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Bridal Beauty Bliss

Wave Laser & Skin Centre helps bring brides to beautiful bliss without the pain.
Be sure to visit us at the 8th GRAND Wedding Show September 18 & 19, 2010 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. For tickets and more info. visit http://www.grandweddingshow.com


Satisfy your Sweet Tooth at the 8th GRAND Wedding Show Vancouver with OH So Sweet Candy Buffets & Party Favors Vancouver

Oh So Sweet, where you can create a lasting impression with customized candy buffets and party favors that are guaranteed to satisfy the sweet tooth of your guests. Whether it is an elegant wedding or a child’s birthday party, Oh So Sweet makes it the sweetest way to celebrate. We are a team of sweet professionals who are devoted to adding that unique touch to your special event!

Bon Bon Buffets and OH SO SWEET Candy at the GRAND Wedding Show Vancouver

Oh So Sweet, where you can create a lasting impression with customized candy buffets and party favors that are guaranteed to satisfy the sweet tooth of your guests. Whether it is an elegant wedding or a child’s birthday party, Oh So Sweet makes it the sweetest way to celebrate. We are a team of sweet professionals who are devoted to adding that unique touch to your special event!

After you say YES to the Dress come Meet Professional Make-up artists & Hair Stylists at the Grand Wedding Show Vancouver

Once you’ve said yes to the dress, it’s time to incorporate your ultimate accessories–the perfect hair and make-up. While some brides opt for the do it yourself route, getting frustrated because your shaking hands won’t permit the smooth application of your eyeliner is no way to begin your special day. Consider a makeup/hair artist an indulgence–a reward for coordinating your special day that will be well worth your time and money.

Finding the right person to do your hair and makeup takes time. Like all artists, these individuals have their own unique styles. Do a little research before booking consultations with the people you like best. Remember to take your dress along to each trial. Makeup artists understand how to use colour, incorporating your ideas and preferences to create a look that simultaneously complements your outfit while highlighting your individual beauty.

Keep repeating your mantra of the open mind–the colour, detail, and embroidery of your outfit may necessitate heavier, bolder colours a step outside your comfort zone. Wedding makeup is typically applied to emphasize your eyes and lips as opposed to one or the other, which is the norm for everyday wear. All this may leave you feeling overdone, but your artist understands how to apply camera friendly makeup. Bring a friend and have them snap pictures of your different looks, so you can study the outcome before choosing.

Because prices and services for different artists vary, it’s important to understand what you’re purchasing before plunking down the deposit. Exactly what will they be doing–a quick in and out application, or will they be with you the whole day? What about your hair and bindi? Do they know how to drape your dupatta or veil? Your hairdo’s at stake, so make sure you explain exactly what you want to achieve. If your artist won’t be spending the day with you, consider appointing a spotter–a friend who caries your makeup and tools and clandestinely swoops in for the occasional touch up.

The right professionals will help you look and feel your best, so you can strut down the aisle like a wedding superstar. Always remember the true key to beauty is a healthy foundation. This applies to everything from purchasing high quality underwear to maintaining a beauty regime that keeps your skin healthy and glowing. Other services you may consider include teeth whitening, laser hair removal, or bleaching (make sure any hair exposed due to short sleeves, plunging necklines, etc. is also given an application). End all beauty treatments at least two weeks before the wedding, so any surprise reactions have enough time to heal.

The best beauty advice? Keep your sense of humour and allow the day to unfold as it will–no terse looks or frown wrinkles allowed.

Meet Vancouver Mobile Make-Up Artist & Hair Stylist – Melanie Tremblay

As a bride herself five years ago, Melanie Tremblay appreciated the amazing service she received from her hair and makeup artist. She wishes to provide other brides with the same kind of warm, friendly, professional service she knows makes a difference.

Having studied at the prestigious Makeup Designory in New York, and having worked for a wide range of commercial, fashion and bridal clients, Melanie has the education and experience that equips her to produce modern, beautiful looks for her brides. Melanie’s passion for and experience with beauty of all skin-tones, cultures and ethnic backgrounds enables her to produce amazing makeup and hair looks for any bride.

Melanie’s former career as a program coordinator in the non-profit sector has given her the professional demeanor and integrity to provide her brides with the best and most reliable service.

You can send us a question or request a quote by contacting us via email or phone:


See Melanie at the 8th GRAND Wedding Show Vancouver September 18 & 19, 2010 at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre.
more info please visit http://www.GRANDWeddingShow.com

Every Girl Wishes for that Perfect Day and that is What She Got!

Julia & Samuel photographed by Langis Photography

“Every girl wishes for that perfect day and that is what I got!”

Ceremony: Saint Francis of Assisi

Vancouver Wedding Reception Vancouver: Villa Amato, Vancouver

Vancouver Wedding Photographers: Langis Photography

Vancouver Videographers: Visual Eyes

Honeymoon Destination: Los Cabos, Mexico

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! When Julia Parente’s boss invited her to her friend Samuel Galpin’s party, Julia had no idea it was to assess her romantic potential! Julia was not looking for love, which is, of course, when it’s most likely to come about.

Upon meeting Julia, Sam spent most of the night immersed in conversation with her, paying little attention to anyone else attending his party.  As the night drew to a close, Sam and Julia said goodnight. “It was the first time I met someone who was sincere, down to earth and had a good head on his shoulder– I knew this could be something special!” remembers Julia.

Sam called a week later. “He was a man who treated me like no other,” says Julia. He always respected my wishes.  And what made me fall in love with him was how he supported my decisions, especially when it came to my education.” Although Julia was working as a dental receptionist, she planned to move to Toronto to pursue her dream of becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist.  Going back to school was hard enough without having to leave a committed relationship, but Sam encouraged Julia every step of the way. When the time came forJulia to move to Toronto, Sam told her he would also be coming. “I was in complete shock, because I don’t think I could have asked him to leave his friends, family, and career behind just for me,” says Julia. “But this was true love!”

One night Sam and Julia were lying in bed saying how much they loved each other, which is something they do everyday. Suddenly Sam leapt out of bed, annoying Julia who felt he was ruining the moment. He walked over to the drawer, and pulled out a box. When he lay back beside Julia he popped the question, and she tearfully accepted. In retrospect Julia remarks how surprised she was by the proposal. “He couldn’t have picked a better time cause it was just me and him–no one else around.  It was perfect!”

Samuel and Julia decided to hold off until Julia was done school. They opted for a September wedding, because Julia wanted to marry amidst the fall foliage.  Because Julia is Catholic and Sam is agnostic, they decided on a Catholic ceremony at the very same church where Julia’s parents had married 34 years earlier. Although Julia was worried Sam might be reluctant to undertake a traditional church wedding, he was as supporting as always. The duo participated in a three-day marriage prep course at Rosemary Heights in Surrey, which included an interview by the priest who was going to marry them.  While there was no formal engagement, Sam and Julia did celebrate a week before the wedding: Sam had a stag with his friends locally while the bride and her girls partied in Vegas.

On September 19, 2009. People from Italy, Scotland, the United States, and across BC congregated to celebrate Sam and Julia’s special day. “I remember walking down the aisle,” says Julia. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous in my life. I only slept about 45 minutes the night before! As the bride swept down the aisle in her Maggie Soretto wedding dress she caught snatches of conversations. Someone said “bella,” which means beautiful in Italian. Another person said, “it’s your day—smile,” although she was already beaming from ear to ear. “I’ll never forget the ceremony,” says Julia. “Because the whole time as we stood in front of our family, friends, and God—it felt as though it was just Sam and me. We held hands the whole time, gazing at each other.

After the ceremony, the wedding party hurried to the reception location, the Villa Amato, arriving before the guests in order to ensure the receiving line was done properly. Each couple was announced with an individual song personalized towards them. “It was a good laugh when we had my niece and nephew, the flower girl and ring barrier, walked in to an accompaniment of If You’re Happy and You Know It. In between six courses of dinner, speeches were made. “We can never explain how much these words touched us,” says Julia. “Everything about the reception from the food to the DJ was spectacular—we were speechless!”

Of course the best part of the night was everyone getting down on the dance floor. The bride even did a solo number to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” before tossing the bouquet: “I didn’t even want to throw it because I loved how all eyes were on me.” She then grooved to Naughty Nasty Boy by Christina Aguilera during the garter toss. And it’s all on video for posterity.

Julia says she owes her mother a big thank you for planning the wedding so quickly and efficiently. My mother was a huge help attending the Grand Wedding Show.“With school, it was the last thing on my mind,” she says. Weddings are always stressful, particularly when you add the stress of moving back home about six weeks before, but Sam and Julia always talked out their issues without all the arguments. “Most problems aren’t as big as people think,” advises Julia. “The most important things are the handsome groom and stunning bride—the rest is just nonsense!”

After a wonderful wedding, Julia and Samuel escaped to Los Cabos, Mexico, where they could lounge poolside, enjoying some rest and quality time together. Sam and Julia’s advice to other couples is to compromise, compromise, compromise, and never go to bed angry! “I cannot recall a night that we did not tell each other that we love each other before going to bed,” says Julia. “Our relationship has been amazing since the day we took our vows, and we plan to keep that spark between us to matter what!

Make your wedding day perfect by visiting the next wedding show in Vancouver happening September 18 & 19, 2010 at Canada Place.

see Langis Photography at the 8th GRAND Wedding Show September 18 & 19, 2010 at 999 Canada Place. Vancouver.

Downtown Vancouver Hotel Deals for Vancouver Weddings & GRAND Wedding Show Vancouver

As the date draws near for the next exciting Grand Wedding Show be held in September 18 & 19,
2010, I want to introduce you to a full service boutique hotel, located only minutes
from Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre in downtown Vancouver.

The “Inn at False Creek” – Quality Hotel Downtown is offering a special Room Rate
at $139/night and an “Exhibitor Package Rate” at only $159/night. This package
includes the following:

King, Queen or Double hotel room
Breakfast daily
One way taxi voucher to the Vancouver Convention Center
Complimentary in room coffee & tea
Complimentary daily newspaper
Complimentary high speed wireless internet
Free unlimited access to “Fitness World”
Underground parking
250 bonus Airmiles with any one of our 8 airline partners
Take a moment to view our property and amenities at http://www.innatfalsecreek.com.
If you have any questions or would like to book this limited offer, please call the
hotel directly at 1-800-663-8474, or email us at quality@qualityhotelvancouver.com
(Valid Dates: September 17-20, 2010)
Please refer to the “ Grand Wedding Show” at time of booking and must book 30 days
prior to the event.

Whether you are looking for affordable downtown Vancouver hotel accommodations or a hotel to stay at while perusing the 8th GRAND Wedding Show be sure to check out the affordable rates and packages offered by the Inn at False Creek – The Quality Hotel. more info please visit qualityhotelvancouver.or or show details at grandweddingshow.com

Honeymoon & Destination Weddings Made Easy at 8th GRAND Wedding Show Vancouver

Congratulations on
your upcoming Wedding!
My pledge is to bring you to your Dream Destination and let you live out a most extraordinary and memorable experience!

Whether it be a renewal of vows, a special anniversary or that most important wedding day, each detail will be addressed, allowing
you to celebrate your day with anticipation and joy!

I work hand in hand with local on-site planners to execute your most special day. It may be an elaborate, traditional destination wedding or a setting of a simple “I Do” on a white sandy beach but always tailored to reflect your individual styles!


• Complimentary “Stylish Arrival Package” (Minimum 80 guests)

• Bride and groom will receive our Complimentary Wedding Planner Kit

• On-site or in-house consultations

• You will be introduced to our Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Showcase; of destination choices or a full customizing can be yours

• Wedding packages are available at most resorts. Some offer a complimentary wedding based on number of nights purchased or rooms booked.

• We offer a “Wedding Planning Package” to take care of all your wedding details prior to your arrival.

• Customized wedding package can be coordinated for an additional fee

• Complimentary upgrades for Bride and Groom will be requested, but cannot be guaranteed.

• Complimentary honeymoon bonus packages will be requested where available.

• Special group rates will be given (minimum 10 passengers).

• Other bonus offers will be given, such as complimentary package (excluding taxes) with a minimum number of guest, where applicable.

• Personalized airport group check-in with coordinators.

• Advance group seat selections with guest preferences, depending on airline.

• Upgraded seats for Bride and Groom wherever possible.

• Any special requests will be taken for you and your guests.

Please note we suggest to book your consultation a minimum of 12 months in advance in order to ensure your requested space and preferences.
To proceed with your Destination Wedding, click here or call for consultation at 604.608.4359 or 1.888.608.4359.

Marsha Steeves, CTC, DWC
Principal Planner

P: 604.608.4359
TF: 1.888.608.4359
200 – 2678 West Broadway Vancouver B.C.

Getting Married. Be sure to visit us at the next Wedding Show in Vancouver September 18 & 19, 2010 – 8th Grand Wedding Show Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. September 18 & 19, 2010. GRANDWeddingShow.com

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings Vancouver