A romantic wedding in Toronto's East End

Make your self comfortable and settle in to view Megan and Adams picture perfect affair at the Broadview Hotel, a secluded beach and one of Toronto's newest wedding venues The Jam factory.

Megan's day began at the newly renovated Broadview hotel and although I have sipped a few cocktails on the patio I was yet to step foot inside one of the uniquely designed hotel rooms. Lets just say they did not disappoint with plush velvet curtains, floral wall paper and a record player to set the perfect wedding day vibes.

Megan stayed true to her personal style choosing to wear her hair softly pulled to the side with her signature fringe, creating a timeless bridal style that I am falling in love with all over again! The day was infused with personal details such as custom cookies of the bride + groom (made by the bride) and an appearance of the " just married" jacket which has created a sisterhood and been worn by nearly 50 Toronto brides on their special day in the past year!

Fox Photography was there to capture every moment of this special day! 

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Photographer Fox Photography| Venue Jam Factory | Florals Parkette Floral design| Hair Bridal Hair Collective 

Wedding Dress Essence of Australia/ Beckers Bridal |  Makeup Alysha Borlase | Planner The Event Design co

Cookies Down town dough TO | The "justmarried" jack by Sylvia Wong 

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If you enjoyed this real wedding you may also enjoy A Spring  wedding at The Gladstone Hotel.

6 Bridal Hair Trends for Spring/Summer 2018

The biggest bridal trends for spring/summer 2018? Bold up-dos, dramatic veils , tiny blooms, OTT jewellery, ball gowns, capes and so much more... From overstated accessories to minimalist waves this seasons bridal trends have left me  only wanting more! These are a few of my favourites:

Marchesa Notte

Marchesa Notte

Floral Hair Accessories 

Move over flower crowns and oversized blooms its all about the barley-there florals in your hair this season, And if you still can't part with the idea of an oversized crown consider the baby's breath wreath the new flower crown.

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

The accessorized bride

Gone are the days of less is more it's the more is more this season with feathered headpieces being teamed with floral veils and tassel earrings, there is nothing understated about this look!

Ines di Santo 

Ines di Santo 

Adorned up-dos

Bold up-dos it is the season of the up-do with show stopping beehives, adorned with individual pearls and bold lips.

 

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

Texturized chignons

There is always a place for minimalist bridal hair and this season brings a modern twist to the classic chignon. Middle parts with lived in texture brings a fresh modern feel to this effortless look, that is perfect for the "non-bridal up-do".

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

Waves

Hair worn down in natural waves (think beach waves) kept flat at the crown, with curls starting at the temples to create a lived in texture. Adorn this look with a headband or embellished veil.

If you enjoyed these bridal trends  you may also enjoy 5 Wedding day hair hacks every bride should know.

A wedding at The Whistle bear golf club

There is so much to love about this romantic wedding at The Whistle bear golf club, Natalie's eye for detail and impeccable taste was evident through out the day. The morning started in the stunning Orchid suite at Langdon Hall an elegant retreat fit for a queen  surround by rose gardens and English ambience the light rain seemed only fitting in a place like this! Natalie's nearest and dearest had no problems filling up the gorgeous suite although it never seemed crowed, renowned for their cocktails this place knows how to treat a lady on her special day!

Decorated in crisp white details and hints of greenery Whistle bear provided the perfect backdrop to capture Natalie and Dylan's beautiful and seemingly effortless wedding day. With the dreamiest of lighting the entire celebration was picture perfect, I am in love with the overall look and I know you will be too! 

This stunning wedding was Beautifully captured by Kayla Yestal and was recently featured on The Wedding Co.

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Vendors 

Photographer Kayla Yestal | Venue Whistle bear golf club | Florals Living fresh | Hair Bridal Hair Collective 

Wedding Dress Sash & bustle Designer Robert Bullock | Bridesmaids dresses Bari Jay Shoes Jimmy Choo 

Suits Tolo Clothier | Makeup Taylor Swizter | Cake The cake box | Officiant Kettle creek weddings 

Calligraphy Laurel bloom lettering

If you enjoyed this real wedding you may also enjoy A Spring wedding at The Gladstone Hotel.

A Spring Wedding at The Gladstone Hotel

As the 2017 bridal season comes to an end its nice to have a moment to reflect on our BHC brides we have had the pleasure of working with. and I am excited to  finally be  sharing our first real wedding with you from this season!

Our gorgeous bride Melanie said 'I do' on a rather chilli spring day in early May. With grey clouds looming and a predication of rain Melanie was not taking any chances her bridal party was adorned with the most adorable polkadot umbrellas as they took to the streets! From roof tops to graffiti walls and riding on street cars this adventures bride and groom did not let the weather rain on their parade. And with a wedding this gorgeous who wouldn't want a little rain which is rumoured to bring good luck and prosperity on their special day! 

Olive Photography captured every moment of this wonderful celebration at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

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Vendors 

Photographer Olive Photography | Wedding Dress Essense of Australia

Hair Bridal Hair Collective | Makeup Mobile Makeovers

Florist Wild North Flowers Venue The Gladstone Hotel

If you enjoyed this real wedding you may also enjoy A romantic wedding at The Gladstone Hotel.

Pastel Picnic Elopement

Where to start with this adorable DIY pastel picnic elopement! The dreamy backdrop, the perfect lightening or how about our real life couple who couldn't wait to be a Bride and Groom again. You just cant fake that kind of love! When Phoebe from Eighty Fifth photography enlisted a group of talented vendors who all had the same goal- you know pretty things are going to be created.

With so many thoughtful details and the perfect wedding inspiration for the DIY bride, its no surprise this gorgeous styled shoot was recently featured on 100 layered Cake.

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Vendors 

Photographer Eightyfifth street photography  | Styling + Planning Gina Humidle events

Hair Bridal Hair Collective | Makeup Beyond the brush | Stationary | Bon Paper house

Florist Dandie Andie floral designs |  | Dress Zara | Jewelry KHIM 

Location Streetsville, Mississauga.

If you enjoyed this wedding inspiration you may also enjoy an Intimate Elopement in the Southern HIghlands.

 

Boho Elopement Inspiration

I have been impatiently waiting to share this dreamy collaboration filled with rose quartz crystals and boho accents since the moment it was shot back in April. Captured in one of my favourite locations in Toronto The Great Hall, with its impeccable natural lighting,  white walls and art deco accents this space is a blank canvas waiting to be transformed.  Working with a group of industry talents like this boho dreams were destined to be created.

The shoot had  many layers to get excited about beginning with an  intimate boudoir session with our bride-to-be wearing a gorgeous bespoke bridal robe and tussled waves it made me wonder why I didn't make time for getting ready pictures like this on my own wedding day!

I always like to have a plan in place for the hairstyle when working on a styled shoot however when  I arrived on set I was completely inspired by all the props from Turkish rugs to a floral anklet, and that was before I saw the head piece I would be working with! I am a big believer of less is often more when it comes to hair and  I wanted to add a layer to the hairstyle that connected the movement and structure of the hair piece to the hairstyle and the playfulness of both outfits.

Get lost in the prettiest shades of rose quartz captured by Lea and styled + planned by June Bloom events.

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Vendors 

Photographer Marcucci Photography  | Planning + Design June bloom events | Venue The Great Hall

Hair Bridal Hair Collective | Makeup Beauty MRK | Stationary  Via Calligraphy

Florist Wild north flowers  | Intimates, dress + shoes Sash & Bustle | Jewelry  The Tangled Merchant

 Cakes  Love in Bloom Cakes | Decor Plate Occasions  | Rugs + Floor seating Tavares

Bridal Kimono By Catalfo

If you enjoyed this wedding inspiration you may also enjoy an Intimate Elopement in the Southern HIghlands.

 

 

6 fabulous tips for brides with curly hair

After working in a salon that specialized in curly hair for several years I was always surprised at how many clients would come in that were at their wits ends struggling to control their curly hair or just trying to find someone that could style it. We often perceive curly hair to be easy to manage with a wash and wear approach,  although this may happen for some often it takes a lot more time and effort with a regular routine  to control unruly curls. Naturally curly hair is reliant on many factors to perform at its best including the right weather, product and a great cut! While many brides shy away from embracing their natural curls especially on their wedding day I love nothing more then working with a head full of natural curls. Taming and understanding how to get the best out of your curls for your wedding day can be a  journey and one thats worth investing time, money and patience in to achieve the best results refer to our following hairstyling tips:

 #1 Wash it less: Naturally curly hair is easy to over wash  and under nourish. Try to keep shampooing to a minim of once a week or less (this may vary for finer hair types) less is defiantly better when it comes to hydrating your curls. A great way to revitalize and restyle your curls with out shampooing is by re-wetting your hair in the shower or with a  water spray bottle and re-apply  conditioner to the mid-lengths and ends a couple of times during the week. Use a leave-in conditioning spray on fine hair to re-vitaliaze curls in-between washes.

#2 Hydrate your curls:  Caring for curls means giving them the moisture and definition they require to look there best! I love  the AG Recoil shampoo & conditioner its great for fine to thick hair types and helps to re-activate lazy curls along with providing intense moisture and anti-frizz control. Smoothing shampoo + conditioners are also a great option if your hair is naturally frizzy. Add a deep hydrating mask to your hair care routine  weekly if your ends are very damaged or monthly if your hair is in good condition.

#3 Trim those ends: I know my curly hair clients often tend to leave it a little too long between trims as once curls bounce up you can loose a little bit more length then you had bargained for! Trimming and shaping your hair in the lead up to your wedding should be top priority as your hairstylist will not be blow drying or flat ironing  the ends to make them appear shinny and healthy you will need to ensure they in tip top shape!. Curly hair can also  lose its consistency,  and ability to hold the curl formation if the foundation of a strong haircut is missing,  Discuss your haircutting options with you bridal specialist in the lead up to your wedding to ensure you have enough time to cut and tweak your hairstyle allow at least a month between your last haircut and wedding day.

Photography by Deanne MacRae Photography

#4 Tame your mane: Whether its waves, classic curls or kinky texture all  curls crave moisture and conditioner alone isn't going to cut for most sets of curls. Finding the right product combination can cut your morning routine in half. The products you use in summer may vary to the ones you require in winter, naturally curly hair often performs its best in one season either loving the humidity in then summer or the dryness of the wither.  If your curls are on the finer side look for products that are in a gel, mousse or liquid form Curl Trigger and Recoil are my go to ones! For coarser frizzer curls I recommend defining and hydrating cremes such as Moroccan Oil  Hydrating styling Cream mixed with an argon oil. 

 #5 Colouring those curls: Always cut your curls first before the colour so that the colour will enhance the style. Curly hair reflects light easily due to its volume, especially really curly hair this means you don't need to add a lot of hair colour to  see results. If you plan on trying a new hair colour in the leadup to the wedding be conservative  which means less chemicals and healthier hair.

#6 Let it shine: Keep your wedding day hairstyle simple don't over complicate it with to much "hair detailing" let your gorgeous curls do the talking and add a bit of sparkle or a flower crown if you want to add more contrast or detail to your hairstyle.

Photography by Deanne MacRae Photography

If you enjoyed our  Curly Hair tips you may also enjoy our fabulous hair tips for brides with thick hair.

Intimate Elopement in the Southern Highlands

It doesn't  get much prettier then this wildly romantic elopement, with the majestic backdrop of a Victorian Italianate mansion and historic gardens nestled in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. The estate is filled with nineteenth century history and Morden day style, ready to accommodate a small army of wedding guests in a well thought out conversion of the original stables to a luxurious coach house.

This Intimate Elopement shoot provided me with my first opportunity to work creatively in Australia and I soon came to realize how much of an inspiration my homeland is t me. The laid back Australian lifestyle is infused wholeheartedly into the bridal scene with its effortless and minimalist approach to beauty and style I couldn't help but reflect upon how this has influenced my career and approach to bridal hair. Working alongside some of Sydney's most talented and successful vendors was such an amazing opportunity to bring Bridal Hair Collective down under for the summer which included being featured on Style Me Pretty.

Thank you  Sandra Chau for dreaming up this magical elopement and  We are Origami  for capturing it.

 

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VENDORS

Photographer We are Origami| Planner Sandra Chau | Dresses Babushka Ballerina

Hair Bridal Hair Collective  | Makeup  Blonde Rumor| Floral Trille Floral

 Cake Cake Arcade | Robe La Belle| Ribbions Frou Frou Chic| Stationary Tara spencer

Suit The Black Label | Table Hire Your Event Solution| Chair Hire Ashdown & Bee  

Models Oceana & Coner

If you enjoyed our intimate Elopement shoot you may also enjoy our Styled shoot at The Great Hall.