Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Who Doesn't Love a Sale?

Especially a wedding dress sale!! For all you Ontario brides, take note of these two sales!

White Toronto Sample Sale - Friday, Oct 2nd & Saturday, 3rd

Save up to 70% at White Toronto on more than 80 designer bridal gowns, including a limited number of Monique Lhuillier bridal gown samples—plus designs from Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka, Jenny Lee, Nicole Miller and more. White will also be featuring a collection of Special Occasion and Maid sample dresses. Cal

Call now to book your appointment as space is limited - 416.849.9196 or e-mail

Ritche Fall Bridal Sale

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

40% off at Banana Republic

This appeared in my inbox this morning. I was tempted but if I send one more thing to the BF for him to mule over....he's going to reclaim the closet space he's given me. So it's yours. I believe it is a one use code only. So to the first person who sees and uses this......enjoy! And please let me know what you end up buying!!

p.s. I was eying this dress.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Picture That Photography

As promised earlier, here is my 'interview' with Edmonton-based wedding photography team, Picture That. I love how they capture their subjects against amazing backdrops. Without further adieu, I introduce you to Susan and Krister, aka Picture That!

How did ‘Picture That’ come about?
Picture That came about as sort of a therapy. I (Susan) was married in 2004 (now single), and the photographs were horrible. There were also very few of them. I was really depressed, until my best friend (now business partner, Krister Temme) bought me a digital SLR camera. I began photographing my family and friends and doing free wedding photography for brides for whom professional photography was not a priority (or for those who could not afford it). I took classes and studied under some other photographers in my area, and that snowballed into my own business! Krister and I started getting so busy we could no longer keep our day jobs, and went into photography full time! Now, about 5 years later, wedding photography is basically all we do!

What would you say is Picture That’s style?
Picture That style is romantic, fun, fashion-y, but mainly we strive to capture "real" moments and connection between couples. We believe that less isn't more, and like to capture guests on the dance floor, kids, details, anything that tells the story of a wedding - not just the bride and groom. For picture time (formals) we strive to make our photos stand out by using studio lighting and making people "pop" from the background.

Do you have a favourite location that you like to shoot at?

We don't have one favorite location . We love Fort Edmonton Park, Devonian Gardens, urban scenes downtown and rural scenes in the country. Really, we are happiest mixing it up and not always shooting in the same places! New places provide a new sense of creativity.

( The Professional Bridesmaid's note: This is the photo that caught my eye and led me to contact
Picture That!)

What type of portrait session do you like to shoot the best (e.g. weddings, maternity, boudoir) and why?

Weddings are our favorite thing to photograph as we thrive on the energy of a wedding day. It seems like such an accomplishment to document such an important (and usually quite long) story. We feel we get to know the couple and their families and friends by the end of the wedding. We love that deeper connection achieved by photographing a couple's wedding. We enjoy all other types of photography too, but weddings are a definite fave.

What has been your favourite wedding to date that you've shot ?
Our favorite wedding photographed to date was of Lea & Leo in the Dominican Republic. With a smaller guest list, and the nature of this destination wedding, we were really able to connect with everyone there. The ocean was inspiring and gave us many new creative ideas. The trash the dress session the next day was a blast, and we loved doing our first underwater bride & groom photos!

What is Picture That’s take on "Trash the Dress" sessions? Can you give a brief description of what happens in a TTD session?

Our take on "trash the dress" is to treat it like a fashion/romance session in which the couple can choose some amazing backdrops that they wouldn't have been able to use for their wedding, and spend the required amount of time to get the lighting just perfect so each photograph is like a magazine cover! We don't focus heavily on the actual "trashing" of the dress, but at the same time we don't worry about the dress getting dirty or wet either. The most fun sessions we've done so far have been in the ocean, at a fair on the rides, in pools, and in cool picturesque locations a few hours out of the city. So far every bride has been able to clean her dress without issue. We have some rockin' ideas for some new sessions, some of which would not leave the dress cleanable!

What is your favourite part of living in Edmonton?
Our favorite part of living in Edmonton is the diverse cultures in our city. We love eating food from all over (Indian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.) so this is a great place for that! We love that we are city enough to get some great urban settings for pictures, but close enough to farms to have some great rural locations too! Snow adds a fun element to photographs that not every photographer enjoys too!

Do you have tips for brides and grooms for their big day?

  • Leave 3 hours for photographs if you have a larger family and want all of the standard combos for family photographs.
  • Remember to factor in travel time when estimating your photography sessions . The more places you travel to, the longer your photography session will be.
  • If you have photographs that are a must for you, ask your photographer for their standard list of photos they take, add in any you don't see, and cross off any you don't want. Try not to take redundant photographs (the same people grouped 10 different ways).
  • Bring food and drinks, or schedule in a break time. Hungry people aren't happy people, and the photographs will show this.
  • We carry an emergency kit with us. If your photographer doesn't, ensure you have everything you need to deal with any issues that may arise (bug spray, tide to go pen, floss, and band aids, lip gloss and a translucent powder are just some of the things you should bring with you).
  • Make sure that you and your partner have at least 1 whole hour of photography to yourselves. If you feel that for whatever reason you can't schedule the time you need for photographs on your wedding day, consider a day after session with just you two where you can relax and take photographs wherever you wish, with better lighting (in the evening) and no time limit. You can (but don't have to) trash your dress at this time as well!
We believe photography is one of the most important wedding decisions to be made as it will be the main memento of all of the other decisions made (the dress, people, the favors, the cake and decor will be remembered forever in these pictures. Choose photographers who do not limit the photographs they take or give after the wedding, ones that are artistic and capable of adding that "extra something" to photographs once they are taken, and ones who actually LOVE weddings (and are not just there to make money, but prefer photographing bands or something else). Look at entire weddings when selecting your photographer. Choose someone flexible who doesn't put you into a cookie-cutter package where you will be paying for extras you don't want. In the end, ensure you are comfortable with the photographer you choose, that you feel they understand what you want and are capable of providing it! It's your wedding- you call the shots, we just take them!

Thank you Susan and Krister! For more information on Picture That, click here to visit their site and blog.

Happy Monday!

It's a rainy Monday in the Tdot today. So gross. Perfect day to stay in your pj's and watch Love Actually. This lovely pic on the Axioo Photography blog perked me up a bit. Lovely dress non? To see more pics, click here.

Come on by later as I'll have a feature post on Edmonton-based photography team, Picture That.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Honey My Heart......

is getting married this weekend! Congratulations!

We can't wait to hear all about it and feast our eyes on all your DIY goodness!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Frugal Fridays!

TGIF!!! I've had one of those long weeks where I kept asking myself, "Seriously, is it Friday yet!?!" Anyways, I will try to get back into the swing of blogging things next week. Enjoy your weekends!

Krista, aka A Canadian Bride, is selling wedding decor items, including the items shown below. Take a look and see if you can score a deal!

Don't forget about this weekend's trunk shows...................

Vera Wang Trunk Show

Thursday, September 24th to Saturday, September 26th

Vera Wang Bridal Salon at Hugo Nicholson
38 Avenue Rd
Toronto, Ontario M5R2G2

To see the latest Vera Wang Bridal collection, visit

Watters Bridal Trunk Show
Friday, September 25th & Saturday, September 26th

Veronica Di Santo Atelier -
4040 Steeles Ave West
Suites 14 & 15
*FYI -Veronica is the daughter of famous bridal designer Ines Di Santo.

To see more from the Watters collection, visit

Jenny Packham Spring 2010 Bridal Trunk Show
Friday, September 25th & Saturday, September 26th

White Toronto (
19 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, ON. M5R 2E1
Tel: 416 849 9196 /
Call to make an appointment. Space is limited.

To see the latest Jenny Packham collection, visit

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tidbit from the Interwebs

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I'm a little burnt out...from work, from blogging, from life. hehehe. Cannot wait for the weekend! Need some 'me' time. How are you?

Thought I'd share this amazing deal with you - $5.00 for an 1 year InStyle subscription!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

My Favourite Emmy Frocks

Did you watch? Did you not LOVE Barney, er, Neil Patrick Harris as the host? What did you think of the fashion?

These were my favourite dresses from the night:

Leighton Meester wore something very non-Blair but I love it. So Grecian goddess. I love the shoulder detail. And her waist looks so ity-bity.
via Popsugar

Mary-Louise Parker looks amazing in this cute and sassy (and purple, my favourite colour!) dress. It's nice when the ladies forgo the gowns for sexy cocktail dresses.
via People

My least favourite dress was Hayden Panetierre's. Is it me or is that red just a tad off? And the hair seems so...stiff. I guess since Hayden is only 20, I was expecting a dress that was fun and flirty, less beauty queen-esque.

via People

What were you faves?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

You're Invited to a Coldplay Wedding?

Interesting. Coldplay played their last show on the Viva La Vida tour tonight at Wembley Stadium. This is now their homepage. Will their next studio album be wedding centric? Guess we'll find out. Are you going to RSVP?

Something Weddings, er, Elopment

Today is the day Brandy (Something Weddings) gets married! After hitting a few bumps in planning her wedding, Brandy decided to toss aside the plans and elope!! In La belle Montreal! SO romnatic. Brandy, have an amazing time and congratulations! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Frugal Friday - Pre-Loved Gowns

I'm a bit late on my Frugal Friday posting...but like they say better late than never! For those of you who are looking for pre-loved gowns, two popular sites for perusing used gowns are Once Wed and I've listed gowns that are currently residing in Canada so you can save on shipping and customs fees! Have an amazing weekend!

Vera Wang 'Audrey'- Toronto, ON

- via

Cymbeline 'Agadir' - Toronto, ON
- via
Alvina Valenta AV9662 - Calgary, AB
- via

JCrew 'Sophia' - Ottawa, ON - via Once Wed
via JCrew

Eddy K Milano - Surrey/Langley, BC - via Once Wed

Nicole Miller HG0015 - Toronto, ON - via Once Wed
Vineyard "Drew" - Montreal, QC - via Once Wed

Melissa Sweet "Dora" - Montreal, QC -via Once Wed
Lazaro LZ 3804 - Calgary, AB - via Once Wed

Rivini 2009/2010 Trunk Show - Toronto

via Rivini

Sorry for the late notice on this one! The Trunk Show starts today!

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 10:00am-8:00pm
Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 10:00am-6:00pm

Dina Alonzi Bridal
3020 Bloor Street West (At Royal York & Bloor)
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 236-0270

To see more of the Rivini bridal collection, visit
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