Ancaster Wedding Show & JPE!

I’m excited to announce that JPE will be a vendor at the upcoming Ancaster Wedding Show at Night on March 21st!

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It will be the first wedding show JPE has participated in and I could not have picked a more perfect one for JPE.  The AWS has a boutique feel to it that caters to Southern Ontario brides serious about wedding inspiration and getting their wedding planning started.  Tiffany, AWS Manager, has created a platform for vendors in Southern Ontario to showcase their skills and create an evening for bride-to-be’s to relax, enjoy and truly take in the talent that Southern Ontario wedding professionals have to offer. With a limited number of vendors chosen from each industry, it is appealing to all bride-to-be’s without being overwhelming.

JPE is teaming up with the incredibly talented Paula from La Fiora Floral & Event Design to create an eye-catching and unforgettable booth! Keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram (@jackie_penner) for booth teasers leading up to March 21st!

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And as always, I cannot wait to see my good friend and one-of-a-kind photographer, Brian Reilly. Constantly swooning over his stunning photos, I am so looking forward to working with him again on March 8th! Yay!

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Be sure to follow JPE on social media for show information, coupons, and teasers!!

~ Jackie P.

Valentines Day 101

February 14th – a date typically either loved or hated. We are all fully aware this is a “Hallmark Holiday” – geniuses right?! But without acknowledging it, you are bound to make someone feel upset.  So what are you going to do for the loves in your life? Here are some ideas to get the juices flowing….

♥  The obvious card and chocolates may seem simple, but is definitely always appreciated! And you can make the card more specific like this one if you’re partner is Breaking Bad fan!
♥  Who wouldn’t love a sappy, romantic message on twitter or facebook posted for everyone to see? Well maybe some people, but if your partner is always on social media, join them for one day through a post direct JUST to them!
♥  Send something to their place of work. Always an unexpected but pleasant and welcomed surprise.
♥  Before they leave for work, head on over to your friend and/or lovers house and leave a little something on their windshield. What a great way to start the day! A card, a handwritten note, or maybe a Starbucks card so they can treat themselves on their drive in.
♥  Prepare dinner. If you are not the one who typically does the cooking, treat your partner to a relaxing evening where the food is prepared for them. Maybe grab some flowers and a nice bottle of wine on the way home as well 😉
♥  Sneak out the night before and leave a surprise in your partners car.  A treat to enjoy with lunch or a nice gift! And if you notice the tank is almost empty, take the car for a quick spin and fill it up for them – everyone can appreciate that during this cold winter!
♥  If your partner has a hobby, give them something related to that hobby. A new XBOX game, a new toolbox (filled with candy of course), a new bottle of red wine for them to try, a new golf shirt….the list can go on!

Hopefully that is enough to get your wheels turning! And as you may have noticed, everything listed above is cost-effective! You don’t need to spend tons of money to make someone feel special. Be thoughtful and be creative!

For me, Valentine’s Day is a holiday I like to acknowledge but don’t necessarily need to celebrate. I know – being a wedding coordinator and a lover of all things love-ly, aren’t you slightly surprised? A card and some chocolate will do just fine for me! Ever since I can remember, my first love (Dad of course!) has had a thoughtful card and box of chocolates waiting for my mom and I when we woke up.  Just perfect!  And I can always count on my true love to surprise me with something!   Anthony and I tend to go out for dinner mid-week when we don’t feel like cooking so making a reservation on Valentine’s Day isn’t really our thing. Typically, we like to spend the evening with friends and family, whoever is around and in the same spirit as we are. Enjoying an evening with great company and a glass or two of wine is just perfect for us.

Now it’s 2 days away… what are your plans for, and with, the special people in your life?  What are you hoping for?

Feel free to share, I’d love to hear about it!

~ JP

What’s In Store for 2014?

Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVELIES!

While JPE took a little break from social media over the holidays to catch up on office/storage organization, quality time with friends and family, and general R&R, we were thinking about what 2014 has in store.  2013 was such an incredible year (details about its incredible-ness to come later this month), that it would be hard not to be motivated and completely thrilled about what 2014 has in store.

To keep it short, here are just a few things already in the calendar that we are looking forward to for 2014:

♥  Photo-shoot scheduled with the amazingly, talented and hilarious Brian Reilly Photography  (This gem of a photographer will not only make you feel comfortable in front of a camera but make your entire experience fun!)
♥  Long-time, elementary school and childhood friend is getting married to her decade-long boyfriend on March 8th. I am completely honoured she has asked me to help with the decor on her big day!
♥  Already surpassed the number of weddings booked for 2014 that I was fortunate enough to be a part of in 2013 (Yay!)
♥  The opportunity to work with multiple new vendors and venues, including the gorgeous Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, Toronto, the breath-taking Windermere Manor in London ON, and more unique and inspiring spaces. I CAN’T WAIT!
♥  Previous clients expecting 2014 babies! AHH! (Congrats Sarah & Matt and Congrats Danielle & Geoff!! I am sooo extremely elated for the both of you!)

Looking forward to 2014 which is open-ended with limitless possibilities and filled with LOTS of love and loveliness!

Stay tuned for details of why 2013 was such a great year for JPE!

~  Jackie P

January = Wedding Inspiration Month!

Whether you’re newly engaged (Congrats BTW!!), in the middle of the wedding planning process, or counting down the weeks until your big day, January is FULL of wedding inspiration!

Below is a list of local wedding shows to check out throughout the month of January. Grab a girlfriend, a treat from Starbucks, and comfortable shoes and head to any one of these amazing shows. You will not be disappointed!

♥  Canadas Bridal Show ~ Friday, January 3rd – Sunday, January 5th
♥  The WedLuxe Wedding Show ~ Sunday, January 5th (**Fun note: there was actually a section for groom’s at this show last year, so if you’re convincing your fiance to go with you, I’d suggest going to this one!)
♥  Hamilton/Halton Wedding Show ~ Saturday, January 11th & Sunday, January 12th
♥  the Total Wedding Show ~ Friday, January 17th – Sunday, January 19th
♥  National Bridal Show ~ Friday, January 24th – Sunday, January 26th
♥  Burlington/Oakville Bridal Show ~ Saturday, January 25th – Sunday, January 26th

Let me know which one(s) you attend and what you think!

Have fun lovelies!

~  JP