{ EVENTS: outdoor rooftop movie night }

Something I’ve wanted to do ever since I moved into my place with a big rooftop patio is host a movie night up there. It only took 5 years but I made it happen! 

Here was the invite I designed. I kept the guest list pretty small because I wanted everyone to have a cozy seat. It also happened to be a musically inclined guest list so I thought it would be fun to rewind a bit with one of my favourites, Almost Famous. So many great actors that I love. I totally forgot that Zooey Deschanel played William’s older sister. 

I created a comfy floor seating area using a big fabulous velvet-like bed cover I found on a thrifting hunt awhile back and then got a bunch of colourful big pillows from Homesense and gathered up a bunch of blankets. You can tell what my favourite colours are because everything I pulled together happens to match – lots of pink/orange/green/mustard. The patio plants added lots of colour and looked great. And of course what’s a summer patio without a string of lights? These are from Target. Pick them up while they’re in season or else they’re impossible to find.  

No movie night would be complete without the snacks right? It’s usually more like, what movie would you like to watch with your night of snacking? I went with classic butter popcorn, cold sodas and a tray full of chocolate & candy. Yum! Then, just in case you didn’t read the invite closely & to add to the decor I made a handmade marquee-style sign with some chalkboard paint and an old frame. This can me reused for a bunch of events. 

Here’s a great panoramic of the set up. I bought a portable photostand and I happen to have some photo backdrops from work but you could just drape a white sheet as well. And that view! not bad. I wanted to move away from the traditional black/white/red movie theme and instead use lots of bright summer colours. 

It was a perfect night. My only regret is waiting so late in the summer to do it because I would love to do it again. Maybe I can host a fall version with more blankets and hot chocolate instead of soda on ice.
It was a successful & fun movie night with friends on a beautiful summer night.I’ll leave you with my favourite scene from the movie. Every time I hear this song I think of this scene. So good! 


{ EVENTS: summer rooftop dinner party }

I admit, I’m a lucky girl with an amazing outdoor space right in the middle of the city. It’s pretty great. The sad part is that I don’t feel like it gets used enough, especially with our short summers. So when my good friends from out of town told me they were coming for a visit I decided to go all out and host a proper rooftop patio dinner party. I threw in a few DIY decor projects to make it extra special, which I’ll post in more detail later. Don’t hate me but I pulled almost all of this together with stuff I already had around my place (I have a lot of stuff..it’s kinda a problem).

I made the bunting with some scrap material I had and the table runner with a bunch of doilies I picked up at a thrift store that I didn’t know what I was going to do with. Both the expandable table & chairs are from Ikea in case you’re wondering. The pillows & lantern are from Homesense last season. 

I don’t usually do proper place settings, but like I said, I went all out. I made the name holder from dollar store forks and used a gold marker for the name (psst: I’ll let you in on a secret – my writing isn’t that beautiful, I printed them in a pretty font (Janda Celebration Script) and traced them with gold marker). The stunning glasses are part of a hand painted vintage set that was gifted to me by a good friend who knows me well. 

I used some of my vintage glass collection for vases with bright jewel coloured flowers. 

Pardon the blurry iPhone photo but what a great panoramic to show you the whole spread. I went all out with the decor but kept the menu pretty simple. I made BBQ ribs for the first time (success!) along with watermelon mint feta salad, potato salad, grilled veggies & caprese salad.
There’s nothing better than sitting around a table with good friends on a beautiful summer night. That is one happy bunch of people. 

{weddings: love brings you back}

My two month adventure has come…and gone. Sigh. But it was amazing! And it helps when I come back to such beautiful summer-like weather at home. Summer also means wedding time. This year is a repeat of last summer where I have no less than 5 (!) weddings between May & August. But I do, for the most part, love weddings. It’s all the 1001 events that go with the big day that are not always my very favourite. 

I wanted to share this beautiful wedding I saw on 100 Layer Cake as my first post back & first dive into summer wedding season. So there’s a few tiny things I may change (like the sky full of feathers) and a few of my own touches that I would add but this wedding pretty much is what I envision for myself, if I’m lucky enough for that day to come. 

I just LOVE LOVE all the vintage touches, the colour everywhere, the cozy location and the fact that nothing matches but matches perfectly at the same time. I even have that teal & blue Bulger tin! 

This fire pit & blankets is my favourite. How great would it be to keep the festivities going late into the night around the fire? 

This is my type of party! Live music, sing-a-longs and some sweaty dancing. 
 Just seeing this puts me in a good mood. There’s no one escaping this wedding at 11pm. 

{say I do: less is more….romantic}

I came across this video today on my all-time fav blog, Design Sponge and of course had to share. Awhile back I shared a wedding video that I absolutely was in love with. Well I came across another one and it’s completely different but just as lovely. I figure why stop with all the wedding themed posts now? I’m on a roll!

You really have to read the original post on Design Sponge to get the full story of the couple and how the day came about. The main thing that I took from it and what’s so great about this event is how simple and private it is. There are BIG weddings and smaller weddings but in either case, many times the reason for the gathering can get lost in all the planning and partying.

This couple started planning a small intimate wedding and it quickly snowballed to a huge event and headache. They decided what they really wanted more than anything was for it to be just them.

1 + 1 = Love

So they sent a notice to all their guests ‘reclaiming their wedding’ and took off to San Fransisco to elope. They hired someone to take a video of the day & event which was sent to their friends and family after.

Check it out. This is sooooo different from the first video I posted but I love it equally. The music again is such a huge part of bringing the event to life. You really can feel the intimacy between the couple without it being sappy or cheesy in any way. As much as I love all the pretty details of a small wedding, there are no distractions here. It’s simply about the bride & groom.

Just a head’s up if you cry easily, grab some tissue.

we said vows. from Jeremy on Vimeo.

{say i do: prettiest wedding ever}

I do go a little gaga over weddings sometimes but not in the way that I’ve been dreaming about having one since I was young and have all these images of what it will be like. It’s more the decor & styling I’m in love with. And really, it’s not limited to weddings…any kind of party or event really. I always said in another life or if I won the lottery or maybe in this life (who knows?!) that I would love to plan events. But I would need a partner because I’m more interested in styling and creative directing…not the actual tedious following-through with phone calls, planning, dealing with actual people….especially the dealing with annoying people part.

I love smaller events because you can put more care & attention to the little details.

I’ve come across many beautiful weddings on my blogging expeditions but this one I came across today on Cup of Jo takes the (wedding) cake! It was so inspiring that it made me write this…that’s some serious creative power.

You know what the best part of this wedding is? The video!!! Cheesy wedding videographers take note. This is got to be the BEST wedding video I’ve ever seen. If only we all had the time & resources to put videos like this together for any kind of special life event. What amazing memories! This video just captures the mood of this couple & their special day so perfectly with the editing, the filming style and of course the music.

Tell me this doesn’t make you want to fall in love:

Max, Margaux, & The Marvelows from Shark Pig on Vimeo.

Are you hooked? Want to see more of this precious day? Here are a bunch of photos from the wedding.

There’s even MORE in the full story posted on Once Wed if you want more cuteness.