As seen on The Refinery Magazine’s Blog – Editors Picks – Peachy Keen!

florals // room // earrings // dress

In today’s editors picks, Ainsley was feeling peachy with this warm palette. Check out some of her favourite picks from Pinterest this week!

From Ainsley:
This week is going to be peachy keen! I am venue scouting for clients and for The Refinery Magazine, which is taking me outdoors and into the wild wild world of hotels, halls, parks and gardens. What better way to stand out in a sometimes cold late winter environment? Wear some warm peachy colours with accents of navy’s, blues or creams!

Nothing looks better at a wedding than soft neutrals, and peach is a warm colour that can be accented with a wide variety of colours: from Purples to Yellows, Turquoises to Black. Last but not least, who doesn’t love a sweet and peach filled tart for dessert? Would you care for some champagne with that?

Date Night Series – #1

Todd and I moved to New West just over a year ago, in february of 2012. That entire year was a lifechanging one for me. I went from working a pretty lousy job, to working hard a growing my business into something that far succeeded what I imagined in one year. I also had the amazing opportunity to team up with Madison of Hope & Co. and start working on a little magazine called “The Refinery Magazine”. It was a crazy crazy year, and has only led to more craziness – thankfully it is all awesome craziness!

One of the most important things that helped that change was starting fresh in a new city: New Westminster. Even the name of the community screams: new, exciting, fresh, and old – all at the same time. After all, New West is the oldest city in British Columbia! When we first moved here we experienced some amazing new things, like walks on historic columbia, the rose garden in Queens Park, and date nights at the movie theatres or at some tiny restaurant down the street.

Starting this week, I pledge to write when I can about my experiences in New West, but also the wonderful things that Todd and I do together in the city we now call our long term home – or at least we plan to make it a long time!

First Off, we call it Burgers & Bowling:

How to start the date:

1. Strip off your work clothes after a long week. Call up Mel & Duncan who live across the street, or any couple that loves to have fun, and invite them out for burgers and bowling. Throw on a loose T-Shirt, hoodie, SOCKS, and your favourite pair of lululemons or jeans and head out the door.

2. Drive to Burger Heaven – This haven for burger lovers is a hidden gem for most residents outside of New West. Thankfully those who live here have usually tempted their tastebuds with some delicious meat, bread, and condiments. With a comfy atmosphere and good friends for chatting, the meal truly is angelic: home cooked goodness, without the mess afterwards. My favourite is their Miss Piggy’s favourite: #2 Teriyaki and Mozza Burger with bacon. Quite fitting.

Here is their website: http://www.burgerheaven.ca

3. Aim to catch Cloud 9 Bakery before it closes, because not everyone can have a glutenous dessert. Head to Cloud 9 for some delicious baked goods that everyone can enjoy, even those who are gluten free. Their cupcakes are TO DIE for, including their fabulous carrot cake delectable.

Here is their website: http://www.cloud9specialtybakery.com

4. Finish it all with some beers and bowling at the local bowling alley: Lucky Strikes. Pull up your socks, put on your retro shoes, and bowl the night away. If you are lucky you may even catch disco night, so be prepared to wear white and feel transported back to the 80’s!

Here is their website: http://www.luckystrikebowl.ca

I hope this provides you with some evening entertainment for maybe even this friday, and make sure to bring another couple along for this date, as 4 people just amps up the fun level even more. And of course, once you get home, its always a good time to turn on some JT or Robin Thicke, relax on the couch with a glass of wine, and chill.

Thank you new west for providing everyone with some entertainment. The Young, The Old, and The Romantics.

– Ainsley xoxo

P.S. This activity is age appropriate for everyone, so next time you have an evening free, take the kids along, or even the grandparents – or not!

12 Days of Christmas – Ten Lords a Leaping – Christmas Countdown Wedding Inspiration

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There is not much that you can do with the Ten Lords a Leaping, but I drew some inspiration for myself from Lord & Taylors Wedding Style, which is usually always black tie. This turned out to be really fun, and I have officially fallen in love with the black and white simplicity and elegance that this inspiration became.

I love the fun textures but also the high class that can easily come together for a fun and youthful but still tasteful wedding. I hope that you love it as much as I do!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Frosted Petty Coat Blog  2. Elizabeth Anne Designs 3. The Perfect Palette 4. We Heart It 5. The Perfect Palette 6. Fab You Bliss Blog  7. Pinterest 8. My Baking Addiction 9. Brides Cafe 10. Style Me Pretty 11. Frosted Petty Coat Blog 12. Merriment Events 13.  Once Wed

Well, I must hit the hay now, and catch some shut eye, as it is 12:31 AM! Phew!

Happy Christmas!

Ainsley xoxo

p.s. don’t forget to pin the inspiration board, and also check out the sources that I drew the photos from!

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.

Contest Announcement!

We are so excited to announce our biggest competition yet! It is going to be a blast to work with whoever the lucky bride is!

Take a look at the image, follow the guidelines, and share away! The more you share the more likely you are to win! Yippee!

Here are the links to all the different facebook pages you have to like:

https://www.facebook.com/HopeStudioCo?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/LeeJames.vintagepetals?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/ShannaElizabethPhotography?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ellebay-Bridal-Boutique/126270160770841?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Make-up-Hair-by-Ai/217991618234716
https://www.facebook.com/IdeaWeddingsandEvents

 

We can’t wait to see who wins, and may the odds be ever in your favour ;D

– Ainsley xoxo

We are so sorry!

Hey loves!

 

We are so sorry that we have been so behind on blogging this week! We have a beautiful wedding coming up on sunday and it is sucking up all of our social media/fun blogging time, so we APOLOGIZE! I feel horrible!

I promise that we will have everything back to normal for next tuesday with another Blogging Bride post. Also, we cannot wait for turkey time, so please have a WONDERFUL and SPECTACULAR thanksgiving with all of your friends, family and loved ones. mmmm gobble gobble time!

Anyways my dears, I have one more thing:

OUR WEBSITE IS LIVE!!!! OMG! SO EXCITING RIGHT!

You can find it here: http://ideaweddings.ca

We hope that you like it, and take the time to read in to it. We will also be incorporating some new visuals over this month, including a super cool promo film by Hello Tomorrow Wedding Films (they are AMAZING.), some new photos from this past summer’s weddings (and the vintage chic one this weekend), and another video from VeilTV!

So many exciting things happening, and this is just the beginning! I love you all!

Much love,

Ainsley xoxo