Trista and Mason

Photographer: Andrew Van Beek

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Real Ottawa Wedding | Trista and Mason


Bride Name
Trista
Groom Name
Mason
Date of Wedding
10/03/2015
Photographer
Andrew Van Beek
Reception Held at
Stonefields Heritage Farm
Ceremony Held at
Stonefields Heritage Farm
Wedding Dress
Oleg Cassini
Groom’s Fashions From
Derks
Bridesmaids Fashions From
David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Fashions From
Moores
Bride’s Hair By
Sarah Trotman
Bride’s Make-Up By
Beauty by Tracey
Cake By
Thyme and Again
Catering By
Thyme and Again
Flowers By
Curious Floral
Invitations By
Trista 
Favours By
Sycamore Studios Inc.
Description 
Trista and Mason’s story started back in college in November of 2008. It wasn’t long until they embarked on their first of many adventures together, relocating from Kingston, Ontario to Thunder Bay, Ontario and then to Fort McMurray, Alberta. A two hour hike up to Lake Annette in the rockies in August of 2014, Mason asked Trista to marry him. In October of 2015 they said ‘i do’ at the venue of their dreams. Their style was country, rustic and yet very simple.

Honeymoon? How About A Wine Show?

 

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Each Friday, sommelier Monique Ippolito introduces us to a new wine worth savouring and sharing. This time, she’s introducing us to a wine show worth traveling to experience! If you and your betrothed are wine lovers, this may be a destination to consider!

Imagine Honeymooning in beautiful Vancouver … and taking in its fabulous wine show!

by Monique Ippolito

Greetings fellow wine lovers! This week I am writing you from the 38th Vancouver International Wine Festival! This is my first VanWineFest experience and it is incredible! This week long festival is Canada’s premier wine extravaganza featuring over 1,400 wines from 155 wineries from 14 countries across the globe.  Every year the VanWineFest showcases a themed country and this year it’s Italy!  The Italians came well dressed and in full force bringing 240 wines from 60 wineries from across nine of their esteemed wine producing regions.  So, instead of sharing with you five reasons why I am excited about a single bottle of wine this week, I wish to share with you five big reasons why the Vancouver International Wine Festival reigns supreme.

 

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1 – The numbers speak for themselves! This festival is serious when it comes to connecting you with wine. According to the festival organizers, by the time all the events wrap up on Sunday, 43,000 bottles of wines would have been poured into 82,000 glasses. Wow, that’s a lot of dishwashing!

2 – It’s not just about a big tasting floor. This week-long festival is hosting 54 wine events, including 22 winemaker’s dinners.  The style of events ranges from tutored tastings, wine seminars and wine minglers to wine and food grazing events.  For details see Festival at a Glance at www.vanwinefest.ca

3 – It is definitely the popular kid in school!  VanWineFest reps confirmed that all public events were sold out before the show and only a limited number of trade-only tickets were still available.

4 – It’s in Vancouver! Have I mentioned yet that every day so far – in February – has been in the double digits? Well, it’s true! VanWineFest is headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre, home to the International Festival Tasting and several trade-only tastings and wine seminars.  Dinners and other wine mingler events are hosted by top restaurants and venues from all over downtown.

5 – This festival is committed to supporting the performing arts. Since the first festival launched in 1979, VanWineFest has raised over $8.5 million for local performing arts initiatives.  Since 2013, proceeds from the festival gala and silent auctions have gone to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.  This year, the competitive silent auctions at the Bacchanalia Gala raised nearly $210,000. Highlights of the auction included:

1906 Chateau Latour raising $8,500

a Millennium Bordeaux vintage collection raising $13,000

a dinner with Umberto Menghi raising $10,000

a trip for two to Italy raising $7,500

Delta Airlines Business Class tickets raising $20,000

What a show! I hope we all can all experience it someday.

 

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Timeless Wedding Choices that Always Dazzle

Can’t Go Wrong with the Classics!

It can be hard to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not. But there are certain items that simply never go out of style. Here’s a look at seven classic wedding choices that will never fail for your wedding day.

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Black tie

There’s something timeless about men dressed in tuxes and women in their best gowns. Formal attire gives your wedding an elegant feel and makes for amazing photographs.

Bride and groom feed each other by wedding cake and kissing

White dress

After Queen Victoria donned a white wedding gown in 1840, she was dubbed the ultimate trendsetter for millions of future brides, says Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design. “Wedding gowns have changed since then, and now they are available in a wide array of colours, including red, pink and even black.” But the classic white gown will likely always reign supreme.

Lace

Lace never goes out of style, says Carissa of Cakes by Carissa. From incorporating lace-stamped fondant or lace appliqués into your wedding cake, to wearing a lace wedding gown, there are plenty of ways to make lace a part of your day.

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A white wedding cake

Dessert trends come and go, as cupcakes, pies and candy buffets have all made the rounds in popularity. But there is something stunning about a classic white wedding cake taking centre stage at a reception. A white-tiered beauty is a great contrast to your colours du jour, and will stand tall as a work of art to wow your guests.

Long head tables

Long rectangular tables not only make figuring out seating a much easier endeavour, but they also make for a cozier, more intimate feel. Whether your reception is indoors or outside, whether your centrepieces are low or high, long tables are always a good look.

Peonies

While they might not last forever, a wedding simply isn’t complete without beautiful flowers. These lush blooms can transform any ceremony and reception area. And with the overwhelming variety of colours, you can choose the bloom that fits perfectly with your wedding hues.

Personalization

Adding personal touches to your wedding (from monograms and favours to cake toppers and table names) make your day truly unique. W

 

Skincare? Yes! Show Your Skin Some Love

Who couldn’t up their skincare routine by this point in the winter? After months of harsh weather and dry heat – courtesy of furnaces working full-tilt – odds are your skin is parched and begging for moisture. Even if you are the dewiest of young brides-to-be, your body’s largest organ  and your beauty routine need some TLC.

Here’s some help:

derma e’s Soothing Oil-Free Moisturizer with Pycnogenol is a fragrance-free gel hydrator that replenishes moisture and helps reduce signs of aging and sensitivity. It’s ideal for using alone on normal to oily sensitive skin types or for those experiencing rosacea.

Soothing Oil Free Moisturizer

Moisturize and plump your skin to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles with derma e’s Hydrating Night Crème with Hyaluronic Acid. Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment. It’s ideal for dry, dehydrated skin that needs richer moisture through the night.

Youngblood Beauty

Restore dry, dehydrated skin with derma e’s Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm, a doctor developed, deeply penetrating, highly concentrated topical recovery treatment. Use it anywhere skin is extra-dry, chapped, hardened or flaky for maximum soothing, replenishing relief.

Youngblood Beauty

 

An oil-free, lightweight, non-greasy facial formula, derma e’s Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil-Free Face Lotion delivers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and anti-aging antioxidant defense.

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A sheer, enriched formula, derma e’s Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Body Lotion glides on evenly and absorbs quickly to provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and anti-aging antioxidant

Newly Engaged? Top 10 to-do list once the question is popped

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by R. Legault

You are about to embark on two amazing adventures. The first, of course, being your life as a married couple, and the second being the exciting, yet often overwhelming process of planning a wedding. A wedding will probably be the biggest and most involved party or ritual either of you have ever put together. Before you get overwhelmed, take a deep breath, then do these 10 things.

To-Do List

  1. Enjoy being engaged

    Kiss each other a thousand times. Stare at the engagement ring. Write down in detail the moment when you got engaged. Contemplate the wonderful things ahead of you. Take pictures of yourselves with the engagement ring. Kiss each other a thousand more times.

  2. Tell your loved ones

    You should tell your parents of your impending nuptials before anyone else. Both of you should be present and ideally you will tell them in person – they’ll have a chance to see your happiness up close, look at the rock, and start talking about the wedding. Traditionally, the bride’s parents are told before the groom’s, but any order is fine. Then share the news with a few close family members and friends – the ones who are likely candidates for maid/matron of honour and best man, or definite attendants in some capacity.

  3. Purchase a journal

    This will be a time of 10,000 moments you won’t want to forget, as well as some frustrating times that you’ll need to vent about, and not necessarily to your partner. The journal you keep while planning your wedding will not only help you through this time, but it will be something you cherish for the rest of your life. If you’re Internet savvy, you may also consider journaling online at a site such as Livejournal.

  4. Announce your engagement

    Tell everyone the good news! There are many ways of doing this, and no way is better than another.

    Consider:

    • Announcing your engagement in print publications. • Mailing announcements to your family and friends. • Creating a wedding website.

  5. Set the date

    This is one of the most important decisions you will make as you plan your wedding. Not only will it be the first question everyone will ask, but you’d be surprised how difficult it will be to make any progress on planning your wedding without knowing the date.

  6. Set the tone

    Decide if you’re having a formal wedding, a casual affair, or a theme wedding. A good way to begin is to sit down with your partner and jot down ideas about your ideal wedding. Look at the adjectives each of you write and use them as a starting point.

7. Set the budget

Start off by using a printable wedding budget worksheet. Look at your finances and figure out how much you already have in savings and how much you can save each month. Talk to each of your parents and ask them if they’d like to contribute to your wedding, and either how much they’d like to give you, or what specific things they’d like to pay for. Lastly, decide how much you feel comfortable going into debt. I strongly advise couples to avoid debt as much as possible. Since married couples fight about money more than anything else, why start marriage with debt on your backs? At this time you may consider opening a new credit card just for the wedding that will earn you airline miles, cash back, or other incentives. It’s a good way to keep track of wedding expenses, and can help pay for your honeymoon. Just try to pay it off in full each month.

8. Choose your wedding party

As your attendants do a lot more than just stand next to you on the day of the wedding, now is the time to get them involved. While some couples opt not to have any attendants at all, especially if they’re having a casual event, most choose between two and 12 members of the bridal party. Look over these lists of responsibilities for bridesmaids and groomsmen before you make your final choices. If they live nearby, it’s nice to ask someone in person, but a phone call is fine for those who live far away.

9. Start looking for venues

Many venues are booked a year in advance, so the further in advance you start looking, the more likely you are to get the time, date, and cost you’ve planned for.

10. Get support

The successful bride and groom do not plan their wedding alone – they get help! This may be from professionals, respected publications, or trusted friends who’ve planned their own weddings.

• Consider hiring a wedding consultant. If you are a busy person, or just feel a little lost, a professional can be invaluable in putting together your ideal day, and can often save you money.

• Use online checklists. They’re free, and especially helpful if you’re planning with your mother or future spouse in another province. The most important of these forms is the overall wedding checklist, which will help you stay on top of all of your important to-dos.

• If you’re like most couples,you’ll come home from the bookstore with a few thousand pounds of wedding magazines – why not throw in a wedding planning book as well? While the Internet offers many useful tools, a book is portable when you visit vendors and can accommodate the many brochures, swatches and other items you’ll be collecting. If you are budget conscious, purchase a three ring binder, and build your own planner with printouts from the Internet.

Now that you’ve made all these decisions, you have a solid foundation for your wedding! It’s now time for the fun stuff: dresses, tuxes, flowers, music, favours and more! Remember to use a checklist to help stay organized and on top of it all. W

Show You Care: Bridal Party Gifts

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Wedding Gifts That Count

When choosing gifts for the bridal party, select items that are not only fitting for the occasion, but also useful and meaningful. This is not the time to skimp, but at the same time there is no need to blow the bank.

Here are a few tips for finding great gifts for your bridal party without putting a major dent in your overall wedding budget.

Tip 1: Keep in mind the wedding them and level of formality

Choose gifts that fit with the theme of the wedding. For example, flip-flops and other beach attire for a beach- themed wedding, or pretty jewellery and accessories for a fairytale-themed wedding are both great ideas.

Tip 2: Reflect yourself in the gift

Incorporate something about you and your relationship into the gifts. Are you both into going “green” and being environmentally friendly? Then put your gifts into reusable shopping bags or include certificates to “green” stores. Are you musicians? If so, include something in your gift that speaks to this.

Not all bridal gifts have to be the same. Golf tee gift sets can be great for someone who likes to golf. By first thinking about the two of you as a couple and then relating to the person who is getting the gift, you should be able to come up with some unique and interesting ideas for the people on your list.

Tip 3: Make it personal

Think about personalizing your gift to demonstrate that the recipient means a lot to you. There are many spots where personalization can be done easily and quickly. Engraving on metal, for example, is relatively inexpensive and can typically be done when you purchase the item.

Tip 4: What does your gift say?

Bridal party gifts are going to say many things: about the theme and formality of your wedding; about you and your spouse-to-be; about the relationship you have with the person who is receiving the gift; and about showing the recipients they mean a lot to you. Think about exactly what you want your gift to say.

By using your own creativity, you’ll snag the perfect gifts for everyone on your bridal party list. W

Compiled by R. Legault.

Physiotherapy Can Help

Every year, more than 50,000 Canadians have a stroke.

 

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Physiotherapy helps stroke recovery

“Now every day is a brand new day. There’s always something new to overcome. Paola is working hard, pushing forward, step by step, moving again and painting.”

Every year, more than 50,000 Canadians have a stroke. This means that almost all of us know someone like Paola, someone working hard to get back to their day-to-day activities and back to the things they love to do. It can be difficult to imagine not being able to sit without someone holding you or not being able to take a few steps from your bed to a chair. For someone who has had a stroke, it can sometimes be even harder to imagine doing these simple things again. This is how physiotherapy can help.

After a stroke, physiotherapy starts as soon as possible. In the hospital, physiotherapists are an important part of stroke teams that include physicians, nurses, other rehabilitation professionals such as occupational therapists and speech language pathologists as well as family and friends. The focus of early treatments by the physiotherapist is to help regain mobility; to sit, stand, walk, reach, hold and balance. These important activities are the building blocks for being able to do everyday things and for living as independently as possible.

2ns OPA pic After the hospital, physiotherapists working in clinics or in home care help people continue to improve and to reach goals that matter to them whether it’s being able to stand and cook dinner, to climb the front steps of your house or to get back out on the golf course. Though physiotherapy is most effective when started immediately after a stroke, months and even years later, physiotherapy can help improve movement and strength and manage pain.

A stroke can bring enormous change and many new challenges. Physiotherapy helps people to meet these challenges, to push forward step by step towards the things that matter most to them, and to living as active and independently as possible.

To learn more and participate in the campaign contest visit: www.discoverphysiotherapy.ca
Help us raise awareness about how #PhysioHelpsLives after a stroke and many ways that physiotherapy can help in rehabilitation.

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Jodie and Stephen

Real Ottawa Wedding

Photographer: Brittany Flemming (Union Eleven Photographers)

Real Ottawa Wedding | Jodie and Steve

Real Ottawa Wedding | Jodie and Stephen

Bride
Jodie
Groom
Stephen
Date of Wedding
08/28/2015
Photographer
Brittany Flemming (Union Eleven Photographers)
Reception Held at
Stonefields Heritage Farm
Ceremony Held at
Stonefields Heritage Farm
Wedding Dress
Maggie Sottero (With Love Bridal Boutique)
Groom’s Fashions From
Joseph Abboud (Moores)
Bridesmaids Fashions From
Donna Morgan (With Love Bridal Boutique)
Groomsmen’s Fashions From
Joseph Abboud (Moores)
Bride’s Hair By
Mahogany Salon & Spa (Carleton Place)
Bride’s Make-Up By
Mahogany Salon & Spa (Carleton Place)
Cake By
Sarah J’s Cupcakes
Catering By
Temples & Taste
Flowers By
Talisman’s Flowers (bouquets & boutonnieres)
Invitations By
Precious Invitations
Favours By
Wedding Favours Canada
Jewellery By
Sarah Walsh Bridal Jewellery
Linens Rental
Mastermind Event Rentals
Music and DJ Services By
Quality Entertainment
Wedding Website and App By
Apply Couple
Officent
Brian Yealland
Description
Stephen and Jodie are both from Ottawa but met and  planned their wedding while living in Ireland completing medical school. They couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day in August, with sunshine all day and a full moon that night. It was a rustic, vintage, yet simple and intimate wedding surrounded by 75 of the couple’s closest friends and family. There were many DIY aspects to the wedding, including the isle mason jars, table centerpieces and lawn games hand-made by the father of the bride. It was an unforgettable day filled with much laughter and love.

Why Multicultural Weddings Rock

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by Divine Mwimba

Canada is home to many different cultures and religions. It’s no wonder you become friends and lovers with people from diverse backgrounds. When it comes to saying, “I do!” we love the thought of planning multicultural weddings. Here our top five reasons why they rock:

1 – Multicultural weddings offer amazing opportunities to bring different families together by introducing them to new traditions, music and food.

2 – You get to experience something outside your comfort zone and realm of familiarity. A lot of cultural weddings, notably Indian nuptials, serve buffet feasts as part of the celebration. Why not sample a bit of everything? These memorable meals not only represent the best of festive hospitality, they also introduce people to different flavours and celebratory traditions.

3 – You meet new people, make new friends and you get to see what different cultures are all about. Multicultural weddings are fun, unforgettable learning opportunities. They foster tolerance and respect.

4 – Wedding music and dance are known to bring people together. In the Lebanese culture the traditional Zaffeh dance is common folkloric dance that is performed at most weddings. In the traditional Zulu weddings in Africa, there is often a dance-off between the bride’s and groom’s families.

5 – At the end of the day, we are all humans, regardless of our cultures and backgrounds, and this is wonderfully evident to everyone enjoying the unexpected pleasures of an ethnically diverse wedding.

Happy Planning!

Divine Mwimba is co-owner of RSVP events www.rsvp-events.ca and My Wedding in a Box www.myweddinginabox.ca. She’s also the blogger behind Culture Chic Wedding www.culturewedding.ca.

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Dare to Dress in Show-Stopping Style

 

Detail of a bride and groom embracing. Bride holding beautiful wedding bouquet

by Lindsay Ruck

A plunging neckline. A corset bodice. A crop top and a sheer skirt. Any of these on your bridal gown checklist?

Looks that were once taboo are now major trends in the wedding dress world and Ottawa Wedding is embracing this explosion of lacy seduction.

When perusing the more risqué bridal designs, I cringed more than once at some of the overly-exposed gowns. There was no distinction between wedding day and wedding night. But I also found myself salivating over beautiful styles that achieved the perfect bridal balance.

To-be-brides around the world gave a unified hip-hip-hooray when Hudson’s Bay announced they would be bringing Kleinfeld Bridal to Canada. And this includes the dramatic designs of Pnina Tornai, noted dress designer who has made several appearances on TLC’s hit show, Say Yes to the Dress.

Show-stopping style

Many of Pnina’s gowns speak to the sexy side of bridal fashions. See-through corsets, shorter skirts, and strategically placed lace are all on this designer’s resumé. But Pnina’s not the only one who’s answering the daring wedding gown call.

“We saw this trend starting out a few years ago,” says Dana Alexander-Salares, owner of Ottawa’s With Love Bridal Boutique, “but this is the first year we are really seeing brides embracing a more flirty approach to their style while keeping more elegant and traditional bridal elements.”

So the question is, how do you obtain that look of über sexy yet sublimely classy? Let’s break down the top styles that have nailed this coveted combination.

Plunging neckline

First up is one of the most popular necklines this season: the deep-V. Designer Dennis Basso sent a plunger down the runway for his fall 2015 collection that didn’t stop until it hit the bride’s waistline. This particular gown is perhaps one of the more extreme styles. There are other designers, however, who have created happy mediums for this look. Caroline Herrera’s collection features a beautiful A-line gown with a deep-V neckline and illusion short sleeves.

When it comes to a plunging neckline, your tailor will be your best friend. The alterations on this look need to be precise to avoid shifting or scrunching. This is no surprise, but the larger the chest, the trickier a plunging neckline will be. You will be moving, sitting and dancing all night, and that dress should be staying put no matter what.

Along with that fabulous tailor of yours, your undergarments will also play a huge part in pulling off this look. Track down a low- cut bra to mirror your low-cut style. If you’re also opting for a backless design, the strapless plunging bra is key.

“Plunging necklines are beautiful in a more sheath silhouette on a smaller busted bride,” remarks Dana. “A low V-neck doesn’t provide enough support or coverage, but definitely gives a smaller bust a boost.”

A low-cut body suit with built-in support will also work. The added bonus of the body suit is it can act as shapewear and smooth out the torso. But make sure it fits properly and doesn’t bulge under the gown. The downside of the body suit – makes going to the washroom just a little trickier!

If an undergarment doesn’t complement the width or plunge of the V, you can ask your seamstress to sew cups into the gown. Along with the use of fashion tape or stickies, you’ll be well-supported all day and night.

Cut outs

Next up on the radar are cut outs. From Rivini and Anne Barge to Mikaella by Paloma Blanca, there have been a multitude of gowns featuring different takes on this design. The majority of cut outs are found around the lower waist and torso and some feature a lace underlay while others go bare. Some are modest side slits, no bigger than a strike at the waist, while others are wide, unique shapes that become works of art throughout the gown. This peek-a-boo style is great for those brides who really want to make a statement with their gown and who have all the confidence in the world to expose those “trouble zones” that many of us would just like to cover up.

Depending on where the cut out hits the body, undergarments shouldn’t be that tricky to find. If your cut outs expose some part of your torso or waistline, then shapewear may not be an option.

A beautiful lace top and bottom may be all you need to complete your look.

Crop top

Onto our next style: the crop top. That’s right, ladies: the ‘80s are making a comeback (sans the velvet scrunchies and purple metallic eye shadow). Crop tops and layered separates were seen on several runways this season, including a stunning two-piece by lace extraordinaire, Jim Hjelm and beautiful crop designs by Hayley Paige and Reem Acra. Just like cut outs, there’s a chance your mid-section will make an appearance at your wedding. Consider all movement you will do throughout the day: posing, dancing, hugging … you get the point.

What’s wonderful about the separates look is it can go from pretty and soft to sporty and casual. It’s a versatile style that can be dressed up or down, depending on how you accessorize.

Once again you’ll need to call on separates for undergarments. A corset will not work. Undergarments that are light and don’t add any bulk are best for this look.

Corsets

Up next is trend No. 4. The corset bodice has a lingerie look and feel. What many brides find so appealing about the corset is how it hugs the torso and cinches the waist. The boning defines the hourglass the garment creates, giving the bride a more full-figured look. Designers such as Lazaro, Monique Lhuillier and Paloma Blanca feature the corset in their most recent designs. What takes the corset to the next level is the fabric. A lace corset provides a sheer exposure, meaning the bride is technically covered up but her skin is only wrapped in a thin, sheer layer of fabric. If you want to create more of a waistline, then this is a great option for you. A corset, along with the proper undergarments, can also give the chest a bit of oomph, if perhaps you are not as well-endowed.

“The corset bodice style maintains a bit of bridal tradition when constructed of a quality lace for more coverage with a bit of boning peeking through the pattern,” says Dana.

What’s wonderful about many corsets is they don’t require much underneath. Their snug fit keeps you in place and well-supported

throughout the day. You’ll be able to tell if support is necessary at your first fitting. If you do feel the support is not there and you’re not pulled in, then a bra should be on your undergarment list. If it’s merely coverage you seek and not necessarily support, there are stick-on options that work wonderfully, especially when wearing a sheer gown.

Sheer sensation

And last but certainly not least is the sheer skirt. Sheer fabrics can go one of two ways. They can be a beautiful, soft, airy style that adds some whimsy to the bridal look, or they can just be plain see-through and have everyone wondering where to look. This look features a translucent overlay with lining underneath or tulle. Among other names, Pronovias and Rivini both feature sheer skirts. What’s great about the sheer style is it’s understated sexy. It’s an airy and whimsical look that allows the bride to feel completely covered without all of the bulky fabric or extra layers.

An added element to the sheer skirt is the high slit. This gives the gown added movement as it flows freely as you walk down the aisle. A sheer look I am cautiously-obsessing over comes from designer Paolo Sebastian. Despite the sheer beaded bodice and high slit skirt, this dress is über-sexy but still a class act.

When it comes to undergarments, seamless is the way to go. In this instance, the less material the better. Shapewear may also work with a sheer skirt, as long as it is no longer than the cover-up underlay.

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Keep it classy

It breaks my fashionista heart to see a beautiful bride pull her bodice up or her skirt down all day long. There are several things that could be wrong in this case. If you’re constantly making sure the girls are covered then the dress is not fitting you properly, you’re wearing it too low on the chest, and you aren’t wearing the right support. You have enough to think about. Whether or not you’re giving your loved ones a free show should not be on your priority list. If you’re constantly pulling the dress down, then the dress is either too tight or too short. Make sure you can move freely in your gown. Sit down, stand up, repeat. If you’ll be dancing, then bust a move in the bridal boutique. Cover all bases to ensure your dress moves with you, not against you.

If your everyday look is a turtleneck and jeans and even a tank top makes you feel uncomfortable, then this is not the time to reinvent your wardrobe. You’ll be self-conscious the entire day. A word to the wise and modest bride – save the sexy for the wedding night. W