Beauty and the Beast

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This gorgeous shoot I was thrilled to be a part of is featured 
on SouthBound Bride http://southboundbride.com/beauty-the-beast-modern-luxe-wedding-inspiration/

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With Sparrow Photography Vivio Flowers Mur De Fleurs
Kawano Decor & Design Koncept Events The Sweet Alley The Little Wedding Shoppe InStyle Floor Wraps CandiceStyles Lizbell Agency
 
CREDITS
Photography & creative direction: Sparrow Photography | Planning: Chloe D’Love Affair | Videography: Flipvision Productions | Venue: Terminal City Club | Hair: Candice Styles | Makeup: Vivian Jun | Bridal Gown: Little Pink Dress | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Suit: Sondergaard Copenhagen | Jewellery: Metropoli Jewellers | Florals: Vivio Flowers | Silk flower wall: Mur de Fleurs | Backdrop, linens & table decor: Kawano Decor & Design | Napoleon chairs: Koncept Events | Cake & cupcakes: The Sweet Alley | Stationery: Stationery Bike | Charger plates, cutlery & vintage decor: The Little Wedding Shoppe | Floorwrap: Instyle Floorwraps | Models: Ana (non-represented) & Valentin (Lizbell Models)

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

 

 

 

 

 

Snowy Cinderella Dream

 

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For the bride who wants something unique- this would be a perfect dress! I love these photos of Jasmine wearing our custom bridal dress , featuring a hint of lace, and meters and meters of tulle and dreaminess.

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We created this dress for Jasmine for this enchanted style shoot, shot in the Mountains of North Vancouver at Grouse Mountain Resort by the very talented Nomo Akisawa. This is my kind of fairytale!

 

 

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Photography: Simply Sweet Photography by Nomo Akisawa // Make Up/Model/Styling: Jasmine Hoffman // Hair: Courtney Brands // Jewels: Jeweliette Jewellery // Planning & Design: JEvents // Florals: JEvents // Furniture: The Cross Decor & Design // Macaroons: Soirette // Cake: Cake By Annie // Dress: Little Pink Dress

 

 

Check out the blog post on http://fabyoubliss.com!

 

http://fabyoubliss.com/2015/03/13/whimsical-and-romantic-cinderella-bridal-inspiration/

 

 

Love and peace,

 

Hannah

 

Love Is In The Air!

It’s so fab to have our “Gemma” red lace dress featured in the “Snowy Romance” style shoot in the Wedluxe blog.

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Here’s some of the gorgeous images from the photo shoot by Denise Lin Photography.

 

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Details:

 

PHOTOGRAPHY • DENISE LIN PHOTOGRAPHY, PRODUCER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR • JEVENTS PLANNING & DESIGN, DECOR •ÉCLAT DECOR, FLORAL • THE FLOWER FACTORY, HAIR & MAKEUP • NADIA ALBANO STYLE INC, GOWNS • BISOU BRIDAL (WHITE), LITTLE PINK DRESS (RED), SHOES • VALENTINO, JEWELLERY • JEWELIETTE, FORMAL WEAR • BANANA REPUBLIC, CAKE • THE SWEET BAKE SHOP

Check out the blog here:

http://wedluxe.com/snowy-romance/

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.

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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.

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.

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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.”

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Lots of happy wishes to Barbara and Ben!  xoxo

Beautiful photos by Filament Photography.

It was Filament Photography

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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.

 

A Modern Fairy Tale

Here at the Little Pink Dress atelier we get to create all kinds of dresses, and they are all so fun to make, but what we really specialize in, and love to create is couture dresses such as Elizabeth’s.  The fact that Elizabeth and her mother Debbie  (who helped out with the fittings) are absolutely fabulous made the experience that much more  amazing! I’m still laughing thinking about our time together! Totally fantastic!

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Elizabeth’s custom wedding dress was a fairy tale fantasy of materials and style. The dress was made in the most luminescent glass beaded lace, which was so heavy after we added all the voluminous inserts at the back,  it would have given Elizabeth a pretty good work out on her wedding day just by wearing it!
The lace draped over a dreamy ivory satin.

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The back on Elizabeth’s dress was stunning. It had an open back, with hand appliqued scalloped lace trim. We added a row of duchess silk buttons to the back of the neck and the back bodice. The train of Elizabeth’s dress was quite long and full, so we added a bustle for when she was dancing at the reception.

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The bodice of Elizabeth’s gorgeous dress was a bustier style, which made it very glamorous. We kept the shoulders sheer, so you really saw the detail of the delicate lace. The small cap sleeves were finished with a petite satin binding.

 

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It was so wonderful to get this kind message from Elizabeth after the wedding:

” I was so pleased with how my dress turned out. It was absolutely perfect and you did an amazing job. Thanks again :) .”

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Elizabeth’s mother, Debbie wrote me the most sweetest message:

The experience that Elizabeth and I had working with Hannah is priceless. From the moment we walked into her studio we felt like we had known Hannah for years. Every detail about Elizabeth’s dress was so personal. I highly recommend Hannah and can not say enough about the dress she made and the love she put into the dress…Thank you Hannah you are a true artisan.

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Cheers to Elizabeth and Marlon on their wedding! Here’s to a magical life together. May you always be each others king and queen!

Love and peace,

Hannah

 

Fabulous photos by Darko.

 

A Marriage of Inspirations

What I love so much about custom design is creating one of a kind pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. As an artist, this gives me so much happiness. Creating bride Diana’s custom wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses is why I enjoy my job as much as I do.

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I was referred to Diana by a mutual friend ( thank you, Heather! xoxo) as she couldn’t find what she was looking for in stores.

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Diana wanted to have the following in her wedding dress:

– medieval look

-some corset detailing

-a style to honor her Chinese background

-ballgown skirt that works well for the ballroom dance she was doing at the wedding

-a “surprise” look of green colour in her skirt, which matched the green in her wedding colours

-a dress comfortable enough to dance in with her tall husband-to-be

-pockets!

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The first sketch of Diana’s dress.

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Diana’s wedding dress was quite heavy, as the silk skirt had so much fabric!  It was just exquisite when Diana danced. I got to see a preview of the dancing at the last fitting.  Diana looked divine!

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I love this picture of Diana and her husband, Jeff.

 

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For Diana’s bridesmaids, I created custom tea length bias dresses in a gorgeous, fresh 2 tone green chiffon, to match the green in Diana’s dress. The skirt of the bridesmaid dresses was a bias circle skirt, so they moved beautifully. They also had pockets!

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Diana and her Bridesmaid Tanya at the dress fitting.

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The original sketch of the bridesmaid dresses. It was tea length when finished though.

 

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Diana’s bridesmaid, Marianne showing off the movement in the skirt.

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Diana’s bridesmaid Kerri at the fitting. Diana had given each girl the purple Pashmina shawls to wear for the wedding. Diana’s colour theme included purple and green.

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Diana is one of the most outgoing, funny and amazing person I’ve had the pleasure to meet. Looking back on the fittings, I think I was laughing the whole time!

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We created a detachable train for Diana’s dress, which she wore on for the ceremony, and then took off for the reception so she could dance the night away!

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I wish Diana and Jeff a lifetime of happiness!

Love and peace,

Hannah

Diana’s gorgeous wedding photos are by Darko.

http://darkoroom.com/

Fabulous hair by: Taylor Smits

Stunning makeup was by: Elena Tsang