HELLOOOO FLORA ... Rituals Latest Collection!

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Welcoming our newest designer collection from Israel - FLORA Bride.

These bridal gowns were too gorgeous to resist, we had to add them to our repertoire. Not only do they fit like a dream, they are made with the lightest weight silks, laces and beading that moves as effortlessly as you should on your wedding day. They are the perfect mix of romantic, sexy and bohemian while remaining timeless. 

Fabrics of these wedding dresses are imported mainly from Europe and handmade in Haifa, Isreal. The laces are invited exclusively to maintain the uniqueness and originality while creating a vintage antique style. Designer, Rinat Asher combines the placement of beads, stones, pearls and sequins that are all handcrafted. Special attention is given to rich textures, transparency and cuts perfect for the feminine figure.

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Gowns from FLORA's 2018 collection will be available to try on late December. Please contact us to book a styling appointment or book online https://www.ritualsoflovebridal.com/book-appointment/

5 Ways To Make Your Bridal Shopping Experience Actually Enjoyable

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You are engaged! Congratulations! It's finally time to go find your dream gown. Did you know that buying a wedding dress is the second most emotional purchase you will make in your life, next to buying a house? It puts a lot of pressure and stress on yourself, and the dress to find something that you are going to look the most beautiful in. Here are five ways to make finding the dress have less stress.

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1. Less people is more. 

Its an exciting time, you are excited to try on a bunch of dresses and find THE one. However it can be quite overwhelming. You may want it to be a big event and invite your mom, your soon to be mother in-law, and all five bridesmaids. However all those opinions can make your bridal appointment feel overwhelming and stressful.  It is best to go with one or two other people who are going to make the appointment about you, let you focus, and only enhance the experience. 

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2. Be open to different styles.

Maybe you hate beading and sparkle, or have always wanted a full lace backless dress because you've seen it pinned 50 times. However, all those pictures are photoshopped, the models are in spanx, and standing on four foot tall blocks to show the lines of the dress. Not to mention, probably cost over $15,000! Social media, Pinterest, and Instagram are amazing, but can give you a bad case of content overload. If you get stuck on a certain type of dress, you will never find what you are looking for. Be open to all different styles, because you never know what you are going to fall in love with. Over 90% of brides pick something that is the complete opposite of what they first envisioned themselves in. Even if you hate beading, try it on. If you hate simple, try it on. You never know, until you try it on.

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3. Don't trust how a dress looks on the rack.

Trust your stylist, not the dress on the rack. Dresses look totally different when they are hanging there. Stylists are trained to pick dresses for each persons body type, and only they know how they look on. So if they pull a dress you aren't crazy about, give it a try. It could be the one. 

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4. Listen to your gut.

There are a million different voices in your head, and its hard to quiet them! Especially when you are trying to find a dress for the big day. Opinions; Yes you want them, but something to remember is that friends and family are often giving opinions as to what THEY want to wear on their wedding day, and forget to take into account your personality and style. At the end of the day, no matter what anyone says, what matters most is how you feel. Its good to sit in a dress for a few minutes, calm those voices and really listen to what your gut is telling you. 

5. Don't over shop.

So you found the dream dress, you love how it looks, you love how you feel.. but what if..? No! STOP THE WHAT IF! This is the most important thing: if you find a dress you love, and you feel like a bride, you need to stop looking. It's hard to commit to a dress, but the biggest reason brides get frustrated with dress shopping is because they think they need to try every dress in the world on. You don't. Not only do you risk a dress being discontinued if you walk away, you will also forget how beautiful you feel in that dress. Don't confuse yourself by over shopping. If you find a dress, Say YES! 

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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.