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Get The Look: MIDNIGHT SKY

Posted in Cakes, Sweets, & Favours, Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Gowns & Formal Wear, Health & Beauty, Men's Formal Wear, Stationery, V.I.B Weddings Issue 3, Venues, Wedding Planners

Photos: Chantelle Dione Photography
Styling: The Artist Groupe

It was written in the stars that they would fall in love. Take inspiration from the midnight sky with magical lights and moody tones.

The talented hair and makeup team at THE ARTIST GROUPE will give you that extra sparkle on your magical day.

This stunning cake by CAKE STUDIO is out of this world.

Create a long-lasting first impression with customized wedding stationery by SENDSATIONAL CARDS.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Jewellery reimagined by VINTAGE BLING.

This striking bouquet by COUTURE FLORAL creates some drama using deep, rich hues.

VENDORS WE LOVE
Necklace and Earrings
Vintage Bling
Dresses
Anna Lang Bridal
Cake
Cake Studio
Flowers Couture Floral
Stationery
Sendsational Cards
Linens
Madeline’s Weddings & Events
Rings
Sutton Smithworks Ltd
Makeup and Hair
The Artist Groupe

ALDO FORMAL WEAR

Posted in Men's Formal Wear, V.I.B Weddings Issue 3, Vendor Spotlight

TAILORING TO THE DISTINGUISHED

Aldo Formal Wear (AFW) first opened its doors to the Winnipeg community in 1983. It has been a family run, one-stop-suit-shop, specializing in tuxedo rentals and custom suits for over 30 years. The knowledgeable staff’s ability to connect with a diverse range of customers has made them indispensable in the local wedding market.

AFW’s focus has always been on providing classic looks and allowing individual’s styles to come through in the finishing touches. From Chuck Taylor’s with a custom suit, to giant paisley pocket squares and coordinating socks, they encourage their clients to just be themselves and AFW will take care of the rest.

Photo: Réjean Brandt Photography

A great deal of care is taken to tailor and accommodate each tuxedo rental so that the wearer feels like the suit was made for him. From shirts to shoes, an entire look is provided for that customer’s special occasion. As well, rentals and custom options are available for boys as young as four years old.

Then, there are the custom suits. Custom everything, actually. “The Custom M2M” line, including men’s shirts, suits, tuxedos, jackets and pants was conceived to accommodate the vast range of requests from clients over the years. “The Custom M2M” line includes custom dresses, pantsuits and jackets. “It’s awesome to be able to appeal to both sides,” says co-owner Ken Lozano, who was raised in the shop.

If you come to AFW, be prepared to answer a few questions about your own closet at home. It’s important for them to know what lifestyle they are catering an outfit to, and the personality they are designing for. Fashion is a very personal thing so your tailor needs to get to know a bit more about you than just your measurements.

AFW offers tuxedo and suit rentals at competitive rates and custom tuxedos, suits, shirts, pants, jackets, pantsuits and dresses that are all created step-by-step with the client. From buttons and fabric, to monograms and pocket squares, AFW will create the ultimate custom look for any client.

When it comes to weddings, it’s our goal to help the husband-to-be look and feel like the most important man in the world. And when it comes to the big day, Aldo Formal Wear makes certain he is dressed for the part.

Aldo Formal Wear is located at 310 Notre Dame Avenue. To schedule an appointment, contact the shop at 204.947.3917 or visit aldoformalwear.ca

RYGIEL PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

Posted in V.I.B Weddings Issue 3, Vendor Spotlight

ENJOY YOUR DAY AND LET US TAKE CARE OF THE DETAILS

Carmen and Mitchell are Winnipeg wedding photographers and videographers who promise the most fun you’ll have in a day. Their photography reflects a wide range of styles because every couple tells a different story. Whatever your mood, they’ll be there to capture the moment.

Photo: Rygiel Photography & Video

Rygiel Photography & Video photographers will be with you throughout the day snapping photos and capturing memories. You will have an incredible range of photos to choose from and a full day of artistic and candid moments.

Their photo shoot coordinator will organize your photo schedule, photography locations, and poses which leaves the photographers completely free to focus on lenses, lighting, drone operation, and camera settings. Their teamwork means more fun, more locations and more great photos.

“We love shooting weddings. It is a time in a couple’s life when they are the most fun-loving and thrill-seeking. We look for adventure and encourage it—this attitude becomes infectious and makes for a memorable wedding day,” explains Mitchell.

Their videographers will be with you throughout the day shooting footage and capturing memories. You will have an incredible range of footage and a full day of cinematic and candid moments on video, including getting ready, ceremony, photography session, and reception.

 “Carmen and Mitch made our wedding so much fun! They have a very cool feature where they show some of their pictures they took during the day on a slideshow during the reception. When we saw those pictures we were absolutely blown away at how beautiful they were,” explains newlyweds Selena and Connor Njygovan. At Rygiel Photography & Video, your personality inspires their innovative ideas. Their spontaneous approach has stopped traffic, raised eyebrows, and landed them in cold water. As fun-loving photographers and videographers, they’re in for whatever puts a smile on your face.

To arrange a personal consultation please call 204.254.6813 or email mitchell@rygielphotovideo.com or visit rygielphotovideo.com

Photo: Rygiel Photography & Video


EPH APPAREL

Posted in Men's Formal Wear, Vendor Spotlight

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 fabric from a selection of hundreds and then customize your look from cuff to lapel.

“Weddings today are unique and reflect the individuals’ personality. At Eph, we think that the clothes you wear on your big day should reflect that and should be something you and your groomsmen are excited to buy and wear again afterwards,” explains Andrew Parkes, Co-Founder and Director or Marketing and Operations at Eph Apparel. “Whether you want a traditional black tuxedo, a trendy burgundy suit, or a less formal option like linen pants and a white shirt for a destination wedding, 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. 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 190 Smith Street, call 1.888.343.6117 or visit ephapparel.com

Photos: Supplied

HUSH COLLECTION

Posted in 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 is by appointment only Thursday to Sunday, which allows groups to have the entire store to themselves when choosing their dresses, and open to the public for walk-ins Monday to Wednesday.

Photos: Austin Kylie Photography; Planner: Melanie Parent Events & HUSH Collection

HUSH Collection believes that shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses should be a unique bonding moment between the bride/groom and their ladies. The Bridal Consultants strive to ensure that the appointments are as stress free as possible.

“We take a lot of pride in helping and guiding the bride/groom and their bridesmaids to find the perfect dresses, colours, lengths, and fabrics for the big day. It’s amazing to be part of the planning, and to help mold the wedding vision into reality,” explains Kimberly Wareing, Bridal & Marketing 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. This means that you can be 100% confident in the dress style that you are purchasing.

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

“Kim and staff at HUSH Collection were simply amazing to work with! I felt at ease and confident ordering my girls’ dresses through HUSH Collection! Kim helped me over a couple of appointments to figure out which custom colour to order, which turned out even more perfect than I could ask for! Their walk-in days were a bonus to me as well. Being a bride from out of town and knowing when I could show up with a bridesmaid to pick out a dress or pick up the dresses when they arrived was a big stress relief. Everything about HUSH Collection was perfect and I am thankful they had a part in my big day! Highly recommend to all brides!” says bride, Riley Van Es.

“Superb! Thank you, HUSH Collection, for our beautiful bridesmaids’ 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 dress styles and by offering private boutique hours. All 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 the shade I envisioned. 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 www.hushcollection.ca

Arthur Murray Dance School

Posted in Vendor Spotlight, Wedding Resources

A DANCE TO LAST A LIFETIME…

In 2006 Arthur Murray Dance School arrived in Winnipeg and opened the doors to their dance studio after teaching and dancing for 20 years. They have prepared thousands of couples for their first dance in the last 12 years and have participated in the Wonderful Wedding Show every year since January 2007.

Arthur Murray Dance School is the second oldest franchise in the world. They have been teaching people to dance since 1912 and have mastered the art of teaching dance. 

You can easily obtain dance lessons from any studio in Winnipeg, but if you have taken a lesson at Arthur Murray Dance School you will quickly discover they are a cut above the rest! With their proven method of private, group and practice lessons, their students learn to dance at a faster pace and look great on the dance floor. Arthur Murray Dance School teachers follow a simple mantra: “Our great teachers can turn you into a great dancer!”

Learning to dance and having fun while you learn can be a stress reliever as well as rewarding lifelong activity. Arthur Murray Dance School’s lessons are customized to keep your taste and personality in mind, and whether you are looking for something simple or more elaborate, Arthur Murray Dance School is the right place to get it done.

“We recommend not waiting until the last minute as schedules get busy. Most couples start their lessons 3-6 months before the wedding. Your lessons will get you out of the hustle and bustle of wedding planning so you can enjoy some quality time together. Our students love how they can relax and enjoy each other during their lessons,” says Alicia Cascaval, Professional Dance Instructor and Co-Owner of Arthur Murray Dance School’s Winnipeg location.

All eyes are on you as you take the dance floor, spinning and swaying in perfect harmony. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, your first dance as husband and wife.

Arthur Murray Dance School is located at 1744 St James Street. For more information, call 204-772-7766 or visit  www.arthurmurraywinnipeg.ca

Photo credit: Curtis Moore Photography

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Bridal Beauty Timeline

Posted in Ask the Experts, Health & Beauty, Wedding Resources

Kelly Cherewick, Owner of The Artist Groupe

All eyes will be on you. It sure sounds scary to be the centre of attention, but it doesn’t have to be if you have everything planned out. Our brides are always asking about timelines so here’s a checklist to ensure you will be camera ready for your big day.

1 YEAR

Book Artists: Reputable hair and makeup artists book up fast. If you have someone in mind, make sure to contact them sooner rather than later. A professional company should be able to show you their portfolio of work through social media or a website.

9 MONTHS

Skin Care: Drink plenty of water and always take your makeup off at the end of the day. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing every morning and night can really improve your skin. If you have any troubling skin problems, such as acne, get in touch with a dermatologist to consider possible treatment options.

Hair: Try that new hair colour or cut, or start growing your hair if you need longer locks for the wedding hairstyle you envision.

6 MONTHS

Brows: I know 6 months seems like a long time before your wedding to get a brow wax, but it’s more about finding the right brow artist for you and getting your brows perfect in the months leading up to your big day.

Facials: Having a facial once every 4 weeks, coupled with your skincare routine at home, will help ensure you have the best skin possible on your wedding day. Facials are super relaxing and give your skin a bright glow afterwards.

3 MONTHS

Hair & Makeup Trials: Book your hair and makeup trials on the day of your stagette, bridal shower, or other special occasion.

1 WEEK

Skin: Have your last facial at least one week before your wedding day. Make sure it’s the same facial you’ve had before to avoid any skin reactions.

Eyes: If you’ve decided to have lash extensions, it’s time to have them applied by the same beauty technician who applied them correctly for you initially (this can be done a few days to one week before your wedding day).

Hair: Final trim and colour.

2 – 3 DAYS

Nails: Gel or shellac nails are a great way to ensure your nail polish won’t chip.

Body: Relax with a massage.

THE DAY BEFORE

Body: Shower, shave, and moisturize.

Hair: Wash and condition (if not on the morning your wedding day).

Face: Tone and moisturize.

THE BIG DAY

Hair: Make sure your hair is clean and dry.

Body: Moisturize your body.

Face: Use toner, moisturizer, and a facial oil on your face for a glowing complexion.

Teeth: Brush your teeth before you get your makeup done.

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Star Gazing – Showstopping Wedding Gowns

Posted in Health & Beauty, Wedding Trends

Photos Ryan Wibawa of Virulent Valmont

Creative Direction Ayoko Design Web Print | Hair, Makeup & Fashion Stylist The Artist Groupe

Shot on Location at Burton Cummings Theatre for Performing Arts

 

For this issue of V.I.B. Weddings, we took a step back in time to the days of vintage red carpet glamour where more was more, and fashion was always the star of the show.

Our wedding gown fashion photo shoot took centre stage at the historic Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts (formerly The Walker Theatre), lending us the perfect backdrop to feature gorgeous applause-worthy dresses captured on film by the incredibly talented photographer, Ryan Wibawa of Virulent Valmont.

Above Photo: Vendors We Love | Dress & Necklace Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Earrings & Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Bracelet & Shoes Le Château

 

A ball gown by Anna Lang Bridal

Vendors We Love | Dress & Crown Anna Lang Bridal Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Earrings & Necklace Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio

Slinky wedding dresses from Anna Lang Bridal and Stella's Bridal & Evening Collection

Vendors We Love | Left Dress Anna Land Bridal Right Dress Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Left Model Earrings, Bracelet & Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Right Model Earrings & Ring Le Château

A backless wedding dress by Stella's Bridal & Evening Collections

Vendors We Love | Dress & Necklace Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Earrings & Shoes Le Château

A detailed bodice gown by Anna Lang Bridal

Vendors We Love | Dress Anna Lang Bridal

Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Earrings, Bracelets & Shoes Le Château

A full skirt gown by Anna Lang Bridal

Vendors We Love | Dress Anna Lang Bridal

Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Earrings, Bracelets & Shoes Le Château

A gown by Stella's Bridal & Evening Collections

Vendors We Love | Dress Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Earrings, Necklace & Bracelet Le Château

A dress and crown by Anna Lang Bridal

Vendors We Love | Dress & Crown Anna Lang Bridal Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Earrings & Necklace Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio

A high-neck ball gown by Stella's Bridal & Evening Collections

Vendors We Love | Dress Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Earrings & Bracelet Le Château

A plunge-neck gown by Anna Lang Bridal

Vendors We Love | Dress Anna Lang Bridal Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Earrings & Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Necklace & Shoes Le Château

A dress and necklace by Stella's Bridal & Evening Collections

Vendors We Love | Dress & Necklace Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Earrings & Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Bracelet & Shoes Le Château

A grey dress by Anna Lang Bridal

Vendors We Love | Dress Anna Lang Bridal Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Earrings, Necklace, Ring & Shoes Le Château

A detailed gown by Anna Lang Bridal

Vendors We Love | Dress Anna Lang Bridal Hair & Makeup The Artist Groupe

Earrings & Engagement Ring Mokada Custom Jewelry Design Studio Necklace & Shoes Le Château

Thank you to the dream team

Hair, Makeup & Fashion Stylist The Artist Groupe

Gowns & Accessories Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections, Anna Lang Bridal

Jewellery & Engagement Rings Mokada Jewelry Design Studio

Jewellery & Shoes Le Château

Models Panache Management

Photography Ryan Wibawa of VirulentValmont

Creative Direction Ayoko Design Web Print

Shot on Location at Burton Cummings Theatre for Performing Arts

Get the Look: Peridot

Posted in Decor & Rentals, Flowers, Men's Formal Wear, 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 in Decor & Rentals, Flowers, 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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