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CountDown Events on CTV: Celebrity Engagement Rings



With one day to go before most romantic day of the year, Soha, the Principal Planner of CountDown Events spent the morning on Vancouver's CTV Morning Live talking about celeb engagements. With rings from our favourite jewelers Maison Birks, Tiffany & Co., Stittgen and DeBeers, Soha spilled all the diamond details on air, showing viewers some of the hottest trends in wedding and engagement rings. Check out the lead up and fun behind the scenes of our TV segment on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #putaringonCTV!

See Soha's entire CTV segment, here!

Could your man be close to popping the question? With so many ring style options, what is a girl to choose? Do you prefer dainty or dramatic… classic or modern? Fortunately, some of our favourite celebs are newly engaged and sporting beautiful finger flattering cuts and styles for 2014. Perfect for ring shopping inspiration - and if your beau happens to ‘accidentally’ stumble upon this post on your open laptop… that wouldn’t be so bad either (hint, hint).

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Reality star beauty Kim Kardashian’s stunning cushion-cut ring from Kanye West is reportedly worth $5M! The thin diamond pave band adds to the luxurious effect.

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Socialite Olivia Palermo's canary coloured cushion cut diamond is flanked on either side by two smaller diamonds. We're seeing a trend shifting back to coloured gems as the ultimate show of love and loyalty.

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For the more traditional and classic look, Gabrielle Union’s 8.5 carat cushion cut diamond ring is simple, classic and divine.

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Emily Maynard’s multiple diamond studded bands make for a very glamorous and non-traditional look. That's a serious stack of ice!

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Emma Roberts recently said yes to her American Horror Story costar, Evan Peters. He presented her with a stunning 3-carat rose gold sparkler!

Valentine's Day Beauty Inspiration


Bridal beauty is all about looking like your best self: glowing, romantic and so, so pretty. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we can’t help but think about what looks we will be wearing on the biggest date night of the year. With the same goal of looking flirty and pretty in mind, we’ve picked some inspiration shots with a few how to get the look tips to share.


Fresh and Pretty: Lush and full lashes are so feminine, and showcase those gorgeous eyes. Curl the lashes, coat with some thickening mascara, and then pop on a pair of great falsies! Give your pout some attention, and swipe on a light pink gloss for a soft and fresh touch. Image


Sultry and Sweet: If you’re feeling a bit more on the feisty side of flirty, this look is for you. A sultry smoulder on the eyes, balance with a creamy nude lip is a classic, sexy look. Use a metallic black shadow, blending it up to the crease, and below the eyes, finishing with black mascara. Image


Glam Goddess: A classic red lip combined with a cat eye and polished brows is such a sophisticated date night and bridal beauty look. Applying a creamy red lipstick, and blotting for a more transparent finish will keep things from looking heavy, and so much more kissable! Image

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xo Team CountDown

Dreaming of Lake Como Part 1 | WedLuxe Magazine Feature



We're excited to share a creative photo shoot published in WedLuxe Magazine! Bringing Italy’s Old World luxury to life, the styling was inspired by Villa del Balbianello - a dream wedding venue located in the heart of Italy's lush and romantic Lake Como region. Set on the waterfront, the picturesque charm and romance of Italy's ambiance left us dreaming of Lake Como! We'll share part two and three of this stunning shoot over the coming weeks.

Planned and designed by CountDown Events, the images were captured by Hong Photography, the flowers were provided by Granville Island Florist, Upright Decor provided the decor, and the stationery was created by PALETTERA Custom Correspondences.

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Modern French Vintage Style Wedding | A Romantic Affair



As promised on Instagram , we’re sharing this Vintage French Country wedding we designed! An intimate al fresco occasion with a modern twist, thanks to the choice of venue, produced a truly breathtaking feel. The soft glow of the candles created a romantic feel, and greenery was plentiful, lining the walls to add warmth and depth to the space. Square and rectangular tables were combined for a sense of ease, and glowing bulbs dangled from the beams of the space.

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White blooms placed in black square pots abundantly filled the tables, and guests dined surrounded by white tapered candles, adding distinct drama to the vintage French country themed affair.


Held in an old warehouse style building, the inside/outside feel only added to the atmosphere. From the simple burlap style linens, to the wooden chairs and polished silver candlesticks, each detailed element played into the ambiance of the truly romantic event.

Dress Talk: Hair Inspiration for Every Neckline



So you've picked the dress, which means you're halfway done styling your wedding day beauty look! Haven't quite decided how to wear your hair for the big day? Depending on the neckline of your dress, here are our suggestions:

V-Neck
What a glamorous choice! A v-neck neck line is stunning paired with a bouncy, voluminous blow-out, brushed out-pin curls are a more retro-glamourous vibe, or take things a more boho route with a gorgeous flower crown!

Strapless or Sweetheart
Strapless and sweetheart dresses are a beautiful way to show off your décolletage and shoulders, but choosing a hairstyle to match can be difficult. Updo's and down-dos offer entirely different looks, but just because you're unsure doesn't mean you can't have the best of both realms: a half up- half down style lets people see you, not just the dress; milk maid trends are seriously on-trend at the moment, and are more modern but classic too; and if you're feeling more casual, go for a down and wavy style to dance the night away!

One Shoulder or Asymmetrical
Because you're exposing one shoulder, you can do a few things: if you feel like wearing your hair down, pull it over the shoulder opposite form your dress; use a pretty hair elastic on an undone bun, or roll your hair into the hair band itself to create a romantic crown-effect!

With Straps
A truly classic dress deserves an equally classic hair style: we're loving messy french twists, ballerina buns, and Candice Swanepoel's braided pony!

Happy planning! xo

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