2014 favorites

As the end of the year approaches, we’ve taken a moment to look back at 2014 and we are feeling so blessed for the wonderful moments we were able to share with friends, family and clients (as well as their friends and family!)

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The best brunch with the best friends!

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Some fun in the sun celebrating a very special birthday!

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Beautiful weddings in beautiful spaces with BLE!

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An exciting delivery from Martha Stewart Home Office/Avery Products.

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2 amazing shoots with the oh so talented Whitney Heard Photography (more to come!)

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A girls trip with a great view

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More wonderful weddings!

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A roadtrip to to the sunny south with my favorite guy was the best way to relax after a crazy/busy/awesome summer

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Bought this book one morning, finished it that afternoon. Loved it.

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Hosted the first TCD networking event!

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Our first home was purchased in 2014. I can’t wait to truly make this house a home, make the new TCD office an inspiring space and create heart warming experience for all who visit!

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Thank you to everyone who was part of the big moments, and the small moments of 2014, we cannot thank you enough for your support, friendships, challenges and laughs!

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Wishing everyone a 2015 filled with love, success and happiness!

fall diy

Happy Monday everyone!

Today’s post is all about bringing fall into your home with easy DIY projects from some of our favorite bloggers.

With thanksgiving entertaining just one week away, let’s get inspired!

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 I just love this hydrangea wreath, it’s full and colorful yet not too busy!

Follow the easy steps here

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Everyone has a few empty frames lying around, what a great way to bring fall into your decor

Find the details here

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LOVE. I can’t wait to make this gold dipped feather garland!

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Glitter. Pumpkin. Candleholder. Love this project!

Happy Crafting!

fall menus

Are you planning a dinner party, choosing your wedding menu or simply loving this season?

Not only are these menus completely fall inspired and comforting, their presentations are oh so lovely!!

Enjoy

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Happy Planning!

 

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Fall is here!

The crisp air, the change in the color of the leaves and the nutmeg-cinnamon-pumpkin flavoured everything!

During my walk this evening I found myself dreaming of the sweet details that would be created for this season and next season’s fall weddings.. I felt giddy just thinking about the upcoming projects! (you know you love what you do when..)

Today I thought I would share a few of these details with all of you and inspire your fall decor!

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Gold rimmed plates, metallic paint, a simple name tag and a tiny pumpkin- perfection! I just love this look.

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The season is all about comforting foods, warm colors and natural pieces.

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Stay tuned- fall entertaining tips, wedding menus and DIY projects are coming soon!

Happy Planning

incorporating vintage

Vintage themed weddings and parties have been a huge trend the past few seasons. It really goes back to the something old, something new saying. More and more we are seeing couples incorporating old family pieces or simply great vintage finds into their special days.

Today’s post is all about finding that balance. Incorporating vintage yet still having those classic or modern pieces.

Decor

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Cake tables, signing tables and seating charts are a great place to add a lot of vintage pieces! Setting up a display where everyone will have time to stop and see is a perfect way to add those fun details or family gems!

Using old cake stands and vases are a really nice way to mix the vintage pieces with bright flowers and modern treats!

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Our friends over at The Millionaire’s Daughter have THE BEST consignment furniture pieces. How amazing is this wedding display one of their creative clients put together with an item from their Aurora location

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Happy Planning!

celebrate

to celebrate.

to rejoice in or have special festivities to mark (a happy day, event, etc)

I chose “planning personalized celebrations” as the tagline to my business because I loved the idea of celebrating.

I love being part of an exciting moment/day/event with my clients

To me, there’s an energy that comes with the idea of celebrating.

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For those of you who have invited and welcomed me in planning your celebrations big and small, thank you!              You make my days so exciting and give me something to celebrate

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!

an eco friendly wedding

In honor of Earth Day this week I am sharing some tips on keeping your wedding day eco-friendly yet still fabulous : )

1. From the very beginning, be kind to the earth by using biodegradable or recycled paper for your save-the-date and invitations. Less traditional bride? Set up a wedding website or send e-vites! No paper at all. Warning.. some e-mails do get lost in cyber space so make sure to follow up with everyone if you don’t hear back or aren’t sure.

2. Pick a venue that has/includes all the basics. Although a conservation area or outdoor space may seem like a great idea, it’s a blank slate and needs a lot to make it an efficient reception space. Think about the fuel that will be used to bring everything back and forth, the debris that may be left behind and the electricity you will need to make it all work. Not to mention, some historical sites or conservation areas are protected and do not allow trespassers on the grounds. Choose a garden or pretty outdoor location for your ceremony instead, the natural beauty would be a great backdrop!

3. Choose local vendors. Especially when it comes to catering. Local grown, organic food can be amazing and the menu will probably be a nice change for your guests.

4. Get creative with your favors. Donate to a charity that is special to you or choose a reusable gift. See ideas below:

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I love these soy candles or the pre planted flowers or succulents (give them in a glass jar that can be used over and over). Plant seeds in a biodegradable envelope are great too!

5. Plan a unique honeymoon. There’s an industry all about eco-tourism. Check out the website for ideas and suggestions. No matter where you go, if you are with your love you will have the best time!

products I love- the summer edition

It finally feels like Spring! Which means summer is just around the corner and I could not be more excited.

To me, summer means wedding season and amazing moments with  my clients, fun road trips with my guy and beach days with the girls!

As I get into the routine of healthier cooking, more regular exercise and feeling better overall, I am also restocking my favourite summer products.

I am often asked about which products I use so today’s post is all about sharing these great finds!

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Key West Aloe is my absolute favourite moisturizer! I love the light, fresh feeling and the subtle scent that brings me back to the Florida Keys! It’s the perfect everyday moisturizer and their collection is filled with great after sun products. Check out their website for shipping details.

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OPI Too Pink to Hold Em- the perfect bright summer polish for fingers and toes!

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This flip flop is my go-to for the every day running around. Comfortable, simple & cute (I have them in atleast 3 colors). You can find these at Spring or something similar at Aldo etc.

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I just love this color block maxi dress; It’s casual enough for running errands, but nice enough to be dressed up with a few accessories for a casual work day or dinner out with the girls. Best part? It’s affordable from Target!

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Maybelline’s Full N Soft is my favourite mascara for every day use. It’s waterproof, sweat-proof, does wonders for my lashes and lasts all day!

iLUXE Travel: Vendor Spotlight Part 2

A few weeks ago I published a post all about my chat with Shannon from iLUXE travel. I asked some of the top honeymoon related questions I get from brides and Shannon had the best answers! She truly is an expert in all things luxury travel and honeymoon planning.

Our conversation was filled with so much great advice that I actually had to write a second post, so today, in Part 2 of this vendor spotlight, I am sharing a few more of Shannon’s tips.

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“Planning your honeymoon should be an exciting and stress free occasion. Here are some things to consider when planning your perfect honeymoon.”

1.      When should I start planning my honeymoon? The sooner the better. Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways wants to make your honeymoon perfect so we will work as long this takes to achieve that. Planning ahead allows you time to budget accordingly and get necessary documents needed should you be traveling to destination where you need and do not already have.

2.      Have an idea of your Geography. Yes, Seychelles, Maldives and Fiji are amazing honeymoon destinations, but not if you have only one week for your honeymoon. Picking an exotic location is ideal if you have enough travel time and don’t mind long flights. Some locations require over a day traveling time and you will need to adjust to a time difference.

3.      Know your budget. Airline fares play a significant role when planning your budget. If you are a frequent traveler, save your mileage and try to use your accumulated mile points. Many credit cards also offer airline mileage awards that may assist you as well.

4.      When do you want to leave? If you are getting married on a Saturday, you may want to rethink traveling the next day, especially when traveling to the Caribbean as most flights leave in the morning.

5.      What type of honeymoon are you looking for? Discuss with your fiancé exactly what is most important for you to experience while on your honeymoon: adventure, relaxation, touring, a little of everything? Communication is the key, we will be able to provide options with you of where to go and stay.

6.      What kind of resort are you looking for? All inclusive? Adult only? Many resorts offer all inclusive options, allowing you to know ahead of time exactly how much you are going to spend. If one chooses a non-all-inclusive hotel and has a steadfast budget in mind, many resorts have menus on their website so you can get a general idea of what you will be spending for meals.

7.      Do I need a Visa, do I need vaccinations? Some destinations do require Visas; your travel professional will be able to advise you of that requirement and assist in obtaining them should you need. Also important is what type of passport you are traveling under and many countries are now requiring passports valid 6 months after entering country. Always best to confirm with your doctor if they suggest vaccinations to where you are traveling it to an exotic destination.

8.      I don’t need insurance, this is my honeymoon and I will never cancel. There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling. Travel Insurance provides protection for your travel investment in case an unfortunate situation arises, such as sickness, bad weather, or civil unrest at your planned destination; just to name a few

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