Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Moss Wedding Decor Inspiration

Several of our previous clients have incorporated moss into their wedding design, and I absolutely love it! Something about the rustic, natural look of it makes me think of growing up in the South. Moss is really quite simple, yet incredibly versatile. I never get tired of seeing those moss covered initials either. Seriously. I love them! Since moss is fairly easy to work with (and readily available), it's also the perfect ingredient for the DIY bride too. 

Tip :: Artificial and preserved moss can typically be found in most craft stores, but if you are looking to order it for a large DIY project, contact your florist to see if they can order it at a discounted bulk rate.

Photo credit # 1 :: The Wedding Chicks
Photo credit # 2 :: Spotted Leopard Etsy Shop
Photo credit # 3 :: Spotted Leopard Etsy Shop
Photo credit # 4 :: Wedding Dress Blog
Photo credit # 5 :: Elizabeth Anne Designs 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Alternative Outdoor Seating :: Hay Bales

Hay bales are the perfect alternative seating arrangement for a rustic outdoor ceremony. You don't have to be getting married on a farm to pull it off either. Hay bales work great for backyard weddings, barn weddings, and even lakeside weddings...really any outdoor space will do.

Where to find? Finding hay bales is likely a lot easier than you would think. Check with local farms or horse stables as a 1st option. Often times, farms and stables will let you borrow the hay for a small nominal fee (sometimes free!), with the promise that you will return the hay bales post-wedding. If you don't live in an area with many farms or horse stables, you may want to check with a local landscaping company. Landscaping companies use hay when they spread grass seed, so it is very likely that they will have hay on hand. 

Accessorizing? Yes, accessorizing. You will need to find some way to cover the hay bales, because you certainly do not want your guests sitting on bare hay for a 30 minute ceremony. Umm...can you say "uncomfortable"?! get the idea. Accessorizing is fun! You can cover your hay bales with virtually anything...blankets, quilts, pillows, name it! 

Allergies? It's important to keep in mind that some of your guests may be allergic to hay; therefore, having a few extra chairs on hand is recommended. Don't forget about your elderly guests who may also need a chair to sit on as well. 

Reuse? Hay bale seating isn't just for ceremonies. Don't forget about reception and/or lounge seating later on in the evening!

Photo credit :: Tec Petaja via C is for Charmed.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stripey Straws

Yes, stripey straws. These cute little straws pictured above are popping up EVERYWHERE lately! We have gotten dozens of questions regarding these adorable little things, so I thought a blog post would be fitting :) And yes, those are the official name. I didn't just make that up.

While there are many stripey straw resources out there, our favorite place to get these from is Shop Sweet Lulu. If you have not been to Shop Sweet Lulu's website yet, I recommend you check it out now! There are SO many delightful details available that you just have to see it if for yourself!

Photo courtesy of Leeann Marie Photography

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Many of our brides & grooms come to us for creative ideas when it comes to displaying old family photos. Often times our clients want to display childhood or parent/grandparent wedding photos, but are looking for a creative way of doing so. We hope these unique ideas inspire you!

Clothespin line. One of my favorites :)

More clothespin line inspiration. 

Mason jar/flower vase. 

Hanging frames from ribbons. 

Photo wall display.

How are you planning to display your old family/childhood photos? We'd love to hear your ideas!

Photo credit # 1 :: Style Me Pretty 
Photo credit # 2 :: Unknown
Photo credit # 3 :: Style Me Pretty 
Photo credit # 4 :: Yasmin Khajavi Photography
Photo credit # 5 :: Bustled Blog 

Friday, July 15, 2011

For Your Dancing Feet :: Flip Flops

Some say flip flops at weddings have gone "out of style". I disagree. What girl doesn't like to kick off her heels, throw on a pair of comfy flip flops and let loose on the dance floor?! Comfort doesn't go out of style. See my point? Not to mention, I still see flip flops at over half of our weddings each season. This "trend" doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon. In fact, I've had at least 3 brides contact me within the past few weeks asking for advice on flip flops. Therefore, I thought I would write up a few helpful tips on this subject. 
  • How many? Go through your guest list and count each woman/girl attending. I recommend having enough pairs for just about every single one of them. You don't want to leave anyone out. They will go quick, trust me!
  • What sizes? This is tricky. Obviously, you aren't going to ask each guest their shoe size; therefore, I recommend purchasing the most common sizes: 7, 8, & 9. Be mindful of the little girls too - if you're inviting children, you should also think about purchasing a few smaller sizes as well.
  • How to display? Get creative...there are no rules here! Think about your wedding style, and what type of container would suite your style best. Most common way of displaying? In a tub (as pictured above), basket, bucket, or even wooden box. Don't forget a cute sign too ;)
  • Where to purchase? Hands down one of the most popular stores to get cute & cheap flip flops is Old Navy. Don't forget about stores like Target and Kohls too.
Tip :: If you have the ability to color coordinate the flip flops by size, I highly recommend doing so! As you'll see in the photos above, the bride not only color coordinated them, but also added fun little size tags to each pair as well. Totally optional, but definitely practical! 

Photos courtesy of Leeann Marie Photography.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Erosion wood top bag

large Eve (blacks) and small Eve wallet (reds)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


As much as we love it when our couples are all about extravagant details and decor, sometimes keeping it simple is what best represents them and I must admit I’m just as head over heels about these weddings as I am about the extravagant ones.

Probably the most laid back easy going couple out there, Emily & Tim had their wedding ceremony and reception at The Wakefield Mill back in June and Viva was absolutely thrilled to help them with the planning and execution of their intimate day.

Just a few of Viva’s favourite details of their wedding:

~ Emily & Tim were married on the MacLaren House lawn. Two rows of chairs were set up for immediate family and the remaining guests gathered around creating a very warm, intimate ceremony.
~ Emily had nine flower girls. Yes, nine! It was important for her to include all of these lovely girls in the ceremony so they lined up creating an aisle for Emily to walk down and as she did, she was handed flowers from each of them which created her bouquet.
~ Instead of flowers, the girls in the wedding party all carried handmade pinwheels and the guys wore pinwheel boutonnieres.
~ While the ceremony took place, Emily & Tim’s rings were passed around so that each guest could hold and bless them with their best wishes for the soon to be newlyweds.
~ Representing the librarian in Emily, Emily & Tim’s guests signed their congratulations to the bride & groom on library cards which were held in card catalogue drawers.
~ After a fabulous cocktail hour full of wine and tasty hors d’oeuvres, guests visited several food stations (offering pasta and seafood crepes to name but two) and could help themselves to the most amazing cheese platter in honour of the groom’s love affair with cheese.

These wonderful images below are all courtesy of Ottawa Wedding Photographer Blair Gable.
Viva’s always excited when we get the chance to work with Blair! Simply put, he's awesome!! After photojournalism school, Blair Gable worked his way through seven newspapers before leaving a staff position to freelance for some of Canada’s largest media outlets. Blair also shoots a limited number of weddings each year with the same style and intensity as his newspaper assignments – A blend of contemporary storytelling, real moments and dramatic portraits captured naturally.

“When hockey season ends and the politicians head home for the summer I shoot weddings. The pressure situations and tight deadlines I work in prepare me for the chaos and emotion of a wedding day”


Viva just can't get enough of RIVINI so once again on this Wedding Dress Wednesday we're spreading the word about Ashton Station Bridal in Carleton Place and their upcoming RIVINI trunk show taking place July 22-24!

And it gets better...

RIVINI representative James Brown will be at Ashton Station Bridal hot off an engagement at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. He'll have the latest in wedding fashion trends and best of all - the latest in gossip from TLC Say Yes to the Dress' Randy Fenoli.

Space is limited so what are you waiting for? Book your appointment by calling 613-240-7616 or emailing

Budget Friendly Flower Inspiration :: Carnations

I know what you must be thinking...carnations...bleh! Carnations are unfortunately one of the flowers that get a bad wrap, and to be perfectly honest, I'm really not sure why. I'm a flower lover. There's really not an 'ugly' flower in my book. Sure, I have my favorites just like any other girl, but I actually like the ruffled look of carnations. Flowers stem from nature, and to me, nature is beautiful. Just my two cents.

Maybe the real reason why I like carnations is because carnations were my late grandmother's favorite flower. Every Friday night my grandfather would bring her home a bouquet of carnations accompanied with Chinese take-out...their usual Friday night routine. They were married 71 years. Pretty awesome, if you ask me! So today I am bringing you some carnation inspiration in her honor. Enjoy!

Photo credit # 1 :: Chelsea Fuss via Sweetest Occasion Blog
Photo credit # 2 ::
Photo credit # 3 :: Martha Stewart Weddings
Photo credit # 4 :: Unknown 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Vacation Notice :: Bon Voyage!

My husband and I have created a little tradition in our household. Every 4th of July weekend (which also happens to be our wedding anniversary - lucky us!), we go on vacation. The trips may be near or far, but either way, we pack our bags and hit the road together. This year we're headed to the beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. I will be out of the office from July 2nd through July 10th. Since we'll be traveling internationally, I won't have much access to phone or email while away. All emails and phone calls will be returned on Monday, July 11th. 

Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July weekend! 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain