We collaborated with some of our favourite vendors to show you what your wedding at Hycroft, an Edwardian mansion located in Shaughnessy, could look like. With restored architecture from the turn of the century, the venue emits a warm romantic atmosphere. See what we could help you achieve!
Photography: Belluxe Photography
Jewelry: Minichiello Jewelers
Makeup & Hair: Denise Elliott Makeup
Hair Accessories: Elsa Corsi
Dress: “Berta” from Blush Bridal
Stationary: Maurelle Calligraphy
Florist: Granville Island Florist
Decor: Eclat Decor
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.
Demi You 100 White Patent Leather
Jimmy Choo Rosa
Badgley Mischka Crystal Embellished Pointy Toe Pump
Giuseppe Zanotti Crystal-Embellished “Cruel” Sandals
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps
PAPILLON DE NUIT by Roger Vivier
Gianvito Rossi Rania Crystal-Embellished Pumps
Jimmy Choo Ari
Dolce & Gabbana ‘Glass Slipper’ Pump
NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sanda by Stuart Weitzman
Manolo Blahnik’s Carolyne Bride
Christian Louboutin Follies Strass Pointy Toe Flat
For more bridal shoe inspiration, visit our Pinterest board.
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
Leanne Pedersen Photography
Life Studios Inc.
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:
cup butter or 1 cup margarine
teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoons baking powder
- 2 3⁄4
- 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.
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:
- 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…
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.