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Love Is In The Air | Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas

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Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day just around the corner! Whether you’re planning a romantic night to swoon your sweetheart or having a Galentine’s day with your best friends – we’ve got you covered. Check out our date night ideas to celebrate Cupid this year! 

Dress Up & Dine Out

There is no better way to celebrate a night out by getting dressed up and dining out to your favorite food spot! Book a reservation at your favorite restaurant (maybe the place where you shared your first kiss or had your first date) and feast on classy drinks and delicious food. Not sure where to go? Click here to check out some of Vancouver’s best restaurants.

And if you’re not feeling like getting glam and going out, why not stay home and have a romantic night in? Cook your favorite meal (or order some take out!), light some candles, play your favorite tunes and celebrate the night made just for you!

Love with Laughter

If you want to celebrate the night laughing away, check out an improv show! Because improv comedy is one of our favorite night ideas all year round, we know this special treat will be no exception!  

My Funny Valentine with the Vancouver Theatre Sports League
Location: Granville Island, Vancouver BC
Price Point: $$
What you can find: This show is hosted by none other than Cupid himself along with the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. It’s an all-out love battle as three ‘improv couples’ duke it out. Additional features include a ‘Love Astrologer’ who’ll check out your Love Charts, improvised love sonnets and champagne.

Sealed with a Fish

This is a great Valentine’s treat for those who love the aquarium and sea aquatic life. This intimate event is open to guests 19+ and gives you the opportunity to explore the aquarium in a fun new way!

After Hours Valentine’s Day at the Vancouver Aquarium
Location: Stanley Park, Vancouver BC
Price Point: $$
What you can find: Pucker up for an intimate affair at the Vancouver Aquarium. From cocktails to coral sex talk to a date with a penguin. A truly unique way for singles and doubles to feel the love!

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Meet the Sweetheart Girls, Kathlene

Hi friends! I’m Kathlene – a wedding day and office assistant for the SHE team! About a year and a half ago, I started my journey into the wedding biz with Sweetheart Events. I’ve learned so much about the wedding industry through the SHE team and I can’t wait to share with you my experiences!!! Keep reading below 🙂 

How I Got My Start Into the Wedding Industry

My journey into the wedding industry was definitely an eye-opener for me. Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved planning events and paying attention to the little details. It wasn’t until a few years into “conventional” post-secondary, that I decided I wanted to change my career path. I wanted to be happy and creatively challenged, so I followed my passion and entered the world of event planning!

I met with Stephanie for coffee one morning and left knowing I made the right choice. It was her bubbly personality, passion for her business, the industry, and her couples that convinced me that I wanted to be apart of Sweetheart Events. Luckily, it wasn’t long until I was offered an amazing opportunity to intern, and later on work, for Stephanie and Sweetheart Events… and, well, the rest is history 🙂 

What To Expect As A Wedding Day Assistant

As an assistant, you are an extension of the lead planner. As a team, we support and trust each other, and divide and conquer which always gets the job done smarter.

Some of our normal wedding assisting tasks can include: setting up and taking down the ceremony and reception space, cueing in the bridal party for their entrances, communicating with other vendors and helping everywhere else in between. But keep in mind, all weddings are different and tasks can totally vary.  

That being said, sometimes we get stuck doing other things that are not expected. That could be anything from being the “unofficial DJ” and trying to figure out the logistics of an audio system, rounding up herds of family members for family photos, or making last-minute trips to Ikea and Michael’s to find more photo frames and place cards. With many deep breaths (and back up plans), we always figure out a way to make things work!

My best tip to survive a full wedding day? Bring some water & snacks and wear comfy shoes! Trust me, it’ll save you.

Favorite Part of the Wedding Day

My favorite part of any wedding day is definitely any of the “first” moments that a couple shares – first looks, their wedding vows, and first dances. I also love seeing how each couple incorporates their personalities and personalized details into their overall wedding day!

At the end of the day…

Although we work mostly behind the scenes, wedding assistants are definitely still an essential part of a wedding day.

If you’re someone who is detail-oriented, self-motivated, friendly, has a passion for weddings and all things love and always one step ahead – you’ll fit right in with the SHE team! 🙂

I’m so grateful to be in the wedding industry and glad that Steph and I took a chance with each other. I honestly work alongside the kindest, most humble, talented and hardworking group of gals and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Working with Stephanie & the girls of Sweetheart Events is a literal dream and I love them all to death! xo

Favorite Weddings I’ve Assisted On

Check out some of my fave weddings I’ve had the pleasure to assist on!

Kalia & Ben – Poplar Grove Winery Wedding
Caitlyn & Mike – Sky Hangar Wedding
Into The Woods – Twilight Inspired West Coast Wedding

Where else you can find me

Let’s be friends on Instagram!

Interested in joining the SHE team?!?!

We’d love to have you! Hop on over to our NOW HIRING 2016 blog post for all the application details. Hint, hint, I’m looking for more than just your resume. Applications due Saturday, February 10th.

The SHE girls can’t wait to meet you!

Shannon & Evan | Westcoast Whistler Elopement

Photo Credit: Christine Pienaar Photography

There’s something always so magical about elopements. We just love how intimate and personalized elopements can be and let’s just say that Shannon and Evan’s Westcoast Whistler Elopement was nothing short of that. Although it was a cold, snowy day – all you could feel was the warmth of these sweetheart’s love! It was truly a day to remember.

How They Fell in Love

Shannon and Evan met at the local Cross Fit gym in St. Johns, BC. They would occasionally catch each other’s eye and would always be working out at the same time. A friendship grew quickly and they became each other’s spotting buddy. Shannon moved away but Evan and her continued their friendship with Skype calls to stay in touch. During one of their Skypes, Evan joked about coming to see her but that joke soon became reality. After visiting Shannon, they both knew there was something special. Not long after, Shannon packed her bags and returned back to St. Johns. 

How He Asked

Shannon and Evan have a mutual love for the West Coast (Whistler) and skiing. They take an annual trip out to Whistler to ski and they rent one of those super cute Air Bnb condos to stay in. Evan knew Shannon was the one early on but he wanted the proposal to be perfect. He waited until their annual trip out to Whistler. The weather was not good that day but Evan pushed forward with his plans. He convinced Shannon to go up to the peak where he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. She said yes! Yay!

How They Wed 

The wedding plans were well underway but during the overwhelming amount of planning, Shannon and Evan decided it wasn’t exactly what they wanted. They wanted this special day to be just them in their favourite place; Whistler. Shannon had emailed Stephanie to set up a consultation. After a successful Facetime chat and almost planning the entire wedding in that first hour, Stephanie was hired on and the elopement plans were underway.

We planned the elopement during the couple’s annual ski trip out to Whistler and chose Nita Lake Lodge as their Winter West Coast wonderland backdrop. Christine Pienaar and Handsome Films were on hand to capture every detail. The couple enjoyed a quiet morning alone before Natacha Trottier arrived for hair and makeup. The couple shared a first look before entering hand in hand to their custom wedding ceremony with Whistler Wedding Officiant where the SHE team acted as the legal witnesses (we really do take all stress away during the day). 

Following the ceremony, the couple took some couple portraits while the SHE team set up the private dining room with a romantic sweetheart table for two. The chef created a custom menu with the couple’s favorites and Cake and the Giraffe created a mini cake. 

This wedding had all the traditional elements while still being a perfect reflection of the couple. Shannon and Evan, thank you for choosing the SHE team. We can’t wait for our nacho date at Dusty’s on your next ski trip! 

Check out their elopement video here and some of our favorite details of their day!

 

Sentiments From the Couple

“Your passion and excitement for our own wedding really caught our attention since we’ve never received that kind of response anywhere else. Right away you already had great ideas on what to do and where to go which was a nice breath of fresh air. There was no contemplation of hiring you after our meeting, we pretty much high-fived each other that night since we could relax again.”

“Every time we connected we felt like ours was the only wedding you were planning. Your time and devotion were unquestioned and it truly felt like we were your only focus. Because of this, you were really able to get to know us individually and as a result, you planned our wedding exactly how we envisioned (or had hoped to envision). The result was very personally tailored to us.

Another thing that stood out was the fact that we connected with you so well. We could carry on and joke about things outside of all the wedding talk which was a nice balance. You were all around easy to get along with and made the whole process of planning a wedding probably one of the easiest things we’ve ever experienced. I’m sure those without excellent wedding planners like yourself fail to say their own wedding planning was an easy experience, so thank you for keeping us a few years younger! All in all, you could give us a list of all the things of what/how wedding planner should be and we would tick every box as a 10 out of 10.”

Vendor Team

Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography | Videography: Handsome Films | Elopement Planning: Sweetheart Events, Stephanie | Decor: Infinity Event Design | Cake: The Cake & The Giraffe | Officiant: Whistler Wedding Pastor | Makeup and Hair: Natacha Trottier | Florist: Celsia Florist

Natasha & David | Fraser River Lodge Wedding, Featured on Wedding Chicks

Hi friends! As you may already know, the SHE team is absolutely obsessed with the beauty the Pacific Northwest. Natasha & David celebrated their love at the Fraser River Lodge and all we can say is that it’s truly one of our favorites.

How Their Love Story Began

It wasn’t necessarily “love at first sight” but this one has a great story that proves timing is everything. Natasha and David went to high school together and would bump into each other on occasion in class or through mutual friend outings. They gradutated, went their seperate ways and years later, at a UBC party, Natasha noticed David from across the room. The lightbulb went off and he recoginized her too. They became friends again and soon after began dating long distance as David lived in Alberta.

Natasha soon moved out to Alberta and on a trip out to Ireland, David bought her a Clatter Irish ring while waiting to customize the engagement ring together. After five years of dating, David proposed to Natasha on a beautiful snowy day in January, during a walk along their favourite path with their dogs Maya and Peter.

How They Wed

While living in Alberta, the couple quickly realized they needed someone supporting their vision and executing it perfectly in BC. They hired Stephanie for True to You custom package and full decor and design. Natasha’s vision was blush and ivory, west coast backdrops and romance but still casual, inviting and lots of fun.

Stephanie scoured the warehouses of Niche Event Stylists, Past Pieces, Sitka Studios and Flowerella Event Florals to bring this beautiful vision to life. The reception tables were dressed in white floorlength linens, dove grey chiffon runners and many blush blooms.

To create an intimate but inviting atmosphere, we added additional seating to the tables to allow guests to mix and mingle and create new friendships during the dinner reception. Plus, it was a great spot for the couple to sneak in and say hello.

Above, was a cluster of globe lighting that created the ultimate romantic environment and the perfect lighting for all night dancing. Creating and executing this wedding with a couple from afar was an exciting and creative inspiring challenge. 

Check out Natasha & David’s wedding feature on Wedding Chicks!

Vendor Team

Wedding Dress: Truvelle | Accessories & Lingerie: Valentino | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Wedding Planning & Styling: Sweetheart Events | Flowers: Flowerella | Groom & Groomsmen Apparel: Hugo Boss, RW & CO | Hair: Beauty By Magdalena | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Jewelry: BHLDN, Tacori | Lightning: Sitka Studios | Entertainment: Audio Edge | Officiants: Vancouver Officiant | Paper Goods: Rifle Paper Co. | Photobooth: Swanybooth | Photographer: Mikaela Ruth Photography | Venue: Fraser River Lodge

Goal Digger | My 2018 Goals

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Photo credit: Christine Pienaar Photography

Happy ALMOST New Years, Friends!

If you read my goals for 2017, you know that I wanted to make goal setting a priority. That’s why I’m writing to you today. I’m super proud of what I accomplished, I mean everything except two were tackled. Can you guess which ones?! Now while I was thinking about goal setting, I found finding 18 was too difficult. Instead this year I am going for quality over quantity.

This Goal Digger’s 2018 Goals:

  • Self-care and Self-love– Starting off this list with a bang! This one came like a train hitting me. I never wanted to admit it but this is one I rarely prioritize. While wedding season got busy (go us!), I found myself canceling personal time to accomodate last minute appointments and/or burning the midnight oil just to complete a project on time. While I love my work, I want to put me first, get 8 hours of sleep a night and learn to love myself better. This also includes taking the time to exercise, less coffee more water and taking the time to hit pause and reflect.
  • Purpose over Perfect– Do you ever scroll through Instagram and compare yourself? Chasing perfect left me feeling lonely, exhausted and discouraged. This year, I want to stop doing that. I want to share my purpose, my why even if it doesn’t mean it’s perfect. It was hard to acknowledge success. My number might not be as high as other planners but we hit our goal and we worked with 30 incredible couples to create beautiful journeys to an incredible wedding day and marriage ahead.
  • Make a Change– If you know me personally, you know that I have been running the hamster wheel because 1. I am good at it and 2. it is comfortable. It’s always been so easy to chase happiness or just feel settled. Next year, I have HUGE plans for me personally and the business. I’ll be sharing it early 2018.
  • Do Something That Scares Me– Well the above announcement still shakes me in my boots but other than that, building a larger team scares me. Wait, wait! I love my team and have full confidence in them but if I am being completely candid here, I think it’s the fear of me letting go of the business in more ways. I am not the best to delegate but have come a long way this past year. My fabulous assistant, Kathlene, has been working alongside me every Friday working on blog posts and handing admin duties. This year that scary thing was trying something new. Last week I took my first ski lesson and rocked it. Sometimes the thing that scares you the most turns out to be something you’ve always been meant to do.
  • Education– I see 2018 as our greatest year of growth to date but I want to continue growing and learning too as a boss and wedding planner. Last year I had the opportunity to attend workshops to continue to grow in my craft but I often found myself too busy or just saying no. This year I plan on attending one workshop…which is one of the things I am carrying over from 2017 that I did not accomplish.

Whew! What a great list and I can’t wait to start putting these in action for 2018. Are you goal setting? I would love to cheer you on! I am also trying to get better at sharing and would love to add you to my monthly newsletter

Talk to you in the new year! xo