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.

xo Team CountDown

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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.

xo Team CountDown

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SOHA LAVIN on CTV MORNING LIVE: Wedding Decor and Gown Trends

This past Friday we were thrilled to be invited by CTV Morning Live as the finale segment of ‘wedding week’. Soha Lavin chatted with Keri Adams on the latest wedding décor trends and what’s hot this season in wedding gowns.

First Soha touched on current wedding trends such as the lush, low floral arrangements from Granville Island Florist which emulated a “floral runner” down the elegantly styled table. The beautiful blooms included Vendela roses, hydrangeas, and David Austin roses all in soft blush, rose and cream tones.

Soha also recommended incorporating personalized elements such as menus and confections for each of your guests. The beautiful menus were created by Colleen Winton of Flourish and the éclairs, macaron towers, and custom petit cake were created by Soirette. Soha also touched on mixing metallic elements, like the stunning silver and gold chargers and cutlery from Éclat Decor.

Essentially when it comes to trends, Soha suggests that each bride reflects on who they are as a person to ensure that their day reflects the true essence of who they are.

The second segment was all about wedding gowns and what’s new for 2015. Soha started with a beautiful Elie Saab gown from Cache Couture Atelier, which would be fitting for the ‘traditionalist bride’. This luxurious gown was paired with beautiful jewels from Elsa Corsi. Next up was a Jenny Packham gown from Bisou Bridal which would be perfect for the ‘bohemian bride’ and emulated an understated elegance. This gown was paired with diamonds from the coveted Aria collection available at De Beers Jewellers

Soha then introduced the ‘fashionista’s gown’ available at Cache Couture Atelier from Elie Saab which showcased a low back for the ‘sensualist bride’. The final gown featured gorgeous moonstone and crystal elements with a show-stopping ombre gown for the “romanticist’. This Lazaro gown is available at Bisou Bridal.

A special thanks to Katie of Katie Elwood Makeup Artistry and Annie of Hair Whisperer for making our models look beautiful and to Denise of Denise Lin Photography for all of the above photos and for capturing the morning! xo Team CountDown

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Custom Designed Wedding Invites | Love by Phoebe

Invitations are the first introduction to your wedding and set the tone for your big day! We strive to create a custom experience for each client - working with artists and wedding experts that display superior craftsmanship is how we create a stunning and tailored event. Planning each detail of your wedding day is what we are best at, and Love by Phoebe is an expert at her craft, working with each couple to create something unique and special. Imagine impressing your guests even before they arrive at your wedding? That's what a custom invite does so beautifully for one of our lovely wedding clients!

These lovely creations are a mix of romance and modern elements - the gold ink is printed on ultra thick paper completed with ribbon tie closure and even a lace envelope liner to create texture and that extra special finishing touch to really wow your guests.

Take a peek behind Phoebe's process, and see how she assembles one of her gorgeously designed and bespoke wedding invitation suites!

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CountDown and Soha Lavin Featured in The Vancouver Sun

We are so excited to share our feature in The Vancouver Sun's 'Wedding Beauty' section with tips from bridal industry experts to make your special day extraordinary! Alongside tastemakers and wedding style experts, Designer Jason Matlo, The Flower Factory, Beauty guru Erin Gerlach, Harmony Cakes and Vancouver’s luxury bridal boutique, Bisou Bridal, the experts discussed trends and wedding style based on specialty.

Soha Lavin, Founder and Principal Planner at CountDown, shared her thoughts on wedding gown trends, including incorporating colour!

"Something I am seeing more and more is brides buying two dresses: one for the ceremony and a completely different one for the reception,” says Lavin.

That usually translates to a more traditional, romantic gown for the wedding itself and a more glamorous look, or something that makes a personal statement, for the festivities that follow.

As for styles, mermaid and trumpet dresses, which hug the body and then flare out below the hip or knee, are increasingly popular with brides.

“Sexier gowns are becoming more acceptable to wear,” Lavin says. “You don’t have to worry as much about what people are going to think.”

Read the full article on The Vancouver Sun's website!

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