REAl TMB BRIDE: Jessie & Jonathan

 
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Sometimes a bride comes into the boutique and as you learn more about her you not only fall in love with her but you find out she is planning a wedding that puts your wedding dreams to shame. In Portugal. Swoon.


Jessie brought a smile to every single appointment, and we fell for her sweet, genuine nature AND she reminded us that wedding dreams really do come true. After having the opportunity to get to know Jessie better and the privilege to see some amazing shots from her day it's easy to see why she brought that smile to every dress fitting. A dream wedding deserves an equally dreamy groom. Enjoy!

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Name: Jessie Hawthorne
Dress: 'Olinda' - Pronovias
Venue: Fortaleza da Luz  (Praia Da Luz - Algarve - Portugal)
Flowers: Xeli Florist Algarve
Cake: The Cake Shop - Cake Design by Sonia Marreiros
Photography: Matt & Lena Photography

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So how did this love story start?

"It's a pretty funny story actually, one that I knew would inevitably be told at our wedding. It was 9 years ago exactly, Canada Day 2008. I was there with my friend and Jonathan was there with his cousin. We were at a bar when I looked over and saw him, I immediately said to my friend  "DIBS!" I think this comes as close to love at first sight as possible. Learning after that he admitted to seeing me too but said he was too shy to come say hi. I looked over his way a few minutes later and he was gone. But seemed like it was meant to be when we walked into another bar and there he was. Might have been the liquid courage in me but I went right over to him, elbowed him in the back and said "Whiskey shots!" he turned around after the elbow expecting a fight and saw me, I guess he was pleasantly surprised. Politely he told me he couldn't because he was driving, I then told him to "take his skirt off!" Regardless of my silly antics that night, we've been inseparable ever since! "

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It's hard not to feel the romance in a place like this!

Favourite moment of the day?

"There were so many! I have to say that the speeches were so memorable, I was in tears the whole time. It's so heartwarming to hear such lovely words from the people you love on your special day. "

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"Oh also, a funny moment for sure was during the ceremony when my brother-in-law who was officiating the wedding for us, dropped the rings! I know, such a stereotypical wedding fail! He opened up the ring boxes upside down and they fell out. Luckily they weren't lost - but it definitely gave everyone a good laugh!"

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Any wisdom for future TMB brides?

"Stick to your guns and do what feels best! Planning a wedding is very stressful and confusing - so just stick to what you feel in your gut is right and it will turn out perfect. Also, keep lots of lists! Especially when planning a destination wedding, I had SO much to pack, so lists were key! It's easy to say don't get too stressed about the details, something I couldn't do, but just stay organized and it will work out"

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It's the personal aspects that make each wedding exceptional...

"After losing my father last year just after getting engaged, there was a while where I didn't think I wanted to get married without him. I quickly realized that's not what he would want for me. We decided to get married in the Algarve, Portugal where my family vacationed just two years prior. I have such amazing memories there with my dad so it just felt right. We even had lunch at the venue where we got married and we spoke about how it would be an amazing spot to have a wedding. Needless to say I felt him there on my day and I know he played a big part in making it perfect"

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To say that this wedding makes my heart sing and melt at the same time would be such an understatement! A breathtaking couple exchanging vows in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We are truly fortunate to have been a small part of their big day!

Congratulations Jessie & Jonathan we wish you every happiness on your journey together!

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Cheers!

 

REAL TMB BRIDE: Emilie & Nick

 
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This wedding gives me the 'feels' for all kinds of reasons. Not being a 'Guelphite' myself I fell in love with the city all the way back in 2006. I have settled here, found love here, built a business here, and never left. There is a reason Guelph captures your heart. It is beautiful, welcoming, sweet and slow like the country with enough city to help you forget your worries.

This wedding is everything I love about Guelph. Period.

Married just a stones-throw from the downtown, this couple, who I have the privilege to call my friends, showed me exactly what two soulmates look like when they get to marry each other! Enjoy!

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Name: Emilie Priamo
Dress: 'Cameilla' - Blush by Hayley Paige
Venue: Goldie Mill Ruins & Guelph Youth Music Centre
Photography: Persistence of Vision
Hair/Make-Up: Carrie Ann Keirstead & Andria DiPanfilo
Flowers: Fleuristic Garden & Flower Studio
Coordination: Jess Hirst (TMB)

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The emotions of this day tell the whole story.  You can easily tell from the excitement on their faces that this is a big love.

How did you two meet?

"Ours is a classic ‘girl admires boy from afar’ type of love story, we met in 2009 when we were students at the University of Guelph. After seeing him around campus all the time, I eventually worked up the courage to introduce myself, the rest is history."

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Not a dry eye in the house after this beautiful bride smiled her way down the aisle and the two of them exchanged heartfelt and laugh-filled vows.

Favourite moment of the day?

"All of it? Can I choose all? If I had to narrow it down, the ceremony was unexpectedly epic for me. Of course, I don’t mean to say I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it. It’s kind of the main event, right? But in the grand scheme, so much of our time and energy was dedicated to other elements of the day, so it almost snuck up on me. It was SO emotional and I loved every moment of it."

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As the coordinator, if someone asked me what my favourite part of the day was, it would be this. This secluded moment right here. Right after the ceremony Em and Nick took a few minutes alone before the whirlwind of photos and congratulations rained down on them. I think this is so SO important and I recommend these moments to ALL of my couples whether it be during the first look or moments after the ceremony. This day is about the two of you and you should make the time to bask in it. Always.

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Any advice for future TMB brides?

"Be organized. Establish a system for remembering those 3 am brainwaves so you can get some sleep. I texted myself all the time, a notebook probably would have worked just as well.  

Don’t put too much on your plate. It’s too easy to do with access to platforms like Pinterest and Instagram available and blasting your feed with picture-perfect wedding goodness 24/7. You might be crafty and resourceful, but remember, you’ll have a lot to focus on when the big day rolls around.

Do your research, know what you’re capable of, and find pros who you trust to take care of the rest! And continue to trust them throughout the planning process. In our experience, the right vendor will take your unique vision and make it a reality using their skills and expertise. But take their advice - they’ve done this before."

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Grooms favourite moment? (get ready for your heart to melt)

Nick: "We had arranged to have a couple minutes immediately after the ceremony to just hang out and debrief about everything on our own.  We had a bottle of wine, a charcuterie plate, and 5 minutes to just take it all in before we continued with the rest of the night.  It was relaxing and really gave us a chance to just stop and appreciate everything, just the two of us.  It was the only time we had to ourselves all day, and I almost wish we could have stopped time to just hang out there a bit longer."

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Any other tidbits?

"Clio, our 3 year old flower girl, made her walk down the aisle memorable. All along, she was told that her job was to throw the flower petals as she walked. So, she threw them. I mean, she really THREW them. It was hilarious."

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The evening was the perfect mix of dancing, laughing and love. The couple shared a small sweetheart table and exchanged smiles all night. Each speech was thoughtful and focused almost entirely on what an amazing match these two are! 

The icing on the cake?!? Bride and groom walked from the reception to their home, not 15 minutes away. How's that for local! I love it!

Em & Nick, we wish you every happiness on your journey together! Thanks for showing us how to love with everything you have!! 

Cheers!

 

REAL TMB BRIDE: Jennifer & Kyle

 
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When Jenn bought her dress I knew she would be a bride that we would never forget! She has this warmth about her that lights up the room, her excitement in finding her dress was amazing and I am so glad that she chose us to be a small part of her day! Every fitting we had was an absolute treat, and we would spend time chatting about the details of her day and fawning over her gown! I miss those weekly visits, that great smile and how she rocked that dress! We are so excited she decided to share some beautiful moments from her day! 

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Name: Jennifer Maclean
Dress: 'Opal' - Blush by Hayley Paige
Photography: Injoy Imagery
Venue: Ancaster Mill
Hair & Make-Up: Eryn Shannon
Flowers: Patti's Flower Boutique

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SO tell us! How did you and Kyle meet?

"We met working at the Guelph Target store, both as Department Managers. Kyle had put the word out with a co-worker that he was interested in me, and I casually dismissed the idea for a while but he eventually won me over.  We both closed together all the time on Monday nights and one night a few of us went for a drink after work, which we did again a few weeks later, just the two of us!  Once we were dating Kyle admitted to me that many of the casual conversations we had had at work were actually him going out of his way to find me and act like he was casually passing through and striking up a conversation!"

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Favourite wedding moment? We understand if you can't pick just one!

"Kyle really enjoyed his Best Man Andrew's speech. It had the whole room bent over  with laughter the entire time, a bit of a Groom Roast you could say. It was a pretty amazing moment for my husband, to be recognized, made fun of, and have our relationship honoured, by the man he thinks the absolute most of, and in the presence of everyone we truly love. 

My favorite moment of the day was probably the few times we stopped to kiss as we were exiting our wedding ceremony.  I think the culmination of the day, the ceremony itself, the sound of our loved one's applause and the relief that we had done it (YAY!) was just this incredible high and those moment we stopped walking to kiss were just the most blissful kisses ever!! 

Also, our son who was just under two, saying "Mommy!!" excitedly as I reached the altar walking down the isle.  It was a heart melting moment!"

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Those bouquets and bouts have to be one of our favourite touches!
They tie everything together SO beautifully!! 

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Do you have any words of advice for future TMB brides?

"Buy a dress that's comfortable and highlights your favourite features! I tried on some beautiful form fitting dresses, they were incredibly sexy and took my breath away. However, the moment I looked at the pictures of me in them from my phone I was already focusing on the parts of my body I didn't like, and for me that made it a no, despite how beautiful it was. I just knew that on my wedding day, I don't want to fiddle or fuss or suck in or hold my body certain ways in poses. I just wanted to feel beautiful and comfortable, in exchange: CONFIDENT!! And I feel the day of my wedding that confidence really showed because of how I FELT in my dress! 

Overall, try not to get too carried away with all the details. A lot of it goes unnoticed or becomes almost irrelevant the day of. It will also help keep the budget down! It truly is surprising just how quickly the day goes by and how many details (hours of planning!!!) you don't even end up noticing yourself!!!"

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Best comment on your dress?

"It wasn't necessarily that I had this one AMAZING comment on my dress. It was more the overall attention that my dress got ALL DAY LONG!!! From the moment my bridesmaids and I left the hotel room, hotel guests and staff were stopping to stare, smile and would say I looked so beautiful.  As my bridesmaids and I were taking pictures, cars driving by were honking at us, and rolling their windows saying we looked so beautiful!  Even the venue staff were stopping as they walked by me and saying my dress was stunning (and they see all the dresses people!!!)  It was truly a show stopping dress (while being quite simple at the same time!) and I felt ever so dreamy and on a beautiful cloud all day long!"

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Jenn wraps it up so perfectly:

"Standing at the elevator, with my bridesmaids, hair and makeup and dresses all fresh, ready to go down to our limo; my bridesmaid Jen turns to me and asked: "what has been your favorite moment so far today? I said: "Honestly, RIGHT NOW!!!"  It was just the most amazing feeling in that very moment."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves! The key is to enjoy every moment before it quickly passes you by! We are wishing you and your little family every happiness Jen! Good luck on all your future adventures as husband and wife!! Thank you so much for choosing us to be a small part of your big day!

Cheers!

 

REAL TMB BRIDE: Ginny & Tyler

 
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What can I say about Ginny?? We were destined to be friends from the day she told me about her woodland wedding!! Once she found her dress with us we chatted about Day-Of Coordination and I jumped at the chance to help bring her vision to life! 

Every step of the planning process was laced with her laid back positivity and as soon as I met Ty it was clear that this wedding was not only going to be breathtaking but it was a true match. The picturesque wooded aisle, personalized vows, and inspired speeches didn't leave a dry eye in the house. Ginny and Ty made sure that this day reflected them, their bond with each other and included those closest to them (including a very large - albeit sweetest - bridal party!) One of the most memorable weddings of 2016! 

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Name: Virginia Giddings
Dress: 'Clementine' (custom) - Blush by Hayley Paige
Venue: The Garden House - Rockwood
Photography: Purple Tree Wedding Photography
Hair: Judy Lim
Make-Up: Fancy Face
Flowers: Blooms & Flora

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Their 'how did you guys meet?' story is one for the books! Ginny describes;

"I saw Tyler first-year university.  He was the quiet shy guy who always wore a brown hat, head down and was constantly listening to music.  I was always drawn to him, however, I only saw him in passing.  As the years went by, I was eventually in one of his classes, however, I was too nervous to talk to him.  Finally one day I sparked a conversation while in the gym, asking about his training. I would try my best to chat with him when I ran into him at the gym throughout our 5 years at Brock University. Tyler was working at the health clinic completing an athletic therapy course and became my trainer after I suffered a hamstring injury.  That would be the only time I would see him.  However, one day during 3rd year while taking the bus to class, I saw him running down the hill back to his house.  In my head I remember thinking, if I ever got a chance to date that guy, I would marry him.  On the day of our convocation (graduation), I remember chatting with my best friend and maid of honour Nathalie about how I had always had a crush on Tyler.  Together we went to chat with him, and Nathalie ended up inviting him to come to the bar.  After we went our separate ways, I said to Nat that if he came into the bar I would finally tell him how I felt all these years.  Just as we were about to head out the door, Tyler walked in.  Nat gentle pushed me in his direction and said now was my chance.  With some liquid courage, I finally went up and talked to him.  I told him that I had always had a crush on him and that every time I was single he was in a relationship and vice versa.  I informed him that I was in a relationship and that it was coming to an end, and that if he was interested he could message me on Facebook.  I left the bar after that, and just as I was walking to my friend’s car in the parking lot he ran to me and said that he did not want to wait.  He asked for my number and we have been together ever since."

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Married in a wood as beautiful as these two? Yes, please!

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Favourite wedding moment?

"Ginny: Walking down the aisle in the forest towards Tyler, saying our vows, placing the ring on his finger and being announced husband and wife.  

Tyler: When the music started and Ginny walked down the aisle towards me."

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How's this for a bridal party?!? Ginny told me throughout the planning process about this epic bridal party AND that she knew there were A LOT of them but she couldn't imagine her day without them!

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Any wisdom for future TMB brides?

"Enjoy the being in moment, for the day will come and go in the blink of an eye."

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Any other tidbits you want share?

"Don't take the whole day too seriously! The funny speeches are often the best! I am known for making my own almond milk etc. and during the best man's speech he made a comment telling me to let Tyler eat his own yogurt and not that "homemade shit" I make."

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I am so glad that I got to be a small part of your day! It was an absolute treat to be able to help bring this unique wedding to life and take care of the little details while you two enjoyed the company of your family, friends and most of all each other. I will remember this wedding, and your genuine love for each other for years to come!

Wishing you every happiness and so much fun on your adventures together!!

Cheers! 

 

REAL TMB BRIDE: Dasha & Mick

 
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Dasha and I went to high school together and I was over the moon when she emailed me to make an appointment at our boutique! Although she originally came in to look at another dress, a beautiful Hayley Paige gown stole her heart and the rest is history! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a small part of your big day Dasha!! You are absolutely breathtaking!! 

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Name: Dasha Stupak

Dress: 'Catalina' - Blush by Hayley Paige

Venue: Oakview Terrace

Hair & Make-Up: Nyomi Puil

Flowers: Davis Floral Creations

Photographer: Live to Love Studio 

What's the story? How did you and Mick meet??

"We met in high school so we dated for over 11 years before officially tying the knot. As he would tell it; he saw me around the halls and at the mall. He asked his mom and friends for the best way to approach me. When his mom asked what it was that he liked so much about me (without having met me), he said my smile. He ended up adding me on MSN and we chatted online for a while before I could build up the courage to actually spend time with him in person. MSN: the relationship builder, lol! The rest is history!"

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Favourite wedding moment?

"There are two, in no particular order! One of our kissing games was to try to shoot a foam puck into a net on the dance floor. One of the groomsmen took it a little too seriously and hammered the puck across the dance floor, almost hitting some unsuspecting guests!!  Everyone was fine, but it was definitely an epic moment. The second one has to be my dad’s speech. He had people in stitches with this line, “Mick, I know that [by trade] you’re a teacher but I want you to know that I am the Principal… and always will be.”"

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Words of wisdom for our future TMB Brides?

"Don’t take wedding planning too seriously but don’t leave little to-do’s to the last minute! I was very lucky because I didn’t get stressed out throughout the process. We only had one big hiccup which actually resulted in something bigger and better. If you’re not too particular about the way you want things, you allow yourself more room for creativity and less for disappointment. If you’re not a planner, hire one! I didn’t use one because I love coordinating events and had lots of help from my groom, family and friends but I can definitely see the value in hiring a professional!"

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Any last thoughts?

"One of my favourite comments about my dress was from one of my guests. She was telling me about her thoughts when I first walked down the aisle; "ohh what a beautiful dress…" and then when I passed her: "where are her TAN LINES!". I love this because I tan really easily and hence, get tan lines really easily, so I worked really hard at not having any for the big day! I fell in love with the back of my dress and wanted to make sure I did it justice."

 

We couldn't have put it better ourselves, you definitely did that dress justice!! Dasha, we wish you and Mick every happiness! We hope that your high school love carries as much fun and free spirit in the years to come as it did from day one!

Cheers!

 

SPOTLIGHT//New Designer; CHANTEL LAUREN

 

Look who has joined the party; CHANTEL LAUREN!!

We are so excited to introduce Utah based designer Chantel Lauren to our family coming early 2017!! 

We stumbled across her stunning Instagram a few months ago and we were hooked! You'll be happy to hear that the feeling was mutual and we are eagerly awaiting these beauties to arrive in the boutique!! Each gown has a spirit that sets it apart from the rest and we have fallen in love with the care and the uniqueness that Chantel puts into each piece! 

Henley Gown

Henley Gown

Carly Gown

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A little about Chantel Lauren...

Each gown is handmade with love in the USA, and this years collection is inspired by her deep love of music! This edgy line is for the free-spirited bride, Chantel describes; building the foundation for an unforgettable moment, because every girl deserves her day in the spotlight!

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What we love...

We love the edge of this line. The colours. And of course the movement! Each gown promises that you will be dancing into the wee hours with your better half. Each gown promises a great time! 

In January we are going to have a Trunk Show to introduce the line to all the brides of Guelph and beyond! There are rumours that the designer may even make an appearance!! Stay tuned for more details!!

Welcome, Chantel Lauren! We think you will fit in beautifully at The Modern Bride!

Rio Gown

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Stevie Gown

Stevie Gown

See you babes in 2017!! 

OX

 

REAL TMB BRIDE: Carrie & Mike

 
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There are some brides that come into the boutique and look stunning in absolutely everything, but there is one dress that you secretly hope they choose because it suits them so much that it will forever be ‘Carries Dress’. “Bianca” from Blush by Hayley Paige was made for Carrie and we are so glad that when we reached out she was thrilled to share her day with us! 

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Name: Carrie Amborski
Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige “Bianca”
Venue: Nestleton Waters Inn
Photographer: Magnolia Studios

How did you and your hubby meet?

"Mike and I met in a real estate finance class doing our MBA - he tried to flirt by telling me I was sitting in his seat, and I was offended. I got over it pretty quickly and a few months later he finally asked me on a date. The rest is history :)"

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Our recessional. It's hard to describe what we were feeling but some of the pictures capture it. "We were just over the moon happy and these were some of the best seconds of our lives. Another epic moment: After our introduction into the reception, the MC and her twin sister, both bridesmaids, sang our love story to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" we had no idea that they were going to do that and it was so hilarious - arguably better than the original."

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His favourite part?

"Carrie walking down the aisle - no brainer!!!"

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Any tips for future TMB brides?              

"For dress shopping, relax and let yourself enjoy it! If you've found your way to TMB then know you're in good hands and any dress you pick is going to be gorgeous. And don't worry if you don't cry! I didn't and I LOVED my dress. For wedding planning in general, don't lose sight of what the day is ultimately about! Whenever I got stressed with the minutiae of planning I came back to this and I knew as long as we had a place to get married and someone to marry us, everything else would be ok."

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She even shared her thoughts on being a TMB bride right after she tied the knot!

"I just wanted to send a note of thanks for making the entire process of dress buying so relaxed and fun. Your store is so beautiful and I'm so glad I made the decision to buy my dress at The Modern Bride. Every drive from Toronto to Guelph was worth it and I would recommend The Modern Bride to any bride in the GTA - your carefully curated selection of wedding gowns together with your amazing (and low-pressure) service and serene atmosphere create the perfect setting to find a dream dress."

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We are so thrilled that Carrie shared these photos with us! We are over the moon for both this couple and wish them every happiness as they navigate this life together! Congratulations Carrie & Mike! 

 

REAL TMB BRIDE: Mallory & David

 
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Mallory and her family stole our hearts the day they walked through the boutique. Not only is Mallory stunning but she is one of the sweetest souls around! We had so much fun through the process that we didn’t want her to leave!! We are thrilled that she decided to share her day with us! Careful you don’t swoon over these sweet small town moments!

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Name: Mallory Barrie
Dress: Ella Rosa “BE253”
Venue: Whistle Bear Golf Club
Photographer: Anne Edgar Photography

How did you and your hubby meet?

"David and I grew up in the same small town. We had mutual friends, often attended the same events, and our parents knew each other, but since we went to two different schools, we never officially met until later on (although there is a picture of us side-by-side from our early days playing t-ball together). Flash-forward 15 years, I was working as a waitress at the local restaurant in town. One night, David happened to come into the restaurant, and this is where we finally "met". From there, we starting talking daily, spending lots of time together, and eventually became inseparable... and the rest is history!"

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Your favourite wedding moment?

"During the wedding planning process, I would often imagine what that moment walking down the aisle would feel like. I would picture me in my dress, with my dad and grandpa by my side, surrounded by all our family and friends, walking towards the love of my life. To be honest, I had big expectations for this moment. David and I decided not to do a first look, and on the day of the wedding, I remember being so nervous to walk down the aisle that I almost felt sick. The moment I turned the corner and saw him standing at the end of the aisle, I immediately felt an overwhelming sense of relief (although I didn't look this way because of all the tears). Seeing him standing there, in front of all of our family and friends, overwhelmed with emotion, is something I will never forget. It was one of the happiest moments of my life, and was everything that I had hoped for, and so much more."

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Any wisdom for future TMB brides?

"When I came to The Modern Bride for the first time, I had my mom and my younger sister (MOH), with me. Being in the store with all of the beautiful dresses, and only my closest loved ones, was such a special experience. Putting on that first wedding dress, and seeing my reflection in the mirror was an amazing feeling. It was this day that, for the first time, I truly felt like a bride. The greatest wisdom that I can pass on the future TMB brides is to truly just enjoy the moment, have an open mind and follow the "feeling". My dress ended up being totally different than what I had thought I would get, but I knew it was "the dress", because of how I felt when I was in it; beautiful, like a bride, and excited to marry my future husband in it."

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Any other amazing tidbits?

"I know everyone says it, but your wedding day truly does go by so fast! Try to really be "in the moment", and soak in all the wonderful things that are happening. All of the people who have come to celebrate your love, the special details you have taken so much time planning, the kind, and hilarious words being shared in speeches, finally being able to wear your dress... enjoy it all. And, if you can, steal your new hubby/wife away for a quite moment and some newlywed kisses!"  

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When we asked her to be featured as a #TMBrealbride?

"Yes! I would LOVE to do this for you!! Honestly, I can't say enough good things about my experience with you and your mom. I am so glad I found you guys!"

We are so glad that you found us too! We wish you and Dave so many more moments full of love and laughter just like this one! Congratulations Mallory & David!