Almost home from Mexico!

Hello all!
It has been a wonderful trip to Mexico, and I cannot wait to share my few photos! I have missed all my readers, and especially my brides, who I am sure are eager to tell me what has happened during my week away! 😉

More importantly I am so excited to pump you up for my big change happening December 1st! Stay tuned!
Whoopee!

Much love from Toronto International,

Ainsley

Your principal planner that is always on the go! Literally! 😉

Fashion Friday – Claire Pettibone

SO. I have had an obsession with a bridal designer for quite some time now. Claire Pettibone, is her name, and her dresses are FAB. U. LOUS! I cannot get over the intricate, delicate and INCREDIBLE backs on her gowns. They are simply fabulous.

Why don’t we just let her dresses speak for themselves!!!

OMG. Absolutely stunning. It is like always looking at this gorgeous vintage dress, BUT WAIT! Suddenly it becomes a blast from the 1920’s, then suddenly it is all so appropriately modern! –

Totally dying for this gorgeous very subtle ombre gown, however my favourite part of it all is the shrug! Pink with envy over here! – Dress: Dewdrop

 

Loving this tender moment between the bride and groom. Photo by: Paperlily photography

Ahh! Gorgeous back on this gown! (p.s. look at that runway! talk about unique and so her!) Photo:  SYPhotography

And of course, my personal fav. I am a lover of this gown simply because of the back. I think it is so ethereal, and I can just imagine a real bohemian gypsy bride in a field of tall hay with her man. uch. I am head over heels!

You can find Claire here: http://www.clairepettibone.com

 

 

 

 

Bridal Blogger – Engagement Photos! – Tuesday Feature (Rescheduled to Thursday)

Hello all! We were very sorry to hear that our tuesday blogger Emily has been under the weather this past week. We decided to reschedule to thursday this week so that she could get some well deserved rest and time to recouperate. Are we ever thankful we did! This is a wonderful post with some of the best photo’s of Emily & Matts Engagement and we couldn’t be happier to share it with you!

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I always knew the day I’d meet my future husband would be a complete surprise.  I’d be walking down some city street and the wind would blow an important paper out of my hands and there he’d be, picking it up with ease and bringing it back to me with a smile on his face.  Or I’d be standing in line ordering a coffee and he’d be right behind me; then he’d offer to pay if only I’d sit down and drink it with him.  I met my future husband in college.  That wasn’t a surprise; somehow I knew I’d meet him there.  Nevertheless, when I finally met him, it came as more of a surprise than I would have thought.

Matt Richardson.  I knew his name. I’d seen him around campus probably every single day.  We went to a small school; Cincinnati Christian University.  With only about 80 students in our graduating class, it wasn’t hard to know everyone by name.  But even with the small size of the school, Matt and I had never said as much as a “hello” to one another, until one night when he sat down at a table with me and a couple mutual friends.   It was odd at first, finally being introduced to this guy that I’d seen a million times.  I felt myself blush; he was really cute and, let’s be honest, pretty popular.  We kept making eye contact.  Then he’d smile and I’d look down at my papers and try to distract myself by talking to my friend.  Within a few minutes, though, I noticed the two mutual friends we were sitting with were texting each other under the table.  They kept giggling and saying things like “I could totally see that!” and “it’d be so cute!”  It wasn’t hard to catch on that they were probably talking about a potential couple. Matt and me.

We finally got them to go public with the news and found out my assumption was spot on.  They thought Matt and I would be a cute couple.  Of course.
I distinctly remember looking up at Matt, knowing we were thinking the same thing.  Hmm.  What would it be like to date you?  
I felt like I was on a dating show.
We both laughed that awkward “what do we do in this really weird situation” kind of laugh.  But I think we both knew our friends might actually be right.  Maybe we’d be cute together.

Well, he ended up asking for my number the next night.  We went out on our first date a week later, and we just passed our two year anniversary this last weekend.

Funny how life works like that.  We also got our engagement pictures done a few weeks ago.  That’s kinda where I became inspired to write about how we met, because when I look at the first picture we ever took together, compared to our engagement pictures, I can’t help but laugh at how much we’ve changed together.  I mean, check it out:

I laughed for a good five minutes at the difference..we look like total babies in our first picture.

We had our engagement pictures taken by d.i.a. images and I couldn’t be more excited about them.  They completely capture the joy we’ve found in the last two years of being together, and our excitement about getting married in four months.  Something to alwaysalways splurge on for your wedding is a photographer.  We’re already so thankful we did.  These engagement pictures (and I’m sure our wedding pictures in the future as well) will be all over our home as a keepsake; something you can’t have with the caterer or the wedding rentals.  I’m sure you’re dying to see more pictures of us, so I’ll let you ooh and ahh over a few more.  🙂

Vendor Review – Brick & Mortar Living – New Westminster, B.C.

Hello All!

This week I decided to write a vendor review of a store that has quickly become a favourite for me in so so many ways.

Brick and Mortar Living is a wonderful home decor & gift shop that has the best in the lower mainland for canadian and local vendors and designers. From amazing jewellery, cute pillows and even more fantastic owners, this store continues to amaze me in so many ways. So far I have purchased great finds from Emma, Julia and Mama, many of which have been used at various events I have hosted and produced this past fall. I was fortunate to pick up an amazing egg basket lighting feature (Robyn’s Vintage Nest), along with a fantastic WTF (What the Frame?!) jewellery frame (which worked wonders as a seating chart, and is now being used by me in my home for its proper usage), along with many many more repurposed, refurbished, and unique Gems. I even found a FANTASTIC candle-labra that is going to be featured in an upcoming shoot for my newest project! (teehee, stay tuned for more news of that!)

One thing that sets Brick & Mortar Living apart from so many other small gift stores is their knack and ease at attracting friends and neighbours from afar. I have been trolling around Facebook and seeing who has had a chance to drop by, just from my personal friends, and more than 25 have tickled their fancies within their white washed walls. Some even have travelled from as far away as White Rock and West Van. Clearly, these ladies know how to connect and use social media to their advantage. Not only that, they are the friendliest ladies I have ever had the opportunity to meet in a local store to date!

Check out some of the photos that they have snapped from around the shop, and please visit their facebook page, if you haven’t already done so!

I picked up one of these wonderful necklaces made out of old tea cup spoons! My grandmother has a million and one of these old spoons floating around the house so it always reminds me of her when I wear it! Check out Georgina Baker Jewellery! 

Absolutely LOVING these bridal headpieces which are a perfect accessory for the vintage savvy bride! Check out Blue Brocade!

We picked up one of their old world suitcases to be used as a card box at our thanksgiving rustic/vintage wedding. It was a perfect fit!

Why look-y here! There it is on the bottom right! ❤

To cut this long story short, please don’t be shy, and go visit the lovely ladies over at Brick & Mortar Living. I promise that you will not be leaving empty handed, and you will be proud of it.

I don’t think I have left once without picking up something fabulous and heart warming.

Here is to a long life and a bright future for Idea! and Brick & Mortar Living. It is only just the beginning!

xoxo Ainsley

 

You can find Brick & Mortar Living on Begbie Street off Bridal Row in New West.

42 Begbie St

New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 3L9

(604) 553-0289

https://www.facebook.com/brickandmortarliving

Christmas is coming!

I had to share this lovely choral piece by the amazing Elektra Women’s Choir. I had the honour of singing with this amazing ensemble for 2.5 years, and it was a spectacular experience to learn this song.

With christmas coming I couldn’t help but share this amazing piece celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Take two minutes to let the sounds wash over you and the amazing harmonies fill your ears.
Breath taking.

Sigh.
Have a wonderful and peaceful evening.

Fashion Friday – Classic Vera

Fashion Friday: Every friday we plan to bring you the best in bridal fashion. Whether it is a local designer, a fashion guru, or a major national brand, we wish to inspire your fashion glands and entice you with beautiful white (and sometimes coloured) gowns!

 

When we decided to create a new blog series, called Fashion Friday, we couldn’t think of a better place to start than with Vera. Her timeless elegance, intricate yet strikingly simple designs have always held a special place in my heart. Perhaps it was when I first started looking at bridal magazines, or possibly when I swooned over the Vera in Bridal Wars (yes, I do love that movie, and always felt bad for Anne), but I just cannot help but post some of my very favourite gowns of Vera’s 2013 Fall Line. 

Some of you may already know that I am starting my second job as a bridal consultant for the new David’s Bridal, opening in Langley B.C. in 2 months. I will be working full time there, servicing brides and their families, and I look forward to possibly meeting you there! Please feel free to ask me any questions about gowns, fashion, fit and style, as I have a lot of experience working with custom made gowns, as well as designer gowns. I will be happy to help you make one of the most important decisions of your wedding plans!
Much love to you all!

Ainsley xoxo

(Principal Planner for Idea! Weddings & Events!)

Bridal Blogger – The Countdown Begins – Tuesday Feature (rescheduled for Friday)

We appologize for not getting this out on tuesday. Our lives were crazy and our blogging team and wedding team was having a nutso day. No excuses however, we have to keep rolling and throwing out Emily’s awesome posts, because her words deserve to be heard. Here is a short one from her, today, but still just as important! ❤ xoxo

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It’s been a crazy week for me, so I haven’t a ton of wedding planning.  That in itself stresses me out a little bit since we’re down to like 4 months until the wedding.  Yikes.

(not that I’m counting or anything)

I did get to sit down with Matt’s mom the other night to talk about the plans we’ve made so far and to work on ideas for the rehearsal dinner.  I have to say, even though Matt’s family and my family are completely different, I couldn’t be happier with my future in-laws.  I hear so many stories of strained mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships and it just makes me so thankful that Matt’s mom and I get along.  Whenever I go to their house I feel like I’m in my own home; I don’t have to feel uncomfortable with kicking my shoes off and taking a nap on their couch—and that’s saying something ‘cause let’s be honest, I’m an introvert and it takes me a really long time to get to that level of comfort with other people.

As for the rehearsal dinner, she’s been putting it together so well.  It’s so nice knowing that someone else is handling something that takes that much planning.   She’s been talking with the caterer and organizing the menu–something I would absolutely be dreading at this point.  I can only imagine what a dream it would be to have a wedding planner to organize everything else….  I guess it’s the price I pay for being a control freak and wanting to do everything DIY.
So for those of you who hired Ainsley to plan your wedding, you’re all geniuses.

Matt and I also bought our wedding bands this afternoon!  It was completely unplanned; our original intention was just to get my engagement ring cleaned and to renew the warranty, but they had a sale and we needed to buy the bands soon anyway.  So after a little bargaining with the jeweler, we walked out with a pretty good deal and two wedding bands on their way to get sized just for us.  That’s a good feeling.  Plus the band Matt got for me is completely stunning.  I am so incredibly blessed.

I apologize that I don’t have much more to write about this week, but if there’s anything you want me to write about in the future, just let me or Ainsley know and I’ll be sure to cover it!  Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

DIY Thursday – Meet our Newest Bridal DIY-er!

I am in love with DIY projects, and our goal has been to have as much involvement from real brides, and have brides-to-be play an important role in our blog! We love Tiffany’s theme, and we are super excited to showcase some of the projects that she is working on for her big day! Here is #1:

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As a bride-to-be myself, I have been researching the millions of ways out there to make my wedding as unique as possible; something every bride strives for on her big day. One thing that kept popping up throughout my search was guest books. Every wedding needs a way for the guests to communicate with the Bride & Groom. Everyone wants to say a private special message. It is also a wonderful way for you and your husband to look back on the day and take those trips down memory lane. So all the more reason to make it one-of-a-kind and special! My wedding is an outdoor wedding with a rustic theme. DIY has become my solution for all aspects of the wedding so far. Below is one style that does not require great crafting skill, and still adds the personal touch to your wedding that you are hoping to have. Enjoy!

You will need:

  • Large Poster board, preferably in tune with your wedding colors.
  • Small envelopes; small white coin envelopes were used in this project however you may use any size, style or color that you prefer.
  • Decorative card stock for the centre of the board
  • Alphabet stamps & Ink  (The calligraphy pros may want to try that approach instead!)
  • Stick Glue, a glue gun, scissors or a paper cutter
  • Decorative pieces to ‘pretty up’ your message board or tie it in with your wedding theme

My wedding colors are tangerine and a variety of teals so as my base, I went with a tangerine poster board. I have seen message boards done where the poster board is white and the envelopes are in wedding colors – that also looks nice. It’s really just up to you and how you prefer to do it! After selecting the poster board, I went on a very interesting mission to find small envelopes. This task proved to be a lot more difficult than anticipated! Unless you’re after a bulk box of one thousand envelopes, you may find this to be mission (nearly) impossible. I ended up having a contact in the envelope biz who found me some small white coin envelopes which worked out perfectly. Throughout my research I discovered there are endless options to envelope styles and colors. If you think outside the box you can attain a really unique look. Colored envelopes would look fantastic!

You have your base, and you have your envelopes. Now it is time for placement. I started off by measuring the width and height of the board, followed with measuring each envelope. Depending on the size of envelope you have selected, you may have to try out a few combinations of placement and measuring. Just have patience because you want them to be placed nice and even.

Once you have figured out where the envelopes will be placed, you can started gluing the outside perimeter down. Start with the outside in case you have an awkward number of envelopes to fit across. Once you complete gluing the outside perimeter, simply place more envelopes down to get a visual. You want to have an area in the center of the board to send your own personal message. The size of this area can be dictated by how many envelopes you would like to accommodate on the board and how big you would like the main message to be. I used one style of cardstock here, and then a contrast colour slightly smaller. Just to give it some depth.

Now it’s time for some real fun; break out the glue gun! If you have any decorative pieces or trim, the glue gun is an effective and simple way to get them up on the board. For my board, I went with flowers to tie in the outdoor feel and keep it light and playful. There was not a lot of strategy as to where I placed them. Just wherever you feel compliments the overall aesthetics.

To give my board a little more detail, I added some trim to the center square that is the same cardstock as underneath. This is optional along with the flowers.

The last step here is to print my own message to guests. It’s nice to give your guests a little direction as to what they are supposed to do. I used alphabet stamps and a black stamp pad to write my message. Your message can be whatever you like, and feel free to use whatever medium you like to display your sweet message. If I was a pro at calligraphy I would give that a shot too. I am partial to stamps though. They tied in nicely with my theme.

So now we have a message board! The options for displaying the board are endless. I have seen them on easels, mounted on the wall, lay flat on a table. I will be attaching some balsa wood on the back of mine so it stands up straight, leaning on a table. On the table I will have a basket of tiny pieces of cardstock for guests to write their message on. Then it’s up to them to select an envelope. One of many great ways to involve your guests on your special day!