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Okanagan Bridal Expo 2018

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2018 promises to be a very busy and creative year for Blushing Pear. We’ve experienced tremendous growth since opening in 2016 and I look forward to working with all of my clients this upcoming wedding season and with local venues and vendors. Though the 2018 wedding season may seem months away, we all know that booking vendors and getting wedding plans firmed up are hugely important-especially in Kelowna, the Wedding Capital of Canada. I’ll be at Blushing Pear’s booth at the upcoming 2018 Okanagan Bridal Expo (presented by Peace of Mind Weddings) held at the Delta Grand, Kelowna on January 21, 2018, so I hope you stop by and introduce yourself! Make sure to also check out the Midsummer NIght’s Dream décor happening at Bliss Bridal’s booth, as I was very happy to contribute some décor for their enchanted woodland themed booth. I can’t wait to see the finished results and the florals supplied by Maltabella Designs!

Tickets for the expo are available to purchase in advance at The Wedding Café, Ten Fashions Bridal Boutique, Kakes by Kathie, Mission Park Flowers in Kelowna, and Victoria Lane Brides in Vernon. Tickets are $10 purchased at these vendors, or tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. As always, this bridal expo promises to be an exciting event, with a live fashion show, vendors galore, and of course the ultimate Grand Prize draw for a trip to Sandos Playacar in the Mexican Riviera.

While I am busy meeting with clients and assembling decor plans, I am eagerly looking ahead to a wonderful wedding season and I can’t wait to see you at the Bridal Expo!

Modern Industrial Photo Shoot

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Blushing Pear had fun collaborating with some amazing Kelowna vendors this past fall for a really cool photo shoot. Tara Peach Photography, Pandore Event Group (styling), Passionate Blooms (centerpiece), Amana Beauty (makeup), model Victoria Fischer, Lavender & Lace (ring garlands), Wolf & Wander Calligraphy and Blushing Pear (vintage furniture and props) worked together to create a modern industrial vibe within the historic Laurel Packinghouse in downtown Kelowna.

Time for Wedding Expos!


Summer is fading fast! I can smell and feel the change in the air, and I can see it in the changing colors of the sky and leaves. What a summer it has been! Blushing Pear has been busy, renting out props and furniture, collaborating on photo shoots, adding to our inventory, and planning for the year ahead. The end of summer also means the end of a busy wedding season, though events continue on through the fall and winter! We are also steadily booking up for the summer of 2017- so if you’re thinking of renting vintage décor, you may want to plan ahead sooner rather than later.

Speaking of fall and winter, are you planning on attending the upcoming Wedding Expos? As a member of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Blushing Pear is excited about meeting new faces and connecting with familiar faces at the Okanagan Wedding Expo happening on September 27, 2016 at Okanagan College in the Atrium. Stop by and say hello! Visit my display and pick up a brochure and a free gift!

Of course, another major wedding event will be taking over the city of Kelowna, on January 15, 2017! This will be our first time as a vendor at the Okanagan Bridal Expo and we can’t wait! Bridal fashion show, wedding vendors, everything about the wedding industry showcased under one roof! Join Blushing Pear and several other vendors at The Delta Grand Hotel this coming January!

In the Media

In the Media

Marketing is at the core of any successful small business. Blushing Pear has been busy since opening in February 2016. We’ve had the pleasure of working alongside several local professionals serving the wedding industry in Kelowna and the surrounding region.  Blushing Pear has helped create beautiful styled events along with a bevy of photographers, venues, cake artists, florists, make-up and hair artists and bridal salons. Catering to brides and grooms, ensuring breathtaking decor, is at the heart of what we do.

My company has been fortunate in being featured in a few editorials recently.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Okanagan Life’s Wedding Issue (August/September 2016) for a sneak peak of our elegant, country decor staged at Seven Half Diamond Ranch in Merritt. Copies available at Mosaic Books in downtown Kelowna, or online   Bride and groom models Kennedy and Danielle. Cake by Sugar Sweet Cake Company. Make-up and hair by Melissa Craven. Decor styled by Blushing Pear. Florals and images courtesy of Candid Apple Photography.

Earlier this summer, we were featured on the cover of Bellissima Bride magazine (Issue 5/June 2016) along with a multi-page feature inside. Our breathtaking photo shoot, Beauty and the Bed, featured Kelsey Wise of Deja Vu Model Management. Gown supplied by Lillian Wild Bridal. Hair and Make-up by Amana Beauty. Hair accessory by Snazzy Designs. Images courtesy of Alisha Khan Photography.

Blushing Pear was thrilled to have the opportunity to style a vintage, Paris inspired bridal themed display in the windows at Bliss Bridal Salon in Kelowna. What better place to showcase wedding decor than two gorgeous windows featuring a store full of bridal gowns? Bliss indeed!


Finally, be sure to check out our ad in the November/December issue of Adore magazine!

Things to Remember When Planning Your Wedding


You’re engaged – congratulations! Now what? Time to book the venue, flowers, music, caterer, wedding planner, decorator, and find the dress of your dreams! This is a big task to undertake and typically brides  overlook the budget and time required in effective planning. Below is a list of some important factors to keep in mind when you begin researching and planning your wedding:

Create lists and timelines. Lists help you visualize your tasks and they work to keep your priorities straight. Attaching your To-Do items with clear timelines helps smooth the process. If you know each month what needs to be done, it lessens stress and helps you to plan ahead.

Research your vendors. Many wedding vendors come recommended in your community. Check their websites and social media accounts and talk to other wedding professionals and married couples in your community. Hiring preferred vendors ensures you’ll get what you pay for, but you might also consider up and coming vendors who might have competitive prices. Either way, word of mouth and testimonials will give you a clear idea of what to expect. You’ll also want to ensure you and your vendor are on the same page. Are you picturing rustic, organic florals or more showy, traditional bouquets and arrangements? Do you like country music, rock, contemporary, etc. ? Make sure your DJ is aware of your preferences. Knowing that your vendor can deliver what you want is the most important aspect – it’s your big day and your tastes should be reflected.

Traditions can be changed. Weddings are heavily rehearsed and planned and sometimes people expect the day to unfold in a certain way. Don’t shy away from incorporating new approaches or ideas to your ceremony or reception to illustrate your lifestyle or values. Before, weddings were always held inside churches. Nowadays the ceremony can be anywhere – a backyard, a park, golf course, beach, barn, etc. Some brides are foregoing a fancy cake for doughnuts or popsicles or even bags of fresh fruit. From the wedding program to the table seating, to the ceremony location and even attire, weddings should reflect you and your partner. Be open-minded in your approach and your wedding planner can also help guide you and make suggestions that you may not have thought of.

Delegate. A wedding planner remains your best option, but even if you’re employing a wedding professional to manage your wedding and rehearsal, make sure to select a close friend or family member to act as a go-between. There will be plenty of emails and phone calls to deal with, not to mention last-minute decisions and things that need to be managed the day of your wedding. Make sure whoever you choose, they’re up to the task and willing.

Pick useful items for your gift registry (if you’re including one). Some couples opt for no gifts and ask for donations to charities, but many couples still need things as they start out. Do you really need that gold-trimmed serving platter? Maybe you need a  new BBQ grill or a lawnmower, or perhaps a new set of luggage suits your needs better. Don’t be afraid to include things you will use, rather than traditional gifts such as tableware and kitchen appliances. Your gift registry should always include a range of prices, from expensive to inexpensive.

Plan for the unexpected. If it rains, is your ceremony space covered if it’s outside? Will your guests have access to umbrellas? Provide a bucket of chilled ice water if the weather is scorching. Your wedding planner will ensure a wedding emergency kit is on hand, but if you’re not employing one, make sure you have essentials like Benadryl and Band-Aids available. Do any of your guests have allergies? Make sure this is noted before your wedding day and that your caterer is made aware. Realize that unexpected things always occur but they can usually be easily fixed.

Accept that your wedding will seem ridiculously expensive no matter what your budget is. When you consider that the average wedding in Canada costs around $30,000.00, it pays to begin researching, planning and saving well ahead. There will be ways you can reduce costs and you’ll figure out as you go along, however, most couples underestimate the total cost of a wedding. Working with a wedding planner will help you keep within your budget and they can often refer you to vendors they know and trust and they can often procure rentals at a cheaper cost.

You’re throwing a PARTY! Along with good food and music, consider incorporating a photo booth or lawn games for guests. A nice lounge area adjacent to a cocktail bar is always a great idea, providing guests with a relaxing place to sip their drinks away from the business of the reception tables. Include a slide show of you and the groom as children all the way up through your relationship. You want your guests to have fun while they celebrate your nuptials and these are great ways to show you’re thinking of their enjoyment and comfort. Having a candy bar will amuse all of your guests, especially children.

Create a wedding website. A great resource is or you can use a free theme on WordPress. Wedding websites serve as a great resource for guests and a website allows you to share your story with guests through photos and anecdotes.

Don’t worry too much what everyone will think. The centerpieces are your vision, and whether Aunt Martha hates the color pink or your sister hates country music, choosing elements is a personal preference. Most brides obsess over every detail and while you want your wedding to be beautiful, it rarely goes off without a hitch, or some unforeseen events (like weather). Remember that you’ve spent the money and time planning and it will be wonderful, but don’t sweat the small stuff. Details matter, yes, but you’re not going to please everyone.

Planning a wedding is stressful but if you plan well ahead and your guests are fed, happy and comfortable,  you’ll succeed at throwing a lively, memorable wedding. It’s your wedding day, don’t forget to enjoy it!

Thrill of the Hunt?


Running a business is time consuming but there are perks too. Working from home? Check. Creative control? Ditto. Autonomy? Yep. But the role of business owner also requires diligence, communication and money management skills, efficiency and great time management skills. Apparently auctioneering skills come in handy too. Sometimes I need to get out of my office, off my computer and head out for the ‘hunt’. As a designer, I love creating, collaborating and . . . hunting for products to add to my ever-growing inventory. Time to head to an auction, right?

I attended my first auction a week ago. Drove a long way, only to discover my ‘lot’ was happening near the end of the auction. Hmmm. Time to drive back home, then return late at night. Still, I had to sit in a room hovering over 90 degrees, waiting for my ‘lot’ to come up for bid. And then crunch time. I spent the hour preceding my ‘lot’ time listening intently and observing the process. I understood half of it. How to know when someone has placed a higher bid when the auctioneer is speaking faster than my heart is beating? Subtlety. I remind myself to look for hand gestures, head pointing. Glances. I find my head swivelling, my arm raising. I’m frowning. What the heck is going on?

I passed the paddle to my other half. Help! I can’t understand what’s being said. Up goes the paddle. Down goes the paddle. Up again. Who, I’m thinking, is bidding against me? Are they planted by the auctioneering house? Bad luck? Someone with similar taste? Narrowing my eyes, I signalled my spouse, Keep bidding. Up goes the paddle, down goes the paddle.

We won the bid! Wait a minute, we have to add 12% buying fee? Really? 12% tax? Holy—–! Maybe not such a deal. I have to admit, I really wanted two specific items. A perfect pair. But I’m not a fan of auctions at the moment. My inventory requires specific pieces, and my time is valuable. Going to an auction to bid for, and hopefully win, an item of my choice, means I’m ‘wanting’ a specific item. This process, for me, creates a sense of ‘needing’ something when it may be better to walk away. Or keep my paddle lowered. In this case, I have my pair of antique, cross-stitch chairs and I’m happy to own them. But next time I’ll look further afield when I’m seeking something specific.

Behind the Scenes of a Photo Shoot


Photo shoots are exciting for many reasons, especially because they are collaborative and creative projects. Yet they also represent hours of labour (and can present unexpected challenges). Weather can turn, lighting changes rapidly and don’t get started on mosquitoes, uneven terrain and stray dogs rampaging through! The greatest joy though is joining with others at the end of a shoot, marveling at the beauty of images that are produced. And when you find your work featured on the cover of a bridal magazine, that’s not so bad either!

Earlier this month, I had the honor of joining a group of vendors in Kelowna, staging and designing a bridal themed shoot. ‘Beauty and the Bed’ was a spectacular success. Our shoot took place atop Knox Mountain on one of those glorious Okanagan evenings. The moment the lovely Kelsey Wise, from DVM – Deja Vu Model Management, strode up the path in a lace confection gown from Lillian Wild Bridal, with upswept hair and makeup to die for, I held my breath. Ethereal, heavenly, gorgeous.  Her delicate, lace headpiece, handcrafted by Snazzy Designs, framed Kelsey’s porcelain features. Her eyes, accented in smoky liner,  and lips painted in bold lipstick, were expertly applied by Amana Beauty.

Alisha Khan, from Alisha Khan Photography brought out her magic, leaning on a step stool, bustling around the props, and framing images that turned out to be astounding. With the golden light of the fading sun slipping behind the mountain, Alisha took shots of the ‘bride’, setting up the shots, moving about, ever energetic and gracious. Her warmth certainly put me at ease, and her ability to navigate difficult terrain, all with a smile on her face, showed her professionalism.

So much goes into preparation, for everyone. Kelsey first had to be fitted in the dress before spending hours in a chair under the expertise of Amana Beauty, and later had to brace the chill of the evening wind. Alisha ensured we had a theme, location, gown, model and props well ahead of time. Alisha ensured the backdrop, model, lighting and props all worked together in harmony. The end result was breathtaking, but hours of work went toward the final presentation.

For myself, along with helpers, I lugged a wrought-iron bed, steamer trunk, chair and mantel, down a sandy trail, traipsing over tumbleweeds, sage brush and sloping terrain, searching for the perfect spot to set up my furniture and props. My husband came along, uncomplainingly moving the bed another 10 feet this way, then that way, nope, over here . . . Trying to find a level spot to place an iron bed on the side of a mountain is . . . groan inducing and kind of comical. We managed in the end to locate a fairly flat spot in a clearing of pine trees and sage brush, with the water of Okanagan lake glimmering in the distance. The iron bed served as the main prop for our ‘bride’ along with our white, shabby chic mantel surround. Nestled amongst the tall grass were Blushing Pear’s white bird cage and large, vintage steamer trunk. Nearby, I hung our iron chandelier from a pine tree branch. Our chandelier was filled with a topiary green ball and adorned with roses. Beneath the chandelier, I placed an  antique chair and vintage pedestal ‘pie’ table.

Now came the task of arranging props and furniture into something resembling a Victorian bedroom in the outdoors. I wanted the bigger props to be the foundation upon which the smaller props would serve as the accents. Too much or too little can be ineffective. Angles, terrain and bushes had to be confronted but eventually the creative process kicked in and I slid, lifted, and rearranged everything until I achieved a scene exactly as I had envisioned.

Working diligently, we ignored the bear warning, curious onlookers and the possibility of ticks hiding in trees, and thought only of the shoot. Ah, the joys of working in public places. We carried on, with brilliant rays of the sun changing from yellow to gold, then slipping away, leaving a pale, soft evening light. The model, reclining on the bed, looked like a sleeping beauty and we high-fived and smiled at the results of a hard day’s work.

It was a magnificent day, from beginning to end, but now the task of packing up bed linens, birdcages, beds and chairs awaited. My helpers and I began lifting, carrying, and transporting everything back to the parking lot, piece by piece, step by step. The mosquitoes were by now out in full force, and the chill in the air increased.

As we loaded the vehicles, fitting and organizing props into every available space, we drove away, leaving the site as it was when we arrived.

Planning, preparation, delivery and shooting was a momentous task, requiring several professionals who did a stellar job bringing our bridal vision to life. Thanks go to: Alisha Khan Photography, Amana Beauty, Lillian Wild Bridal, Kelsey Wise/Deja Vu Model Management, Snazzy Designs, and Blushing Pear Vintage Rentals. And finally, thank you to Bellissima Bride Magazine, for not only featuring our photo shoot on the cover, but for including a wonderful feature of our work inside your magazine.

Blushing Pear Is Featured On Kelowna Now – In Focus Business Magazine

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Starting a business is without a doubt a lot of work. It requires dedication, talent and passion. I’ve been extremely fortunate in choosing to start my rental and design business, Blushing Pear Vintage Rentals, in Kelowna. Why? Well not only are we living in the ‘Wedding Capital of Canada’, but I’ve discovered the local community to be enormously supportive. I’m truly grateful and very excited about the future. Following is a feature article in the In Focus/Kelowna Now, explaining my inspiration for starting this business and a bit of my background.

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DIY Hanging Moss and Floral Chandelier

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With preparations for the wedding season in full gear, you might be thinking of adding a unique floral piece to your event decor. I created a simple, hanging flower and moss chandelier for an upcoming photo shoot. The scene I visualized was an enchanted forest; a pastel vintage theme with earthy, floral elements accented with pale blues, greens and creams. I used cream rosettes, pale green hydrangeas and icy blue roses. I added green boxwood sprigs for added effect.

You can create a similar hanging wreath with your own selection of flowers and greens in just a couple of hours.

Materials needed:

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  • glue gun/glue sticks
  • twig wreath
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters
  • scissors
  • moss
  • flowers (I used silk, but fresh would work as well)

Step 1

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Using a glue gun, attach dried moss around the twig wreath.

Step 2

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Cut flowers (about 3 inches from base of flower) using wire cutters and insert inside twig wreath.

Step 3

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Cut three similar lengths of floral wire. I cut mine about two feet in length. Space wire evenly around wreath in 3 places. Slide wire beneath wreath and bring both ends up to meet. Twist wire to mimic a branch. Continue twisting until you reach about 2 inches from the end of the wire. Twist ends into a small loop. When you have completed all three ‘branches’, secure together with a small twist-tie. Make sure each ‘branch’ is similar in height.

Now your wreath is ready to hang, from an arbor, a tree branch, or anywhere you like.

The Passionate Writer

2016 Wedding Trends

Every new wedding season promises new ideas and inspiration. For 2016, here are the latest trends being buzzed about on popular wedding platforms:

Organic floral arrangements


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Spring Gathering

Think stalks of lavender, hydrangeas, peonies, twigs and greenery. Add in pops of color with purples and oranges and lots of green and your bouquet is less stuffy and more natural. Cascade bouquets and floral crowns are a stunning addition to your floral arrangements.

Mixing metals

Gone are the days when blending silver and gold was a no-no. Nowadays, mixing metals with jewelry or wedding decor is an on-point trend. Whether you pair gold-plated china with silver cutlery or mix gold-colored vases with silver vases, the more the better. The idea is to create as much shimmer as possible. This trend is carrying over to invitations as well, with mixed metals and varying styles and sizes of fonts.

Desserts come in all shapes and sizes


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A wedding cake is often the focal point. However, many brides are switching things up, providing dessert bars that either enhance the traditional cake, or in some cases, replace the cake. Dessert towers are very popular with stacks of macarons, madeleines and éclairs offering a centerpiece of edible art. Why not think outside the (cake)box? Fruit-infused popsicles, doughnut walls and snow cone bars are also making an appearance.

Specialty cocktails

Depending on your budget, try throwing in a specialty cocktail bar. Special spirits or wines make an appealing addition to the commonplace beer and rum offerings. Why not up the ante? Offer a martini bar with infusions of fresh raspberries or herbs. Don’t overlook guests who prefer non-alcoholic beverages. Mocktails are easy to prepare and are a nice alternative for guests.

Floral gowns

On the heels of the Oscars, floral appliqué gowns are all the rage. Whether the flower designs are similar in color to your gown, or whether you add a pop of contrasting color, this design idea is inspired by Renaissance paintings and the stars who wear these stunning gowns. The trend has moved beyond the red carpet and brides are embracing these gowns. Another feature gaining momentum? Detachable skirts. Great for dancing at the reception.

The Passionate Writer