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.  🙂

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!