Spring Wedding Showcase; Prestige Lakeside

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Visiting a trade show is always a good idea when wedding planning.  Find the Spring Wedding Showcase page on Facebook HERE.

Taghum Hall Venue, Nelson BC

New siding and balcony
image taghumhall.ca

I love finding new pretty places.  Returning from a photo-shoot in Nelson the other day,  I satisfied my curiosity by checking out Taghum Hall Road.   I've heard about the hall, but in 8 years of shooting weddings in the West Kootenays, I've never shot a wedding there.  
Now that the hall seems to have been renovated, I'm not sure why not.  It's a central enough location to both Nelson and Castlegar, it has an interesting history (read below),  it's rental page suggests its very reasonably priced and most importantly- from a photographer's standpoint - it boasts prime waterfront and mountain views  to serve as backdrop for your wedding photography.  Right there!  

What more could one want from a hall rental?
(Granted, I did not check out the interior nor capacity nor inquire about liquor licenses.  Ok, there's 3 more things you could want from your wedding venue.)

The Taghum Hall Story  - taghumhall.ca

Taghum Hall is located in Taghum, BC, 10 kilometers west of Nelson along the shores of the Kootenay River. It is operated by an independent community-based society with members and volunteers.
It all started back in the early 1950s when the local Russian Doukhobor community needed a place to meet and worship. They formed a society and obtained the present plot of land near the old Taghum bridge, on the site of a former sawmill. With lots of volunteer labour and little money, they built the hall from salvaged buildings from the Lemon Creek Japanese Internment Camp. The original building was wood-heated and had no indoor plumbing.
Over the years, the hall has served as a weekly place for Doukhobor worship, plus as a venue for weddings, funerals, meetings, voting, dinners, and dances for both the Russian community and the community at large. The strong volunteer base has kept the hall as a vital part of the community.
Improvements were made gradually on shoestring budgets over time. The hardwood floor was salvaged from the fire-damaged Trafalgar Junior High in 1967. Indoor washrooms and an expanded kitchen were added as a BC Centennial Project in 1971. The wood furnace was replaced by a propane heater.
By 2010, the hall was in need of an upgrade, but community members expressed a strong desire to keep the hall community-owned. The society worked on obtaining funding from many sources such as the Federal Gas Tax/Community Works Funding, Columbia Basin Trust and the Regional District of Central Kootenay. In the summer of 2014 renovations finally began. The building was brought up to modern structural standards, with a new accessible entry and washrooms, new windows, and a deck built to overlook the river. New energy efficient heating, insulation, and lighting were added.
The hall now starts another chapter of its life with modern standards, but with the same community spirit that has kept the hall going. Many people in the region have fond memories of events that have taken place in Taghum Hall over the years. We hope to continue that tradition.

Make-up Artist Extraordinaire: Alex Ferguson

FRESH Photography
Working in the wedding industry - as dual blogger and photographer - has a way of highlighting the best of vendors.  They become easy to spot.  Their name is associated with great work on a consistant basis (as demonstrated by both their portfolio and word-of-mouth), they are a pleasure to work with and quite simply, enjoy what they do.
Make-up artist Alex Ferguson is just that kind of service provider.  She offers both on location and salon experiences at Castlegar Medical Aesthetics as both a make-up and nail artist.
And as a bonus, she has really cool tattoos.

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Wood-Fired Catering; Kootenay Wedding

Gypsy Wagon; Wood-Fired Catering 

Let us bring our oven to you!

*NOT a sponsored post; I just love the idea for a casual Kootenay wedding!

Our authentic wood-fired Cobb oven is the ideal addition to your party, wedding, gathering or event.
We operate within the west Kootenay region, and will travel to Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Salmo, Ymir, and everywhere in between.
Our catering fees start at $15/person for a pizza party (plus a travel/setup fee).
Live in Salmo? Ask about our local discount!

Our mission is to create a memorable experience by combining our unique mobile wood-fired oven with local and organic ingredients on our hand rolled whole wheat crusts.
We cater to gluten-free and vegan customers and our pizzas are nut-free.*
Look for us at Festivals and events this summer and fall, the Salmo Valley Farmers’ Market this summer, or give us a call and ask about catering your next event.
*We use Anitas Organic Flour which is processed in a facility that also processes nuts. The processing takes place in a segregated area in the facility.


Must-Have Wedding Accessories via The Social; Kootenay Wedding

What's your favorite?

  • Rhinestone birdcage veil – Parisienne Luxe, Etsy
  • Pearl and crystal headpiece – Maria Elena, Kleinfeld, Hudson's Bay
  • Crystal leaf headband – Le Château
  • Crystal crown – Malis Henderson, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay
  • White clutch – SixPence
  • Blue clutch – Kleinfeld, Hudson’s Bay
  • Beaded bolero – MOYNA, Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay

  • Crystal Medieval-inspired headpiece – Maria Elena, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay
  • Pearl and crystal floral headpiece – Le Château
  • Rose gold crystal headband – BCBGMAXAZRIA
  • Flower crowns – Crowns by Caleigh
  • Lace floral clutch – Browns Shoes
  • Beaded clutch – MOYNA, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay
  • Lace veil – Laura Jayne, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay

  • Pearl birdcage veil – Parisienne Luxe, Etsy
  • Pearl and crystal starburst headband – Pnina Tornai, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay
  • Flower crown – Topshop, Hudson's Bay
  • Lily clips – H&M
  • Pearl and crystal waterfall clutch – Town Shoes
  • Crystal clutch – Badgley Mischka, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay
  • Veil with blusher – Laura Jayne, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay

  • Floral fascinator – David Dunkley, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay
  • Gold chain headpiece – BCBGMAXAZRIA
  • Gunmetal headband – BCBGMAXAZRIA
  • Gold headband – & FOR LOVE, Kleinfeld, Hudson’s Bay
  • Crystal headband – Maria Elena, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay
  • Crystal hair clip – Maria Elena, Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
  • White snake embossed clutch – BCBGMAXAZRIA
  • Metallic box clutch – BCBGMAXAZRIA
  • Gold beaded clutch – Browns Shoes
  • Feather bolero – Frascara, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay

Spring Wedding Showcase; Kootenay Wedding Fair

Spring 2014 Wedding Showcase
Sunday March 9th 111am - 3pm

Meet some of the Kootenay's Finest Wedding Professionals this Sunday at the Nelson Prestige Lakeside Resort.  Enjoy a fashion show,  demonstrations, live music, complimentary champagne, appies & desserts while you peruse the tables and gather inspiration.  Some of our favorites will be there including Bellaflora and Wink Wink Events.

Also be sure to gather cards from even more vendors such as FRESH Photography and Sweet Dreams Heritage Inn & Cakery.

Sprinkle Confetti

This graphic designer, math-musician duo used sprinkles instead of rice confetti to color it up!  It made for great photos of this colorful duo.  Find more suggestions for fun photos at Kootenay Weddings Pinterest pages HERE.  You could also custom hole-punch paper confetti in your wedding colors, accordian-paper gift-bag stuffers or bird-seed for those nature-lovers.
What other suggestions do you have?  Share them here or the KW Facebook page.