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LONDON UK WEDDING PLANNER: PETITE PEARL EVENTS

Hello all, Margot here, and it’s news time… again!! In our last post our Founder + Creative Director, Jessica, shared her news about making a big move + lifestyle change (are you ready for her, Squamish??). Well, now it’s my turn 😉

For those of you following along on our various social media sites you’ll already know that I’ve been living between Vancouver and London, UK for the last year and a half. In early 2017 my other half, Mike, (not to be confused with my forever-work-wife, Jessica) was offered a great opportunity to relocate temporarily to his company’s London office. I stayed in Vancouver through 2017 working with my awesome couples + corporate clients, flying to London between events, but made the choice to take most of 2018 off so that I could finally join Mike here full time… well at least until the end of the year!

The universe is a funny lady though, and just as we were starting to make plans for the move home she turned the tables on us with an incredible new job offer for Mike here in London. We thought loooooong + hard about this but in the end ultimately decided to jump on the opportunity and see where this crazy adventure might lead us next.

I am both super thrilled, and equally bummed, to announce that despite my best laid plans I will not be moving home to Vancouver in the new year… which means that I also won’t be taking on any new clients in the Vancouver area for the foreseeable future.

However, this is not a goodbye post! Instead, it’s a chance for me to tell you about a very exciting new chapter in my life and the life of Petite Pearl! You guessed it, we’re going INTERNATIONAL!!! London and the UK to be exact, bring on those chic city soirees + romantic countryside celebrations! And hey, you want to meet-up in the hills of Tuscany or on the beaches of Mallorca instead to create the wedding of your dreams, you know I’ll be game!

Keep your eyes peeled to our Instagram and Facebook feeds for more exciting happenings as all of this comes together, and if you want to follow along with my adventures in jolly ‘ol England, come say hi at margotlbw_ppe. And, if you’re wondering how to connect with us to discuss an event in the UK or Europe, it couldn’t be easier! Our website is currently being updated with all the new details and will still be your one-stop-shop for everything PPE! Pop in and drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you and help you take your wedding or corporate event to the next level xo

Photos by The Hendrys

SEA TO SKY WEDDING PLANNER: PETITE PEARL EVENTS

Ok yes the rumours are true…we are officially moving to Squamish this Fall!!!! We completely outgrew the city condo life and desperately needed more space for our wild toddler to run free as well as take the pace of life down a notch. This is how we felt even BEFORE having an unexpected whirlwind of a year…a.k.a. my husband Dylan’s completely freak accident head injury at the start of June. So yea, it’s safe to say we are SO READY FOR THIS CHANGE!

Dylan + I had started looking for our next home earlier this year before we put our condo on the market but then after Dylan’s accident we had to put things on hold a bit. Finally just a couple weeks ago we found our little dream home, offer made, offer accepted and BOOM! We CANNNNNNNNOT wait to make it our own. Me in particular…take any little sleep I’m currently getting during wedding season and fill it with a mind full of home renovation, organization + design ideas and pretty much yea no sleep at all happening these days.

Squamish just feels so US and in a way we feel like we’ve come full circle after having our wedding at the Sea to Sky Gondola back in February 2016 (a few film stills shared in this post). Both Dylan + I grew up in small towns and we’re most excited to once again HAVE A DRIVEWAY. Ok maybe that’s just me…mom + wedding planner life with a building parkade is HELL!

In all seriousness, there’s too many things to list that we’re excited for. We’re an arms reach from the city (45 mins) with one of the most beautiful highway drives in the world, a quick rip to the Whistler mountains for weekend skiing, schools within walking distance, trails + hikes galore and we’ll actually be 20 minutes closer to my in-laws in West Vancouver than we are currently in Kits (bye bye bridges). Bonus is that many of our friends spend their weekends in Whistler anyways so we’re certainly counting on passerby visitors 😉

So what does this mean for Petite Pearl Events and how will it affect our current + future bookings? It really won’t have any affect at all EXCEPT that I am now a local Sea to Sky Wedding Planner!!!! We’ve always serviced the Sea to Sky corridor – I’ve planned + executed some of my all time favorite weddings in both Squamish + Whistler, but I’ve now officially started to focus my personal wedding bookings in + around Squamish, Whistler + Pemberton.

We’ll be in the city a tonne – when Dylan gets back to work he’ll be commuting to the city a few days a week + I’ll be making regular trips in for various meetings as well as the weddings I’ve already booked in the city for the rest of this year + next year. The rest of the team will remain based in the city, continue to focus their bookings to Vancouver and surrounding, and assist wherever required. Business as usual + the best of both worlds! Of course we’re still always willing to travel so Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, Okanagan + beyond are still a definite yes!

Very exciting times on the horizon. If anyone has any Squamish recommendations – we would love to hear!

Jess

x

Film stills by Tomasz Wagner xo

RAW Beauty Talks: An Orchard Summer Brunch with Host Kaitlyn Bristowe

“1 in 6 youth will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life, with rates of anxiety and depression increasing by 70 percent over the past 25 years.  A recent study found that Instagram is the most damaging social network to young people’s mental well being, causing feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.”

On this day last year we had the honour of teaming up with RAW Beauty Talks + The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, to help change this stat by raising funds for youth positive body image and media literacy program, Free To Be. Forty incredible women and men joined us at The Orchard for delicious soul food, raw conversation and the launch of a crowdfunding campaign for this important program. It was a beautiful, intimate + heart warming experience that truly had a lasting impact on all of us.

At the time, RAW Beauty Talks Founder, Erin Treloar, was mega preggers with her second child and I (Jessica) had a fresh two month old baby but when our minds are set on getting something done (even if our husbands think we are completely crazy), we’re going to make it happen. However, none of it would have been possible without an incredible list of sponsors + individuals donating their time + services [full list of sponsors here] plus our very supportive hubbies, one of which may have been onsite wearing the new baby helping with set up…[photo below].

We’re a year late on getting this story + these images to the blog but this conversation + movement is one that will never become irrelevant. We hope to have the opportunity to donate our time to another fundraising segment of these change-maker societies.

What is Free To Be?

Free To Be is a research-based positive body image program for youth in grades six to eight. The program empowers boys and girls to reach their full potential by developing media literacy awareness, cultivating individual strengths, building resilience to social pressures that impact body image, and nurturing a positive social environment.

To learn more about the program please visit www.freetobetalks.com.

Hayley + Rasmus: Hart House Restaurant

Hayley + Rasmus were a total dream to work with. As busy professionals living in London, England they knew they wanted a unique and sophisticated wedding that matched their contemporary style but needed help on the ground to pull it off. They told us what they wanted and let us run with it, and run we did! Pairing their personal style with the romantic garden setting of their venue, Hart House Restaurant, was a fun challenge that left us scratching our heads a few times as we tried to source and pair the right mix of textures, colours and decorative accents. All that hard work paid off though (as it always does) and in the end, we were able to create a unique and playfully sophisticated blend of modern edge and garden elegance that perfectly fit our couple and their hopes for their dream wedding!

Read more about their modern + sophisticated wedding in their Real Weddings feature here! Photos by the incomparable Tomasz Wagner.

See the full gallery + list of vendors here.

Annie + Matthew: Hart House Restaurant

Annie and Matthew were such a joy to work with, just incredibly sweet, friendly and genuine in their desire to create a beautiful day of celebration with their nearest + dearest. That joy and warmth really shone through on their wedding day at Hart House Restaurant where we let the beauty of the venue speak for itself, highlighted by simple + romantic decor with a slightly rustic vibe. Natural greenery and wood accents created a warm and elegantly relaxed space which was topped-off by the “wow factor” greenery chandeliers created for us by the lovely ladies at Our Little Flower Company.

– Margot xo

Ladies beautified by the Denise Elliott Beauty Co. team + all captured by Taya Photography.

See the full gallery + list of vendors here.