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A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure to plan and coordinate the inaugural fashion show for Valencienne Bridal at their store.  Top wedding planners in Toronto were invited to attend and learn about the process of how a couture wedding dress is born from start to finish.   When it comes to custom wedding dresses, they are more affordable than you think.  Valencienne’s custom dresses start at $3000+ and they can go up to $10,000.  Everything is measured precisely to fit your body.  The price of the dress is based on the style and the materials chosen.   Wedding dress shopping is fun, but if you can’t find a wedding dress after hitting 4-5 bridal stores, it can get exhausting and stressful.  Half of our brides decide to go with a custom wedding dress after exploring their options. Most of the time they found themselves liking the neckline of Dress A, bottom of Dress B dress and details of Dress C but not a dress that has everything that they like.

Here are some behind the scenes photos from our event:

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Floral Arch by Rachel Clingen
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Here’s the team and sponsors from “Behind The Seams” Fashion Show:

Jessie and Victoria from Rachel A Clingen, GMA Clinic, Kim (Valencienne Bridal), Laura Jayne Bridal, Succulent Chocolate, Carli D paintings, Ladylyn Gool (Toronto Bridal Hair stylist) , Dawna Boot Makeup (not in photo) and last bust not least, our team –  Carmen and Janet. Also a big shoutout to Paper & Poste for the beautiful invitations that you made for this event.

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Anime, our wonderful host and DJ kicked off the evening in one of Valencienne’s dress.  It was both educational and fun to see Kim’s collection and learn about the couture wedding dress design process.  She even demonstrated how a dress was made in live.

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Toronto bridal Store+The biggest giveaway of the evening is a custom cocktail dress made by Valencienne and Sunny from Lux Event Co was our  winner!

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We also put on our very own fashion show as well.  Most of us changed into wedding dresses and partied for the rest of the evening.  It was definitely the party of the year.

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We also had a lot of amazing gifts in our swag bags for our attending wedding planners.  Succulent Chocolate provided a live Smash bar Station where they do a live painting on the chocolate slab and smash it for takeaways.

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Thank you Anthony Manieri for being our event photographer and Raw Media as our event videographer.  We will definitely host more fashion shows for Toronto brides once we can get together again.

 

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Beautiful memories of a fashion show + wedding planners party that we planned with Valencienne bridal. We had so much fun trying out dresses and had our own fashion show as well! Social distancing changes how we celebrate little things in life and I can’t wait to throw a big party at the end of this. Planning and coordination: @devotedtoyou Photographer: @anthonypmanieri Videographer: Maurice @rawmedia Design and floral design – Rachel Clingen @rachelaclingen MC and DJ – Anime @walkwithanime Stationery and Graphic Design – Paper & Poste @paperandposte Bridal Accessories – Laura Jayne @laurajaynebride Rental: Event Rental Group @eventrentalgroup Hair Styling: Ladylyn Gool @beautiful_wedding_hair Makeup: Dawna Boot @dawnabootmakeup Chocolate: Succulent Chocolate @succulentchoco Resin decor: Carli D @carlipaintings Beauty Spa: The Grand Medical Aesthetics @gmaclinic Decorated cookies: Sweets That Sparkle @sweetthatsparkleinc . . . . . #devotedtoyouweddings #luxuryevents #industryparty #fashionshow #behindtheseams #bespokebridalluxury #couturebride #designerbridal #bridalfashionshow #luxuryweddings #toronto #luxuryweddingplanner

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Hope you enjoy our snippet of the event.

 

xo

Carmen

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It’s been the third week that we’ve been practicing social distancing.  While we are hoping that we will be over with the coronva virus, here’s a beautiful wedding that I want to share with you to brighten up your day.  Thank you for Eventsource.ca for sharing Helen and Matthew’s beautiful wedding at The Arlington Estate.  Their wedding day  was one of the hottest day of the year in 2019.  There  are  a lot  of  cute  details  that I love  about  their  wedding.  Their  personalized  gifts  are  one  of  a kind!  From Matthew’s  socks,  to  the customized  cards  and  the  tinder bookmark.Customized Wedding Socks+Cutest Wedding Card++
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Helen  and  Matthew had  a first  look  at  McMichael Art Gallery.  They read their vows to each other and turned around. +++The beautiful pink peony bouquet was crafted by Emily from Threads and Blooms 
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I don’t usually have a chance to take photos with our couples and this one is a rare occasion when there is a moment to breath.
+The room was beautifully styled by Emily from Threads and Blooms with beautiful florals in pinks and creams.  We love the organic look of the arrangements and the variety of flowers she used.  Photos  of  their  cute  puppies  were  used  as  table  numbers  and  they  were  a part  of  the cake  toppers  as  well.  ++++++++++++

Photos captured by Olive Photography

Thank you for tuning in!  I can’t wait for the day where we can all gather again!

xo,

Carmen

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How is everyone coping with social distancing and self-quarantining at home? We know it definitely feels weird and takes time to adjusting to the new normal.  Everything is at halt, non-essential businesses are mandated to close and we cannot do the things that we can normally do, something as simple as going to the gym, getting your nails or lashes filled, hanging out with friends.  We understand how stressful it is to plan a wedding during this time, especially for 2020 brides.  Tonight, the Ontario government had made an announcement prohibiting gatherings of more than 5 people with strict exceptions.  What that means is that weddings will not be allowed in the following month or two and this may put you in limbo.  The future is still unknown, whether to postpone your date, when to start postponing the date, it is a lot to think about.  We have been getting questions from brides on our social media platforms about how to handle their situations.  As a result, the CoVID 19 Stress Relief package is created to to help couples to navigate through this storm. You can now tap into our expertise by booking this package. We will assess the current state of your wedding planning and guide you through the decision making process.  We will assist you in rebooking all your wedding vendors so you can focus on your priorities. We are also providing healthcare and frontline workers a special rate for this service as an appreciation for tirelessly fighting CoVID-19. Please send us an email to Carmen@devotedtoyou.ca for more information
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Photo credit: Eyekah Foto

Please stay positive! We are here to support you.  Reach out to professionals to seek advice if you are unsure.    Stay safe and heatlhy! We are hopeful!.

xo,

Carmen and The Devoted To You Team

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