You know what I love? A bride and groom who aren’t afraid to embrace their inner nerd. Couples like this Springbank bride and groom who sprinkled their modern love affair with Star Trek, Star Wars and Battle Star Galactica references all along the way. Diane + Mike Photography captured all the fun behind the camera and you can find even more right over here.
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From Diane + Mike Photography… Amanda + Paul were married at Amanda’s parents’ home in Springbank, a community just outside of Calgary, AB. The day was full of Star Trek/Wars/Battle Star Galactica references — even the vows :) They designed and screen printed all the paper items themselves — the save the dates, invites, menus, table seating chart, etc…
Photography: Diane + Mike Photography | Flowers: Sarah Mayerson Design | Wedding Dress: J Crew | Cake: Yann Haute Patisserie | Bride's Shoes: Beau Coops For Karen Walker From Gravity Pope | Groom's Suit: Zara | Cake Topper: MelaboWed | Earrings: Influx Jewellery Gallery
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This darling bride describes her wedding in one word: FUN. And honestly? I could not agree more. Because anytime you combine two crazy cool people like this adorable duo with awesome friends and family in a drop-dead gorgeous art gallery setting, that’s exactly what’s going to happen… fun and then some. See it all captured by Tara Whittaker right here.
From the Bride… FUN was the word of the day for our wedding. The whole idea behind our wedding was to throw a really good party where we just happened to also be getting married. The plan was to keep the boring “wedding” parts short, and get right down to the party. As it turns out though, everything about the day, from getting ready with our wedding party, to the photos, to the dance party afterwards – even the boring ceremony part – all turned out to be a ton of fun. There was just such a wonderful celebratory vibe all around us. We both agree, our favorite part about the day was having all our favorite people with us in the same place, at the same time to celebrate. When else do you ever get to do that? We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!
My favorite DIY was the jam jar favours. I spent an entire August long weekend making and canning strawberry rhubarb & ginger jam and completely destroying the kitchen in the process. I’m pretty sure our kitchen is still sticky from it! I had a bunch of décor DIYs planned just in case we needed to spruce up the gallery space. It’s a bit of a risk with an art gallery as a venue, because you may not know exactly what’s going to be on exhibit at the time when you’re booking. As soon as I saw the space with the incredible paintings by M. Eileen Murray on display though, all those went out the window, the space was so stunning on its own!
There isn’t anything we would have done differently. The day was perfect. We had an amazing team of people working with us (Kari, Tara & Darren, Blair, AGC staff, Infuse, Sue, Lucy), and it would not have been the incredible experience that it was without them!
Photography: Tara Whittaker Photography | Event Planning: Knot Planning | Floral Design: Fleurish Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Tibi New York | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: The Art Gallery Of Calgary | Reception Venue: The Art Gallery Of Calgary | Bride's Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Rings: Birks | Catering: Infuse Catering | Hair Stylist: Sue Thompson | DJ: Art Of Sound | Men's Attire: J Crew | Boutonnieres: Pomp And Plumage | Men's Pocket Square: Stolen Riches | Officiant : Blair Collins
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We’re bidding adieu to 2013 with a little bit of glitter, some fabulous vintage stylings and some crazy awesome pops of bright pink. In other words, we’re rockin’ this last day like it truly deserves… with a pretty, pretty party from a dream team of Calgary vendors (think Monica Watson – Reflections Weddings And Events, Fairytale Designs, Flowers by Janie, and Great Events) and some bubbly-filled festivities. See it all captured by Photographik in the full gallery. Happy 2014, lovelies!
From Photographik… Glitz, glitter and glamour were the inspiration for this New Year’s Eve inspired shoot at an urban loft studio in Calgary, AB. Many Albertan couples choose to tie the knot in the summer months when the weather is warmest, but there’s something romantic about a winter holiday themed wedding – because in Canada there is certainly no shortage of winter. We took our inspiration from a colour palette many Calgary brides are requesting for their 2014 weddings – golds, ivories, peaches and pinks – and went from there. We envisioned a final product that was both romantic and whimsical with a little added sparkle for the upcoming holiday season. Kayla and Ryan, who are freatured in this photoshoot are a real Calgary couple who were married this past September, so working with them was both easy and natural. We drew our inspiration from a 1920’s theme, which we pulled into the little details – the art deco styling of the cake, the vintage serving tray and gold clock featured on the dessert table and the simple elegance and styling of the bride. This era lends itself well to a New Year’s Eve inspired photoshoot – that time was so glamorous and carefree. I think 2014 will see many brides pulling inspiration from the 1920’s era; the styles were so classic and timeless.
Photography: Photographik | Floral Design: Flowers By Janie | Gown: Leanne Marshall Care Of Frocks | Cake: Cake Sensations | Stationery: Fairytale Designs | Hair And Makeup: Nicole Richey | Desserts: Cake Sensations | Planner And Design: Monica Watson - Reflections Weddings And Events | Rentals: Great Events | Venue: Loft 501