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Evening Gown

With only 3 months left, I am deperately in need of an evening gown…There are good ones in every price range, but I want something that’s sliky, comfy and a dress I could actually move in. Here’s what I found:

Under $200
JS Boutique Mesh Babydoll Gown

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Under $500
Kay Unger Tiered Silk Chiffon Gown

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ABS One-Shoulder Rosette Gown in Rouge

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Under $1000
Marc Bouwer Glamit! Silk Charmeuse Gown

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Under $2000
Roberto Cavalli – Pleated Jersey Gown

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Under $5,000

  Jason Wu Evening Collection 2009                    Michael Kors – 2009
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                 Oscar de la Renta                                           Ever After

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Btw, Neiman Marcus now offers free shipping to Canada until June 29th!

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Save the Date Video

Ally and Nick are getting married exactly one week after my wedding – Oct 10th, 2009.  In fact, we are going to be each other’s bridesmaids.  It’s been awhile since I saw Ally, they dropped by my house and I treated them to delicious cupcakes from one of my favourite cupcake shoppes from www.thecupcakeshoppe.ca  

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Baking Weekend

I tested my baking skills over the weekend and attempted to make chocolate soufflé for the very first time. With close to zero baking experience, I found this easy soufflé recipe online (see below).  To my surprise, my soufflé turned out delicious – like it was from the bakery!  Okay…so I might have exaggerated there a bit, but it tasted good and fluffy.  I find that it was slightly softer than expected, which was partly my fault since I removed the soufflé from the oven without giving it the full 25 minutes.    Just follow the instructions below and you can’t go wrong. 

Easy Chocolate Soufflé Recipe – Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 100g good quality dark chocolate (I used Lindt Excellence 50% Cocoa solids)
  • 50g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • Butter
  • Single Cream, optional

Easy Chocolate Soufflé Recipe – Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 150 degrees c, and rub the inside of 4 ramekins with butter.  Set to one side.
  2. Place your chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pot of heating water.  This will allow your chocolate to melt without burning; stir it to help the process along.
  3. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl.  If you’re using an electric whisk (as I did) then start off slowly, speeding up once the eggs start to thicken – at this stage you should also start to slowly pour in the sugar while whisking.  Stop once the eggs form a glossy, thick mix which forms fairly stiff peaks (they do not wilt when you stop whisking).
  4. By this time your chocolate should be melted; take it off the heat and mix in your egg yolks, then stir in one spoon of your egg white mix.
  5. Take your chocolate mix and add it to your egg whites.  Fold until combined but do not stir fast or over-stir – this will beat the air out of the mix.
  6. Spoon into your ramekins and smooth the edges with your thumb (this helps them rise evenly).
  7. Put the ramekins straight onto your shelf for 25 minutes.  Don’t open while they’re cooking or they’ll collapse.

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That’s it – It’s delicious!

DIY

A site that I constantly go on and worth mentioning is www.etsy.com. All things handmade by local designers; it’s much easier to find things that will make you drool than on mass auction like ebay.

I’ve been giving some thoughts lately on reception cards and table numbers.   Martha’s ideas are brilliant -but I want something that’s a bit more unique…maybe something to do with feathers or exotic fabric?

Table Number ideas..

Custom made luminaries that has white striped vellum paper with black text in an elegant script and a thin ribbon lit up by led candles.  il_fullxfull_75398005

Table Numbers on Chairs?

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Creative Seating Card Displays by Martha Stewart

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Notice that I had to put a few exclamation marks on the title as words can’t simply describe how satisfied I am to finally find the florist I’ve been envisioning!!!

Although it is a bit pricier than we had expected it to be, I have total faith that our floral designers will execute what we have asked for seamlessly.   Their impressive portfolio includes event design for ROM,  Cynthia Martyn (my fav wedding planner), Rogers, Bells and other big names…so I am sure my petite wedding will be a breeze for them to do. 

Here’s what she came up with for our wedding:

Debbie & Jason’s Floral Story Summary

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 The Colour Palette: Vibrant Orange with Yellow Accents

The Style: Modern Sleek Glam Chic, with a Bollywood and Asian Nuance

 The Silhouette: Full natural blooms in Clean Architectural lined Containers        

The Flowers: Ecuadorian Roses, Mokara Orchids, Calla Lilies and Cymbidium Orchids

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 Images from http://www.cynt hiamartyn events.com/

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Arrive in Style

OUCH!

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Some random obnoxious driver rammed his car right into the back of the boat last week. This trigger my thought on what transportation should we use on our wedding day.

Since I will not be considering limo- I will exempt it from this equation.
However, here are more exotic options:

Our floral designer told us that elephants are available for weddings at $5,000/day

Decorated Indian Elephant for Wedding

Decorated Indian Elephant for Wedding

Or consider a horse for $1,000/day


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Although I’ve listed the rates of animals here, I strongly feel that it threatens animal’s well-being and I strongly discourage anyone from renting them for weddings!

For the most cost effective choice in transportation; consider options at home:

S500 Silver extremely roomy (a.k.a. the boat)

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A6 Silverextremely roomy as well, but the doors are wayyy too heavy, strong thigh muscles always help to kick the doors open

ML 350 Obsidian Black Metallic (expected arrival date Sept’09) – Pro: Brand new 2010 model. You can fit 5 pets, 3 luggage’s, four human beings and still have tons of room. Con-It is a SUV.

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Or the Protege 5 that has gone through our abuse through these years..hahaha. Luv it cus you can still find food wrappers from 2007. lol
For all options above- >Cost $0

Or if we ask nice enough, we might be able to ask Eric (the best man) to drive his new fine toy-A4 – hehe

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