While Liza Minnelli rightfully sang about life being a cabaret, this Saturday, February 7th, at The Bay Centre in beautiful downtown Victoria, life was a masquerade! A Fairy Tale Masquerade Wedding, that is. Complete with lively music, lovely brides and decadent food. And of course, a veritable wedding!
If you were one of the many blushing-brides-to-be who attended this year’s Modern Bride Show, you were lucky enough to have every unique and beautiful product available at your fingertips to make your whole day truly special. Dazzling hand-crafted jewellery and headwear, sweet candy bouquets, dancing lessons, honeymoon get-aways, and even a chance to win your dream wedding gown!
We were one of several exhibitors who found themselves basking in the natural light filtering in through the impressive glass ceiling of this very pretty venue. From our lucky vantage point we could see all of the hustle and bustle taking place on every level of The Bay Centre.
As many talented musicians took centre stage on the main floor entertaining future brides and grooms as well as fortunate shoppers alike, the graceful folks at Arthur Murray Dance School just couldn’t contain their happy feet as they twirled and sashayed across the floor.
And what bridal show would be complete without a bevy of beautiful blushing brides in their stunning gowns?
Actually, they could be modelling your dream gown! A steady stream of brides-to-be lined the hall to enter a chance to win their dream dress, one of many incredible contests offering fabulous prizes like a honeymoon vacation, a personal chef, and gift cards from The Bay, among many others! Click here for a list of the great contests this year: Contest & Give Aways.
Smiles could be found around every corner as this iconic shopping centre was transformed into a whimsical fairy tale world filled with pretty things and happy people everywhere.
And of course the most exciting part of the day! Smiles turned to tears of joy as we all watched Emily and Dany start their new life together. Hundreds of strangers became friends and guests at their wedding as we all wished them love and happiness as they took their first steps together as husband and wife. You can read more about their wonderful story here: The Wedding.
The amazing folks at Paparazzi Nightclub infused the entire day with an upbeat party vibe and added a touch of glamour with gorgeous costumes reflecting the masquerade fairy tale theme. Great music, dancing and drink samples kept the party going all day long!
Between the fantastic array of exhibitors from elegant venues and wineries found up and down the island, artistic photography, photo booth and video services, unique event planning, limousine and officiant services, eclectic fashion, beauty and accessories, decadent food, flowers and chocolate to tea, tattoos, and the latest wedding magazines, the Modern Bride Show makes easy work of putting together your most perfect day! Click here for a full list of this year’s exhibitors: 2015 Exhibitors.
Just as in any Cinderella story, wonderful days unfortunately just don’t last forever and all too quickly the clock struck six, marking the end of this year’s show. As we reluctantly packed away our exhibit and chatted with all of the new friends and business liaisons the show afforded us, our imaginations filled with new and exciting ideas for next year. Modern Bride will hold two shows in 2016, one at the historic Crystal Garden in January and one at The Bay Centre in February. For more information on these shows as it becomes available, please click here: Modern Bride Show.
We look forward to seeing you there, with bells on! Wedding bells, that is!
Scott and Laurie Johnson
Toad Hollow Photography