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4 Things Clients Want Most- Part 1

4 Things Clients Want Most: The Secret to Gaining and Maintaining Happy Clients  – Part 1

These 4 things are what clients want more than anything else. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be revealing the 4 secrets to gaining and maintaining happy clients. It’s essential to the health of any business to leave a trail of happy clients. Without it, there’s no genuine, exuberant promotion from your clients and in this day and age, it’s vital.

#1 – Fewer but Better Choices

I like to use the fast food analogy when describing this first key, easy to understand and easy to visualize:

You walk into a fast food restaurant and you look at the menu board only to be met with a multitude of similar options. Single patty, double patty, triple patty, large size, larger size, cheese, no cheese, add lettuce, add bacon, add more bacon, wheat or gluten-free…you get the picture. Now, image that same board but each option can be viewed as better than the last: Beef, Chicken, Fish, Vegetarian… so much easier to make that first choice, isn’t it? Then, once you have made that first choice, it’s not such a struggle to customize and offering fewer and different options will continue to make it easy, fries or side salad, pop or water, large or small.

Key: When presenting your services, offer fewer but better (not similar) choices to help clients make that first choice to book you. Then, present fewer options but different options when customizing.

Easy choices make for a stress-free experience and also help a client feel confident about their decision afterwards.

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4 Things Clients Want: The Secret to Gaining and Maintaining Happy Clients  – Part 1

Simply Sweet Photography

Interview with Nomo Akisawa from Simply Sweet Photography


“I am a big dreamer. I truly believe that chasing your dreams is one of the most important things in life and the key to having a successful career.”

Get caught up with Nomo Akisawa of Simply Sweet Photography as she shares a few keys she discovered on her journey to living her dream.

M: Why did you start your business?

N: I had fallen in love with photography back in my high school days, so much so that I failed high school because of it! 

I lived in Edmonton for a bit – and I was following this amazing photographer.  When I moved back here to Vancouver, I had a hard time finding a good job so I picked up a camera and fell in love with it all over again.

I’ve always been really good with my hands, creating things and being artistic. I actually wanted to be a hairstylist when I grew up but when I had finished my schooling and started working, turned out that I hated it.

M: What has been the best thing you’ve learned over the years?

N: There have been many times when it has been hard.  As a creative you can battle being uninspired, self-doubt and navigating client relations can sometimes be challenging – but my best advice would be to push through it!  Owning your own business has so many ups and downs, but its about fighting through to the other side. This year, I have really determined to book exactly the kind of clients I want so I can have the client experience that is mutually beneficial.  I believe that we, as business owners, can sometimes be taken for granted by certain people and I want to work with those people who appreciate what I do and the work I create for them.

M: What has been a favourite highlight in your career?

N: There have been so many amazing experiences but one of my favourites was my first time getting published in Wedluxe Magazine. I have been dreaming of seeing my work featured in that magazine ever since I started!

M: How do you keep the creativity flowing:

N: A lot of my inspiration comes from nature.  I am constantly travelling, visiting beautiful places and when I sit and look at the scenery I get inspired to do some sort of creative work.

When I’m feeling a little stuck, I’ll do a styled shoot that will engage my creativity again.  I find that sometimes during wedding season you’ll shoot the same thing, over and over again.. and doing a creatively  styled shoot, even if i’m busy, will give me the momentum to move forward and and that lifts my creative soul.

See more from one of Nomo’s beautifully styled shoots:








Concept & Design :D’Love Affair Weddings & Events  Shoes : Christin Louboutin Shoes  Venue : The Fish House in Stanley Park  Make Up : Jasmine Hoffman  Hair : Annie Mili Hair  Model : Jasmine Lorimer  Dress : Bisou Bridal Jewels : Jeweliette Jewellery  Floral : Ooh La Cherie Stationary : Making Memories For Scrapbooking Cake : Cake By Annie Sweet Tables : Sweet Treats Cupcakes : Sweet Bake Shop Rental : A&B Party Time Rentals Video : Whitney Lane Photography Napkins, Sashes : Key Events & Weddings Chair & End Table : Loungeworks

Simply Sweet Photography with Nomo Akisawa

Bali Inspired Wedding

Bali Inspired Wedding

This Bali inspired wedding comes to us from CC Roa from ROA Floral and Event Design. Bali is a place filled with lush gardens and dripping with sunshine. When CC’s clients asked her to create for them a floral getaway in their own backyard, she did not disappoint. What’s better than Bali coming to Vancouver?

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bali inspired wedding ROA floral and event design moda wedding professionals

bali inspired wedding ROA floral and event design moda wedding professionals

Photos: Raymond Leung for Raymond and Jessie Leung Photography

Contributed by Moda Members:

ROA Floral and Event Design
Floral & Décor
Vancouver, BC

“We consistently work towards providing the highest degree of quality, creativity, and service to each and every client so we can exceed their expectations by adding our own creative interpretation and twist.”

See more of CC’s beautiful work here: Website

Bali Inspired Wedding

Summer Wedding Ideas

Summer Wedding Ideas

This light and airy wedding decor, inspired by the crisp and lush character of summer fruits was beautifully arranged, composed and captured perfectly and features Moda Members, Denise Lin PhotographySunflower FloristD’Love Affair Weddings & Events and Past Pieces. There’s nothing like a summer day to swoon over lush florals, scrumptious decor and dreaming of soft summer days.


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summer wedding reception decor denise lin photography sunflower florist

summer wedding reception decor denise lin photography sunflower florist

summer wedding reception decor denise lin photography sunflower florist

summer wedding reception decor denise lin photography sunflower florist











Summer Wedding Ideas

Four Seasons Hotel Wedding

Four Seasons Hotel Wedding by SoWedding

This Four Seasons Hotel wedding was captured by the very talented team at SoWedding. I’m so thankful for the Moda family because we get the opportunity to meet so many amazingly talented people who we may have never crossed paths with. Having been in the industry for more than a decade, it’s easy to get caught up in your own little circle of friends and not venture out too far. We had the pleasure of meeting Chermaine Wu from SoWedding earlier this year and I’m so glad we did. They have traveled for local and destination weddings and I spent the better part of the morning just happily browsing their beautiful videos and photos so we thought to share this beautiful Four Seasons Hotel wedding with you! Enjoy!

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Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Four seasons hotel wedding - sowedding

Contributed by Moda Member:

SoWedding Photo and Cinema Productions

“We strive to create a fabulous photography and cinematography experience and we believe that every love story needs to be told in a simple, yet beautiful way.”

See more of their beautiful images and video here!

Four Seasons Hotel Wedding by SoWedding

Olivia The Wolf – Inspiration Tuesdays

Olivia The Wolf – Inspiration Tuesdays

Olivia The Wolf, Designed by Moda Member, Sandra Silveyra, are exquisitely crafted and styled headpieces and accessories for the modern bride. Her collections are an eclectic mélange of trends and techniques, inspired by Sandra’s travels and her Mexican heritage. The wolf embodies the vision behind the brand: to make top-notch accessories for the strong, fun and fearless wanderers.

Not only are the pieces beautiful but we love the edgy and nontraditional styling of her brand. See more on her beautiful profile and say, hello!

Olivia the wolf BIANCA HEADBAND


$460.00 CAD








Olivia the wolf WINONA HEADPIECE


Contributed By:

Sandra-Silveyra 1
Olivia The Wolf
Vancouver, BC

“Our mission is to rewrite the rules of bridal accessories design so we can give our brides the pieces they need to have the crazy cool wedding of their dreams.”

Visit her website to see more of Olivia The Wolf’s beautiful work HERE

Or check out her Instagram for all the latest @oliviathewolf

Inspiration Tuesdays – Olivia The Wolf

Fairmont Vancouver Persian Wedding

Fairmont Vancouver Persian Wedding with Premier Love

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is where “happily-ever-after” begins in grand style. An ideal Vancouver wedding venue the Grand Ballroom with its exquisite details, sparkling crystal chandeliers and majestic staircase, brides-to-be have a wealth of elegant options for the special day. It’s one of our favourite venues in Vancouver. Not only are the details luxurious and beautiful, the dedication to excellence by the staff is ever present.

Whether your style is softly romantic, trend-setting modern or show-stopping elegance, Fairmont is the premier choice.

Moda Members, Cindy Liu of Premier Love recently captured the very beautiful and luxurious wedding of Haleh (a very talented makeup artist) and her fiancé, Samm at the Fairmont Vancouver. Cindy shares a few key points in how they are able to capture the vision their clients have:

“We capture your vision so we can unveil and share your intimate stories.”

“Every couple has a story and every wedding is unique. Our approach at Premier Love is to unveil and share your intimate stories. Beyond great stories and quality images, we highly value how our wedding couples feel throughout the entire experience. Our creative process is designed to capture your vision and create your visual story, stress free!

Whether you have a particular vision or is looking for a little inspiration; Our team will guide you through our carefully designed process. Trust us with confidence and ease from discovery, to planning, and to creating the images of your destined love affair.”

See more from Cindy and her very talented team here!: Premier Love

Premier Love Cindy Liu Headshot

Fairmont Vancouver Persian Wedding with Premier Love

Sundance Guest Ranch Wedding

Sundance Guest Ranch Wedding – By Jelger & Tanja


“Andrea and Eoin’s “running horses wedding photograph”, photographed at the Sundance Guest Ranch in Ashcroft, went (unexpectedly) viral! I’ve seen it passing by on blogs in languages I couldn’t read, it won an award at the Shoot and Share Contest and got featured on huge blogs such as Petapixel, My Modern Met, Huffington Post and Junebug Weddings.

All of this is of course AMAZING, but I do want to share Andrea and Eoin’s wedding for more than that! At the time this Irish duo booked us we kinda had an idea that their ranch wedding would be a lot of fun, but boy we had no idea what a blast we’d have! On top of that we got to know them better and I feel that we share a mindset about living an adventurous lifestyle and not settling down. 🙂 They are also the ones that got us into car camping“…Read More Here.


























Venue: Sundance Guest Ranch

Bridal Dress: Dirty Fabulous, Dublin, Ireland

Groom’s Suit: Handmade in Hoi An, Vietnam

Bridesmaid’s Dress: Oh My Honey, Brighton, England

Bride and Groom’s Cowboy Boots: Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack, Kamloops

Make Up Artist: Laine Dagneau, Kamloops,

Canada Hair Stylist: Janella Vecchio

String Players – Steenkamp Family Orchestra, Vancouver, BC

Videographer – Story of Eve, Antrim, Ireland

jelger and tanja wedding photographers

“We celebrate spontaneous and adventurous brides and grooms because we believe these two qualities are key ingredients to living a happy life.” ~Jelger & Tanya

Sundance Guest Ranch wedding – By Jelger & Tanja

Mason Jar Wedding with The Jar Girl

Mason Jar Wedding with The Jar Girl

The Jar Girl

“We believe in loving existing antiques so we can be kind to the earth and not produce more waste.”

With over 40,000 jars in her vault, a mason jar wedding is an easy feat with Moda Member, The Jar Girl.

The entire jar collection was purchased used, scouting out every thrift shop, garage sale, estate sale and antique dealer anywhere near where they traveled. Marie then carted the jars home and lovingly cleaned, scrubbed and restored each one by hand.

In the fall of 2013, after many years and hundreds of hours searching for the perfect addition, Marie was finally ready to open her rental shop and share her love of jars with you.

Many of the jars themselves are timeless antiques, dating back from even the early 1900’s!!

We’ve gathered our favourite jar inspirations and paired them with the perfect fit from The Jar Girl’s collection for fun and creative ways to add colour and light to any occasion!


mason jar wedding

Photo: www.itallstartedwithpaint.com


mason jar wedding

Photo: www.settingforfour.com


mason jar wedding the jar girl



mason jar wedding

Photo: www.grahamandgreen.co.uk




mason jar wedding

Photo: www.intimateweddings.com


mason jar wedding

Photo: www.wallpaperpcmobile.com


mason jar wedding the jar girl

mason jar wedding the jar girl

mason jar wedding the jar girl


mason jar wedding

Photo: www.weddbook.com

mason jar wedding the jar girl

Jar ID: JELLY GLASS – The Jar Girl

mason jar wedding

photo: www.weddinglooksideas.com

mason jar wedding the jar girl


mason jar wedding

Photo: www.weddingbee.com

mason jar wedding the jar girl



Contact Marie for a consultation and see what wonderful things can be created from the versatile and humble mason jar!

Contact us at 778.822.2743

Or via her website HERE

Mason Jar Wedding with The Jar Girl

Cherry Blossom Wedding

Cherry Blossom Wedding

A wonderfully light and airy cherry blossom wedding editorial is the perfect remedy for a rainy day. We had a flurry of a season here in Vancouver with all of the beautiful cherry trees that are planted around the city and GVRD.

Today’s wedding inspiration comes to us from our dear friend and Moda Member, Suzanne Le Stage of Eyes of Le Stage Photography  in Kelowna, BC. What talent we have all around the province!

Thank you to all of our wonderful Wedding Vendors:

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cherry-blossom-styled-shoot-suzanne le stage


Contributed By:

Suzanne-LeStage--Eyes-of-LeStage headshot


Eyes of Le Stage

“I love getting to know to know my clients, find out who they are and what means the most to them so their images are meaningful, special and tell their story to a T!”

Visit her website to see more of Suzanne’s beautiful work HERE

Or check out her Instagram for all the latest @suzannelestage

Cherry Blossom Wedding

Bouquet Inspiration

Bouquet Inspiration on Floral Tuesday

Bouquets and ribbons for this sunny Floral Tuesday! We love to feature our member’s work and see what beautiful things they are cooking up! Today, we are featuring some Instagram love from Moda Members: Briar Johnston of Epic Events (@epiceventsvan), Jayme Carter of A Unique Boutique Floral (@uniqueboutiquefloral), with guest feature from Myrtle et Olive (@myrtleetolive).

I’m happy to see that there is so much variety within floral design today. Long gone are the days when ‘wedding’ was synonymous with only roses, baby’s breath and lilies. I feel that the more creativity and variety within design, the more we can offer our clients with a wide range of shapes, textures and colours. With summer just around the corner, we’re looking forward to a season full of colour and excitement!

Happy swooning!


white wedding bouquet

A Unique Boutique – photo: @sparrow_photography


Bouquet inspiration (9)

A Unique Boutique – photo: @karizma.photography


blue and iris wedding bouquet

Myrtle et Olive – photo: @nadiahungphotography


white peony bouquet

Epic Events – photo: #robyntompson


peach wedding bouquet

Myrtle et Olive – photo: @melialucida


peach rose bouquet

A Unique Boutique – photo: @dsoleilphoto


green wedding bouquet baby's breath bouquet

Myrtle et Olive – photo: @nadiahungphotography

Bouquet Inspiration on Floral Tuesday

Best View in Vancouver: Science World

Best View in Vancouver: Science World

best view of Vancouver science world

Photo: Jason Thorne

Best view in Vancouver is at the iconic Science World, located in False Creek. I had the pleasure of taking a tour with Sales Manager, Christina Coomer, who has worked at the facility for more than 10 years.

Christina-Coomer-Science-World“Science World is more than just an iconic dome full of interactive and educational exhibits and programming. Our recent expansion has resulted in the creation of our Green Roof terrace. Fast becoming one of Vancouver’s more popular venues for weddings and other memorable events, the terrace overlooks the tranquil waters of False Creek and is framed by Vancouver’s prestigious skyline. The Green Roof is home to a manicured green space with flowers, shrubs and trees that add that touch of nature to complement the breathtaking view. Come down and see for yourself why we are such a popular event destination.”


I agree, it was an amazing space to be in and one of the most perfect for a sunset with the view of Vancouver and False Creek glittering in the background. They are well equipped for rain or shine with their massive event tent so this beautiful view can be enjoyed no matter what. Having hosted many prominent events, the staff and facilities are seasoned experts and look forward to hosting your next event.

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Photo: Erin Gilmore Photography

I encourage you to contact Christina for a site visit, you will not be disappointed!



Best View of Vancouver: Science World

Word From a Friend

Word From A Friend


A lovely friend told me this past week, “sometimes you just need to hear someone tell you that you’re awesome!” And she’s right. We all need encouragement.

So, here you go, “YOU’RE AWESOME!!”

We’re rooting for you, we’ll be here to sing your praises and be a hand to hold.

Have a wonderful sunny Sunday dear friends!

~ The Moda Team

The biggest mistake creatives make

The Biggest Mistake Creatives Make

I was under the notion for many years growing up that it was an arrogant thing to admit to and agree with people that I was good at what I did. How wrong is that? The message behind it about being humble was honest but how we went about it was completely wrong. For example, when someone would compliment me on my work (as many creatives do), we begin the response by pointing out everything negative or imperfect with the work or process, trying to downplay the compliment, as if the giver was mistaken to think that it was worthy of the compliment in the first place. That is the worst thing you can do for yourself and the people around you. By saying those negative words about you and your work, you’re planting the seeds of self doubt which will slowly but surely eat away and eventually swallow your self confidence. It will suck the creative juice right out of your soul.

“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. Don’t pave the path to creative failure by putting yourself down.

Try this instead:

Don’t kill the compliment!

Downplaying a compliment also kills any conversation and relationship that the giver is looking and probably hoping to spark. Put that unworthy artist “my-work-isn’t-good-enough” mentality aside and instead, reply with a huge smile and say “Thank you! What did you like best about it?”.

Doesn’t that feel better! Now, instead of killing the conversation you’ve instantly made a positive first connection with your new friend AND opened the door for what could lead to wonderful things: a sale, a referral or better yet, an adoring fan who will sing your praises, re-post your work and share it with others.

Love yourself, speak well of yourself and your work. It’s a good thing to recognize your blessing of talents and it’s your job to grow them, not kill them. You’ll see that the atmosphere will be full of possibility and that’s a place everybody wants to be.

The Biggest Mistake Creatives Make


The Biggest Mistake Creatives Make

5 Easy Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

5 Easy Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We’re getting ready for Mother’s Day, only 10 days away!! We’ve put together 5 easy and beautiful gift ideas from our talented Moda Members, for you to lavish on Mom this Mother’s Day.

1.Bucket ‘o’ Flowers from Niche Event Stylists

Flowers from our wonderful friend and Moda Member, Maria of Niche Event Stylists has these BEAUTIFUL bucket ‘o’ flowers available for order. They come in large or mini version, ranging in price from $25-$110. The one shown here is $75. Make sure to get your orders in early! What a beautiful and easy gift for mom. You can contact Maria at maria@nicheeventstylists.com or to place your order and for more information: 604-818-1849

5 easy mother's day gift ideas bucket of flowers Niche Event Stylist


2.Valentina Chocolate Basket from Gusto Chocolates

Pretty and packed with delicious good things, the Valentina gift box is one of our most special and unique baskets. We make fresh chocolate dipped strawberries and add edible gold leaf to our truffles. Petit puf French vanilla cotton candy and our organic puffed quinoa and raspberry dark chocolate round it out beautifully. We can add fresh flowers and a personal quote in a beautiful frame along with wine or champagne, or simply add your own favorite tipple. For a special occasion we add jewelry! Starting at $175

Gusto chocolates valentina


3.Elsa Button Crystal Earring

An earring we love (and wear!) so much, we named it after ourselves! This is the perfect statement stud earring that looks equally appropriate for formal occasions as it does at brunch with the girls! $265.00

Buy 4, Get one Free! This is a great set at a great value for bridesmaids! Set includes five bracelets for the price of 4! $300

  • Regular Price $75 each
  • Clear Swarovski Crystal
  • Length is 6.5″ plus extender

Comes in Elsa Corsi box, with ribbon decoration

Swarovski Crystal Bridesmaids Bracelets, by Elsa Corsi www.elsacorsi.com


5. Mother’s Day Makeover with Jasmine Hoffman

mother's day makeover with Jasmine hoffman
Seasoned makeup artist, Jasmine Hoffman will teach you the right techniques and colours for your “Seasonal Look”
Create the perfect look for :
• Fall/Winter
• Spring/Summer
Lash lessons provided too.
*Additional fees apply if you want to achieve multiple looks.
$85-$100 per person

We hope you have a lovely day with Mom and tell her how much you love her!

5 Easy Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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