Interactive Wedding Gallery Part 1

This year’s Interactive Wedding Gallery challenged our decorators to create elegance and creative table top decor displays.

This is what our talented decorators came up with!!

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 This Table by RL Designs uses beautiful white to create a beautiful Winter Wonderland feel!

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This table by It’s a Swanky Affair uses frills and feathers to add a 20’s twist on modern decor!

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This table by Table Settings & More uses a beautiful pink accent to this soft and elegant decor!

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This table by Windsor Event Decor used a beautiful white wood centre piece adored with crystals to create a stunning eye catcher!

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This table by Renaissance Weddings uses glass and white flowers to create clean and stunning decor!

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This table by Gail’s Flowers & Gifts was a honorable mention in this year’s contest. They used aqua-marine & a nude overlay to create very tasteful and eye catching decor!

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This table by Elegance by Design uses a daring table cloth as beautiful focal point in their decor!

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Winter Fantasies Wedding Extravaganza 2013 Essential Details Inspiration

Our “Winter Fantasies” wedding theme was inspired by crystal blue sky winter days reflecting on pure white freshly fallen show. If you have never considered a Winter Wedding there refreshing ideas may entice you to dream differently about your special day. Why not “just chill” and book a winter wedding date!!!

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~ Cake Created by Marcy’s Cakes ~

~ Decor by Elegance By Design ~

~ Flowers created by Renaissance Weddings & Events ~

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~ Invitations by Written Expressions ~

~ Decor by Elegance By Design ~

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~ Candy by Sweet Endings ~

~ Decor by Elegance By Design ~

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~ Lighting by Marz Lighting ~

~ Decor by Elegance By Design ~

~ Exquisite furniture pieces by Modish Lounge Rentals ~

Winter Fantasies Wedding Extravaganza 2013 Decor Inspiration

Our “Winter Fantasies” wedding theme was inspired by crystal blue sky winter days reflecting on pure white freshly fallen show. If you have never considered a Winter Wedding there refreshing ideas may entice you to dream differently about your special day. Why not “just chill” and book a winter wedding date!!!

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~ Decor by Elegance By Design ~

~ Exquisite furniture pieces by Modish Lounge Rentals ~

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~ Decor by Elegance By Design ~

~ Flowers created by Renaissance Weddings & Events ~

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~ Decor by Elegance By Design ~

~ Flowers created by Renaissance Weddings & Events ~

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~ Decor by Elegance By Design ~

~ Exquisite furniture pieces by Modish Lounge Rentals ~

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~ Decor by Elegance By Design ~

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~ Decor by Elegance By Design ~

~ All photography done by Trevor Booth Photography ~

Winter Fantasies Wedding Extravaganza 2013 Attire & Accessory Inspiration

Our “Winter Fantasies” wedding theme was inspired by crystal blue sky winter days reflecting on pure white freshly fallen show. If you have never considered a Winter Wedding there refreshing ideas may entice you to dream differently about your special day. Why not “just chill” and book a winter wedding date!!!

Image ~Men’s Tuxedo from Moore’s Clothing for Men~ 

~Flower’s created by Renaissance Wedding & Events~

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~Wedding Gown from His & Hers Wear Bridal~

~Shawl from Lazare’s at Freeds~

~Flower’s created by Renaissance Wedding & Events~

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~Wedding Gown from His & Hers Wear Bridal~

~Headband from Lazare’s at Freeds~

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~Jewellery by Abraham’s Jewellery~

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~Jewellery by Abraham’s Jewellery~

~Headband from Lazare’s at Freeds~

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~Shoes & Socks from The Bay~

~ All photography done by Trevor Booth Photography ~

Gothic Wedding Epidemic

In the past two years the idea of being undead has been glamorized and commercialized.   The trend began with “Twilight” and quickly escalated into shows like “True Blood” or “The Walking Dead”.

Reflecting back on past Halloweens, we have seen an increase in kids and adults trading in being fairies and princesses to being blood sucking monsters… or their victims!!!   Now this is all fine for events like Halloween and certain events throughout the year (Windsor’s recent Zombie Walk).  But I must admit I do have question the increase in Gothic and/or Zombie weddings.

Done right, a Gothic Wedding can be an edgy and beautiful event.  The couple we have featured in this blog took the Gothic theme and ran with it but in the right direction with the perfect balance of class and Goth.  Judging by their appearances a classic wedding would have been far too boring for this couple, so by bringing purple and crystal into their wedding decor they created a wedding with lots of glam as well as a suggestion of darkness.

 

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http://offbeatbride.com/2012/06/california-gothic-wedding

For the bold bride who feels a normal wedding just isn’t enough, I personally encourage brides to step out of the box but remember that this day will be recorded on paper and digitally for years to come.  Be creative without being morbid and be mindful that you want to create a wedding with class at the same time.   Do not try to outdo other weddings by trying to be overly dramatic. Subtleness always works best with any theme. 

 When you think of a Goth Wedding you typically may envision red as your colour décor choice. I understand red is the first thing but my advice is to think differently.  Don’t do what’s been done before. Try to add the element of elusiveness and be unique.  There is an array of colours to choose from that will give your wedding the edginess you crave and the individuality you need.  Consider colours like violet, resolution blue, charcoal grey, blood orange and acid pink.   These colours can work perfectly to tie in the Goth theme with immense room for creativity.  Remember to communicate with your décor stylist on the specific shades and hues you want used throughout your wedding so that all colour tones work together in unison.Image

http://offbeatbride.com/2012/06/california-gothic-wedding

Ensure your wedding will stand out in a positive way by incorporating dramatic pieces of décor and clothing.  These focal points can make an impression without taking over the wedding.  Your bridal bouquet is a good place to start your décor idea theme.    To add a Gothic spin on your bouquet consider playing with darker colours including black.  Roses are often overused in Goth weddings and finding new textures and floral to use in your bouquets could be just the right touch of mystique you are looking for.  

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http://en.wikinoticia.com/lifestyle/Maternity/75137-gothic-bridal-bouquet

Lastly remember to have your wedding cake carry on with the fun Goth theme!!  When it is time to cut the cake why not make this a spectacle that your guests will rave about?  Consider ringing a low bell and having your guests gather around the cake as eerie music is playing in the background.   Let your imagination run wild as you and your spouse cut the cake in a non-traditional manner sharing pieces of the cake on black china. Make sure to grab everyone’s attention and include them in the cake cutting ceremony.   

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http://www.perfect-wedding-day.com/gothic-wedding-cakes.html

At the end of the day be it the classic wedding of your dreams or the dark creepy wedding made for nightmares  ensure your wedding  has your signature and make it creatively your special day.

A Few of My Favorite Things-Special Items for Your Special Day

I love the fact that this region has so many talented designers, decorators, artists and unique locations. These are all elements that couples can tap into when they want to put their signature on their Essex County wedding. Adding something special to your wedding day can be simply accomplished by adding a few of my favorite things!!

One of this area’s talented jewellery designers Mimi of Mimi’s Creations can customize distinctive accessory pieces commissioned just for you and your wedding party. Her approach is to be inspired by the very uniqueness of nature as nature does not repeat herself. The diversity of each selected component within her jewellery designs specifically made for your wedding day will celebrate the very distinct essence of each special woman, each bride, each bride’s maid and each mother of the bride/groom that wears her designs. A simple dress can be turned into a work of art with Mimi’s fabulous pieces and her jewellery will be relished by those you give it to for years after your wedding day.

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Original Design by Mimi’s Creations

L’atelier Du Chocolat a truly divine chocolate boutique located in downtown Windsor can custom make your chocolate edible centerpiece. This creative approach to edible artwork means that a stunning chocolate design can not only serve as your extraordinary center piece but can also be nibbled away by your guests when their late night munchie cravings begin.

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Chocolate Center Piece by L’atelier Du Chocolat

Choosing unexpected wedding florals is a beautiful way to customize your wedding decor. Using unpredictable floral choices like artichokes, amethyst coloured cala lillies and wild grasses can create a combination of florals not seen before. Don’t be afraid to choose striking colour combinations of non traditional wedding florals to put your own personal stamp on your bouquets and make them a creation that is unique to your wedding.

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I & F Designs

Couples are searching for venues that are non traditional and diverse as weddings have become more intimate over the last few years. Outdoor weddings have become standard fair during the pleasant months of the year in Southern Ontario and finding a vineyard, park, backyard or tourist attraction to host your wedding is certainly a trend that only seems to be gaining strength.

A very special new addition to this region’s winery locations is Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards which opened this past summer in the Harrow area. This destination winery has a picturesque setting with its wide open vista of vines on a gentle slope. The addition of ponds to the property enhance wildlife habit and is just part of the “green” approach being taken by Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards. The indoor building can host a small wedding of up to 70 guests and is also the perfect location for wedding showers, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners.

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Pond location at Cooper’s Hawk Vineyard

Outdoor venues often mean that couples will need specialty rentals and that is where a long established company like Festival Tent & Party Rentals can be invaluable. Their full smorgasbord of china, utensil, glassware, linen rentals and specialty items make for one stop shopping when you are taking your wedding out of a non traditional setting.

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Rentals by Festival Tent & Party Rentals

For those couples looking for a very new setting to take their photos at Country Scape Photographic Backgrounds offers the picture perfect flavour of the great Essex County countryside. This farm setting complete with a barn, railroad tracks, corn fields and old antique car and tractors on site makes for the perfect photo op for those who adore the wealth of our Essex County region. (McCarthy Proprietors-519-737-6843)

However you choose to make your wedding day special by putting your own signature touch on the event keep it simple and let it reflect who you are. Your special day will be special in every way.

Doggie “I Do’s and Don’ts”

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So your very best friend is your dog and you and your partner have decided that you want the precious pooch to be part of your wedding party.  Having your dog, cat or pony part of your wedding ceremony is becoming a popular and admittedly catchy wedding day trend.  The question is exactly how should you include your four legged friend without causing any great disruptions or added wedding day stress.

Here are some quick pointers if you are thinking you want to include your furry friend in your wedding day plans.

Outdoor ceremonies, outdoor receptions and outdoor picture taking is the best time to include your pet.  Steer away from including pets at full indoor events unless it is just a quick walk down an aisle and out to the pooch sitters from there.

Make sure that your dog has been taken out for a good run the morning of your event.  There is nothing more beneficial to quell bad doggie manners than an extra long walk in the park to unleash pent up over active puppy behaviour.

If you are walking up the aisle with Rover make sure to put him on a leash.  Decorate the leash in your wedding colours and pass off your pet to the person who will be your official wedding day pet sitter as soon as you make it to your hubby to be.

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If you decide riding bareback into your outdoor wedding hoedown is the perfect touch to your western themed wedding some serious pre-planning should take place.  Make sure bathing your horse with extra special care and a fresh scented shampoo is a task done the day of the wedding.   Entwine your wedding day flowers and coloured ribbons thru his tail and mane for a picture perfect photo op walk down the aisle.  Horses can get jumpy when placed into unfamiliar situations so ensure your horse knows you well and his character is of a calm nature.  Have this type of wedding in an open field type setting to ensure your guests have some distance from you as you ride in on your horse.

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Finally make sure to inform your photographer well in advance that an animal will be part of your wedding day plans.  The more time your photographer has to plan this added touch the more creative pictures she will be prepared to capture for the two of you.

Ring It In

There is no bigger party than New Year’s Eve; for this reason an increasing number of couples are choosing this occasion to celebrate their special day. It is a night of love, romance and new beginnings: what more special way to share your New Year’s kiss is there than with your new husband?

While this idyllic winter wonderland seems like a perfect occasion to have a wedding, it’s important to remember that many people plan their New Year’s Eve far in advance. Whether it is florists, photographers, venues, or caterers, this date gets booked quickly for parties. Everything should be booked approximately two years out. Save the date reminders should be sent out a year and a half before your big day and invitations 6 months out. Furthermore, if you have family coming from out of town and staying in a hotel, reservations should be made between a year to two years in advance, depending on the location and the hotel.

Because of the time of year, deep colours such as aubergine, red, and black are very trendy for a NYE wedding. Consider a black-tie event as people love to dress up on New Year’s Eve. It’s a glamorous night; as the bride, make sure you are the centre of attention. Look classic but add some sparkle and hollywood glamour to your fashionable look.

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Remember to amp up the romance of the night: roses are a great flower choice. If you want to be creative accent the arrangements with feathers or flowers that you wouldn’t normally see in December.

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Just make sure you keep a firm budget, as many suppliers may charge premium pricing on New Year’s Eve. Lock pricing in with your contracts early in the planning stage. As the big day approaches keep in mind that you will have to organize both Christmas preparations and a wedding at the same time. Getting help from a wedding coordinator can be a tool for a stress free New Year’s Eve wedding. Check out some of this area’s best and most experienced wedding planners:

Beautiful Weddings by Me
A Perfect Day Wedding and Event Planning

Finally remember to have fun. After all this is a double celebration!Image

What’s Your Shade?

This summer, brides will be taking hues from the brightly coloured flowers that will be blooming at the same time as their weddings. Intense colours are popular this season as brides become more experimental and care-free. Major colour trends are aubergine, fuschia, chartreuse, mustard, and coral. Pair up complimentary colours for a perfect summer wedding.

Aubergine pairs well with white, green, and paler shades of purple. It represents nobility and timelessness. For this reason, keep your colour scheme simple. Green as an accent colour works well because it is also a colour that connotes royalty. Because aubergine is such a rich colour it is best suited for indoor weddings.Image
Fuschia is a great colour for your summer wedding because it is fun and girly. Bridesmaids will love this colour trend. It pairs well with navy creating a nautical and preppy colour scheme. This colour combination is fun for both the bride and the groom, pairing both feminine and masculine colours to create a perfect balance.
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The connection to nature that chartreuse and olive green have make them great summer wedding colour  choices for your outdoor wedding. For bold brides, chartreuse and lemon yellow is one option for an afternoon wedding. Olive can be paired with aubergine or coral for a richer colour scheme. Have fun when pairing greens with other colours and mimic the scheme in your floral arrangements.
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Mustard paired with the simplicity of black and white turn a classic colour scheme into something invigorating. For brides whose style is timeless, add a unique accent such as mustard for a very trendy option and a replacement for the traditional red.
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Coral is a vibrant colour trend for the summer. Both coral and apple red match well with tiffany blue for brides that want to have a retro-inspired wedding. Brides are embracing the fun 50s feeling of these colours for their summer weddings.
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While bold colours are popular, it is important to limit colour schemes to a maximum of two intense colours with one accent colour. Too much colour can turn a well-planned wedding into an overwhelming visual smorgasbord  for your guests. Have fun with colour but remember that simplicity is memorable and easy to photograph.