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Neso Basara Photography is helping couples capture the most cherished moments of their wedding day
Whether candid or formal, capturing the images of your wedding day is one of the most important parts of getting married. After all, you’ll look back on those memories for the rest of your life. That’s why choosing a photographer that can share your wedding day vision is so important. Staff at The Ring sat down with Neso Basara, Photographer at Neso Basara Photography in the Kitchener/Waterloo area to find out why couples choose this charismatic and down-to-earth photographer.
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The Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, with personalized service and an all in one location, lets couples enjoy a stress-free wedding day.
When we met with Brandy from Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, we were blown away by her energy and commitment to making sure that each couple enjoys a smooth, fun and hassle-free planning process. At Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, you'll have a team of event experts that are there to make your day happen the way you want it to. It’s all about not having to stress over the little details that can sometimes consume your planning process – such as decor set-up the night before the big day or working out a timeline with your florist – and instead, having plenty of time to actually enjoy your planning process! Between the all-in-one location, a venue that works for any style or theme and a team that says they’re dedicated to brides, grooms and fabulous local weddings, Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre offers a great choice for a stress-free wedding day.
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Galt Country Club offers exceptional service, spectacular surroundings and a historic ambiance for weddings
Nestled along the Grand River in Cambridge, Ontario, Galt Country Club is the oldest golf clubs in Waterloo Region. The history and prestige of this 100-year old members-only golf and country club are obvious as drive up to the private estate. With three banquet rooms, full catering services, wall-to-wall windows, historical architecture and space for anywhere from 50 to 200 guests, Galt Country Club is undoubtedly a fabulous wedding venue option. Especially when you consider the natural outdoor beauty that comes with it - rolling greens, ponds with fountains and sought-after views of the Grand River. Photo opportunities don’t get much better than this. Staff at The Ring sat down with Rose Hoch, Events Coordinator at Galt Country Club, to find out everything an engaged couple would need to know to plan a Galt Country Club wedding…
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The It Works! Wrappin’ Duo help brides wrap their way to looking gorgeous on their wedding day
Regardless of how confident a woman is, every bride wants to look and feel absolutely stunning in her wedding dress as she walks down the aisle. The months leading up to the wedding are often a time focused on positive lifestyle choices like healthy eating, drinking plenty of water, getting lots of sleep and following a skin care regime. Well now, some brides have discovered It Works! and they’re using the all-natural, skin care products including the Ultimate Body Applicator to help them achieve their wedding day goal of looking amazing on their big day. Staff at The Ring sat down with Natalie Andrews and Taylon Leduc, Wrappin’ Duo of It Works! to find out everything a bride needs to know about the all-natural products and that crazy wrap thing that everyone is talking about.
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Ku'r is the cure for all of your wedding day salon and spa needs
The goal of Ku'r Salon and Spa's is to make sure you're feeling and looking fabulous on the morning of your wedding day. This Doon South Drive (Kitchener) spa is a one-stop shop for all of your beauty needs, from head to toe. Owners, Taline and Katrina, and their team of expert stylists and aestheticians work from the inside out, treating brides and their wedding parties to massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, make-up and hair design. Ku’r caters to brides by offering bridal discounts, trials and customized packages that make planning a wedding easier. With senior level stylists, a mission of achieving customer service and satisfaction, and talk of having the "best facial and pedicure in town", it’s obvious that, on the wedding day, it’s all about you and your wedding party. We sat down with Taline and Katrina in their gorgeous salon and spa to find out what brides will love most about Ku’r Salon & Spa. Here’s what you’ll want to know…
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The Knox Presbyterian Church offers an all in one location set in a stunning stone church in the heart of Elora
Built in 1873, Knox Presbyterian Church offers the perfect backdrop to say 'I do' in the heart of historic Elora. Available for both religious and non-denominational wedding ceremonies, the beautiful stone church offers ceremony seating capacity for up to 400 guests, set against the church's stunning workable organ and baby grand piano, playing perfectly into the church's incredible acoustics. For couples looking for an all in one location, the church offers a 'blank canvas' reception space for up to one hundred guests and comes equipped with a full service kitchen. Brides can bring in their own caterer or, hire the local service club to create their wedding day menu. So, in the spirit of this welcoming and accommodating local gem, we met with The Knox Presbyterian Church Board of Managers to find out more about a wedding at Knox Church...
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Bingemans catering packages are all about choice; your venue, your ballroom, your menu, your budget
Bingemans has been in business for over 70 years - the last 50+ years of which has involved catering weddings, galas and other special events - so when it comes to wedding menus, you’d be hard-pressed to find a request or situation that this leading catering and events company hasn’t undertaken in the past. In fact, Bingemans not only caters fantastic events at each of their own six on-site event spaces, but their team of chefs and servers are the exclusive caterers for top named venues across Kitchener-Waterloo - and, if you hire them for such, your own off-site wedding at your own venue, as well. So what is Bingemans’ recipe for getting so many wedding catering bookings each year? The Bingemans events team, including Wedding Specialist Tiffany VanderBurg, says it’s because they put the focus where it should be. “We cater to every bride… On-site or off-site, traditional bride or outside the box, big budget or budget conscious, big wedding or intimate wedding, there’s something for everyone.”
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Brides love DJ Charlie Clean Custom Events for their stress free package options, incredible team and DJ services that are completely unique to each wedding day
When Mark Caravaggio launched DJ Charlie Clean ~ Custom Events, he knew he wanted to give his clients a truly unique experience - a DJ service that is meticulously tailored to each bride and grooms' big day. When the team at The Ring interviewed past clients, many didn’t hesitate to put their stamp of approval on this company as well. We got feedback like, "DJ Charlie Clean was the best wedding decision we made" and "... [they are] the ONLY DJ company I recommend to my clients."
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Spirits Intrigued Photography captures true love stories with a thoughtful, unique and relaxed approach
Spirits Intrigued Photography captures connections between couples, bringing back those incredible feelings of love and happiness from their wedding day...
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Spencer's at the Waterfront offers a modern venue with stunning, one of a kind views of Lake Ontario
Spencer's at the Waterfront features the Observatory, which can accommodate up to 130 people for seated receptions or 175 for cocktail receptions. Designed by well-known Toronto architects Baird, Sampson and Neuert (think Nathan Phillips Square and the Spadina Gardens), the Observatory features a nautical inspired theme on Burlington’s waterfront...
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An all in one wedding destination set against natural waterfalls and historic architecture make Ancaster Mill a timeless venue choice for Southwestern Ontario brides
The venue offers everything from an intimate space for up to thirty-two guests to a large space for up to 200 guests, complete with your very own outdoor patio...
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Brides choose Whistle Bear Golf Club for its rustic charm, personalized attention and all in one location
When Whistle Bear first opened its doors in 2001, their team knew there were three things that would set them apart...excellent service, phenomenal outdoor views and freshly prepared food. Their approach worked and today, brides come from all over Ontario (and beyond) to be one of the 100+ couples who get married at Whistle Bear every year...
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Brides choose alterations at Ellen & Company for their impeccable service, years of experience and an incredible eye for detail
When we interviewed past brides about Ellen Shute, owner of Ellen & Company in St.Mary's, an alterations house specializing in bridal and formal wear alterations, we couldn't believe the response. From feedback like, "I was so impressed, I now have her alter all of my dresses" to, "Ellen is the ONLY person I trust with my alterations," it was quickly clear that this fashion-loving alterations specialist plays a crucial role in many happy wedding days. For clients, it's Ellen's exceptional attention to detail, years of experience and a deep passion (and great eye) for making sure you look fabulous that keeps them coming back long after the honeymoon...
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Alicia Riley offers a fresh, easy-going personality, fabulous candid photography & prices London and Kitchener brides love
Alicia's work is often featured in The Wedding Ring Magazine, her photo booth at the Expo @ Waterloo Inn was a complete smash, and she's proven that she knows what brides want in a wedding photographer. So, from a natural and timeless shooting style and competitive prices to an 'above and beyond' mantra that includes an exceptional experience from start to finish, it's obvious that Alicia is a much-loved choice for Southwestern Ontario brides (and beyond!). Here’s everything you need to know about Alicia Riley Photography…
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Cambridge Mill provides brides with a stunning location and fabulous view of the Grand River
If you’re looking for a unique, romantic location to host your Cambridge wedding, you’re going to want to check out Cambridge Mill. This location, which is family-run by life-long restaurateurs, the Ciancone family, has been drafted specifically to be fabulous for weddings and special events. Staff at The Ring sat down with the Ciancone family to find out what brides would most want to know – what does Cambridge Mill offer, how many people can it accommodate, and how soon can they book their weddings there?!
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Afzia Shareef, A Wedding Planner motivated by the details & love stories of local weddings
When you work with Afzia Shareef of Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination, you aren't just getting a Certified Wedding Planner (WPICC); you're likely also getting a hair stylist, mediator, lighting technician, seamstress and a friend who knows who you are and what you're envisioning for your wedding day. From personal consultations to full wedding planning, Afzia says "being able to switch gears and think on my feet is something that I have become very good at."
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Stratford Country Club offers expertise, style and service for ceremony and receptions
Located about thirty minutes outside of Kitchener-Waterloo in the quaint and historic town of Stratford, the Stratford Country Club is a well established favourite for area couples and local destination weddings outside of the city. The Stratford Country Club has a beautiful backdrop for nearly any type or style of wedding. From trendy to traditional, it offers and indoor ceremony and reception space in neutral colour schemes, natural décor of fireplaces and walls of windows overlooking the scenic property. Stratford Country Club also gives you fabulous menu and décor options, two rooms for the price of one, views overlooking the beautiful eighteen hole golf course, and a service team that's trained to go out of their way to make your wedding day memorable.
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Latte Productions offers 2 Photographers, 12 hours, an eShoot and more, all at a surprisingly affordable price
Latte Productions Photography, is a company based out of Kitchener-Waterloo but serving the surrounding area. Since opening their doors to wedding bookings six years ago, they now book approximately 160 to 180 full day and night weddings per year.
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Urban Bride’s Kitchener shop offers high fashion dyeable shoes, “shoelery” and locally designed accessories for hair, shoes & your dress
With over ten years’ experience in the wedding industry, first as a photographer, then a bride, and now the Owner of her shoe and accessories store, Simona Gagliostro of Urban Bride, seems to know what local brides are looking for and what they expect in service when they go out looking for it. Urban Bride is conveniently located in downtown Kitchener – having moved from her Cambridge location to her Fall 2013 downtown Kitchener shop - and is your one-stop shop for your bridal shoes (including custom design/colour shoes), accessories, and more. You get the vast selection of shopping online with the comfort of dealing with a friendly and professional person face to face. Setting this shop apart from larger gown franchises, Urban Bride supports local designers by carrying their lines in her busy shop and using local talent (as well as imported, exclusive, and one-of-a-kind designers) to customize items for her brides – whether it’s adding bows and feathers to accessories or creating unique shoe clips. The Ring met with Simona at her cool, cozy storefront and found that she had a ton of great samples for brides to browse through. And what we couldn’t find in stock, there was a catalogue we could order from or a fun way to customize what was on the shelf. Combining her love of fashion and photography, Simona offers items to cover many brides' wedding needs in one destination, from classic to trendy – whatever an urban bride needs. And that's why we knew that Urban Bride was destined to be famous among local brides looking for just that - and we were right. Let us tell you more
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Erika Snyder's on-site make-up is for brides who want to look incredible & feel like themselves
Erika Snyder, a Make-up Artist based out of Elmira, was first recommended to us by several community wedding vendors who’d seen her work or had brides who swore by her services. But it was when we really got the chance to put Erika to the test (making over The Wedding Ring Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2010 and Fall/Winter 2010 cover brides!) that we knew this girl was destined to be famous.
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Evolution offers the hottest hair & beauty trends, high end products, total sustainability & zero environmental impact
For Vince Pasqualino, Sabrina Quessy and the whole creative team at Evolution Concepts in Hair & Spa, going beyond just the wedding day look for their brides is something they pride themselves on. Through their (free) bridal consultations they try to learn each bride’s personality and adapt a look to suit them, while keeping up with and understanding the latest looks and trends in all bridal aspects, not just the hair. From simple to extravagant, serious to chic, and sexy to easy going, Evolution combines their education, dedication and thirteen years of experience to create wedding looks of all styles for men and woman alike. With a mission "to deliver superlative guest services in an inspired space that is respectful to both mankind and the environment," it only makes sense that Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and area brides and grooms already love Evolution.
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Elegance and simplicity meet exquisite cuisine and traditional décor at the Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo
You’ve probably seen The Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Hotel & Conference Centre numerous times, as it’s been a fixture in Kitchener since the 1960s, and perhaps you’ve even set foot inside or spent the night. But what you may not be aware of are the magnificent ballrooms within and the option for an on-site ceremony. They can even host your engagement party, rehearsal dinners, bridal and baby showers. Priding themselves on their high-end cuisine, elegant banquet rooms, flexibility, and willingness to meet your every need, the staff at Holiday Inn K-W say they are all about the overall experience to make it stress free and one of a kind. From a fully decorated hall to endless catering options, and overnight accommodations for your guests – the Inn does it all in one location, customized to your needs.
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DJ company Olympic Sound wins brides with personality, professionalism and skills
From providing music as you walk down the aisle, to serenading guests at dinner, and playing the perfect song for that perfect first dance, a DJ plays a huge part in the wedding day. So when it came time to interview Jasmyn Lancinger, owner and one of a few disc jockeys at Kitchener-based Olympic Sound, it was easy to see why brides were raving over the incredible team of DJs at Olympic Sound.
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Kitchener-Waterloo based Cameron Shaver offers photography and DJ services brides love, all under one roof
Cameron Shaver (the owner, photographer and DJ) is naturally talented and has an obvious passion for documenting and playing a part in local Kitchener-Waterloo weddings. Whether you hire him for photography, to be your DJ, or for both, Cameron Shaver is focused on making your day happen the way you envisioned, at a price you can afford. But your wedding is more than just a list of services and package details to Cameron; “What I really love most is capturing the moment, telling a story, having an outlet for my creativity and creating a final product that I can be proud of."
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With European flair and a personal touch, Belmont Flowers offers fresh ideas of the best quality
Vildana Glisic, is an amazing woman whose life story is often told in words, colours, and flowers. Without even trying, she draws you in with her ability to adopt brides as if they were her own daughters. She shares her story as you share yours, simultaneously arranging flowers (of only the best quality and freshness) as you talk, putting together various design options and colour palettes to fit the dream wedding you just finished describing. At Belmont Flowers, every bouquet is designed by Vildana personally. She is dedicated to making sure that each bride loves her flowers as much as she loves her new husband. It's the norm to find Vildana sharing a hug and tears with a bride on her wedding day because as far as she is concerned, "For every bride, her wedding day is the only day that matters... And that’s the way I treat every one of my brides' weddings." This personal touch doesn't go unnoticed as Belmont Flowers constantly gets referrals from past clients for flowers for every occasion. We interviewed both Vildana and a number of her past brides (who ADORE her, to say the least), to find out how it is that this one person could continue making such a splash in our K-W wedding community. Here’s what we found…
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Well established Cutten Fields offers reputation, elegance and service for a spectacular wedding day.
Cutten Fields (formally known as The Cutten Club) is a private golf and tennis club that has been hosting weddings since 1931. Choosing a club that is recognized as one of the finest in the country means choosing reputation, history and elegance. You can expect high ceilings, natural light, fireplaces, and traditional décor... all combined with the advantages of an indoor ballroom reception for 25 to 250 guests, an outdoor ceremony amidst stunning gardens, and views of both the course and the Guelph cityscape. But what's more, you can expect the service that only a club with this much history could offer you.
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Butterfly Conservatory offers intimate, unique venue for ceremony, reception & year-round photos
How could a bride not fall in love with the idea of saying 'I do', surrounded by a world of butterflies, flowers, waterfalls, plants and greenery? The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory lives up to their name by offering a year-round tropical paradise for your wedding day, right here in the community. Rain or shine, your custom-designed wedding day will come together from an impressive list of options that the conservatory offers. Couples have been known to hold several or all of their wedding day events in this one romantic location - from ceremonies and receptions to their photo shoots in front of naturally exotic backdrops. And with all inclusive packages, we're not surprised that past brides had nothing but raves about this gorgeous location...
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Hauser Hall combines atmosphere of romance with old-world architecture and modern décor on your wedding day
From the moment that we walked through the door at Hauser Hall five years ago, we knew local brides would love it. Originally a church built in the 1800s, Hauser Hall is an incredibly romantic ceremony and reception location nestled in the countryside of Heidelberg, near St. Jacobs. Fully restored by the Hauser family (you'll likely recognize the name from Hauser Stores), this location incorporates old-world architecture, modern décor and an element of high-style romance that you thought you could only dream of for your wedding day.
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Concordia Club famous for Oktoberfest, and an old favourite for weddings
Everyone knows that the Concordia Club throws one of the biggest and most famous Oktoberfest parties every year. But what you may not know is that they can also host an elegant wedding reception, from small and intimate, to large and lavish. In fact, the word 'Concordia' is Latin for harmony, friendship and unity.
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Why The Ring?

The Ring is different from most wedding web sites and magazines because we go further than advertising for vendors or basic wedding tips for brides. Each advertiser Interviews & Reviewed in The Wedding Ring selects wedding professionals for their reputation, their cool-factor, and by the the fact that we've met them, like them, and want to tell you all about them. Many vendors have been recommended to us by other brides and wedding industry experts.  The Ring's staff has done its homework, checked references, and asked around to find great services that can work with all different tastes, budgets and preferences. You'll have lots of options to plan the perfect wedding but not so many that you don't know where to start. The Wedding Ring is a community and a concept that's designed all around what real brides need and what professional wedding vendors have every right to expect.

Hiring: What's a bride to do?

When you're faced with hiring services for the most important day of your life, based solely on who's phone book ad is the biggest, who has the nicest logo, or who's 'blurb' in a web site ad sounds best... When there are 60 florists and 47 photographers... how do you choose? By getting free access to all of the details, prices, options and recommendations you'd normally spend months trying to find. The Ring changes the way K-W brides plan weddings.

**The staff at Wedding Ring Inc. have met with, interviewed, reviewed, and viewed the references of the work of all vendors listed here. To the best of our knowledge, we feel that these vendors will provide superior service and talent on your wedding day. We DO NOT, however, guarantee the work of any service, company or incorporation. Please always refer to your own personal judgment in any situation. Feel free to recommend any vendors you feel should be a part of this and are not. Each review is written by staff, however is paid for by the vendors in order to keep this service free for brides.

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