Inspiration For …

{wear this crown, walk down the aisle in this gown, give guests homemade edible sea glass, decorate with sea urchin candles, get your guy in these sandals, have you bridesmaids wear these dresses, exchange these rings, and guide guests to their tables with these escort cards}

Lovely Links For July 20th

{photo by Our Labor Of Love via Once Wed}

A friend of mine got married recently, and it was so interesting to hear her thoughts on weddings after hers was over. Partially because they were so similar to my own. What we both noticed is that the thing that often stands out, after it’s all done, and the thing that really makes it feel magical, is the overwhelming amount of love, care and joy expressed toward the two of you from your friends and family. More than maybe any other time in your life.

It’s easy to forget that’s an aspect of it when you’re wrapped up in little details, but when it hits, it feels so profound and so much more meaningful than what favors guests will be taking home or how your dress looked. It’s shocking too, to suddenly hear just how much the people in your life want good things to happen to the two of you, but shocking in an incredibly wonderful way.

So, when things get a little crazy in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding, remind yourself that there’s something bigger—and better—ahead that has nothing to do with planning or budgets.

And, now, the links we’re loving from around the web this week:

+ An engagement shoot that will make you feel all warm inside

+ These bread table-number holders would be perfect for a foodie wedding

+ Genius signage

+ A wedding ring that stays with you even when it’s off

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A Brand New Wedding Venue In Kelowna

Have you had a chance to check out Kelowna’s cool new wedding venue Bottega yet? We’ve been seeing pictures from fabulous weddings at the new farm inn, and we have to say, we’re totally sold.

Bottega is a far cry from what you might be picture when you hear the words “farm inn”, with some serious West Coast modern design (the cement! the glass! the wood!), and it seems to hold more prime photo locations than we can count. Of course, since your wedding isn’t just about the pictures, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s also a venue that will stun guests—especially if you book the whole facility and everyone stays for a few days (the sleepover accommodations are just as gorgeous as the grounds).

And, because we Canadians are nothing if not conscientious, Bottega has gone to great lengths to support the community around them, with local works of art, organic food from Little Church Organics (just a few miles away), and a whole host of eco-friendly initiatives that will save you from green guilt about your ceremony and reception.

But enough with the words, you want pictures, right? You can find them here. And, while you’re at it, check out a couple Bottega weddings here and here.

Lovely Links For June 8th

{photo by The Bird & The Bear via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings}

You’ve almost made it to the weekend, dear readers, and we’re so excited to be there alongside you…even if the sun still refuses to give us the goods. If the forecast proves wrong, we’ve got picnic baskets, beach blankets and patios at the ready, but if those weather predictions come true, we’re planning on pouring over all the recently posted Vancouver weddings popping up on the web (unlike summer, wedding season shows up right on time every year).

Here are the links we’re loving from around the web this week:

+ The arOka VINTAGE market is worth making some time on Saturday for

+ This dress has all the dreamy romantic elements of a Monique Lhuillier (for much less)

+ A taste of life on the other side of the wedding photographer lens

+ Pack this for your honeymoon Continue reading

Destination I Do: Maui

Aloha lovelies! This week we’re taking you to Maui for a little destination wedding inspiration. While most people think of grass skirts, bright flowers and little umbrellas in drinks, Hawaii has a softer, subtler side and we thought it deserved some love too.

Let’s go to the Garden Isle!

GET HITCHED HERE:  Haiku Sugar Mill WEAR THIS: Sarah Seven Flora Dress  HOLD THIS: Brown Paper Design King Protea bouquet (photo by Jose Villa) CUT INTO THIS: Short N Sweet Bakery laua’e fern wedding cake EAT THIS: Tommy Bahama’s ahi poke napoleon

Lovely Links For May 4th

What are you plans for the weekend, brides-to-be? We’re hoping to sip some delicious margaritas at some point (it’s Cinco De Mayo on Saturday, after all) and enjoy the spring weather.

Here are the links we’re loving from around the web this week:

+ A set of necklaces to gift your bridesmaids for your vintage garden wedding

+ This perfectly sweet (and affordable) print-at-home save the date from Thimble Design

+ The new Once Wed print magazine that’s so stunning it belongs on your coffee table

+ A beautiful barn wedding at Saar Bank Farms shot by Alyssa Schroeder Photography Continue reading

Destination I Do: Palm Springs

This week we’re kicking off our new column “Destination I Do”. From time to time, we’ll be gathering apparel, decor, and other wedding necessities that are all perfectly suited to a specific destination that’s not Vancouver—just in case you’re planning on venturing a little further from home for your nuptials.

To start things off, we’ve got a colorful collection of inspiration for sunny Palm Springs. See you in the desert!

Bridesmaid dress = Ivy & Aster | Venue = The Saguaro (be sure to add a sangria station to your reception!) | Bouquet = Tucker Floral Design (photo by Ashley Rose) | Cake = Cocoa & Fig (photo by Red Ribbon Studio)