VeilTV – featuring US!

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We are so excited that our dear friends Kathy & Steph have recently launched what is the absolute best new website for local brides – VeilTV. In addition to local Veil parties (you’ve seen reference to those here in the past), Q&A with vendors, and an ongoing blog, couples can now sit back and get to know many of our favourite local wedding vendors through video podcasts. The perfect way to narrow down the list before setting up a pile of meetings, and even better for those planning from out of town.

Despite being *much* more comfortable behind the camera, Reilly and I had fun filming our segment and hope it will shed a little light into what we do and how we do it. Hah – and it’s a chance for you to see us on screen for once! Cheers!

Video – Lindy & Trong’s Hornby Island Wedding

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OK, ok, I’ll share!

Has everyone been enjoying the holiday season, and this week the GORGEOUS weather? I think I’ve eaten my weight in chocolate and we’ve been spending lots of time with close friends and family. We’re officially back in the office Tuesday but I wanted to stop by with a couple of updates, as I know already from the emails we’ve been getting that there are lots of gals with brand new rings on their fingers!

One of my favourite parts of each shoot we do is the video – the highlights of the wedding all pulled together, including (new for all of our 2011 events) a few snips of moving video thrown into the mix for added effect. These videos are the first look for our clients and more importantly the best way to share the wedding as a snapshot, and we’ll be sharing more of these with our blog readers going forward.

The full blog post is yet to come for these two, but with the sun today I’m reminded of this gorgeous fall wedding on Hornby Island and thought this was the perfect video to share – joy is contagious, and I adore these guys. Enjoy!

C & H’s Galiano Island Wedding

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I’m excited to share a wedding from Bodega Ridge on Galiano Island that we photographed over the summer. We’ve been to Bodega Ridge a couple of times now and it’s such a great location – rustic, simple, delicious food, and lots of room for everyone to stay in the cabins on site. Love it.

Beautiful summer day… handmade details… family and friends from all over the world. Couldn’t ask for anything more.

Shout out of course to Shari for joining us on our trip to the island!

The Vancouver Opera Presents Lucia di Lammermoor

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I’m so excited to be back blogging for the second show of the season, Lucia di Lammermoor presented by the Vancouver Opera. It’s opening night and the fancy outfits are starting to roll in!

This time of year is a whirlwind of parties for many people, and that’s what I love about December – I’ve been looking forward to another opportunity to wear something nice. That, and sparkly things and a birdcage veil for my hair. Can never turn down an opportunity to wear a birdcage veil.

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We are just back from the backstage tour and I am completely in love with the set. Borrowed from the San Francisco Opera, everything came together in around 8 hours last Saturday when it was put together on stage (with just one missing piece, although that was easily rectified.) While there are no moving parts it is looking like projection will also play a part in this production – although I imagine it will be quite different from Lillian Alling (the first show of the season).

I try to make it a habit of not knowing the story ahead of time – I’d rather be surprised than be waiting for something I’d heard about for the entire show. From the props, however, I know things are set in a castle, there will be some blood, and there are a lot of weapons ready to make their way onto the stage. Sounds like a good setup to me. On with the show!

One of the few things I knew ahead of time was that this was somewhat of a dark story – and it lived up to the title.

What starts as a love story quickly turns to a tragedy – although that certainly could have been predicted. I was, however, surprised by how versatile the set was made by the projection – with sheer screens in front of the set at times the stage becomes completely magical. Kudos to the set designers, I know in many ways this is a simple set but I love how it comes alive, it really is fantastic.

And then, of course, the voices.

I was told ahead of time I was in for a treat with Eglise GutiĆ©rrez playing the part of Lucia, but I was not prepared to be so completely blown away by her performance. I don’t want to lessen the work of the rest of the cast as it really is beautiful – particularly that of Gregory Dahl who plays Lucia’s brother Enrico and of course Michael Fabiano’s performance as Edgardo, especially in the final scene where the power of his voice really shines.

That said – Eglise has my heart. I think I could listen to her for hours, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any more incredible Act 3 started and…well… if you’ve been on the fence about heading out to the opera, this is absolutely the show to see. She will blow you away.

Lucia is a more traditional opera – sung in Italian with English surtitles (follow along! no foreign language required!) – and I have to say that out of the handful of performances I’ve been to with the Vancouver Opera, this is hands down my absolute favourite. I just can’t get over the magic of the set and the voices… oh the voices. Simply – go. You won’t be disappointed.

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Lucia di Lammermoor is playing December 7th, 9th, and 11th, and tickets are still available for the remaining shows. The best seats are at the higher end of the scale, but with seats further up starting at $29 the Vancouver Opera doesn’t need to be reserved only for special occasions. It’s definitely earned a place on our regular night out list.

I’ll be back in February for the 3rd show of the season, with tickets already on sale for those looking ahead. The perfect holiday gift, perhaps?!

And now – final prep for Got Craft? which is happening first thing tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

Got Craft? This Weekend!

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OK Kids! It’s December and that means one thing – Got Craft? is this weekend!

For anyone who hasn’t been to a craft show in the last couple of years, you have no idea what you’re missing. A room full of crazy talented handmade vendors is the perfect place to start and end your holiday shopping, so come out on Sunday to check it out at the Legion on Commercial Drive.

I’ll be there with my crafty pursuits… look for typewriter key bracelets, button necklaces, leather cuffs featuring the pages of old books and a few more goodies from me, 3 tables in directly to the right when you come in the door.

Hope to see you there!

Christine & Tim’s Cleveland Dam Park Wedding

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After photographing these guys a couple of times leading up to the wedding day, I have to say it was one we were definitely looking forward to. And how could we not?! Great, laid back, fun people with plans for a ceremony overlooking the lake and mountains at Cleveland Dam (a breathtaking place) followed by a warm reception filled with unique, personal details. Perfection.

It is, however, Vancouver – and for this particular summer day that meant more rain than usual. Christine & Tim had to make the call on whether they wanted to move the ceremony indoors to the hotel, and they chose just what I was hoping they would: to heck with keeping dry, the ceremony would go off as planned!

I think there’s something so magical about grey skies and rain days… colours pop, people cuddle under umbrellas, and in many ways I think this wedding will be so much more memorable than if it had been a sunny day. Love it.

The Delta Hotel in Burnaby was the reception venue of choice and the ballroom was impressive. On the vendor side, this day wouldn’t have been possible without Shari on our team, the always fantastic Bruce at Cloud Nine Creative for video, Hot Wax keeping the music going, and Jack and Jill Weddings for decor to name just a few of the people behind the scenes.

Oh – and the best part – did I mention the bubble tea?! Seriously, a cocktail hour complete with passed bubble tea really should be the new standard.

Chat soon guys! Can’t wait for your album, looking forward to seeing everything in print!

Danica & Oggie’s Aberthau Mansion Wedding

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So. Much. Fun.

What’s not to love about a wedding full of life, quirky details, and a huge Serbian band?! Danica & Oggie have an incredible group of close family and friends, it was an absolute blast to celebrate along with them.

The ceremony at Aberthau Mansion (West Point Grey Community Centre) was fairly traditional, until the huge eclectic band popped up to march Danica, Oggie and their guests back down the aisle. It wasn’t long before the father of the bride was playing along…

After a photo session at some of the best graffiti in town (I love requests like that) we headed over to the beautiful, intimate reception at Harrison Galleries for tear inducing and heart warming speeches and a packed dance floor. Love it.

Angela at Reflection Events pulled together every detail flawlessly. And, with Tanya at Milestone Events on flowers & decor it really was a dream team – it’s impossible to share in just a few images how beautiful and how much fun this wedding was as a result of their work! Shout out as well to Shari for the Blue Olive team, Lazy Gourmet for amazing food, and of course – the incredible Orkestar Slivovica Band!

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Brock House Wedding Show – This Sunday!

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While the sun is out today, it’s definitely taking a retreat on the weekend and it’s the perfect time to dive into wedding planning. The best way to do that? Head out Sunday to the Brock House Wedding Show!

This show couldn’t get much better – two gorgeous fashion shows to choose from, delicious passed food & wine, and even an opportunity to win an engagement portrait session from us (among other fantastic prizes)! Reilly will be there all day along with a couple swanky new products in the Blue Olive lineup, so definitely come out and say hello.

Tickets are available online now. Are you already a Blue Olive Bride and have yet to get yours? I have a couple tickets for the first gals to email me!