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Modern, DIY Wedding Alberta Wedding at Parkview Community Hall

This modern, handmade Alberta wedding is starting the new year on SMP Canada with the most stylish of bangs. And that’s just how we like to start things over here. Styled to perfection by the lovely (and talented) Bride, planned by Mb&company and captured beautifully by Mat Simpson Photography Co - it goes without saying this gallery is one fabulous place to be today.

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Summer
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Urban Space
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Modern

From Mat Simpson Photography Co.This wedding was filled with handmade goodness. The hung lighting was built and designed by a friend of the couple, Kevin Green. The glass terrarium centrepieces were built and designed by the bride’s mother (each one took 13 hours to make!). All of the paper triangles used for the ceremony backdrop were handmade by the bride and friends. The table numbers were spray painted onto used books using stencils. The bride and groom had a collection of postcards from their travels which they had their guests write stories on in place of a guestbook. These postcards are now going to be framed to put up in the couple’s home. In lieu of a traditional registry the bride and groom compiled a list of records they most wanted which they sent out to all guests. (They now have a very large collection!). They used public art as the main backdrop for their portrait sessions which I thought was super cool. The couple was also able to get their favourite band to play a live set at their wedding, starting with their first dance.

From the Bride…As a graphic designer, choosing one colour palette and narrowing down to one theme was probably the most difficult. I wanted to represent everything I’m about, while not forgetting there was another important person who deserved an equal say ;) In the end, I couldn’t narrow down my colour palette. I wanted them all. So it was a bit of a beast trying to ensure my bright pops of colour were balanced with neutrals and metallics. We didn’t want things to look like a rainbow or a kindergarten and the neutrals definitely helped that.

There was a strong geometric presence at our wedding as well as a love of vintage. Edmonton has a bit of a love affair with pyramids in its architecture and I have a bit of a triangle fetish (also they say it’s the strongest shape!). My mother handmade our centerpieces: glass terrariums, which I filled with succulents in tea cups (inherited from a family friend) and LED candles. These really brought the two elements of vintage and geometric shapes together. Nate and I spent many hours in front of the tv folding strips of paper to make bipyramids, which were later strung onto fishing line and then attached to a curtain rod to create our ceremony backdrop.

Probably my favourite moment was having our favourite local band (The Provincial Archive) play their set to start off our dance. We asked them to learn a new song for our first dance: 3 Rounds and a Sound by Blind Pilot, and it was perfect.

From the GroomMy favourite part of the wedding was seeing how everyone’s hard work had created an amazing experience. Nicole and I had sat down months before the wedding to list our priorities which were good food, good music and an amazing party. Seeing the manifestation of all of those things was extremely fulfilling and a reminder of how hard working, talented and awesome our friends and family are.

Photography: Mat Simpson Photography Co. | Wedding Dress: Allure | Bridesmaids Dresses: Cinder + Smoke | Catering: Culina | Hair: Morgan From Ponytails And Horseshoes | Grooms Attire: Simons | Bouquets: FaBLOOMosity | Bride's Ring: Era Design | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Parkview Community Hall | Custom Made Veil And Hairpieces: Drakestail | Groom And Groomsmen's Straightshaves: Barber Ha | Groom's Ring: Aide-Memoire Jewelry | Wedding Planning: Mb&company

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Snow Valley Lodge Wedding

Ask anyone I know and they’ll be sure to tell you one thing: I adore rustic weddings.  Mason jars, wildflowers, wooden centerpieces… it’s enough to make my heart sing.  But throw in a couple as sweetly awesome as this stylish duo, fab paper goods from Minted and a little romantic drizzle and, well.  There are no words, people.  See it all captured beautifully by Devic Fotos right here.

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Summer
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Lodge

From the Bride… From the moment David and I got engaged I knew I wanted a wedding that reflected us as a couple. Something woodsy, botanical, nostalgic, and a hint of vintage. This called for lots of projects but with the help of my friends and family, I could say I had the wedding of my dreams.

I started with the big three – venue, photographer, and florist. I didn’t want a reception flooded with decor so you could say I was picky about the venue. I wanted a beautiful venue where I could incorporate simple, minimal decor that emphasized the beauty of the venue itself. And guess what? I found the perfect one! Snow Valley Lodge had beautiful open beam ceilings, stone fireplaces and big bright windows – amazing! We hung globe lights from the beams which gave the venue and even more romantic, warm feel. I’m so glad we found it.

Second was the photographer. This was something I was being EXTRA picky about. If I could give one word of advice to brides planning their wedding now is to never “settle” on a photographer. Your photos are all you’ll have after your big day. Needless to say, I searched, and searched, and searched again and finally fell upon the astounding Dzesika Devic from Devic Fotos in Toronto, ON. Her nostalgic feel mesmerized me and was exactly what David and I were looking for. Her and her husband were beyond amazing to work with and I’m proud to say they’re now our close friends. They captured the whole day beautifully.

The flowers were also very important to me. I wanted a natural, wild, and very textured look. Basically, I wanted my centre pieces to look like I walked through a field of wild flowers, picked them, and plopped them in some jars (but with some structure of course). Dasee Floral Boutique did exactly that for me. Every arrangement was perfection. I was particularly thrilled with my floral crown they made for me – so earthy and delicate! It was my favorite part!

The following months consisted of many DIY projects. One of my favorites being our tree rounds for the centre pieces. It turned into a project with my dad and I loved that he was able to help me with that.The tree we got was covered with knots making each cut a totally different shape. We sanded them, varnished them, and voila! They were beautiful and unique and the flowers and the little gold mountain animals I spray painted looked amazing on them. Our biggest project, though, had to be our photo wall we built for the photo booth and it was so worth all the time and effort! Our guests had a blast getting their photo taken with fun props. Everything else was DIY from the signage to the garlands to the table letters to the vintage plate stands to the window pane table charts and so on. My husband was a huge help with every project, he always wanted to be involved.

But I was VERY proud when David used his carpentry skills and made the stand for our “cake” except we didn’t have a cake. Believe it or not, David and I don’t like cake so we substituted with one of our favourite desserts – Portuguese custard tarts! A whole tower of them! They were a hit (and we saved a load of money).

Music is a huge part of our life, so we decided to incorporate that love of music into our wedding favours and made everyone a mixed CD of a few of our favourite love tunes with a personalized message on the front of the sleeve. They were a perfect reflection of David and myself and that’s what I wanted my guests walking away with – something memorable that won’t be tossed away. I hope they will be kept forever.

There were so many memorable moments of the day. Crying with my girls the morning of the wedding as I gave them their gifts and thank you letters, watching my mom drink everyone’s mimosas in the morning (I guess she was just as nervous as I was), seeing the look on my dad’s face when he saw me for the first time (it was the first time seeing my dad cry), laughing and crying all at the same time as we watched the surprise slideshow my parents put together for us at the reception, using my dads ’71 Triumph GT6 as our wedding car, and so many other fun memories. But most of all, celebrating with all of our dearest friends and family. Watching everyone talking and laughing and dancing was the most joy I’ve ever felt in my life; and right beside my best friend and the love of my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Photography: Devic Fotos | Invitations: Minted | Reception: Snow Valley Lodge | Jewelry: Cbiji and Ava Hope Designs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Muse | Favors: Megasmiles | Grooms Attire: Indochino | Brides Dress: Novelle Bridal Shop | Brides Hair: Ricci Hair Company | Groomsmen Attire: Indochino | Reception Lights: Target | Rentals: Infinite Event Rentals | Tarts: Handy Bakery

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Rustic Edmonton Wedding

You know what I love about this wedding?  Well, other than the fact that it’s drop-dead gorgeous and the bride is a planning wizard?  It’s cozy.  It’s cozy and beautiful and filled to the brim with rustic meets awesome details that have the ability to make your heart sing.  In other words, it’s the perfect Canadian wedding, all set against a breathtaking Edmonton backdrop and captured in amazing images by La Brisa Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.

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Fall
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Park

From the Bride… For a living, I plan events. Mainly conferences and meetings, but in the past have also done weddings. Because of this, everyone kept saying that we would have the most amazing wedding ever and it really started to put added pressure on me. My groom had two big concerns with the wedding: the food and the booze. The rest he left into my hands, reminding me to just stay within budget.

The two of us have some unique interests and hobbies and I decided to play off those for the wedding. Our venue really set the scene on its own and lent into the theme and feel of the wedding. I am a born and raised farm girl, and showing cattle is a passion very close to my heart. We have our own herd of beef cows and although they could not be there with us, the idea of them needed to be incorporated into the wedding. My husband is very involved with hockey and coaches power skating camps. Since we are both avid hockey fans we also wanted this to be infused into the wedding.

We tried to get as much of the planning done as soon as possible. Venue, photographer, caters were all booked over a year in advance giving us our first pick of vendors. Tackling a few tasks each month made the planning not as overwhelming as everyone had said, and even made it enjoyable the last few months leading up to the wedding.

A couple of our vendors were real rock stars when it came to the services that they offered:

Photographers: La Brisa Photography is like a best kept secret, except you want to tell everyone about them. B and Autumn were amazing to work with, and because they were coming from the USA, we had a few growing pains along the way insuring that they would make it across the border. Regardless, both ladies made it and were such a joy to be around. You can feel the love that these ladies have for their clients, and their work. They want to not only get the best shots, but they want you to enjoy the process of taking them and have something to really treasure at the end of the day. At the end of the night we were able to see 10-20 pictures which was a great surprise, and not even 1 week after the wedding they had 150 images for us to look through. 

Caters: Food is such an important part of any function, especially a wedding. Being beef farmers ourselves, we had very high expectations when it came to the meat. The meal was a really big deal to my husband, so he was very particular when we were planning out the meal. His family is Ukrainian, so perogies and cabbage rolls were a must. People say that Elizabethan is the most caring caterer in the business, and I really felt that way. No question or favor was too big or small for them, they were open to changes, and suggestion, and everything was absolutely amazing!

Looking back on our day there is not one thing that we would have changed. Our advice for other couples would be to stick to your gut and not let others’ opinions get in the way of your own. Make the day your own; family and friends will get in the way of some decisions, but at the end of the day it is your one chance to get married, so make it the best one day you can. And our last piece of advice is one that everyone says, but it is so true. Relax, don’t stress, and enjoy the process. Being organized and staying on top of your tasks makes the world of difference. Don’t try and do it all by yourself because you just can’t. Friends, family members, and bridal party are always there to support and help, you just need to ask!

Photographer: La Brisa Photography | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Ceremony Venue: Capitol Theatre- Fort Edmonton Park | Reception Venue: Blatchford Air Hanger- Fort Edmonton Park | Shoes: Valentino d'Orsay | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Elizabethan Catering | Make-Up: The Naked Lip | Hair: The Beauty Lounge | DJ: Equinox Sound | Favors: Official Game Puck | Belt: Bridal Cove | Decor Rentals: Elegant Touches | Veil: Joyous Illusions | Wedding Cakes: Cake Couture

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