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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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Fifties-Themed Valentine Boudoir Session

If ever there were a perfect time of year for love letters and boudoir beauty, this would be it. On the eve of Valentine’s Day weekend when romance it at a high and dreamy images like these from Justine Milton make your heart beat a little faster. And with a nod to Grease, it’s fifties theme is so on point. Get your blush on in the gallery.

From Justine MiltonThis session was designed with the song “Frankie My Love” from the Greece soundtrack in mind. There are love letters written and exchanged with the girls long distance love. The shoot has a bit of a 50′s vibe with the antique desk & the high wasted lingerie.

Photography: Justine Milton | Floral Design: Akiko Floral Artistry | Calligraphy: Rachel Jacobson | Venue: Private Residence | Accessories: Anthropologie | Hair & Make Up: Elizabeth Bernardin Blushed Beaute | Lingerie: Impish Lee | Photo Lab: Photo Vision | Vintage Rentals: Rus Vintage

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Parisian Inspired Baby Shower

This winter baby shower crafted by Jennifer Bergman Weddings is infused with a chic, french twist. Think pastel decor, a patisserie spread fit for a king by Duchess Bake Shop and a blanket of snow outside. We’re thinking little baby Fitz is a pretty lucky duck. J’adore the rest of the photos by Jessica Fern Facette right here in the full gallery.

From Jessica Bergman Weddings … We were delighted to help celebrate the arrival of Baby Fitz with a Parisian inspired shower hosted by his maternal grandmother at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Canada.

The theme of the shower was inspired by Fitz’s mom’s love for sophisticated French design, which she developed while attending photography school in Paris. A neutral palette of taupe and crisp white with ornate scrolls and stripes integrated throughout the event design made the celebration fit for a baby boy with high style.

A French style cafe served lattes, cappuccinos and specialty coffees which guests paired with exquisite treats from the adjacent ‘patisserie’, including a showpiece croquembouche, macarons, meringues, eclairs and lemon cakes.

Parisian inspired lounge furniture shipped in from Toronto created a comfortable space for guests to hold the star of the party. The Don Berner Jazz Band added perfect ambiance to the occasion. Guests tested their baby smarts with a celebrity baby name game and nursery rhyme quiz. The winners took home beautiful Voluspa candles. Baby Fitz was showered with love and cuddles – a great start to what’s sure to be a beautiful life!

Photography: Jessica Fern Facette | Florist: Mayfair Flowers | Baby Shower: Royal Mayfair Golf Club | Event Planning + Design: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | French Dessert Table: Duchess Bake Shop | Invitations & Stationery: Pinkpolka Design | Music: Don Berner Jazz Band | Parisian Lounge: Decor & More | Rentals: Special Event Rentals

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Modern White Wedding Inspiration

As much as a good splash of color revs me up, a serene covering of white washes a sense of calm over me. And when it’s woven with sparkly sequin linens, lace and organic florals galore, it speaks to a modern bride who craves subtle, yet timeless details. Once Upon Your Day crafted just that with this gorgeous shoot, and you can see it all in this fresh gallery from Just For You Photography.


From Just For You PhotographyJulia from Once Upon Your Day created a summer inspiration shoot which was aimed to combine modern, romantic and fashion forward. The table was dressed with spring and summer florals and a bit of greenery for pops of freshness. She was able to mix together bits of sparkle, modern chairs and romantic florals together to showcase how each design aspect can be mixed together.

The look for the bride was kept simple, with off white for the dress, a cap veil for tradition and modern fashion, and a simple hair and makeup combination. The groom was matched equally with a timeless suit.

Photography: Just For You Photography | Florals: Akiko Floral Artistry | Wedding Gown: Delica Bridal | Cake: Style Cakes | Makeup: Mookie Salinas Makeup Artist | Hair: Serena Jackson | Venue: Edmonton Natural Light Studio | Design And Planning: Once Upon Your Day | Linens: Dress My Day | Paper: Glossie | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Veil: Delica Bridal

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Love Actually Inspired Vow Renewal

I adore this vow renewal for SO many reasons – it’s gorgeous, of course, and inspired by my favorite move of ALL time, Love Actually, but it is also a fabulous reminder of what marriage is all about. The ups, the downs, the not so pretty parts that make you stronger and stronger year after year. This couple encompasses all of that in their stunning, “all them” renewal planned by Birds & Honey Events, and every gorgeous image captured by Katch Studios is waiting for you here.

From the Bride…Where do I even begin? This is a bit of a long one ladies so please bear with me. 2013 was a year of many ups and many downs. It was also the year my father passed away so sometimes the downs get a little too much to deal with. The one thing that has always been constant in my life is my relationship with my husband. It is a relationship that I cherish more than anything in this world. It is a relationship filled with unconditional love, respect and support. It isn’t a cheesy relationship by any means. It is full of color, depth & emotion. We have days like anyone else where we don’t want to be in the same room and the very sight of the other person just makes you want to scream. We have days where we are sitting in silence, watching TV and holding hands and cant help but blush when the other glances over. We also have days where one of us falls apart and completely breaks down into darkness…this is where the other acts as not only a spouse but a true angel. For me, my husband has been that angel…constantly saving me from this darkness. The darkness that I speak of has been a life long, turbulent relationship with my father and when he passed away the world seemed to just come at a stop for me. My husband saw sides of me that I never wanted anyone to see. He never judged me, he never forced me to just “get over it”. He held my hand through it and showed me what the meaning of love was. Love doesn’t just happen on your wedding day. Love is a constant reminder we experience on a regular basis every day in our lives.

When it came time to our wedding anniversary my husband told me he wanted to renew our vows. This A) shocked me to the core because my husband is a bit of a manly man and B) We had only been married for 3 years. When I asked my husband why, this is what he told me: “Mona, It may be 3 years of marriage, but this date also represents the 10 years we have been together as a couple (our wedding anniversary is also our dating anniversary). Our wedding was full of pleasing everyone else. It wasn’t what we ever wanted. I just want it to be me and you kissing under a tree” When I heard this, I couldn’t help but tear up. Happy tears of course. I am always on edge about what people will think about us but I decided to just go with the flow without any worries in the world. I could care less what others thought of us because we only get one shot in this world, and we should spend it doing what makes us happy and my husband makes me very happy =) being a wedding planner I could have easily gone all out with flowers galore and even a new wedding dress but I didn’t want an actual reenactment of our wedding day, I just wanted the quiet setting I had always dreamed of. Something along the lines of a romantic elopement, Maybe with some balloons as our backdrop and some hand written vows like in the movie Love Actually. I wore a custom made tutu and a vintage sweater..topped it off with some gorgeous heels and I was ready to go. My hubby rocked a Hugo Boss suit and looked even more handsome than on our wedding day. Weddings and vow renewals at the core are such a sweet and intimate moments and sometimes you just need to listen to your heart and go with the flow. Everything else with fall perfectly into place.

Photography: Katch Studios | Floral Design: Cerise Floral Studio | Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Hair & Makeup: Sunita Sumaru | Balloons: Stephanie Shives Studio | Custom Vow Renewal Invites: The Stationary Baker | Hand Written Vows: Justine Ma Design | Planning & Design: Birds & Honey Events | Suit: Hugo Boss