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Valencienne Bridal black corset bra with silk hi-lo bridal skirt

Style Me Pretty Series: The”Cool Girl” Bride

In this second Style Me Pretty Series, Valencienne was asked to create two custom pieces, our mantra for this creative was from one of my favorite poets Atticus “Love Her But Leave Her Wild”. I felt these pieces had to be unique, sexy, demure with a little rock and roll wild, to truly speak to the poetry. The gown was …

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Valencienne custom made boho wedding gown

Fairytale bride and her Magical Micro wedding

This real wedding was originally created and designed for a gathering of 150 people, but because of Covid-19 this bride decided that she would still have the wedding of her dreams, however it would be for 10 of her closest friends and family members. This is a little story about her our time together. I affectionately named Hannah my fairytale …

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Bride in dark dress

How Will I Get Married After COVID-19?

Purpletree Photography Well, the time has come where countries are seeing the positive results of social distancing. China has optimistically opened up; bakeries, retail stores & pizzerias are re-opening in Italy and New Zealand has almost gotten the ‘all clear’. So what does this mean for Canadian brides going forward?  A Pandemic only happens in the movies, (right?) and yet, …

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Kim Ironmonger working at her desk

Bridal Design Online

A new day, a new way of thinking, being, and doing!   Imagine your dream dress, inspired by you & illustrated by me,  appearing right before your eyes, onscreen for your digital delight. Learn More Hey Lovelies, Valencienne has been part of the Toronto’s bridal community for 30+ years, and we’ve seen our share of ups, downs, cheers, tears – …

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summer bride in custom dress

A Custom Gown versus Off the Rack

After your engagement, typically one of the first steps you will take is “the search for the dress”. It’s such an exciting process! But it can also be a time fraught with stress and confusion. The choices can eem endless – styles, colors, price points, designer labels and whether to go off the rack or go the custom gown route. …

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8 Essential Bridal Trends for 2020 That Every Bride Desires

  There’s absolutely no better place on this  earth to feast on endless ‘bridal’ inspiration than the annual Fall New York Bridal Week. It truly is an experience like no other – exhilaratingly  exhausting, lusciously lavish, decidedly decadent and just really outrageously over the top! And every year we are their front and centre,  with ‘eyes wide open’.     …

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Designing and creating the most important gown for one of our very own

This past spring marked a very special season for the entire Valencienne team. Sara, who works in our atelier creating the bespoke hand finishing details on our wedding gowns, got married on May 5th, 2018. It was an extremely exciting experience for our team because it isn’t everyday that we get to create the most important garment a woman could …

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Harper’s Bazaar 2020 Bridal Trends from New York Bridal Market ’19

Tis the season when all your favourite couture designers unveil their newest works of art known to us as Bridal Couture. At Valencienne we often look to couture for inspiration in our own collections. We recently stumbled upon (and fell in love with) Harper’s Bazaar’s Top 10 trends from New York Bridal Market 2019. We’re happy to see so many …

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Fall 2019 Wedding Trend: VELVET

Tis the season when all your favourite couture designers unveil their newest works of art known to us as Bridal Couture. At Valencienne we often look to couture for inspiration in our own collections. We recently stumbled upon (and fell in love with) Harper’s Bazaar’s Top 10 trends from New York Bridal Market 2019. We’re happy to see so many …

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Jaime Farrel

Dear Kim and Valencienne Team, Thank you all for accommodating my growing baby bump and for making my beautiful dress. Each week brought a new surprise and a brand new sized bride! Your patience and ability to construct this piece by piece is truly amazing! I am so excited to see everything come together in just 3 more days! With …

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I tried over 60 Wedding gowns before I found the One!

“Valencienne brides are all very special and we build strong relationships with them during the custom design process and wedding planning journey. Our bride Monica, was wonderful to work with she has exceptional taste and was very particular about the design and details of her wedding gown, it was a lovely creative journey and along the way we became wonderful …

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Tina Khan

Dearest Kim, Sonia and Sara, There aren’t enough words to thank you for making my dream dress come true and more! I am lost for words every time I look at this beautiful dress you have created. It is truly to die for. Today is such a bitter sweet kind of day from when it all started until now. It …

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Leslie Po

Dear Kim, Sonia and Sara, Thank you for all your hard work with my beautiful gown. You all are so talented and dedicated. You could not have made this a better experience. With Love, Leslie Po Photographer – Joee Wong  

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The Perfect Fit

There are times when we, as couturiers at Valencienne, have to make some decisions that to the client are very concerning. For example, our bride Poorva had some serious health issues that caused her to have continued dramatic weight loss. Due to the circumstances, we decided it was best to complete her bridal gown in the last seven days before …

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The Custom Dress

Your Perfect Dream Wedding Dress Is Actually Affordable! Oh Hi there, I’m Kim! Your friendly neighbourhood seamstress. I know what you’re thinking: “how will I ever find that perfect wedding dress and still fit it into my budget?” So many brides stress about the cost of their dress because they know once they find the right dress, the price tag …

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Who in Toronto can make my dream wedding dress?

Do You Have A Dream Wedding Dress, and Wonder Who Can Bring It To Life? So your beloved partner has popped the question! Even better, you have said yes! Now the fun part; the planning! Ok so where to start right? Well, one of your very first questions might be “who in Toronto can make my dream wedding dress?” Have …

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This is who will design Meghan Markle’s beautiful gown

Are you as curious as we are about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress? This is who will design Meghan Markle’s beautiful gown in our opinion. We are just days away from Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding, and everything is still shrouded in secrecy. We are still curiously awaiting who will be designing Meghan’s dress.  At Valencienne we have our picks on …

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