Style Me Pretty Series: Red is Full of Grace

Valencienne Bridal was honoured to be featured in the Style Me Pretty blog, as seen below.
This series will give background on the custom designed gowns and the brides who wore them beautifully.

Valencienne Red Ballroom Gown on bride Grace at wedding venue

In Chinese culture, red symbolizes happiness, prosperity and good luck, our bride Grace asked us to create a one of a kind evening gown for her to wear during the reception, she wanted the gown to be big and dramatic and to be easy for her to dance the night away. The gown was a mixture of traditional and modern. Her bodice was French lace with a deep plunging back neckline. Her skirt was a confection of tulle designed to glide across the dance floor. The gown, had to be the perfect Red, the search took a little bit of time, but it was important for us to make her dream into a reality. Grace looked striking in her ballroom gown, definitely a memorable design, it was such a pleasure working on this custom evening gown, that held such importance and history to her and her family.

From Devoted To You IncGrace and Yulin met in university and had been in a long distance relationship for the past two years. They wanted their wedding to be intimate and had friends and families from all over the world attend. We curated the wedding to not only look beautiful, but also memorable to the couple by including the things they liked – such as their favorite food, and games that involved guests like The Running Man, which is an Asian hit TV show similar in concept to The Amazing Race. A wedding is about two people in love joining their lives together and we want to showcase that by incorporating things that both Grace and Yulin enjoy in their wedding.

Both the wedding ceremony and the reception took place at the most beautiful venues. Their first look and wedding ceremony took place at Graydon Hall Manor followed by a wedding reception at Estates of Sunnybrook. We teamed up with Nous Design Group and Megan Wappel Designs to bring Grace’s vision to life. We used Grace’s favorite flower – pink peonies as the inspiration of the design to create a spring wedding in the fall. Megan Wappel designed all the wedding stationery and the sweet table for the wedding – from invitation set to day-of stationery, including The Running Man game booklet. Guests teamed up and competed against each other to complete all of the challenges assigned. Photos were also posted on Instagram with the hashtag #yulingracebigday, which was showcased as a slideshow for everyone to enjoy in the evening. Gisele from Nous Design Group provided the design and décor service and brought Grace’s dream wedding to life. Our team coordinated the sourcing of vintage tableware from Plate Occasions where each guest had a unique place setting in various pinks and patterns, pairing with gold cutleries.

Time to dance!

Yulin and I wanted to incorporate some fun aspects to our wedding to bring laughter and fun for our guests. During the ceremony, Yulin pulled out a guitar that he hid behind a bush and serenaded me in song for a full three minutes! He completely caught me by surprise so I serenaded him right back later that day during cocktail hour. Between the ceremony and reception, we created a scavenger hunt for our guests to complete. Some tasks included take a picture with a lady in white (not the bride), take a picture with an old couple, find a Yulin look alike, make a veil and bowtie, and buy Lindt chocolate. Proof of completion was to be posted on Instagram with the hashtag #yulingracebigday.

Twirling in her Valencienne red brial gown
First look of the beautiful red evening gown.

I had a vision of delicate details and soft floral touches and my planner Carmen Luk took in all I wanted and created the most stunning wedding. I didn’t need to worry for a minute on my wedding day because I knew everything was in good hands; I knew this was a day I could wholesomely enjoy with my new husband. I felt beautiful in my Vera Wang wedding dress, and custom Valencienne red gown. It was a picture perfect day that left me and my husband joyous and I wouldn’t change anything for the world.

Happily ever after…

Be inspired, contact Valencienne to design your dream gown HERE.


Photography: Mango Studios | Cinematography: Stories Worth Sharing | Event Planning: Devoted To You Inc. | Event Design: Nous Design Group | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Truffle Toronto | Ceremony Venue: Graydon Hall Manor | Reception Venue: Estates Of Sunnybrook | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Shoes: Valentino | Hair + Makeup: Satine Studio | DJ: Michael Coombs | Band: Lady Be Good | Favors: Bobbette & Belle | Officiant: All You Need Is Love | Ceremony Music: Wellington Music | Sweet Table Design,Invitations + Stationery: Megan Wappel Designs | Tableware: Plate Occasions | Red Evening Dress: Valencienne