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{video} Who is HRM Photography?

This video, 'Who is HRM Photography,' intimately interviews the team at HRM Photography, and several of their clients. Ever wondered what makes a team of three top-named professional photographers tick? Or how they approach their craft and why they do what they do - even as they push 500 weddings to date? Then this video is a must-see :)

Who is HRM Photography Inc.? from AV Artisan on Vimeo.


197 FallBridalShoot HRMintro{design palette} A Twilight-Inspired Wedding

Photography: HRM Photography (review)

This Twilight-inspired wedding design palette is the result of the creative collaboration of seven London and Southwestern Ontario wedding experts! From lucious reds and golds to romantic lace, this design palette will have couples falling in love, whether they are Twilight fans or not!


Hessenland offers brides and grooms a piece of Ontario's West Coast

With a multitude of ceremony and reception spaces, overnight accommodations, inside and outside options, two pavilions, two gazebos and a lookout tower, there were already more than enough reasons to love Hessenland for a Huron County wedding! But, what many couples don't realize until they step foot on the property, is that Hessenland also offers their own private piece of one of the prettiest beaches on Lake Huron!

The beach stairs, deck, and the beach itself...


Latest reviews on wedding experts in the London area

The Backus-Page House Museum and grounds offer gorgeous open air or tented outdoor wedding spaces amidst natural beauty and history
A wedding on the grounds of the Backus-Page House Museum means that you and your guests are surrounded by natural beauty, romantic history, rustic charm and 10 acres of manicured lawns and serene forests. It also means that you can have your wedding ceremony and reception in the open air or beneath a gorgeous tent, hosting up to 400 guests. The homestead, which was constructed in 1850, is one of the first brick homes built in what would eventually become Dunwich Township. This charming 19th century brick home not only stands as a testament to the property’s history but also offers numerous ideal spaces for your wedding and wedding photos. The team at The Ring recently met with Angela Bobier, Cultural Manager of the Backus-Page House Museum, to learn more about this hidden gem, and to find out why local brides will love this venue...
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The Idlewyld Inn provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding where food and service is key
There really is nothing else like the Idlewyld Inn in London. This intimate gem offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options and is the ideal venue for smaller weddings where an incredible meal, all in one location and exceptional service are must haves for your wedding day. Whether you're looking for a truly intimate ceremony for two, or want to share your wedding day with fifty close friends and family, the team at the Inn treats everyone like guests in their home. Their attention to detail, stunning setting and fabulous food made in-house, make this a must-see venue for a dream wedding. Here’s more.....
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Award winning Blissful Bookings makes it's mark by bringing your fairy tale wedding to life
Owner and Wedding Director of Blissful Bookings, Jennifer Eaves, and her team have helped London and Southwestern Ontario couples bring their fairytale weddings to life for the past three plus years. Jennifer's services, from full planning to day-of consulting, include everything that London brides might need to plan a dream wedding...
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Brides love Photographer, Shelley Smith, for her contemporary and candid style that tells the story of your wedding day
Whether she's shooting in the middle of a heat wave or, caught up in a torrential down pour, Shelley Smith seems to have no trouble remaining calm, cool and gunning for that shot that makes her bride's jaw drop. "I want every bride to look back at her photos and say, 'Damn, I looked good on my wedding day!'. For example, while a wedding day thunderstorm might have most people running for cover, Shelley used it as a photo opp,"Who doesn’t want to kiss in the rain like the movies?! We used The Notebook as inspiration, of course." With a background in shooting fashion portraits and a focus on capturing timeless candid shots, Shelley makes it her mission to tell a story on your wedding day that you can look back on for years to come. Here's more on Shelley...
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Thriving wedding planning business, Unmistakably You, is built on designing gorgeous customized events for every couple
Amy McNall, Lead Wedding Planner and Owner of Unmistakably You, doesn’t just want to give brides a nice wedding day, she wants to give them a totally customized, stress-free, dream-like day to cherish forever. With her phone attached at the hip and in constant communication with clients as well as the many vendors involved in their events, Amy has built a thriving business out of creating gorgeous events that are Unmistakably all about her couples. ..
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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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Elm Hurst Inn & Spa is an ideal all in one location with all inclusive and à la carte options to suit every couple
Nestled on thirty-three acres of countryside with 140 years of history, the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa has been the ultimate wedding location for many couples. With rooms that can accommodate anywhere from four to 230 people, and plenty of options to suit the traditional or modern bride (and everyone in between), this Ingersoll inn appeals to a huge spectrum of couples....
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Devine Wedding Design owes popularity to selection, service and incredible prices
Having the wedding you've always dreamed of is something that Wendy Bennewies, Owner of Devine Wedding Design, believes every couple deserves. So, whether you're planning a small, intimate wedding or a large, grand affair (or are needing a number of gorgeous life sized wedding design palettes created overnight for The Ring’s WEDDING EXPO, such as was the case for us in Fall of 2014), Wendy makes it her mission to turn your wedding dreams into a reality. Devine Wedding Design carries everything from backdrops, ceiling drapery and centrepieces to the smaller design details such as envelope containers, linens and chair covers that fit into a long list of colour schemes, styles and themes, with décor rentals being big business at her shop. Wendy knows that creating a day that measures up to the vision you've had in your mind since you said "I will!" isn't always easy. That's why her company doesn't just rent décor, they supply the expertise and staff required to pull it all together, helping with everything from choosing the right pieces to complete set-up and tear-down. This leaves the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their day. We sat down with this professional Mitchell Ontario decorator (who serves Southwestern Ontario) to find out how and why (aside from incredible prices, popularity and experience) she's won the hearts of so many brides...
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Successful family business takes decorating style & selection to a whole new level at To Suit Your Fancy
To Suit Your Fancy has a décor inventory that they say is one of the largest in Southwestern Ontario (and growing), and along with it, a portfolio that exhibits hundreds of wedding fairytales that have been brought to life by this nine year old décor company. Jackie Philips, a managing decorator for weddings in the London area, designed over sixty local weddings last year alone and is ready and excited for more this year so she can offer brides the newest décor trends and her latest items, like lounge furniture, a six foot chandelier, tons of new linen colours, LED colour-changing lights, and more...
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From a historical chapel to unique reception spaces, Fanshawe Pioneer Village has both indoor and outdoor options
At Fanshawe Pioneer Village, you can step into your future with a step back in time. Heritage, nature, and photo opportunities all come together here, accommodating weddings that range from romantic nineteenth-century themes to contemporary weddings under a big white tent. How you use this locale is completely up to you, thanks to the help of on-site Rental Coordinator, Chris Lee. "From simple country to historic re-enactment to elegant outdoor receptions under a beautiful tent, Fanshawe Pioneer Village has it all."
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Announcement: London Expo Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner:

Carolyn Daugulis

They have won a $1000 Online Shopping Spree!!


mint3introGlitterpops Flavour of the week: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Glitterpops Owner, Elizabeth Hansen, offers couples her fun, handcrafted GlitterPops (review) - think chic, glammed up lollipops - to engaged couples who want to add something to their wedding day that both looks and tastes sweet.

With customization options ranging from colour, flavor and shape to size and even a personalized candy image in the middle, GlitterPops feed your wedding guests, your sweet tooth and your DIY addiction at the same time.



SomethingBorrowed-FloralTips-FW13intro{expert tip} Tips & Trends for Beautiful Blooms

An expert tip from Lindsay Hinde of Something Borrowed Wedding & Party Rentals in London

From the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

From the hottest trends to the most popular floral arrangements for your bouquests, Lindsay Hinde of Something Borrowed Wedding & Party Rentals in London shares some of her favourite options for your wedding day florals...


AliciaRileyDP-FW13intro{design palette} Mint, Peach, Gold & Emerald

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alicia Riley Photography (review)

With inspiration from the colour 'Emerald Green' and a mutual love of all things vintage, photographer Alicia Riley and decorator Rebecca Wilson, teamed up with other Southwestern Ontario wedding experts to create one fabulous design shoot. Says Rebecca, "Since this is the colour of the year, we wanted to use it as one of the accent colours, and then soften it with mint green, gold and touches of peachy pinks. It's soft and pretty yet elegant and romantic!"


becknige1-3 2{Reality Wedding Story} A secret garden wedding filled with love | Rebecca & Nigel

Photography: Stephanie Gascho Photography | Story by The Wedding Ring

Rebecca, a wedding planner and decorator, knew she wanted a simple yet elegant wedding that was all about family and filled with lots of love. Rebecca planned a secret garden style wedding filled with fabulous décor like vintage keys, bird themed details and chose a palette of greys and yellows.


DufferinHallblog-intro{Weddings on a budget} London's Dufferin Hall offers pricing to love for local couples on a tight budget

Couples looking for a venue on a budget this wedding season will want to add Dufferin Hall (review) to their list of must-sees. A wedding at Dufferin Hall won't break the bank and their pricing is a big draw with couples. To give you an idea, the Dufferin Hall team says the average bride spends about $5,000 on their Dufferin Hall wedding. Any bride who has done her homework knows that this is a great price! It also allows you to truly dive into décor with just a part of the money spent on the rest of your wedding.


introPricing your gown: The four factors that go into the cost of your dress

With so many choices and price points for wedding gowns, brides are often left wondering why weddings dresses cost what they do. So who better to ask than Erin Bouchard, owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings in Strathroy, to help us break down the factors that go into pricing a dress. “Not all wedding dresses are created equal,” says Erin, “Simply put, there are four reasons why dresses cost what they do.”




TWR-ONTARIO-SEP2013-ltclondonclubintro{ Reality Wedding Story } Romantic, high style Old Hollywood DIY wedding

Photography: LTC Photography (♥) (

Sarah and Nick McCallum first met while working at a video store and so it was only fitting that they would choose an old Hollywood theme for their wedding day. With art deco as their inspiration, and a design palette of gold, black, cream and silver, Sarah and Nick’s wedding was all about glitz, glamour and romance. “We still get compliments on the romance of our day and how people had so much fun.”


Haliburton Wedding Story Brent Foster Photography{ Reality Wedding Story } A cottage wedding weekend in Haliburton

Photography: Brent Foster Photography 

Since Jessica Valentini and Shawn Takacs are both avid outdoor enthusiasts, a weekend wedding in the Haliburton Highlands was the ideal location for their fall, country-themed wedding. Based on a palette of dark purples, deep reds and rusty orange, the couple used tons of natural wood, burlap and plaids throughout their décor to show off their rustic, outdoorsy style.


TWR-ONTARIO-SEP2013-hrmelmhurst-introsm{ Reality Wedding Story } A grand locale, vintage dècor &  fun, fond memories

Photography: HRM Photography (♥) (

"We wanted to be married in a place that felt right to us, where the ceremony, reception and photos could all be in one location, so we didn’t have to run around from place to place. We wanted to relax and enjoy every minute of the day. We chose the Elm Hurst Inn because it fit all the criteria...and the food is amazing! And, as a bonus it was located midway between Windsor and Toronto, where most of our guests were coming from. Ironically, we had stayed at the Elm Hurst two years prior, and while checking out the grounds, we decided it was an ideal place to be married..."


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From brides & experts...

"We planned our wedding remotely (from Ottawa) and booked our wedding (ceremony and reception) at ..."
Bonnie Lidstone's review on Cambridge Mill provides brides with a stunning location and fabulous view of the Grand River
"Alicia did a phenomenal job photographing our August 2014 wedding. She captured the love and happ..."
Virginia's review on Alicia Riley offers a fresh, easy-going personality, fabulous candid photography & prices London and Kitchener brides love
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