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The Bridal Bouquet

To non-brides, all bouquets will most likely appear basically the same.  They’re just flowers wrapped with ribbon, right? Wrong!  Next to the wedding dress, a bride’s bouquet is arguably the most important part of her outfit.  If you’re planning a wedding with lots of personal touches, think about personalizing your flowers, too! There are so many styles, shapes and colours to choose from to create a bouquet that complements your gown and style, and is essentially, a representation of you. 

The "language" of flowers has been a “thing” for centuries. During Victorian times, for example, flowers were used to express emotions when words and gestures failed. Today, many couples follow this romantic practice and create bouquets and arrangements with flowers whose meanings have some significance to them. While flowers with a love connection are popular, like roses; there are many other meaningful traits, like new beginnings (daffodil), faith (iris), and perseverance (hydrangea) to consider. Colour also plays a huge role in a flower’s meaning, too.  While a red rose symbolizes passion, a white rose means purity, while a pink one signifies joy and admiration.  Who knew there was so much to consider?

Tied to perfection or embellished with love; from peonies to anemonies, ranunculus and roses. We are love with each one! Here are some of my favourite bouquets of past brides - which type speaks to you and your wedding style?

Bouquet: Have A Seat | Photo: Love Studio

Bouquet: Have A Seat | Photo: Love Studio

Bouquet: Covers Couture | Photo: Mango Studios

Bouquet: Covers Couture | Photo: Mango Studios

Bouquet: Hunt & Gather | Photo: Julian & Kelly

Bouquet: Hunt & Gather | Photo: Julian & Kelly

Bouquet: Nous Design Group | Photo: Mango Studios

Bouquet: Nous Design Group | Photo: Mango Studios

Bouquet: Opening Night Flowers | Photo: Mango Studios

Bouquet: Opening Night Flowers | Photo: Mango Studios

Bouquets: Blush & Bloom | Photo: Boyfriend/Girlfriend

Bouquets: Blush & Bloom | Photo: Boyfriend/Girlfriend

Bouquet: D&D Floral Designs | Photo: Mango Studios

Bouquet: D&D Floral Designs | Photo: Mango Studios

Bouquet: Nous Design Group | Photo: Mango Studios

Bouquet: Nous Design Group | Photo: Mango Studios

12 Days to a Merry Holiday!

We’ve teamed up with 5ive 15ifteen Photo Company & Graydon Hall for our version of the “12 Days of Christmas” - from unique gift-wrapping ideas, to DIY holiday decor, beauty, and everything in between- this is the ultimate guide to helping you plan and orchestrate a stress-free (and fabulous) holiday.

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Prop styling, design,concept: RDT Events + Beauty

Photography: 5ive 15ifteen Photo Company

Beverages, food: Graydon Hall

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DAY 1: Get festive and adorn your home in style with a DIY feather wreath!

Using ordinary materials, you can make something extra ordinary. Below is an easy, step-by-step process to make this chic wreath! All you need is a Styrofoam wreath form, white feathers, glue gun and a steady hand!

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DAY 2: ‘Tis the season for holiday work parties!

For that daytime soiree, go with the dewy look that gives your skin an angelic glow and radiant complexion.

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GET THE LOOK:

  1. Giorgio Armani Silk Luminous Fluid Sheer Foundation

  2. Charlotte Tilbury HIlgihter & Contour Duo

  3. TatchaLuminous Dewy Skin Mist

  4. NARS Hilighter Stick, Copacabana

DAY 3: Gifts for her - Get her what she really wants!

Grab her any one of these unique must-have gifts, and she will think, “Yep! They really get me!” 

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  1. Hanky Panky underwear, initial bracelets

  2. Christian LaCroix Notebooks

  3. BAIES Dyptique Candle

DAY 4: Gifts for him!

It is time to think beyond the basic socks and ties for the men in your life. Give him a gift that is so thoughtful and unique he will believe in Santa 

DAY 5: Green with Envy!

With all the Holiday parties, it is the perfect time to be a little extra, especially on your eyes. Fading copper into deep green is a moodier and updated version of the traditional smokey eye.

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DAY 6: Up Your Gift-Wrapping Game!

Elevate your holiday presents with unique gift-wrapping ideas. Upgrade plain paper with natural elements; think beyond the basic bow; and make it personal with a monogram tag.

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DAY 7: Keeping the Kids Entertained!

Create a playful, fun and festive setting just for the kids to excite their imaginations and encourage creativity! A full-sized colouring table is the perfect trick, paired with snacks and of course, Santa hats. This will surely keep the little ones entertained!

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DAY 8: Jazz up Your Holiday Table!

The holidays begin and end at the table, so style it right! This elegant holiday table idea is sure to dazzle your guests (and is easy to do). Mixed mini trees add for some interest; fresh garland and twinkle lights are sure to delight. Tip: using ornaments is an easy way to add some festive cheer to the table!

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DAY 9: DIY Tree Napkin!

Up your holiday table-setting game and continue to wow! your guests with this DIY Christmas tree - made from a paper napkin! All you need is a green paper napkin (found at a local party store or dollar store), and lots of patience…

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DAY 10: Use Desserts as Decor!

Deck the halls with frosting and sugar! An impressive dessert will not only be delicious, but an easy and unexpected way to spruce up your holiday table. Give your meal a show stopping finish that will almost be too pretty to eat.

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DAY 11: A Party is Never Complete without a Delicious Selection of Hors D’oeuvres!

See some delicious options below of what to serve up at your next holiday soirée. The culinary team at Graydon Hall have served up some great ideas:

  1. French onion soup, in mini lion head bowl. Holiday hosting tips: cut out little rounds of brioche topped with grated Gruyere, and broil in oven for a quick melt.

  2. Oven dried prosciutto, roasted fig filled with rosemary-mascarpone

  3. Cheddar scones, shaved beef, cranberry jam, horseradish cream

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DAY 12: What are the Holidays without Cocktails?

Serving the perfect holiday concoctions will keep your guests cozy and warm, and the party going. These vegan duos pair beautifully with a crisp French Champagne. 

  1. Winter trifle with cinnamon and clove poached plums, paired with a decadent dessert martini: nutty coco coffee (espresso, grey goose, amaretto, Bailey’s, pinch of fleur de sel) served in a crystal coupe

  2. Holiday hosting tip: alcohol free cocktails needn’t be boring – add a splash of whimsy with pink glassware! Cranberry sour (mocktail): freshly squeezed citrus juice blend (orange, lemon, lime), cinnamon simple syrup topped with of cranberry juice, garnished with cape gooseberries

  3. These vegan duo pairs beautifully with a crisp French Champagne {layered beets (red and golden) topped with truffled bean puree, cucumber, watermelon, dill, olives)

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Intimate black, Yellow & green baby shower!

Check out this sweet & intimate gender neutral baby shower on the Inspired by This blog!

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There was a time when waiting to find out a baby’s gender meant lots of whites and greens; but we don’t have to compromise style when having a “surprise” baby to have a super-special and personal baby shower.

When planning the shower, this chic mom-to-be didn’t want anything typical. So, we did a hint of masculinity mixed with soft pastel yellows for a perfect gender neutral baby shower. There were personalized touches throughout with nods to the little babe & stunning mom-to-be.

We were inspired by the restaurant’s rustic, intimate setting for the design- the juxtaposition of the black accents with the soft yellows and gold metallic elements really was the perfect combination for the event. Guests were asked to bring a book instead of a card to build the baby’s library – we did a book cart with a stellar floating balloon arch. Keeping with the book theme, the menu was a custom baby “book” for each guest and the place cards were on custom baby blocks. The cookie favours also had different sayings on them. It was a sweet afternoon celebrating little baby C and the mommy-to-be!

Planning, Design: RDT Events + Beauty

Photography: Mango Studios

Florals: D&D Florals

Cake, Favours: Fine Cakes by Zehra

Calligraphy: The Lettering Studio

Balloons: Sugar Girlee Co

Book Cart: Sweethearts Sugar Carts

Rentals: Plate Occasions

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Holiday Entertaining Ideas for a Picture-Perfect Display

Despite what's on the menu, your holiday table deserves a special touch. Leave your guests in awe at the dinner table with these festive ideas - statement centrepieces, custom accent ideas, and lots of candlelight that will set the mood. You can really wow your guests and welcome them with a seasonal cocktail and calligraphy place cards! Some of the best memories happen during the holidays, so make it a memorable one.

Styling, Design, Planning: RDT Events + Beauty

Photography: Mango Studios

Rentals: Event Rental Group

Florals: D&D Floral Designs

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