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

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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 | 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