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January 20 & 21, 2018

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Get the Look: Peridot

Posted by in Decor, Engagement Ring, Flowers, Men's Formal Wear, V.I.B. Weddings, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Trends

Styling Divine Weddings   |   Photos Ally Papko Photography & Design

If you envision a majestic, vintage ambiance for your special day, look no further than the peridot gemstone for inspiration. The Ancient Egyptians called peridot “Gem of the Sun.” An array of yellow-green hues, enchanting elements of earth-toned antique glass and bunches of lush greenery will add the aura of opulence you are looking for.

Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Menswear Eph Apparel

Wedding Dress & Hair Accessories Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections

Bridesmaid Dresses HUSH Collection

Jewellery Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio

Flowers Couture Floral

Tables, Chairs, Glassware, Plates & Cutlery C & T Event Rentals

Décor The Vintage Nest – Wedding & Event Rentals

Stationery Little Dove Calligraphy

Cake & Macarons High Tea Bakery

Venue Cielo’s Garden

Video 111 Films

Puppy Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue

Models Kerri Foote (Bride), Brent Foote (Groom), Megan Pugh (Bridesmaid) & Nicole Yakielashek (Bridesmaid)

Textured groomswear & green accessories by Eph Apparel

This textured grey suit by EPH APPAREL is right on-trend! Eph Apparel has a vast selection of custom fit, fashion-forward menswear for every budget.

This delicate lace wedding gown by STELLA’S BRIDAL & EVENING COLLECTIONS is just one of the many breathtaking dresses you’ll find in-store.

Peridot gemstone jewellery by Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio

The gleaming olivine peridot gemstones and groom’s wedding band by MOKADA CUSTOM JEWELRY DESIGN STUDIO are opulent and elegant.

Bouquets & Flowers by Couture Floral

A beautiful bouquet and fresh greenery from COUTURE FLORAL are lavish alternatives to the traditional floral spray.

Emerald Bridesmaid dresses by HUSH Collection

A cute puppy from Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue

Sleek emerald tone bridesmaid dresses by HUSH COLLECTION are available in a wide selection of designs and sizes.

For stunning hair and makeup, the amazing team of talented hair and makeup professionals at THE ARTIST GROUPE will visit your wedding party on location.

Cielo's Garden

Cielo's Garden

Furniture & dinnerware by C & T Event Rentals

Furniture & dinnerware by C & T Event Rentals

Furniture & Dinnerware by C & T Event Rentals

These earthy furniture pieces and table settings by C & T Event Rentals will add rustic style to any wedding.

Marbled green cake with gold edging by High Tea Bakery

Green & Gold Macarons by High Tea Bakery


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Get the Look: Concrete

Posted by in Decor, Flowers, Photography, V.I.B. Weddings, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Trends

Photos & Styling Luxe Images by Jill

For contemporary wedding décor that’s rock solid, mix it up with clean and current concrete accents and accessories.

Dress Anna Lang Bridal

Menswear Aldo Formal Wear

Cake Chocolate Zen Bakery

Flowers & Décor Floral Fixx Design Studio

Lighting Elite Lighting

Video Production 111 Films

Bridesmaid Attire & Ceremony Backdrop Lennard Taylor Design Studio

Jewellery dconstruct Jewelry

White Bodyart Kim Brennan

Stationery Lily Blossom Press 

Linens/Fabric Dream Day Decor

Makeup Noir Cosmetic Studio

Hair HQ Style Lounge

Wedding Favours Little Box of Rocks

Venue Hut K

Models Swish Model Management

Concrete, Silver & Succulent Table accents

Flowers by Floral Fixx Design Studio

Succulents and white roses in concrete vessels by FLORAL FIXX DESIGN STUDIO are a modern and stylish approach to floral bouquets and arrangements.

Flowers & Decor by Floral Fixx Design Studio

Concrete Cake by Chocolate Zen Bakery

A delectable, artfully baked and decorated cake by CHOCOLATE ZEN BAKERY will add a modern and minimalist touch to your wedding.

Wedding Dress by Anna Lang Bridal

ELITE LIGHTING will set the stage for your special day.

Grey Wedding Dress by Anna Lang

This avant-garde, grey wedding gown from ANNA LANG BRIDAL definitely stands apart! From haute couture to traditional, Anna Lang Bridal offers a stunning collection of pre-made and custom wedding gown designs.

Dresses by Lennard Taylor Design Studio

Concrete Bow Tie

Concrete Cinder Block Benches

Custom Suits by Aldo Formal Wear

The groom and his attendants will look dapper in custom tailored menswear with a modern edge from Aldo Formal Wear.

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Get the Look: Geode

Posted by in Decor, Flowers, Photography, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Trends

Photos Pearl Angelini Photography  |  Styling Enchanted Moments Couture

If you’re looking to add modern sophistication to your wedding day, turn to crystal-filled geodes in jewel tones for inspiration. These delicate, light-catching crystals will make your big day sparkle.

Styling & Stationery Enchanted Moments Couture

Flowers Academy Florist

Dress & Veil Christie’s Bridal & Boutique

Jewellery ToGleam

Cake & Favours Cake Studio

Furniture & Décor C & T Event Rentals

Linens Planned Perfectly Specialty Linens & Draping

Hair & Makeup The Be·YOU·tee Bar

Venue Aspire Studios

Model Micaella Stone

Styling by Enchanted Moments Couture

Furniture & Decor Rentals by C & T Rentals

Palatial, button back chairs and the elegant dining table are a charming combination of modern and classic styles. No matter your style, C & T Event Rentals has an extensive collection of outstanding furniture and décor items for your event.

Styling by Enchanted Moments Couture

Photos by Pearl Angelini Photography

Richly coloured linens from PLANNED PERFECTLY SPECIALTY LINENS & DRAPING will add regal elegance to every table.

Styling by Enchanted Moments Couture

Flowers by Academy Florist

Bouquet by Academy Florist

The savvy designers at ACADEMY FLORIST skilfully paired the rugged elegance of geodes with a beautiful bouquet of dainty flowers and lush greenery. They are experts at creating gorgeous floral arrangements for any style of wedding.

Rock Candy Favours

Geode Cake by Cake Studio

CAKE STUDIO’S desserts are works of art that taste just as amazing as they look.

Geode Invitations by Enchanted Moments Couture

The geodes on the picturesque stationery by ENCHANTED MOMENTS COUTURE will set the tone for your special day.

Wedding dress by Christie's Bridal & Boutique
Wedding dress by Christie's Bridal & Boutique

Hair and Makeup by the BeYOUtee Bar

Crown & Jewellery by ToGleam

These gorgeous gowns by CHRISTIE’S BRIDAL & BOUTIQUE glisten like geodes. Whether you’re looking for something glitzy and bejewelled, or sleek and simple, Christie’s Bridal & Boutique has the gown for you.

Look and feel stress-free on your wedding day with hair and makeup by the experienced team at the BEYOUTEE BAR.

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New York’s Bridal Fashion Week 2018 Wedding Dress Trends

Posted by in Wedding Dresses, Wedding Trends

We’ve been waiting in anticipation, and now the New York Bridal Fashion Week runway has unveiled the hottest new bridal collections and wedding dress trends for the 2018 Fall/Winter wedding season. Romantic, feminine looks feature blush shades, accessories such as textured fur, feathers and fringe and sleek, shapely silhouettes.

The dresses featured in the image above can be found at Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections.

Here is a summary of some of the trends we can expect to see a whole lot more of in 2018:

Sophisticated Jumpsuits & Pantsuits – An alternative to the wedding gown, less formal and ideal for those brides who don’t typically wear dresses anyway.

Textured Fur, Feathers, Fringe & Accessories – Texture and more texture! Embellished and accessorized gowns, beaded, embroidered, 3D floral applique, floral veils, hair accessories, feather headpieces, tassels and beaded headbands add interest.

Princess, Covered Up & Outerwear Influence – Capelets, moto jackets, blazers, bolero jackets, hooded styles, the sweater look over shoulders and long sleeves works with a plethora of different gown styles.

Sheer, Naked Dress & Barely-there Gowns – Miniskirts, the modern high-low, bustiers and garter belts. Skin is in.

Lush Blush – Traditional silhouettes and ball gowns in every shade of blush.

Designers featured on the 2018 Bridal Fashion Week runway include:

TheiaInes Di SantoReem Acra , Zuhair Murad, Naeem Khan, Melissa Sweet for David’s Bridal, Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld, Monique Lhuillier,  Justin Alexander, Lazaro, Ivy & Aster, Allison Webb, Alexandra Grecco, Idan Cohen, Berta, Oleg Cassini, Gracy Accad, Inbal Dror, Victoria Kyriakides, Mark Zunino, Elie Saab, Galia Lahav, Laure de Sagazan, Savannah Miller, Hayley Paige, Liancarlo, Marchesa, Rime Arodaky, Viktor & Rolf Mariage, Sachin & Babi, Galina by David’s Bridal, Lihi Hod, Francesca Miranda and Pronovias.

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Posted by in Men's Formal Wear


Eph Apparel

Custom Formal Wear for the Modern Gentleman

Winnipeg’s Eph Apparel produces custom-made suits, tuxedos, blazers, dress pants, dress shirts, topcoats and accessories all made to your exact measurements. Unlike off-the-rack suits, you get to select your favourite style, then customize your look by choosing from hundreds of different fabrics, as well as the number of buttons, type of lapel and much, much more.

“By utilizing a unique approach, we produce quality, affordable custom-made clothing for men,” explains Andrew Parkes, Co-Founder and Director of Marketing and Operations at Eph Apparel. “Whether you want something in a classic fit in a timeless black or a bold plaid pattern in a slim cut, we can make it exactly how you want it.”

Perfect for wedding parties, they offer fun and interactive group fittings where the goal is to make the process engaging, educational and unlike any other traditional shopping experience.

“The group fitting was an incredible experience. The moment we walked in, we felt at home. The Jets game was on the big screen TV, a private weddings corner had been reserved exclusively for our use and the team at Eph made the experience fun and easy unlike something you might experience at a tux rental shop,” explains Paul, who got married September 2016 in an Eph suit.

On top of the customization, you also get their Flawless Fit Guarantee program which not only ensures that the price you pay when you order covers everything from production to shipping and alterations, but that it is also a risk-free purchase – if you don’t love it, they will remake it for free or offer a complete refund.

Exceptional service, unrivalled style and a price even Winnipeggers love, helped Eph win the titles of “Winnipeg’s Favourite Menswear Retailer” by Metro News and the “58th Fastest Growing Company in Canada” by Canadian Business.

Interested in a completely unique shopping experience? Stop by the Eph store at their new location, 190 Smith Street, call 1.888.343.6117 or visit 


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Andrew Parkes, Co-Founder and Director of Marketing and Operations


Posted by in Ask the Experts, Health & Beauty, V.I.B. Weddings, V.I.B. Weddings Issue 1



Photo: Supplied

Q: What are some dental procedures that could take my smile to the next level?

A: As you start planning your wedding, you think of a date, location and what to wear. What most of us forget to do is think about our smile – that is until we receive our wedding photos back! At Clarity Dental, Dr. Hala Salama performs simple and affordable dental procedures that can enhance your smile in a short amount of time.

Here is what we recommend:

Cleaning or hygiene: In many cases a thorough, professional cleaning is all that is required.

Whitening: There are many different options for whitening your teeth. Over-the-counter kits, custom-made home whitening kits and laser whitening, the most-effective option, performed in the dental office.
Fillings or bonding: Gaps you want closed or fillings that no longer match can be fixed in a single office visit.

Veneers, crowns and/or bridges: Crowns or veneers are a great way to cover up existing teeth to create a full smile, and a bridge can replace a missing tooth. Invisalign: If you have some crowding or one tooth out of place, Invisalign treatment can be completed in a month in some cases.


Photo: Supplied

Dr. Hala Salama, Principal Dentist at Clarity Dental, brings over 20 years experience to her practice offering a full range of general dentistry, as well as cosmetic and implant dentistry. Clarity Dental is located at 2 – 1360 Taylor Avenue.

Ask the Experts was originally published in V.I.B. Weddings Issue 1. We asked seven local pros to answer some of your commonly asked wedding planning questions. Read the magazine to find more inspiration, planning tips, fashion & real weddings.


Posted by in Ask the Experts, Decor, V.I.B. Weddings, V.I.B. Weddings Issue 1



Photo: Supplied

Q: How many different colours should we incorporate into our wedding ceremony and reception venues?

A: Every wedding is unique, and bringing together all of your favourite design and décor details can be challenging. Tables and seating occupy a large portion of the wedding reception venue, so approach these items with care.

The linen, décor and chair covers should not take away from the cohesiveness of the venue or compete with the main focal points. For example, a bright sash on the chairs may distract from the centrepiece. If you have a subtle palette, you can get away with three or four tones of the same colour, but when you are going bold, keeping the selection down to two colours allows the centrepieces to pop and the theme to shine.

A great way to subtly bring in more colour is with reception stationery such as table numbers, menus, place cards and your seating chart. As well, accent tables such as a guest book, cake or candy table are a great place to bring in another colour or texture, adding to your overall feel without it becoming a distraction.

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

Kylee Houlahan is the owner of Planned Perfectly Specialty Linens & Draping, located at 199 Omands Creek Boulevard. Going into their tenth year, Planned Perfectly has the experience and expertise to aid in your décor needs. Whether your guest list is 50 or 1,000, they have the quantity and selection to make your event perfect.

Ask the Experts was originally published in V.I.B. Weddings Issue 1. We asked seven local pros to answer some of your commonly asked wedding planning questions. Read the magazine to find more inspiration, planning tips, fashion & real weddings.


Posted by in Ask the Experts, Photography, V.I.B. Weddings, V.I.B. Weddings Issue 1



Manuel F. Sousa Photography

Q: How far in advance do we need to book our wedding photographer?
A: I generally suggest booking your photographer anywhere from one year to 18 months ahead of your wedding date to be safe. Of course it all depends on certain factors. For example, what time of year is it? Is it on a weekend or weekday? Is it a destination wedding?

Once you know which photographer you want for your wedding day, don’t procrastinate and take the chance that someone else will book them first. It will be a good feeling knowing that it’s booked and that you can cross that job off your list. You have lots of other things to think about for your wedding day!


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Manuel F. Sousa was given his first camera at the age of 14 when he started taking photos as a hobby. He considers himself incredibly fortunate to have turned his hobby into a career that he loves. Manuel moved from Toronto to Winnipeg in 1992 and has photographed over 870 weddings since.

Ask the Experts was originally published in V.I.B. Weddings Issue 1. We asked seven local pros to answer some of your commonly asked wedding planning questions. Read the magazine to find more inspiration, planning tips, fashion & real weddings.


Posted by in Ask the Experts, Flowers, V.I.B. Weddings, V.I.B. Weddings Issue 1

With Academy Florist


Photos by: Mackenzie Jean Photography

Q: How much should we budget for wedding flowers?

A: Typically, during an initial email inquiry or in-person consultation at Academy Florist, our customers are unsure what to budget for wedding flowers. Because every couple has a unique vision for flowers and their special day, we customize every single wedding order.

Our customers are looking for items such as large focal arrangements, centrepieces, bouquets, boutonnières, corsages, garlands, wreaths, hairpieces, cake flowers or guest book table arrangements for their wedding ceremony and reception venues. We do our very best to accommodate every budget, suggest how to best allocate funds and present options that are in keeping with the their vision.

A wedding flower budget can range anywhere from $500 to $5,000. A little creativity and experience combined with a carefully thought out plan can turn a vision into reality while staying within budget.


Photo by: Carrie Ekosky Photography

Irene Seaman, owner of Academy Florist at 925 Corydon Avenue, has delighted in creating inspired floral designs in Winnipeg for over 35 years. Irene and her team strive to achieve service excellence and continue to focus on quality and exceptional design.

Ask the Experts was originally published in V.I.B. Weddings Issue 1. We asked seven local pros to answer some of your commonly asked wedding planning questions. Read the magazine to find more inspiration, planning tips, fashion & real weddings.


Posted by in Ask the Experts, Engagement Ring, V.I.B. Weddings, V.I.B. Weddings Issue 1, Wedding Resources, Wedding Rings

With Bijou Fine Jewellery


Q: Engagement rings and wedding bands are a huge investment, how can we be sure that we’re getting good value for our money?

A: For centuries, engagement rings and wedding bands have served as symbols of everlasting love. Incorporating diamonds and other rare gems, as well as precious metals like gold and platinum, it’s no surprise that these rings come with a cost.

To ensure that you get the most for your investment, make sure that your jeweller uses top quality gems, like GIA certified diamonds. Ensure you are given a full appraisal, and that your jeweller is a master when it comes to setting the jewels just right.

You deserve impeccable service to ensure you get the perfect design, and it’s imperative that your jeweller is known for their quality so your rings will last for generations. In the end, you need to be confident that you have the right team to bring your vision to life. At Bijou, we specialize in one-of-a-kind custom creations, expertly designed and crafted by the best goldsmiths in the province.


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Born into the jewellery and gems business, Ashiq Katoo of Bijou Fine Jewellery learned the fine art of gemology, design and jewellery making at a young age. He has a keen eye for rare gems and jewels, and prides himself on the quality of his work and high level of personalized service.

Ask the Experts was originally published in V.I.B. Weddings Issue 1. We asked seven local pros to answer some of your commonly asked wedding planning questions. Read the magazine to find more inspiration, planning tips, fashion & real weddings.