Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Featured Wedding: Janet and Rick

To say that Janet and Rick’s wedding was gorgeous is an understatement. It was designed to reflect the couple, as most of my weddings are, but this wedding had it’s own touch of magic. Janet is a Houston designer who has style wrapped around her finger so when I worked with Janet’s best friend Kristy and her fiance Rick to create the wedding decor and design, I knew it had to be special.  Let me explain to you that Janet is a rare client that knows herself.  She told me, I love it when my clients trust me, and I trust you (and Kristy and Rick!).  She also commented that she wanted to be surprised.  So when I finally met her she handed me the key to her event.  What was the stupendous key?  A napkin.  A napkin?  Yes.  Ok, well it was a vintage linen napkin that had texture and a subtle color.  That, my readers, is what I started with.

Let me also explain that Kristy was a great ally in planning this event.  We also were lucky to embark on this adventure with Rick.  He is level headed, smart, funny and I know why Janet loves him.  He was a great sounding board and that man knew what his future wife likes.  I was lucky enough to gain some great clients, a gasp worthy wedding, and some wonderful friends in this little adventure.  I hope you enjoy this post as much as we enjoyed planning it.

The result is ethereal and I am proud to share it with you today. I am also proud to tell you that it was recently featured on Style Me Pretty! Click here to see their take on the wedding.

The letter press paper suite was created by Los Angeles graphic designer, Rebecca Baltutis, who has worked in the entertainment and fashion industries her entire career. She is best known for her art direction and editorial design for numerous Southern California magazines. The paper used for Janet and Ricks Invitations came from an Italian paper mill that started creating paper in the 1700’s and today is still considered one of the highest rated papers for both quality and environmental standards.

Janet LOVES shoes.  Her shoe closet would shame the shoe department at Neiman Marcus.    

This image is of Samantha and how darling is it?  Captured by the talents of Phylis Lane Photography!

I love that all of her ladies are wearing dresses that they chose.  As you can see, Janet runs with quite the stylish crew (including her stunning twin sister!).  TIP:  If you know your ladies have some serious style, trust them to pick stylish and appropriate dresses that highlight their best assets.  

The Ring Bearer Bowl was created in Austin, Texas. It states “You Lucky Dog”- a phrase uttered by Kristy to Janet, the bride, quite often regarding her match to Rick. We all agreed, they were both lucky dogs!

The bride and groom wanted to incorporate a sand ceremony into their wedding ceremony. The main bottle was an antique bottle with a handmade cross sodered to the bottle by an artisan that works with Janet. It gleamed with the background of the McDowell Mountains. The perfect touch was the rustic original ranch table that the bottles rested on.

We embraced every opportunity to add design elements; we designed a flower petal carpet, a signature concept by Events by Showstoppers, for the ceremony but guests also enjoyed a thoroughly designed cocktail hour as well

We did not use the typical tie for the cocktail tables- we kicked it up with tassles and kept a classic feel.


I would LOVE to be a guest and attend this cocktail hour!  

I love the blue-ish light photographer Phyllis Lane captured during dusk

The best part was that guests had walked across this lawn to the intimate ceremony area.  When they crossed it again, our crew and the crew from Showstoppers had been hard at work transforming the lawn.  Rose petals and a dramatic staircase lit with candles created its own magic.

This cake was designed to reflect Janet’s gown and her shameless adoration of shoes!  Thank you Andrea from Sedona Cake Couture for your talents.  

A chocolate candy buffet was set on a rustic wood ranch table. Centered was a massive floral piece of hammered metal. Glass containers were filled with toffee covered pretzels & oreos. Assorted truffles from World Famous Julia Baker Confections. Bags to fill were made of a soft linen- perfect to get just the right amount of chocolate.

The children’s table had customized games with each child’s name. To keep the wedding lively for them, I created an “I Spy” game.

The Groom’s cake was a surprise for our groom. Rick collects vintage Harley Davidson motorcycles and we wanted to reflect it in the end product. Victoria commissioned a piece of art to be drawn for the couple which was then hand drawn onto the cake by Andrea Carusetta-Blaut of Sedona Cake Couture.

The outdoor courtyard at the Country Club at DC Ranch is so beautiful and fit Janet and Rick’s design aesthetic perfectly

Here I am with Janet and her best friend- love these ladies!

Photography: Phyllis Lane Photographer / Flowers: Events by Show Stoppers / Event Design: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events / Event Planning: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events / Ceremony Location: The Country Club at DC Ranch / Reception Location: The Country Club at DC Ranch / Invitations: Rebecca Baltutis, Square LA / Linens: Wildflower Linen & Southwick Linens / Cake: Andrea Carusetta-Blaut of Sedona Cake Couture / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Dress: Meriah, Monique Lhuillier from Casa Di Novia / Bridesmaid Dresses: assorted gowns from Monique Lhuillier and BCBG / Flower Girl: Custom Dress by Jenny Kim Couture / Band: The Groove Merchants / Hair & Makeup: Glam Lounge Artists / Calligraphy: Jennifer Schmitt

Jim and Ken • on August 29, 2011

What a great article! Thanks so much for mentioning Show Stoppers! Janet and Ricks’s wedding was really fun to do. Everyone’s hard work really paid off. V, you are the something else!! This wedding was gorgeous! See you soon! J & K

    Kelly Gill • on August 31, 2011

    Thanks guys! Beautiful work as always!

Becky • on August 31, 2011

This wedding design embodies the words CHIC, UNIQUE, and STYLISH. I’m loving all the details, especially those fabulous shoes!

    Kelly Gill • on August 31, 2011

    Thanks Becky!

Cindi Duguay • on October 7, 2012

Really cool website, thanks for your insights in publishing the blog. I found it really interesting.

Wilbert • on October 18, 2013

Normally I do not read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very compelled
me to try and do it! Your writing style has been amazed me.

Thanks, very great post.

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