Currently Inspired by: Edition 12

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 12

November is just flying by and colder weather has us loving winter tones and raw textures. Shops are already piling on the Christmas decor, and we can't help but get excited for the holidays and all of the fun that comes with it (ie. hot chocolate, colourful lights, and Michael Bublé on the radio!) Take a scroll to see what else is inspiring us this time of year.

This Colour Palette
These moody tones including dusty pink and mustard are so lovely! A modern twist on some amazing vintage colours.

Source: Magnolia Rouge

Source: Magnolia Rouge

Source: Nordic Design

Source: Nordic Design

Linen Signage & Stationary
We are loving this natural and organic look created by using fabric for signage instead of paper! A great way to add more texture into your decor.

Source: Brides.com

Source: Brides.com

Source: TheLANE

Source: TheLANE

Scandinavian Wrapping Paper
Christmas is around the corner and this simple and modern look is sure to please. Whether you go the DIY route or purchase some Scandinavian style paper, the result is adorable.

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Source: Petite & Bold

Source: Petite & Bold

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Real Wedding: Jennifer & Alex Part 2 (The Wedding)

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Real Wedding: Jennifer & Alex Part 2 (The Wedding)

Where do I even begin with this one?!  I first shared a glimpse into Jennifer & Alex's incredible 3 day celebration back in the Spring, when I blogged their welcome party.  And yes, I know, I know....I had promised to share the wedding soon after, and alas it is now November.  What can I say, except wedding season happened lol!  And I truly wanted to make sure that I gave this post the time that it deserved, and have spent hours and hours pouring over the stunning images by Erich McVey, trying to narrow them down to a reasonable post length.   So here goes nothing...

Taking place in July of 2016, on Jennifer's parents private property on Salt Spring Island, Jennifer & Alex's wedding was a career highlight for me.  I wrote a lot about why, back in their welcome party post, so I won't bore you by repeating myself here. But let's just say that I couldn't be prouder of the way it turned out, and get chills every time I think back to this weekend!  The A-Team of vendors brought their (you guessed it) A-Game, and it all the hard work and planning resulted in a seamlessly executed event.  The wedding was obviously the main event of the weekend, and we held nothing back when it came to the design, food & florals!

The colours and design we incorporated throughout the wedding were heavily influenced by Jennifer’s love of design and Alex’s Asian heritage. The Chinese symbol for marriage, Double Happiness, was the inspiration behind the eclectic paper goods designed by La Happy, and the 5-course Asian fusion menu, prepared by Toque Catering, was a modern twist on the symbolic Chinese wedding dinner, something that was incredibly important to Alex’s family. Jennifer was not shy at all when it came to colour and so we used bold, bright shades throughout the florals and linen choices.   I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again: Brides, don't be afraid of colour!  This wedding is proof that it can be killer!!

One of the most special moments of the day had to be when Jennifer presented her Grandmother with her bouquet. The admiration and love that her families generation of women has for each other are inspiring, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place! Another absolute must for Jennifer & Alex was live music. They absolutely love to party with their friends back in New York, so we brought over the best of the best, Side One, from Vancouver for the weekend to keep guests dancing well into the night.  Honestly though, there is so much good to share about this wedding, that I don't think it can be properly summed up into words.  But thanks to the genius of Erich McVey and Kismet Creative (video at bottom of post), you can hopefully get a better sense of why this one was so special.  Enjoy!

**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 Erich McVey Photography.

Planning/Design - French Kiss Events
Photography - Erich McVey Phototography
Videography - Kismet Creative
Catering - Toque Catering
Floral Design - Verbena Floral Design
Linens - La Tavola
Bar Rentals - Bash Specialty
Rentals - Black & White, White Events Studio
Music - Side One
Cake - Passion For Cakes
Stationery - La Happy
Hair - Conscious Hair
Makeup - Jen Clark

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Guilty Pleasures: Edition 12

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Guilty Pleasures: Edition 12

So it looks like winter has arrived on the west coast already! We just had a snow storm at the beginning of November, which is completely crazy for us. It feels like summer was last week! So we thought we would cozy up inside and write a blog post about our latest guilty pleasures, while we snack on some leftover Halloween candy... 

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Real Wedding: Deandra & Robin

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Real Wedding: Deandra & Robin

This wedding is proof that breaking away from the traditional wedding format is sometimes the best thing ever!  When I first met with Robin & Deandra, it was obvious that a typical wedding day was not their thing. They wanted a no fuss, relaxed and authentic celebration, to take place in the afternoon surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends.  And that is exactly what they got!  Robin, a hockey player from the Czech Republic, spent most of their engagement living in Europe, and so the couple really put their trust in our team to create their dream day while they remained fairly hands off.  And let me tell you....when you have a Bride & Groom that has complete trust in their vendors with their vision, the results can be extraordinary!  I loved every minute of working with this couple & their family (big shout out to Elaine, the Mother of the Bride, who quickly became one of my favourite Mom's of the season!), and loved every bit of their wedding day.

Taking place at the beautiful Starling Lane Winery, and surrounded by just their closest family & friends, the wedding of Deandra & Robin was a special one. Guests were treated to a modern garden party, filled with great music, creative comfort food, and fun games.  The word "raw" was in our minds while designing the florals with FLEURtacious, and boho design touches helped the day feel grounded, un-fussy and true to the couple. The spring palette of blushes, peaches & blues were infused throughout the textiles and florals, and the stunning garden setting provided the perfect backdrop for great conversation and mingling.

One of the highlights of the day, was the non-stop live music provided by Noah Edwards & his band.  Their folk sound provided the most perfect atmosphere for the day, and even had guests dancing by the late afternoon in the gardens.  And the food stations, created by Toque Catering, were a HUGE hit!  I mean...gourmet pizza, sliders & milkshakes?  Can you get any more fun?!!  The afternoon activities flowed seamlessly into one another, allowing the couple to celebrate with everyone as well as truly enjoy the day together!  It was perfect!

**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 Brett Reid Photography.

Planning/Design - French Kiss Events
Photography - Brett Reid Photography
Venue - Starling Lane Winery
Catering - Toque Catering
Floral Design - FLEURtacious
Lounge - Bash Specialty
Linens - Faire la Fete
Hair & Makeup - Erin Bradley
Cake - Ruth & Dean
Music - Noah Edwards
Signage - Emma Allen Design

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 11

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 11

I don't know about you, but we absolutely love Instagram over here in the FKE office. It's such a great tool to browse for design inspiration from other around the world. So we thought it would a great idea to put a little twist on our Currently Inspired by this month and feature some event planner instagram accounts that we LOVE.

amorology
Heather Balliet, the owner of Amorology creates gorgeous events primarily in Southern California while raising four kids. Her style is romantic and moody, and we are obsessed.

Source: featherandstonephotography (instagram)

Source: featherandstonephotography (instagram)

Sources: ashleykelemen (instagram)

Sources: ashleykelemen (instagram)

bashplease
Bash, Please is a creative event & styling production team with two locations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a production team of twelve seasoned event planners, Bash, Please is a leading pioneer in artful and sophisticated event planning.

Source: stephaniefishwick (instagram)

Source: stephaniefishwick (instagram)

Source: maxandfriendsphoto (instagram)

Source: maxandfriendsphoto (instagram)

sinclairandmoore
Powerhouse couple Steve Moore and Jamie Sinclair DeBell based out of Seattle and San Francisco create stunning weddings that embrace simplicity and specializes in organic, garden- inspired floral design.

Source: sinclairandmoore

Source: sinclairandmoore

Source: sinclairandmoore

Source: sinclairandmoore

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