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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banner up

The third wedding shower post this week is all about the banner.

When we (the Bride and one of her bridesmaids) visited the venue in March, I noticed there was a great place to hang a banner along the beam that separates the raised platform from the rest of the pavilion. The head table will be up on the platform with the Bride and Groom at centre stage so I thought it be fun to hang a lovely message over their heads: CAYLUM LOVES AIMEE. And, to make things easy for the guests, it will be the official hashtag of the event.  #caylumlovesaimee

<My mom says what? A hashtag for an event is a basically a method of linking common communication through social media. If you want to post a remark or photo of the big day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. use the selected hashtag so you can share your stuff with fellow wedding guests and their network.> 

Anyway… back to the banner.

Aimee and Caylum’s wedding is at a vineyard so imagine gold, cream, champagne, corks, burlap, barrels and wine. With this in mind, I decided to go with a burlap backing and printed letters on top. Here are the steps:

  • First, I found a roll of burlap at MichaelsDSC_0991
  • I cut the burlap into 4 x 5 inch squares
  • I printed and cut each letter to fit individually on a burlap squareDSC_0996
  • I rounded the corners of each letter with a rounded paper cutterDSC_0998
  • I used Mod Podge to glue the letters to the burlapDSC_1002
  • With a small hole punch, I punched the top corners of each letter
  • And finally, I weaved twine through the holes and separated the letters appropriatelyDSC_1014

Voilà! An easy banner!DSC_1016

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a shower for the bride

It is Aimee and Caylum’s wedding in three weeks and to celebrate the bride, we hosted a shower this weekend at my place and I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of the day.

Here is the invitation I made which was sent out by email. Shower-1We started the day off at the spa getting mani and pedis.IMG_0669Then we went back to the house. The evening was spent with a great group of Aimee’s friends, family and family-to-be.

The baby’s breath will be at the wedding so we filled the house with arrangements.DSC_0037And added some corks because the wedding will be at a vineyard.DSC_0039I made a banner for the shower and wedding venue – plus, it’s a reminder of the hashtag for the event. #caylumlovesaimeeDSC_1016Erin made the Barefoot Contessa’s Rossinis as the custom cocktail.DSC_1028And she made three amazing quiche (mushroom and fontana cheese, spinach red pepper and feta, and arugula and bacon)DSC_1029The menu also included

  • Hot goat cheese dip and baguettes
  • Roasted red pepper dip with pita
  • Green salad with lemon dressing
  • Bruchetta
  • Brownies (Aimee’s mom’s recipe)
  • Feta, mint, water melon and tomato, basil,bocconcini skewers*


IMG_0671The favour was a bottle of nail polish.IMG_0674And, what is a party these days without a photo booth.DSC_0011DSC_1052DSC_0002Come back later this week for DIY details on how to make the banner and photo booth

* Plus, here is a picture of the skewers – I painted the ends with white and yellow. A very easy project!DSC_1011IMG_0627

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valley girls

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Aimee is getting married! What does this mean to you, my dear readers? It means you’ll get a front row seat in my part of the planning for the big day (mostly print and on-site coordination).


Aimee and Caylum are getting married in July at a vineyard in the valley. To give you an idea of the theme, you can refer to a previous wedding inspiration post here. On Saturday, the bride, one of her bridesmaids and I drove down to check out the site, take some measurements and sample the wine … when in Rome… 

It is hard to visualize a hot day in July with lots of flourishing grape vines, green grass and flower gardens when you are standing in a unheated room for two hours but, despite the snow and cold hands, we saw a lot of potential in the space are are very excited to put everything together.

Here is a sneak peak of the space. The wooden beams are already covered with white lights but the plan is to drape off-white fabric on the sloped ceilings leaving the sky light in the middle exposed. Mason jars filled with candles will be in abundance along with wine barrels and fabric covered chairs. The tables will be covered in off-white table clothes with craft paper liners and baby’s breath in jars. The white lights will also continue outside and into the gardens.

DSC_0436DSC_0428DSC_0425 DSC_0419DSC_0440 DSC_0423DSC_0434 DSC_0427DSC_0435 DSC_0442Stay tuned for a few DIY projects, the printed pieces and the big day!

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wedding inspiration : golden vineyard

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I love thinking about a great wedding palette and am going to start this new series (I Thee Wed) with a romantic vineyard setting for a mid-summer’s night wedding. A little bit of gold, pewter and blush combined with sparkles, lace and baby’s breath.

Let’s start with the colours:


And here is an inspiration board:

vineyard wedding

Voila! Wouldn’t this be a lovely day. xomeg

A. Mistletoe String Lights from Laura Ashley / B. Tashi-rose gold wedding hair comb / C. Oh Happy Day print / D. Skurar lantern (would spay paint gold) / E. Gold Mercury Votives / F. Starry lights / G. Champagne earrings / H. Lace and ribbon wedding Cake / I. Kate Spade Gardner Street pair of flutes / J. Decorative lace transparent tape / K. Tinsel Drink Stirrers (DIY) / L. Gold glitter LOVE script wedding cake topper / M. Fleur gold hair pin / N. Kate Spade Wedding Belles Alouette bag / O. Bouquet with grapes from the vineyard / P. Baby’s breath / Q. Charlotte Olympia Mae West woven and satin t-bar sandle / R. Gold feather / S. Oh Joy Petal Pusher wallpaper / T. Je T’aime banner / U. Fashionable strapless natural waist chiffon wedding dress

Psst… If you have an idea for another wedding theme let me know!