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Calgary Glenmore Sailing Club Wedding from Blair Marie Photography

Obsessed with DIY weddings?  Me, too.  And it’s days like this darling Calgary affair that keep me coming back for more.  I’m talking everything from lovely succulent centerpieces to yummy treats to gold-dipped vases that simply scream “uber-chic,” all crafted with love by the beautiful bride, her amazing groom and her awesome friends and family.  See it all captured by Blair Marie Photography right here in the full gallery.

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From Blair Marie PhotographyEverything about Vivienne + Dave’s wedding was handmade by the couple themselves. They spent hours on inspiring wedding websites planning all the DIY’s they were going to do for the big day, and enlisted the helping hands of their bridal party to complete them. The brides dress was purchased and then altered to her liking by a family friend, the cookies baked by a friend, the succulent table centres planted by the bride herself, every single detail they dreamed up and created. Vivienne even painted the cake toppers and made all of the pompoms surrounding the venue.

It was a perfect day, with the forecast calling for rain, we crossed our fingers and checked the weather network every single day leading up to August 3, 2013. When the day finally arrived, not a single drop of rain fell! We had perfect weather for the outdoor wedding afternoon wedding taking place at the Glenmore Sailing Club, and a beautiful warm evening.

It was truly a celebration of love and family, as Vivienne and Dave have been together for many years, their lives already intertwined. It was a small and intimate wedding with their closest friends and family attending, some flying from as far as Venezuela to be there. Heartfelt speeches and a wicked dance party starting at 7pm (Venezuela time) made the party as perfect as the rest of the day.

Once the speeches were finished and the dance party drawing to a close, I stole the couple away to take some photos in the evening light off a dock near the water, it was a perfect opportunity for the two of them to be with one another and enjoy the moment.

Photography: Blair Marie Photography | Wedding Dress: Frocks | Catering: Grumans Delicatessen | Men's Attire: Moores | Brides Clutch: Aldo Accesories | Brides Ring: Peoples Jeweller | Grooms Ring: Every Bear Jewel | Mason Jar Labels: Charlie Chalk Designs | Sash/Veil: Davids Bridal | Wedding Venue: Glenmore Sailing Club

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Outdoor Wedding in Calgary from Nicole Sarah Photography

Canadian weddings are awesome for a lot of reasons.  They’re crazy beautiful, they’re always, always chock-full of personality and no matter the locale (whether it be the breathtaking mountains, the stunning seaside or an amazing urban oasis), they’re pretty much perfect in every which way.  Yes, it goes without saying… you Canadians really know how to throw a wedding.  And this darling Calgary affair captured by Nicole Sarah Photography?  Well, it’s a lesson in all of the above with moment after moment of pure, unadulterated beauty.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Shaun and I met in college, and after four years of dating, he romantically proposed during a trip to Saint Lucia! Cue the wedding planning!

Our Wedding Day began early. Many of our friends and family members had stayed at the hotel with us. The men of the wedding party went to set up the chairs at Baker Park while the ladies started the long (and fun!) process of hair, makeup and dressing!  When I arrived at Baker Park the guests were all huddled in the beautiful mist under their umbrellas! It was an unusually cold and rainy day for August. Once everyone was seated, the rain and mist stopped – the entire ceremony was free of rain! We were serenaded by a wonderful harpist as I tearfully, yet excitedly walked down the aisle. It was an intimate civil ceremony on the banks of the Bow River, and was incredibly special to both of us.

Now that everyone was headed back to the hotel to warm up, it was time for photos. We couldn’t have asked for a more organized and talented photographer! We popped a bottle of champagne to keep warm in the forest-like park setting! Our photos were what we like to call “Urban Woodland”. Calgary features many, picturesque and cozy forest-like settings. To show our love of our city, and highlight our cozy reception venue (The Amsterdam Rhino Pub) we had additional photos in an urban setting as well!

As guests and the wedding party arrived at our cozy, dimly-lit reception venue, they were greeted with a glass of champagne to loosen up. The evening and night continued with a fantastic plated meal, speeches and of course, dancing! We couldn’t have asked for a better group of friends, family and vendors to share our special day with. It was perfect!

Photography: Nicole Sarah Photography | Reception: The Amsterdam Rhino | Catering: The District / Amsterdam Rhino | Bridal Gown: Taffeta and Tulle | Bridesmaid Dresses and Groomsmen Ties: Daisy Bridal House | Ceremony and Photos: Baker Park Sun Bowl | Floral: Magnolia Flower Gallery

Calgary Wedding Inspiration from Scott Gage Photography + Choreographed by Ciara

If the littlest cowboy in this shoot (who just so happens to be Choreographed by Ciara’s darling son) doesn’t steel your heart, nothing will. The shoot is absolutely western perfection… not too cowboy but just enough cowboy boots, but the star of this show has got to be that cowboy in training. Scott Gage Photography has gathered up quite a bit of beautiful inspiration for us, and it’s all right here!

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From the planner… Yahoo! The Calgary Stampede is kicking off and we’re celebrating with a fabulous Western Wedding Photoshoot. The goal of this shoot was to show how elegant and classic a western inspired wedding could be and that it’s not all hay bales and Wranglers – although we included a few of those too!

After the recent devastating floods in Calgary, some of us wondered if the Stampede would even happen this year. But Calgary is open for business and the motto of this year’s Stampede is “Hell of High Water!” Calgarians are ready to show you their Stampede spirit.

When I was designing the table setting I didn’t want to evoke your typical rustic feel for a Western wedding but instead went for a modern Cowboy feel. With chic burlap colored linen, dark wood charger plates and of course the wonderful Cowhide print covered Chameleon Chairs provided by Special Event Rentals the table took on a sleek Stampede inspired look. The table is a wonderful combination of classic elements with updated touches.

The flower arrangements by Lyn Chapman of Flower Artistry, were wrapped in rope as though it was used just earlier in the day to lasso a stray calf. Natural and underused elements such as cotton and wheat brought an earthy feel to the arrangements. The lushness of these florals blends perfectly with the understated tones of the table.

The table stationery was designed by the Social Page and added pure sophistication to the table. I can imagine guests sitting down excited to read the menu full of Alberta classics (beef of course!) and keep them as a momento of the day.

And when you add a bride and a groom to this table setting outfitted elegantly in modern Western attire by the Bridal Centre and Alberta Boot Company. The result is breathtaking. Some of the looks I chose for our model showcase that a cowgirl bride can dress up elegant with a more traditional veil and a beautiful silver buckle with tan boots. With our groom I had to have him in jeans but added sophistication in a tuxedo jacket and tan boots. When I looked to take him more formal ostrich leather black boots compliment the full black tuxedo and black hat worn by the groom.

Children add fun to any wedding but a Western wedding allows kids to really let loose and create magical moments. It is a photoshoot tradition that my son Declan is always the ringbearer. As he was born during Stampede week it is always a special time for him.

This photoshoot captures the romance, grace and elegance of a western wedding at the Calgary Stampede.

Photography: Scott Gage Photography | Photography: Scott Gage Photography | Flowers: Flower Artistry | Stationery: The Social Page | Stationery: The Social Page | Makeup: Karlie Cyr, Love and Colour Makeup Artistry | Hair: MakeMe Style | Hair: MakeMe Style | Brides Formal Attire and Accessories: The Bridal Centre | Brides Western Accessories: Alberta Boot Company | Declans Attire: The Bridal Centre | Design and Styling: Ciara Glendon, Choreographed by Ciara | Grooms Formal Attire: The Bridal Centre | Grooms Jeans: Alberta Boot Company | Hats and Boots: Alberta Boot Company | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Venue: The Rotary House at Calgary Stampede

Calgary Engagement Session from Heart + Sparrow Photography

I sort of have an obsession with sunrise engagement sessions.  Maybe it’s because the combination of my favorite time of day and two cuties in love is a serious dose of pretty, or maybe it’s because sipping coffee with the one you love is one of my favorite ways to spend the morning.  My guess?  It’s a lovely mix of all of the above, and when you add in some gorgeous images from Heart + Sparrow Photography, it’s beyond amazing.  See it all right here in the full gallery.  (Psst… there’s breakfast goodies.)

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From Heart and SparrowI knew Josephine and Jonathan were the perfect clients for me when I suggested a sunrise session and they jumped at the opportunity. We met at Wood’s Park – a secluded spot right along the Elbow River in the heart of the city. The gardens are stunning and evoke the feeling of being in Europe. Afterwards, we wandered into the Mission district to do what these two love best – breakfast! Josephine + Jonathan spent a lot of time in this part of town when they first began dating, and Le Boulangerie brought back lots of fond memories for both of them.

Photography: Heart + Sparrow Photography | Location: Le Boulangerie

Calgary Wedding at Bonterra Trattoria Restaurant from Katch Studios

Here’s how I knew I was going to LOVE this wedding.  Not only did the gorgeous couple (oh, are they ever) DIY most of the sweet details themselves, but they had their First Look in a garden that they frequently take walks in AND held their ceremony + reception at a gorgeous little Italian restaurant downtown (the beautiful Bonterra Trattoria Restaurant).  Are they amazing or what?!?  Add to all of that pretty a fairytale Lazaro gown and an entire gallery of gorgeous captured by Katch Studios and I think we found the meaning of “adorability.”  See so much more in the full gallery.

From Katch Studios… This wedding took place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the summer. The bride was extremely crafty and almost all of her details were DIY or were handmade items she bought from Etsy. Their theme was “vintage, rustic & romantic” which was reflected in the soft colors, the simple and sweet florals, her romantic lace and tulle gown, and lots of wood and lace details throughout.

What makes this wedding unique is that the couple did a “First Look” at a little overgrown garden/fountain that they often take walks through as a couple. Also, their beautiful wedding was held at an intimate Italian restaurant in Calgary’s downtown. The ceremony took place in the lovely outdoor courtyard and the reception took place inside the warm, candle-lit restaurant. My favorite detail inside was that they displayed large framed pictures on the walls of themselves from their engagement session– such a nice, personal touch.

Wedding Photography: Katch Studios | Wedding Venue: Bonterra Trattoria Restaurant in Calgary, Canada | Wedding Coordinator: Lavish Wedding Planning & Design | Floral Design: Blue Hydrangea Floral Boutique | Thank You Card Design: Chic Weddings by Jamie Irene | Wedding Dress: Lazaro

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Calgary Winter Styled Shoot From Hera Weddings & Events

Spring may be just a hop, skip and jump away (literally), but if it’s alright with you, we think we’ll bask in chilly goodness just a little bit longer here on SMP Canada.  And helping us with our Winter Wonderland dreaming?  A beyond beautiful inspiration shoot from a fab team of Calgary vendors, including Hera Weddings & EventsHedkandi Hotel Arts and Deserae Evenson Photography.  It’s gorgeous gowns from Noiva Mia Bridal & Evening Wear meets downright glamour meets a whole lot of comfy cozy.  See it all in the full gallery.

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We are pleased to present our “Winter Weddings Style Shoot”.  (After all… winter weddings NEED more love right!?) 

From the bright red hair, burgundy lips to the warm sweaters and Canadian geese, we hope you love this gorg shoot as much as we do!  This photo shoot was 100% DIY and its sole purpose was to leave the audience feeling warm and cozy. In this shoot you will find the following details: babies breath, mason jars, fur, pearls, sweaters, boots, plaid, burgundy lips, red hair, fishtail braid,  hot chocolate bar, homemade cookies, sweetheart table, ribbon, Canadian geese, snow, branches, river, pillows, lace.

Photography: Deserae Evenson Photography  | Location: Calgary, Canada |Designed + Styling: Hera Weddings & Events | Wedding Dress: Noiva Mia Bridal & Evening Wear | Hair: Kimberly Seibel from Hedkandi Hotel Arts | Makeup by: Rachel from Hera Weddings & Events