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Posted in Ask the Experts, Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Flowers, V.I.B Weddings Issue 5, Wedding Resources, Wedding Trends

WHAT’S TRENDING FOR 2020 WEDDINGS

THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS
It’s no longer just about traditional colour schemes, but more about the atmosphere and vibe. Give your guests a unique experience with interactive entertainment, customizable menus, or even grand finale fireworks!
Fireworks Archangel Fireworks Photo AMC Studio

LET THEM EAT CAKE!
Cake is one tradition couples aren’t skipping anymore. Make it your own with different colours, shapes, and textures.
Cakes & Photo Cassidy & Johanna’s Cake Boutique

GARDEN WEDDINGS
A huge trend for weddings, garden weddings can be personalized and can incorporate everything from casual to dramatic effects. Treat your guests with a mobile cocktail bar to add a fun and unique twist.
Bar Nomad Box Bar Photo Chantelle Dione Photography

FLOWER POWER
Informal, relaxed bouquets are everywhere, replacing formal and structured designs. Try adding even more floral to your day with larger-than-life paper flowers.
Flowers Floral Fixx Design Studio Photo Charmaine Mallari
Paper Flowers & Photo Luxe Linens & Indulgence Candy Buffet

GET THE LOOK: Marigold & Sage

Posted in 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

Spring is in the air! Immerse yourself in these bright and cheerful colours, perfect for your wedding day.

You’ll be dreaming of springtime with this beautiful bouquet from ACADEMY FLORIST

Everything you touch turns to gold with these beautiful decor and design elements by EVENTS BY EMMA

These gold beaded plates and cutlery from C & T EVENT RENTALS are almost too pretty to eat from

This 5-tier cake by CAKE STUDIO creates the perfect balance of colour and class

The pretty details in this stationery by EVENTS BY EMMA says it all

VENDORS WE LOVE
Wedding Planner, Table Decor, & Stationery Events by Emma
Photographer Luxe Images by Jill
Linens & Draping Dream Day Decor & Specialty Linens
Flowers Academy Florist
Cake Cake Studio
Dinnerware, Dance Floor & Furniture C&T Event Rentals
Lighting Elite Lighting
Models Swish Model Management

Venue Fairmont Winnipeg
Gowns Blue Willow Bridal
Hair Hair By Reine & HQ Style Lounge
Makeup Lavender Olive Custom Glam & Primped & Polished
Chairs & Stage Furniture Loungeworks
Decals NorthStar Banners

FINDING YOUR PHOTOG!

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

BY Chantelle Dione Photography

Finding the right photographer for the most documented day of your life can be like putting together Swedish furniture. It requires a buddy, there are only pictures for reference, and the smiley cartoon person pointing at what they want you to do only makes it worse. Fear not, I have some tips on how to get your furniture, er photographer, all figured out.

Wedding photographers start booking anywhere from 18-24 months before your date. If you have someone you ABSOLUTELY have to have, don’t wait! Snag your date, lock it in with your retainer, and check that baby off the list. “But Chantelle, what if I have ZERO idea where to start?”

IMAGE STYLE & QUALITY
Portfolio quality should be the first thing that makes you stop scrolling when looking for a wedding photographer. An experienced photographer should be able to show you a variety of photos, not just their Instagram highlight reel. Every photographer also has a different way of editing. Whether it’s dark and moody, light and airy, or classic and natural like me, make sure the style resonates with you and your partner and is something you still want to look at in a year.

PERSONALITY
Within the first five minutes of meeting someone I can tell if we’re going to be #bffs. It should be the same for you and your photographer. If you don’t like the way I use too many exclamation points in my emails, the way I scrunch my nose to lift my glasses, OR that I might reach out to hug you, then we aren’t a good fit, and that’s ok.

EXPERIENCE
An experienced photographer knows the amount of time they need to document each part of the day accurately to maximize your schedule while producing exceptional photos. Make sure they’ve been in difficult situations like a rainy day, or huge reception hall. Don’t worry if they haven’t photographed your venue before. An experienced photographer can kick ass in any situation.

WORD OF MOUTH
Talking to real couples or seeing real couple reviews is way better than me just telling you I can do things. Talk to your friends, talk to their friends, and talk to your chosen potential photographers about their reviews and see the related galleries.

VALUE
So this is a big deciding factor for folks and is usually at the top of this list instead of down here. But finding a photographer based on price doesn’t always guarantee you’ll get the above points. There are no do overs, so take your time and invest wisely. Most photographers have a variety of pricing options and payment plans; Get all the details and make a wellrounded decision.

Chantelle has been photographing since 2011. She specializes in naturally romantic images and stunning macro imagery. Celebrating her 6th consecutive year as a Preferred Vendor, she is also the $20,000 Dream Wedding photographer.

www.chantelledionephotography.com | 204-461-0532 | hello@chantelledionephotography.com

Photos: Chantelle Dione Photography
Headshot: Mandi Rae Photography

IN FULL BLOOM

Posted in Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, V.I.B Weddings Issue 5

Aisle Styles That Blossom

Photography Chantelle Dione Photography
Styling The Artist Groupe
Models Panache Management

For this issue of V.I.B. Weddings Magazine, we had so much fun with our floral themed fashion shoot. These aisle styles are definitely in full bloom with hints of floral perfect for every bride.

Grey ribbons with delicate florals by Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gown & Earrings Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Kelly Cherewick, The Artist Groupe
Blossom Tree House of Silk
Ring Appelt’s Diamonds

Delicate full ball gown by Christie’s Bridal & Boutique

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gown, Necklace & Earrings Christie’s Bridal & Boutique
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Kelly Cherewick, The Artist Groupe
Headpiece Couture Floral
Blossom Tree
House of Silk
Ring Appelt’s Diamonds

Floor length gown by Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gown & Earrings Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Anna Jaworski, The Artist Groupe
Blossom Tree House of Silk
Ring Appelt’s Diamonds

Classic with a flair by LA Collection Bridal & Formal Fashions
Simple & elegant gown by LA Collection Bridal & Formal Fashions

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gown LA Collection Bridal & Formal Fashions
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Kelly Cherewick, The Artist Groupe
Flower Wall URBNBLOSSOM
Floral Necklace Couture Floral
Earrings
& Ring Appelt’s Diamonds

Flowing ball gowns by LA Collection Bridal & Formal Fashions

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gowns, Earrings & Bracelets LA Collection Bridal & Formal Fashions
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Right Anna Jaworski, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Left Kelly Cherewick, The Artist Groupe
Paper Flowers
Luxe Linens & Indulgence Candy Buffet
Rings Appelt’s Diamonds

A form fitted gown from LA Collection Bridal & Formal Fashions

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gown & Earrings LA Collection Bridal & Formal Fashions
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Anna Jaworski, The Artist Groupe
Flower Wall URBNBLOSSOM
Ring Appelt’s Diamonds

An open backed piece by Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
A delicate & lacy bodice by Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gown & Hair Piece Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Kelly Cherewick, The Artist Groupe
Floral Arch House of Silk
Earrings & Ring Appelt’s Diamonds

A light and flowing dress by Christie’s Bridal & Boutique

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gown & Earrings Christie’s Bridal & Boutique
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Anna Jaworski, The Artist Groupe
Wrist Bouquet Couture Floral
Ring Appelt’s Diamonds

Lacy & delicate gowns by Christie’s Bridal & Boutique

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gowns Christie’s Bridal & Boutique
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Right Anna Jaworski, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Left Kelly Cherewick, The Artist Groupe
Flowers Couture Floral
Earrings & Necklaces Appelt’s Diamonds

A flowing, ethereal dress by Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gown & Earrings Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Kelly Cherewick, The Artist Groupe
Paper Flower Luxe Linens & Indulgence Candy Buffet

A beautiful two piece gown by Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections

VENDORS WE LOVE
Gown & Hair Piece Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Hair Lisa Schoor, The Artist Groupe
Makeup Anna Jaworski, The Artist Groupe
Flowers Couture Floral
Necklace, Earrings & Ring Appelt’s Diamonds

REAL WEDDINGS: LINDSEY & ANDREW

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Catering, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Men's Formal Wear, Real Weddings, Stationery, V.I.B Weddings Issue 4, Venues, Wedding Planners

Photos: Pantel Photography

Lindsey and Andrew had been friends since the eleventh grade, never leaving the friend zone for almost fifteen years until one day they realized what was in front of their faces all along.  They dated for two and a half years—bonding over their dog, Carl Winslow, spending time together at the lake, and building a relationship with a solid foundation of friendship.

The couple got engaged on a trip to Vancouver with Lindsey’s sister and her boyfriend in August 2017 when Andrew popped the question in the middle of a group photo opportunity, though Andrew had a hard time actually getting the words out.

They opted for dark, classic, seasonally appropriate colours for their winter wedding. Andrew looked dashing in a rich navy wool/cashmere custom-designed tuxedo by Eph Apparel. Lindsey and her bridesmaids kept warm with fur shawls which added a touch of elegance. To complete their elegant chic style, the couple used touches of gold and merlot accents in décor and accessories.

“Being surrounded by the people we love most on our wedding day is something we will never forget.”

VENDORS WE LOVE:
Groom’s, Groomsmens’ & Dog’s Attire
EPH Apparel
Flowers
Broadway Florists
Cake Buttercream By Alareen
Videographer Baron Craft Productions

Wedding Gown Bliss Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids Attire Name of Love
Venue Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Wedding Planner, Decor, & Stationary Soiree Event Planning
Hair Mare & Co Styling
Jewellery Mokada
Makeup & Lashes Myuz Makeup Artistry
Music Big City All-Star Band
Nails Almond Nail Bar
Photography Pantel Photography
Shoes BHLDN
Transportation Five Star Limo Services

REAL WEDDINGS: KRISTA & BRET

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Men's Formal Wear, Real Weddings, Stationery, V.I.B Weddings Issue 4, Venues, Wedding Planners

Photos: Pantel Photography

Krista and Bret both love nature and wanted a venue that was full of greenery for their summer wedding. They were lucky enough to have Bret’s aunt and uncle agree to host their big day on their beautiful property which included horses and a picturesque tree line framing the tent. Most of all, they wanted their love for each other and their gratitude to their guests to shine through.

They added personal touches by having their pup’s face on Koozies as wedding favours, along with Bret’s mom’s famous habanero jelly. They also had custom games for their guests to play over cocktail hour, a scotch and cigar bar, and live music.

To achieve a dreamy vibe, the couple had a soft blush and gold palette, loads of greenery, whimsical dream catchers, their favourite quotes custom-made on large slabs of wood, and florals dripping off the tent.

Their guests told them the wedding was “so them” and “so full of love” which truly meant the world to Krista and Bret, as they never wanted to get so lost in the process that the day would get away from what it is truly meant to be—committing to the love of your life in front of all the people you hold dear.

“It looked like a dream, all our family and friends in one place—a moment I’ll never forget.”

VENDORS WE LOVE:
Wedding Planner Melanie Parent Events
Dishes C&T Rentals
Flowers Broadway Florists
Transportation Tony’s Team Transport
Linens Dream Day Decor & Specialty Linens
Catering Rudy’s Eat & Drink

Groomsmens’ Attire (alphabetical) Eph Apparel & Style Bar
Gown Stella York
Bridesmaids’ Dresses (alphabetical) Asos, BHLDN, Lulus, Name of Love, & Reformation
Groom’s Attire Harry Rosen
Shoes Aldo Shoes
Hair Grace Hill Salon
JewellerySugar Blossom Jewelry
Makeup & Lashes Myuz Makeup Artistry
Children’s Attire (alphabetical) Old Navy & Rose & Doll
Photographer Pantel Photography
Videographer Dean Rover Films
Decor Something Borrowed
Tents & Lighting Springfield Tent Rentals
Signage Jennifer Bianca Calligraphy
Washrooms King’s Services



PLAN WITH THE PROS: MELANIE PARENT EVENTS

Posted in Ask the Experts, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, V.I.B Weddings Issue 4, Wedding Planners, Wedding Resources, Wedding Trends

WHY YOU NEED TO WORK WITH A PROFESSIONAL TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR WEDDING STYLE AND DESIGN

Planning & Styling: Melanie Parent Events

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

With countless sources of wedding inspiration, it’s no wonder couples are overwhelmed and under pressure to make the “right” design decisions for their big day. Working with a professional wedding planner to guide you through the style and design process is a must nowadays. Here is some of the advice we, at Melanie Parent Events, want to share with every couple struggling with design and trends while still trying to stay true to their own style (and let’s be honest, trying to do all of this within a budget!).

Compliment Your Personal Style

When you start searching for your dream venue and envision your wedding, try to remember who you are in everyday life. What are your likes and dislikes? Do you like vintage or modern? Industrial or rustic? Use your current living space, wardrobe, and interests as inspiration for your wedding day style. You want your big day to reflect who you are as individuals and as a couple. Guests who attend your event should see décor and touches that are “so you”.

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Stay Off Pinterest

Now that you’ve narrowed down a wedding style, stick to it! You’re going to cause yourself stress and confusion by veering off the chosen look and feel. We see it all the time! The couple has decided they love rustic, but they come across a modern minimalist Pinterest board and start questioning every decision they’ve made. Stick to what you fell in love with originally and if you’re still drawn to the other style, look to incorporate small touches without doing a complete overhaul.

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Work With The Venue

Choosing your date and venue are the first big decisions you’re going to make when planning your wedding. Make sure the room you choose and the surrounding grounds compliment the overall vision. Don’t choose a space that needs a complete overhaul and will cost a fortune to transform from industrial warehouse-industrial to garden chic. The goal is to find a space that has the overall aesthetic and feel so that you can focus on the details and ways to make it “you”.

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Ask The Experts

At Melanie Parent Events, we are here to assist you! Ask us questions, get our opinion and see what we recommend. We are here to guide you and provide our expert advice and opinion on vendor recommendations and more. Here’s an example of a recent styled shoot to showcase how we turned a simple vision into so much more!

Melanie Parent

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

VENDORS WE LOVE
Planning, Styling & Accent Linens
Melanie Parent Events
Cakes & Treats: Sweet Impressions
Bridesmaid Dresses HUSH Collection
Suit Aldo Formal Wear
Dishes, Tables & Chairs C&T Rentals
Jewellery Sutton Smithworks

REAL WEDDINGS: CARLA & NICK

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Catering, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Men's Formal Wear, Real Weddings, Stationery, V.I.B Weddings Issue 4, Venues, Wedding Planners

Photos: Kampphotography

In true Winnipeg fashion, Carla and Nick met through friends at a Halloween wedding social. They talked for what felt like most of the night and the rest is history.

One Tuesday evening in November, Carla came home from work to find the living room clean and organized and didn’t think anything of it—she was excited to see the pillows on the couch were finally where they belonged! After dinner, Nick had said he was going to teach their dog, Penny, a new trick. He proceeded to put a dog treat in Carla’s hand and took Penny upstairs with him. He told Carla to call Penny and she came down with a tag on her collar that said, “Marry me?” and when Carla looked up, there was Nick with the ring.

Carla knew right from the beginning she wanted elegant and timeless colours for their wedding party’s attire. Navy was an easy choice for the bridesmaid dresses which were complemented by sophisticated dark grey suits from Aldo Formal Wear. Carla looked stunning in a halter-style wedding gown from Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections, paired with her Kate Spade Keds.

With the help of Melanie Parent Events, they incorporated natural wood elements to create the elegant rustic style they had envisioned for their fall wedding.

“I got to sneak a peek at the room and it was everything I had envisioned.”

VENDORS WE LOVE:
Wedding Planner
Melanie Parent Events
Bridesmaids’ Attire HUSH Collection
Groom’s & Groomsmens’ Attire Aldo Formal Wear
Wedding Gown Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Hair & Makeup
The Artist Groupe
Music Crystal Sound
Transportation Tony’s Team Transport

Cake Stephanie Anne Cakes
Venue & Lighting Elmhurst Golf Course
Decorator & Linens Simply Perfect Decor
Flowers Stonehouse Creative
Bride’s Rings Mokada
Nails Southside Nails
Photographer Kampphotography
Shoes Kate Spade Keds
Stationary Marsala Studio (Etsy)

Dream Wedding 2019

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Men's Formal Wear, Stationery, Venues, Wedding Planners

Congratulations on your wedding to our 2019 Dream Wedding winners Christie & David!

You all look stunning and we wish you all the best!

A beautiful setting for a wedding at Niakwa Country Club

Check out these gorgeous gowns from Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections

The groom and groomsmen are looking dapper in these suits from Eph Apparel

The decor by Luxe Linens & Indulgence Candy Buffet is something out of a dream

The bouquets from Couture Floral look absolutely picturesque

This cake by Something About Cake looks delicious!

We can’t get enough of the photos by Casey Nolin Photography

2019 Dream Wedding Sponsors

Venue Niakwa Country Club
Photography Casey Nolin Photography
DecorLuxe Linens & Indulgence Candy Buffet
Fireworks Archangel Fireworks
Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Month of CoordinationAnn + Co.
Dance Lessons Arthur Murray Dance School
Men’s Formal Eph Apparel
Cake Something About Cake
Music & Lighting Crystal Sound
Stationary Sendsational Cards
Flowers Couture Floral
Flower Girl Dresses Sewrenity Creations

GET THE LOOK: ROYAL ELEGANCE

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Stationery, V.I.B Weddings Issue 3

Photos: AMC Studio

For a royal wedding, think elegant and opulent details fit for a King and Queen.

A gown from PEARL & BIRCH WEDDING CONSIGNMENTS evokes a timeless, minimal elegance.

Inspired by the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this towering cake by CAKE STUDIO tastes just as good as it looks.

This traditional regal style of stationery created by LILY BLOSSOM PRESS will set the tone for your special day.

A soft, elegant bouquet from FLORAL FIXX DESIGN STUDIO adds traditional and classic charm.

Find the crown jewels for your wedding day at SUTTON SMITHWORKS LTD.

VENDORS WE LOVE
Dress Pearl & Birch Wedding Consignments
Suit Aldo Formal Wear
Cake
Cake Studio
Bouquet, Boutonniere, Gold Chairs Floral Fixx Design Studio
Stationery Lily Blossom Press
Jewellery Sutton Smithworks Ltd
Fog Archangel Fireworks Inc
Specialty Drink On Tap Professional Bartending Service
Favours Grysiuk Queen Bee Honey
Makeup NCS Pro Academy
Hair Aura Hair Group