We are beyond excited to partner with the amazing women behind Canadian bridal designer &ForLove. Designer and creative director Angel Spendlove's (yes her name says enough) style and past as a professional ballerina is reflective in her gowns, which are airy, light and all about beautiful movement.
Angel's signature boho-meets-modern style, inspired by Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Jane Birkin, Alexander McQueen and vintage Balanchine costumes. Angel is the key eye behind & FOR LOVE’s aesthetic, and believes that bridal wear should be a celebration of your true style - and not an excuse to dress up like a 4 year old's princess party. We agree!
Together with partners Julie Forand and Lisa Blunt, & FOR LOVE is designed and produced in Toronto, Canada, and has been featured in Wedding Bells, Wedluxe, Flare, The Kit, Kenton, and The Lane, and proudly participated in the 2015 White Cashmere Collection in support of The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
RITUALS OF LOVE BRIDAL, VANCOUVER
We're feeling the Canadian Love and so stoked to announce our newest stockist, RItuals of Love Bridal. Located in downtown Vancouver, owner Samantha Hallaran brings her years of experience from working in bridal in the USA back to her Canadian roots, and mixes it with her own philosophy of what the ultimate bridal experience should be.
To introduce you to Samantha and Rituals of Love Bridal, we hope you enjoy our latest post on STORES WE ❤︎ .
I was always meant to do something creative and work with people. I love fashion, style and design of all spectrums and love that bridal carries such a sacred ritual. I also love supporting fashion that is ethical and quality, gowns that are not mass produced in a factory in China but are handmade pieces of wearable art. Love is what we live for; working in an environment surrounded by people celebrating the journey and rituals of love could not be more fulfilling.
What is unique about your store?
I loved hunting for my dress but also felt there was something missing within bridal wear, something I felt I could heavily improve on in terms of experience and style. This is a sacred gown and a once in a lifetime experience that needs to be celebrated. No bride should ever wear a dress she feel like she is required to wear. Every bride should wear a gown they are beyond excited about, something that is a reflection of their own personal style only amplified in the most luxurious way. Rituals of Love focuses on celebrating the journey and helping women find a gown they feel like a queen in.
What's your bridal vibe? I have an appreciation for a wide variety of styles, I feel like my own wedding was impossible to choose a theme for because I wanted it all; vintage with modern traditions, simple with elegant details, timeless but memorable, chic with a bohemian undertone. Haha honestly though, I love beading but I also love a clean, simple architectural gown. I would say my bridal vibe is dresses that are truly made and cut well to flatter a woman's body. Wear the dress don’t let the dress wear you.
The most memorable kiss of your life? Listening to Aretha Franklin pulled over on the Sea to Sky Whistler highway watching the snow fall.
Difference between love and lust? Lust is fun - I won’t knock it. Love is when you put your partner's happiness before your own because you share their happiness.
Currently crushing on? Have you seen the new Lemonade video….crushing hard on Beyonce!
Most romantic thing anyones ever done for you?
My husband isn’t exactly a romantic but he does things that blow my mind. When we moved to San Francisco I was feeling lonely and constantly begging for a puppy. There are so many rescue dogs in California that desperately need homes, but being busy with work and trying to find a home that would allow dogs just didn’t seem to be an option. I would ask every morning and get shut down with his rational logic. We decided not to go home for Christmas and to celebrate by renting a van and driving the Cali coast. I was really excited about our plans but started to get more and more homesick closer to the holidays. He knows what my family means to me and knew that I was going to be a lonely mess on Christmas when I thought of my big family having fun together. I came home from work about a week before Christmas to find the most amazing little fox of a puppy called Sierra sitting on my bed. She has proven to be one of the best investments we have made!