Kootenay Wedding; Boy Fancies

Urban Sunday Bow Ties and Neckties
Kootenay Wedding was inspired by the following Daily Candy inspiration for boys' neckware.  Co-ordinate your ringbearer with your wedding in a fun pattern.   Shop online, visit it's Calgary retailer or see below for it's Etsy counterpart from Alberta.
Your Little Boy Blue Jeans holds meetings on the monkey bars and networks in the sandbox. Needless to say, every day is casual Friday.
Except when the occasion calls for Urban Sunday neck wear. The cotton accessories for boys aged newborn to 12 make dapper dressing a snap, thanks to soft neck straps that Velcro together.
Nearly 24 styles have just about every persona covered, from hip professor (gingham bow tie) to rebel (skull-and-crossbones necktie). Though you might be tempted to reserve his new look for the upcoming holidays, the ties look entirely charming paired with everyday denim.
Knots are pre-tied and stitched in place, so kidlet can postpone Dad’s inevitable how-to-tie-a-Windsor-knot lesson — while still showing the world he means business.  Available online at urbansunday.com, $23-$25 US or Child at Heart Children's Store

822 49th Ave. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1G9
(403) 243-3070
Chickadee Swing is an Etsy seller from Alberta.  She boasts of being a happy wife and mama whose two beautiful little girls inspire her handcrafted children's clothing and accessories.  The above creation [just a sample of her offerings] is pre-tied and has a comfortable elastic back to slip over head easily. It is a great addition to any little boy's wardrobe and sells for merely $10 CAD. 
Please visit her and tell her neighbor Kootenay Wedding sent you!

Costco goes Bridal

Costco is a good place to go when you need a lawnmower or a gallon-size jar of pickles, but a wedding dress? For the last few weeks across California, shoppers have been stepping into local Costco stores to attend trunk shows and fittings in pop-up bridal boutiques. The dresses are designed by Kirstie Kelly (previously known for her work with Disney Bridal) and cost between $650 and $1,400 (U.S.). Costcouture, as the collection is called, is among a growing number of mass-market bridal lines. Forever 21, the fast-fashion emporium, just announced a new line of wedding accessories, while Anthropologie is putting out a bridal collection as well. J. Crew, the American prep purveyor, has been successfully growing its wedding line since launching it in 2004.
- The Globe and Mail Saturday, Mar.19, 2011.  Read the rest of the article here.
See Costco's wedding page here.  US only - for now- but what do you think? Would you utilize Costco for the whole - or part - of your wedding planning?  Do you think this adds to - or opposes - the current DIY and custom trends in wedding planning?

Anna Clark Studio; Rossland

Anna Clark Studio; fine handmade jewellery, is a local design studio in Rossland.   Clark's jewellery seems Kootenay-nature and earthen elements-inspired, with the use of silver and fired with transparent enamels.  "Designing and making handmade jewellery for individual customers is what I do." 

Meet the artist: BIO
In 1999 after completing jewellery design/making at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, I set up my own studio in Rossland, British Columbia. I have since become involved in many aspects of the artist's life - craft and trade shows, exhibitions, custom work and consignment sales, open studios, teaching and demonstrating. Currently I work full-time at designing and making jewellery in my studio, I have several production lines that I sell in galleries and online. I also do custom work such as wedding bands and I like to enter my work in exhibitions and make pieces especially for juried shows.

Plant forms have been my inspiration since I started making jewellery and the well hasn't run dry yet. Other things that inspire me are: rock forms, running water, natural and man-made textures, textiles, stylised nature, architectural details.

What is my style? A clean and simple shape or form, rounded edges and curved lines. Texture and colour are important but there's no getting away from it, I like to be in control of my work not the other way around.

Every piece is made in my studio. Before I start work in the metal I open my sketch book and draw and design and doodle and plan, only then do I go to the work bench. The techniques I use are many and varied but include die forming, mill rolling, soldering, kiln firing, stone setting and often a good whack with a hammer.

I have won several awards for my work, including from the Craft Council of British Columbia, the Metal Arts Guild of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.

I enter as many group exhibitions as I can. Sometimes I am invited to exhibit, other times it is a juried entry. In 2005 I mounted my own solo show 'Primal Instinct' and I am (very) slowly gathering ideas for my next one. Besides exhibiting across Canada I have shown in the USA and in Japan.

Kootenay Wedding thought it would be amazing to have a local designer customize your engagement and wedding rings and/or bridal party gifts.  Her lovely wares may be found on her Etsy shop here and more information can be found at http://www.annaclarkstudio.com/