Love Actually; Wedding

This scene has the potential to be a wedding game-changer.  Anyone hiring a professional choir/band for theirs?
Anyways, can't wait to see Love Actually again this Christmas; it's become my tradition amidst A Christmas Carol and The Racoon's Christmas.  What's on your must-see list?

Wedding Coffe Bar; Tis The Season!

A great new cool-weather trend for the caffeinated couple -and one that I'm dying to attend - is a reception coffee bar! The idea can be easily adjusted to couples' budgets.  Lower budgets may serve a local roast and utilize the company's packaging customized by couples' monogram sticker. And boutique weddings may choose to work in conjunction with a local roaster to customize their blend [think season specific like Starbucks' spicy Winter blend] and create personalized packing for wedding favors. 
Think of your guests standing around the guest registry, sipping their Eggnog Chai Latte.  Me thinks guests' comments might just be more sentimental and their hearts more generous when it comes to that Honeymoon Fund jar at the bar!
There are other alternatives to coincide with your wedding theme such as eco-friendly or charity-minded roasts, while feeding our Northwest ethical addiction, we maintain.
While the guys' from Annabelle's [below] aren't local, they do travel.  Otherwise, couple's may choose to inquire at their favorite local coffee shop and/or rent commercial grade equipment and employ their barista friends.   Happy java dreaming!

Annabelle's Coffee from Crafthouse Productions on Vimeo.

Black Friday Goes White; Wedding Chicks 50% Off

Black Friday - Cyber Monday sale at The Wedding Chicks. This is their biggest sale of the year, 50% off ANYTHING and EVERYTHING your little heart desires. Simply type in bigsale and checkout. Click here to shop!

Black Friday Goes White; Twigs n Honey

Let's make turn this Black Friday thing into all things wedding white, shall we? Enter blackfriday at the Twigs n Honey checkout for 25% off here.

Kootenay Wedding; Urban Wedding Art

Have you been to Wedzu yet? 
This is another little treasure we found there, from BC born Signs of Vintage, with locations {besides online} in Kelowna and Vancouver.  How much do you love this stylish piece of wedding art?   What a great gift to couple or grooms gift from bride.  It could even be used as decor for the most urban of weddings.  Think warehouse location, brick walls, twinkle lights and this hanging above the guest table.
Design your very own memory sign with dates, places or anything else that is special to you.

Display at your reception (a great conversation starter) and then after your grand event (because it will be grand, won’t it?) hang it in your home as a loving reminder of how it all began.
I lay out the design first and email you an image to approve (or tweak). I don’t start work on the actual sign until I’ve got it just the way you would like.
Each sign is distressed to create a vintage look and sealed with a matte sealant to give it a beautiful and long-lasting finish.
This is a large wood sign and measures approximately 12 by 24 inches, and comes ready to hang.

Kootenay Wedding; Custom Fortune Cookies

What is more fun than ripping into a fortune cookie and laughing with your friends over your respective fortunes?
Kind Over Matter recently posted an adorable idea for custom fortune cookies that I thought you might like.  Theirs was an American Thanksgiving theme, which we're over by now here in Canada, but the fun and interactive concept is so great for a personable Kootenay wedding.  They can also also be upgraded using fabric "cookies" and embossed ribbon fortunes {as seen below}.
While you'll have to research the fabric variety, KOM has provided What You Need for the paper option:

. 3-4" diameter circle to trace and custom fortunes - or - PDF file from link
. Color printer
. Cardstock
. Scissors
. GLUE DOTS, a glue stick or strong double-sided tape
. Paperclips or mini-clothespins if you are using a glue stick
1. Find a 3-4 inch diameter circle to trace onto patterened paper. {It's fun to coordinate the papers with small/large-scale prints.} Cut out your fortune cookie paper. Create your own fun fortunes centering around the bridal couple ie: "You will play a significant role in the lives of Matt & Anna's 7 children."or use the ones via the link provided.
2. Fold your cookie in half, but do not make a crease
3. Begin folding like so
4. Finish folding
5. Apply Glue Dot or if you are using a glue stick apply liberally or you can use a strong double-sided tape. If you use a glue stick make sure you leave a few hours for the cookies to dry. They will have to be held together by mini-clothespins, or a paperclip would work just as well

Just slip your fortunes inside them and voila!

Kootenay Wedding; favors he'll appreciate

Many times, wedding favors reflect more of the feminine.  Pretty colors, girly smells, and feminine aesthetic.  And then we wonder why our guy doesn't  pay much attention to this tradition, either on the giving or receiving end. 
With the advent of the personalized wedding, however, comes an opportunity to appeal to the guys on the guestlist. 
Playing cards, personalized with a capture of the couple, are perfect for a game of cards [poker for adult table, go fish for kids].  They can serve as both wedding favors and entertainment and can help your varied guest-list interact.
The image above was captured at a recent FRESH Photography wedding reception when an impromptu, multi-generation game of crib broke out.   How much more fun - than even the logos shown below - to offer playing cards, personalized with professional engagement portraits on the back?
Here are some links and other chain-store names to research your personalized playing cards:
WalMart, Black's and many other large photo-labs.

Another guy-friendly favor - and perfect for your naturally beautiful Kootenay reception - are tree favors.  Ready-to-plant seedlings can be built into the wedding decor as table-centers for an eco-chic wedding and then offered as take-aways.  They can be dressed up in clay pots or burlap and a coordinating ribbon with directions for planting.  Trees offer a no-waste, eco-friendly, dual purpose solution for the green-minded.  And you're sure to leave a lasting impression!
See Evergreen Memories and other tree-sources for more information.
See anything you like?

Save the Date inspiration; Hayden and Sean

A refreshing, Rushmore-themed twist on a Save the Date we discovered on The Broke Ass Bride:

Now doesn't that inspire you to get personal?  Insert favorite media here.

Love Notes

Love notes just got a little more pri-tty thanks to the Cartolina Cards App.  Better yet, Cartolina Cards have a Kootenay connection.  They are designed and produced in Nelson by graphic designer Fiona Richards. 

about Fiona:
"My designs are influenced by the exotic curiosities that surrounded me growing up in Scotland with my grandparents in their 300 year old stone house filled to the brim with strange and curious momentos from their lives as textile dealers in old world India.

My grandfather collected artifacts from his travels and brought them all home to display around the house...paintings, books, rugs, silver and silk. Teak trunks held glorious silk gowns and jewelry that my grandma wore on the long ocean trip to Calcutta. My grandfather was an avid photographer and our family photographs were a strange collection of elephant riding scenes and pith helmet-wearing portraits in palm treed bungalow courtyards. As children I think we presumed that everyone hung tiger-hunting photographs on their walls.

Before I was old enough to go to school I spent mornings at my uncle's house. He was an illustrator who had worked and travelled around the world. I spent hours watching him work in his studio surrounded by art, artifacts and the smell of oil paint. I was hooked! Art became a way of life for me after school - and so did collecting - gathering paper, ephemera and fabric relics from from street markets and dealers around the world from London to Istanbul to Rio."

"I have a need to actively interact with vintage design - not just collect it and display it - it's a way for me to play with it and share it with others. Combining my own collections with the exotic curiosities collected by my family years ago has become the root of my designs - ancient patterns, colours, block prints, images and textures combined with contemporary colours and type - this is Cartolina!"


The Wedding Chicks do custom wedding gear!  Order your adorable party gifts, personal wedding signage [ie: ceremony/reception markers] and get free templates with your custom colors in their boutique. 

Indie Dance Mix

Make it more of a custom celebration with inspiration from Daily Candy's favorite Indie picks.  Because the Kootenays are all about being independant!  And as for the dancing - well, that one's up to you!

First Dance First
“Home,” Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (Feel free to play this multiple times.)
“Can You Tell,” Ra Ra Riot (He’s still got butterflies.)
“No One’s Gonna Love You,” Band of Horses (Classic. To the point.)
“Love and Some Verses,” Iron & Wine (In it for the long haul.)
“You’ve Got the Love,” Florence + the Machine (Well, if you didn’t we’d be worried.)

Daddy’s Little Dancer
“Hello Halo,” Blair (Once a kid, always a kid.)
“On My Way Back Home,” Band of Horses (But only for this song.)

Get Everyone on the Dance Floor
“Ready to Start,” Arcade Fire (That’s “Ready to Start the Party” to you.)
“I Feel It All,” Feist (Feeling mighty fine.)
“A-Punk,” Vampire Weekend (Aren’t they all?)
“Tighten Up,” The Black Keys (And get down.)
“Say Aha,” Santigold (Less talk, more dance.)
“Je Veux Te Voir,” Yelle (It’s French for “good music.”)
“Deadbeat Summer,” Neon Indian (Children of the ’80s gotta love synth pop.)
“Whirring,” The Joy Formidable (It’s going by so fast; take a second to dance.)
“Drunk Girls,” LCD Soundsystem (Never tardy to the party.)
“Electric Feel,” Mgmt (Better than the electric slide.)
“Creator,” Santigold (No, that’s not M.I.A.)

Wrap It Up
“Boyfriend,” Best Coast (For the single gals, perhaps during the bouquet toss.)
“Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever),” Muse (Please don’t judge us for the source.)
“Cameras,” Matt & Kim (The photographer’s got you covered.)
“Sleepyhead,” Passion Pit (You can sleep in the morning.)


Posters have come a long ways from the meer hole-covering purpose in your brother's bedroom.  They are a whole lot more stylish than the boy-band in your locker and remain accessable for all.  Whether saving up for - or suffering the after-effects of - the big day, posters are a great design option.  OR - who could forget a wedding poster-invite?  You can source graphic urban or rural-inspired images, quotes, and various objects of desire.  The Poster List is a great resource for design-savvy couples on a budget.  Starting at $10.99 for the print [very post-friendly] and &19.99 for framing.  OR - contact your local photographer and graphic artist to combine their mad-skills and personalize your wedding poster for an alternative invitation.
We at Kootenay Wedding look forward to creating a photo/poster/fabric wall of inspiration.  You can pull colors from other rooms, your favorite swatches or go for an eclectic look.  Be mindful the frames are in one consistant color to unify your look.

To My Future Spouse

Here are some memorables posted on To My Future Spouse:

To My Future Wife:
. You’re the woman of my dreams. Apparently, that’s the only place you DO exist.
. You give me a reason to walk through fire.
. Woman have told me they’re absolutely positive I’m supposed to be with them. But I disagree. Why? Because they aren’t you…not even close.
. You’re too good for me. Please never realize it.
. Every night, I have to play music so I can fall asleep. I’m ready for that music to be the lovely breath you breathe and the steady rhythm of your heart beating with love for me.
. Here’s to hoping your love for me is unconditional because Lord knows I’ll push it to its limits.
. I’ve been told that I have great hair; please, marry me before I lose it.
. Me Tarzan. You Jane?
To My Future Husband:

. Autumn makes me want to fall in love.
. Dental hygiene is very important to me. Now smile so I can see what I’m dealing with.
. I didn’t get back with my crappy ex because I want to be with you instead.
. I would like a hand to hold and lips to kiss.
. I know that you’re going to have to learn to love some of my “quirks.” I’m just going to go ahead and warn you that an enormous smile, loud laugh, jealousy about the way other girls look at you, and poking are all included.

PS. I lose everything. I’m sorry in advance.
. I wish we could take a walk around my favorite places while holding hands and taking pictures.
. The kitchen counter won’t be used for just cooking…

Wedding Accessories; Stella & Dot to the rescue!

Stella & Dot, a little online retail therapy to commiserate the departure of our one West Kootenay bridal boutique.  [Catch Kiss the Bride's last day tomorrow, Sat Sept 11th for wedding gowns, grad, MOBride, just because-dresses & jewellery. ] 
But if you don't make the sale, check out Stella & Dot's selection of bold bridal necklaces, funky rings, vintage-inspired brooches, even something for your flower girls!  While you're there, read their story or, if you love it like so many do, sign up for a stylists' position.

Kiss The Bride Departure & Sale

With regret, I attach the following letter,  sent by friend Andrea of Kiss The Bride Bridal Boutique in Castlegar to the local wedding vendors.  She and I arrived to the area, with big dreams and green businesses fresh from Vancouver, nearly four years ago.  I hold a special place in my heart for her. 
Anyways, I thought you should all get the opportunity to thank Andrea and benefit from the great sale she's having.  If you've had any dealings with her, you can attest that she is skilled at what she does, has a high-wattage smile, and you'll join in KW in wishing her the utmost success back in Vancouver.  Please send her some love and let her know the Kootenays appreciate her!
Kiss The Bride is sad to announce that we will be closing our doors on Saturday September 11, 2010. We unfortunately are re-locating back to Vancouver BC.
Currently everything in the store is marked down to unbelievably low prices! Selected wedding dresses as low as $150! Bridesmaids dresses are down to $75, Cocktail dresses $50 - $75! And all Prom dresses have been marked down to $100!
Shoes are 60% off and all other accessories are 50% off!
Thank you to everyone who made the last year and a half very special to me and thank you for shopping at Kiss The Bride!
Andrea Hughes

All the very best back in the big city girl!

Inspiration by Color

apple green
peacock flirt
tangerine dreams
wedding white
cherry red
blushing pink

As seen on A Million Little Details here.

There's App For That; Wedding Genius FREE

The ultimate tool for busy brides.
Download the FREE BRIDES Wedding Genius app to browse hundreds of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses, jewelry galleries, and exciting honeymoon destinations, brought to you by BRIDES magazine.
PLUS give heavy wedding binders the boot and UPGRADE to BRIDES Digital Wedding Binder and keep all of your wedding information and inspiration in the palm of your hand.
How it Works:
• Browse both wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses by silhouette, brand and price.
• Browse his and her jewelry galleries by ring type, style, material, and price.
• Tap the look to flip through the photos, zoom in and out for a closer view.
• Tap “Find It” to locate a store within 50 miles, (US only), or visit the website page.
• Explore travel destinations for your honeymoon or destination wedding.
We know toting around a heavy wedding planner is a drag, so we created BRIDES Digital Wedding Binder. UPGRADE now and store all of your wedding information and inspiration in one place. PLUS get access to more great features that will help you have fun while you get it all done.
• Planner provides expert tips and advice from BRIDES.
• Helps you manage your “to dos.”
• Assign tasks to friends and family.
• Sends automatic reminders and status updates.
• Inspiration Folders help you store and organize the things that inspire you.
• You can save favorites from the guides.
• Import images from your iPhone.
• Categorize your favorite things and ideas in custom folders or create your own categories for easy access and/or to share with vendors.
• Create drag and drop inspiration boards on
BRIDES Digital Wedding Binder features sync with for even more planning tools so you can manage your budget, guest list, and vendor information.
Live appily ever after.
What’s New:
• More dresses
• Jewelry Gallery
• Travel Destinations
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Kiss the Bride Bridal Boutique SALE

HUGE Inventory Sale at Kiss The Bride ! Making room for new inventory! All in stock dresses at least 50% off! In stock Prom Dresses $100! Mother of the
Bride/Groom & Cocktail dresses $50-$75! In stock Bridesmaid dresses marked down to $75! Selected in stock wedding dresses marked down to $150! All in stock shoes 60% off. All other in stock accessories 50% off! Fri. Aug. 27 - 11am - 7pm, Saturday &
Sunday 10am - 4pm!

I think I'll go check out their jewellery!

Virtual Hair Styler

Another virtual hair styler, for wedding - or just a good hair day - this time courtesy Bella Bridal.

Vendor; Makeup Artist Emily Kjelshus

We've had the pleasure of working with Emily Kjelshus, a Kootenay Wedding Preferred Vendor, for makeup artistry.  She was skilled, friendly, and easily interpretted our vision. 
p 250.364.9823

Real Wedding; jeff . naomi

"It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew
people together through the years." - Simone Signoret

FRESH Photography submitted this, our premiere Real Wedding for Kootenay Wedding.  Owners of Heaven, a stich and design shop in downtown Fernie, Jeff and Naomi hand-crafted a nature and vintage-inspired, charming affair.
Naomi put her skills to good use, customizing unique bridesmaid dresses out of gorgeous silk retail dresses, making her mother's gown, and fancying-up her wedding shoes with feathers and jewels. I wonder if she needs another girlfriend?
Knowing that that is what one has at the end of the day, Jeff & Naomi planned their wedding with photography in mind. Their ceremony site, a private airstrip, required little sprucing with a stunning mountain vista already on the horizon. But the couple rented vintage furniture to create a charming and memorable backdrop for their nuptials. They provided shabby chic chairs and a writing desk, an old bench displaying framed family photographs, a gold couch for the family session and a floral loveseat for the couple.

Besides the clever use of antiques, Jeff & Naomi crafted their custom wedding with a pre-ceremony "sneak peak", paid attention to the details [see grooms' socks], all the while paying homage to nature - which is what inspired their meeting [former co-workers at Mountain Equipment Co-op].
The result is a stunning marriage of design and natural beauty. Congratulations Jeff & Naomi; you are a lovely couple!
photography FRESH Photography
antiques Red Door Antiques, Fernie
reception Corner Pocket, Fernie

Photographers and Kootenay couples are invited to submit their professional photos and a synopsis of their wedding to Kootenay Wedding; Real Weddings at