12 Days of Christmas – 7 Swans a Swimming – Christmas Countdown Wedding Inspiration

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There is always something stunning about a beautiful pure white wedding. Today we got a huge amount of snow in Metro Vancouver, and it has tainted everything white. I can’t seem to tear my eyes away from the beautiful big flakes floating down from the sky and making everything look a whole lot more like Christmas! Today I spun those 7 swans a swimming in to one of my all time favourite ballets: Swan Lake. I believe that white weddings are appropriate all year long, and I am even planning a wedding for a client that is happening next august that is all white!

I hope you enjoy this wonder white dream ballet inspiration, and hope that wherever you are, you too will get a light dusting of snow on December 25th. Just so you can frolic and play!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Bobette & Belles 2. Elizabeth Anne Designs 3. Southern Weddings 4. OneWed 5. RuffledBlog 6. Pinterest 7. Visions By Heather 8. Bridal Tweet 9. June Bug Weddings 10.Bridal Musings

 

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Ainsley xoxo

P.s. You can pin these images and share them with your friends if you really like them! ❤

12 Days of Christmas – Six Geese A Laying – Wedding Inspiration Countdown

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Day six of our wedding countdown brings us feathers, feathers and MORE feathers! This beautiful wedding accessory, whether it be for your hair or your bouquet, can virtually go with any theme! I am a lover of feathers because it reminds me of Forest Gump, feather aisles, and Bohemia. Forest Gump, of course, has a very special place in my heart as I watch it every year with my family at Christmastime. Who knows how the the tradition began, but it has lasted now for many years. The last word, Bohemia, is also a special word to me, as I have always loved bohemian weddings, in all shapes and forms. I have a deep appreciation for the simplicity yet intricate nature of a Bohemian Wedding, and have longed for a bride who wants a candle lit night wedding in waist high fields of wild flowers. Who knows, but perhaps it comes from my own name’s meaning: “Dancing in Fields of Flowers”…

With bohemian firefly nights far away from us in the cold and dark of winter, it seems appropriate to take those six laying geese and tie them into this stunning gypsy bohemian feathered wedding inspiration! Sigh…. only a few more months till sun my friends!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Popbee 2. Ruffled Blog 3. Pinterest 4. Etsy Store 5. Sweet & Saucy Shop 6. Ruffled Blog 7. 100 Layer Cake 8. Pinterest 9. Magpie Paper Works 10. Wedding Chicks 11. Style Unveiled

See you tomorrow my loves!

Ainsley xoxo

p.s. it snowed here today! and it was beautiful!

12 Days of Christmas – Five Golden Rings! – Wedding Inspiration Christmas Countdown

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Gold and Green are two of the easiest pairings in history, especially at this time of year. Throw in a couple of gold rings and what do you get? A wedding! Today I focused on finding subtle greens and golds that work well together as a team and separately, but must work in a wedding environment. I love this rich green, which I believe will be big in 2013, as mint had it’s moment in 2012. An easy way to incorporate gold and green in to your every day life is to pick up a fresh wreath (or make one, which is even better!) and grab some gold glitter, and spray it to give it a christmas-y glow!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Bridal Musings 2. Style Me Pretty 3. WhimSea Designs on Etsy 4. Guest Book on Etsy 5. Style Me Pretty 6. Style Unveiled

 

I hope you enjoy this green and gold christmas-y dream!

See you tomorrow!

Ainsley xoxo

12 Days of Christmas – Four Colly Birds – Wedding Inspiration Countdown

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Colly Birds are probably the hardest thing to find in a wedding, as most people do not even know what a Colly Bird is! I won’t lie, I too had to do my research and find out exactly what this fine little birds are. They are actually a lovely black bird, and as soon as I saw them the doo doo doo’s of The Beatle’s “Blackbird” started to play in my head. I find that birds are a significant in any wedding, as they are a representative of freedom.

Above is a take on colly birds in a very glam purple and black wedding: really stunning at this time of year!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Wedding By Colour 2. Etsy 3. Wedding Chicks 4. Wedding Chicks 5. Project Wedding 6. Society Bride 7. Grand Marquis Caterers 8. Bye Bye Blackbird Photography 9. Grand Marquis Caterers

 

Hope you enjoy, and stay tuned for another post in a little bit!

Ainsley xoxo

12 Days of Christmas – Three French Hens – Daily Wedding Inspiration Countdown

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Well this fellow really seemed to love birds! Two turtle doves, Partridge in a pear tree, and now THREE FRENCH HENS!? This girl must have her hands full of feathers! On to our third day of daily blogging countdowns, and today we seem to have hit a sunny patch, or perhaps a sunny side up kind of inspiration? It may be wet and gloomy now, but come summertime EVERYONE will be dying for the bright beautiful yellow sun.

This graphic inspiration comes back to sunny yellow every time!

Clockwise from top left:

1.Hello Lucky 2.Pinterest 3.Hen House Linens 4.Wedding Chicks 5.Style Me Pretty 6.Hen House Linens 7. Pinterest

Apparently chickens can be cute!

Love you all!

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

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

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.  🙂

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!)