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Forum for Women Entrepreneurs 10th Anniversary Gala Sparkle- celebrating entrepreneurs who shine Part II

We at CountDown Events love to produce beautiful events and this year’s FWE Fundraiser Gala was nothing but an incredible celebration. Sparkle was the theme to this amazing fundraiser gala, with a presentation from Eira Thomas “Queen of Diamonds” and special guest the Premier of British Columbia, the Honourable Christy Clark. With over 450 guests attending this year’s Forum for Women Entrepreneurs’ 10th Anniversary Sparkle Gala was a hit and guests from all over the BC business community joined us to celebrate.

As promised here is Part II of the amazing FWE Fundraiser Gala on February 20th 2012.

Photography by Sara Borck Photography.

CountDown Events was proud to be a part of the FWE 10th Anniversary Gala. Be sure to follow the FWE on Twitter @FWEBC and us @CountDownEvents to hear about other upcoming fabulous events.

This Week's #FF UrbanMommies' Jill Amery

Name: Jill Amery
Occupation(s): Publisher, UrbanMommies Media
Who is your role model: Katherine Hepburn
What do you like most about your job: The creativity it requires – and no day is the same as another
Daily ritual: Up at 5:30, check social media and email, 2 coffees, kids to school and arrive at office at 9:15. I write ideas and to-do lists on my chalkboard wall, brew more coffee and turn on iTunes before getting down to work.
The most rewarding part of my job is: When parents thank me for an article or idea and tell me that UrbanMommies or UrbanDaddies has made a positive impact on their life with their kids.
What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry?: Acting training.
Memorable celebrity encounter/interview: Meeting Gwyneth Paltrow as she pushed a stroller around Coal Harbour.

Favourite quote: Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. – Anon.
Describe your personal style: Grace Kelly meets Louboutin.
Dream vacation spot?: Fiji. I’ve been to Bali and would move there if I could.
What is your favourite thing to take pictures of?: Sailboats.
What has been your favourite event to attend?: Mom 2.0 Conference in New Orleans (pretty much anything in New Orleans)
Favourite Restaurant: L’Abbatoir, Gastown
What is your biggest indulgence?: Old world wine and well-made clothes.
If there was more time in the day you would: be thinner.
Favourite social network: May I pick 3? Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter.

Favourite Blog: The Bloggess.
Where do you go for good ideas?: Pinterest and magazines.
Last song you downloaded: ‘Over the Rainbow’ by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (I teach dancing and used it for the kids to explore tap concepts).
What is the most challenging thing you have ever done?: An exchange for a year to Hamburg, Germany when I was 16.
What are you obsessed with right now?: The behavior of my kids.
Any other comments/thoughts you’d like to add: (ie. new business features you are offering now): We’re about to launch an iPhone app for parents that will help track meal planning, infant sleep, nursing and emergency records. It’s been in the works for a while and I’m quite excited.

CountDown Events would like to thank Jill Amery for being our #FF of the week and we can’t wait to see the new UrbanMommies iPhone app. Don’t forget to follow Jill Amery on Twitter @UrbanMommies and us @CountDownEvents as well as our Facebook Page at Facebook/CountDownEvents

Design at ENGAGE at The Vancouver Club Part II

On January 15th 2012 CountDown Events was thrilled to participate in Engage at The Vancouver Club, a boutique bridal showcase created to inspire Vancouver brides.

CountDown Events, in collaboration with Granville Island Florist, Upright Décor, and Wintons Social Stationery designed this beautifully decorated table with a fresh colour scheme of white and cream, with accents of silver and crystal. The flowers were designed to wow at first sight with over the top, overflowing and lush arrangements.

Like decadent floral drapery, this cascading waterfall design used an assortment of parrot tulips, hydrangeas, roses and ranunculus. Notes of silver were introduced to emphasize the grace and elegance of the table with a luxurious flower runner and multitude of candles across the table; this design inspired luxury and opulence for every guest in the room.

Finishing touches like the Chiavari chairs and the romantic patterned Lace Applique stationery made this design perfect.

CountDown Events had an amazing time conversing with brides and grooms as well as other great exhibitors who we have worked and collaborated with many times before such as; Granville Island Florist, Upright Décor, Wintons Social Stationary, Elsa Corsi and Blush Bridal.

Photography by Reine Mihtla

If you would like to stay in touch with this timeless venue please visit their website at and be sure to follow them on Twitter @VancouverClub and us @CountDownEvents as well as Facebook to learn of other fabulous designs we will be producing.

CountDown Events' Guide to Wedding Invitations and Wording

At CountDown Events we are infamous for our detailed work. If you have seen one of our weddings then you know how much we LOVE details. You also know that we adore beautiful stationery and invitations. When we plan your wedding we start with the invites as your invitation will be setting the tone for your wedding. "It is truly the first introduction to your wedding and a statement of style by you as the couple to your guests." Soha Lavin our Principal Planner quoted in a recent publication. Before staring on the theme and the design you should have the correct guest count, we also recommend ordering a few extras just in case and as a keepsake. Also keep in mind that the design should be cohesive with the rest of your wedding stationery so if you still don't know for sure which way you are leaning with colors then leave color out and opt for a more simple design to allow for changes later on. If possible we prefer to order all of the stationery at the same time to ensure uniformity.

Here are a couple suggestions to help you pick the perfect invitation for your wedding:

• As stated above your invitation sets the mood for your wedding, it tells your guests how formal your wedding will be. The more proper the wording the more formal the wedding, your wording tells your guests who is inviting them. Calligraphy, creative typography, and cursive fonts are always nice additions to any formal wording.
• It is tradition to receive the invitations from the bride’s family, however it should be noted that this does not mean that the bride’s family is paying for the wedding.
• It is recommended to learn about some of the more formal and traditional wordings from your own culture and/or family history and then decide if you want to follow the tradition or create something new altogether, this decision is really up to you.
• Whether they are a calligrapher, a stationery professional, or a poet/writer, asking an expert on what they think the local wedding trends are, is always a great idea. Especially if you are working in the dark on what kind of invitations or wording you should use.

Pictured invitation set of a recent wedding produced by CountDown Events Photography by Melissa Gidney and stationery by Wintons Social Stationery.

We will be posting more information on this topic next week as we know it is that time of year to be ordering your invitations and we hope to assist you as you plan the day of your dreams. If you’d like to learn more about other wedding trends and other helpful hints check back again or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @CountDownEvents. We’d also love to hear from you, so if you have any questions you need help with regarding weddings, events, and designs please drop us a line at:

This Week's #FF Vancouver Designer Jason Matlo

Name: Jason Matlo
Occupation: Creative Director/Designer Jason Matlo Designs
Who is your role model: I have several. My mom has always been very inspiring. I also really admire TOM FORD.
What do you like most about your job: I enjoy the challenge of designing fashion that is both creative and has commercial value. I like to live half way between the catwalk and real life.
Daily ritual: Morning coffee with my team to discuss our vision and goals. GYM! These are the only consistent components of my life. Everything else is unpredictable.
The most rewarding part of my job is: I get to plant seeds and watch them grow. I’ve always found it very inspiring and rewarding to make something from nothing.
What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry? I’m ambitious. I am driven. I get what I want.
Memorable celebrity encounter/interview: Nikohl Boosheri who I dressed yesterday. She stars in an amazing film called “Circumstance”.
Favourite quote: Be careful of the toes you step on today because they may be attached to the ass you will have to kiss tomorrow.
Describe your personal style: Eclectic. I have everything from rock t-shirts to McQueen and everything in between. I’ve been wearing more suits lately. But I have a uniform for life of black pants, black t-shirts, leather bombers and Chuck Taylors.

Dream vacation spot? Istanbul
What is your favourite thing to take pictures of? I don’t take pictures.
What has been your favourite event to attend? The opening of THE ROOM at the Bay in Vancouver was pretty awesome as they had picked up my RTW Collection.
Favourite Restaurant: Hawksworth in the Hotel Georgia
What is your biggest indulgence? French macaroons and Veuve Clicquot
If there was more time in the day you would: Read more!
Favourite social network: I have a love/hate relationship with the information super highway.
Favourite Blog:

Where do you go for good ideas? My best ideas come to me outside of the studio so it could be anywhere. I find I have moments of enlightenment while at the gym. I’m a cultural voyeur and I’m always collecting information.
Last song you downloaded: Gotye/Somebody that I Used to Know
What is the most challenging thing you have ever done? You are reading about it. I’m still enormously challenged everyday in this business. I wish the mass public knew how challenging it is to have a fashion brand especially in Canada.
What are you obsessed with right now? My new ALEXANDER MCQUEEN UMBRELLA. I DIE!
Any other comments/thoughts you’d like to add: (ie. new business features you are offering now) We are moving our Atelier after 6 years in Yaletown to an amazing new space in Gastown.

If you like to see more of Jason’s design collections visit his website at .

CountDown Events would like to thank Jason for being our #FF this week and we look forward to visiting him at his new store in Gastown for the grand opening party. Be sure to follow Jason on Twitter @Jason_Matlo and us @CountDownEvents for the latest news on all things pretty.

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