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Ellen Black’s iconic stationery company Lehr & Black is the go-to stationery company for Hollywood’s superstars, including the Kardashians, Gwen Stefani, and Jessica Simpson.

With the use of sumptuous fabrics, fine details, and superior workmanship, Lehr & Black revolutionized custom invitations and, recently, Ellen partnered with event planner Mindy Weiss to create an online boutique of bridal accessories called Love Me.

We’re so thrilled to share that Ellen will be a judge at this year’s Canadian Wedding Industry Awards. Visit the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards website to learn more about the accomplished stationer.

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Fashion Feature

NYFW Trend: White

A major trend for Spring 2015 is white! The shade was featured on almost every New York Fashion Week runway and offered lots of inspiration for brides.

There were plenty of white gowns for those planning spring and summer weddings. We especially liked those from Zac Posen, Erin Fetherston, and Monique Lhuillier.

The trend went beyond bridal with luxe coats from Victoria Beckham and The Row. Peter Som brought white to daytime dressing with a stylish sheath that would work for a casual post-wedding brunch.

(Photos by: Zac Posen, Vogue; Erin Fetherston, The Cut; Monique Lhuillier, The Cut;Victoria Beckham, The Cut; The Row, The Cut; Peter Som, The Cut).
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Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Jennifer Bergman Weddings produced this purple and orange styled shoot, photographed by Nicole Ashley Photography.

The model wears a beautiful Monique Lhuillier gown from Delica Bridal. Her hair and makeup were styled by Behind the Blush. The Art of Cake integrated the geometric shapes of the Pinkpolka Invitations & Stationery into the cake design.

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Photography by: Nicole Ashley Photography

Source it:

Photography • Nicole Ashley Photography, Producer • Jennifer Bergman Weddings, Location • Loft 50 Studio, Stationery • Pinkpolka Invitations & Stationery, Floral Design • faBLOOMosity, Gown • Monique Lhuillier from Delica Bridal, Ring • David Keeling Jewelry, Hair, Makeup & Model Styling • Behind the Blush, Jewellery & Accessories • HUNT AMOR, Cake • The Art of Cake, Catering • Edmonton Petroleum Club, Additional Rentals • Special Event Rentals (china, chairs, glassware, drapery), Dress My Day (fine linens), 29 Armstrong (flatware)

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If you were lucky, you caught some of our Instagram photos of Alan Anderson’s latest collection we posted last week (or maybe you caught Cheryl Hickey sporting one of his designs on the TIFF red carpet)! While we visited his studio, we also had the chance to sit down to find out where he gets his inspiration and his tips for brides.

WedLuxe: Where do you get inspiration?
AA: All over the place! Sometimes the stones dictate what will be made; what type of piece they will become. All our pieces are one of a kind and use vintage stones that I source from around the world. I’m always travelling and I buy whatever I see that is interesting. If you don’t buy vintage stones when you see them, you probably won’t find them again.

My home on Fire Island also inspired some of the floral pieces and the insect brooches.

Old Hollywood is a big draw because actresses then were actually going out to buy jewellery for themselves. Gloria Swanson’s pieces in Sunset Boulevard were all hers.

WL: Katy Perry, Viola Davis, Blake Lively, and Drew Barrymore have all worn your designs but who are your own style icons?
AA: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford (the young Joan Crawford, that is), Claudette Colbert, and Charlie Chaplin’s wife Paulette Goddard.

WL: What is your motto?
AA: Wear these pieces everyday in a random act of glamour. Wear them doing groceries or out with friends.

Crystal is the gateway for my clients. It really is a wardrobe staple! It’s like having a black dress or a strand of pearls; everyone should have at least two crystal pieces. Crystal brings the confidence to try the other, more colourful pieces.

WL: What are your tips for brides?
AA: Find a piece of jewellery that speaks to you. Find a necklace or a tiara that you love and let that be the departure piece for the rest of the day. For example, a pink floral necklace can influence the florals, centrepieces, colour theme, and really set the mood of the wedding.

I love tiaras for brides as well. I created three for Kleinfeld based on royal tiaras: a Russian Kokoshnik, one based somewhat on Downton Abbey character Lady Mary’s crystal laurel leaves tiara (featured above), and a 19th century floral tiara.

It’s your one day so you should go big with the jewellery. Wear a tiara and a bracelet during the ceremony and switch to a stunning necklace, like my Sautoires, for the reception.

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