bridal boutique

Welcome to TMB: Georgia Young

 

We’re so excited to announce the newest addition to the TMB dress loft: Georgia Young!

About the Designer

Georgia Young is contemporary bridal collection hand-made in Melbourne, Australia. Bound together by movement, texture and billowing volume, Georgia Young collections push the boundaries of bridal wear and opens up to a realm of imagination and glamour.

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Why TMB loves Georgia Young

  • Edgy necklines

  • Modern lace appliques

  • Structured couture gowns with delicate flow

Styles at TMB

  • Quince

  • Carnegie

  • Bells

Interested in trying on one of these beauties from Georgia Young?

Book your bridal appointment at The Modern Bride!

 
 
 

#TMBTeam: Alicia Gibson, Boutique Curator

 

Our team at The Modern Bride has grown and we couldn’t be more excited! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to all the beautiful babes who make The Modern Bride so successful! Each week we will share some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members. If you missed our last posts, learn more about our team here. Today, we are introducing you to our detail-oriented and accessory queen Boutique Curator, Alicia Gibson!

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Let’s start with fun facts about you! What are three things people would be surprised to learn about you, Alicia?

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  1. Family is #1 for me, so I always make time for my husband James and our dog Sophie. 

  2. I am a long-time watcher of acclaimed BBC series Coronation Street! I’ve been watching it since I was 8 and I am currently reading the 50-year saga to find out how it all began!

  3. I am a big foodie, so my honeymoon was planned around places to eat in Croatia, thanks to the help of Anthony Bourdain. 

Now onto the bridal questions! You’ve already tied the knot, but do you prefer a spring/summer/fall or winter wedding?


I have always loved a spring wedding. I even planned my own wedding around the blossoming of the peony!

If you were to renew your vows today, what TMB wedding dress would you pick to walk down the aisle in?

Brigitte by Anais Anette! I love the floral lace, the modern cut along the side seam and that it's Canadian! 


What is your favourite part of a bridal appointment?

My favourite part of the bridal appointment is the moment when the bride is standing in the change room in her favourite dress and she is smiling because she knows it's the one!


You are the accessory queen, so it would only be fair to ask what is your favourite bridal accessory?

I can’t choose just one, but my favourite look would be the Alyssa earrings from Joanna Bisley with the Julene hair pins from Olivia the Wolf, and the Delphine veil from Atelier Elise. I love our Canadian designers!

So, it’s fair to say that you prefer veil over no veil?
Veil all the way! Veils elevate the romance.

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Despite seeing the dress, what would you say if you favourite part of a wedding?
Easy answer, the first kiss!

Why do you love working at TMB?
There are many reasons why I love working at TMB! I love being a part of a growing women-driven business and I love how we give back to the community I grew up in. I love the excited brides that come through our doors and I love hearing how we made the experience special for them and their family. I love the team we have established and I think that we all play such a vital role in making the business what it is today. Lastly, I love coming into work and seeing the amazing women that I work with. 

 

#TMBTeam: Donna Hirst, CFO & Co-Owner

 

Our team at The Modern Bride has grown and we couldn’t be more excited! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to all the beautiful babes who make The Modern Bride so successful! Each week we will share some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members. If you missed our last post about our boss-babe founder, Jessica Hirst visit the blog post here. Today, we are introducing you to our interior-design-loving and bridal fashionista CFO Donna Hirst, who is responsible for making TMB look as beautiful as it does today!

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After all the amazing bridal appointments you’ve been involved with, what would you say is your favourite part of a bridal appointment?

My favourite part of a bridal appointment is the first time we meet the bride and the people most important to her. It is the start of something magical!

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When you think of your ultimate dream wedding, is it in spring/summer/fall or winter?

Summer and somewhere by the water!

Are you on board with team veil or are you on team no veil?

I’m going to have to side with team no veil on this one!

Aside from seeing the beautiful dress the bride chose, what would you say if you favourite part of a wedding?

Easy answer, the first kiss!

Why do you love working at TMB?

Being around so many young, exceptionally talented women every day. 

Based on current bridal trends, what is your favourite trend modern brides are adopting?

My favourite trend is not just specific to bridal fashion, it is that brides are creating their own traditions; no rules, doing it their way!

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To wrap things up, can you let us in on three things you think our TMB brides and followers would be surprised to learn about you?

  1. I practice yoga every morning and just started taking a barre class once a week. 

  2. I love to garden. Working outside all day and getting my hands dirty is my idea of a great day off!

  3. I used to have my motorcycle license!

Bonus Donna fun-fact: Donna was the project manager responsible for helping transform our space at the Petrie Building to be the beautiful bridal oasis it is today! Thanks Donna!

 

#TMBTeam: Jessica Hirst, CEO & Founder

 

Our team at The Modern Bride has grown and we couldn’t be more excited! We decided this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to all the beautiful babes who make The Modern Bride so successful! Each week we will share some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members; first up, we have our fierce and fearless, boss-babe founder, Jessica Hirst.

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Ok Jess, first things first, would you rather a spring/summer/fall or winter wedding?

Such a hard choice; I always seem to have a chill so I’m partial to summer, BUT I have to say winter wedding, for the sleeves!

 
If you got married today, what current TMB dress would you wear?

Colonia - Atelier Pronovias! I love the neckline and sultry cutouts paired with the classic sleekness of the completely plain crepe.

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What is your opinion on the highly-debated bridal topic: Veil or No Veil? 

Veil! Always a veil! More specifically, a soft blusher and cathedral length veil. When are you ever going to get away with wearing a veil again?!

Out of all the current wedding dress trends, what is your favourite?

Peek-a-boo cutouts and slits!


What is your absolute favourite part of a wedding? 

The first look! I have seen A LOT of weddings, but I have to say that the first look still gets me choked up. Also, any tears on the groom’s part absolutely slays me.

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Most important, why do you love working at TMB? 

TMB is something that I never imagined, but I can't imagine my life without it now! The women who currently make up TMB have truly (and almost literally) helped lay the foundation for who we are, and I am so proud. Each staff member who has joined us has become family and together I don't think there is anything that we can't accomplish. Corny, I know, but spend one appointment here and you’ll get it. These girls really make this place something to be proud of!

Now for the fun of it, what are 3 things people may not know about you?

1.     Pickles (or olives) would be my last meal, hands down.

2.     I can pour a Guinness with a perfect shamrock on top.

3.     I own about a million pairs of shoes, but spend most of the time barefoot. 

 

TMB Bash - Video

We are so happy that we decided to hire a videographer for our grand opening party! Pocket Change Productions truly captured the fun and excitement of the evening and we couldn't be happier with the final video! 

 

CHEERS to those who made this night possible;

1486 Photography
Gemini Models
Coccola Beauty
Blooms & Flora
Foodies Anonymous Catering
DJ Charlie Clean

TMB STAFF!! (& Sarah G)

TMB Bash!

 
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When I think about our Grand Opening I could have never imagined the way our space transformed, the love and support that came with every guest and the complete awe that I felt watching the whole thing unfold. 

It was truly beyond my creative scope to have imagined this space, our amazing staff and the support that we received that night.

Thank you. To each and everyone of you who came to celebrate our Grand Opening in the Petrie Building. If you would have asked me 5 years ago, in our tiny first shop, if I imagined any of this I can truthfully say; only in my wildest dreams.

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We are so grateful for everyone who has helped us get to this point, from contractors to friends and family who took the time out of their everyday lives to help out. Our amazing landlords and of course our staff who we truly couldn't do any of this without. All of the love and support we have received is so amazing. 

Where do we even start? Planning our Grand Opening Party was so much fun... hectic at times, but so much fun nonetheless. We are so lucky to know so many talented people who helped make our event amazing! Each vendor brought their absolute best and every little detail brought our night to life. From our incredible, larger than life floral wall, the spot-on bar and food service, our DJ who kept us moving all night, the videographer and photographer who captured the entire night, to the hair and makeup and the models who made the fashion show one to remember!

Vendors who helped us make our grand opening party a huge success!

Photography: 1486 Photography

Videography: Pocketchange Productions

Florist: Blooms and Flora

Caterer: Foodies Anonymous

Models: Gemini Models

Hair and Makeup: Coccola

DJ: DJ Charlie Clean

Cupcakes: Adele

Venue: The Modern Bride

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The food was nothing short of amazing! So tasty and the presentation was elegant, as always!

Foodies Anonymous is by far one of our favourite catering companies in Guelph. They not only provide exceptional food AND service but they are innovative, passionate and seriously unique! I would have to say that their Califlower, Beer, Ceddar soup was by far my favourite with all the other food coming in a close second!

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The set-up crew was so fast and the finished result was incredible! Our staff are nothing short of amazing!

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From our little TMB family to you - thank you so much and we love you!

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The team at Coccola blew my mind! I had given very little direction on how I wanted our models to look; nothing too "bridal", show me editorial and current. They did not disappoint. Our live-action hair and make-up backstage was nothing short of magical and Elissa and her team made the Gemini girls look runway fabulous.

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We love these photographs - the ones that capture the little moments. Whether it is just a quick glance or a stolen kiss, these are the moments that give us the butterflies.

Alana at 1486 photography was an easy choice. She has an incredible eye and a presence that makes the fake smile fade away and become completely genuine. She spent the evening capturing the moments I will look back on for many MANY years!

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Our fashion show was intended to show our style, and the ladies of Gemini models did just that! We stood at the end of that runway in amazement as our curated collection was revealed. 
A big shoutout to Brooklyn, Val, Reily and Leanna for an exceptional show and for bringing all our gowns to life!

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It would be impossible for us to pick a favourite look!

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Here are some of our favourite photos from the night! Who doesn't love a good candid?

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Some of our favourite photographers (and not to mention a couple TMB brides! <3) 
Jenn Kavannagh Photography
Kayla Yestal Photography
Deanne MacRae Photography

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Big props to these guys from Brother's Brewing for fixing our keg! So glad that we are Petire Building neighbours, your place has certainly become one our favourite place to grab a pint!
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A picture sure is worth a thousand words - would love to know what they were looking at!

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We are truly over the moon, and so exhilarated as the future unfolds for TMB!

Thank you to everyone who drove from near and far to christen this space and celebrate our current success and the adventures yet to come! A very special shout out to Alicia, Taylor, Sierra, Adele, Melissa and Jay who make TMB the best place to work and for always putting our bride first.

Also, to Sarah Gostlin (honorary TMB staff) for helping the night go smoothly, and for her constant support in my dreams!


Here's to the future, may it always look so bright!

 

CHEERS!