Friday 27 February 2015

WPIC 2015 Kick Off

WPIC Be Bold 2015 Kick off Event

WPIC Be Bold 2015 Kick off niagara wedding planner a-divine-affair
On February 19th, nearly 100 incredibly talented WPIC alumni gathered at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto to "Be Bold" and celebrate the start of a new year!

The evening started off with a lovely cocktail hour.  Upon entering the cocktail hour, alumni were asked to choose a balloon to pop and inside was a coloured gem signifying a table they got to choose a prize from.  I got a gift card to Victoria's Secret :) ... During the cocktail hour alumni was able to enjoy lovely music by the Ernie Kalwa Jazz Trio.  We were able to enjoy delicious gelato from Cremahh, desserts by Cakeholics, a photobooth by Best, nail art by A Pink Nail and watch cigar rolling by Corenti Cigars and topless eye candy.

After cocktail hour, we enjoyed a delicious dinner which included the following 3 courses:
The First Glance – warm honey mushrooms in a frisée nest with sweet and spicy pecans, raspberries and boursin crumble
The Embrace – Brie and almond filled chicken breast with asparagus tips and potato
The Seduction – Macaroon cloud with raspberry crème and chocolate, with Grand Marnier cherries.

During dinner we were entertained by Wayde and Devon of D&W Entertainment Group.  The very talented Olga Pankova our live event artist was painting a beautiful painting throughout the evening, which captured the theme perfectly.
Our guest speaker was Leyla Rezeghi from DivaGirl Preneur, talking about building an empire.  "People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it.  And what you do simply proves what you believe". "Create your tribe... Pick your posse".  We also learned some things about the Eaton Chelsea Hotel from Rebecca Babineau.  We were to answer questions about the hotel and my table got the first question and won delicious chocolates... they didn't last long.
The entertainment for the evening was 2 lovely Burlesque dancers from the Toronto School of Burlesque. The talented Kitty Litteur and Agatha Frisky gave a show I am sure none of us will forget anytime soon.

After dinner, D&W Entertainment Group got the dance floor rocking.  As we left, we were handed a huge swag bag full of goodies...

It was a lovely evening of inspiration and networking.  It was great to catch up with fellow planners and meet new ones.  I love this yearly event and look forward to seeing what the WPIC regional reps have in store for us next year!

Enjoy some photos from this fabulous event... all photos credited to: Cardozo Photography 

 Pop a Balloon... pick a prize!
 Art by Olga Pankova
 WPIC Regional Reps that planned the fabulous event!

Ernie Kalwa Jazz Trio

Cigar rolling by Corenti Cigars

 Photobooth by Best
 Nail art by A Pink Nail

 D&W Entertainment Group

Kitty Litteur and Agatha Frisky
 Our Live Event Painting by Olga Pankova


Wednesday 11 February 2015

Kate Spade Inspired 30th Birthday Party

Kate Spade #jenniespurdy30 Party

The Niagara region is full of so many Wonderful Wedding Professionals and yet not often enough do we get the chance to see each other outside of Weddings, to kick off our heels and to get the chance to get to know one another and our spouses on a more personal level.  So for my 30th birthday this year, that's what I wanted... A Formal Cocktail Party where all my wedding professional friends would come together with our spouses to eat, drink, dance and totally let loose! I wanted the cocktail party to be formal yet fun, a true representation of who I am.  Being a Wedding and Event planner, I LOVE planning gorgeous events.  And what is more gorgeous than Kate Spade?  Pink, black, gold and glitter; bows, champagne and a whole lot of sparkle and you’ve got an evening of true fabulousness! And so, the inspiration for our cocktail party was born!

Guests received a lovely Kate Spade inspired gold foil invitation designed
by Defining Moments.  They were instructed to dress in black, gold or pink
formal attire.  And so the shopping sprees began! Upon entering, guests
were greeted with hors d’oeuvres created by Chef Abbey who appeared on
Chopped Canada.  Every aspect of the party had Kate Spade written all over
it.  From the striped straws with fun straw flags to the gold striped
water pitcher, the black and white striped votive candles and the Kate
Spade cocktail napkins.  The lounge area with white leather sofas had
black and white striped pillows.  The napkins were folded in the shape of
a bow. The linens, provided by Gala Décor were sequins and stripes!  The
tables were covered in gold confetti and each one was adorned by a
fabulous Kate Spade quote.  The incredible floral provided by Bloom & Co.
made the room pop with its gorgeous pink colours.  There was a photo area
with Kate Spade inspired props.  The Sweets Table by Above and Beyond
Cupcakes was my favourite part!  Everything was delicious… believe me; I
think I tried everything at least once!  Right in the middle of the
fabulous table was a playful cake with black and white stripes, edible
gold sequins and a pink bow.  Other table highlights included, gold
glitter donuts, pink and champagne macaroons, cotton candy, chocolate
dipped strawberries, chocolate dipped oreos, chocolate dipped pretzels,
cake pops, cupcakes and cookies.  Guests drank pink champagne and danced
the night away to the music performed by the Madhatters.  At the end of
the night, each guest was treated to a gift to bring home, a sinfully
delicious gold glitter donut by Sweet Celebrations.  The evening details,
and all its gorgeousness was photographed by Andrea, of Andrea’s
Impressions Photography.

Vendors included:
Venue:  Lookout Point Country Club
Event Planner & Designer: A Divine Affair (Jennie)
Sweets Table: Above and Beyond Cupcakes (Ryan & Stacey)
Floral: Bloom & Co. (Kalin)
Photography: Andrea’s Impressions Photography (Andrea)
Décor: Gala Décor (Christina)
Stationary: Defining Moments (Olga)
Hair & Make up: HONOR Beauty (Paje)
Accessories: Kate Spade
Band: The Madhatters
Favours: Sweet Celebrations (Sharleen)