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1920s New Year’s Eve Inspiration

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 EventsFairytale DesignsFlowers by Janie, and Great Events) and some bubbly-filled festivities.  See it all captured by Photographik in the full gallery.  Happy 2014, lovelies!

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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 | Venue: Loft 501 | Desserts: Cake Sensations | Planner And Design: Monica Watson - Reflections Weddings And Events | Rentals: Great Events

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Halloween Photo Shoot from Claudette Marie Events

Happy Halloween SMP Canada! We love any reason to celebrate around these parts, and today we get to toast to Halloween in style thanks to this fabulous shoot from Claudette Marie Events. Every image from Christy Swanberg makes me wish I had enough foresight to throw a party this year, but instead I’ll just spend the day celebrating right here.


From Claudette Marie Events… We decided to not do a typical outside rustic wedding shoot, but to keep in with the current season and create a classy table setting with a Halloween theme. Christy, our very talented photographer, found the perfect location in Fish Creek Provincial Park, by a very menacing looking tree. It’s long drooping branches created the perfect frame around the photos. We used mostly black and gold with pops of green and purple for the colour pallet. We found the cute little burlap bags and decided to add them into the shoot as they worked well with the outdoor setting.The champagne glasses were a DIY project and worked better than expected which is always a bonus! We really liked the contrast between the sequined linens and the long dry grass.

Because we were using a lot of black for the chairs and linens, we didn’t want to go with a typical menu with black writing. We used a paper bag backing, which again added that rustic feel to the shoot, but printed in white ink on a solid black card stock to make it pop a little more. We wanted to bring in a fun element to the shoot so incorporated the use of the skeleton hands to hold the menus and the golden skulls for added decor elements. The striped chair and sign also were an interesting addition. I think I would enjoy having a Halloween feast at this party!

Photography: Christy Swanberg | Flowers: Dahlia floral design | Stationery: Creative Finch | Decor items: The Social Page | Linens: Linen closet inc | Provincial park: Fish creek | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Styling and design: Claudette Marie Events

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 | Wedding Venue: Glenmore Sailing Club | Brides Clutch: Aldo Accesories | Brides Ring: Peoples Jeweller | Grooms Ring: Every Bear Jewel | Mason Jar Labels: Charlie Chalk Designs | Sash/Veil: Davids Bridal

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 | Venue: The Rotary House at Calgary Stampede | 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

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