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Canada Hotel Wedding from Brittany Esther Photography

This wedding has me on that kind of high you get after eating waaay too much cotton candy. Brittany Esther‘s sun-kissed photographs contain the fluffiest of fluffy gowns, golden heart-shaped peep toe heels and piles of strawberry macaroons. Seriously, need I say more? Terra Law, Willow Haven and the bride’s DIY’s have created a place that only could be described as heaven. Please enter the golden gates of the gallery and indulge, loves.


From the Bride… In the months that led to our big day, just the thought of our wedding would make my heart and stomach flutter with excitement. Apparently my mother also felt this flutter, but hers was more of the stress-induced sort. Fortunately, this was quickly abated when we asked the talented Terra Law of Inspired Occasions to be our wedding planner. From that point on preparations ran smoothly, vendors were booked, flowers were chosen, and cakes were tasted!

All the while, I indulged my artistic side by designing and creating many parts of the wedding. One thing I could not have gone without was Photoshop. Sometimes it could be a bit overwhelming trying to picture in my head how all the things would look together. However, with this program I was able to use photos I’d snapped at the venues to digitally create, arrange, and then re-arrange how things would be decorated. This allowed me to accurately get the look and feel that we wanted as well as being able to show our vendors exactly what we had in mind. There was no guess work or misunderstood descriptions involved! Another tool that aided me was the laser printer, which I used to make many custom items like the swallow-shaped seating cards, chocolate wrappers, and envelope liners. Luckily, I had plenty of help from Josh through it all!

When the actual day came and I took my first step into the guest-filled ceremony hall with my father, it felt like I’d just walked into a perfect dream. All of the most precious people to us were there, the venue was gorgeous, and at the other end of that long room stood the love of my life. Our pastor did an amazing job officiating the wedding and when the ceremony was over, Josh and I walked back down the aisle to the string quartet playing Yann Tiersen’s Loin Des Villes. At the reception Josh and I were too excited to eat much of our meals, but from what we hear, the food was delicious! The two dessert tables, which were filled with macarons, doughnuts, and our favorite candy, were well loved by our guests. After I’d changed into my second, more maneuverable dress, Josh and I did our first dance. At the end of it, Josh gave me a huge hug that lifted me off of my feet, and that is one of my favorite moments of the entire day. All of the memories that we made during our wedding will be treasured by us for a lifetime.

Wedding Photography: Brittany Esther Photography / Wedding Venue: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, AB / Wedding Event Planning + Design: Terra Law / Floral Design: Willow Haven / Wedding Cinematography: James McVinnie /  Wedding Invitations: Designed by the bride, Joy Ang / Letterpress portion by Studio on Fire / Wedding Cake: Cake Creations / Wedding Favor: Designed by the bride, Joy Ang + Design a Tea / Wedding Gown: “Diana” / Wedding Shoes: Alexander McQueen

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Banff Wedding at Baker Creek from Kim Payant Photography

During these chilly winter months, I have been craving a good ol’ country mountain resort weekend and this wedding at Baker Creek is everything I could ask for. With gorgeous chalets, wheat centerpieces gracing the reception and DIY wonderfulness for days, everything about this wedding is vintage country chic to a T. And we have got to talk for a moment about that cake by Brulee. Its brilliant colors of sugary frosted fruits are what cake lovers dreams are made of and I just want to take a bite right out of it. Find all the sweetness from Kim Payant Photography in the gallery here.

From the Bride… Our wedding was very “casual and close” with a “vintage country” theme to it. We aimed to have a small, intimate wedding with close friends and family, and the venue at Baker Creek Chalets was a perfect location for a secluded weekend wedding. The guests were limited to 50, and after eight years of being together, we were fortunate that almost everyone knew each other. It was a whole weekend wedding to allow for plenty of conversations and wild times and also to ensure we spent our wedding with everyone we love.

The gown I envisioned was always lace, no matter where the venue or what theme we chose. I chose a dropped back mermaid lace dress with straps from Etho’s Bridal. I felt a veil was not me, so I wore an oversized tulle flower from Silla in Kensington for a hair piece. “Vintage country” would not be complete without my old brown cowboy boots. We let the wedding party choose their own outfits for the wedding with little guidance from us. The ladies were to choose an off-white, short dress with brown cowboy boots. And the boys chose any gray suit with any gray tie; they kept it casual and all wore different shoes by TOMS. We didn’t have a clue how it would all look until the day of the wedding, and it was beyond perfect. They all were extremely comfortable and stunning in what they chose for themselves.

Our photographer was by far one of the most cherished parts of our day; her name is Kim Payant, a local and fabulous Photographer from Banff. She captured absolutely every detail we put into our wedding and emphasized every emotion. Our wedding exceeded our expectations in every way and we are blessed to have had such a talented photographer catch every last moment. The cake was an off white covered in all sorts of dusted berries from Brule. All the décor was DIY, led by my best friend (my maid of honor and sister), and with help from my bridesmaid and me, everything was breathtaking. Centerpieces were old mason jars recycled from friends and the local recycling depot. We filled the inside with wheat we so kindly removed from the dog park every evening, and we finished the outside by wrapping it with lace and tying it in twine. The guests were lead to the ceremony and reception by following homemade wood signs with “Ceremony” & “Reception” burnt into the wood. The same technique was used to seat our guests for dinner; we had a thin, flat piece of wood cut from the trunk of a tree that said “Welcome Friends & Family, come in and eat. There is no seating plan, so pick your own seat.” Our wedding was absolutely everything we have always dreamed of, by far the best weekend of my life and without an ounce of stress.

Wedding Photography: Kim Payant Photography / Wedding Venue: Baker Creek in Banff, Alberta / Officiant: Rick Kunelius / Wedding Cake: Brulee / Wedding Invitations: DIY / Wedding Dress: Ethos Bridal / Bride’s Flower Headpiece: Silla Designs / Bride’s + Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Vintage Cowboy Boots / Men’s Shoes: TOMS

Bohemian Alberta Wedding from JAG Photography

The absolute, hands down, most important job a wedding photographer has is capturing the emotions of your big day. It’s no easy feat, to take pictures in a way that brings you back to that specific moment in time, but JAG Photography makes it look easy. So easy, in fact, that I feel like I was taken back to these specific, gorgeous moments in time… even if I wasn’t there. We’ve filled the gallery with images so heartwarming & special, you’ll never want to leave, so click here for that!

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Sean and I first met at a Matthew Good Concert that one of my concert venues was hosting. We didn’t get much time together as soon after it was time for the annual Calgary Stampede. The city of Calgary is turned upside down and it become my busiest work month of the entire year. With Sean being a Fire Fighter, our schedules were often very busy and conflicting.

This about sums up our lives…. Extremely busy, which is why we chose to have out wedding in one of the most relaxing, most breath taking places in Canada. Banff, Alberta in the Rocky Mountains.

We chose to have our wedding in Banff because Banff is almost like a destination wedding, but yet right outside of the city, considered Calgary’s backyard if you wish. The Rimrock is one of our most favourite Hotels in all of Banff, and with the breath taking views of mountains surrounding it, we were sold on it as our venue.

The inspiration for our wedding was due in part to my personal style, which has a slight bohemian flare, as well as our relaxed outlook on life. The theme to our wedding was Romantic Bohemian, which I truly believe screams Banff. The romantic theme of the wedding made picking our colours very simple. We did natural shades (creams, whites, light pinks) for all the florals and bridesmaids dresses. And the rustic highlights were scene through out with the seating chart chalk board, woodstump cake stand, mason jars, and moss table numbers. Our wedding had a very natural and earthy feel to it.

Our wedding day was just filled with family, love, and loads of laughter. Both Sean and I hold our family and friends so close to us. Even though we had 270 guests at the reception, it truly did feel like a very intimate day with our closest. The speeches at the reception were truly remarkable and had everyone in stitches laughing, to tears in more tender moments. And the night wrapped up with an unbelievably active dance floor.

My favourite moment of the entire day was turning the corner to walk down the aisle. Seeing Sean standing at the end, looking so handsome, truly took my breath away.

We loved every single moment of the day, from beginning to very end.

Photography: JAG Photography / Flowers: Carisa Parker / Event Design: Layne & Lou Events, / Event Planning: Layne & lou Events, / Venue: Rimrock Resort / Wedding Cake: Rachel Bergen Cakes, / Invitations: Layne & lou Designs, / Shoes: Zara / Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG and Rachel Pally / Men’s Fashion: Harry Rosen Calgary (stylist Credits: Elbert Lee)

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