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
• Digital Wedding Binder upgrade

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. 
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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

Photobooth Proposal

The engagement of photographers Angela and Ithyle show us that creativity rules, even when popping the question.  Found here.  And here is - what they call - "the inevitable bio":
angela likes to paint.
ithyle likes to sing.
angela likes #6699CC.
ithyle likes #FF9900.
angela is an over gifter.
ithyle is a good package wrapper.

angela paints her toenails pink.
ithyle paints his toenails black.
angela startles easily.
ithyle relishes the fact that angela startles easily.
angela likes road trips.
ithyle likes bicycle trips.
angela likes what ithyle orders at dinner.
ithyle eats whats left of angela’s dinner.
angela likes to eat more than her fair share of tofutti cuties.
ithyle laments this.
Congratulations from Kootenay Wedding!

Personalized Pop; myJones

About MyJones

Jones Soda is a brand built by its consumers. Since its inception the label photographs, under the cap quotes, and flavors have been directed by the very people who drink our many beverages. Taking the interactivity of Jones Soda one step further, myJones, the opportunity for consumers to create their own, personalized and exclusive soda with flavor, photo, and message, was developed and made available to consumers in 2002.
myJones is like nothing else on the market, and because each myJones order is unique and different from the next, the process to create these specialty sodas takes time.
Here is a brief look at the steps that will result in your very own personalized Jones Soda.
•An order is placed online at You pick the flavor, image, and text to appear on your myJones bottles.
•The order is reviewed. At Jones headquarters, we review your order to check for errors and ensure the content falls within brand guidelines.
•The order is acknowledged. Once your order has been acknowledge for processing, it is sent to our fulfillment house for printing.
•The labels are printed. Your personalized soda labels are processed on quality material, using state of the art full color spectrum printers.
•The labels are UV coated. UV coating gives your myJones labels a durable and high gloss finish that compliments our premium product and greatly enhances image colors.
•The bottles are hand wrapped. After the labels have been separated using a precision cutter, they are then hand wrapped on the Jones Soda flavor of your choice.
•The order is complete. The finished bottles are packaged and shipped out of our fulfillment house. You receive an email with tracking information once your order has shipped.

Wedding Decor; Birdcage

Birds are currently hot in all things design-related.  How about carrying your bird-theme through with the clever use of birdcages?  You can incorporate a style, from - Shabby Chic to Moroccan - to add your signature to your space.
To avoid over-using the bird-design, you can utilize the birdcage in design elements, think napkins and favor boxes.  For practical decor, think savvy card holder, tea light 'candle lanterns' and/or whimsical birdcages hanging from trees.

Design; Natural Inspiration

If you area looking for inspiration for your wedding, you don’t have to look very far. In fact, you can just simply look out your window. This year’s big trend is bringing outside elements to your wedding. We wanted to give you an example of how this can be achieved. The following post shows how a bride took the idea birds’ nests and turned it into an amazing and unique platform for her decor. The bride made everything from the jewelry to the ring bearer’s nest. We love it all.  Aisle-walk Magazine.

Wedding Decor; My Paper Heart

Love this DIY paper-heart-chain for e.session photos, wedding decor and/or rehersal dinner whimsy. 

Face behind Sweet Dreams Inn & Cakery

Meet the fresh face [color, flavor, texure, pattern] behind Sweet Dreams Heritage Inn and Cakery, Rebecca Gilhula.  Becky invited me into her historic B&B built in 1896 for the Rossland Bank of Montreal managers.  Many of the original light fixtures, woodwork, furnishings and wallcoverings still grace the interior, while Becky's fresh addition of the Cakery puts a new spin on an old space.  While the original pantry alludes to flavors of the past the new function of the space serves its' owner / pastry chef perfectly.  She can simultaneously host B&B guests and bake [for them and for her Cakery] from her commercial kitchen.
I asked Becky a few questions to get to know her better:
What inspired you to open SDHInn & Cakery?
I have always loved old homes and was in love with this one a long time before we ever thought we would buy it. I also had been baking for a number of years and had finished my schooling, had worked a lot of different places and gained a lot of different experiences and I knew that I really wanted to focus on cakes. That was what I enjoyed most. I always thought it would be great to have my own business but knew that I wasn't interested in having a bakery. Everything worked out so well with being able to use my kitchen as a commercial space. It was meant to be!
What inspires you?I find inspiration for cakes and ideas from lots of different things. I love looking through magazines. Patterns on dresses or wall paper can give some great ideas. I watch cake shows and look at what other bakers are doing.
Do your B&B guests sample your cakery product?
I have had some B&B guests order cakes for special occasions they were celebrating while they were staying but for the most part they don't really get to try too many cakery products. I make fresh pastries (croissants, turnover, danish, etc) and fresh bread every morning. It is fun because I can make whatever I feel like making and try new things to keep it interesting.

How do you fit into your jeans with all of your sweet creations around?
I don't have a big sweet tooth. I have a salt tooth. If I worked in a cheese shop I would be in BIG trouble!
If you were a flavor of your own cupcake creations, what would it be?
My new cupcake is the margarita. It is lime cake with lime curd, triple sec and tequila icing with a sprinkle of salt. I think that is my favorite.
What was your favorite "find" in the Inn that you only discovered after you moved in?
There were lots of things we discovered after we moved in. But I think my favorite is the lamp that was downstairs in the basement. It has a beautiful shade. I just need to save up to get it rewired and cleaned up.
And finally, Cruiser bike or Mountain bike?
I am torn between cruiser and mountain bike. I have a fantastic pink cruiser which is hard to ride in this town with all the steep hills. This town is definitely more mountain bike friendly. I just need to get out on it more!

Thank you Becky!  We think Sweet Dreams would provide an amazing backdrop for an intimate wedding, a great bridal suite and/or your guests' accomodations for a Rossland wedding.
Rebecca Gilhula

InStyle Beauty Change-Room

Try on a wedding look: hairstyle, hair color, make-up, clothes and even complete looks at InStyle here.

Try on the newest celebrity hairstyles from short cuts and bangs to long party styles and updos, plus find out how to get the looks yourself!
Try On Top Celebrity Hairstyles ie:
Carrie Underwood / Jessica Simpson  / Victoria Beckham  / Jennifer Lopez / Jennifer Aniston  / Heidi Klum
Hair Makeover Styles ie:
Bangs / Curly / Party / Short / Straight / Wavy / Wedding
Best Beauty Advice ie:
Hair & Makeup Tips, Trends, Products
Daily Beauty Tip, Buys, How-To Videos
Best Shades for Your Skin Tone

Wedding Co-ordinator; Just Your Style

Cecilia Olinger's Just Your Style Weddings and Decor Rentals is  in the news here.  "Clients hire Olinger to decorate the event, or they can rent the items and decorate themselves, but she says that packages where she decorates the space for the clients are definitely more popular.

Serving the entire West Kootenay, Olinger has decorated weddings in places such as Castlegar, Crawford Bay, Trail and Nelson. She said that the three most popular venues are the Castlegar Complex, the Prestige Lakeview Inn in Nelson and the Prestige Mountain Resort and Conference Centre in Rossland.
She assists clients to help them pin down their colours and theme, as well as their overall vision for their event. The most popular colours have been black and white with an accent colour".
Olinger says "her favourite part of the job is when she receives happy and satisfied correspondence from clients after the event, and 'leaving at the last minute and having everything done.'"