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October 29, 2014
Posted by WeddingGirl

the sad, sad day when WeddingGirl disappeared….

by: Mary

pink sad

…. on Facebook, anyway.

And, well… okay…. maybe “over” is a touch dramatic…. but it’s still sad.

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I started this business almost six years ago. It was around that time that I created the WeddingGirl Dot Ca profile on Facebook. It was in the prehistoric days of social media when Twitter made no sense to anyone, Instagram was nothing more than a glimmer in Kevin Systrom’s eye, and Facebook “Pages” hadn’t been invented yet. It was back in the days when social networking was still about social networking, not social-network-monetizing.

Those were the days.

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Over the years, the friends on WeddingGirl’s profile grew…. originally from the closest friends and family who knew about my endeavours to then my local support system, a broader audience of brides, wedding vendors, aspiring wedding vendors, aspiring event planners, and most recently just a handful of a few thousand of WG’s nearest and dearest who would interact with that profile they way I would wish for them to interact with me: as a person, not as a brand.

This morning I received a notification on my phone that I needed to log into Facebook from my web browser.

Upon attempting to do that, I was told that I needed to convert my profile to a page.

…. But I already have a WG page?

I wondered if I would lose my friends, my wall, my newsfeed, my photos, my notes – pretty much everything that’s been my WG life since 2010.

The answer turned out to be ‘yes’.

My friends have turned into “likes’.

There’s no more wall to track the random rompings of this doe-eyed, black haired wedding planner and her army of WeddingGirls.

No more newsfeed to keep my finger on the pulse of the world’s happenings (yes, I’ve learned of most recent celebrity deaths and global news events through Facebook. No, I’m not necessarily proud of this!).

Photos – gone.

Notes – gone.

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Every year WG’s friends would get notifications that it was her birthday (the anniversary of the date I registered the domain name) and the profile would get flooded with “birthday” love… so much so that I had our graphic designer create this gorgeous little design.

Happy Birthday WeddingGirl

And Xmas WeddingGirl.


And Movember WeddingGirl.



WeddingGirl died today.

And I’m so sad about it.

 Sad dolly with teddy pink

Fact of the matter is, though… when you’re a business owner, there’s no such thing as setbacks.

Everything that happens is for the best possible outcome, even though you may not see it right away.

It would seem that the Universe had a different path for WG and I – be it through alternative social media outlets, through this blog, through the WG team (whose profiles are still beautifully in tact, from what I gather!).

Business owners adapt. Entrepreneurs get creative. Dreamers don’t treat anything as debilitating.

Well, except for … like… reruns of Saved By The Bell. Those are pretty immobilizing.

sad pink girl

What makes me most sad, though, is the loss of the equally humbling and exhilarating thread that ensued on the WG Facebook profile yesterday when I casually mentioned that we need more wedding planners…. so many excited aspiring planners and dreamers and believers-in-all-things-in-love.

If you’re reading this, aspiring-wedding-planners, I STILL MEANT IT!!!

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THAT blog will have to come next… once I get past the reeling disgust of my once warm, inviting, and personalized Facebook wall now being replaced with an ugly, austere advertising dashboard (no joke).

To everyone that I still ENTIRELY believe to be a real human being behind a social media account (just as I am) — you will ALWAYS be my friend! even if the powers that be at the Facebooks inside that you’re just a “like” now…..

I will always love you!

you were all i could think about today

And if there’s a prize for most awesome collection of pink-themed sad photos anywhere on the interwebs, methinks I’ve definitely earned it.

Thanks, Pinterest.


Sidenote: with all of these shenanigans on Facebook, come say hello on Twitter and Instagram:



I promise there will be plenty more love, glitter, and unicorns there soon!

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October 28, 2014
Posted by WeddingGirl

Gown and Glory | Toronto Bridal Consignment Boutique

{ bridal style on a budget }

We know better than most that magic happens when we dare to dream.

Angela Kerry, a wife, mother and fashion lover, is the creative mind behind Toronto’s leading consignment bridal fashion boutique, Gown and Glory.

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Angela’s story is passionate and colourful – dotted with trials, tribulations, dreams, aspirations.. inspiring us with her ‘never-give-up’ attitude!

Choosing to be a stay-at-home mom, Angela wants to play an integral role in the lives of her little ones. She also has a business baby to attend to. She balances a busy family alongside building a company that brides in the Greater Toronto Area need to know about.

“Focused on building the business for two years, my husband and I juggled and adapted. I don’t know if I’d call it fate, or simply just taking the leap and going for an opportunity that presented itself – one that seemed like it was meant to be.”

Angela Kerry Gown Glory Bridal Fashion Stylist Toronto

Angela had never worked in the wedding industry before, but she strongly believed that if you have the core skills to provide absolutely exceptional customer service, you can learn the details of any industry.

“There was certainly a learning curve to understanding what women-in-love wish for: silhouettes, fabrics, bridal lingo…”

It didn’t take long for her to figure it out and feel completely confident in providing brides the expertise and devotion they look for in a wedding vendor.

Above all else, Angela continues to provide an unparalelled customer experience – Her intimate studio allow every bride that crosses the threshold to feel as if she’s the only one.


{ the Consignment Stigma }

The stigma around consignment wedding gowns is about as ‘cool’ these days as black and white damask.

Once upon a time, wearing a previously-worn wedding gown was scoffed at…. but then again, once upon a time, wearing white on your wedding day meant something entirely different too!

Wedding planning reality check:  times are changing.

Gone are the days of ‘bad luck’ in wearing a previously-loved gown.

There’s no magic hex on wedding dresses that have been loved, worn, dry-cleaned, and returned to their original state of immaculate gorgeousness.

Oh…. and did we mention that most of the gowns at Gown And Glory have never been worn at all? Brides are constantly changing their minds, and that translates to some serious savings for all you budget-conscious wives-in-training out there.

The way we see it? Every bride needs to know about this hidden gem: a unique shop that offers racks upon racks of alternatives for the budget-savvy, eco-conscious, educated and discerning bride anxious to make careful and meaningful choices when it comes to planning her big day.

“It’s an unconventional and intimate place to find your dream wedding gown at a price that you can really feel good about.”

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{ the Experience }

Angela says it best…

“Once a bride starts the dedicated process of searching for her gown, she’ll quickly learn that finding the perfect dress is not only about its style or price tag - it’s about the experience!”

Each bride at Gown And Glory is guaranteed to have an experience like no other boutique they’ve visited: completely private, un-intimidating, informative, and stress-free. Brides are invited to come on their own or with their favourite people – all of which are made to feel at home, at ease, and pampered in this unpretentious and inviting atmosphere.

All the celebrities these days are doing the private-shopping, luxe boutique thing — and brides can be doing it too!

The Gown and Glory Boutique closes its doors to any other bride for up to two hours of private shopping. The one-on-one personalized service is something larger bridal shops often struggle to deliver, and it’s something Angela knows is ineffective when making such a big decision.

“There is no pretension, no judgement and definitely no pressure to purchase or to conform.”

The gowns in Angela’s shop are curated from a broad range of designers, from up to three years of designer collections. Brides will have the opportunity to see and try on many dresses not available in stores and might even stumble upon the one they’ve been searching for for years!

A bridal treasure, indeed!

“We feature new and once-loved gowns from many well-known designers: Maggie Sottero, Pronovias, Melissa Sweet, Alfred Sung, Allure, Mori Lee, Paloma Blanca…. They’re all within three years of production, so brides can be assured that the styles are current.”

No puffy sleeves here, Ladies!

The boutique also carries a selection of jewellery, hair accessories and veils.

If this wasn’t enough of a bridal dream-come-true, Angela also offers style demonstrations as an independent stylist for Henkaa convertible bridesmaid dresses; one dress that can be worn in an endless array of ways; perfect for a diverse bridal party!


{ the Bride }

What we love most about Gown and Glory? The diverse spectrum of brides that benefit from this experience.

The Budget-Savvy Bride:

Brides looking for dresses under $1000. Those on a budget. Brides getting married later in life, living with their partner, buying a house, paying for their own wedding. These brides are more money-conscious than their splurging counterparts.

The Eco-Conscious Bride:

These brides want to make meaningful choices when it comes to planning their big day – decisions that positively impact society, decrease their wedding’s carbon footprint. The power of many single acts of green-love make a huge difference when multiplied by the exponent of one another!

The Second-Time Bride:

This bride did the elaborate storybook fairytale wedding the first time around and realizes that this time it’s a dress she’ll wear for one day – a day that goes by so fast – and she wants to be more sensible in how her money is spent.

The Last-Minute Bride:

Sometimes brides don’t have all the time in the world (or, 6-10 months!) to order a wedding gown. Buying off the rack is the more time-efficient option when planning a quaint cottage wedding, a destination elopement, or simply preferring a planning timeline that doesn’t prolong the wait for the big day. After all, when you meet the person who you want to spend forever with – you want forever to being as quickly as possible!

The Petite Bride:

Imagine how difficult it is for petite brides (i.e. size zero to four) to narrow down the style of many dresses because so many sample gowns these days come in sizes ten to twelve! It’s important to see, clearly, how a dress will actually fit – and the Gown And Glory Boutique carries every range of sizes available for trying on to your heart’s content!

The Larger Bride:

Just as super petite girls will struggle to find dresses to try on that fit their frame, those brides who need larger-than-sample sizes often feel discouraged and humiliated when dress shops carry limiting samples. Angela stocks dresses up to size 20.

The Sensible Bride:

A wedding gown is the single most elaborate, most expensive, piece of clothing most women will ever buy, ever wear (for only one day – even a few hours for some!). These brides want to make smart choices with how their budgets are spent – elaborate price tags don’t interest them.

The Consigning Bride:

And once “I Do” is all said and done…. Gown and Glory provides past-brides, or brides that have changed their mind, the opportunity to recover some of their costs – all while helping brides-to-be save upfront on theirs!

Gown and Glory is for smart women looking for ways to save the money they’ve worked hard to earn.

All of us at WG believe previously-loved, pre-owned, consigned are all practical and viable options that caters to sensible budgets without compromising fashion and style.

I mean, who doesn’t want to save up to 75% off retail pricing?? We know we do.

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Searching for your perfect dress?

Visit the Gown And Glory Boutique website and

get in touch to set up your personal shopping experience!


Angela was featured in a WeddingGirl.ca “Meet This Girl” post.

Click here to read her story.

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  • wedding planner
  • neuro-nerdy Starbucks lover
  • bridal lifestyle blogger
  • event stylist
    just a girl who loves her job
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