wedding inspiration

Pastel Themed Wedding

With Spring in the air we thought it'd be nice to brighten your Friday with some spring wedding inspiration - because how can you not smile at these pastels!

Real bride of OUTW Julie - Sandra Raiger Photography!

Real bride of OUTW Julie - Sandra Raiger Photography!

Real bride of OUTW - Laura & her maids!

Real bride of OUTW - Laura & her maids!

Real bride of OUTW - Vanessa & her stunning girls!  I adore how she kept the bouquets all cream based!

Real bride of OUTW - Vanessa & her stunning girls!  I adore how she kept the bouquets all cream based!

We'd love to hear what you think about these spring colours, leave us a comment!

Planning your Spring 2018 wedding at still haven't found your dream dress or your maids dresses? Book your wedding gown experience with us!

Dreaming of A White Wedding?

With all the snow we had last weekend, we've dreaming of a winter weddings over here.  If you're considering a winter wedding, then keep scrolling for some beautiful inspiration.  Starting with a stunning winter themed wedding cake.

All pictures from Pinterest.  Whatever season you are planning your wedding in we'd love to walk with you through your gown finding experience!  To book an appointment call the store at 519.245.7997 or book online at www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca/appointment 

Wedding Inspiration - Glamorous Style

One of the hardest things about planning your wedding day is deciding on a wedding theme.  It sets the tone for your whole day.  There are lots of ways to find inspiration on many themes, but today owner Erin Bouchard is sharing some Glamorous inspiration.

Although I simply adore lace and rustic elements mixed in with weddings, I am thrilled that some brides in the store lately have been turning to more of a sparkly, glamorous, upscale wedding gown.  So with that said, I thought that I would do a little wedding inspiration, with more of an upscale feel.

Photographs by Rebecca Nash Photography. Gowns by Once Upon A Time Weddings and tuxedo by Bud Gowan Formal Wear available at Once Upon A Time Weddings. 

Photographs by Rebecca Nash Photography. Gowns by Once Upon A Time Weddings and tuxedo by Bud Gowan Formal Wear available at Once Upon A Time Weddings. 

How stunning would this be for your reception.  Large mirrors show off your lighting and make your space look more open and spacious.

How beautiful with a gown like this be for your bridesmaids?

And of course no wedding would be complete without beautiful bejeweled shoes.

And of course no wedding would be complete without beautiful bejeweled shoes.

This cake is stunning.  Simple, elegance is sometimes can have the most impact.

This cake is stunning.  Simple, elegance is sometimes can have the most impact.

This bouquet is the perfect mix of roses and sparkle.

This bouquet is the perfect mix of roses and sparkle.

Stunning details.

Stunning details.

Hopefully this gives you some inspiration as you plan your big day.  Whatever you chose as a theme, just be sure to incorporate elements that reflect your fiance and your style.  Happy planning.

Bridal Inspiration - Enchanted, Woodland Themed Wedding.

Today, on the blog, I wanted to share some inspiration for a woodland or enchanted themed wedding.  Themed weddings can be a lot of fun & they give your guests the opportunity to attend a wedding that's a little outside of the box.  It's easy to incorporate a theme into your invitations, decor, colors and more!  Get a little creative and you'll LOVE the results.

We've had a few brides in the store lately that have been getting married in a forest.  We simply adore the idea of a woodland, forest, enchanted affair and so we searched through pinterest to find some of the best ideas for you.

The backdrop of nature is beautiful all on it's own.  You can do simpler decor & let the outdoors speak for itself.

The backdrop of nature is beautiful all on it's own.  You can do simpler decor & let the outdoors speak for itself.

Again, let the beauty speak for itself in simpler, bright floral bouquets.

Again, let the beauty speak for itself in simpler, bright floral bouquets.

play off the colors of the outdoors with bright, fun hues.

play off the colors of the outdoors with bright, fun hues.

Love the look of lace against the wood & greenery.

Love the look of lace against the wood & greenery.

Finish it off with the perfect cake!

Finish it off with the perfect cake!

The perfect gown for an enchanted wedding is something simple and flowy.  We adore this lace gown with pockets.  It would look amazing with a small belt with a bit of beading or all on it's own.

The perfect gown for an enchanted wedding is something simple and flowy.  We adore this lace gown with pockets.  It would look amazing with a small belt with a bit of beading or all on it's own.

We hope this blog has inspired you as you plan your big day.  We LOVE working with our brides and dreaming all the possibilities with them.  If you're interested in your own bridal gown shopping experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings, book online at www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca/appointments or call us at 519.245.7997.

 

Bridal Inspiration - Book Themed Wedding.

The name of our store, Once Upon A Time Weddings has a bit of fairy tale theme to it.  So when I came across some pictures of a book themed wedding on Pinterest, I fell in love with the idea.  What a creative way to incorporate something you are passionate about into your BIG DAY.  Adorable.

The perfect start to any themed wedding is of course with the perfect invitation & save the dates.  They set the mood and tone for your wedding day.

How perfect is this backdrop for your book themed ceremony?  Imagine saying I do under an arch of your favourite books?

Sometimes, less is more.  As proven by these simple centerpieces of books wrapped with lace and a book page flower.   

Sometimes, less is more.  As proven by these simple centerpieces of books wrapped with lace and a book page flower.

 

Of course, no book themed nuptial would be complete with a book themed adorable cake, right?!  Love the mix of page flowers and gold.  

Of course, no book themed nuptial would be complete with a book themed adorable cake, right?!  Love the mix of page flowers and gold.  

How perfect is this guest book alternative?  Get your guests to sign a spine of a book that you can frame and keep.

How perfect is this guest book alternative?  Get your guests to sign a spine of a book that you can frame and keep.

Are you planning a themed wedding?  What do you think of them?  I think they can be done quite elegantly & fun.  I love to see couples plan a day that is a true reflection of them...

Wedding Inspiration - Summer Weddings.

As the summer wraps up and we begin gearing up for our busy fall season {AKA bridal show season} we wanted to take a few minutes and share some of our favourite ideas for an elegant summer wedding.  Summer weddings can be so much fun.

We ADORE these prints for a fun summer wedding.  Whether you go long or short, you really can't go wrong with a soft, delicate print.

We ADORE these prints for a fun summer wedding.  Whether you go long or short, you really can't go wrong with a soft, delicate print.

This naked wedding cake is perfect for a relaxed summer wedding.

This naked wedding cake is perfect for a relaxed summer wedding.

Don't forget to have lots of liquids available in case of a hot, humid day.  You could even have them in your wedding colors.

Don't forget to have lots of liquids available in case of a hot, humid day.  You could even have them in your wedding colors.

If the festivities are outside, don't forget a little sunscreen, bug spray station.  Your guests will be ever grateful.

If the festivities are outside, don't forget a little sunscreen, bug spray station.  Your guests will be ever grateful.

Isn't it amazing how some of the greatest ideas you see, are also the easiest and most cost effective.  Love this for an outdoor, summer wedding.

Isn't it amazing how some of the greatest ideas you see, are also the easiest and most cost effective.  Love this for an outdoor, summer wedding.

This flowy chiffon gown is perfect for a summer wedding.  With just a touch of lace & adding a touch of sparkle, you combine comfort with elegance.  This gown is sold exclusively at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

This flowy chiffon gown is perfect for a summer wedding.  With just a touch of lace & adding a touch of sparkle, you combine comfort with elegance.  This gown is sold exclusively at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

This updo with a few small flowers is the perfect summer wedding hairstyle.

This updo with a few small flowers is the perfect summer wedding hairstyle.

Whatever season you are planning your big day in, Once Upon A Time Weddings would love to walk with you through your gown shopping experience.  Click here to book an appointment.

Spotlight On A Wedding Vendor {Soul Photography}

One of the greatest things about owning a bridal store is the opportunity to meet other local wedding vendors. Over the next few months Once Upon A Time Weddings will be highlighting some of these professionals in our Spotlight On A Wedding Vendor blog posts.

Our first Spotlight On A Wedding Vendor will feature Wendy Hord of Soul Photography. Soul Photography is based out of Lucan, ON and offers Boudoir, Engagement and Wedding Day photography to brides all over Southwestern Ontario. I have had the privilege of working with Wendy on a couple of photo shoots and adore her eye for detail, her artistic and fun loving personality and the beautiful moments she captures. Wendy is very passionate about weddings and that is definitely portrayed when you work with her and view her images.

According to Wendy of Soul Photography, the best part of being a wedding photographer is the opportunity to constantly create and capture images, people and their special events, in new ways and in different locations on a continual basis. “It’s like being an author and an illustrator of my couples love stories“, says Wendy. I asked her if she could give our brides a couple of mistakes to avoid when looking at & booking wedding photography for your big day. Here’s what she had to say…

1/ FAILING TO MEET UP WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER (consult):

This is certainly not a step to skip. Along with availability, a great package and talent your photographer needs to be a good fit for you both as a couple. Personality, professionalism and enthusiasm are a must, as your photographer is the one professional that will be working closely with you for the entire Wedding Day.

2/ FAILING TO PAY DEPOSIT TO SECURE DATE: This sounds bizarre but I see this happening on a weekly basis on social media where brides are frantically searching for a new photographer 2 weeks before the big day. I cant even image how much stress this would bring on!! I have a hunch this happens to brides once the photographer says that they are available and that they would love to work together etc…in the brides minds its like “Phew!” that’s done, marks it in her calendar,…but then fails to connect and firm things up with the photographer (ie deposit and signed contract which makes the date booked).

3/ NOT STICKING TO A TIMELINE: Like I said, my clients are amazing with timelines…likely because at our first initial consult I talk about this and impress how important a timeline is and how it really dictates how smooth, efficient, and fun it can make your Wedding Day…(and we even add in little buffer times) so if the groom splits his pants or your bridesmaid forgets the brides purse…its all good we will have a few minutes to run back) Bottom line is create one with your photographer right off the start…even Wedding Planners recommend, and strongly encourage this as their talent and services ride strongly on a good timeline and details as well.

4/ FAILING TO DELEGATE TASKS: This can happen to any couple even an assertive bride or groom, because planning a Wedding can at times be such information/task overload it gets over looked when the bride and groom are running out of steam for planning. Thanks to my first ever Wedding, my Bride Jacqui gave me the pleasure of working with and shooting “the perfect” Wedding in every way and it all came down to organization and delegating and a positive attitude. I talk about this with my couples at initial consult and also add a reminder in our meeting a couple of weeks before the big day. So brides…Do ask and kindly delegate tasks/errands/responsibilities to your Wedding Party, friends or family that you know you can rely on. Even simple things can make all the difference (bringing balloons to the photo location, moving the cooler to the limo, making sure your luggage gets into the vehicle you will be taking to the hotel that night etc). This works to free up the couples minds on the big day and lets them just enjoy their celebration, and even take a moment to relax, laugh and converse with each other without having a mind cluttered with virtual sticky notes!

One of the best parts of Soul Photography’s services is that Wendy provides a primary (all inclusive type) Wedding Photo package which includes your engagement session...and UNLIMITED hours of coverage, and UNLIMITED images on your big day, plus all images on USB & on-line digital album for viewing, sharing and downloading (both web and print sized files included). This ensures that she will capture all the great moments and candid shots as well.

For more information or to book Soul Photography, you can reach Wendy in the following ways..

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Phone: 519-318-8010

E-mail: contactsoulphotography@gmail.com

Website: http://soulphotography.ca/

Facebook: Soul Photography (look for the lime green circle)