Fall Happenings.

Happy Monday!


It has finally cooled down quite a bit & it’s got me all excited for fall.  Both my kids are at camp this week and I’m so excited to get some work done and get some fall planning happening.


If you’ve been hanging around for a while you know that fall is one of my favourite time of years.  It’s the season that I started this crazy business in and I just love it.  The cooler evenings, hoodies, pumpkin spice everything and travelling for the store.  I adore fall.  This year my baby starts school.  I’m so torn between all kinds of feels – happy because I might actually have a solid 7 hours a day to work and sad, because how can she be old to start school?!  She's so excited to go and will be totally fine! {the ruling is still out for her mama tho}


What’s your favourite fall activity to do?  I’m most excited about apple picking & pie making {and eating too of course}.


Here’s some important fall dates for you to be in the know about:


-       Sarnia Bridal Show – Wednesday, August 31st – Quality Inn in Sarnia 6-9PM.  We’re super excited to once again participate in this bridal show – we’ll also be doing the fashion show.  {Wanna model for us?  We’d looking for a few more models of all sizes – email us at info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca}. More information about this show check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1631162767213018/

-        Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18 – London Convention Centre Fall Bridal Show – Come stop by our booth or watch our gowns in the fashion show.  Doors open 12-5 both days.  For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1086912041370165/ 

-       Wednesday, September 28th – Bridal Show in Exeter 6-9PM  There's no fashion show but there's going to be some ask the experts type opportunities for you to get some great information from local wedding vendors 

-       Friday, October 14th Blackburn Radio Bridal Show at Holiday Inn in Sarnia 6-9PM.  This is a great and very busy bridal show.  Wear comfortable shoes, hit the bar first and stop by and say hi!

-       Sunday, October 30th – Huron Country Bridal Show - we're excited to be participating in this great show again.  For more information on this show https://www.facebook.com/events/481963422007058/


This fall I will also be heading to Chicago for Bridal Market.  I’m excited to hang out with other bridal store owners, scope out the latest trends in bridal and order our Spring stock for the store.  I’m also heading to Vegas in early October for a conference and to speak to other bridal stores on managing your bridal store’s inventory.  I’m excited and a bit nervous as I’m really an introvert!  This will definitely take me outside of my normal comfort zone, but I’m excited for the opportunity and for the chance to broaden my skill base.  I'll also be heading to a conference at the end of October in Orange Beach, Alabama.  Super excited about that one too, because I've never been to Alabama and it's fun to hang out with other store owners!


This fall we’re also planning another fundraiser for Strathroy & area.  We’re super excited to present a fashion show on Friday, October 21st at the Seniors Centre in town.  We’ll be showcasing some bridal & bridesmaids gowns and raising money for local families to send their kids to camp next summer.   For more information on this event https://www.facebook.com/events/689843524506744/

Photo by Soul Photography - www.soulphotography.com 

Photo by Soul Photography - www.soulphotography.com 

Be Beautiful!

- Erin Bouchard

Owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings


Falling In Love With Fall..

It’s hard to imagine that fall is almost here on a hot day like today, but it is.  Time moves so quickly these days.  I love fall.  I love everything about fall.  I love new beginnings and new schedules.  I love that it kicks off our wedding season at the store.  We’ve got some great bridal shows lined up & I so look forward to meeting new brides, seeing old ones & chatting with some of my bridal industry friends.  I love cool evenings & wearing boot socks & boots.  I love drinking hot apple cider & watching the leaves turn colors. 

Our store opened in fall.  This fall we’ll officially adopt our two children & become an official, legally binding, never going to change, family.  September 19th can’t come soon enough!

Here’s a little fall inspiration.

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 www.gianttiger.com.  We really appreciated having Giant Tiger's support for this fundraiser.

A huge thank you to Rebecca Nash of Rebecca Nash Photography (www.rebeccanashphotography.com) 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 www.facebook.com/rebeccanashphotography.

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 https://www.facebook.com/#!/rebeccanashphotography/photos_stream.