Tuesday, December 28, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


The arrival of the new year is an excellent opportunity to stop and take stock of the present, as well as make plans for the future. In the daily rush of our busy careers, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the important things in life-------


At this time let us take a moment to give thanks for the many advantages we enjoy in this fair and compassionate society and to appreciate our loved ones, whose support is so important to us. Let us also remember those less fortunate than us and do what we can to make their situations better.


I extend my best wishes for a very happy new year to one and all, and to my couples, may this year, your Wedding Year be filled with the happiest moments in your life. My resolution is to continue to do my highest and my best.


Warm wishes and New Year salutations!

xoxo

Agatha



Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

Sunday, December 12, 2010

SEASONS GREETINGS Everyone!

12 December 2010
Season's Greetings Everyone!

Here we are upon another season, and just two weeks till Christmas. I know we are all looking forward to some relaxation with family and friends!

Thank you to everyone for making it such a special year for A Stylish Affair. To all my bridal couples I offer Congratulations, to all the myriad of suppliers I work with, I offer thanks for the continued tremendous job you do under the pressure of wedding season, and to my fellow colleague Wedding Planners, I wish you all the best that the holidays and the upcoming year have to offer!

To quote a fellow wedding planner and my mentor, Lynn at Weddings Unveiled, in Ottawa -

"Eat lots, laugh lots and love lots!"

Happy holidays!!!!

Agatha

Celebrating the Season at Mon Reposa!



Seasons Greetings to all my readers. It seems I'm blogging more lately, than normal, probably because the wedding season has passed and I can be found for long hours on my computer, for I am hard at work wedding planning for my 2011 brides. I did manage to take some time out for a little Christmas Cheer at a cocktail reception this week. Because this home is such an incredible Wedding and VIP Gala Event location, I just had to share.

So for the brides out there looking for a fabulous, one of a kind, traditionally elegant setting for your intimate wedding as well as a luxurious Honeymoon suite all wrapped into one site, look no further. MON REPOSA Luxury Penthouse Rental (French - for my place of rest), with it's 5000 sq.ft. of stunning architectural design, fabulous city and water views, encompassing the entire top floor of the prestigious Park Place tower, hosts some of the most elegant wedding events in Kelowna.



From the minute you step off the elevator and enter this magnificent home it leaves you speechless at it's share size, warmth and elegance. With 3 bedrooms it sleeps a max. of 6 adults, but can accommodate up to 120 for a stand up ceremony and reception. Most ideal for smaller intimate groups, as the very spacious open floor plan and 3000 sq.ft. of patios allow for numerous arrangements for sit down dining inside and out. The great room boasts a 25ft stone and marble fireplace, cathedral windows and ceiling, the most magnificent chandelier and marble floors throughout. It is a masterpiece of style and craftsmanship. Panoramic city, water and mountain views from every angle are visible from this rooftop setting, 17 floors above. Cost in peak season is $5,000 for 3 weekend nights or $2000/day. For smaller VIP gala events not requiring overnight stay, Mon Reposa can be rented at $100/hour + maid service and cleanup costs.



Residing this high, you feel closer to heaven. The massive Christmas tree drew us all in with the glow of the city's seasonal lights beyond. A wonderful evening catching up with friends celebrating this wonderful season, and in what better location than the magnificent Mon Reposa.

Cheers to you all!
Agatha

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chronicles of a Wedding: Serious planning mode for Michele & Wil!

All right those of you who might have wanted to follow along on Michele and Wil's wedding planning must have thought I'd left the country or something. My apologies. Not that there wasn't any planning going on, quite the contrary we have accomplished so much to date but with extensive components to the celebration, finalizing plans is taking a while. We've also had to contend with switches and changes along the way (so what's new right!). None the less they have been troopers about it all especially as their summer was so crazy busy with visiting guests and travel.


The couple is headed this way for their Engagement shoot in May along with their family (2 pet pooches - Kindle and Cayenne) whom they insisted upon being in the photos with them. Then in early June they are back to finalize other plans, menu tastings, cake tastings, marriage license etc. Meanwhile I believe there is a weekend in Las Vegas planned for bachelor and bachelorette parties. What a fun location to select. So a busy 3 months ahead and still more planning to do.

So here's an update to where we stand at the moment:

Colour Palette: pewter grey, ivory and fresh green accents

This was a no brainer for Michele. She selected the colors she loves so much and they just happen to be the colors in her home. Richly neutral, elegant and modern. The chartreuse green accents will be brought in with her florals.


Cake: We found our baker, Victoria Stanton from "Infinity Cakes". Veronica is so professional about her work and easy to work with. She is going to do an incredible job on Michele's cake. Very modern elements to it, multi tiered stacked and covered in ivory fondant. We still have lots of decisions to make here, especially about flavorings which they'll do at a tasting in the Spring. Alongside the cake Michele requested that each guest get a small 4 bite replica of the larger cake for their consumption. We still have to decide on the gum paste flowers to adorn the tops of the mini cakes. My suggestion was hydrangea petals as it's a flower she loves. We'll see! Cake tastings and final decisions on flavors, are left till the couples visit in June.



Michele's inspiration idea for her cake!

MUSIC UPDATE: In addition to the 6 piece band at the evening's food and wine celebration, the couple selected another musician to round out the evening. Due to the fact that this winery, like most, are in city limits and a residential area, music cutoffs are subject to local bylaws in order to provide noise buffers for the local residents. So the cut off for music at this venue is 10pm. Since we are in a tent location, with walls on, it was agreed that having one, non amplified musician after 10pm would work. Michele and Wil selected "Cvetozar Vutev", a very talented solo violinist and concertmaster of the Kamloops Symphony for a performance. He is very accomplished as a solo violinist with a masterful repertoire from memory. This will round out the soiree with romance and European "joie de vivre". So perfect for a wedding celebration.

STATIONARY: Invites have been finalized with PinkPolka Wedding Design in Edmonton. Letterpressed words in gray, flowers/designs letterpressed, with no color. They chose a Travel, and Tea Invite for inserts and the elegance of a metallic envelope liner to add that certain "je ne sais qua" to this formal yet modernly chic stationary.



Evening VENUE: For their haute cuisine "Food and Wine Pairing" celebration the couple is coming in June to do tastings on their menu and suggested wine pairings to go with each of their 5 courses and hors d'oeuvres. This is one of the bonuses of being a wedding planner, getting to tag along for such fabulous appointments. Being a foodie at heart, I shall thoroughly enjoy this and hopefully I can add my recommendations for their selections. Michele and Wil are fervently working on selections for this menu.


Stay Tuned for the final details of this fabulous wedding.

Agatha





Historic LAUREL PACKINGHOUSE re-opens! Great new venue for LARGE SCALE weddings-


The Laurel Packinghouse, Kelowna's first designated heritage building and oldest standing packinghouse in British Columbia (built 1917/1918) reopened as a grandly refurbished Wedding and Event venue in the Okanagan recently. Chic and urban with a warm natural interior space of 75' x 57'. The original facade of bricks made from local Knox Mountain clay, has been maintained.

An awesome 12,000 square feet of open space available to decorate and design to your heart's content. Rustic wood flooring and large beams, massive open ceiling, dramatic rows of large picture windows, built in stage at one end and the convenience of an on site kitchen. Capacity for banquets is 270, which is just what Kelowna needs for those larger weddings and stand up reception capacity is for 302 guests.

The Grand welcoming entry to the facility






Wedding events in this space can be decorated in either of two ways. The huge open ceiling is perfect for spanning yards and yards of flowing ceiling draping and is a designers dream for letting their creativity loose. If you are looking for a chic yet rustic, upscale urban space then keep your wedding decor simple and modern by utilizing the incredibly warm, natural elements of this space, to your advantage.

Not just bridal couples but Caterers, DJ's and Musicians as well as Decor stylists will love the convenience of this concept. A fully equipped on-site kitchen (15' x 11') for food preparation and service and an easily accessible loading dock area make setup and catering a breeze.





The built in raised stage area (11' x 32') is marvelous. On site table and chair rentals are also available. For ease in wine selection, the Wine Museum and VQA Wine Shop inhabit the same building, as does the Orchard Museum.




Hurry to book for this venue. At a very reasonable rental rate of $600 for day or evenings and $1000 for the day, this event space with be a premium and much sought after location in the Okanagan especially for Wedding celebrations. There are some mandatory costs for Security and setup and tear down but all in all great value for the capacity allowance of this event space.

Book soon or you'll miss out!
Agatha