Wednesday, July 27, 2011

D is for Daffodil Dresses

In all aspects of the event planning world this season Daffodil is one of the reoccurring colours! A daffodil dress for a bride on the beach - an afternoon BBQ - a bridesmaid - or a sunny day. The choice is yours!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tom Yum Soup by Rebecca Amber Photography


  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp - peeled and deveined
  • 12 mushrooms, halved
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 lemon grass
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 4 slices galangal
  • 4 chile padi (bird's eye chiles)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 limes, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot chile paste
  • 1 tablespoon tom yum soup paste (optional)


  1. Trim lemongrass and cut into matchstick size pieces.
  2. To make stock: Add the shrimp heads and shells to water, then cook for 20 minutes. Turn the fire off. Soak the heads and shells for further 20 minutes before discarding.
  3. Trim lemongrass and cut into matchstick size pieces.
  4. Add stock, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, chili padi, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and chili paste to a pot and bring to a boil. After boiling for 5 minutes, add shrimps and both mushrooms. Cook for further 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Campari Pink Lemonade

Campari Pink Lemonade
You will need:
8 Cups Pink Lemonade
3 Sliced Lemons
1/4 Cup Vodka
1/4 Cup Campari
8 Cups of Ice
Mix in a larger pitcher, let chill and serve!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

In Our Backyard Right Now......

Too Delicious Not To Share.......(click image to make collage bigger).

Wedding Jitters?

It's only natural the a Bride and Groom to have wedding jitters. Jitters are really just a mixture of nerves and excitement. We thought it'd be fun to look at few natural remedies for 
the common case of jitters. 

  1. LAUGH - Believe it or not laughter releases stress & tension allowing one to relax. 
  2. Soak in a Lavender bath - All you need is 15 minutes in a Lavender bath to feel the calm soothing effects of this fragrant herb.
  3. Enjoy Yourself - Make sure the week leading up to your wedding you take some time for you as an individual as well as a couple. Do things you enjoy that aren't wedding related. For example, Go on a Spa Day - Hiking - Biking - Cooking - Etc.... 
  4. Put Your Thoughts In Writing - Write yourself or your partner a letter to release tension and/or emotions (thus avoiding tears on the big day); put the letter away for safe keeping or give it to your partner.
  5. LOVE - Remind yourself that you are about to embark on an incredible journey with your best friend; the love of your life. Be reminded of all the reasons why you love him/her, in turn allowing yourself to be flooded with joy.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Vintage Inspired Twist on A Wedding Tradition

Something Old 
Turns into Something 
New and Blue!
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LaurenBlytheDesigns takes vintage components - buttons, beads, chains, keys, flowers and more - and turns them into beautiful vintage  chic, romantic, feminine pieces of jewelry. 
Check Out her Etsy Shop..............

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lavender Inspiration

Lavender Inspiration for 
Bouquets, Favours, Bridesmaids, Cocktails & You!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Thank You!

Erik and Yuriko for all of your patience and hard work on developing the PERFECT logo for us. 

Monday's Marvellous Find

Lifestyle & Travel Accessories

We received Jimeale Cosmetic Bags for Bridesmaid Gifts last year.
 And let us just say, AMAZING!
They hold a TON! And lay flat in your suitcase; makes for easy packing.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

You won't be perfecting your vows, smooches and walks all night, just part of it. So, why not have a dinner party? The rehearsal dinner is traditionally hosted on the eve of your wedding day by the grooms parents. It has been said, this is an evening for the two families to become better acquainted. Modernly, it is seen as a night to share your happiness and excitement with your friends, wedding party and family. There are no rules; this can be a casual affair -backyard BBQ - to a fancy formal sit down dinner. The rehearsal dinner is a fantastic opportunity to mingle, present your wedding party with thank-you gifts and to thank your families for all of their love and support. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

In Our Backyard.......

July 8th marks the beginning of The Summer Okanagan Wine Festival
From BOLD tastings on a hot summer's eve to bike races paired with summery wines and cheese pairings to picnics in a vineyard setting - the options are truly endless. 
Check out their website for more details & a complete list of events.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday's Marvellous Find

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Right in our backyard, Camelot Vineyards are nestled down beautiful East Kelowna Road. For 40 years this property served as a fully functioning orchard and in 2006 it became a vineyard. 
Red or White? Which do you prefer? Possible event venue? We think so!
Find them at  3489 East Kelowna Road or check out their website

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Stop Motion

Whilst perusing Vintage Origami's Blog we came across a Stop Motion Video they did for a couple to show at their reception. 
We LOVE this idea, and wanted to share it!
This is not only a great idea for your wedding reception, but for Engagement Announcements as well as Save-The-Date Announcements. 
Click the link below to check out the video.
Stop Motion Wedding Video by Vintage Origami