Monthly Archives: March 2011

Embracing Traditions: Ashley & Ben Get Married

As you all know, I have a special affinity for destination weddings. When I saw this one in Florence, Italy, my response was no different. There is something to be said for taking a small group of your close friends and family and going to Europe or the Caribbean, eating amazing food at Tuscan-style tables, drinking and dancing, and just all around celebrating until the sun rises the next day.

Things I love about this wedding: Ashley’s super hot pink shoes, Ben’s sharp suit, the stone castle contrasted with those massive wooden doors, the shots taken around the city and the photography. Enjoy!

Trevor Brucki Photography

Trevor Brucki Photography

Trevor Brucki Photography

Trevor Brucki Photography

Trevor Brucki Photography

Trevor Brucki Photography

Trevor Brucki Photography

Ashley Dykun and Ben Yakiwchuk
Married in Florence, Italy on July 16, 2010

Our wedding day was absolutely beautiful and completely beyond our expectations. “Ben and I weren’t sure exactly what to expect as we had planned the whole thing over the internet with our wedding planner,” smiles Ashley. “We had seen pictures of the castle, but we didn’t actually know what anything would look like until the day arrived. It was a surprise both for us and our guests,” and luckily it worked out.

After a little bit of frustration due to the cultural differences, Ashley and Ben decided to embrace the fact that we were getting married in Italy and followed Italian wedding traditions. “We had a typical Italian family dinner the night before the wedding, complete with dancing in the streets and sitting out on the patio drinking wine until the wee hours of the morning,” describes Ashley.

“Our wedding day was hotter than anything I could have imagined; it was 40 degrees in the shade!” she says. “Ben and I met before the wedding and had a few moments to ourselves, then headed out for some pictures before the actual wedding to ensure that we had pictures with the amazing scenery around our hotel. Trevor was taking pictures of us, and other tourists were taking pictures of Trevor taking pictures of us!” Ashley’s aunt was even back in Italy in October and met up with locals who remembered the happy couple taking pictures outside their hotel.

“We then headed up to the reception site and it was absolutely amazing; better than anything I could have imagined and it looked like a fairytale. We took some more pictures around the vineyard and olive trees before our guests arrived for the ceremony. Afterwards we had champagne and appetizers in the courtyard before yet another traditional Italian feast, complete with wine made by the vineyard. It was by far the best food I’ve ever had in my life. The chef then made a traditional pastry in front of everyone, which served as our wedding cake,” remembers Ashley.

They spent the rest of the night dancing under the stars then traveled back to the hotel with their guests. As a thank you to their guests, many of whom traveled so far, they gave wine and fresh pressed olive oil made at the vineyard. They honeymooned in Pisa, Venice and Rome then headed to Santorini for a few days.

Photography: Trevor Brucki Photography, Vancouver, BC, Canada ; Location: Castello il Palagio, Florence, Italy; Cake: Regency Catering, Florence, Italy; Event Planner and Linens: Rebekah Serin, Weddings in Italy by Regency; Florist: Regency Florist, Florence, Italy; Invitations: Karta House, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; Men’s Attire: Harry Rosen, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; Bridesmaid Dresses: Stella’s Bridal, Winnipeg, MB, Canada ; Jewelry: Diamond Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; Shoes: Prada, New York, NY; Wedding Gown: Helene’s Bridal, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

We wish you countless years of happiness Ashley and Ben and a big thank you to Trevor of Trevor Brucki Photography for letting us share these images with our viewers!

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Looks of the Day: Lanvin 2011 Bridal Collection

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Editor’s Daily Pick

This is THE bag for Spring by Vivienne Westwood. Love the fresh colors, love the draping, love the signature Vivienne Westwood emblem, love it all! Cheers and Happy Wednesday! xoxo

Day Dreams

I received this submission from Anais Events out of San Francisco, CA photographed by AK Sandhu Photography and immediately fell in love with it’s vibrant imagery, Indian opulence and charming story line. When I was a young girl, I would spend hours on end daydreaming about falling in love and being proposed to by my Prince Charming. Like most little girls, I would envision my wedding day and what my dress would like, what jewelry I would wear, how I would do my hair and makeup, what kind of flowers and cake I would have, etc. I would fantasize about each and every detail. This shoot called “Day Dreams” tells the story of a young woman day-dreaming and writing love notes to the man of her dreams while playing dress up with her best friend. It really made me go back to my childhood days and took me for a nice ride down Memory Lane. Thank you for sharing this lovely styled shoot and enjoy! xoxo

Location: Glow Esthetics & Spa Therapies; Decor, Flowers & Props: Anais Events; Photography: AK Sandhu Photography; Videography: Couture Cinema; Makeup: Valerie Yager for Josephine Beauty; Hair: Brandy Lazard for Prima Salon; Dress: Bridal Motif; Styling: Amrit Dhillon-Bains for Anais Events; Models: Jessica Tax and Cinnamin Gordon; Vintage french chiffon scarves and jewelry from the stylist’s private collection.

Editor’s Daily Pick

I am just head over heels in love with this stunning platforms by Nicholas Kirwood for Rodarte! These are by far the most opulent shoes I’ve seen for the Spring/Summer 2011 season and and are true works of art for your feet. Cheers and Happy Tuesday! xoxo
Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte

A Match Was Made: Jennifer & Kevin Get Married

Like they say in real estate: location, location, location. And for those of you that haven’t figured it out, I happen to be slightly enamored by waterside reception sites. This wedding in Boca Grande, Florida is no different and I love how Botanica International Design Studio and planner, Brenda Barton, paid homage to the setting with subtle nautical nuances like the starfish on the wedding arbor and the nautilus on the backs of the chairs. The hydrangea throughout the entire decor was a really nice touch too and probably one of my favorite flowers behind orchids.

I think this couple is absolutely adorable and the way that the amazing Alex and Jocelyn of Voila Cinematic edited their wedding video built up a lot of anticipation coming full circle with the door closing at the end and then the fade out.

Things I love: Jennifer’s shoes and hair accessory, and thanks to Yanni (@yanniwedstyle), I have grown a fondness for bow ties like Kevin’s.

Jennifer Ramil and Kevin Patrick McCoy
Married in Boca Grande, Florida on May 15, 2010

Kevin was working at a Tampa law firm with a friend of Jennifer’s parents, who thought they would make a great couple and arranged for an introduction on August 30, 2007 in a suite at a Tampa Bay Bucs game. Hitting it off instantaneously, Kevin called Jennifer the following day to make dinner plans and the match was made. Just shy of two years together, Kevin proposed on the beach in Boca Grande, which made the Gasparilla Inn the perfect place to celebrate their marriage. Visiting the island brings back wonderful memories of their wedding weekend and will always hold a special place in their hearts, continuing to be the perfect backdrop for celebrating their lives together.

Cinematography: Voila Cinematic, Tampa, FL; Location, Cake and Caterer: The Gasparilla Inn and Club, Boca Grande, FL; Entertainment: Crystal Clear Band, Herald Jeff Collins, Bagpiper Bill Buckley, Ensemble Lyrique; Event Planner: Brenda Barton Atelier, Tampa, FL; Florist: Botanica International Design Studio, Tampa, FL; Invitations: C’est Papier, The Write Stuff, Tampa, FL; Wedding Gown: Tamara Kristin at CC’s Boutique, St. Petersburg, FL; Photography: Pezz Photo, Tampa, FL

We wish you countless years of happiness Jennifer and Kevin and a big thank you to Alex and Jocelyn Karas of Voila Cinematic for letting us share this video with our viewers!

Editor’s Daily Pick

I absolutely adore Shaun Leane jewerly. If you aren’t familiar with this UK designer, he is known for his “darkly romantic and beautiful crafted” jeweled works of art. I received a sneak peak of his newest diamond collection called ‘Maybell” and was blown away by the delicate yet edgy look each piece carries. This collection celebrates the elegance of the woodland flower that you see carefully placed throughout each design. These stunning earrings are handcrafted in white gold and diamonds and are available exclusively at Harrod’s in London. I hope you enjoy this Monday morning eye candy as much as I do. Cheers! xoxo
Maybell Collection Earrings by Shaun Leane

Editor’s Daily Pick

I love the fancy yet casual feel of this watch by Armand Nicolet. It’s a sporty and masculine timepiece that is uber sexy. Hope you enjoy and Happy Friday! xoxoArmand Nicolect Watch

Jessica & Don Get Married

Meghan Aileen Photography

Here is a teaser for Monday’s wedding of the week on

Jessica and Don get married at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. I can’t wait for you to see this wedding. The 1940s French Cabaret theme, the ballerinas, the Moulin Rouge greeter, the Marie Antoinette living statue, the cigarette girls, the burlesque girls, the bride’s custom gown that she designed herself … it is all just too fabulous; such joie de vivre!

Thank you so much to Meghan Aileen for sharing this wedding with us and be sure to look out for the full feature on Monday. Have a great weekend!

In case you missed the feature click here.

Editor’s Daily Pick

Isn’t this stack of bracelets and rings by Roberto Coin magnificent? I just love the mix and matching of gold, silver, gemstones and diamonds. Worn individually or as a group, this collection is sure to make a splash! Cheers and Happy Thursday! xoxo Roberto Coin Bracelets and Rings
Above: Roberto Coin