Phuong & David at Terrace Banquet Hall

Working with Phuong and David to plan their wedding was a lot of fun as they were possibly the most laid back couple I've had so far. Open to ideas and suggestions made planning a breeze and the fact that Phuong has a very creative sister was a bonus. Everything from the gorgeous paper flower backdrop to the floral centrepieces was all handmade. Definitely any bride that needs some DIY tips should connect with her. 

Phuong and David exchanged personal vows amongst family and friends before heading off for photos. Their reception was filled with games and lots of dancing so if you were at their wedding you would have made sure to bring your favourite pair of dancing shoes. The bridal party finished off the night with a lip sync battle which opened up the dance floor for guests to show off their moves.

Congratulations again Phuong and David Phandanouvong, truly the real dancing King & Queen. 

Captured By: Andes Lo Photography

5 tips you need to know when creating your Wedding Day Itinerary

A wedding day itinerary or timeline is a break down of events that happen on your wedding day to ensure that it runs smoothly. Not only will it be more organized, it also keeps everyone on track especially if you are paying some vendors by the hour. Here are my 5 tips you need to know when creating your wedding day itinerary.

1.     Start and stop time of vendors – This is often overlooked as most couples assume that they have their vendors for the entire day. Make sure that you check each vendor’s start and stop time when creating your order of events. Another point that couples should remember is that for most vendors unless stated otherwise their X amount of hours are continuous. You are essentially paying for their time to be at your wedding and therefore they won’t be able to take on another client. So if you have a break in between your ceremony and reception it is good to keep this in mind.

2.     Be realistic with time slot allocation – Talk to your vendors, ask them approximately how long they will need for them to do their job if you are unsure. You hired professional for your wedding because of their professional expertise, so why not have them give you the approximate time. Once you ask your vendors, you’ll be surprised that most of your wedding itinerary is complete.

3.     Always add a buffer – You never know if Aunt Susan has a surprise gift for you that she needs 5 minutes of your time as she watches you open it or if you need to run to the washroom in between your dress change. When I create my timeline for my brides, I always like to add in an extra 5-7 minutes after major events just so everyone has some time to breathe and enjoy the moment.

4.     Plan B options – This is especially important for couples who are planning an outdoor ceremony or reception or both. What will happen if bad weather hits? Will the ceremony be moved inside? Will the area be tented? Who will move the furniture? Having Plan B options in place or even creating a plan B timeline would save you, vendors and the guests a lot of stress on the wedding day.

5.     Review, review, review – Lastly, you can never be too sure with your wedding itinerary. Because it is something that you have worked on over and over again, there might be some things that you may have overlooked without knowing. Maybe you forgot to add in parent dances as you were too focused on managing speeches. A fresh pair of eyes will definitely help point out anything that is out of place.

And there you have it, 5 useful tips to help you when creating your wedding day itinerary. Of course, if you have a wedding planner then this is just useful information as your planner would have this all sorted out for you. I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to follow along on social media for additional tips from the industry.

 

7 tips for styling a sweets table

As we move into the midst of the holiday season, many of us will either be attending parties or hosting them. Here are 7 tips to help you create a stunning sweets table that will leave your guests in awe.

1.    Choose a theme – First and foremost every sweets table design starts with a theme. The theme will also help you determine your colour palette. It can come from anywhere whether it is the time of the year, your favourite movie, place, moment etc. There are lots of great ideas on the Internet which I’m sure will help get your creative mind working.

2.     Choose a Focal Point“In fine art, a focal point focuses specifically on a point of interest which makes a canvas unique” Most sweets table use a cake as a focal point but there is no set rule. If you won’t be serving any cake, options such as a macaroon tower or floral arrangements works just as well. Think of the focal point as your showstopper piece.

3.    Play with different heights – You will be surprised that having ordinary desserts presented at different levels creates an interesting presentation. I always love to divide my table into 2-3 levels. Main level usually for flat desserts and/or larger items such as cookies, mini cupcakes, tarts, and lollipops. For the mid section I would display desserts on stands like cake pops, éclairs, and doughnuts. On the highest level I place the cake and a few fancy desserts making sure they get all the attention they deserve.

4.    Balance is key – Not all sweets table have to be symmetrical like the one I have here, but do keep in mind to keep your table balance. By balance I mean if you have something on one side, you should balance the table out with something similar in height or width on the other. This will result in a perfectly planned looking table.

5.     Odd numbers are aesthetically pleasing – Making another reference to art anything that is grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable and effective. When designing the table, although you need to remember to be balance try to group your items in 3s or 5s if you want to draw attention to them.

6.    A Variety of Desserts – The thing that makes sweets table so amazing is the variety of desserts options available to your guests. You can have mini doughnuts, cheesecake, and sugar cookies, bulk candy, cake pops, cupcakes; the list goes on and on. I would recommend staying within 5-8 options so there is enough interest on the table.

7.    Décor & Backdrop – Finally, the thing that completes all sweets table is décor. Adding bits of relevant décor items and a backdrop adds interest and will bring the entire table together.

Remember, like with any creative project there is no right or wrong. Just have fun with it and your guests will definitely be impressed

Style Shoot - The Vintage Tea Party

For my second creative shoot I wanted to choose a theme that was completely opposite from the first. I wanted a theme that had lots of character and unique details, with that being said, I decided my second theme to be a vintage tea party. The idea came to me while I was browsing Chapters one afternoon and came across The Vintage Tea Party book by Angel Adoree where she gives tips on hosting the perfect party. I thought to myself what a great theme it would be going back to old traditions, proper etiquette and vintage ways. Most of the vendors from this shoot were from my first one with the addition of Jamie from Dreamy Faces and Icon Models who provided me with two gorgeous models that were lovely to work with. (Not to mention, they made a perfect pretend couple) I really hope that you guys enjoy this shoot as much as the first one. 

Planning and Styling - A Blush Moment | Photography - Evolylla | Venue - Willow Springs Winery | Bridal Gown - Elmwood Brides | Flowers - Flowers by Terry | Cake - A Cake Story | Sweets Table - Sweet Lovely Bakes | Stationery - Impressions | Models - Icon Model | Make up - Dreamy Faces

Wedding Invitation Kit - What to include

Stationery:  Impressions

Stationery: Impressions

Hello again,

It's been a little over a month since the launch and I wanted to share with your guys some tips on wedding invitations. I am planning a wedding for a beautiful couple for fall of next year and I thought that this would be helpful for couples in general.

With the ever evolving traditions of weddings it could get pretty confusing of what to include or not include in your invitation kit. However, regardless of what you choose to include, wedding invitations all serve one main purpose. They are the initial communication between you as the couple to your guests.

Usually wedding invitations should be finalized and ordered 6-9 months before the wedding date. This allows time for them to be printed, packaged and ship to you. An invitation kit usually includes: the invitation itself, RSVP cards, RSVP envelopes, map and directions, and accommodations cards.

The Invitation: The initial communication between you and your guest. This should include details such as date, time, and place of your wedding ceremony and/or reception. If you plan on having a different guest list for your ceremony vs. your reception you will need to print them separately.

RSVP Cards & Envelopes: The invitation is your communication to your guest and the RSVP card is their way of communication back. This generally indicates to them how many are invited and if children will be present at the wedding. Having a stamped envelope with your returning address is ideal so that this way all your guest has to do is fill out the RSVP and drop if off in the mail. 

Map and Directions: A simple eligible map with written directions helps those that aren’t familiar with the area of your venue. They are also extremely helpful for those out-of-town guests.

Accommodations Cards: Accommodation cards are used for out-of-town guest which list things for them to do and see during their stay while they attend your wedding. Most out-of-town guest stay a weekend or if they are travelling a great distance maybe even longer. This is not mandatory and not always included if the majority of your guest are locals, but it is a nice gesture.

Now keep in mind, there are no set rules on what must and must not be included; after all this is your wedding and you’re are entitled to include whatever you want. I hope you enjoyed reading and remember to follow for more wedding tips and tricks.

Style Shoot - A Lemon Party

Today I would like to share with you my first time collaborating a creative shoot ever….ever, ever, ever. The process took about 4 months from planning, to styling, to execution and I was just filled with all kinds of emotions. I was nervous, anxious and excited all at the same time. 

The shoot took place at the McClean house at the Estates of Sunnybrook located on Bayview just south of Lawrence. The McLean house is just 1 of 3 beautiful spaces available for weddings and private events at Sunnbrook. You can read more about the venue here. This creative shoot was a huge collaboration with 8 other vendors within the GTA. You will be able to see their work with the photos below.

To be honest, there was no real reason as to how or where this theme came about. I wanted something fresh, simple and modern since the weather was getting nicer and I wanted to showcase a little bit of my style. Lemons were fresh, versatile and simply easily accessible. They were used everywhere as place card holders, lemonade, incorporated into the flower arrangements as well as decor on the sweets table. Although this creative shoot was a lot of work I felt a sense of accomplishment once it was done. I had so much fun working with all the vendors and styling this shoot, I really hope you guys love it as much as i do.

Planning and Styling - A Blush Moment | Photography - Evolylla | Venue - Estates of Sunnybrook | Bridal Gown - Elmwood Brides | Flowers - Flowers by Terry | Cake - A Cake Story | Sweets Table - Sweet Lovely Bakes | Stationery - Impressions | Decor - FOS Decor