Purple Party

Here’s a sketch of a fun party look. Thinking to make it in sparkle lace and shimmer raw silk, or a pretty 2 tone silk taffeta.


Miss Vancouver

Here she comes- it’s Miss Vancouver! Sabrina wore our Angelica silk charmeuse design for her photo shoot with Mr. Vancouver. Sabrina is so energetic and lovely. Perfect to wear the crown and represent!


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Glam at the Government house

How gorgeous does Billie Jane look in her 1930’s inspired bias cut dress?! We made it out of the most luxurious silk charmeuse satin with a little bit of stretch, in pewter grey. It’s heavenly to wear! Billie Jane and Mike were at the At the Honorary Aides-de-Camp (HADC) Dinner at the Government House in Victoria, BC.


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Snow Lavender Style Shoot Preview

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Here’s two preview images from the style shoot with Simply Sweet Photography by Nomo on Grouse Mountain. Jasmine is modelling a custom dress made of tulle netting and lace, which we created for this photo shoot.


Make Up/Styling : Jasmine Hoffman

Dress : Little Pink Dress

Planning & Design : JEvents Planning & Design

Hair : Courtney Brands

Jewels : Jeweliette Jewellery

Venue : Grouse Mountain Resort

Cake : Cake by Annie

Macaroons : Soirette

Furniture : The Cross Decor & Design


Love This Girl!

I love working with Jasmine on creative photo shoots.


Yesterday she modelled in a creative wedding style shoot by Nomo up on chilly Grouse Mountain. I created this custom dress for the snow shoot. I saw the previews this morning… ahhh so amazing! I can’t wait to see the finished pix.

New Year’s Chic

How fab does Melanie look in her custom New Years outfit?!


We created a black lace bodysuit top with a bustier inside, to wear with a dreamy soft white tulle skirt.

Happiest New Year wishes to everyone!


Love and peace,



Something Blue

It’s always so fun to see the photos from events that we’ve created custom dresses for. I loved looking at Barbara’s wedding photos.


We created a custom wedding dress for her in pale blue silk/cotton blend with a delicate antique white overlay. Her message after the wedding was really sweet: ” “I had SO many compliments on my dress, everyone loved it and mentioned that it was really “me”

I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Thank you so much for making such a lovely dress in the short timeline, it was really perfect.”


Lots of happy wishes to Barbara and Ben!  xoxo

Beautiful photos by Filament Photography.

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Moonlight Shimmer

We created this very luminescent dress for Sarah to wear to her piano concerto. It was made in light silver grey satin, with Swarovski crystals on the sleeves and sash.




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My White (And Pink!) Wedding




It was on a short girl’s trip to Barcelona over year ago that I unexpectedly fell in love. Fast forward a year later, and we are standing under a flower draped canopy at Spanish Banks beach in Vancouver, on the last warm and sunny day in September saying our wedding vows.




As soon as I met my future husband I knew that we were destined to be together, but as we were from other sides of the world, with very different lives,  it was surreal to be standing by the Pacific Ocean, hand in hand,  about to be married. It felt totally perfect, but it was hard to believe it was actually happening. All I could feel was pure happiness sparkling from both of us, knowing that things  somehow work out in the end, if it’s meant to be.



I love the style of wedding photographer Ainsley Rose, and so we were delighted to have her photograph our wedding.





My guy said he’d leave it up to me as far as  the planning and style of the wedding  went, but he did say he’d like it if everyone, including  the guests wore white. As we had already both agreed we’d love a beach wedding, I thought it was perfect.




Then I thought about it a little, and decided that I didn’t want to blend in so much, so I surprised him by wearing pink-including a pink veil.  My daughter and her cousin were the flower girls, and of course they wanted pink dresses as well!




My inspiration for my wedding dress was seashells and Spanish fans. We created 3 looks in one.  For the beach ceremony I had all 3 pieces on. As I was 4 months pregnant, and already starting to show, I wanted to have something pretty, a little different, and not your typical maternity look. Overall, it had to be comfortable, which is was.

It’s a strapless dress with a trumpet skirt, with a short detachable peplum at the waist, and another detachable peplum underneath that drapes into a long train. For the reception I had took off the long train, and kept the short peplum on, with the skirt of the dress bustled so I could dance into the night!



We created my custom couture wedding dress in seashell pink silk Dupione, a gorgeous textured raw silk. I wanted to use this luxurious silk as it is very light weight, but holds shape.








Here’s the sketches I did for my dress. In the end, I didn’t go with a shorter look for the evening as I had originally designed, but I still think it would have been a fun party look for dancing at the reception. Oh well! Veronica’s illustrations of her and her cousin Ryyah in their flower girl dresses is below mine. She wanted to add jewelled capes to the dresses, but once she tried the dress on, she did her own editing and declared it perfect without the cape. I must say, she has a good eye for design!







Ryyah modelling the Jimmy’s.


My shoes! I had 2 gorgeous pairs to choose from- Jimmy’s and Loubies. For the beach, I wore gorgeous jewelled firefly sandals.




Veronica trying out the Loubies.





I was lucky to have my girls Courtney and Jasmine do our  hair and makeup for the wedding. I had hardly slept the night before, and even thought I felt wide awake and super excited in the morning, I definitely didn’t look that way! Courtney and Jasmine worked their magic, and before I knew it, I miraculously looked as glamorous and beautiful on the outside as I felt on the inside.











The girls got dolled up as well, which was so fun for them. Veronica just adores Jasmine (whom she thinks of as the most beautiful girl in the world), and to have her do her make up was pretty fabulous for her.


I just love the hair styles that Courtney did for Veronica and Ryyah, the flower girls. So pretty! The girls also wore these cute hair clips from our neighbours, Jeweliette, as well as pink pearl bracelets from there that Veronica picked out.




I made a custom pink floral velvet burnout kimono robe dress for myself  to wear when getting ready in the morning. It was perfect! I’ll wear it out some time as well.



I got the best breakfast in the morning- a glittering tray of decadent jewels brought over by Elsa from Jeweliette, my fabulous neighbours. I think I had the most gorgeous wedding jewellery! I just love the custom pink and yellow gold earrings Elsa made for me. My fave ever!




It was really special for me to have my mom help me get ready at my place downtown.






My sister Marianne was my maid of honour. She wore a luminescent tiered bridesmaid dress  we made in Italian sequin tulle netting with a custom daisy jewelled sash.













Confetti at the ceremony on the beach, by Confetti and Co.




It was wonderful to have my cousin Jen’s husband Praxis play acoustic music during the ceremony.

The gorgeous flowers were by Jessica at Quince Fine Floral.

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Tessa at Sweet Bake Shop created this chic and delicious pink and white ombre tiered wedding cake, decorated  with fresh flowers. We had both chocolate as well as vanilla flavours.



We had a bohemian glam feel to the wedding, with colourful flowers in vintage vases all over at the reception.



These colourful paper  fans were made by Kristina Cross of The Swank Social, as a part of the table decor. She helped with the styling for the reception, ensuring everything was beautiful.




My good friend Billie Jane, chic in all white. IMG_1533

These LOVE lights from Confetti and Co were the perfect touch for the dessert table.



We had lanterns glowing with candles in the courtyard at the reception, as well as inside. IMG_1783

It was a small wedding, but what I loved about that was that we got to spend time with everyone there- such as my sweet and talented friend Jasmine.




Lots of roses as decor at the reception.


After the ceremony, we enjoyed a latin inspired wedding reception party downtown Vancouver, with salsa dancing going late into the night with  close friends and family. We couldn’t have asked for a better ending to a beautiful day.


We only gave ourselves one month to make this come together, and we truly couldn’t have done it without the help of these fabulous people:


A very special thank you to my mom and dad. Thank you to my sister Marianne Tikkanen and Chrissy Sommer for being there for me as my bridesmaids. Thank you to my sister Marianne, my brothers Andy, Josh Tikkanen, and Jeremy Tikkanen, as well as Jennifer Borja, Praxis Borja, and Billie Jane and Mike for all their incredible assistance with the wedding.

Thank you to our guests for being there to celebrate with us.


A huge thank you to these amazing people and companies:

Photos by Ainsley Rose. Hair by Courtney Brands. Makeup by Jasmine Hoffman. Jewels by Elsa Corsi Couture from Jeweliette Jewelry. Flowers by Quince Fine Florist. Accoustic music by Praxis Borja. Dance music by DJ Emilita at Girls on Wax. Decor styling by Kristina Cross at The Swank Social. Decor rentals by Upright and A&B and Confetti and Co. Cake and treats by Sweet Bake Shop. Sparks Photo Booth.