Daily Inspiration Post – #3 – More Peonies Please!

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I logged in to pinterest this morning and I saw this huge beautiful bright pink peony, and I knew what I had to do for today’s inspiration post. MORE PEONIES PLEASE! I can never get enough of big beautiful peonies! They are gorgeous, and if i had the option to make beautiful big and gorgeous peonies an object of my every day life, there would be not one single complaint about it ever. Maybe if I become rich and famous I will request peonies be on my desk everyday. dream on girl, dream on!

Enjoy lovelies, enjoy!

Clockwise from Top left:

1. 100 Layer Cake 2.Bibbity Bobbity Boo 3. Rock and Roll Bride 4. Intimate Weddings 5.Intimate Weddings 6.Pinterest 7.Tumblr 8.Rock and Roll Bride

See you back here tomorrow!

xoox Ainsley

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

Daily Inspiration Posts – #1 – Happy New Year

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Happy New Year everyone! I can already tell that it is going to be an amazing year and I have decided to challenge myself and keep my new years resolution of posting an inspiration image every day for the entire year. Now I know it is going to be difficult to keep this resolution, but I am going to do the very best that I can! I promise!

The very first inspiration of the year is this beautiful Blue and Gold wedding palette filled with sparkles, jewel tones and wonder! I hope you enjoy!

Clockwise from top left:

1.lushhush 2.Oh So Beautiful Paper 3.Ozzy Garcia 4.Note To Self 5.Elizabeth Anne Designs 6.hipstuff 7.RuffledBlog 8. Covet Living 9.Brides Cafe

 

See you back here tomorrow!

Ainsley xoxo

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 – 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

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!)

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!

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!

earrings | dress | type | bracelet

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.