Engagement Party: Sirisha & Varnit

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An engagement party is exactly what the name says—a party! It is an opportunity to introduce families and friends to each other and have a chance to socialize with one another. It is a celebration of the new couple and the exciting new phase in their lives. These parties can be formal or casual, anything as long the couple’s families and friends are able to mingle and have a good time. We love planning these special and intimate moments in our couples’ lives leading up to their big day. We had a wonderful opportunity to plan an intimate engagement party for the lovely Sirisha and Varnit.

In October 2016, Varnit had surprised Sirisha with a magical vacation to the ever gorgeous Casablanca in Morocco. He made sure to travel with 100 multicoloured hand folded origami hearts and with some help from the beautiful Four Seasons hotel staff he was able to propose to her just the way she had always imagined it-on a magnificent beachfront standing in between a heart created by the origami hearts.

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The party decorations began promptly at 11AM and it included ironing, cutting, pulling out tables and chairs, and framing. A big thank you to Harpreet from The Punjab Paratha Hut with lending us an extra hand for the set up and the take down.

The engagement was just as casual and playful as the couple. It was intimate but very welcoming. It was busy but content. It was pink, pastel, and elegant. The bride and groom had wanted something simple yet chic so we chose pastel pink with simple baby’s breath around the room. The paper flower wall served as the main focus throughout the engagement and it was beautifully done in ivory, pastel pink and green flowers! Everyone was hurdled in their groups, parents chatting away with parents, kids comparing their desserts or sharing thoughts about the newest game they were playing on their parent’s phones. The food was perfect, the backdrop was beautiful, the dessert was amazing and even though the morning started off grey and wet, it was a bright and sunny ride home.

*List of all the vendors at the end of the post!

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Bridal Fantasy 2017

Bridal Fantasy: The Show That Everyone`s Talking About

Being a part of a bridal show is just as busy as it sounds. And being part of the Bridal Fantasy is a whole different experience. For the first time, we decided to become a part of the incredibly extravagant Bridal Fantasy 2017 – the bridal show everyone’s talking about. We’ve heard how amazing the show is for vendors and for future brides. The moment we signed ourselves up for the Bridal Fantasy, we were ecstatic and quickly busied ourselves with ideas and themes that we could possibly integrate in our booth.

The day finally came and with our giant U-haul truck we treaded our way towards various vendors and carefully picked out the little props to decorate the booth.

Edmonton, as usual, decided to be unpredictable with its weather and covered the city with a thick fog and scattered flurries. How we made it to the Edmonton Expo Centre without crossing a few red lights is still a mystery.

Just like the outside was against us, so was the inside.  The issues with getting the setup done at the Northlands for the Fantasy were unknown to us – from parking to the setup of the booth! Zip ties were scattered across the floor. Getting the canopy up in the small space was a challenge with all the decor.  Nonetheless, The amount of re-tries made sure we got the beautiful canopy done and we were ready too meet our brides at the Bridal Fantasy show!

Come Sunday, everything was incredibly worth it. The late night of stuffing gift bags, printing discount offers, hurried pizza dinner and the stubbornness of the fog went away as the future brides/brides maids/grooms floated towards our booth with bright smiles and compliments. The loud music along with various conversations about future plans surrounded the two halls and definitely made us much more excited about the work we do. Bridal Fantasy definitely lives up to its name and by being part of it, one can realize why it is the show that everyone’s talking about!

It was fun. It was wonderful. The entire experience was incredible and thrilling. Speaking to would-be brides, listening to their plans, sharing ideas and excitement was exactly why we were there. The Bridal Fantasy did not disappoint and the battle against the fog was definitely worth it! And who knows, maybe we might just come back.

Cheers to love and the future!

*Our booth would not have looked as amazing as it did without the help of some amazing vendors. List of all the vendors at the end of the post

The Vendors:

Flowers: Wild Orchid

Chairs: StageCoach Design and Event Rentals

Rentals: M Wedding and EventsRiver City Events

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Thank you for everyone who showed up! Here’s to hoping to a great wedding season ahead!

 

2017 Wedding Dress Trends

The wedding trends following wedding dresses are constantly changing and there is a beauty in it. We get to see the magnificent creative ideas of various designers. But, what’s the best wedding dress?

Watching Say Yes to the Dress has every bride craving for that big moment at the end of the episode. Every episode is filled with big “ooh’s” and “ah’s”, major dress reveals and dreams coming true. Now, it is a personal belief that everyone deserves their Say Yes to the Dress moment, no matter if you are being  filmed by a camera or  you are just with a small group of close people. Dress picking is hard but it doesn’t have to be! You just need to know what is up and trending and what resonates with you. So lets talk about the new 2017 wedding trends that are taking the runaways with a flash!

Dress picking is one of the biggest moments for a bride, as all eyes are on you!! Fashion is constantly changing. Sometimes sleeves are in fashion and sometimes its  the puffiness of a dress. Sometimes it’s the silhouette and other times it’s the fabric. Either way, every dress that is picked needs to reflect your style and make you feel beautiful on your big day.

Of course, everyone likes to stay in line with the best fashion trends that currently go along with the year (those who ignore them, we commend you). For those trends, that’s exactly why we are here. To help short list your list of trends and bring to light the current designs you might see on the shelves of your local bridal boutique.

New year means new trends means new styles. And there is just so much, it’s incredible!

Western Styles

  • First up, we have V-necks.

These were a big hit on the bridal runway, treating us to a sexier bridal show. The look is bold and definitely makes a statement. It is confident and powerful.

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  • Bare them shoulders!

Strapless bridal gowns are always a hit but more and more designers are bringing off shoulder dresses into competition. These dresses still give the bride the option to show off some skin while at the same time staying modest.

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  • Embrace the sleeves

Sleeves don’t necessarily have to mean conservative. Rather, they make a serious statement, it can be romantic and flirtatious. With sleeved dresses, many brides opt for an open back or a more statement neckline.

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East-Indian Styles

  • Regal and minimalist

The wedding day has to make the bride feel like royalty. An Indian wedding means colours. The designers have stayed true to the tradition and kept the bridal collection colourful and majestic. Royalty is expressed through the colours and the jewelry presented through the many models on the runway.

It’s all about making a statement.

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Source Wedding Dress: Shyamal Bhumika
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Source Wedding Dress: Neeta Lulla
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Whatever dress you pick, we hope that you feel the best in it. As long as you feel like you can conquer the world and stay powerful then that dress was made for you.

Remember to say yes to that dress!

 

Congrats and have fun shopping!

Rustic Wedding: Kirti and Kishneil

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Whimsical East-Indian Rustic Wedding Ceremony

Meeting Kriti and Kishneil for the first time, their playful and eccentric relationship was clear from the get go. The two wished their whimsical attitude be perfectly translated the day they tied the knot. The indoor rustic wedding ceremony, at The Enjoy Centre, Edmonton, was filled with greens, cream and whites. Kirti & Kish had envisioned a rustic, non-traditional Indian ceremony. To bring to life the rustic wedding ceremony, we worked with the bride’s mother to come up with a perfectly picturesque design with a touch of elegance with the greens, complete with lanterns and lamp posts for the Mandap (canopy).

With the Moonflower Room set between the indoors and outdoors, it was the perfect location for a rustic and extravagant Indian indoor wedding. It had the perfect balance of the couple’s personality with a cultural touch. The colours and the warmth of the surrounding greenhouse and  that of the ceremony decor brought to life the Rustic Whimsical Garden the two had envisioned.

The Moonflower Room was transformed for the evening reception with sage green, whites and golds. The evening reception depicted a beautiful rustic elegance. A table representing everything Harry Potter, a cake topper sharing a nod to their favourite show, a truck shaped cake, and the personalized honey wedding favours incorporated the bride and groom’s personalities and  captured the intimate details that connected the guests more to the couple. The little personal touches helped create the loving and warm feeling that resonated with the Indian wedding tradition.

As the beautiful lantern and vine centerpieces were surrounded with pine cones, the outdoors were certainly brought into the indoor wedding. It was completely serene, elegant and positively playful with the guests laughs, jokes and crazy dancing to end the night. Wishing the couple the best of luck and lots of happiness for their future!

Cheers to love!!

*Stay tuned for the reception photos coming soon!

*List of the all the incredible vendors at the end of the post! All photos courtesy of Just Married Photography.

**Also thank you to all the brides who came to visit us at the Bridal Fantasy on January 22 at the Edmonton Expo Centre!

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Outdoor Wedding: Tanya and Jeff

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Beautiful Outdoor Wedding

When I first met Jeff & Tanya, there was a spark of innocence in Tanya and Jeff’s relationship that was evident. The two love birds first met in their elementary years and their love continued to grow and tied the knot in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony held at the Devonian Gardens.

Mother nature is the best kind of backdrop anyone can ever ask for a wedding. In an outdoor wedding set in the summer, at the beautiful Devonian Gardens, we are offered with a lush canopy, fully bloomed flowers and vibrant greens. Tanya and Jeff’s beautiful and elegant wedding fittingly offered all their guests the right amount of glamour and vibrance and little bit of fresh lemonade.

The Devonian Gardens was the perfect backdrop and provided the beautiful, classic look that Tanya & Jeff desired for their outdoor wedding ceremony. An air of romance surrounded the atmosphere with a string quartet and bubbles by the guests at the ceremony.

Besides getting married in a beautiful, natural location, Tanya and Jeff wanted to have a ballroom wedding reception where all their friends and family could celebrate. Royalty followed as the reception took place at the Edmonton Marriott – River Cree Ball Room. We used gold, black and accents of plum along with lush floral centrepieces and an extravagant backdrop to create the elegant, over the top ballroom wedding reception that Tanya & Jeff had envisioned. The entertainment for the night was provided by Divinity DJs and they stole the show!! Every single guest attending the reception was having a great time. The night was filled with incredible music, games, lots of laughter and dancing. This was followed by a late lunch – Dim Sums!!!

Tanya & Jeff’s love radiated through the entire wedding ceremony and reception and we were warmly welcomed by their families. I wish them both the best of luck for their new journey together!

Cheers to love!!

*List of the all incredible vendors at the end of the post! All photos courtesy of Retrospekt Designs 

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Wedding Giveaway#4: Wedding Shoes

Wedding Shoes: RESCUE FLATS – Edmonton, Alberta

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This week we have partnered with Rescue Flats in Edmonton to bring to you the best giveaway – wedding shoes!! You can use it at your own wedding or give it away as a gift to one of your besties that’s about to get married! Do you get tired of wearing heels at weddings? Do you want to dance your heart out but your feet are killing you at your best friend’s reception? Dont fret! We have the perfect wedding shoes for you – Rescue Flats! These new and trendy wedding shoes go perfectly well with your dresses and oh so comfortable! You can get them in different colours and sizes for everyone! Here is a little more about these oh so comfy wedding shoes:

Rescue Flats are extremely comfortable foldable flats that can be worn multiple times. You won’t find a more comfortable pair of wedding shoes for yourself and your guests!

  • Comfortable elastic to keep your toesies secure and dancing at your best
  • Padding for optimal comfort
  • Faux leather that compliments any outfit and is also weather resistant (so your guests can wear them all the way home)
  • Flexible scuff proof soles

You can also visit them at Rescue Flats 

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Once again, here’s how you can get an entry to win the above:

Do any three out of the four things below to win:

1: Follow @invogue_weddings and the vendor for the week (@rescueflats) on Instagram

2: Like our Facebook page here: Invogue Weddings & Events

3: Like this photo and tag 3 more of your newly engaged friends

4: Comment below and share your wedding location (if you have it), date, and a little note telling me about you and your fiance’s love story (bring on all the sappy details) and your wedding vision!  (Ladies, please complete this entry properly with all the details. You will not be entered for the draw if you are only giving a date and location!)

So lets get started! Contest ends February 1, 2016.  Hurry to win!!!!

 

xoxo

Priya

 

Wedding Giveaway#3: Shandro Photo Edmonton

Shandro Photo, Edmonton, AB

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The giveaway for this week is soo exciting and we are more than excited to have teamed up with Shandro Photo Edmonton to bring you this giveaway! Shandro Photo Edmonton is providing any newly engaged couple the chance to win a $300 photography credit towards ANY of their services. How fantastic is that? You can use that photography credit towards your engagement photo shoot, boudoir or even your wedding day photography! Here is a little about the famous Shandro Photo Edmonton if you haven’t already heard about them!

Shandro Photo Edmonton have been photographing weddings beautifully for over a decade now. They photograph the emotions involved in a wedding so magically and leave you with memories of your beautiful day even years later! Haley  from Shandro Photo Edmonton is fabulous and fun to work with. You can also find a detailed interview with Shandro Photo on our blog here.

A few facts about Haley from herself…
– I’m extremely organized, and a total workaholic
– I’ve played volleyball most of my adult life
– I LOVE traveling and am moderately obsessed with Hawaii
– A glass of Pinot Grigio and a good meal make me really happy

If you would like to know more about Shandro Photo Edmonton, you can visit their website here: www.shandrophoto.com.

So what are you waiting for? All you newly engaged couples and their bridal party, get on it now! Do the following to get yourself entered into the draw!

Once again, here’s how you can get an entry to win the above:

Do any three out of the four things below to win:

1: Follow @invogue_weddings and the vendor for the week (@haleyshandrophoto) on Instagram

2: Like our Facebook page here: Invogue Weddings & Events

3: Like this photo and tag 3 more of your newly engaged friends

4: Comment below and share your wedding location (if you have it), date, and a little note telling me about you and your fiance’s love story (bring on all the sappy details) and your wedding vision!  (Ladies, please complete this entry properly with all the details. You will not be entered for the draw if you are only giving a date and location!)

So lets get started! Contest ends January 24, 2016.  Write away brides to be and their bridesmaids…

xoxo

Priya

Yeg Wedding Giveaway#2: Sen Studios Edmonton

SEN STUDIOS, Edmonton, AB

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Happy Monday ladies!!So we are here with our new giveaway for this week…soo excited!!! For any of you ladies out there that are engaged and need some tips on looking your best always, we have the perfect giveaway from Sen Studios, Edmonton for you! We are so excited to collaborate with the amazing Sen Studios to bring to you newly engaged brides or your bridesmaids some tips and training to polish your makeup skills. Learn from the industry leader Sunita @SenStudios and her team. With over 15 years of experience in the industry – you will be learning from the person who has created a name and brand that has motivated other artists to follow their dreams in this industry. Sen Studios Edmonton is generously giving away a free class at her studio. You can pick any one class from the following classes that they offer:

– Smokey eye seminar

– Asian eye seminar

– Contour & highlight seminar

You can visit their website here: Sen Studios Edmonton to see their work, if you haven’t already!!

Once again, here’s how you can get an entry to win the above:

Do any three out of four things below to win:

1: Follow @invogue_weddings and the vendor for the week (@senstudios) on Instagram

2: Like our Facebook page here: Invogue Weddings & Events

3: Like this photo and tag 3 more of your newly engaged friends

4: Comment below or head on over to our blog post and share your wedding location (if you have it), date, and a little note telling me about you and your fiance’s love story (bring on all the sappy details) and your wedding vision!  (Ladies, please complete this entry properly with all the details. You will not be entered for the draw if you are only giving a date and location!)

So lets get started! Contest ends January 16, 2016.  Write away brides to be and their bridesmaids…

xoxo

Priya

Wedding Giveaway #1: Everly Invitations

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The wedding giveaway for this week is by Everly Invitations based in Edmonton, Alberta. Everly Invitations is gladly offering complimentary custom design services ($300 value!) for your wedding stationery!

Here is a little more about Everly Invitations:

Everly Invitations is a boutique, custom design studio based in Edmonton, Alberta, serving the elegant and sophisticated bride. They offer a turnkey solution for providing a perfectly coordinated and outstanding wedding invitation set, with the ability to provide premium printing processes such as letterpress and foil stamping.

About Amy Masand: 

Amy Masand, BA is the owner and creative director of Everly Invitations. She has an extensive background in corporate design, working with past clients including land developers, universities and construction companies. She designer her first invitation in 2012 and officially launched Everly Invitations in 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications, and a graphic design certification from NAIT.

You can visit their website here: Everly Invitations Edmonton

Once again, here’s how you can get an entry to win the above:

1st entry: Follow @invogue_weddings and the vendor for the week on Instagram

2nd entry: Like our facebook page here: Invogue Weddings & Events

3rd entry: Like this photo and tag 3 more of your newly engaged friends

4th entry: Comment below or head on over to our blog post and share your wedding location (if you have it), date, and a little note telling me about you and your fiance’s love story (bring on all the sappy details) and your wedding vision!

So lets get it started! Write away brides and brides to be…

xoxo

Priya

Contest: YEG Giveaway

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Hello Brides and brides to be! We have teamed up with some of the best #yeg wedding vendors to bring to you a giveaway each week for the next 5 weeks! What better way to start 2016! Contest begins tomorrow and runs until February 12th, 2016. Winners will be announced on February 15th, 2016.  Stay tuned to our feed in the morning for your first giveaway!

Here’s how you can win entries to the contest:

1st entry: Follow @invogue_weddings and the vendor for the week on Instagram

2nd entry: Like our facebook page here: Invogue Weddings & Events

3rd entry: Like this photo and tag 3 more of your newly engaged friends

4th entry: Comment below or head on over to our blog post and share your wedding location, date, and a little note telling me about you and your fiance’s love story (bring on all the sappy details) and your wedding vision!

So stay tuned to our social media pages and our blog for your chance to win every week!

Love,

Priya