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Italian Cultural Center Wedding

Italian Cultural Center Wedding

The Italian Cultural Center was the backdrop for Spencer and Alessandra’s wedding which was full of heartfelt speeches, tears and joy. Thank you for allowing us to see a window into your lives and the bond which you have with your families. Italian weddings, Chinese weddings, Persian weddings…any ethnic wedding, I find there to be so much community and celebration which takes place and I love it! There is such a focus on family and being with the ones you love and EVERYBODY gets up to dance at the party.

A little about the center:

“Our Mission is to promote Italian culture, heritage and values and share these with other communities.”

The Italian Cultural Centre, or Il Centro, has been an essential part of Vancouver’s cultural landscape for more than three decades. It opened in 1977 when its founding members, 13 existing Italian Associations, came together “to promote Italian culture, values and heritage and to share these with other communities.

Through their collective love of art, food, wine, design, film, music and literature, they proudly share their culture with the community, and welcome all who wish to be part of this vibrant destination in Vancouver.

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Venue & Catering: Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver  3075 Slocan St  Vancouver, BC V5M (604) 430-3337
Stationery: Stunning Stationery
Gown: Alvina Valenta from Bisou Bridal
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bride’s Accessories: Veil and earrings from Bisou Bridal, and bracelet Elsa Corsi
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Rings: Montecristo Jewellers

Formal Wear: Hugo Boss from Harry Rosen

Hair: Union Salon
Make-up: Makeup by Ai
Design, Decor, & Floral: Flowers by Gilda

Cake: Darlene’s Cakes
Entertainment: Vic Mazzei and Sons
Transportation: Ultimate Limousine

Contributed by Moda Member, Jasalyn Thorne of Jasalyn Thorne Photography

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“We create images full of artistic impression and personal style so every wedding is unique.”

Jasalyn & Jason Thorne approach every wedding with a uniqueness that is clearly their own, specializing in artistic and candid style. Many engagement sessions involve amazing BC wilderness, travelling to unique and hard to reach locations to give their clients stunning images for their big day. They were named as one of the most inspiring photographers by Weddingbells magazine and are winners of the 2015 BC wedding awards for photographic details. After photographing weddings for 11 years, their work has been featured in over 50 publications and media in the last five years and appears regularly in Wedluxe, Weddingbells, Real Weddings, West Coast Bridal Guide, The Complete Wedding Directory and numerous blogs.

 

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Peach and Pretty: Floral Tuesday

Peach and Pretty: Floral Tuesday

Peach and pretty florals are abundant in this beautifully styled shoot set in the mountains of British Columbia on the Sea to Sky lift area. If you’ve ever dreamed of running away with your love, escaping to the nearest mountaintop to declare your love, then this wildly romantic inspiration shoot is just what you’ve been dreaming of. Brimming with Flower Factory floral, soft smoky eye inspiration from Jasmine Hoffman Makeup Artist and dapper details for the Groom, this gallery from Belluxe Photography is waiting for you!

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Photography: Belluxe Photography | Floral Design: Flower Factory | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Couture Confections By Rebeka Garcia | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Sweet Lemon Catering | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Hair: Courtney Brands From Blue Jasmine Beauty Group | Groom’s Attire: Garrison Bespoke | Groom’s Shoes: Paul Smith | Venue: Sea To Sky Gondola | Custom Jewellery And Rings: Siavash Mozaffarian | Cutlery: Heather Ross | Decor: The Cross Design | Groom’s Cufflinks: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Hair: Mahyar Khoda | Nails: Yaletown Nail Spa | Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co

Contributed by Moda Member Jasmine Hoffman:

 

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JASMINE HOFFMAN

Jasmine Hoffman Professional Makeup Artist

For over ten years Jasmine Hoffman has been helping people shine as a makeup artist! Jasmine is a true artist, who discovered her passion for makeup and skin-care early on in life. She attended The Vancouver Film School, for television and film, and has worked on countless projects in Vancouver such as Weddings photoshoots and fashion shows. She has also done makeup on celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Jessi Cruickshank from MTV Canada, Amanda Bines and wedding makeup for acclaimed rocker Bif Naked. See her website for more beautiful images HERE.

 

 

Peach and Pretty: Floral Tuesday

Colleen Conroy – Rainy Day Hair

Rainy Day Hair Tips with Colleen Conroy

 

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COLLEEN CONROY

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With over ten years of experience as a Makeup Artist & Hairstylist, Moda Member Colleen Conroy has had the chance to work in many fields within the industry. While working as an artist at the notable MAC Cosmetics, she was handpicked for the Special Event Team leading to such opportunities as making up performers for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Closing Ceremonies. “I feel fortunate to be able to collaborate on a daily basis with many different talented artists, photographers, stylists, and directors from around the world.”

Holding a member status within the film union IATSE (Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto), Colleen has worked on such television series as Once Upon A Time, Almost Human, Fringe, Battlestar Gallactica, Stargate, Arrow, as well as various different films. Check out Colleen’s IMDB Credits here. Weekends are spent lovingly getting brides dolled up for their big day. “My passion continues to show through my work and I strive to create a unique and wonderful experience for each and every one of my clients.”

Colleen is also a contributor for FASHION Magazine’s Beauty Panel, where she joins other beauty experts in various challenges twice a month sharing tips and tricks to achieving different looks.

Browse Colleen’s amazing work HERE

Beat the Frizz

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Colleen Conroy has some great hair tips as we enter client season, especially for those of us who fight the frizz when it gets a little humid out.

“Living in Vancouver, the land of wind and rain, figuring out how to wear your hair when the weather isn’t quite so nice is a common challenge. Luckily there are some great options out there.

One of the easiest, and sometimes most put together look, is the classic topknot. It gets the hair right off the face (take that, wind!) and even if it gets a bit wet, it just looks sleeker (in your face, rain!). I always surprise myself when I wear this look. It is my I’m-late-for-work-and-I-just-don’t-have-time-for-my-hair look. Yet whenever I wear it, I get mega compliments.”

SEE COLLEEN’S HAIR HOW-TO

Rainy day hair tips with Colleen Conroy

Myrtle et Olive New Website Launch

Introducing: Myrtle et Olive, floral and event design

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“At Myrtle et Olive, we transform an event through artistic impression and romantic blooms so we can create an experience that is elegant, beautiful and reflects your love story.”

Heather Siu is the creative mind behind Myrtle et Olive, Vancouver’s newly re-branded floral and event design studio, (formerly Chandelier Events).

myrtle et Olive Heather sui headshotHeather is drawn to muted hues, sweet floral scents and all fine art curations.  She is a lover of intentional celebrations and is a firm believer in crafting unique, beautifully intimate events. She believes travelling and absorbing the rich cultures of new destinations is the best source of creative inspiration.  She loves to explore the charming villages in southern France or taking a stroll to admire the bougainvillea-draped architecture of the Mediterranean. Heather’s previous studies in Fine Art and her past as a classically trained painter inform her sophisticated use of colour, composition and texture. Through her position as Myrtle et Olive’s Artistic Director, she is able to combine her love for art with her love for love.

In your communication with the Studio, you’re likely to cross paths with Alice, Myrtle et Olive’s co-founder and Studio Manager. Alice oversees event operation and is involved in the day-to-day management of our studio.  Alice approaches her role as a Studio Manager with dedicated focus on sourcing thoughtful and unique pieces, to provide our clients with well-crafted and truly personal events.

Myrtle et Olive, is a floral and event design firm offering a customized approach to floral artistry and event production. Artistic Director Heather Siu is highly trained in all aspects of floral art, and specializes in creating arrangements that are lush, intricate, and full of movement and texture.  We believe in transforming an event with romantic blooms and curating an experience, that is elegant, incredibly beautiful, and reflects your love story.  We are available for travel to wherever beauty takes us.

Visit their GORGEOUS new website or Instagram and set up a time to connect and create something beautiful!

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Bijou Baby Girls Dresses

Bijou Baby: The perfect little dress

Bijou Baby is a darling online dress boutique run by Vancouverite, Sabrina Pizzolato. They have the cutest little dresses, perfect for wedding time, summer time , photo shoots or any time. They are very affordable and my daughter LOVES wearing them over and over. Here are a few words from Sabrina:

“Bijou Baby  was created shortly after the birth of my second daughter. With a new baby and a two year old at home, I found that I just did not have the time to shop in the traditional sense; the girls were on opposite feeding and sleeping schedules so shopping outings (or any other outing for that matter) was challenging!
On the rare occasion that I was able to get away for a short while, I found it difficult to find pieces for my little girls that were timeless and unique. As a result, Bijou Baby was born; a way to find beautiful, vintage inspired pieces for your little girls from the comfort of home.

Please feel free to contact me through the link above; I would love to hear your feedback.  Enjoy your shopping experience and I hope that you find a piece for the Bijou Baby in your life!”

They are the perfect little dress for any occasion! New stock arrives all the time so contact Sabrina for any specific requests.

 

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Brock House Wedding by Vivid Moments

Brock House Wedding by Vivid Moments

Today, we share a beautiful Brock House wedding contributed by the talents of Moda Member, Vivid Moments with Raymond Chou.

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“Words can’t express how incredible it was to document Morgan and Zach’s wedding. We were all a bit worried at first as the morning brought some rain and grey clouds, but the weather gods, as if playing a joke, decided to be merciful and made the rain go away just in time for Morgan and Zach’s first look at Jericho Beach. It as a memorable moment to say the least, and the fact that we were the only ones there made it feel like we had the entire beach to ourselves!

The photoshoot that followed was a blast as their entire wedding party were so much fun to be around.  Afterwards we made our way to their wedding ceremony at the beautiful Brock House, where Zach and Morgan spoke their vows of love in a picturesque outdoor ceremony. Although it wasn’t sunny as we had originally hoped for, we were nonetheless welcomed by a gorgeous view of the surrounding waters and mountains of BC. Of course, what really made the ceremony, and the rest of the day, truly spectacular were all their family and friends that came to celebrate with them: their smiles, laughter, and tears of empathy and joy. The night finished on a high note with dancing and lots of it, and we even danced a bit ourselves as we were capturing some of the epic moments that unraveled.

Morgan and Zach, congratulations to you and thank you so much again for allowing us to be a part of your big day!

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Brock House wedding by Vivid Moments

About Vivid Moments:

As visual storytellers who love what we do, our goal at Vivid Moments is to provide you with timeless photographs of your wedding day that will allow you to relive those moments again and again–whether that be 5, 10 or 50 years after your marriage. To that end, we aim to capture the story of your wedding as it naturally unfolds, and provide you with the most breathtaking images of you and your partner that you can possibly imagine.

Floral Inspiration Tuesday

Floral inspiration Tuesday is one of the prettiest days on the blog. We get to feature amazing artists, event designers and their wonderful photographers who capture all the beauty! Today, we feature a post from Kristy and Ken’s blog from Blush Wedding Photography as she share some of her most loved decor from this past year.

Organic Rose Gold Ballroom:
Loved this organic twist of adding driftwood and succulent plants to this rose gold glamorous ballroom look. Also loved how the couple incorporated their love for food by naming the tables after spices!
Venue: Pacific Rim Fairmont Planners: Dream Group Florist: Flowerz

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Chinoiserie and Peonies:
Chinoiserie inspired wedding was definitely unique and who doesn’t love all those peonies!!
Venue: Vancouver Club Florist/Stylist: Groom’s sister!

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Romantic & Glamorous:
Soft, romantic and with a big dose of glamour…this classic look is never going out of style.
Venue: Vancouver Club Planner: Countdown Events Florist: Granville Island Florist Calligrapher: Maurelle Calligraphy

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Rich & Luxurious:
Rich golds, deep reds, pinks, and lots of candles, this wedding was dripping with richness and luxury. The wedding was fully designed by the bride and she found the perfect team to execute her vision. Venue: York Room Floral: Flowerz
Décor: Koncept Décor

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Bold & Modern Ballroom:
Loved this modern twist on the ballroom wedding. Black pipe and draping, vibrant and organic floral, plus the most AMAZING custom dance floor I’ve ever seen…and probably ever will. W-O-W
Venue: Four Season Vancouver Planner: Countdown Events Floral: Celsia Décor Rental: Upright Décor, Eclate Décor, Pedersen’s Rentals

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Organic Grecian:
This organic Grecian wedding had so many cute little details that six squares was definitely not enough space. Calligraphy signs lining the aisle and a vintage truck photobooth filled with pillows we’re definitely some highlights…and just look at that bouquet!
Venue: Gatzke Orchards Planner: Vintage Origami Floral: Society Florist Calligraphy: Blush Type Stationary, Ginger Creative

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Floral Inspiration Tuesday: Favourite decor of 2015

Hush Wedding Soiree at Terminal City Club

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Hush Wedding Soiree, hosted by the Terminal City Club is happening this weekend, March 5th starting at 6pm. Come and join them for an evening of luxury, inspiration, nibbles, sips and sweets at the fourth annual Hush Wedding Soirée.
Stepping away from the traditional wedding show, Hush Wedding Soirée is an engaging and intimate evening social event designed to showcase over 30 of Vancouver’s best wedding exhibitors in a chic and unique setting. Guests will enjoy extravagant décor, roaming models, live entertainment, and endless inspiration for brides to celebrate their special day in style! This event will help couples choose various elements for their wedding such as flowers, invitations, and wedding cakes that are as personal and unique as their love.

WHERE: Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C, V6C 1B6
TICKETS: Available online for $30. Tickets can be purchased HERE
SOCIAL: @tccweddings #HushSoiree

We look forward to another amazing event and wish all of the professionals involved a successful show! Make sure to stop by and say ‘hi’ to Megan (on left) and Carly (on right), catering managers at the club. They’d love to see you!

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Here are a few teasers from last year’s show and we can’t wait to see what this year holds! Photos by Povazan Photography and Union Photographers

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WHERE: Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C, V6C 1B6
TICKETS: Available online for $30. Tickets can be purchased HERE
SOCIAL: @tccweddings #HushSoiree

Hush Wedding Soiree at Terminal City Club

Tuesday Floral: Roa Luxurious Floral Event Design

When flowers say it all


Moda Member, CC Roa of Roa Luxurious Floral Event Design: “I am able to share my deep love and passion for floral art and design with the beautiful people I come across – from discerning clients, to colourful guests at events, to the greater community, and people from every walk of life. It humbles me to be able to share my gifts with everyone I encounter at every step of the process, and to reap the intrinsic rewards that come with serving others. It’s such a treat whenever my work aligns with an opportunity to give back to the community through volunteering, teaching, and charity work.” ~ CC Roa


Luxurious floral design is the staple of every nuptial event and when words fail, the flowers speak. We admire the talent and dedication it takes to create an event and to speak through the art of floral design. Today, we share some of the lovely work from Moda member, CC Roa of Roa Luxury Floral Design. CC puts her heart and soul into every creation and her service is above and beyond, providing and serving like family to everyone she meets.

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Photo: Hong Photography

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Photo: Jozef Povazan

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Photo: Jasalyn Thorne Photography

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Photo: Raymond & Jessie Photography

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Photo: D’Soleil Photography

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About Roa Luxurious Floral Event Design:

I am able to share my deep love and passion for floral art and design with the beautiful people I come across – from discerning clients, to colourful guests at events, to the greater community, and people from every walk of life. 

It humbles me to be able to share my gifts with everyone I encounter at every step of the process, and to reap the intrinsic rewards that come with serving others. It’s such a treat whenever my work aligns with an opportunity to give back to the community through volunteering, teaching, and charity work. “

Visit CC’s website and keep in touch: Roa Luxury Floral Event Design

Tuesday Floral: Roa Luxurious Floral Event Design

Vancouver Convention Centre Wedding

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The Vancouver Convention Centre is one of the most versatile venues we have in the city for weddings. Their mission is to market the province’s premier convention and exhibition facility, to elevate Vancouver as the global leader and convention destination of choice and so generate economic and community benefits for British Columbia.

It boasts the best views of the North Shore mountains and is situated right in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Located on Vancouver’s waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world and convenient access to all the major visitor amenities in the downtown core. As British Columbia’s flagship convention centre, the facility hosts more than 500 events and welcomes hundreds of thousands of attendees each year, while generating significant economic activity for the province.

The Convention Centre first served as the Canada Pavilion for the World’s Fair Expo in 1986. Since then, it has tripled in size with the addition of its West building in April 2009, and is recognized as one of the leading convention centres in the world. It also played as the host location for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The torch can still be visited to this day, being lit for special occasions.

The Convention Centre is designed with the latest environmentally sustainable features and technology, including a six-acre “living roof” and an on-site blackwater treatment plant. The Centre also features Canada’s largest waterfront ballroom with five-story high ceilings, open terraces, and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking mountain and harbour vistas.

Today, we share a beautiful wedding captured by Moda Member, Denise Lin of Denise Lin Photography. she did an absolutely amazing job capturing the many, many details this wedding had to offer. Beautiful work, Denise!

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Photographer: Denise Lin Photography

Planning and Design: We Do Weddings Etc.

Rentals from :

Upright Decor (Draping and Chandeliers)

Eclat Decor (Chairs and Crystal Candelabras)

Reel Silks (Welcoming Area Garden Props and Reception Room Aisle Display)

Flowers : Balconi Floral Design Studio Inc.

Stationery and Paper Flowers: Making Memories

Wedding Cake : Kien and Sweets

Wedding Desserts : Petite Fantasy Sweets

Chair covers and linens : Chair Decor

Videographer : Henry Zhang

MUA: Tiffanys Pro Makeup and Hair

Visual and Lighting Effect Design: We Do Weddings Etc.

Ceremony Music: Musical Occasions

Music Performance: Sandra-Mae

Vancouver Convention Centre Luxury Wedding

Yaletown Photography: Sandra Leung

Yaletown Photography: It’s all about the connection

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Yaletown Photography owner, Sandra Leung, believes wholeheartedly in investing her time in personal interactions and connections so she can have a lifelong relationship with her clients.

Sandra has been running a successful business for more than 15 years and has seen the fruits of her investments.

“I enjoy spending time with my clients. We’ll get together for dinner or do activities with them. I enjoy hanging out with them. I still see clients from weddings I shot over 10 years ago because I value relationship and want a lifelong connection. The human connection is not just a business connection but an actual friendship.”

Sandra went on to tell us how she has built a proven business over the years, all based on building that client connection.

“I still write Christmas cards by hand to all my clients, from this year and years past. I want them to know I still care for them. I keep connected to their social media and thoughtfully comment, and keep up with what’s happening in their lives. I’ll reach out on anniversaries and birthdays; little touches here and there. I’ll even write friendly emails to just to find out how they’re doing. People are always surprised about how I remember the little things, the small personal details about their lives.”

Yaletown Photography currently offers wedding photography, family photography and commercial photography specializing in lifestyle images. She is also an educator & speaker on photography and the photography business.

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 Sandra is also involved in Global Wonders, a fair-trade business development of the SA Foundation (SAF) Canada, whose goal is to train and educate women so they can escape sexual exploitation and human trafficking and build a new life for themselves. The foundation offers recovery programs that include short and long term housing, life skills development and job training to women who have escaped sexual exploitation and trafficking. Global Wonders products are all one-of-a-kind handmade pieces made by the women in the Nepal recovery program and have become a main vehicle for educating concerned individuals & groups about the realities of sex trafficking. Global Wonders enables the women to learn job skills in order to be self-sufficient, advocating for and inspiring social change in our communities. All proceeds go back to Nepal to ensure they are able to continue offering recovery programming and financial support for these beautiful women and children. You can contact Sandra if you’d like to learn how you can get involved.

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“People need to know that they matter and that you care about them so I demonstrate that through small personal gestures and it goes a long way with people.” ~Sandra Leung

Yaletown Photography: It’s all about the connection

BC Helicopters Vancouver

BC Helicopters: On Top of the World.

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BC Helicopters brings people to amazing and remote places so they can experience the wondrous beauty around them. Mischa, the pilot, tells me that one of his favourite parts of the flight is the first moments after landing. He opens the door and the look of pure joy and amazement on passenger’s faces makes every flight worth it. We should know, I think we spent 15 min just ooo-ing and awww-ing at the views when we’ve gone up this past summer. We wanted to give Ashley and Verlon Mundall, of Dragonflight Photography, a HUGE thank you and shout out for the introduction to Mischa, as it was their engagement session when we first met Mischa.

Mischa knows where all of the cool and unique spots are. What’s really amazing is to think that in some places he takes you, you may very well be the first person to ever set foot on that mountain ground. We’ve seen lakes so blue and clear, they shine like gemstones. It’s one of the greatest experiences we’ve had and it’s not something that is easily forgotten.

The moment you get out of the helicopter, you’re perched on some of the highest peaks of the coastal mountains, all you can notice is how quiet it is. Not a sound. No cars, no traffic, no voices, nothing. And the air is so clear and clean you just want to lay down and soak it all in, in silence. It is certainly my happy place. I used to be a beach girl but after getting to experience the atmosphere up there, I can’t wait to go back.

Not only is Mischa a great pilot, instructor and videographer, he’s also been lighting and photo assistant extraordinaire on our past trips. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. You’ll want to keep going back, again and again!

Here are some videos that he and his team have shot of the amazing beauty up in that region. It does not disappoint!

The most amazing valleys.

The bluest lakes I’ve ever seen, even more than the Rocky Mountain lakes.

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BC Helicopter Staff: (from left to right: Sancho, Amy & Mischa)

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BC Helicopters

1404 Townline Rd.

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Wedding Cakes: A.Elizabeth Cakes Launch

 

A.Elizabeth Cakes: Rebrand Launch

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Wedding cakes and desserts are a true highlight to any event. We are so happy to announce that Moda member, Anna Wawzonek has just done a massive re-brand, A. Elizabeth Cakes and we LOVE IT!! Her look is as pretty as her cakes so join us in celebrating her new brand and check out some of her amazing masterpieces.

After graduating from pastry school in Vancouver, Anna traveled across the country to explore her love of the art and design of cake, honing her skills with two of Canada’s top cake artisans.

Upon returning to Vancouver, Anna opened A. Elizabeth Cakes in 2011 and has had tremendous response from clients and industry professionals alike. Anna’s keen eye for detail and unique design sense has garnered praise and features in both national and international publications.

Anna believes in handcrafting entirely edible custom wedding cakes, incorporating elements such as hand painting and life-like sugar flowers. Influenced by classic design principles and adding an artist’s touch, a cake from A. Elizabeth Cakes is the perfect combination of traditional elegance and modern flair.

 

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“I adore cake design.  I went to pasty school,  so I definitely pride myself in making sure our cakes are as delicious as they look, but my true passion is really the decorative aspect of creating a wedding cake.  From sculpting to hand painting to creating sugar flowers that look like the real thing, cake is my art!  I love being able to sit down with a client to figure out how we can draw from their personalities and style to create a showpiece that ties all of the elements together.”

A. Elizabeth~

 

 

black and white striped cake

Photo: Hong Photography

cream and peach wedding cake

Photo: Vasia Photography

van gogh wedding cake

Photo: Vasia Photography

blush and gold wedding cake with flowers

Photo: Vasia Photography

white and gold wedding cake

Photo: Vasia Photography

blush and pink wedding cake

Photo: Vasia Photography

gold pink wedding cake 

Photo: Jonetsu Photography

Follow Anna to see more of her beautiful work here!

A. Elizabeth Cakes

BY APPOINTMENT
119-3823 Henning Drive, Burnaby BC V5C 6P3
Phone:778-988-4589
Email: info@aelizabethcakes.com

Website: http://aelizabethcakes.com/

A.Elizabeth Cakes: Rebrand Launch

Floral Tuesday: Going Green

Green: Not your usual floral go-to.

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Photo: Green Roofs

Green is such an underused colour for weddings. There are so many kinds, textures and hues that you can use to create a stunning piece. One of the most beautiful advances in greenery design are the living walls you see around town, what genius and what great inspiration! Exposing stems, foliage and introducing new plants that may not be the regulars. Greenery is a great arena to explore for infinite possibilities.

One of our favourite inspiration moments was when we were driving the Hana Highway at 5am on Maui one year. The sun was just coming up and all you could see were the rolling hills and steep cliffs just covered in every emerald hue imaginable. The bamboo forest is an amazing place as well. What a stunner that would be to come into a reception venue looking as if you walked out into paradise!

Try to go beyond the norm, what’s been done before and look at the amazing new things coming out of the world of landscape design. Green can be used in so many facets from the bouquet, ceremony backdrop, centerpieces and even guest favours of topiaries or small succulents.

This is one of our favourite inspirations and we hope it will open up a whole new world when you think of decor for your next event.

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Photo: livingwallart.com

baby's breath centerpiece

Photo: Vancouver Club

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Photo: Christian Oth

green wedding reception

Photo: Vancouver Club

shrub wedding favour

Photo: Vancouver Club

greenery wedding reception

Photo: Josh Gruetzmacher

green and white reception decor

Photo: Niche Event Stylists & Simply Sweet Photography

Try going a little green this year and experiment with all of nature’s emerald hues.

Going green: Not your usual floral suspects

Hycroft Manor: Vancouver Wedding Venue

Hycroft Manor: At the heart of the city

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Photo: Blush Wedding Photography

Hycroft Manor is home to the University Women’s Club of Vancouver. As part of the Canadian Federation of University Women, the UWCV has a history of promoting education and rights for women so they can further their education and opportunities.

A total of 26 different awards are given each year to UBC, SFU, BCIT, Emily Carr University, Langara, Burnaby North Secondary, and Britannia Secondary. Donations and funds are raised throughout the year to support this great program as well as taking an interest in public affairs and educational issues. Members have worked together to be a common voice in support of women in all situations tackling issues such as homelessness, human trafficking and prostitution, safety of women, and child poverty. They also work to develop policy on many issues related to education, status of women, equality and human rights, and the environment.

Founded in 1907, the UWCV at that time consisted of eight young female graduates from Eastern Canada and the USA and was only the second University Women’s Club in Canada. Longing for a clubhouse of their own, the women of UWCV found Hycroft for sale in 1962 and the women purchased the mansion outright with cash which they raised on their own for $32,000. Built by General Alexander Duncan McRae to exacting standards and completed in 1911, it was once the centre of the social scene in Vancouver. The restored Hycroft remains as an amazing landmark and a is great venue for events, weddings and social gatherings.

The outdoor terrace and gardens are beautiful for very light and bright ceremonies guarded by stone pillars and sculptures. The indoor ceremony room is filled with old-world charm, mouldings and really gives a romantic feel, like being taken back in time. It’s an ideal venue, rain or shine and is sure to delight all its guests.

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Photo: Blush Wedding Photography

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Photo: Blush Wedding Photography

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Photo: Butter Studios

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Photo: Butter Studios

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Photo: Modern Romance Productions

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Photo: Vivid Moments

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Photo: Vivid Moments

 

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Photo: Vivid Moments

University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft

1489 McRae Avenue

Vancouver, B.C. V6H 1V1

Tel 604 731 4661
Fax 604 731 3710

URL: www.uwcvancouver.ca
E-mail: uwcv@uwcvancouver.ca

Hycroft Manor: Vancouver wedding venue

 

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