Ethereal Blue Dress in Santorini

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One of my fave shoots was featured on Wedding Sparrow! The gown they used for the shoot is made in the softest antique powder blue tulle.

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You can see the whole post here:

http://weddingsparrow.com/article/ethereal-greece-bridal-inspiration-with-a-blue-dress

 

 

 

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I love what photographer Vasia Han says about the destination shoot:

From Vasia Han“After traveling to Santorini a few times for various jobs, I really wanted to go back and take some time to explore and do something creative. When Lacy emailed me asking if I wanted to collaborate on something in Greece I knew right away that it was the perfect opportunity.

The shoot was inspired by the island- the light, airy blue and white tones being what you might first notice of Santorini, but the island is grounded by many earthy elements such as soil, salt, and sand.”

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Photography: Vasia Han | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Stylist / Planner: Lacy Geary | Floral Designer: Tashi Flowers | Dress Designer: Little Pink Dress | Stationery: The Little North Sea Studio | Rings: Susie Saltzman

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Photography: Vasia Han | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Stylist / Planner: Lacy Geary | Floral Designer: Tashi Flowers | Dress Designer: Little Pink Dress | Stationery: The Little North Sea Studio | Rings: Susie Saltzman

 

Enchanted Forest Bridal Style shoot

I just adore this idea for a wedding! This shoot by Caroline Ross Photography was featured on Boho Weddings.

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The dresses featured in the shoot are all available Made to Order.

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http://www.boho-weddings.com/2017/04/24/vibrant-woodland-boho-wedding-inspiration-with-beachside-cake-cutting/

 

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THE TEAM WHO MADE THE SHOOT POSSIBLE

An Aloha Wedding

It was fabulous to get to know Dorothy while creating her custom couture wedding dress for her Hawaii autumn wedding. I loved that she wanted something different than the typical style or colour. She loves the colour purple, so we went with the prettiest luxe ombre silk chiffon and silk satin in orchid purple.

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Looking at her gorgeous wedding photos, it’s clear that it couldn’t have been a more perfect day in paradise to say “I do” to the one you love.

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I was thrilled to get this message from Dorothy after the wedding: ”

“It all went spectacularly. You were totally bang-on with the selection of fabric and design in terms of maximizing it for the wind on the beach.  It turned out to be a VERY windy day and the dress was swirling around quite dramatically.  Rob absolutely loved the dress, as did I, it was so pretty and perfect for a beach wedding.”

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Congrats to Dorothy and Rob!

 

Love and peace,

Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

My White (And Pink!) Wedding

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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.

 

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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.

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

 

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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.

 

 

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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!

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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!

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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Veronica trying out the Loubies.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

 

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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.

 

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

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

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

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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Lots of roses as decor at the reception.

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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.

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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.

 

Sunshine on the beach

Marianne looks so beautiful in her bridesmaid dress. She’s wearing the Ophelia dress, in sparkle tulle netting with the Daisy jewel belt.

 

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Creme de la Creme Wedding Show

We are thrilled to be a part of the prestigious Creme de la Creme wedding at the Four Seasons tomorrow. We had the  pink “Hannah” wedding dress on display at the Boulevard in the lobby, and just in time for the show tomorrow, “Valentina” made her grand entrance. Here’s a few pix from the Boulevard. If you’re getting married, definitely come to the  show tomorrow. I hope to see you there!

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Love and peace,

 

Hannah

 

Stylish Sneak Peak

Here’s the first look at the bohemian glam photo shoot I did with the fabulous photographer Vasia of Vasia Photography, showing some new spring dress designs.  I can’t wait to see them all  soon! The gorgeous model is Karen from Lizbell.

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I wish you a beautiful, stylish day!

PS: We also have some very exciting news to share soon… it’s going to be a fantastic year!

 

Love and peace,

 

Hannah

 

Magic in Bali

You know how you can sometimes feel people’s energy in a very physical way? When I first met up with Hilda and Thierry, all I could think about was how  strong that energy was, and how beautiful they were together. It was as if shooting stars were exploding off of them, all sparkly.  I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time. This is what I just love about love- the ability to make others around you feel the happiness and peace that as a couple you feel yourself.

Hilda and Thierry came to see me to have their wedding attire made for their beach wedding in Bali. How fabulous! Destination wedding outfits is one of my fave to create, and what made it even more special is that Hilda and I are friends.   We re-connected while working at Holt’s in Vancouver, and realized we knew each other from high school on the coast! I knew this was going to be a lot of fun!

Looking at fabrics for Hilda’s custom wedding dress.

Sketch of Thierry’s outfit.

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Dress fitting! It’s a little long, as Hilda would most likely have bare feet on the beach, so I took it up a little.

As they were getting married on the beach in a remote area in Bali,  Hilda and Thierry both wanted their outfits to be crease resistant, and cool enough for a day time wedding. I knew we wanted to go with natural fabric for both. For Hilda’s dress we went with a luxurious double sided silk crepe, which was cut on the bias  so it would drape beautifully. Thierry chose a gorgeous Italian linen for both his tunic and pants. It also had a little spandex in it, which helped to keep it from creasing. The humidity on the island would also help a lot!

I love that Thierry decided to keep the colour of his wedding outfit a surprise from Hilda. I think it was a fantastic and unique choice for a beach wedding in  Bali.   The paprika shade of the tunic is one that he really likes, and is flattering on him.  I also did small embroidery around the collar on the tunic, inspired by the Polynesian tribal wave design that is used on tattoos. For the embroidery thread, I used the same shade of natural taupe as the pants, which tied them together well. It was the perfect touch to make it a little more formal for the occasion.

The beautiful couple!

After the wedding, Hilda told me that everything was perfect, and it was a magical day. When they were saying their vows, and big wave came and splashed her, soaking her dress. At least it wasn’t see-through! Thierry had said to her that the ocean had blessed them. I can’t think of a more perfect sign of good fortune as they begin their new adventure together!

I wish both Hilda and Thierry a lifetime of magic and happiness!

Love and peace,

Hannah

Designs with Hilda

I am so thrilled to be working on Hilda’s destination wedding dress! Hilda and I go way back to high school on the coast, and we reconnected while working at Holt’s. She has amazing style, and is a beautiful artist.  I’m so happy for her and her future.

We found the perfect fabric…and we just fit the dress muslin. Now we’re good to go with the actual dress!  Yeah!