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Local Love: Details Vintage Decor Rentals

details vintageDetails Vintage Decor Rentals may be a new kid on the Edmonton wedding block, but people have gotten really excited about their love of old things.

The company, run by friends Kira Ogar and Katie Shaw, provides couples and wedding planners alike with affordable one-of-a-kind vintage finds for that special day.


Ogar is an interior decorator with a passion for all things vintage, and Shaw has a background in marketing. The two knew they wanted to work together, and in the fall of 2013, while planning a wedding for a mutual friend, they hit on the idea.

“She wanted a vintage feel and had all these different ideas but we couldn’t bring it to fruition for a price she could afford,” says Shaw. “She wanted a birdcage for cards, lace linens and old mason jars, and we couldn’t really find anything without having to buy it.”

Shaw and Ogar realized that it was next to impossible to find vintage rentals in Edmonton.

“You’d have to put a huge outpour of cash for decor that you’re never going to use again,” Shaw says.

Details Vintage specializes in those unique touches that personalize a wedding – the kind of things Pinterest and DIY-ers covet. People come to them for table numbers, chalk boards, window frames, old lanterns and Pepsi Cola crates.

1467365_224671624374712_2071944781_n“Our suitcases are huge too,” she says. “We’ll make a little bunting sign and then put all their wedding cards in there.”

The most popular rental item is the company’s whisky barrels.

“You can use them as a cake table – with two barrels and a slab across them,” says Shaw. “We had such a hard time finding them in the first place, now we cannot keep them on the shelves.”

Details Vintage embraces all eras, and has items on hand right through the 1970s, with many from the 1940s and 1950s. And if they don’t have it in stock, they are happy to source it for you.

“If brides are interested in something we’ll go look for it,” she says. “One couple wanted forty different eclectic pieces – old cameras, old airplanes – for their tables. Now we’re on a hunt to find all these pieces!”

a3c53-img_4898They are also happy to make suggestions on which vintage pieces will suit your event, or even come out and style them for you. So if you’re feeling like going a little Downton Abbey, Great Gatsby, Mad Men, or even American Hustle, look no further.

For more information, please visit the Details Vintage Decor Rentals Facebook page.

Local Love: Kesley McIntyre


“As soon as I knew what a wedding was, I was fascinated with wedding dresses,” says Kelsey McIntyre, owner and designer at Edmonton’s Serendipity.

While her company is often known for its ready-to-wear collections, she also brings her passion for vintage-inspired, girly clothing to the custom wedding and bridesmaids dresses she creates.


“I’ve always been drawn to older movies, and I’m a Jane Austen fanatic,” McIntyre says. “I’ve always had a ‘pretty’ sense of style.  But I’m not limited to just super-feminine, ruffly and pink things. But my dresses do tend to have a throwback, vintage feel.”

Recently she did a wedding dress for a court house ceremony that was modelled on Audrey Hepburn’s 1960s minimalist style, and last October she sourced vintage details for one of her customers.

“The bride was in love with pearls and I wanted to sew them down the back of her dress like old pearl buttons,” she says. “But I couldn’t find buttons like that anywhere, so I bought vintage pearl necklaces and pulled them apart and sewed them onto her dress.”

It’s this creative thinking that has inspired McIntyre to remake a dress that belonged to one bride’s mother, and incorporated lace doilies another bride’s grandmother had made into her one-of-a-kind dress.

She is happy to do custom bridesmaids dresses as well, something that can be hard to find in town.  “It’s tricky to find one style that looks good on everybody, she says. “Often brides will make them all the same colour but different styles. It’s nice to be able to customize for each girl and make them look good!”

Kelsey-headshot-sm-200x300And custom does not need to be more expensive than off-the-rack, either, she emphasizes.  “My dresses tend to start around $2000, but often when you buy a $1500 dress in the store, by the time you get alternations done, you could have had something made specifically for you for the same price.”

“If you’re doing a shorter, more cocktail length dress, it’ll also be less,” she says. “And cost depends a lot on the details, fabric choices, and design you choose.”

Your best bet? “Go try on a bunch of dresses and figure out what you’d like. Then get in touch with McIntyre for a free consultation and let her give you a price quote.  Who knows? You might end up with the dress of your dreams for the same budget as a store-bought one – all while supporting a local artist.

For more information on her bridal wear or to contact Kelsey McIntyre, please visit her website or email her at Please note that custom dresses must be ordered a minimum of 4-6 months before your wedding.


Local Love: Violet Chocolate Co.


Lucky for us, Rebecca Grant has a serious sweet tooth.

The owner of The Violet Chocolate Co. is a Red Seal Chef who can cook anything, but her passion lies with pastry and chocolate.

Since 2012, she has operated her own boutique chocolate studio in Edmonton and wowed people with her creations here and abroad. Last year she won Gold at the Canadian National Chocolate Awards for her Honey Rosemary chocolate, and it was a finalist at the International Awards in London, England as well.


In her spare time, Rebecca Grant also does custom wedding cakes using hand-painted sugar flowers.

“It has fresh rosemary from my garden that I grind up right before I temper the chocolate,” Grant says. “I use Alberta clover honey, it has a bit of a clover taste to it. It’s a really dark milk chocolate so it’s not super sweet.”

Every month she also creates a special “violet edition” bar. “I make 100 for that month based on customer suggestions or something that I’ve come up with,” she says.

For Valentine’s Day this year, she made a milk chocolate bar with pop rocks, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

“It’s my favourite right now – it’s really addictive.”

She has also won fans with a spicy chocolate creation: “It had jalapeños on the back of it and inside I put cayenne pepper. One guy said: “Every time I bite into it I just start laughing because it makes me so happy!”

In addition to tickling taste buds, Grant tries to be sensitive to those with allergies. “All the chocolate is gluten-free,” she says, “and I try to limit nut use. Chocolate with nuts are made on one day and then I do a big clean.”

It’s no wonder that this creativity and attention to her customers’ needs have led to a successful wedding clientele.
“A lot of people do personalized ribbon on truffle boxes in their colours and with their names,” Grant says. “And I have taken the wedding invitation and transferred it on to the label. I can also customize the flavour to pretty much anything.”


She also regularly creates custom labels for chocolate bars given away as wedding favours, loose truffles or chocolate-covered chips for candy buffets, and has even helped one man propose.

“I made a box of heart-shaped truffles and one was a hollow shell with the engagement ring in it,” says Grant.

For a sweet twist on the bachelorette party tradition, groups of up to six can learn how to make chocolate in her studio’s kitchen (and bring home lots of goodies). And yes, you can bring inappropriate chocolate moulds and wine.

You can sample her creations at the Edmonton City Market most Saturdays year-round (especially leading up to “chocolate holidays”) and the Terwillegar farmer’s market during the summer. Several local businesses, such as Evoolution, Swish Flowers, and MDSpa also carry her wares.

Or you can make an appointment to meet her at her southwest Edmonton studio. It’s sure to be a treat.

For more information, check out her website and Facebook page or connect with her on  Twitter

SAY I DO: A Wedding Design Showcase by Cory Christopher

It was such an honour to be asked by Cory Christopher to be a part of his ‘SAY I DO’ wedding showcase. As a designer, I love any opportunity to ignore budgets and just let my creative process run free. I had so much fun bringing his inspiration to life in paper form.

Over the last few weeks, Cory and his lovely team (shout out to Kris!) have transformed his downtown studio space – 10914 105 ave. –  into a dreamland of different tablescapes. Each one as eye catching as the next. Any bride would have a hard time choosing her favourite (like I did)! What I love most about his style is his ability to transform shapes and re-purpose found objects. He has a true eye for the details and I just cant wait to see his next creation.

On Saturday morning, Funmi of FO Photography and I, woke up bright and early to be the first ones in the door to check out the displays. We were really excited to have the place to ourselves so we could run around and gush over every piece. Below are the two tables that I created invitations, menus, and place cards for.


My absolute favourite piece is the hand stitched menu card. It’s those little details that people will notice and remember well after the champagne is gone. I am all about those small but significant pieces that look expensive but really don’t cost that much. If you can put in the time, you can achieve the look! Or just call Cory, and let him take care of it.

Here are a few other sneak peeks from the showcase


You really have to see it for yourself! The showcase is open until Saturday, January 25. Tickets are available here.

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