Luxe Proposals at The Gladstone Hotel //

Today I was able to put all the experience I have gained so far in the industry to the test on my very first proposal with Luxe Proposals. With a very short timeframe and helping hands from Tara Joshi, Pippa Girling and Kim and Karen Lee we were able to pull this romantic, creative and unique proposal off!

Situated at The Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street West this boutique art hotel was the perfect venue for this proposal. We decided to rent out The Ballroom space in the hotel because of its Victorian setting and artsy vibe.

Our client Jas has been doing long distance with his girlfriend from England to Toronto for several years and finally decided to pop the question. He wanted the setting to be romantic, rustic and artsy as well as incorporating a few of their special moments together which included love letters, PS I Love You and Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are.

A huge thanks to all these talented individuals and vendors that helped make this proposal happen!

Venue: The Gladstone Hotel // Planning & Design: Luxe Proposals // Florals: Highland Evergreen Supply + Jong Young Flower Market // Photography: Simply Lace Photography // Vocals: Leila Dey // Rentals & Decor: MB Designs Inc. //

 

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Small Biz Sunday

This Saturday I ventured into the city to attend a much anticipated Holiday Market hosted by a familiar vendor in the wedding industry, Crown Flora Studio. This two day event showcases some of Toronto’s local handmade makers that specialize in uniuqely crafting textiles, knits, jewelry and soaps (to name a few), as well as spread cheer for the holidays!

These markets are a great way to bring people together to celebrate not only the holidays but to also celebrate small businesses and shopping locally. My favourite vendor at this event was Korinne Vader who handcrafts goods that “reflect the beautiful imperfection of nature and humankind”. From hand sewn clothing to ceramic accessories (which I bought!) her goods are timeless pieces created from a love for the homemade. Her booth at the holiday market was a huge hit among shoppers and I’m so glad I was able to support her small business! Click on the link below to be directed to her site where you can shop all her handmade goods!

Shop Corinne Vader

Participating along with Korinne Vader were the following vendors:

// If you have a love for handcrafted goods and support small businesses please check them out, they are all incredible //

ALVÉOLE
BAD SEED COMPANY
BAKESHOPPE
CRYWOLF
ELLINGWOOD SOAP CO
GLORYHOLE DOUGHNUTS
GOLD APOTHECARY
JB+DG
D’ANDREA DESIGNS
KERRI WESTLAKE
KORINNE VADER
LOUISE KOO
MICHÈLE GUEVARA
NICOLE MANEK
RUGGED LOT
TOP DRAWER CANADA
WEEKENDER SUPPLY

 

 

 

Shoe Taste Thursday

Well folks, it’s that time of the week again, when Thursday rolls around and I get to so joyfully feature another great pair of shoes (because I mean, who doesn’t love shoes). There is nothing I love more than suede and glitter so in preparation for the holidays this weeks, shall I say the “shoe award” goes to Cubana, a Portugal based brand for creating the Ciara Glitter Bootie.

This beautifully made suede and metallic combination will add style and pizazz to any outfit, guaranteed! You can find this shoe at your local Anthropologie with a pretty hefty markdown from its original price tag.

You can find the direct Quickshop link below if this shoe tickles your fancy!

Cubanas Ciara Glitter Bootie

 

 

 

Small Biz Sunday

“Small Biz Sunday” will be a continued weekly posting simply dedicated to recognizing small businesses in Toronto and California. I’m not going to lie to you, I used to be one of those people that would ONLY shop at the big-chain retailers without giving local, unique businesses a chance.

All that has changed, and I’m so glad that it has. Over the past 8 months (thanks to my internship with Love by Lynzie) I have been introduced to a handful of local businesses and entrepreneurs whether it be working, sourcing or partnering that really opened my eyes to the benefits of small businesses.

Small businesses are a big deal and if you don’t support it yet you should definitely get on board. These businesses, whether it be your local coffee shop, craft store, Etsy artist or florist are fueled by passionate individuals that essentially serve as the “backbone” to your community. These businesses return more to your community by creating and providing more job opportunities than big chain retailers do, not to mention they thrive on building relationships with their customers with a personable and passionate approach.

Support the community you live in and celebrate small businesses. Shop locally and give back, it just makes sense!

The feature small business of this week is Marley & Alfie, a handcrafted style and accessories line based out of California by Cindy Tung. What started out as a strict jewelry line passion quickly catapulted into full-time career and business in May of 2014. Her line ranges anywhere from lush texturized “lucky” horseshoes to vibrant and bright pompom necklaces. I discovered her line while here in California and quickly fell in love. You can find her line in various local mercantile shops around California or her very popular Etsy page. Every piece is handcrafted with love, care and attention to detail with a very reasonable price tag. Access to her social media accounts are listed below as well as a direct link to her Etsy page.

Marley & Alfie: Marley & Alfie Website

Marlie & Alfie Etsy: Etsy Website

Instagram: @marleyandalfie

A few of my favourite pieces…

 

Choosing your Wedding Photographer

Choosing your wedding photographer is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make next to your wedding date and venue.

Unfortunately your wedding day is just that – one day, but fortunately if you find the right photographer those memories will last a lifetime, capturing and preserving the décor, emotions and everything in between that made that day so special.

When it comes to professional photography, portfolios are key in doing research and essentially are the first steps in the process. There are so many wedding photographers out there and finding the right one to capture the memories you want is everything. The hard truth is that photographers usually book gigs about a year in advance so finding a photographer sooner than later is essential. I highly suggest asking for recommendations from your wedding planner, and even venue manager as they build preferred and favoured contacts in the industry.

Once you have narrowed down your options and chosen a list of your “favourites” it’s time to take a defined look into their services and start eliminating those who don’t meet your needs, style and tone. Obviously budget is a key factor in the elimination process but it is also important to keep in mind those photographers that will meet your specific needs. Are you looking for traditional photography or are you interested in a more playful, free-spirited theme? An experienced, talented photographer will listen to your needs, wants and vision and be able to identify and articulate it flawlessly.

After you have narrowed down your list to a few key photographers it is absolutely essential that you sit down with them and make sure that you and your fiancé can build a relationship with them, not only on a professional level, but a personal one as well. This photographer will be there with you for the majority of your wedding day and you have to be confident that you can not only trust them but also ultimately have fun with them. I have worked with a handful of wedding photographers during my internship with Love by Lynzie and I can always tell those who are just there as another job versus those that are deeply passionate about connecting with the couple and their guests. Listen carefully when you are meeting; do you feel like you are being sold, or are they providing genuine and intriguing responses to your questions, ideas and concerns?

Once you have found “the one” it is important to review and discuss the contract being upheld. While you want to book your photographer immediately make sure you read over all the details before officially signing. Such topics that should be outlined are; should you expect an assistant alongside your photographer, what parts of your wedding day will be covered and how many hours will be available to you as well as the specific type of photographs you want (style, tone etc).

In my experience I have worked alongside two photographers that I feel are among the best; Scarlet O’neill and Jennifer Van Son. These photographers are truly a delight to work with. They are professional, personable and connect extremely well with clients, guests and vendors. They have years of experience and stunning portfolios that speak for themselves. Below I have provided a link to their websites and Instagram handles. I highly suggest if you are in search for a photographer to check these ladies out immediately!

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Scarlet O’neill

Website: Scarlet O’neill Photography // Instagram: @scarletoneill

Jennifer Van Son

Website: Jennifer Van Son Photography // Instagram: @jennifervansonphoto

 

 

Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the YEAR //

Well folks, the colour gods have spoken, this week Pantone released their colour of the year for 2017 and what a rejuvenating and refreshing colour it is! Pantone has named the 2017 colour of the year “Greenery”. This bright and zesty pop of green mixes shades of yellow and green to evoke the beginning of springs season when nature’s greens come alive. According to Pantone this new colour is “Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” 

Looking back on Pantone’s 2016 colour(s) of the year; Rose Quartz (a soft pink) and Serenity (a muted periwinkle blue), Greenery is definitely a huge leap from the two pastel colours we saw in charge and in my eyes I think this leap is a great way to kick off the new year.

We’ve already seen pops of Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year in the Spring 2017 runway shows but how will it work its way into the 2017 wedding industry? It is no secret that greens are a staple colour that many couples and planners incorporate into their wedding palette but I do believe we will be seeing more of this fresh, bright green whether it be incorporated into the florals, tabletop accents (goblets, dinnerware) or into the stationary aspect such as the save-the-date or invitation suite. This colour is sure to be a hit come the Spring 2017 wedding season and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

Shoe Taste Thursday //

Starting today I am going to be doing a weekly posting every Thursday called “Shoe Taste Thursday”. For anyone who knows me knows that I have a slightly minor (ok, maybe major) shoe addiction. To me, shoes are what will always pull your outfit together so over the years I have developed a pretty rad shoe collection that ranges from your everyday sandal to your night out designer bootie. Shoe Taste Thursday’s are my way of expressing and showcasing a weekly shoe that I think needs to be in the lime light.

This week, the feature Shoe Taste Thursday goes to Kristin Cavallari and her line Chinese Laundry, more specifically her Santorini Bootie. This bootie is a 10/10 for me, I have both her old season and new season design. This bootie combines an intriguing textural mix of two-toned suede and glazed snake-embossed leather to create this sophisticated, stylish and comfortable shoe.

Unfortunately, last seasons style that came in Emerald/Navy + Beige/Black is no longer on the market anymore but her latest season style is just as fun with many new colour combinations. She offers three colour combinations this season, two of which follow a very neutral palette while the third is for the brave style setter who loves colour and creativity.

Here is a link to purchase the shoe if you feel like this bootie suits your style and personality!

Chinese Laundry Santorini Bootie

Bougs, Beads & Bricks – The Love by Lynzie Palm Springs Shoot //

Over the past two months during my internship with Love by Lynzie I had the pleasure of helping coordinate, plan and execute a wedding editorial photo shoot in Palm Springs, CA. Lynzie has always loved Palm Springs and exposing her business into the Southern California market was a no brainer as some of the biggest and most talented industry leaders reside here.

The name we titled the shoot was “Bougs, Beads and Bricks”. During the initial planning stages that title got thrown around a lot when discussing inspirations and overall vibes of the shoot, and from there it kind of just took off! Bougainvillea was the main inspiration for this shoot, alongside that we wanted a very colourful palette, unstructured florals, a retro bead backdrop curtain and colourful bricks for styling purposes.

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What I Learned From A Calligraphy Course //

As a wedding planner it is known that calligraphy plays a major role in the design element of ones wedding. It is the centre of most of the navigational & instructional signage, invitation suite, bar and dinner menu as well as any other decor pieces. When I first started getting into wedding planning I knew I wanted to learn calligraphy, not only for personal use but so one day I would be able to offer that service to clients. I think it is an amazing skill to have especially if you are in such a creative field like the wedding industry.

I opted to take a beginners online course from Brit + Co. called Calligraphy 101 with Lauren Essel. For those of you who don’t know who Lauren Essel is, she is pretty much a god in the calligraphy world. Based out of Texas with over 28,000 social followers Lauren has made a huge name for herself as a wedding invitation designer + calligrapher.

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