Spotlight: The Urban Tea Merchant

We are excited to announce that TWG Tea , one of the world’s finest luxury tea brands, has unveiled an exclusive wedding collection of exceptional loose leaf teas, packaged teas and sumptuous favours. Tea was once a product so revered, costly and rare that it was only offered as a gift to emperors and courtiers, a product as elite as it was noble. Today, TWG Tea has revived this tradition with artfully packaged teas in beautifully conceived gift boxes, introducing ornate blends crafted to grace the wedding tea table and to delight family and friends. An exquisite selection of TWG Tea and gourmandises create lasting impressions and lingering sensations as precious as the moments they celebrate.

We are pleased to say that many of our guests will receive a sample of this exclusive TWG wedding collection in the highly anticipated gift bag at Crème de la Crème on November 8th!

An enduring favourite, TWG Tea’s Grand Wedding Tea is as tantalizing and mysterious as love itself. A breathtaking black tea has been carefully blended with pure white blossoms, as fragrant as a bride’s bouquet, and a scattering of exotic fruits which lend their soft, honeyed sweetness to this intoxicating blend. Ideal paired with a meal or a sweet slice of wedding cake, this delightful cup perfectly complements a meal.

The Urban Tea Merchant is a luxury retail company offering fine tea and tea ware, founded in 2004 by Karinna & Tom James. Exclusive to TWG Tea, the world’s finest luxury tea brand, The Urban Tea Merchant carries the largest premium tea selections in Vancouver.

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Spotlight: Title Sponsor - Hudson's Bay Company

Hudson's Bay Company is known as the most prominent department store in Canada, and we are thrilled to partner with a team that appreciates Canadian values and traditions while providing a luxury retail experience.

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HUDSON’S BAY GIFT REGISTRY - Every season, Hudson’s Bay sources new products from top brands not only across the nation but around the world. They work diligently to ensure that you have a top notch registry with all the essential collections so you can create your perfect home. Make it easy for your loved ones to select the perfect gift for you and your fiancé by setting up a bridal registry with Hudson’s Bay!

KLEINFELD BRIDAL - Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, is dedicated to providing the ultimate shopping experience for all things bridal. Their devoted and knowledgeable consultants are with you every step of the way, guiding you through the process of finding your perfect gown — they are committed to making the journey as special and memorable as your big day. With listening ears, a keen sense of style and a desire to achieve perfection, their expert consultants help to fulfill all your wedding wishes. Together with skilled fitters, stylists and seamstresses, they ensure that every dress is perfectly sculpted to your body and no detail is overlooked. Their consultants also take pride in understanding the importance of individuality — because you are one of a kind. Photos by David A. Pike.

HOME OUTFITTERS - Home Outfitters is a registered trade-mark of Hudson's Bay Company. They are a Canadian retail home decor chain, with many stores across the country selling bedding, towels, housewares, and other home accessories. They are also a great option to consider when searching for the perfect place for your gift registry!

Crème de la Crème is Canada’s premier luxury wedding showcase, and we cannot wait to elevate the show to the next level! The 2015 Grand Wedding Showcase will set yet another benchmark for the wedding industry both in Vancouver and across Canada. We are thrilled to share with you what we have dreamed up alongside Hudson’s Bay Company!

See you on November 8th! For tickets, please visit : Crème de la Crème

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Meet the Crème de la Crème Exhibitors: Part Two

We are thrilled to introduce some of the incredible exhibitors joining us at the opulent Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver for the 11th annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase on November 8th! Prepare to be inspired by these artisans, and enchanted by the sumptuous experience we have in store for you!

We would also love to thank our Title Sponsor; Hudsons Bay, our Gold Sponsors Visit Mexico and Los Cabos, Violet Grey Creative, Cache Couture Atelier and Big Blue Yacht Charters for all of their support, in addition to our Silver Sponsors Luxe Destination Weddings and Life Studios Inc.

Above photo by Tamiz Photography.

Enjoy live music perfect for your wedding cermeony from Musical Occasions as you wander about the showcase. Above photo by Tamiz Photography.

Get glammed up with touch ups by the sparkle queen Jasmine Hoffman

Discover new and unique venues, such as the beautiful Cecil Green Park House

View trendsetting cake designs and beautifully presented favours from Ganache Pâtisserie

Prepare to be dazzled by the many stunning floral arrangements and creations from the talented Granville Island Florist

Enjoy beautifull presented canapes from our friends at Railtown Catering! xo Team CountDown

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Spotlight: The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Today we would love to share with you a feature on one of our favourite venues in the city - the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver . The Four Seasons is the home of Crème de la Crème and therefore holds a special place in our hearts. Last year, we celebrated the 10th year of the showcase and we were so fortunate to have the Four Seasons team support us with this milestone event. The FS team takes such good care of us and we simply adore the genuine relationship and friendship that we have built with them.

ECO-FRIENDLY: Known for beautifully elegant rooms, exceptional service and superior amenities, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver adds eco-conscious ingenuity to the repertoire. Producing one of the smallest carbon footprints of any luxury hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is proud to let green initiatives tint all aspects of the hotel practices.

EXECUTIVE CHEF NED BELL: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and YEW seafood + bar Executive Chef Ned Bell is the mastermind behind the culinary team and also the founder of the Chef's for Oceans organization. Last summer, he took the journey of a lifetime this summer as he pedalled across the country, all in the name of healthy lakes, rivers and oceans.

CHINESE KITCHEN: The Four Seasons brings culinary fusion and personal touches to modern cuisine. Featuring traditional Chinese wedding cuisine, the Chinese Kitchen is committed to providing culturally authentic, uniquely personalized and perfectly executed Chinese cuisine.

PASTRY CHEF BRUNO: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Pastry Chef Bruno Feldeisen has quite the competitive streak. He can be found pushing the pastry envelope in sweet contests near and far, including several turns on Food Network and Cooking Channel favourites including Donut Showdown and Chopped Canada. The above and below photos were taken by Blush Wedding Photography from a recent wedding planned and produced by CountDown Events at the Four Seasons Hotel.

FAMILY FRIENDLY: The Kids in the City program is a Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver favourite. Extending a warm welcome to families everywhere, this offer features special overnight packages fit for the whole clan. With kid-friendly amenities such as the Kid’s Concierge, Kids in the Kitchen Program and the much-loved Kids Playzone, youngsters can hang out on a vacation that’s designed to fit their needs just as much as it does for moms and dads.

We look forward to seeing you on November 8th at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver for our 11th Annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase! xo Team CountDown

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Spotlight: The Lazy Gourmet

Our friends at The Lazy Gourmet have a strong passion and devotion for West Coast living. With over 35 years of experience preparing West Coast based cuisine, they consistently create menus with an emphasis on local, organic, seasonal ingredients. They provide an elevated one-on-one service for their clients and can assist with developing a customized menu tailored specifically to your needs and desires; always focusing on freshness and sustainability.

Their menus change seasonally, and feature both long-time client favourites, in addition to new seasonal items (like the above mini French Onion Soup for fall!) All of their current menus can be viewed here: The Lazy Gourmet Menus

Sustainability plays a big role in everything they do, from reducing waste and their carbon footprint, to being part of the Ocean Wise program. As a longstanding Vancouver catering company, they are committed to making healthy contributions to the community, including shelters and local food banks.

We absolutely love working with Susan, Kevin, Danielle and the entire team and congratulate them on over 35 years of success! To keep up with the daily happenings at The Lazy Gourmet, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

To learn more, please visit: The Lazy Gourmet

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