August 2008

Canadian Jewelry Artisan

Aug 25, 2008
Angela Desveaux

I was doing some online research today and discovered a Canadian jewelry designer in my own backyard. :) I'm an admitted softie for anything that includes swarovski crystals and this line of yummies features lots of said sparkly bits! After some delightful clicking around her website, I see that designer Jules Frkovich is actually retailed at Bisou Bridal (a gorgeous Vancouver bridal gown boutique that carries many couture lines including Monique Lhuillier).

I loved the pretty chandelier earrings (pictured here) that would be so fresh and pretty for a bridesmaid wearing any shade of pink, coral, gold or champagne.

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Marc Jacobs for Waterford

Aug 22, 2008
Angela Desveaux

Vera does it. Monique does it. Yes, even Marc Jacobs does it. That is, infuse fashion design sensibility into fine china. ;)

We already adore his designs for LV, so it shouldn't be any surprise that Jacobs has teamed up with an iconic name in table top fashion - Waterford. I'm choosing the whimsical and colourful ELIZABETH pattern as my top select in this designer china collection...

Bon Appetit!



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Something Blue to Covet

Aug 20, 2008
Angela Desveaux

I heart this bag. :)  Had to share.

Tiffany Blue Clutch by La Monir

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Aloha Auction Action - Act Today!!!

Aug 15, 2008
Angela Desveaux

Hilton and Grand Wailea Destination Wedding Contest

If you are considering a destination wedding AND you are a member of the Hilton Hhonors Club, I have a very HOT TIP for you! There is an auction happening RIGHT NOW for an incredible destination wedding package valued at over $11,000 at one of the most luxurious and highly acclaimed resorts in Hawaii... The Grand Wailea on Maui.

The auction ends TONIGHT at midnight so be prepared to act fast and with your best offer!

Full details, below:

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa Teams Up with Hilton HHonors®

WAILEA, MAUI, HI. (August 5, 2008) – When the clock strikes twelve on August 6, Hilton HHonors® members will have the chance to use their Hilton HHonors bonus points to bid on the ultimate destination wedding at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, a family of The Waldorf-Astoria Collection®, on the beautiful island of Maui. And best of all, points from the winning member’s bid will be donated to the Hilton HHonors Giving Back charitable organization of their choice.

The week-long promotion will allow Hilton HHonors members to bid and win for the Lei Aloha Wedding package that includes:

  • Two roundtrip airfare tickets to Maui on Delta Air Lines. The winning bidder will be awarded 70,000 miles total to their Delta SkyMiles account, valued of $1100.
  • Three-night suite accommodations for two on wedding night, valued at $3,600.
  • Lei Aloha celebration package complete with the use of the famous Seaside Chapel on Wailea, clergy, marriage certificate, wedding cake, food, champagne and drinks, music, flowers and a personal Grand Wailea wedding planner, valued at $6,300
  • 20% discount on all other wedding related charges the bride and groom may want to add to the Lei Aloha Wedding package
  • Located beachfront on Wailea Beach on 40 acres of lush, tropical gardens, the Grand Wailea is a unique hotel offering the perfect backdrop for any wedding celebration. Floating on its own lagoon by the beach, the Seaside Chapel is known for its exquisite and enchanting aura and design with four stained glass murals on its walls depicting the traditional Hawaiian wedding symbolizing the start of a new life together for the bride and groom

The total value of the Lei Aloha Wedding package is $11,000.

The winning bid will also be converted to a cash donation benefiting the Hilton HHonors Giving Back charitable organization of the winners’ choice. Every 10,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points of the winning bid equals a $25 contribution.

To bid, Hilton Honors members can log on to:
Bidding begins at 12:01 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, August 6, and closes at 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, August 15, 2008. Highest bidder will be notified via email on or about Wednesday, August 20, 2008.

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Some like it Haute (Sizzlin' Hot, that is)

Aug 01, 2008
Angela Desveaux

I am back to my desk after an amazing week in Hawaii where it's sunny and lovely and HOT. Yep, HOT. Admittedly, I was still daydreaming about the warmth of the sunshine when I got to work this morning (heck, with the Vancouver rain pounding on my office window it couldn't be helped).

But, it wasn't long before I had a heat wave in the office! Sifting thru a mountain of emails that had piled into my inbox, there was one in particular that stood out. It was a press release from the talented duo of CHRIS+LYNN Photography. They are offering a brand new service entitled "Haute Collections" - an intimate, truly elegant (and sizzlin') boudoir-style photo experience for their clients. See below for the gorgeous imagery and all of the steamy details!

(Vancouver, BC, July 27, 2008)

Cufflinks or a watch are nice practical gifts, but wouldn’t you like to give your groom a unique wedding day present that shows him just how much you love him? And how truly haute you are?

Our Haute Collections celebrate all that is sexy and beautiful about you at the time in your life when you feel and look your very best. Show him your innocent, wild, classy and sexy sides in a Signature Folio, Signature Image Box, or, the ultimate in luxury, a rich leather-bound Signature ArtBook.

Contact: Chris or Lynn Jaksa

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July 2008

Fun Fashion

Jul 17, 2008
Angela Desveaux

CAKE Bridal Hoodie by Inkbox Design

I swoon for swirls.  I guess it's my inner design diva that springs into action when I find products festooned with swirly goodness. One such moment of joy came today when I saw these perfectly delightful fun fashion items from CAKE (a division of Inkbox Design).

Part whimsy, part vintage and part good 'ole fashion fun this is a line of products for you, your bridesmaids and your furry children. (Furry children being a running theme from yesterday).

The "Miss Bride" hoodie sells for $75 while the perfectly "pawsh" Doggie of The Bride t-shirts retail for only $29. Inkbox Design is based in California but Canadian orders are welcome.

The designer Lisa Tse emailed me today with a good tip for WedLuxe readers: simply place your order by phone vs. the online site so she can accurately calculate the shipping to Canuck country. 

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Westin Bear Mountain - My Visit!

Jul 16, 2008
Angela Desveaux

Over the Canada Day weekend I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Westin Bear Mountain Resort near Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island.

I had been hearing so many incredible things about this property that I really wanted a first-hand glimpse at what all the buzz was about. The first time I had heard about the resort was last December. I reviewed the wedding images of a very 'private' NHL player who had been married there in 2007. Below, are some scenic shots of his wedding as photographed by Bebb Studios. I wasn't sure when I would visit the resort myself but it was definitely on my radar. Finally, over the Canada Day weekend we headed over to the island for some R & R and it truly met my expectations... and then some. :)

It's easy to compare the Bear Mountain community to Whistler as it exudes a similar alpine elegance and has similar architecture and design. Between the amazing fresh mountain air, the PRISTINE and new construction of multi-million dollar mountainside homes and the vast background of mountains it really is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Westin Bear Mountain Resort itself is the "jewel-in-the-crown" of the Bear Mountain community. It's got a distinct Arts & Crafts interior decor and being a Westin property - comes complete with all of the luxury amenities you would expect.

But, the best part of this little piece of alpine heaven is that it's still relatively undiscovered which means that there is no such thing as a 'big crowd' or a sea of tourists. Pure privacy and relaxation is found!

I was given a lovely tour and saw first-hand the amazing wedding facilities that the resort offers. You could tie-the-knot on the Highland's Celebration Arbour which offers breathtaking scenery over the 18th green of the mountainside golf course. (see pic, below).  The luxe Bear Mountain Ballroom can host a 300 person reception. The on-site Sante Spa is a haven for pre-wedding pampering while the guys can unwind on the Nicklaus co-designed course.

Overall, I think this resort boasts a completely private, totally luxurious and spectacularly Canadian five-star reason to consider it for your wedding.

All this... and you can even bring your furry child along (for those who may have a four-legged son or daughter to incorporate into the festivities). The resort is pet-friendly as my own little guy Macintosh can attest to.

Thank you to the staff (Helena Price in particular) and Christine Gleed. I can't wait to go back!

Westin Bear Mountain Wedding

Westin Bear Mountain Ballroom Wedding

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Friday's Eye Candy

Jul 11, 2008
Angela Desveaux

Kate Spade Shoe

It's official. I'm going through a pink phase. (As one would clearly note by looking at the blog design, the entire latest issue, my living room cushions, these shoes...)

BUT, that aside - aren't these adorable? I love Kate Spade heels and I think a pair of these little ladies peeking out from your gown would be delightful. This fushia and poppy satin pair are called HERA. The heel is 3.5" and they're $318.00 available to purchase online at (in case you don't live near a Holt's). :)

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Summer Sparkle

Jul 10, 2008
Angela Desveaux

Beaches are DEFINITELY on my mind today because I'm daydreaming of Hawaii (where I'll be heading off on a press trip in less than two weeks). Yay! As always, the universe was listening because this morning I received an email update from Birks about their beautiful new line of sea-inspired jewelry.

The collection is called BIRKS SEASIDE™ by ESTY and the folks at Birks say it best on their website when they describe ". . .imprints of tiny seashells cast in sterling silver are accented by a whimsical starfish in 18k yellow gold. This enchanting collection evokes happy memories of sunny days by the sea."

Mmmmm yes they most certainly do! They'd be beautiful for a beachside ceremony or a destination wedding.

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An adorable detail!

Jul 09, 2008
Angela Desveaux

Paper+Cup customized wooden cutlery

Summer weddings are delightful and present a myriad of opportunities to have good old-fashion fun with personalization and details. How about offering your guests a scoop of lemon sherbet or strawberry ice cream served with these personalized wooden ice cream spoons? With your names and wedding date hot-stamped into the handle it doesn't get any cuter. Totally a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e!

You can order them directly online from Paper+Cup. At only $1.75 each (minimum order of 50 pieces or $87.50 USD) this is one sweet detail you can't afford to miss.


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