We don’t usually spend too much time blogging about our favourite hair and makeup products for that flawless wedding look. It’s not because we don’t have any, its just because we typically prefer to talk about our brides, our team or favourite vendors or our travel dreams.
As our super busy season begins to wind down, we wanted to give a special nod to some of our favourite products that carry us through all our weddings.
Photos by Jennifer Picard Photography
A major fave is the super powered setting spray Final Seal by Ben Nye. We always joke that it is hair spray for the face, but its really is just that. The perfect finish to any makeup look, a few sprays set the look in place, amp up the waterproof factor and keep the look flawless through all the crying, laughing, eating, dancing and kissing.
For that photo perfect finish we love Makeup Forever HD Foundations and the new Matte Velvet Line, depending on the level of coverage our ladies are after. We love Makeup Forever HD Foundations because they go on smooth and clean and really stay put. They are all waterproof and give a gorgeous hydrated and flawless look. We also love their flexibility in being easily applied by airbrush or manual technique.
For eye shadows, few perform like the solid shadows by MAC. The eye shadows don’t fall and make a mess while applying and they blend perfectly, plus they come in every colour any bride could want!
While we always have our kit stocked with Davines and Kevin Murphy, our go to product for getting that all night hold is Power Spray 8-10 hold hair spray by Joico. We love this hair spray because no matter how much you spray, you can always brush it out for a soft and flowing look that really sets the style in place. It never leaves the hair sticky or crunchy and as a little bonus it smells incredible.
For finishing off a look, we always reach for our favourite Oi Oil by Davines. A little goes along way with this wonder serum. We love the smooth and non greasy shine and this one smells amazing too. We pretty much recommend any of Davines products and routinely use their This is a Medium hair spray as well.
Give a few of these gems a try! We promise you will not be disappointed!
Trillium Resort and Spa – Port Sydney, Muskoka ON
We have fallen completely in love with this beautiful cottage style venue. This serene 86 acre resort features 17 cottages and chalets for your family and friends to spend a memorable weekend celebrating the love between you and your partner! Our favourite part about Trillium is the Post-and-Beam Dining Room, featuring an antique bar, wooden beamed cathedral ceilings and a stone fireplace. The large arched windows offer stunning natural light and a picturesque view of Devine Lake. The dining room is often used for indoor ceremonies, with incredible staff to transform it into your dining reception area and later to a floor to dance the night away! We absolutely love that Trillium also offers ceremonies outside on the lawn or the beach front, with the stunning private lake as your back drop to say I do! They also have an on location Spa offering a special array of services for you and your bridal party to be pampered and unwind before the big day. The resort also has a pool, a variety of motor less boats at the lake and a charming waterfall for you to enjoy during your stay. Safe to say, the incredible team at Trillium Resort and Spa specialize in making your cottage style wedding dreams come true!
Windermere House – Windermere, Muskoka ON
This unique wedding venue stole our hearts with its historic Victorian-style setting nestled along the shores of the breathtaking Lake Rosseau. This Muskoka landmark offers a variety of venue options including the Islandview Room, the Grand Verandah and the sprawling lawn front. You and your guests can enjoy the 56 charming rooms and suites for a luxurious overnight stay just steps from your ceremony location of choice! Their AMBA Health and Beauty Spa also offers wedding packages, so you and your loved ones can indulge in their relaxing services. A wide variety of water, sports and leisure activities and equipments are available for you and your guests to enjoy during their stay, along with an exceptional golf course right next door. With an “it’s all in the details” planning approach you can rest assured their team of event specialists will be there to cater to your every need. The Windemere house will leave you and your guests with an unforgettable wedding experience and memories that will last a lifetime.
Photo credit: Williamson Photo
Weddings are always beautiful but the backdrop of a breathtaking location can make the day that much more incredible, not to mention the photos! Of course Vancouver has a ton of amazing locations to say “I do” but these three destinations, just a jump skip out of town are extra special and totally worth the trip!
1- The Sunshine Coast
Dear to our hearts, the impeccable Sunshine Coast is easily our number one spot. From the quaint Bonniebrook Lodge in Gibsons, peacefully set along a strip of coastline comparable to some tropical beach to the rustic and homey style of Ruby Lake Resort cabins set on the warm and immaculately clear Ruby Lake. To the true meaning behind destination wedding at the beyond tranquil West Coast Wilderness Lodge perfectly tucked away into the serene bay in Egmont at the top of the Sunshine Coast Highway. This last gem is tied for top spot as our most favourite venue.
photo credit: Jennifer Picard Photography
2- Galiano Island
Gorgeous Galiano Island, where I am actually writing this blog post from right now!! We came to know Galiano a few years ago when one of our sweet brides introduced us to the beyond beautiful Bodega Ridge (also tied for top favourite). Hidden up on the ‘quiet end’ of the island, sits this sprawling and picturesque venue. After many weddings on this dreamy Southern Gulf island, we have also fallen in love with the Spanish inspired Galiano Inn. Conveniently located right by the ferry and most shops/cafes, though once you enter their gates you are transported into the serenity of lush and pretty gardens and old world charm.
photo credit: The Nickersons
3- The Fraser Valley to Manning Park
If you don’t want to think about ferries, the Fraser Valley is super accessible from Vancouver. Rolling green hills and the incredible mountains are the amazing backdrop to this stunning area. Close enough to make a day trip but inviting enough to forget the city, this is really a majestic area. The crown jewel is the Fraser River Lodge. The old timey log cabins, elaborate aboriginal carvings, tons of activities and probably the best bridal suite ever, puts this gem among our top faves. If you really want your wedding off the beaten path and tucked away in nature feeling, Manning Park Resort could be the place for you. Located just beyond the Fraser Valley in E.C. Manning Provincial Park and nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, Manning Park Resort is a ascetic and recreational paradise.
photo credit: Mathais Fast
“Unveiled… a richly-styled collaborative that indulges our senses and adds a sprinkle of whimsy and nostalgia to the rituals a bride might go through as she prepares for her wedding day” – So Dearly Beloved
We shared a few of these photos on the blog a little while back, but we are SO excited to have them featured on the gorgeous and stylish wedding blog, So Dearly Beloved. We had such an incredible team for this beautiful shoot:
PHOTO & CREATIVE DIRECTION: maru photography GOWN & ACCESSORIES: kathryn bass bridal FLORALS: deborah lee designs MODEL: motogpri HAIR & MAKEUP: save the date beauty VENUE: terminal city club RING: whisper jewels CALLIGRAPHY: quill and co SET ASSISTANT: vaela weddings
CHECK OUT the incredible behind the scenes video by Ashley of Vaela Weddings HERE !!!
Behind The Scenes – Our Creative in Hamburg, Germany
After a few weeks of planning and preparing, Save The Date Beauty found ourselves in Hamburg, Germany collaborating with the ever so talented and sweet Katrin of Plan Liebe. Katrin welcomed us with her beautiful smile and fun energy and immediately we knew we had found our gem from Hamburg! With just a few days before our arrival Katrin was able to put together a dream team for the shoot!
Since our recent expansion to Hamilton Ontario, we have fallen completely in love with some of the stunning local venues! With such a variety, you are guaranteed to find a space that exceeds your wedding dreams. Check out our Instagram HERE!!!
The first wedding venue that took our breath away was Lakeview by Carmen’s Group. Located in the heart of Confederation Park, this Hamilton landmark is the perfect waterfront wedding location. With beach front and indoor ceremony options, you will have no problem planning your perfect wedding day. Lakeview has a gorgeous sandy beachfront and 60-foot lighthouse style viewing tower looking out onto the picturesque Toronto Skyline. Inside you will find an intimate cocktail lounge with an outdoor patio on the first floor, a beautiful second floor ballroom with a private balcony overlooking Lake Ontario. The grand bay windows provide wonderful natural light, and as the sun goes down you can dance the night away under the glistening lights hung from the vaulted ceilings. We loved the exposed beams, French doors and soft colour scheme that created the perfect back drop. We just can’t get enough for this dreamy wedding venue.
The next wedding venue we’ve fallen in love with is Liuna Gardens, located on the Lake Ontario Waterfront. With 12 acres of perfectly manicured gardens, this venue has lots of picturesque spots to choose from for your perfect wedding ceremony. Lakefront ceremonies are a very popular choice at Liuna gardens. You can walk down the isle bordered with overflowing flowers looking out onto the fantastic waterfront backdrop. If you are looking for indoor wedding options, choose from one the extravagant ballrooms this venue has to offer. The elegant Grand ballroom took our breathe away with its stone carved fire place, Italian marble flooring and spectacular crystal chandeliers. The private patios provide stunning lakefront views framed by gorgeous fountains and gardens. This venue has so much to offer, with all these options you are guaranteed to find an amazing spot for your wedding day.
Last but certainly not least is the incredible Old Ancaster Mill. This historic venue features a stunning waterfall surrounded by stone and beautiful gardens. The building is the centre of over 200 years of local history, and has been beautifully restored with seven unique rooms to choose from for your wedding day. The stone fire places, exposed wood beams and lots of natural light are accompanied by the perfect decor, creating a warm, romantic atmosphere in every room. There are so many picturesque spots on the grounds to chose from, your photographer is guaranteed to capture stunning shots of your wedding day. The Old Ancaster Mill is in high demand for weddings all year round, and the perfect choice for an intimate wedding venue.
These are just a few of the many amazing venues in the Hamilton area, and we are just so excited to have our newest location in the centre of it all!
Photo by Kate Murphy Photography