Union Bridal Pop Up Shop


Attention brides-to-be: we are excited to welcome Union Bridal, a brand new West Coast bridal boutique, to Vancouver, and to spread the news that the boutique will host a pop up shop this March 26th – March 29th 2015!

We swoon for stylish, off the beaten path dresses, and believe that every detail of your wedding, from your venue to your decor and dress, can reflect your personal style and what you love. If you’re a West Coast, fashion forward and free-spirited bride-to-be, we expect that you might just find your dream dress at Union Bridal and we can’t wait to see the collections and how they dress you up in love!

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Catching up with Sarah Frood, Owner and Founder of Union Bridal, we learned a little more about Union Bridal, who the new boutique will appeal to, and the quality and styles we can expect to see. According to Sarah, “Our brides are free-spirited, effortless, modern, boho and sophisticated, and are not afraid to push the boundaries of tradition on their big day.”

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For the pop up shop this March, designers confirmed to be available are Canadian brand ‘& For Love’, ‘Daughters of Simone’ from New York and Brookyln based ‘Rebecca Schoneveld’. Brides are invited to enjoy 10% off custom made-to-order gowns from these exclusive designers.

Union Bridal’s pop up will be held at ‘This Open Space’ at 434 Columbia Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown district.  Doors will be open from 11am-7pm on March 26th and 27th, and from 10am-6pm on March 28th and 29th.

We’ll most certainly be stopping by to browse the collections and get inspired. We can’t wait to see what Union Bridal brings to Vancouver for our stylish brides!

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Palm Springs Wedding Venues


Palm Springs, once the Hollywood getaway to ’60s movers and shakers, has re-established itself as a hot destination for the laid-back cool.  A short (direct) flight from Vancouver B.C., could have you at the office in the morning and landing in the desert just in time for happy hour. A perfect place for a weekend destination wedding with all your friends!

Below we’ve rounded up our top five favourite Palm Springs Wedding venues, discovered on our scouting trip in preparation for Julia and Mark’s Palm Springs wedding last spring. For more ideas and help planning your Palm Springs wedding get in touch, we love to travel!

Palms Springs Wedding Venue, Korakia Pensione

Korakia Pensione

 Photos of Korakia Pensione via Aaron Deiesie Photography and Studio Castillero

For the sophisticated bohemian bride we love the Korakia Pensione. Shake your tambourine and set the table with moroccan glass, this venue is what desert dreams are made of. An architectural treasure far away from the “flash”, unlike anything else in Palm Springs, Korakia offers a Moroccan-Mediterranean inspired intimate and dramatic setting for a destination wedding. With an outdoor space to fit 130 of your closest friends and family. You can celebrate amidst candle lit walkways, Moroccan daybeds, flickering fire-pits, illuminated pools, jasmine scented air, and views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

The Parker Palm Springs, Wedding Venue

The Parker Palm Springs, Wedding Venue

Photos of The Parker Palm Springs via Rue

The Parker Palm Springs. Preppy with an edge, with interior design by Jonathan Adler, you can have it all here. Walking the 13 acre property we discovered a number of gorgeous gardens and spaces to host your ceremony and reception. Offering the amenities of a big resort (gorgeous spa, great breakfast spot and multiple pools) with the charm and style of a boutique hotel (144 rooms), it’s a great place for you and your guests (of all ages) to call home for your wedding weekend. There are so many possibilities and spaces for throwing an epic celebration here, from your welcome reception on the croquet lawn  to the wedding night dance party in the marble floored pavilion. Bonus points for the all day amazing breakfasts served at Norma’s!

The Sparrows Lodge, Wedding Venue

 Photos of The Sparrows Lodge  via Mark Brooke

For the casual couple looking to host a laid back family and friends weekend, The Sparrows Lodge offers a rustic-chic, summer camp inspired, 20 room property in South Palm Springs. A completely restored 1950s retreat, weddings at Sparrows require a buyout of the property for the weekend, making the property your own for your friends and family (aged 21 and over).

The Ace Hotel Palm Springs, Wedding Venue

Photo via The Ace Hotel & Swim Club

If party-time Palm Springs is more your style, The Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs could be for you. Well known for its hipster poolside party environment, Commune event space and now a brand new Club house double decker event space. The Ace is a 176 room revamped motel turned mid-century modern resort for the young at heart. Invite your friends, they can bring their kids, and everyone can celebrate for days here.

The Viceroy Hotel, Palm Springs Wedding by Spread Love Events

The Viceroy Hotel, Palm Springs Wedding by Spread Love Events

Photos of The Viceroy via Max Wagner

For quintessential Palm Springs and boutique luxury, The Viceroy, designed by Kelly Wearstler, offers a Hollywood Regency feeling with a twist. Three pools, a spa, guest villas, outdoor gardens and an intimate pavilion ballroom. See Julia and Mark’s gorgeous and fun wedding we planned and designed here last spring.

Finally, a round of up Palm Springs venues wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the amazing mid century vacation homes for rent, such as the Frederick Loewe Estate.

Want more? Our friends at Trip Styler are serious Palm Springs enthusiasts and have even more to share about this fun town. Hop on over and read about Trip Styler’s favourite Palm Springs spots and vacation rentals.

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Real Wedding: Julia & Mark


Last March we traveled from Vancouver B.C. to Palm Springs with Julia and Mark and 100 of their friends and family to plan their fun filled and stylish wedding at the Viceroy Hotel.

48 hrs in the desert. Poolside cocktails, tacos, sunshine and a taste of “old Palm Springs.”  It didn’t take much to convince Julia and Mark’s friends, from Vancouver, to New York and around the globe, to meet them in the desert for their “I do’s”.

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Julia and Mark’s wedding celebrations took place at the Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs, styled with an eclectic of mid-century and industrial furniture pieces, with a focus on fun and an old school Palm Springs vibe.  It was perhaps the proximity to Melvyn’s for late night cocktails (a classic old time favourite of Frank Sinatra’s) that sold Julia and Mark on the venue. In fact, we sourced vintage stamps of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe for the wedding invitation envelopes. We infused the modern design elements the Viceroy is know for with mid century and industrial accents, creating a fun vibe that was the perfect balance of Julia and Mark’s favourite New York taco shop (one of the first visions they had for their wedding), and a classic old school Palm Springs experience. Julia and Mark’s wedding was a celebration of family and friends, handcrafted cocktails, tacos and a lot of love. And the Flashdance made sure it ended with all on the dance floor. Who wants to do it again?!

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Carissa of JL Designs designed the gorgeous florals. We had so much fun working with her and her talented team and can’t wait to collaborate again!

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We had so much fun getting to know Julia and Mark and their families in creating this memorable weekend.

Thank you to the dream team of talented vendors we had the opportunity to collaborate with in creating this special weekend:

Wedding Photography: Max Wagner

Wedding Florals: JL Designs 

Hair & Make-up: Fiore Beauty

Rentals: Found Vintage RentalsYeah RentalsCasa De Perrin Signature Party RentalsLa Tavola Linen

Wedding Stationery: Spread Love Events & the brides talented sister.

Music: The Flashdance DJ and Vincent Zorn

See more from Julia and Mark’s Palm Springs wedding in our gallery.

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