Ireland House Museum Wedding Show & Expo

I recently had the amazing opportunity to work with Marietta and Lola again from Enticing Icings at the Ireland House House Museum Wedding Show & Expo on Sunday, June 2.  It was an outdoor expo showcasing the gorgeous grounds of the Ireland House Museum in Burlington, Ontario.

We were fortunate to have the rustic barn all to ourselves, which not only provided us with a stunning backdrop for our decor and our cakes but also provided us with shelter from the nasty rain that decided to embark upon us that day!

Although the rain put a slight damper on the day, we met some great brides to be as well as some fantastic local wedding vendors.  It also didn’t stop us from setting up a gorgeous display with various rustic pieces such as tree stumps, a rustic mailbox, vintage suitcases and bird cages and handing out delicious cupcakes (not going to lie…I ate my fair share! lol  If you haven’t tried Lola and Marietta’s cakes, you need to…they are to die for!!!).

All in all, it was a fantastic day.  Check out some pictures below.

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Shauna and Rick engagement photo shoot – Hernder Estate

Last week I had the pleasure of working with Shannon, the talented photographer behind Allure Photography in Hamilton, ON.  She invited me along to join in on Shauna and Rick’s engagement photo shoot at Hernder Estates and create a vintage picnic theme for them to use as a special back drop.

Shauna and Rick were the perfect couple!  So cute and in love!  It was a blast working with them and incorporating our vintage props into their special engagement photo shoot.  The wine from Hernder Estates completed the look along with our picnic basket, wood crates, vintage suitcases, pinwheels, vintage books and more.

Here’s a sneak peek into some of their photos….

All the best to this amazing couple 🙂  And Shannon,  I look forward to working with you again soon!

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The secret to success in vintage and rustic wedding decorating…

So many times I am asked by my clients or my friends – “What is your secret when it comes to styling vintage and rustic wedding decor?”.  I thought I’d write a blog post to share my deepest, darkest secrets.

Here it is….ready?  My big secret to rustic and vintage wedding decorating is…..DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.  There is no special formula for determining which pieces work best with what or which vintage vase looks best with that gorgeous vintage suitcase that you found.  I could come up with some fancy formula that takes into account colour palette, size, height, location, etc. but I feel like I would be doing everyone a disservice.  That is the beauty about vintage and rustic decor.  It is all about your personal taste and sometimes the more mismatched and eclectic it is, the more beautiful it looks.  Anything goes!

And there it is, my secrets revealed.  Did I help or disappoint? 🙂

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Antique shopping with kids…

As you may or may not know, I am the proud mother of 2 wonderful children.  Most people ask me how I have the time to run a business and look after 2 small children.  From day 1 of starting the business my daughter has been completely hands on with everything and loves “helping mommy with the business”.  (My son was just a teeny tiny baby when this all came to be so he didn’t take much notice!)

The most important aspect of managing both my professional and family life is to include my children in everything that I do and to make it fun.  My daughter is probably my biggest advocate and cheers me on with everything that I do.  She is always looking on in admiration and saying “Wow mommy, that is beautiful!” or if I’m styling a candy buffet, it is more like “Can I have a candy please mommy??” lol.  I have to admit that I’m pretty lucky to have such a cute little cheerleader!

There is nothing that my daughter loves more (other than her cars!) than helping me gather up the “birdies” or passing me mason jars, birdcages, etc. when I’m in the early styling phases of a wedding.  She particularly loves going shopping with me to find all of our unique pieces for our wonderful customers.  At 4, she already has a keen eye for great finds!

The other important aspect is to still be a mother and take time to close my laptop and get down on the floor and play with my kids and teach them all of life’s important lessons.  In fact, that is what I’m going to do right now!  Until next time….





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