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Romantic Calgary Lake House Wedding

A mix of sophisticated romance and rustic sweetness, this soiree from Milton Photography will have your pinning fingers aching to save every darling bit for yourself. Topped off with a touch of adorable in the form of Koha and Sauce, the couple’s smile-inducing Boston Terrier pair—who happened to inspire the Groom’s gift to his Bride and the cutest cookies you ever did see. Head to the full gallery for more!

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From Milton PhotographyMark and Stephanie met in the summer of 2006 working at Shawnee Slopes Golf Course, but didn’t start dating until the summer of 2008. They were both University students at the time, working there for their summer job and somehow connected – most likely over their mutual love of animals. Mark was on his career path to becoming a vet (or so Stephanie thought), and Stephanie was just finishing her political science degree. As plans often change, Mark is now a geologist for an oil and gas company and Stephanie works as an Education Coordinator for the Alberta Health Services.

Mark proposed while the couple were living in Edmonton, on November 28, 2013. Mark was finishing up his Geology degree, so Stephanie was very surprised as she did not think they would get engaged until Mark was finished school. Mark had planned on proposing a few weeks earlier when the ring came in, but Stephanie just to happened to be sick. Mark patiently waited and every day would ask Stephanie if she wanted to go outside for a walk with the dog, but everyday she said no (it was winter in Alberta and Stephanie had a really bad cough). Finally, Mark couldn’t wait any longer so on a typical Thursday evening, Stephanie in her sweats on the couch, Mark put the ring on their dog’s collar and sent her over to see Stephanie. She realized after a couple seconds, as Mark came around the corner and got down on one knee, that there was her dream ring, on Koha’s collar!

Wedding planning began very shortly after. Stephanie chose her bridal party immediately (she basically already had the whole wedding planned in her head). Cassandra, her little sister was her maid of honor – no brainer. Krista and Amy were her two closest friends and Stephanie has known them both since about 5 years old. And finally Ashley, Mark’s sister and basically a sister to Stephanie over the past 7 years.

Mark on the other hand, knew who he wanted to be in his party, but as usual, putting things off until the last minute, finally asked his groomsmen about 4 months before the wedding. Derek would be his best man, whom he met through Stephanie when they first started dating. His cousin Ryan, University buddy Jeremy, and Greg, who he also met through Stephanie at the onset of their relationship.

As for bridal party gifts, Stephanie decided to buy the girls something they could wear for the wedding day, so she went with Kate Spade stud earrings in light pink, to match their dusty rose colored BCBG bridesmaid dresses. As pink is Stephanie’s favourite color, she also bought each of the girls a small bottle of sparkling rose and each a different shade of pink nail polish. Stephanie’s most favourite part of the gift to the girls was the super comfy kimono robes from Piyama.

Mark also bought the groomsmen accessories for the wedding day. A skinny black tie by Calvin Klein and they were each given different stripe pattern socks. Mark decided that the groomsmen also require a handy dandy book called, “The Art of Manliness.” Finally, each of the groomsmen received a bottle of their favourite liquor.

Mark and Stephanie agreed to not buy each other gifts for the wedding as they had just bought / adopted the newest member to their family a couple months earlier. Stephanie’s dad dubbed Koha (their three year old Boston terrier) the ‘engagement dog’ (instead of a ring) during his speech as they bought her when they moved to Edmonton together. Sauce was the ‘wedding dog’ as she was supposed to arrive right after the wedding, but they brought her home a few months earlier. Back to the gift, although Mark was not supposed to give Stephanie a gift, he surprised her with the cutest Marc Jacobs Boston Terrier shoes. His note with the gift was “So you can have Koha and Sauce with you all day today.”

For a wedding favour, Stephanie and Mark decided to make a donation to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), because of their mutual love for animals. In order to incorporate their own pups in the wedding, Stephanie decided to bake sugar cookies and decorate them as Boston Terriers and attach the donation note to the cookie packaging.

The wedding day turned out to be perfect. The weatherman was saying thunderstorms and showers throughout the day, but the rain didn’t start until everyone was indoors and cleared up just in time for some outdoor sunset photos. It was the perfect day! It was hard for Stephanie and Mark to choose a favourite part of the day, because everything was so perfect. The best thing about the day was the general feeling of love. There was so much love in the room all day long! The food, cake and drinks were pretty amazing too. And then the dancing. Stephanie told their DJ when they had their meeting that she would not be leaving until the lights came on – she loves to dance! Mark and Stephanie stayed until the very end of the night and do not regret it for a second.

Photography: Milton Photography | Floral Design: Flower Artistry | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Whippt | Stationery: By Invitation Only On Etsy | Rings: Tacori | Hair & Makeup: Red Bloom Salon | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: The Lake House | Bridal Boutique: S2Bride

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Romantic Foothills Engagement Session

When it comes to relationships I’m a big believer in timing, and after reading this duo’s love story you’re sure to believe the same. For what began as a platonic encounter eventually grew into a lifelong love, and their story literally led them up a mountain for this stunning e-sesh. Sharing kisses amongst the rolling hills, Genevieve Renee Photographie captured their foothill romance in the gallery!

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… Chad and I first met many years ago… we were on a date – but each of us were with other people! Needless to say, both of those respective relationships didn’t work out, and we re-met soon after when our best friends began dating each other. Our meeting was friendly, but very much platonic; as I recall, Chad was so not my “type”.

Fast-forward a few years later, and our once-dating best friends were now engaged. As members of the wedding party, Chad and I reconnected in the months leading up to their wedding day. We chatted as friends, as we had many times in the past … but something was different. What, exactly, is hard to pinpoint. Neither of us had gone under any major transformation, but perhaps it was the subtle changes – increased maturity, open-mindedness, or simple timing (or Chad’s newly grown beard!) – that made all the difference. Whatever the reason, we looked at each other a little differently this time around, and it’s safe to say that they were both a little bit interested in the other.

Our friends’ wedding day came and went. After chatting nervously throughout the day, Chad and I shared our first (and second) dance that night at the reception. In the coming weeks we went out together a few times. And although I wasn’t 100% sure if our early hang-outs were as “more than friends” (except for the fact that Chad always paid), Chad’s intentions eventually became more clear and after a month, we were officially “together”.

Chad and I continued to get to know each other over the next 1+ year of dating. It was at times a stressful courtship, as we had both started graduate school that year, but we managed to support each other and make it through as we got to know each other better and fall in love. After a summer of dating long-distance, Chad proposed to me amidst a freak snow storm in September of 2014. He had formulated an elaborate plan, but “Snowtember” through a wrench into it, so he improvised by popping the question in a (snowy) park I had spent much time in as a child.

Chad and I have set our wedding date for July 18, 2015 in our home city of Calgary, Canada. We will wed in a 100 year-old church and celebrate our reception at an antique museum in the heart of the city.

A huge highlight of the wedding planning process has been working with our photographer, Genevieve Renee to create our engagements photo sessions. Engagement photos have always been important to me – as beautiful and special as wedding photos are, I’ve always valued the more normal, everyday tone of good engagement shots. Genevieve did an amazing job of capturing just that during our shoot. Chad and I gave some good thought to the location we wanted. We ended up going with the foothills of Southern Alberta, which was near and dear to me since I’ve grown up in the region and Chad has spent many days fly-fishing in the rivers. We love the area for its natural, understated beauty. The late spring evening light during our shoot was just perfect. Genevieve did a great job of working with two very inexperienced people in front of the camera and making us feel comfortable. She played well to our natural chemistry which we really feel shows in the photos. The result is a soft palette of light-hearted, relaxed moments.

Chad and I were conscious about what we wore on the day, and although I don’t wear flower crowns on a regular basis, the outfits we chose are reflective of our everyday style. My only regret is not bringing a pair of hiking boots to climb our way up the reasonably steep terrain! The climb was challenging at times (especially in a dress) but once we were up there, taking in the view, we all agreed that it was worth every step. And now we have the beautiful shots to remember the sight forever.

We’re so grateful for the way our engagement photos turned out. I love that we have this sweet and fleeting time in our lives captured on film forever. I hope we look back and revel at how young and carefree we are. I hope we can be reminded of this season in our lives where we look forward to our marriage and all that will with it in excitement, uncertainty and anticipation.

Chad and I can’t express our appreciation to Genevieve enough. We are so blessed by these photographs and our time with her. We can’t wait to spend July 18th with her and see what other “magic” she can extract from us!

Photography: Genevieve Renee Photographie | Dress: Aritzia | Flower Crown: Rhosyn Floral | Men's Shirt: JCrew | Men's Watch: Farm Fresh | Woman's Watch : Fossil

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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Kate Spade Lemon Wedding Inspiration

This sunny wedding inspiration from Claudette Marie Events is just the shot of Vitamin D you need with the cold starting to creep in. Inspired by Kate Spade, the shoot, captured by Kristyn Harder, had big, beautiful shoes to fill, and fill them it did. With lemons in every corner, dip-dyed napkins, and the perfect touch of whimsy in flamingo form, it’s the perfect way to inject a little sunshine in your day.

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From Claudette Hogan… Everyone jumped on the Kate Spade band wagon this year, working on shoots and inspiration using the trademark, black, white, pink and gold and I must admit, I am 100% a fan! But I wanted to do something a little bit different, but still with that well known, quirky Kate Spade feel.

When New york fashion week was on, I saw the amazing lemon printed items that they had released and I instantly fell in love! I started a Pinterest board for inspiration and ran with it.

I love doing shoots outside. I think it gives you so many more options to work with and Ixchel from Parfait Productions recommended the venue.

I approached Kristyn and Parfait to see what their thoughts were, and they were both really excited to be a part of the shoot. Both their creative visions and talent made this shoot come to life!

The Social Page worked wonders on the stationery, even though I may have drove them crazy with my ‘specific’ requests, but these ladies know their stuff! I gave them the concept and let them run with it. I trust their judgements because they are the experts and when you do, magic happens!

I love love love flowers and have made a vow to try and have fresh flowers in my house as often as I can. Jamie at Fleurish Flower Shop outdid herself! The arrangement was perfect and was exactly what I had in mind! All of the greenery worked perfectly with the pops of yellow and white! Something I think Ms. Spade would approve of!

The rental items tied everything together. The plates were the perfect fit with the menus and I was going to use silver flatware, but who am I trying to kid!

I think we wanted to show next years bride not to be afraid of colour and to have fun with their designs. Yes it is a wedding but it ultimately is your day and when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

This is our one last hoorah for summer!

Photography: Kristyn Harder | Videography: Parfait Productions | Event Planning: Claudette Hogan | Floral Design: Fleurish Flower Shop | Invitations And Stationery: The Social Page | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Rentals: Pieces Rentals

Modern Springbank Wedding

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