Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Category: Uniquely Victoria

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!



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!


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



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!


Michelle and Brandon-Cocktails and Reception


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.


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!



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.



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.



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.


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






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- Secret Garden Ceremony




Michelle and Brandon were married in March at the Arizona Biltmore.  I can honestly say that this is one of those weddings where we felt like a celebrity planner.  I had so many guests staying at the resort comment on how beautiful it was.  I even had some people film us as we were setting up.  Hollywood we are ready for our close up!

Michelle and Brandon’s inspired wedding was featured on the One Hundred Layer Cake blog, so we thought it would be great to showcase their wedding on the blog today! The bride and groom attended the University of Arizona, but did not end up meeting until they were both living in Los Angeles years later and set up by a friend.

Clearly Michelle knew her wedding was going to be breathtaking.  But she did want to keep it private.  A beautiful and private jewel of a wedding.

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The Historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona was the perfect location for the Bride and Groom. The ceremony was inspired by the idea of a “secret garden”, and one of our goals was to make it as private as possible in such a public place. Michelle’s Mom is a talented interior designer (add that to uber organized) and was a perfect match to work with Victoria locally.



Michelle fell in love with the idea of incorporating greens to keep the look fresh and garden-esque.  An open air tent was created to farm the large chuppah with still allowing for the view of the Arizona Mountains.

The bougainvillea laying on top of the chuppah was one of our favorite details of the ceremony. Petal Pusher did an amazing job to weave all of the floral into the chuppah to achieve the organic and lush look that Michelle envisioned. This look is not easy to get and as Victoria always says, Tamara{with Petal Pusher} MUST have the strongest hands from all that spraying she does to keep the floral looking fresh and vibrant!


This program was another one of our favorites! Celebrations in Paper used the watercolor design and colors from their invitations to create this fold up program that was a secret in itself! Guests were able to learn more about the couple and, the traditions that filled the ceremony, and the best part…. it fits in a pocket or clutch!










The crest that was hanging at their ceremony was inspired by a crest created by Michelle’s Maid of Honor. The mountains behind the monogram symbolize the breathtaking Arizona backdrop of this couple’s special wedding destination. The two dogs represent Michelle and Brandon’s dog Nellie, there are two because animals are traditionally mirrored in crests. The three symbols above the crest are from the University of Arizona’s crest, where both Michelle and Brandon went to school. You can also find floral similar to the arrangements at the wedding, their wedding date, and a design bordering the top that is inspired by the architecture of the Arizona Biltmore.

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Notice the gorgeous watercolor anemones used in the program and invitation?? Keep those in mind, you will see them pop up again later!!


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

Spring Training Season!

It’s time to throw on your baseball cap and head to the game because it is almost Spring Training Season!

Get ready, the opening  games are starting on  Tuesday, March 3. If you can’t make it to the game here are some fun drink recipes to watch the game from home.


“Giants Grand Slammer” is a Honey Lemon Spring Spritzer and is perfect refresher for a sunny Arizona day





½ cup honey (orange blossom or other citrus blossom honey is nice for this recipe

2 cups warm water

½ cup lime or lemon juice (or combination of the two)

1 cup cold water

1 cup lemon balm, lightly packed (substitute mint leaves for a minty version)

lemon slices

2 cups cold sparkling water

1 ounce/per serving of light liquor (rum, gin, or St. Germain)


In a large pitcher, mix honey and warm water until honey combined. Add lime/lemon juice, and 1 cup cold water. Mix well. Crush lemon balm and add to mixture. Using a muddle or wooden spoon handle, smash lemon balm in bottom of pitcher. Add lime/lemon slices and refrigerate mixture until chilled (about an hour).Once chilled, add 2 cups of cold sparkling water. Stir. Pour through a strainer into individual glasses over crushed ice. Garnish beverages with lemon balm leaves and citrus slices. Stir in 1 oz. of light liquor to each glass.


“Diamondbacks Double Run” Strawberry Mojito is the best way to start of the season rooting for your home team.



11 oz. strawberries, hulled (2-3/4 cups)

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup granulated sugar

10 large fresh mint leaves

1 cup white or amber rum

1 cup seltzer

Mint sprigs, lime wedges, or fresh strawberries, to garnish


In a medium pitcher, combine the strawberries, lime juice, sugar, and mint leaves and crush with a muddler or wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Add the rum and stir gently.

Fill 4 rocks glasses three-quarters full with ice, divide the mojito among them, and top each with about 1/4 cup seltzer. Garnish with mint sprigs, lime wedges, or strawberries.



The Cubs always have a win if you’re drinking their signature drink “The Wrigley”.






3/4 ounce vodka

3/4 ounce gin

3/4 ounce light rum

3/4 ounce tequila

3/4 ounce blue curacao

ounces sour mix

1/2 ounce carbonated lemon-lime beverage (Sprite)



Fill a pint with ice. Add vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Curacao, sour and Sprite. Stir with a straw, garnish with lemon, lime and cherry. Serve.


Colorado’s “Mile High” Cranberry vodka is a classic drink for a winning streak by the Rockies.






¾ cup cranberry juice

1 oz vodka

Splash Ginger Ale

Splash of lime juice

Lime for garnish


Mix together cranberry juice and vodka. Pour over ice. Top with cranberries and a splash of ginger ale and lime juice. Add a lime for garnish.


Oakland has a delicious “Athletic Supporter” guaranteed to revitalize any game with its cucumber and mint twist.


5 oz gin

3 cucumber slices

1/4 lime, sliced

4 oz tonic water

6 mint leaves

1 Tbsp sugar

Directions: Add mint, lime, gin, sugar (if using) to shaker and muddle. Add cucumber slices to shaker and shake vigorously. Pour mixture over glass filled with ice and top with tonic water. Stir, let set for a few minutes for the flavors to enhance and enjoy.






Your first dance… songs, suggestions and advice!

We recommend having dance lessons.  But… if you can’t do that at least have a great first dance song.  It does not have to be slow!  Rock it out if that is your style.  Promise us you will avoid the junior high slow dance.  When in doubt- throw a great twirl in there!

Whenever you hear this song it will remind you of this moment.  Choose wisely!  When we hear on of our couples first dance song comes on…we always think of them.

Here are some suggestions for a first dance song:

“Dancing Cheek to Cheek”by Fred & Ginger- Amanda & Chris


Photographer: Mike Oblinksi Photography


What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong

God Only Knows- The Beach Boys

Something- The Beatles

Forever Isn’t Long Enough For Me- Nelson Brothers

Everything-Michael Bublé

Save the Last Dance For Me- Michael Bublé

Close To You- The Carpenters

The Promise- Tracey Chapman

Come Rain or Shine- Ray Charles

L-O-V-E- Nat King Cole

Dance Me to the End of Love- Leonard Cohen

Collide- Howie Day

Because You Loved Me- Celine Dion

You Belong to Me- The Duprees

We are Man and Wife- Michelle Featherstone

Landslide-Fleedwood Mac

Let’s Stay Together- Al Green

“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King- Lisa & Brian


Photograher: Hollye Schumacher Photography 

In My Life- The Beatles

By My Side- Ben Harper

Forever- Ben Harper

At last- Etta James

When you say nothing at all-Alison Krauss

The Book of Love- Magnetic Fields

I could not ask for more- Edwin McCain

Promise of You- Edwin McCain

Someone Like you- Van Morrison

Have I told you Lately- Van Morrison

Our House- Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Question- Old 97’s

Just Say Yes- Snow Patrol

Can’t Help Falling In Love- Elvis Presley

Endless Love- Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

By Your side- Sade

Fly Me to the Moon- Frank Sinatra

Kiss me- Sixpence None The Richer

Wherever Would I Be- Dusty Springfield

Til there was you- Rob Stewart

How Sweet It Is- Jame Taylor

Happy Together- The Turtles

It Had to Be You- Luther Vandross

The Best Is Yet to Come- Nancy Wilson

Isn’t She Lovely- Stevie Wonder

“Fly Me to the Moon” by Grace Potter- Jessica & Jay

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Photographer: Melissa Jill Photography


Wonderwall-Ryan Adams

Lovesong- Adele

Make You Feel My Love- Adele

I turn to you- Christina Aguilera

I Choose You- Sara Bareilles

XO- Beyonce

How Deep is your love- Bird and the Bee

The Way You Look Tonight- Michael Bublé

Dream a Little Dream of Me- Michael Bublé

Sway- Michael Bublé

Safe and Sound- Capital Cities

I do- Colbie Caillet

Be Still- Kelly Clarkson

Feels like Forever- Joe Cocker

True Companion- Marc Cohn

You and me- Dave Matthews Band

In your eyes- Jeffery Gains

Makes Me Feel This Way- Sara Gazarek

This Years love- David Grey

First Time I Ever Saw Your Face- Roberta Flack

The Luckiest- Ben Folds

Forever- Ben Harper

Hero- Enrique Inglesias

Angel- Jack Johnson

Better Together- Jack Johnson

Come Away With Me- Norah Jones

Young, Dumb, and in Love- Mat Kearney

Hold you in my arms- Ray Lamontagne

You are the best thing- Ray Lamontagne

Let it Be Me- Ray Lamontagne

All of Me- John Legend

“Lay Down” by OAR- Caitlyn & Ryan (bonus- they met at an OAR concert!)


Photographer: Jennifer Bowen Photography

Everything- Lifehouse

You and Me- Lifehouse

Just The Way You Are- Bruno Mars

Treasure- Bruno Mars

The Way You look tonight- Maroon 5

Chances Are- Johnny Mathis

Half of My Heart- John Mayer

Who you love- John Mayer & Katy Perry

I Could not ask for me-Edwin McCain

The Way I am- Ingrid Michaelson

Lucky- Jason Mraz

I’m Yours- Jason Mraz

I want You to Be My Love- Over the Rhine

She is Love- Parachute

A Thousand Years- Christina Perri

Rhythm of love- Plain White T’s

You’re My Best Friend- Queens

Fly me to the moon- Joshua Radin

I’d Rather Be With You- Joshua Radin

Only You-Joshua Radin

Faithfully- Journey

That’s How Strong My Love Is- Otis Redding

Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran

Two is better than One- Taylor Swift & Boys Like Girls

Marry Me- Train

Anything- Third Eye Blind

Like A Star- Corinne Bailey Rae

1,2,3,4- Plain White T’s

Here I Stand- Usher

All I want is you-U2

Trying to Find A Purpose- Vertical Horizon

No Greater Love- Amy Winehouse

You’re The One – Elliott Yamin

“Stay” by Jackson Brown- Whitney & Adam


Photographer: Melissa Schollaert Photography


Fire- Augustana

Brighter than Sunshine- Aqualung

18th Floor Balcony- Blue October

First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes

Here We Go- Jon Brion

Sea of Love- Cat Power

Green Eyes- Coldplay

That;s Where It;s At- Sam Cooke

Just Like Heaven- The Cure

Friday I’m in Love- The Cure

Lucky by Jason Mraz- Angie & Garrett

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Photographer: Stephanie Fay Photography

I will Follow You into the Dark- Death Cab for Cutie

Fresh Feeling- Eels

You’ve Got The Love- Florence and the Machine

Everlong (Acoustic)- Foo Fighters

Walking After You- Foo Fighters

Your Song- Ellie Goulding

How Glad I Am- Greboy Allstars

Forever- Ben Harper

Flightless Bird, American Mouth- Iron & Wine

Love And Some Verses- Iron & Wine

Early April Morning- Brendan James

It Must Be Love- Madness

Anyone Else But You- The Moldy Peaches

Come and Get Higher- Matt Nathanson

This Tornado Loves You- Neko Case

I Love How You Love Me- Neutral Milk Hotel

We Dance- Pavement

Hard to Concentrate- Red Hot Chili Peppers

Your Guardian Angel Lyrics- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Swing Life Away- Rise Against

Home-Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros

I Was Made For You- She & Hims

Tonight, Tonight- Smashing Pumpkins

Tangled Up In You- Staind

With Me- Sum 41

Find A Way- The Used

Smother Me- The Used

The Day Before You- Matthew West

I’m the Man Who Loves You- Wilco


“Then” by Brad Paisley – Jessica and Jeff


Photographer: Melissa Jill  Photography

Feels so Right- Alabama

The One- Gary Allen

Lost in The Moment- Big & Rich

When I Said I Do- Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black

I Don’t Dance- Lee Brice

Love like Crazy- Lee Brice

In My Life- Johnny Cash

All I need to Know- Kenny Chesney

You Had Me at Hello- Kenny Chesney

Love Your Love The Most- Eric Church

I Could Not Ask For More- Sara Evans

Bless the Broken Road- Rascal Flatts

Here- Rascal Flatts

Look At Us- Vince Gill

Fall Into Me- Brantley Gilbert

Wanted- Hunter Hayes

When You Got a Good Thing- Lady Antebellum

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You- Lady Antebellum

Oklahoma Sky- Miranda Lambert

Amazed- Lonestar

She’s Amazing- Love and Theft

I Just Call You Mine- Martina McBride

I Love You- Martina McBride

My Best Friend- Tim McGraw

It’s Your Love- Tim McGraw & Faith HIll

‘Til My Last Day- Justin Moore

Could I Have This Dance- Anne Murray

Far Away NickelBack

She’s Everything- Brad Paisley

Then- Brad Paisley

All Your Life- The Band Perry

In this Life- Collin Raye

God Gave me you- Blake Shelton

I Cross My Heart- George Strait

Stuck Like Glue- Sugarland

Mamas Song- Carrie Underwood

Making Memories of Us- Keith Urban

Your Everything- Keith Urban

Once in a Lifetime Love- Keith Urban

Soulmate- Josh Turner

From This Moment- Shania Twain

Getting You Home- Chris Young

Free- Zac Brown Band

Whatever It Is- Zac Brown Band


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