt. Norquay (EDM) ................................................................60 Muttart Conservatory (EDM)..............................................59 Nisku Recreation Centre (EDM) ......................................159 Union Bank Inn (EDM) ..........................................................48 St. Michael’s Heritage Hall (EDM) .....................................33 Winspear Centre (EDM)........................................................47

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Bridal Fantasy Magazine 2010  

Bridal Fantasy Magazine is a leading Western Canadian wedding magazine that strives to highlight the best of Western Canada’s bridal market....

Bridal Fantasy Magazine 2010  

Bridal Fantasy Magazine is a leading Western Canadian wedding magazine that strives to highlight the best of Western Canada’s bridal market....