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Romantic Summer Wedding at the Art Gallery of Alberta

Old mansions and art galleries are two of my favorite venue options, so why not combine the beauty of them both? That’s what Jennifer Bergman did when designing this bash right here; a sweet ceremony at the mansion, followed by a blush and gold celebration at the gallery. Eternal Reflections Photography and A Love Story captured every sparkling space and I can’t get enough of it all right here.

From the Bride… We wanted our wedding day to be a romantic, elegant celebration of our love, and for each guest to feel important and that they helped make our day come true.

We were married at a historic private estate and lucked out with beautiful weather for our outdoor ceremony. We setup a beautiful vintage hutch displaying our family members pictures who are no longer with us. Chad wrote his wedding vows on cue cards and each one had a word in large bold letters on the back. All together they read: “I will love you forever.” This was so touching and memorable.

Our reception location, The Art Gallery of Alberta, was transformed from a cool, contemporary venue into a very warm and romantic space. We mixed square and round tables with different linen combinations and centerpiece designs to add layers of texture and interest. I absolutely loved our unique head table backdrop which featured a frame of hanging floral stems!

My favourite moment of the evening was our first dance. I have always love to dance and now Chad enjoys ballroom dancing – in fact, we are still taking lessons together!

From the Groom… My favourite moment of the day was seeing Sheena for the first time at our ceremony. I remember waiting with such anticipation to see her appear from around a grouping of trees at the end of the aisle; she was absolutely stunning! I choked up instantly and held back my tears with all I had, feeling a complete and overwhelming sense of joy for what was to be for the rest of our days. I also loved walking into the reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta before everyone else and seeing what was created there knowing it was our night, out time, our special moment.

Photography: Eternal Reflections Photography | Cinematography: A Love Story | Flowers: FaBLOOMosity | Gown: Novelle Bridal Shop | Cake: The Art Of Cake | Stationery: Pinkpolka Design | Ceremony Venue: Magrath Mansion | Reception Venue: Art Gallery Of Alberta | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Pure Bridal | Makeup Artist: Astrid Woodard | Hair Stylist: Bailey Gartner | DJ: Premiere DJs | Officiant: Tammy Banting | Ceremony Music: Stringbeans Quartet | Transportation: Royal Executive Limos | Drapery + Lighting: Site 6 | Fine Linens: Dress My Day | Photo Booth: Laugh Photo Booth | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Wedding Planning + Design: Jennifer Bergman Weddings

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Romantic and Rustic Woodland Wedding

You know what’s romantic? Sneaking away before the ceremony for a first look with your one and only. And this perfect pair? Well, that’s exactly what they did. With Just For You Photography in tow capturing every sweet moment, the gallery is the perfect place to watch their special day unfold, here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Top 3 moments from the wedding were the first look, seeing the reception space for the first time and the party.

Because I am such an emotional person, I wanted to be able have this quiet moment between Simon and I before the chaos set in. It was important to me that we just take a moment and breathe together, so that when we got to the ceremony we could just enjoy the ride. This way we could have a couple of laughs together (and maybe a couple of tears), and mostly just enjoy the day that we had waited on for so long and put so much work into.

When I left on Friday night, the girls hadn’t finished with the table cloths or chair covers and to go from that to this absolutely amazing room was incredible. I just remember feeling amazed that Stacey could take my ideas and transform them into my dream space and that something so incredibly beautiful was for Simon and I was almost overwhelming.

Being able to share such an amazing day with our friends and family was more than I could have hoped for. It was so important to us that everyone was able to enjoy the day, and that it was a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Whether it was people sitting out on the patio enjoying the weather, sitting inside visiting with family and friends, or dancing the night away, everyone had fun, which made the day a huge success.

The arbor at the ceremony, my Dad and my brother built the arbor with birch from the property I grew up on and then Stacey and Janine made it beautiful. From the chandelier to the florals to the antlers, it was the perfect backdrop to an amazing ceremony.

The antlers that were scattered throughout the ceremony and reception space. It all started with a photo shoot that I fell in love with that Stacey and Janine had done with an antler base for a bouquet, and antlers mixed into an amazing chandelier. As we talked about Simon and how he is a hunter and that we both love spending time outdoors and camping it just evolved into this amazing décor element. The antlers were supplied by Janine and a very good friend, and they just became this absolutely perfect element to our day, that we managed to keep as a surprise for Simon.

The amazing florals by FaBLOOMosity. Janine and her crew blew me away with their beautiful work. I wanted to have big, bold flowers with lots of colour and they delivered. And they were so amazing to work with, I didn’t have any interactions with them that didn’t leave me smiling and excited to see the wedding day.

Simon and I put together the mason jars that served as both the glasses for the evening and as our favors. I purchased the chalkboard labels off of Etsy, Simon put on the labels and I wrote out the names. It made for less waste because there was no plastic, plus everyone had a personalized touch.

The dessert table. Because I love to cook, bake and entertain, it was so important to me that the food was amazing, and I knew that dessert had to be homemade. All of the desserts were made by myself, my aunt, my mother-in-law and a friend of mine. I wanted it to taste like Sunday dinner, and going by the way our guests inhaled the goodies we made, it was a success.

My maid of honor made the sign that the flower girls carried. Tiffany is just so crafty and artistic that there was no way I couldn’t have her help.

Photography: Just For You Photography | Floral Design: FaBLOOMosity | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Jack'd Up Makeup Artistry | DJ: Revolution Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Perry Ellis | Officiant: Bill Psarchuk | Venue: EPA Blue Meadows | Event Design & Planning: JoyFoley Weddings | Wedding Dress Boutique: The Bridal House

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Fifties-Themed Valentine Boudoir Session

If ever there were a perfect time of year for love letters and boudoir beauty, this would be it. On the eve of Valentine’s Day weekend when romance it at a high and dreamy images like these from Justine Milton make your heart beat a little faster. And with a nod to Grease, it’s fifties theme is so on point. Get your blush on in the gallery.

From Justine MiltonThis session was designed with the song “Frankie My Love” from the Greece soundtrack in mind. There are love letters written and exchanged with the girls long distance love. The shoot has a bit of a 50′s vibe with the antique desk & the high wasted lingerie.

Photography: Justine Milton | Floral Design: Akiko Floral Artistry | Calligraphy: Rachel Jacobson | Venue: Private Residence | Accessories: Anthropologie | Hair & Make Up: Elizabeth Bernardin Blushed Beaute | Lingerie: Impish Lee | Photo Lab: Photo Vision | Vintage Rentals: Rus Vintage

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Rustic Alberta Summer Wedding

As I quickly approach my own wedding day in only a few short months, I continue to pin photos whenever I stumble upon new ideas. And this rustic celebration led to a whole bunch of additions, from the quotes along the aisle to the perfect sparkly touches. Milton Photography snapped them all and this gallery won’t be leaving my laptop anytime soon.

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Summer
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Rustic

From The Bride… Our backdrop, centerpieces, party favors, invitations, and pretty much all the decor was handmade. I learned that buying materials second hand can make for really cheap reception decor! Brides are always looking to sell or rent their old decor, and it’s usually always cheaper than you could buy it for – and with a little DIY, you can make it look completely different than how the previous bride used it!

Make sure you start your diy projects in advance though! DIY projects can become very stressful and unenjoyable if you’re in a time crunch! Also, the more helpers you have, the faster and more fun a project usually is! If you provide some food and drink, your wedding elves can make a night out of helping you accomplish your DIY dreams!

The majority of the comments we received from our guests from our wedding it that the day was very personal and really showed off who we were as a couple, which I contribute mostly to the numerous DIY projects we did!

Photography: Milton Photography | Floral Design: Panda Flowers | Ceremony Venue: Deer Valley Meadows | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Victoria Lane Brides | Catering: A-1 Catering | Mens Attire: John's Men's Wear | Bridal Boutique: Bridal Couture

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Waterton Lakes National Park Anniversary Session

Anniversary sessions never fail to leave me super sappy and sentimental. No props needed, there is just something so wonderful about people coming together years after the big shebang to say – “after all these years, you’re still it.” So I couldn’t be more grateful that Marcie Meredith Photography shared her beautiful images of this couples’ beautiful story with us, and you can see why here.


From Marcie Meredith PhotographyDuring their 10 years of marriage, this couple has been through a lot. It was a sweet way to celebrate their upcoming anniversary by photographing their love in such a beautiful setting.

From The Couple…Our marriage is precious to us, and our time together as a family even more so. Two full military deployments to combat zone, and many months of away trainings to various locations, have made us forge a bond between us that cannot be broken by time or distance. Our three sons have shown us our best and worst traits, and they continue to help us grow as their own unique personalities allow our family to see and experience different perspectives. Much has happened since our wedding 10 years ago: between us three college degrees, three major open-heart surgeries for our second child, and half a dozen moves across the county. We would not change it–our marriage is what it is because of the things we have gone through together. We look forward to seeing how the next 10 years will strengthen it even more.

Photography: Marcie Meredith Photography | Venue: Waterton Lakes National Park | Clothing: H&M

CEDAR Juice + A Discount + A Giveaway!

Looking your best on your wedding is a given — but feeling your best? It’s a must. That’s why were loving CEDAR Juice, the cold pressed juice cleanse that will help you look + feel amazing for your big day. Not only do CEDAR Juices taste amazing, but they are the perfect kickstart to a whole new healthy living routine!

With CEDAR Juice, not only will you feel rejuvenated on the inside, but you’ll be glowing on the outside — all in time for your big day! Here are just a few of the amazing benefits you’re in for:

  • Energy, Energy, Energy: By the end of day 2 you’ll feel energized & up for anything. We’re not talking the kind of energy you get from your 3pm coffee…this is long lasting energy!
  • Improved Skin Tone:  By flooding your body with nutrients, and omitting processed foods, dairy, meat and grains, your skin will glow. Hello, wedding day photos!
  • Real Weight Loss: Though some of the weight that is lost is water weight, you’ll also naturally lose “real” weight by cutting processed foods, empty calories + dairy!
  • Increased Mental Clarity: There are a million things that need to get done before a wedding, and CEDAR Juice will help you get that to-do list finished by clearing that dreaded “brain fog” we all get.
  • Better Sleep: No more tossing + turning for you! By the end of the three day cleanse, you’ll look forward to better sleep patterns.

Before your cleanse begins, CEDAR Juice provides you with information on how to best prepare (what to eat, what to avoid, etc.) and they also include their Black Book of instructions to help you stay on track. During the cleanse, CEDAR will be in touch to make sure all is going well and after it’s all over, they provide guidance on how to ease back into real foods!

Since doing a cleanse is always easier + more fun with friends, get your honey or bridesmaids on board — because feeling amazing is for everyone! Getting started on your CEDAR Juice cleanse is easy. Simply order online, and they’ll ship the juices right to your door (shipping is free across Ontario). As a special offer for Style Me Pretty readers, CEDAR Juice is offering their three-day cleanse for just $199 with promo code stylemepretty!

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The Prize: A lucky reader will win a 3-day cleanse from CEDAR Juice!

To Enter: Comment on this post with why you’d love to win a cleanse from CEDAR Juice.

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