From undies to indie, how to get wedded the hip way

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      Vintage Charms
      Find your “something old, something new” with a piece from BuenoStyle. Designer Christie York creates her collection by repurposing vintage jewellery and discontinued stock from the 1920s through the 1980s. Necklaces (starting at $48) and earrings (starting at $24) integrate glass beads, brass charms, and vintage filigrees, and are available at Barefoot Contessa (3715 Main Street and 1928 Commercial Drive), Dream Apparel & Articles for People (311 West Cordova Street), and Fine Finds (1014 Mainland Street). York also creates custom pieces for clients, integrating family heirlooms and personal jewellery pieces through the OAK (One-of-a-Kind) line. A consultation with the designer at her Main Street studio costs $50, and design work starts at $150. BuenoStyle will be participating in this year’s Indie I Do wedding show.

      Natural Bliss
      The wedding party’s outfits need not match the table décor. Designer Wendy Van Riesen of Dahlia Drive offers brides, grooms, and their wedding parties something different with reworked vintage men’s dress shirts and bridal wear. Inspired by nature and environmentally friendly, each piece is created from salvaged fabrics that are hand-dyed, screen-printed, or embellished, creating a garment that’s one of a kind. Dress shirts (starting at $195) come in a muted palette of blue, purple, and grey and are screen-printed with leaves, fish, or bamboo, while bridal wear (starting at $250) is dyed blue, green, or cream, and adorned with delicate, swirling designs. Shirts are available at Planet Claire (212 Abbott Street) and Tutta Mia (1302 Victoria Drive), while custom-made bridal wear can be ordered online at www.dahliadrive.com.

      Catch an Indie Show
      A hop, skip, and a jump from the large-scale, conventional wedding shows happening downtown is the Indie I Do wedding show at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street) on Saturday (January 22). The event caters to offbeat couples looking to make their big day unique. With over 30 local independent designers and services (including Pure Magnolia, Coco Cake, and Blue Olive Photography), a fashion show, a DJ, and giveaways, this third annual wedding show is sure to help couples think outside the box. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; groups can score a package of four tickets for $50.

      After the I Dos
      Once all the wedding preparations are done, what you wear (or don’t wear) on the honeymoon is the next important decision to make. Scarlet (460 Granville Street) carries traditional bridal lingerie with a fun, modern twist. The Phoebe dotted tulle chemise by Hanky Panky ($98) with matching thong ($29) is a cheeky take on the white dress with its sheer and short double layer of tulle, while the “Mrs.” or “Just Married” embellished silk boy shorts ($28) by San Francisco intimates designer Mary Green have just the right amount of sweet femininity.

      Lap of Luxury
      When getting your hair and makeup done on the big day, forgo the ratty T-shirt and sweats. Instead, treat yourself and your bridesmaids to luxurious silk robes from NK iMode, available at Dianes Lingerie (2950 Granville Street), Gateau Lingerie (1020 Mainland Street), and Romantique (942 Park Royal South, West Vancouver). The embellished ivory kimono ($355) is perfect for the bride, as is the shorter ivory lace wrap ($147). For bridesmaids, try the cobalt kimono ($282), a shimmering blue robe with elegant floral details.

      For the Classic Bride
      Brooke Mosher of Brooklyn Designs creates jewellery that’s special enough for women to wear on their wedding day but can also easily be worn again after the big event. Brides can choose from sterling-silver or gold-plated necklaces ($60 and up) with classic pendants such as teardrops, roses, and vintage keys. Meanwhile, earrings ($25 and up) featuring delicate dangling gemstones add a touch of elegance to bride or bridesmaid outfits. Brooklyn Designs is available at Briers (2070 West 4th Avenue), Changes (4454 West 10th Avenue), and Fine Finds (1014 Mainland Street).

      Picture Perfect
      The only thing shining at a wedding should be the bride’s ring. Elements Mineral Makeup by health and beauty experts Kelli Taylor and Ozzie Kipnes keeps oil and shine at bay and gets brides ready for their close-up. The all-natural, light makeup includes foundation ($38 for 9 grams), blush ($24 for 5 grams), bronzer ($24 for 5 grams), and 14 shades of eye shadow ($10 for 1 gram) in shades such as Sea Foam, Orchid, and Cotton Candy. Elements is available at the Elements Wellness Centre (2678 West Broadway).

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