Fashion-forward, hipster-swarmed, glamour-puss Montreal has been waiting ever so patiently for a bridal show with harmonizing uptown elegance. And after years of lurking in NYC’s shadows, the goods were finally delivered on December 6th by Montreal’s own planner extraordinaire, Maddy K. The shrewd entrepreneur can field all ‘mercis’ for the city’s first bridal boudoir of lush intimacy, as a hand-picked clique of admiring vendors - and the city’s finest bridal collector’s items - were in tow to flesh out the vision. If next year’s small but lavish wedding is this year’s extravaganza complete with third cousins thrice removed, the bridal boudoir certainly led the trend into the new decade with pomp, circumstance and swirling batons.
The atmosphere dripped with chic much like the walls dripped with gleaming beads, as fresh-faced newbies hyped SATC manicure joints and industry oldies but goodies showcased fabric finery. If brides weren’t fawning over vases of lusty feathers (Luluthia) punctuating the cupcake-dotted bar (Luisa Galuppo Cakes), they were praising the right to tryst one on one for the price of admittance. And if vendors weren’t basking in the warmth of a low-pressure, high-stakes gathering, they were chatting up brides with chummy familiarity.
setting the stage
The main floor showed modesty no mercy with antique mirrors of Snow White proportions, chandeliers of chunky crystals, and accents of pink and black (Sofa To Go). Stationed on one end was a mother-daughter team doing up dos (Sylva K) and painting pretty ladies behind a wooden, candlelit divider. On the other roosted a fan favorite – the martini bar- delighting brides and vendors steadily since one p.m. that afternoon. Blue maraschino cherries swam within the toddy, past trays of chocolate-covered strawberries, gorgeous table settings (Bravo Rentals), trendsetting floral art (Les Fleurs Kenzo) and fashion photography (Christina Esteban and Phototerra).
Not to be outdone by jazzy garnish, the candies on display dominated the upstairs, clogging crystal vases with splashy colors. Any pretty young thing storing one cocktail too many needn’t have looked much farther than the couture cookies (L&V Sweets) for a cream-whipped, espresso shooter pick-me-up. An upbeat cadence of untz-untz permeated the vendor’s floor (Serafino Graziosi) while an indie trio played particularly pretty, breathy renditions of pop tunes amongst the sweet treats.
speak of the clever
A chance to schmooze and booze is difficult to speak of with sober indifference, but any waning honeys were re-perked with the real zeal of hostess Natasha Gargiulo (Entertainment Tonight Canada) and guest speaker Marcy Blum. The celebrity eventista charmed the baby-blue garters off all anxiety-ridden brides with her self-deprecating sense of humor, light-hearted take on all things wedding, and succinct tips for taking the scenic route through precious pre-nup moments.
amping your style
Talking the talk makes good food for bewildered thought, but nothing sent stolen-hearts a flutter like those walking that lime-green catwalk ( and Les Noces Couture). Waiters toted butter-cream topped treats and left no flute un-bubbly while models strutted their stuff in all fads transmittable to the real world. Vintage lace, plunging necklines, one-shoulder Grecian gowns, corset shout outs, satin gloves, bridesmaid maxi dresses, princess pouf, black detailing and tiers, tiers, tiers were on display for all to drool over. And the boys in silk ties and mesh briefs weren’t so hard on the eyes either.
a chocolate kiss goodbye
Saying goodbye wasn’t exactly tearful as brides were let down easy with goodie bags to spoil the most modest of sweethearts. But even the truffles and cheek tint gratis couldn’t out-gift the low key exchange of info and resulting sense of peace percolating the soon-to-be-wedded. And if that didn’t do the trick, the fruity martinis and generous discounts sure did.
maddy k weddings
Montreal’s Maddy K Weddings caters to individual tastes, combining desired results with innovative, insider know-how. Brides determine their ideal amount of control, so if yours is ‘relaxed,’ Maddy will shoulder the stress, leaving you to harbor the fun.