Currently Inspired by: Edition 18

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 18

Colour, colour & more colour!  With the days getting warmer (amazing!!!!), and the summer wedding season basically upon us, we are loving all the colour that we are seeing pop up in our feeds.  And when we say colour, we don't mean bright or bold (although that can be really fun too).  Instead, we mean taking a palette, and "stretching" it a little.  So, whether it's infusing some pale peach and darker shades of pink into that blush/natural look, or playing with tone on tone in the greys, blues or purples, there are so many ways to give your palette just a bit more depth through colour.  So, without further adieu, here are some fun colour inspired design elements we are currently loving!

Coloured Napkins on Coloured Linens
No need to shy away from colour! Many people choose to keep either their linens or napkins a neutral, but we love using different tones of the same colour at our table settings these days.

 Source: Ruby & James

Source: Ruby & James

 Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Tassels & Pom Poms
There is nothing that says it's a party like tassels and pom poms! Using either of these as subtle accents is a quick and easy way to show that you really care about the little details.

 Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

 Source: theprettyblog.com

Source: theprettyblog.com

Mix & Match Stationary Colours
Try using different coloured paper from your colour palette to incorporate the wedding decor into your design right from the beginning!

 Source: Page Tuzee Design

Source: Page Tuzee Design

 Source: Good Heart Design

Source: Good Heart Design

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Office Talk: Edition 17

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Office Talk: Edition 17

May is a super exciting month for us here at the FKE office! The whole team is flying to wine country (a.k.a Napa Valley!) for a gorgeous destination wedding, and we can't help but discuss our excitement at every opportunity!! This trip has us chatting about our favourite travel essentials, podcasts to listen to on the plane, and of course all of the wine we are going to be drinking after the wedding to celebrate. Check out our Instagram @frenchkissevents for the behind the scenes of all the fun in Napa! 

Travel Essential

Current Wine of Choice

Favourite Podcast of Armchair Expert:

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 17

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 17

April showers has been a reality here for us this month so far, and we are really craving that summer sun full of outdoor soirées and al fresco dining! Meanwhile, we are scrolling Instagram for some sunny inspiration, and we thought we would share some of our favourite accounts at the moment. 

@jennalamevents
Headquartered in Northern California’s beautiful Napa Valley, Jenna Lam Events is a fully integrated event planning and design firm, producing seamless events and weddings worldwide since 2012.  Since discovering them a couple months back, we have loved seeing their most current designs, and have definitely book marked many of their insta's for future inspiration.

 Source: Instagram @jennalamevents

Source: Instagram @jennalamevents

 Source: Instagram @jennalamevents

Source: Instagram @jennalamevents

@celsiafloral
One of our favourite Vancouver based florists who creates gorgeous botanical-Inspired florals with a love for mixing vintage and modern ideas.  Their team always manages to make us stop scrolling long enough to drool over the florals, and we just love how romantic yet fresh their designs all are.

 Source: Instagram @celsiafloral

Source: Instagram @celsiafloral

 Source: Instagram @celsiafloral

Source: Instagram @celsiafloral

@amberinteriors
Amber Interiors is a full-service residential design firm that combines light filled rooms, colourful textiles, natural elements, earthy textures, and brushed metals to create stunning interiors.  We've said it again, and again, but seriously.  SO much of wedding design is inspired by interior design, and this lady has us swooning!

 Source: Instagram @amberinteriors

Source: Instagram @amberinteriors

 Source: Instagram @amberinteriors

Source: Instagram @amberinteriors

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Office Talk: Edition 16

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Office Talk: Edition 16

Happy spring!! Our first wedding of the year is this month and we are so excited to get our feet wet again. Happily, the sun has been making more of an appearance lately and we are loving it. Barb and baby Madison are currently down in San Diego soaking up some California sun and we are pretty jealous here in the office, but in the meantime enjoy some of our April favourites!

Spring Fashion Staple

Patio Drink of Choice

Recipe We Want to Try

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Real Wedding: Tiff & Levi

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Real Wedding: Tiff & Levi

Over 10 years ago, 2 teenagers met while on summer vacation at a campground in Canada with their families.   They instantly became friends, and not long after that, started dating.  After over a decade of growing up together,  falling in love, and building an incredible life together, they decided to make it official in beautiful Victoria, BC!  And I'm thanking my lucky stars, as they chose FKE to bring their day to life, and oh man...it was a good one folks! Taking place at the 2 most iconic venues in the city, Hatley Castle and The Empress Hotel, their wedding vision was grand from the start of the planning, and we pulled out all the stops to bring it to life!  

One of my favourite things about this wedding, was the epic seating chart that we pulled together.  I've had this idea for a few years now, and we were just waiting for the perfect wedding to create it at!  As guests arrived to the ceremony, all of their pics were snapped at a portrait station (thanks Four Frames!) near the entrance to the Castle.  Those photos were then printed and turned into polaroids that we displayed at the couples reception, acting as the guests personalized escort cards!  It was a huge hit, and something that everyonewas blown away by.

The reception space was overflowing with luxurious details and we infused the couples impeccable taste all throughout.  The neutral palette of soft creams, greys & blush tones, helped transform the ballroom setting into a modern day take on the traditional space. The menu, custom designed by The Empress's chef, was served tapa style, inspired by all the couples favourite eats! Ranging from sushi to maui rib sliders, the food was a hit!  And as the lights dimmed, guests partied the night away to Side One's 8 piece band (always a favourite of mine), photo booth, Mojito bar and Popcorn station!

It was definitely a wedding to remember, and for sure the party of the summer!  One of the things I love most about weddings though, is no matter how much planning you do and how many incredible details there are, often the best moments of the day are the unplanned ones.  This was definitely the case for Tiff & Levi.  After dinner, the couple sneaked out with Ryan Flynn and Kismet Creative for some sunset shots down in the harbour.  A band busking in the harbour congratulated the couple, and then asked them what their first dance was.  The song was "Georgia" by Vance Joy, and without skipping a beat, the band began playing it for them, and they had their first dance right then and there, in the harbour, just the 2 of them.  Pure magic!  You can see this gorgeous day unfold below, and make sure to check out the incredible video by Kismet at the top! 

**Make sure to scroll to the bottom for the complete list of all the kick ass vendors that helped make this day so incredible!  All photos courtesy of Ryan Flynn Photographer.  Video courtesy of Kismet Creative.

Planning & Design - French Kiss Events
Photography - Ryan Flynn Photography
Videography - Kismet Creative
Ceremony Venue - Hatley Castle
Reception Venue - The Empress
Florals - Verbena Floral Design & Thorn & Thistle
Stationery - Love by Phoebe
Band - Side One
Cake - Passion for Cakes
Linens - Faire la Fete
Hair - Conscious Hair
Makeup - Carly Flint
Photobooth - Four Frames Photo Booth

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