So if you have met with me regarding your wedding, or merely had a conversation with me about any wedding, you’ll know I am a BIG fan of pinterest! While as a whole it can be quite daunting and consume multiple hours of your day (I am definitely guilty for spending countless hours drooling over the millions of beautiful images), it is a great starting point to find inspiration for your big day. When it comes to pulling all of the pieces together for a wedding, it can seem overwhelming. Some bride-to-be’s have a clear vision of what they want their day to look like and how they want it to feel. They know the colour of dress their bridesmaids will wear right down to the font on their seating chart. Others, not so much.
Confession: After all of the weddings I have been lucky enough to be involved in, I know when its my turn, finding my vision will be a struggle – I just love everything! The luxurious look of crisp, white, leather sofas, sequin table cloths and mirrored vases – I want. The cozy, rustic feel of exposed wooden tables, baby’s breath everywhere and flip flops for all of the ladies – I need. The relaxed, fun vibe of long, rectangle tables to fit 20, a canoe filled with beer and everyone enjoying some bean bag toss – I must have. How will I pull it all together? Well, I guess we’ll both have to wait until that day comes to find out :)!
Anyways, take a stroll over to the JPE Pinterest page and poke around. Check out other couples inspirations (with their permission of course, I have some open wedding boards with current clients!), signage options for your big day, or alternatives to floral centrepieces! There is plenty to look at, so take a break and peruse the loveliness!
In honour of their one year wedding anniversary this month, I figured Lindsay & Omar would be a great couple to be the first wedding to grace the JPE Blog. I have known Lindsay for many years and through various cities. She is no doubt one of the strongest, intelligent, motivated and confident woman I have ever gotten to know and absolutely adore. Being the organized, tedious-task-loving lady she is, it was an honour when she asked me to manage the day-of her wedding to Omar (who is quite the catch as well!).
(I am in LOVE with this picture! How cute are they!)
Lindsay & Omar held their wedding at the beautiful Thompson Landry Gallery in the Distillery District, Toronto. On a chilly November day, the couple were joined by 160 of their family and friends for a late, romantic ceremony followed by a cocktail reception. If you have ever been to the Distillery District, then you know that 90% of the venues there are gorgeous just the way they are – the Thompson Landry Gallery is no different. With original art and exposed brick the space did not need too much TLC. To personalize the space, we put together deep red rose arrangements which were placed in various locations throughout the venue and matched the bridesmaids bouquets.
Because the wedding ceremony was scheduled for a 7:00 pm start, the bridal party were able to relax, take their time and fully enjoy getting ready for the evening. The bridesmaids wore the infamous twobirds bridesmaid dresses (a dress I absolutely recommend to all brides for their maids!) and every one of the ladies looked stunning.
Not a dry eye in the room after this gorgeous and passionate ceremony…
If you know me, you know I am a sucker when it comes to father-daughter relationships (likely because I am the only girl of three and have THE softest spot in my heart for my own dad!). Lindsay’s father is truly a man I admire and hold very dear to my heart. I am in love with the images the talented Brian McNally caught of the precious moments between John and Lindsay.
During the cocktail reception guests were served champagne and delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by Sublime Catering. Music kept people on the dance floor the entire evening, despite the sore feet of many women…
**Advice for bride-to-be’s: If your venue does not allow guests to take off their shoes while ripping up the dance floor, you may want to consider providing some flip flops for the women so the party, and their feet, can last all night!
This was an unforgettable day. Lindsay & Omar planned the perfect day which really represented who they are as a couple: immense value for family and friends, laid-back, stylish and completely adoring of one another. Thank you both so much for involving me in your big day, I will cherish it forever!
The dark, homemade, start-up website is gone and the talented Ivonne Karamoy has created something JUST PERFECT for Jackie Penner Events!
With the launch of JPE in early January and the fast paced start we had with three weddings just months away, there wasn’t too much time to focus on the website. I of course knew we needed a website, so decided to put something together on my own as a place for people to go to. Although it was not the most impressive site on the market, it contained all of the relevant information potential clients needed to know: what we offer, what we specialize in, a baseline for pricing…you get it. I focused on promoting JPE through exciting posts, beautiful pictures, and informative links on Facebook. Ivonne was in the background designing what is now a stunning blog-based site for potential clients to find out more about JPE. This site will be active and inspiring.
So… I invite you to poke around, get to know JPE and, of course, let me know what you think!!