Canada is famous for its friendly people, killer hockey and bone-chilling cold. But don’t let the weather stop you from having a winter wedding, because trust us, Canadian winter weddings can be truly magical. Sprinkle in a few of these cozy, warm touches, and your wedding will be the perfect winter wonderland. Which is your favorite?
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Whether you’re planning a Canada Day wedding next year, or simply love the look of the l’Unifolié, a red and white bouquet is a wonderful option with which to honor your Canadian heritage, national pride, or simply add a touch of patriotism to non-holiday nuptials. Click through to see 15 of our faves!
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If you are looking for some black and white inspiration for you big day, look no further! This modern inspiration shoot blends a few of my favorite things: anemones, bow ties, and caviar from Délices Nicolina Servello Food (all black and white, of course). Lisa Renault Photographie captures this touching shoot full of gorgeous details and much more here!
From imaginejoy calligraphie… This modern styled shoot (or “créatif” as we call it in Montréal) was conceptualized by Joy Deneen of imaginejoy calligraphie and captured through the lens of Lisa Renault Photographie. With a team of creative wedding vendors, we worked within a black and white colour palette, drawing loose inspiration from the paintings of Jackson Pollock. Splashes, splatters and drops of paint make bold statements in the invitation suite, table settings and a variety of decorative elements.
The shoot took place in the sunny studio of food stylist and caterer Nicolina Servello. Her space boasts a full kitchen, inspiring prop rooms and absolutely beautiful light. Her atelier also sits above Westwood Salon, and owner Ingrid Bauer provided hair, makeup and grooming for our models.
A longtime couple in real life, Dominique and Marc played the parts of our dashing grooms. Along with their classic black bow ties and suspenders, they each wore a different boutonnière, created by O.xide Design. Black and white anemones also made an appearance on the gorgeous five tier cake by Luisa Galuppo Cakes, highlighting Luisa’s stunning sugar flower work and a hand painted quote by imaginejoy calligraphie.
In addition to the cake, hand lettered details abounded, from sleek mirrored chargers doubling as place cards to a painterly invitation suite and bar detailing. Joy also painted E.E. Cummings’ poem “[i carry your heart with me (i carry it in]” on one studio wall. The mural served as a dynamic backdrop for the couple’s portraits.
The shoot also featured a decadent culinary spread which included a variety of black liquorice candies, an Italian amaro bar, squid ink pasta, terrines of panna cotta and caviar and a seafood platter for a pop of colour.
All of these details were captured beautifully by Lisa Renault, who has an impeccable eye and gift for natural light photography. We were also incredibly fortunate to be joined by Michael Abril and Jérôme Lafone, who shot a fantastic behind the scenes video (edited by Benoit Fry) of the team at work.
Photography: Lisa Renault Photographie | Floral Design: O.xide Design | Cake: Luisa Galuppo Cakes, in collaboration with imaginejoy calligraphie | Hair & Makeup: Ingrid Bauer Of Westwood Salon | Concept & Coordination: Joy Deneen | Food Styling & Props: Délices Nicolina Servello Food | Invitations, Calligraphy & Artwork: imaginejoy calligraphie | Studio: Délices Nicolina Servello Food | Video Production: Jérôme Lafon, Benoit Fry & Michael Abril
Looking your best on your wedding is a given — but feeling your best? It’s a must. That’s why were loving CEDAR Juice, the cold pressed juice cleanse that will help you look + feel amazing for your big day. Not only do CEDAR Juices taste amazing, but they are the perfect kickstart to a whole new healthy living routine!
With CEDAR Juice, not only will you feel rejuvenated on the inside, but you’ll be glowing on the outside — all in time for your big day! Here are just a few of the amazing benefits you’re in for:
- Energy, Energy, Energy: By the end of day 2 you’ll feel energized & up for anything. We’re not talking the kind of energy you get from your 3pm coffee…this is long lasting energy!
- Improved Skin Tone: By flooding your body with nutrients, and omitting processed foods, dairy, meat and grains, your skin will glow. Hello, wedding day photos!
- Real Weight Loss: Though some of the weight that is lost is water weight, you’ll also naturally lose “real” weight by cutting processed foods, empty calories + dairy!
- Increased Mental Clarity: There are a million things that need to get done before a wedding, and CEDAR Juice will help you get that to-do list finished by clearing that dreaded “brain fog” we all get.
- Better Sleep: No more tossing + turning for you! By the end of the three day cleanse, you’ll look forward to better sleep patterns.
Before your cleanse begins, CEDAR Juice provides you with information on how to best prepare (what to eat, what to avoid, etc.) and they also include their Black Book of instructions to help you stay on track. During the cleanse, CEDAR will be in touch to make sure all is going well and after it’s all over, they provide guidance on how to ease back into real foods!
Since doing a cleanse is always easier + more fun with friends, get your honey or bridesmaids on board — because feeling amazing is for everyone! Getting started on your CEDAR Juice cleanse is easy. Simply order online, and they’ll ship the juices right to your door (shipping is free across Ontario). As a special offer for Style Me Pretty readers, CEDAR Juice is offering their three-day cleanse for just $199 with promo code stylemepretty!
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All kidding aside, I have spent many an hour planning the perfect outfit in my head that would highlight one of Alexandra Grecco’s incredible tulle skirts! Rooted in nostalgia, Alexandra Grecco’s heirloom-quality skirts are the perfect addition to an engagement shoot, a pre-wedding bash or even a holiday get together. Ready to swoon?
Alexandra Grecco released her first collection in 2010, which proved to be classic, feminine and truly beautiful. Based in Brooklyn, all of the six-layer tulle skirts are fully lined and have a lovely silk waistband. Layered to create the perfect fit, these timeless, high-quality pieces are made in NYC’s garment district. Available sizes 00-12 in a gorgeous array of colors (ivory, seafoam, grey, black, lavender and more), these Alexandra Grecco tulle numbers are seriously special!
These pretties are available through their online shop — check it out here! Oh, and there’s more! Alexandra Grecco is offering 20% off any purchase with code stylepretty! Offer valid until November 21, 2014.
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This cozy wedding warms my heart in a serious way – and, believe it or not – has me longing for those cold winter nights. Lynn Lee planned the charming affair complete with sleigh rides and hot chocolate favors, while Joel Bedford was there to capture every pretty detail (including the Bride’s fresh Full Bloom bouquet). Snuggle up in the gallery and just try not to crave a cup of cocoa. I dare you.
From The Bride…We knew that in choosing the Chateau Montebello as our winter destination wedding we had got the big things right- a charming rustic lodge for friends and family to meet and stay under one roof, excellent seasonal food, and a sense of place for Scott’s family who have a country home in the nearby village. But of course, weddings are a series of small details so we needed to sweat those too- enter Lynn Lee, our wedding planner. Lynn effortlessly wove all the details into a formal, classic, and meaningful wedding ceremony and reception- from sleigh rides to hot chocolate wedding favours- she surpassed all of our expectations. The highlight of her work was the dining room set in the Canada Room- three long elegant candle-lit tables with dozens of candelabras seating all 95 of our guests- breathtaking. Lynn helped us achieve what we had wanted all along for guests- a warm, special moment in the midst of a long, cold, dark winter. We must say even mother nature cooperated on our wedding day, delivering a sunny +3 degrees centigrade in late February but we suspect Lynn Lee might have had something to do with that too.
Photography: Joel Bedford | Planner: Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events | Florist: Full Bloom | Wedding Invitations: Val Marie Paper | Make Up: One Fine Beauty | Hair: Showpony Hair | DJ: PM Event Services | Venue: Chateau Montebello | Bridal Gown: Anne Barge Via The White Dress | Details Rental: Amy + Jen | Furniture Rental: Party Time Rental | Groomsmen Suits: Morris Formal Wear | Linens: MME Canada | Reception Stationery: Inky Designs | Ribbon: Artistic Ribbon