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Submitted by CountDown Events on Fri, 12/09/2011 - 00:27
Name: Jenny De Jong
Occupation(s): Wedding Coordinator & Catering Sales at the Vancouver Club
Who is your role model: Work ethic: My Grandpa / Style: Sarah Richardson
What do you like most about your job: I am given an incredible amount of freedom and am able to work with some truly amazing people. There is never any monotony, and each day seems to bring a new surprise.
Daily ritual: A cup of coffee to start my day. Always
The most rewarding part of my job is: Working on ideas to make a wedding unique to a couple, and seeing everything come together after months of planning.
What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry? I’m a big dreamer; lots more to accomplish before I consider myself successful.
Memorable celebrity encounter/interview: Without naming any names, I will say that The Vancouver Club has been fortunate enough to host many high profile guests, including politicians, music and film stars, and royalty.
Favourite quote: "You can accomplish a lot if you don’t worry about who gets the credit.”
Describe your personal style: My “at work” style is structured and clean with a touch of “Mad Men.” I will never have enough black in my closet, and love all neutral colors. Boring, I know ;) My “at home” style is all about comfort.
Dream vacation spot? I would love to go back to Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, where I spent a month last January. Another place I’ve always dreamed of visiting is Bora Bora. (Google it; you’ll see what I mean.)
What is your favourite thing to take pictures of? I take very random pictures with my phone. Usually they are of food (often posted immediately to my facebook page!), decor ideas, or things that make me laugh.
What has been your favourite event to attend? I love being a guest at a wedding; it’s a unique experience to be on the “other side” and to be able to enjoy all of the love and work that has been put into that one day.
Favourite Vancouver Restaurant: Tricky; I love food, but my top three have to be Gotham, The Flying Pig, and L’Abattoir.
What is your biggest indulgence? Wine, cheese and dark chocolate.
If there was more time in the day you would: Read more and travel more. I would love to visit India to experience the cuisine. I’d also love to see more of South-East Asia.
Favourite social network: Facebook
Where do you go for good ideas? If I need to brainstorm, it’s always with my sisters. We go crazy bouncing ideas off each other. If I need to concentrate, it’s at home and I tend to pace in circles.
Last song you downloaded: A remake of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Ingrid Michaelson.
What is the most challenging thing you have ever done? Surfing. One word: bruises!
What are you obsessed with right now? I’m a geek for pretty packaging. I have endless supplies of wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, etc. I’m also obsessed with the TV series “Dexter.”
The Vancouver Club
will be hosting their first bridal show “Engage” on January 15th, 2012. CountDown Events
would like to sincerely thank the lovely Jenny for being our feature this week. Working with you & the Vancouver Club is always a real pleasure.
Submitted by CountDown Events on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 23:00
Vancouver is a multi cultural city, rich in ethnicity and customs. One lovely, traditional ceremony is the “Aghd” – the legal process of getting married in the Persian culture.
Creating a Sofreh-Aghd is composed of countless hours of planning, organizing and designing a beautiful spread of symbolic items on a low platform. Typically, the mother of the bride is very involved in this process. Every detail that goes into this ceremony represents a wish for a long, healthy & loving life for the bride and groom.
Most often the mother of the bride passes down meaningful linens from another generation to be used under the symbolic objects on the Sofreh. This luxurious fabric is made of elegant materials such as cashmere, embroidered satin or silk. An important grouping of a mirror and candelabras on either side, represents brightness in the bride and grooms future. Herbs are displayed on a tray to guard the couple from evil and a basket of eggs symbolizes fertility. An arrangement of pomegranates are offerings of the heavenly fruit and divine creation, a sugar bowl wishes the couple sweetness in their relationship & gold coins are hope for wealth & prosperity. The bride and groom feed each other honey with their pinkie’s to pass their soul mate some gentle love & the Holy Book is a significant reminder to the couple of the importance of prayer at blissful times and times of hardship.
There are dozens of other beautiful customs involved in the Sofreh-Aghd that brings peace to the soul and happiness to the family and friends of the newlyweds.
Submitted by CountDown Events on Mon, 12/05/2011 - 22:46
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
is a gorgeous backdrop for any wedding. This room is rich in character with elegant crown mouldings, details of cherub angels, gold accents and sophisticated French mirrored doors; this venue could almost make you faint! With a spectacular team to work with, your experience at the Hotel Vancouver will always be exceptional.
Our lovely couple was a beautiful pair to work with. With warm hearts, CountDown Events
was so happy to create such a spectacular wedding for them. Everything about this special evening was classy and luxurious. The gorgeous persian guests changed multiple times into their custom made attires & the groom was layered in a Tom Ford tuxedo with designer accessories. The decor was clean and affluent with soft tones and many textures.
One of the highlights of the night was the party after dinner. Electric blue lights lined the entire ballroom and completely changed the space and vibe. Having a world renowned band flown in from California – they danced the night away!
Submitted by CountDown Events on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 21:40
Owner and principal hair and makeup stylist for Mink Makeup + Hair
Who is your role model:
I view Ivanka Trump as someone who’s personal and business style I’d like to emulate. She’s level headed, classy, smart and successful in business. But, as someone who is emblematic of lots of trait I admire and wish I had more of, I’d pick Gandhi. No joke, I really need a dose of his patience!
What do you like most about your job:
Working with a bride on her wedding morning is the best feeling because you just get into the excitement and nervous energy of the day plus you get to make someone feel amazing about themselves. How great is that?!
Daily ritual: Honestly, no day is the same for me. My business activities completely vary from day to day. However, one constant is that I always try to spend some fun time with my hubby at the end of the day, either going to the gym, cuddling up to watch a movie, or playing a board game.
The most rewarding part of my job is:
Making women feel and look incredible.
What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry?
My background in program coordination made me a “Jane of all trades” so I was able to not just become a hair and makeup artist but create a well-rounded business with my blend of skills in organization, networking, client service, marketing, etc.
Memorable celebrity encounter/interview:
Ok, this is SO not glamorous, but my favorite celebrity encounter was when I did makeup for a photoshoot with Jim Treliving from The Dragon’s Den. He’s really inspired me as a business man who came from a non-related background (RCMP) and made it big as the owner of Boston Pizza and Mr. Lube. With all his success he’s still down to earth and really kept a great, kind personality and I admire that.
Favourite quote: "Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often." - Mark Twain
Describe your personal style:
Simple, classic, I appreciate timeless looks and quality. I also LOVE shoes and boots so spend most of my clothing dollars there!
Dream vacation spot?
France. I’ve yet to go but I feel like I could live there and eat cheese and baguette for the rest of my life.
What is your favourite thing to take pictures of?
My cat Apollo. He’s just so photogenic! I think my husband and I have more pictures of him on our computer than of us.
What has been your favourite event to attend? Attending my own wedding was a highlight!
Favourite Vancouver Restaurant:
Lupo. It’s the best Italian I’ve had in Vancouver and has been amazing every time I’ve gone. Love how intimate the setting is, too.
What is your biggest indulgence?
Travel. I love to pick up and go for 3 or 4 days to a hot destination. It gives you a chance to recharge your creative spirit while relaxing.
If there was more time in the day you would:
Nap with my cat.
Favourite social network:
Facebook, I like that it’s so visual as compared to Twitter.
Where do you go for good ideas? For hair and makeup ideas I always look to the red carpet for what’s being done on celebrities.
Last song you downloaded:
Well, all the songs from Coldplay’s new album, Mylo Xyloto. So good!
What is the most challenging thing you have ever done?
I could say leading in rock climbing, but frankly starting and running a business has been the biggest ongoing challenge of my life thus far. But I couldn’t do anything else…it’s a challenge that I love.
What are you obsessed with right now? I just bought the book The White Dress at the Book Warehouse and it’s filled with the most amazing and iconic wedding dresses from the past 100 years or so. So amazing to flip through! I can’t believe it was being liquidated!
Images provided by Melanie Tremblay
would like to thank you Melanie for being our special feature this week! Melanie and her team do everything they can to accommodate brides’ grandest expectations. Be sure to follow them on twitter @minkmakeup Mink Makeup
was also part of the 2011 Crème de la Crème
Grand Wedding Showcase and was a wonderful addition to the event!
Submitted by CountDown Events on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 04:50
At this year’s Crème de la Crème
Grand Wedding Showcase produced by CountDown Events
, we had multiple signature tables. This is a great way for the Crème de la Crème brides to see beautiful table settings, designs that could potentially inspire them for their own wedding. (our way of adding so pretty to 2012 Vancouver weddings!)
The signature table featured below was one of the most popular ones this year – the “Ooh là là Vintage Table” with a modern take. Teapots filled with English pastel roses, crystal candelabras overflowing with pink peonies and ombre flowers, ivory satin ribbon & crystal details made countless show attendees fall in love with this lovely display! Thank you to Granville Island Florist & Upright Decor for the beautiful flower arrangements and the delicate, sparkly decor.
We were thrilled to have Tamiz Photography
come all the way from Maui to photograph the Crème de la Crème
Grand Wedding Showcase in Vancouver. Thank you for being part of this amazing event and your images are striking!