Happy Mothers Day to all the Mamas

May 11 , 2014

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You see that lady up there you guys? not that little chubby girl who sort of looks like a dude but that Persian beauty holding her hand :P that lady right there is the first love of my life! My Maman. She is my warrior queen. My symbol of strength and perseverance. She is the inspiration of all of my inspirations. She is like walking poetry and she doesn’t even have to spit no rhymes. She has been my teacher since before I ever step foot into school. She taught me the value of hard work, patience and independence. She taught me that it’s okay to fall in love but you have to love yourself first and foremost. When she cooks its as if I am sitting with my family back in Iran. Her food is her soul and her soul is a thing of beauty. This day and every other day I am blessed to be her daughter and I can only hope that I come even a tiny bit close to the amazing mother she is. Happy mothers day to the love of my life. Love you maman joon. And happy Mothers day to all of you beautiful mama’s and to you daddies who play two parts. You guys deserve all of the love too. xoxo moni

“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy” – Spanish Proverb -

Personal: It’s Been a Minute Yo…..

May 8 , 2014

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To say that I’m a great blogger is probably the biggest lie of all time. Heck, I cant even say i’m a decent one you guys. I also don’t want to talk about how rough these past few months have been. I was going to do a long post about all of the bs and all of the gloomy downs but then I said to myself “Moni, this is everyones life” We are all going through these gloomy downs and we are all doing the very best to make it through each day. I want to end this on a positive note because amid all of the bs in this world there is some beautiful light at the end of the tunnel. I am so excited for the second half of this year to kick in. I am going to recharge my soul and do what I love to do. Period. I hope you babes can forgive this little mess of a blog I run. It has been neglected but Birds & Honey will be back with a boom boom boom dammit! I am heading off to my favourite city next to e-town of course -> PORTLAND – WHAT WHAT!!! and I am going to spend it doing what I love most – Creating the most beautiful setting for two souls – swimming in a sea of big, beautiful blooms – filling my soul with creativity and not giving a shit about what any hater thinks! Who else is ready for a re-do of 2014? Lets do this together you guys! xoxo moni

Happy Persian New Year!!!

Mar 21 , 2014

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Happy Persian New Year Everyone!!! Wishing all of my fellow Persians all around the world the very best this year! and to all of my non Persians, Happy first day of spring :) New Years for Persians, is essentially a celebration of the first day of spring which we equate with a fresh new start! So if 2014 has been off to a bumpy start for you… then let the beginning of spring be a second chance to get things back in order. I will be doing a full post on all of the festivities and rituals that go along with Nowruz but for now, here is a sneak peek of some of the paper goodness that was custom designed by my sweet pal Justine Ma! Wishing everyone a very happy weekend! xoxo moni

Birds & Honey Engaged: Mark & Mariah

Mar 3 , 2014

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Mark & Mariah…where do I even begin with you two?! To say that I love you two would be the biggest understatement of the year! You two make my heart go “chitty chitty bang bang.” You two are what love stories are made of. You two make everyones eyes light up when you enter a room. I could go on forever but I think y’all catch my drift :p These two babes are getting married this upcoming June and I am literally counting down the days for this one you guys. Mark is half Persian so we may or may not be incorporating the most stunning Persian carpet for our ceremony and we are going to have the most delicious Persian food catered by one of Edmonton’s finest…The amazing team at Sabzy! Mariah is a massive lover of sweet coral peonies, pastel infused fabrics and she is going to be wearing the most stunning lace gown you ever did see!!! So mark June 21st in your calendars, or just follow along on my Instagram for some sneak peeks of whats going to be one of my favourite weddings to date! Oh, and these stunning photos are courtesy of the incredibly talented team of Beulah & Alex of Wilhelmina Weddings – xoxo moni

Birds & Honey Events: Diy With Jade Rose

Feb 25 , 2014

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Flower crowns are absolutely beautiful and the perfect option for brides who don’t want to wear a veil but sometimes they can get a little cray cray and put quite the dent on your budget so I enlisted the help of my go-to gal/designing genius extraordinaire/bff from London town…the stunning Mrs. Jade Rose Topper! Jade is the queen of glam and gorgeous DIY’s so she is going to show you doll’s how to make your very own flower crowns. Without further ado, here is Jade with all the deets!

Step 1: Collect materials, both old and new. I have had collected all of these different feathers through the years from Etsy and eBay. You can find so many suppliers, just search for ‘millinery supplies’.

Step 2: Choose your color palette and start laying out your supplies piece by piece so you can begin to conceptualize in your head what you want your halo to look like.

Step 3: Create a halo buy measuring the floral wire to your head, cut the wire two inches longer than what your head measures at. These extra two inches allow you to create loops for closing the wire and give some extra room for comfort.

Step 4: Cover your wire with a fabric of choice if you what to hide it from beneath the feathers and flowers, if you want a more rustic look you can skip this part. I used a scarp piece of vintage tulle to wrap around the wire.

Step 5: Begin to add the base texture to your halo, this will be any material you want to have behind your flowers to help fill in space and add some volume. I chose ostrich feathers an peacock feathers. I secured the feathers by wrapping cotton sewing thread around their base, securely looping them around the wire. If you want to add glue to the wires before placing the feathers that will create extra security, but can easily become messy!!

Step 6: Now it’s time to add your flowers! Most millinery flowers come attached to wire, so I wrapped the wire of the flower around the floral wire halo base. The feather flowers I made, so they did not have wire, I glued them to the halo and then hand stitched them onto the tulle I first placed over the wire in

Step 7. Continue this step with all of the flowers you want to add to your halo.

DIY creative: Jade Rose E. Topper of Jade Rose Blog
Photographer: Anthem Photography
MUAH: Kendra Stanton of Citizens of Beauty
Nails: Tara at Skin Tight Spa