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Wednesday
Jan282015

5 tips to unplug your ceremony

Every summer I have moments that make me cringe.  It could be a speech that embarrasses the bride. Parents that just can't seem to leave their problems at home.  Or a venue that argues with one of my planners.  But the most irritating and rude thing that I see, that I just can't get over, is a wedding planner taking photos of a bride and groom as they're saying their vows and then popping that on Instagram.  

So for the bride and groom who would rather see their ceremony photos first, before the rest of humanity, here's 5 ideas you can use to unplug your ceremony.

1.         Remind your wedding planner the week before wedding day, in an email, that you do not want photos taken of the ceremony.

2.         Pop a sign at the ceremony entrance.  Make it fun and quirky, like the sign above, so guests don't feel offended.

3.         Put a note in your invitation about your need for a bit of privacy so guests are prepared in advance.

4.         Serve champagne as guests enter the ceremony.  I know I'd rather have a glass of champagne than a camera in my hands! 

5.         Lastly, always have your officiate announce no cameras or phone photos when he/she welcomes guests.  

Tuesday
Jan132015

Vanessa + Lee ~ Rustic, Chic Whistler Wedding

Today we’re thrilled to share Vanessa and Lee's rustic, chic Whistler wedding held at the Edgewater Lodge and Fairmont Chateau Whistler.  Hailing from Bermuda these two were an absolute dream to work with.  Bliss owner Marcie Gaukrodger was hired as the couples wedding planner.  Planning a destination wedding is always a scary concept for a bride, especially one that intrinsically knows what she wants.  But from the first 441 call both bride and planner knew they were a perfect fit.  As with many relationships, from the first conversation, it just felt right! Every phone call from Vanessa meant lots of chatter about another fun, creative and oh so pretty detail.  Vanessa's love for Lee and her family shone through every time there was talk about musicians, food choice or the perfect mix of elegance and rustic chic.  There were absolutely no compromises...thank goodness!

We loved everything about this wedding.   The couple's individuality, style and colour sense (soft & clean lemon & white, tall modern yet vintagey flower arrangements, white leather sofas and lots of wood & burlap accents), their musical selections (of course Bob Marley's "Is This Love" was the wedding party recessional!), and their use of two different venues to give guests the biggest taste of Whistler possible (each being iconic Whistler).

The setting at the Edgewater for ceremony and cocktails was informal yet elegant at the same time. And of course all you have to do is look at that GORGEOUS!!! wedding dress and you know the Fairmont Chateau Whistler was the perfect choice for the reception.  

The food at both venues reflected the couple’s love for west coast local cuisine, including: Pemberton organic beef, Squamish free range chicken with a most delicious Whistler ale-farmhouse cheddar potato gratin and of course no meal is complete on the west coast without salmon.  And even with the whole Whistler/west coast vibe happening Vanessa was still able to tip the hat to her home island by serving "Bermudian Rum Swizzle" as her signature drink!

Vanessa and Lee, Bliss was so honoured to be a part of your amazing day.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  Now...please throw some of that Bermudian sunshine our way!

XO

Marcie + the Bliss team


 

 Wedding Planning & Design:  Bliss Event + Design //  Flower Styling & Create:  Bliss Event + Design // Photography:  Gucio Photography // Venues:  Edgewater Lodge & Fairmont Chateau Whistler //  Makeup:  Emily Cheng Makeup // Ceremony & Cocktail Musician:  Colin Bullock // Reception DJ:  Trax DJ // Transportation:  Whistler Glacier Group

 

Thursday
Jan012015

Happy Hew Year!

Can't wait to sparkle with our clients for another year!

Thursday
Dec252014

Merry Christmas from Bliss!

Wednesday
Dec242014

The Night Before Christmas

And tonight on this most beautiful Christmas Eve, as I gather my sweet family around me, we will toast love, happiness and health.  

Thank you to all, especially my incredible clients, who have helped Bliss Event + Design become a dream come true!  Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

And to all a good night...XO Marcie