Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Happy New Year!

Images from Pinterest

As the countdown to 2012 begins, we are reflecting on an amazing year.

I personally have watched my hugely talented team grow and we have designed and decorated some amazing weddings this year pushing our creative skills even further.

Our planning services have gone from strength to strength and we have some hugely exciting projects and commissions underway for 2012.

We would like to take this opporunity to wish all our 2011 clients a fabulous New Year and all our 2012 and 2013 couples an exciting New Year as we work with them on their beautiful wedding days.

Our work would not be complete without all the extraordinarily talented suppliers we work with to put together our weddings and events and we would also like to wish all our friends within the wedding industry a Very Happy New Year!

We will be back shortly with many fabulous inspirations, blog posts and of course real weddings as we start the New Year.

Friday, December 30, 2011


Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced on December 8th that PANTONE® 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a vivacious, enticing hue, is the color of the year for 2012.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Want to use Tangerine Tango in your wedding? It can be the splash of color your already neutral palate may need. Incorporate it in your flowers, stationary, and pillows for your lounge seating. If you're a little more daring this would be the perfect vibrant color for your bridesmaids and tangerine linens are sure to brighten up your reception!

Many past brides have already jumped on the orange bandwagon so there's lots of inspiration out there. When it comes to infusing color, the options are endless. We're looking forward to seeing how all you newly engaged couples use it in your upcoming weddings.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


2011 was a memorable year for Viva both personally and professionally. Along with the addition of a beautiful baby girl to the Viva family, we were honoured to receive several acclamations from the wedding industry and grateful once again to have been chosen by such wonderful couples as their preferred wedding coordinator.

We of course can’t take all the credit for the flawless execution of the many stylish weddings we were a part of in 2011. Viva is so very fortunate to work with the best of the best when it comes to wedding vendors. Every year Viva thanks you for your talent, professionalism, and willingness to go above and beyond to make our couples happy and this year isn’t any different. We couldn’t do it without you!

Viva would also like to send a great big thank you to other wedding planners in the Ottawa area and abroad. While the wedding industry is a competitive one, it takes a strong, confident woman to rise above this and see that working together benefits not only our own business but our clients as well. Viva's so lucky to have developed wonderful relationships and many solid bonds with several talented planners and would like to thank you for your friendship and support.

While we’re sad to see 2011 go, we can’t hold back our excitement for all that lies ahead. A new year brings new weddings and we’re absolutely thrilled about the fabulous couples we’ve booked for 2012. From elaborate city glam to intimate country chic, it’s going to be a great year!

Happy New Year from Viva la wedding and all the best to everyone in 2012!!

Photo Credits: Peacock Photography


Photo Credits: Craig Photography


Now that we finally have a little snow on the ground we thought we’d share a few images from a couple of cute engagement sessions to get you in the Christmas spirit. The first session comes to us from Sara Hasstedt Photography, the second brought to you by Erin Samuel of A Simple Photograph. Christmas is right around the corner. Do you have your tree yet?

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Statement from Reviva Weddings

It has been bought to our attention that another company, based here on the Costa Del Sol, has been sending out libelous emails to clients about our company.

Reviva Weddings have consulted lawyers who have confirmed that we have a good case to take this company to court based on libelous and malicious information being sent out.

It will be our intention to issue a denuncia against this company in the event that they do not make a public apology shortly.

Should we see that further emails are being sent out, we will then proceed through the courts to sue them.

We will publish their identity and ask for legal costs and damages to be awarded to us.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


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Dear friends,

Wishing you all a very happy festive season!

For me - a brief visit to the family before heading off to Japan for an exciting adventure! Check me on TWITTER & FACEBOOK for all the updates.

A short break from the blog while I'm overseas and then I'll be back in the new year with more fashion and travel to share with you.

Stay safe and happy holidays!

I'm wearing:
Skirt & tank , via SHILLA
Sunglasses, Retro Super Future
Boots, via, TONY BIANCO

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Monday, December 19, 2011


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Dear friends,

Meet my newest love, this gorgeous scalloped detail CHLOE handbag!

A few weeks ago, I asked you to help me pick my new bag, and this was your favourite by far.

Teamed back with this gorgeous 'flirt' skirt and my most favourite polka blouse - my new baby has fit in perfectly with the rest of my wardrobe.

I'm wearing:
'Flirt' skirt, via VAMASTYLE
Polka dot blouse, Mink Pink, via MARKET HQ
Wedges, Sam Edelman, via FREE PEOPLE
Handbag, Chloe, via SHOPBOP

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Saturday, December 17, 2011


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Yesterday, Melbourne was treated to a delightful summers day, which for me meant a perfect afternoon of lazing boat-side by the marina, and indulging in refreshing home-made limonata. Ah, how I love summer!

This two-tone midi, via LOLA VS HARPER, has gotten quite the work-out of late and is proving to be the perfect piece to take me from scorching afternoons, through to balmy evenings.

Can't believe Christmas and the new year is almost upon us. So much last-minute gift buying to sort out!

Happy weekend all!

I'm wearing:
Pleat midi dress, via LOLA VS HARPER
Cat-eye sunglasses, Mink Pink, via MARKET HQ
Wedges, Sam Edelman via, FREE PEOPLE

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Snowy Wedding Inspirations!

Living in Spain is fabulous and we are truly spoilt with our weather, this winter has been incredibly mild, apart from the terrific storm on my birthday! 

This morning I gazed out onto a beautiful pink sunrise and relish the fact I can meet my friend today for a lovely lunch sat outside, however, I am insanely jealous that the UK are about to see snow!! 

I absolutely adore snow, the light and magical look it brings to everything it falls on. 
I think it always instills that sense of peace which is why it is particularly beautiful at Christmas time.

So here is my contribution to all things snowy!  A beautiful winter inspiration board created for you and we now have falling snow on our blog as we are getting festive!

The images here are found on Pinterest and you must head over to Green Wedding Shoes to see a delightful snow shoot.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A dress, a dream, a designer:

When I first met her (8...9 years ago?) Phaedra was my server at a candlelit restaurant in Portland's Pearl District. But really she was (and is!) a budding bridal dress designer, with a penchant for gamine necklines and billows of tulle. She has long since flown to New York to try her fortunes there, but we keep in touch, as sisters in bridal design should (the dear girl has even rummaged through the Garment District for a very particular olive-gold velvet ribbon I needed). Now, after years of honing her skills with custom and one-of-a-kind design, she's preparing to produce her very own bridal gown collection! I couldn't be more excited, and I urge you to join me in supporting her venture on Kickstarter. If her backers' support amounts to $5000 by the time the pledge period ends, she'll receive matching funds to produce her line and lookbook. Special benefits are conferred at each pledge level (I can't wait to find out what dress is named after me).


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Earlier in the week, I posted my favourite summer-time playsuit: 'POLKA PLAYSUIT PART I, and promised I'd return with a second post, revealing another fabulous way of wearing this one-piece beauty.

I love creating different looks with a wardrobe staple, so here I've simply added a pair of high waisted trousers and heels to my playsuit and voilĂ  - outfit transformed.

What do you think?

I'm wearing:
'Rock the Tanjong' playsuit, via VAMASTYLE
High waisted trousers, Motel, via MARKET HQ
Wedges, via, TONY BIANCO

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Whidbey Island wedding

Photographer Julie Harmsen forwarded me these pretty, pretty photos of Sarah and Hunter's wedding on windswept Whidbey Island. The rustic maritime location is such a sweet setting for her Oysters & Pearls gown.

{love this last one -- hurrah for the bride who's unafraid to rock the red wine}

Monday, December 12, 2011


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What can I say about these shorts, other than WOW! Pastel colours, high waisted and ruffles, absolutely winning combo, wouldn't you agree?

Double denim eat your heart out!

I'm wearing:
Arabian Nights shorts, Mink Pink, via MARKET HQ
Denim shirt, Pimkie
Biker boots, via TONY BIANCO
Retro sunglasses, Mink Pink, via MARKET HQ

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pink and Gold Christmas Inspiration

Top Row 1st and 2nd image Better Homes & Gardens, 3rd Image Citrus & Orange, 4th Image Pinterest.
Second row Image 1,2 & 3
Citrus & Orange, 4 & 5 Image Unknown

Pink and Golds are definitely the in Christmas colour this year and are all over blog world.

I love them as these are the colours I have every year and mine are mixed with silvers and lots of crystal too collected over the years. I also use olive green as it is the other colour in my home but this year I am excited about using a touch of purple and deep turquoise too with lots of golds to bring a slightly grander feeling to our Christmas table. I have the crackers already and bought some beautiful olive charger plates and now on a search for a deep magenta velvet ribbon!

I thought with all these fabulous images I have found it would be lovely to create an inspiration board to share with you.

You really must head over to the Citrus and Orange blogspot, it is one of my favourite blogs and I can´t wait to see what Susana will be posting next as she shares her Christmas decoration ideas with us.

We also have some beautiful Christmas trees to share with you this week, sent in by our brides from the past few years and some of our brides for 2012 as we all get festive and share our creative ideas together!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


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Regular readers would know that playsuits/rompers occupy a large majority of my wardrobe.

One of the reasons I love a good playsuit is that they are perfectly versatile when styling. Whether it be worn as is, or layered, playsuits are my wardrobe go-to.

This polka beauty is the creation of Aussie label, VAMASTYLE and just screams summer! When uncovering new brands I always love to learn a labels story and design influences.

VAMASTYLE'S designer sums up her collection beautifully as inspired by endless summer holidays, lovingly designed using bright colours, eye catching prints and feminine detailing.

'Sunday brunch at Bronte, a beach holiday in Koh Samui, or drinks at The Ivy'.

Coming up, I'll show you another way that I love to wear this pretty number.

I'm wearing:

'Rock the Tanjong' playsuit, via VAMASTYLE
Vintage belt
Platform wedges, Airlie Beach
Sunglasses, Mink Pink, via MARKET HQ

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