Feature Friday: {Lovesky Design Inc.}

As the year is well under way, I have revamped my Preferred Vendors List – and what better way than to add a completely new vendor category to my list. The latest addition to our {ROCKSTAR VENDORS} List is a totally awesome stationary designer, see the fine details below:


{Lovesky Design Inc.}

{You know how much I love my black + white stripes!!}
Photo Credit: The Blue Lotus Studio


Lovesky Design Inc. is a design boutique studio specializing in custom wedding invitations and stationery. Making its mark in the wedding industry within its two year anniversary, Lovesky has received the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award 2015 and has been featured in top wedding blogs such as Wedding Obsession and Fab You Bliss. 

Links to the featured publications:

Wedding Obsession (Click here), Fab You Bliss (Click here)


{10 FUN Facts that you will absolutely LOVE about Kelly}

  1. She ran a full (42.2k) marathon at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and 3 half marathons to date. {Holy smokes, I don’t even run. Ever…}
  2. Her most memorable frightening experience was snowboarding at a black diamond. She was a beginner and she went the wrong way. Luckily she didn’t get hurt and lives to tell about it!
  3. Her absolute favourite movie is Bridget Jones Diary. 

    In many ways I’m just like Bridget with my inner monologues. Except I didn’t go to jail in Thailand like in the sequel. But I did finally meet and married my Mr. Darcy. 🙂

  4. Her three favourite drinks: coffee, margaritas and sour apple martinis.
  5. She does not like watching horror movies. It will scare her for days.
  6. She sleeps with a night light. lol. Yes seriously.. {It’s OK Kelly, I’m scared of the dark, and not ashamed of it!}
  7. She does not read one book at a time until it’s done. She has a few books that she starts to read and depending what she’s in the mood for, she will choose which one to continue. They all do get read! Eventually.. {Hey, that’s better than me! I’ve been “reading” Richard Branson’s autobiography for over 6 years now… and have not touched it in probably 3.. still not done..}
  8. I am a romantic and never get tired of hearing love stories. I am a sucker.
  9. She is addicted to Saje Wellness oils and her nebulizer. She loves the smell and aromatherapy.
  10. She is currently training for her 4th half marathon for the Scotiabank Vancouver Marathon this summer. {Seriously Kelly, that is amazing!}

Some of her work!


Photo Credits (top 4): Aeris Photography
Photo Credit (2 Above): Paisley Photography

Photo Credit (2 Above): Ashley Daphne

Photo Credit (Above): David Guenther Photography

{Contact Kelly Devera}





{Social Media}


Until next time, thanks for reading,





be inspired. live inspired. – Karina Brown

{Rockstar Vendors} List = A super rad list made up of our hand-picked Preferred Vendors OR as I like to call them, totally awesome, cool, talented business folk that you should hire for your Wedding + Event Needs 😉


Feature Friday: {Hailey Hamilton Photography}

I am super excited to announce our latest addition to our {ROCKSTAR VENDORS} List!

Yes, another totally awesome vendor hand-picked by yours truly! 

{Hailey Hamilton Photography}

Hailey Hamilton


Hailey is a Calgary based photographer specializing in stylized studio portraits for newborns. For those who are more sentimental {and adventurous}, she will beautifully capture your baby’s entire journey from belly to the birth, as well as those precious early weeks. If you’re not brave enough for birth photos, don’t worry, you can still add a maternity session on to your newborn package.

Originally from Kelowna BC, Hailey is mom to an {almost} 10 year old boy. A lover of coffee, email newsletters, and all things photography related, she spends her free time shopping for props and continually learning about photography and business. Hailey’s studio has one of the best collections of props in town and if you like bonnets you’re in luck because there’s at least one bonnet in almost every colour {you might even call it an obsession}. She has so much great stuff it’s not necessary to buy or bring anything to your session, she provides it all. 

When you visit Hailey Hamilton Photography, you’ll enjoy a relaxed session where she will take the time to do it right. She has an amazing ability to calm and soothe newborns with patience and care. The sessions are booked long to allow for feeding, crying, diaper changes and you’ll get a number of different poses with uniquely styled setups. For mamas with C-Sections, Hailey will bring her studio to you if it’s too difficult for you to get to her {how amazing is that?}.

She has a large product offering from announcements to albums and canvases. All images and products ordered will be professionally edited and printed as she takes great pride in producing quality work.

Some of her work!

Hailey Hamilton Photography

I know you’ll just love Hailey Hamilton Photography! All sessions should be booked as early as possible to ensure her availability. Head on over to her website for more information or booking. Have a friend who is expecting? Hailey has a great referral program so it pays to send people her way!

{Contact Hailey}




 Mention this post and receive $50 off your newborn package. Gift Certificates available.


Until next time, thanks for reading,





be inspired. live inspired. – Karina Brown

{Rockstar Vendors} List = A super rad list made up of our hand-picked Preferred Vendors OR as I like to call them, totally awesome, cool, talented business folk that you should hire for your Wedding, Event + Just Life In General Needs 😉

I’ve been featured! {Pretty&Inked}

Words cannot describe my excitement for having been featured on one of Canada’s leading wedding blogs for #alternativecouples!

Check it out!

Pretty&Inked Feature_Nov 25 2014

Read the full feature here.

With love,

Karina Signature

Feature Friday: {Pure Life Designs}

So I sat down with the sweetest gal a few weeks back, and got to ogle over her AMAZING jewellery designs! She was so sweet that she even made me my very own wrap bracelet!

I often come across nifty Facebook pages, but this time – well this time her jewellery actually stood out! So I contacted her and asked to meet so I could see some of her work and feature it on the blog. Her designs would be perfect for any bride, bridesmaid, mother, daughter, friend – anyone really! 

Without further ado, let me introduce you to one of our preferred custom Jewellers – Yep, added to the “Rockstar Vendors” list!


From her home studio in Calgary, jewellery designer Miranda Klumper handcrafts jewellery pieces that are meaningful, beautiful and from the heart. “I do not make or sell anything that I don’t fall head over heals in love with,” said Miranda, “and I feel that is passed along to the customer.”

Miranda has dabbled in jewellery making on and off, as well as any other arts and crafts projects she can get her hands on, since she was a teenager. “Etsy and Pinterest were a huge inspiration for me to start creating my own pieces. I have always supported and loved local and handcrafted items, especially if I know or can meet the creator. There is something special you feel when you can connect with the person who put themselves into their work. It shows in the artwork and you can feel it. It makes my heart flutter just thinking about it.”

The name Pure Life came to Miranda in her sleep.

It was one of those ‘aha, yes that’s it’ moments,”

Miranda explains, “it is more about the feeling that it creates. It’s that pure, bright life force, light, energy, prana, chi – whatever you want to call it – that runs through everyone and everything. The thing that connects us all. That uplifting and empowering feeling. That’s the feeling I want to create with my jewellery.”

You will see a range of designs in Pure Life’s collection. From sparkling swarovski crystals to macrame to semi precious, healing gemstones, each piece has been made with great care and great love. Because it is handcrafted jewellery, each piece is unique.

I almost named the business ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ because it describes exactly what I am doing and who I am.”

You will find pieces that are trendy, boho chic, glamourous; pieces that use gemstones to have a positive effect on your health and well-being; pieces that make a statement, as well as pieces that are geared toward the bridal world. “Nothing is off limits!”

Aside from being inspired by online influences, Miranda started creating her own pieces because she would have an idea about what she wanted, but was unable to find it. “So I decided I would make it myself! That way I could create exactly what I was thinking of.” This is one of the services that Miranda offers – creating custom pieces. “Send me ideas and pictures of what you are looking for and I will do my best to work with you and create a customized piece of jewellery inspired by you!”

To see previous custom orders that Miranda has made for customers, visit her Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/PureLifeYogaandDesigns.

She also has a line of earrings, bracelets and necklaces that you can choose from on her Etsy page: www.etsy.com/shop/PureLifeHCDesigns.

See something you like, but want it in a different colour? Message Miranda and she will happily accommodate your custom orders. You can also follow Pure Life Designs on Twitter: @PureLifeDesigns.




When she is not busy creating jewellery, Miranda enjoys spending time outdoors with her 2.5 year old son, soon-to-be husband, and German Shepherd, Moose. She also loves to frequent farmer’s markets, the dog park and her favourite yoga studio. Miranda also teaches private and semi-private yoga classes in the comfort of your own home. One day she would love to combine her passion for jewellery, yoga and meditation, whole foods and healthy living into a unique weekend retreat!

All images Courtesy of: Miranda Klumper {Pure Life Designs}
Thanks for reading, until next time!



be inspired. live inspired. – Karina Brown

Feature Friday: {orange trunk} vintage styling & rentals

I am so thrilled to announce another addition to our {ROCKSTAR VENDORS} List!

Yes, another totally awesome vendor hand-picked by yours truly! 

{orange trunk} Vintage Styling & Rentals

ABOUT {Heather Johnston}

My love of vintage and antique pieces is both young and old. As a child, I loved playing with toys that my aunts, uncles and parents had when they were children, and loved hearing stories of our family history. Go ahead, ask me the birthday of anyone in our family…I bet I know it!!!

But, I have been collecting pieces for just a few years. I’m a bit of a home baker, and on a happenstance stumble into an antique mall (who knew these existed?!), I found the sweetest cake tin that dated to 1950’s. I bought that, and subsequently many more over the next year…always keeping my eye open for them everywhere we went!! And we went so many places…travelling by van from here to San Diego…begging for a roadside antique dealer! HA. But on those trips and through so many antique malls and junky roadside stops, we found so many interesting pieces. Some we left behind…that van was also full of my four boys and hubby!!! Some made the trip home ever so gently piled in with my boys, under their feet and even in their laps! They are good sports to say the least!!! Only a few minor eye rolls from the preteen! Fast forward to a very lucrative buy and sell, and then a friend asked about the idea of a rental business. After working out logistics and a fast and furious throw down into social media, {orange trunk} vintage styling & rentals was a reality. 
My husband and boys still trek with me to all the places I like to go looking for these amazing pieces…they have even all started their own collections along the way!

Some of her Inventory!


my name is {velvet}. this one is our favourite!


my name is {isabelle}. what a beauty!

I do what I do, because I love it – Heather Johnston


my name is {adelaide}. perfect for a fall wedding!


Like what you see? so do we!

For all of your vintage rental needs, I highly suggest you check out {orange trunk}! Heather is such a pleasure to work with, and her inventory is endless {and I mean ENDLESS!}. You will be overjoyed to see all the treasures she has hidden!

{Contact Heather}




Find her on: FacebookTwitter, Pinterest


 Until next time, thanks for reading,



 *All photos courtesy of {orange trunk}


be inspired. live inspired. – Karina Brown

{Rockstar Vendors} List = A super rad list made up of our hand-picked Preferred Vendors OR as I like to call them, totally awesome, cool, talented business folk that you should hire for your Wedding + Event Needs 😉

Feature Friday: {Debbie Wong Photography}

I am so thrilled to announce our latest addition to our {ROCKSTAR VENDORS} List!

Yes, another totally awesome vendor hand-picked by yours truly! 

{Debbie Wong Photography}

Meet Debbie Wong


Debbie Wong is a boutique wedding, newborn and lifestyle photographer who accepts limited number of sessions to ensure the highest quality to her clients. Her style is capturing romantic and fresh images in a natural way that reflects the couples’ genuine happiness and memories on their wedding day.

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{10 FUN Facts that you will absolutely LOVE about her!}

  1. The photo you see above is a rare portrait as she is usually behind the camera photographing her husband and young children.
  2. Her favorite dog is the mini daschund. She has 2, named Pepper and Duke {she says that they are major couch potatoes!}
  3. Loves painting water colors.
  4. She collects and paints her own Matroyshka Dolls {Too COOL!}
  5. Has a sweet tooth. {So do I.. but who doesn’t, right?}
  6. Would like to be a dive master someday!
  7. Lived in Japan for one year.
  8. Finds aquariums relaxing {ahhh!}
  9. Believes sunsets in Hawaii are the best!
  10. (#9) is why she will retire in Hawaii someday {how lovely!}

To see the photographs, that Debbie so wonderfully captured for her 10 FUN Facts List – click HERE
{#2 is too adorable to handle!}

Some of her work!


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Calgary wedding photographer church Inglewood

Calgary wedding photographer

{Contact Debbie}





Until next time, thanks for reading,




be inspired. live inspired. – Karina Brown

{Rockstar Vendors} List = A super rad list made up of our hand-picked Preferred Vendors OR as I like to call them, totally awesome, cool, talented business folk that you should hire for your Wedding + Event Needs 😉