Urban Valentines Love – Valentines Day 2013 – Ainsley’s Affairs & The Nickersons

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Planning & Design: Ainsley’s Affairs

Photography: The Nickersons

Florals: Sunflower Florist

Macaroons: Soirette

Doughnuts: Cartems Doughnuterie

Cupcakes: PS: heart blog

Balloons: Balloonatics

Decor: Ainsley’s Affairs

Skirt: PARTYSKIRTS

12 Days of Christmas – Eight Maids a Milking – Christmas Countdown Wedding Inspiration!

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My My MY! I loved working on this inspiration that I did it double the length! I have always been a HUGE lover of teals, blues and china, so when I started putting this inspiration together I nearly died of happiness! Today’s lyrics to follow are ” Eight Maids a Milking”, and can you find where I drew inspiration? Up at the top left is a lovely teal milk jug, and I realized I just had to follow through with teals. Once on pinterest, I quickly found the beautiful blues and teals were such a popular trend in 2012, and because it just started this past year, you know it will continue to be strong in 2013!

My particular favourite of this entire inspiration is that GORGEOUS gown at the bottom! Haute Couture Christian Dior has never looked finer in my eyes! Over all, I hope you learned how fun and easy any wedding can be, but it will always have the touch of elegance. After all…. It is a wedding!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Pinterest 2. Koyal Wholesale 3. Style Unveiled 4. Pinterest 5. Paula Deen 6. Pinterest 7. Houzz 8. Pinterest 9. Indulgy 10. Capital Romance 11. Mia Blanche 12. Little Miss Danna 13. Wedding Chicks 14. West Elm 15. Buted 16. Hawaiian Island Wedding Planners 17. West Elm 18. Bellz & Whistlez Blog 19. Etsy

 

Well that was fun!

See you tomorrow!

Ainsley xoxo

 

P.S. Don’t forget to pin it!

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 – 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 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

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

Chris + Kara – True Love Story – July 2011 Wedding

I was so thrilled to do the “day – of” services for my dear friends Chris & Kara, as they embarked on the next chapter of their lives together. They are really the sweetest couple, and they have an amazing love story. Check out some of the stunning photos of this gorgeous couple, their wedding, and how she describes it all down at the bottom of the blog!

From The Bride:

About us: Chris and I met at a local summer camp when we were about 14 years old. After a couple of summers of  being friends only at camp, we started to hang out during the year and started to date May of 2002. I left for university in Toronto after graduation in 2003 and we decided to do whatever we could to make our relationship work through the long distance. There were moments of doubt and glorious days spent together on school vacations and somehow we made it work. Once I came back home again in 2008, we took a year of living in the same time zone together before deciding to move in together. In June 2009 we found a basement suite and started the next chapter of our lives together – finally in one place! Of course, after 7 years of being a couple we had many questions about when we would be getting married but those curious folks (and I!) were just going to have to wait a bit longer before Chris decided it was time to take that leap…

The Proposal: I have to warn all you readers out there, this is not an extremely romantic proposal story, but it’s mine and Chris’ and I don’t think I’d change a thing about it! January 2010 – hints were being made and I was starting to catch on so I figured that with my birthday only a few days away that I’d be getting a  nice birthday gift this year! But, my birthday came and went, then Valentine’s Day passed and I was starting to wonder when that ring was going to present itself! March started to get busy and with our opposite work schedules Chris and I weren’t seeing each other very much. We made a point of planning a date night Saturday March 13th. After work and a couple of social engagements. I came home and started doing the laundry. At the time, our laundry room had a tiny window that looked out to the pathway leading to our door. I saw Chris approaching with a few groceries and he smiled first at our cat sitting in the window then at me. He came in the door, placed the groceries on the laundry room floor and made me stop putting clothes in the washing machine. He started to tell me some wonderfully sweet things and gave me a kiss. At this point I know whats coming (and can’t believe he’s going to propose while I’m doing the laundry!) and he leads me into the spare room of our basement suite where he’s had the ring hiding. Chris got down on his knees (yes, both for some reason!) and asked me to be his wife – and of course I said yes! The groceries he’d bought were for dinner and he proceeded to cook us a delicious dinner! Like I said at the beginning, it wasn’t a huge, overly planned proposal, but it was from the heart, simple, and low key which sums us up in a nutshell.

The Planning: Since we were engaged in March 2010 and knew that we wanted a summer wedding, we decided fairly early on that we were not prepared to plan a wedding in 4 months time. So we opted to get married in 2011. The first thing we agreed on was the location. Having met at summer camp and knowing that that camp had recently been converted into a public park, it was without a doubt a unanimous decision and the perfect place to have our ceremony and reception. Since I now had over a year to put the wedding together, I had lots of time to think about food, decor, music, etc. I did attend a Bridal Show in January 2011 but since I already had most of the major decisions made by then, I found it very overwhelming and slightly unnecessary! Once the date was chosen, we booked the halls at Kwomais Point Park, chose our minister who was a family friend, chose our colours (green for Chris and pink for me!), chose our wedding party, found outifts for the men while Christmas shopping, and started scouring craigslist for good deals on things we could use. I found our candy buffet jars and scoops from another bride, bought an entire roll of tulle for the decor, found a florist with decent prices, ordered bulk gerbera daisies from Safeway (which with a couple of friends created centerpieces and window decoration in the green wine bottles my mom found at the thrift shop), collected picture frames on sale also for centerpieces and got my dad on making collages of photos of both Chris and myself growing up in lieu of a slide show. We decided to save money on a DJ and instead put together a playlist on the compute which one of our groomsmen put together for us. There was a woman at my church who I knew I could trust with making great food so she and her business partner came together to give me a great deal on our finger foods for the reception. My cousin’s husband is a photographer and he graciously agreed at our annual family camping trip to take on our wedding even though they live in Edmonton! My mom made my dress, I wore her veil, and other than the maid of honour who made her own dress, my mother also sewed the other bridesmaids dresses, the flower girl’s dress, and her own outfit! We bought Chris a suit that he would be able to wear again if he should ever need to. Everything was falling into place quite nicely! Around February I was introduced to  Ainsley of Idea! Weddings and Events through our friend whom she had started dating and when I discovered that she was a wedding coordinator I asked her if she’d like to assist with out wedding day. Chris and I had most of the choices made and decor plans in place, but it was great to have Ainsley available on the day of the wedding and the weeks leading up to the big day. She helped me pick my hair extentions (more stressful than you might imagine!) and helped with some of the tedious cutting and pasting of the various DIY projects I had on the go. I had a number of family members and friends from out of town who wanted to help with decorating so that became the team that Ainsley was able to direct and manage on the day of the wedding. All in all the planning process was stressful but really not that bad absolutely worth it! We planned a wedding that was just “us”. It was a day filled with love, family, and fun. I would not change a thing about the wedding – except perhaps making it last longer!