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Alberta Farm Wedding with Color + Whimsy

Weddings are a celebration of two families coming together, but when this lovely Bride and her tightly-knit family tragically lost a brother during the planning process, she knew she had to honor him in some way, and how she did gives me goosebumps. From one of his shirts, she cut out a heart (from where his heart would be), and had it sewn into her wedding dress covering her own heart and keeping him close on his special day. See all of the sweet details, photographed by Jacqueline Elizabeth Photography, and share in this wonderful couple’s well-deserved joy.

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From Jacqueline Elizabeth Photography… Brie comes from an amazing family. Her Mom recently won Wal-mart’s Mom of The Year, just to give you an idea. Her family adopted 4 kids from the Dominican Republic, and they are always helping others whether it’s helping a village (literally!), or raising money for charity. Brie takes after her Mom quite a bit. She is the most incredible step-mom a kid could ask for, with the biggest heart. Making beautiful handmade costumes, baking incredible cakes, building blanket forts, and teaching Lexi everything a little girl should know. She completed Nathans little family, and they make each other a better person.

After New Year’s Brie came to town to go dress shopping, and we hung out and discussed wedding plans. What was supposed to be one of the happiest times in her life took a halt that Monday, when her brother Damian was killed in a tragic car accident. I cannot fathom what their family went through knowing how close they were, but I can honestly say at Brie & Nathan’s wedding it felt like he was there with us. A heart cut out of one of his shirts (where his heart would be), and sewn inside her dress covering her heart to make sure he was close to her. I felt lucky to have been there, to witness the love, and two amazing families coming together. Everyone camped out that weekend, laughing, and sharing stories. And did I mention everyone was welcome to bring their pups, and we had brunch? It doesn’t get much better than that! Brie made the decor herself, putting her crafting to good use.

From the beautiful Bride… Nathan and I were married in a friend’s backyard on an amazing blue sky day in early September.  It was a bit of a gamble, because the fall weather can be so unpredictable in Alberta, but we really lucked out.  We ended up getting the first snow of the season the next day!

Planning the wedding ended up being much more challenging that I had anticipated.  Two days after I found my wedding dress, my younger brother was killed in a car accident.  I can’t even begin to describe what it felt like to plan my wedding knowing that he wouldn’t be there.  It was really overwhelming when we finally started trying to get things moving again, but my husband was incredibly supportive and together we came up with some amazing ways to honour my brother on our wedding day.  His best friends were our ushers, we saved him a seat for him in the front row with my family, and I had a heart cut from one of his old dress shirts and sewn into my wedding dress.  All the little things we did made it feel like he was there with us throughout the day.   

Nathan and I wanted to have a really laid back feel to the entire day.  We chose to have a morning wedding followed by the most delicious brunch.  Everything was in one location and many of our guests camped on site for the entire weekend.  We were a little worried about how our daytime dance party would turn out, but thanks to our fantastic DJ, a few mimosas, and all of the super enthusiastic kiddos who attended, it was big hit.  

Our ceremony was short, sweet and full to the top with love and laughter.  Christal Earle, a very dear family friend and all around amazing lady, flew all the way from the Dominican Republic to marry us.  I’m the very lucky step-mama to Nathan’s daughter Lexie and we wanted to make sure that we included her in our ceremony, since we were coming together as a family, not just a couple.  I had separate vows just for Lexie that I read to her before Nathan and I read our vows to each other.    

The decor was extremely DIY.  Nearly everything was handmade, from the arch at our ceremony site to 1500 tissue paper tassels that were used to decorate our tent.  Our amazing family and friends were the only reason our wedding was even remotely possible.  They put countless hours into helping me make decorations, setting everything up and making sure that everything ran smoothly.  My one big piece of advice to any bride would be to ask for help when you need it so you don’t burn yourself out.  I don’t know what I would have done without our small army of helpers and all of their hot glue guns.    

There were some things that didn’t go quite the way I had planned but on the day it didn’t seem to matter and even now, I wouldn’t change a thing.  The day was 100% true to who we are as a couple and we had so much fun!

Photography: Jacqueline Elizabeth Photography | Floral Design: La Petite Jaune Fleur | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Shoes: Jeffery Campbell | Catering: Cilantro & Chive | Makeup: Shenise Boser | Hair: Danielle Chiasson Of Crop Hair Boutique | DJ: Juiced Audio | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Private Farm

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Blush Alberta Dairy Farm Wedding

For a (b-e-a-utiful) Bride who grew up on a dairy farm near Alberta, this rustic elegant affair was years in the making—cowgirl boots, horses and all. It’s the kind of soiree that’s filled to the brim with sweetness, from the family DIYs to the smiles galore. The ever-so-talented Justine Milton captured the day in such a darling way and you can enjoy it all right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… The theme of our wedding was “rustic country meets elegance ” I love lace and pearls and wanted to incorporate that along with barn wood and rustic handmade decor for my perfect wedding look. The wedding took place outdoors on August 30, 2014 on our family dairy farm outside of Leduc, AB. 150 guests were in attendance. All my ideas my dad and I came up with on our own. We put many hours sanding, designing, and perfecting our crafts. The wedding took 3 days to set up and two to tear down. The tulle, lights and chandeliers were the most time consuming but, were that beautiful elegant touch I was hoping for. The groom and his father also handmade our own 20X40ft dance floor for the tented wedding reception out of 2×6′s and 3/4inch tongue and groove plywood. The thank you gifts were a small burlap sachet with “Love is sweet” stamped on them with M&M’s inside for the bride and grooms initials Matt & Melissa.

For the outdoor wedding ceremony I wanted it to scream romance. From the aisle lined with hundreds of white silk flower petals, to the elaborate handmade birch bark wedding arch complete with handpicked silk florals, to the acoustic ukalalye player & soloist, cousins of the bride. Flower petals were thrown as the bride and groom kissed and made there way back from the aisle as Mr. & Mrs. I wanted pastels for the flowers, soft elegant colours, pearl accents, simple classic dresses for the bridesmaids of course cowboy boots! Growing up on a dairy farm just outside Leduc, Alberta I practically lived in my cowboy boots on my horse, so naturally I needed to wear them under my dress on my wedding day. The boots I chose were ivory with heart cut outs, my dress was strapless, flawlessly fitted sheer lace over satin with a mid-length lace train, complete with a elegant veil with lace trim.

Our getaway car was a 35′ Ford in Periwinkle Blue, restored by the groom and his Father, a treasured family memory. Our wedding featured many guest from around the globe including tho se from Australia, Holland, and even a country celebrity guest Brett Kissel from Nashville Tennessee who sang a few tunes for the bride and groom. My brother and maid of honour sang our first dance song “A thousand years by Christian Perri” this was a very special moment for the us. My groom even surprised me with a song he had wrote called “I’ll be there for you”, which he played acoustically on his guitar. Everyone seemed to kick off their boots and enjoy our down home country wedding!

Photography: Justine Milton | Cinematography: Adam Hlavka | Floral Design: Wonderful Weddings | Wedding Dress: Bridal Debut | Cake: What A Character Cakes | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Catering: Elizabethan | Makeup: Anastasia Korsountsev | Hair: Creativity Urban Salon | DJ: David McBean | Centerpieces, Bar, Cake Stand, Podium, Seating Chart, Arch, Chan: Handmade By Bride And Father | Groom And Groomsmen Attire: Derks | Rentals: Special Event Rentals

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Whimsical Pastel Summer Wedding

This, loves, is the ultimate summer wedding.  Think pretty pastel hues, a laid-back, yet totally charming reception + ceremony and whimsical details at every turn.  I’m talking paper flowers lining the aisles, people.  It’s light-hearted meets totally fun and you can see every gorgeous moment captured by Heart + Sparrow Photography in the full gallery.

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From Heart + Sparrow PhotographyI had the pleasure of photographing Kaitlyn and Bryce’s wedding this past August, and I was blown away with the thought and detail that were put in by the couple as well as their unbelievable planners, Hera Weddings & Events.

From the Bride and Groom… We didn’t really approach the wedding with a theme in mind. We worked closely with our wedding planners to pull together a vision for our day that really exuded who we are and what we love. The final product had so many DIY elements and simple, yet elegant themes. For colours, we used a lot of pastels (blush, peach and mint), greys, creams and leafy greens.

Our three favourite moments from the day were:

1. The reveal before the wedding: this was such a special private moment for us, we were able to calm our nerves and we were just so happy to see each other. We are so happy that Natalie was able to capture that moment for us.

2. Saying I Do: we were so fortunate to have Bryce’s Grandmother officiate our wedding, saying “I Do” in front of all our family and friends was an incredible moment.

3. Dancing the night away with our family and friends: our wedding felt so spectacular only because we have the most amazing family and friends, they were so excited and made the evening so fun for us. The dance floor was packed the entire night and we couldn’t have asked for a better celebration!

Photography: Heart + Sparrow Photography | Event Planning: Hera Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Fleurish Flowers Shop | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White | Cake: Handmade Cake Company | Invitations: Plush Invitations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Groom's Attire: Ed Williams Menswear | Groomsmen's Attire: J Crew

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Romantic Summer Wedding at the Art Gallery of Alberta

Old mansions and art galleries are two of my favorite venue options, so why not combine the beauty of them both? That’s what Jennifer Bergman did when designing this bash right here; a sweet ceremony at the mansion, followed by a blush and gold celebration at the gallery. Eternal Reflections Photography and A Love Story captured every sparkling space and I can’t get enough of it all right here.

From the Bride… We wanted our wedding day to be a romantic, elegant celebration of our love, and for each guest to feel important and that they helped make our day come true.

We were married at a historic private estate and lucked out with beautiful weather for our outdoor ceremony. We setup a beautiful vintage hutch displaying our family members pictures who are no longer with us. Chad wrote his wedding vows on cue cards and each one had a word in large bold letters on the back. All together they read: “I will love you forever.” This was so touching and memorable.

Our reception location, The Art Gallery of Alberta, was transformed from a cool, contemporary venue into a very warm and romantic space. We mixed square and round tables with different linen combinations and centerpiece designs to add layers of texture and interest. I absolutely loved our unique head table backdrop which featured a frame of hanging floral stems!

My favourite moment of the evening was our first dance. I have always love to dance and now Chad enjoys ballroom dancing – in fact, we are still taking lessons together!

From the Groom… My favourite moment of the day was seeing Sheena for the first time at our ceremony. I remember waiting with such anticipation to see her appear from around a grouping of trees at the end of the aisle; she was absolutely stunning! I choked up instantly and held back my tears with all I had, feeling a complete and overwhelming sense of joy for what was to be for the rest of our days. I also loved walking into the reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta before everyone else and seeing what was created there knowing it was our night, out time, our special moment.

Photography: Eternal Reflections Photography | Cinematography: A Love Story | Flowers: FaBLOOMosity | Gown: Novelle Bridal Shop | Cake: The Art Of Cake | Stationery: Pinkpolka Design | Ceremony Venue: Magrath Mansion | Reception Venue: Art Gallery Of Alberta | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Pure Bridal | Makeup Artist: Astrid Woodard | Hair Stylist: Bailey Gartner | DJ: Premiere DJs | Officiant: Tammy Banting | Ceremony Music: Stringbeans Quartet | Transportation: Royal Executive Limos | Drapery + Lighting: Site 6 | Fine Linens: Dress My Day | Photo Booth: Laugh Photo Booth | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Wedding Planning + Design: Jennifer Bergman Weddings

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Romantic and Rustic Woodland Wedding

You know what’s romantic? Sneaking away before the ceremony for a first look with your one and only. And this perfect pair? Well, that’s exactly what they did. With Just For You Photography in tow capturing every sweet moment, the gallery is the perfect place to watch their special day unfold, here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Top 3 moments from the wedding were the first look, seeing the reception space for the first time and the party.

Because I am such an emotional person, I wanted to be able have this quiet moment between Simon and I before the chaos set in. It was important to me that we just take a moment and breathe together, so that when we got to the ceremony we could just enjoy the ride. This way we could have a couple of laughs together (and maybe a couple of tears), and mostly just enjoy the day that we had waited on for so long and put so much work into.

When I left on Friday night, the girls hadn’t finished with the table cloths or chair covers and to go from that to this absolutely amazing room was incredible. I just remember feeling amazed that Stacey could take my ideas and transform them into my dream space and that something so incredibly beautiful was for Simon and I was almost overwhelming.

Being able to share such an amazing day with our friends and family was more than I could have hoped for. It was so important to us that everyone was able to enjoy the day, and that it was a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Whether it was people sitting out on the patio enjoying the weather, sitting inside visiting with family and friends, or dancing the night away, everyone had fun, which made the day a huge success.

The arbor at the ceremony, my Dad and my brother built the arbor with birch from the property I grew up on and then Stacey and Janine made it beautiful. From the chandelier to the florals to the antlers, it was the perfect backdrop to an amazing ceremony.

The antlers that were scattered throughout the ceremony and reception space. It all started with a photo shoot that I fell in love with that Stacey and Janine had done with an antler base for a bouquet, and antlers mixed into an amazing chandelier. As we talked about Simon and how he is a hunter and that we both love spending time outdoors and camping it just evolved into this amazing décor element. The antlers were supplied by Janine and a very good friend, and they just became this absolutely perfect element to our day, that we managed to keep as a surprise for Simon.

The amazing florals by FaBLOOMosity. Janine and her crew blew me away with their beautiful work. I wanted to have big, bold flowers with lots of colour and they delivered. And they were so amazing to work with, I didn’t have any interactions with them that didn’t leave me smiling and excited to see the wedding day.

Simon and I put together the mason jars that served as both the glasses for the evening and as our favors. I purchased the chalkboard labels off of Etsy, Simon put on the labels and I wrote out the names. It made for less waste because there was no plastic, plus everyone had a personalized touch.

The dessert table. Because I love to cook, bake and entertain, it was so important to me that the food was amazing, and I knew that dessert had to be homemade. All of the desserts were made by myself, my aunt, my mother-in-law and a friend of mine. I wanted it to taste like Sunday dinner, and going by the way our guests inhaled the goodies we made, it was a success.

My maid of honor made the sign that the flower girls carried. Tiffany is just so crafty and artistic that there was no way I couldn’t have her help.

Photography: Just For You Photography | Floral Design: FaBLOOMosity | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Jack'd Up Makeup Artistry | DJ: Revolution Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Perry Ellis | Officiant: Bill Psarchuk | Venue: EPA Blue Meadows | Event Design & Planning: JoyFoley Weddings | Wedding Dress Boutique: The Bridal House

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