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Pre-Wedding Photography: Summer’s almost here, Vancouver!

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Whew, so we had tons of couples requesting the beautiful and romantic cherry blossoms this year, and now we are on to the summer season. Forgive the lull in updates, it has been very busy for us. But we are so excited about summer – it’s absolutely beautiful in Vancouver this time of year, so remember to enjoy it while the good weather lasts. For our pre-wedding clients, you are a lucky bunch. Summer is the most wanted season. #1 reason? It’s warm! (See how happy these couples are?)

Don’t forget the blue skies and beautiful lush scenery.










Behind the Scenes: SFU student film project

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Recently we were approached by a group of SFU film students who wanted to use our shop as the setting for a short film they were doing. Being the first request of its kind, we were curious and interested, and of course, said yes! These students are passionate, talented, and so gracious, so it was an absolute pleasure working with them. Daisy was also able to work her makeup magic on Maggie, who looked so pretty as a pretend bride-to-be. (Just wait until she gets married for real!)

Meet Kevin, Peter, Tommy, Carter and Maggie:



Thank you Kevin, Peter, Tommy, Carter and Maggie for letting us be a part of it – we wish you all the success on your project. For more behind-the-scenes pics of their film shoot, check out the facebook album.

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Finding your dream dress: Tips for the 2011 bride

In Part 1 (Rent Vs. Buy: A Guide for Brides), we helped you decide whether renting or buying a wedding gown is the right choice for you. Today in Part 2, we get into the fun stuff with tips, trends, and info on how to set up an appointment. Let’s start off with some entertainment to help you relax. After all, we know what it’s like – we see dozens of brides each month.

That’s television for you. At ORA, it’s not quite the same. Our brides are never that demanding, and we have the best time with them. Of course, we may not have as big of a selection, but Daisy handpicks all the dresses in store, and we have regular shipments every few months. Now, to get into the gowns themselves.

Remember the wedding gown your mom wore? It was probably lacey, had sleeves, and a Victorian neck. If not, count yourself lucky. These days, any style goes, depending on your personal style and body type. On that note, here are some of the most sought after styles and details this year.

Top trends for 2011

  • The relaxed mermaid. We’ve seen it enough to know that the mermaid style can be hard for people to wear, particularly petite brides. However, this year, a popular trend is the slightly more relaxed mermaid style, which is less tight and creates a generally softer line.
  • Lace. This isn’t your grandma’s lace – it is delicate, pretty and romantic. What makes it modern is the styling of the gown itself. Try it on the hem or just on the bodice, this is a detail that adds such dimension and romanticism to a gown.
  • The simple ballgown. The ballgown is always a popular style because not only does it make the bride feel like a princess, it is also super flattering. This year, we are seeing a simpler variation. The shape is the same, but designers have cut back on the details to really focus on the bride. This style looks best when accompanied by a sweetheart neckline.
  • The corset back. Even though we are going simpler, it doesn’t mean that we are getting any less dramatic. The corset back adds drama to any wedding gown, and the bonus is that the fit will be impeccable. We always get brides worrying that it’ll take too long to do up, but when they see themselves in it, the results are so worth it.
  • Interesting detailing. This year, we are really starting to see designers take risks when it comes to the details, while leaving silhouette simple. Keep the shape flattering, then find that one detail that makes your dress unique, whether it is a bow, a chiffon ruffle, or beautiful embroidery.


    The perfect dress for you

    Following are some tips that will make the search for the one (not the guy, the dress) all that much easier:

  • White or ivory? Ivory has become increasingly popular as choice wedding gown colour because it is softer on the skintone. White tends to be more stark, and is considered the traditional wedding gown colour (reason why many grooms actually say they prefer white – who knew?). But in photography, no one really notices the colour of the gown. So, it depends on two things. #1 Style of the dress and #2 Your own skintone. Most brides notice immediately once they try on both what colour looks best on them.
  • Consider your body type and height. It’s true – some shapes and styles look better on some girls than others. But that’s no reason to fret. There’s a perfect style for every bride. So while it may seem that you may not get to wear the mermaid style after all, the A-line may suit you to a tee.
  • Don’t wear a dress too similar to the one your best friend got married in. Enough said.
  • Follow your instincts. If you love it, you love it. Simple as that.
  • Accessorize accordingly. Accessories really have the power to complete a look – settle on your dress first, then personalize it with the right veil, necklace, etc. If you’re a tiara girl, go for it; it not, there’s headpieces too. If you feel that the dress is a little on the simple side, go for something a little more glam and dramatic.

    Tips for your appointment

  • Give yourself time. An average appointment lasts about 1.5-2 hours. Make sure you’re not stressed the day of – the worst thing is to feel rushed while trying on 5 lb. gowns. Although it gives our consultants a bit of a workout, that’s for sure.
  • Bring just the people closest to you. Very ideally, you’d come to the appointment with 1 other opinion aside from your own. That’s all you need. Remember that everyone has different tastes. It can get confusing when the groom, your sister, your mom, your best friend, your grandma, your dad, your cousin, your roomate, your bridesmaids, etc. are all there, with divided opinions. Really, the only opinion that matters is your very own.
  • Be open-minded. Try on different things, get to know what really looks good on you and what doesn’t. Though we all have ideas of what we think looks best on us, we’ve seen enough times where a bride ends up choosing a dress that is completely different from she would’ve imagined for herself.
  • Let the consultant know what you are thinking. We’re here to help you.
  • And last but not least, please book an appointment! Though we do accept walk-ins, there is no guarantee that our fitting room will be open. We prefer to give our full attention to brides, so it is always best to check beforehand and make sure we can accomodate you.

    So that’s it! Our round-up of tips to help all you 2011 brides out there to find your dream dress. If you’re curious to know what styles we have in store, be sure to set up an appointment. And as mentioned last time, we will be getting a shipment in late March/early April. To book an appointment:

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  • 2011-03-11

    After the shock – what it means to be lucky in the wedding biz

    Filed under: Behind the Scenes — Tags: — Administrator @ 10:22 pm

    Last night, we were all glued to our televisions taking in every moment, every image, every broadcast from the devastating news that a 8.9-scale earthquake hit right off the coast of Japan. As we watched the world become glued to the news, we couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to have to experience the same thing here in Vancouver. It is a scary thought, one that prompted some questions for us enough to write this post.

    After the initial shock, we realized how lucky we are and how often we take what is most important to us – our loved ones and the small pleasures in life – for granted. Watching the images of burning buildings, rushing water, and endless wreckage reminded us that life is not a marathon nor a competition. It’s driven by human connection.

    Don’t worry, we’re not trying to promote ourselves or sell anything. All we want is to share some of our thoughts, chief among them is the realization that we are so blessed to be able to work in such a business as ours that celebrates relationships and people more than anything else.

    We’re in a business that aims to capture special moments in our clients’ lives – it’s what they come to us for, whether it’s their wedding day or beforehand (or even after). We are able to witness the special bonds people have when we take their picture. And we always try to make each couple and client feel special.

    There really is nothing more special than gratitude, when our customers see their pictures for the first time and see not only how great they look, but how happy they are as well, and they thank us for our work. But gratitude extends far beyond simply the material things, and we cannot forget about the pleasure that comes in helping others in times of need. So much in the world has changed since we started in the wedding business more than 10 years ago, but this remains the same: the act of helping others is not only satisfying, but imperative. And that’s something that has remained the foundation of why we do what we do, and should be for all others in the wedding business who are as lucky as we are to be able to be part of such moments in our clients’ lives.

    Whether it’s something like taking photos or applying makeup to a bride, or to help a person you’ve never met when they most need it, we can never forget the importance of what makes us human – it’s our ability to connect with others through empathy. When we understand and are able to practice this in our work and daily lives, we are truly lucky. Our hearts go out to all those affected, and to friends and family of those in Japan and along the Pacific Rim.

    To donate $10 to the Red Cross fund in support of disaster relief for all those affected by the Japan earthquake along the Pacific Rim, text REDCROSS to 90999.

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    Wedding Day Makeup Tips from Ora Wedding’s Daisy

    Last time, Daisy let us in on her tips for achieving the natural look. This time, she provides tips and secrets for both brides and makeup artists to achieve the most beautiful you.

    Daisy’s Makeup Secrets 101

  • Get a facial a week before your wedding day. A professional facial will do wonders for the tone, clarity, and smoothness of your skin. But make sure you don’t wait until the day before, because the skin can be extra sensitive after a facial. If you’re not experienced in doing it yourself, please go to a professional – it makes a big difference!
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Dry skin is a killer for a good clean makeup application. Always make sure your skin is well moisturized. Remember, it is always easier to take down extra shine than it is to apply product on dry skin.
  • Use the right products. Don’t try anything new without testing it out beforehand. If something has worked for you before, don’t be afraid to just go with it. Your wedding day is not the day to be experimenting. That’s what the makeup trial is for (highly recommended just in case you get an allergic reaction, which can happen). But if you’re doing anything yourself, tried and true works best.
  • The right primer and concealer will do wonders. Daisy uses the following products below for a clean finish that lasts the full day, very important for the wedding day.
    daisymakeupLeft to Right: MAC Fast Response Eye Cream, $30 US, MAC Prep+Prime Skin Base Visage, $26.50 US

  • Make sure your makeup artist has hygiene practices. This cannot be taken for granted or underestimated. Dirty and unwashed brushes can spread bacteria and cause you to break out.
  • Blending is key, and the right tools are necessary. Different areas of your face require different brushes and application methods – your skin is the biggest organ on your body, and even on your face, has different sized pores. All brushes are not made equal, but the right tools and techniques, as any professional makeup artist knows, is just as important, if not moreso, than the products used.
  • And last but not least, eat healthy and get your sleep! Makeup application actually starts from the inside out. We know that sometimes it can be hard to maintain healthy habits before your wedding day, but try your best. Good sleep = good skin. Eat a well-balanced diet, with lots of nutrition. And don’t forget to get your exercise. Exercise promotes healthy blood flow, which actually does wonders for your skin. You’ll get that natural glow you’ve always wanted, and that is always a great start for any makeup application.

    So there you have it, Daisy’s tips and secrets for excellent makeup application. If you ever have any questions, she will be more than happy to answer any inquiries to make sure that you will look your best on your wedding day. And if you’re a 2011 bride, remember to book Daisy early – she’s going to have a busy wedding season, as always.

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  • 2011-03-03

    Wedding gowns: Rent vs. buy? A guide for brides

    It’s already March – can you believe it? That means that the 2011 wedding season is right around the corner. And if you haven’t already found your dream dress, it’s about time you get started!

    Aside from taking wedding and pre-wedding photos, Ora also sells and rents wedding gowns, as well as a small selection of evening gowns and traditional dresses. Some brides come in knowing that they want to rent, while others are on the fence – still, others are adamant that they want to keep their wedding gowns for sentimental reasons.

    Here are some tips we have to share with any brides as to what to expect, and how to decide whether or not you want to rent or buy your wedding gown.

    Why you should rent:

  • It’s cost effective. You aren’t just saving on the cost of the dress – don’t forget about alterations and dry-cleaning, which can add up to $500 extra to the cost of purchasing a gown. For most companies (including ORA) that rent out gowns, those costs are included. Weddings are expensive affairs and costs can quickly add up – know upfront what you need to pay, it’s as easy as that.
  • What are you going to do with your wedding gown anyway? Sure, it’s a romantic notion to want to keep the dress to pass it down to your daughter. But think of it this way: if your mom didn’t pass on her dress to you, chances are, no matter how beautiful you think your gown is, you will do the same.
  • It’s good for the environment. Renting a dress is not only good for your budget and your closet space, it’s also good for the environment. For a dress you’ll only wear once, it does take a lot of resources to produce. So you should either keep it or throw it away – what a waste!
  • We’ll help you accessorize. When you rent from us, you have the option of renting our bridal accessories as well – we have a wide selection of veils, tiaras, necklaces and headpieces.

    Why you should purchase:

  • More styles to choose from. We update our stock quite frequently many times throughout the year for both rentals and saleable gowns – however, we do have limited space and will not always have the particular style you love. If there’s a dress you love from a certain designer that we carry and you know that it’s your dress, we can get it in for you, if you purchase it.
  • These days, a wedding gown doesn’t have to remain a wedding gown after your wedding day. If you’re practical but still want to keep your wedding gown as a little reminder of your big day, there are ways to work with that. We’ve heard of people cutting and dyeing their gowns to turn them into cocktail dresses.
  • It should be the dress you’ll remember for the rest of your life – for such an important occasion, there’s no reason you should have to give that up for your budget or practical reasons. This is your dress, and you’ll be the only one wearing it. Sure feels good, doesn’t it?
  • Sell it. Plenty of brides decide to go this route, whether or not they knew for sure before purchasing their gown. Buying it leaves the option open to keep it, alter it, or to sell it afterwards.

    There’s no right or wrong answer – it all depends on you. Having said that, if you’re planning on purchasing your wedding gown, then you probably already know that there is usually a 6 month lead time, so its most likely too late to go that route if you’re getting married this summer, but if you know you are going to be renting, then you’re right on time. Pending upon availability, you can rent a wedding gown and have it altered by us within a week if you needed to (true story – it’s actually happened to us!).

    We are getting the newest 2011 styles (wedding gowns and evening dresses) at the end of March/early April. If you are one of our brides, make sure to book an appointment with us then to make sure you get your first choice. And if you’re interested in viewing our selection of gowns, make sure to let us know and we will set up a date and time for you. If you’re still on the fence between renting and buying, but don’t worry, we can help you with that too.

    Watch out for Part 2 of this post, where we let you in on some tips for choosing the perfect wedding gown, including 2011 trends, tips for dressing your body type, and the answer to the eternal question: White or ivory?

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  • 2011-02-20

    Keeping it fresh: Makeup by Daisy

    At Ora Wedding, we know how important it is to look your best on your wedding day, and during your pre-wedding photos – after all, it is a once in a lifetime (at least we hope!) event. Daisy, who is not only our sales manager but Ora’s in-house makeup artist, is highly sought after for brides who want to look their best. If you have ever tried to book her, you will know from her schedule how in-demand she is. (Hint hint, Daisy is still accepting bookings for 2011. Please contact us for her availability and rates.)

    One thing she frequently gets requests for by brides-to-be is a natural look. They don’t want anything too heavy, just natural and pretty for the wedding day. Something like these beautiful brides Daisy has worked on (which by the way, are not models, but actual clients!):

    The look is clean, fresh, and natural, and really brings out each person’s individual beauty. Not the case of the cloned bride effect: We have heard horror stories of couples who have gone in to view their pictures, only to find that (gasp!) all brides look alike and they cannot even tell which is them – good thing they have the grooms to be able to tell everyone apart. Trust us, this is a common story we hear from our clients, who come to Ora wanting something different: “I want to look beautiful but still like me.”

    At Ora, Daisy have perfected her makeup application technique over years of experience working on hundreds of faces, and she still manages to keep it fresh.

    As for those brides who are looking for a natural look, I think they got what they were looking for. But here’s something that Daisy always tries to get her brides to understand: in order to achieve the natural look for photos, the work that goes into it is so much more detailed, but the results are so beautiful. So if you want the natural look yourself, don’t freak out when the application takes upwards of an hour and it feels like she is putting so much makeup on – when you see the photos, you will say “wow”, just like we do, every single time.

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    Pre-Wedding Season: Time to Gear Up

    Filed under: Pre-Wedding — Tags: , , , — Administrator @ 11:47 pm

    Someone told me it snowed today (???). Well move over weather, because we have some lovely couples to work with this coming season. Last year we proved we could do anything when we photographed Ivy and Jason in the snow for their pre-wedding session – remember that? This year we are prepared and excited for all our 2011 and 2012 couples to experience their once in a lifetime pre-wedding session with us.

    Here’s a recap of some of our favorites from 2010:


    See, we have tons of fun on our shoots too, and as always, lots of love:



    J and P had a fabulous pre-wedding session with us, and we can’t wait to shoot their wedding later this year:


    The way he looks at her, that’s a sign of true love right there:


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    P.S. If you’re looking for our cherry blossom favorites, click here.
    Or check out our Pre-Wedding Facebook Album

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    Happy holidays from Ora!

    Filed under: Announcements — Tags: , — Administrator @ 11:08 pm

    The countdown to Christmas is beginning, and it is time to soak in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Thank you to all who made our year such a great one – clients, vendors, family and friends. Here’s to 2011 – hoping it’ll be a great one!


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