Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Happy New Year!

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As the countdown to 2012 begins, we are reflecting on an amazing year.

I personally have watched my hugely talented team grow and we have designed and decorated some amazing weddings this year pushing our creative skills even further.

Our planning services have gone from strength to strength and we have some hugely exciting projects and commissions underway for 2012.

We would like to take this opporunity to wish all our 2011 clients a fabulous New Year and all our 2012 and 2013 couples an exciting New Year as we work with them on their beautiful wedding days.

Our work would not be complete without all the extraordinarily talented suppliers we work with to put together our weddings and events and we would also like to wish all our friends within the wedding industry a Very Happy New Year!

We will be back shortly with many fabulous inspirations, blog posts and of course real weddings as we start the New Year.

Friday, December 30, 2011

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Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced on December 8th that PANTONE® 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a vivacious, enticing hue, is the color of the year for 2012.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Want to use Tangerine Tango in your wedding? It can be the splash of color your already neutral palate may need. Incorporate it in your flowers, stationary, and pillows for your lounge seating. If you're a little more daring this would be the perfect vibrant color for your bridesmaids and tangerine linens are sure to brighten up your reception!

Many past brides have already jumped on the orange bandwagon so there's lots of inspiration out there. When it comes to infusing color, the options are endless. We're looking forward to seeing how all you newly engaged couples use it in your upcoming weddings.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Best Wishes Overheard!

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57 Grand is in Martha Stewart Weddings!

Our favorite new line has hit the newstands in our favorite bridal magazine -- great minds think alike. It's the Riverside, and you can find it in NYC at the Wedding Library.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


2011 was a memorable year for Viva both personally and professionally. Along with the addition of a beautiful baby girl to the Viva family, we were honoured to receive several acclamations from the wedding industry and grateful once again to have been chosen by such wonderful couples as their preferred wedding coordinator.

We of course can’t take all the credit for the flawless execution of the many stylish weddings we were a part of in 2011. Viva is so very fortunate to work with the best of the best when it comes to wedding vendors. Every year Viva thanks you for your talent, professionalism, and willingness to go above and beyond to make our couples happy and this year isn’t any different. We couldn’t do it without you!

Viva would also like to send a great big thank you to other wedding planners in the Ottawa area and abroad. While the wedding industry is a competitive one, it takes a strong, confident woman to rise above this and see that working together benefits not only our own business but our clients as well. Viva's so lucky to have developed wonderful relationships and many solid bonds with several talented planners and would like to thank you for your friendship and support.

While we’re sad to see 2011 go, we can’t hold back our excitement for all that lies ahead. A new year brings new weddings and we’re absolutely thrilled about the fabulous couples we’ve booked for 2012. From elaborate city glam to intimate country chic, it’s going to be a great year!

Happy New Year from Viva la wedding and all the best to everyone in 2012!!

Photo Credits: Peacock Photography


Photo Credits: Craig Photography


Now that we finally have a little snow on the ground we thought we’d share a few images from a couple of cute engagement sessions to get you in the Christmas spirit. The first session comes to us from Sara Hasstedt Photography, the second brought to you by Erin Samuel of A Simple Photograph. Christmas is right around the corner. Do you have your tree yet?

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Statement from Reviva Weddings

It has been bought to our attention that another company, based here on the Costa Del Sol, has been sending out libelous emails to clients about our company.

Reviva Weddings have consulted lawyers who have confirmed that we have a good case to take this company to court based on libelous and malicious information being sent out.

It will be our intention to issue a denuncia against this company in the event that they do not make a public apology shortly.

Should we see that further emails are being sent out, we will then proceed through the courts to sue them.

We will publish their identity and ask for legal costs and damages to be awarded to us.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays!

As this year draws to a close I am taking a moment to reflect and be grateful for the friends and family who surround us, the clients and artists who support us and the triumphs and challenges that form our history and future. Thank you all, and the happiest of holiday seasons from my family to yours!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Announcing the Wedding Party!

It's baaack! We are excited to announce the Wedding Party is on Sunday, January 29 -- so don't forget to save the date. We also are having special pre-sale pricing of tickets to help you out on your holiday shopping. ($75 for one ticket and $125 for you and a guest). A perfect present for your favorite bride!
Click here to see our list of confirmed participants to date...(plenty more surprises to come!)

Friday, December 16, 2011

57Grand in the House!

We are so excited to be the new flagship for 57Grand, a young, fresh and "downtown" dress line for our hippest bridesmaids! We love that it's a hometown collection inspired by New York City and that these dresses are available in super cute, bright colors and wonderful fabrics. Make an appointment to check out the newest addition to our family.

Snowy Wedding Inspirations!

Living in Spain is fabulous and we are truly spoilt with our weather, this winter has been incredibly mild, apart from the terrific storm on my birthday! 

This morning I gazed out onto a beautiful pink sunrise and relish the fact I can meet my friend today for a lovely lunch sat outside, however, I am insanely jealous that the UK are about to see snow!! 

I absolutely adore snow, the light and magical look it brings to everything it falls on. 
I think it always instills that sense of peace which is why it is particularly beautiful at Christmas time.

So here is my contribution to all things snowy!  A beautiful winter inspiration board created for you and we now have falling snow on our blog as we are getting festive!

The images here are found on Pinterest and you must head over to Green Wedding Shoes to see a delightful snow shoot.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

#SweetTweet Overload!

A few winter white sweets tweets for you to enjoy!
A huge thank you to all you wonderful tweeps and tweeters that have shared with us in 2011.

From #SweetTweets - Wedding Cake twitter

From #SweetTweets - Wedding Cake twitter

Via @JodyCakes

From #SweetTweets - Wedding Cake twitter
Via @missiesindz

Want to see them all?
Visit our Picasal Album with over 350 wedding cake tweets. Hurray for cake!

You can submit your sweet twitter to @TWeetMyWedding on Twitter.

Real Weddings 2011 :: Lindsay & Andrew 9.24.11

Lindsay and Andrew were married on a gorgeous fall day in September. We had been keeping a close eye on the weather the week prior (and preparing back-up plans just in case), but September 24th turned out to be a picture perfect fall day. 

Lindsay and Andrew wanted to be able to enjoy themselves during cocktails, so they opted to have the majority of their photos taken prior to the ceremony, including a "First Look". Their photos were taken around the Oakland area - mostly outside of their church, St. Paul's Cathedral, and across the street at the ever popular Mellon Institute. After photos were completed, Lindsay and Andrew made their way over to the church where they tied the knot during a beautiful Catholic mass. {Side note: since their photo locations and both venues were all within walking distance of each other in Oakland, Lindsay & Andrew were able to skip the limo and transportation costs!} 

Following the ceremony, guests were greeted by a bag piper playing outside of the church who led each and every one of them across the street to the Mellon Institute for a group photo. Yep, you read that right - all 181 of their guests were led in a bag piper processional through the streets of Oakland. It took a lot of coordination, but in the end, it turned out fantastic! Kuddos to the couple's fab photographer, Joey Kennedy, for pulling off the great shot (pictured above). Post-amazing group photo, the guests were then led down the street a few blocks to The University Club, where the rooftop cocktail hour and ballroom reception were set to take place. 

It was an amazing day, and we couldn't be more happier for this adorable couple! Congratulations again to Lindsay & Andrew!

The Wedding Team 

Wedding Planner Simply Perfect Weddings
Ceremony Venue St. Paul's Cathedral 
Reception Venue The University Club
Photographer Joey Kennedy Photography
Floral Designer Dee's Florals 
DJ Bill Bara
Makeup Pittsburgh Makeup
Monica Kitta (412.537.5107)
Bag Piper
Pittsburgh Piper

All photos courtesy of Joey Kennedy Photography.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

#owt in Review - The Slideshow

Twitter had an issue today that caused a hiccup in our regular streaming #owt (overheard wedding twitter) for #WeddingWednedsay! So, for the late nighters here we invite you to peruse and enjoy our collection of overheard wedding twitter. We love sharing the love! The slideshow is here...

... and the direct link is here in our Picasa Albums; 
#owt Overheard Wedding Twitter Albums, 1, 2, 3 & the album slideshow above, 4.


Real Weddings 2011 :: Jamie & Jon 9.10.11 {Part 2}

A few weeks ago we shared Part 1 of Jamie & Jon's lakeside nuptials, and today we are bringing you Part 2. 

Following the "I Do's" and a few post-ceremony photos, the entire bridal party was treated to a boat ride around Conneaut Lake on a local boat named "Kaylee Belle". Then, for a fun surprise, the bridal party made their grand entrance into the reception via the boat dock. How many weddings do you see that cool of an entrance?! ;) Following Jamie & Jon's first dance and a few toasts, guests were treated to a lovely sit down dinner service under this gorgeously decorated tent. Towards the end of dinner we were lucky enough to witness an amazing sunset off the lake, which made for some great portrait shots of Jamie & Jon. 

The sunset was definitely icing on the cake, but the fun didn't stop there. After dinner, guests enjoyed lots (and lots!) of dancing, a candy bar, cigar bar, and even a sparkler exit as Jamie & Jon said their farewells at the end of the night. All in all it was an amazing day, and we were thrilled to be a part of it!

Congratulations again to the happy couple! We wish you many long years of love & happiness together!

The Wedding Team

Wedding Planner Simply Perfect Weddings
Catering JPC Event Group
Photographer MichaelWill Photography
Floral Designer Mocha Rose Floral Designs
DJ Kirk Dietrich  (814.504.3562)
Makeup Simply Beautiful Makeup Artistry
Hair Brooke Rockwell Hair Designs 
Rentals All Occasions

All photos courtesy of MichaelWill Photography.