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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 | Make up: Make up By Lise | 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 | Visual Director, Floral, Decor: Dana Smyl

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Elegant Alberta Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Elegant yet intimate, this Alberta beauty at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is just as pretty as they come. With beautiful images by FO Photography, gorgeous styling by Fresh Look Event Management and one adorable duo at the center of it all, this gallery is one pretty place to be today. See why here.

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From Fresh Look Event ManagementThe wedding ceremony was very small and included only family hosted at the Bride’s parents home in Edmonton. Sarah and Ben really wanted the focus to be on the cocktail reception that was to be held at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in the Wedgewood Room. Guests were welcomed into the reception with a glass of Prosecco to celebrate the marriage of Sarah & Ben.

Instead of the traditional reception with a head table and assigned seating guests were able to mingle around the room choosing between the high and low cocktail tables. Each table had beautiful floral centerpieces that were either tall and short depending on the height of the table. Welcome cards were placed on each table, welcoming and thanking them for celebrating such a wonderful occasion as well as details about the menu. Lacelike candles on the tables looked absolutely stunning in combination with the décor and lighting. The candy buffet was filled with delicious Pink & White candy, pretty cupcakes, treat bags and sparkling scoops.

Photographer: FO Photography | Florist: Laurel's On Whyte | Wedding Dress: Novelle Bridal Shop | Cake: Cakes By Janna | Reception Venue: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald | Hair Stylist: Jenn Chivers Freelance Hair And Makeup | DJ: DJ Hershey G | Make Up Artist: Susan Gill Makeup | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Wedding Planner & Designer: Fresh Look Event Management

Glamorous Garden Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald

This beautiful affair at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald combines garden wedding with glamour in a way that will make your heart do leaps. With styling that is sweet yet sophisticated by Special Event Rentals and a couple so gorgeous they look like they just walked out of a magazine, every image from Photography By Benamoz Ltd. sitting in this gallery is just divine. See them all here.


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From Photography By Benamoz Ltd.We have special wedding to share, a glorious and modern event set at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton, Alberta. Complete with a gorgeous couple, light crystal, beautiful gardens, gourmet food, an elegant dress and breathtaking design!

The wedding took place during the time of the floods in the summer at Calgary, where Danielle and Michael had to rescue the beautiful designer dress from their condo in time for the wedding. Thankfully the dress was saved and the day was a beautiful success.

Some of the wonderful details include flip-flops for the guests to ditch their high-heels and dance, and a group Photo Booth set out for the guests to enjoy during the reception/cocktail hour.

Photographer: Photography By Benamoz Ltd. | Event Design: Special Event Rentals | Hotel: Fairmont Hotel MacDonald

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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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

1920s New Year’s Eve Inspiration

We’re bidding adieu to 2013 with a little bit of glitter, some fabulous vintage stylings and some crazy awesome pops of bright pink.  In other words, we’re rockin’ this last day like it truly deserves… with a pretty, pretty party from a dream team of Calgary vendors (think Monica Watson – Reflections Weddings And EventsFairytale DesignsFlowers by Janie, and Great Events) and some bubbly-filled festivities.  See it all captured by Photographik in the full gallery.  Happy 2014, lovelies!

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From Photographik… Glitz, glitter and glamour were the inspiration for this New Year’s Eve inspired shoot at an urban loft studio in Calgary, AB. Many Albertan couples choose to tie the knot in the summer months when the weather is warmest, but there’s something romantic about a winter holiday themed wedding – because in Canada there is certainly no shortage of winter. We took our inspiration from a colour palette many Calgary brides are requesting for their 2014 weddings – golds, ivories, peaches and pinks – and went from there. We envisioned a final product that was both romantic and whimsical with a little added sparkle for the upcoming holiday season. Kayla and Ryan, who are freatured in this photoshoot are a real Calgary couple who were married this past September, so working with them was both easy and natural. We drew our inspiration from a 1920’s theme, which we pulled into the little details – the art deco styling of the cake, the vintage serving tray and gold clock featured on the dessert table and the simple elegance and styling of the bride. This era lends itself well to a New Year’s Eve inspired photoshoot – that time was so glamorous and carefree. I think 2014 will see many brides pulling inspiration from the 1920’s era; the styles were so classic and timeless.

Photography: Photographik | Floral Design: Flowers By Janie | Gown: Leanne Marshall Care Of Frocks | Cake: Cake Sensations | Stationery: Fairytale Designs | Hair And Makeup: Nicole Richey | Desserts: Cake Sensations | Planner And Design: Monica Watson - Reflections Weddings And Events | Rentals: Great Events | Venue: Loft 501

Snow Engagement Session

If I could think of the most romantic, cozy, swoon-worthy e-sesh in the history of SMP, but mind would immediately turn to this. It’s a love shoot set admist the prettiest of snowfalls and JUST what the doctor ordered for this post-Christmas morning. Milton Photography captured every ounce of winter beauty and you can see it all from start to finish right over here.

From Milton Photography… Jennie & Josh are so cute, Josh is a complete goofball! They did one engagement session with a different photographer; however I insist that couples do an engagement session with me as well. It gives us a chance to work together, get a feel for how everything goes. Its like a trial run for the big day. Josh kept calling it a “connection session”! I’m really glad they agreed to do another one! The second snow fall of the year was impeccably gorgeous, we got around 12″ of snow over night, it was so beautiful, and SO cold!

The snow was light and fluffy, Jennie and Josh came dressed adorably, looking very “Canadian winter” in their matching grey knit sweaters! Although we couldn’t brave the cold for too long, we did our best and got the few killer shots we needed!

There was just so much snow it was hard to even keep your eyes open without getting tons of snowflakes in them! It was also my first attempt to shoot with mittens on, that didn’t go so well, so I had to suffer along with Jennie and Josh!

Photographer: Milton Photography

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