Spring Flowers

Spring has sprung and it is the beginning of a busy wedding season. One of the best parts of being a freelance wedding consultant is helping my clients pick their flowers. In Edmonton we are lucky to have many florists to choose from and almost every variety of flower available year round. Although our instinct is often to choose a flower that is the bride or groom’s favourite or to look just at colour and scent, researching the meaning behind a flower to create a bouquet with a sweet sentiment is a popular Victorian tradition that has recently resurfaced. Originally in a time before daily...

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Budgeting for the Big Day

She has said "yes" and you have picked a date; now what? The next and probably most important step of wedding planning is deciding on a budget. Coming from two different financial backgrounds, you and your spouse may have separate ideas about financial responsibility and priorities when it comes to wedding expenses. Beyond speaking with your spouse about money, asking each set of parents to contribute to the wedding can be an uncomfortable conversation. Before asking for financial assistance with your wedding, consider the party you are asking, if a contribution to your wedding is going to...

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Edmonton Love

This Valentine’s Day, I’m celebrating my love for a few local Edmonton businesses. I can’t claim to shop exclusively at locally owned shops but I do as often as I can. Dollars spent locally, stay locally, so, get out in the community and browse around, you might be surprised at what you can find. In my previous post I mentioned that I enjoy baking and my favorite place to pick up ingredients is Provisions by Duchess . They carry excellent ingredients, high quality bake ware, international cookbooks and beautiful serve ware and if you aren’t in the mood to bake, their bakeshop is right next...

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Memories of Pavlova

Food is so much more than sustenance; it is the center of most social gatherings with flavors and smells that wrap themselves deeply into our memories. Although I am passionate about hair and weddings, did you know that I also enjoy cooking and baking? As a child growing up in small town Alberta, I spent a lot time in the kitchen with my mother and my grandmother. To this day, when I make my grandmother’s raisin pudding, in that moment she is brought to life. Most mothers and grandmothers in our community baked and shared and it may sound cliché but you could always taste the love that went...

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