I heart four-day weekends

{Gregory Bastien photo via we heart it}

The boys and I are trudging through the snow today, home to Vancouver for the weekend. I know I haven't been gone that long but I am so excited to see my family and my girlfriends.

I'll be back Monday. Have yourselves a happy little weekend, friends. Those of you at home: I'll see you soon!

GO - Paris {Goop}

I had to share the following story that warmed my heart this morning.
In this week's Goop newsletter Gwyneth has written a touching tribute to her father.

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When I was ten years old, my father and I took a trip to Paris, leaving my younger brother and mother in London where she was filming a movie. My dad believed in one-on-one time with us, and sometimes that extended to a weekend away. We stayed at a great hotel and he said I could order whatever I wanted for breakfast (French fries). We went to the Pompidou museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre - the usual spots. It was pretty great. On the plane back to London he asked me if I knew why we had gone, just he and I, to Paris for the weekend. I said no, but I felt so lucky for the trip. He said, “I wanted you to see Paris for the first time with a man who would always love you, no matter what.” From that time on, Paris was and continues to be very special to me. I lived there for five months in 1994 and I have made many trips back. These are the places in Paris I stay and eat and toast my dad.
{Image and Text Courtesy of Goop. More found here}.

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Is there a trip that stands out from your childhood or a place that is particularly special to you?


I love reading unique invitation/rsvp phrasing. I think it's a great opportunity to add personality and generate the mood of your wedding early on.

This is one of my favorite invitations:

{A Lovely Morning via Classic Bride}

What is the most unique or memorable invitation you've ever seen?


A [third] Mountie Wedding

For the third installment of Mountie Inspiration boards, I chose to explore a Chocolate Brown and Yellow palette with a hit of Red: the Serge.

This palette depicts a summer wedding that is both rustic and elegant. Sunflowers are at the heart of this board, providing warmth and country charm, while the bridal party fashions are both polished and glamorous. I love the result of the amalgamation of rustic elegance. This one is my most favorite, yet.

Wedding Plan, Clockwise from Top Left:

  • I love the effect of the yellow and red petals against the white aisle runner [via Brides]. So rustic; so romantic. How amazing would the red serge look at the end of this aisle? I swoon.

  • It comes at no surprise that I have borrowed from this gorgeous wedding once again [via Thankful]. I am officially naming them the Mountie Wedding Poster Couple. I adore their wedding album.

  • These programs [via We Met in a Bar] would coordinate so well with our rustic ceremony.

  • As would this adorable ring pillow [via the knot].

  • These rustic [and cost efficient] favors boxes [via Jean M] would be perfect for our Cookie Bar [see below].

  • I'm a huge fan of the clutches in Red Ruby Rose's shop. This one would be a great gift for bridesmaids: it would match their dresses and bouquets perfectly.

  • I'm all for wedding couples creating a Signature Drink. It's a great conversation starter and so great for cocktail hours. A twist on a classic summer cocktail like the mojito [or the margarita] would be fitting for this outdoor wedding [via Martha].

  • The Cookie Bar [via {cypress and oak}]! I love this idea. Guests will be offered cookies [as a midnight treat or as favors]. I've also seen this done with an ice cream bar which [to me] sounds like heaven.

  • Here is my token shoe shot: isn't this photo fabulous? Golden Yellow shoes would add a subtle punch of colour to the bride's look. [Photo by Susan Stripling via The Blissful Bride].

  • The bridesmaids' sunflower bouquets will double as centerpieces [via Brides]. Large glass vases can house these gorgeous bouquets during the reception, providing added warmth to the decor.

  • One of my favorite Thread dresses: Gabrielle-Mini would be perfect for summer bridesmaids.

  • A classic shot of the boots and stripes [taken by GJ Photography in January at B's Graduation].

  • The yellow daisies and mums of this centerpiece [via the knot]are so vibrant against the chocolate brown vases. I love the effect of clustering smaller vases.

  • Being an outdoor wedding, it would be quite easy to include your dog. This photograph captures a moment that is so precious. [Photo by John & Joseph Photography via snippet & ink].

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I hope you have enjoyed this board. Are there any suggestions for future colour palettes? [I'm slowly working on a red-white-and-blue number that I'm quite excited about].

Femme Petal

I have a new etsy crush.

Erin Keys of Femme Petal creates fabulous jewelery using vintage materials. Her classic and glamorous style transcends through the collection, each piece making a statement. I love her use of pearls, colour, and bold flowers.

All of my favorite pieces just happen to be necklaces, however she also has gorgeous earrings, bracelets, rings, and hair clips.

Bonus: she creates custom wedding jewelery for brides and bridesmaids.
[Angie, this might be a perfect bridesmaid gift for your girls once they choose their dresses].

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{Elizabeth, $25.50}

{Bloom, $32}

{Emma, $28}

{Purple Elegance, $25}

{Lolita, $30}

{Vibrance, $30}

{The Carrie Necklace [offered in various colours], $22}

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I recently purchased my first piece for a certain girlfriend whose birthday is coming up. [I can't wait to buy one for myself].


Sex-y Bridesmaids

With my boyfriend working shift work, I have become quite infatuated with HBO re-runs. I have a weekly 11:30PM date with Carrie and my beloved Sex and the City.

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Tonight's za za zoo- infused episode provided bridal party style inspiration:


I love Carrie's pale pink bubble dress and large flower wrist corsage. How unique would it be to have your bridesmaids walk down the aisle sans bouquets? [I think this gorgeous corsage would be a lovely alternative].

Perhaps I am so smitten with Carrie's look because she pulled it off with a gorgeous pair of beige satin slingback Manolo Blahnik's. Sigh. If only every bride could dress her bridal party in Manolos...

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I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet!
Carrie Bradshaw

Attention: Shower Hosts

Are you hosting or attending a wedding or baby shower in the near future? If so, listen up.

While exploring the blog of Perfect Sentiment custom cards I came across this wonderful advice:

Go ahead and order coordinating thank you cards (from Perfect Sentiment, of course!) when you pick out the shower invitation. The thank yous will coordinate with the invites and match the theme of the shower. Go ahead and wrap your gift in a gift bag, but leave the envelopes out for now. At the shower set out the envelopes next to the guest book (you can even go ahead and affix a stamp to each) . Instruct all of the guests to address an envelope to themselves. Before moving on the the opening of gifts you can slip the self addressed, stamped envelopes in the gift bag with the custom note cards. Just imagine how pleased the busy bride- or mom-to-be will be to get such a thoughtful, unique gift. (And you don't have to shop their registry!)
Isn't this a fabulous idea? It's safe to say any bride or expectant mum would be ecstatic to receive this organized and efficient, most thoughtful gift.

{Perfect Sentiment}


Forgive me. I'm traveling down the non-wedding route for a moment and indulging in a personal fashion obsession.

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I have been on the market for what I have coined a "pointer finger ring" for some time now. Although chunky pieces are both glam and fun, I find they are too annoying for everyday wear. I've also decided that my stubby fingers won't allow anything that is too thin.
That leaves me with one option: wide-yet-delicate. Huh?

When I saw Emily wearing Korcula's Laura Ring I was smitten. I just adore the lattice pattern and its understated elegance.

{cupcakes and cashmere}

{Laura Ring by Korcula}

I'm going to get over the fact that I didn't find out about Lindley's jewelery sooner. [How did I miss her interview on Dilly Dallas?] This lovely ring [or any of her jewelery for that matter] would be perfect for a bridesmaid gift.
Now onto the important question: yellow or rose gold?

Birdcage Decor

Ryan & Angela: how gorgeous is this?

{David Seaver photo via classic bride}

Although your reception is indoors {and the birdcage will most likely be on our welcome table}, wouldn't it be great to use the vintage birdcage more than once?

I'm thinking we could copy this gorgeous look for your outdoor engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or a post-wedding bbq. It could house the cards that you'll inevitably receive along the way. Or, simply carry the bird motif further.


Recession-friendly Travel

{whimsical via we heart it}

I've been dreaming of travel for some time now.

Since Blair's post yesterday it appears to be all I'm thinking about.

I know many of us are in this same boat, whether we are dreaming of romantic getaways, honeymoons, girls' weekends, back packing trips, or just a little pampering. I also know that due to the financial situation plaguing North America, dreams might not materialize into reality. There are just too many things to be saving pennies for these days.

Many newly engaged couples are reassessing their honeymoon plans based on budget conflicts. Pushing back the date, keeping it local, or downsizing the length of stay are common ways of tackling this issue. What if you could simply save money on your trip?

Keeping this in mind, if you are able to save up a bit of travel dough, Travel Zoo is the place to maximize your [American or Canadian] dollar. If you subscribe to their weekly emails, you can receive the best bets for taking a trip, even if the destination is only hours away. [I know that sometimes all I need is to spend a night in a hotel]. Also, they post new finds daily so it pays to visit often.

If you're itching to travel and are open to the destination, you may become inspired through Travel Zoo. Otherwise, it will fuel your travel dreams with images of sandy beaches, cruising luxury, and spa indulgence.

{forestfamily via we heart it}

Bon Voyage.



How cute is this greeting sent via snail mail from unique art pendants? For $6 US you can have a box holding a lovely message sent to your sweetheart.

I first saw this etsy listing on {grey} likes weddings. Once I visited the shop I was excited to see the other phrases you can send:
I love that you're my sister
I love that you're my mother
I love that you're my dad
I love that you're my friend
I love that you're my daughter
I love that you're my wife
I love that you're my husband
I love that you're my mother in law
I love that you're my daughter
I love that you're going to be my husband

I love receiving [non-bill-related] mail & I love sending mail [especially now that I am a few hours from home].
This would be fun to send to a girlfriend, sister, mum, or man.

Check out unique art pendants for more information.

Great Kate

After a glorious weekend of being unplugged I am back: refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to face the week.

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First on the Agenda: The Oscars. Can I just mention how great Hugh Jackman was? I love the changes they made this year and think it was be best Oscars I've watched in years. My favorite feature: having the previous winners present the nominees. How touching. Shirley McLain speaking to Anne Hathaway made me cry.

My ones-to-watch did not disappoint:

Kate Winslet in Yves Saint Laurent = perfection.

Freida Pinto was gorgeous in John Galliano in a beautiful shade of blue, while Heidi Klum worked a gorgeous red gown from RM by Roland Mouret.

I also loved the lighter shades that popped on the red carpet. Anne Hathaway, Penelope Cruz, Evan Rachel Wood, Taraji P. Henson, and Sarah Jessica Parker topped my list.

I was particularly enthralled by the gorgeous couples in attendance:

Jennifer Aniston [in a gorgeous Valentino Couture gown] and John Mayer were a stunning couple. He sure cleans up well.

Reese Witherspoon [in a beautiful blue Rodarte number] and Jake Gyllenhaal were as lovely as always.

How adorable are Vanessa Hudgens [in Marchesa] and Zac Efron? I've always thought they were the cutest Young Hollywood couple around and their flawless look at the Oscars simply confirmed this. How amazing was her dress? Honestly... so jealous.

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Next on the Agenda: Weddings!
With A&R's wedding quickly approaching, I will be putting together a couple of reception design inspiration boards. Expect another Mountie colour palette, some great Etsy finds, exiting C Star Events news, and other fun do dads. Stay tuned...

Finally: I'll be catching up on all of my favorite blog reads!

Alright February, I'm going to see you out with a bang!


Happy Weekend

{It's Nice That via We heart it}

That's right folks: I'm taking the weekend off from the Internet.
I'm spending some much needed time with my boys - out doors - as well as doing errands, swooning over Oscar gowns, and going bowling [real, not Wii].

Enjoy your weekend, my friends. See you Monday.

I couldn't resist...

posting this beautiful shot.

{Punam Bean Photography via Apartment #34}

I have a new crush on Punam Bean's Photography and, yes, I'm all-about-photography this week but I don't care.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous work.

the little film that could

{Vanity Fair}

As you all know, I love pin up photo shoots. I am always excited to see who Vanity Fair has featured. This month, the gorgeous Freida Pinto from Slumdog Millionaire is their pin up girl. This Sunday I will be rooting for this film. What are your predictions?

I can't wait to see what Freida Pinto, Kate Winslet [I think it's her year], Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, and [Leo's date] Bar Refaeli will be wearing. Whose gown are you excited to see?

Happy Watching!


Kelowna Photographer: Jessica Balfour

I was so excited to find Jessica Balfour's photography. Based out of Kelowna, Jessica is an accomplished photographer of life. I word it that way because she has an amazing ability to capture candid, honest, and overwhelmingly touching human emotions. Her portfolio is full of gorgeous weddings and beautiful expressions. Enjoy.

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I love this shot. So playful, so fun. [Plus, a bride in flip flops is my kind of bride].

This photo encapsulates an Okanagan Wedding: the lake, the mountains, the sun, and the vineyards.

What a dress. This is one of my favorites.

Lakeside romance.

One of the reason I love Jessica's photography so much is the connection she has with children.

An amazing engagement shot, so stunning in B&W.

Thank you Jessica, for enabling me to share your beautiful work.

A Farmer's Daughter

Angela & I fell in love with the beautiful pieces made by A Farmer's Daughter when we visited her table at Indie I Do. Based out of Vancouver, A Farmer's Daughter creates one-of-a-kind hairpieces that are uniquely gorgeous.

What better a time to feature her work than today when she has given two pieces to the amazing Joanna Goddard to give away! Check out A CUP OF JOE today and leave a comment to win a bird-cage veil (with vintage rhinestones) or a feather hair clip (with ostrich feathers and a vintage pearl earring). How lovely?

If that wasn't convincing enough, check out some of my favorite pieces:

{Polka Dottie Wide Headband, $24}

{White Party Wedding Miller Headband Fresh Water Pearl, $34}

{Bird Cage Puffer Veil with Feather Clip Combo, $68}

{Bride Belle, $28}

Good Luck Everyone!


Vancouver Photographer: CHRIS+LYNN

When you think Vancouver Photographers, odds are CHRIS+LYNN come to mind. Their dramatic shots grace the pages of every Canadian bridal magazine and their client list is International. The husband and wife team puts it best: "We are two Vancouver wedding photographers in love: with each other, with our profession, with our friends & family, with life!" It is this attitude that makes them so marketable and so successful. Their fabulous website documents their extensive portfolio and is so visually appealing. I know you will enjoy their work [click the photo to get to the corresponding wedding on CHRIS+LYNN's blog].

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I love this shot on Queen Anne hill in Seattle, Washington. The clouds, shadows, and skyline are so dramatic.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is such a renowned landmark. Every wedding photo shoot I've seen at the VAG has been fantastic; this one is no exception. I love how only the couple is in focus amidst the steps and pillars.

When in Vancouver, expect rain.
To many brides, a cloudy day may put a damper on the wedding. Not this bride. I love how playful and unique these shots are. What fun!

I just love when wedding photographers are able to capture a couple's unique and personal style as CHRIS+LYNN have done here. I'm digging those socks...

This last wedding is one of my favorites. Not only are the couple and their wedding party gorgeous, but they also had one heck of a celebration. CHRIS+LYNN captured some gems and - because I couldn't decide which ones to post - I've featured a few extra. Lovely work.

The perfect montage to end this post:

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A big thank you to Chris and Lynn for letting me share these fabulous wedding photographs with you.

Be sure to check out their website for portfolios of their favorite emotion-themed shots.
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