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Empowering the Modern Bride: A Collaboration Between Shandro Photo and High Culture

Empowering the Modern Bride: A Collaboration Between Shandro Photo and High Culture
June 14, 2012 Haley Shandro

Edmonton wedding dress boutique

Well, this week’s post isn’t about gowns, but we can’t help ourselves…If you came to visit last week, you were introduced to Delica Bridal, one of our favourite local bridal boutiques. We’d like to wish Delica a very happy first anniversary and share with you a very special promotion. Delica is giving away a complimentary Sara Gabriel veil with the purchase of your bridal gown — how perfect?! Some of the gowns available at Delica were also seen on yesterday’s NBC’s Today show with special guest Randy Fenoli!

{Wedding Style — Inspiration}

Author: Rebecca Fisher-Swarbrooke

Edmonton wedding planner decor

Undoubtedly, after becoming engaged, one of the first things that a bride will think about is her wedding dress. She will then dream about her wedding and formulate a vision of what her dream wedding will be. Then, of course, reality will set in and the not so fun part of planning will need to be discussed; the budget, the guest list…One of the first things to do though, before you can really complete any planning is to determine your wedding style. Do you know what your wedding style is? Will you have a modern or classic wedding, a vintage or rustic wedding, or an indoor or outdoor wedding? Will you incorporate the crisp colour tangerine? After all, it is the colour of the year. Can’t decide? Weddingbells Magazine has a quiz that may inspire you…or at least get you thinking.

The key is to take inspiration from everywhere, not just wedding magazines, books, and websites, but also from your day to day life. Do you and your fiancé have a favourite song or poem? Or, possibly a favourite activity or place that you’ve travelled to? As a designer, of course there are some elements that I often see repeatedly i.e. chair covers, but I always enforce that my clients should incorporate unique elements of them as a couple in the design of their wedding. Your guests should walk into your reception and say “oh, wow, this is so _____ & _____” — they should not be able to place any couple into the wedding, it should be your wedding!

Edmonton wedding reception decor ceremony

When you think of your dream wedding, you likely won’t have your budget in mind, but when finding your inspiration that is completely okay. Become inspired by the opulent floral designs of Preston Bailey and the towering cake masterpieces by Sylvia Weinstock, but then bring it back to reality — how can you incorporate elements of your inspirations while using your budget? When my clients and I design and plan their weddings, we quote the dream (albeit the realistic version of their dream) and then pull it back to something that best suits their budget. After all, you’re only willing to spend so much on one day. Your wedding should be one of the most magical and special days of your life, but you also have a lifetime together to look forward to.

What are you inspired by? Feel free to comment, as we’d love to hear!

A collaboration between High Culture & Shandro Photo.

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