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30.11.07

Pink Sugar Dots

The fantastically talented Delina Breeding, owner and designer of the Paper Sugar Dots line of stationary, emailed me to let me know about her beautiful, and uniquely stylized cards. Her designs are “edgy, chic and loaded with elements of fashion.” I think you’re going to love these as much as I do…

From the bridal line (LOVE the redhead):
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From the gigi collection (LOVE gigi loving shoes):
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Invitations (LOVE the first one!):
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For your holiday cheer (LOVE them all!):
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She also has calling cards and cards for “hot mamas”, and fashionista, retro, and brown sugar collections. They are all equally fabulous.

And, she’s offering 15% off all online orders – so order soon!
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27.11.07

My DIY

The ever fabulous Abby of Style Me Pretty has launched a new challenge! This time it’s a DIY Contest. You just have to submit three to five photos of a DIY from your wedding with resources and how-to’s listed. The submissions need to be in by the 15th of December.

So, I thought I would enter, as I was a DIY bride myself. But, I’m not sure which element to present, so I was wondering if all you fabulous visitors could help me pick. Please and thank you!

Which of the following shall I enter? Or, which element would you like to see more information and instructions?

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1 Ceremony Decor; Arch and Tissue Paper Aisle Pomanders
2 Wedding Pie
3 Bridesmaid Survival Kits
4 The Kissing Tree
5 Signage
6 Water Bottles
7 Reception Decor; Centrepieces, Place Cards, Escort Cards, Etc.
8 Cookie Box Favours
9 Stationary
10 Gifts

Please leave a comment to vote! Or email me!

26.11.07

Real Wedding ::: Melanie + Patrick

We’ve had the most glorious autumn, exactly what it should be, a little chilly with the sun still shining, what I call leather jacket weather. Today, however, is the first day it really feels like winter. The temperature has dropped below -14°C (7°F), and it is about -25°C (-13°F) if you factor in the chill of the wind. So, even though I love winter and Christmas, I have the majority of my presents purchased, and the décor is going up next weekend. I just didn’t feel like posting anything frosty today, I feel like something warm.

So, I’m recalling a wedding I saw on Erin Gilmore’s blog. It was the wedding of Michelle and Patrick; you can’t get any warmer than this. Dahlias and orchids, butterflies and canoes. What I love about this wedding is the serious frivolity and unadulterated amount of fun everyone appears to be having. See for yourself…

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22.11.07

Woodwick

I'm almost sad to post something new because I just love looking at the sugar hearts! But, I found something else neat! I was at Chapters when I saw this pretty candle, and I liked it even better when I noticed that it has a wooden wick that crackles like a fire when it's lit. I love unique finds.

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Virginia Candle Company

20.11.07

I Heart Heart Shaped Sugar

I got so excited when I saw these! Who gets excited about little heart shaped sugar cubes that sit primly and perfectly on the rim of your coffee cup? Me. Party hostesses, event planners, wedding producers. Me.

Just imagine for a moment, you've cut the cake, it's being served to your guests, the guests reflect upon the most perfect wedding they have ever been to. What could be more perfect? When their cup of coffee is placed in front of them with this darling little heart on the rim.

Sigh.

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Found at Sur La Table.

19.11.07

Gal Pals

A while ago Liene of Blue Orchid Designs posted a wonderful idea to bring an exceptionally nice hanger to hang your dress from when your phototgrapher is taking that must have photo of your wedding dress. Brilliant.

I found some nice hangers (enough for the bridesmaids dresses too) and now I need a bigger "Wedding Day Emergency Kit". (Anyone know where I can find a really big pink toolbox?) Now that I'll have more room, I can fill it with more stuff.

I've now added one of my favourite handy things. Gal Pals. Have you heard of them? They've definitely saved my LBD and my embarassment from those dreaded white deodorant marks.

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They are so simple to use, you just take the cute little pink sponge and wipe it on your clothing in the direction of the grain of the fabric and ... that's it! Gone.

They come in a travel size too!
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17.11.07

The Knot's 10 Most Daring Wedding Gowns

My sister, Jodi, sent me a link to MSN featuring The Knot's Top 10 Most Daring Wedding Gowns . I don't necessarily agree that these are all *daring*. Different yes; daring, only some.

If you were going to be *daring* which would you pick?

Pnina Tornai Exclusively for Kleinfeld
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St. Pucchi
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Jenny Packham
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Vera Wang
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Reem Acra
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Claire Pettibone
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Ines Di Santo
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Atelier Aimee
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Platinum for Priscilla of Boston
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Junko Yoshioka for Bonaparte NY
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The blue mermaid style by Reem Acra is my favourite.

14.11.07

Real Wedding ::: Lindsay + Josh

Two Calgarians, Lindsay Olson and Josh Woitas, were married in Banff on the 3rd of November in a winter wonderland dreamed up and produced by the vastly talented team at Table Talk.

The princess bride wore three different gowns, the groom two tuxedos, there were 800 guests, a 24-foot bar made of ice, nine tiers made up the cake, and 15,000 thousand Swarovski crystals. It even snowed on the first dance.

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The Venue: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Conference Centre. This was the largest event ever held at the Banff Springs.

The Crew: Event planner extraordinaire Lynn Fletcher of Table Talk organized the event, with help from an additional 300 people from more than 40 different vendors.

The Flowers: The church ceremony was decorated by The Nosegay floral shop in Calgary, and the reception by Willow Haven in Canmore.

The Invitations: The invitations, guest gift boxes and place cards by Plush Invitations.

The Cake: Nine tiers and nine flavours, by Barb LaBerge of Cake Creations in Canmore.

The Photographs: The esteemed Alan Maudie of course. I posted most of the pictures but you can find a few more on maudieblog.

There was a story published in the Calgary Sun you can read here.

Fairytales really do come true.

Saima Says Design

Saima Khan is the brilliant designer behind Saima Says Design . Her invitation suites can only be described as exquisite. Saima consults with each bride and groom to create a wedding invitation unique to the couple and custom designs the stationary with their story and wedding in mind.

Absolutely luxurious...

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13.11.07

The Proposal - Part I

My husband is pretty fantastic, he thought long and hard about how he wanted to propose to me in a way that would be perfect for us. He wanted to find a spot that would always be there, a place we can go back to and reminisce; he didn't want to ask me in our house in case we moved someday, and he didn't want to propose in some anonymous restaurant in case it ever closed. He proposed at 8,000 feet, on the top of a mountain called 'Blue Heaven'. The chair lift is called 'Stairway to Heaven' and afterward we skied down a run called 'Cloud Nine'.

Where would your perfect proposal be?

A picnic?
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On the beach?
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Or like this guy asked this girl? In a gallery. This is incredible; a must watch... See below...

The Proposal

8.11.07

Pretty Pretty Table

Couldn't this picture just inspire your entire wedding? The rich celadon and crisp white are so fresh and young against the dramatic and ornate fireplace; one could spin this classic look into many different theme ideas: a bridesmaids luncheon just off a sandy beach, “Brunch at Tiffany’s” for your mom, sisters, cousins, aunts and grandmothers. Or, in honour of the upcoming season, one could whirl this into a frosty, glamorous, winter wedding with ease. What does this inspire in you?

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Love the use of the paper flowers, and, can you see? They've set the table with the spoons down. Love that too!

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7.11.07

Pretty Pretty Purses

Wouldn’t one of these lovelies make a wonderful accoutrement to your bridal fair?

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And I can't resist adding this last handbag:
{One} because it showcases the dreamy pink lining
{Two} because it also depicts the complementing compact mirror, and
{Three} because it’s called the Tallulah Clutch. Love it.

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All of this glory can be found at Chlorine Los Angeles where they sell these refurbished and artuflly embellished vintage handbags.

6.11.07

Martha Stewart Christmas Crafts

Martha Stewart Crafts has launched their Christmas products. It's just lovely, as per usual. The two main lines appear to be Frost and Woodland . They have their unique "do-it-yourself" kits available to make all sorts of holiday decorations to enhance your home. And they have a wonderful line of food packaging so you can share you baking and treat making with all of your friends and family. It's all just simply divine. Simply Martha.

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2.11.07

Weekend Away

Now I'm off with my bestest friends for a girly weekend away in the majestic and scenic Canmore, Alberta, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

Mostly for fun, and a little bit of trouble...

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Bye!

Full Beautiful Fall

That’s fun to say, full-beautiful-fall. A little alliteration. Hee hee! All right, all right, blogging on...

I have neglected to post a fall board as of yet because I’ve been collecting photos for some time and I want it to be just perfect! But, if I hold out much longer autumn will be over. For fall is my favourite…

I stumbled upon this illustration by Gerald Kelly , an incredibly talented illustrator. Warning: if you go to his site you’re more than likely going to spend some time there. He does wonderful work, another favourite is a “portrait” he’s done of Audrey Hepburn. Love her. Love him.

So, with this as my inspiration,...
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I created this board...
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I haven't listed the photo sources here only because I'm in a rush. If you'd like the source leave a comment and I'll post them.

1.11.07

Be My Guest

Hi,
I've noticed that the number of visitors to my blog is increasing a bit and I'd love to know who you are, and if you have any feedback and comments. Let me know what you like and what you don't like; offer suggestions and ask questions. Please, please, please, if you have anything to say please leave a note! I'd love to hear from you.

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