Theme Thursdays ~ Weddings in Uniform!

The majority of military weddings take place in military chapels or academy grounds. However, if you wish to have it elsewhere; you must inform your installation.

Like with any other venue required for your ceremony and reception, you have to book in advance and plan ahead.  Although no fee is charged, a donation is expected as a gesture of thanks.

Generally the flowers, candelabra and other décor are arranged by the Chapel but these rules vary across the country and some couples are able to make their own plans.

Traditionally, the bride, groom or both will dress in military uniform and although it’s not mandatory, it is customary for them to walk under the Arch of Sabers or Swords (dependant on the whether you are Army or Naval) after the ceremony. This ensures the newlyweds a safe passage to their new life together. 

This memorable ceremony takes place outside the church or chapel consisting  of 6 to 8 officers with a head usher issuing the commands, starting with ‘Form Arch’ or ‘Center face’.  Detouring from tradition, it has become the norm for the last two officers to block the couple demanding they kiss before completing the walk. The use of the sword doesn’t stop there as the couple also use it to cut their wedding cake too!

Check out some of these gorgeous military couples on their big day!

*Melt my heart*

You know what....there's something about a man in uniform

 *Sigh*

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Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

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Inspiration Fridays – On trend with ‘something old’ - 1920s theme!

Do you love vintage and all the glam of the 1920’s? You are not alone as this popular theme is appearing at more weddings. With a remake of The Great Gatsby coming to our screens soon, many couples are looking to mirror the era and style for their big day. You will see the flappers and dapper grooms alongside the crystal decanters, whiskey and all that jazz!

The Art deco, jewellery adornments and feathers exuded decadence from the women and the men showed their sophistication with their suit jackets, waistcoats and bowler hats. 

And for you Downton Abbey fans less roaring 20s and more classy garden tea parties…

Happy Planning Ladies!

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Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

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~ Theme Thursdays ~ Keeping it low key!

Not everyone dreams of throwing a big wedding, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be everything they could have wished for.  For some couples getting married to the one they love is special enough without the grand gestures of an extravagant affair. Most low key weddings are intimate and include your closest friends and family in a small venue. What more do you need right? (Ok maybe some food, drinks and music) then all should be good!

We found these three real life low key weddings that looked amazing in more ways than one. It is evident from all the smiles in the pictures that the couples truly enjoyed their big day filled with happiness.  

Offbeat bride brings you Kim and Greg’s garden party in Manhattan. 

 

An outdoor ceremony for less than 60 guests in a neighborhood garden and Kim designed almost everything herself from her dress to décor.

Two paths lead to a central pagoda where the two joined to say their vows before a friend who was also a wedding officiant. They sealed the deal with a kiss before heading back down the aisle with the band played Greg’s favorite song. Then it was to a lounge for drinks and nibbles. 

 

A RockNRollBride wedding from London, UK brings us inexpensive and cheerful from high street outfits to DIY flowers and a pub lunch for 20 guests.  The photography is gorgeous and makes the day looks way more expensive then it was! 

    

Last but not least this couple’s sweet and simple family get together to eat burgers on the bride’s 30th birthday at the groom’s childhood home. This is certainly a small cozy wedding to remember from Glamour

 

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Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

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Inspiration Fridays~ Birds of a Feather!

I have been seeing birdcage displays in nearly every shop window and as various home accents and furnishings. 2012 saw an increase in popularity in bird themed home décor and fashion and it has been predicted that it will take off in the wedding world in 2013, especially come spring. The bird theme adds a whimsical and vintage feel, almost taking you into a fantasy world.  Be inspired by these ideas….there is so much you can do!

   

  


 

Have fun planning this one ladies!

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

Inspiration Fridays~ It’s a Paris Wedding!

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningParis is known to be the most romantic city in the world... so it only makes sense that couples want to capture the ambience and joyous feeling of love or ‘amour’ as the French would say.  

Quaint little bistros & patisseries, cobblestone streets, the clinking of glasses and of course the most obvious icon of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, all add to the enormous amount of inspiration that can be drawn from this part of the world!  (We one day dream of going to the "City of Lights"...  *sigh*)

 

Other inspiring elements for a "Parisian" wedding would include things like....

....The fleur-de-lis, which is the flower lily motif, a royal and regal design dating back centuries

....Damask designs to add a more "baroque" feel to your wedding celebrations

The overall vibe you want to create is of elegance, refined artistry and reverence and we hope these inspiration boards are ‘le coup de foudre’ (Love at first sight!!)

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This next one almost has a "black tie" feel to it!  Still has the Parisian vibe but with a little more umph!

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We are loving the colours in this next Paris themed celebration!

The shade of green amaranthus against the lilac roses...... just lovely!!!!!

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How about going a route that brings a little twist to the Paris theme?  Why not try one of these....

The Royalty of Marie Antoinette

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Country/Pastoral

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Vintage Paris

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Modern Paris

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We absolutely adore these gorgeous ideas and hope we have given you something to take away and plan you Parisian wedding.

Bon chance! 

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

 

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519.574.9293

~ Inspiration Fridays ~ Country Chic Weddings

Chic implies something attractive, fashionable and trendy and we have that all for you, country style! Country chic offers a true rustic feel with an elegant twist bringing beautiful landscapes and quaint décor together.  If you love nature, lush floral arrangements and can see the beauty in a barn, tweed and glass jars then this is the wedding for you!

Let’s see if Wedding Chicks ideas can get you to say yay to hay!

{Images courtesy of Kate Price Photography}

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How about a Purple + Green Country Chic wedding featured on HeartLove Weddings?

{Images courtesy of Bend the Light Photography}

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Now you have to check out this absolutely gorgeous Country Chic Wedding Film.

Absolutely LOVE it!

Happy Planning Ladies!

Country Chic Wedding Film {Private Estate} Orangevale, California from Lovespun ~ Handmade Films on Vimeo.

Say "I Do" to Your own Movie Wedding!-Part II

Be inspired by the big screen and make your wedding day one that you and your guests never forget!  Recreate the Twilight Saga and bring Bella + Edward into your world.  You can immerse yourself where it all happened with the beautiful hanging white blossoms accentuated with the greens.  What beautiful inspiration!

Check out Part II of Say "I Do" to Your own Movie Wedding!

This one is one of our personal faves!!!!

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Make sure you get Bella’s bridal look with these images from the movie.  All the details right down to the decor, dress, veil clip, shoes and ring!

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Alternatively you can opt to go for the romantic vampire look and go for the black and red inspired colour theme that will do Stephenie Meyer proud!

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Whatever your inspiration is for your wedding, run with it!  Remember it is your day!

~ Happy Planning! ~

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

 

Contact us to see how we can make your inspiration come to life!

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~Theme Thursday~ Themed Engagement Shoots

What better way to announce your engagement than to capture that happy moment and share it with your friends and family?  Themed engagement shoots are becoming the most popular way to do your save the date and let’s face it, who couldn’t do with an extra album of beautiful pictures and memories! You can also incorporate them into your wedding progams, favors or as a newspaper announcement.

Another advantage is that you get the chance to know your photographer and what works for you before your photo shoot on the big day! It’s like a trial run to explore and refine the poses that will give you the most amazing pictures. Many photographers are beginning to offer this in their packages in order to build a relationship with the couple to make sure they are at ease and to ensure better results for their wedding day.

Be creative and show off your personalities, re-live a memory even.  There are so many choices! Here are some of the trends that have popped up during our research: Destination shoots, Urban settings, adding your pet, quirky poses and of course, themed!

Be inspired and have fun with it!

A returning favourite!

Every girl knows the beautiful love story from The Notebook. See if you remember any of these scenes..


 

Can you guess which movie inspired these shoots?

 

 

 

So many ideas! Why not entertain the idea!  See where it takes you!

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

~Trendy Mondays ~ DIY Wedding Favours

With all individual couples comes varying budgets and with the economy being what it is; DIY is becoming a popular way to save money or just an alternative quirky idea. There are an array of options out there and you can pretty much make anything yourself with basic materials. (When I say ‘yourself’ – I mean invite the girls over and bribe them with wine to start a mini factory line!)

DIY doesn’t have to spell disaster or tacky! Choosing the right thing to make and producing it with love makes all the difference. It can be beautiful and really show off your personality and when you get the great feedback from your guests, you will reap the rewards knowing that it was made with your own bare hands! (I know you can feel that glow inside already)

I have pulled together a selection that will hopefully tickle your fancy!

Sparklers!

Check out this interactive favor idea taken from Becoming the Mrs.  Have your guests see your night out with a spark by handing out sparklers as favors and pair it up with match boxes so they also have something to keep afterwards. You can personalize the favor by adding your own message which can easily been designed on your computer. This is a unique idea and presents lovely and fun photograph opportunities.

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 Mix CD Favours

If you like the personal touch, then why not mixed CDs??  Remember…. mix CDs have come a long way since the ones with cheesy photos + poses on them!  Put your favorite love song compilation together to share with your friends and family. To make it more about you as a couple,  add an insert that tells a story behind each song. A great one for you music lovers out there!

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Honey ~ Jam ~ Sweet Favor Jars

Now who doesn't love something sweet after a meal??? We know we do!  Wouldn't any one of these options satisfy your sweet tooth?  Honey in your tea?  A little jam with your cake?  Or how about some candy on your way to the dance floor?  Take a look at these great options for your guest favours!

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We have more in store for you!  Check out next Monday's blog post for more DIY Favour Ideas!

Happy Planning Ladies!!!!

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

Say "I Do" to your own Movie Wedding!

The biggest blockbusters have made it into the wedding world with die-hard fans recreating their favourite movies into their nuptials. Although this is not a new concept, with Hunger Games releasing Catching Fire next year, we thought it would be fitting to re-visit the inspiration boards to re-ignite your “hunger” for movie inspired weddings.

Get your own top reviews by wowing your guests with your creativity and ensure that you take the wedding party from cliché to class and sophistication. These ideas below highlight the very essence of the movie and have been done with Style & Elegance. So go ahead and unleash the Katniss within you and start planning your perfect Hunger Games wedding! 

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Now what is a wedding without cake?????  Check out the Hunger Games version of what sweet indulgence is!!

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 Here is another interpretation of the Hunger Games movie with a "wedded bliss" twist!

Enjoy!

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 Style board via Style Me Pretty

Be inspired ladies to have the wedding of your dreams!!!

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

Theme Thursday~T'is the season to get married!

With winter coming and Christmas around the corner, what better than a feature on Christmas themed weddings. A time of joy and festivities only made better by a wedding celebration to make you and your family feel all warm and fuzzy inside!  Perhaps your fiancé popped the question last December and as homage to the anniversary of the proposal you chose to have a Christmas themed wedding or it is something you thought of but could not visualise? Either way here are a few ideas for your wedding that exude elegance and really capture the holiday spirit. We hope these "jingle your bells" all the way!

 

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The décor and dessert/sweets selection feels as crisp as winter morning yet indulgent at the same time. The feathers on her shawl and long white gloves adds a fairy tale like feel whist also keeping her warm! Combined with the white roses and frosted berries bouquet, she looks like the perfect Christmas bride.

 

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Images by Lawson Photography

 

Take a look at some more inspiration for your Christmas themed wedding!  This wedding has some stunning green in the colour scheme and it is wonderful!!!!  Choosing the right shade of a particular colour can make all the difference.  I think the bride nailed it with this one!

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Photo Credit: Jason Kaczorowski Photography

 Another way to "holiday" up your reception is to focus on the guest tables!  Let them experience that "Winter Wonderland" feeling all night long!  It's all about ambiance!!!

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So much inspiration for a Christmas themed wedding and we've only scratched the surface!  Stay tuned for more!

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination