Interview with MUA Nicole Dupuis

This month, we chatted with Nicole Dupuis over at Nicole Dupuis Artistry in London. She specializes in enhancing the bride's natural beauty! She is a such a sweet girl and we hope you enjoy learning more about her!


How long have you been doing make-up?

"6 months."

How far in advance does the Bride + Groom need to book your services?

"4-6 months out."

Do you offer a trial run? If so, how much extra does it cost and how far in advance do you like to do that?

"Yes! I always offer a trial. The cost is $25 and I usually do it a couple months in advance, sometimes more, depending on the bride's preference."
Helpful Hint: We know some of our brides have scheduled their trials on the day of their engagement shoots or their showers.  Gives them an opportunity to get dolled up & make sure they love their looks in photographs too!

Do you travel to the bride's venue location?

"Yes I do! Always."

How do you get a feel for what look the bride is going for?

"I always ask first if they have a look in mind and if they do they usually show me a picture. If not I ask what they wear for make up on a daily basis, what style of dress they are wearing and what the theme of the wedding is. I can generally get a pretty good idea based on that information what look to go with."

If the bride changes her mind about her bridal look, is there a charge for a re-trail?


Should the bride bring her veil and accessories to the trial?

"It's not necessary but if they would like to in order to better visualize the overall look they are more than welcome to do so!"

Do you like the bride to do any prep before you work your magic? (IE: Moisturize, apply primer...)

"Always moisturize the morning of! It's a good idea to use a facial scrub the night before as well. I will apply a primer before applying make up and depending on their skin I may moisturize again as well."

How much am I investing as a Bride?

"I charge a flat fee."

What sets you apart from other MUA in the area?

"Because I am a little bit newer to the industry I am more flexible with last minute bookings and I am willing to travel to the bride's home for not only the wedding, but also the trial. I love to enhance a person's natural beauty. So while I love to apply a false lash to any look, I also love a natural, flawless looking complexion that doesn't involve caking on too much product. This is something I feel I do very well."

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

"I love what I do! It doesn't feel like work when your job is making someone feel beautiful in their own skin. I'm excited to continue to grow and learn in this industry and I can't wait to meet more of my future brides!"
Nicole Dupuis

Nicole Dupuis

If you're still in the market for a make up artist for your wedding you can reach Nicole on her Facebook page here or by email here:

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October Real Bride | Jordan and Ryan's Wedding

We have loved featuring Jordan and her hubby Ryan this month on the blog and today our final instalment is here: their wedding day! Jordan looked absolutely stunning in her gown and it fit so perfectly into their day! We hope you enjoy scrolling through this post as much as we do! 


Where did you get married/have your reception?

"We got married at the Church of the Epiphany, downtown Woodstock and then had our reception at Rosehill Farm just outside of Woodstock."

What's your favourite memory from your wedding day?

Jordan (Bride) | "My favourite moment was arriving at the church just before the ceremony. It was a bit chaotic because we brought our dog, who practically dragged the flower girls down the aisle. But it was surreal being full of butterflies and with my closest friends and of course my dad, just before making the biggest promise of my life."
Ryan (Groom) | "My favourite moment was when we did out first look. After months of me telling her I did not want to do it since in tradition it was bad luck I caved... I was all set-up to face a certain way with the photographers so I could not see her and they were able to capture her walking behind me. When I turned around and saw her I almost fell over because of how beautiful she was. I tried to hold back the tears as best I could as she was stunning, as corny as this sounds she was like an angel. This was our only sole moment together with just her and I. We were able to talk and gain our nerves for the day."

Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"I loved working with our photographer (Dudek Photography). He does an amazing job and I couldn't wait to see how he captured every moment from our day and turned it into a work of art." 

Thank you for choosing Once Upon A Time Weddings while wedding dress shopping! We are so glad you are apart of our OUTW family! 

We love her mismatched maids gowns as well, would you do that for your girls?

If you are still searching for your dream dress, book your experience with us today!

Photographer: Dudek Photography

Bridal Shower Etiquette

Today, we are talking bridal showers! This was one of the topics that you all gave us on our Facebook page, so we hope it answers some of your questions! Throughout this post we are attempting to answer some of the top questions we find when planning a traditional bridal shower!


Who hosts the bridal shower? Traditionally speaking, the Maid of Honour takes the lead and can ask the bridesmaids to cohost! It is not uncommon for a relative of the bride to also throw a shower.

When and where should the shower be held? The shower is usually held about three months before the wedding but there is definitely wiggle room here. We'd say just don't have the shower within a month of the wedding because the bride will be thinking of all her final details and may not enjoy the day as much she would have ahead of time. It's also fun to spoil the bride well before her big day! 


Who should be invited? This is completely up to the bride! She should give the host a list of guests and the host should definitely follow that list. The actual making of the list gets sticky - the age old debate still continues - should you only invite friends/family that are also invited to the wedding? We think this is a personal preference and depends on where your wedding will be held. If it's a destination wedding or a small family ceremony, maybe it isn't such a bad idea to invite others to the shower that won't be invited to the wedding. In the end, it's up to the bride.

Who pays for the bridal shower? This one is tricky! Traditionally speaking, the host does take on monetary responsibility, however, it is definitely acceptable to ask the bridesmaids to cohost and in that case it can be split.

What is traditionally given as a bridal shower gift? The bridal shower is for the bride, so we say gifts for the bride, including lingerie, cooking/home decor goods, or items for the honeymoon but gifts from her registry are always acceptable too! And, group gifts are popular especially if bridesmaids/family members are attending more than one shower. 


We'd love to hear what else you'd like to see on the blog in the future, leave us a comment and let us know!

If you know a bride who is still looking for her dream dress, let her know about us or surprise her with a dress shopping experience today!

October Real Bride | Jordan's Dress

Jordan said yes to the dress on October 4th, 2016 with her mom! She had actually shopped once at our store before and fell in love her dress but, she wanted to come back with her mom before saying yes! She also made a custom change when she decided to add the beading in the top of the dress extend throughout the whole gown. We love Jordan's unique story and can't wait for you to read it!


Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?


About how many dresses did you try on before you found 'The One'?

"Probably about 15-20."
Jordan said yes to her dress on October 4th, 2016.

Jordan said yes to her dress on October 4th, 2016.


Did anyone have extra influence on helping you say yes to the dress?

"My mom."

Were you expecting to purchase your dress when you came in for your appointment?

"I actually wasn't even dress shopping when I visited. It was a spur of the moment decision driving by on the 402 and I decided to stop and see what they had since a friend recommended it to me."

Was the dress you bought similar to what you came in thinking you wanted?

"It had a few similarities."
We love this shot of the subtle sparkle in her dress that she extended all the way to the bottom!

We love this shot of the subtle sparkle in her dress that she extended all the way to the bottom!

What did your (now) husband think of your dress?

"I was blown away on how amazing her dress was! Very Stunning! I loved how the dress curved to her body and was very elegant like in a dream." -Ryan

How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"It was a great experience. I loved how laid back and comfortable they made me feel. There was no pressure from them to purchase a dress and that made it a lot easier to make a decision. I also loved how easy it was to make changes to the dress when ordering - I chose a different colour and added extra beading throughout the dress. Having the flexibility to make it your own is special."

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your story to finding the dress?

"I had to visit twice because my mother-in-law was with me the first time when I found the dress and I couldn't make a decision without my mom seeing it first. After I went home I couldn't stop thinking about the dress, which was different from all the other dresses I had tried on so before. I knew this one was going to be the one. I ended up coming back a few days later with my mom and we said yes to the dress on my second visit."

Join us next week to read all about Jordan and Ryan's wedding day! If you'd like to be featured as a real bride please message us on Facebook and let us know your interested, we'd love to hear from you!

If you're searching for your dress dress, book your appointment with us today!

Photography: Dudek Photography

Simple Decor Goes A Long Way

One question we get a lot is "how do we stay within budget while still having the wedding of our dreams?" The million dollar question right! This is where Pinterest gets sticky, it's a great resource but can make your expectations a bit out of your realistic budget. Well, that's where Pinterest is also winning - their DIY ideas are on point when it comes to wedding decorations! We've pulled some easy ways to make your decor go a long way while saving a lot of money.

1. Collecting everyday items and dressing them up. Wine bottles, mason jars, cans, driftwood, etc. Spray painting, adding glitter, etc. to these items makes them brand new and you can fit them exactly to your theme! Don't be afraid to ask around, people are throwing these things away everyday!


2. Make your own signs. Chances are you or someone you know has great handwriting so making your own signs is a great way to save on cost and gives your wedding a sense of uniquness. 


3. Don't discount the dollar store! You can find some serious wedding decor treasures in there. Go in with an open mind and use your imagination! From frames, to candles, to vases, to rocks/pebbles; there is lots of room to go decor crazy in there!


4. Nature is your friend! Now, this one depends on what season you are getting married in, but chances are you picked that season because you like it! Sticks, wildflowers, rocks, etc. You can use these naturally or dress them up with paint/spray paint/glitter.


Let us know what you'd like to see on the blog next by commenting on this blog or messaging us anytime on our Facebook page here.

If you're still searching for your dream wedding dress, book your experience with us today!

October Real Bride | Jordan and Ryan Zehr

Hello October! We are so excited to see all our fall brides this season and we can't wait for you to read all about Jordan and Ryan Zehr's love story today and throughout the month! We hope you enjoy meeting our real bride's as much as we have loved them becoming apart of our OUTW family!


How did the two of you meet?

"At Oliver Stephens Public school. I was in grade 6 and Ryan was in grade 7."

How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"We had a long distance relationship for a while in the beginning. Ryan lived in Yellowknife, NT and I lived in Waterloo, ON. I was just finished university and trying to decide what my plans were going to be since I graduated. I was on my way to a friend's buck and doe and I called Ryan and it went straight to voicemail, which was really weird since he never has his phone off. About 2 hours later I am standing in the hall full of people and he came up behind me and surprised me! This was the first time I had seen him in just over 4 months. I knew that night he was the one I wanted to spend my life with."
Their cute pup, Aura.

Their cute pup, Aura.

How did your fiancé propose? (from the brides point of view)

"We were volunteering at an Elephant rescue camp in Thailand. This was my second visit to one of my favourite places in the world and brought Ryan with me this time. Just before we were going back to have lunch we stopped for a break in the field on this raised bamboo platform to cool off a bit since it was really muggy out. We were sitting there relaxing, watching the elephants and he pulled out a ring from his backpack and asked me to marry him! I couldn't believe that he brought a ring with him all the way to Southeast Asia and that this was really happening. It was perfect!"

How did you propose? (from the grooms point of view)

"I was planning on proposing on our trip to south east Asia, in hopes that we were going to be going to an elephant nature park rescue program. We started looking while we were down in Thailand (Not a good idea by the way) but nothing was available. At this point I was getting very anxious as I knew that was going to be the way to sweep her off her feet and how I wanted to propose. I started calling and e-mailing trying to get something figured out and finally I had received a response from Elephant Haven in Sai Yok Kanchanaburi, Thailand saying they had just opened this park and that we were able to go and attend for a whole day. We arrived at the park early in the morning after a short drive to find out that we were going to be the only volunteers at the park. This was just about the best news I could have herd since I wanted this to be extra special. They gave us the agenda on what we would be doing all day, this was the point I was trying to figure out the best time to ask for my now wife to marry me. With my backpack close and ring ready to be unloaded I finally found my opening. We had just finished a small trek in the forest and came to a clearing to take a short break. There was long grass everywhere with elephants grazing all around us. There was a small hut to keep us out of the sun where all the elephant handlers were. Then i started to talk... I said " I love you soo much!" she responded " I love elephants soo much!". I must have mumbled since I was the most nervous I have ever been in my life. I then strayed from my prepared speech i had been going over and over in my head to only say this, as I was pulling the ring out from my backpack... I said, "This is going to be the moment I propose to you!" I pulled out the ring and opened the box and said an even smaller blurb which I cannot remember since my adrenaline was pumping. In an instant she was crying and reluctantly said yes! I had later found out that we were the first volunteers at the park and of course the first people to get engaged there. This memory will last a lifetime for me as a definite highlight."

Join us next week to hear how Jordan said yes to the dress! If you haven't found your dream dress yet, book your experience with us today!

Photographer: Dudek Photography

All The Details of Chicago Bridal Market.

This week I had the opportunity to travel down to Chicago for Bridal Market.  I love attending market: hanging out with bridal friends, meeting new ones and hand choosing our next season of gowns.  It's an exhausting trip, but a fun one!

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It looks like we had fun, but trust me we were also working hard.  So many decisions to make, so quickly!  We're so excited for these gowns to arrive in our store!  As we're choosing gowns, we're thinking about the brides we have had the pleasure of working with and the ones to come!

We noticed three trends that we're excited to bring back to our bride tribe here in Southwestern Ontario!

1. Back details!  So many back details - halter backs, racer backs, sheer backs, keyhole backs!  This season is all about the back!  And we can't wait until we get some of these in the store!

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2.  The second trend we noticed a lot of is a return to the simple chic and elegant.  It's not a secret that we've seen a lot of lace over the last few years and while we love and adore lace, we're excited to see some stunning bridal gowns in other materials make their way to the runway.


3. The last trend we saw and were excited about was non-traditional lace patterns.  These patterns are a bit more bold and modern, which we adore.  These wedding gowns make a statement all on their own and we cannot wait to get them into the store!


So tell us, which of these three trends do you LOVE the most?  

If you're still on the hunt for the perfect gown, no matter what trend you'd like to follow, we'd love to have you into Once Upon A Time Weddings.  Here's what recent bride Alex had to say about her bridal gown finding experience!

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Book your gown finding experience today.  Click here:

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