Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Category: Featured Events

Holiday Entertaining: Cookie Swaps

One event I look forward to the entire year is my annual cookie swap- I have been hosting it for 14 years and I will admit, it’s become a bit legendary. Every year, the cookies get better  (if that’s even possible), the presentations get more elaborate, and the competition to win a prize gets more and more fierce. We actually have one attendee who isn’t eligible to win anymore because she ALWAYS wins!

You can imagine that due to the festive intensity, I personally feel the pressure to make each cookie swap prettier and more clever than the previous year’s. But don’t get me wrong, this is where I thrive and I love it!

Invite early: The holidays fill up fast so I like to use www.evite.com so the guests can reply with their cookie type.  This way we avoid any duplicates!  It also gives the guests time to think about the cookie.

This cookie swap was featured on Style Me Pretty Living and we had to share the delicious details with you:

Thank you to Photography: Melissa Jill Photography for the beautiful images, Page and Mason for the paper products and Camelback Flowershop for the pretty floral!
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Decorate: I thoroughly believe a front door should NEVER be overlooked- it’s the first place to start decorating and the best opportunity to set the tone for your party

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More than Cookies: My particular group of elves are wine lovers (some years, more wine gets consumed than cookies!) so I always provide savory snacks and plenty of water and non-alcoholic beverages.

Decorate Some More: I’m anti “matchy-matchy” so I mix textures, colors, and styles; a traditional nutcracker is happy near mistletoe and a modern “Merry” sign.

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Make Some Rules: Take it from one who knows: stick to a guest list (I have a strict no kids policy- my friends thank me for it every year), insist that everyone declare their cookies before-hand to avoid too much of a good thing, and don’t be afraid to be a little bossy (clear cookie swap directions help everyone know what to do besides eat cookies!).

This chalkboard sign is a lifesaver for so many parties I host and this fete is no exception. After step 2, things can get a bit hard to remember!

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Set Guests up for Success: Most of my guests are cookie swap regulars so they know to bring a platter for display and containers for taking the goodies home but I always keep extras on hand- someone always has a cookie emergency and arrives frazzled…we welcome her with open arms and shower her with praise for even making it to the party at all!

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Create a Packing Station: I’m a fan of efficiency so I set up a place for my guests to pack their cookies in individual boxes, making them ready to share immediately; we usually walk away with more cookies than we could possibly eat ourselves (yes, we let our families indulge…sometimes) so most of us plan to gift cookies to neighbors and co-workers.

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My dogs Sissy and Buddy wish they could come in and party but…the cookie swap would end up in sheer chaos and I would be legendary for other reasons!

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Event Design: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events :: Photography: Melissa Jill Photography

In case you want to “steal” my directions for the evite- here you go!

Like with any good recipe, it is better when you read the directions…-RSVP with the cookie you are bringing. First come first served on what you select- so check out to make sure that someone else does not pick the cookie you want to bake.

 -Bring 8 dozen of that same cookie to the cookie swap- PLEASE DO NOT BRING TWO DIFFERENT SETS OF COOKIES! -Bring an empty container(s) to fill up with the “assorted cookies” Cookies must be individual cookies or if they are bars they must be pre-cut.
Stipulations- No lil’ ones (unless u are a new mommy), Dress up or Dress Down- It is the holiday and you can do as you want!, be ready to drink some wine (or sparkling water) and eat some light fare.  
We will have prizes for best over all, yummiest, and prettiest cookie based in the 8 dozen you have brought- so gear up ladies! 
RSVP by Monday, December 10th please! : ) Looking forward to seeing you all! Happy Baking! Victoria

Happy Holidays!

XO Victoria

Featured Wedding: Megan and Adam on Style Me Pretty!

I’m just going to say this up-front: I loved working with Megan and Adam. They were fun and sweet and totally trusted me to design the wedding of their dreams. Megan loves pattern- so do I!  Adam loves football- so do I!  The result of understanding the couple and their vision was a gorgeous wedding; the modern touches mixed with romantic elements made the whole wedding a day to remember. And guess what? Style Me Pretty thought it was pretty spectacular as well so they featured it on their blog! Here are some of our favorite pics from the day:

Out of town guests were greeted with custom welcome bags that featured the royal blue and white color palette that was incorporated into the entire wedding celebration. We stocked it with some local Arizona products and a few of the bride and groom’s favorite treats. It was large enough to tote a few pool items in with the added bonus of making it easy for wedding guests to spot each other at the pool!  We think this is a wonderful way to greet guests and really kick off an awesome vibe for the wedding.  A little pain reliever tucked into a bag is a must have in my book!

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The quatrefoil pattern and blue color were inspired by the Montelucia Resort itself- the property has many fountains that have Moroccan tiles with a beautiful blue that Megan loved.  The beautiful floral was created by the talented Angelic Grove.  But only mother nature could create that stunning backdrop!

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The escort cards were one of my favorite details from the wedding- the round disc that indicated which table the guest would be seated at is actually a custom wrapped chocolate. I pretty much jump on any chance to make things a little sweeter for my couples!

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This cake and custom cake stand were a beautiful collaboration between me, Piece of Cake Desserts, and Celebrations in Paper

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 I really love Megan and Adam’s highlight film too:

We could not have been more pleased with how the day turned out.  Thank you to everyone who made this happen!  My team at Victoria Canada Weddings and Events worked SO hard and it showed.  It was a weekend to remember!

See the complete Style Me Pretty blog post here

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Montelucia Resort and Spa  :: Photography : Stephanie Fay Photography :: Floral design : Angelic Grove :: Invitations: Celebrations in Paper :: Bridal Gown: Erin Cole :: Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid :: Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts :: Band: The JJ’s Band :: Ceremony Music : String Serenade :: Cigar Roller: Fumar Cigar :: Cocktail Music: Miguel De Maria Spanish Guitar :: Linen: Southwick Linen , La Tavola :: Cinematography: I Do Films :: Hair: Amber Tillinghast  :: Make up : Jenna Irby :: Photo Booth: The Live Photobooth :: Event Design and Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Wedding and Events

Laura and Cole’s Wedding Featured on Love Toast

Laura and Cole’s wedding was featured on the Love Toast Blog recently and we think it shows exactly how beautiful a wedding in Arizona can be (and it doesn’t hurt that this couple is so in love and not afraid to show it)!  We love that they chose to wake up the day after the wedding and do another photo shoot!  It may have seemed like not the best idea at the time but look at the amazing product!  Thanks Lauren for doing an amazing job as their coordinator!

This has to be one of our favorite mom shots ever!

The day after wedding shoot was just as amazing (and also featured on Love Toast):

Photographer: Concept Photography::Wedding Coordinator: Lauren for Victoria Canada Weddings and Events::Dress: Priscilla of Boston::Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew:: Officiant: Bride’s Uncle::Rehearsal Dinner: Desert Foothills::Linens: Wildflower Linen::Florist: Petal Pushers::Venue, Cake, & Catering: The Four Seasons at Troon North

Wedding Featured on Ruffled Blog!

One of our recent weddings was featured on the Ruffled blog and we couldn’t contain our excitement! Here are a few shots of the gorgeous wedding but you absolutely must see the complete blog post on Ruffled. Consider it “How to Use Pastels 101″…

Wedding Venue, Caterer, and Wedding Cake: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch::Wedding Photographer: Stephanie Fay::Event Designer: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events::Wedding Flowers: Camelback Flower Shop::Bride’s Makeup: Corinna Cooke:: Ceremony Musicians: String Serenade::Reception Band: The Walkens::Wedding Invitations: Studio Grace::Wedding Officiant: Mike Kennedy::Linens: Wildflower Linens::Lounge Furniture: kool. Party Rentals::Dance Floor: Platinum Pro::Lighting: Sound Lighting F/X::Photobooth: The Live Photobooth::Videographer: Bright Bokeh

Featured Wedding: Daisy and Ryan

Daisy and Ryan- “Quite the Match!”

What do you get when you pair a funny, sweet, and beautiful bride with a handsome, kick ass groom?  Well, you get one heck of a good time planning a wedding.  Daisy and Ryan were so kind, always laughing and light- the perfect match.  Of course, we are no fool- one look at them and you know they are stunning.  But then you get past their Hollywood good looks and realize they are down home, good- hearted and we know why everyone wanted to attend this wedding.  If Daisy’s Handsome groom Ryan looks familiar you can check out this UFC / MMA Fighter here  Check it out!

Above- Ryan getting ready for the ceremony

Below- Did we mention Daisy is stunning?

We love this shot that Hollye took.  The sparkle with the strong lines in the background make for a great shot!

We can not take credit for these amazing details.  Patti, the Mother of the Bride, had just about anything you needed to create this stunning altar for the ceremony.  She not only had a treasure trove of beautiful items but her stories were pure entertainment themselves.  A cross from France, items “picked up” in Santa Fe, New Mexico…. exquisite taste runs in the family.

I love the numerous purple hues that are sprinkled throughout the wedding.

Style Tip:  Matchy Matchy is Tacky Tacky.  Create interest with having layer of colors.

The Happy Couple!

Below: Yet another treasure from Daisy’s Mom.  I love how Jan Dekker created a way for guests to leave a wish or prayer but softened it with floral.

Above:  The wedding reception was a stunner!  We designed the room to have three colors of purple and lavender on the tables.  It is a great way to lend some visual interest to the room without straying to much from the design.

Below:  Daisy’s Niece helped spray paint the mini pumpkins with Gold, Bronze and Silver.  We used them for seating cards and the pin was crucial.  Queen Creek can be a bit windy!  Victoria grew up in West Texas, so the wind does not intimidate her- but you must think ahead!

Check out the different linens below at the reception.  We had three different shades of purples.  It added a fun twist that was not garish or out of sorts.  Creating a mood again with the layers.

Photography: Hollye Schumacher Photography/ Ceremony and Reception Site: Encanterra Country Club/ Bridal Gown Store: Uptown Bridal/ Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Floral: Jan Dekker Designs/Ceremony Vocalist: Katy Brady/ DJ: Desert House Productions/Caterer: Encanterra Country Club/ Linens: Southwick Linens/ Videography: Serendipity Videography/ Make-up Artist: Jenn White /Invitations: Definitely Debra/ Officiant: Father Mike DuPre/ Wedding Planning and Event Designer: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

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