Lovely Links For September 28th

Dear readers, parting is such sweet sorrow. Even when it’s only for two weeks. We’ll be out of the office—but hard at work on great new content, including a brand new column—until October 15th. We know you might be a little lonely without us, but hopefully the upcoming bridal shows we’ve told you about will keep you so busy that you’ll barely even notice we were gone. See you back here in a couple weeks?

Oh, and a parting gift in the form of this week’s lovely links:

+ We miss Granville Island and summer

+ How to create a wedding website using Tumblr

+ A truly lovely bridal shower

+ Take advantage of your pre-marriage status by entering this contest

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A Brand New Wedding Venue In Kelowna

Have you had a chance to check out Kelowna’s cool new wedding venue Bottega yet? We’ve been seeing pictures from fabulous weddings at the new farm inn, and we have to say, we’re totally sold.

Bottega is a far cry from what you might be picture when you hear the words “farm inn”, with some serious West Coast modern design (the cement! the glass! the wood!), and it seems to hold more prime photo locations than we can count. Of course, since your wedding isn’t just about the pictures, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s also a venue that will stun guests—especially if you book the whole facility and everyone stays for a few days (the sleepover accommodations are just as gorgeous as the grounds).

And, because we Canadians are nothing if not conscientious, Bottega has gone to great lengths to support the community around them, with local works of art, organic food from Little Church Organics (just a few miles away), and a whole host of eco-friendly initiatives that will save you from green guilt about your ceremony and reception.

But enough with the words, you want pictures, right? You can find them here. And, while you’re at it, check out a couple Bottega weddings here and here.

Intense Tents

Tell someone you’re planning on honeymooning in a tent and they’re likely to make a sympathetic face and stick a little extra cash in your wedding card. If the tent you’re referring to, however, is one of the tenthouse suites at the Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, you’re the one who’s going to end up feeling sorry for them…while you lounge in your hydro-therapy tub or lay in bed and stare out at the ocean.

In case the words hydro-therapy tub didn’t tip you off, this is a far cry from camping (and even from many of the “glamping” offerings that are popular now). It’s more like a boutique hotel room that’s friendlier with mother nature than most, and you’ll get to start your lifetime of wedded bliss blending little luxuries and the great outdoors seamlessly. Think heated slate floors, rain forest showers and glowing fireplaces alongside the orange bark of arbutus trees and deep blue waters rolling up on the rocky coastline. Okay, we confess, we’re kind of smitten. Continue reading

Destination I Do: Maui

Aloha lovelies! This week we’re taking you to Maui for a little destination wedding inspiration. While most people think of grass skirts, bright flowers and little umbrellas in drinks, Hawaii has a softer, subtler side and we thought it deserved some love too.

Let’s go to the Garden Isle!

GET HITCHED HERE:  Haiku Sugar Mill WEAR THIS: Sarah Seven Flora Dress  HOLD THIS: Brown Paper Design King Protea bouquet (photo by Jose Villa) CUT INTO THIS: Short N Sweet Bakery laua’e fern wedding cake EAT THIS: Tommy Bahama’s ahi poke napoleon

Destination I Do: Palm Springs

This week we’re kicking off our new column “Destination I Do”. From time to time, we’ll be gathering apparel, decor, and other wedding necessities that are all perfectly suited to a specific destination that’s not Vancouver—just in case you’re planning on venturing a little further from home for your nuptials.

To start things off, we’ve got a colorful collection of inspiration for sunny Palm Springs. See you in the desert!

Bridesmaid dress = Ivy & Aster | Venue = The Saguaro (be sure to add a sangria station to your reception!) | Bouquet = Tucker Floral Design (photo by Ashley Rose) | Cake = Cocoa & Fig (photo by Red Ribbon Studio)

A Twist For A Tea Party Stagette

A tea party can be the perfect stagette for the bride who doesn’t want to get too wild (and is always ready to don a fancy hat), but what if the guest of honor—and the rest of the girls—want something just a little more lively? Serve your tea party with a twist. A fun future-leaning twist at The Urban Tea Merchant, specifically.

The hot (in both senses) tea spot is now offering weekly tea leaf readings. The readings are held on Thursdays at The Urban Tea Merchant’s downtown location from 5:15 to 6:45 pm. Continue reading

Two Wedding Events For The Weekend

Feeling like a busy weekend of bridal duties? We have two events you can check out (three, if you’re planning on attending the Blush Bridal Sample Sale).

For dress hunting, head out to Ivory Bridal in Langley and peruse the Alyne Bridal Trunk Show, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and 11 am to 3 pm, respectively. Continue reading

Married Go Round

We don’t know anyone who doesn’t get a little nostalgic when they see an antique carousel, and the feelings of whimsy and fun they bring up are pretty much perfectly suited to weddings. So in today’s post we’re tipping you off to one of the only places in the lower mainland to find a carousel (and involve it in your wedding!).

It’s a vintage CW Parker Carousel located at the Burnaby Village Museum, and it’s got all the requisite elements—galloping steads in their finest attire and carnival-appropriate light bulbs glowing overhead as you glide around. Continue reading