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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!"


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.


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

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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Top 5 Across Toronto 

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Latest reviews on wedding experts in the London area

London based Candy Designer creates fun and innovative treats for a memorable wedding day
GlitterPops are fat free, gluten free, last up to six months and won't break the bank (they cost less than cupcakes!). Here’s why we think wedding guests young and old will rave over these sweet treats…
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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 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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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.
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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The Oaks caters to couples (and celebrities!) who want gorgeous scenery, top-of-the-line staff and premium service
If you're looking for a wedding venue with upscale service and acres of scenery, The Oaks Golf & Country Club offers a wonderful choice. Your wedding will be framed by tall oak trees, green rolling hills and spring-fed ponds on the sandy banks and bluffs above the Thames River. Located near Delaware on the outskirts of London, The Oaks is considered one of Southwestern Ontario's premiere private golf clubs attracting not just brides and grooms but also famous golfers such as Fred Couples and John Daly. Bridal couples will especially like the club's private hall accented by an extraordinary patio setting ideal for a day ceremony and evening reception. On your wedding day, you'll have a friendly and devoted staff, top cuisine, and an endless pick of dazzling photo sites.
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Spencer offers picturesque riverside, Georgian manor and an exclusive address
For any special day... whether it's your wedding day, rehearsal dinner or an engagement party... if you are looking for a truly special setting, then plan to visit the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre in North London. Located on the grounds of the former Spencer estate, the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre is one of London's most exclusive addresses for a dream wedding. Let us explain...
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Upscale ceremony and reception options surround the incredible atrium at The Lamplighter
The Best Western® PLUS name is known nationally by its reputation for service excellence. To London brides, Best Western® PLUS Lamplighter Inn is known as one of this community's most elegant wedding locales. If you want to truly feel like a princess on your wedding day, this is a very good place to start...
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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." 


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