Floral Trends – Reflect your Personal Style

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The floral arrangement is like the ‘period’ at the end of a beautiful poem,” said Janette Smith, owner of Floral by Net. In the age of Pinterest, most couples have decided on some form of their wedding floral vision before their first meeting with the florist, which is the first step in working within a couple’s budget to realize their vision. But it’s easy for a couple to overwhelm themselves when it comes to choosing flowers. That’s why Karen LeRoy, owner of Alta Vista Flowers, suggests focusing on a theme. “I tell brides to try and not worry so much about the colour scheme of the flowers,” she said. “Florists can help bring together that colour story.”

Focus on style and colour

Taking the wedding colours and bridesmaid dress colours as a guide, the florist can help reduce flower choices. Couples can think about colours and styles they like, but leave the specific details of the flowers up to the florist, says Mandy Drew, wedding coordinator at Trillium Floral Designs. “A lot of couples think they need to do their research prior to meeting with a florist, but it’s easier to let us do the educating, as floral information online isn’t specific to their local climate.”

Greenery: the colour of the year

Pantone named greenery as the 2017 colour of the year, a refreshing and revitalizing green that hearkens to the great outdoors. With connotations of rebirth and new beginnings, greenery is an apt flower metaphor for a wedding. And for the non-traditional couple, greenery can alleviate any beliefs that flowers are a frivolous cost. If using just greenery seems too stark, incorporate white flowers to bring a nice burst of freshness. “I think overall there is a crave and connection to the natural,” said LeRoy. “Whether you have the ability to be outside or bringing that natural in if you can’t.”

Romantic and vibrant bouquets

Continuing the trend from last year, couples are going for a romantic, lusher feel to bouquets and décor. Big garden roses, soft tones, and a mixture of greenery is an ongoing trend. Bouquets are moving away from traditional, tightly packed bouquets; what’s popular are loosely collected, overflowing arrangements that look as if they are freshly picked from the garden. “I see brides going for more of a free- flowing bouquet,” said Smith. LeRoy agrees that couples are embracing a less structured bouquet: “It almost looks like walking into the garden, collecting flowers that have just come up from the garden, bringing them together and tying them softly with a ribbon. It’s really embracing the more natural look.” While classic wedding flowers such as big garden roses and soft pastel tones are still widely used, greenery and uncommon flowers are also being incorporated for an outdoor nature vibe. And for a bouquet that really pops, dark pops of burgundy are in style as a nice accent to blush bouquets. Sophisticated and whimsical, with whimsical pops of focal flowers. “We are seeing highly textured tropical flowers and smaller-headed types of flowers,” said LeRoy.

Making the venue your own

“In spaces that are very plain or neutral in colours, flowers help to brighten up the space and add personality,” says Drew. “In colder months, it certainly helps to bring the outdoors in.” Flowers hanging straight from the ceiling, above head tables and draped over chandeliers can transform a venue into a cozy, warm and inviting space. “It takes a basic chandelier and brings drama to it,” said LeRoy. “Hanging florals and candles can add to the special day and make it extraordinary.” The wedding arch has become a statement piece of wedding ceremony décor. If the venue has an existing arch, you can add a floral piece to the archway or, for the big budget couple, along the perimeter. “I see a shift to more elegant décor using classic, white flowers, ornate linens and sequin patterns,” says Drew, “as opposed to the last few years, where mason jars and burlap took over the décor in a more laid-back fashion.”

There is also a growing trend of couples bringing a more personalized touch to venues, incorporating personal effects into their wedding venue and wedding style and finding ways to incorporate florals into places like the seating assignment charts or a gift table. “That, to me, resonates more interestingly than having a really blingy décor that could be anyone,” said LeRoy.

Some other trends LeRoy sees is the sophisticated look with whimsical pops of focal flowers such as a highly textured tropical flower in an arrangement of smaller headed flowers, as well as the mixing of metallics, pastels and cream tones, and woodsy textures such as cut birch and darker woods.

Accessorizing with flowers

Once the couple has decided on what flowers will be featured, they can think about incorporating flowers into their personal style for the day. For the boho bride, a flower crown can be the perfect finishing touch, or for a subtler look, florals woven into hairstyles can be a lovely and delicate touch. W

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Add Some Wedding Sizzle

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If there’s one major theme for Weddings 2017, it’s originality.

Your day is your time to shine and show your guests — family, friends, colleagues and loved ones — your personal style and sense of occasion. This day-long (or weekend-long or weeklong) party is all about how YOU choose to celebrate, so feel free to get creative and add some wedding sizzle to the festivities.

There’s no playbook for weddings anymore. The dictates of tradition and long-held customs no longer apply. Whether it’s a veil or the classic sound for the wedding walk down the aisle, it’s up to you whether to add it or skip it.
Rice or confetti?
Matching bridesmaids’ dresses?
A first dance?
A head table?
A receiving line?
They’re all optional.

Not only that, the hottest trend is to give classic wedding elements your own unique twist. For instance, if you’re planning summer nuptials and you love bright tropical colours and mojitos, consider serving mojito ice pops. They’ll be refreshing, unexpected, appreciated and memorable.



If you’re a fan of dessert stations or sweets tables, incorporate pretty colours and distinctive additions. How about candy floss? Eye-catching cake pops with a surprise flavour element? Or a striking theme, such as a nod to Canada and its 150th birthday celebrations. You may even be able to serve it mini beavertails. It’s certainly work asking a local, Ottawa-based vendor.


wedding sizzle

wedding sizzle

wedding sizzle

As Kelsey Lawler notes in 2017 Trends: Fresh Takes on Timeless Themes at premierbride.com, “Lots of today’s weddings are all about ambience, and more brides are setting aside large chunks of their budget strictly for decorations. As for the type of décor, rustic weddings are still very much in style, but the trend is shifting from burlap and mason jars to a combination of earthy and glamorous. You’ll see elements like crystal chandeliers, eclectic place settings, and Instagram-worthy lounge areas staged with vintage furniture.”

It’s the details that add the sizzle. You can also literally add sizzle, via a send-off with sparklers for all the guests to hold, or a fireworks display to end the night.

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Ways to give your cake springtime flair



Spring Fling

Spring flavors

Pick a wedding cake that summons a taste of spring with in-season berries and fruits. Instead of traditional buttercream filling, consider a fresh strawberry puree filling or a lemon cake with blackberry filling. If you love chocolate cake but still want a taste that reflects the season, try a chocolate cake filled with chocolate cherry ganache.

Spring blooms

Flowers can go a long way in defining a spring theme for your wedding cake. Match your cake to your bouquet by asking your baker to create sugar versions of your wedding day flowers. If you’re considering modern decor, ask your baker to make a statement with a few large graphic sugar peonies on each cake tier. If you’ve chosen a more classic look for your wedding, find out whether your baker can paint small daisies along your cake using an edible dye.


Seasonal colours

Colour definitely counts when designing a spring wedding cake, and you can’t go wrong with a palette of preppy white, pink, and lime green or a pastel hue like lavender. For a more subdued palette, add a hint of spring colour with a simple chocolate ganache-covered cake with subtle white dots, or an ivory buttercream cake trimmed in light pink. Or let the spring colours pop with an ivory cake accented with sugar-molded butterflies or birds.

Mix and match

You don’t have to choose between a charming naked cake and the traditional frosted buttercream. Try mixing and matching.  Instead of one grand confection, opt for smaller tiers and get a few styles you really love. Worried it might look too random? Pull the presentation together with one consistent element, like the same cake stands or floral decorations.


Shapes and add-ons

When it comes to a spring cake, flowers, butterflies, and other elements made out of chocolate, sugar, or gum paste are obvious options. But you don’t have to go overboard with these add-ons to get a springtime look. Instead, consider a white cake stacked with subtle, soft white hydrangeas with just a hint of blue or green. The tone-on-tone look will up the elegant factor and still give you the same seasonal effect.

Choose seasonal sides

Consider offering a spring-inspired side with your cake. Serve cake a la mode with gourmet lavender-infused ice cream; add a handful of chocolate-covered cherries to each plate; or have your caterer present each guest a petite bowl of spring berries topped with a dollop of fresh cream.

From the files of Ottawa Wedding Magazine.

Your Wedding, Your Style ….




Red shoes?
Short dress?
Graffiti backdrop?
Why not?

If you’re a little bit bohemian, a little bit artsy, or a lotta bit Do Your Own (DYO) thing, here are some wedding images, courtesy of Marge Maghoney , to inspire you to let your special day reflect your unique style.

Whether you’re planning for your nuptials to take place at any one of the fab venues in the Ottawa area or you’re heading away, there’s lots you can do to personalize and “pizzazzicize” your wedding.





Note: These images were taken in San Francisco.  To find out about San Francisco City Hall weddings, click here.

No Peeking at the Bride … & more Wedding Traditions



Many of the traditions we include in modern weddings have their roots deep in history. Though many of these customs are based on superstitions or historical necessity, to this day couples still – to some degree – acknowledge them. Though the dynamics of weddings change continuously, with new twists being added to the ‘canon’ all the time, wearing white, tying cans to the bumper, and carrying a bouquet all remain firmly entrenched in the collective psyche.

Unearthing the origins of our most beloved wedding traditions – from the practice of placing wedding bands on the third finger of the left hand to putting coins in the bride’s shoes – help modern brides understand why we continue to do things the way we do.

A Vision in White

“Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind, and true.
When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.”

One of our most beloved wedding traditions is the white wedding dress. Many historians claim that the vivacious French queen, Anne de Bretagne, was the first to start this most cherished of wedding traditions by wearing a white wedding dress in 1499; however, there remains some speculation as to the veracity of this claim. Another 160 years would pass until accounts of Mary, Queen of Scots’ marriage to the French Dauphin in 1558 also claimed she wore white. In most cases, the white wedding dress is commonly attributed to Queen Victoria of England, however, who in 1840 married Albert of Saxe-Coburg, clad entirely in a white gown that was adorned with some of her own prized white lace. But, as far as wedding traditions are established, it still took awhile for brides to catch on to this new idea; it was, after all, very hard to clean a white dress and keep it that way in those times. Another sixty or so years would pass before brides had the resources to wear white wedding gowns routinely and keep them spotless.

Prior to this time, there were no wedding customs that dictated what color had to be worn, and everyone – from peasants to royalty – would simply wear their finest gown, whether it was blue, purple, or yellow hued. The only colors strictly off limits were black (a symbol of death) and flaming red (often associated with ‘ladies of the night.’), although brides in certain parts of the world wore (and still do) black or red gowns based on local cultural and social wedding customs and requirements. Nowadays, people think that a white dress stands for chastity, but traditionally, if a bride wanted to convey this fact, she would have worn blue in keeping with long-held wedding traditions.

All You Need Is Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

“If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man.”

Another favorite of our modern day wedding traditions – the practice of integrating ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’ – has been a part of the marriage ceremony since the nineteenth century, each standing for a special trinket or symbol the bride carries with her on the wedding day. Most people are unaware of the last line of this phrase, however, which ends with ‘and a silver sixpence in her shoe.’ Many cultures practice putting coins in the bride’s shoes, symbolic wedding customs that stand, of course, for wealth and prosperity. In Sweden, for instance, these wedding customs are evident with the mother of the bride placing a gold coin in one shoe and her father placing a silver coin in the other to ensure that she will always have financial security.

‘Something old’ stands for the bride’s old life; wedding customs generally state that she should pick something that reminds her of a loved one (perhaps a grandparent) or past special event. ‘Something new’ signifies the couple’s hope for their future together; a symbol of a shared interest is an excellent choice. ‘Something borrowed’ represents something the bride wishes to aspire to or someone she wishes to honor, whether it be a loved one’s old bracelet or a memento from a friend who has a happy marriage. And finally, the ‘something blue’ part of these wedding traditions, though it no longer holds the same symbolism, denotes the bride’s purity. Many brides today incorporate the color discreetly underneath their dresses in the form of garters or as jewelry.

The Vein of Love Links Both Hearts

“Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.”

With its circular shape, the wedding ring, which for years has been a part of our most respected wedding customs, represents a love without end and the moment when the bride and groom are joined together. Placing the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand is usually believed to have come from the ancient Egyptian belief that this part of the body contained the ‘vein of love,’ or a mythical vein that runs from the finger to the heart. With the wedding ring on this finger, another of our most beloved wedding traditions concluded that happiness, love, and commitment were assured (citation: gagirl.com/wedding/wedding5.html).

Early folklore of how our wedding customs came to be claims that the husband would tie his new wife’s ankles and wrists with ropes to keep her spirit on earth for as long as possible; this particular practice stemming from these ancient wedding customs, of course, evolved into today’s modern wedding bands, now made from gold or silver, though the transformation took many forms throughout the years – hemp (which never lasted long), leather, metal, and other durable materials, such as iron (favored by the Romans) to indicate the permanence of the union.

Across the Threshold We Go

“Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bread.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.”

There are at least four explanations why the groom is expected to carry his bride over the threshold, all of which have their origins in wedding customs of centuries past. Well over a millennia or so ago, it was common for the groom to abduct his bride (with the help of his ‘best man’), and essentially, he had to force her into the home. To make the situation easier, he likely carried her across the threshold so she couldn’t escape. Similarly, the belief in evil spirits was rampant, and to protect the couple from harm, popular wedding traditions held that the groom carried her over to leave the potential threats outside.

Another feasible explanation for these wedding traditions rests with the new wife’s reluctance to enter the home and leave behind her family, and with a show of modesty for her husband, the bride would play hard to get, requiring the groom to carry her over the threshold so she entered the home. The last, perhaps most common account of lifting the bride over the threshold is that she must never trip or fall or she’ll suffer years of ill fortune. But regardless of where you go, these wedding traditions still stand for the passage of one phase of life to the next and the hope that the bride and groom have for their future together (citation: Marriage Customs of the World, George Monger, page 270).

Look at Us and Wish Us Well

“Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.”

A long time ago, as a bride was ready to depart with her husband from the marriage ceremony, wedding customs dictated that she should hand her shoes to her father who, in turn, would hand them to her husband, a roundabout way to show her allegiance to her father, who passed on her care and keep to the groom. In the sixteenth century, local wedding customs dictated that newly married English couples should have shoes thrown at them, and it was a good omen if they were hit. To keep these wedding traditions alive, the bridal party now ties shoes to the bumper of the couple’s car along with various other decorations, such as ‘Just Married’ signs or tin cans that are meant to scare away the evil spirits.

Wedding traditions associated with loud commotions to keep the spirits away have their origins in Medieval Europe, when the wedding guests would leave the ceremony and make enough noise with bells, whistles, and pots to frighten the spirits and keep them at bay, ensuring a happy future for the new couple.

Quick, Hide the Bride!

“If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.”

It’s common knowledge that it’s bad luck for the groom to see his bride on the wedding day before the ceremony, as far as wedding customs go. Marriages were frequently arranged a long time ago, a deal between the bride’s parents and the groom’s used to gain alliances, more power, or greater wealth. Until the ceremony, local wedding customs prevented the bride and groom from meeting in person. To prevent the groom from leaving once he saw her (if she was, in fact, unattractive), he was not allowed to speak with her until after the ceremony was finished.

Wedding customs also required that the bride was also required to wear a heavy, thick veil (just in case) and it was only lifted after the ceremony. And, at that point, the groom could no longer back out from his commitment. Many modern brides still incorporate these two wedding traditions; it, of course, lends to the excitement of the day, keeping her groom anxious to see how beautiful she looks when she walks down the aisle.

And Other Wedding Traditions, Customs, and Oddities Still in Practice

There are literally hundreds of other wedding traditions, customs, and superstitions that make up today’s marriage ceremony, and some are quite odd. In certain areas, kissing and/or running into a chimney sweep, dove, or black cat is good luck while sewing your own wedding dress is bad (for every stitch, you’ll shed a tear). Regardless of which wedding customs you incorporate into your special day – from the old to the new – the origins of each are steeped in history, and though they’ve morphed, they still equate to the celebration of love in many diverse ways.

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Your Wedding Dress and the Weather


What does the weather have to do with choosing a wedding dress? Experience tells us it is definitely something to consider, if you want to feel both confident and comfortable on your big day.

And if there’s one thing that’s predictable it’s the unpredictability of weather in the Ottawa area. However, we do know some things for sure.  Summers can be really hot, so strapless dresses work quite well. Winters can be really cold, so dresses with long sleeves or jackets are appropriate. In the spring and fall,the best bet is to have a wrap, shrug, capelet, jacket or shawl that coordinates with your dress and that you can put on or remove as you wish.

In any season, there are lots of choices, whether your style is boho, glamorous, traditional, retro, or uniquely your own. Area bridal shops offer a wide selection of both dresses and beautiful coverings that will make you feel like a million bucks–and warm enough at the same time.


Sleeves never ever have to be boring. Delicate and lovely, these sleeves match the pretty bodice and help to accentuate the bride’s beautiful curves.



The elbow-length sleeves of this cropped faux fur jacket are chic and the form-fitting cut of the jacket beautifully complements the style of the dress. And the luxe material ensures the bride is cozy even in chilly weather.



Some brides, whose wedding days are in the winter, opt for a romantic, princess-style cape look that is unabashedly generous in cut. Yes, you really can be Snow White in your very own fairytale day.



The voluminous bell bottom sleeves in this figure-hugging wedding dress make a style statement that’s very sophisticated and feminine. There’s nothing old fashioned or dull about this long-sleeved style.


If you hate to be cold, you plan to have outdoor photos and your wedding is anytime other than summer, consider optioning for a luxurious long-sleeved wedding jacket that will offer you great looks and the ultimate versatility.

Romance in the Vineyard



Simple elegance and vintage decor anchor this dreamy affair

photos by Phillipa Maitland
shot on location at the Jabulani Vineyard and Winery

The vision for this styled shoot was inspired by vintage vineyard romance. No matter the season, the ambiance, scents, and glory of a vineyard can still take your breath away. See how this feeling was captured by photographer, Phillipa Maitland, and the many vendors who shared their talents for this story.

When Jocelyn Burns of Pink Paisley Weddings & Events moved from Northern California, she thought she had left behind the romantic vineyards of Napa Valley. When she was told of a beautiful vineyard in the Ottawa region, she was instantly intrigued.

Wedding stationery

Wedding stationery – including a tasting menu featuring wines from Jabulani Vineyard and Winery – was comprised of wine glass stained paper and a cork-like texture. Whimsical elements included wine glass tags and unique signage.

Hair and makeup

Romance was carried through the makeup with natural hues reflecting shades of antique and rose gold, accented by dramatic smoky eyes. A boho ‘do’ was embellished with flowers and braids.

Sweet things

A simple and elegant white wedding cake was accented with bright flowers and deep red grapes.

The gown

We chose a vintage-inspired wedding dress from Essence of Australia. This open-back gown features a lace overdress with a V-neckline, lace shoulder straps and hand-sewn diamante crystal accents.


The florals

Pulling from a soft and elegant colour scheme, an array of pinks, ivory, soft greens and burgundy were chosen to accompany the lovely venue. Delicate spray roses, thryptomene and astrantia were used in contrast with a touch of exotic – bold king protea, scabiosa pods and agonis.

The jewellery

Among other accessories, an antique diamond ring was donated by Heart Deco, owned and operated by Grace Irving, an Ottawa-based dealer of vintage and antique jewellery. Heart Deco is carefully curated with an emphasis on authentic Victorian, Edwardian, art deco and retro jewellery. The collection marries the romance and craftsmanship from centuries past with modern sensibilities, offering a range of unique, ethical, and affordable pieces. Grace has amassed an extensive collection of vintage and antique ring boxes, popular for weddings and proposals, keepsakes, and displays.


The bride carried a mix of roses, blushing bride protea, astrantia, scabiosa pods, an assortment of greenery, and two lovely stems of king protea.

King proteas were the focal piece because of the spectacular structure and distinctiveness. Unbenownst to our floral designer, the owners of Jabulani Winery and our photographer, Phillipa Maitland, originate from Africa, where proteas are grown. To further embellish the bouquet, the stems were wrapped with a champagne satin ribbon overlaid with an antique ivory lace.

Boutonniere and hair flowers

The groom’s boutonniere displayed elements from the bride’s bouquet, including spray roses, blushing bride protea, thryptomene and greenery. A magnetic backing was used to fasten the boutonniere onto the lapel, keeping it secure throughout the day. Small clusters of light pink roses were used to amplify the bride’s gorgeous up- do, provided by Pina Cava.

Floral garland

A garland of assorted greenery, including eucalyptus leaves and Italian ruscus, gently outlined soft, sheer fabric for the focal point of the ceremony. White spray roses were used to decorate lovely antique guest chairs, and to embellish decorative garland.


A large centerpiece with punches of dark burgundy dahlias, black grapes and light pink florals adorned a rustic table.

Accent Arrangements

Clusters of light pink stocks and white spray roses were used to decorate the simple yet elegant white buttercream cake. Small, accent flowers in lovely antique vessels were scattered amongst the food table.

Added features

Several one-of-a-kind antique and vintage pieces contributed to our romantic theme.

Antique diamond ring: 18K yellow gold and platinum Edwardian panel ring with 1.25 combined carat weight old cut diamonds, circa 1910.

Band: art deco engraved platinum wedding band, circa 1920.
Box: antique Victorian leather ring box, circa 1890.

Stickpin in groom’s tie: 9K gold and silver stickpin set with 0.25 carat old mine cut diamond, circa 1890.
Necklace: Vintage rhinestone necklace, circa 1930.


About the location

Jabulani is the Zulu word for happiness or rejoice – which is exactly what the owners felt when they walked the property before buying it in 2006. The once fallow fields now produce eight different varieties of cold climate vines numbering just over 11,000. Located in rural Ottawa, Jabulani opened its doors in 2011. Today, there are three locations for couples to hold their special day. W

Compiled by R. Legault.

The Players

Venue: Jabulani Vineyard and Winery (jabulani.ca)
Models: Mia and Adam
Bride’s gown: Bridals by Al-Mor (bridalsbyalmor.com)
Jewellery: Heart Deco (heartdecoshop.etsy.com)
Groom’s apparel: Collin’s Formal Wear available at Bridals By Al-Mor (collinsformalwear.com)
Flowers: Trillium Floral Design (trilliumfloral.ca)
Décor: Amy and Jen Décor (amyandjen.com)
Cake: Kakes by Judy (kakesbyjudy.ca)
Hair and makeup: Pina Cava (pinacava.com)
Stationery: Michael Burns Design (michaelburnsdesign.com)
Photography: Phillipa Maitland Photography (phillipa.ca)
Wedding planner: Jocelyn Burns of Pink Paisley Weddings & Events (pinkpaisleyweddings.ca)

Weatherproof Wedding

weatherproof wedding

weatherproof wedding

When Kirsten married her beloved Paul, their special day was anything but typical. For one thing, it didn’t take place on a typical spring or summer or early fall day.

No outdoor venue, no worry about mosquitos or rain or wind, no concerns about perspiration stains due to 30+ C temperatures.

The ever-popular strapless wedding dress was atypically absent and not a picture was taken in a rustic or scenic rural setting. In fact, there were no outdoor images at all.

And the bride and groom didn’t have one minute of anxiety or grief over the weather forecast or the vagaries of Mother Nature. That’s because the wedding took place in late November. It was held in the evening.

And it was one that is still talked about as being particularly lovely.  The venue was historic and romantic, the crowd was ebullient and congenial and the whole event was full of charm and joy.

Key features in this Weatherproof Wedding

There was lots of candlelight — and people to look after those candles. They cast a warm glow and a sparkle that defined the ambience.

The music had been carefully selected to appeal to the guests, and the DJ was willing and happy to honour requests. The result? Everybody — young and old — got up on the dance floor and had a lot of fun.

The personal touches were wonderful. They included hand-crocheted lace hearts. Kirsten had asked the crocheter in the family to make the beautiful keepsakes and they were created with love and TLC.

Other family members and loved ones pitched in as well, whipping up tasty canapes and sweet treats — bite-sized squares, cookies and cupcakes — for the occasion. The homemade irish creme was also very much appreciated by the guests.

All in all, from start to finish, it was a unique wedding celebration that was full of love and that was in no way dependent on the weather. And that’s something to consider.

Wedding Fun with Selfie Stations and Photo Booths



Wedding pics have never been so fun. The formal images shot by your professional photographer are what you’ll treasure for decades to come, but you and your guests can also have a blast with on-site snapshots while your festivities are underway. Whether you choose to rent a photobooth or create your own “selfie stations” there’s a lot of fun to be had personalizing it/them to suit your own occasion. You can make props, including speech bubbles and thought clouds, and different backdrops to fit the colours, style and theme of your wedding day.

According to Lindsay Ruck, “These days, it’s rare to attend an event which doesn’t include a photo booth. It’s an easy form of entertainment and gives guests something else to do when in need of a break from mingling. Technology wizards have gone one step further by creating the selfie station. It’s quick, easy, and offers immediate digital results.

As opposed to having one small booth set up in your venue, display different backdrops around the room – complete with props – where guests can get together and snap a pick or two.”

As Ruck points out in a story in the fall issue of Ottawa Wedding Magazine, “Budget-conscious couples love the selfie- station as it’s a cheaper alternative to the photo booth. No need to hire an added photographer or coordinate with a company to roll in a large photo booth the morning of your wedding. The selfie station is maintenance-free and ridiculously fun.”

The dollar store is a great place to find props and accessories, from hats and wigs to clown noses and feather boas. And if you’re short on plans, Pinterest offers a treasure trove of creative ideas and possibilities. There’s info about everything from how to design and hang a dazzling backdrop to how to put together a tissue tassel garland.


Season’s Most Coveted Wedding Trends



What We Love

by Lindsay Ruck

When you envision your day, what elements top your list? This season, couples are opting for natural decor, cutting back on glitz and focusing more on matte finishes and dusky hues paired with rich tones. Those rustic elements which flooded weddings last season are still going strong for fall-winter 2016, but with a new and improved twist. Out with the mason jars, burlap and bunting and in with soft draping, copper lanterns and green garland.

In this issue, we’re highlighting a few of our favourite elements for 2016. From ethereal greenery to swoon-worthy vintage finds, these trends are sure to inspire this season’s love birds.



Pastels have been creeping into wedding colour palettes for several years. For fall, we’re seeing pastel shades in dusky hues, such as Pantone’s colours of the year, rose quartz (a powder pink) and serenity (a soft blue). For a sleek contrast, pair softer shades with rich tones of cranberry, copper, and deep purple. Other lighter hues include pale greens, peach, and soft violets.

Copper has risen to become the ultimate metallic touch to the day. From votives and lanterns to frames and Moscow mule mugs, this penny- coloured trend is outshining the currently not-as- popular silver and gold. Copper adds immediate warmth to a reception venue, and because it’s on high trend alert, its never been easier to find for your day.


Fresh florals

Wild floral bouquets which resemble a freshly- picked arrangement from the garden are still popular this season. Florists are receiving multiple requests for garland and herbal bunches. Couples are opting out of the small pepperings of bouquets and selecting statement florals to run down ceremony aisles, drape across the head table and frame a doorway. Eucalyptus (or seeded eucalyptus), silver bell pods, paperwhites and tillandsia are all beautiful additions to wedding garland. Not only do these beauties look amazing, the savoury smells add an extra element of fresh to your special day.


Chair trends

The coveted chivari chair has a few new contenders. Ghost chairs and crossbacks are hugely popular this season. While both chairs have been around for quite some time, more and more couples are now requesting these two simple styles.

Crossback chairs have a rustic and Tuscan feel and, like the chivari chair, can be dressed up or down to suit your wedding style. From dark mahogany to crisp white, crossback chairs offer a chic vibe to a natural setting.

Ghost chairs are mainly to serve one purpose: to blend in with its surroundings. Available in a number of different designs, the transparent chair is ideal for an elegant or contemporary setting. A lot of chairs can make a room look cluttered. The ghost chair allows your ceremony or reception venue to shine through with no competing elements.


We’re slightly obsessed with the beautiful art of modern calligraphy and hand-lettering. The wispy letters and smooth strokes harken back to the days of ink pots and wax seals. You’ll need to master – or better yet source – a steady hand to achieve this coveted look which can be used on save-the-dates, invitations, signage, and all other desired wedding stationery. If you’re looking for a way to kick your stationery up a notch, calligraphy may be for you!

Social media stations

These days, it’s rare to attend an event which doesn’t include a photo booth. It’s an easy form of entertainment and gives guests something else to do when in need of a break from mingling. Technology wizards have gone one step further by creating the selfie station. It’s quick, easy, and offers immediate digital results.

As opposed to having one small booth set up in your venue, display different backdrops around the room – complete with props – where guests can get together and snap a pick or two.

Budget-conscious couples love the selfie- station as it’s a cheaper alternative to the photo booth. No need to hire an added photographer or coordinate with a company to roll in a large photo booth the morning of your wedding. The selfie station is maintenance-free and ridiculously fun.


Food stations

Couples are offering guests more of an experience when it comes to the dining portion of their big day. Food stations are essentially a chicer version of a buffet. As opposed to everyone grabbing a plate and standing in a long line waiting for a thin slice of roast beef resting under a heat lamp, guests are encouraged to travel to different parts of the venue sampling a variety of gourmet selections. An oyster bar stocked with different toppings served by a “shucking” pro, a gourmet pizza station straight from a wood fire oven and a do- it-yourself taco bar are all interactive options.

Food stations can be as sophisticated or as low-key as you like. The important thing is to offer variety and disperse them around the venue to avoid congestion in one area.

This season, couples are less focused on the cookie-cutter Pinterest-perfect wedding day, and putting more emphasis on those elements which not only showcase who they are, but also treat their guests to a new and interesting experience. Think outside the box when it comes to your ultimate celebration and have fun planning what will be one of the most memorable days of your life! W

Honourable Mentions

There’s no way we could include each and every one of our favourite seasonal finds. Check out a few more dreamy details that didn’t quite make the cut.

Live music

There’s nothing like a live band to get the party started. Couples are looking for that extra wow-factor by going beyond the DJ or iPod and hiring musicians to entertain guests before the ceremony, during cocktail hour, or following dinner.

Intimate gatherings

Smaller weddings are growing in popularity not only for the possibly cheaper price tag, but also for the intimate atmosphere. Hundreds of people – some you may have only met once – can be overwhelming. It’s your day – choose quality over quantity.

Natural elements

Cement, cork, wood and stone are in high demand for many rustic and casual weddings. These natural materials pair beautifully with cascading greenery and dusky hues. The neutral palette means pops of colour can be obtained through florals, linens, and metallic decor elements.