Ontario Wedding

February Real Bride | The Stasiuk Wedding

Our February Real Bride series comes to an end today and we can't believe it! Celine and Nate Stasiuk got married on September 9th, 2017 at Forest Legion and we are excited to show you all some of their favourite memories from that day including a peak at Celine's bridesmaid's dresses that were also found here at Once Upon A Time Weddings! Thanks for sharing your day with us Celine and Nate!

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What's your favourite memory from your wedding day?

Celine (Bride) | "Seeing the emotion in Nates eyes when I finally got up to him, it looked like he was about to burst into tears and while reading his vows, he got chocked up and lost it."
Nate (Groom) | "When she was walking down the aisle with her dad, she looked like a princess."
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Gown and Blush Maids dresses from Once Upon A Time Weddings.

Gown and Blush Maids dresses from Once Upon A Time Weddings.

Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"Lynette, our photographer from Lolaz Snaps. Jennifer, from Vintage Grace Handmade accessories. Anna, from Devorah Beauty. Our driver Bob, from Dorchester Limousine."
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Any other unique details or stories about your wedding/love story you want to tell us?

"When we met at the party 11 years ago, I was instantly attracted to him like it was love at first sight. Me and a friend got into his car to go up to the store, and when he looked at me, he immediately smiled and blushed away all coy like. That is why I started off my vows with, "When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew." In his vows, he also referred to love at first sight upon meeting me, and how he knew I was something special."
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One of our favourite things about Celine + Nate's wedding was all the DIY touches.  Her attention to all the little details shined through on her wedding day and we adore it.

If you purchased your dress with us at Once Upon A Time Weddings and are interested in being featured on our blog, email us at info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca!

Maybe you're just starting your wedding dress search - we'd love to help you find your dream gown! Book your experience with us here.

Photography: Lolaz Snaps Photography

February Real Bride | Celine & Nate Stasiuk

We are excited to welcome our February Real Bride: Celine Stasiuk to the blog today! Celine and Nate got married on September 9th of 2017 and we loved having her in the store each and every time she was in!  We hope you guys enjoy reading their love story and proposal as much as we loved hearing it!

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How did the two of you meet?

"At a house party with mutual friends in the summertime."
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How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"I always knew when I laid eyes on him."
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How did your fiancé propose? (from the brides point of view)

"It was a typical night, nothing much going on. We were cooking pancakes together for dinner, laughing and enjoying each others company. He wasn't acting out of the ordinary, so I didn't suspect anything. After we were finished eating, I got up to start cleaning but he suggested that we just sit together and talk (this is when I started to feel something was up, cause normally after supper he would just go and play his video games). I sat back down, and he got quiet saying, he had something to tell me, but don't know how. I repeated "What" a few times feeling anxious as he was still quiet. In a flash, he pulled out a box from his sweater, placed it in front of me, opened it and asked if I would marry him. My body was in such a state of shock, that it felt like I was having an out of body experience. Still in shock mode, I kept saying "OMG, are you for real" before saying yes, of course gushing and squealing."
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How did you propose? (from the grooms point of view)

"We were having pancakes for supper, I had the ring in my pocket. After dinner, I told Celine that I had something to tell her, but that I didn't know how. I got really nervous, pulled out the ring and asked Celine to marry me all in one motion. When she was done saying "Are you for real" She said yes."
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How cute are they?!? Join us next week to read all about Celine's journey to saying yes to the dress!

January Real Bride | Keates' Wedding

We have loved taking a look into Laura and Koree's wedding story over the past couple of weeks and we are excited to share with you all, their wedding day! These two were glowing throughout their whole day and we are so thankful we got to play a small part in their day! We hope you enjoy taking a peek into their wedding day as much as we did!

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Where did you get married/have your reception?

"Masonic Center of Elgin."
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What's your favourite memory from your wedding day? (Bride + Groom can answer)

"The look on Koree's face when he saw me."
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Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"DCF Weddings - for our reception music."
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Any other unique details or stories about your wedding/love story you want to tell us?

"My bridal party and I took a limo to McDonalds and got Happy Meals for lunch."
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If you're still searching for your dream wedding gown book your experience with us online today!

Photographer: Ash Ruckle Photography

Kids & Weddings

It's the great debate of weddings - to include kids or not?

While everyone has an opinion about it, there are some weddings where kids can be included.  On the blog today, we'll dive into how to incorporate + entertain them during your big day festivities.

We've put together some wedding must have's for the kids in attendance to help your day run ever so smoothly!

1. Activities for them. This is such an easy way to keep them entertained and make them feel special from the get go!

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2. A fun drink for them. This makes the kids feel like one of the grown-ups, they'll love being included!

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3. Snacks. It's no joke that kids are always hungry, so make sure you have some munchies around for them to snack on throughout the night.

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4. Give them a 'duty'. Making them feel important and responsible for something will help them act older and also keep them occupied for a while!

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5. Capture some fun pictures! Don't forget the joy kids can bring to any room, capture their cuteness and you're sure to get a smile out of it too!

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Be creative, think back to when you were a kid and incorporate things you would have loved.  That way you're sure to have some happy campers!

Still searching for your dream dress? Your gown accessories? Come see us today by booking your experience easily right here!

 

January Real Bride | Laura and Koree Keates

Hello new year and a new monthly Once Upon A Time Weddings Real Bride! Today we are welcoming Laura and her hubby Koree Keates to the blog! We are loving their unique love story and super fun wedding details that we can't wait to share throughout the month! For now, we hope you enjoy reading a little bit about their love story!

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How did the two of you meet?

"I threw a house party and booked a band to play, he was the drummer."
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How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"I just knew from the start I didnt want to be without him."
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How did your fiancé propose?

"We went for coffee in the park and when we were walking around the ponds he got down on one knee while my back was turned."
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Join us next week as we chat about how Laura said yes to the dress here at OUTW!

If you're still searching for your dream wedding gown book your experience with us online today because we can't wait to meet you!

Photographer: Raspberry Mint Photography

September Real Bride | Jordan's Dress

We love sharing stories of our brides who customized their dresses! Jordan fell in love with her dress but wanted to add/change a few things to it and totally had the faith to do it! We love these leaps of faith in making your dress your own. Jordan added cap sleeves and man did it look amazing!

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Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?

"No."

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

"It was the first one I tried on! I tried on about 4 others after but none of them stole my heart like this one did."
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Were you expecting to purchase your dress when you came in for your appointment?

"I was ready to buy, but also prepared not to get down on the experience if I didn't find my perfect dress."

Who was with you at your appointment?

"My mom, maid of honour, cousin and two aunts."
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Did anyone have extra influence on helping you say yes to the dress?

"They all loved the dress just as much as I did! :)"

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

"A few similarities."
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How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"Wonderful! I would recommend it to any future bride. Erin asked me all the right questions to really figure out what I wanted out of my wedding gown, when I didn't even know myself!"

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

"It was the perfect moment I could have had with my family when saying "yes" to my dress. It was private and intimate which you don't find anywhere else at local wedding dress stores - I won't forget my experience here!"
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If you're looking for a one of a kind dress shopping experience, don't hesitate to book your appointment right here, right now! We can't wait to meet you!

Photography: Haley Thuss