The Natural Beauty of Pure Magnolia’s 2015 Wedding Gowns


Pure Magnolia’s 2015 wedding dresses are stitched with love. It’s a love that embraces the diversity of body types and the beauty of the natural environment.

“The diversity in fabrics and styles helps make it easy for any bride to find their favorite. From sweet bohemian to classic mermaid there is an option for everyone,” says designer Patty Nayel.

Handmade in Vancouver, the Pure Magnolia 2015 dress collection is focused on the trend towards slim silhouettes. To embrace every bride from size 0-26, those silhouettes are matched with sweet heart, boatneck, and illusion necklines and styles that are strapless or have spaghetti straps, cap sleeves, and bra-friendly straps.

“Our real brides like to look fashionable but it’s more important for them to look naturally beautiful,” says Patty.

Their natural beauty is expressed in the style and the fabrics chosen. Most dresses are lined in 100% organic cotton so no matter if the bride is getting married on a beach, in a church, or in the snow, she’ll be comfortable. The beauty of those surroundings also impacts Pure Magnolia’s design sensibility.

“This season we saw an increase in the price of silk because it was particularly stormy in the areas where silk yarn is produced. The bad weather has actually created a world wide silk shortage,” explains Patty. “It reinforces that climate change affects us all. So while our brides are marrying the loves of the lives, we need to share that love with the environment too.”

Pure Magnolia gowns are available in 0-14 with select styles available up to size 26. Prices range from $650-$2450 and the collection is available at the Pure Magnolia Showroom (Vancouver, BC), the White Peony (Victoria, BC), NWL Regina (Regina, SK), Luxe Bridal Boutique (Ottawa, ON), Wed Altered (Cleveland, OH), and online at Ruby + Chic, the Green Bride Guide, and Pure Magnolia Couture on Etsy.

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Emma’s Top Five Details for a Vintage Wedding Theme – Guest Post

If you’re a bride who loves vintage décor and classic, timeless wedding elements, a vintage wedding may be the perfect choice for you.  Hi, I’m Emma from Emmaline Bride and in my new book The Inspired Wedding, I share my favorite ideas for planning this style from start to finish.  Today I’m going to highlight five details for vintage wedding themes, beginning with the invitation.

Vintage Inspired Invitations

Before you start shopping for your invitations, be sure to pick a central theme you’ll use throughout your décor.  This can be a particular decade, favorite era, or vintage aesthetic.  While a Polaroid may not be obsolete, it does make an exceptional  vintage-style save the date or invitation idea your guests will get excited about.

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The Attire

Vintage wedding dresses are available in many different styles to accommodate any era you select.  However, when you’re shopping for a dress, don’t feel limited to an authentic vintage dress to incorporate this theme.  Instead, add period lace or elegant beadwork to your modern dress with a sash; add lace sleeves; or wear a birdcage veil.

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One important focal point at your wedding reception is the centerpiece.  Creating vintage-style centerpieces that are beautiful and elegant is easy when you use the right components.  For instance, gather an old teacup and fill with flowers; place a glass vase with a flower bouquet nearby, a stack of vintage books and use Scrabble tiles to spell out a custom phrase or table number.

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When it comes to wedding favors, functional ones are best.  One of my favorite ideas is a coffee mug with an initial on it.  Whether handmade or bought-in-store, a coffee mug with one’s personalized monogram is one they’ll be sure to use for their favorite hot beverage of choice.  A favorite of mine is the signature Anthropologie coffee mug, as shown here.  The bride and groom attached a favor tag with twine to incorporate their vintage hot air balloon theme.

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When selecting flowers for your wedding, find out what’s in season during your wedding and what colors of blooms are available.  For a nod to your mother or grandmother’s wedding, incorporate a flower she carried down the aisle that will also reinforce your theme.  Some popular choices that elicit nostalgia include cabbage roses, heirloom roses, carnations, peonies, ranunculus, and delphiniums, just to name a few. For a bouquet that won’t fade, go handmade!  For this theme, a vintage brooch bouquet is the most fitting choice.

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To find out more about planning a vintage-themed wedding, read my new book The Inspired Wedding in bookstore now.  You can buy it here.

Perfect Dresses for Your Fall Weddings (as a guest)


Fall wedding season is in full swing. There are still a few more weddings in the month of November, (it’s the new October if you haven’t already heard). And with fall weddings, comes gorgeous fall wedding fashions for guests!
I love these looks and they are all 100% available in Canada, online and in-store, so go shopping before they sell out.

My personal favourite is the first find from Le Chateau.
Le Chateau Wedding Guest DressThis Lace & Knit cut-out dress is sleek, sophisticated and really reasonably priced at $139.95. The cut-out also adds a little something to this goregous look without being to risque at a wedding!

Screen shot 2014-11-09 at 9.44.12 PMLooking for something a little more dramatic, but still staying a warm with long sleeves? This Simons Red Lace Dress is perfect and priced so well. At $50.00, you should just go out and buy one just incase! :)

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Although the sleeves are short on this one, the look is very fall. Gold and Black is such a perfect look for this time of year. This Adrianna Papell Barouque Leather fit and flare dress is available at the Bay. Ranging on the more expensive side at $209, I think it’s wort every penny!


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It’s not a complete list without BCBG! This Eloisa Long-sleeve embroidered-trip dress is fabulous and a real splurge! At $406 it’s definitely a piece you’ll keep in your wardrobe for many events to come!




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