Monday, December 27, 2010

Tune in March 1, 2011

It's official, our first episode on this Season of Rich Bride Poor Bride is set to air on Tuesday March 1st, 2011.
This episode stars Melanie and Michael, (see post below) and their fabulous Chartruese Green and Black Glam wedding!
Watch as Melanie's chic style fights with Michael's vision...for the Budget!
You'll definitely want to watch this one to see what the outcome was !
Yours in Planning

Happy New Year

Laura and I would like to wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

2010 was a very busy and successful year, filled with so much love and creativity, and we can only anticipate the same for 2011... if not more ;)

Here's to Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After.

From both of us, to all of you.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Follow Laura Kelly Wedding Design on Twitter...

@LKWeddingDesign is now up and running on Twitter. Keep up to date with our Tips of the Day, Client Updates and our own day to day lives. We're happy to be able to share our Tweets with all of you!


Season 6 of Rich Bride Poor Bride Premieres This January...

Season 6 of Rich Bride Poor Bride premieres
January 4th at 8pm on SLICE.
The new season is packed with drama, dreams come true and incredible weddings!
Tune in for the highs and lows!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Michelle & Brad - August 14th, 2010

This past August, Kelly and I concluded a 14 month journey with Michelle and Brad that began in June 2009 when we started planning their purple inspired summer wedding. Over the course of the 14 months, Michelle and Brad auditioned for the SLICE NETWORK's new show, Rich Groom Poor Groom and were instantly cast into the show's first season. The journey we shared with Michelle and Brad both on and off camera was a memorable one! Along the way, Michelle ended up giving up control of the wedding to Brad in order to fulfill their commitment to the show. And Brad literally, took "flight" with their purple themed wedding and brought Michelle's and his love for the Air Cadets into every aspect of the wedding, from the cake to the centerpieces, even the sky was no limit, having an airplane banner circle their Golf Course Reception for all to see that read "CONGRATULATIONS MICHELLE & BRAD". Michelle and Brad, we couldn't be happier for you!
Thanks as well to Austin Sagala of Sagala Photography for a great job on documenting their memorable day! Check out Michelle and Brad's episode on the first season of Rich Groom Poor Groom airing next Spring on SLICE.

Melanie & Michael - September 18, 2010

On September 18th, 2010 Kelly and I had the absolute pleasure of working with Melanie & Michael and Rich Bride Poor Bride on their vintage glam wedding. Melanie & Michael were a couple with a strong eye for detail, exquisitte taste and endless passion... for one another! Thanks to Rachel A Clingen and her team of creative designers and Studio 2000, Melanie & Michael's wedding day will go down in history in our books. Melanie and her sister Michelle, are owners of Paper Damsels invites, and thanks to Melanie's creative work on their invites and stationary, their wedding had a truly unique and inspiring look. Punches of chartruse, demask linens, feathers and their custom monogram were everywhere. Thank you again to Rachel and her team. The job you all did was unforgettable!

Studio 2000 also blew guests away with their Love Story video of Mel and Mike. Enjoy!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

LKWD Featered in THE WEDDING RING Magazine

Check out The Wedding Ring Magainze's Fall 2010 issue on stands now in Chapters stores... Kelly and I along with Heidi Allen, another RICH BRIDE POOR BRIDE planner were featured in a Q & A from everything from "The Most Common Mistake Engaged Couples Can Make" to "Our Dream Weddings!"


Monday, August 9, 2010

Marvelous in Muskoka...

One of our beautiful and wonderfully creative couples for 2011 are getting married in Muskoka. They have rented out the entire resort for their guests and each couple will get to experience this Muskoka weekend in their own quaint cabin on the property!

So... how about homemade maps that allow guests to view the entire property and the location of all other guest cabins!!

We found these on one of our favourite homemade goody sites ( and passed the info along....each cabin will now have an adorable handmade map of the property and where each cabin is located as well as all the amenities on the resort.
So unique and fun!
Yours in Planning,

Friday, July 2, 2010

RBPB Episode Link!

Here is the link where you can find Adam and Nicoles Wedding online.
As you can see Adam and Nicole had their share of arguments over the infamous budget...but it all worked out beautifully in the end, Enjoy!


Monday, June 28, 2010

LKWD in Milton Champion

This past Thursday, the Milton Champion ran a story in their ARTS section, on Kelly & I. The focus of the article was to share with readers our wedding planning journey towards resident planners on the Slice Network's Rich Bride Poor Bride show.

You can catch the article online at:

Enjoy the read,

LKWD on Rich Bride Poor Bride - Ep. 5078

Our second episode of Rich Bride Poor Bride, staring Bride, "Sukhi" and Groom, "Gurj" premieres JUNE 28th on Slice @ 11AM, 4PM & 9PM! Check it out!


Sam & Raff - June 5, 2010 @ Liberty Grand

On June 5th, 2010, Kelly and I had the privilege of being a part of Sam & Raff's Modern, Music Inspired wedding. Their wedding, both ceremony and reception, took place in Liberty Grand's Artifcat Room. With a design scheme of blues and whites, calla lilies and flood lighting, a modern, yet warm atmosphere was created.

In the company of 175 guests, live musicians, and their pet dogs, "Chloe" and "Reese," Sam and Raff moved every guest in attendance by their love, passion and commitment to each other. Fl orals provided by Flower Parade , dance and bongo beats spun by DJ Emporium, a turn-table record cake by Patricia's Cakes and photo booth by Hart Entertainment captured guests until the wee hours of the morning.
Thank to Elizabeth and Claudia of E-Photography Sam & Raff's wedding day was beautifully captured. Check out E-Photography's blog post for more pictures from Sam and Raff's wedding:

Congrats again Sam & Raff!
We couldn't be happier for you...


Thursday, May 20, 2010

4 days and counting...

Just a reminder!

Our debut episode of Rich Bride Poor Bride airs in 4 days! Monday May 24th, 9pm on Slice Network.

We look forward to watching the show with family, friends and old and existing couples of ours!

Adam and Nicole were an amazing couple with their fair share of budget dilemma's, so sit back, relax and enjoy the show!


Friday, April 30, 2010

Victoria & Jon - April 24, 2010

This past weekend, Kelly and I had the privilege of working with Victoria and Jon at their Appleby College Wedding. We had previously worked with Victoria's family last October for her sister's wedding. It was great to reunite with their family and be apart of their special day.

As an alumni of Appleby College, Victoria felt very strongly about returning there one day to get married. On April 24, 2010 she did just that! In one of the most beautiful and historic chapels we've seen, a picture perfect wedding was captured by Austin Sagala of Sagala Photography. Victoria's old Chaplin married them, student musicians played for guests during cocktails and the school dinning hall was shut down and converted into Victoria and Jon's yellow and black themed reception. Thanks to the help of all of the staff at Appleby College, Pat's Party Rentals, Just Temptations Cakes and With All My Heart Decor, Victoria and Jon had their visions brought to life.

Congrats again Jon & Victoria!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wedding Cakes - The Knot's Top Picks

More and more, wedding cakes are becoming a greater part of an event's overall decor. While the taste should be delicious, the design can also be great eye candy for your guests. Check out's reccent selection of their favourite wedding cakes to get inspired!

LKWD Website Updates

Over the past few weeks, Kelly and I have been working to update some of the content on our website. The changes are almost complete and the site will be re-launched shortly. In connection to this, we also had the privilege of working with Marie Murray of Memories by Marie to take some new head shots for our About Us Page! Thanks again Marie:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Memories By Marie

What is it that make a wedding photographer stand out? For Kelly and I, the answer is two very key things: A genuine and sincere personality & talent that surpasses creativity.

If you have not already heard of the name "Memories by Marie" let us introduce you to one of the industries best: Marie Murray!

Kelly and I have had the privilege of working with Marie not only on weddings, but also her portraiture services. We can not say enough about her work. She has the ability to take a photograph and transition it into a masterpiece. If a picture does indeed say a thousand words, then Marie's say millions.

Above are pictures from our most reccent Memories by Marie wedding!

Wedding Party Gifts

It seems with every couple we work with, sooner or later we always get the same question: What do we get our bridal party members as a gift?

Some even start a few steps back with, "Are we suppose to get gifts for our bridal party?"

So here is our thoughts on the Bridal Party Gifts:

Is it a must? - No
Should you do it? - Yes

The idea behind offering your bridal party members a gift closer to the wedding (usually on the night of the rehearsal dinner) is to show your gratitude for all of their help in planning, organizing and participating in your wedding. Often groomsmen and bridesmaids have contributed to the planning of Wedding Showers, Bachelorette and Bachelor Parties and/or Jack & Jills. They often help you and your fiance with some of the wedding "To Do's" and are a pillar of support throughout the process. The idea of the bridal party gift is a small way to say "Thanks!"

Who is usually given a gift?
- Often everyone in the bridal party including Flower Girls and Ring Boys. Many couples also choose to include Parents, especially when they are financially contributing to the wedding.

Here are just some of the common and not so common ideas we've seen over the years:

- Wedding jewellery for the bridesmaids to wear on the day of the wedding
- Shawls/pashminas for the bridesmaids to wear on the day of the wedding
- Cuff links for the groomsmen to wear on the day of the wedding
- Day of Gift Bags for the bridesmaids with items such as: Flip Flops, Sun Glasses, Lip Gloss, Kleenex, favourite perfume etc.
- Gift Cards for the Bridal Party; it's a practical gift that everyone can use! Examples: La Senza, Best Buy, Future Shop, LCBO, Restaurants, or any store you know your friends/family love!
- Personalized Clothing: Custom Jerseys or Caps for the sports lovers - Custom T-Shirts for the fashionistas!
- Treat them to an Activity: Golf, Cigar Rolling Workshops, Day at the Spa, Yoga Workshops, Cooking Classes, Wine Tasting Tours
- Get each member a subscription to their favourite magazine
- Personally Yours/Things Engraved: You can always find the traditional items here! Examples: Flasks, business card holders, pens, lighters, pocket watches, compact mirrors, mugs, Swiss Army knives
- Tickets to a show, concert, or sports event to enjoy after the wedding

The amount of money you choose to spend is up to you. The act of giving a gift isn't about how much you spend, it's about the thought you put into it!

~ Laura

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Venue Selection

Oftentimes Couples have a dream venue in mind and will do anything in their power to host their wedding there. They throw budget out of the window ( afterall...sometimes it's Mom and Dad's money) and get the venue and food selection of their dreams.

But what if you are paying for your own wedding and you are stuck between choosing the venue of your dreams (one that is higher than your comfort level in terms of budget) and picking one that you feel more comfortable affording but doesn't meet some expectations?

Here's the deal. A wedding planner can help you stay on track of budget and allow you to feel more comfortable about your decision. Realistically, a wedding budget is a sliding scale. If you spend too much in category need to scale back in category B.

I had this discussion with one of my Brides today. She fell in love with one of the venues we visited and yet she wanted to keep visiting other venues that were on the very other end of the scale. After each meeting she would look defeated because at the lower pricepoint...she just wasn't feeling the same way as she did with the more expensive venue. I could tell that price was prohibiting her to make a decision and allow herself to fully fall in love with that venue.

So I made her a the venue that you have fallen in love with and let me worry about your remaining budget. If we cut back on other area's...and become a little more thrifty or get the location of your dreams and we will stick within your OVERALL wedding budget.

She agreed and they signed on the dotted line this evening. The couple was beaming afterwards! So happy.

The moral of this story....look at the overall budget. Dont get caught up in the budget of each and every item right up front. Venue will be the largest price tag. So you need to be cautious and stay within your means...but don't settle too much. Get the venue that makes you feel amazing when you walk in the doors, the way your guests will. And then use your remaining budget wisely....if you go for the venue that was less expensive but doesn't have that "wow" will feel that way every time you walk into it. Afterall...guests always remember the food and atmosphere at a wedding.

The general rule of thumb is that your venue will be half of your overall budget. So if your venue is costing $20,000....your safe to say that your overall Wedding budget will be $40,000 . But these can really get creative and help lower your other costs...especially with the help of a creative and talented Wedding Planner ;)


'Rich Bride Poor Bride' Episodes

Looks like we have some tentative air dates for our first 2 episodes as Resident Planners on Slice Netork's "Rich Bride, Poor Bride"!

May 24th - Nicole & Adam, Hamilton ON
June 28th - Sukhi & Gurj, Vancouver BC

These are tentative dates , so we will keep you posted if they change. Otherwise...set your DVR's and get ready for two amazing weddings!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Jennifer, our Bride had her theme nailed down! We loved her creativity and dedication to her Winter Wonderland theme wedding. It was stunning!

Jennifer and Nick were married in December 2009 and we were (as always) honoured to be a part of this wonderful day!
Wishing you all the best...through all the seasons of love ;)