THE JOURNAL

Grand style and wonderful traditions

  When I was 21 I opened a bridal store named Valencienne on Bloor St.It was a store that came to be known for extremely elaborate wedding gowns and the whole store was a sea of big, no make that huge gowns, all with extraordinary details. Massive skirts, larger than life crinolines, trains that had no end, big over exaggerated …

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Lady in Red

When Lorraine walked into Valencienne wanting  a wedding dress, it was the usual  Saturday afternoon appointment and  I thought, ‘A bride with her Mother, Father and her fiancé – What is her fiancé  doing here?’ You see we have never had them as part of the wedding gown design team. This is really quite unusual. Not surprisingly, so to was …

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True Love, True Luxury: Romaana & Ali

Nov 7, 2011  by Angela Desveaux It was at Queen’s University during Romaana’s frosh week that Romaana and Ali met. Romaana was the fresh faced frosh and Ali was the dashing 4th year senior. Neither of them were looking for a relationship but when they met, it was love at first sight and they were inseparable. After completing her final …

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Love is in the air at Valencienne.

 This week our Toronto bridal boutique has been filled with wonderful brides with fabulous wedding proposal stories. They inspired us to create a blog in celebration of Valentine Day Themed weddings. Here are a few inspiration boards with ideas to help get you started.  We hope they offer promise of the most romantic of days – your Valentine Themed wedding …

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Pink and Gold Glamour

When our bride, Julie, walked into my store with her Mom, her Sister and little dog."Pupo” I thought ‘your kidding me right – a dog in Valencienne’. My beautiful bridal salon filled with magnificent silk wedding gowns and you bring a dog here. Our meeting was not starting off very well and with 27 years of experience in the bridal …

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Wedluxe Show at the Ritz Carlton

Well the WedLuxe wedding show has come and gone and it was a beautiful event. It was quite a day here in Toronto and let me tell you this show was packed to the brim with exceptional vendors and was a delight. A feast for the eyes – Valencienne bridal was there and we captured some magical moments with some …

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Wedding website gems

 Valencienne surveyed our brides and some of our most trusted wedding peeps and came up with this list of favourite wedding blogs, websites and wedding shows and why they liked them. This list is based on the style of the site, wedding content and information and photography because without the eye candy these sites just wouldn’t be so appealing. After …

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A Valencienne Globetrotter: Charlotte and Dave’s Australian Wedding

Dave+Charlotte photography has been no stranger to Valencienne. The charming husband/wife photography duo have worked with Valencienne to produce exquisite fashion shoots and creatives that have been featured in WedLuxe magazine .They capture the beauty of  Valencienne Bridal gowns with such flair, which is why I was more than excited to collaborate on our next project: creating Charlotte’s dream wedding gown. The Valencienne gown travelled across …

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Valencienne is a family tradition

  Over the years, many clients come and go… But there are always those rare relationships that move beyond a business transaction and become long-lasting friendships.  This entry is an homage to the special bond over the years between Valencienne, Sharon Moriarty and her entire family.  The most recent Moriarty celebration took place this past August 6th, which was a …

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DESIGNERS SKETCH – Their vision for Kate Middleton

Its sure to be the wedding of the century and the big day has finally arrived. Designers will be glued to the TV tomorrow and some are standing, scissors in hand at their cutting tables to start the new trends of this upcoming Wedding year of 2011. I am sure that most custom wedding gowns will have elements of her …

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Piece by Piece – How a masterpiece is created

So what is Couture? The original term of ‘Haute couture’ came from the exclusive French Fashion houses that refer to creation of exclusive, ornate, high fashion, custom-fitted clothes that are made to order for a specific customer. Here at Valencienne, ordering a couture gowns means every customer walks out with a one of a kind, original creation; and it all …

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Our Kate Middleton inspired wedding gown

The happy couple – Kate Middleton and Prince William Looking forward to their magical day. The Kate Middleton inspired wedding gown by Valencienne, “Where did the concept for this gown come from?” Simple it’s the same as designing for our very own Toronto brides. We look at the client, how they dress, what’s their personal style and take into consideration …

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Oh My God I Am Married !!!

There are no words to describe our day except ‘perfection’ Looking back it was a little bit of a blur, the day went so fast. It is true what every bride says, ‘its all over in the blink of an eye’. I thought ‘WOW’ all that planning – one full year of preparing for our ultimate wedding not to mention …

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Flowers..Wedding Event Rentals…..and DIY Bridal Crafts.

This blog is so close to my wedding ……………and to be honest, I am freaked out, so much to do and not enough time. The way in which a bride should go about flowers for their wedding is to find a florist that will organize all the other rentals necessary or to hire a wedding planner that will do it …

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Décor – Wedding Designer STYLE!

First I know that this blog is about our personal wedding style however I just need to quickly talk about My Wedding Gown it’s all sewn together however it needs hand finishing. You know the Magic more importantly THE BLING …..how much bling is required to make a person ‘glow’ a lot so half of the design has been sewn …

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Wedding Photography with Passion

Hello Toronto Brides welcome back to the Valencienne Designer blog created to share my personnel wedding story and to introduce you to my clients. It is my hope to educate you a little bit about “The search for the perfect wedding gown.” Now, we know in your mind that it has to be the best wedding gown ever created so …

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INVITATIONS HOORAY……

Weddings….. Websites ……Possible wedding dress designs and Invitations…….. Well I am a little over whelmed – I just feel like running away, far away. Its too much, there are deadlines for everything even my deadlines have deadlines! Things _could_ be easier and less complicated however that’s just not in my personality. Why, because I am a perfectionist over every detail. …

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Bridal Designer A.W.O.L

SHE’S BACK It’s been extremely busy and I still have no dress!!! More than two weeks has gone by MY BAD!!!! Rather funny don’t you think ……I am laughing right now writing this blog entry and there is no wedding gown yet however although I have no time, I did create a magnificent gown for a wonderful client who surprised …

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The Planner

We call him GiGi (Girly Groom). Yes that’s what I have, a man that used to be a chef and now is in the IT World. A planner and perfectionist, he is obsessed with assisting with this wedding and it all started with a little addiction called ‘Rich Bride Poor Bride’. Now I have been on the show a few …

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The Valencienne Bride

I have been asked to write about my story by many people and although, I think my story is worthy of a book deal, I just find that my time management skills are a little questionable. I would not want to have a following and then let people down so here is my commitment to all reading. I will do …

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