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Modern Springbank Wedding

You know what I love? A bride and groom who aren’t afraid to embrace their inner nerd. Couples like this Springbank bride and groom who sprinkled their modern love affair with Star Trek, Star Wars and Battle Star Galactica references all along the way. Diane + Mike Photography captured all the fun behind the camera and you can find even more right over here.

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From Diane + Mike Photography… Amanda + Paul were married at Amanda’s parents’ home in Springbank, a community just outside of Calgary, AB. The day was full of Star Trek/Wars/Battle Star Galactica references — even the vows :) They designed and screen printed all the paper items themselves — the save the dates, invites, menus, table seating chart, etc…

Photography: Diane + Mike Photography | Flowers: Sarah Mayerson Design | Wedding Dress: J Crew | Cake: Yann Haute Patisserie | Bride's Shoes: Beau Coops For Karen Walker From Gravity Pope | Groom's Suit: Zara | Cake Topper: MelaboWed | Earrings: Influx Jewellery Gallery

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Modern Wedding at The Art Gallery Of Calgary

This darling bride describes her wedding in one word: FUN.  And honestly?  I could not agree more. Because anytime you combine two crazy cool people like this adorable duo with awesome friends and family in a drop-dead gorgeous art gallery setting, that’s exactly what’s going to happen… fun and then some.  See it all captured by Tara Whittaker right here.

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From the Bride… FUN was the word of the day for our wedding. The whole idea behind our wedding was to throw a really good party where we just happened to also be getting married. The plan was to keep the boring “wedding” parts short, and get right down to the party. As it turns out though, everything about the day, from getting ready with our wedding party, to the photos, to the dance party afterwards – even the boring ceremony part – all turned out to be a ton of fun. There was just such a wonderful celebratory vibe all around us. We both agree, our favorite part about the day was having all our favorite people with us in the same place, at the same time to celebrate. When else do you ever get to do that? We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!

My favorite DIY was the jam jar favours. I spent an entire August long weekend making and canning strawberry rhubarb & ginger jam and completely destroying the kitchen in the process. I’m pretty sure our kitchen is still sticky from it! I had a bunch of décor DIYs planned just in case we needed to spruce up the gallery space. It’s a bit of a risk with an art gallery as a venue, because you may not know exactly what’s going to be on exhibit at the time when you’re booking. As soon as I saw the space with the incredible paintings by M. Eileen Murray on display though, all those went out the window, the space was so stunning on its own!

There isn’t anything we would have done differently. The day was perfect. We had an amazing team of people working with us (Kari, Tara & Darren, Blair, AGC staff, Infuse, Sue, Lucy), and it would not have been the incredible experience that it was without them!

Photography: Tara Whittaker Photography | Event Planning: Knot Planning | Floral Design: Fleurish Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Tibi New York | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: The Art Gallery Of Calgary | Reception Venue: The Art Gallery Of Calgary | Bride's Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Rings: Birks | Catering: Infuse Catering | Hair Stylist: Sue Thompson | DJ: Art Of Sound | Men's Attire: J Crew | Boutonnieres: Pomp And Plumage | Men's Pocket Square: Stolen Riches | Officiant : Blair Collins

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Five Year Lakeside Vow Renewal

Vow renewals are just the most romantic, don’t you think? Be it 50 years, 25, 10, or 5 like this couple, the thought of re-commiting your love to the person who has stood by your side for so long is so great. Precious Pictures Photography captured all the love and we’ve put it all right here in this beautiful gallery!


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From the lovely bride… To some, doing a five-year vow renewal may seem strange. But I’m (Dana Smyl) a hopeless romantic and I love, love. I say I want to marry Ryan as many times as I can, and we both feel that in five years our love has changed so drastically.

Our love became very real, very strong and even more intense than the first time around. The first time was grand and dreamy and the second time very simple and real. We got married the first time in August of 2008 and knew we wanted to start our journey together as soon as possible.
By September of 2008 we were pregnant with twin boys and also have since had a little girl. Within the first three years of our marriage our life changed a lot, and renewing our vows was incredible. When we renewed our vows in August of 2013, we made new vows to our children as well. It was the most amazing thing for us as parents and as a couple.

Our ceremony was casual and emotional. My husband and I are very symbolic and spiritual people so we wanted this vow renewal to represent us in our own way. I used elements in our décor that represented us as a family and as a couple. I am a fire sign and Ryan is a water, and I find that our relationship is very true to our signs. If we work side-by-side, we can conquer many things, however if we try to out do the other, we put each other out. So, we had fire and water elements in our ceremony.

We had done a water ceremony in our first wedding. Ryan and I both collected water from our home places. So for our vows we used that same water and joined our water with the water our children gathered from their home at the lake. Then Ryan and I cleansed our wedding rings with our new family water. We also had leather family bracelets made for each family member that we exchanged as we said our vows to the children. Another symbolic element that I didn’t even realize until Ryan’s Baba (grandmother) mentioned it, was that our five-year anniversary element was wood. And I had stacked wood up at the alter already. It was a meant-to-be element.

In decorating, I love simplistic and symbolic things. I love to tell a story in every detail of décor. And I also love the challenge of finding new ideas and décor, which leads me to the metal pipe centrepieces. Ryan is a pipefitter and welder so I see a lot of old rusted pipe around his work.
The leather tapestry was made by Cheeky Mare Leather Works and was branded during the ceremony. As a florist I see a lot of wedding bouquets so I wanted to do some trailing, old-school in shape and modern in floral. Several different elements were used. Some flowers were gathered right from the lake, along with a selection of succulents, hens and chicks, thistle, asparagus fern, phlox, gathered grasses and feathers, then wrapped in leather.

As for our attire, I wanted it to be age appropriate so wearing white for me was not real in my mind. I stumbled upon my dress at Anthropologie and the whole palette went from there. Ryan spends most of his time in work gear, so seeing him looking so good but not overdone was totally worth it. I couldn’t keep my eyes off him! And the kids were just too cute in their little outfits.

Ryan and I believe the best thing you can give your children is to show them what love is, how it looks and how it feels, and to teach them by example. So, we will renew and continue to express our love to each other as much as possible. I can’t wait to see what our 50th renewal feels like, and I can’t wait to marry him again.

Photography: Precious Pictures Photography - Janice Huser | Dress: Anthropologie | Boys' wear: The Jungle Flowers and Gift Shop | Bride's jewelry: Stella and Dot | Bride's jewelry: Anthropologie | Girl's wear: Zara | Groom's clothing: Harry Rosen | Invitation: Zazzle | Leather work: Cheeky Mare Leather Works | Make up : Make up By Lise | Visual Director, Floral, Decor: Dana Smyl