Lovely Links For January 11th

photo by K and K Photography

Photo by K & K Photography

Well, lovely readers, we’re almost two weeks into the new year. How are you doing on your resolutions? While we haven’t followed through on everything—some nights just need a glass of wine—we’ve been keeping up with most of our goals. Like, not getting sucked down the rabbit hole of Pinterest (unless we’re finding really great stuff) and not beating ourselves up if we don’t make it to every bridal show. Speaking of which, are you making plans to attend the It’s My Wedding show this weekend? It’s the Fraser Valley’s chance to shine, and well worth checking out.

Enjoy your lovely links!

+ Everything you need to know about It’s My Wedding

+ A breathtaking seaside wedding

+ Couture gowns from our own city

+ Vancouver Island’s biggest bridal show

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Lovely Links For January 4th

New Year's wedding

Don’t you find the start of a new year to be exciting? It’s so full of possibility and the chance at great positive changes. Changes like, for many of you, being engaged. While many people will tell you not to get too caught up in bridal things, we’d like to tell you not to hold back too much either. Planning a wedding is rarely ever as exciting as it is the first few months, and you should enjoy. Bask in it. It’s (hopefully) a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you have every right to enjoy it and go a little overboard.

Now on to this week’s lovely links:

+ There’s a wedding show for Okanagan brides this weekend…

+ …And city outskirt dwellers who don’t want to drive downtown

+ A sweet way to ask your bridesmaids the big question

+ Easy homemade facial recipes from the pros at Blanche Macdonald

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Pure Magnolia Debuts 2013 Collections

Pure Magnolia Polka Dot Dress

Have you seen the new 2013 collections from Vancouver’s Pure Magnolia? We’ve always been fans of the studio’s flattering, perfectly-detailed dresses, but the new offerings have us even more excited. We can’t wait to see the polka dot dress (pictured above) worked into someone’s very vintage wedding, and the hemp mermaid dress, which somehow looks both glamourous and natural, is too pretty to go unmentioned. You can check out the 2013 Couture collection here, the 2013 Classic collection here, and the 2013 Vintage collection here.

P.S. Did you know that Pure Magnolia also creates beautiful plus-size dresses for Vancouver brides? We’ve always found it frustrating that many designers seem to style for one body shape only and were excited to learn this news!

A Hit And A Miss: Oscar De La Renta Spring 2013

Oscar De La Renta Spring 2013

Okay ladies, today we have a lesson in how to combine things. It’s a short lesson, just two examples, really. Two very good examples. And they’re both thanks to the Spring 2013 Oscar De La Renta bridal collection. Shall we begin?

Sometimes combining a lot of different things can be great. Take our Hit, for instance. It’s got sheer tulle, ruffle-like layers, floral applique, and a heavy lace. Instead of clashing, however, these elements find their common thread (romanticism) and create a pretty showstopping dress. It’s amalgamation at its finest.

So when doesn’t combining work? When you take a simple sheath in a very unique lace and bury it in half of a 1980s prom dress, like our Miss. Not only do we dislike the the stiffness of the tulle layers and the too bright/too pale blue colour, we keep feeling like we’re getting a weird sneak peek under the bride’s gown (and only the groom should get that!). We know high fashion often means provocative and unusual, but this is just too far from wedding friendly to make sense to us.

Adamantly agree? Couldn’t disagree more? Let us know in the comments!

Lovely Links For December 7th

photo by Q Avenue Photo

Photo by Q Avenue Photo 

We can’t help feel sympathetic to all the brides-to-be who are currently planning weddings while managing the busyness of the holidays. It’s hard enough figuring out a wedding when you aren’t making time for Christmas parties, shopping, family time and tradition.

That’s why we’d like to encourage you, if it’s at all possible, to ease up on designing your dream day until the all this extra activity has passed. For some brides it’s not possible (we’re looking at you, ladies who will tie the knot before January 2nd) and to those brides we say: There’s always next year. But, for all your spring brides, let this stuff simmer on the back burner, and enjoy a breather that has nothing to do with nuptials.

Regardless of your own situation, how about taking a break with this week’s lovely links?

+ An unexpected accessory for bridesmaids

+ Further proof we’re a city full of sports fans

+ Pantone has picked the 2013 color of the year!

+ There’s a great (12 day!) giveaway on the Epic Events blog right now

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Inspiration For A Techie Wedding

tech wedding

{send these invitations (which feature helvetica, naturally), have the groom keep his data at hand with USB cufflinks, wear this Rebecca Taylor gown in a nod to binary code, swap centerpieces for custom Viewmasters, string up these DIY geometric garlands, and finish your cake with this emoticon topper}

Lovely Links For November 30th

Photo by Vadim Daniel Photography

You guys, this is the last day of November. The last day before December, in all its holiday glory, descends upon us. And while we are—as you’ve noticed—very excited about all that festive fun, do you know what’s even more exciting? With the holidays comes many, many engagements. We can practically feel the excitement and sense the wedding magazines flying off the shelves as new brides-to-be start planning their big days and spend their mornings staring distractedly at their new ring-finger bling. You can’t hear us yet, soon-to-be-engaged gals, but we can’t wait to have you here and share all things Vancouver wedding with you!

Here are this week’s lovely links:

+ Just plain amazing

+ Take note, winter brides

+ Make a wedding dream board and you could score three bridesmaid dresses (we call that win, win)

+ Let this be a reminder to bring chalk for your wedding day photos

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Preowned Veil Roundup

This week we decided to take a slight departure from wedding gowns and go searching for beautiful preowned wedding veils instead. After all, a great deal is just as enticing with your accessories as it is with the big purchase, right? Here are the five that we ended up choosing as our favorites.

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1. Double-Layer Tulle Veil, $80/originally $200

A nice blend between classic and contemporary, this veil is a timeless style with sparkly edging to liven things up. Plus, the moderate length is great for brides hesitating to go too short or too long.

2. Paloma Blanca V415F, $200/originally $350

Designer veils aren’t easy to come by preowned, so expect this soft, romantic option to go quickly.
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A Hit And A Miss: Watters Fall 2013

 

We like Watters not just for their designer, but for the fact that they can be a little more accessible (unlike, say, Monique or Vera), and we found some more styles to love in their fall 2013 collection. Of course, we also found a few that has us feeling less smitten. Here’s our favorite and our least.

Our hit is slightly celebrity inspired. Yes, we’re talking about Jessica Biel and the pink gown she donned to say “I do” to Justin Timberlake. We’re thinking pink may be poised for a big comeback—it’s often more flattering than white—and this dress does it just right. The colour isn’t too intense, the style soft and romantic, and the detailing creative but not too eclectic or over-the-top.

And the miss? That’s a style we don’t think is poised for a comeback. Not only can that crossed halter make your neck look shorter (never good for photos), the keyhole it creates is like a big neon arrow pointing to your cleavage. If that’s something you’re down with on your wedding day, more power to you, but, for us, it lacks some of the refined beauty we like to see in wedding gowns.

Adamantly agree? Couldn’t disagree more? Let us know in the comments!

Lovely Links For November 16th

This long weekend-shortened week is drawing to a close, and we’re ready for a weekend of maybe-too-soon festive fun. I mean, if Starbucks has already started using the holiday cups, doesn’t that kind of give us a free pass to get ahead of ourselves too? Anyone else want to join us for some cookie baking and spiked cider?

Some lovely links that—we promise—aren’t holiday themed:

+ We can’t wait for the full post on this gorgeous wedding

+ Ideas for an elegantly rustic wedding brunch

+ A stunner of a Victoria wedding

+ Planning a spring wedding? You might want to include these in your decor

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