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Happy New Year to you, our readers! I’m sure that for many of you, the dawn of the new year brings the thrill and excitement that it is now the year of your wedding. Winter will soon turn to spring and before you know it, your wedding day will be here. How incredibly exciting!

As the Editor & Publisher of WedLuxe, I traditionally mark the arrival of a new year with a flurry of tradeshows. This year is no exception. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of personally speaking to over 2000 brides in Vancouver at Canada’s longest running wedding tradeshow: Wedding Fair 2008. We were there distributing complimentary copies of our newest WedLuxe Vancouver/Western Canada title – the Winter/Spring 2008 issue (our third Vancouver issue and our biggest yet).

Countless numbers of you told me directly that WedLuxe was your “favourite wedding magazine” and that you were already anxious for our next issue. Several of you also mentioned that the magazine felt “so European,” and that it was “hard to believe it’s published in Canada.”

Overall, the response continues to exhilarate all of us here at the WedLuxe office. Thank you. We are already hard at work with some incredible ideas for our the next two issues which will be available in June ’08.

I’ve been home in my own bed for two nights and have just two more sleeps left before I head to Toronto for my next tradeshow. I just left Ottawa on Friday where we spent the holidays with my sister and the rest of my family. I only wish WestJet (my favourite airline in Canada) had a frequent flyer program. . . geesh.

That aside, I’m just delighted to be heading to Toronto where we will be giving a complimentary copy of WedLuxe Toronto to each of you that will be attending the ‘haute-est’ wedding show in the city… The Wedding Co Show. This annual must-attend event is designed specifically for a WedLuxe bride. The very best of Toronto’s wedding industry are gathered at the Carlu for a three day wedding-inspired extravaganza. The show is simply outstanding and I personally can’t wait to see what amazing products and professionals are in attendance this year.

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The Wedding Co Show
Dates & Times

January 11–13 at the Carlu.

Friday January 11, 5 PM – 9 PM | Saturday January 12, 10 AM – 6 PM | Sunday January 13, 10 AM – 5 PM

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The following weekend, (January 18-20th, 2008) I will be at The Total Wedding Show at the International Centre where we will also be handing out complimentary copies of the magazine to all brides in attendance! Hailed as the city’s BIGGEST bridal show, I’m sure this will be an incredibly exciting weekend as well. Check out the video footage from their past show… Fantastic inspiration to attend this year’s show!

The Total Wedding Show
6900 Airport Rd, Toronto

Dates & Times:

FRIDAY January 18th
5:OOpm – 9:OOpm

SATURDAY January 19th
1O:OOam – 9:OO pm

SUNDAY January 20th
1O:OOam – 6:OOpm

I hope to see you there. Happy New Year!
– Angela

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Anu & Anish

In the latest issue of WedLuxe Toronto, we feature the incredibly beautiful wedding celebration of Anu & Anish, as photographed by mimmo+naz. It’s not our policy to publish the name of every single vendor who played a part in the wedding celebrations (space doesn’t allow), but we do usually make a special effort to list Wedding & Event Planners, where possible. I am a firm believer that it is only through the services of a professional wedding planner that you can realize the ultimate dream of a truly luxe wedding day. This wedding was planned by Rose Tenuta of Bridal Solutions Wedding Planning & Event Production.

Pick up the latest issue of WedLuxe Toronto to read more about Anu and Anish, and their outstanding wedding day.

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After much anticipation and an incredible amount of dreaming AND doing… our newest WedLuxe title, “WedLuxe Toronto & Eastern Canada” makes her debut this week!

I am elated and incredibly proud. The response has been very positive so far and we’re only JUST scratching the surface on the immense amount of talent and luxe offerings we are planning on featuring in this market. Way to go Toronto… you welcomed us with open arms, and we are dedicated to delivering an incredible publication to celebrate your talent.

Beginning Tuesday December 17, 2007, WedLuxe Toronto will be available on newsstands across Ontario and parts of Quebec.

I am ecstatic to announce our special promotional feature in partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart. All major Shopper’s stores in Ontario will have WedLuxe prominently displayed for the month of Dec/Jan… just in time for the holidays!

WedLuxe is also available at Chapters/Indigo, Mac’s Convenience Stores, Rexall/Pharmasaves and many more retail kiosks across the GTA & Ontario.

It feels amazing to set a goal and achieve it. I am continually inspired by the quality of talent that abounds in the Canadian Wedding Industry. . . (more on this in my next post) and as a designer I am so pleased to have created this vehicle to showcase it.

Brides/Grooms on both sides of the country who have a discriminating appreciation for excellence now have access to this 100% Canadian-produced and regionally relevant luxurious magazine.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals who helped make this dream, a reality:

Catherine Lash of The Wedding Co Show
Catherine believed in the WedLuxe brand early on, and as a result, invited WedLuxe to be an exhibitor at her highly respected and exclusive wedding show in Toronto. This show is a beautiful celebration of the very best in the wedding industry in it’s own right and is a MUST-ATTEND for the very same brides and grooms whom WedLuxe was created for. WedLuxe will be available, with compliments to all who attend this show in just a few weeks (Jan 11-13, 2008). Thank you, Catherine. :)

T.H. "Jackson" Huang of Ikonica
Every once in a while, you meet a kindred creative spirit. I believe this is the case with Jackson. I have been a fan of his work for many years and was delighted when he accepted an invitation to shoot a feature beauty editorial for us. Not having met him before the day of the shoot, I was not entirely sure how the process would go… after all–some photographers can be a bit. . .well – demanding. ;-) This was not the case with Jackson. Instantly his easy going nature and intelligently warm demeanour set the tone for the entire crew and what would follow. Our ideas and the energy of the team was in sync from the second we started working… and I believe his images of Rebecca Hardy (Winner of Canada’s Next Top Model 2007) are absolutely breathtaking.

Mimmo & Naz of mimmoandnaz.com
I first heard of Mimmo and Naz a few years back and wasn’t sure we would ever get the chance to work together (long story but looking back now, a funny one!). ;-)

Thanks guys for being early supporters of the magazine… and becoming friends in the interim. It was wonderful to get a chance to work together on the Petals & Paper feature and I am really excited to work together again.

Mimmo is a photographer, while Naz is a cinematographer whose work I admire greatly. His style is very organic (Super 8 with a vintage warmth). Together, they’re fun, down-to-earth, and a talented duo.

• Last, but not least, I have to thank Carolyn. Carolyn Clark is our National Sales Manager/Chief Organizer Extraordinare and most importantly, my dearest friend. I love you Carolyn! We did this, together. This issue is as much of a result of her hard work as it is mine. She recently moved to Toronto to set up our new WedLuxe homebase there. I miss her humming (to country music) at her desk, her quiet calm and her endless lists that kept me organized at the office. ;)

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