Emerald Inspiration

Emerald has been touted the color of the year for 2013.
Hmm.  Admittedly, I was less than impressed when I first learned the news.  Reminds me of 1995.  But it has turned into a great pursuit of all things lovely and emerald.  My favorite pairing is emerald and lime with a hint of teal.  Not with burgundy.  Please.  Again, 1995. (But if you're a fan of this "classic pairing", I have a nice set of Denby dishes to sell you!)
However you decide to incorporate the color of the year, remember that it does not have to be an all-over statement.  More impact can be made with subtle pops of color, ombre versions or clever pairings as seen above.  What do you think about emerald; yeah or neah?
Find this and more inspiration at Kootenay Wedding's Pinterest page HERE.

Aria & Lisa Frisk Esthetics

Congratulations new Kootenay Wedding sponsors Aria - Art of Hair & Lisa Frisk Esthetics on your Grand Opening!  The team celebrated with prizes, giveaways, demos and Stella & Dot Jewelry.

I have had the pleasure of working with the majority of the team, Lisa, Leah and Danelle - in the wedding world - and can recommend them highly. You can find these wedding professionals at 1198 Pine Avenue, Trail, #250.364.2213.

Please visit Aria - Art of Hair on Facebook HERE and Lisa Frisk Esthetics HERE.

DIY Chalkboard Pumpkins by Kootenay Wedding

Whether you're considering pumpkins for fall decor at a wedding or a private tables-cape or tucked away little doorstep, chalkboard pumpkins - by Kootenay Wedding - provide a versatile and fun option.  They are traditional - yet unexpected -  interactive and festive.  And if you`re anything like me, you prefer your hands dirtied with paint rather than pumpkin guts.  Who can cut perfect lines in a pumpkin anyway?
Begin with your selection of pumpkins.  I love those little pumpkins but you could opt for large or even plastic pumpkins for a more permanent and non-perishable option.
Select a chalkboard paint, preferably the spray variety. Or, if you are super-keen, make your own custom color following the tutorial HERE.  Coat the surface with even layers, drying between applications.
And voila!  Enjoy the fruits - yes, pumpkin is a fruit people, not a veggie - of your labor!  Display with chalk for guests to customize their own creations.
If you like it; pin it | share it | do it
FRESH Photography

Floral Workshop; Bellaflora Nelson

I have something different to share but entirely related to the world of weddings.  Without sporting a green-thumb or even claiming to be a garden-enthusiast, I attended Nelson's Bellaflora String Garden workshop the last week of August.  I love what Kyla has done with the Herridge Lane space and knew I could linger there for the evening, complete with good company and great skill-building.
It's such a great space with natural light streaming in the massive skylights, industrial beams juxtaposed with feminine florals.  Natural wood floors and abundant pretty details to swoon over and for purchase.  Kyla was such a gracious host, providing wine and tapas and letting us workshop-attendees try our skills out multiple times.
Jessica, our fearless leader, patiently demonstrated the macrame knot that starts off the project.  Don't ask me, I still I have no idea how she does it.  But I'm completely competent with the rest of the knots that hold the moss-ball.  We were using waxed hemp string, available HERE or cotton thread.
Even with costly orchids available for use, most of us chose trendy succulents to craft our first String Garden. Like the String Garden themselves, succulents are a little off-beat and growing in popularity.  Besides the orchids and succulents, however, you can use mums, ferns and other small - preferably shade-loving - varieties.
What fun a workshop would be for a bridal shower!  Imagine, you could have your wedding party craft your own garden decor, tailored to any season, including holly for a winter wedding.  An especially Kootenay idea is to take the girls on a hike for your own moss-beds!  The pretty little String Garden would  be an adorable demarcation for the ceremony space and easily transferred to the reception.  For more information on workshops, contact Kyla at Bellaflora.  Also see a String Garden DIY from Design Sponge HERE.  And let me know if this kind of post was something you'd like to see more often on Kootenay Wedding.
Photography - FRESH Photography

Tiffany blue inspiration

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Give to bridesmaids in the color you want their nails for the wedding
Tiffany Blue, inspired by summer!  Summer doesn't stop the pinning around here.  See these and other ideas, tutorials and inspirational images on the Kootenay Wedding Pinterest page HERE.  Happy pinning!

8th Annual TP Wedding Dress Contest!

Eighth Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Winners 
from Cheap-Chic-Wedding.com  

(Boca Raton, FL) Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com announced the winner of their Eighth Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest today. Toilet paper dress entries were received and final judging took place today in New York City, NY.

Grand Prize winner Susan Brennan is a 26-year-old aspiring artist and designer from Orchard Lake, MI. She enjoys art, fashion and the outdoors. Susan is also a member of the Detroit Pistons Cheer Team and takes home the $2012 grand prize!
Susan calls her dress Bohemian Cupcake- the top portion, including the headpiece has a free-spirited vibe and the bottom looks like delicious frosting! It’s relaxed yet sophisticated and flirty, the cut out details make it modern. She wanted the dress to have a balance of texture and lots of detail!

CONGRATULATION SUSAN!!! Susan takes home Top Prize and $2012.00 for her beautiful toilet paper gown creation. Susan used 10 rolls of Charmin with hot glue, packing tape and needle and thread. Susan is a two-time contestant and the 2011 Grand Prize winner!

This year’s second place winner is Katrina Chalifoux, a 50 year-old Electronics Technician and Certified Mechanic from Knoxville, TN. Katrina loves to make costumes and her main inspiration for this gown was a lily, and the challenge of creating a garden of flowers on the gown. Katrina used 28 double rolls of Charmin with medical tape, glue and needle and thread. Katrina is a three-time contestant and the 2008 Grand Prize winner! She receives a $1000 prize for her costume.
This year’s third place winner is Jennifer Henry, a 31 year-old alternative material

designer and stylist from Las Vegas, NV. She has made over 70 different designs out of all sorts of unconventional materials but this is her first made out of Charmin! Her alternative design line is called Flockflockflock. Jennifer's dress was inspired by the velvety texture of Charmin tissue and those oh so sweet ribbons of whipped cream from the can! She used 36 rolls of Charmin, packing tape and double stick tape only. This is Jennifer's first year entering the contest. She receives a $500 prize for her submittal.
Laura Gawne and partners Susan Bain and Roxie Radford, who operate the website on saving money on weddings, base the contest on the popular bridal shower game. Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com asked their readers to create wedding gowns using toilet paper, tape and/or glue. Entrants were allowed to sew as well.

“The top dresses this year showed incredible attention to detail.” Said Laura Gawne. Roxie Radford added, “We are always amazed at the level of talent of the contestants!”

The Eighth Annual Cheap Chic Weddings “Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest” was sponsored by Charmin and Life In Mobile, Inc. The winners were announced at a special event hosted by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium on June 27, 2012.

Dresses were judged on Creativity, Originality, Beauty and the use of Toilet Paper.

Style Me Gorgeous

I don't know what more inspiration Kootenay Wedding could offer than this, Style Me Pretty's gorgeous e-magazine!  And while you're here, please let me know what you think of the new KW logo and colors.  If you're keen, please share our button with a quick right-click | copy & paste | or share our link | Facebook page | Pinterest board with the wedding-enthusiasts in your life.  And as always, thanks for your over-whelming support!

Sweet Dreams Heritage Inn and Cakery; Meet Becky

Built in 1896, the historical Banker’s House in Rossland, B.C. has been many things in its storied past. 
Today it is home to Sweet Dreams Heritage Inn and Cakery. Two unique businesses with more than one thing in common.
Rossland's Sweet Dreams Heritage Inn and Cakeryhas served as venue, wedding prep area, couple and | or guest accommodations and cake artist for local weddings.  Meet Becky, proprietor, gracious host and our beloved "Cupcake Lady."
Film by LumaLab Films
Note from Becky:
I am booked for cakes until the 24th of July and much of August as well. 
Summer is busy with wedding season in full swing and the Rossland Market. I am also going to try to get outside a bit this year while the weather is nice and enjoy a bit of our short summer season!
There will be lots of cupcakes at the market and you can always pre-order to make sure you get some! Thank you for all of your continued support of my little business. I am so lucky! :)

Weduary; Make Your Wedding More Social

we're all about helping you create a one of a kind wedding experience online.

Weduary, a new wedding app, starts the party before the party.  It boasts that clients can create social and beautiful wedding websites in minutes. Weduary claims: "While we pride ourselves on the ease of creating a good looking wedding website (complete with plenty of customization options), we truly differentiate from other "wedding website creators" by providing a way for your guests to meet and connect with each other before the event. After all, aren't your guests one of the most important parts of your day?"

Kootenay Wedding would love to hear testimonials. Want to give it a try and let us know?

"Your Song"

The following post is from Jamie, of The Excited Bride HERE
 As I’m trying to figure out what the right fit is for our first dance, I thought that I might not be the only person struggling through this. So, I decided to compile five songs – in different genres, of course! – that could all make for your perfect dance. From country to indie, rock to pop, there’s a little something for everyone.
Song #1: “The Lucky Ones” by Radney Foster
“Baby, the lucky ones
For a moment or two
Get to fall in love with somebody like you.”
Song #2: “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel
“But for now, we are young
Let us lay in the sun
and count every beautiful thing we can see.”
Song #3: “Fire & Dynamite” by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
“You are a novel in a sea of magazines,
You make me nervous; you make my heart beat.
You  are red in a sea of black and white;
You are a fire. You are dynamite.”
Song #4: “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
“‘Cause I love you more
Than I could ever promise
And you take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.”
Song #5: “Anyone Else” by Collin Raye
“Baby, I bought wine and roses on my way home
Yeah I know we can’t afford it but life doesn’t last too long
This world has gone half-crazy
And knocked us both to our knees
I’m fumbling for the words to try to tell ya
I love you for hangin’ onto me.”
Bonus Song!
Song #6: “I Love How You Love Me” by Beth Orton
“I love how your heart beats whenever I hold you
I love how you think of me without being told to
I love the way your touch is always heavenly
But, darling, most of all I love how you love me.”
What songs are you thinking about for your own wedding – or, if you’re already married, what song did you choose?

Kootenay Wedding Sponsor; It Works!

A word from KW's newest sponsor, Megan of It Works
I know of a product (or two, or three) that can completely change your life ... for the better! Ask me how to tighten, tone, and smooth the skin while gently detoxing the body - with measurable results in only 45 minutes! Or how to adapt to those awful stresses in life more easily. I even know how to just get your energy level up a few notches. I promise you that you will not be disappointed!
Let Megan know if you're interested in her story, a wrap party, or other information about It Works!
Megan Chernoff
It Works website

Budget Bachelorette Soirees

borrowed from The Recessionista 
A weekend away with the gals can be fun, but also pricey. These low-cost mini vaycays or one-night wonders are a treat for any bachelorette!
1)      Camping trip: Do your gal pals have a taste for adventure? Pack up your camping gear and hit the road! Nothing says togetherness like piling into a tent for ghost stories or spreading out your sleeping bag under the stars. Load up on fun snacks (s’mores, anyone?), playing cards, and a cooler full of your favorite beverages (this isn’t Jamboree — if there’s beer or Twisted Tea in there we won’t judge!). Camping sites are much cheaper than hotel rooms (typically around $30 per night, although some state and national parks offer sites for free).  Because they’re often on protected land, campgrounds have some pretty primetime real estate — take advantage of the amazing views and terrain with sailing and hiking. And don’t forget your camera!

2)      Slumber party: Take it back old school with a festive slumber party. This is an especially fun option if your ‘maids are childhood friends. Kick off the festivities with fun invitations made in the style of folded hallway notes (remember those?). Then stock up on classic DVDs like Sixteen Candles, The Notebook, and Bridesmaids. Satisfy the junk food craving (without totally derailing your pre-wedding diet) by setting out all the fixings for make-your-own pizza: whole wheat crust, skim-milk mozzarella, basil, and fresh veggies. And, okay, homemade margaritas or sangria can’t hurt either. Then crank the tunes, play with hair and make-up and dance the night way!
3)      Game night: For the gal who loves sports and stadium food, it really doesn’t get any better than a bachelorette party at the big game. Have t-shirts made with your fav team on the front and each girl’s name on the back as party favors (bonus: it will make it even easier for the JumboTron to find you!).  Some stadiums will let you purchase beer or soda in a bucket for deeper discounts…and you’ll be thirsty after all of those soft pretzels. Just make sure to have a safe ride home: go in on a bus together to get everyone home safely — and make sure it comes with a killer sound system for the after-party.
4)      Dinner party: Keep it classy with a lady-like (but fun!) dinner party. Set the table with cloth napkins and decorate with tea lights, potted flowers, and confetti.  Each gal can write her name on her glass with a piece of chalk, and then keep the glass when the night is over (plus, no more “lipstick test” for figuring out who’s glass is who’s!). Save on the food by serving family-style: instead of plating dishes individually, whip up large servings of yummy pasta, salad, and French bread with olive oil and let the ladies share in the goodness. Serve the bride’s favorite treat as dessert and then retire to the parlor (okay, fine, your living room) with dessert wine and dark chocolate.

C'est la vie Film

So pleased to present the premiere of a collaborative wedding project some Kootenay wedding vendors and I, Carmen, have been working on this spring in the Vancouver area. C'est La Vie is a vintage-inspired FILM about "the one who got away". It is my directorial debut, partnering with cinematographer Ben Olsen of Luma Lab Films and stylist and event co-ordinator Kailey Veenstra of Kailey-Michelle Events. Congratulations Ben for another fine Luma Lab Film!
It's my pleasure to introduce our stellar team of wedding professionals:
Luma Lab Films - producer, cinematographer, editor
FRESH Photography - director, photographer
Kailey-Michelle Events - event coordinator, stylist
Pure Magnolia - bridal gowns
Verde Plant and Flower Design - florals
Carmen West Creative - accessories
Cake Art by Rabia - custom cakes
L'Boutique - lingerie
Lori Bodner Designs - hair
Brianna Errelet - make-up artist
Studio Wonder - stationary
Rowena's Inn on the River - venue
Aroka Vintage - vintage decor/frocks/props, stylist
Models in order of appearance:
Rachel Sargaent, Alissa Hansen, Andrew Henderson
Small Town Frocks - wigs - in imagery
Now go check out their work!

FRESH Images are also to come, on the FRESH Photography blog but if you would do us the honor, please comment, "like", and share our film and find us on Facebook.

New Sponsor; CP Catering & Corner Pocket

to building this Kootenay Wedding Community with you.  Please join us in welcoming CP & 
Corner Pocket by visiting their pages! 

Planning a Fernie function, wedding or special event? CP Catering brings you outstanding food 
and beverage service in two of Fernie's most scenic locations --- on mountain at Fernie Alpine Resort
(Corner Pocket Brasserie) and on the scenic grounds in town at the Fernie Golf and Country Club 
(Clubhouse Restaurant.) Either of these venues are available to host your next special occasion, from 
a Fernie wedding to a BC Rockies corporate retreat.

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Contact Us:
Located at Fernie Alpine Resort, Corner Pocket Brasserie provides the ideal venue for
your Fernie wedding or special event. A full service restaurant during the winter season 
(December - April), the Corner Pocket Brasserie provides the ideal venue for seated groups of up 
to 175 guests.

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Contact Us:5369 Ski Hill Road (in the Griz Inn), Fernie Alpine Resort
250-423-5035 (winter only)

New sponsor; The Green Poppy

 Colin Payne photo 
The Green Poppy; Promoting sustainability year-round. 
In her own words:
I am a floral designer using sustainable flowers.  What this means is that I use eco-certified flowers - imported from sustainable farms in Ecuador, Colombia, United States {California and Florida} - as well as Western BC.  During the summer months I am able to use and focus mainly on Certified Organic Local flowers from a variety of farms within the Kootenays.  

'Green' Poppy Choices
> Deliveries available every Friday via Carshare Vehicle
> All bouquets are wrapped with recyclable and bio-degradeable material
> Corsage boxes are recycled strawberry containers
> The Green Poppy has opted out of using floral foam and plastic water pics.
Heather MacMillan photo

The Green Poppy offers floral arranging for weddings, events, special and everyday occasions. It also supplies downtown Nelson with a variety of ethical market bouquets which are available currently at BC Wineguys, Maison, Araya Day Spa Lobby and coming in April, available at Lucky Cupcakes.

Nadine Honsinger, owner & designer
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