Face Behind; Pink Poppy - Bridal Accoutrement

Pink Poppy Bridal Accoutrement, including jewellery and hair pieces  are inspiring, ethereal and, best of all, created here in the Kootenays!  Jackie and Tammy, both from the Castlegar area, love to photograph, craft and create.  They have come up with a treasure in Pink Poppy and Kootenay Wedding is thrilled to feature their talent.  Here's more about the Faces Behind Pink Poppy:
We met as photographers and become great friends who just love to create. It's like we think almost the same. We are inspired by vintage, textures and just unique things we come across. During winter we decided to join together and put our goodies out there. Our long term goal is to have a studio, both for photography and our little Pink Poppy business, perhaps 2011 will bring something exciting.
We offer all sort of hand made goodies. Gorgeous vintage inspired hair pieces that can be anything from bridal to photography props to just wearing and loving them! Hand designed girls dresses, crochet tuques, baby blankets, jewellery and our new [items] will be revealed very soon.....the hint is vintage china! Think Tea Party.
Jackie: It's funny because we have both been crafting for years. But I think photography brought out something special. I know personally, that my kids have been my inspiration for EVERYTHING. I am truly blessed to have them and my husband.
Tammy: I have been crafty since I was little and have always liked to make stuff. As soon as all of my friends starting getting married was the go-to girl. The I got into photography and that just made it all come together.
We are based out of the West Kootenay area, but we can ship our products almost anywhere.
We create fabulous hair pieces, but would LOVE to do an entire wedding party's accessories! Boutonnieres for the boys, and fabulous hair pieces and/or necklaces for the ladies! I know we would both LOVE to be wedding designers.....but don't think the area really supports it right now. But if anyone out there loves our style......give us a shout! We have 2 heads FULL of ideas.......

Right now we operate out of both of our homes, creating separate at times, but together often. Our BIG plan is to have one main studio space at Jackie's home, where we can work on Pink Poppy goodies, as well as a photography studio. Perhaps a store one day if things go well.......ahhhh. It's so exciting!
Jackie: I bite my nails....trying to quit. Sing in the car, really, REALLY loud when my kids are not with me (very rare, which might be why I sing so loud). I met my husband at my old work [dental hygienist].... hockey player+broken teeth+dentist office=happily ever after.
Tammy:  I hate public speaking of any sort and like to behind the scenes, that’s why this works so well for us because Jackie can handle the public stuff...I even made her do more of this question/answer stuff...lol.

Face Behind; Tamer Vockeroth Make-up Artist

Kootenay Wedding is super-pleased to introduce Tamer Vockeroth, West Kootenay make-up artist:
My name is Tamer - long A -like lion tamer! I’m Kootenay grown. In fact, I’m one of the few that was actually born and raised right here, in our lovely little hamlet, know as Rossland!
My love of all things makeup didn’t really sprout up until I was in my 20’s. Being born & raised in the West Kootenays, we lived a pretty simple and organic lifestyle. In fact, I didn’t even wear makeup, or pluck my eyebrows, until the age of 25!
It all started when I was living in Vancouver, and wanted to get involved in the booming movie industry.  I graduated, from Blanche MacDonald, with a job as a roaming artist for Lancôme cosmetics.
I spent the next three years working in television, independent films, and doing model test shots for photographers. It was great, I loved it…but, in the meantime, I also fell in love. Things were about to change, as me, my guy, & my black dog, Marley, decided to move back to the mountains.
I now live in Rossland, where I specialize in weddings, proms, and special occasions. And I have to say…doing a Bride’s makeup on a sunny wedding day, is exhilarating. It’s one of my favorite things to do!
What I offer is a mobile makeup service. I work on location & supply all the makeup. So, for example, if you are getting married @ Redstone Golf Resort, but are getting ready at a suite in the Prestige Hotel, I would come to the hotel to do your makeup on location. It’s an exceptional time saver, and is ideal to have your m/up done right before you slip into your dress and head to the ceremony. That way, it’s yummy & fresh, and is photo ready!
I can pretty much work anywhere! I’ve even done m/up right out of the trunk of my car, and another time, on the seawall in False Creek.
I’ve been a freelance m/up artist since 1998. Prior to that, I did some modeling as well. For sure, some of my earlier influences are from magazines. I’ve been devouring fashion magazines since I was 12 years old! Truthfully, I’ve been a fashion addict my entire life. It’s in my blood.
Experiencing other artists, & their work, is a huge inspiration for me. I started out in this business with aspirations of working in the film industry doing f/x makeup. I now focus on weddings, where I work with my girls to help them look their loveliest! I’ve gone from blood, bullet wounds, & gore, to flawless skin, rosy cheeks, and lots of lip gloss! A wee bit o evolution I’d say.
I play Roller Derby.
You can find Tamer here http://www.tamervockeroth.com/
or here tamervockeroth@gmail.com

White, by Vera Wang

Many Kootenay Brides will be shopping online and across the line, at least for wedding attire inspiration.
David's Bridal is boasting an exclusive spring collection which will feature a selection of bridal gowns and treasured accessories, all exquisitely designed by Vera Wang.
The wedding gowns will be available for oder in sizes 0-14 with a wider range of sizes and bridesmaid dresses arriving with for the fall 2011 Collection.
Of course Kootenay Bride suggest you find attire inspiration wherever you can find it, but search local and handmade vendors for accessories, if nothing else.

Panty by Post!

Panty by Post is an online subscription service based in Vancouver [that sends] a pretty panty in the mail monthly.  PbyP delivers the nostalgia of receiving a wonderful surprise in the mail!
The founder, Natalie Grunberg, has had a lifetime appreciation of all things French. Natalie spends the best part of her summers in France, and lived in Quebec for two years. She has watched and admired French women of all shapes and sizes, how confident and well put together they are, and the care they take in selecting and wearing their pretty lingerie. The Panty by Post concept took shape to provide women worldwide with French panties of superior quality and comfort, an excellent price point and a fast and easy online order process. Panty by Post adds the element of a wonderful surprise every time a panty is delivered by the local postman in a beautiful package; a delightful experience that people want to have over and over again, whether they order for themselves, or as a gift.
Placing a PantybyPost.com online order is easy and is as much fun as receiving the panties in the mail!
Enticing styles (hipster, thong, bikini, vintage) and order options are presented within the Signature Line, such as: Double Dare, Ménage à Trois, Sultry Six and The Commitment Package (receive 12 panties per year). A variety of thoughtful packages can be ordered for the bride, curvaceous gals and men too.

Save. Your. $$$

"Save. Your. Money!" - said in the voice of Geico insurance man.  How to save $$$ on your wedding by Wendy Dahl of Dahl Wedding Company.

Face Behind Epiphany Cakes; Melissa Owen

Welcome to our new sponsors and contributers to a new year of Kootenay Wedding.   As such, we asked Melissa Owen, the face behind Epiphany Cakes, to introduce herself to Kootenay Wedding.  Her special-order bakery can be found in Nelson.  How sweet it is! 

Epiphany Cakes started with a lemon poppyseed bundt cake in my Vancouver kitchen ten years ago. I had never really baked much. I studied Fine Arts in University and worked behind a desk in public relations for some years after that. And then at 26, I met and married a sweet Canadian gentleman and moved from my home in Dubai to Vancouver.

That's where that bundt cake comes in. I wasn't able to work for my first year in Canada while my immigration paperwork was being processed (I'm originally Egyptian / American). I found myself spending lots of time in the kitchen, getting creative, cooking elaborate meals and baking. I had all the time in the world, so I spent my days leafing through cookbooks and food magazines, planning meals, food shopping and cooking up a storm. It was the first time in my life that i had really cooked and I loved it.

One gray Vancouver afternoon, as I was baking that Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake with pretty sugar glaze dripping off of it, I recognized a wonderfully familiar feeling. It was the feeling of getting lost in the creative process, the same feeling I'd had in the photography darkroom or drawing and painting in university. It was a feeling that I had missed dearly the past few years. My love of baking began at that moment. It was the perfect marriage of two lifelong loves: food and the creative process. I wanted to learn more. I immediately enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Arts program at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts on Granville Island and began my culinary education.

I worked as a pastry chef in Vancouver until 2005 when my son Nile was born and our family moved to Nelson.

In the spring of 2006 I opened my own little cake and pastry shop. I called it "Epiphany Cakes" because of the way that lemon bundt cake had changed the course of my life and career. For the first time in my life I had a job that I truly loved . I was over the moon.
The business started small but quickly grew to include clients such as Oso Negro, The Kootenay Coop, Ellisons and Evergreen as well as a loyal following of cake- customers. People seemed to respond to the ethos behind Epiphany Cakes: Baking from scratch, prepared with love using organic ingredients.

Epiphany Cakes has a wide menu of delicious cakes and pastries. Some favorite cakes include The After Midnight Chocolate Cake (deep dark, rich chocolate cake covered in velvety ganache) , The Lemon Buttercream Cake (always prepared with organic lemons) and the Classic Carrot Cake (made with organic carrots and heaps of cream cheese icing, of course). And naturally, the epiphany cake menu wouldn't be complete without a bundt cake.

My ingredients are organic and sourced locally whenever possible. Throughout the year I receive fresh organic eggs from a farmer in Glade, who tells me that his chickens are the happiest on earth (I've visited his picturesque farm and I am inclined to believe him!). And In the summer months I receive weekly deliveries of edible organic flowers and berries from a garden on Nelson's North Shore

Each year I look forward to spring and summer when orders for wedding cakes come rolling in. I love working with couples to create the perfect cake for their event. It's wonderfully fun and fulfilling to design a cake that not only tastes amazing but reflects the personalities of the bride and groom on their special day.
Over the years I have created everything from a five tiered fondant-covered wedding cake dotted in tiny sugar flowers in shades of blue, to simple, elegant vanilla cupcakes stacked high on a tower and dotted with tiny pansies. I adore the process of creating wedding cakes. I truly love my job.

I operate out of a sweet-smelling commercial kitchen on the ground level of my home in Nelson. Epiphany baked goods are available by special order (At least 2 days notice is appreciated for cake orders). Select items are also available at the following fine vendors: Oso Negro, Ellisons, The Kootenay Coop and Evergreen (Crescent Valley).

For more information about my cakes or to place an order or book a wedding cake consultation please contact:
Melissa Owen
Epiphany Cakes Owner & Pastry Chef

First Married Christmas

While Christmas 2010 has come and gone, there's plenty of time [and bargains] to prep for your First Married Christmas 2011.  Of course the rustic engraved hearts would look adorable hanging from trees shading your non-season-specific outdoor Kootenay ceremony! 
The elegant silhouette ornaments were born from a collaboration with the very talented Caroline of Paloma's Nest.  Each ornament is crafted by hand by Paloma's Nest utilizing fine pure white clay which has been fired and then finished with a special protective surface treatment. Silhouettes are hand painted to perfection with the finest black ceramic paint.
Each ornament measure 3 1/4" in diameter. Sizes may vary slightly due to the nature of hand crafting. Ornament comes ready to hand with a black satin ribbon and packaged beautifully for gift giving.

The engraved rustic heart is a perfect gift for the newly married Kootenay couple to celebrate your first Christmas together - or gift for a wedding favor - a handcrafted, heirloom quality ornament that has been hand engraved with a woodburner.

The ornament measures 1 1/2 - 2 inches in diameter and comes with a natural jute tie.

Color-Shift Wedding Shoes

Anthropologie Sea Flower Heels

Striped cone heels and a row of creamy, coral-esque blooms make sea flower heels from Anthropologie perfect for a breezy Nelson lakeside affair. Available at anthropologie.com, $168.
Mystique Pearl Cluster Sandals

For the beach bride, save your soles with Mystique’s white pearl cluster sandals. Available at anthropologie.com, $150.
Lucchese Boots

You know that two steps are better than one, so pull on some luxe, handmade Lucchese cowboy boots and get scootin', Kootenay-style. Available at zappos.com, $850.  Or opt for your own well-worn pair!

From J. Crew peep-toes to crystal-encrusted jelly ballet flats, Daily Candy has a creative shoe choices to inspire your walk down the aisle in just your style.  And of course color is always a fun and unexpected choice!
Color Changing Leather Shoes
Love classic white but can't commit?  These leather shoes, designed in Taiwan, color-shift when they come in contact with sunlight!

Initially the shoes are white, suitable for a formal ceremony, but then gradually change to pink, orange or purple – depending on the ingredient sprayed on the leather.

The effect lasts up to 60 hours. Super fun!

What's Better than FREE? Invite Template & Envelope DIY

What price is better than free?  Kootenay Wedding is tickled pink to share a link to Free Customizable Invite Templates from The Wedding Chicks here!
Easy-Peasy Instructions:
1 Choose your design from the rockin options
2 Customize your design with monogram, names, colors and date
3 Custom goodies arrive in your inbox and ready to print.  It's likely more cost-efficient to have your invites printed at a lab where they are set up for large quantities and can offer you various paper weight options and envelope ideas.

Speaking of envelopes, I found this super cute doilie DIY project to beautify your presentation.  I think they would look better with less contrast in color, but hey, who am I?  So dust off those doilies and have some fun!