I first got introduced to Melissa a couple years ago in New York while sitting next to each other at a hockey game. We both work in the events industry and instantly hit it off while talking shop. At the time I had just launched my business and spoke about how excited I was to see it grow. Who would have thought that several years later I would coordinate her wedding?
Some of my favorite photos from their wedding day included their fur baby Leo. I swear I’ve never met a more handsome and smiley dog before. Don’t they make the perfect little family?
Melissa and Dylan chose to tie the knot at the brand-new venue Whitetail Meadow. It was the perfect backdrop to bring Melissa’s vision to life. My favorite piece of décor used on their wedding day was the macramé hung from their ceremony arch. This beast was not light, but tied (yes pun intended) everything together.
Can we take a moment to appreciate the stunning flower arrangements created by Lily Stone Garden? The bouquets looked so effortlessly pulled together and added the perfect pop of colour. Many of my 2018 couples decided to use a garland of greenery down the middle of their tables, but the added blooms gave it that extra wow factor for guests.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, what makes a wedding truly special is the people. Melissa and Dylan were surrounded by the sweetest and most kind group of friends on their wedding day.
I wish Melissa and Dylan the best in this new exciting part of their lives!
Izabela Rachwal Photography | Lily Stone Garden | Whitetail Meadow | Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events | Grace Hill Salon | Touch of Glass | Jamil Williams | Oak Bluff Limo | Garett Neiles | Little Flower Shop | Justine Barry | WOW Catering | 111 Films
As a wedding planner I’m constantly surrounded by love and beautiful relationships. Janelle and Riley’s love however, is the kind of love that could bring a tear to anyone’s eye. With every look and touch they shared on the wedding day it was apparent how much they loved each other.
Janelle first contacted me about planning her wedding in May 2017. She had an elegant meets modern vision for the wedding design. The bridesmaids wore beautiful floor length light pink gowns, and the guys wore sharp blue suits. To give the venue a modern twist, she used floating candles in glass vases on guest tables and added a “LOVE” marquee sign in front of the head table.
Janelle and Riley chose the Club Regent Event Center for the wedding reception. I was completely giddy with excitement when Janelle told me, as I had never worked there before! As a wedding planner it’s always fun to explore new wedding venues. Their staff was amazing to work with! They perfectly mixed professionalism and humor. I don’t think I’ve laughed more at a wedding!
Both myself and my lead coordinator Lisa were incredible proud of how everything came together on Janelle and Riley’s wedding day. We wish them nothing but the best in married life!
Charmaine Mallari Photography | Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events | Club Regent Event Center | H & M | Fauna and Fern | Colour Me Artistry | Taylor Neufeld |
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Melanie and I have been friends now for a couple of years. We were first introduced at a friend’s house and hit it off. Fast forward a few parties and 6:00 AM bootcamp classes later, and she asked me to be her wedding planner.
Little tid bit; I seem to be their family wedding planner. My first wedding EVER was Marc’s brother Colin’s wedding at the Forks, and in 2017 I did Melanie’s brother Justin’s country wedding.
Melanie created the perfect evening for her guests. She incorporated her favorite colour dusty blue into almost every detail. It was used in her bouquet (the largest bouquet I have seen all wedding season!), bridesmaid dresses, floral arrangements, and napkins. For the comfort of her guests, she even preemptively rented air coolers for the tent.
Manitoba summers are normally pretty warm in temperature. But my oh my, the weather gods saved their hottest day of the summer for this wedding. You would never guess it from their cool composure. But this amazing couple got married in +40 weather!
One of my favorite details about the wedding was it’s location. Melanie and Marc decided to get married just outside of La Salle, MB on the same property where Melanie grew up. In La Salle you get country vibes but close proximity to Winnipeg. It was the perfect spot for them to tie the knot!
Melanie and Marc, thank you so much for including me in your wedding day! <3
Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events | Reanne Berrard Photography | Beyond Flowers | Eph Apparel | Norwood Tent | Pioneer Catering | Jordy Rempel | Crystal Sound
Fun and fresh is how I would describe summer wedding colours. Summer gives you ample freedom to play around with different colour combos to wow your guests.
These colours can be used in your decor, attire, and flowers. Don’t be afraid to play around with unique and contrasting linens. One of my brides last year used two different colours of linen for the guest tables. Similar to your linens, play around with fun funky colours for your bridesmaid dresses. Different tones of blue, red and pink always look great!
For your flowers there’s so many colours and textures you can play around with. An extra added bonus is that a wide range of flower styles are more easily accessible in the summer than the winter.
Many venues offer both indoor and outdoor ceremony locations. From May to September I suggest taking full advantage of the outdoor ceremony spots at your venue.
Warning! Manitoba summers for the most part are warm and sunny. But I always tell clients to always have a backup ceremony location incase it rains. Wedding photos in the rain are beautiful, but your guests may not be prepared or ready for the weather.
Ensure everyone enjoys your wedding day and have a backup location ready.
Photo by: Moore Photography
Where my country girls at! Tent weddings are perfect if you or a family member owns property outside the city. The wonderful thing about tent weddings is that there are many different sizes and styles of tents you can rent.
Be warned, there are extra elements to think of when planning a tent wedding. But don’t worry, a wedding planner will be able to walk you through these elements and make planning your wedding a breeze.
Photo by: Luxe Images by Jill
The world is your oyster during the summer for wedding photos. Work with your photographer to brainstorm unique photo spots that reflect you and your fiance’s personalities. Ex. if you grew-up going to the cabin, take some photos at the lake or near water.
Every couple wants their guests to enjoy their wedding day! Depending on your wedding day timeline, guests might have a longer amount of time to kill between the ceremony and reception. During the summer it’s warm enough for guests to enjoy time outside. Lawn games are the perfect way to entertain your guests outside.
Large versions of classic games like tic-tac-toe or Jenga are great ideas! Also, don’t forget about everyone’s lawn game favorites like; croquet, bocce, ladder ball, and cornhole.
Photo by: Sugar and Soul Photography
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Planning a wedding while working full time can be tricky, and can lead to you forgetting to coordinate smaller details. A wedding planner will send you updates every couple of months to ensure you stay on track and answer any questions you have.
PRO TIP: As a wedding planner, upon signing a new client I give them a form to fill out in the months leading up to their wedding. This form helps to keep the client on track and ensure that even the smallest detail is not missed.
Scheduling and timing is one of the most difficult components to planning a wedding. Communication between both a wedding planner and vendors is key to successfully scheduling and completing any event.
PRO TIP: I like to meet with month-of wedding coordination clients twice before their wedding day. The first meeting is typically one month before the wedding. At this time, we review the day-of wedding timeline that I’ve created specifically for their big day. Having a day-of timeline ensures that everyone is on the same page, and your wedding day runs smoothly.
On a wedding day we arrive at the ceremony and reception venues with enough time to set-up your smaller decor. Ex. Guest book table, place cards, seating chart, ext.
PRO TIP: Hiring a wedding planner ensures that your family and friends don’t have to lift a finger on your wedding day. Let Alex and her team take care of the heavy lifting.
On a wedding day sometimes things come up unexpectedly. Say for example, if it rains a wedding planner will think ahead to find a solution to any issues or complications that arise.
You’ve been planning your wedding day for months, so make sure you enjoy every moment. A wedding planner will give you peace of mind, knowing that every vendor will arrive on time and your day will run smoothly. Family and friends will also thank you, as they will get to be fully present on your wedding day and not have to worry about checking on smaller details.
Pop that bubbly and relax! Let Alex and her team take care of the rest.
“Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding. The custom package you offered to us was perfect, and it was amazing to not have to worry about set-up details. Thank you for being so organized and accommodating, you were an absolute pleasure to work with!”
-Kailey and Brian
Photography by Palma Photography
Mokada Custom Jewelry Studio is in the house today sharing their top tips and tricks to consider when shopping for an engagement ring. What makes their store in Downtown Winnipeg so unique is that you receive one-on-one care to ensure your soon-to-be fiance loves their ring. CLICK HERE to contact Mokada and start “creating tomorrow’s family heirloom today.” Take a peek below at their top tips and tricks!
More and more couples are opting to design their engagement ring together (I read some crazy stat that 80%+ of women would make changes to their wedding set had they been consulted).
But, there is the obvious argument that this detracts from the societal norm of surprising your future spouse so pay attention to images that your partner pins, saves or comments on. This will be an excellent indicator or his/her style preference!
Do your best to ascertain finger size. Nothing is worse than the separate anxiety that follows an engagement if your rock is being sized!
Perhaps a high set solitaire isn’t conducive to massage therapists, dental hygienists and stylists given their chose professions.
The Wedding Band
Although it may feel premature we always counsel our clients to consider the future wedding band. Reason being, accents and embellishments that are going to be buried underneath the wedding band mate are perhaps better suited for just that. Don’t throw your money away on a feature that won’t be showcased but rather build it into the wedding band.
We are of the opinion that hand selecting your stone (be in diamond or gem) and pairing it with a setting that you create often represents the greatest value (and most often a higher quality finished product).
Coloured bridal is growing in popularity. If opting for a beautiful gemstone please do your homework! We are unaware of the amount of abuse we subject our hands to and the hardness of a stone is critical for a ring.
Make sure to have your ring appraised and furthermore, confirm that it comes from a trained, preferably third party gemologist (not the assistance manager of a box store with no formal training/education/expertise in determining the replacement cost of an item)