If the littlest cowboy in this shoot (who just so happens to be Choreographed by Ciara’s darling son) doesn’t steel your heart, nothing will. The shoot is absolutely western perfection… not too cowboy but just enough cowboy boots, but the star of this show has got to be that cowboy in training. Scott Gage Photography has gathered up quite a bit of beautiful inspiration for us, and it’s all right here!

Rustic Venue

From the planner… Yahoo! The Calgary Stampede is kicking off and we’re celebrating with a fabulous Western Wedding Photoshoot. The goal of this shoot was to show how elegant and classic a western inspired wedding could be and that it’s not all hay bales and Wranglers – although we included a few of those too!

After the recent devastating floods in Calgary, some of us wondered if the Stampede would even happen this year. But Calgary is open for business and the motto of this year’s Stampede is “Hell of High Water!” Calgarians are ready to show you their Stampede spirit.

When I was designing the table setting I didn’t want to evoke your typical rustic feel for a Western wedding but instead went for a modern Cowboy feel. With chic burlap colored linen, dark wood charger plates and of course the wonderful Cowhide print covered Chameleon Chairs provided by Special Event Rentals the table took on a sleek Stampede inspired look. The table is a wonderful combination of classic elements with updated touches.

The flower arrangements by Lyn Chapman of Flower Artistry, were wrapped in rope as though it was used just earlier in the day to lasso a stray calf. Natural and underused elements such as cotton and wheat brought an earthy feel to the arrangements. The lushness of these florals blends perfectly with the understated tones of the table.

The table stationery was designed by the Social Page and added pure sophistication to the table. I can imagine guests sitting down excited to read the menu full of Alberta classics (beef of course!) and keep them as a momento of the day.

And when you add a bride and a groom to this table setting outfitted elegantly in modern Western attire by the Bridal Centre and Alberta Boot Company. The result is breathtaking. Some of the looks I chose for our model showcase that a cowgirl bride can dress up elegant with a more traditional veil and a beautiful silver buckle with tan boots. With our groom I had to have him in jeans but added sophistication in a tuxedo jacket and tan boots. When I looked to take him more formal ostrich leather black boots compliment the full black tuxedo and black hat worn by the groom.

Children add fun to any wedding but a Western wedding allows kids to really let loose and create magical moments. It is a photoshoot tradition that my son Declan is always the ringbearer. As he was born during Stampede week it is always a special time for him.

This photoshoot captures the romance, grace and elegance of a western wedding at the Calgary Stampede.

Photography: Scott Gage Photography | Photography: Scott Gage Photography | Design and Styling: Choreographed by Ciara | Flowers: Flower Artistry | Stationery: The Social Page | Stationery: The Social Page | Makeup: Karlie Cyr, Love and Colour Makeup Artistry | Hair: MakeMe Style | Hair: MakeMe Style | Venue: The Rotary House at Calgary Stampede | Brides Formal Attire and Accessories: The Bridal Centre | Brides Western Accessories: Alberta Boot Company | Declans Attire: The Bridal Centre | Grooms Formal Attire: The Bridal Centre | Grooms Jeans: Alberta Boot Company | Hats and Boots: Alberta Boot Company | Rentals: Special Event Rentals