South Asian Wedding Love - Shermeen & Chris!

Oh my goodness  It has been a LONG time since we have blogged!  We are going to turn that around for 2017.. we promise!!!!  To start we wanted to share one of our weddings that was special to us as we have become really good friends with the bride & groom.  What could be better than that!!

We come across a wide range of personalities when it comes to our lovely S&E clients but when we got a phone call from our dear Shermeen, well let's just say that we were in for a ride!  Her positive personality, trusting and caring outlook on life in general was truly inspiring and infectious!  Looking for a full planning service, Shermeen & Chris needed assistance with every aspect of their wedding preparations.  We were more than happy to help!  From attending all vendor meetings, assisting with the bridal attire selection, coordinating out of town arrangements to brainstorming and packaging the wedding favours, Style & Elegance went above and beyond to make our clients' vision a reality. With the talented and skillful eye of Adnan Ansah Photography, the moments of Shermeen & Chris' celebrations were captured so beautifully.  Here's a sneak peek!

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~ Style Partners ~

Planning & Design: Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination |

Hair & Makeup: Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu | Photography: Adnan Ansah Photography | DJ: DJ Arif |

Venue & Catering: Apollo Convention Centre | Cake: The Cake Box | Decor: Shehnai Decor | 

Bridal Attire: Saira Sheikh Bridals 

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xoxo

Happy Planning!

 

Trendy Mondays - Naked Wedding Cakes!

You never want to hear the words naked and wedding cakes together but in this case it’s just an ‘undressed’ cake meaning no icing or frosting!  More brides are catching on with this wedding trend as they opt for something more rustic; popular with those going ‘green’ and who want to keep it simple.

Some may say it’s an exposed unfinished piece but we think there is something fun and intriguing about looking into the layers and fillings of the cake. You can see all the flavours, textures and decorations oozing out and there is no hiding that imperfect sponge anymore. In fact it’s quite an art!

Most naked cakes consist of fresh cream, fruits and flowers and there is definitely something about dripping sauce that makes it more enticing. Feast your eyes on these delicious looking cakes (Mouth-watering we know!)


Or perhaps you want to keep it really simple:

How about a different flavour for each tier?

We hope this has given you food for thought as an alternate choice to the traditional wedding cake!

Happy planning ladies! 

 

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

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Textured Cakes take the spotlight!

Decadent creations that please the palette are definitely my cup of tea!  

One of the more important elements of a wedding reception that involves some creativity and planning is the beautiful Wedding Cake!

In general, wedding cakes have come a LONG way from the simple rectangular slab served after dinner.  There is SO much you can do when creating the cake of your dreams.  You can pretty much order any shape, size and colour that your little sweet tooth desires.

  Gone are the days of plain, smooth frosting.  Eye-catching textures and dimension are taking this art form to a new level.

 

Check out these AH-mazing creations that definitely "take the cake"!  

Which one would you like to satisfy your craving?  Let us know!

~ Happy Planning! ~

 

This one is so unique!!!!

 

Bridal Market 2013 ~ Designer Allure Bridals

Love, love, love the rich satins, soft tulle, fitted silhouettes and heavenly lace.  That about sums it up for us!

Today's designer spotlight features Allure Bridals.  For the 2013 season, they have kept up with the trends for the coming year yet still have created a timeless and classic collection that is sure to get you in the 'romantic' mood!  The subtle shades of colour take the dramatic factor up a notch and really makes the bride that centre of attention!  

Still searching for that perfect gown???  You may not need to look any further.  Check out the designs that are just some of our faves!  

Sound off below and let us know which ones strikes a chord!!!

(there's a lot!!!)

~ Happy Shopping ladies! ~

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This one is absolutely stunning!!!!!!

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Bridal Market 2013 ~ Designer Douglas Hannant

Today's wedding gown feature shines the light on designer Douglas Hannant

Hannant's creations are modern yet still keep that classic feel.  Leaning towards "chic" rather than glamour, this collection focuses on the understated "wow factor".  Being able to to turn heads when you walk in a room without being "celebrity glamourous" is what this designer tries to achieve. 

We love what we have seen so far in this collection and look forward to so much more!

Enjoy they eye candy we have for you today!

~ Happy Planning Ladies! ~

 

“I wanted timeless and ageless with something new about it. I don’t see the point of classic clothing that looks exactly like it did in every interpretation before. There must be an element of surprise, some sort of detail, something fresh and new about it.”

~ Douglas Hannant ~

 

  

   

 {Images courstesy of Brides.com}

 

Planning Your Honeymoon

 

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Amidst all of the wedding planning details, one that needs to be considered is "where are we going for our honeymoon?"  Blindly picking a destination on the big old map just doesn't cut it!  This trip will be your first as a married couple and it will be worth the effort to find the perfect honeymoon destination you will love and remember!

Are you looking to relax on a warm, tropical, sandy beach? Are you wanting to do some sightseeing?  Or are you both the type to do something really adventurous??!!??  More and more couples are straying away from the traditional idea of what a honeymoon is supposed to be and making it more memorable for themselves.

Here are just a few tips to keep you on track when planning your honeymoon!

 

1. Discuss Budget

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningYou have just had the most amazing wedding and now it's time to relax as husband and wife!  You don't have to break the bank to do it!  There are a number of ways to work within a tight budget when planning your trip.  For instance, travel in the "off season" when things are cheaper.  All inclusive locations generally are less expensive and have special rates you can take advantage of.  The benefit of doing the all inclusive is knowing the cost up front which will definitely make planning the honeymoon easier!  No hidden fees.  No surprises.  

We can't stress how important it is to have a budget when planning your honeymoon.  The last thing you want to endure is having arguments about money during the trip.   

 

2. Do your Research!

Beginning your honeymooon planning may seem like a daunting task but soon after you start, you will realize you only have a handful of options that fit your situation.  Your "research process" could begin midway through your wedding planning or if you are really proactive.... you could already have the hidden jar of cash under lock and key that is just for that relaxing piece of heaven at the end of this journey!  There are 2 ways you could approach this process - Use a travel agent or go full steam ahead and do the legwork yourself.  For those of you that don't have the luxury of time in your schedule... a travel agent may be your best bet.  For the ones that want to do it themselves, be thorough.  There are a lot of websites that help find you the best deals rather than go through directly to the source (ie: the cruise line).  

3. Narrow down your list

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningBased on what you are wanting to do on your honeymoon and what you've decided your intended budget is to be, you can begin to narrow down the list of potential destinations.  It is best to have 2 or 3 possible choices.  Even if you think one may be beyond your budget, keep it on your list... you might just be able to make the most exotic locations work for you!  Once you've narrowed your list down, the next step is too look into more detail as to what each choice has to offer.  Are there package deals available??  Off season rates? Does one choice have more activities to offer than another?  All things to consider to plan the perfect experience.

 

These are just a few tips to help you get started with planning your honeymoon.  Just as in planning your wedding, take the time and plan your honeymoon as well. It will be well worth it! You deserve that little reward after this journey!

 

~Happy Planning! ~

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Alma Novia ~ Wedding Designer Spotlight

Oh my.  Now anyone who knows us here at Style & Elegance knows that we are all about romance!  Flowers, proposals, rings and of course .... Wedding gowns!  We love to look at the latest wedding gown designs and all the creations that are coming out of the fashion world and look just what we have found! 

We are so in LOVE with the designs of Alma Novia!!!!  Simplistic, romantic and timeless.  Three words perfectly describing the creations that we have here!  If you are the ultra-romantic bride and want your day to exude nothing but, these are the gowns for you!  We are swooning at these dresses and would love to get married again just to have a chance to wear them!  Let us know what you think and remember when you are shopping for gowns, you may just walk away with something you never thought you would... Keep an open mind and you will find the dress of your dreams!

Happy Planning ....and shopping!!!!!

  

  

  

  

  

  

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Wedding Dreams Bridal Show ~ Oct 20+21, 2012

We are only a few days away from The Wedding Dreams Bridal Show!

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Lots of wonderful exhibitors from the Kitchener Waterloo area, tonnes of information and a 

CHANCE TO WIN AN $8000 WEDDING PRIZE PACK!!!

Looking forward to seeing all the newly engaged couples this weekend to talk wedding!  We just love hearing all the details!

If you are in need of complimentary tickets, contact us via information below, we will gladly help you out!

www.styleandelegance.ca

afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519-574-9293

 

~ Happy Planning Everyone! ~


~Trendy Mondays~ One Day, Two Dresses.. Why not!

More and more brides are straying away from tradition and opting to wear two dresses on their wedding day.  Who says you have to stick to just one???  Have the wedding gown style for the ceremony & cocktail hour and then switch to a more upbeat number for the reception.  Something to have a little more fun and party it up!  

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There are a few ways this can be achieved.   You can have the two different looks you desire by using "layers" such as jackets or cover ups for the earlier part of the day and then shedding that to have a more flirty and fun look for the evening celebrations.  Here are some ideas!

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Here is another take on layers!  A lot of designers are offering brides the option to transform their look by transforming the gown itself.  This sounds fun!  Creating a gown where the skirt can be easily detached to reveal a fun cocktail style party dress is sure to wow your guests and not to mention your new husband!!!

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Another subtle and simple way to change up your look is to play with the sash on your dress.  Have a more understated, elegant colour for your ceremony and change it up to a playful and bold choice for your party!

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And now for some COLOUR!!!!  Time to kick the party into gear!

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What you should remember when choosing your second dress is that it shouldn't break the bank.  It doesn't have to be expensive and the more different it is from your normal wedding gown, the more fun you'll have!

Will you say "Yes" to the second dress????   Let us know! 

~ Happy Planning! ~

 

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~Friday Inspiration~ Anne of Green Gables Photo Shoot!

We immediately were head over heels and swooning over this * beautiful * photo shoot done by Jessica Zais Photography!  One of our most treasured + loved films has been captured in a romantic bridal shoot and we are JUST LOVING IT!

Anne of Green Gables has been one our favourite Canadian series since as long as we can remember.  The innocence of childhood and young love, finding out who you are and learning some very tough life lessons all through the eyes of a very young Anne Shirley.  Played by Canadian actress Megan Follows, this story has captured many a young heart and continues to be a inspiration!

This photoshoot was able to recreate scenes from the classic story that literally leap from the pages of the novel!  For those fans out there you will know what we mean when we mention.... The Lake of Shining Waters, White Way of Delight or the ever sweet term "Carrots"!

Take in some of these BEAUTIFUL images courtesy of Jessica Zais Photography and re-live the romantic love story of Gilbert + Anne (with an 'e').

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Here are the very talented West Coast vendors who pulled off this GORGEOUS shoot!

Photography  

Jessica Zais Photography

Decor/Styling/Florals

Stage Right Etc.

Makeup

Melissa Craven

Hair

Melissa Dacre 

 

~Inspired Fridays!~ Pinks and Pearls!

Today we are in a romantic mood!  Our favourite mood to be in!  

All the soft hues of pink, pearls and classic images we are seeing has inspired us to create this board which we hope ... inspires you!!

There is so much visual inspiration out there that it can be easy to get "lost" and overwhelmed.  

Take all the images in and maybe a "romantic spark" will get the wedding planning in motion!  Our personal favourite of the images below.... the beautiful cake dripping with pearls!

~ Happy Planning Ladies! ~

 

Style Me Pretty

Wedding Wire - 2012 Bride's Choice Award !!

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The WeddingWire Bride's Choice Awards ™ recognizes the best local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate quality and service excellence within the wedding industry.

Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Bride's Choice Awards™ are determined by the quality, quantity, recency, and consistency of reviews from over 1.2 million WeddingWire newlyweds.

 

The 2012 award recipients represent the top five percent of WeddingWire's vendor community, which consists of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the US and Canada.

We are very honoured to be a part of this group! Thank you to all our clients who reviewed our company and helped us get to where we are!  We have enjoyed being a part of your special day and wish you all the best!

For those couples who are planning their wedding..... contact us to see how we can make your day ...."just how you dreamed it would be."

 

 

Inspiration for your Bridal Look!

Now Ladies.  We are all about being unique when it comes to our special day and we shouldn't have it any other way.  

One of the hot trends that brides are making unique to their personal style are Bridal Hair Accessories.  These works of art can range from the simple to the elaborate custom designed pieces that will leave a lasting impression.  

We hope the beautiful designs of Italian Toni Federici serve as inspiration for your upcoming wedding!  Check out her website for more!

Let us know which look you like!!

~ Happy Planning! ~

 


 


Alternative Guest Book Idea

Here's another one for the DIY files ladies!

Instead of the traditional guest book format why not try this fabulous idea!  

A Thumb Print Tree!  How creative and fun is that!  The Bride & Groom can prepare a tree canvas for their friends & family to thumb print onto the branches with their names.

You can hang it up on the wall after the celebrations and admire it for years to come!

 

~ Happy Planning! ~

 

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Wedding Gown Designer - Romona Keveza

Getting back into the swing of Style Fridays, let's start this one off the right way!

Today's inspiration comes from the Romona Keveza Couture, Spring 2012 Collection of bridal gowns.  

Soft & elegant textures grace the runway and spark the imagination!  You can have the wedding of your dreams!  Take a peek and let us know which gown inspires you!

~ Happy Planning! ~

What a beautiful colour!

Sleek and elegant....

A little "Royal" influence!  

Look how fun this one is!!


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Wedding Gown Designer - Martina Liana

Seeing these gowns for the first time just took my breath away.  The elegance and romance just eminate from these creations!  

Essence of Australia designers Martine Harris and Leanne Collova combine modern and vintage details launching the new Martina Liana Collection.  With silhouettes featuring modern ballgowns with accenting ruffles and roses to sensational sleek and chic sheaths, the bride who chooses a Martina Liana will find her perfect gown.   

Here are just some of the designs from the 2011-2012 Bridal Collections.  

Let us know which one you like!  Leave a comment!

~ Happy Planning! ~

 

How gorgeous is this! My favourite!

Love this next one... so romantic!

This one is on the fun side!

For more creations by Martina Liana check out the website!

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DIY Centrepieces

We are finding some awesome ideas for the DIY bride!  
This simple & beautiful centrepiece creation featured in Splendid Affairs magazine, will ~ wow ~ your guests and you can say you did it all yourself!

These beauties can also be used as an alternative to a ring pillow!
See how easy it is!

~ Happy Planning!! ~

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The DIY Bride

For those of you ambitious brides to be out there - here is a DIY project just for you!

~  Love this idea!  ~

While stumbling on the web, we came across a way to make your own Cupcake Wrappers!  

Courtesy of Intimate Weddings, that DIY bride can take it to the next level!

Check it out!

 

 

Tutorial for Cupcake Wrappers Made from Doilies

You will need:

Paper Doilies  

Pencil

Scissors

Glue Stick

Cupcake Wrapper Template

How to:

Place doilie on a flat surface.

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Cut out cupcake wrappers from the template. Place the cut out wrappers on the doilie.

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Trace along the inside curve and at the ends. Do not trace the outside curve.

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Cut out the cupcake wrapper.

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Using a glue stick, add glue to one of the edges of the wrapper. Wrap around cupcake and adhere.

Fini! Wasn’t that a breeze? BTW, if you don’t want white cupcake wrappers, you can buy paper doilies in

a range of colours online.

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~ Happy Planning!! ~