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Kate Spade Lemon Wedding Inspiration

This sunny wedding inspiration from Claudette Marie Events is just the shot of Vitamin D you need with the cold starting to creep in. Inspired by Kate Spade, the shoot, captured by Kristyn Harder, had big, beautiful shoes to fill, and fill them it did. With lemons in every corner, dip-dyed napkins, and the perfect touch of whimsy in flamingo form, it’s the perfect way to inject a little sunshine in your day.


From Claudette Hogan… Everyone jumped on the Kate Spade band wagon this year, working on shoots and inspiration using the trademark, black, white, pink and gold and I must admit, I am 100% a fan! But I wanted to do something a little bit different, but still with that well known, quirky Kate Spade feel.

When New york fashion week was on, I saw the amazing lemon printed items that they had released and I instantly fell in love! I started a Pinterest board for inspiration and ran with it.

I love doing shoots outside. I think it gives you so many more options to work with and Ixchel from Parfait Productions recommended the venue.

I approached Kristyn and Parfait to see what their thoughts were, and they were both really excited to be a part of the shoot. Both their creative visions and talent made this shoot come to life!

The Social Page worked wonders on the stationery, even though I may have drove them crazy with my ‘specific’ requests, but these ladies know their stuff! I gave them the concept and let them run with it. I trust their judgements because they are the experts and when you do, magic happens!

I love love love flowers and have made a vow to try and have fresh flowers in my house as often as I can. Jamie at Fleurish Flower Shop outdid herself! The arrangement was perfect and was exactly what I had in mind! All of the greenery worked perfectly with the pops of yellow and white! Something I think Ms. Spade would approve of!

The rental items tied everything together. The plates were the perfect fit with the menus and I was going to use silver flatware, but who am I trying to kid!

I think we wanted to show next years bride not to be afraid of colour and to have fun with their designs. Yes it is a wedding but it ultimately is your day and when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

This is our one last hoorah for summer!

Photography: Kristyn Harder | Videography: Parfait Productions | Event Planning: Claudette Hogan | Floral Design: Fleurish Flower Shop | Invitations And Stationery: The Social Page | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Rentals: Pieces Rentals

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Traditional Ballroom Wedding

Take a crazy cool setting like The Fairmont Banff Springs and add one of the prettiest weddings you’ve ever seen from Sheryl Boury of Lynn Fletcher Weddings and it’s a ballroom extravaganza that is out of this world pretty.  A rustic backdrop meets elegant details sort of pretty that perfectly merges lush blooms from The Nosegay with amazing photography from Adrian Photographers.  See it all here.


From Adrian Photographers… Located in Banff National Park you find Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies,” The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. These two couldn’t of looked more elegant in Mt. Stephen’s Hall where they exchanged vows. It was such a great privilege to photograph them and hope you enjoy their stunning images.

From Lynn Fletcher Weddings… The Wedding was held in the Gorgeous Banff Springs Hotel, amidst the Rocky Mountains! With the Ceremony located in the Stunning Mt Stephen Hall, from the Cocktail reception in the Riverview Lounge, and the Dinner and Dance in Cascade Ballroom and Conservatory, guests were able to experience all different ballrooms throughout the Hotel. Colour palettes of soft blush pinks and vibrant Watermelon were in accent tables and centerpieces. Flowers consisted of Spring-time buttery yellow tulips, fluffy pink garden roses and gentle greenery. Reception Tables were duo-tones of silver and pewter linens, with ivory and gold accents throughout. The evening for the wonderful couple was completed with a 16 foot custom monogrammed Ice Bar and a one of a kind dessert buffet made with love by the Bride’s mom!

Photography: Adrian Photographers | Florist: The Nosegay | Wedding Gown: Bridal Centre | Cake: Whippt | Invitations: Social Page | Lighting: Stardust Event Group | DJ: DJ Johnee - Pez Productions | Officiant: Karyn Faryna | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Fairmont Banff Springs – Mt. Stephen Hall | Food & Beverage: Fairmont Banff Springs | Hairstylist/Make-up: Stephanie Roy | Ice Bar: Frozen Memories | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Rentals: Great Event Rentals | Rentals: Celebration Creation | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Lynn Fletcher Weddings - Sheryl Boury

Elegant Winter Engagement Session

You know what goes so very, very good together?  A glittery gold dress and a snow-filled forest.  Together they make one crazy beautiful combination, and when they are all wrapped up in two sweethearts who are, let’s face it, the epitome of awesome we call it “engagement session perfection.” See every last lovely moment captured by Jacqueline Elizabeth Photography right here.

From Jacqueline Elizabeth Photography… The day of Rachèle and Beau’s engagement session there was a heavy snowfall warning in the mountains. We went back and forth about whether or not to reschedule, and decided to go for it and I’m so glad we did. Even though we had to drive through a blizzard, this is one of my favourite engagement sessions to date. Not only did she wear a gold sequin dress (have I mentioned my love for gold sequin dresses!?), but the two of them together are ridiculously cute. Definitely worth the embarrassingly high amount of times we all fell in the snow, haha.

Photography: Jacqueline Elizabeth Photography | Makeup & Hair: Deborah Boccabella Makeup & Hair

Love Actually Inspired Vow Renewal

I adore this vow renewal for SO many reasons – it’s gorgeous, of course, and inspired by my favorite move of ALL time, Love Actually, but it is also a fabulous reminder of what marriage is all about. The ups, the downs, the not so pretty parts that make you stronger and stronger year after year. This couple encompasses all of that in their stunning, “all them” renewal planned by Birds & Honey Events, and every gorgeous image captured by Katch Studios is waiting for you here.

From the Bride…Where do I even begin? This is a bit of a long one ladies so please bear with me. 2013 was a year of many ups and many downs. It was also the year my father passed away so sometimes the downs get a little too much to deal with. The one thing that has always been constant in my life is my relationship with my husband. It is a relationship that I cherish more than anything in this world. It is a relationship filled with unconditional love, respect and support. It isn’t a cheesy relationship by any means. It is full of color, depth & emotion. We have days like anyone else where we don’t want to be in the same room and the very sight of the other person just makes you want to scream. We have days where we are sitting in silence, watching TV and holding hands and cant help but blush when the other glances over. We also have days where one of us falls apart and completely breaks down into darkness…this is where the other acts as not only a spouse but a true angel. For me, my husband has been that angel…constantly saving me from this darkness. The darkness that I speak of has been a life long, turbulent relationship with my father and when he passed away the world seemed to just come at a stop for me. My husband saw sides of me that I never wanted anyone to see. He never judged me, he never forced me to just “get over it”. He held my hand through it and showed me what the meaning of love was. Love doesn’t just happen on your wedding day. Love is a constant reminder we experience on a regular basis every day in our lives.

When it came time to our wedding anniversary my husband told me he wanted to renew our vows. This A) shocked me to the core because my husband is a bit of a manly man and B) We had only been married for 3 years. When I asked my husband why, this is what he told me: “Mona, It may be 3 years of marriage, but this date also represents the 10 years we have been together as a couple (our wedding anniversary is also our dating anniversary). Our wedding was full of pleasing everyone else. It wasn’t what we ever wanted. I just want it to be me and you kissing under a tree” When I heard this, I couldn’t help but tear up. Happy tears of course. I am always on edge about what people will think about us but I decided to just go with the flow without any worries in the world. I could care less what others thought of us because we only get one shot in this world, and we should spend it doing what makes us happy and my husband makes me very happy =) being a wedding planner I could have easily gone all out with flowers galore and even a new wedding dress but I didn’t want an actual reenactment of our wedding day, I just wanted the quiet setting I had always dreamed of. Something along the lines of a romantic elopement, Maybe with some balloons as our backdrop and some hand written vows like in the movie Love Actually. I wore a custom made tutu and a vintage sweater..topped it off with some gorgeous heels and I was ready to go. My hubby rocked a Hugo Boss suit and looked even more handsome than on our wedding day. Weddings and vow renewals at the core are such a sweet and intimate moments and sometimes you just need to listen to your heart and go with the flow. Everything else with fall perfectly into place.

Photography: Katch Studios | Floral Design: Cerise Floral Studio | Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Hair & Makeup: Sunita Sumaru | Balloons: Stephanie Shives Studio | Custom Vow Renewal Invites: The Stationary Baker | Hand Written Vows: Justine Ma Design | Planning & Design: Birds & Honey Events | Suit: Hugo Boss

Chateau Lake Louise Winter Wedding

Winter weddings are some of the most magical, and this one captured beautifully by Orange Girl Photographs is the loveliest example. It’s a wedding where it seems as though the snow fell on cue as if it was just another fabulous detail planned by this stylish pink-Vera Wang-gown-wearing Bride. But the pretty doesn’t stop there, there is even more waiting for you right here.


From the Bride…Chris and I got engaged during a trip to Maui in November of 2011 after two and a half years of dating. It didn’t take us long to envision our dream wedding; we had many ideas by the time we got home from Hawaii. Chris and I wanted our wedding to be intimate, involving only our very closest family and friends, we wanted to impress our guests, and we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us as a couple.

Chris and I agreed that there was no more desirable place for us to get married than Lake Louise. The first day Chris and I spent together we went snowboarding. We both started snowboarding the year we met and spent lots of time learning together on the local hill. Near the end of the season Chris planned a romantic snowboarding getaway to Lake Louise. We both had an incredible time. It was the first trip we ever took together and since then we have returned to Lake Louise every year in March for a romantic getaway. Chris and I adore the majesty of the mountains. Alberta is a beautiful province and we wanted to get married close to home. We chose the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as our venue for it’s proximity to the lake and its opulent yet unpretentious atmosphere.

I am very creative by nature and I did the majority of the wedding planning with help from Chris and our parents. We were incredibly fortunate that Chris’ parents had offered to pay for the entire day and truly no expense was spared. We embraced the winter theme and incorporated ice and snowflakes in the decor. My three sisters, who I had chosen to be my bridesmaids, and I spent hours crafting personalized luminaries for each guest, a detailed seating chart, a timeline of our relationship, and even coloring sheets for the children.

Our day was a true gift. One of the things I was most nervous about was the weather. I get cold very easily and even though our wedding ceremony was held indoors I was apprehensive about going outside for photos. We woke up to a beautiful blue sky that morning and temperatures just below freezing. The day was warm and the sky was clear until late in the afternoon when heavy snow began to fall allowing us to get some incredible photos.

My sisters and I got ready at the hotel in our Belvedere Suite. A hairstylist from Bottega Salon in Banff came to the hotel to style our hair while we enjoyed a room service breakfast making it a relaxing morning. The bridesmaid dresses were Jim Helm with Midori satin sashes. My dress was a blush colored Vera Wang which I chose because I thought it would standout against the snow in photos. Chris rented Vera Wang tuxedos for the groomsmen from Moores.

Our wedding ceremony was held in the Victoria Ballroom which is the oldest part of the Chateau Lake Louise turning 100 years old this year. The back of the room was draped in white fabric that was illuminated with soft pink lights which created a cozy atmosphere. The aisle was lined with floating candles in oversized vases. We were situated in front of a large picture window with a view of the lake and mountains, and as we said our vows, tiny snowflakes began to fall. Our chaplain Klaus Ohlhoff did an exceptional job. Because neither of us follow organized religion we struggled with planning a spiritual wedding ceremony that was personal and heartfelt. Klaus helped me create a ceremony that was truly reflective of Chris and I, and our intentions for our marriage. To further augment the ceremony we hired a harpist and we had Chris’ talented cousin and my sister sing three songs we had chosen. We also lit unity candles and passed the flame among our guests asking that when they blew out the flame they thought of a wish for our marriage. After the ceremony Chris and I received our guests in the Sun Room where were were served champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.

After the ceremony, we headed outdoors for some beautiful photos on the lake with our bridal party. Late in the afternoon there was even an opportunity to relax in our suite and enjoy even more chocolate strawberries and champagne served by the hotel staff. During that time a blizzard rolled in over the mountains. Big fluffy snowflakes began to fall. Our photographer Kirstie Tweed of Orange Girl Photographs knocked on our door asking that we extend the outdoor photo session further. She was very excited to be shooting in a real life snow globe. It truly was a winter wonderland!

The cocktail reception was held in the Red Room just outside the Victoria Ballroom. The heavy snow, which was visible through large picture windows, and dim lighting created a cozy atmosphere and our guests enjoyed appetizers and signature drinks, “the Chris” and “the Cass” which was poured through an ice luge.

Our reception was also held in the Victoria Ballroom. The room was stunning and all of our vendors did an incredible job setting up. We had “quartz” style ice sculptures surrounded by lush floral wreaths and even a large ice bar. I crafted personalized luminaries for each guest which were used instead of place settings. The professional draping and lighting completely enhanced with room. The lights were soft golden pink during dinner, and during the speeches and dance, transformed to vivid jewel tones. It was truly breathtaking.

The meal and service the the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise put on was incredible! We chose a plated three course meal with Toblerone chocolate fondue in addition to wedding cake for dessert. After a spectacular meal we enjoyed heartfelt speeches from our friends and family. One incredible surprise that Chris had for me was that he had secretly videotaped his proposal and kept it hidden from me the entire fifteen months we were engaged. At the end of our slideshow he added the video from the proposal. It was incredibly touching and had many of our guests in tears.

We hired the RaNSom band to play at our dance. The band did an incredible job and our guests enjoyed dancing the night away. The party went so late that we had to move everyone including the band downstairs into the hotel saloon once our venue closed! Chris and I both agree that our wedding day was the undisputed best day of our lives and everything we had dreamed of. Our wedding was truly personal, heartfelt, fun, and most importantly, a celebration of our lifelong commitment to each other surrounded by loved ones.

Photography: Orange Girl Photographs | Floral Design: Willow Haven | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Cake Creations | Ceremony Venue: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Reception Venue: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Lighting: Stardust Event Group | Band: RaNSom | Grooms Attire: Moores | Officiant: Klaus Ohlhoff | Harpist: Deborah Nyack | Bride's Makeup: Bobbi Brown | Groomsmen Attire: Moores | Hair Styling: Bottega Salon | Ice Sculptures: Frozen Memories | Linens And Chaircovers: CDM Group | Ribbon: Midori | Ski Resort: Lake Louise Ski Resort | Stationary Supplies: Notables

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Banff National Park Mountain Wedding

If I could plan the ultimate rustic wedding, this is where I’d start. Intimate, cozy and set among the mountains with scenery so pretty, it almost doesn’t seem real. Of course I’d have Orange Girl there to capture every second, and with any luck my day would turn out exactly like this.


From the Bride… Doug and I met seven years ago at Murdoch University, in the most isolated city on earth: Perth, Australia. He was an exchange student while I was down there for my full education—we were flatmates for a semester and the rest is history!

Doug is American while I am Canadian and with immigration policies keeping us apart for any significant amount of time, we wanted to tie the knot sooner rather than later. We were engaged in March, 2013 and quickly booked our wedding in October, 2013—on the same day as my parent’s wedding anniversary!

We had a few very important considerations when planning our wedding: we wanted a small, intimate event, we wanted to get married in the Rocky Mountains where I’m from and we wanted to be relaxed and have fun. Most of our guests had to travel to be with us and many of them made a weekend of it. The venue that we chose, Buffalo Mountain Lodge, is a small, rustic resort, slightly removed from the Town of Banff. Each hotel room had its own wood burning fireplace and incredible views of the Rockies. With most of our guests staying at the resort, we couldn’t take five steps without running into someone that we loved. It was perfect!

With only seven months to plan, and recognizing how important it was to us that we be relaxed and able to enjoy our big day, we delegated some tasks to our family members. They were eager to be involved and so we leaned on their individual areas of expertise. Both Doug’s and my parents were invaluable in the planning process. For example, I explained my vision to my mother and let her run with the décor and Doug’s father is a wine enthusiast and he worked with the resort’s sommelier to choose the wine. This allowed Doug and I focus on other larger details, like the flow of the weekend and smaller touches that we felt were important.

Advice to future Brides: 1. Find a dress that is beautiful, represents you and is comfortable. I danced the night away in mine! 2. Delegate, if you can. It avoids stress and confusion on the day of the wedding. 3. Don’t forget to brief your wedding party on all the minute details (give them a guidebook with vendor details and contact information if you can) so that they know the plan and if there is any confusion, they can jump in and help. 4. Only focus on the small details that matter to you. We hand-made some small items to add a personal touch to the décor, but recognized that it was a slippery slope and were better off keeping things simple. We ditched some traditions like cutting the cake. 5. It’s not for everyone, but we loved having a small wedding. Sure, the guest list was challenging, but in the end we were so surrounded by love that nothing else mattered.

Photography: Orange Girl | Floral Design: Kelly's Mother + Doug's Cousin | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Wedding Cake: Sunterra Market | Invitations: Handwritten On Sugar Paper For Goop | Bride's Shoes: Pour La Victoire | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: DIY | Hair: Sylvia At Jerome Salon | Groom's Shoes: Banana Republic | Groom's Suit: John Varvatos | Venue: Buffalo Mountain Lodge | Cocktail Reception Music: Werner Frey | Music: Kelly's Brother | Tie: The Tie Bar

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