If you're going... to San Francisco...

{Photo from English Muse via A Cup of Joe}

B. and I are heading to the California coast for a week of sun, fun, and vino. I can't wait to visit and this charismatic city and the surrounding area (we're travelling down to Santa Cruz and up to Berkeley and Napa as well).

If we were heading to San Francisco to elope, we would be getting married in the most beautiful City Hall I've ever seen...

{Photos by Lilia Phtography; Leo Patrone, via Snippet and Ink; Jerry Yoon Photographers; and choco studio}

So beautiful.

Well, friends: I hope you have a fantastic week. I can't wait to catch up with you when I get home and to share some fun details about the parties that I'm planning!

Until then.


Do-It-Yourself Martha

{Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2009
scanned from personal collection}

Do you remember this cover? It is still one of my most favourite Martha Weddings editions ever. I think this cake is so pretty, perfect for a Spring wedding. I was ecstatic to find this lovely shop for its do-it-yourself capabilities.

Clear Cut Crafts offer these adorable butterflies in a variety of colours (in shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, pink & purple for starters). Although I love the multi-coloured combination, this cake could be designed in almost any colour palette.

{Photos courtesy of Clear Cut Crafts}

These little beauties are as equally sweet on cupcakes and it is clear that a little inspiration from Martha can do wonders. Don't you think the cake on the left is just perfection?


Sunday Sweetness {xxi}

This morning I walked 5 kilometres with some wonderful people in support of a wonderful cause. It was an inspiring morning and a memory I won't soon forget. I want to thank all of the people who supported our team by donations, well wishes, and moral support. Our Team Captain, Janet, is a remarkable woman and it felt great to be able to do this in support of her and all others living with this disease.

If you'd like to become involved, donate, or learn more about Multiple Sclerosis, please visit their site.

As they say, every step matters.


Cupcake Love

Big Love goes out to my friend Megan who made B. a batch of fabulous black forest cupcakes for his b-day (his favourite cake in cup form: what's not to love). I took them into his office this evening and they were a huge hit - thanks Megan!

Notes: If you are in the Kamloops area and require culinary talents, please contact this woman; if you like cupcakes, check out this site (via A Cup of Joe).


Happy Birthday, B.

I love you more than songs can say.

Our weekend is full of love & movement.

Today we're running for mama earth.

Tomorrow we walk for MS.

Whatever fills your weekend, I hope you enjoy it.


Sunday Sweetness {xx}

Remember this special party? Well, it went off without a hitch. We laughed, we cried, we hugged, we toasted, and we celebrated, all in the name of Papa. He is truly the most remarkable person I have ever met. It's a bold statement but if you met him you'd understand within 5 minutes. I could make this post into an essay, an essay into a novella, and a novella into a full blown biography; however, in the spirit of Sweetness posts, I'll keep it simple.
We love you Papa, you are the King of our hearts.

. . .

I am indebted to my wonderful friend Miranda who joined in our celebration and just happened to take some fantastic photographs along the way. There are more to come but these two were just to sweet not to post today.

Happy Sunday.


An Inspiration Board for Jaime, black white + plum

{Photo Credits, clockwise from top left: Macaroon Favour, Bridal Bouquet via here, Hugo suit, Tablescape, Feather Boutonniere via here, Wine Bottle Table Numbers via here, Bridal Party via here, cake, Chalkboard Seating Arrangement, Chandelier, Louboutins}. Click to enlarge.

I am quite pleased to - finally - post Jaime and Mike's inspiration board (apologies for the delay, Jaim). The couple is dreaming of a classic and polished Spring wedding; I think this pretty palette of black, white, and deep plum works beautifully.

Jaime very much likes the idea of a black and white palette with pops of plum (versus than having a "purple wedding"). To accentuate their bold palette, I created this inspiration board out of classic and romantic details complementing the style and season of their wedding.

Jaime: I hope this gives you an idea of where this colour palette can take you. I'm eager to hear what you think of this interpretation. xo.


ballons as bouquets

Again, I love balloons.

They are my favourite party staple and my very favourite photo prop. Needless to say I was quite intrigued by the following wedding where they used heart balloons in lieu of bridal party bouquets.

Their theme was 'Up, up, and away' and, clearly, this wedding was amazingly fun: they had pompom confetti, a pinata, a soda bar, and polaroid cameras (just to mention a few of the playful details). You can see more of their amazing day, here.

The balloons seem to jive with this couple's style perfectly and I am very interested in hearing your opinions. A cost-effective alternative to flowers, would you consider foregoing bridal party bouquets for fun helium-filled balloons? (I just love that the bride carried balloons out of the ceremony instead of her bouquet - so fun)!

{Photos by He and She Photography via Carter & Cook Event Co, the talented co-ordinators}

. . .

What are you up to this weekend, friends? (I'm off to my first BBQ of the year this evening with some very fun co-workers).

Wherever your weekend takes you, I hope the sun is shining.


Bridesmaids Dresses: It's in the Pattern

I have to say, the more I see patterned bridesmaids dresses, the more I love them. I keep "flagging" adorable wedding parties sporting patterns and thought I'd post some lovely options depicting this trend to see what you think.

I love coral and lavender together, especially with this barefoot-beachy-vibe. Don't you love this gorgeous bride's style?

{Photo by Glen Allsop via Brooklyn Bride}

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this bridal party's use of similar patterns. Don't you think the bouquets tie them all together perfectly?

{Photo by Kelly Melissa Photography via Green Wedding Shoes
& Sitting in a Tree}

You know me and black & white: enough said. I also adore their shrugs & hairpieces. What a stylish and perfectly accessorized bride and bridal party.

{White Haute Photography via Love & Lavender}

These Anthropologie Bridesmaid dresses are adorable. I love that some have chosen to forego the straps and that each girl's shoes are slightly different.

{Photo by Kate Murphy via Once Wed}

"Pattern" doesn't have to equal "busy"; these dresses are the perfect example of how to use understated pattern to add style and depth to a neutral palette. (This one is my favourite).

{Photo by Michèle M. Waite via Style Me Pretty}

Thoughts? Do you dig this style?


Sunday Sweetness {xix}

{Photo Courtesy of Jose Villa}

No surprises here: another Sweetness-worthy Jose Villa photo has captured my attention. I adore the flawless use of light and colour in this shot (isn't this field just magical)? More from this love session can be found here while Jose's portfolio can be viewed here. What a touching moment.

(I hope you all enjoyed hugs in the sunshine this weekend).




Happy Friday

I hope you have had a fantastic week and that the transition into the weekend goes smoothly. We've had an insane week of weather around these parts so, needless to say, I'm enjoying the current state of sunshine.

In honour of Friday, I wanted to share the following video featuring the adorable Zooey Deschanel and equally adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing a sweet little dance number to "Why do you let me stay here?" by She and Him (Zooey's band).

Doesn't this clip make you want to put on a cute party dress and dance on the table?

Video from here

If you still feel like dancing, check this one out.


Party Staple {balloons}

Ever since I was a child, I have loved balloons. Balloons have always meant Party. This obsession has transcended into my adult years and I still adore using balloons to celebrate.

Helium-filled and floating at the ceiling or loose and scattered on the floor, one can't help but smile when they walk into a room filled with balloons.

{Oh Happy Day}

At Weddings...

Balloons at a wedding are priceless. I adore the playfulness.

{Sloan Photographers}

{Photo by Jonathan Ong via Once Wed}

At Parties...

Balloons add the perfect touchy of whimsy to any party or celebration of any kind, indoors or out.

{Photo by TiaraMia via Oh Joy + 100 Layer Cake}

{Photo by Aubrey Trinnaman via snippet & ink}

In Photo Shoots...

A fun twist on traditional engagement shots or day of bridal party shots, balloons are an easy and cost effective prop.

{Photo by Jamie Delaine}

{Photo by Agnes Lopez via Style me Pretty}

Do you use balloons? What's your favourite Party Staple?


Sunday Sweetness {xviii}

{Photo by Corbin Gurkin}

Thank Heaven for little girls...

I love the sweetness captured in this shot so perfectly by Corbin Gurkin (& I love it because it reminds me of this beauty that Miranda took at Ryan & Angie's wedding).

Happy Spring & Happy Easter.


Long Weekend Love

Happy Easter!

I'm thoroughly enjoying my Vancouver-long-weekend and embracing every moment of family & friend (& John) time. I hope you have all enjoyed your long weekends and have had the chance to relax with the important people in your life.

{Easter inspiration board by Lucky Me! via BridalHood}

I'm loving this Spring board: it's so fun.

What are you up to this weekend, my friends?
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