Friday, April 29, 2011

Hello Alexander McQueen

Finally the wait is over and it only took a matter of minutes for images of Kate gorgeous gown to be posted everywhere!

"Kate Middleton and an army of highly skilled seamstresses wowed fashionistas around the world Friday with an Alexander McQueen wedding gown that experts called a timeless classic.
After months of secrecy about what she would be wearing, Kate Middleton entered Westminster Abbey in an intricate McQueen wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton, a nearly-three-metres-long train and a decades-old Cartier tiara borrowed from the Queen"

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


We were thrilled when we got the call today that The Ottawa Citizen has chosen their look-a-like for the Kate Middleton Princess Make-Over contest. And we are even more thrilled to be dressing her in a fabulous creation from The White Dress for her fairytale photoshoot!  
And can we just say that the lovely Julie looks SO much like Kate!  
Stay tuned to our blog for the make-over pictures at Rinaldo's and to see what dress we choose.

I know!?!  
This is Julie, not Kate ;)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Something White for Something Right Video Released

Our friend Bridget from { First Kiss Films } documented all the fun we had at Something White for Something Right 2010. Bridget has uploaded the film and made it available for sharing. The video is beautifully shot on vintage film which was perfect for our event since this type of film really captured the magic and romance of the entire evening.

For more information on { First Kiss Films } and the magic they create, read my blog post here when we featured them in our "vendor Spotlight" series.

Thank you to Bridget for her beautiful eye for detail and making this video available to our guests of Something White for Something Right 2010.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Green your Wedding: Tips and Ideas

The month of April is associated with paying extra attention to Mother Earth.

Although in our opinion, this is something we should always be mindful of. In honour of Earth Day on April 22, we wanted to suggest some eco-friendly wedding tips. Now, don't get nervous, we are not suggesting wearing a hemp-wedding dress and have your wedding guests help clean up a local park during cocktail hour. We are simply suggesting some ideas that could make your wedding even more unique and memorable all while leaving a reduced eco (yet very chic) footprint on our environment.

Your flowers are a huge part of the decor of your wedding so we would never suggest not having them. But, ask your florist to buy locally grown flowers. Inquire with him/her about which flowers are in season: Spring welcome boronias, tulips, hyacinths and lily of the valley. You can even grow your own. We know of one bride whose sister grew 200 tulips in her large backyard for the reception centrepieces. Once your wedding is done, consider donating the flowers to a hospital or rest home.

Some of these ideas we have seen for years, they are nothing new but even more appreciated in this day and age. Consider giving your guests organic cookies (baked by you or a local bakery). Bestow them with seeds, plant bulbs or tree saplings ready to be planted when they arrive home. Not only are they helping the environment but they will always have a piece of your wedding day right in their backyard. Or if you prefer traditional favours just add an environmental twist on them like giving soy-based or beeswax candles, natural soaps or fair-trade coffee. Prefer to donate to charities instead of handing out favours? Consider the WWF or Friends of the Earth or let your guests know you have offset their travel costs to attend your wedding at

Look into using recycled, handmade, tree-free paper or plantable papers. Sometimes, you fall in love with a type of paper that may not be environmentally friendly- no worries, maybe just opt not to include the RSVP cards with your invitations and ask that your guests RSVP at an email address instead or a wedding website if you have one. Bonus? You save on the cost of postage stamps!

If you are having Christmas white lights decorate your tables, trees or anything else, buy ones with LED lights. Be warned, we find them not as bright so maybe buy more than you think you need. Or if you want a softer look, think about using (beeswax) candles in mason jars.

Add a chic, eclectic look by mixing thrift store plates glasses, and serving ware (think vintage-inspired) for your reception. Donate them back when you're done.

Speak with your chef about serving locally grown or organic foods and ensure the venue has a good recycling program. For example, Michael Blackie head chef at the NAC's Le Cafe and one of the most respected chefs in Canada, is very environmentally conscious with his menus. Proving that you can have delicious food while respecting the environment.

We understand that buying a brand new dress is something that every bride dreams of since she was a little girl. But consider donating your dress after your big day. The Breast Dress Project is a project Marry Me started with Groovy Linen (here in Ottawa) to raise money for breast cancer research from the sale of every gently used wedding dress.

Giving our environment 'the love' doesn't have to end after the wedding reception; check out which is a website that educates travelers on how to reduce their carbon footprint and travel eco-friendly. Or a quick way to search an eco-friendly hotel you want to honeymoon at is to visit

As you can see, the ideas are endless. You can go full tilt and ensure every aspect of your wedding is 'green' or just pull one or two ideas from this list to make you feel good about doing your part.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


For those of us who aren't able to travel to London to witness The Royal Wedding first-hand, St Laurent Centre took the reigns here in Ottawa and created an event worthy of the Queen herself where Marry Me Productions & The White Dress were lucky enough to receive a personal invite.
The "Royal Partea", presented by St Laurent Centre, is one of the biggest events of the season, with a royally inspired afternoon tea with delicious treats, fabulous swag bags, a stunning spring fashion show, and an in-depth chat with Canadian fashion journalist, author, and celebrated TV personality; the one, the only, Jeanne Beker.
Beker gave a dynamic and personal speech to all the guests in attendance and it is easy to see how she gives all of us Canadian fashion-lovers hope with her strong and significant voice in the industry.  She has accomplished so much in her years of reporting and we look forward to what she will be doing in the years to come!
Not only did she share her talent, Beker also gave us inside scoop on the royal wedding, right before she flies out to cover the event herself!
And that's not all. The best part of the event is that ALL proceeds of the tickets go to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
Thanks again to Knock on Wood and St Laurent Centre,  it was an honour to be a part of such a wonderful event.


Everything is coming up Will and Kate and here is how you can be a part of the Royal Wedding...

Marry Me Productions and The White Dress is proud to be a part of The Ottawa Citizen Kate Middleton Look-a-Like Contest.  One lucky winner will be selected for a Kate Middleton wedding day makeover. She’ll travel to Rinaldo’s for hair and makeup transformation shortly after the prince and his beloved bride say “I do” she will be fitted in a wedding dress provided by The White Dress similar to Kate’s seen at her wedding on April 29th. 
And of course, there will be a glamourous photo shoot after the makeover so you will have your royal memory forever.

Here’s how to win: 
Send your photo (a before image) and tell The Citizen the reason why you should win a Kate Middleton makeover to

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Real Wedding - Easter Edition

With Easter right around the corner (and hopefully spring not far off!!!) 
we wanted to share one of our April wedding couples with you.
Here are some fabulous images of Keisha and Lindsay with their spring inspired palette at the Chateau Laurier.  With purple still being a hot colour this season, it was nice to see Keisha's lilac take on things, especially paired will all the rich gold in the chairs and charger plates. 

Thanks to Miv for all the images --we love and hope you do too!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


We love sharing pictures of our past couples and their beautiful weddings with you and today we get to share more than just photos!  We were lucky enough to work with Media Ball on a few of our big weddings last season and the cinematography is ready for the world to see!

Remember Amy and Fil?  How could you forget, she is one of our beautiful home page brides!!  Here are a few pics of their day followed by the amazing wedding film Mark and the team at Media Ball put together:

Remember to have your kleenex close by when you watch this one!

Amy & Fil from Media Ball on Vimeo.

And later in the season, there was Alia and Kenan and what a wedding they had at the National Gallery!
Here are some of their pics to remind you of the fabulousness an then the video so you can really see how the day came together.

And again our pleasure to show you the fabulous work of the team at Media Ball:

Can Hardly Wait for This...Alia & Kenan's Wedding from Media Ball on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

We're Hiring !

Do people often make comments about how OCD organized you are? Are you often complimented on your style and attention to detail? Are people jealous of how easily you get along with everyone you meet?

And most you love all things weddings??

Well, great news..... Marry Me Productions is having an open casting call and you could be the perfect cast member to join our ‘Productions’ team !

We’re heading into our busiest season and we’ve received numerous resumes over the years but we feel the best way to determine if you will be a right fit for Marry Me would be to meet everyone in person at once. Resumes sometimes can’t convey your awesomeness in person. So we’ve organized a fabulous evening at our offices at 191 Preston Street on Wednesday April 20th from 5-7pm. Bring your resume, your charm and arrive on-time. The earlier you arrive, the more time we have to get to know you. Please note, this is an unpaid internship with the possibility of the position becoming permanent.

What we are looking for:

A genuine love of all things wedding: We want someone who is outgoing, extroverted and loves working with people but able to think on their feet and problem solve on the spot. Keep calm and carry on.

Slightly Type A and obsessed with details:You will be responsible for coordinating weddings with Marry Me Productions’ senior event planners which can include anything from research to on-site wedding coordination to meetings with clients & vendors to basic administrative duties.

Hard Workers: On the outside, you see the beautiful bride, handsome groom, proud parents, happy guests, good food, awesome music, beautiful decor, and gorgeous venue. On the inside: 14 hour work days, timelines, climbing stairs, ladders, putting floors together, moving tables, bustling dresses, crying flower girls, unpaid vendors, bridesmaids, drunk groomsmen, tired feet, and that’s only the half of it. All the details that we love about our job but if you’re worn out just reading it, we need not go any further.

Knowledge of our company: If you can’t tell us anything about our business, how can you tell our clients? Do your research. We are not asking for a book report, but at least show us that you can absorb information and speak intelligently about the industry.

You got style: We sell style. Plain and simple. We sell style and security. When we meet, we need to see how you would meet with our clients and vendors. So yes, we are checking you out: your clothes, your hair, your makeup, your accessories….all of it. Do you look like you stepped out of a magazine or that you should be hit with one?! Have you come professionally dressed or could we mistake you for hanging out at the mall with your friends? First impressions are not just everything, they are the ONLY THING.

What we aren’t looking for:

Social Media Queens: We don't want to know where you were last night, who you were with and what you were doing. We don’t want to hear about or see where you were for reading week on Facebook. If we can google you and find you in a bikini or some other compromising position– trust and believe that our clients can too.

Dreamers: Please don't tell us this is your dream. We are not looking for dreamers. We are looking for someone who can work hard, laugh hard and make it happen. We absolutely want you to be passionate about what you do but realistic about what it takes to succeed.

You think you can do it because you saw it on TV or planned your own wedding: We are not looking for a human PVR machine. We don’t need you to spew every line from The Wedding Planner or the hottest new wedding show. That’s like you going on a medical rotation at a hospital and telling the doctors about what you saw on Grey’s Anatomy! We are glad you’ve planned your wedding. It was fun, wasn’t it? Now do 25 simultaneously. (Why are you crying????) Realise that you have to bring something to the table, as well as being ready to learn and do some grunt work.

At Marry Me Productions, we love what we do, but we also love each other. Every time someone new has joined our team, we have grown both professionally and creatively. So we’re just as excited as you are about this opportunity and we cannot wait to meet all you fantastic people on April 20th.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

First Glimpse of Reece's Wedding Gown

If there is one thing we like almost as much as planning weddings, it's wedding dresses!  
And we finally get to see what Reece decided to wear down the asile at her marriage Jim Toth. No surprise that Reece looked breathtaking.  L.A. based designer Monique Lhuillier was in charge of custom designing Reese’s gown, a blush hued delicate Chantilly lace corset bodice with full tulle A-line skirt. The waist was accented with a double-face silk satin ribbon with cascading silk flowers to match Reese’s daughter Ava’s dress (who was her flower girl), also designed by Monique Lhuillier. Reese’s son Deacon was the proud ring bearer. The Oscar winning actress complemented her romantic look wearing Jimmy Choo’s ‘Macy’ satin platform sandal. William Golderberg designed her pave diamond band matching her 4 carat Ashoka-cut engagement ring. Various VIP celebrities attended the wedding including Mathew MacConaughey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Pean, RenĂ©e Zellweger and Tobey Maquire to name a few. They had 120 guests at the private ceremony held at Witherspoon’s ranch. Reese wowed everyone at the reception party when she arrived wearing a different dress, also designed by Monique Lhuillier, which was a white mini dress with corseted lace bodice and hand cut organza party skirt accented at the waist with a jewel embellished belt.  
Thanks People Mag!  
The really great part, we carry Monique Lhuiller right here at The White Dress!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Your Stella & Dot Jewelry Has Arrived !

Were you at our Stella and Dot Soiree last Thursday evening? Did you order something from Patty? Well, we just wanted to let you know your stunning pieces have come in. We had to take a picture of the chic packaging of all the items!

We are keeping them safe at our offices at 191 Preston Street. You can come by today; Friday before 7pm or tomorrow (Saturday) anytime between 10am and 5pm. Our offices are closed on Sunday.

Hurry- we don’t know how long we can keep our hands off this fabulous stuff ;)

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