A Look Back At Our Funding Through Fashion Event.

Tears of happiness and sadness sprung to my eyes as I flipped through photographs of our amazing event, Funding Through Fashion For The Cure that took place on Monday, November 19th at the Gemini Sportsplex.

In case you are not familiar with the event, the staff of Once Upon A Time Weddings put together a little fashion show to raise money for breast cancer.  Most of the proceeds went to help out Lisa Cornish and her family.  Lisa is a beautiful, young woman fighting a heroic fight against an aggressive breast cancer.  Before Lisa's fight is over she will face six months of chemotherapy and six months of radiation and multiple surgeries.  Lisa courage and faith in the odds of such sickness and hardship is a testimony and encouragement to so many people.  While preparing and running this event, my staff repeated said to me, "Erin you couldn't have picked a better person to do this fundraiser for."  Even in the midst of her chemotherapy, Lisa was right there alongside our staff helping prepare for the event.

Although the chemo and radiation is covered by OHIP, anyone who has fought this battle knows that the additional drug costs and expenses can add up quickly.  In order for Lisa to stay healthy and avoid blood transfusions and constant hospital visits for infections, she requires an injection after each treatment.  This medication is not covered by OHIP and costs roughly $2600 every three weeks.  My personal goal is running this fundraiser was to raise enough money to help with one of those injections.  And I'm happy to say that through so many people's generousity and support of this event, we were able to donate $3000 to Lisa and her family.

The evening consisted of fashion from Giant Tiger, Once Upon A Time Weddings, Star is Born & Bud Gowan Formal Wear.   Pictured below are some fashions from Giant Tiger, who has a wide range of clothing from women's to men's and baby to teens.  Giant Tiger is located at 360 Caradoc St. South in Strathroy or online at  We really appreciated having Giant Tiger's support for this fundraiser.

A huge thank you to Rebecca Nash of Rebecca Nash Photography ( for attending the event and capturing all the moments of the event.  Rebecca is your London, Ontario Wedding, Portrait, and Fine Art Photographer based out of her home studio in London.  Rebecca can be contacted through her website or on her facebook fan page

A huge thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated of their time, resources and gifts to our silent auction.  We appreciate all your love & support.  A big thank you to all of our gorgeous models as well.  An event like this couldn't come together without the help and effort of so many people - so thank you to all those involved.  Thank you also to those from far away and close by who couldn't attent the event, but purchased tickets to show their support.

To see more photographs from the event please visit Rebecca Nash Photography's page here!/rebeccanashphotography/photos_stream.



All things Bridal Beauty With Laura Peters

One of the most common things I hear from brides regarding their wedding day is they want to look like themselves, just at their very best and of course, look like a bride! They don't want to become someone new or confuse their friends and family, they simply want to be their most beautiful self. I absolutely love this! I feel when a bride finds her dream wedding dress, perfect veil and accessories, letting her true beauty shine through is the best way to  'glow' on her big day. Whether she opts for a soft, ethereal look or goes bold with a dramatic flair, when a bride embraces her unique beauty, she is always a knockout! As I mentioned in last week's post, this week is all about bridal beauty and there is no one better to talk makeup and glamour with than Laura Peters, a popular makeup artist based out of Strathroy. A truly talented and well-respected professional, Laura has been the 'it-girl' of aestheticians in our area for quite some time now. Her big-city talent in our small town makes her a true gem and a name to remember for all your big events! Lucky for us, Laura shared some of her best beauty tips for brides-to be and skincare suggestions we can all benefit from. Sounds like a beautiful thing to me!

Okay, Laura, you're my first blog interview! Here we go!

Dana: With all the potential stress of planning a wedding, what products are best for brides-to be with sensitive skin?

Laura: I have discovered 'Face of Hope' (a local business here in town) through my girlfriend and partner in beauty Megan Knoop. What’s great about their products, is that they are suitable for all skin types, purely natural and all organic.

Dana: Fantastic! As a gal with sensitive skin, this sounds like a product I'll be trying! Now, back to brides! Leading up to the wedding, would you recommend incorporating professional treatments into an existing beauty routine?

Laura: Great skincare is essential and it is super important to take care of your skin on a daily basis. A facial is important on a regular basis too, however for a bride on a budget, I would recommend a facial about one month before the big day. And if nothing else, no matter how tired you are, or how many glasses of wine you may have had, always remove all your makeup by cleansing and finishing with moisturizer!

D: Ah, so important! Also important- avoiding breakouts! Two weeks before the wedding, what are things brides should stay away from?

L: Late night cocktails and snacks before bed can be a trigger for breakouts. I recommend trying to avoid these a couple of weeks before the wedding.

D: I was scared you would say that. Come the big day, what are the biggest things brides can do to prep their skin for long-lasting bridal makeup?

L: A solution for long lasting makeup is cleansing then using a gentle exfoliant, toner and moisturizer the night before. The next morning, simply tone and moisturize, and with the help of a professional makeup artist and products, you will be set for the day.

D: Having professionals help along the way makes all the difference!  Laura, a lot of readers asked if you could suggest tips to bring out the beauty of mature skin, especially around the eye area. What are some ways to look absolutely glowing?

L: A lot of spas offer excellent non-surgical under eye treatments. To help prep, ask your aesthetician about different services offered for this and explore what options best suit your individual needs. Most treatments take a few weeks before results are noticeable so don’t forget to plan ahead if you are preparing for a special event.

You're right; along with commitment to your skincare and a healthy lifestyle, non-surgical treatments seem highly effective alternative! As for your business as a makeup artist...

D: How far in advance should brides and/or bridal parties contact you for bookings? Do you provide a consultation?

L: Organization is key to any successful event, so I would recommend booking sooner rather than later. It's one more thing to check off your list! I do provide a complimentary consultation for the brides with a booking.

D: And it's never too soon to cross something off your 'to-do' list! Do you and Megan offer your services for more than just weddings and big events?

L: Absolutely! A newer trend is something called “Trash the Dress” which can be a great way to express your “Alter Ego Bride.” Boudoir, engagement or even family photos create a timeline of your life, having  professional makeup application can always help capture the moment beautifully.

D: And I've seen you two girls do it countless times! That being said, what is your favourite part of working with brides on their wedding day?

L: Having been a bride myself, I know how important it is to surround yourself with not only beloved friends and family, but professionals whom you can share such intimate moments with. It’s an honour for me to be able to witness such a beautiful time in another one’s life!

Well, it's easy to see how brides would love working with Laura, too! A true gem. 

A big thanks to Laura for taking the time to provide her expert advice and of course, thank you all for submitting your questions! I'm happy it wasn't only my mom who sent some in! It was so fun to meet with Laura and talk beauty, and if you want to learn more, or contact Laura yourself, go ahead and email her at today! Also, Laura is hoping to have a site up and running, so I will definitely be providing a link at that time!

Stay beautiful,

Dana xo