The Details in These Gowns are Everything

In the world of dreamy wedding gowns, Morilee Madeline Gardner can seriously do no wrong. And their newest Reflections Collection? One of their best yet. Think beyond stunning styles boasting 3-D florals, sparkles + sequins and figure-flattering silhouettes just waiting to steal the spotlight. Yep, this is a collection that is all about the details… and it’s sooo gorgeous.

Whether you’re saying “I do” in a traditional ceremony at your family church or tying the knot in a more laid-back setting, the Morilee Madeline Gardner Reflections Collection has everything you’ve ever wanted… and so much more. From the dramatic detachable trains to the intricate details to the silky smooth fabrics, every last piece in this breathtaking collection will WOW each and every one of you guests and have you dancing the night away like a total princess. We love that.

From beautiful ball gowns to sassy fit and flares to A-line pretties, the Morilee Madeline Gardner Reflections Collection is your go-to for that gown of your dreams. Visit them today to start perusing the beautiful options… we can’t wait to see which gown you rock on the Big Day, lovelies.

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The Cutest French Café Wedding Ever

Dom and Amanda first met at a restaurant, so celebrating their wedding at Colette Grand Café felt like coming full circle. They wanted an intimate affair with only their closet friends and family, and the pros behind Lexington and Co. Events helped them achieve exactly that. Amanda stunned in an ethereal Carol Hannah skirt, which was graciously gifted by a fellow bride she met online! Read the full story below and don’t miss a single image from the incredible ARTIESE Studios.

From the bride, Amanda… Dom and I met in the summer of 2014, shortly after he moved to Toronto, at a busy downtown restaurant. Being the cheeky flirt that I am, I took off his baseball hat and put it on my head. He later told me that he fell in love in that moment. One drink turned into dinner, which turned into a second dinner at another restaurant down the street, and so began our shared love of good food, good wine, laughter, and being together. We have been inseparable ever since.

We wanted to create a special, intimate celebration with just close family and friends. As soon as we walked into Colette Grand Café, we fell in love with the space and booked it right away. The décor is classic French style: warm and elegant. The ceremony took place in the sunny white latticework pavilion outside, framed with hanging ivy pots and a floral backdrop.

We have such a talented group of artists in our family and circle of friends, and they added so much sparkle to the day. Family and friends played acoustic Edith Piaf and Beatles songs during the ceremony and classic love songs by Dean Martin during the cocktail reception. My mom read a beautiful indigenous poem that left not a dry eye in the room. My aunts did makeup and dress alterations, and my cousin made our vintage-inspired, delicious wedding cake. Exquisite details by my sister-in-law, who runs a DIY blog, tied everything together with a bow.

I would be remiss not to mention a very special person I met throughout this process. When we started planning the wedding, I came across the dress online. It was a skirt, actually. An ethereal, blush pink linen skirt worn by a beautiful bride named Katie who lives in Pennsylvania. I called a store in Toronto that carries the designer, Carol Hannah, told them I wanted to buy the skirt, and made a fitting appointment. My mom and I showed up on appointment day to take measurements, and when we got there, the owner of the shop told me that there had been a mixup, and that my dress wouldn’t arrive in time for the wedding. I was heartbroken. I called seamstresses to see if it could be recreated. It couldn’t. I called other boutiques across North America that sold the skirt. No one would sell me a sample. As a last resort, I emailed the photographer, who photographed Katie’s wedding, and explained the situation. The photographer promised me he would contact her. That night, I got an email from Katie. She said she wanted me to have the dress, and that she would put it in the mail the next day. Her only request was that I send her a picture of me in the dress, so that she could put it next to hers. I will never tire of telling this story. It’s an uplifting reminder of the good in people, and the kind of person I want to be.

Special thanks to our wedding planner Lexi for bringing our vision to life, and photographer Therese for capturing the most memorable day of our lives with such grace and professionalism. We ate dinner by candlelight, we laughed, and we cried. Just me, my best friend, and the people we love. It was the perfect way to start our life together.

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Photography: ARTIESE Studios | Wedding Planning: Lexington And Co Events | Floral Design: Timberlost Designs | Gown: Carol Hannah | Cake: For the Love of Sweets | Reception Venue: Colette Grand Cafe | Makeup: Teresa Bove | Hair: Tony Pham of LAC + CO | DJ: Andrew Kekewich | Favors: Buy Some Love | Groom's Attire: Neil Barrett | Groomsmen's Attire: Suitsupply | Officiant: Enduring Promises | Venue: Colette Grand Cafe | Alterations: Lori Barnes | Decor: Fish & Bull | Musicians: Matt Dawson, Arjun Lombardi-Singh, Jacob Gelcer, Jim Gelcer

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A Cherry Blossom Printed Dress for the Ultimate Spring Inspiration

There are about a million reasons to adore this spring shoot, but first and foremost? The bride’s cherry blossom printed gown by Monique Lhuillier. It set the tone for a shoot filled with unexpected whimsy and Hylah White, Stacie Ford, Seniman Calligraphy, and La Tavola are a few key vendors who brought the vision to life. Spring brides, consider these images by Rebecca Yale all the inspiration you’ll ever need.

From Rebecca Yale… For this Spring wedding editorial we were inspired by the beauty of Kestrel Park, a 19th Century English Country home and gardens located in the heart of Santa Ynez, CA. Hylah White Special Events chose French blue to be the main color inspiration to play off the European feel of the venue. We loved how the light shade of blue complemented the cherry blossoms that were in bloom throughout the garden, which led us to choose a stunning cherry blossom printed gown from Monique Lhuillier’s unique RTW collection for our fashion forward bride’s ceremony dress.

Continuing the garden inspiration our bride changed into another beautiful RTW Monique Lhuillier gown with a beautiful high low hem allowing her to show off her beautiful floral booties designed by Joy Proctor for Bella Belle Shoes. Afterwards, the bride changed into a third stunning Monique Lhuillier bridal gown with a gorgeous lace bodice and layer upon layer of magnificent tulle for some golden hour portraits in the beautiful rolling hills of Santa Ynez.

The incredible Felissa from Of The Flowers made three unique bouquets inspired by each gown. Stacie Ford and Caitlynn Demetrician for Stacie Ford created beautiful and natural hair and makeup looks for each gown embracing and playing up the bride’s beautiful natural curls with delicate foliage inspired hair pieces by Hushed Commotion.

The reception table was set between the magnificent garden hedges and the stone castle-like horse stables, truly making the entire day feel like a fairy tale! Guests were welcomed to their seats with hand calligraphed place settings on their seats and each place setting had a beautiful torn edge menu with the same wax seal as the invitation.

Of the Flowers and Hylah White Special Events paired white and green centerpieces with beautiful marble slabs and a mixture of silver and crystal candlestick holders with french blue candles. Not to leave a detail untouched the scent of the flowers from the table was just as beautiful as the tablescape looked! A lovely dessert table was set beneath the blooming wisteria on the other side of the stables with macaron towers from Bottega Louie. The perfect ending to a fairytale wedding day!

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Floral Design: Of The Flowers | Invitations: Jasmin Michelle Designs | Shoes: Bella Belle | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Caitlynn Demetrician for Stacie Ford | Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Venue: Kestrel Park | Desserts: Bottega Louie | Earrings: Chanel | Event Planner + Stylist: Hylah White Special Events | Female Model: Ciara Williams | Gowns: Monique Lhuillier | Hair Accesories: Hushed Commottion | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Ring Box : The Mrs Box | Silk Ribbons and Table Runner: Silk + Willow | Tabletop: borrowed BLU | Vow Books: Seniman Calligraphy

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Style Alert: Our Fave Dress Trends for Spring 2017

It doesn’t take much to convince us that JLM Couture knows everything there is to know about stunning bridal + bridesmaid gowns, but their latest Spring 2017 Collections? Sooo on point. Think soft, romantic fabrics, feminine silhouettes and a modern elegance that is basically everything you’ve ever wanted. Pop that bubbly and celebrate the new season with some of our fave trends below.


Spring? It’s all about the romance. And the new styles from the JLM Couture Spring 2017 Collections do NOT disappoint. Think an entire world of soft, lightweight fabrics and intricate details that will literally WOW your guests and you are sooo on the right track. From the hand-appliquéd lace + sheer fabric of the Hayley Paige collection to the luxurious shimmer of Lazaro to the lace-filled goodness of Tara Keely, they’ve got you completely covered.


We all want to look stunning on THE big day, so when searching for that perfect gown, finding one that shows off your beautiful figure is key. With the JLM Couture Spring 2017 Collections, there’s an entire world of jaw-droppingly gorgeous gowns that will make you feel (and look) beyond amazing. We’re talking the classic meets modern styles of Alvina Valenta, the uber-romantic looks of Blush by Hayley Paige and the traditional (with a twist) designs of Jim Hjelm. Looking fab has never been easier… or more breathtaking.


The key to a gorgeous wedding day? Finding a gown that lets you shine. And that’s where JLM Couture and their new Spring 2017 Collections come in to play. Whether you’re a boho bride looking for a touch of vintage elegance (hello, Ti Adora) or a classic lady who loves a pretty twist (two words: Tara Keely), each amazing gown in the JLM Couture lineup has effortless elegance down to an absolute science.

Ready to celebrate the new season by finding that gown of your dreams? Head to JLM Couture today to check out all of the breathtaking styles from Hayley PaigeLazaroAlvina Valenta, Jim HjelmTara KeelyBlush by Hayley Paige and Ti Adora. And don’t forget to soak in all of the lovely party + bridesmaid dress options from Hayley Paige Occasions. Your dream gown is sooo waiting.

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