Giveaway! Win a Honeymoon in French Polynesia!

Giveaway! Win a Honeymoon in French Polynesia!

Big news, dear Junebug readers! To celebrate the launch of our brand new website and fresh makeover, we’re giving you an opportunity to win a dream honeymoon in French Polynesia! For anyone who agrees that honeymoon perfection should include pearly white sand beaches, and plenty of romance and relaxation in a secluded over-water bungalow, you’re in luck – because we’re giving away a tropical getaway for two to the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa and the Bora Bora Pearl Resort & Spa !

To enter to win your five nights in paradise, including two at the Moorea Pearl and three at the Bora Bora Pearl (who are both offering over-water bungalow rooms to our winner), simply visit our entry page at http://wordpress.com/wedding-blog/what-junebug-loves/french-polynesia-honeymoon-giveaway-entry-page , and fill out our short wedding planning survey before the end of the day November 1st, 2013. Note: the winner must redeem their stay by May 31, 2014. (But really, why wait?!)

Read on to learn more about each of these world-class French Polynesian wedding and honeymoon destinations, and don’t forget to Enter to Win !

Giveaway! Win a Honeymoon in French Polynesia!

Just minutes away from Tahiti but a world away from all the crowds, the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa is a picturesque hideaway with comfortable, luxurious accommodations and breathtaking backdrops you’ll never forget. Mountain views, the bluest waters imaginable, pristine lagoons, a unique coral nursery and plenty of sunshine await at this enchanting tropical resort.

Giveaway! Win a Honeymoon in French Polynesia!

Highly ranked and well respected as one of the most spectacular resorts on earth, the Bora Bora Pearl Resort & Spa is simply heaven on earth. When you stay in one of the their breathtaking overwater bungalows, you have no need to leave your room when the most incredible views, turquoise waters and world-class snorkeling are right at your fingertips. Should you decide to venture out and about, the resort’s endless activities and amenities are more than enough to keep you busy.

So don’t wait! Read our Official Rules , and enter to win this once-in-a-lifetime getaway today!

Giveaway! Win a Honeymoon in French Polynesia!

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Whimsical Stylish Clothing for Little Girls – Tea Princess

Behold the cuteness of children’s fashion label Tea Princess . How can you resist these lovely crochet, dollies, and lacy floral prints for little girls? Based in Sydney and also available online, Tea Princess carries a range of clothing and accessories for girls aged newborn to 10, including everything from casual playsuits to special occasion pieces.  Check out some of their magical designs below; these are clothes for girls who really want to be girls.

Whimsical Stylish Clothing for Little Girls – Tea Princess

About Tea Princess

Tea Princess is a timeless girls clothing & accessories brand established in 2004 in Sydney Australia. In 2007, the Tea Princess “special occasion collection” was also launched which is an additional collection of stunning silk dresses.

Whimsical Stylish Clothing for Little Girls – Tea Princess

The Story

Tea Princess was established by three Sydney sisters, Belle, Kate, and Tan, who combined their rich talents. It all started when Kate made some clothes for Tan’s daughter several years ago. Kate has studied design and loves to handmade clothes since she was young.  Friends started to place orders and the sisters decided to start the label – Tea Princess, inspired by their neices’ love for tea parties and princess stories.  Their family has always been exceptionally close, and they really enjoy working together to create a brand they are all passionate about.

Whimsical Stylish Clothing for Little Girls – Tea Princess

Where to buy

Online: orders can be placed on through their online store

Phone call: call their Sydney based office for special orders

Australia: Tea Princess is available to purchase in only the most gorgeous children’s boutiques in Australia (such as Charbella, Little Missy, and Moo)

International stores: Harvey Nichols, United Kingdom Department and with several new stockists in the USA.

Whimsical Stylish Clothing for Little Girls – Tea Princess

Find Tea Princess:

Website | Special Occasions Collection | Facebook

Pure Magnolia ReVamp Charity Gala

One of the most amazing things about weddings is when top wedding professionals come together to make dreams come true.  Vancouver’s top sustainable wedding gown designer brand Pure Magnolia has partnered with Flawless Events , Zazou Salon and Spa , and Mirror Mirror Bijoux to make five women’s wedding dreams come true!

You can participate in this beautiful dream by coming out on the night of October 2,2013 and enjoy the charity gala at the Vancouver Aquarium ! Read on for more details about this event!

Pure Magnolia ReVamp Charity Gala

The story

Pure Magnolia found five women who have gone through the YWCA Crabtree Corner and have removed themselves from the DTES and are ready to start a new sober living chapter of their life.  To applaud their efforts and to make their one final dream come true, Pure Magnolia decided to help them look and feel like a princess on their wedding day.

A wedding is supposed to be such a special moment for the bride, and I want to make sure she feels beautiful and extremely special on her wedding day,” said Patty Nayel, designer of Pure Magnolia.

Pure Magnolia wants to do what they do best: take the old wedding gowns and upcycle them into custom wedding dresses for the women.  They will be debuting these gowns along with their 2014 collection at this intimate charity glala at the Vancouver Aquarium the evening of October 2nd, 2013.

Pure Magnolia ReVamp Charity Gala

Event Details

Date: October 2nd, 2013
Location: Vancouver Aquarium
Time: 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

The evening will consist of canapes, a VIP lounge (VIP Ticket Holders only), a cash bar and many more amazing perks from sponsors. VIP tickets get you a seat during the fashion show as well as a jam-packed swag bag full of items from sponsors. They will also be giving away a door-prize that will be revealed on the night of.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly towards YWCA Crabtree Corner, to help with continued support to give women of the DTES an opportunity to live in sobriety and become a fit mother.

Purchase Tickets (and more ticket information) HERE !

Pure Magnolia ReVamp Charity Gala

The YWCA Crabtree Corner

The YWCA Crabtree Corner is a community based program on the Downtown Eastside.  YWCA helps women and their  families improve the quality of their lives, and provides services such as safe and affordable transitional housing, parenting program, single mothers’ support groups, violence prevention program, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention Program.

YWCA provides a meal program for all residents and a lunch program for anyone on the DTES. They also provide free childcare for children 6 weeks to 6 years old for impoverished women in the neighbourhood.

Pure Magnolia ReVamp Charity Gala

photo credit: The Nickersons

Contact information:

Purchase tickets | E-mail |   Phone: 604-339-1247
Pure Magnolia Website | Facebook

Aberthau Mansion DIY wedding from Roxana Albusel Photography

When historical charm meets creativity, the result? Perfection.  This DIY masterpiece held at the ever-amazing Aberthau Mansion is truly inspiring.  With a plethora of creative details and sweet intimate atmosphere, Samantha & Guillaume’s wedding shows so much heart.  We are head over heels in love with this bride and her whimsical, creative DIY ideas.  She literally planned all the details and handmade everything, including the venue decorations, wedding favors, cake topper, bouquets, boutonnieres, garter, and even her own veil. It’s downright amazing.  The talented Roxana Albusel Photography captured all the gorgeous details of the day flawlessly.  Through Roxana’s natural and romantic style, we see the true joy glowing from the bottom of the couple’s heart.  Let this personality-packed pretty-fest brighten up your day.

Aberthau Mansion DIY wedding from Roxana Albusel Photography

The love story

From the bride (Samantha): Guillaume and I met in our undergraduate degree at university. We became friends quickly and after I graduated, we continued our friendship, becoming best friends. We began our courtship in 2012 and were engaged in January of 2013. Guillaume is now attending Optometry School and I have followed him to the United States to support this phase of his education.

Aberthau Mansion DIY wedding from Roxana Albusel Photography

Wedding planning general information

Wedding theme: soft, vintage and romantic

Color palette: light pink and white

Number of guests: 70

Budget: $10,000

Favourite moment from the ceremony: their kiss during the ceremony.

Favourite moment from the reception: Having Samantha’s dad playing in a classic rock band during the reception was a huge favourite with the crowd.

Favourite details: The white picture frame chalkboards made by the couple, and the crystal vases (borrowed and bought from various thrift stores)

Aberthau Mansion DIY wedding from Roxana Albusel Photography

Thoughts from the photographer

Roxana Albusel Photography: What made this wedding the most special is the fact that the bride did everything herself and I mean EVERYTHING. From organizing every single detail, to making all the decorations and centerpieces, styling her own hair and make-up, creating all the wedding favors (which were gorgeously scented soaps), making the cake topper, boutonnieres, bouquets, garter and even her own veil! She also made gorgeous white picture frame chalkboards. I have never shot a wedding before where the bride was so directly involved and did such an amazing job with such a low level of stress! To say this is a DIY wedding is an understatement! Throughout the whole process, Samantha was so incredibly organized and easy to work with!

Aberthau Mansion DIY wedding from Roxana Albusel Photography

Roxana Albusel Photography: Also special was the gorgeous venue. Wow, what a beautiful venue. Aberthau Mansion has maintained its old charm over the years and it is so much fun to photograph inside. From the gorgeous rustic library, to the beautiful staircase and the amazingly lush grounds, there was definitely no shortage of photo opportunities.

Aberthau Mansion DIY wedding from Roxana Albusel Photography

Gorgeous DIY Details

Samantha did all of the wedding planning on her own, extending to decorations, flowers, hair and make-up, wedding favors, DJ’s music, providing the wine and making the cake topper, boutonnieres, bouquets, garter and veil.

Aberthau Mansion DIY wedding from Roxana Albusel Photography

About Roxana Albusel Photography

Roxana: I’m Roxana and I run Roxana Albusel Photography by myself. My love of photography started on a backpacking trip around Europe in 2009, where I had the opportunity to see endless beautiful sites and take thousands of photographs that I was lucky to share with friends and family through social media. The joy I had in playing with photographs, coming up with creative angles and editing them afterwards, helped me identify photography as a huge passion and embark on this wonderful journey as soon as I arrived back in Vancouver. Based on my travel photography and my eye in seeing the world around me, I started having requests for weddings, family and engagement photography, and the rest is history. I am so deeply in love with what I do and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store.

I’ve been very lucky to have a lot of support along the way and work with a lot of wonderful people. I’m always trying to evolve my style and learn more with each wedding I photograph, while also maintaining my natural style and my ability to keep my clients comfortable and relaxed. I have been shooting weddings for over three years and am lucky to have passed 40 weddings at the end of this year. My style is soft, candid and dreamy. I love capturing soft, intimate moments between couples while encouraging them to be themselves but also offering direction if they need it. The large majority of my couples love how comfortable I make them feel during sessions and that’s one of the things I’m most proud of.

Aberthau Mansion DIY wedding from Roxana Albusel Photography

Find the photographer:

Roxana Albusel Photography Website | Facebook

Vendor information:

Venue: Aberthau Mansion, West Point Grey Community Centre |   Second Shooter: Joanna Moss Photography |   Dress: Sottero & Midgley |  Catering: Catering Visions |  Live Music: The Bluz’rs (with guests)   |  Wedding Cake: Melissa Grosart (Bridesmaid and friend of the bride)

Pastel Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Today’s fashion feature is all about your bridesmaids! Mismatch bridesmaid dresses has become a popular trend.  Have your bridesmaids dress up in different shades of color to show off your pretty wedding palette.  Just like creating your wedding color palette, the key to mismatching bridesmaids is to let your ladies wear different dresses, yet still share some similarities in style or color shades.  There are countless ways you can get creative with this concept: same color in different style, different colors in the same style, free style, etc.  Today our focus is on pastel mismatched dresses.  Let these romantic ideas below get you inspired.

Different color + same or similar styles

Pastel Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Credits (from top left): KT Merry Photography / Donna Morgan (photo by Trent Bailey Photography) / Simply Sarah Photography / Armoursans Anguish / Josselyn Peterson / Brandon Chesbro / 2 Days Look / Mademoiselle Fiona / Skyla Walton

Same color palette + different shades

Pastel Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Credits (from top left): Katie Vowels for Annie McElwain Photography / Clary Photo / Foreveryday Photography / Clary Photo / KT Merry Photography / Judy Pak Photography / Caroline Joy Photography / Judy Pak Photography

Same color + different styles

Pastel Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Credits (from top left): Di Bezi Photography / Donna Morgan / Ryan Bernal / Valo Photography / Caroline Tran Photography / Ryan Ray Photography / Connie Lyu Photography

Lovely Farm Sisters Session from Nancy Vaz Photography

Farm animals, crowns, and dreamy ribbons, today’s children session is like a fairytale come true.  The talented photographer Nancy Vaz had a vision to capture the storyline “real to make believe“.  She brought the idea to life with these heartwarming and beautiful photos, filled with whimsical details.  Join us as we share this lovely farm sisters session.

Lovely Farm Sisters Session from Nancy Vaz Photography

Thoughts from the photographer

Nancy Vaz: These two sister live on a farm, and the session involved some of their animals.  The inspiration came from their love to pretend play and the love of their animals.

The storyline is ‘real to make believe’.  The crown shows them dreaming and the ribbons on the stick represent the horse’s mane, all the while creating beautiful portraits of the sisters which can stand alone or be presented in a beautiful album to tell the story.

Lovely Farm Sisters Session from Nancy Vaz Photography

About Nancy Vaz Photography

Nancy Vaz put a passion into practice 9 years ago when she became a professional photographer.  She utilizes gorgeous natural light in her images and her focus is Children’s Fine Art Portraiture with a whimsical twist.  Each session is personalized and often incorporates the child’s love or interest.  Others will describe her style as dreamy, soft, light and creative.

Lovely Farm Sisters Session from Nancy Vaz Photography

Find the photographer:

Nancy Vaz Photography Website | Facebook

Vendor Information:

JinkyArt Workshop

Suzanna & Jason’s Swan-e-Set Wedding from Butter Studios

A wedding is a celebration of love, the joyful beginning to a brand new journey ahead.  Suzanna & Jason’s wedding is a perfect example of such celebration.  We absolutely love the natural interaction between this adorable couple and their loved ones.  The bride’s smile is simply captivating.  The happiness and sweet love illustrated through each of the gorgeous images captured by Butter Studios are contagious, and you can see it all right below.

Suzanna & Jason’s Swan-e-Set Wedding from Butter Studios

Suzanna & Jason’s love story

From the bride (Suzanna): Jason and I were introduced by mutual friends while he was studying at BCIT and I was at UFV. We were together for 3 years when Jason proposed.

Jason purchased our engagement ring from a jeweler in Malaysia, where I was born. He selected my ring with the help of both our mothers and my sister who took pictures of different ring settings and texted them to him. He made his pick, and my mother brought the ring with her on her next visit to Canada. Being the traditionalist, Jason called my father to ask for his blessing.

Suzanna & Jason’s Swan-e-Set Wedding from Butter Studios

Suzanna: We had a ceremony and reception in Malaysia in May. Knowing that a lot of Jason’s family and our friends would not be able to make the trip to Malaysia, we wanted to have a celebration so that we could celebrate with loved ones on this side of the world as well. Having already participated in the formal ceremony in Malaysia, we wanted our Canadian reception to have a bit more of a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Suzanna & Jason’s Swan-e-Set Wedding from Butter Studios

Wedding planning general information

Guests: 125
Budget: $30,000
Best wedding moment: Our “first look”
Favorite wedding detail: the cupcakes and photo booth

Suzanna & Jason’s Swan-e-Set Wedding from Butter Studios

Thoughts from the photographer

Gina of Butter Studios: We were first introduced to Suzanna and Jason by a mutual friend Mary-Anne. In our consultation we were excited to find out that Suzanna was born in Malaysia, also where my partner Chris is from. We had an instant connection.

Suzanna & Jason’s Swan-e-Set Wedding from Butter Studios

Gina of Butter Studios: The wedding was one of our last weddings of the year and a perfect way to end off our season. We started the day with the getting ready photos in Langley and then made our way over to the beautiful Swan-E-Set Golf Club for the first look, ceremony and reception.

Suzanna & Jason’s Swan-e-Set Wedding from Butter Studios

Gina of Butter Studios: The weather in late October was a little chilly, but we managed to get some great photos with the fall leaves and the weather held out for us during the wedding party shoot. We couldn’t have been happier to document their special day.

Suzanna & Jason’s Swan-e-Set Wedding from Butter Studios

About Butter Studios

Butter Studios is a full service company providing photography, videography and event photographic entertainment services. Led by husband and wife team, Chris and Gina Chong have been providing photographic services in Metro Vancouver for over a decade. Their goal is to preserve memories in a creative way that will last a lifetime.

Suzanna & Jason’s Swan-e-Set Wedding from Butter Studios

Find the photographer:

Butter Studios Website | Facebook

Vendor Information:

Photo Booth: Butter Studios |   Officiant: Brent Sheppard |   Venue, F&B: Swan-e-Set |   Cake: Tracey Cakes |   DJ: Dynamic DJ Services |   Limo: Ultimate Limo