They say it takes a village to raise a child. In the same sense, it takes a village to prepare a bride for her big day….and by village, I mean a village full of really skilled professionals. I have to say that one of my favourite memories of my whole wedding was getting ready with my bridesmaids and mom. We had the 90s jams going, mimosas flowing and a talented team of hair and makeup angels to make us look beautiful.
Not to mention the fact that my maid of honour brought us all Starbucks. Hence why she was the maid of honour. She knew just what I need to get through a long and nerve-wracking day without me even asking. Huge shout out to the staff at Starbucks for writing out everyone’s title on their drinks.
The process of getting ready actually was really calming for me. It helped me not think about my nerves because I was having such a good time with my bridesmaids. It was fun to be able to get dolled up at my parents house, rather than a salon. I think it took a lot of the stress out of the day.
Since I am a huge makeup junkie, one of my favourite parts of getting ready was getting my makeup done. I love how transformative makeup can be. My makeup artist Robyn was such a sweet and kind person too. She was a big part in keeping me calm. We talked about our love of makeup and she shared with me details about her own wedding.
After hair and makeup, a few mimosas and a light lunch, it was time to put on my dress. I was completely in love with my wedding dress. I purchased it at Baroness Bridal in Ottawa. It was actually the first one I tried on and it brought me to tears the moment I stepped out of the dressing room in it. Funny enough, I didn’t even choose it. The shop owner Rena picked it out and urged me to try it on. I told her it wasn’t my style, but entertained it. Turns out, this was the winner. The dress is by Paloma Blanca and I liked the fact that it was made in Canada.
Since I knew my photographer was coming to take photographs before the wedding, I had ordered this custom robe, which said Bride on the back from Etsy. For any brides out there, the robe was purchased from the shop Just Cottons.
Going upstairs to finally put my wedding dress on was a surreal experience. It seemed like time had gone so fast since Mark had proposed to me in New York City in April 2013. After some help from my mom, I emerged from my childhood bedroom in my wedding dress and headed back downstairs to show my bridesmaids.
The final step to complete my wedding day look was the accessories. I purchased most of my accessories on Etsy and mixed gold and silver.
I decided to wear a veil with some lace details on the edge, but took it out after the ceremony. I also wore a gold and champagne hair clip that my hair dresser had bought for me. I really liked having the crystal hair clip because it really added that little extra bling to my look.
I fell in love with these silver drop earrings because they had peach in them, which was one of my wedding colours. I knew I wanted to add colour to my look in some way and found accessories were the best way to do this. The earrings were purchased from the Etsy shop Poetry Jewelry.
I opted for a large cocktail ring, over a bracelet. I liked the champagne stones in this ring and the unique look of it. I purchased this from the Etsy shop Heatherly Designs.
On the morning of the wedding, Mark surprised me with this beautiful rose gold ring with a morganite stone and diamond accents. We had seen it at a jewelry store earlier in the year. I was so shocked that he remembered I liked it and went back to get it months later. It complimented the rest of my wedding accessories really well.
Since my wedding was a vintage theme, I wanted my garter to tie in the theme. I found this beautiful one from the Etsy shop Lucy Bridal Boutique. This garter was absolutely stunning and came with a toss garter as well.
I knew I wanted to wear flats on my wedding day because I wanted to be comfortable and not have to worry about heels. I had to walk down a large field of grass so I knew heels were out of the question anyway because they would sink in the grass.
I had originally wanted mint flats but was unable to find a pair that was the right shade of mint. I settled on these gold ones I got at The Shoe Company.
I had give my bridesmaids gold paisley clutches to use for the wedding and had ordered myself an ivory paisley one. I absolutely loved this bag. The interior was mint and had our wedding date stitched inside. It was the perfect size and was able to hold Kleenex, makeup and my cell phone. I purchased this bag and the ones for my bridesmaids from Ella Winston. I also purchased a bag for both my mother and mother-in-law.
A special thank you to the following people for making me look and feel like a princess on my wedding day:
- Janet Fougere for teaching me how to be strong on and off the gym floor.
- Rena at Baroness Bridal for finding my perfect dress.
- Robyn of Robyn’s Nest for taking such time and care to ensure my makeup was just how I wanted it.
- Cathy Horst, my hair dresser for my entire life for making my hair look exactly the way I envisioned it and for bringing me back the gorgeous hair clip from Hong Kong.
- My maid of honour and bridesmaids for making the day fun, making sure I was taken care of and for making me laugh and smile the entire day.
- My mom for helping me plan this wedding, helping me get into my big, puffy dress and being my biggest support system.
- Jessica at Spa Junkie for the fantastic facials and waxing my eyebrows to perfection.
As you can see, having a vision for how you will look on your wedding is simple, but executing that vision takes a lot of time and the right people to help your vision become a reality.
For all the bride out there, what was your favourite part of your wedding day look?