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Holiday Rustic Barn Wedding in Alberta

A holiday inspired wedding might not be on your radar, but I guarantee one look at this day from Justine Milton and you’ll wholeheartedly reconsider. It’s flowing with festive DIY details (hello, cute pinecone bouquet!) and completely budget-friendly to boot. Grab your morning coffee and see how this couple rang in the New Year with more images in The Vault.

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From The Bride… The whole idea behind our wedding was to have a huge celebration of our love for one another and bring in the New Year with all of our friends and family. We wanted it to be very laid back and relaxed with games and ice hockey, and we really could not have been any happier with how it turned out!

Steven and I are very adventurous and have a passion for being in nature, whether it is canoeing, kayaking, hiking, ski touring or fishing and hunting. We felt that it would be cool to bring that out in our wedding through writing our own vows and the overall décor of the wedding venue. Most of the decorations were handmade by myself and Steven using birch bark and pine cones collected from our various canoe trips to Churchill Rivers in Northern Saskatchewan, which was represented by a small canoe paddle displayed with the toboggan. The birch bark was used to wrap around mason jars and pine cones for my bouquet. With that being said, we really wanted a DIY wedding not only because of our meager budget of $4,000 but to really represent whom we are as a couple.

We also wanted our ceremony to involve all of our family and friends with the smudging ceremony and have it represent what it means to us. The smudging ceremony symbolizes the start of great new beginnings, it is a ritual that cleanses the mind, body and spirit. Recapping our wedding together, I think our favourite parts of the day were sharing our vows with one another surrounded by all our family and loved ones.

The hockey and ice skating was awesome. It was great to get outside and play, that was half the fun of having a winter wedding. The polaroid photo booth with the silly props for our guest registry was ridiculously fun, we were able to capture some great moments and felt that it was a fun way to keep track of everyone who came out! We loved the Go Pro mounted to a 40 ounce bottle of Appletons rum, it was used to film all of our guests partaking in the fun, plus we got some great footage of peoples grimacing faces.

The vintage ski, donate by my grandmother, reclaimed into a shot ski really represented our passion for the mountains. The Minute to Win It games to get Steven and I to kiss, the speeches our family and friends prepared for us and of course pigging out on all the Boston Pizza! We counted down to the New Year with fireworks and sparklers, and danced until we couldn’t stand anymore.

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Photography: Justine Milton | Wedding Dress: 1960's Vintage | Rings: Spence Diamonds In Calgary | Makeup: Dana Pereira | Hair: Courtney Phillips | Venue: Shawnessy Barn | Boutonnieres: TieFly Designs | Bridal Boutique: A Vintage Affair | Furniture Rentals: Shawnessy Barn | Groom's Ring: Ash Hilton On Etsy | Hair Accessories: A Vintage Affair | Red Metal Lanterns: Ikea | Silver Barn Lanterns: Target | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Colorful + Vibrant Four-Day Indian Wedding

Indian weddings are truly a celebration. Case in point: this lavish and colorful four-day affair full of vibrance, love and a whole lot of wow-factor. From the Bride’s intricate Mehndi and gorgeous makeup from Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry to the couple’s beautiful outfits and rich, red Hindu ceremony, every detail of this affair is truly stunning. See it all from Milton Photography in THE VAULT!

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From Milton PhotographyThere were four days of events for Syma & Stefan’s wedding celebration.

Day 1 was the Nikah ceremony, celebrated at the Coast Plaza in Calgary with all their friends & family for a lunch celebration. Syma wore a gorgeous teal & pink outfit, while Stefan was in cream & gold with a red head dress.

Day 2 was the Mehndi Pary held at Syma’s parents house. Syma was in a yellow outfit, while Stefan was in grey. This was the day that Syma had her henna done.

Day 3 was the cocktail reception, this was a dinner & dance held at the Coast Plaza for all of their friends and family! Syma wore a stunning gold, and green outfit, while Stefan was in a black suit.

Day 4 was the full wedding day, held at Silvertip Resort, they started out with the traditional outfits in red and gold for the Hindu ceremony, then changed into a white wedding dress & suit for the reception!

Photography: Milton Photography | Event Planning: Signature Weddings | Reception Venue: Coast Plaza | Makeup: Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry | Hair: Mountain Beauties | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Silvertip Resort | Decor & Floral Design: Fusion Bollywood | Getting Ready Venue: Grande Rockies Resort | Marriage Commissioner: Pandit Dabral | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Romantic Calgary Lake House Wedding

A mix of sophisticated romance and rustic sweetness, this soiree from Milton Photography will have your pinning fingers aching to save every darling bit for yourself. Topped off with a touch of adorable in the form of Koha and Sauce, the couple’s smile-inducing Boston Terrier pair—who happened to inspire the Groom’s gift to his Bride and the cutest cookies you ever did see. Head to the full gallery for more!

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From Milton PhotographyMark and Stephanie met in the summer of 2006 working at Shawnee Slopes Golf Course, but didn’t start dating until the summer of 2008. They were both University students at the time, working there for their summer job and somehow connected – most likely over their mutual love of animals. Mark was on his career path to becoming a vet (or so Stephanie thought), and Stephanie was just finishing her political science degree. As plans often change, Mark is now a geologist for an oil and gas company and Stephanie works as an Education Coordinator for the Alberta Health Services.

Mark proposed while the couple were living in Edmonton, on November 28, 2013. Mark was finishing up his Geology degree, so Stephanie was very surprised as she did not think they would get engaged until Mark was finished school. Mark had planned on proposing a few weeks earlier when the ring came in, but Stephanie just to happened to be sick. Mark patiently waited and every day would ask Stephanie if she wanted to go outside for a walk with the dog, but everyday she said no (it was winter in Alberta and Stephanie had a really bad cough). Finally, Mark couldn’t wait any longer so on a typical Thursday evening, Stephanie in her sweats on the couch, Mark put the ring on their dog’s collar and sent her over to see Stephanie. She realized after a couple seconds, as Mark came around the corner and got down on one knee, that there was her dream ring, on Koha’s collar!

Wedding planning began very shortly after. Stephanie chose her bridal party immediately (she basically already had the whole wedding planned in her head). Cassandra, her little sister was her maid of honor – no brainer. Krista and Amy were her two closest friends and Stephanie has known them both since about 5 years old. And finally Ashley, Mark’s sister and basically a sister to Stephanie over the past 7 years.

Mark on the other hand, knew who he wanted to be in his party, but as usual, putting things off until the last minute, finally asked his groomsmen about 4 months before the wedding. Derek would be his best man, whom he met through Stephanie when they first started dating. His cousin Ryan, University buddy Jeremy, and Greg, who he also met through Stephanie at the onset of their relationship.

As for bridal party gifts, Stephanie decided to buy the girls something they could wear for the wedding day, so she went with Kate Spade stud earrings in light pink, to match their dusty rose colored BCBG bridesmaid dresses. As pink is Stephanie’s favourite color, she also bought each of the girls a small bottle of sparkling rose and each a different shade of pink nail polish. Stephanie’s most favourite part of the gift to the girls was the super comfy kimono robes from Piyama.

Mark also bought the groomsmen accessories for the wedding day. A skinny black tie by Calvin Klein and they were each given different stripe pattern socks. Mark decided that the groomsmen also require a handy dandy book called, “The Art of Manliness.” Finally, each of the groomsmen received a bottle of their favourite liquor.

Mark and Stephanie agreed to not buy each other gifts for the wedding as they had just bought / adopted the newest member to their family a couple months earlier. Stephanie’s dad dubbed Koha (their three year old Boston terrier) the ‘engagement dog’ (instead of a ring) during his speech as they bought her when they moved to Edmonton together. Sauce was the ‘wedding dog’ as she was supposed to arrive right after the wedding, but they brought her home a few months earlier. Back to the gift, although Mark was not supposed to give Stephanie a gift, he surprised her with the cutest Marc Jacobs Boston Terrier shoes. His note with the gift was “So you can have Koha and Sauce with you all day today.”

For a wedding favour, Stephanie and Mark decided to make a donation to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), because of their mutual love for animals. In order to incorporate their own pups in the wedding, Stephanie decided to bake sugar cookies and decorate them as Boston Terriers and attach the donation note to the cookie packaging.

The wedding day turned out to be perfect. The weatherman was saying thunderstorms and showers throughout the day, but the rain didn’t start until everyone was indoors and cleared up just in time for some outdoor sunset photos. It was the perfect day! It was hard for Stephanie and Mark to choose a favourite part of the day, because everything was so perfect. The best thing about the day was the general feeling of love. There was so much love in the room all day long! The food, cake and drinks were pretty amazing too. And then the dancing. Stephanie told their DJ when they had their meeting that she would not be leaving until the lights came on – she loves to dance! Mark and Stephanie stayed until the very end of the night and do not regret it for a second.

Photography: Milton Photography | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Flower Artistry | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Whippt | Stationery: By Invitation Only On Etsy | Rings: Tacori | Hair & Makeup: Red Bloom Salon | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: The Lake House | Bridal Boutique: S2Bride | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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