In an area of Gastown that’s quickly becoming the bridal hotspot in Vancouver, Samantha Hallaran wanted to give brides another option. She and her husband previously lived in San Francisco, where Samantha worked in a trendy, Parisian-style bridal boutique for two years. In 2016, she decided to move her expertise to the Vancouver market, with a goal to carry a contemporary collection of international designers at her new boutique.
The studio at 309 West Cordova Street maintains original wood flooring, red brick masonry and details, with 20-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light; a beautiful setting in which to find your gown.
Rituals of Love is by appointment only and offers a collection of gowns ranging from $2,000 to $7,500 in price.
A look at the designers:
Bo & Luca: Born from nomadic travel and influenced by an affinity for bohemian romance, Bo & Luca are a little nostalgic for days gone by. Infused with a worldly soul and 70’s ease, Bo & Luca’s signature bohemian-luxe design aesthetic is grounded in uncomplicated styling and easy elegance.
Unbridaled by Dan Jones: With a line of slick and sophisticated bridal gowns that steer away from traditional bridal aesthetics, Unbridaled by Dan Jones effortlessly fuses luxurious fabrics with figure-defining silhouettes and exquisite craftsmanship.
Odylyne the Ceremony: With an ethereal and free-spirited approach to bridal, each Odylyne the Ceremony’s gowns embodies the emotion, sensibility and beauty of life and art. Their collections combine the traditional foundation of marriage to something exotic and unfamiliar. Each style is ethereal and romantic, with a deep appreciation for each the delicate moments of the wedding day.
& For Love: A modern bridal and ceremonial brand inspired by real life and real love, & For Love creates gowns, separates and jumpsuits for a new type of bride—a woman who believes it’s okay to break the rules and knows that looking like a “bride” means wearing a killer outfit and feeling amazing. Designer and creative director Angel Spendlove has a boho-meets-modern style that’s light and airy, and all about movement.
THEIA: The THEIA collection combines sophisticated and elegant styling with luxurious silks, European brocades, laces and prints. THEIA’s exquisite beading and embroideries are created by some of the finest couture studios in the world.
Something Blue: Effortless and ethereal, Vancouver-based Something Blue’s gowns exemplify a sense of laid-back luxury and modern romance. Their gowns are designed and hand crafted with care and attention to every last detail.