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

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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?

Grooms & Greens – As Seen in The Refinery Magazine

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I recently put together a shoot for The Refinery Magazine, and have really enjoyed the hard work and time that I put in to creating this grooms lounge inspired shoot. One of my favourites was the “Grooms & Greens” section that can be found within the new pages at: www.therefinerymag.com

Below are some photos from the Mag, and I hope you enjoy!

Vendor List:

Produced by Ainsley’s Affairs

Cupcakes by Pink Ribbon Bakery

Macarons by Macaron Chez Moi

Floral Styling and Design by DeLovely Creative

Photography by Magnolia Photographic

Shot on Location at Lofty Living, New West, B.C.

Menswear from H&M

My Oscars 2013 Review!

 

Last Night we celebrated with the stars and celebrities of Hollywood, and the world, while watching the Oscar’s! It was wonderful to see the nominees praise each others work, as there was a wealth of films that were phenomenal in the year of 2012!

 

I, Ainsley, am a mega movie fan. My boyfriend, Todd, and I try and see as many movies as possible, and we even lucked out with ample theatre options within a 5 minute drive of our home. We share a love for good cinematography and love to take in a film that charms and excites, but also expands our boarders of understanding. There are so many wonderful actors and actresses, directors and producers and thus we continue to be excited by films like “Django Unchained”, “Life of Pi”, “Silver Linings Playbook”and of course, my personal fav of this year, “Les Miserables”.

 

Here is my top 10 list of movies that I enjoyed, and not necessarily ones that were nominated or celebrated this evening: (in no particular order)

 

1. Les Miserables

2. Seven Psychopaths

3. Django Unchained

4. Silver Linings Playbook

5. The Dark Knight Rises

6. Dredd

7. Brave

8. Moonrise Kingdom

9. Argo

10. Skyfall

 

This year we also had the opportunity to celebrate the forward thinking fashions of many designers as seen on the red carpet of last night. They say it was a chilly afternoon, yet the sun was shining, but the stars were brighter and even more beautiful. It is always lovely to see who comes in the next hot colour, the newest designer on the scene, and who breaks out the best dressed. In our photo above we nod to J. Law, our dream buddy and pal, as she won Best dressed via twitter hashtags, and also best actress for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook”! Her gorgeous Dior gown was a hit, and I think her tumble getting on stage was more from extreme shock and gratitude than the layers of thick fabric and tulle! Wouldn’t it just make an AMAZING wedding gown?

 

Here is our top 5 list of best dressed from last nights events: (in no particular order)

– From Madison & Ainsley

 

1. Jessica Chastain in Armani

 

 

2. Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

 

 

3. Naomi Watts in L’Wren Scott

 

 

4. Jennifer Aniston in Armani

 

 

5. Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan (It is suuuch a stunner even though we got just a little peak at it!)

 

 

We obviously love the many men who know how to flaunt what they got at the awards, but our absolute fav was Mr. Tatum and his expectant wife, Jenna Dewan. Not only do they have phenomenal fashion taste, but Channing was quite the dancer in the opening welcome with Seth MacFarlane. (And Charlize looked flawless as well!)

 

 

We have to discuss the worst dressed at the Oscars, as that is something that will always come up. Try as we might, we cannot ignore the fact that these stars have so many other options to explore when it comes to fashion, so why must they choose these outfits? Despite their poor taste, we understand that if you feel comfortable in your own skin, and what you are wearing, then that is awesome. However, at the end of the day, an actor, or anyone in the public spotlight, is a “brand”, and dressing professionally goes hand in hand with having a successful and lifelong career.

 

Here are our top 2 worst dressed at the 2013 Oscars: (In no particular order)

 

1. Kristen Stewart – maybe it is just the fact that we really dont like her as an actress, or the fact that she puts no effort in to looking attractive, but she is just a total and complete “MEH”!!!

 

 

2. Brandi Glanville – yeah, did the nip slip happen? If not, she must have used a LOT of glue. Good luck taking it off tonight hun!

 

 

We wish to say congratulations to all the nominees of the 2013 Oscars! Whether or not you won, we have to say that you are winners in the eyes of everyone, no matter what you were wearing, what movie you worked on, or how many awards you have on your shelves. To Mr. Affleck: Congrats on being an amazing producer, director and actor – looks like you finally know what you are doing! 😉

And last but not least, thank you to the Academy for creating an amazing awards ceremony for the brightest and bestest at the craft called “film making”!

Till next year!

 

Love, Ainsley (& Madison)

 

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

Beautiful Tech #1

 

I know you are probably sick of hearing about The Refinery Magazine from me, but I think you should head over to our blog and download some love for your tech! You will see a few coming out over the next couple of weeks leading up to our big launch!blogpost 4

 

Head on over to http://therefinerymag.blogspot.ca to download a little valentines love for your favourite phones, ipads, computers and more!

Love your Tech!

 

Ainsley xoxo

Daily Wedding Inspiration – #4 – Off to See the Wizard

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Not only is the colour of the year Emerald Green, according to Pantone, but it is also the year of the new Oz movie! I grew up loving all things green, especially since my hair is red and it is easy to pair red heads with the gorgeous greens. They just seem to pop once united!

I had to do a green inspiration as I love love LOVE the colour, and saw that other planners, like myself, were getting on the one stop express air balloon to the world of the green and the oh so mighty Oz!

Enjoy!

See you back here tomorrow friends! 🙂

Ainsley xoxo

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

12 Days of Christmas – 11 Pipers Piping – Christmas Countdown Wedding Inspiration

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It was pretty obvious that with the word “pipers” in the title of today’s inspiration, I simply HAD to make it in to some kind of scottish inspiration. I am a proud Scottish-Canadian, and my father was an immigrant to Canada, so the relations between the land of gingers is strong between my family. From tartan kilts, to heather, castles, thistles and pale skinned red heads everything about this majestic land screams incredible weddings and amazing architecture, history and scenery in to one big visual bang!

I would encourage everyone to go visit the highlands of scotland, and see how wonderful this rocky and amazingly lush country scotland really truly is!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Tumblr 2. Ruffled Blog 3. Bridal Chic 4. From under the willow tree 5. Pinterest 6. One To Wed 7. Style Me Pretty 8. Style Me Pretty 9. Bridal Musings

Only two more days till Christmas! Now that is a thought!

I think last night I got almost ALL of my shopping done! Hooray!

Ainsley xoxo

 

P.S. Don’t forget to pin, and share!

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!

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.