Tuesday, 25 February 2014

IN THE ISSUE: 'Sweet + Salty' Captured by Blair Marie Photography

When Blair dropped us an email a few months back to see if we would be interested in doing some collaborations, we instantly jumped at the opportunity! We have loved following this up and coming Calgarian Photographer, and Blair Marie Photography is quickly making waves in the indie wedding photography crowd in central Canada. 

Our mission for Blair was to capture a simple and sweet Valentines "at home" date that any couple could execute. Not only that, we wanted to show that this could be done at any time of year, and that any night is a great excuse for a dinner date for two.

Head on over to the newest issue to see how you can make something sweet, gift & give something to the one you love, and share an intimate night in!

Stationery: Kate Klassen of UHOHMYDEER
Concept & Styling: AJ of Pink & Honey 

Monday, 24 February 2014

IN THE ISSUE: 'A Stylized Bridesmaids Guide' from Best Day Ever Creative Events

On Valentines Day of 2014 there was plenty of love in the air! From the abundance of engagements and weddings that happened around town, to the launch of the newest issue of The Refinery Magazine, there was plenty of love-ly inspiration to be had!

Part of that inspiration was the addition of our new regular contributors Chelsey & Dene of Best Day Ever Creative Events! We were so thrilled to include their stylized guide to bridesmaids style in the newest issue, and we have shared below a selection of images from this beautiful shoot with Christie Graham Photography!

To read all the juicy details, and to take in all the info on how you can execute this perfectly for your big day, head over and read the newest issue:
Jenny; The Free Spirit

The Details: 

Watters Iris lace dress from Frocks.

Olsen gold fill chain necklace with black onyx pendant by Lisbeth Jewelry, By Boe pyramid diamond gold earrings and ring and gold black Swarovski crystal bracelet from Shut Up I Love This and Matti Martin blue sapphire ring from Cavalier.

Cascading floral bouquet from Flower Factory adds wild whimsical flair to this pretty yet carefree look. 
Anna; The Rocker

The Details: 

One shoulder dress from Show Off! 

Gorjana Teagan gold ring and rhinestone spike gold ring from Shut Up I Love This and Alexandra Dodds double ring from Cavalier adds an edgy, hip vibe.

Bouquet of feathers and succulents brings a sense of ‘really freaking cool’ to this wedding party. 
Ashleigh; The Glam Girl 

The Details: 

Mod inspired dress from The Lip Lounge.
Elsa Corsi jeweled earrings and stacked black Swarovski crystal bracelets from Jeweliette.

A big blue bow adorns this ravishing bouquet to complete the quintessential glam girl’s style. 
Alicia; The Boho Beauty 

The Details: 

Watters Pine chiffon maxi and Adorn Atelier braided headband from Frocks.
Assorted rings from Cavalier featuring local designers: Alexandra Dodds, Wolf Circus and Foe & Dear.

A thick wool wrapped bouquet with trailing ribbon plays up this bohemian styling.
Jessica; The Girl Next Door 

The Details: 

Lela Rose chiffon dress with sweetheart neckline and feminine draping from Frocks.
Elsa Corsi pearl bracelet with crystal embellished clasp and drop earrings from Jeweliette.

Bouquet with pretty blue ribbon and pearls finishes off this classically sweet look.  

From Chelsey & Dene, at Best Day Ever Creative Events:

We’re sure most of you can relate to having to embrace a bridesmaid look that just isn’t quite you. You don’t hate it (ok, maybe you do), but the dress just doesn’t quite flatter your figure and definitely doesn’t fall in line with your personal style. No offense brides, we know it’s your day and you should have the ultimate say, but wouldn’t you rather know that your girls not only look, but also feel amazing standing up there next to you?

Of course, there’s always the fear that if each bridesmaid wears a different dress, different jewelry and carries a slightly different bouquet, the wedding party isn’t going to look like they are part of the same wedding. That is simply not the case!

It’s important to incorporate a few common elements so that the looks do come together in a really beautiful and cohesive way. Unify the bridesmaids with your colour palette of choice, a consistent makeup look and bouquets that use similar blooms while still allowing your girls’ personal styles and personalities to shine through.

Our line-up of ladies included the ‘girl next door’, ‘rocker’, ‘boho beauty’, ‘free spirit’ and ‘glam girl’. With a colour palette of cobalt and navy blues, we visited local bridal shops and fashion boutiques on the hunt for dresses that complimented each girl and hinted at their unique individual styles. And, we didn’t stop at attire; what really brings these looks full circle is tying in jewelry selection, floral bouquets flawlessly designed by The Flower Factory and the perfect hair and unifying makeup (which in this case featured a bold oxblood lip). A matching oxblood nail polish from lacc, found at Shut Up I Love This, was a natural choice, not only because the colour matched the lip perfectly, but because this pretty polish is also vegan and paraben free.

There’s no doubt that playing on each girl’s individual style and finding unique pieces from local boutiques around the city can all come together in a really amazing way. Here’s to doing things a little differently!

The Creative Vendors:

Planning/Styling/Creative Direction: Best Day Ever Creative Events
Photography: Christie Graham Photography
Floral Design: The Flower Factory
Makeup: Denise Elliott Makeup Artistry
Hair: Sabrina Fetterkind with Denise Elliott Makeup Artistry
Dresses: The Lip Lounge, Show Off!, Frocks 
Jewelry: Cavalier, Lisbeth, Shut Up I Love This, Jeweliette 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

IN THE ISSUE: Olivia & Joel are Engaged - captured by Danaea Li Photography

Olivia & Joel are two super cuties, captured by Danaea Li Photography, who shared their engagement session with our newest issue of The Refinery Magazine! We loved their adorable style, and their setting is absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks again to Danaea for shooting and sharing these images with us!

xo A & M

IN THE ISSUE: Secluded Seaside - captured by Lani Elias Photography

We brought together some new and old friends to enjoy a seaside rehearsal dinner - a feature in the newest issue of The Refinery Magazine, out on Valentines day!

We loved showcasing Lani Elias work, as she recently relocated to Vancouver, and this seemed an appropriate way to capture her arrival on the west-coast! Together with a whole slough of talented creatives, we were able to showcase a taste of feasting with friends the night before your wedding. 

Head on over to our website to read the rest of this beautiful editorial:

- Ainsley & Madison xoxo

Created by The Refinery Magazine / 
Flowers and Styling by Delovely Creative / 
Hair, MUA and Wardrobe Styling by Emily Cheng / 
Models Richards Models & Family Management / 
Catering by Railtown Catering / 
Cake by Cake by Nicole

Friday, 14 February 2014

One Year Later - Issue V is here!

Happy Valentines Day, lovelies!

We're 1 years old today, and to celebrate we bring you the newest issue of The Refinery! Its available to read right now on your online new stand, so visit our site right here:

We loved sharing some more images from our cover shoot, including some talented vendors! You can find the entire shoot in our newest issue, so read away!

Thank you to all who have supported us this past year - from friends, family, vendors, creatives, and all our avid readers from around the world - your love means so much to us! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

xo Ainsley & Madison

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