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365 Days of Wonderful

FEBRUARY 25 & 26, 2023

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GET THE LOOK: LAVENDER & HONEY

Posted in Ask the Experts, Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Men's Formal Wear, Stationery, Venues, Wedding Planners, Wedding Resources, Wedding Trends, Wonderful Weddings Issue 6

Life is the flower for which love is the honey. -Victor Hugo

This lavender STELLA’S BRIDAL & EVENING COLLECTIONS gown is a dream come true

This champagne cart from ORNARE EVENT RENTALS adds the perfect touch for your guests

This dinnerware from COLLECTIVE EVENT RENTALS is the perfect compliment to any table

ASARYE PAPERIE + STUDIO takes stationery to another level with custom illustrations

Our flower dreams are complete with this elegant bouquet from ACADEMY FLORIST

VENDORS WE LOVE
Styling Emma Singh Creative
Photography Casey Nolin Photography
Gown & Jewellery Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Men’s Formal Wear Aldo Formal Wear
Hair Afra Khalid, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Louise Serpa, The Artist Groupe
Flower Academy Florist
Linens Dream Day Decor
Decor Ornare Event Rentals
Furniture/Dinnerware Collective Event Rentals
Venue Manitoba Club
Stationery Asarye Paperie + Studio
AV/Lighting Elite Lighting Winnipeg
Female Model Tanisha Dhillon
Male Model Panache Model Management

Cake Sugar + Salt Bake Shoppe

REAL WONDERFUL WEDDINGS: JENNA & CHARLES

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Catering, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Men's Formal Wear, Real Weddings, Stationery, Wedding Trends, Wonderful Weddings Issue 6

Jenna and Charles really wanted their wedding to represent who they are. They went for a modern, rustic theme as they felt it captured them best as a couple. They wanted to have a fall wedding with fall colours, and chose navy as the main colour with some gold accents in the décor. Jenna and Charles had discussed the idea of getting engaged, so they knew they were ready. They felt their story was best told from Charles’ perspective.

“I had bought the ring in January of 2019 and thought of several ways to propose when I came to the realization that it had to be done near my hometown of Morris, Manitoba. I told Jenna that we were going skating at my family farm with relatives.

The day before, along with my father and my grandfather, I prepped the ice to skate on and set up a bench with a basket of important things from our relationship. That afternoon, I asked a close friend of ours to hide out in the trees and capture our special moment. I wanted pictures of this special moment for us to cherish.

I got down on one knee and asked if I could tie her skates. I told her that this exact spot is special to me– it’s where I learned to fish and spent countless hours as a child. I have these exact coordinates tattooed on my arm, and I told Jenna I wanted to share all of my special moments and places with her for the rest
of my life.

I asked her to marry me and she said yes! We shared some wine on the river before telling our family and friends. It was perfect.”

“One of the best moments was the first look, hands down.”

VENDORS WE LOVE
Photography Casey Nolin Photography
Bridesmaids’ Attire David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire Eph Apparel
Groomsmen’s Attire Eph Apparel & Moores Clothing For Men
Round Tables, Easel, & Table Numbers Collective Event Rentals

Venue Starlit Point
Gown 7th Avenue Fashions
Videography William Ludwick
Cake Eric Bari Pastry
Catering Urban Prairie Cuisine
Linens Planned Perfectly
Flowers Couture Floral
Wedding Favours Lacoste Garden Centre
Music All Around Sound
Hair Hair By Luba
Makeup Cassandra Wootton
Stationery Etsy

BLUE HAZE BARBECUE DELI & CATERING

Posted in Ask the Experts, V.I.B Weddings Issue 5, Vendor Spotlight

MANITOBA’S PREMIER BBQ CATERER: AUTHENTIC WOOD SMOKED BBQ

Starting out as a small, Manitoba catering business in 2012, Blue Haze Barbecue has quickly grown into a highly sought-after catering company. It is complimented by a small restaurant and deli, as well as a food truck which has recently won Judges Choice, Best Food Truck Overall in 2019. They have earned many awards for their BBQ food right across Canada, including multiple first place takes for their ribs, chicken, pulled pork and the crowd favourite, Texas Style Brisket.

Catering to any event type – large or small, informal or formal – they feature slow smoked, Southern style barbecue. Using their own rubs and seasonings, meats are hand trimmed and slow smoked for up to 16 hours, then finished with house made sauces to compliment the wood smoke and seasoning blends. Their side dishes are made in-house, including the fan favourite Smokehouse Mac ‘n’ Cheese and their famous Apple Cinnamon Pit Beans.

When asked what sets Blue Haze Barbecue apart from the competition, Pitmaster/owner, Jason Dornbush says “I don’t see anyone as competition. We are all complimentary. We do what we do, and we do it well. My team and I operate under the philosophy that integrity comes first and we feel this shines through in everything we offer.”

The team at Blue Haze Barbecue strives for perfection and 100% guest satisfaction with all aspects of the catering experience. Weddings are their specialty, and guests can tell with just one bite.

“We had Blue Haze cater our wedding and they were beyond amazing. It wasn’t your typical wedding food and our guests couldn’t stop raving about how good the food was. We actually referred Blue Haze to some of our guests for their upcoming events. The Blue Haze team was very friendly and easy to deal with, no issues with communication. The food is very reasonably priced and tastes amazing! I would highly recommend to anyone looking for BBQ food.” – SM, Newlywed.

For more information, contact Blue Haze Barbecue Catering & Deli at 204.268.3086 (Deli), 204.996.0679 (Catering) or visit www.bluehazebbq.ca

REAL WEDDINGS: Celina & Curtis

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Catering, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Men's Formal Wear, Stationery, V.I.B Weddings Issue 5, Venues, Wedding Planners

Photos: AMC Studio

Celina and Curtis met in August 2014 in a Winnipeg nightclub. It was a last minute decision to go that changed both of their lives forever. From the moment they met, Celina and Curtis couldn’t get enough of each other and ended up texting each other until the next day.

Since then, Celina and Curtis have gone through many different challenges, which only made their love for one another grow stronger. In August 2017, they went on a family vacation to the Galapagos Islands. They had planned out the day, intending to go Scuba Diving and take a private cruise around the Islands. One night before going to the next island on their cruise, Curtis took them to the top of the boat and proposed under the stars – it was incredibly romantic. It was the perfect private moment with family close by to help celebrate.

From the beginning of their engagement, Celina knew she wanted to have two wedding days – One to respect her East Indian heritage and one that was more non-traditional the very next day. Curtis loved the idea of an outdoor wedding with natural beauty, while Celina was is all about bold classic and elegant looks. This led them to choose the deep wine/burgundy and navy colours for a romantic and glamorous outdoor wedding.

“Five years from the day we met our souls became one.”

VENDORS WE LOVE
Photographer AMC Studio
Wedding Planner, Styling, Bartenders Ann + Co.
Gown Christie’s Bridal & Boutique
Bridesmaids’ Attire Christie’s Bridal & Boutique
Groom’s Attire Moore’s Clothing for Men
Groomsmens’ Attire Moore’s Clothing for Men
Flowers (Bouquets & Boutonnieres) Floral Fixx Design Studio
Cake Cake Studio
Bridesmaids’ Robes 431 The Wedding Company
Bridal Shoes Pearl & Birch Wedding Consignments
Children’s Attire Christie’s Bridal & Boutique
Fireworks Archangel Fireworks
Music Crystal Sound, Luminous String Quartet
Officiant A Perfect Ceremony I DO
Seating Chart Parasayo
Cake Stand C&T Event Rentals
Hanging Terrariums On Tap Events

Venue Cielo’s Garden
Videographer Roston Digital
Decor Florals Lily Stone Garden
Rentals Belayre Rentals, A Touch of Glass, Planned Perfectly, Outta Site Luxury Linens, Spark Rentals, & Something Borrowed
Catering Pioneer Catering
Transportation London Limos, & Vital Transit
Hair Hair by Olga
Makeup Beauty by Vee
Jewellery Stittgen Fine
Henna Henna by Deepika

GET THE LOOK: Whiskey Rose

Posted in Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Men's Formal Wear, Stationery, V.I.B Weddings Issue 5, Venues, Wedding Planners, Wedding Resources, Wedding Trends

Smokey, Sexy, and Smooth. Create some sparks with the perfect blend of attitude and romance.

All eyes will be on you with this sultry look by the talented team at THE ARTIST GROUPE

Copper and velvet set the mood in this tablescape by LUXE LINENS

Break the rules with these dark and moody cakes by CHEW AND THE STORE NEXT DOOR

Signed, sealed, delivered. Sophisticated stationery by ASARYE PAPERIE

Serve signature cocktails in style with NOMAD BOX BAR

This charcuterie board by MODERN PLATE CATERING is a work of art

VENDORS WE LOVE
Photographer Chantelle Dione Photography
Wedding Planner and Styling
Prairie Sky Events
Gown
Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Groom’s Attire
Aldo Formal Wear
Hair
Jessica Le Brun, The Artist Groupe
Makeup
Kelly Cherewick, The Artist Groupe
Flowers
Couture Florals
Cake
Chew and The Store Next Door
Linens & Paper Flowers
Luxe Linens & Indulgence Candy Buffet
Venue La Lune Weddings and Events
Groom’s Ring
Origin Handcrafted
Bride’s Ring
Sutton Smithworks
Stationery Asarye Paperie
Bar
Nomad Box Bar
Catering
Modern Plate Catering
Chairs C&T Event Rentals
Tobacconists Products Thomas Hinds Tobacconists

Groom’s Accessories Charlie’s Charmed

WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST

Posted in Ask the Experts, Health & Beauty, V.I.B Weddings Issue 5, Wedding Trends

Kelly Cherewick, Makeup Artist & Owner of The Artist Groupe

Imagine it is the morning of your big day and you and your besties are lounging around your hotel room in your comfy pajamas, your favourite music playing, sipping on mimosas, and feeling super relaxed and refreshed. No one has to worry about doing their own hair or makeup as you are leaving it all up to the professionals.

More and more brides today are opting for a mobile beauty team to come to them to ensure a stress-free and fun-filled morning. Not only can you relax and let the beauty team take care of pampering you, a professional makeup artist knows everything that needs to be done to ensure that you will be the glowing bride you deserve to be.

While there are many women out there who apply their everyday makeup very well, wedding makeup is entirely different than what many women do on a day-to-day basis. Experienced makeup artists are trained in colour theory, camouflage, blending and contouring, thus accentuating your best features and hiding any blemishes. They are amazing at using brushes for shadowing, highlighting and blending, much like an artist does on a canvas, while bringing the focus to your skin and eyes without looking overdone.

Makeup artists use high-quality tools and products to give you flawless coverage that will last all day and night. They also know how to apply false lashes properly. Natural bridal makeup is not easy to achieve and a pro knows all the tips and tricks to make you look like yourself in person and in your photos. Makeup artists know which trends to avoid, what shades go with your skin tone and eyes, and what products to use for flash photography.

BEFORE CHOOSING A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  1. View previous work or portfolio. A professional company will have a website, will be a registered business and will also have an Instagram and/or Facebook account. Check references if available. A contract/agreement should be offered to you to cover all bases and make sure both parties agree to prices and expectations.
  2. Allow your budget to include hair and makeup. Makeup pricing should fall anywhere from $80-$120+/person.
  3. Don’t wait to book: most reputable artists book up quickly.
  4. Book a trial, ideally three months before your wedding.
  5. Consider having a professional makeup artist for your bridal party, your mother, and the mother of the Groom.

Kelly has been doing makeup since 2001. She specializes in bridal and editorial makeup and is celebrating her 5th year as a Preferred Vendor at the Wonderful Wedding Show.

Photos: Chantelle Dione Photography
Models: Panache Management

REAL WEDDINGS: Sonal & Jasdeep

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Men's Formal Wear, Stationery, V.I.B Weddings Issue 5, Venues, Wedding Planners

Photos: Nghia Tran Photography

Sonal and Jasdeep met through mutual friends at a Winnipeg Art Gallery event. They spent what felt like the entire night talking and getting to know each other. It didn’t take long after that for them to realize that they had something special.

During a trip to Vancouver, Jasdeep had planned a surprise dinner at Stanley Park. They had arrived at the park early so he suggested they take a walk along the trail. Sonal was confused as she was not dressed for a hike, but she did not know that Jasdeep had mapped out the exact spot where he was going to propose. As the sun was setting over the water, he pulled out a ring and got down on one knee.

Sonal and Jasdeep knew they wanted to incorporate key elements of both their cultures and religions into their wedding day. Having two ceremonies back to back and a full reception the next day in the same room meant a lot of careful planning and strategic design and custom décor elements had to be created. With the help of Emma and the EBE team, they were able to create an elegant and timeless look with a neutral palette of ivory, gold, blush pink and greenery. This allowed for the bright and rich colours of the beautiful traditional Indian attire to shine.

“Having all our family and friends from around the world together in one room to celebrate our love is a moment we will never forget.”

VENDORS WE LOVE
Wedding Planner, Designer, & Stationery
Events by Emma
Grooms Attire (Reception) Aldo Formal Wear
Flowers Academy Florist
Cake Cake Studio
Ceremony & Reception Venue RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Linens Dream Day Decor & Specialty Linens
Late Night Snack Chaeban Ice Cream
Dance Floor C&T Event Rentals
Transportation Beaver Bus Lines
Videographer 111 Films

Photographer Nghia Tran Photography
Catering Ivory Winnipeg
Hair Luxe Artistry
Lighting AK Productions
Makeup Colour Me Artistry
Nails Prairie Esthetics Studio
Furniture LoungeWorks
Entertainment The Street Circus
Henna Lady Lorelie Productions
Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Shoes Harry Rosen
Signage Sign Source

HUSH COLLECTION

Posted in Ask the Experts, Gowns & Formal Wear, V.I.B Weddings Issue 5, Vendor Spotlight

A BRIDESMAID DRESS LINE THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

Located at 204-99 Osborne Street, HUSH Collection is an affordable dress boutique catered to bridesmaids. The boutique runs by appointment only from Thursday to Sunday, which allows groups to have a private consultation with the entire store to themselves when choosing their dresses. They are also open to the public for walk-ins Monday to Wednesday.

Shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses should be a unique bonding moment between the bride/groom and their ladies. At HUSH Collection, the Bridal Consultants strive to ensure that the appointments are a stress free and enjoyable time.

“From picking the perfect dresses, colours, lengths, and fabrics, it is our goal to help and guide the bride/groom and their bridesmaids through the process. Each wedding is so unique, and we love to take people’s ideas to help mold their wedding vision into reality,” explains Karleece Lapointe, Bridal Manager for HUSH Collection.

HUSH Collection carries over 60 styles of dresses, in 380 different colours, and in seven different fabric options. Samples are available in-store for all styles, in sizes ranging from 0 to 16, and select styles up to size 26.

HUSH Collection is dedicated to helping bring every bride and groom’s vision to life, and when the special day finally arrives, they love to see photos of the wedding they helped create.

“Superb, thank you to HUSH Collection for our beautiful bridesmaid dresses. Having a larger bridal party, I wanted the girls to feel confident in their dress style. HUSH Collection gives you this ability by supplying many styles of dresses along with offering private boutique hours. This allowed me to bring my girls in smaller groups and allowed me to help each of them choose the right dress for them. There are many colour options to choose from as well which allowed me to pick a shade that I was trying to envision in my mind. The dresses came out absolutely gorgeous! If you are looking to pick a unique colour and be able to allow your girls to choose something that suits them personally, HUSH Collection is your go-to boutique!” says bride, Tiffanie Bruneau.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 204.615.8889 or visit hushcollection.ca

GET THE LOOK: Vintage Countryside

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Men's Formal Wear, Stationery, V.I.B Weddings Issue 5, Venues, Wedding Planners, Wedding Resources, Wedding Trends

Write your own perfect ending. Take a step back in time with these quaint vintage touches.

The talented team at THE ARTIST GROUPE will create a look as timeless as your love

This stylish, lacy robe from 431 THE WEDDING COMPANY is the perfect way to start your day

This trailing bouquet by COUTURE FLORAL will bring a touch of romance to your special day

Vintage pieces will add a unique touch to your decor and design

Capture every special moment with stunning images from CHANTELLE DIONE PHOTOGRAPHY

VENDORS WE LOVE
Photographer Chantelle Dione Photography
Wedding Planner Prairie Sky Events
Hair
& Makeup The Artist Groupe
Flowers Couture Floral
Venue
Rivers Edge Resort
Robes
431 The Wedding Company
Models Panache Management

Gown Blueline Vintage
Bridesmaid’s Attire Anna Lang Bridal
Jewellery Hilary Druxman
Cake Roberta’s Sweet Art
Stationery Birch Pointe Design
Linens Outta SITE Luxury Linens
Furniture & Books The Vintage Nest
Decor Something Borrowed
Glasses, Dishware, & Cutlery Bramblewood Vintage Rentals

REAL WEDDINGS: Rachael & Jeff

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Catering, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Men's Formal Wear, Real Weddings, Stationery, V.I.B Weddings Issue 5, Venues, Wedding Planners

Photos: Casey Nolin Photography

Rachael and Jeff met in 2011 when they were working across the mall from one another. Jeff had come in to Rachael’s workplace looking for lotion. Rachael thought he would be looking for a manly scent and burst out laughing when Jeff asked for a fruity scent like Mango! He went back to work smelling like a Mango, and Rachael couldn’t stop thinking about their conversation. About a week later, Rachael got Jeff’s name from his co-worker and found him on Facebook. She took a chance and asked him for his number, knowing it would be worth the risk.

They got engaged while skating at The Forks with their friends. They were under the bridge when their friends suggested taking some photos, which was all a part of Jeff’s master plan. As they were taking photos, Jeff spun Rachael around to face him and started to kneel down. She asked him what he was doing and to get back up when he then pulled out a ring and it finally clicked. It was the BEST surprise.

Rachael and Jeff’s wedding was the most magical day of their lives. They wanted it to be whimsical, like they were in an enchanted forest. It was a backyard wedding, with lots of greenery, tulle and twinkle lights. They had grey table cloths with burgundy napkins and floral centrepieces that had pops of burgundy, blush pink, white and green. There were gold accents, lanterns and mason jars with tea lights everywhere.

“It was seriously the Best. Day. Ever. I want to do it all over again!” – Rachael

VENDORS WE LOVE
Photographer
Casey Nolin Photography
Gown Chantal’s Bridal & Formal
Bridesmaid’s Attire Hush Collection
Groom’s Attire Moore’s Clothing for Men
Groomsmens’ Attire Moore’s Clothing for Men
Flowers & Flower Crowns Couture Floral
Cake Buttercream by Alareen
Children’s Attire David’s Bridal
Signage Asarye Paperie + Studio
Jewellery David’s Bridal

Catering Evolve Catering
Makeup & Lashes Fifth Winnipeg
Tent & Lighting D&M Rentals
Linens A Touch of Glass
Music Big Show Productions
Nails Aloha Nails
Shoes Sam Edelman
Stationery VistaPrint
Wedding Favours Gem’s Plant Design