Building a Home: Chapter 2

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Building a Home: Chapter 2

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Well folks, the house is officially in the gone and we have BEGUN!! (And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, head on over to this post here to read about the start of our home build).  As I mentioned a couple of weeks back, the journey to get here has been a long and emotional one, but now that we are here, I am giddy with excitement!  We have a wickedly talented team building us our dream home (thank you Philco Construction!), and I have no doubt that it will be even better than I could have ever imagined (because any house that has more than 1 bathroom will be a win in my books).  

Our beautiful plans were designed by Ryan Hoyt Designs, and the house design is a Modern Farmhouse.  Every time I look at the plans, my heart literally skips a beat, and I am utterly obsessed with all things design these days.  The interior style is going to be Farmhouse meets Coastal meets California, and both Nick & I have gotten totally lost scouring instagram accounts from some incredible designers (namely: Studio McGee, Emily Henderson & Becki Owens).  Our hope is to have a bright and welcoming home, one in which you would feel comfortable kicking off your shoes, pouring yourself a drink, and staying awhile.  While I want the overall palette to be light and neutral, I am so excited to infuse pops of happy colour into the space, a nod to our love of all things Hawaii. 

Now it is going to be quite some time before the rooms start to take shape, and I can get my hands dirty designing, but there have already been a lot of decisions made (flooring, appliances, kitchen cabinets, plumbing fixtures...) which I am thrilled about! I thought I would take some time today though, to share with you our overall house Mood Board, as well as some rooms that have been providing me with major inspiration as of late.  Thank you so much for following along (it seriously means the world to me), and stay tuned for another update soon.

Design: Black Band Interior Design

Design: Black Band Interior Design

Source: Domino  |  Photography: Molly Winters

Source: Domino  |  Photography: Molly Winters

Design: Workshop APD  |  Photography: Donna Dotan

Design: Workshop APD  |  Photography: Donna Dotan

Design: Studio McGee

Design: Studio McGee

Source: The Surf Jack

Source: The Surf Jack

Designer: Becki Owens  |  Photographer: Ryan Garvin

Designer: Becki Owens  |  Photographer: Ryan Garvin

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Real Wedding: Jennifer & Alex Part 1 (The Welcome BBQ)

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Real Wedding: Jennifer & Alex Part 1 (The Welcome BBQ)

Every once in a while, a wedding comes along that is a game changer.  For us, the wedding of Jennifer & Alex was just that.  And so you can only imagine how beyond words THRILLED I was to see it featured on Style Me Pretty (here) this past week!  And the cherry on top of the already delicious sundae, is that now that it has been published, I can finally share all of the drop dead gorgeous images (thank you Erich McVey) with you!  

Taking place at a private property on Salt Spring Island, this 3 day celebration pushed me harder than I thought possible, and I couldn't be more proud of the outcome.  The couple, based out of NYC, first reached out to me in the Fall of 2015.  They dreamed of a wedding weekend filled with non-stop celebrations, an overabundance of food and drink, and above all else, a weekend spent surrounded by their family & friends from all over the world.  I was, of course, totally up to the challenge, and loved every bit of the next year, as we worked tirelessly to pull together 3 incredible events!  

Now, planning not just 1, but 3 events (Welcome Dinner, Wedding & Brunch) on a small Island like Salt Spring, can pose some serious challenges (understatement of the year!).  Every vendor and rental/decor piece was brought from either Victoria, Vancouver or the States, and the logistics surrounding the weekend were insane.  All 110% worth it though, once the parties started, and I think back to this weekend with nothing but amazing memories, and a huge smile on my face!  In an effort to share as much of this wonderful weekend with you all, I have decided to split the blog post into 3 parts.  First up: The Welcome BBQ

Taking place in the upper garden of Jennifer's parents home on Salt Spring, the welcome dinner was a casual al fresco affair, spent catching up with old friends (175 guests flew in from all around the world), welcoming everyone to the Island, and celebrating all that was to come over the weekend.  Food, a major focus throughout the weekend, was at the centre of the party, and food stations featuring variety of the couples favourite global cuisine.  An oyster bar, seafood risotto station, wood fired pizza, Bhutan street meat station and ice cream sundae station filled the guests palettes.  Toque Catering seriously brought their A-game to this weekend!  2 long tables, with bistro lights strung above, created a communal space for guests to catch up, and the west coast folk sounds of Noah Edwards entertained the guests late into the night.  It was a magical evening....

And full disclosure before I let you dive into the stunning photos below: this evening tops my list as my favourite party I have ever planned (and yes, it wasn't even a wedding!).  There was just something about the evening, that I can't quite put my finger on....but it was what I always imagined the perfect backyard party should be.  Effortless, relaxing, and filled with good friends and damn good food.  Thank you so much for reading, and make sure to check back next week for Part 2 of this amazing weekend! 

**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.

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 06

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 06

May has finally arrived and we have the first weddings of the season upon us (fingers crossed for good weather please)! We have also been organizing the Spring Wedding Industry Meet-up to get together with other local vendors and have a little party ourselves before we are in the full swing of things! Take a scroll to see what is currently inspiring us over here in the FKE office!

Urban Venues
We are loving the newest venues in Victoria like the Fort Common and The 4o7 make us feel like we are in New York and having the coolest rooftop party.

Source: Offbeat + Inspired

Source: Offbeat + Inspired

Source: Style Me Pretty / Photography: Amber Gress

Source: Style Me Pretty / Photography: Amber Gress

Summery Cocktails
Patio season is so close it has been teasing us with the occasional beautiful summery day, and that means refreshing and fruity cocktails (hopefully by the pitcher)!

Kombucha Mojitos / Source: Half Baked Harvest

Kombucha Mojitos / Source: Half Baked Harvest

Strawberry Thyme Lillet Spritzers / Source: What's Gaby Cooking

Strawberry Thyme Lillet Spritzers / Source: What's Gaby Cooking

Backdrop Installations
These days we are all about bigger is better when it come to signage and backdrops! It is such a great way to create a visually stunning piece of decor that can be used for a framing the ceremony, seating charts, or just a perfect photo-op for your guests.

Source: Style Me Pretty / Photography : Heather Curiel

Source: Style Me Pretty / Photography : Heather Curiel

Source: Style Me Pretty

Source: Style Me Pretty

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Planning Tips: Beyond the Wedding Cake

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Planning Tips: Beyond the Wedding Cake

Dessert.  One of our favourite parts of wedding planning (cake tasting anyone?!).  These days though, there are so many different sweet treat options that you can consider, and many of our couples are opting out of a traditional cake altogether.  We know everyone loves a slice of good old wedding cake, but there is so much more to the wedding dessert world than wedding cake! And if you love cake as much as we do, then there are so many different styles of wedding cakes to consider (head on over to this cake dedicated pinterest board to get inspired!). So today, we wanted to share a few of our favourite cake styles as well as some other dessert trends for you to drool over...

Wedding Cake Trends

Naked Cakes

Mallory Renee Photography

Mallory Renee Photography

Metallic Cakes

Ombre Cakes

Photography: Karen Buckle

Photography: Karen Buckle

Drip Cakes

Photography: Lou O'brien / Cake: Ideas in Icing

Photography: Lou O'brien / Cake: Ideas in Icing

Photography: Loredana La Rocca / Cake: Ebru's Kitchen

Photography: Loredana La Rocca / Cake: Ebru's Kitchen

Donut Walls
Is there anything more fun? This idea is not only delicious but creates a beautiful backdrop perfect for a photo-op.  

Krispy Kreme Donuts / Photography: lilelements

Krispy Kreme Donuts / Photography: lilelements

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Milk & Cookies
This is sure to be a crowd pleaser at the end of the night (whether you are a "dunker" or not)!

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

S'more Station
This is perfect for an outdoor west coast wedding! Guaranteed to be a mess, but totally worth it.

Source: Brides.com Catering: 24 Carrots

Source: Brides.com Catering: 24 Carrots

Source: Southern Weddings Magazine

Source: Southern Weddings Magazine

Macaron Towers
Not only are they picture perfect, these french delicacies are super tasty and nice and light after a big wedding feast.

Source: Bodas Y Weddings

Source: Bodas Y Weddings

Photography: Carey Sheffield

Photography: Carey Sheffield

Ice Cream Bar
Everyone loves ice cream so why not treat your guests to an ice cream station!? Perfect for a hot summer wedding day.

Source: Style Me Pretty / Photography: Ruth Eileen

Source: Style Me Pretty / Photography: Ruth Eileen

Source: Brit & Co.

Source: Brit & Co.

"Cheese" Cake
And finally for the couples with more of a savoury tooth.. consider an incredible "cheese" cake that will impress and delight your guests all night.

Photography: Stephanie Couture

Photography: Stephanie Couture

Source: Pacificweddings.com

Source: Pacificweddings.com

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Our Guilty Pleasures: Edition 06

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Our Guilty Pleasures: Edition 06

Wedding season has finally arrived! We are in full throttle over here at the office preparing for the upcoming weddings. Barb is also starting a new custom home build (which means the FKE office is moving too! See more about that here), Laura is starting home renovations, and Paula is busy with a bunch of upcoming Heyday weddings! 

Spring Staple:

What We're Listening To:

Current Life Distraction:

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