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Are you a newly engaged GTA fiance?

Let’s talk about it.

Okay, this is going to be short and sweet … Can we have a quick conversation about the term ‘fiance’? The more and more people I talk to say the same thing: they feel weird using the word. Maybe it’s the people I’m talking to or maybe it just is.

I was engaged for a total of 19 months and I can tell you I called Anthony my ‘fiancé’ to only a handful of people. Those handful of people … mostly mere strangers. I cannot count the number of times my friends used it for me though. I guess that’s what they’re there for. Shoutout #kandiscrew. I always felt uncomfortable using the term with friends and family, but pretty proud otherwise.

Now correct me if I’m wrong:

Although the term feels a bit weird to use, it’s the only one set for this stage in the relationship. At this point, your partner is way more to you than a boyfriend/girlfriend but not quite yet your husband/wife. So how do you communicate that to people without feeling like a knob?

I know it’s JUST a word, but if you’ve got the answer, a solution, or a term you used during your engagement, please share. There are many fiance’s out there wondering.


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Hamilton Corporate Events

Although we rarely promote our corporate work on social media, we do our fair share! It’s a side of the business that doesn’t have as many flowers or dresses, but we love it. And while most of our corporate gigs are in Burlington, we want to give a shout-out to Hamilton.  If you’re responsible for your company function, Hamilton Corporate Banquet venues have got you covered.

Hamilton is home to many great event venues.  All-in-one conference centres, re-purposed buildings, traditional halls and so much more.  In the coming years, businesses will have more and more options for hosting their special events.  As the city continues to grows, the event scene flourishes and we’re excited!

For those of you who may not know, Jackie Penner Events is proud to be based out of Hamilton.  In fact, we call The Cotton Factory home. A former industrial building transformed into a creative industries complex, with space for galleries, office space, studios and a large event space. Honestly, we cannot tell you how happy and inspired we are working there every day.

So in the spirit of our love for our ‘hood’, we want to highlight some of the top Hamilton corporate events venues from our perspective:

  1. (Obviously) The Cotton Factory
    A perfect space for anything creative. Multi-functional to host HIVEX Conference, zen enough for lulu lemon yoga retreat and cool enough for art exhibits.
  2. Hamilton Convention Centre
    Great for pretty much anything!
  3. Art Gallery of Hamilton
    Perfect for something a little more special. Think business anniversary, corporate Christmas party, that sort of thing.
  4. Crowne Plaza Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre
    Looking for something close to the highway with a hotel attached? Look no further.
  5. Royal Botanical Gardens
    Borders Burlington for those with attendees, clients or staff in both.
  6. Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
    Great for your upcoming company Christmas party!

Looking for more corporate event planning help in Hamilton? We’re happy to help!


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That Blond Girl with the Pink Lips …

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Yea her … That’s Courtney and she’s one-of-a-kind. A few weeks ago, we gave this girl some social media love and today, we want to give our Courtney even more!

This girl here is a beautiful soul making waves with JPE. From needing a model for #shesaidicouldwearitagain to helping out with day-of coordination clients,  she has dug her heels right in. I never imagined the feelings of relief and confidence a person could give me when it came to JPE.

As all you entrepreneurs / small business owners / lady boss’ know … running a business is hard-work. It is a total grind (preach right?!). And the idea of hiring someone, letting go of a part of your business, big or small, makes one extremely anxious. This was me. Over the last year, we knew we were moving into the direction of needing to hire someone to help us out. While Anthony joined the business full-time in May and takes care of the strategic planning, finances, projections, etc. that didn’t relieve me much of the day-to-day planning and servicing clients. Our plans included seriously upping our client experience (yyeaaa baby!) and further narrowing in on the JPE brand as a whole. For those a couple steps ahead of me, you know how much fun that is but also how much work it takes. Insert that blond girl with the pink lips!

With the wedding blues in full effect (her and me both, as we got married only one week apart), Court started poking her head around JPE in June after we helped her with her wedding. So far, she has been invaluable for so many reasons. She helps me talk out logistics, she’s a perfect brain to bounce ideas off of, she’s forward thinking, she takes initiative, she’s smart and above all, our clients love her! She is an total asset and we are beyond grateful!

So to our Courtney – let’s see what kind of magic we can create together. Look out brides, with this new gem in our back-pocket, we are sure to blow minds!!! What what!!

Thanks for listening!

Until next time lovelies ..


~ JPD (still figuring out this whole name change thing… LOL. We’ll see how it goes)


It’s Not Just About the Details

It is absolutely crazy the number of details that go into planning a wedding. I don’t think people truly realize how many details go into that one day until they are deep into the wedding planning trenches. Or until meeting with your day-of coordinator for those bride’s that enlist one. And thinking about all of those details often leaves us forgetting about some of the other things that are involved in a wedding …

The relationships and the moments.


Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the colour of the napkins or the way the cake is displayed or what song you enter into the reception to aren’t important. I’m just saying that these things aren’t AS important.

Hear me out.

Who was the first man who told you he loved you?
Who taught you how to shave your legs?
Who spied on you and your friends in the basement playing school, or dress up or house?
Who told you funny stories of your parents when they were younger?
Who snuck you treats when you were grounded?
Who grounded you?
Who let you borrow their clothes?
Who listened to you during your first heart break?
Who made up silly dances with you?

the list could go on forever.

It’s the people that make the moments and moments make memories. Your wedding day should be made up of moments. Your mom, your step-dad, your sister, your brother-in-law, your grandpa, your oma … moments with your nearest + dearest.










So I challenge each and every bride-to-be. Whether your wedding is in two weeks (crunch time!) or in two years, take a moment.  Plan for the people vs. the details.  Think about the pride your father is going to feel walking you down the aisle. Set aside a moment with him before you get to that aisle. Think about the joy your siblings are feeling just being there on the day with you. Set aside a moment to share that joy with them. Think about how grateful your grandparents feel being able to share this day with their grandchild. Set aside a moment to tell them how grateful you are too.

Brides. Consider the challenge extended …


**just ONE of my fav moments from our day …  😍 😍 😍


Photo Cred:
Bride + Father by Tara McMullen Photography
Mother + Son by Tara McMullen Photography
Bride + Best Friend by Jay Gunter Photography
Mother + Bride by Renaissance Studios
Bride + Bridesmaids by Danielle Wilson
Groom + Brother by Brian Reilly Photography
Excited bride + hot mom by Brian Reilly Photography


So My Best Friend Got Engaged… And She’s Crazy!

Totally kidding. Not about the engagement part, just about the crazy part.

Ladies and gentlemen…Introducing Carly Cloutier: lover of love, life of the party, left-hand-loving bride-to-be, and a wedding-planners worst nightmare (nothing but love girl. Nothing.But.Love).

carly-down-the-aisle#truthbomb: an indecisive bride-to-be is a lot more work than a decisive one.

My friends, on Saturday, October 14, 2017, not only do I play the role of wedding planner, but of maid-of-honour! That’s right! My first gig as an MOH! And I.Can’t.Wait!

Now all jokes aside, this girl here is my person (I’m actually already welling up, I don’t know how I’m going to speak at her wedding). To keep my forehead-cry-vein in check and attempt to maintain my composure on the day of, I’m grateful to have a co-MOH beside me. Thanks Mich.

Not only does Carly have the biggest heart, she continually puts everyone before herself, no matter what. So much so that I often give her shit for not making herself a priority every once in a while. She is kind, she is hilarious, she is truly one-of-a-kind and I am beyond lucky to have her in my life. And with all that said, I could not be happier, more excited and straight-up PUMPED for the next 12 months of all things wedding. She has found herself the most perfect man so now we start planning their perfect day.

So today, it’s short and sweet but this is not the last you will see of our dear friend Carly. I’m going to be blogging along side her throughout the next year, both as her planner and MOH. It’s going to be interesting playing both roles but I cannot wait for it. Rest assured, I’ll be sharing everything. The good, the great , the crazy, and so much more. No holds bar.

That’s it for now lovelies …

Cloutch – it’s ride or die babe 😉 If I can make you feel half as special as you made me feel throughout all of my wedding-ness, I will accomplish my goal. Love you to the moon. 352 days. 9 hours. 54 minutes. (see I can join in on your craziness too!) 


P.S. Carly asked me to be her MOH in the cutest way ever, stay tuned for the details!