~Trendy Mondays~ ‘Something new’ to carry down the aisle!

Say no to flower power and opt for something completely different!  With each bride wanting to add a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to their wedding, there are so many alternatives to choose from.  As beautiful as flowers are, they are not for everyone but some of these other “details” might just be down your ‘aisle’!

Bouquets have been replaced by many things that make a statement reflecting the bride’s tastes and personality. Check out some of the items that have made an appearance at weddings.  

Parasols
A parasol can add elegance to the bride’s outfit, especially in satin, lace or silk. It is also practical too for an outdoor wedding to shade you from the sun or protect you from the rain!

 

 

Fans
How about a decorative fan to match your theme?

 

 

Candles
Light up with a candle bouquet for that romantic ambience.

 

Lanterns

Whether it be metal or paper, lanterns are a great alternative to the traditional floral bouquet.  Bring out your personality with this detail of your wedding.  It could even double as a part of the reception decor!  The bridesmaids place their lanterns on the head table and there you go - instant decor!

  

Books
Normally this would be the bible, but brides nowadays are going for their favourite books instead! 

  

A plethora of ideas to choose from and the list doesn’t end here, anything goes!

Have fun with it! 

 

 

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

Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519-574-9293

IIFA Fever hits Toronto !!!!!!

The International Indian Film Academy is bringing its star-studded Awards Gala to North America for the very first time!  The top names of the Bollywood industry will be converging on the city’s centre.  Consider this the equivalent to Hollywood's Oscars!

For those of you who don’t know what IIFA is all about well, in a nutshell, it is a global showcase of Indian cinema.  The IIFA Weekend and Awards is a celebration of Indian Cinema consisting of fun-filled activities that brings the fans close to their favorite stars.  The highlight of the Weekend is the IIFA Awards Ceremony that honours the best of Indian cinema. 

Wow!  It is easy to believe that the thousands of available tickets that went on sale, sold out in a mere 10 minutes!  An estimated 22,000 fans will be packed into the Rogers Centre come Saturday evening and will be entertained to the fullest!  




 

Saif Ali Khan, Mallika Sherawat, Sonu Nigam, Preity Zinta, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Dharmendra, Karan Johar, Kabir Bedi, Hema Malini, Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Javed Jaffrey are just some of the Bollywood stars  that will set foot in Toronto.  But by far the biggest attraction will be the “King of Bollywood” himself – Shah Rukh Khan. 

I know my daughter is a HUGE fan of “King Khan” and so desperately wanted to be a part of the festivities – but that plan didn’t materialize for us.  We will be watching the star-studded show come Saturday evening along with millions of other viewers!

With events already in motion in and around the Greater Toronto area, there is a definite “buzz” in the air.  Here is a run-down of what’s happening where!


June 24-26

IIFA Film Festival

IIFA-nominated movies from 2011 as well as years past are screened at various theatres, including the Coliseum Mississauga, Cineplex Odeon Sheppard, Silvercity Brampton and Cineplex Odeon First Markham Place.

June 24

IIFA ROCKS fashion show at Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON (6:30 p.m.)

Hosted by Indian movie personality Saif Ali Khan, this show features a musical performance by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and international models displaying designs from India and Canada

June 25

IIFA Workshop: Music — Bringing Cinema Alive (11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

In this professional seminar, speakers Vishal Bhardwaj and the trio Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy offer insights into writing music for Indian cinema. The event will culminate with an interactive jam session where the composers and audience members create a live track.

Samsara: Feel the Flow in Toronto (2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Taking place in the shadow of the Rogers Centre — where the IIFA gala will be held later in the day — this free arts festival will feature live music performances, including an Indo-Brazilian drum line, as well as dancing and a fashion show. The event will finish with the arrival of Indian film stars on the "green carpet" for the IIFA ceremony.

IIFA awards ceremony at the Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON (8 p.m.)

This is it, the glitzy, star-studded gala where India's biggest cinema stars will be celebrated with hardware.

 

Happy Star-Gazing Everyone!!!!!

Royal Wedding Countdown!!!!

 

Everything is about the Royal Wedding!!!  I love it!

William & Kate have captured the hearts and attention of so many people and they will all be watching come Friday as they begin their journey together.  

Second in line to the throne - Prince William has grown up in the public eye and now will be moving on to the next stage of his life in the same fashion.

Which wedding designer Kate chose to create her gown will be a focal point for many women!  Including me!

The "Princess -to-be's" fashion sense has created a following of sorts... for example her blue Issa dress in which she announced her engagement to Prince William, sold out within hours of the images being released!  Wow!  

 

I know where I will be come Friday morning - do you?  If you are still looking for someplace to enjoy the wedding of the century, check out the following for some options!

Here is how the day will unfold on the small screen!

Friday, April 29

  CTV’s William and Kate: The Royal Wedding starts at 3 a.m., with hosts Lloyd Robertson and, from Buckingham Palace, Lisa LaFlamme, alongside royal biographer Christopher Warwick, royal expert Victoria Arbiter and comedian Tracey Ullman (simulcast on CP24, CTV News Network and at www.TheRoyals.ca).

  Global’s Wills & Kate: The Royal Wedding starts at 4 a.m. with Global National’s Dawna Friesen and ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey.

  Heather Hiscock kicks things off at 2 a.m. on CBC and CBC News Network. Peter Mansbridge will join two hours before the 6 a.m. wedding ceremony.

  BBC Canada and E! have live coverage as well, both beginning at 4 a.m.

  After the rice is thrown, Marilyn Denis hosts her own reception with Scott Thompson as QEII (CTV, 10 a.m.). LaFlamme and the rest of the royal wedding broadcast team are back with live hits from London, highlights and post-wedding updates (CTV, noon to 3 p.m.; 7 to 9 p.m.)

  E! dissects the day (and maybe some ill-advised hat choices?) in Will and Kate: Road to the Altar (9 p.m.) and Fashion Police: Royal Wedding (10 p.m.).

  For anyone who didn’t get up before the crack of dawn to watch Kate walk down the aisle, BBC Canada is re-airing the big event, starting at 10 a.m. William and Kate: The Movie and A Tale of Two Princesses follow (4 p.m. and 6 p.m.).


~ Enjoy the Celebrations Everyone! ~  

 

New York Bridal Market Spring 2011 Collection

Exciting to see the new Spring 2011 Collection at the 
New York Bridal Market this past week! 
Stunning new wedding designs & accessories from our fave designers! I know I had my personal favorite!

So many designers with absolutely stunning creations!  
Here are just a few of the pieces from the show this past week!

Designers include :

Priscilla of Boston
Monique L'Huillier
Ines Di Santo
Rivini
Kenneth Pool
Amsale
Anne Barge
Pnina Tornai
Vera Wang
Romona Keveza
Nicole Miller
Simone Carvalli
Badgley Mischka
...and many more!!!!

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Amsale Collection


Priscilla of Boston - Platinum Collection


Angel by Angel Sanchez

Be inspired to find the dress of your dreams!!!!









Vintage Inspired Wedding at The Tannery!


Well it's official!!!!!  
Shelley & Greg are married!!!!!  

I was so honoured to be a part of this couple's special day.  Especially since the bride is a Wedding Planner herself!!!!     
Yes, the Wedding Planner hired a Wedding Planner!!
Every element of the day came together so perfectly.  
From the bridesmaids' dresses to the dinner menus to the vintage inspired cake creation!  
Here is a peek at this beautiful day in August!!!!

I would also like to thank the other vendors that I had the pleasure of working with!
Check out these businesses and be inspired!!!!

Sweet Sweets Cake Art    ( www.sweetsweets.ca  )
Sonia Ryan Makeup Artist   ( www.soniaryan.com )
A Simple Photograph  (  www.simplephoto.ca )
Kettle Creek Weddings  ( www.kettlecreekweddings.com)
The Tannery District  ( www.thetannery.ca  )

Vendors have been featured on Style Me Pretty !!!
www.stylemepretty.com


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Check out these shoes!!!  My fave colour !!!!!!

 

The personal touch.... this is how Greg proposed!


Shelley - you look AMAZING !!!

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How happy is this Groom!

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This Vintage Inspired Cake was fabulous looking & tasting!

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Exotic looking vegetable arrangement...

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Dinner was amazing!


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Until next time!

Afzia 

Roller Coaster Engagement Video

Now more than ever, newly engaged couples are coming up with unique ways to announce their upcoming wedding.
Check out this "Save-the-Date" video that we came across that we think is just an awesome way to announce your special day!!!!


This Roller Coaster Engagement video was shot entirely on the Twister II Roller Coaster at Elitch Gardens in Denver Colorado. The bride and groom sent the link to their friends and family as a "Save the Date" invitation. The bride rode the T2 coaster 7 times and the groom rode it 6 times to capture enough footage to make this video.


Go ahead, Get Creative!!!!
Make your special day memorable!!!

Alice in Wonderland........ a very sweet Wonderland !!!

I had the opportunity to attend the Grand Re-Opening of
Award Winning Cake Artist & Designer Chrissie Boon's fabulous
new Cake Studio
Chrissie has been creating spectacular and unique cake designs for a number of years.  She prides herself on being able to capture the essence of the bride & groom in the designs that she creates.  Chrissie's sweet designs are intricate and aimed at elegance. Just as important, these creations taste as good as they look!!

In celebration of moving to a bigger location, Too Nice To Slice hosted their First Annual Cake Art Competition!  Anyone was able to compete, from Home Bakers to Professional Cake Artists.  
~ The Theme ~ - Alice In Wonderland.

The contest entries were needless to say - FABULOUS !!!  There are some VERY talented people out there! 
Special guest judges Courtney Clark and Kendon Smith of Cake Nouveau, TLC's Ultimate Cake Off and Food Network's Extreme Cake Challenge were on hand to judge and hand out prizes!
Here is a look at some of the submissions.

  
 

By no means are these all the entries......but the one that took 1st prize was this beauty............


Fun events all day included: Playing Cake Mania for Wii, Cupcake Decorating stations for KIDS, Class demonstrations and being a judge in the first ever Cake Art Competition.
Also check out all the newest product lines that the studio carries for every level of cake decorator.


Congratulations Too Nice to Slice
on your new home!!!!!
May you have continued success in the future!

To contact Too Nice To Slice, click on the following link or visit them at the address below.

14 Hoffman Street, Unit 4
Kitchener, ON
N2M 3H4

 

Wedding Dreams Bridal Show

I just wanted to say thank you to all the
brides, grooms, parents & friends that made their way out to the Wedding Dreams Bridal Show at Bingemans
January 9-10, 2010.

It was a pleasure to meet you all!



One lucky Bride won $200 towards a Full Wedding Planning Package!!!!





I would like to thank Design2Decor for providing
the furniture for my booth
Thanks Paras!!!
Check out Design2Decor at the below link





Style & Elegance is Calling all Brides!!!!!


Come January 9-10, 2010 I will be setting up shop at the Wedding Dreams Bridal Show at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener, Ontario !!!!


The Wedding Dreams Show is the largest show for Brides & Grooms in the Kitchener, Waterloo, and Guelph area. This show features hundreds of local exhibitors (including myself!) showcasing a complete array of the best wedding related services and products available.


Those attending will be treated to a fabulous fashion show of designer gowns and tuxedos including those of my good friends at Ladybug Bridal !!!!!! Also to make it more enticing...every bride will hav a chance to win many great door prizes!!!

If you're a bride on a mission to plan a wedding, we'll surely be
seeing you there too!
By the way... this year's Grand Prize is a trip to Greece!!
Prize includes:- One Mykonian Gem package for 2 adults
- Roundtrip airfare from Toronto to Athens
- 3 nights Greek Island & Turkey Cruise on the Ocean Countess (or similar) in an air-conditioned inside cabin with 2 lower beds, private shower and bathroom. All onboard entertainment and service. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snacks daily. Shore excursions are optional.
-4 nights in Mykonos staying at the Acrogiali including breakfast
-High speed ferry transfers
-Travel valid between May 15 - October 31, 2010
-Retail Value $5,000.00 CDN
(Compliments of: Northstar Travel)

Bingemans is located at 425 Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener. You can check them out online at http://www.bingemans.com/, or give them a call at 519-744-1555. To find out more about the Wedding Dreams show, visit http://www.weddingdreamsshow.com/
Hope to see you there!

Grand Opening Success!!!

Congratulations Barbara on the successful Grand Opening of Ladybug Bridal and Evening Wear!!!

I just wanted to say thank you to Barb for letting me be a part of her big night!
I met some great people with whom I'll definitely be keeping in
touch with.

My outlook is that if we support each other, our strengths and our dreams........we will all be successful.

Starting a business is no easy feat. Vision and determination have gotten us to where we are today and we can only keep growing. I am in the midst of building my own business and I take pride in my work. I believe that that is one of the most important things in this industry. Without that we can't set ourselves apart from the rest.

Our goal as businesswomen in this industry is to make your dreams come true. At the point you come in contact with us, your wedding day is the most important thought on your mind.

We are here to make those hopes and dreams a reality.

Whether it be Wedding Planning, your Wedding gown, or the makeup you use, we are here for you.

Check out our websites and you may find exactly what you are looking for!!!

Congratulations again Barb on a successful night!!!!!

Welcome to Style & Elegance's new blog!!!!

I would like to introduce to you my new venture!!! Proudly presenting..............
Style & Elegance

Wedding and Event Co-ordination!I am so happy to share this with you as this has been my dream for as long as I can remember.

I have always had a passion for Weddings. The happiness surrounding the day, the little details that reflect your style. Knowing that two people are about to begin their lives as one and being able to share in that first step gives me great joy.

My role as a Certified Wedding Planner will be to offer my knowledge, organizational skills, creativity and professionalism to your special day.When the opportunity presented itself to complete a Certification course through the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC), it reaffirmed my desire to pursue my dream. Since planning and organizing have always come naturally to me, it only made sense that this would be the perfect way to utilize my skills doing something that I loved.

Gaining an understanding of what my clients' needs and desires are as well as the attention to details are of utmost importance to me and are essential in pulling your event together. The special touches are what makes your wedding day yours.

No matter what size of event you are intending to have, Style & Elegance will work with you to create something memorable for you and all your guests.
Style & Elegance
Wedding and Event Co-ordination .................Just how you dreamed it would be....