A winter wedding at The Berkeley Church

There is something incredibly magical about a winter wedding, I am not sure if it is the festive decorations, the white fluffy snow or cuddling up under the mistletoe toe for the first kiss as newlyweds.  At BHC we are loving the trend of more and more brides choosing to say " I do" during the holiday season!

Monica’s wedding day morning was a hive of activity with her family home bustling with dogs, bridesmaids and festive cheer and I felt right at home, as the year before on exactly the same weekend I was styling the hair for her sister’s wedding in the same place! Monica's bridal style was modern with a touch of glam and after previewing a hairstyle choice of classic vintage waves she choose to go for a more natural hairstyle with elements of her everyday life! Sometimes less is more and there is no point trying to compete with such a show stopping gown!

The Berkeley church in downtown Toronto is perfect for a wedding any time of year though fill it with Christmas wreaths, pinecones, gingerbread houses and a cool palette of green you would swear you have been transported to a Christmas wonderland fit for the movies!

If you are into romantic first looks, candid captures, a whole lot of love and of course cute puppies, look no further then Monica and David’s winter nuptials!

Every moment of this magical winter wedding was captured by Amrita Singh Photography

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Photographer Amrita Singh | Venue Berkeley Church

Wedding gown Mikaella bridal

 Hair Bridal Hair Collective | Makeup Stephanie Cruz

Florals Cool, Green and shady

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A Modern wedding at The Burroughes

It was inevitable  that Carolina's show stopping gown was going to spend a lot of time in the spot light on her wedding day created by local talent Catherine Langlois  and inspired by an Oscar de la Renta design it was worthy of the red carpet! 

Not wanting to compete with her dress, we keep Carolina's bridal hairstyle elegant with a modern take on the French twist complementing the silhouette of her dress and all over bridal style. Carolina seamlessly paired her chic style and modern details with the elegant charm of The Burroughes building for their reception. 

 Carolina had a large bridal party and beauty team of four and rather then be confined to a small space she had the ingenious idea of renting out  her condo party room, for the morning's preparations. This gave everyone plenty of space and an abundance of natural light, which your beauty team will always thank you for! It also allowed other family members to drop by and say hello in a relaxed and fun environment. Even if you don't have your own condo with a party room ask around, I recently had a bride use a friends condo party room in Toronto, which also proved to be the perfect getting ready space for a larger bridal party!

 See it all unfold through the lens of Lindsey Grey with this beautiful wedding also recently  featured on Event source.

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Photographer Lindsey Grey | Venue The Burroughes | Wedding dress Catherine Langlois

Florals Blooming Floral designs | Hair Bridal Hair Collective | Makeup Blush and bows 

Day of co-ordination  Romeo's Daughter

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Elstile Intensive Bridal Hair Course in Pasadena

In December I attend a 5 day bridal work shop with the world renowned Elstile in sunny Pasadena, California. Elstile is a Russian hairstyling company that  has been blowing up the bridal hair world with their romantic, effortless and intricate hairstyles for the last few years. If your a bride-to-be it is highly likely that you have a least one of their sought after hairstyles on your Pintreast board,  and they are come of the most requested hairstyles from our  BHC brides.

I am a huge believer in education and much of my success has come from being able to offer our brides relevant, wearable hairstyles and when our brides started requesting these hairstyles I knew it was time to update my skill set and become Elstile certified.

The class was the perfect size of seven students and our day was broken up into a look and learn in the morning and a practical lesson in the afternoon, our teacher Martin was everything you hope for in a teacher patience, talented, passionate and encouraging. Everything he touched turn to gold ,well hairstyle gold at least! The first day was the most challenging learning the Elstile signature curling technique of texture and volume waves whilst mastering the Elstile curling wand which is unlike any wand I have used, though after you get it its a game changer to longer lasting curls.

 Our teacher explained  that:  " In Russia the clients expect to spend many hours in the salon to create these hairstyles and if they are created quickly, it would be assumed that the hairstylist has created an average hairstyle or is inexperienced. In LA the clients expect these hairstyles to be created quickly within in an hour, if the stylist takes longer it is assumed they are a beginner or inexperienced". Striking a balance is key, as professionals it's our job to ensure our clients understand the complexly and time required to create these works of art. As you know roman was not built in a day and great hair was not styled in 20 mins!

Hair by Elstile

Hair by Elstile

I took away so much from this bridal work shop and it has added a whole new skill set  and knowledge base that I cant wait to share with all our BHC brides. I am sharing some tips  for brides-to-be and hairstylists who are seeking the Elstile look:
Tips for brides:

  • Choose a hairstylist that is Elstile certified or has completed their on-line course. Ensure your hair stylist is comfortable and confident in re-creating the Elstile hairstyles before booking their services.
  • The majority of the Elstile hairstyles require hair extensions and padding, consult with your hair stylist prior to your hair trial to ensure you purchase the correct length/weight of hair extensions for your hairstyle choice.
  • Depending on your hairstylists level of experience these looks can take a minim of 1.5  to 2.5 to create, they are full of intricate detailing and take time to create. So make sure you account for this in your wedding day schedule.

Tips Hair stylists 

  • If you are considering attending the practical workshop in Pasadena, I would recommend completing a least one on-line hairstyle technique before attending, so you can master how to use Elstile curling wand and you have a basic understanding of their signature setting style.
  • I found the course to be an advanced level that would be ideal for a qualified hairdresser or students that have hair knowledge and styling skills.
  • Elstile signture curls have varying degrees of longevity with there texture curls lasting 2-3 hours and ideal for a photoshoot, the volume curls are better suited for bridal hairstyling lasting 6-8 hours.
  • Elstile hairstyles are complex and require time to re-create all the detail that is evident in their signature looks, if you are  looking to create a quick hairstyle on a bride with limited time I would recommend suggesting an alternative  hairstyles for your client.
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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

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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.

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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

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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

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6 fabulous tips for brides with thick hair

Part 2 of our Fabulous Hair Tips for Brides is here.... Lets face it who doesn't long for a few extra strands of hair when a thick head of gorgeous hair bounces past you in the street! Yet the struggle is real when you have been blessed by the thick hair gods, with more effort, time and product often required to tame the abundance of hair. In this post I am sharing some tips on how to help you mange your thick hair in the lead up to your wedding to ensure you  get the most out of your wedding day hairstyle.

Deanne MacRae Photography 

Deanne MacRae Photography 

#1 Brush with ease: I recommend utilizing a minim of 2-3 brushes to achieve the best results when detangling and styling your hair at home. The Tangle Teaser or a Wetbrush is great to use after the hair has been shampooed & conditioned and will make removing knots a quick and easy experience. Blow-drying thick hair with is a paddle brush allows you to work through the hair in large sections and keeps volume to a minimum. Lastly if you are want to add volume to your style  finish with a large round brush, these brushes are designed to create volume in the hair.

2# Hydrate your hair: Invest in professional shampoo & conditioner that is highly concentrated so you don't need to use a lot. Choose a hydrating conditioner that is rich in moisture such as the Kerastase Nutritive range avoid volume shampoo. Each week add a deep hydrating mask to your hair care routine if your ends are very damaged or monthly if your hair is in good condition.

#3 Shamppoo less: Washing your hair to often strips it of the natural oils it needs to be healthy and gorgeous. Washing less will allow your natural oils to condition and hydrate the hair naturally, I recommend washing thick hair 2-3 times a week.

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Corynn Fowler Photography

#4 Trim those ends: I often see brides that have spend six months to a year growing their hair forgoing regular trims to ensure they have an abundance of hair for their wedding day resulting in damaged and shapeless hair unable to hold the tightest of curls! Depending on your hairstyle choice thick hair will often need to be layered or thinned regularly to be able to hold a soft wave or curl. Too much length and thickness can also make an updo appear out of proportion or shape if the hair is  too long. 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 haircut at least twice before your wedding day.

#5 Tame your Mane: If you have naturally coarse, thick or unruly hair you often have to deal with humidity and frizz! Humidity can often make your hair even bigger especially in the summer months. When choosing a wedding day hairstyle consider the time of year and location of where you are saying I do. If you are wanting to maintain some sort of control over your hairstyle. Wearing your hair in an updo will always ensure long lasting results a half-upstyle is also a great option if updo 's are not your thing! Rather then carrying a tin of hairspray have a Anti-hummity spray on hand to re-apply though out the day.

#6 Add some sparkle; Adding an accessory, flower or head piece can often divert the eye and add contrast and balance to the hairstyle.

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