Bridal Picnic on Style Me Pretty

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When I planned this bridal picnic for Alicia it was for one simple reason: celebration. I was feeling a bit disillusioned with how busy life was and how we don’t take time out to celebrate the special moments. I seriously walk around most days in a blur of over-scheduling, and while it’s definitely something I thrive on, I find serious joy in making someone feel special and happy. Alicia recently walked down the aisle, and I threw her this picnic a few weeks before. I invited our little group of bloggers who over the years, have become wonderful friends.

I’m so excited that the picnic was featured on Style Me Pretty this week! Scroll through to see some of the images, and then pop over to Style Me Pretty to see the rest!

Photography: Ainsley Rose | Flowers: Flower Factory | Cake: Sweet Bake Shop | Food: Dirty Apron | Decor: Whiskey and Cake Home | Friends: Alicia Quan (bride) | Friends: Jen Pistor | Friends: Jen Tam | Friends: Alex Grant | Planning/Styling: Sparkle Media

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life lately

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Happy Friday! I’ve been SO bad at blogging lately! Don’t lose faith in me! If you’re on Instagram and Snapchat with me (erincsousa), y0u’re up to date, and honestly, that’s where I share the most, so I hope you’ll pop over to join me.

Summer has been so busy and wonderful thus far! It was my birthday (this lemon vanilla cake from Sweet Bake Shop was beyond), our first anniversary, and there have been lots of fun outings and events to take part in. On top of that, and primarily, it’s been work. I’ve been so busy with clients – the business has really blown up and I’ve been having working so, so much.  For the later part of the summer, I’ll be heading to Osoyoos for a mini holiday before the summer ends at Watermark Resort, and to Pemberton for Araxi’s epic long table dinner, and staying at Summit Lodge in Whistler.  It will be really needed to get away for a bit, so I’m really looking forward to it!

 

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Deighton Cup is a day at the races, and I was so excited to wear a fancy lady hat – thanks so much, Hive Mind Hats!

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For our anniversary, I gifted Roberto a Hudson’s Bay blanket – he’s always wanted one. I say perfect for picnics, and he says he won’t let it touch the ground…

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Poolside content creation for a client – dying over this Barefoot Contessa romper and hat.

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Ava is too much. Especially in cute sunnies (from Barefoot Contessa)

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A business trip for Sparkle Media’s client Uptown Shopping Mall took us out to Victoria for a few days! This sunset was like nothing I’ve ever seen.

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Working anywhere has it’s perks, and sometime it’s from a hotel bed in Victoria.

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This oil is so lovely – it’s from Aerin’s fall collection! Estee Lauder is really doing some fun stuff for fall, and I was able to get a sneek peek at their fall launch.

an urban picnic on robson street

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I seriously LOVE entertaining. as I move through life, I’ve learned that it’s also something that I do quite well! I’ve found so much joy in my home, decorating, and feeding loved ones! I’ve worked with Robson Street before, and when they asked me to host an intimate media lunch to promote their Pop-Up Picnic area, I was so excited!

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For bigger projects with plenty of lead time, I’ll usually start a secret pinboard to hold inspiration… I find this useful to really see what i’m attracted to, and I let this guide me. I never copy anything I see – I want everything I do to be authentic to my taste. For this project, I only had 10 days to pull it together, so I simply used the idea of an urban picnic, and went from there. I knew I had a space (in this case, a small patio area right on Robson and Thurlow), tables, chairs, and a takeout menu (the meals had to be chosen from the restaurants on Robson Street since this event was to promote the picnic area space that is ‘popped up’ for the summer, only).

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Working with that, I had a small budget to pull together other elements like the linens from Taffete Designs, napkins, cutlery, drinks, flowers and extras. I always like to create unique elements, so I used my own personal vases, cake stands, straws, mason jars, and made special placecards out of custom hasthtag macarons from Sweet Bake Shop.

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A little goodie bag full of Karameller Candy (in red and white, of course!) was the perfect take away. While I wanted the picnic to feel elevated, I wanted to stay true to the rustic ‘picnic’ feel, and added some watermelon, a vintage picnic basket (from Whiskey and Cake Home) and garden flowers from Flower Factory. When hosting, I always consider the comfort of my guests so I wanted to make them feel special, and give them plenty of opportunity for a great time, conversation with friends, and of course, the perfect photo opp! It was such a fun day – cannot wait until next time!

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summer entertaining ideas

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Summer is by far my favourite time to have guests over, because we can take the party outside! Our new place has a patio, and the first thing I did was buy a BBQ for it! We’re still getting the hang of it, but we’ve been grilling a lot lately. We’re really loving having our friends over, and I adore having an excuse to host! It doesn’t need to be complex at all – fresh flavours, lighter foods, fruit and of course, rosé, are always my go-to dishes! Summer entertaining ideas are below.

Watermelon, bocconcini on skewers – sprinkle with cilantro, and it’s such a refreshing appy.

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The easiest dinner for us or for guests? Chicken, vegetables, and potatoes on the BBQ! Could NOT be easier or tastier.

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Pavlova is by far my fave summer dessert – SO easy and seasonal. I shared my “recipe”, here.

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Hosting meetings and photo collaborations with a few nibbles ! My easy go-to is a stop at Whole Foods for fruit and some sort of baked good. A fresh press juice is always a nice little addition!

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Yes way, Rosé! What’s a summer patio moment without a pretty and crisp glass of rosé?

our home tour

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I’m so so excited to finally share a home tour with you! BC Living offered us the opportunity to share our home with their readers, and we were so excited to shoot our space! Home decor is such a hobby of mine and I love making a space feel like home. I decorate with items that just feel right, and never, ever, go into it with a plan. Balancing my taste, and my husband’s taste has been quite easy – we compromise a lot and balance our tastes to make it work. For instance, the green leaf pillow, it was his choice, and I don’t mind it. The floral one was mine and he maybe pretends like he doesn’t mind it (but isn’t it gorgeous?!)

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I’m all about the splurge and save tactic when it comes to home decor: save where you can, and spend on those items you’re in love with! Our couch was Ikea, and a great deal, while something like the ottoman was a bit pricier. Like everything, balance will be the key to decorating success.

Pop over to BC Living to see all the sources and the rest of our home tour! As always, feel free to comment below with any questions!

Photos by Taya Photography and flowers by Flower Factory.

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