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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.


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

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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

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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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Latest reviews on wedding experts in the London area

Cooper DJ Service offers competitive pricing, innovative tech tools and music services - all designed just for your wedding day
Great prices, a dynamic team and the ability to create an atmosphere for a great party are just some of the likely reasons that Cooper DJ Service is making its mark on weddings in the Southwestern Ontario area...
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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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Downtown venue, Dufferin Hall, offers space options, parking, budget-friendly pricing and full wedding services to London brides
There are many reasons for local couples to choose Dufferin Hall when it comes to their wedding. The ability to host a ceremony and reception in one large, downtown London location at budget-friendly prices definitely tops that list. With plenty of parking, packages than include everything from bar and catering services to your DJ and light show, it’s an option worth seeing for any London wedding. Located in the Masonic Temple, Dufferin Hall is a venue most Londoners know already, and yet may not realize that it can host a full-fledged wedding day. Let us explain…
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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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Alicia Riley offers a fresh, easy-going personality, fabulous candid photography & prices London and Kitchener brides love
Alicia Riley has all the ingredients needed to be one of Kitchener and London area brides’ favourite local photographers. She’s young, energetic, her past brides rave about her, and she shoots fabulous, creative, candid photos. After calling 2011 her “break out year”, Alicia Riley made the transition from graphic designer to full time photographer official, her booking calendar filling up quickly. Alicia's work has been featured in The Wedding Ring Magazine, her photo booth at the Expo @ Waterloo Inn (January 2012) was a complete smash, and she's proven that she knows what brides want in a wedding photographer. So, from a creative shooting style and competitive prices to coffee table style albums and all things in between, here’s everything you need to know about Alicia Riley…
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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 the newly opening venue, Cambridge Mill. This location which is set to open in the spring (April, 2011) is family-run by life-long restaurateurs, the Ciancone family, and has been drafted specifically to be fabulous for weddings and special events. Since they’re already taking bookings for the 2011 wedding season…
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Brides choose Dudek Photography for blend of impeccable customer service & high quality images
If you're looking for photo shoot locations that have you heading down back roads, hidden allies, open fields, and any other interesting places you can think of, then you'll likely love Dudek Photography who thrives on going new places and doing news things in order to turn his wedding photos into artwork. Owner and Photographer, Damian Dudek, adds that he will also (of course) get the must-haves and make sure he captures all of the real moments from the day while incorporating the couple's personalities.
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In Bloom Photography’s Casual Approach Helps Capture True Happiness On Your Wedding Day
The team at The Ring has known Carolyn Pongracz of In Bloom Photography for years. And apart from her immense talent for capturing timeless images that couples will truly cherish forever, we've simply loved working with such a passionate, fun and kind photographer...
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Real film director turns wedding videos into your new favourite movie - with you as the star
Mike Stanisic, owner of Director's Cut Videography, can shoot and edit a simple but elegant wedding video for minimal cost, or he can use his movie-making experience to turn your wedding video into a feature-film with you as the star... When The Ring viewed the Director’s Cut demo, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, nor a single person who didn’t laugh - a lot. To brides, Mike Stanisic is known for his trendy shooting style, high-end equipment, quick turn-around time and pricing that fits any wedding budget.
read more has a selection of favours, gifts and décor online and at their Ingersoll location
Wedding favours come in all shapes and sizes but when you're the bride, you want to say thank you to your guests with items that will be appreciated, remembered and that ring true to the style of your day. From tree seedlings to personalized golf balls to funky little purse hooks, offers a selection of items and ideas for wedding and shower favours, bridal party gifts, invitations and themed bridal collections.
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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, Wendy has made 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 details such as envelope containers, linens and chair covers that fit into a long list of colour schemes, styles and themes.
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HRM's passionate and versatile approach means they connect with couples & capture the day as it unfolds
Every bride wants to have some attention on her wedding day... but what if you want to feel like a star? Heather MacEachern of HRM Photography and her team will make you feel just that. It's not just her university degrees (in Photography and Education), experience and continual education in photography that sets Heather apart. We also happen to think that her enthusiastic approach to all things wedding, her evolving unobtrusive style, her work with internationally known bands, and her commitment to creating lasting relationships with her clients that also contribute to HRM's popularity. Heather takes all of this experience and translates it to what she loves most... Ontario weddings, which continue to inspire her even after shooting over 500 of them!
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128 AmandaIan HRM{ Reality Wedding Story } High style, New Orleans jazz and DIY touches come together at Berkeley Field House wedding | Amanda and Ian

Photography by HRM Photography (website) (review) | Story by The Wedding Ring

Bride & Groom: Amanda Filipe and Ian Locke

Engaged: February 20, 2011

Married: July 21, 2012 at 4:30pm    

How they met: Through friends at a Stag and Doe

Ceremony & Reception Location: Berkeley Field House (review)

Budget: "Around $25,000 with the bulk of cost going towards the venue and catering."

Favourite planning element: "Checking out New Orleans style jazz bands around Toronto to choose one for our reception."  

Biggest Challenge: Settling on the venue. "We looked at several venues in Toronto that would allow for an outdoor wedding and there were some really awesome options. In the end, we sat down and made a pros and cons list to make the final decision."

Guest count: 100

Amanda and Ian chose the beautiful Berkeley Field House in Toronto for their summer wedding day. The couple said "I do" in front of their closest family and friends and added many personal touches, for a wedding day that truly reflected their style as a couple.


HRM Photography Boudoir Sessions LondonThe Truth about Boudoir Photography

A Q&A with professional photographer, Heather MacEachern, of HRM Photography

Boudoir Photography Sessions have been a hot topic in recent years. In fact, the last time HRM Photography offered a boudoir shoot in The Ring's Online Auction, it started a pretty heated bidding war. So, in an effort to find out the truth about boudoir photo sessions, we interviewed uber-popular photographer, Heather MacEachern of HRM Photography, to ask;

What are they really like? Who's brave enough to sign up? What's the real story behind the curtain here?

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TWR-ONTARIO-JAN2013-HRM-DesignPalette150w{ design palette } Rich with Culture

{From The Wedding Ring Magazine ONTARIO Spring/Summer 2013 issue}

Photography by HRM Photography () ( (review on HRM)

Stephanie and Kanna wanted their wedding to reflect their families’ distinct heritage. Stephanie explains, “We were inspired by the different cultural heritages of our respective families. We wanted to incorporate elements which reflected those aspects while maintaining a unique and simple ceremony.” “We incorporated several traditional elements from Dutch Catholic and Indian Hindu ceremonies and combined...


FinalONMag11-VintageLoveSong-Intro{ Reality Wedding Story } A Vintage Love Song | Beth & Glenn

October 22nd, 2011 :: Aeolian Hall in London ( | Photography by Brent Foster Photography ( (read review) | Story by

Beth remembers the Spring 2009 night that she realized she loved Glenn Waugh. They'd been dating for a couple of months by then and she was having a girls' night with friends. She caught herself talking about Glenn, giggling like a schoolgirl, and suddenly telling her girlfriends that she loved him. She admits she actually had to stop herself from texting Glenn to tell him too. "The next morning, I told my sister that if I didn’t marry Glenn, I was done looking!" 

"The ease with which I had made that remark showed me that clearly, I had met my future wife." 

Glenn, he knew it was forever when they attended a friend's wedding in June 2009. "I made an off-the-cuff reference to 'our wedding' without realizing it... The ease with which I had made that remark showed me that clearly, I had met my future wife." 


Vintage Country Rustic Barn Silverware China To Suit Your Fancy Decorating{ Design Palette } Vintage Country

Michelle says, "When we stumbled across a gorgeous barn in London a few months ago, our minds started whirling with photo possibilities. We decided we had to shoot there!" "This styled bridal session is a fabulous mix of feminine touches and simplicity with rustic charm. Jackie Phillips of To Suit Your Fancy styled...


FamilyNostalgia-MainIntro{ Reality Wedding Story } Family Nostalgia & Vintage DIY | Alisha & Mike

August 27th, 2011:: Ceremony at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica in London | Reception at London Club ( | Photography by NovaMarkina Photography ( (read review) 

Michael Gleiser first encountered Alisha McAllister during the summer of 2005. The two spent the summer working on the Search and Rescue team for the Canadian Coast Guard. Both were in relationships at the time, but they enjoyed each other's company and stayed in touch when summer ended. Although neither of them know exactly how it happened, in 2007, Mike and Alisha re-connected romantically and have been together ever since. 

Alisha loves that Mike unknowingly challenges her to be a better person. "I love that Mike isn't just amazing and good to me, he literally is the most sincere and kindest human being I know. Mike is my very best friend and someone I laugh with until my sides hurt. He is always there ready for a great big hug whether things are good or bad." Mike considers Alisha to be his true best friend, and knows that she always will be. "She makes me... me. And she puts all the pieces together that make life worthwhile. I can't imagine it without her. She truly is my perfect person."


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