and that’s a wrap

Bare All for the Barre happened. It’s always good to debrief with one’s self after trying something new – in this case, it was joining a fundraising event committee.

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I thought it’d be no big deal. I’d design a bit of their promo materials, sign Mike up and pat myself on the back for doing my part. What I didn’t expect was to get emotionally involved.

It seemed like an easy task : 100 men doing one barre class : for a good cause. With beer, tacos, a DJ and a free t-shirt added in, who wouldn’t be up for this? Turns out men are a tough crowd to convince. Recruitment consumed a lot of time for our small committee but now that the party is a wrap, I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.

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What a spectacular night!

Thanks to everyone who came out and donated – especially my friends (even the ones I had to bribe) and a big shout out to all of the team, especially Elana and Kristin for bringing me on board.

See you next year!

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Photos: Taken from Facebook. Sorry, I don’t know who to give credit to but thanks.

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I was recently approached by a bride-to-be to create a custom thumbprint guest poster, which is a creative and memorable piece of artwork you can hang in your nest when the wedding is over. Like this:

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Each guest stamps their fingerprint on the poster and writes their name. Even though I didn’t work on Erin and Douglas’ other wedding designs (or even met them), I got the colours from the invite she sent and built the illustration from her suggestions and a few stock illustrations.

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Hopefully it looks something like this – a bunch of balloons carrying away the two lovebirds to happily ever after:

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What about you? What kind of guest book did you have?

Mike and I had comment cards .I still have and they’re awesome.

Most are so sweet and lovely “Congratulation! Couldn’t be happier for you both. Glad to share in your big day! Best wishes. PS. Thanks for the free booze” – Melissa

Some are funny: “I am writing this at the end of the evening. Kevin, Mat & Clyde are signing ‘Mustang Sally’ on karoke. Needless to say, this message will not be meaningful…” – Erin

and some (I think/hope) were forged, pretending to be my dad, like: “I wish I had a boat” – Mike Rushton

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wedding weekend recap

Aimee and Caylum are married!

Want to see some pics? There are a lot, and they’re not great because I was busy enjoying the party, but we don’t judge. right? First off, it was such a treat – and by far the most involved I’ve been in a wedding from start to end (besides mine). I appreciate that they let a rookie* take over the design and some of the planning.

First up, at the beginning of the year the initial print items were developed, including the invite, RSVP postcard and information card. Aimee sent me an inspiration board on Pinterest and we talked about fonts and colours that best matched their taste but also complimented the venue, which was a pavilion at a vineyard in the valley.Design-1Once the invites were sent out, more pieces were developed for the wedding day including signs, the seating chart, a guest card and a mad libs to keep the guests entertained. The table numbers were attached to corks and labels were put on the wine bottles for each table.Design-2 Design-3As mentioned, the wedding took place at a vineyard and the weather was hot, sunny and there was a full moon at night. The Bride was smart to suggest making the programme a fan – the guests certainly appreciated the gesture although I am sure her assembly crew (aka bridesmaids) did not enjoy all of the cutting and hole punching.DSC_0133 DSC_0143

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The day before the wedding, we arrived on site at lunch and started putting the space together. There were already strings of white lights up but everything else was brought in and the girls made the bouquets, boutonnieres and table arrangements on site. Tim, the tulle man spent the day on the ladder while the tables were set and most everything was put out.DSC_0111DSC_0119 DSC_0115 DSC_0112DSC_0116DSC_0129And here is the room coming together. DSC_0117 DSC_0120 DSC_0122DSC_0148 DSC_0147 DSC_0150 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4DSC_0127DSC_0132Because the floor was cobblestone, the couple provided flip flops for dancing. DSC_0124A special bouquet and candle were put on display for Aimee’s mother. DSC_0123On the morning of the wedding, a few finishing touches were done outside while the music was tested and the wine was poured. DSC_0134 DSC_0136 DSC_0142Finally, the Bride arrived (on time!) and the wedding began. DSC_0151 DSC_0158Once the ceremony and dinner were over, me my lovely friends (and team) and I took a few photos.DSC_0174 photo 1photo 22 photo 44Sparkles were lit when the sun went down.DSC_0227 DSC_0232 DSC_0234 DSC_0236And the tables moved to the side for dancing. I wish these photos turned out, wrong lens, wrong settings, but you get the picture. Good times.DSC_0237DSC_0269DSC_0301DSC_0322Congratulations Aimee and Caylum.

*Rookie as a professional wedding planner, not a rookie at anything else wedding related including design and styling. Call me. 

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i do!

Being a lady in my thirties, I’ve been to quite a few weddings over the past eight years (including my own) and all of them have been in the Maritimes with the exception of one. I pay a lot of attention to the details and have noticed there are a lot of reoccurring themes going on. This is in no way disrespectful because I have loved it all, but I does make me wonder if it’s just a Maritime-thing or if everyone get’s down and parties for the bride and groom like we do here.

Over the weekend I attended a friend’s wedding and the best part about it was that the guest list included my whole family. Despite the weather, the day was perfect. A mini-reunion!

I am excited to attend a good friend’s wedding at the end of the summer in Montreal… and with no pressure to the bride; I am curious to know what it is going to be like. Will there be dance circles and sing-a-longs? Sweet Caroline? Will there be a family member dancing on the table and a sports-commentator announcing the arrival of the bridal party? Will the toast be more like roast?

I am planning to work with my friend Shannon (my wedding photographer) this summer as her photo assistant at a couple of local weddings. It will be fun to get into the trenches and observe a few weddings like a fly on the wall. Watching strangers having a great time celebrating someone’s special day will hopefully inspire me to be more involved in event planning as a part of my career. Happy wedding season, love is in the air. –xo-meg

celebrating erin and cameron's wedding with aimee and jodie

celebrating erin and cameron’s wedding with aimee and jodie