a fun bachelorette party idea, make and wear your own jewellery!

30th January, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

A reader wrote to me and gave me the heads up about a creative new trend in the bachlorette party world. Beading Buds, an Ontario based travelling jewelry making party.  This company is ideal for bridal showers as a fun activity for the guests who will love creating one-of-a-kind jewelry.  This also takes care of the bonbonniere since the guests will be taking home the jewelry that they make.  Jewelry making parties are also the perfect solution for brides that want to have a bachlorette party and would prefer celebrating by spending a cosy girl’s night in with their close friends and family, especially in the Canadian winter!

Another great service this company provides for brides is a “bridal jewelry making party”.  The bridal party and the mothers of the bride and groom get together for a fun night where they make the jewelry that they will wear on the big day.  A Beading Buds designer will work with the bride prior to the party to design the bridal party jewelry using pearls, swarowski crystal and semi-precious stones to create beautiful jewelry that is completely custom and fits in exactly with what the bride is envisioning for the big day.  The designer will be at the party to assist the bridal party and to make sure that everybody has a piece of jewelry that they love and will be proud to wear.  This is the perfect attendant gift for the bridal party and is a fun way to celebrate the bride and the upcoming wedding.

The concept of  Beading Buds is that they are like having a bead store come to your home or choice of venue to assist you and your guests in making jewelry.  They send beading designers/instructors who bring beading tools and hundreds of beautiful glass beads in every shape, size and colour imaginable as well as a wide assortment of unique sterling silver plated clasps.  The instructors assist you in picking your beads and designing and creating your piece.  Their prices start at $18 per person.  The company originally started out as a birthday party entertainer for kids, but in the last few years have expanded to doing adult birthday parties, corporate events, holiday parties, bachlorette parties and bridal showers.

They are located in the GTA and service Hamilton, Guelph, Georgetown, Milton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Port Credit, Streetsville, Brampton, Etobicoke,Toronto, North York, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Thornhill, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.  You can reach them via e-mail or telephone by visiting their MPW profile at Beading Buds.

Beading Buds has donated a pair for earrings for one lucky reader.  And so you can get a taste of custom designed jewellery,  Beading Buds will design a pair of exclusive earrings for the winner that nobody else will ever own.   All you have to do is visit http://www.facebook.com/beadingbuds– click “LIKE” and leave a post saying that you’re a Marketplace Weddings reader and what colour earrings you would like.  All posts will be entered into a draw to win the earrings. The contest closes on the 15th of March 2011  and the winner will be posted on our blog 10 days later!

vicki gannon, a talented vancouver based wedding photographer…

27th January, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Our first wedding photographer interview for 2011! Vicki Gannon is a talented photogragher based out of Vancouver with a unique style. If you want to capture natural and candid moments of your big day I’m sure you’ll appreciate her approach. As I always say, I hope you enjoy reading her interview  and viewing some of her photos as much as I have!

How long have you been a photographer? How did you develop a passion for photography?
I have always been a lover of photography (bought my first slr when I was 13), and I received my diploma in photography from the western academy of photography in victoria in 1999.  My passion for photography continues to grow.  I particularly love shooting weddings and families – capturing the love and emotion between people. I’ve been shooting weddings for about 10 years.

What other genres apart from weddings do you do?
Other than weddings I shoot families and maternity shoots.  Oh and I love to shoot pets too!!

What’s your style of photography?
Hmm, good question.  My style… Authentic, real, raw .. No fake smiles.  No fancy clothes (unless of course its your wedding)!.  I would say that my style is photojournalistic.  Minimal posing. Capturing moments as they unfold.

What inspires you as a photographer? Of course great light inspires me. Without great light you cannot have a spectacular photo. But what inspires me when I’m shooting is when people are free to be themselves. I find that when I shoot weddings, I get that. People are so wrapped up in the magic of their day that they forgot to be uncomfortable around the camera!!  So in summary people inspire me.

Do you do destination weddings? If you could have a destination wedding where would it be?  I am shooting my first destination this spring.  A bride contacted me about shooting their wedding in Talum, Mexico.  Its on May 25th, and while I have a wedding back here on May 28th, I’m making it work.  I’ve heard that Talum is a magical place with amazing ruins, and while I’ve only known the bride and groom for approximately six months, we’ve met several times and I now consider them friends.  We are going to have so much fun capturing their day (my husband shoots with me as well).  If I could choose a destination I think it would be a certain spot in Greece…

Any advice for brides on choosing a photographer?
I think the most important thing for brides and grooms is to ensure you do your research.  Each photographer has their own distinct style, and make sure it works with what you are looking for.  If you like more traditional shots, make sure that your photographer shoots that way, etc.

Where is your favourite location to take wedding photos?  I would have to say that I don’t have a favourite. I have shot at so many different locations, and all have been beautiful for different reasons, from shooting on a farm, to a beach side resort, to a more formal restaurant.  

Any words of wisdom for a bride on her wedding day?  My recommendation for brides is to make their wedding day reflective of who they are, who the bride and groom are as individuals.  Do your wedding the way you want to do it, not the way you think you should, what is “in” or what others feel you should do.  That’s it!