Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fun at the Aquarium: Purple & White Bat Mitzvah

March was a full month, finding me with a bat mitzvah, 2 weddings, a 60th birthday and a case of influenza. April isn't quite as busy, however I do have a few fun events in the works that I'll update you on soon. In the meantime, I will try and recap all of the fabulousness that was March, and starting with one of my all time favourite events.

I was brought into the picture a little later on for this incredible bat mitzvah at the Vancouver Aquarium. The host wanted me to pull everything together for the big day and design TWO incredibly fun candy bars. The first, and my favourite, was a purple and white scheme that I'm sure any girly girl would swoon over if not for the candy at least for the colours and pretty details. The second, a fun and whimsical aquarium candy bar. I didn't have too much time to pull it off, but it came together beautifully and was a big hit with kids and adults alike! On top of the incredible venue (watching the dolphins swim around outside in the moonlight was spectacular) and the fun candy bars, what made this event even more to die for were the wonderful vendors involved. After being acquainted with them at the Aisle Walk Magazine Launch Party, I was thrilled to get to work alongside Jane and her hubby of Pixstar Photobooth as well as Daniela of Daniella Ciuffa Photography. I was also introduced to the incredible work of DJ Jordan of Beyond Sound (such a fitting name, because their service truly was beyond sound) and the magical entertainment of the Underground Circus that wowed guests with contortion and aerial performances a la Cirque de Soliel. There were 7 lounge areas for guests to mingle and take in the gorgeous sights of the aquarium with stunning lounge furniture from FIreworks Event Rentals. Guests took away 2 favors- seeded purple paper cards (just plant the card and watch your pretty flowers grow!) and incredibly detailed and very tasty custom cookies. The show stopping flowers which filled every square inch of the Aquarium with their pink and purple glory would done by the talented team at Grandville Island Florists, and the delectable sushi stations that complimented the catering were put on by Zen Sushi.

Down to the details (and contact info for these fab vendors!):

Venue: The Vancouver Aquarium - (Contact Elisa) E-mail:

Photobooth: Jane @ Pixstar Photobooth E-mail:

Contortionists/ Aerialists: The Underground Circus E-mail:

DJ: Beyond Sound E-mail:

Furniture Rentals: Fireworks Event Rentals E-mail:

Sushi Stations: ZEN Sushi E-mail:

Kasey + Tyler

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bella Wedding | Amy + Jason

Wow, I am seriously in the blogging bad books. I just realized It's been over a month since I've posted anything on here. I'm sorry. I really am. But the good thing about not posting on my blog is that this means I'm busy. Really really busy! So busy in fact, that I don't think I can squeeze another event into the mix until, let's say, October. From now until then I will be happily working away with my amazing client list and their exceptional events that are on their way.

Long overdue, here are some shots from my January wedding photographed by the talented Through the Lens Photography team of Marta and George. Amy and I started working together back in July, and I must say her wedding holds a special place in my heart as we shared both the same ceremony and reception venue. The fact that there is so much love and emotion shared between Amy, Jason, and their family and friends, made it even that much more touching for me. The wedding came together beautifully, both from a design standpoint and from an emotional one. It really was one of those weddings where I went home and just had to squeeze my hubby tight. I love love, and I love seeing it in it's purest form, on the day that two people commit to one another. Sigh.

Down to the details:

Ceremony: Good Sheppherd Catholic Church (Fr. Stanley Galvon officiated)

Ceremony Music: Trudi Stammer (Organ) and Curtis Marta (Violin)

Reception: Morgan Creek Golf Course- always a treat to work with Lani and the venue is perfect and accommodating.

Decor Rentals: Supplied by Wedding Design Studio and I must say I love their products. The stunning centerpieces were easy to assemble, giving me plenty of time to perfect the other aspects of the wedding.

Cake: Stunning cake and cake shaped cookies were done by the talented Anna Elizabeth Cakes. Swoon. Check out her stuff, and you may just die. You might have to throw a party just to have an excuse to hire her. Pretty pretty.

Videography: by Fairytale Productions, and although I haven't seen the finished product, they were very nice to work with.

DJ: Jesse of Bradley Music. It was my first time working with him and was truly a total blast and would reccomend him to anyone.

Floral: Stunning flowers were done by one of my local favourites, Petals & Stems.

Candy Buffet: Hello Bella Events, aka moi. The Candy Bar, oh the candy bar! Had to be one of my favourite parts. Amy and Jay were so much fun and decided instead of matching it with the elegant theme of the decor that we should go fun, colourful, and nostalgic (the candy bar was in another room so it's ok that they didn't match!). The candy Amy & Jay selected was all very fun. Some modern favourites, some classics, but they all were selected by members of their family and wedding party. I took the nostaligia theme and ran with it- designing vintage candy shop labels, and after finding THE perfect fabric, even breaking out my sewing machine for the first time to sew the backdrop and table cloth.