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Ashgrove Acres Fall Wedding

 

When I first asked my now-husband about hiring a day of coordinator for our wedding, he was skeptical. But after our first meeting with Alex, both of us were sold! I don’t know how our wedding day would have turned out if we hadn’t had her, but I’m confident it wouldn’t have run so seamlessly! She took everything off our hands so that we were actually able to enjoy our wedding day with family and friends without having to worry about small details. She is an absolute pro at what she does, and was able to anticipate things before I even thought of them! Alex, I will recommend you until my voice goes hoarse, you made our dream wedding day happen!

-Jade

 

 

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VENDORS

Photography: Sugar and Soul Photography

Planning and Coordination: Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events

Catering: Red Ember

Florist: Camo Lily

Venue: Ashgrove Acres

Hair / Makeup: BeYouTee Bar

DJ: Classy Nights Entertainment

Linens: Touch of Glass

Jenna + Dan’s Dreamy Lake Wedding

 

It’s not every day that you meet two people with the most contagious smiles!  Jenna and Dan have this love that truly shines when they are together.  It spreads to everyone around them.  Take a peek at their photos, and I’m sure you will feel it too!

 

 

Vendors

Photography: Bree-Anne Merritt Photography

Planning and Coordination: Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events

Catering: King Cole Catering

Tent: Springfield Tent Rentals

Florist: Timeless Florals

DJ: Aimes Music

Decor: Let’s Celebrate

Makeup: Vow Artistry

Hair: On The Avenue

 

 

Post Wedding – Documents to Change

Hello love birds!

Wedding season is upon us.  I’m so excited to see my couples tie the knot.  Lot’s of couples come to me saying “now that I’m married, what’s the next step to starting married life?”  After the wedding celebrations and honeymoon are done, I suggest for couples to sit down and decide which documents need to change.  This needs to happen if one of you has decided to take the others last name.

Here’s a list to follow when changing your last name.  I hope this takes away some stress, so you can focus on enjoying time with your new hubby!

Social Insurance Number

Passport

Nexus Card

Manitoba Health Card

Drivers License

Car Registration

Bank Accounts

Order new cheques

Canada Revenue Agency

Credit Cards

Employer Payroll

Manitoba Hydro

City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department

School (University, College)

Insurance (home, car, life, health, income protection)

Doctor

Lawyer (update will and any legal documents)

Electoral Roll

Loans (car, mortgage, lines of credit)

Property Title

Investments (holdings, investment accounts)

Loyalty Programs

Professional Memberships

Sports Clubs

Social Media (Facebook, Instagram)

Voicemail

NEED HELP PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?
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Prioritizing My Wedding

PRIORITIZING MY WEDDING

 

Planning weddings for my clients is an incredible feeling, but planning my own wedding has been hard.  Setting aside time for my own wedding planning is not a priority of mine.  Meeting new planning clients and helping them plan their big day is so much more fun!

 

Great wedding vendors book prime dates a year and a half in advance.  My fiancé and I are now working with a fab team for our wedding, but boy oh boy was it hard to pull the trigger and sign contracts.  When we started the planning process we had a year and half until our wedding day, considered by some to be a longer engagement.  With our date, so far away it was hard to wave goodbye to our deposits, but I know it will definitely be worth it in the long run to work with our vendors.

 

Finding vendors that my fiancé and I clicked with was crucial.  I believe that on your wedding day you should be surrounded by people that make you smile and add to the overall experience.  This is a key concept that I tell my clients.  It reminds me of the quote “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.  Make sure you hire vendors for your wedding that will do everything with that special touch of love.

 

I know that without a doubt all our vendors will do a wonderful job!  June will be our next big wedding adventure as we will be shooting our engagement photos.  I can’t wait to share them with you!

 

My hope is to post updates about my wedding every couple of months.  Make sure to “follow” my Instagram and “like” my Facebook pages for updates on new blog posts!
 

 

Happy planning!

-Alex

 

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Orient Express Wedding Photoshoot

Wow…just wow! The Orient Express Wedding Photoshoot is one of my favorite photoshoots I have ever designed. For over a year, I had wanted to coordinate and design a photoshoot at the Winnipeg restaurant Resto Gare.  I can’t believe it’s finally become a reality!

 

Inspiration for this shoot came from the Orient Express Train that ran from 1883-2009 in Europe.  This train was all about luxury!  The train addition at Resto Gare gave the same luxurious look, featuring bold hues of red and blue.

 

 

With such a beautiful venue, I wanted to keep other design aspects of the shoot very classic and minimal.  I had the incredible chance to work with, Anna Lang Bridal, Something Borrowed, The Flower House Winnipeg, Xandra Photography, Primped & Polished and Hannah Baker.  These women took a chance on me and my design concept, and brought it to life.

 

When designing a shoot, I truly believe it’s a collaboration between all vendors.  I come up with the general concept and allow vendors to add their own special touch.  This gives them a chance to try new techniques or trends.

 

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Big Day Wedding Expo Experience and Design

The Big Day Wedding Expo was a hit.  I’m so proud of myself for taking the leap and investing in a wedding show.  I won’t lie… it was a lot of work to pull everything together but it was totally worth it.  Designing my booth and meeting all the wonderful brides-to-be made for such a wonderful experience.

 

Clean, crisp, and fun is how I would describe my booth.  As a lot of my weddings have some outdoor portion to them, I made my booth feel like Spring.  I did this by bringing in funky AstroTurf carpet.  Let me tell you, finding AstroTurf in in the middle of winter is not easy.  I tracked down the one Rona in Winnipeg that had some in stock and purchased their last few rolls.  The green added an extra pop and warmth to my booth, especially on a chilly March weekend.

 

For detailing on the walls, I created a balloon installation consisting of white balloons of varying sizes at different heights.  These balloons had the illusion of floating in mid-air.  I achieved this affect by using clear fishing string instead of coloured ribbon.  To help illuminate my booth I borrowed lights from my vendor friend Ally Papko Photography.  Lighting is key for any wedding show.  It helps brighten up your booth, making it feel warm and inviting.

 

My favorite part of my booth was my Ring Pops.  Remember those ring-shaped candies from the 90’s?  Well I totally brought them back for the show.  Between the Ring Pops and balloons, I definitely drew on people’s inner child.  Several of the brides-to-be were so excited to see Ring Pops because their fiancé proposed with one.


 

A wonderful friend of mine worked very hard to design my marketing material.  She did an incredible job creating a fresh-looking postcard that outlined my services and contact information.  Marketing material is key to having a successful wedding show.  I hope brides-to-be enjoyed reading over my postcards and booklets when they got home.

 

I had a wonderful experience at the Big Day Wedding Expo.  It was wonderful meeting all the brides-to-be and other vendors.  I hope to do another show soon!

Eight Ways to Prepare for the Big Day Wedding Expo

Photo: Victoria Anne Photography

Brainstorm wedding ideas

Do you want a glamourous, relaxed, or formal wedding?  Check out my Pinterest page for wedding inspiration.

Have three wedding dates in mind

When deciding on a wedding date there are many factors involved.  Three wedding dates gives you more flexibility, and a higher chance that the vendors you want to work with will be available.

Plan a full day with your girls

The ladies who brunch together, stay together!  Coordinate a brunch with your besties at your favorite restaurant.  My personal favorites are Cibo, Clementine, Stella’s Café, and the Park Café.

Dress to impress

Apart from taking selfies with your entourage, a lot of vendors offer Instagram contests.  These contests ask you to take a photo of yourself in their booth or with a prop and post it on Instagram using their hashtag.  Be ready for your close up by wearing your favorite outfit.

Make sure your phone is charged

You will want your phone charged to enter all the vendors Instagram contests, but you will also want to take photos of booths that catch your eye.  Vendor booths incorporate trendy elements that will be popular in coming seasons.

Don’t miss the bridal fashion show

Finding a wedding dress can be tricky!  Bridal fashion shows give you a chance to see different wedding dress shapes and designs.

Take your time with vendors

The advantage of attending a smaller show like the Big Day Wedding Expo is that you can spend more one on one time with vendors.  Personality is key when deciding on vendors.  Working with sweet, bubbly professionals ensures you have an enjoyable planning experience.  P.S.  Stop by the Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events booth to say hi and view our packages.

Enjoy the day!

This is a fun part of the wedding process, so enjoy every moment. <3

Big Day Wedding Expo

I’m excited to announce that March 4-5th, 2017 I will be participating in the Big Day Wedding Expo.  It’s crazy to think that only three years into my business I’m partaking in a wedding show.

The Big Day Wedding Expo is hosted at Assiniboia Downs just outside the West Perimeter.  The show offers a more intimate wedding show experience.  This allows brides and their posse to have a relaxed time speaking with wedding vendors.  For vendors it’s important to have time to listen to a bride’s wedding needs.  With an intimate show there will be less noise, less crowds, but the same enjoyable atmosphere.

Pop by for a visit March 4-5th at booth 43!

My Engagement Story

Toronto, Ontario – 11/19/2016

 In November 2016, my fiancé surprised me with a plane ticket to Toronto to accompany him for a day of sightseeing in advance of a business conference he was to attend. This was my first trip to the city, and little did I know it would be the most memorable trip of my life. After an amazing sleep at the Fairmont Royal York on Friday night, we awoke early Saturday morning to take in the city.

After a full day of exploring downtown Toronto (including Eaton Centre and the Royal Ontario Museum), we got decked out for a nice dinner at Cluny Bistro in the historic Distillery District. My fiancé told me that it was a very fancy restaurant, so I dressed accordingly. However, he decided to wear red denim… a questionable choice for a fancy restaurant, but I didn’t say anything about his decision.

As Cluny Bistro is right along the main road of the Distillery District, we were also treated to the Toronto Christmas Market. This is an annual pop-up market which includes several historical fenced in blocks and numerous vendors selling seasonal products and gifts (as well as kiosks with hot chocolate, a Ferris wheel, carousel, live band and bars). The cobblestone streets and red brick buildings serve as the perfect backdrops for a Christmas market. After dinner, we had the chance to walk around and take in the sites. We eventually came across a large “love” marquee sign. My fiancé covertly asked if I would like to get a photo together. I needed a new Facebook profile picture, so of course, I said yes.

My fiancé suspiciously handed his phone off to someone in the market… This person happened to have two large cameras strapped to himself, this was odd, but I didn’t think much of it. As I started to position myself in front of the marquee sign, my fiancé turned me toward me. He said, “I hope you have had a wonderful trip.” I felt him reaching for his pocket, and get down on one knee. I was overtaken with joy that I could not look away from him. With over a hundred people clapping and cheering, all I could see was him. No words can express the happiness I felt at that moment. The love of my life wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

The man who took our photo came up to us, I initially thought to return my fiance’s phone. As it turned out, my fiancé pulled out all the stops and had hired him, a professional photographer, to capture our proposal and take photos of us for the evening. My fiancé had never met the photographer before, and my fiancé told him to look for the guy matching is description wearing red denim. Now the red denim and two large cameras made sense!

That night we celebrated our engagement with two close friends in Toronto. Wandering around Queen West in the wee hours of the morning, we caught the first snowfall of the year. It was the perfect way to spend our engagement!

Now onto planning the rest of our lives together! <3

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Fall Country Wedding Photoshoot- Behind The Scenes

On a cold winter day like today, it’s nice to reminisce on warmer times like this fall country wedding photoshoot.  In October, 2016 me and a group of talented vendors got together for this shoot.

This shoot began with an idea and design concept put together by me and photographer, Ally Papko.  With our vision board, we approached other wedding vendors to see if they would like to participate.  We were happy when everyone agreed, and our vision came together on that October day.  Every vendor’s personality and creative flare made this shoot truly special.

Florist

I met Deanna Rogers-Murray of Deer Dutch through Instagram.  I was blown away by the care she put into her floral arrangements.  Every detail is specially placed to create a breathtaking bouquet or centerpiece.

Adding to the excitement, just days before the shoot she launched her new website http://www.deerdutch.com/.  If you haven’t already, take a peek at her website.  Deanna was a treat to work with.  Her bubbly personality added to the atmosphere the day of the shoot.


Baking

Aynsley Rosin (Co-Owner of Sweet Impressions Bakery) creates the sweetest treats.  We have been friends for a while, and I was so excited to finally work with her.  She went above and beyond taking our vision and bringing it to life.  Have you seen that cake?  Not to mention the chocolate covered apples!

When Aynsley cut the cake, I swear I have never seen anyone move as fast as all us girls.  We all wanted to try a taste.  Needless to say, we all died and went to sugar heaven.


 

Make-up

Mhei Alcos of La Estetica Beauty was wonderful to work with on the shoot.  She created the perfect sultry eye, and luscious lip for our model.

She was very professional, and sweet.  How cute are these photos Ally captured of Mhei?

 

Hair

Krissy Lamirande is an incredible hair stylist!  After looking at the style of wedding dress for the photoshoot, she was able to suggest and create the perfect hair-do.

After seeing the amazing job she did styling our models hair, I booked an appointment with her of my own.  It was the best decision I have made.  She is kind, personable, and truly listens to what you are looking for.

 

Model

Lainie Payjack is truly a stunner with a heart of gold.  We grew up in the same neighbourhood, and have known each other for quite a while.  There was no one else I would have wanted to model in this shoot, she absolutely killed it!

 

Photography

I could not be happier that Ally Papko contacted me to create a styled wedding photoshoot.  We became friends a couple years ago working on a mutual friend’s wedding.

Her style of photography paired perfectly with the style of shoot.  It had a modern Snow White feeling.  I can’t wait to work with Ally again soon on a wedding or photoshoot.

 

 

 

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