Crème de la Crème Spotlight: Big Blue Yacht Charter

Big Blue Yacht Charters was officially launched two years ago on Valentine's Day! How romantic! Owner, Emma Murdoch, having spent 12 years in the yacht industry abroad decided to create Big Blue Yacht Charters here at home to provide clients recommendations on the private, luxury, crewed charter yachts available worldwide.

Travelling the globe to attend charter shows to view the yachts and meet the Captains and crews personally, Emma has the opportunity to get a sense of the crews' style, specialties and the amenities onboard first hand. As a complimentary client service, Big Blue Yacht Charters provides expert advice on which charter yacht would be the best match available in the clients desired charter destination and then tailors the entire experience to the clients personal preferences, culinary profiles, yacht charter itinerary, activities and interests.

Chartering a yacht is fun! exciting! adventurous and is simply an outstanding experience! Emma works with her clients to really clarify what they are looking for in their charter yacht experience and manges all the details between the yacht and the client. Welcome to the Charter Set!

Big Blue arranges access to the worlds’ private luxury crewed charter yachts and works to ensure that the clients expectations are met and exceeded onboard the yacht. Big Blue also works closely with the Captain and crew to ensure they are well prepared for their guests arrival so that the time onboard is a seamless, pleasureable experience.

Starting Big Blue Yacht Charters was a culmination of many years of yacht industry experience from owning a yacht to cruising to working worldwide onboard as chef. Emma has been to many of the world’s cruising regions and brings real world knowledge and experience to her business and will provide her clients with comprehensive information on how to best indulge in the benefits of the yacht charter lifestyle.

There simply is no experience that compares; as unique as you, each charter yacht has something magical, something special, something truly romantic to offer....slipping into the breaking dawn or sheltered beneath an awe inspiring canopy of stars sail into your dream honeymoon....

We welcome you to come and visit with Emma at Big Blue Yacht Charters at our 11th annual Crème de la Crème on November 8th at the Four Seasons! Do you have your tickets? Buy them, here.

xo Team CountDown

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Jenny De Jong | Lead Planner CountDown Events | Vancouver

Jenny De Jong joined the CountDown Events team one year ago, and has proven herself a talented event professional who brings a wealth of experience to the CountDown Events world.

Jenny joined CountDown Events after a six year tenure at the prestigious Vancouver Club, where she was tasked with redesigning their wedding program. Under her supervision and planning, the Vancouver Club became one of the most sought after venues in the city. During her professional career, Jenny has successfully executed numerous high-profile events for Fortune 500 companies, celebrity and international royalty. In 2010, Jenny assisted with formal engagements for the International Olympic Committee during the Vancouver Olympic Games.

Jenny’s passion for travel has taken her across the globe, instilling in her a love of culture and cuisine, and an international appreciation for all things delightful.

Jenny is an integral member of the CountDown Events team, and has already significantly contributed to the execution of some of the most spectacular events in the company’s history.

Above photo by the lovely Nomo Akisawa of Simply Sweet Photography

Q&A with Jenny De Jong:

What does your typical day at CountDown Events look like? Every day is completely different, and that is what I love! Most days revolve around meetings with clients and vendors - from flower meetings, sample showings with decorators, site visits, menu tastings, and more! There is no "typical" day and that is what keeps things exciting.

What do you find most challenging about your job? I'm not sure that there is one specific thing I find challenging, but I love how there is so much to learn in this industry and every day I am challenged with not only problem solving, but also creatively challenged with trying new things and pushing the envelope for our clients.

What do you find most rewarding about your job? I love seeing everything come together on the day of an event - all of the little pieces you've worked on over the last several months or year all come to fruition is so rewarding. It makes all of the late nights worth it.

What inspires you on a daily basis? I've always been inspired by travelling and exploring other cultures, art and cuisine from around the world. It inspires me to play with colours, textures and patterns and to never be afraid of trying new things.

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Hudson's Bay Company

We cannot believe that we are already 140 days away from our 11th annual Crème de la Crème! Last year was a huge milestone and we cannot wait to raise the bar yet again.

We are pleased to announce Hudson's Bay Company as the title sponsor of our 11th annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase! Known as the most prominent department store in Canada, we are thrilled to partner with a team that appreciates Canadian values and traditions while providing a luxury retail experience.

One of our personal favourite stops at Hudson’s Bay Vancouver is a visit to The Room . Fashion at The Room perpetuates the spirit of a sophisticated fashion sense with cutting-edge direction and features both young brands from startups to international success. The Room introduced fashion legends to Canada, including Giorgio Armani, Hubert de Givenchy and Thierry Mugler.

And of course, you cannot miss their incredible array of luxury cosmetics, including Dior, Chanel, Burberry, Lancôme and many more. (Check our their Beauty Guide ). We are also huge fans of the Hudson’s Bay Gift Registry which offers convenience, accessibility and access to the most wanted brands, designer collections and exclusive must haves. We adore their Vera Wang collection, and their products are constantly evolving to feature not only classic pieces but also the hottest trends. They provide professional consultants to help build the perfect registry and assist you throughout the process.

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

xo Team CountDown

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Tented Vancouver Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty Weddings

We are beyond thrilled that the beautiful wedding of Claire and Ben is featured on Style Me Pretty today, and we are excited to share with you even more of the swoon worthy details! The bride and groom wanted the wedding to reflect their laid back style, and with the help of Celsia Floral and Debut Event Design we were able to bring this vision to life! The wedding was photographed by the amazingly talented Kristy Ryan of Blush Wedding Photography .

The custom arch by Celsia Floral was adorned with blush and cream blooms and loose greens, adding to the relaxed feel of the day. The lake at Hart House Restaurant was the stunning backdrop to the ceremony and reception.

An olive branch was placed on each guests place setting to add a personal note.

The long tables under the dreamy chandelier lit tent added to the romantic atmosphere as the sun set over the lake.

The brides and grooms chairs were adorned with hints of blush and cream blooms tucked amidst the greenery from Celsia Floral

The cake by Peter Fong of Ganache Patisserie showcased our couples' simplistic, yet elegance style.

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Chef Series with Peter Fong #chefandsoha

Being obsessed with yummy food and delicious treats, we have recently started a cooking and baking series with some of our favourite chefs. We were thrilled to be invited into the kitchen of master pastry chef Peter Fong of Ganache Patisserie as part of this series. Soha spent the morning with Peter learning how to create one of her all-time favourite dishes - Vegan Raspberry-Chocolate Truffle Cake. The chef series was recently featured on Rue magazine, and the complete feature and recipe (you want this!) can be viewed here: Rue Magazine

"I feel the most at home when I am making something delicious for my friends and family. I think I learned that from my Mother. She would singlehandedly make lavish dinners for 30+ friends as my family entertained almost every weekend as I was growing up. She always did it with so much creativity and love. Her dishes not only looked good but tasted even more delicious. I was always proud...barely reaching over the table of the feast she could prepare without using any recipe books... like ever!" - Soha

We started off with only the best ingredients, as Peter uses top quality chocolate in all of his pastry creations. Layer by layer, the masterpiece began to take shape. The first layer was a dense chocolate cake, which was smothered in a crunchy chocolate filling. (This layer was our favourite!) Peter and Soha then piped pearls of chocolate ganache on top of the chocolate crunch. For Peter, this was a piece of cake ;) This layering process was then repeated to form the second layer of the cake. By this point, our mouths were watering.

The work of art rested on the Orrefors - Intermezzo Blue, Footed Cake Plate and the slice of cake was displayed on a Hermes - Bleu D’ailleurs next to a Sambonet- Bamboo, Dessert Fork, both from Atkinsons of Vancouver

Thank you Peter once again for inviting us into your kitchen! (And we will never say no to cake for breakfast!) It was such a pleasure to see what goes into making one of your works of art, and to see the love and passion that it put into each piece.

A special thank you to Kyoko of Fierro Photography for the amazing photos.

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