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A sparkly, stunning engagement ring that also positively impacts the world? Sign us up! We have been admirers of Brilliant Earth for some time and with good reason. Not only are their ring styles and designs spot on, they also offer ethically sourced jewelry. In addition to using recycled or eco-friendly precious metals and conflict free diamonds, they also donate 5% of profits to communities negatively impacted by the jewelry industry. And no matter what style ring you are looking for, they have countless options to make you giddy with excitement.

Whether your style is Classic, Modern, Glamorous, Natural or Vintage, Brilliant Earth has a collection by the same name to match. We’re a little more than smitten with their antique rings and all of the options in their Halo Collection. Seriously, they make our hearts beat a little faster. Their antique jewelry collection has been expanding rapidly in the past several months, so if vintage is what you are after, look no further. All of their antique jewelry pieces are one-of-a-kind originals and represent an eco-friendly option, since no new mining is required to create these pieces.

Now that we’ve got you dreaming of beautiful, sparkly accoutrements for a certain ring finger, head on over to Brilliant Earth and check out all of their dazzlingly options. Pun intended.

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Sue Gallo Designs

We here at Sue Gallo Designs are big lovers of flowers! We live and breath in their beauty and all things pretty. As a fresh floral and event company in Hamilton, On., our passion is to create a beautiful celebrations of love. Our designs are the perfect pairing of garden chic and laid back elegance with a whole lot of fabulousness. We see flowers as a big component to any celebration. Together we collaborate the story of you and carefully craft components that are thoughtfully gathered and stunningly styled. Defining your vision for a singular day to beautifully mark that special moment in your lives to celebrate, relish and remember.

From intimate back yard celebrations to elaborate affairs our services are crafted with each of our couples personal style and unique vision in mind.

We’d love the chance to meet you to discuss this fabulous wedding you are planning and to tell you more about Sue Gallo Designs and how we can bring your vision to fruition.

We can’t wait to meet you and make your celebration remarkable!

Serving Niagara Wine Country, The Greater Hamilton Toronto Area, Muskoka, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Areas

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4th of July Wedding Inspiration

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Happy Fourth of July to all of our American readers! We’re all familiar with the traditional Independence Day palette — bold red, white, and blue — but we love seeing the sophisticated and fresh twist as dreamed up by McKenna Anne Designs and so beautifully shot by Caroline Joy. Inspired by was inspired by the phrase “amber waves of grain” from the song America The Beautiful, this gorgeous shoot is sure to send you off to a fabulous 4th of July!

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From the photographer, Caroline Joy: Our vision was to celebrate a Fourth of July wedding with understated style. Our setting was inspired by the phrase “…amber waves of grain…” from the song America The Beautiful. The cherries brought in a natural element of red, so we let that inspire the color palette.

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coral wedding invitations

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books about piesbaskets of cherries

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pie place settings

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Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Wedding Photographer: Caroline Joy Photography / Event Stylist: McKenna Anne Designs / Wedding Flowers: Lindy Floral / Wedding Dress: Alia / Bride’s Shoes: INC via Macy’s / Paper Fans: BHLDN / Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Chips & Salsa

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Elle & Jae

Elle & Jae is a unique accessories line, which includes vintage inspired sashes, headpieces, veils and jackets that are couture made using the highest-quality crystals, pearls, laces, sequins, crepes and chiffon. There is also a bridesmaid collection of headbands and belts, made with special broaches and embellishments on stretch grosgrain, allowing for an easy fit for all body types.

All of Elle & Jae’s garments are hand-made locally in Los Angeles, California. Selecting only high-end, elegant fabrics and materials, designer Joey Brooks personally designs each garment and carefully supervises every facet of production to ensure the most skillful results.

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Durham Food Truck Wedding

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One of our favorite new additions to weddings is the food truck — such a stress-free way to add a little fun and uniqueness to your big day, like this one from Oh! Darling Photography. Mary and Tommy brought on three different food trucks to feed their guests, crafted pom pom garlands to decorate their reception space, and decorated their maids in pretty frocks from Whitney Deal. Make sure to read through to get some tips from the bride in dealing with hiccups on your wedding day!

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From the bride, Mary: We wanted a laid back evening wedding with children running around barefoot, people drinking bottles of beer and lots of family and friends on the dance floor.

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colored pencil invitations

watercolor flowers pastels

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watercolor bridesmaids dresses

There was a lot of community support that pulled this wedding together. We made pompom garlands over several craft and wine evenings and friends met early the morning of the wedding to arrange flowers, set up chairs and hang decorations. If we had a theme it would be that there is beauty in the small imperfections of many hands contributing.

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strawberry wedding cakeschalkboard reception menus

black and white cake cutting

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? On your wedding day, let go of all the details and minutia that you spent the last months poring over, even if it’s a conscious decision you have to remind yourself of multiple times. Accept however you feel throughout the day even if it’s not what you expected to feel at a certain moment. Also, remember that what you see on wedding blogs and photos is one small slice of the day. It poured on our wedding day so the natural lighting that attracted us to the reception hall was replaced with fluorescent lights that made me feel like I was at a gym. One of the food trucks arrived an hour late. Our DJ accidentally played from the “do-not-play” list. Don’t fret about having the perfect day, but focus on planning a celebration that is meaningful for you.

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locopops for guestspacked food for guests

whole foods cakes

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Wedding Location: Durham, NC / Ceremony Venue: Blacknall Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Trotter Building / Wedding Photographer: Oh! Darling Photography / Wedding Dress: Halcyon Vintage (Richmond, VA) / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo / Bridesmaids Dresses: Whitney Deal / Bride’s Hair: Posh Salon / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Wedding Flowers: Whole Foods / Food Trucks: Tacqueria Don Fily, Sympathy for the Deli, and Cafe Prost / Wedding Cakes: Whole Foods / Frozen Pops: Locopops / DJ: A+ DJ / Wedding Invitations: Bride

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