Celebrating Dad on Fathers Day

Posted on June 15, 2014 by Stella Mazza | 0 Comments

Happy Fathers Day!

There are very few moments as special as a Dad giving away his daughter on her wedding day. It’s an endearing time as a bride cherishes her relationship with her father and embraces a new chapter in her life.

The tradition of father walking his daughter down the aisle was originally a very literal giving away of his daughter. Daughters were considered their fathers property in the days of betrothals and arranged marriages that often included other property and money exchanges. Of course times have changed, but the tradition continues. It modern times it is a touching sentiment and a more symbolic giving away of care from the father to the new husband.

I figured, since it’s 2014, we could explore new traditions and ideas to incorporate Dad into a the wedding ceremony.

Wedding photos

Get creative and take tons of cute shots with dad. Look up poses online beforehand and find a seasoned photographer who will have lots of suggestions. This article on www.bridalguide.com has some great ideas:


“First look with Dad” (www.bridalguide.com)

Fun father daughter dance

When it comes to the father daughter dance, choose whatever song suits your personality and or relationship. But why not shake things up and do something different? Even if a choreographed flash mob isn’t your scene, you can still find a playful tune that showcases Dad’s hilariously embarrassing dance moves and shows off your special relationship. This article on www.offbeatbride.com has a good starter list for non-conventional father daughter dance song choices:



DIY wedding day gifts

Since emotions will be flying anyway, why not take it up a notch with touching wedding day gifts from Dad to Daughter? For an emotional and inexpensive way to show you care, print your favourite quote on nice paper and place it in a rustic frame. You and Dad exchange frames on your wedding day, or you can surprise him this a touching gift. Tip – consider doing it before you get your makeup done, or at the end of the evening. Happy tears may occur.


Recreate photos

If you’re already married and reading this just for fun, have a daughter or niece or special young girl in your life take a photo of her dancing on Dad’s toes. It is absolutely adorable to recreate in years to come.


If you have a wedding coming up, find a cute old photo of you and Dad and re stage the photo. Try to dress the same as best you can, do the same pose, in the same location etc. The comparison between then and now is very cute and nostalgic. A great idea for the groom and his dad, too!

What other new traditions are out there to celebrate Dad on your wedding day? Share in the comments section below!

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What's brewing at Stella Mazza Designs?

Posted on June 05, 2014 by Stella Mazza | 1 Comment

The wedding industry is my passion, it has been since I started working as a florist when I was young and opened Stella’s Bridal in Winnipeg in which I owned for over eighteen years. In 2002 I made the decision to sell it and explore my creativity through crystal bouquets, handbags and various other designs. While most of my current products are very much in line with the wedding industry, I am constantly creating and designing in a variety of mediums.

My studio on 703 Corydon Avenue is elegantly designed to be an inspiring workspace to meet with clients and think up ideas. Some of my greatest accomplishments are on display as well as various collections of bridal accessories. The studio, located near the Stella’s Bridal original location, is a very appropriate wedding space. However, plans are in the works to move toward a more artisan concept with other retailers of couture, jewellery and more.

You’ll notice a slow transition over the summer as the studio embraces a new image. I am so excited to updates with you as they unfold.

One of the reasons I am excited for this process is to unveil some of the other designs I have been working on other than my bridal collections. For example, I have been working late nights to put together a body jewellery collection for the Lennard Taylor store earlier this week.


When it comes to crafting accessories and artwork, my imagination is endless. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting new venture!



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Introducing the 2014 Evening Purse Collection!

Posted on May 24, 2014 by Stella Mazza | 0 Comments

Because I wanted my purses to embody whimsy, elegance and timelessness, I thought that there was no better way to name my collection than with Shakespearian names. From Aemilia to Viola, some of Shakespeare’s great plays helped inspire the names in this collection.


Names aside, one of the stand-out features of this collection of handbags is the intricate detail work front and back. Wedding dresses are designed with beautiful corsets, v shaped backs, scooped backs and more so they look beautiful from behind as well as from the front. Wedding cakes are iced and decorated all the way around so that they look beautiful from any angle. Why should handbags be any different? Though I enjoy adding a focal point on my pieces to draw the eye in, I make certain that the detail work reaches the front, back, sides, and insides because a handbag deserves to be so much more than one dimensional.


You’ll also notice the detail put into the chains which enhance the design of each handbag including beautiful gems and pearls. Swarovski crystals and other gemstones are, of course, found on many of the bags as well as bridal appliques and rhinestone brooches. Each bag contains a different combination of elements that are carefully chosen to ornament the handbags, while still maintaining a clean and classy look.


What I really love about these handbags is their versatility. Though you may purchase a handcrafted handbag for your wedding day, these decorative pieces of art can certainly accompany you on future occasions. Anytime you head out on the town in a little black dress, your handbag will be your best accessory. These handbags are perfect to jazz up a winning outfit you’ve previously worn a few times, or to add a dazzling element to a plain, bright dress.


Check out all the handbags on my website, or go directly to them by clicking this link:





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April showers bring May flowers

Posted on May 10, 2014 by Stella Mazza | 0 Comments

I am absolutely ecstatic for spring flowers to start blooming. I just spent some time in Las Vegas and Jamaica and was so dazzled by the abundance of beautiful colours. Now that I’m in Winnipeg, the rain can’t stop soon enough because I’m sure we are all waiting for the overdue flowers and plants that will soon come. Though I love flowers of all kinds, I work with flowers made from silk and French beading. I love working with these mediums because they allow me to be creative with gem and beaded accents. However, one of the most wonderful aspects of these bouquets is that they can be created year round. Flowers don’t grow year round and importing can lead to unexpected costs and uncertainty. Whereas an heirloom keepsake bouquet can be comprised of whatever flower your heart desires, and it will last forever.

Since it’s fun to dream big, below are some of the most expensive flowers you can buy to incorporate into a fresh flower bouquet.

Hydrangea - $6.50 per stem

Hydrangeas are relatively common in wedding bouquets. It’s easy to see why, they are stunning and rich in blue, purple and pink tones. These flowers have a relatively long blooming season, but are very difficult to harvest and cultivate. They also easily droop and wilt, so they must be bought on the day of the event itself or the night before. That tight timeframe adds dollars when it comes to working with this flower.


Hydrangea bouquet.
Hydrangeas reproduced in silk.
Hydrangeas reproduced in French beading.


Lily of the Valley – $15-50 per bundle

This dainty, sweet smelling flower is actually quite common in gardens in Winnipeg. They bloom for a few weeks in late spring. The tiny bell shaped flowers look beautiful in a bouquet, but come on stalks only 15-30 centimeters tall. Since it takes so much to make a bundle, and improper picking significantly shortens lifespan, these flowers can cost a pretty penny when they’re not in season.


Lily of the Valley bouquet.
Lily of the Valley reproduced in silk.
Lily of the Valley reproduced in French beading.


 Gloriosa – $6-$10 per flower

This flower is found only in South Africa and Asia. It is a bold, multi coloured flower usually containing deep reds, oranges and yellows. These flowers are showy statement flowers with long, bright tendrils and pronounced, flexed petals. These rare and unique flowers are also very poisonous!


Gloriosa bouquet.
Gloriosa reproduced in silk
Gloriosa reproduced in French beading.


 Lisianthus - $10-$35 per bundle

These soft, fragile flowers are sometimes called “paper flowers”. They bloom annually, but can be pricy because one cut from its plant, lisianthus flowers perish quickly. They are known for their ruffled, oval petals and pale white, purple and blue colour.

Lisianthus bouquet.
Lisianthus reproduced in silk.
Lisianthus reproduced in French beading.


There are also some flowers that are so rare that the only place we’ll ever see them is in our dreams. 

Juliet Rose – 5 million dollars

This rose is known as the “£3 million rose” because it took that much to create this unique apricot-hued hybrid flower over the course of 15 years. It was the most expensive rose ever cultivated when it made it’s debut at the Chelsea flower show in 2006. They can now be purchased for much less than 5 million, but the originals were worth that much to create. I think these would look stunning in silk!


Kadupul – Priceless.

This flower is so extremely rare that it cannot be sold. Native to Sri Lanka, this white fragrant flower blossoms at night maybe once a year, but dies before dawn. It dies immediately after picking and has never made it to shops.



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The art of French beading

Posted on May 03, 2014 by Stella Mazza | 0 Comments

Over the years, I have spent many a late night and ruined many a manicure tirelessly crafting beautiful creations to match the visions in my head. When I look at a metal headband that I’ve hammered by hand, or a bouquet full of hand strung beaded flowers, I appreciate what it took to get there.

I am very proud to offer various collections of bouquets that showcase the art of French beading. These dazzling bouquets make such a statement at a wedding. Though I use elements of silk, the gems accents and French beading put these bouquets above and beyond a fresh floral bouquet.

French Beading done well is hard to find these days, and I think it’s important to know about the process and its history to fully appreciate its place in modern weddings.

A history of French beading

Beadwork has been around as long as ancient Romans, Egyptians and other cultures have been adorning themselves with costumes and formal wear. Throughout history, beads are known to have been made out of anything from glass and stone to bone and ivory.

French beading is a specific technique of beadwork that is classified by stringing beads on to a wire and forming shapes. It is not known exactly when this technique originated, but it is estimated that it happened sometime around the 16th century where the beadwork was found in Venice, throughout continental Europe and the British Isles.

Some of the earliest French beading was created to make use of imperfect beads that we made for other uses. Rather than embroider the beads onto to ball gowns and jackets of the rich, Italian and French peasants would string imperfect beads that didn’t fit over their needles on horsehair or human hair. Once strung, the strands of beads were shaped into flowers and shapes. They were used to decorate church altars and brides on their wedding days. They also become a staple decoration around Easter and Christmas—especially when fresh flowers were not available.

French beaded flowers become a decorative mainstay after World War II. Production of the flowers had advanced after the Industrial Revolution was able to make materials more accessible. Instructional Kits and patterns made their way on to the market and found their way into stores like Marshall Fields and Bloomingdales.

Through French beading today is not commonly sold to the masses, it is still alive and well. The beauty and elegance of French beading is timeless. It is an art form that has grown since its inception, but still stays true to its intricate beginnings.

Just as they did in the 1700s, I string and shape these delicate flowers with tiny beads one at a time. I may not use horse hair and imperfect beads, but I stay true to painstaking process of creating each work of art by hand because nothing else compares to what these finished products look like.

Once you take in the process and history that goes into this magical art form, you understand how special the finished product really is.








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Welcome to Stell's Wedding Bells!

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Stella Mazza | 0 Comments

I am absolutely delighted to kick-start what will be a weekly blog about all things wedding.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am the Creative Designer and Founder of Stella Mazza Designs in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

I can’t say what design medium I specialize in…I simply want to design anything and everything. Though I’m currently working on hammered metal headpieces, handbags and French beaded heirloom bouquets, my mind is constantly thinking up new creations from body jewelry for trendy brides to statement mirrors for my home.

I look forward to sharing with you my latest collections and products. When you get to know the detail and craftsmanship that goes into a piece, it adds another level of charm. Can you think of anything you cherish because of the thought that went into creating it? My mind often works that way, I see and appreciate beauty through details, like the shapes and lines of shells I collect with my daughter on the beach in Gimli, Manitoba to create new artforms. I love to explore techniques and crafting practices that date back centuries. That’s one of the reasons I’m excited to be blogging—some of them are just too interesting to not share!

I have been in the wedding industry since the age of 18 when I worked as a florist. I also spent over 18 years as the owner/operator of Winnipeg’s coveted “Stella’s Bridal Salon” before selling ownership and venturing into my current career as a accessory designer. The industry is near and dear to me and I keep up-to-date on trends religiously. It’s hard not to when the grandiose weddings we see on TV and read about are growing more accessible through new media. My interests and tastes reflect glamour and trends from around the world while still focusing on the Manitoba bride and Canadian culture.

Through Stell’s Wedding Bells I intend to engage and explore with you the what’s what of emerging bridal fashion and wedding trends. Even if you’re not a current bride-to-be, there is something magical about reliving that special day or dreaming of the day-to-come as we imagine ourselves in the strappy stilettos of each season’s modern brides.

Be sure to check in regularly, as next week we will explore the history and art form of French-beading.



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