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Love is in the air at Valencienne.

 149674387585726029_ckxDHtiQ_bThis 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 should celebrate your LOVE.

If love could be spoken in color, it would undeniably be a combination of blush pink and iconic red. Together they represent a scale of romantic feelings — from tender to passionate, bashful to audacious. It’s no wonder Valentines often come in these hues.

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Although pink represents unconditional love and compassion, when we talk to our brides about their colour choices for their wedding gowns, very few would pick the colour pink. On the other hand, universally every woman could wear pink as it is nurturing to the skin. As seen below, our fair skinned willowy bride is a knock out in her pink dress.Valencienne custom vintage lace pink tea bridal dress

Our lovely bride Emily featured here with her husband David is sharing a tender  moment. Emily choose to re-create a dress that she remembers playing ‘dress up’ in as a child. It was a dress her Grandmother wore to special parties and Emily remembered it fondly. Being a very nostalgic and loving vintage dress, Emily asked me to sketch and design that very special dress and I was truly honored to be a part of all that history. I managed to find some vintage French lace in Ivory and because Emily had an exact memory of the colour of that dress, I proceeded to dye the lace to match her Grandmothers dress and to line the dress in a beautiful silk pink charmeus. It was simply delightful and if I do say so myself, Emily certainly did her Grandmother proud.

Valencienne pink and ivory bridal gown encrusted with Swarovski crystals

The colour red represents desire and passion which causes the heart to race. In other words, the two work in beautiful harmony. Some brides would never consider a red wedding gown or of even incorporating red into their bridal gown. Here are two of Valenciennes’ examples of past gowns that are dramatic and different yet beautiful. Our Canadian icon, Erica Ehm choose to wear a touch of red by incorporating red embroidery, red flowers and a red shawl. She looked so wonderful – it was delicate with a twist of drama, a wedding gown designed just for her and to reflect her personality perfectly.Valencienne-fitted-bodice

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Although this gown (above) was made for a fashion cares event to celebrate their 20th anniversary, it certainly could be made as a Valentines day bridal gown – Very grand. Ten thousand Swarovski crystal where sewn onto this gown and its no wonder that it was chosen for the finale of the show. It travelled around the world to places such as Paris ,London and New York to showcase the Mac cosmetics fashion show.

Red evening gown

When you introduce a theme such as Valentine’s Day, which is a day traditionally for lovers to express their love for each other, it can be with the presentation of flowers, the offering of confectionary and the sending of lovely greeting cards known as Valentine’s. All of these are associated with the most romantic day of the year.

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It surprises us here at Valencienne Bridal that we don’t have many more weddings celebrated on the exact day. It is such a perfect theme for a romantic wedding.

Be Passionate about your Valentines day themed wedding and remember to be  romantic. Do things such as Signature Cocktail drinks, a cake that reflects the pink and red colour hues and maybe Bridesmaids that could also carry the color palette throughout your theme.

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In closing your wedding day is a LOVE fest. Smile with anticipation, daydream of  marrying your soul mate and this could be you on your most magical day!

Backless large Dior bow with Tulle skirt

Venue: Graydon Hall Manor

Photography: 5ive15ifteen Photography