Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Category: Bridal Party

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

Featured Wedding: Brooke and Patrick on Style Me Pretty! (Part 1)

Brooke and Patrick’s Newport, CA wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty and it’s been so hard for us to contain ourselves and not share their wedding pictures with you. We LOVED everything about it!

We first met Brooke’s family a few years ago when we planned her older sister’s wedding. Families as sweet as theirs do not come along often and when we heard that Brooke and Patrick were engaged, we instantly began brainstorming. We had SO much fun helping create this beautiful wedding with Brooke and Patrick- everything about it was perfection including the couple, who was completely relaxed and so happy the entire day!

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Because the wedding was a kind of “destination wedding” Brooke and Patrick wanted to make sure their guests felt welcomed and comfortable. We put together hotel boxes for all of the out-of-town guests that had plenty of goodies. In the boxes we included some items that incorporated the location like Pirates Booty and Salt Water Taffy but also included some necessary items like water and an “In Case of Emergency” kit filled with Advil, Tums, and mints.

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Brooke and Patrick chose The Resort at Pelican Hill for their wedding venue because as a child, Brooke vacationed there with her family; not only is it special for the memories she has, but even as a little girl, Brooke knew she wanted to get married there.

The view of the Pacific Coast is one of the most gorgeous features of the resort and we knew right away we wanted to focus on the spectacular landscape as we planned the wedding; the ceremony happened to be just a bit before sunset so the white, orange and pink color palette was a natural choice.

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The ceremony, in my opinion, is still one of the most beautiful I’ve ever been a part of- the dramatic draping and floral arrangements at the rotunda are just gorgeous and create the perfect frame for Brooke and Patrick’s vows. To add a bit of glam, we used mirrored boxes at the entrance to the aisle that not only added some shine but also added visual interest- the reflection of the green grass and other decor elements made for a cool effect; extra large pomander balls and an unforgettable ombre petal carpet completed the design.

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Instead of traditional vows, the couple chose to write ten things they loved about each other- this moment became even more special when everyone realized many of the things they chose were the same! After the vows, Brooke and Patrick put them in a wine box to open together in the future. Instead of using a typical wooden box, we chose a clear acrylic box that was customized with their names and the wedding date; since Brooke believes in sparkle, we placed the wine bottle on a bed of gold and pink glitter!

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We’re so happy for Brooke and Patrick and truly loved helping them create the wedding of their dreams…for even more pictures, check out Part 2!

Location: The Resort at Pelican Hill :: Wedding Gown: Vera Wang :: Photography: Gavin Wade Photographers :: Floral: Nisie’s Enchanted Florist :: Stationery: Page & Mason Invitations ::  Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Linens: Wildflower Linens :: Live Photobooth: Keith Pitts Photography :: Dance Floor: Platinum Pro :: Lighting: Shine Lighting :: Cocktail Hour Music: Blaine Long :: Officiant: Reverend Don Toshach :: Cinematographer: Brinton Film Making Co. :: Hair Stylist: Katie B Cosmetics :: Transportation: VIP Limousines and Coaches ::  DJ: DJ Nahchey :: Ceremony Music: Subito Strings ::  Event Designer and Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

Bold, Bright, and Ladylike Bridal Shower

 

When our Bride told us she wanted a Kate Spade inspired bridal shower, we were beyond thrilled. I mean, who wouldn’t want to help create an event with options as classic and timeless as everything Kate Spade! The shower ended up being just that with a mix of classic and modern looks and pops of glitter everywhere you looked!

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Our Bride had her Wedding in Newport Beach and used muted pastels throughout the event to match the coastal feel, so we were so excited to be able to incorporate more bold colors into her bridal shower.

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Arcadia Farms in Phoenix, Arizona was the perfect place for this outdoor, brunch shower. From the start we knew we wanted the focus to be the classic yet graphic black and white stripes and polka dots that always seem to be oh so Kate Spade.

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We also wanted to add our own creative touches to the event. Napkins were the perfect way to mix designs to add personality! We folded the napkins into bows and finished them off with a touch of glitter ribbon in the middle for a fun feminine touch.

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For the floral we wanted something fun and unique but that would not take away from the rest of the décor. Petal Pusher popped the arrangements with colorful monochromatic centerpieces. But the icing on the cake was the gold sequins in each vase to add that perfect bit of sparkle in the water.

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Brooke loves to give gifts so we knew the favors had to be extra fabulous and creative. Champagne is a necessity at any brunch and the bride loved the idea of having one more excuse to share some with her guests. We picked Pommery POP Rose because of the cute mini bottles they come in and the delicious Rose taste (we used bottles of bubbles for the kids!) With a little bit of confetti and a Kate Spade inspired quote “Pop Some Bubbly, Throw Some Confetti” the favors turned out more like décor and were a huge hit.

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Other favorite elements were the bold pink chair ties that added the perfect amount of color, the custom signs for the mini cakes (“Eat Cake for Breakfast”) and drinks (“Mimosas In The Morning” and “Bellini’s for Breakfast”).

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Of course, the beautiful Bride to be was outfitted in Kate Spade from head to toe!”

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Photography: Cameron and Kelly Studios  :: Venue:  Arcadia Farms Cafe::  Floral Design: Petal Pusher :: Linens: Southwick Linens :: : Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Wedding Coordination: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events :: Paper Products: Page and Mason Invitations

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Not All Bridesmaids Are Created Equal

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Floral Design: Table Tops Etc.

It is nearly impossible to find a universally flattering dress, let alone color, for all of your bridesmaids.  There is no rule stating that all of your bridesmaids must be in the same color and same dress so feel free to play around with other styles.

If you have a range of height or size in your bridal party, branch out to more non-traditional options.  Offer 2 or 3 color options of the same dress so that your maids can pick the one that best flatters their skin tone.  It will create some dimension to your bridal party line-up without detracting any attention from the beautiful bride.

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Keri from Twirl Boutique in Scottsdale, which is filled with the most amazing dresses like the ones below, shared a few tips: “Designers like Lynn Lugo and Jenny Yoo are perfect for this.  With Lynn Lugo, bridesmaids can build their own dress by choosing the bodice/skirt combination that’s most flattering on each bridesmaid’s figure.  With Jenny Yoo, bridesmaids can choose from a ‘family’ of dresses in each fabric.  This way, the skirts of the dresses are uniform, while the bodice of the dresses are varied from strapless, v-neck, halter, one shoulder, etc.”

If you are stuck on one color that perfectly represents your wedding vision, offer 2 or 3 styles of the same color dress.  One strapless and one halter option or mix the lengths-you will create a symmetric look while enabling each and every bridesmaid to feel a little more comfortable.

Go to a department store and see if you can get trendy styles for cheaper.  Especially if your bridesmaids are going to be wearing black, department stores are great resources for cute cocktail dresses.  They might not be labeled “Bridesmaid Dresses” but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them for your wedding!

You can’t please everyone so don’t beat yourself up if one of your girls is less than thrilled at your choices.  They are a part of your wedding for a reason and will soon realize that your happiness means more than their wardrobe.

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