Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

Looking for the perfect pair of shoes for your big day? We understand that large selection and overwhelming number of choices can be exhausting to sift through. We’ve made it simple for you. Here are some shoes we love, categorized by style.

The Classic

Demi You 100 White Patent Leather

Jimmy Choo Rosa

Jimmy Choo Rosa

Badgley Mischka Crystal Embellished Pointy Toe Pump

Badgley Mischka Crystal Embellished Pointy Toe Pump

 

Something Different

Giuseppe Zanotti Crystal-Embellished “Cruel” Sandals

Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps

Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps

PAPILLON DE NUIT by Roger Vivier

PAPILLON DE NUIT by Roger Vivier

Fairytale

Gianvito Rossi Rania Crystal-Embellished Pumps

Gianvito Rossi Rania Crystal-Embellished Pumps

 

Jimmy Choo Ari

Jimmy Choo Ari

Dolce & Gabbana 'Glass Slipper' Pump

Dolce & Gabbana ‘Glass Slipper’ Pump

Comfy

NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sanda by Stuart Weitzman

Manolo Blahnik’s Carolyne Bride

Christian Louboutin Follies Strass Pointy Toe Flat

Christian Louboutin Follies Strass Pointy Toe Flat

 

 

 

For more bridal shoe inspiration, visit our Pinterest board.

 

 

 

Crème de la Crème Show 2016

 

The Crème de la Crème Wedding Show is an annual grand wedding showcase in Vancouver, BC that features a luxury bridal fashion show, unique vendors, and displays of trendsetting designs. This year, the spectacular event was held at the historic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver where hundreds of bride-to-be’s and their wedding parties joined the celebration.The show is put on yearly by Countdown Events.

Here is our look back at the show, and some of our favourites:

Photos by Fleur de Lis Events

Every vendor spent countless hours perfecting their latest designs and services for the bride-to-be’s and wedding parties. The show was an absolutely stunning display of the crème de la crème of not only bridal fashion, but other vendors and services. Here are some of our favourite vendors from the show:

Granville Island Florist

Dushan Flowers

Eclat Decor

Hong Photography

Leanne Pedersen Photography

Blush Bridal

Cache Couture

Blush Photography

Life Studios Inc.

Holiday Baking: Sugar Cookie Recipe

There’s something about the winter holidays that calls for fresh baked goods and sweet treats. Most likely the need to stay away from the cold. Here’s my favourite (and I must add, quickest) recipe for sugar cookies that’s been in our family for quite some time.

Nargess’ Sugar Cookie Recipe

You will need:

  • 1 
cup butter or 1 cup margarine
  • 1 
cup sugar
  • 1 
large egg
  • 1 
teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 
teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 3⁄4
cups flour

 

Instructions:

  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg and vanilla.
  • Mix all dry ingredients and add slowly to butter cream mixture until incorporated.
  • Roll out on lightly floured board to desired thickness.
  • Cutout 2-1/2″ hearts and bake at 400 degrees for 7- 10 minutes.

Should be light in color with light browning on the edges.

Yields 24 cookies.

If you don’t time to bake yourself, visit our friends at Soirette for a variety of baked goods that will satisfy your sweets cravings during the holidays (or all year, for that matter). 

Photos credit via Pinterest

Comment below to share your special holiday baking recipes.

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Featured Wedding: Laura & Carl’s Surprise Winter Wedding

We first met this sweet couple last Fall and they had a unique request for their wedding, a surprise wedding! Needless to say, Laura & Carl’s special day involved a few secrets here and there, but in the end, the guests were thrilled with the memorable events of their surprise wedding.

From the bride:

At the time of our engagement, we had been together for 13.5 years. Many people had been expecting us to get engaged and married for quite a while so we both wanted to do something that was different, fun and exciting. We wanted to create an unforgettable evening for our guests where they would be just as excited as we are! A surprise wedding had this magical exciting appeal and we instantly knew that this was the ideal plan for our wedding.

It was so much fun coming up with the elaborate plans of how to surprise our guests. After countless ideas were discussed, we decided that it would be most fun to have our guests invited to what they would think is a “surprise” engagement party for us. This way guests would not ask us any questions because they thought that they would be surprising us! But in reality, we would be surprising them with a wedding! Guests were invited to a Surprise Engagement Party for Laura and Carl that was supposedly to be hosted by Laura’s Sister and Brother-in-law. In reality, this Surprise Engagement Party quickly turned into a Surprise Wedding!

We chose white, silver and champagne as our colours and had little twinkling lights to create a magical wintery atmosphere. Our flowers were primarily baby’s breath to symbolize beautiful clusters of snow flakes.

 

Top 3 moments during the wedding: 

  1. Our guests’ reactions when they found out about the surprise wedding!

Telling the guests – All of the guests arrived to the Fairmont Pacific Rim to surprise Laura and Carl for their engagement party. Guests were asked to arrive before 5:30pm as Laura and Carl would be arriving then. At 5:30pm, Laura’s cousin Marc and his fiancé, Ainslie, who were also the MC’s for the evening (we told them the week before the wedding and asked them to be our MC’s) got ready to make the announcement. Marc loudly asked guests for their attention and said “I have just talked to Laura and Carl and their engagement is off” – then he paused and guests gasped. Marc then said “Because they have decided to get married. Welcome to their wedding”. At this moment, the doors into the ceremony space opened and guests could now see the beautiful magical space where the wedding would take place. Carl and his groomsmen were inside the ceremony space and were standing at the end of the aisle. The guests erupted into yelling and cheering. They were shocked and were overwhelmed with happiness and excitement. A truly priceless moment…

  1. Walking down the aisle

This moment was so special for so many reasons. Laura’s mom, Lise, walked Laura down the aisle. Lise and Laura are the closest that mothers and daughters can be and Laura was truly honored to have her mom walk her down the aisle. This was one of Lise’s favorite moments of the wedding. She describes that she could hear actually hear the guests gasp when the doors opened and they could see Laura in her dress.

The moment when Carl and Laura saw each other was priceless. The photographer and videographer were able to capture the moment perfectly. Carl gasped and his mouth widened and his eyes raised and he had to take a deep breath. Carl and Laura immediately made eye contact and Laura had the biggest smile on her face. It was an amazing moment.

  1. First dance

The first dance was a really special moment for us. It was a moment where it was just us, together, and we were able to dance and really take in what was going on. The dance floor was beautiful, it was a custom all white dance floor that had windows all around it with views of the globe at the Convention Center, the water and the sails at Canada Place. Half way through the first dance, we noticed that Annabelle, our 4-year-old niece and our flower girl, was smiling and shaking with anticipation, wanting to join us in our first dance. She had been dancing on her own on the dance floor since the reception started. We looked at each other then looked at Annabelle and invited her to come share the rest of our first dance. She stood up and ran into our arms and we carried her and finished our first dance with the three of us.

Venue: Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver

Photographer: Hong Photography

Videographer: Premier Love

Florist: Flower Factory

Cake & Macarons: Soirette 

Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas

Calligraphy: Fleur de Lis Events

DJ: Beyond Sound 

Dress: Bridal Gallery

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Featured Wedding: Golnar & Hamid

When it comes to picking the theme we draw our inspiration from the couples we work with, and Hamid & Golnar were no exception. 

This sweet couple knew each other for over ten years before they re-connected, and their passion of life and fun energy was contagious to say the least. They expressed how the food and music were key to ensuring their guests had a memorable evening and we worked with them to create just that.

 

Venue: Sutton Place Hotel 

Photos by: Lifetime Captures Photography

Videography: Ritz Cinema

Florist: Sunflower florist

Cake: Love Sugar

DJ: Dj Armin

Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Azadeh

 

 

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Featured Wedding: Carolina & Jonathan’s Castle Wedding

If you enjoyed our previous post Parisian engagement shoot, you’re going to love their fairytale wedding which took place at Hatley Castle, as seen in Perfect Wedding Magazine.

Carolina & Jon chose a dreamy backdrop for their intimate wedding and hosted 80 of their closets friends and family for a weekend long celebration on Vancouver island. We worked with the couple for over a year planning each detail of their destination wedding and its definitely one for the books!

 

Planning: Fleur de Lis Events

Photography: Hong Photography

Videography: LifeStudios Inc.

Florist: Flower Factory

Decor: Eclat Decor

Cake: ooh la la cupcakes

Vintage rentals: Bespoke Decor

Stationary & Calligraphy: Love by Phoebe

Dress: Kleinfelds

Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Sugar cookies: Love Sugar

Sweet Table: Fleur de Lis Events

Hair styling: Salon 88

Musicians: Alison Vardy

Photo Booth: Swany Booth

 

 

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An Intimate Affair Shangri-La

Earlier this season I had the pleasure of attending “An Intimate Affair” hosted by the Shangria-La  hotel Vancouver.

The evening featured a luxurious table surrounded by crystals and gold adorned petals, not a detail was missed.

Guests feasted on an impeccable menu of delicacies and international flavours. The evening ended with a gorgeous sweet table, that was simply too good to eat!

The Shangri-La Vancouver offers unique event spaces, including the Conway room that features floor-to-ceiling windows and the Heated (covered) Terrace, perfect for an intimate ceremony or cocktail reception.

For more information on this venue give us a call, as we simply love it there!

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Parisian Engagement shoot

Last Spring we had the pleasure of styling a sweet Parisian engagement at Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster bar in the heart of downtown Vancouver as seen in Real Weddings magazine.

The couple fresh from Paris, where the soon-to-be groom had popped the question, sought a dreamy and romantic setting much like the Parisian cafes.

Blush peonies, Shakespearean love poems, macarons and stunning jewels were used to transform the space into a courtyard like cafe in the heart of Paris.

Full list of vendor details below.

Nargess

Vendors:

Photography – Hong Photography

Florals  & wreath – Flower Factory

Cake & Macarons – Soirette

Sugar Cookies – Love Sugar Cakes

Jewellery – Elsa Corsi

Stationary – Love by Phoebe

Concept & Styling – Fleur de Lis Events

Hair – Mahyar Khoda, Salon 88

 

 

Palm Springs Wedding Venues

If you follow along on our Instagram page, you know I have a soft spot for warm destinations which most recently led to Palm Springs over Spring break. Nestled in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is a desert resort town like on other and I can’t wait to share a few favourite spots from our recent trip.

A short (and I must add) direct flight from Vancouver, B.C., you can start your day at the office and make it down to the desert in time for happy hour.

Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or a sunny destination for a wedding, the desert has lot’s to offer.

We’ve rounded up our favourite spots perfect for grand affairs or intimate soirées, and for more information on Palm Springs venues give us a ring, as we love to travel.

~ Nargess


1 – The Parker 

Nestled on 14 acres of manicured gardens in the heart of downtown Palm Spring, The Parker is known for its upscale modern decor featuring designer Jonathon Adler. Tranquil pools, vibrant dinning options (including Norma’s which serves breakfast all day!) and beautiful gardens provide many options for outdoor ceremony and reception/ The boutique style hotel is known for its preppy charm and service.


2 – Avalon Hotel and Bungalows

An Old-World hideaway in the heart of Palm Springs

Truly a gem nestled in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the historic Avalon Hotel rests at foothills of San Jacinto Mountains on the four acres of perfectly manicured gardens.

The hotel boasts Spanish architecture, private villas, the renowned Estrella Spa, Chi Chi (poolside) cabanas idea for private dinners and poolside brunches.

 


3 – Sparrows Lodge

Sparrows Lodge is a completely resorted 1950s retreat with a modern rustic vibe that carries throughout the grounds. The lodge features communal barn, outdoor fire pit, vegetable garden and a collection of fine art. The 20 rooms features exposed beam ceilings and rustic red walls with concrete floors. The environment boasts serenity and simplicity.


4 – Ace Hotel

Hidden treasure, a true Palm Spring boutique hotel.
The 176 room hotel, spa and resort is within biking distance to the desert’s main attractions such as Josh Tree and Salvation Mountain.


5 – Miramonte Resort

A tranquility four-diamond boutique style resort with classic sophistication. The resort offers multiples pools, one-of -a-kind dinning options including the Grove Artisan Kitchen and the Vineyard Lounge, as well a the award-winning spa facilities at The Well Spa. Surrounded by unmatched views of the Santa Rose mountains, lush gardens of the Mediterranean Lawn, or the second story covered terrace “Piazza” the resort offers a variety of options for ceremony & receptions and can accommodate up to 300 guests.


6 – La Quinta Resort

Set on 45 acres of vibrantly lush gardens and pathways, La Quinta hotel is known for its peaceful nature and beauty. Suites feature starlight patios, private fire place and stunning views of the mountains.
The sort offers starlight ceremonies, private dinner party in a palm grove and serene waterfalls.

Invitation Etiquette

When it come to invitation wording etiquette, couples are often intimated by the variety of options available, but in fact the rules are actually much simpler and straightforward than you think. And in most cases, there’s more than one way to do it, so feel free to riff off these wording rules to create your own. To help guide you, we’re breaking down what each line means and what it typically includes.

Section 1: The Host Line

Traditionally, the bride’s parents are the hosts of the wedding, and are named at the top of the invitation, even for very formal affairs. However, including the names of both sets of parents as hosts is a gracious option no matter who foots the bill. Also, more and more couples these days are hosting their own weddings, or do so together with their parents. So, here are a few host line examples

1- When the bride’s parents host the wedding:

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Colleen Marie to Ryan Michael Cronin Saturday, the twenty-third of May at four o’clock Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church New York, New York 

2- When the groom’s parents are included on the invitation:

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Colleen Marie to Ryan Michael Cronin, son of

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Rigby Cronin Saturday, the twenty-third of May

or

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski and Mr. and Mrs. Jason Rigby Cronin request the pleasure of your company at the wedding reception of their children,

Colleen Marie and Ryan Michael Saturday, the twenty-third of May

3- When the bride’s divorced parents are both listed on the invitation (in general, the invite is sent by the parent who raised her):

Diane Jean Chrzanowski (or Mrs. Robert Cheney, if remarried) and Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski (or Mr. Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski) request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Colleen Marie to Ryan Michael Cronin

4- When the couple would like to host the event themselves:

The honour of your presenceis requested at the marriage of Miss Colleen Marie Chrzanowski to Mr. Ryan Michael Cronin Saturday, the twenty-third of May 

5- When the couple would like to include their families (divorced or married) and host their own wedding:

Colleen Marie Chrzanowski and Ryan Michael Cronin together with their parents request the pleasure of your company at their wedding

Section 2: The Request Line

“honour of your presence”: “honour” spelled British-style with a “u” indicates a ceremony in a house of worship.

“the pleasure of your company”: indicates the ceremony is taking place outside a place of worship.

“at the marriage of their children:” indicates both sets of the couple’s parents are hosting.

Section 3: Bride and Groom Lines

The name of the bride always precedes the groom’s name. Formal invitations issued by the bride’s parents refer to her by her first and middle names, the groom by his full name and title; if the couple is hosting by themselves, their titles are optional.

Section 4: Date and Time Lines

For formal weddings, everything is written out in full (no numerals). The year is optional (the assumption being your wedding is on the nearest such date). Time of day is spelled out using “o’clock” or “half after five o’clock.” The use of a.m. or p.m. is optional. For casual weddings, numerals are fine.

Section 4: Location Lines

The street address is not usually needed, unless omitting it would lead to confusion or your wedding is taking place at the host’s home. The city and state are written out in full.

Section 5: Reception Lines

Very formal invitations include this information on a separate card. Otherwise, it can be printed on the invitation if there is room; if the ceremony and reception are held in the same location, you may print “and afterward at the reception” or “reception immediately following.” When the reception is elsewhere, the location goes on a different line. Include the time if not immediately following the ceremony.

Section 6: RSVP Lines

Most couples these days choose to include a separate response card for guests to fill out and return in the mail. For more informal celebrations, some couples skip the separate response card and ask guests to reply electronically via the couple’s website, printed on the bottom of the invitation.

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