trending: the nautical theme

To me, the nautical theme is a classic. It can change color palette’s, accents and vary in it’s design but it continues to be one of my favorite themes and today, i’m dreaming of a seaside wedding or party!

The Color Palettes

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Navy, Coral and Blush are such a pretty combination! The coral brightens the blue for a more summer-y look.

nacy and nude

I love this gorgeous mix of blues and nudes! So classic.

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The Look

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The Details

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I love how this theme can be so casual yet so chic and elegant! It is so versatile and I can’t wait to work with these color schemes this season!

Happy Planning!

BBQ Season

Happy Monday everyone!

Last weekend finally felt like summer and I was so excited to host a bbq and enjoy the wonderful weather and a great meal with friends!

Today’s post shares a few entertaining tips and some delicious recipes for your next BBQ

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The Set Up

- Afternoon and early evening barbecues are the best, the temperature is nice, the sun is going down and you have lots of time to prepare before your guests arrive. Make sure to have bug spray on-hand!

- Stay casual, but ensure there is seating for everyone (even if it is a mix and match assortment of chairs, benches and picnic tables).

- Have a build your own bar or table (everyone can customize their plate and will enjoy having an interactive meal).

The Food

Everyone loves basics like burgers (beef or chicken) and hot dogs (cheddar smokies are great too!)

Don’t be afraid to ask everyone to bring something- this saves you cost and prep and sometimes a potluck is even more fun, you get to try new recipes1

A few favourites..

Rosted Dill Potato Wedges

Skewered Greek Meatballs

Greek Tortellini Salad

The Drinks

Always make sure to have non alcoholic options -in the summer heat we want to stay hydrated (and be able to get home!)

Set up a drink station, this is fun for your guests and serves as decor in the backyard (if possible, do this in the shade)

Lemonade Iced Tea- a classic flavor and so refreshing!

The Classic Mojito

14 Fruit Infused Water Recipes

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Happy Entertaining!

 

mix and match

As a wedding and event planner, I love watching trends come and go. It’s interested to see what people “go for” and what sticks season after season. A trend I really enjoyed last season and I am incorporating even more this year is mix and matching.

Not everything has to be a matching color.. it can be various shades of one color or within a color scheme. For this of you who aren’t too traditional, enjoy some variety and are planning a more casual event, here’s some inspiration!

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Mix-and-Match-Chairs

Whether it’s the attire, the chairs, the decor or the details, I just love the fun style that comes from mixing and matching! Don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new..

Happy Planning!

mother’s day brunch

As promised, today I am sharing my menu for Mother’s Day Brunch this weekend.

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 I like to have a coffee station for when guests arrive. A good cup of coffee gets everyone in a great mood and starts the morning off right.

My Favorite Simple Brunch Recipes

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones: recipe here

Brunch Eggs: I ALWAYS use this recipe (they are great on their own, on an english muffin and for a quick  breakfast on the go the next day)

My go-to roll ups: buy a frozen pastry sheet. Let it defrost in the refrigerator the night before. The morning of your event, unroll the dough, fill with ham & swiss (or your favourite combination of ingredients). Roll up & bake in the oven at 400degrees until golden brown.

Cinnamon Pancakes: http://www.sugarlaws.com/cinnamon-pancakes

Want to add a veggie? How about Parmesan Broccoli: courtesy of budget savvy diva

Want to get a little fancy? Black Tea Honey Muffins: I like this recipe

Add some yogourt, granola and a biscotti to a glass. So easy and delicious!

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A wedding planner has to incorporate wedding planning in everything.. planning a bridal brunch?

Here’s some inspiration!

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Happy Planning!

entertaining tips: mothers day brunch

Last year I hosted Mother’s Day brunch and it was so much fun! My parents are in the States so having my boyfriend’s family and grandparent’s over was so nice! (I’ve always loved a yummy meal surrounded by friends and family)

When playing host, I like to create a little bit of a color scheme. I have such so much fun picking napkins, flowers and accessories. It makes everyone feel special and entertaining is something I truly enjoy.

Here are a few tips to make “playing host” enjoyable!

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1. Prepare as much as you can the night before. There’s nothing worse then being flustered by having too much to do the morning of your event or while your guests are there. By having a few things done prior to your guest’s arrival- you will have more time to socialize and enjoy!

2. Have a plan. Think about what you want to make and create a list of what you will need – again get these items before the day of the event.

3. Make multiple simple dishes or have one fancy meal, don’t do both! For brunch, I like to have options! Simple options.

4. Have enough seating for everyone. There is nothing worse then having guests standing around or sharing a seat- especially for a seated meal. Create an open space for everyone to gather and socialize but ensure the table(s) is large enough for everyone to be together.

5. Have a little something for your guest (s) of honor to go home with. I had 2 centrepiece last year and had my boyfriend’s mom and grand mother leave with one. They were so excited and it really shows that extra thought.

Bonus tip: if you have the time, get crafty and creative- everyone loves personal touches!

Stay tuned for this year’s Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Happy Planning

vendor spotlight: Peachy Keen Studio

A few weeks ago, when I first met Courtney I was so excited to come across such a sweet vendor in the wedding industry. She showed up to our coffee date with a stylish look, an open mind and of course, a flawless face!

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With her experience in the industry, her unique approach to each bride and her super fun personality- I would highly recommend and trust her with any of my clients, friends or family!

The vendor spotlight series is all about answering the most commonly asked questions by brides. So girls, this is all about you!

1. How far in advance should I book my make up artist? Due to high demand, specifically for wedding dates set between May-Setember, brides should try to book at least 6 months in advance.

2. Do you travel to me or do I come to you? I am a fully mobile service on your wedding day! I am happy to travel to the location of your choice including salons, hotels or your home.

3.  Is there a trial involved? Yes! Trials are highly recommended and are a perfect way for you to receive a little bit of pampering during what can often be a hectic or stressful time during wedding planning. Trials are done out my home studio.

4. What is included in the most common package? Airbrushed foundation is quickly becoming the most popular service that I offer. It provides flawless coverage that feels light and airy without being cake-y or heavy. Airbrushing is fade proof, sweat proof and tear proof.. a must for brides!

5. What make up brand will you be using? My makeup kit s filled with brands including MAC, Urban Decay, Too Faced and Smashbox. I also have several professional brands that are made specifically for flash photography.. perfect for brides. During your trial we will discuss the look you would like and choose the best brad for your skin tone and type.

6. Will you be available for touch ups on my wedding day? Of course, I am happy to stay behind and provide any touch ups for pictures or throughout the evening.

7.  How many people can you accommodate in my wedding party? Is there a minimum/maximum? There is no minimum however maximums depend on the time frame of your day. Alone, I can accommodate up to 10 ladies providing it is a comfortable time frame. If you have a smaller window to get prepared, an assistant can accompany me for no extra charge to you- we want to ensure the morning runs smoothly for you.

8. What is your favourite part of being in the wedding industry? I would have to say that meeting brides for the first time is certainly my favourite. each bride is so unique. They all have a different love story and a different vision for their special day..Being able to meet them during such an exciting new chapter is such an honour for me. I also love seeing their completed look as they leave my studio and feel so happy and even more excited for their special day!

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For more information about Courtney, her talent and her services, check out her website here, and her Facebook page here.

Happy Planning!