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

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

September Goals

As a part of the wedding industry I spend the summer on- the- go. With client meetings, paperwork, DIY projects, weddings and squeezing in family events, I forget to sit back and reflect on the busy season and what my goals are moving forward. As I sit by the window with my pretty view and a cup of tea I have decided to make myself a list (yes, another list!) of September goals. Even though the month is looking very busy I want to make time for a lot of important things!

Business Goals

Complete new website and showcase services and photos of this summer’s work

Network with 5 new vendors in Southwestern Ontario

Plan an amazing party for a favorite vendor :)

Catch up on paperwork and adjust my business plan

Enjoy my week of vacation

Personal Goals

Make time for exercise, a walk to clear your mind can work wonders

Print photos and hang them

Try a new recipe every week ( i love to cook!)

Have dinner with the girls

and again, enjoy my week of vacation :)

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What are your goals this month? I find listing them makes me more accountable somehow.

Happy Planning!

DIY Wedding Favors

Happy Sunday everyone!

After spending the weekend away with family (yet still working on some fun DIY projects for upcoming weddings), I was thinking about how much we can save and how much fun we can have thanks to all the amazing step by step tutorials that are available online.

Yes, time is definitely a factor to consider when choosing the add DIY elements to your wedding or event, however if it is something you enjoy, it truly makes the details extra special.

Today’s post is all about DIY wedding (or party favors) and I am sharing some of the great ideas I have found online. Plus one of my own. Enjoy!

DIY Smore’s & Hot Cocoa

Ice Cream in a Jar - this is so unique and fun for a summer event!

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Chocolate Tasting

And for a winter wonderland wedding..

I love the idea of giving away a cookie cutter with a recipe. You can have a variety for people to choose from and it is something they can use over and over again to make memories with their families.

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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!

Style

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Details

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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!

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!

 

food stations & bars

Good morning everyone!

As I meet with new brides and hear about their visions, ideas and desires, I am so happy to hear food bars are still popular.

I am totally one of those people who would prefer to take my time, customize my meal and have lots of options! Interactive food is always a must in my family and I love that couples and caterers and doing such a great job at getting creative and incorporating this into weddings and events.

Here are some favourites for inspiration!

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From build-your own salad, to yogurt & ice cream bars, cookie bars and the smores station, these food bars are such a  fun way to get your guests walking around and creating a meal they are sure to enjoy!

Happy Planning

ceremony backdrops

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed the weather this weekend. Finally some spring-like temperatures and sunshine made for a beautiful Sunday.

Today’s post is all about ceremony decor.. I love a great backdrop and today i’m sharing my top 5 for this season.

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This fabric ribbon backdrop is so fun- it would look great behind the head table at the reception too!

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The outdoors, the lanterns, the fabric & the greens.. I just love this romantic look!

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They say less is more.. in this case the oak tree makes a huge statement without needing any otherdecor.

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These floating florals are so unique!

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2014 brides..what trends are you incorporating into your day? Please share, we would love to hear from you!

Happy Planning!

cake toppers

Hi everyone!

Remember these traditional cake toppers?

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These are long gone and couples are looking for more creative ways to top their cakes.

Today’s post is all about sharing a trend that I am loving right now.

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How cute are these custom banner cake toppers? Such a great detail!

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Although many couples are choosing cake alternatives such as pie bars, candy bars, cupcakes, macaroon towers etc. Cakes are still popular and these unique toppers make them so much fun.

Whether it be theme related, monogrammed or florals, these modern, personal touches to the traditional dessert make them that much yummier!

thanks for stopping by, wishing you all a wonderful day!

setting up your candy bar

 Candy bars have been super popular for a while now. They are great for weddings, birthdays, showers etc.

People are getting very creative and providing there guests with a nice alternative to traditional favors. Candy bars allow guests to get engaged in an activity and if done properly they look awesome too!

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 If you are considering a candy bar for your wedding, party or event, here are a few things to remember:

1. Determine a budget for this project- candy can get expensive quickly.

2. Pick a color or theme- this makes your candy bar part of the decor and can replace giving your guests favors! It also makes purchasing your candy a lot easier.

3. Make sure you have enough for everyone.

A good rule of thumb is to order between .2 and .25 pounds of candy per guest. For an event with 100 guest you should plan to have round 20-25 pounds of candy.

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The Wedding Planners suggest

Number of guests x 3, divided by 16 = Grand Total in pounds

For example, we have 155 guests at the wedding I am coordinating this weekend:

155 x 3= 465, then 465/16 = 29lbs of candy (for kilos divide by 2.2 = 13kg)

4. Have a designated person to refill the jars if necessary (this could be a planner, coordinator, catering member or someone from your wedding party). You don’t want the jars sitting empty when only half the guests have had a chance to participate.

5. Don’t forget scoops, tongs & signs. For a wow factor get a sparkly table cloth, backdrop and fun accessories that match your theme.

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happy planning!