Hello 2017!

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Hello 2017!

Come and celebrate the start of a new and exciting year with us at Soirette!

As we welcome another fabulous year, we invite you to come and relax before a busy season of colour and all things pretty and reconnect with friends.

Space is limited to 12 attendants for a fantastic kick off to the new year so sign-up now!

10:30am- Noon Cost: $39

(Open to Members and Guests)

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Premier Love Interview

An Interview with Cindy Liu from Premier Love

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

 

Get caught up with Cindy Liu of Premier Love as she shares a few keys she discovered on her journey in the video world of weddings.

M: Why did you start your business?

C: I have always been passionate about photography and cinematography, as a medium of expression. I never had a specific dream job in mind but I knew I always wanted to work in the creative field so I could to share my work with the world.

My background has always involved some form of media. As a film major graduate and former show host of a local radio station, I was continuing to improve on a variety of communication skills that would help me create engaging content that appeals to a wider audience. It’s important to create content that the masses can connect to.

Every wedding is a different project and I get to work with different people all the time. Doing that helps widen my horizons and keeps me excited to learn something new, every time.

M: What has been the best thing you’ve learned so far?

C: I feel it’s extremely important to connect to your clients. Weddings are a very personal occasion so I go to great lengths to ensure my clients feel comfortable. I especially feel that an individual salesperson may a not click with every client, every time. If you feel you may not be able to work well with someone, it’s better that you don’t take their business. From my experience, it’s more frustrating dealing with the clients you don’t click with. To further yourself, I think it’s important to understand why you couldn’t make a connection with that client and try to isolate the reasons so you can improve upon them for next time. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and sell yourself. You’ll click with the right people.

M: Where does your inspiration come from?

C: My inspiration comes from all of the amazing professionals around me. Watching other entrepreneurs give 110% effort every time inspires me to also work hard and give my best.

M: How do you get motivated if you find yourself creatively stuck?

C: I watch dog videos on Youtube, just kidding! I get inspired with other people’s work, seeing something new, trying something different. It’s easy to fall into a cycle of doing what’s comfortable but with social media, I can get exposed to a wide variety of other artists every day.

See more of Cindy’s beautiful video and photo work here: Website

An Interview with Cindy Liu from Premier Love

Pacific Yacht Charters Wedding

Pacific Yacht Charters Wedding – By Butter Studios

The Pacific Yacht Charters team has years of expertise in planning luxury events and chartering groups for a wide range of event styles. They have worked in restaurants all over the globe—from the South of France to the Caribbean. They are driven to be the force behind unique and remarkable events; fortunate to have come together to operate in one of the most picturesque places in the world! Their yacht has been moored at the Westin Bayshore hotel for most of her twenty years of operation. Pacific Yacht Charters offers an amazing one of a kind venue with the most spectacular views of Vancouver, BC. Moda Member, Butter Studios, captured this beautiful wedding.

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Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

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Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

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Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Pacific Yacht Charters Moda Wedding Professionals Butter Studios

Contributed by: Butter StudiosCHRIS & GINA CHONG

CHRIS & GINA CHONG
Butter Studios
Photography & Videography
Vancouver, BC

“We are dedication to our craft, community and clients so that we can provide the best service possible.”

“Although my time with Tonya and Ian was relatively short, it was very enjoyable! Their wedding was so uniquely special. It truly was the joining of two families. It definitely was a more intimate one with their families and really close friends.

Right from the time I arrived at the Fairmont Pacific Rim to photograph the details and getting-ready portion on the ladies’ side to the releasing of the lanterns in the evening on the yacht, it was a truly special wedding.

Their “first-look” was a new experience for me! Ian and the boys had taken their boat from West Vancouver to meet Tonya at the dock at Harbour Green Park in Coal Harbour. Now that’s arriving in style! Ian was smitten all over again when he arrived and saw Tonya in her wedding gown for the first time.

After a the family and wedding portrait session, everyone headed over to Tavola restaurant for a private dinner. Shortly after, we headed over The Wedding Yacht (Sunset Bay Cruises) to get ready for their gorgeous ceremony on the roof of the yacht. We were delighted to see a familiar face in Marilyn Knipp who officiated the ceremony. Interestingly enough, CTV was filming a special on weddings and following Marilyn around that day! So with filming alongside our friends at FIll in the Blank Studios and the CTV crew, there wasn’t a shortage of cameras at this wedding!

The boat had set sail and the ceremony went off without a hitch, now it was time for a little mingling and cocktails for the bridal party and the guests. As the sun set, the formal part of the reception begun. There were fantastic speeches from both Tonya’s and Ian’s kids, close friends and siblings… a touch part of the evening as the big day started to come to a close. The traditional first dance was on the roof deck of the yacht which was now transformed into a dance floor. And as mentioned earlier, the night ended with Tonya and Ian lighting several lanterns in dedication to loved ones that could not be there that night with them.

An amazing day and a great throwback wedding post that we can share with you today. Enjoy some of our favs from Tonya and Ian’s big day.”

Makeup & Hair: Denise Elliott Makeup and Hair

Pacific Yacht Charters Wedding – By Butter Studios

Savoury City Interview

Savoury City Catering with Donna Wadsworth: An Interview

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“We collaborate with clients to create the menu they desire, and ensure that it’s beautifully presented on the big day by knowledgeable, attentive and courteous service staff.”

 

Get caught up with Donna Wadsworth of Savoury City catering as she shares a few keys she discovered on her journey in the culinary world of weddings.

M: Why did you start your business?

D: I love great food! It makes me crazy when it’s good, crazy good! Catering is such a ride and each client presents something different. To pull a client’s vision together, with sometimes outrageous logistics, coupled with great food that has been cooked out in a field, a barn or out of a garage, well, that’s just the best!

M: What did you want to be when you grew up:

D: I always thought an Archaeologist or a Veterinarian. I had every animal under the sun, and then some! I had an Easy Bake Oven from an early age, and well, that did it!

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

D: Being asked by one of our clients to cater and personally attend to His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. This was an exclusive group of 30 of Vancouver’s top business people gathering to meet and have an intimate conversation with His Holiness at a private home. It was an absolutely spine tingling experience, and when he arrived to the home, the air was electric. That room was filled with so much sheer joy and laughter and it was hard to contain. Truly a highlight and something I’ll always cherish.

M: What was your favourite wedding you’ve done?

D: My all-time favourite wedding was Christene and Philip. They were (and still are!) so crazy wild in love with each other, it was insane. You have to love that kind of crazy love. They were very clear on what they wanted from the get-go.

They assembled a killer team, and it was a little stressful at times, trying to pull it all off with a tight timeline for setup but we all made it happen and it was magical! There are always a ton of little things that go on behind the scenes that the client won’t see, things we have to deal with that can get you distracted but it was as close to flawless as you could get. It was filled with love and laughter!

M: How do you keep the creativity flowing:

D: Cookbooks of course – I have a mountain of them! I have Old Gourmet magazines that go back years. I have each and every issue of SAVEUR magazine. A few of my very favourite cookbook authors are Alice Waters, Suzanne Goin, Nancy Silverton and Ottolenghi. Another favourite is Jamie Oliver because he tells such a brilliant story with his food. I also find inspiration browsing Donna Hay, Jean-Georges and Thomas Keller. Interior Design magazines are another inspiration as they take me to places where I dream. While looking at those interiors, I often get new ideas. If  I’m creatively stuck I go somewhere to clear my head. Somewhere calm and peaceful, or somewhere that will inspire me. It could be to one of the Gulf Islands, or somewhere far and away. I also go to the movies, listen to live music or go somewhere totally different then my usual stops. I love going somewhere that takes me outside of myself and gives me some breathing room.

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

D: Get a mentor. I’ve had 2 over the last 10 years, and they’ve helped me enormously. None of us have all the answers, but their advise, wise counsel and enthusiasm have been invaluable in helping me run my business.

Highlights from Christene and Philip’s Vancouver Art Gallery Wedding. Photographed by Leanne Pedersen Photographers

 

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savoury city, moda wedding professionals, leanne pedersen photographers, vancouver art gallery wedding, filosophi events

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See more of Savoury City’s delicious and beautiful work here: Website

Savoury City’s Donna Wadsworth: An Interview

Science World Wedding – Ben & Dana

Science World Wedding by Vivid Moments

Science World has been around for more than 25 years and is more than just the 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. Although a very popular event location on its own, the Green Roof is just one of many spaces enjoyed here at Science World at TELUS World of Science.

This lovely wedding was captured by Moda Member, Vivid Moments

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Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

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Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

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Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

Science world wedding moda wedding professionals vivid moments

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RAYMOND CHOU
RAYMOND CHOU
Vivid Moments
Photography
Vancouver, BC

“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.”

“Our fall season started off with none other than Ben and Dana’s gorgeous wedding was celebrated at the wonderful Science World! We’ve heard many great things about this award winning venue and were glad to finally capture a real wedding there. Surrounded by an incredible view of False Creek and the romance of the sunset and city lights, it was the perfect background for this fun and energetic couple. We’ve found after all the weddings we’ve documented that if the bride and groom are cheerful and having a great time, so will everyone else . This was definitely the case for Ben and Dana as their guests bombarded them with laughter, applause, and high fives all throughout the night. So many wonderful moments were captured at this wedding, and the journey for these two is only just beginning.

Congratulations Ben and Dana for welcoming us into your beautiful celebration. We couldn’t be happier for you both!”

Science World Wedding by Vivid Moments

Niche Events Interview

An Interview with Niche Events’ Maria Schollen

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“As wedding stylists, we tell your story and create a visual experience that threads through each step of your wedding so we can celebrate who you both are and connect that theme with your guests.”

 

Get caught up with Maria Schollen of Niche Events as she shares a few keys she discovered on her journey in the décor world of weddings.

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M: Why did you start your business?

MS: I am an entrepreneur by nature. I started my first business in college designing swimwear and fitness-wear . The company never took off but I was always destined to work for myself. After several careers, I went back to school for event planning and met a wonderful mentor whom I worked with for over 5 years. I quickly learned that the not-for-profit industry was not the right fit for me. Although, meaningful, it didn’t always pay the bills. While working, I discovered that I had a flair for design and floral so I decided to start my business in the fall of 2011.

M: What did you want to be when you grew up?

MS: I actually wanted to be a fashion designer. I went to school for 4 years at Kwantlen College and graduated with a diploma in fashion arts and marketing. I have a very European style, classic and timeless. That style also appeals to a very broad market in the wedding industry.

M: What is the best thing you learned over the years?

MS: My company finally opened it’s very first studio in November 2015.  It was one of the happiest moments in my business life. You need a great support team.  I have been very lucky to have my husband support me through all of my crazy business ventures. My parents were always there for me and for the last three years, my assistant, Jeanine Wilk, has been my rock. One of the most profound things I’ve learned, though sometimes the hard way, was that if you try to compete on price you will be out of business very soon. 

M: Where does your inspiration come from?

MS: Wow, everywhere!  There is so much inspiration out there. I love anything to do with history or with Europe.  I design a lot around the flowers that I love. If you get stuck creatively, start at the beginning and examine what you’re trying to design. Work on one problem at a time.  It usually works itself out.

 

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See More of Maria’s beautiful work, visit her Website

An Interview with Niche Events’ Maria Schollen

Vancouver Club Wedding Green and Gold

MELIA SORENSON
MELIA SORENSON
Lucida Photography
Photography
Vancouver, BC
Maui, HI

“I take inspiration from my clients first and foremost. The mood and aesthetic of the day and place are drawn upon so we can achieve elegant authenticity.”

“They got ready together that morning at the club, there were two dresses– a blush sequin gown with a cowl back and a green silk Chinese dress like her mother wore when she married. The Vancouver Club is always a great spot for portraits but we did a quick run into Stanley Park for some West Coast nature, too. The ceremony was in the University room; I dimmed the lights a bit — kept just a bit of life in them but we wanted to feel the light from the window and the candles too. So many happy unscripted moments made my day.”
See More of Melia’s captivating work here: Website

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Paper Flower Wall

Paper Flower Wall with Amari Yu, Making Memories

Amari Yu and Debbie Siu from Making Memories are masters of the paper flower wall. They have been making these giant beauties for over three years now and they are always a huge conversation piece at weddings and events. Little do people know how many hours are spent making these floral perfections. Amari gives us a little insight into the process, what a beautiful statement piece for any event:

“It takes time!!  A lot of people aren’t aware of how much time it is to tackling this project..in general, the large flowers (20”) take about 1 hour each to construct from scratch

You need the right thickness of paper to construct these flowers and it’s costly.  You don’t want to use computer paper or else the flower won’t hold its shape and it can get damaged easily.  We use 80+lb card-stock and each flower (of course depends on the size) needs 10-20 sheets of paper.

When making these, a hot glue gun is your best friend.  The industrial glue guns are the best.  Don’t use the dollar store types as the glue might not get hot enough to give a really good bond and your flower petals may fall apart.

To make these, the first step is to create the base, cut the card-stock into your petal shapes, then work from the outside in, sticking down each petal at a time.  Don’t get too caught up with how the petals look, the more asymmetrical each petal is, the more realistic and unique your flower will turn out. You will discover different variations just by changing the petal shape, the number of paper sheets and how densely you place your petals.

To transport these creations you make sure you have a large car!  Seems obvious but some people overlook this detail. Ours is a free standing 8 x 8 wall so you need the space to transport something that large. Our wall is cut into four 4 x 4 panels for easy assembly.”

The great news is that Amari offers paper flower workshop classes for those of you determined enough to tackle these giant beauties. Please contact her for more information: Making Memories

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Contributed by Moda Member: Making Memories

AMARI YU & DEBBIE SIU
AMARI YU & DEBBIE SIU
Making Memories
Stationery
Vancouver, BC

“We are here to help brides one-on-one, to create custom and unique stationery that reflects their wedding style.”

See more of their beautifully crafted work here: Website

Paper Flower Wall with Amari Yu, Making Memories

 

Simply Sweet Photography

Interview with Nomo Akisawa from Simply Sweet Photography

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“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:

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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

Sundance Guest Ranch Wedding

Sundance Guest Ranch Wedding – By Jelger & Tanja

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“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.

 

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Professionals:

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

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“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

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

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

Jayme Carter: Unique Boutique Florals

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Unique Boutique Florals owner and Moda member, Jayme Carter, has one goal: To create artistic pieces with the highest service and quality of product so she can exceed expectations and delight every bride on her wedding day.

Jayme believes in going above and beyond her work to include personal service and value, doing whatever it takes to make the vision a reality for her clients. Time is invested into every client, spending the time for conversation, phone calls and communication so she can get a complete understanding of her client’s exact vision. Jayme believes every client should be treated with value and should receive the same in both work and service.

Jayme began her artistic journey exploring the world of arts and crafts. Everything from hand-made soaps, candles and silk flowers have played a part into where she is today. Having a true love for flowers and art, she now has been operating Unique Boutique Florals (including decor) for more than 20 years having events of all sizes and budgets.

One of her favourite weddings was having to create more than 100 large pom-poms by hand. It took her and her team hours to create, and three solid hours to hang each one for a spectacular reception ceiling decor at the Hart House in Burnaby.

Jayme’s vision for the future is to focus on larger weddings, dedicating her entire team and efforts into producing grand events dripping with creative vision and unique style and pieces. We look forward to seeing what wonderful things she will create.

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See more of Jayme’s beautiful work here:

Unique Boutique Florals
Tel: 604.939.8304
weddings@auniqueboutique.ca

By Appointment Only


Jayme Carter: Unique Boutiqe Florals

Vancouver Military Wedding


Moda Members, Jelger & 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.”


Lynn and James’ Vancouver Military Wedding

By Jelger & Tanja Photographers

The Vancouver military wedding of Lynn and James was, well, I don’t even know where to start! Lynn is from Belgium and met James (who’s from Vancouver) in Ypres, a Belgian city with a significant World War I history, who was there to attend a military memorial ceremony. The chances of them meeting in a random bar were so slim that it makes me wonder if he was supposed to find her. ? (goosebumps)

Even though they met briefly, they stayed in touch online. Lynn jokingly invited James to come over to Belgium, except James went for it and booked his ticket! Seeing each other again, they both felt the spark. Lynn made the brave decision to follow her heart, and move to Vancouver to be with James.

For their engagement shoot we went on a crazy hike on Mt. Cheam. It’s for sure one of our favourite shoots, so we were looking forward to their weddings(!) a lot! Plural because we’re also photographing their second wedding in Belgium!

Before the ceremony, we drove around Vancouver’s Stanley Park with the couple and the bridal party and made an impromptu hot dog pit-stop at Third Beach.  The wedding took place at the British Columbia Military Regiment in downtown Vancouver and we LOVED their setup of tanks and camouflage nets! But James truly made us gasp when he mentioned their shared passion for adventure in his personal vows.

I cried twice during the reception (Jelger once, but he might deny it ? ). Once during James’ heartfelt speech at the reception. And even harder during their amazing first dance. The way they looked at each other made the world stop for a moment.

Lynn and James are also close friends of ours, so after packing up our photo gear, we danced the night away on oldschool Belgian house music.

Thank you Lynn and James for having us! We can’t wait for your wedding in Belgium and do it all over again! ?

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Bartender: Christine from TopShelf Bartending Services 

Catering: OceanWest Catering

DJ: Chris from BCDJ

Florist: Flowers on Fire

Hair & Makeup: Face Addiction

Hotel: Sheraton Vancouver Wallcentre

Limo: Star Limos

Liquor: U-Need-A-Bottle

Photobooth: Image Cube

Venue: BC Regiment

About Jelger & 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.”

Woken up by a quarter life crisis we quit our careers as a lawyer (Jelger) and physiotherapist (Tanja) in Belgium. We sold everything we owned and braced ourselves for our biggest adventure yet.

 On October 6, 2011, we boarded an airplane with 2 cats and 4 suitcases. Our destination: Vancouver, Canada. Our mission: to live a spontaneous and adventurous life.”
We believe in starting over in a foreign country with your partner at least once.

Visit their website and keep in touch: Jelger & Tanja Wedding Photographers

Vancouver military wedding by Jelger and Tanja wedding photographers

Vancouver Florist – Sunflower Florist

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We have worked with May from Sunflower Florist Vancouver for many years and feel they should receive more recognition for the amazing work that they do and the tireless effort these people invest into making the scene beautiful and  over the top!

This Friday post is about one of my dear industry friends, May, from Sunflower Florist Vancouver, recent winner of 4 CWIA awards, BC Wedding Awards and numerous magazine features. We’ve been in this business just over ten years and we have seen a LOT of wedding flowers. We’ve come to know what the best looks like and May, from Sunflower Florist Vancouver is one of them. From there very first time we met May,  she was so warm and inviting, making sure that we had everything we needed. Now, years later, we continue to see impeccable quality from her team and her creations, time and time again. We have had the immeasurable pleasure of working with her, creating with her and sharing some wonderful industry achievements together. Here are a few of her recent features that have been showcased in Wedluxe magazine: All floral by Sunflower Florist

 

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(Shoot designed by Fleur De Lis Events)

A little know fact about her company is that she also produces amazing Persian Sofreh tables for traditional ceremonies. These are the beautiful tables filled with symbolic items and food designed as a blessing for the wedding couple in their new life together.

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If you are looking for an amazing florist with top choice flowers, please go see May at her downtown Vancouver location for a consult, you won’t be disappointed! Sunflower Florist – 1359 Richards St Vancouver, V6B 3G7   604-676-7677

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If you would like to see more of her work from these features, please follow the links below:

Avant Garden, Wedluxe Magazine

Wedluxe editorials

Alnaz & Hossein Wedding

Sunflower Florist Vancouver – Vancouver Wedding Photography by Jasalyn Thorne

Jasalyn has been published in over fifty editorials, blogs and competitions over the past 5 years. Jasalyn is considered to be one of the most published wedding photographers in Canada. She is an award winning international photographer with over 10 years of experience.

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