12 Day’s Of Christmas – A Partridge In A Pair Tree – Daily Wedding Inspiration

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With Christmas at our doorsteps, it is lovely to sit back and look at some wedding inspiration, whether it be on pinterest, WedOverHeels, VeilTV, Facebook and other creative outlets!

Introducing a daily blog feature counting down to Christmas, each day focusing on one of the gifts your true love might give to you! First up: A Partridge In a Pear Tree! Pears are one of my favourite fruits, and make wonderful desserts and fruits for weddings, plus, having a pear shaped body myself, I am partial to its delicate flavour and skin! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s inspiration: Two Turtle Doves! (now that will be easy!)

My take features golds and pears whipped all up in to a black tie affair!

From Top right going clockwise:

1. Preston Bailey Cocktails 2. Style Me Pretty 3. South Bound Bride 4.Pinterest 5. Loverly 6. Citrus & Orange

 

See you tomorrow Loves!

Ainsley xoxo

Vendor Review – Sarah England Photography!

It has been an amazing few weeks for me with Ainsley’s Affairs! Now that we are winding down to week number 2 with my new business name, I have been so wanting to get back in to blogging.
Lately I have been blessed with many vendors helping me recreate my brand, and starting a fresh new world for me. There has been Madison Hope of Hope Studio Co., Mac & Erin of Hello Tomorrow Wedding Films, and many others.

A significant vendor that has been around me lately has been Sarah England, of Sarah England Photography. Her amazing images have inspired both Madison and I to be more creative as a whole, and we have been so incredibly blessed to work with her this past week on two occasions. The first occasion was for an upcoming project that Madison and I will be revealing in February. It is going to be an AMAZING experience for you and us, and we are pumped to share it with you. Fingers crossed you will love it!

The second occasion that I had the opportunity to work with Sarah was for some headshots, in partnership with another amazing vendor (soon to have her own vendor review!)! Sarah worked her magic on Madison & I at Film 2 Frame studios in New West’s Antique Alley. I have yet to see the results, but needless to say I am excited. I am super pleased to share with you some of her work. She is a travelling gypsy girl who seems to be here and there, and will be leaving for New Zealand for a year in February, so if you want to collaborate with her, do it now before she flies away!

To review Sarah, seems ridiculous, because her work stands on its own as being mind blowingly creative. I cannot wait until I have another opportunity to work with this amazing girl!

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You can visit sarah’s page here: http://saraheliana.com

you can visit her facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-England-Photography/142264889128195

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

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!

Wedding Wednesday – It’s all about red today!

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we’re loving red today! here are some of our favourite recent finds!

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styled by madison hope 

Bridal Blogger – From The Heart – Tuesday Feature

It brings be great joy to constantly get to know Emily and her Fiance through her writing. It makes me dream of being there to share with her in their special day. It also brings me great joy to see everything that she is doing as a DIY Everything Bride. I have great pride in seeing her go through the paces of planning a wedding without someone like me (the planner) by her side. She reminds me of all of my friends who have been or are getting married; sharing in the wonderful world of weddings. It saddens me to read the ignorance of “friends” no matter their intentions and not realizing that you should be happy for a friend who is getting married and help as much as possible. If not, be as encouraging as possible. To find out what I am talking about, please please read Emily’s post, and do your very best to comment:

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I’m going to be a little more serious for this post.  Planning a wedding is mostly about the laughs and the fun moments, but it can’t be ignored that there are some pretty mellow moments as well.  Anyway, I guess this post will be less about my plans, and more about some of the feelings I’ve been experiencing this week.  Is that okay?  I hope so.

I’ve spent my whole life dreaming about my wedding day.  I’ll admit, I was one of those girls that frequently thought about my future husband and the life I would live as a “Mrs”.   I grew up drawing pictures of what I thought he might look like.  I wrote in my journals about my dreams for my wedding day and which friends I thought might be standing beside me as I say ‘I do.’  I played dress up wedding in a little white gown my mom made just for me and I would end many of my dreamy days by watching Father of the Bride as often as I could.  I could probably tell you every detail of what I thought my wedding would look like.  But as often as I worked my imagination on these things, it could never, ever prepare me for the real thing.

Six months ago, I said yes to a man who stole my heart so fast I didn’t even have a chance to watch him take it. I knew he was the one after our first date.  Ask my mom; I called her up after our date ended at three in the morning and told her I had just met the man I would marry.
He is everything I have waited for.  I really, truly mean that.   Call it cliche, or ‘cheesy,’ but I believe that all those days spent dreaming about him were worth it.  He is so, so good to me and has gone beyond any of my dreams for what kind of man I had imagined him to be.  Not to make you think he is flawless; he is a man like any other and knows exactly how to push my buttons.  But I know he tries his best to be a man I can respect whole-heartedly–and I do.

(I’m gonna take a second to show you one of the reasons I love him so much.  He’s like, really ridiculously handsome.)

The fact that I am now engaged to this amazing guy still brings butterflies to my stomach.  Six months in and I still wake up in the morning, take a peek at the ring on my left hand and grin as big as I can.  But my thoughts the last couple days have been less about my excitement and more about my frustration—not about the fact that I’m getting married, but about the fact that sometimes these days, it is really hard to share that excitement with other people.

I believe in marriage.  I believe that God created it to last, not just for a few years, but for allyears.  This belief seems to go against the grain of what is the popular thought these days, since divorce is a common option to marital problems.  As I finally plan my own wedding after years and years of pretend, I am forced to think about these things.
I have so many things left to do before the wedding day.  So many projects and shopping trips and meetings.  It puts me in a bit of a ‘wedding fog,’ as I like to call it.  However, even though my wedding is on my mind about 70% of the day, it doesn’t mean I talk about it the whole time.  I was catching up with a friend recently and she asked if we could hang out soon.  Of course! I told her, and I said something about going to a store we were both interested in.  There were a few things I could grab for the wedding there as well, so it was a double win.  Hang out with a friend and take a little stress off the wedding planning.  She said we could go, but on one condition: that it would be the only wedding related thing we would do together, or talk about.

I’m gonna be honest, my feelings were really hurt about this.  It’s not like I was planning on talking about my wedding the whole time, but I felt like I would be in the wrong to even bring it up.  But I also understand that a lot of times for single people it can be difficult to hear about weddings; I’ve been there, and I know it is hard sometimes.

So this is where my thinking kicked in.  I’ve been in situations like this one more than once, where I bring up my wedding and people just don’t want to hear about it.  It makes it really hard to feel happy that I’m getting married.  I am so excited to marry this man, and I want to tell everyone how excited I am, but how can I do that when I feel bad about sharing this excitement?  Have any of you brides had anything like this before?  I know I am probably rambling a bit too much, but honestly out of all the wedding things on my mind this week, even through realizing that I have SO much left to do, my disappointment at feeling restricted in my joy has been on my mind the most.  Engagement should be such a happy time (and trust me, for the most part it really is) and I’m ready to lose the stressful aspects; physically and emotionally.  If anyone else has had similar feelings or simply feels overwhelmed with the emotions involved in planning a wedding, leave a comment!  What better way to bring some joy into the wedding planning than to share it with another bride-to-be?

But here is my thought.

All this wedding planning, all this money and time spent, means nothing to me if I don’t believe it’s going to last.  So when people get annoyed with me when I talk about my wedding plans, or when they tell me they don’t even want to be involved in the planning, it makes me..well, sad.  I don’t talk about all the plans I’m making so I can brag about the fact that I’m getting married or boast about whatever creative decorations I plan on using.  I talk about all the plans I’m making because these plans are the beginning of a lifetime with my best friend.  Since I believe marriage is a forever thing, then all of these plans mean more than a wedding day to me.  The wedding day is just the beginning, isn’t it?  I mean, we make all of these plans because of the marriage that is about to be woven together, not because we just decided we wanted to have a party in a white dress (at least I hope…).

I guess what I’m trying to say is, to those of you who have felt discouraged during your engagement when you feel like it’s hard to share the excitement with others, don’t worry.   It’s not about that.  Think about when you were little, and you dreamed about your wedding day.  Well, it’s finally your turn to be a bride, regardless of how excited people are for that.  It’s your turn to marry the man you’ve been waiting for.  So tell him that.  This wedding is about being with him after all, isn’t it?  He’s the one you should share the excitement with the most, out of everybody else.