Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Fast and Fun New Years Eve Party Tips!

Fast and Fun New Years Eve Party Tips!

Ring in the New Year with some festive ideas for your New Years Eve Celebration!  We love a great glass of champagne to ring in the New Year, but with this delicious and very simple recipe, you can have your champagne in a fun and sparkly Jell-O shot!

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What you will need for 15 Champagne Shots:

10 oz plus 5oz champagne (Don’t feel the need to break the bank on your bottle of Champagne, sometimes the less expensive bottles tend to be sweeter and tastes better!)
1 tablespoon sugar
3 envelopes Knox plain gelatin (Tip!: There are three envelopes in one box of Gelatin) Colored Sparkling Sugar (Feel Free to add a few drops of food coloring to add some color to the sugar if you do not have access to colored sugar)

How to prepare these sweet treats:

Place 10 oz of the champagne and sugar in a sauce pan and then sprinkle gelatin on top. Let gelatin soften for about 2 minutes.

Place saucepan over low heat and stir until gelatin has completely dissolved, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and add in remaining 5 oz of champagne and stir to combine.

Pour mixture into a pan or glass dish and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. The colder the Jell-O the easier it will be to cut into squares with little slide.

To release the Jell-O, dip the pan into warm water for less than a minute and use a knife along the sides to gently release. Use a sharp knife to cut squares.

Dip the tops in the sparkling sugar and serve with a festive toothpick.

Lay a layer of your sparkling sugar in the bottom of your serving piece as this will prevent any slipping while cutting them apart later.

Keep the prepared Jell-O shots in the refrigerator until guests arrive!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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New Years Fortune Cookies add some fun to a Champagne Flute!

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Create a white board for resolutions for your guests!  An instant camera creates an easy photo opportunity!

Send your guests home with a “Hangover Eliminator” – Water, Advil, and some Tums- your guests will thank you the next day!

Have a wonderful New Year!  Cheers!

Victoria

Bright, Southwestern Rehearsal Dinner

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Michelle and Brandon’s wedding was mostly filled with neutrals so for their rehearsal dinner, we wanted to welcome guests with a really fun and bright event. El Chorro was the perfect location to create the southwestern feel the couple was looking for.

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We love these linens from La Tavola Fine Linens, especially paired with the bright colors of the napkins and table runners.

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No matter the color scheme, season, or type of event, Petal Pusher never disappoints. But the floral they created for this rehearsal was beyond words! The bright colors with the fun pots was truly southwest heaven!

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Another detail that turned out even more fabulous than we imagined, were the paper products created by Celebrations in Paper. The menus, seating cards, and all of the other touches were the cherry on top!

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Hearing all of the heartfelt and funny toasts, along with the delicious food and atmosphere was the perfect way to begin such a fun and perfect wedding weekend! We love this couple so much so we had to share some other photos of the group.

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Brushfire Photography :: Petal Pusher :: Celebrations in Paper :: El Chorro :: La Tavola Fine Linen :: Classic Party Rentals

 

Annie and Brady – A Picturesque Wedding at The Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood

Annie and Brady spent July 19, 2014 celebrating their intimate wedding with their close friends and family. The bride and groom now live in Oregon and wanted their special day to highlight the beauty within the state.  Timberline Lodge itself is situated on the slope of Mount Hood surrounded by lush forest with a stunning view of the Cascade Mountain Range, and radiates a rustic elegance that fit the style of this wedding flawlessly.

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Yes, you are seeing correctly. Beautiful JULY wedding with Mount Hood in the backdrop with snow… snow.  The stunning asymmetrical birch arch was chosen by the Bride.  We loved the lush floral and the more organic shape. Elegant and outdoorsy – perfect for a natural ceremony showcasing the beauty of this historic location to guests.

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Hydrangea, Cafe Dahlias, Roses and Eucalyptus with Bay made up this beautiful classic look from Blum Floral Design.

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The floral tucked along the aisle consisted of fern and petite arrangements, with a wide aisle that had a thick layer of white role petals going down the center. Keeping the decor simple and light gave a perfect display and kept the focus on the natural beauty of the location. All of these elements went hand-in-hand in creating a wedding that fit the effortless beauty of our favorite Portland couple!

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Aly, Annie’s best friend from childhood, was unable to make it to the wedding. Annie not able to imagine her not seeing the wedding brought in technology to allow her to FaceTime in.  The Savvy Tech Solution would play a bigger part later in the reception.

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Mulder, Annie and Brady’s baby, was even involved in the festivities with a special matching green collar and leash. Annie could not imagine the day without Mulder!

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We have had the pleasure of working with Brady’s Mom before…. Beth always gets a gold star for her organizational skills.

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We love the color tones that Annie and Brady used!

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Annie is an equestrian so you can see the horseshoe – turned up for good luck!  We love to layer in details that reflect the couple and their interests to make the day really “them”.

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Linen from Wildflower Linen complimented the Rustic Lodge where the Reception was held.

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Aly, Matron of Honor, was unable to travel.  The best surprise was that she recorded a toast and worked with Victoria and the DJ to have it played at the wedding reception.  It was such a special moment and a great toast- smart, sarcastic and sweet.

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Wood Menus showed not only the menu, but a run of show for the guests.

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The plated dinner still makes my mouth water. Starting with a salad of fig-stuffed briar rose chèvre crusted in pistachio, pickled walla walls, wild arugula and lemon oil. Followed by surf-and-turf style entrees including hazelnut crusted halibut and citrus, and cascade natural beef tenderloin with mushroom glace, and sides of white cheddar-horseradish potato mash, baby carrots and grilled asparagus. Hungry yet?!  We loved that Timberline really utilizes local first food and artisans to create these memorable dishes.

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Tables were named after areas in Oregon that meant something to the couple. For example, one of the tables was named Multnomah Falls, which is where they were engaged.

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The reception area within the Timberline Lodge gave the guests a warm and welcomed feel. Tables were placed around the massive fireplace.  The reception was brimming with small details from decor to the place cards that gave all involved a sensation of the personal touches that were taken while putting together this wedding!

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Guests enjoyed an Oregon oriented open bar consisting of multiple options including a premium northwest selection of beer and wines. Not to mention, a special argyle sparkling wine toast.  If you have been wine tasting in Oregon- you know they have some world renowned wineries.  Argyle is one!  If you are a Pinot Noir Fan- you know Oregon is a little bit of heaven.  The craft beers and local wines meant the night was a lively one!

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A note that Annie and Brady are not overly showy.  Their first dance lasted a hot minute and that was just fine with the Bride.  We believe you should do what feels right to you!

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Above:  The Bride is an avid reader so we could not resist some of these decor details.

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One of my favorite moments was when Annie and Brady called me over to their table.  They let me know the wedding was everything that they imagined.  It makes me so happy when clients know we understand what they want and then we deliver it!

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Dessert was a station (as shown above) where guests could pick up their own heart-shaped pie made from local baker, Kelly’s Mini Pies and Mini Cheesecakes. The pies were baked with seasonal fruits – pie was their choice over cake and the guests loved them.  We utilized the bookcase that is at Timeberline Lodge.  This was an easy way to customize the decor and use something that was on the property.  

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Good Photo Booth props – priceless.

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The goal of showcasing Oregon through small details worked perfectly by using local food, craft beer and wine companies. We all know that Oregon is known for its Pinot Noir so including it in the celebration was not even a question! Another delicious example came when the bride and groom used three specifically picked VooDoo Doughnuts for a ‘Breakfast at Midnight’ favor. Kelly, Victoria’s pacific northwest assistant :), helped out tremendously when her hubby drove them down the night of the wedding so each doughnut would be the freshest it could be! Two of the three flavored doughnuts were delicately placed in goody boxes, that were then situated on the guests’ hotel room beds allowing them to be easily transported and munched on at their leisure. “Breakfast at Midnight” with Cereal Topped Doughnuts?  YES please!

Thanks for the cute tags and paper products Celebrations In Paper!

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Yes, Mt. Hood is a massive presence in the Pacific Northwest.  The Timberline Lodge is truly a historical representation of artisans and how they shaped a nation.  This popular ski lodge and mountain retreat was built entirely by hand in 1938, during the Great Depression. It was ordered through the Works Progress Administration, by President Franklin Roosevelt, as a way to fuel the economy and encourage growth during a time of intense economic problems. The lodge’s construction employed millions of jobless citizens and used resources and materials that were all locally made. In 1977 it was announced a National Historic Landmark and declared the finest example of WPA mountain architecture by the US Department of Interior. Many of the features that were created during the 30’s when it was built, are present and event utilized in the historical landmark today! (Come on, you know you feel smarter now!)

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Not down with the artisan hoop la?  Perhaps it might feel familiar is this gorgeous location is known for its role in opening scene of the Shining, the 1980 movie based on Stephen King’s book, used aerial shots and exterior footage of the Timberline Lodge itself to give structure to the fictional Overlook Hotel. **Victoria was just excited it was the outside that was filmed, not the inside! (REDRUM)

This decades old landmark is a tribute to the rugged spirit that the Pacific Northwest embodies, something Annie and Brady wanted to share with their family ad friends!

“Luxury Lodge” is how Vic described the rooms.  Pendleton Blankets on the beds, fireplaces in many rooms?  Yes, Luxury Lodge is the way to stay!

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This wedding venue is one in a million! Mount Hood is not only Oregon’s highest peak and one of the most prominent of the Cascades volcanoes, but it is considered one of the seven wonders of Oregon- with this shot from Sara Vandepas it is breathtaking.

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Location/Catering: Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood :: Disc Jockey: Event Team Entertainment :: Florist: Blum Floral Design :: Hair and Make-up Artist: Aimee J’Adore :: Invitations/Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Linens: Wildflower Linens :: Photography: Sara Vandepas Photography :: Rentals: Peter Corvallis Productions :: Videographer: Moving Pictures Weddings :: Event Designer and Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events :: Childcare: Creative Childcare Solutions :: PhotoBooth: Photogenica

Michelle and Brandon-Cocktails and Reception

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One of the most important things for Michelle and Brandon was that their guests had an amazing time. We wanted to start the party off right away with a great cocktail hour. We brought in a three sided bar so that no guest would be left without a drink in hand! Lounge furniture was placed in the lawn and string lights were hung to continue the intimate feel.

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The seating card wall was definitely one of our favorite details!! Petal Pusher did such a fabulous job creating the moss and floral wall and it was the perfect focal point during cocktail hour. We made sure to get plenty of use out of the wall by using the opposite side as the bar backdrop. Once all of the guests had their seating cards and the reception began, the wall was transformed into the backdrop of the slow motion video booth!

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Like almost all of the rooms in the Arizona Biltmore, the Grand Ballroom has many unique architectural details that are very “Biltmore”. We wanted to enhance the look of the room without making it look too much like every other ballroom. We draped the ceiling and the walls but kept certain aspects of the architecture to keep just enough of the history.

Michelle loved the idea of mixing rectangle tables with rounds. Petal Pusher kept the floral arrangements low and placed a mix of smaller arrangements on each table.

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The round custom dance floor is another favorite of ours. Platinum Pro did a truly amazing job capturing the watercolor design from Michelle and Brandon’s invitations and the shape was the perfect thing to bring the room together.

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These table numbers were what we like to call #vcgenius. We were actually searching online for a card box when Victoria thought of the amazing idea to create agate table numbers. Finding the perfect sliced agate then became our new mission and we have to say, they turned out better than we even imagined! We love how unique each one was, and they brought a bit of a”harder” element to the loose flowers and soft colors.

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We love these black and whites of the couple enjoying the dance floor, cake, and a fabulous champagne tower!

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Location: Arizona Biltmore Resort :: Photography: Brushfire Photography :: Florist: Petal Pusher :: Invitations/Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Linens: La Tavola Linen :: Dance Floor: Platinum Pro :: Drape: Quest Drape :: Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Kip Fox :: Band: The JJ’s Band :: DJ: MT Sounds :: Hair Stylist: Lynn at Etch Salon :: Makeup Artist: Linda Wagner :: Tuxes: Mr. Formal :: A/C Units: Arizona Heater Rental :: Slow Motion Video Booth: I Do Films :: Rabbi: Rabbi Linder :: Event Designer and Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

Michelle and Brandon- Fabulous Details and Fun Bridal Party Photos

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This wedding was full of style. Between Michelle’s gorgeous dress, perfectly styled veil, and her jaw-dropping emerald earrings, there was a not a shortage of pretty things to look at! The groom also showed up with his fashion game strong! Brandon’s bow tie, shoes, and sunglasses were just a few of his spot on accessories.

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Not to be redundant, but we also LOVE Michelle’s engagement ring. The gold band in the photo above is Michelle’s grandmother’s wedding band. That is the ring that was used in the ceremony along with Brandon’s band.

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Michelle and Brandon are great separately, but when they are together…. magical photos are born.

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Michelle had each of her bridesmaids select their own dress in a blush and gold color palette. All of the girls did a fabulous job picking out their dresses and they could not have come together more seamlessly.

The picture below on the right is of Michelle and her sister (and Matron of Honor!) Stephanie. Victoria also planned Stephanie’s wedding to Jordan in 2008!

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This group of guys were so much fun! It was really important to Brandon to get multiple photos of the groomsmen in different locations. Brushfire Photography did an AMAZING job capturing all of their personalities and we can not get enough of the two photos below.

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To end this blog post, we just HAD to include a photo of the ring bearer. He is Michelle’s nephew and seriously too cute for words! I mean, just look at those blue eyes and curly hair!! (insert emoji with heart eyes)

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Location: Arizona Biltmore Resort :: Photography: Brushfire Photography :: Florist: Petal Pusher :: Invitations/Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Linens: La Tavola Linen :: Dance Floor: Platinum Pro :: Drape: Quest Drape :: Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Kip Fox :: Band: The JJ’s Band :: DJ: MT Sounds :: Hair Stylist: Lynn at Etch Salon :: Makeup Artist: Linda Wagner :: Tuxes: Mr. Formal :: A/C Units: Arizona Heater Rental :: Slow Motion Video Booth: I Do Films :: Rabbi: Rabbi Linder :: Event Designer and Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

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