Love On Fire – Ashley & Michael

Ashley and Michael have a very special wedding story.  They got married at Black Creek Pioneer Village on August 27, 2011.  A fire brought their reception to a halt, but didn’t stop their love for each other!

Watch the video, captured by Thomas K Weddings, on Sash & Satin’s Blog!
Full blog post, story and photos to follow on Sash and Satin!

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New Years Eve Weddings

Think of the glamour, the glitter and the sparkle!  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have or attend a New Years Eve Wedding?   Would your friends and family love that you gave them something interesting and fun to do on New Years?  Or would they be resent you for “choosing” for them?  

Morganley Weddings & Events, think that a New Years Eve Wedding would be a perfect way to start your new life together, after all, it’s a New Year! 

So where to start….

First, we suggest that you send out Save The Date cards at least 6 months before December 31.  This will give people enough time to mark it on their calendars and plan for your wedding!  This is also the first impression you will make of your wedding, make it match the entire theme of your New Years Eve Wedding.  Your invitations will match this and so will everything at your wedding.   For the sake of this blog, we’ve sourced black, gold and pops of silver to be the theme colours.

I LOVE this invite!  The font is my favourite, but it’s fun, personal and you can tell from this Save The Date how much fun the couple is and gives you a feel of how fun their wedding might be.

The actual invitation would be sent out 2 months before the wedding and have the same feeling, colours and font. 

As for the decor at the venue, why not have it dripping in sequins, crystals and gold?  Centerpieces could be old clocks, with lots of bling and candles to give it a romantic feel.   Gold chiavaris and gold charger plates would also help to create this look.

As the bride, you could get married in a traditional white wedding gown, but then change into a stunning, sparkly party dress, like this one from BCBGMAXAZRIA.

Guests could be welcomed to the reception with a guest book time capsule.  Have guests write on 3×4 inch paper that will be placed into an apothecary jar for reading on the couples’ one year anniversary.    New Years Eve favours such as hats, gold beads, tiaras and noise makers can be passed around just before midnight.   Of course, champagne will also be served at this time. 

Fireworks or mini sparklers would be a perfect ending to this night.  Sparklers can be handed out to guests as they head outside for the Newlywed’s Departure!

What about displaying this at your wedding? 

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

– Morganley Weddings & Events

 

Leave Us Some Love – Unique Wedding Guestbooks

Sure the standard guestbook you can purchase at a variety of wedding stores are pretty, match your theme and colours and do the job, but what exactly are you to do with it after?

Does it sit on your coffee table for people to look at when they come over?
Does it hang on your wall for you to view every day?
Can it sit on your mantle as part of your home decor?

Probably not…  Chances are, you purchase it for your wedding, guests sign it on the day of giving their well wishes, and it’s stored in a box for “later viewing” by the bride and groom.  Some couples might not even open the guestbook once to read it!

This blog will give you some creative, unique and decorative ideas for wedding guestbooks that you can later display in your home as part of your decor! 

These are some of my favourite:

River Rocks are a great idea for guests to sign. 

Collect rocks from your favourite beach or river near your home or they can be purchased from craft stores.   Guests can write on them with permanent markers.  Buy a pretty and unique shaped vase for them to go into and showcase them on your fireplace, in your backyard or somewhere in your house.  These well wishes from your guests will warm your home and also add to your decor!

Blank Puzzle Pieces

Blank puzzle pieces can be purchased from a craft store near you.  Spread them out on the receiving line tables for your guests to sign with permanent markers.   Use black markers or 1 colour that matches your wedding for a consistant look.  Or else use a few colours that compliment each other for a fun look! 

Block Letters

Giant letters in either your shared last initial or both of your first initials can also be puchased from a craft store or a home design store.   Have your guests sign these with markers, hang them in the entrance of your home for everyone to see when they come to visit!
If you, or someone in your family is crafty enough, have them make a quilt out of either new fabric or old pieces of fabric from your childhood (old clothes, blankets etc).  Have the guests sign this on the wedding.    If you will be using this as a blanket, make sure you have proper markers that won’t wash out.  If it will hang on a wall as a decorative piece, permanent marker will do just fine!
 
Maybe the bride and groom-to-be are avid Tweeter’s and love technology, this is a cute way to showcase your guestbook.  Have tags made or puchased with corresponding ribbon that match the wedding.   Tweet the Newlyweds!
If you are having a winter or Christmas themed wedding – why not have guests sign ceramic Christmas ornaments you can later hang on your tree?  Use gold or silver markers!
I love this idea!   
 
I hope you take some of these ideas and use them for your own weddings!   Make your wedding as creative as possible!
Thanks for reading!  
 
*please note, none of these photos belong to me.  They were found on pinterest.com and are from various blogs.
 

Real Wedding Wednesday – Camille & Ryan

Camille and Ryan were married in September 2009.  I actually met Camille in a scrapbooking aisle at Walmart!   She was looking for a cardstock to match a ribbon, so that she could make her own invitations.   We got to talking and in a week or so, I met with her fiancé Ryan (who, by coincidence, I went to elementary and highschool with him and his brother). 

Camille & Ryan

Camille was a big DIY bride!  Everything needed to be and was perfect!  She made her on invitations, cardbox and designed her own wedding cake to be made by someone else.

They got married at a church in Ajax followed by a reception at Le Parc Conference and Banquet Center.  Their colours were pink, pink & more pink! 

Camille & Ryan before the ceremony

Camille and Ryan’s reception was DJ’ed by Ryan’s cousin DJ Navi – he had the entire dance floor packed the entire night! 

I’ll never forget when Camille danced with her dad to “My Girl” by the Temptations!  This is my favourite father/daughter dance song and everytime I hear this song, I still think of Camille dancing with her dad!  (It also reminds me of the classic movie, Father of the Bride, father/daughter scene!)

Credits:
Hall: Le Parc Conference and Banquet Center
Photographer: 7 Photo & Video
DJ: DJ Navi (Groom’s cousin)

Real Wedding Wednesday – Karena & Stan

Every Wednesday for the next month or so will be “Real Wedding Wednesday”.  Morganley Weddings & Events will be featuring a few real weddings we’ve coordinated or planned in the last 2 years.   

The first couple to be featured is Karena and Stan.  I have known Karena for about 12 years and was so pleased when they hired me for Month of Management!

Green Gecko Photography

Karena and Stan got married on May 30, 2009.

Their ceremony was held at Maximillian Kolbe Parish in Mississauga, ON.   The guests were greeted at the church by the groomsmen to be seated.  Since I had known Karena for so long (we used to work together), there were many people at this wedding that I knew!

After the ceremony the bridal party and families headed to gorgeous Adamson Estates for pictures!  Green Gecko Photography captured every moment of Karena & Stan’s wedding day and love for each other perfectly!

Green Gecko Photography

While they were getting their photos done, the Morganley team headed to Oasis Banquet Hall to set up for the reception.  Karena and Stan’s theme was beach, and everything matched!

The cardbox was created by the groom to look like an underwater treasure chest.  The escort cards were put into seashells – the slots were cut by the groom!   Their centrepieces were put together with the help of the bridal party, and were stunning!  The cake was adorned with seashells!  The room which was set for just under 300 people was gorgeous!

Green Gecko Photography

After the bridal party entrances Karena and Stan had their first dance followed by parent dances.  Karena and her dad danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw – this song still makes me tear up to this day! The guests danced the night away with a Polish band that learned how to sing “Corina, Corina” for the bride and a DJ that played everyone’s favourite songs!

Karena and Stan’s wedding day was a perfect day for a perfect day!

Here’s an action shot of my assistant Maureen at work with bridesmaid Sandra (see her wedding in a few weeks), bustling Karena’s dress on the photo shoot.

Green Gecko Photography

I enjoyed every minute of helping them coordinate and being there on the day of with them!Thanks so much guys for everything!!

Credits:
Photographer: Green Gecko Photography
Banquet Hall: Oasis Banquet Hall
Cake: Groom’s Mother & Sister

Welcome To The Morganley Weddings & Events Blog!

Thanks for visiting our blog!
The blog will be updated once a week with weddings tips, ideas, inspiration boards, real weddings, advice, and other wedding related articles!  Everything new with Morganley Weddings & Events will be posted right here!

Morganley Weddings & Events was created in 2010 by Kimberley Choy.  Kim is the owner and principal planner of Morganley.  The name came from Kim’s middle name: Morgan and the ‘ley’ from Kimberley!

Photo by: Purple Martini Photography

Kim is certifed by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Inc.  I am Kim.   I specialized in Event Management in college, where I obtained my Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism and then went back and got my post graduate diploma in Event Management.  I love planning events.  Big or small.   From birthday parties (surprise one’s too!), anniversaries, bridal and baby showers, bachelor parties and of course, weddings!   I love weddings!  It is the most important day of a couple’s new life together and I love to be there to make it special for them! 

Hiring a Wedding Planner can be the most important decision you make when planning a wedding.  You only get married once (hopefully), we attend weddings every weekend!  We know how it’s done, we know the proper etiquette, we’ve been trained to do this and we know how to save you money and time!

I am bold and confident.  I say what’s on my mind.   I love purple.  I love country music (don’t hold that against me).  I have a sarcastic sense of humor. 

I love helping couples plan their wedding because:

  • I love calming the nerves before they walk down the aisle
  • I love tearing up with them during their vows
  • I love seeing them so happy and in love the entire night
  • I love planning & organizing
  • I love seeing the dream become something real and amazing and personalized to that couple!

Please visit my website at www.morganley.ca