Thursday, December 20, 2007
Photos Courtesy of Tim Zielenbach
For those of us who are dreaming of a "White Christmas" (white sandy beaches, that is), these wonderful photos from wedding photographer Tim Zielenbach were sent to us by bride, Krystin Walker Brinker to spark our imagination. The wedding took place on the beaches at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, which perfectly complimented the color palette of blues and yellows.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Or if you prefer something more traditional, check out these beautiful outdoor alters from photographer Elizabeth Messina's site. I'm loving the row of ribbons- they make such a wonderful linear statement (and an inexpensive one too). For ribbons, try going to JKM Ribbon- they have a really great selection.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This past weekend we hosted a surprise engagement party for my sister and her fiance. The theme was pink and orange polka dots, and each aspect of the decor was carefully designed to incoporate this concept. A close friend of the future bride handmade invitations complete with pink and orange polka dots to set the tone of the party, and the room was filled with handmade personal touches which included:
- personalized water bottles
- circular menus featuring a picture of the couple's dog the night of their engagement
- personalized drink straws
- polka dot cupcakes in shades of pink and orange
- table arrangements of pom pom lumieres in pink, orange, and polka dots placed on glass cylinders set down long family style tables
- accents of crystals and polka dots (inscribed with important marriage values, for example "trust") hanging from the lumieres
The event was held as a sit down dinner for 40 family and friends in attendance. In order to ensure that a good time was had by all, several activities were planned to encourage mingling:
1. Humorous photos of the couple were attached to long strings of ribbon. "Thought bubble" stickers were provided and guests were able to add funny comments or thoughts to the pictures
2. A photo corner was set up with props that guests could use to imitate the future bride and groom as their picture was taken
3. A dance instructor was hired to teach the guests basic dance steps in preparation for a night full of dancing at the wedding!
The whole evening was united by the celebration of an impending marriage in a sea of pink and orange polka dots. Congratulations Kim and Nick!
I just had to post up these photos from a baby shower featured on Orange Beautiful's blog- they are too cute! On the left are book name plates that guests signed. On the top right a pretty way to present the classic "baby name guessing game", and below, are the party favors- mini salt and pepper shakers with tags that say "Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice".
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
- There might be many interesting and inventive hairstyles that might catch your eye, but try to stay with something that's modern yet classic. Don't pick a hairstyle you may regret in 10 years! Try looking at vintage photos from various eras. My philosophy is, if you love a style that's 40 years old, you will probably still love it 40 years from now. Above are some great examples.
- Book your hair appointment well in advance, as some stylists book up very quickly during the wedding high season.
- When you book with your hairstylist, give a written, detailed list or contract of the services you'll be needing that day of and keep a copy for yourself. That list should include a details such as: the booking of your hair trial, time frame (arrival time and total time), whether or not the stylist will provide an assistant, where the services will be performed (salon or home), and who is getting their hair done (it may or may not include mothers, and wedding party).
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Renting cloth napkins from your local party store in bold colors is one way of dressing up your table and adding character. You might also consider incorporating your colors in stemware and dishes, as I did with the use of black martini glasses and chargers. The table decor was complete with mirrored tiles from the local hardware store, white carnations tightly packed in black vases from the home decorating store, and glass tealight holders. The eye catching black and white toile and accents deep purple worked so well that it inspired the bride-to-be to use this color story in her own wedding!
The Finished Product:
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The stone façade of a manor inspired by the 1920’s, it's surrounding lush gardens, and the ivory walls of it's formal ballroom were the perfect inspiration for this timelessly elegant wedding. The bride chose a classic palette of ivory, champagne and celadon green, which flawlessly complimented Graydon Hall Manor, an era hideaway in the heart of Toronto, Canada. The bride’s bouquet was composed of ivory stephanotis blooms, with pearls embedded in each bloom. She walked down a canopy draped aisle on the manor’s terrace, lined with fresh rose petals and celadon hydrangeas. The bride and groom said their vows under a grapevine arch woven with freshly cut green and ivory hydrangeas. Afterwards, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served in white glove fashion in the manor’s lush gardens, while being serenaded by a string quartet.
Guests then dined on plated gourmet meals of their choice, in the ballroom over vases overflowing with beautiful ivory and green hydrangeas, and luxurious oversized ivory roses. Afterwards, guests retired to the glass observatory for a late-night selection of classic petit fours, crème brulee served on silver tasting spoons, aged cheeses and enjoyed a nightcap of fine liqueurs.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Photos By: Scott Moody
Sometimes inspiration for your wedding palette comes from something as simple as your own name. In this fantasy wedding, the bride’s Chinese names means orchid. So she chose a palette of raspberry and kiwi inspired by the natural colours of the chartreuse orchid, for which she is named. Not only did the orchid inspire the color scheme, but it also appeared in the details of the wedding from their monogram to the bouquets. The bride walked down an aisle lined with raspberry coloured parasols held by her guests, to a canopy of white dendrobium orchids to meet her groom. Her formal Reem Acra ball gown was complemented by a round bouquet of white, pink, and green cymbidium orchids. The bridesmaids were beautiful in their custom made silk raspberry colored Chinese-inspired dresses with a modern halter neckline and kiwi colored trim.
During cocktail hour, guests mingled to the sounds of a string trio while the bridal party took their pictures. As the bridal party posed under the shade of pink parasols with crystal trim detail, guests were surprised with a special treat- Taiwanese bubble tea in shades of pink and green.
The reception was held in a tent overlooking the Marina in exclusive Wexford Plantation on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. One hundred white lanterns hung from the ceiling over a combination of rectangular and square tables. Square floral arrangements of orchids and green hydrangea decorated tables that were covered by linens in chartreuse iridescent taffeta or fuchsia flutter organza. During their first dance, guests surrounded the dance floor holding candles with the words of the bride and groom’s song inscribed on hand made wax catchers. In keeping with Chinese tradition of toasting the guests, the bride and groom hand delivered mini 3-tiered wedding cakes to each of their guests as gesture of thank you for sharing in their special day.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
If any of you're like me, and refer to your dog as your little sister (or brother), and you just can't imagine your special day without Rover by your side, you'll need to read this first!
1) Check with your venue on what kind of restrictions there are on having pets. Most bylaws won't allow animals into any place where food is served, unless it is outdoors or in a place where food isn't prepared. Put it on your priority list when checking out venues!
2) Hire a trainer or appoint someone who the dogs are comfortable with to be solely in charge of the dogs on the big day. Responsibilities could include transporting them to the venue, instructing them, feeding them, and supervising them. A great idea is to have your dogs walk down the aisle, and then have them transported home after the ceremony so they can be comfortable at home, but still a big part of your ceremony.
3) If you plan on having any outfits, it might be wise to instruct the person in charge of your dog on how to put it on and rehearse wearing it so that your dog is comfortable. Joey's outfit featured above is from My Faux Paws' Bridal Collection!
4) Speaking of your dog's comfort- if your dog is not used to wearing clothing, it's probably best to stick with a decorated leash and collar for the special occasion.
There's no better inspiration for choosing your wedding colour palette when you're surrounded by beautiful waters and breathtaking sunsets living in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This bride chose a brightly hued palette of aquamarine, tangerine, and fuschia, and incorporated the palm tree into their monogram to symbolize the south. The bride walked down an aisle lined with fuschia and tangerine rose petals, and wed under a Southern oak tree decorated with fresh flower pomanders. She even had silk aqua robes embroidered with each of her bridesmaids' own monogram in fuschia. The bride, in contrast, subdued the colours by wearing a traditional Melissa Sweet dress with lace overlay, and held a cascade of white phalaenopsis orchids.
During cocktail hour, while the bridal party boarded a 45 foot sailboat for pictures and the bride and groom's first champagne toast, guests were invited to enjoy bottles of personalized Jones Soda in aqua and orange, as well as personalized bottles of water and a selection of Italian sodas.
The reception was staged in a tent at the exclusive Long Cove Plantation, in which a combination of long family tables and square tables were dressed in Italian inspired linens, and decorated with multilevel orchid & fruit centerpieces. Tangerine parasols brimming with white orchids over the edges and balls of pink roses hung from the ceiling, while a romantic pink glow came from coloured spotlights. As a sweet nod to both the bride and groom's heritage, guests were treated to orange flavoured (and coloured) fortune cookies in custom boxes, as well as an Italian cookie buffet (200 dozen cookies) and a candy buffet. At the end of the evening, the bride and groom parted through a sea of guests holding sparklers, making their getaway in a matching blue convertible.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
When to Book the Venue
Some venues can be booked one to two years in advance, so the first thing on your priority list after annoucing your engagement is to secure a venue. However, you should never feel pressured by the venue or anyone else to book a venue you're unsure about.
Step-by-Step Process of Searching for the Perfect Venue
1) Have a guest list ready to go. Believe it or not, you will save yourself a lot of headache by coming up with a preliminary guest number before you dive into the venue search. Get as close to the actual number as possible. Hold a meeting with your parents and his parents, and put together a list before you shop for venues.
2) The hosts of the event should make a priority list of what they want in an ideal venue. For our wedding, we knew we wanted the ceremony, photos, and reception at the same place. That's why we chose Graydon Hall, pictured left, because it would allow us exclusive use of their grounds for all three.
Priority & Solution
1. Budget - The venue must be able to provide all food, drink and rentals for $XO,XOX in total or $XO amount per person.
2. Food - The venue must have the ability to cater a customizable menu, not just the same meal for every event. -or- The venue should be able to provide a lot of food for my guests; I dont want them leaving hungry. -or- The venue must be able to cater a Kosher, Chinese, Vegetarian, etc. meal.
3. Location - the venue must be in less than 1/2 hour driving distance from most of our guests and the hotels in the city, because we have a lot of out of town guests
4. Service - the venue must provide really great service, because good service is really important to us
5. Atmosphere - The venue must be able to host a tented wedding. -or- The temperature will be low when we're getting married, it's a priority that we can do both the ceremony and reception indoors.
6. Type of Venue - My friends knew they were falling in love for the first time on the golf course, so they knew it would be perfect to get married on one. Whether it be a golf & country club, mansion, restaurant, hotel, art gallery, or industrial building, keep your eyes open for the different types of venue that would go with the look and feel you want your event to portray.
3) Compile a list of venues in the area in which you would like to hold the event. Try to write as many details down about the venues that you see online, or via brochure. Now that you have your priority list, you'll be less overwhelmed by the choices and start to only see ones that can cater to your priorities. Try to organize your list by location so that you can visit the ones you like in the same day.
Then when you've narrowed down the list to about 6 or so, book a Site Inspection or Venue Tour. Read below under "Signs of a Good Venue" to see what to look for.
4) Prepare a list of questions to ask the venues before you visit them. Some examples might be:
- What is your capacity? (Make sure you get all of their different seating capacities, or specify each one if you know you're going to have a sit down dinner for example).
- If you're looking at venues that supply "Wedding Packages" ask to be clear on what is included (ie: passed hors d'oeuvres, appetizer, main course, dessert, dessert buffet, tea, coffee, wine, alcoholic beverages (open bar), room rentals, other rentals, etc.)
- Are there minimum spends? (Some venues, especially restaurants, require you to spend a certain amount on high demand dates such as Saturdays).
- Will there be more than one wedding or event going on at the same time?
- Will there be a GM or person from the venue available to me on the day of?
- Is there a bridal suite? (There should be, and please inspect these as well as the washrooms too!)
Signs of a Good Venue
Having been through many, many venue tours (for our own wedding and for friends' weddings), we have discovered a few things to look for in a good venue:
1) From the minute you first make contact with them, the venue should be working for your business, not the other way around. The venue tour should be informative and accomodating, and never pushy. Take a look at the staff working at the venue site. Are they positive, smiling and accomodating? Ask a few people for directions, or questions about the event they're doing that evening. If they're disgruntled or confused, it's not a good sign! How they treat you during the venue inspection is a great indication of how they will be treating you and and your guests on the day of.
2) Word of mouth and experience is by far the best way to find a great venue. We were considering a famous golf and country club for our wedding only to find out that several of our friends had attended different weddings there, and had found the food satisfactory.
3) Lastly, know that every venue has its flaws. In other words, be realistic. Even though there are many things on your priority list, you will most likely have to compromise something at the bottom of your list. For example, you've fallen in love with a venue but it's not in your budget, consider doing an amazing lunch bash.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Photo Courtesy of Charitable Photo
Of all the wedding presents that this bride and groom received, the most special gift came from the groom's father. He built a barn with his own hands to house the wedding reception of his son and his new bride on his 50 acre land in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Other special touches included flowers handpicked from their garden and a special ceremony by the pond on their property. Wedding favours were jars filled with honey freshly harvested from the groom's father's beehives. Now that is truly sweet!
A Few Things To Think About
When selecting your colors for your party or wedding, remember to consider a few things:
Mood What kind of mood do you want your guests to encounter, from the minute they receive their invitations to the minute they leave should be a huge influence on what colors you choose.
The Two-Complementary-Color Misconception When choosing theme colors, there is a common misconception that you have to use two complimentary colors at equal amounts. Color can be applied in many, many ways at your event. It could be as minute as a hint in a floral arrangement, or as splashy as wash of colored spotlights during the reception. Colors can also be tone on tone like red and pink or brown and taupe, and dont have to be complementary.
Color Breakdown It might be helpful to give your florist or event designer a breakdown of colors, either by percentage or print out a color chart. For example, if you plan to build your color chart around one neutral color, and have accent colors your color breakdown might look like this: 70% Ivory, 20% Brown, 5% Mellon Pink and 5% Leaf Green. Also something to keep in mind are the colors of the surroundings. For example, if you are getting married in a garden, you'll most likely see a lot of white from the chairs, and green from the garden. If your color scheme is pink and brown, for example, you could add a brown aisle runner and pink rose petals. At the reception, the most color will come from the walls of the reception hall or tent, and the tablecloths. For example, if you are envisioning a chocolate & lime wedding, you would want to rent chocolate tablecloths or sew chocolate runners with lime centerpieces.
Traditions & Significance One other important thing to think about when choosing your colors is the meaning of certain colors. It really depends on the people attending your event and how traditional they are. For example, in Chinese culture, white, navy blue and black are considered to be mourning colors, while red and gold are colors of prosperity.