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!


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


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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