The Bo & Luca Story

Bo & Luca designer Shannon Pittman in her studio.

Bo & Luca designer Shannon Pittman in her studio.

It all starts in a dreamy, sun-lit Australian studio filled with white gowns blowing in the summer breeze. Designer Shannon Pittman is speaking about her love for travel, but her soft-spoken gentle nature does not hide her intense passion for her work, which is so obviously displayed by the beauty she creates. Shannon's personal style oozes 70s-cool with a chic bohemian vibe, and she pulls it off effortlessly, without overwhelming her natural beauty. She has travelled throughout her entire life and now lives between Sydney, India and Cape Town, constantly gathering inspiration for her next breathtaking creation. I guess what we're trying to portay is: she is a goddess. And she is the genius behind Bo & Luca - one of our most luxurious and beautiful brands here at Rituals of Love.

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Bo & Luca is a brand like no other; filled with soft silhouettes and rich in culture and craftsmanship. These gowns are made for the modern bride who desires to take the road-less-travelled. A dreamer, not confined by tradition, who wants to dress for herself and tell her unique story. Someone who is excited to wear something exquisite and hand-crafted, rich with artisanal skill and culture, yet dripping in romantic nostalgia. A Bo & Luca bride is inspired by originality and afraid of the ordinary.

We recently had the chance to speak with Shannon about her process and interests and ask her some questions about the brand:

All Bo & Luca gowns are hand beaded by artisans in India.

All Bo & Luca gowns are hand beaded by artisans in India.

Rituals: We know you are a well-travelled woman and you use travel for inspiration. What is your favourite city you've been to?

Shannon: That’s hard, but I love Cape Town. It’s the most magnetically beautiful places, I feel drawn to it when I’m away, and that’s why I’ve recently moved back and am opening the design studio here.

Rituals: Amazing! So you are now situated in Cape Town, and you travel to India often for the brand. What made India the place you chose to produce your gowns in?

Shannon: India is rich in culture and in its artisanal work. I first fell in love with the artistry of hand embroidery when I lived in Dubai and trained with an Indian tailor. The way that the Indian artisans can manipulate fabric is unseen anywhere else in the world. We have a specialist team who create the most exquisite pieces.

Rituals: Your gowns are exquisite, and they are all silk, which is so rare in bridal these days with most brands using synthetic fabrics. Why do you use silk as your primary fabrication?

Shannon: I love the fluidity and the movement of silk and the way it feels on your skin, rich in its luxurious texture.  I feel that if you are to wear any fabric on your wedding day it should be silk.

The Bo & Luca Isra gown is available at Rituals of Love Bridal in Gastown.

The Bo & Luca Isra gown is available at Rituals of Love Bridal in Gastown.

Bo & Luca is available at Rituals of Love Bridal, our stunning boutique bridal shop located in the Gastown district of Vancouver, BC. Book an appointment to start the journey towards finding your perfect gown.

Adorn Yourself with Laurie Fleming Jewellery

We love our brides. We love them because they are fun, they are sexy, they are captivating. They come to us because they want something different. They want to find a gown that embodies their unique style. They don't need a lot to feel gorgeous, but they sure want it - and we want to give it to them. 

Laurie Fleming Jewellery embodies the effortless beauty that is the modern bride.

Laurie Fleming Jewellery embodies the effortless beauty that is the modern bride.

Rituals of Love Bridal is an exclusive bridal boutique that encompasses beauty and elegance. We pride ourselves in having curated a collection of designers that help us execute our vision, and when we saw Laurie Fleming - we knew we had to have her.

Canadian Designer Laurie Fleming embodies romance with her handmade jewellery line.

Canadian Designer Laurie Fleming embodies romance with her handmade jewellery line.

Laurie is the incredibly talented jewellery designer behind the ethereal and romantic pieces that are Laurie Fleming Jewellery and we are beyond excited to say that we now have these breathtaking pieces at Rituals of Love!

14K Yellow Gold Grand Versare Earrings.

14K Yellow Gold Grand Versare Earrings.

Laurie's belief is that jewellery draws attention to the most alluring parts of the body and compels our attention. She creates pieces for the for the captivating woman, whose depth is never revealed at first glance.

The Grand Versare Stone Earrings dripping with custom faceted mother of pearl.

The Grand Versare Stone Earrings dripping with custom faceted mother of pearl.

Every piece in the collection is made-to-order and all designs are hand carved by Laurie in her Queen Street West studio in Toronto. The line's mother of pearl and topaz stones are hand-faceted and custom created. 

These beautiful adornments are now available at Rituals of Love Bridal, our stunning boutique bridal shop located in the Gastown district of Vancouver, BC.

Book an accessories appointment to come in and try these beauties on!

A burst of marquis and rose cut mother of pearl stones.

A burst of marquis and rose cut mother of pearl stones.

Asymmetrical Versare Stone Earrings made of hand-faceted rose cut white topaz.

Asymmetrical Versare Stone Earrings made of hand-faceted rose cut white topaz.

Varying lengths of feminine necklaces create a romantic look.

Varying lengths of feminine necklaces create a romantic look.

The oh-so-dramatic and stunning Vena Ear Cuff.

The oh-so-dramatic and stunning Vena Ear Cuff.

International Women's Day

Stephanie White - Bridal Gown Designer Vancouver

Do What You Dream....

In honour of #Internationalwomensday we have chosen to do a designer profile on a woman who embodies creativity, strength, emotion and romance. Meet Stephanie White; the creative genius behind the wearable pieces of bridal art we call Odylyne the Ceremony. This L.A. based bridal gown designer and mother of two has the ability to turn everything she touches into magic. 

Her wedding gowns are all designed based off of a love story, renaissance painting or her vivid childhood imagination. Think Romeo & Juliet and The Princess Bride. 

The star studded Icarus Gown Available at Rituals of Love Bridal Boutique in Gastown, Vancouver

The star studded Icarus Gown Available at Rituals of Love Bridal Boutique in Gastown, Vancouver

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Bridal Shop Vancouver - Odylyne the Ceremony

Rituals of Love Living Lookbook

Magic happens when a few like-minded females collaborate. We are beyond thrilled to release the Rituals of Love living look book which showcases the effortless, raw, ethereal beauty that embodies our brides and gowns.  Videography and editing by the talented Kyla Habazin @kylahabazin. Photography by Whitney Krutzfeldt  http://www.wckphotography.com/  . Deanne Lawrence, we can't help but smile back at the camera. Music by TOP LESS toplessgaylove.