Starry Starry Night – Photoshoot with Sarah England Photography

It is always a pleasure working with someone that shares a similar aesthetic and like to you. Sarah England has time and time again proven to be someone that I throuroughly enjoy working with, as well as someone who consistantly puts out unique artistic photography. When Sarah approached me to do some shoots together for the Khatsalano Music Festival, I knew instantly that there was going to be something fun about working together again.

We got together this past monday evening to produce a shoot in my new office on columbia street in new west, and this is what we came up with in just about two hours of prep time. We got together 4 models (one couple, and two seperate girls: thanks again Mel, Duncan, Julia and Julie!), hung about 500ft of white christmas lights, borrowed some gowns from upstairs (we share a creative space with Ellebay Bridal Boutique and Truvelle Bridal), and made some magic happen!

Hope you enjoy what we came up with!           – A. xoxo

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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?

Daily Inspiration Post – #3 – More Peonies Please!

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I logged in to pinterest this morning and I saw this huge beautiful bright pink peony, and I knew what I had to do for today’s inspiration post. MORE PEONIES PLEASE! I can never get enough of big beautiful peonies! They are gorgeous, and if i had the option to make beautiful big and gorgeous peonies an object of my every day life, there would be not one single complaint about it ever. Maybe if I become rich and famous I will request peonies be on my desk everyday. dream on girl, dream on!

Enjoy lovelies, enjoy!

Clockwise from Top left:

1. 100 Layer Cake 2.Bibbity Bobbity Boo 3. Rock and Roll Bride 4. Intimate Weddings 5.Intimate Weddings 6.Pinterest 7.Tumblr 8.Rock and Roll Bride

See you back here tomorrow!

xoox Ainsley

Introducing: The Refinery Magazine!

The Refinery For My Blog

 

After a long long time of anticipation, hard work, and blood, sweat and tears, we are finally just over a month away to our very first issue! This is an INCREDIBLY exciting time for myself and all the vendors involved with The Refinery Magazine!

I would like to thank the amazing vendors who contributed to this amazing new mag, and without your hard work this wouldn’t be a reality!

Thank you so so much!

Most importantly I would like to thank Madison Hope of Hope & Co for her countless hours of graphic design and making this magazine an actual reality!

Stay tuned for the first issue by liking out page:

www.facebook.com/therefinerymag

We hope you like our first issue, and can’t wait to see and hear your feedback!

Love Love Love,

Ainsley ( & Madison)

Co-Founders of The Refinery Magazine

Daily Inspiration Post – #2 – Creme de la Creme!

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There is always something dreamy about a white or cream wedding! It is always so beautiful and allows the people at the wedding become the centre focus with their own beauty. It is not busy, it is not overly dramatic… it is really just the most beautiful colour! You can really do anything with it!

 

Daily Inspiration Posts – #1 – Happy New Year

Blue & Gold Inspiration

 

Happy New Year everyone! I can already tell that it is going to be an amazing year and I have decided to challenge myself and keep my new years resolution of posting an inspiration image every day for the entire year. Now I know it is going to be difficult to keep this resolution, but I am going to do the very best that I can! I promise!

The very first inspiration of the year is this beautiful Blue and Gold wedding palette filled with sparkles, jewel tones and wonder! I hope you enjoy!

Clockwise from top left:

1.lushhush 2.Oh So Beautiful Paper 3.Ozzy Garcia 4.Note To Self 5.Elizabeth Anne Designs 6.hipstuff 7.RuffledBlog 8. Covet Living 9.Brides Cafe

 

See you back here tomorrow!

Ainsley xoxo

12 Days of Christmas – Two Turtle Doves – Daily Wedding Inspiration Countdown

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Day two of my daily countdown to christmas brings us some sweet love and imagery focusing on Two Turtle Doves! Doves have always been a significant part of weddings throughout history, but only in the last few years have they been used less and less. Nevertheless, the use of birds and the significance of being free and so wonderfully in love ring true, especially at this blessed time of year amoungst friends and family!

Todays inspiration quickly evolved into being very very vintage, with lots of neutrals, pastels and birdies!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Ruffled Blog 2. Wedding Chicks 3. The Nester 4. Style Me Pretty 5. Ainsley’s Affairs 6. Ainsley’s Affairs

Hope you enjoy, and see you tomorrow!

Ainsley xoxo

Welcome to Ainsley’s Affairs!

It has been a long time coming, but it is finally here! I am in love with my new name, my new website, my new image, and the prospect of new clients, just like you!

I have so many people to thank for this big change, and the biggest one goes to my friend Madison, Graphic Designer EXTRAORDINAIRE! This amazing woman who also owns and runs Hope Studio Co., really is responsible for giving my online world a new face. I am so incredibly thankful for her long hours of dedication and her wonderful attitude towards my nit picking and fussyness. She really is the best! I dont think one single day has passed where we have not exchanged some kind of communication.

I also have to thank Hello Tomorrow Wedding Films for helping me relaunch with a FANTASTIC video. They were the perfect team of husband and wife, and have given my new name a “real-life” image. They followed me for an entire day, from here to there, and helped me transform the gazebo of The Rose Garden into the perfect ceremony cite for any bride. take a minute or so to enjoy some of their handiwork, as I know they will appreciate it! ^^^ I also have to thank Brick & Mortar living for letting me visit, and it was great to see Julia be involved! It was really a perfect day. ❤

Lastly, I have to thank all of my friends and family for believing in me, and giving me the courage to be true to who I am as a person and as a wedding planner. I believe it is important to give a correct portrayal of my business at all times, and that includes my business name. I was fortunate to have a wonderful mother who gave me a fantastic name, so I feel I am honouring her memory today, and forever more, by using Ainsley in my business. Lastly, I am a one gal team, and I am a representation of my business, so Ainsley’s Affairs really fits with who I am.

I welcome you to a brand new year, a brand new adventure and a brand new life for Idea!, now the fabulously named: Ainsley’s Affairs!

Come join me!

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