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Whimsical Winter Wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge – Part 2

by Sharon Auld

The other day, we shared Part 1 of Caroline and Brock’s Whimsical Winter Wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge, today we’re sharing Part 2 of their fun wedding photographed by the lovely and talented Julie Williams Photography. Their wedding was also featuring on one of the top wedding blogs in North America, Wedding Chicks, if you get a chance check it out as their are lots more photos and bride Caroline, describes their wedding day in more detail.

Caroline and Brock at the fabulous Emerald Lake Lodge. I love how many of our couples have described it as the “most romantic place on earth”! With stunning mountain views, cozy cabins and roaring fires, I definitely agree!

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Caroline and Brock’s winter wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

It was very important to Caroline and Brock, that their wedding be true reflection of their personalities. Caroline is super crafty and wanted to DIY lots of the decor herself. As you will see she did a fabulous job and it was really fun working with her to create a cohesive look throughout the ceremony and reception. It was also really important to the couple that their guests be well taken care of and entertained throughout. For me, this is one of my favorite types of weddings to design because every detail is so personal and meaningful.

After the ceremony, Caroline and Brock and their wedding party went off for photographs, while their guests had a chance to cozy up in their room or explore Emerald Lake. During the cocktail hour, board games were set out for their guests to enjoy while some guests played at the snooker table. It was a fun alternative to traditional cocktail hours.

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Here guests play “Sorry”! | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Playing board games. | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Caroline and Brock join in on the fun at the Yoho Lounge. 

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The newlyweds join in the fun \ Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

For their reception decor, Caroline and Brock used a neutral color palette of warm browns, beige, creams and greys and wanted to interject a little fun and whimsy too! 

The first things guests saw when they entered the reception was this wreath. Caroline made the wreath by covering balls of styrofoam with yarn. We embellished the wreath with walnut wood snowflakes.

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Caroline’s DIY wreath with wood snowflakes by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Cilantro on the Lake was the scene for the reception.

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The reception room at Cilantro on the Lake | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

The Sweetheart Table…

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The Sweetheart table | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Caroline made the adorable pom pom swags for the back of the sweetheart chairs.

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pom pom garlands made by the bride | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

We used wool scarves for table runners and the adorable Mr. and Mrs. signs were used to mark the bride and groom’s place settings.

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Mr. Owl | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Mrs. Owl | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

The beautiful flowers by Katrina Russell of Cattleya Chic.

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White winter wedding centerpieces by Cattleya Chic | Photography by Julie Williams Photography.

Caroline and Brock are avid skiiers and it was only natural to include their love of skiing into their winter wedding. Caroline and Brock chose some of their favorite ski resorts for table markers. We engraved them out of maple wood and made frames to match their decor. I love all the little descriptions to go with each marker.

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Ski themed table numbers by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Engraved wood table markers by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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White flowers and pinecones | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

It was warm and cozy inside…

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Warm and cozy | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Even the infamous Emerald Lake moose was decked out in a warm scarf.

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Wood letters by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Warm and cozy winter table settings | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

We engraved wood menus and place cards for each place setting.

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Wood menu by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Engraved wood “place-card” by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

The beautiful cake and cake topper was made by talented Barbara Laberge (former owner at Cake Creations). I love Barb’s “snow people”!

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Wood signage by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Winter wedding cake by Barb Laberge | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Ski-themed cake topper by Barbara Laberge | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

I loved that the couple chose their favorite cookies (made by the bride) to give as wedding favors. The supplied little bags for their guests to take home goodies as well.

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Cookie wedding favours. | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Cake cutting…

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Cake cutting | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

On every guest table was a little box containing white play dough (we called snow dough) and guests were asked to make a creation and present it to the bride and groom if they wanted to kiss. The guests had a blast creatingand there definitely was some interesting creations!

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Snow dough kissing game | photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Kissing for creations | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Ski-themed wedding decor…

The couple collected vintage ski posters and these were display around the room.

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Ski-themed wedding decor | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

For their wedding “guest-book” we refinished a pair of vintage skis for their guests to sign.

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Ski-theme wedding | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Retro ski guest book | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Ski-themed seating chart…

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Wood seating chart by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Fun washroom signs we made as a cute little surprise for guests…

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Wood washroom sign | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Retro ski washroom sign by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

DJ Patrick Smiley, kept the group grooving all night long (seriously did not see a break in the dance floor all night!). Okay, I couldn’t resist this photo of the groom! 

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Busting a move | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Thank you Caroline and Brock for allowing us to be part of your special day. We are truly honored! Wishing you all the best in your married life together!

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Thank you Caroline and Brock! | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Planning a winter wedding in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, give us a call at 1.888.274.6994 or email us at hello@naturallychic.ca!

The Creative Team:

Wedding Planner / Designer: Sharon Auld Naturally Chic

Photographer: Julie Williams Photography

Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge 

Venue CoordinatorTyler Trapp

Flowers: Katrina Russell of Cattleya Chic (now working aCalyx Floral Design)

Hair and Make up: Stephanie Roy

DJ: Patrick Smiley Entertainment 

Wood Stationery (menus, place cards): Naturally Chic

Wood Items (birch wood vases, table markers, letters etc.) : Naturally Chic 

Dress Designer: Allure Bridal

Groom’s Attire: Prada

Jewelry: Tiffany and Co.

Shoe Designer: Sorel

Veil or Hair Accessories: The Sparkling Sparrow

Maid of Honour: BHDLN

Maid of Honor: Jim Hjelm Occasions

Best Man: Banana Republic
Rings: Tacori
Hanger: LilaFrances
Mr and Mrs. Owls: The Owl Shoppe & wood signs by Naturally Chic

Pom Pom Buntings & Knitted Napkin Tie Scarves, buntings by: Bride & Bride’s Mother

 

Dogsledding and Snowy Owls – Canmore Winter Wedding Inspirational Shoot

by Sharon Auld

I’d been dreaming of a snowy owl / dog sled wedding inspiration for some time before teaming up with Kim Payant of Kim Payant Photography this past January. After a meeting over coffee we decided to make it a reality! We got to work and teamed up with some amazing wedding creatives including the beautiful Silvertip ResortFlowers by Janie, and Stephanie Roy of Styling Steph  and Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours Inc. to put our plans into action this past February. 

Good things happen when you collaborate with talented wedding creatives and great photography! We are beyond thrilled that this shoot was featured on the Wedding Bells Magazine Blog !! If you’ve missed it check our the post on their blog here. There’s lots more beautiful photos and winter wedding inspirations. I’ll be doing another post with more photos soon too!

Here is a collection of some of my favorite shots from the shoot. 

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Here’s the team from Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours Inc. / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Canmore couple Jenna and Gibson with Snowy Owl Dogs ? Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

The snowy owl dogs are just gorgeous and so well-loved and taken care of. They had the most beautiful coats!

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Snowy Owl Dogs / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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The beautiful stars of the shoot / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Playing with the team /Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

Silvertip Resort provided the mountain backdrop and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have local Canmore couple Jenna and Gibson Rencz be our “bride and groom”!

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Jenna and Gibson at Silvertip / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

Janelle Gerstein of Flowers by Janie made this beautiful winter bouquet!

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Bouquet by Flowers by Janie / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

It was a cool winter’s day but Jenna and Gibson shone!

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Canmore winter wedding couple / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

I LOVE Jenna’s hair styled by Stephanie! Jenna just looks gorgeous, wouldn’t you agree?

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Jenna’s beautiful hair and make-up by Stephanie Roy / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

For our “reception” decor, I chose a snowy owl / feather motif. I am a huge fan of the beautiful majestic Snowy Owl, normally considered an arctic bird; it seeks refuge from the harsh arctic winter and winters in many Southern Canadian areas including Southern Alberta. The male owl is a pure snowy white, while its female counterpart is white with grey and black plumage. The colors of the owl became the color palette for our decor along with a blush pink, taken from the barely there blush hue often found in the skyline at dusk on a cold winter’s day (and in Jenna’s wedding dress)!

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Blush pink wedding dress / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Blush pink, greys, black and white decor / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

In keeping with the with the white, black and grey theme, I used real marble to make the place cards and menu for our table.

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Marble place cards and menu by Naturally Chic / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

For a wedding favour, I used birch wood discs and engraved a snowy owl on each disc.

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Engraved birch wood disc wedding favor by Naturally Chic / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

Kim made the delicate, spun sugar nests we used to adorn each place setting (she’s not just a photographer!) and the whimsical, snowy owl felties are from former Canmore resident Laurel Brown of Lucky Lemon Felties.

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Spun sugar nests and snowy owl felties / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Owl themed wedding / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

 

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Flowers by Janie provided adorable centerpieces / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

Beautiful feather linen provided us with a romantic sweetheart table.

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Feather linen from Celebration Creation / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

Our guests table were clean and contemporary with felt chargers and natural, grey linen napkins.

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Contemporary guest tables / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

Our table numbers were an easy “DIY” wedding project. We used reclaimed house numbers and attached them to a light maple wood for a modern, graphic look.

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Table number and hand-dipped linen runner by Naturally Chic / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Wood table numbers and marble place cards by Naturally Chic / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Jenna and Gibson Rencz / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Silvertip wedding reception / Photo by Kim Payant Photography

 

If you don’t have a dog-sled team at your wedding (though Snowy Owl is available for weddings in the Canmore area), a sweet table is the highlight of any wedding! No surprise that ours was “Snowy Owl” themed! Whimsical white owls, soapstone carvings, a DIY feather garland and lots of pink and white treats made up our sweet table.

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Snowy Owl sweet table styled by Naturally Chic / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Dessert table / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

Pink and White treats…

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Pink and white sweets / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Hot chocolate, mason jar favors by Naturally Chic / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Cupcakes and spun sugar / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

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Marble treat cards by Naturally Chic / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

Stay tuned as we will share more photos and inspiration from this winter shoot at Silvertip Resort.

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Love sign by Naturally Chic / Photo by Kim Payant Photography.

 Contact Naturally Chic for more information on planning your Canadian Rocky Mountain, winter wedding! 1.888.679.9056 or hello@naturallychic.ca!

Happy Planning!

Wedding Creatives for this Shoot:

Photography: Kim Payant Photography – http://www.kimpayantphotography.com/

Design and Concept: Sharon Auld / Naturally Chic – http://www.naturallychic.ca

Flowers: Flowers by Janie – http://flowersbyjanie.com/#

Venue: Silvertip Resort – http://www.silvertipresort.com/

Hair and Make-up: Stephanie Roy / Styling Steph – http://www.stylingsteph.com

Dogsledding: Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours Inc.- http://www.snowyowltours.com/

Bride’s Dress: BHLDN – http://www.bhldn.com/

Feather Linen: Celebration Creation – http://www.celebrationcreation.ca/

Marble Stationery: Naturally Chic – http://www.naturallychic.ca

Table Numbers: Naturally Chic – http://www.naturallychic.ca

Engraved Wood Owl Coasters: Naturally Chic – http://www.naturallychic.ca

Signage and Wood accents: Naturally Chic – http://www.naturallychic.ca

Feather Garlands: Kim Payant and Sharon Auld

Felted Owls: Lucky Lemon Felties – http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Luckylemonfelties

Hot Chocolate Favours: Naturally Chic – http://www.naturallychic.ca

Cake: Naturally Chic – http://www.naturallychic.ca

Models: Jenna and Gibson Rencz

 

 

 

Naturally Chic Winter Shoot on Wedding Bells

By Sharon Auld

We are so thrilled and honored to be on the fabulous Wedding Bells Magazine blog today with our Snowy Owl, winter wedding shoot that took place in Canmore this past February. There is loads of inspiration for a winter, mountain wedding so please check it out!

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Yay! Naturally Chic winter wedding shoot is on Wedding Bells today!

Caroline + Brock’s Whimisical Winter Wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge

by Sharon Auld

One of my favorite weddings to work on was Caroline and Brock’s whimisical, winter wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge (one of our favorite places too!). Caroline and Brock are one of the nicest couples and working with them was a pleasure! From the start, I knew working on their wedding would be a wonderful journey. I loved that Brock was very involved in the wedding process and Caroline put so much of her heart (and creative soul) into their wedding. Working together was a collaborative effort as Caroline really wanted to “DIY” several projects. I also loved that they wanted to incorporate their personalities into every aspect of the wedding and it was really important to them that their guests were well taken care of!

I waited to post this wedding as it was just featured on the fabulous blog Wedding Chicks last month (check it out!). The wedding does, as I mentioned take place at Emerald Lake Lodge (not Vancouver as mentioned in the title on their post). :)

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Cilantro on the Lake / Emerald Lake Lodge | Photo by Julie Wiliams Photography.

Caroline and Brock live in Red Deer, Alberta but spend much of their free time in the Rocky Mountains. Brock proposed to Caroline while snowshoeing during a surprise weekend at Emerald Lake Lodge, so it was a natural fit to get married there too!  Caroline had actually never really thought about getting married in the winter but after Brock suggested it, she really warmed to the idea. They both love skiing and the outdoors; Emerald Lake Lodge was a natural fit!

Once the wedding venue was chosen, we got to work. One of the first things Caroline and Brock did was choose Julie Williams Photography for their wedding! The couple loved Julie’s fun, relaxed and up-beat personality, and of course loved her photography style! Julie did a fabulous job photographing all the details on snowy and somewhat chilly February day!

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Wood engraved invite and wood button by Naturally Chic | Plaid sleeve by the bride | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Caroline looked gorgeous with her hair and make-up done by Stephanie Roy.

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Caroline looked gorgeous | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Brock getting ready / Photo by Julie Williams Photography

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Caroline looks stunning / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

The snow was falling…

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The ceremony was set | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

The scene was set for a magical, outdoor winter ceremony with a mountain view, on the Cilantro on the Lake patio.

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Winter wonderland signpost by Naturally Chic / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Mt. Burgess is always a gorgeous backdrop…

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A mountain view ceremony | photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Snowflakes and scarves ceremony decor.

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Scarves and snowflakes | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

I love that the Caroline and Brock wanted to take care of their guests (as they were having an outdoor ceremony). They provided hand-warmers (packaged in cute bags – an easy DIY project), as well as fleece scarves, gloves and blankets. Guests helped themselves to whatever they needed before the ceremony.

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A pre-ceremony warm up station for guests | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Warm up station by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Here comes the bride (with her mom and dad). Caroline looked amazing in her vintage inspired, lace gown.

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Caroline and her parents | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

 

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Pinecone bouquet | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

 Brock’s pinecone boutonniere.

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Pinecone boutonniere | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

The Ceremony…

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Winter wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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The vows | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Caroline and Brock are so sweet and their ceremony was touching.

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Winter wedding vows | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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The kiss | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Signing the registry | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Caroline and Brock decided to include a wine box filled with love letters during their ceremony. The plan is to open it on their fifth wedding anniversary!

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Wooden wine box by Naturally Chic | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Yay! Congratulations! We wish Caroline and Brock a lifetime of happiness!

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Congratulations! / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Following the ceremony a hot chocolate / coffee station was set up for the guests to enjoy while the family and wedding party had their portrait session with Julie. Even though it was a little chilly out, the guests didn’t seem to notice as they milled about.

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Hot cocoa station set up by Naturally Chic / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Staying warm / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Guests enjoy a warm up after ceremony / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Time for some fun… Enjoy Julie’s photos of the couple and their wedding party and some winter fun!

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Caroline and her girls / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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The wedding party stays warm between shoots | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Photos on the lake…

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The wedding party / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Caroline and her girls looked absolutely adorable!

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Ear muffs and pinecone bouquets / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Winter boots / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Brock actually proposed to Caroline on a snowshoe trip out to Emerald Lake Lodge, so it was only naturally they get a photo of the two of them snowshoeing.

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Snowshoeing at Emerald Lake / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Brock and Caroline LOVE skiing, so it is no surprise their wedding has a ski theme to it (You’ll see more creative ski ideas in Part 2 of this post)!

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Ski-Mates sign by Naturally Chic / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Skis outside Cilantro on the Lake | Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

 

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Caroline loves owls / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

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Winter wedded bliss at Emerald Lake Lodge / Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

We hope you will stop by again soon to see Part 2 of Caroline and Brock’s winter wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge. Their wedding colors were inspired by this HBC blanket and of course their love of skiing! Don’t miss it!

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Congrats to Caroline and Brock/ Photo by Julie Williams Photography.

Planning a winter wedding in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, give us a call at 1.888.274.6994 or email us at hello@naturallychic.ca!

The Creative Team:

Wedding Planner / Designer: Sharon Auld Naturally Chic

Photographer: Julie Williams Photography

Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge (www.crmr.com/emerald)

Venue Coordinator: Tyler Trapp

Flowers: Katrina Russel of Cattleya Chic (now working at Calyx Floral Design)

Hair and Make up: Stephanie Roy

DJ: Patrick Smiley Entertainment 

Wood Stationery: Naturally Chic

Wood Items (birch vases, signs, letters etc.) : Naturally Chic 

Dress Designer: Allure Bridal

Groom’s AttirePrada

Jewelry: Tiffany and Co.

Shoe Designer: Sorel

Veil or Hair Accessories: The Sparkling Sparrow

Maid of HonourBHDLN

Maid of Honor: Jim Hjelm Occasions

Best Man: Banana Republic
Rings: Tacori
Hanger: LilaFrances
Mr and Mrs. Owls: The Owl Shoppe & wood signs by Naturally Chic

Pom Pom Buntings & Knitted Napkin Tie Scarves: Bride & Bride’s Mother

 Officiant: Kim Chapman

 

 

 

 

Lake Louise Fall Wedding – Part 2

by Sharon Auld

On our last post, we shared Part One of Rachel and Mike’s Fall Wedding at the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain Resort’s, Deer Lodge in Lake Louise, Canada. Assisting Rachel and Mike with their wedding plans was a true privilege. I love working with couples who are fun-loving and easy-going. Rachel and Mike are the epitomy of fun-loving and it’s so evident in all their photos!

One of the things I also loved about working with Rachel and Mike is that they really wanted to make their wedding day a true reflection of themselves, and it was really important to them that their guests had fun! I’m sure they did!

Christina Craft of Funky Town Photography provided the gorgeous imagery along with second shooter, the talented Erika Jensen of Canmore.

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Rachel and Mike’s Lake Louise Wedding | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Deer Lodge is an amazing venue for a wedding set against the world’s most photographed lakes, Lake Louise.

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Deer Lodge | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

After the wedding ceremony, Rachel and Mike planned a fun cocktail hour for their guests, that included “Mike’s” Scotch bar where guests could sample some of Mike’s favorite Scotch.

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Wood letters (large and small) by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

To add to the fun, we created a fun sign for Mike, as well as we engraved wood cards that described the various Scotch.

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Wood Scotch bar sign by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

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Wood Wedding signage by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Another fun idea that Rachel and Mike planned for their guests was these fun, whimsical pins that guests could pin on themselves during cocktail hour. Guests had fun choosing their pins and wearing them throughout the evening.

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Wood engraved wedding badges by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Rachel and Mike’s “Grand Entrance” into their reception room.

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Rachel and Mike enter wedding reception | Photo by Funky Town Photography (Erika Jensen).

In keeping with the ambience of the venue, Rachel and Mike wanted to keep their decor natural and rustic. We used Deer Lodge’s table and chairs, with simple burlap runners, wood slices and mason jars flower arrangements adorning the tables.

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Deer Lodge wedding decor by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Flower arrangements were provided by the talented Sarah Mayerson Design. In keeping with Mike’s Scottish heritage, Scottish Thistles were tucked amongst the orange dahlias and greenery.

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Mason jar flower centerpieces by Sarah Mayerson Design | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

We introduced a little of Mike’s family tartan with ribbons tied to mason jars and we added engraved wood tags (with the Wong Squared wedding motif) to “brand” their wedding and give it a cohesive look.

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Wood engraved tags by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

We incorporated lots of warm woods into their wedding decor.

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Warm wood table numbers by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

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Wood place cards by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

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Mr. and Mrs. Signs and stands by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

The couple had little books at each table soliciting their guests for marriage advice: such as “How should we celebrate our first anniversary”, to dating suggestions and marriage advice.

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Lake Louise wedding | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Guest came from all over, but I think the guests that traveled the farthest were from, not surprisingly, Scotland.

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Wood wedding Sign Post by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Rachel and Mike had a unique wedding kissing game! If guests were going to get them to kiss they had to correctly pronounce Scottish sayings and verses. This provided a fair amount of hilarity as guests attempted the sayings! Of course, the scottish relatives had no problem getting the bride and groom to kiss!

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Rachel and Mikes’s Scottish “kissing game” sign | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Mike had a scotch bar, so Rachel shared one of her favorite treats for guests. A Popcorn bar! We used rustic wine barrels and wood apple baskets to keep it rustic! 

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Popcorn buffet decor and sign by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

We made a custom sign for Rachel too!

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Custom wood sign by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Of course, we even”branded” the DIY popcorn containers. : )

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Custom popcorn buffet boxes by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

A friend of Rachel’s family, who has a bakery, made several beautiful wedding cakes for the guests to enjoy!

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Rustic wedding cakes adorned with orange flowers | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Throughout the evening, there was plenty of entertainment including dancing and games, and the hit of the evening was a fun photo booth by Silly Booth.

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Speeches | Photo by Funky Town Photography (Christina Craft)

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The shoe Game | Photo by Funky Town Photography (Erika Jensen).

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Silly Booth | Photo by Funky Town Photography (Christina Craft).

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First Dance | Photo by Funky Town Photography (Ericka Jensen).

Good night from Deer Lodge in Lake Louise!

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Good night kiss | Photo by Funky Town Photography (Erika Jensen).

If you’ve missed it check out Part One of this fun, fall  moutain wedding here.

For more information on our planning and design services, contact us at Naturally Chic, hello@naturallychic.ca or call 1.888.679.9056.

The Creative Team:

Photography: Funky Town Photography

Planning and Design / Decor : Sharon / Naturally Chic

Venue: Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts Deer Lodge 

Flowers: Sarah Mayerson Design

DJ: Rob Murray from Class Act DJ

Photo Booth – Silly Booth

Hair and Make-up: Lana Desch/ Lana Rae Makeup

Wood signage, stationery, place cards, table numbers etc: Naturally Chic

Lake Louise Fall Wedding

by Sharon Auld

I’m definitely behind on posting weddings, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth sharing! Sometimes it happens that the photographers get super busy traveling the world that they don’t always have time to give planners photos…then we get busy and well, this post is late. The truth is I am still really excited to share this wedding because it was such a fun wedding with an amazing couple and the photography by Funky Town Photography (Christina Craft and Erica Jensen as second shooter) was stunning!

I had such a great time helping Rachel and Mike plan their Fall wedding at Canadian Rocky Mountain Resort’s Deer Lodge in Lake Louise, Alberta. I remember several design meetings over coffee that were always a great time, mainly because Rachel and Mike are easy going people who really wanted to have fun with their wedding. From the start, they had the idea that they wanted to show their personality and have a little fun with the fact that they both had the same last name; Wong, and “Wong Squared” as a wedding motif was born. We definitely had fun playing with this motif throughout their wedding!

I also loved the fact that they wanted to play up Mike’s Scottish heritage. We wanted to weave some of their Scottish plaid in with their orange and brown colour palette and this set the tone for their rustic Lake Louise wedding. Deer Lodge was a perfect location for their wedding!

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Rachel and Mike’s Deer Lodge Wedding \ Photo by Funky Town Photography.

This is how there story began! Actually it began apparently at the Keg in Calgary but that is another story…this is the story of their wedding day. :)

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Barn wood sign by Naturally Chic \ Photo by Funky Town Photography

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Rustic Wedding Sign Post made by Naturally Chic | Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Rachel and Mike did a first look reveal before their actual wedding ceremony. I am starting to love first look ceremonies! I love that it is an intimate moment for just the couple to share some time together before the ceremony. It is also a great way to get the nerves worked out too when you can see each other beforehand. It really is a shared experience between the couple!

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Mike sees his bride for the first time / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Here comes the bride!

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The first look / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Once the first look is finished, the couple can relax before the ceremony and just have some fun! Rachel and Mike went out around the Lake Louise area with their incredibly talented photographers for some portraits, and were joined by their wedding party.

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Rachel and Mike / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

I love this shot of Rachel and Mike in front of the sparkling blue waters of Lake Louise!

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Bride and groom at Lake Louise / Photo by Funky
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We made some fun photo props for the wedding party to take out on their photo shoot. I love personalized props for photos because they are always so much fun!

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Wedding Party at Lake Louise / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Time to get married! I don’t think anyone could have asked for a more beautiful fall day! In fact, it was really more like summer!

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Lake louise wedding ceremony / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Orange wedding wands and wood engraved wedding programs were ready to go. I love the little booklets Rachel and Mike decided on for the ceremony program and what was even better was the personalized stories inside of how the couple met and about their wedding party.

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Wood wedding programs by Naturally Chic / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

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Mike and his mom / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

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Lake Louise wedding ceremony / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

One of my favorite “ceremonies” to do within a wedding ceremony is the “wine box / love letters” ceremony. In this case we made a custom wood box, but the couple chose to put scotch in the box instead of wine along with their love notes to each other. During the ceremony, it was explained to the guests that the couple would hopefully never have to open the box because it was meant to be opened at a time of stress in the marriage… they’d drink the scotch and read the letters to each other and remember why they fell in love with each other in the first place!

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Custom wood scotch box and pen set by Naturally Chic / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Look out Rachel has the hammer!

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Wood scotch box wedding ceremony / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

They were so cute! The guests really enjoyed the fun as well.

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Rachel hammeres the first nail. / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

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The first kiss as husband and wife. / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

The Wongs are officially “Wong Squared”!

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The back of their wedding program : ) / Funky Town Photography.

Yay! Congratulations Rachel and Mike!!

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Wong squared / Photo by Funky Town Photography

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Rachel and Mike / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

Stay tuned for more of Rachel and Mike’s wedding reception that took place at Deer Lodge in Lake Louise. This couple knows how to have fun, so don’t miss it! Here is Part 2 of Rachel and Mike’s Lake Louise Wedding!

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Wong Way wedding reception is coming soon / Photo by Funky Town Photography.

 For more information on planning your Lake Louise wedding, contact us (Naturally Chic) at hello@naturallychic.ca or 1.888.679.9056!

The Creative Team:

Photography: Funky Town Photography

Planning and Design: Sharon / Naturally Chic

Venue: Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts Deer Lodge 

Flowers: Sarah Mayerson Design

Hair and Make-up: Lana Desch/ Lana Rae Makeup

Wood signage, stationery, photo props, wine box: Naturally Chic

 

 

 

 

 

Canmore Summer Wedding – Part 2

by Sharon Auld

Yesterday we shared Part One of Jena and Gordon’s Summer Canmore Wedding, if you’ve missed it you can see it here. Today we are thrilled to share more of their fun wedding.

Jena and Gordon are one of the nicest couple’s to work with. They are just so nice…and always smiling and having fun! It was a pleasure working with them on their summer wedding that took place at the Silvertip Resort in Canmore, Canada.

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Purple fan backdrop by Naturally Chic | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

 Jena and Gordon’s wedding party joined them for a photo shoot before the reception. Here’s a few pics of them with their wedding party.

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The girls | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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The guys | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Jena and Gordon wanted simple, rustic wedding decor with a little flair (that suited their personalities)! They chose a purple, white and grey color palette, with wood accents for their reception.

We created a 20 ft. purple paper poms and fan backdrop for their head table. It was very fun and whimisical and really suited the couple’s wedding vibe.

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Purple poms and paper fan wedding table backdrop | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Silvertip Resort Wedding Reception, Chair covers from CDM Consulting in Canmore | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

We made menus and place cards for each place setting. The place cards had real wood accents which added a rustic flair.

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Wedding day stationery by Naturally Chic | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

In keeping with the rustic theme, Jena and Gordon chose simple floral, mason jar arrangements from Occassional Bloom.

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Mason jar flower arrangements by Occasional Bloom | Photography by Eric Daigle Photography.

We made wood table numbers to complement the rustic theme.

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Wood table numbers by Naturally Chic | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Pretty purple wedding centerpieces | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Food at the Silvertip Resort is always phenominal!

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Food by Silvertip Resort | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Engraved wood seating chart by Naturally Chic | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

The lovely cake was by Barbara Laberge formerly owner at Cake Creations in Canmore (the topper was from Etsy).

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Cake and cupcakes from Barbara Laberge | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Cupcakes by Barbara laberge, wood stand and stationery by Naturally Chic, special cake table linen by Celebration Creation | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Cake cutting | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Jena and Gordon’s wedding favours were personalized, all natural soap from the Rocky Mountain Soap Company.

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Rocky Mountain Soap Co. personalized soap | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

I love that this natural soap comes in so many wonderful scents to choose from and it is even better when it is personalized!

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Natural and locally made soap from Rocky Mountain Soap Company in Canmore | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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The head table | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

 We wish you both a lifetime of happiness Jena and Gordon!!

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Purple wedding backdrop | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography

Beautiful Shot of Jena and Gordon on location at Silvertip Resort.

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Jena and Gordon on location at Silvertip Resort | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Jena and Gordon enjoying the day | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Happy Planning! For more information about our wedding planning and design services contact us at hello@naturallychic.ca or call 1.888.679-9056!

Vendors:

Venue: Silvertip Resort

Wedding Planner: Sharon of Naturally Chic

Photographer: Eric Daigle Photography

Second Shooter: Kim Payant

Marriage Commissioner - Robin White of Banff Lake Louise Weddings

Ceremony Musician- Harp Angel Deborah Nyack

Flowers: Tracey / Occasional Bloom

Cake and Cake tree: Barb Laberge  / Cake Creations

Chalkboard signage, wood letters and decor: Naturally Chic

Table Linens, runners and sashes: Celebration Creation

Chair Covers: CDM Consulting 

Wedding Favors- Rocky Mountain Soap Co.

Canmore Summer Wedding

by Sharon Auld

I had the immense pleasure of working with Jena and Gordon on their summer wedding at Silvertip Resort in Canmore. Jena and Gordon are incredibly warm, loving and fun and it really shows in all their wedding photos taken by the talented Eric Daigle of Eric Daigle Photography, a local Canmore resident!

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Mr and Mrs Bell married in Canmore | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography

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Canoe theme wedding stationery | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Jena and Gordon’s wedding rings | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Jena and Gordon stayed at the beautiful Grande Rockies Resort in Canmore and Jena and her girls stayed in the beautifully appointed Penthouse Suite overlooking the Three Sisters Mountain Range.

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Canmore bride | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Canmore groom getting ready | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

I love this shot of Jena’s dress hanging in the doorway of the Penthouse at the Grande Rockies Resort in Canmore.

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Jena’s beautiful dress hanging in the door way of the Penthouse Suite at the Grande Rockies | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Here’s Jena’s beautiful purple Badgley Mischka wedding shoes.

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Jena’s Badgley Mischka wedding shoes | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Jena and her girls getting ready at the Penthouse Suite | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

I love that the couple chose to do an intimate “first look” reveal. It gave them a perfect opportunity to spend sometime together before the wedding! These two are so perfect together.

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The “First Look” | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Rustic wedding chalkboards by Naturally Chic | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Jena looked beautiful! | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Despite the threating skies and some early day rain, Jena’s spirit was never dampened! Of course, it doesn’t hurt if you get an opportunity to rock a cute pair of boots and have fun with some cool props on your photo shoot!

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Jena’s purple boots | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Purple wedding letters by Naturally Chic | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

The Ceremony took place at the beautiful Silvertip Resort gazebo and the weather was spectacular!

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Jena with her dad | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Chalkboard wedding signage made by Naturally Chic | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Baby’s breath in burlap cones hung from the aisle chairs | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Ceremony music was provided by the Harp Angel, Deborah Nyack.

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Harp Angel Deborah Nyack | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Jena’s beautiful rustic, purple bouquet was from Tracey at Occasional Bloom.

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Jena’s beautiful bouquet from Occasional Bloom | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

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Wedding vows | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Jena and Gordon is married!

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Jean and Gordon are married | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Yay! The fun begins!

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The fun begins! | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Please drop by again tomorrow as we will be sharing Jean and Gordon’s fun wedding reception at the beautiful Silvertip Resort in Canmore!

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Jena and Gordon’s whimisical wedding decor | Photo by Eric Daigle Photography.

Happy Planning! For more information about our wedding planning and design services contact us at hello@naturallychic.ca or call 1.888.679-9056!

Vendors:

Venue: Silvertip Resort

Wedding Planner: Sharon of Naturally Chic

Photographer: Eric Daigle Photography

Second Shooter: Kim Payant

Marriage Commissioner – Robin White of Banff Lake Louise Weddings

Ceremony Musician- Harp Angel Deborah Nyack

Flowers: Tracey / Occasional Bloom

Cake and Cake tree: Barb Laberge  / Cake Creations

Chalkboard signage, wood letters and decor: Naturally Chic

Linens: Celebration Creation

Chair Covers: CDM Consulting 

 

 

 

Spring at the Palliser – Pretty Pastel Wedding Inspiration 2

by Sharon Auld

If you are waking up to snow this morning, it may not feel a lot like Spring. Despite colder temperatures that are on the way, Spring is just around the corner. Hopefully these gorgeous photos by the very talented Tara Whittaker Photography will give you hope! It is coming!!

I was so very fortunate to team up with a couple of extremely talented wedding professionals from the Calgary area for this Spring Wedding Inspiration at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary: Tara Whittaker of Tara Whittaker Photography and Sarah Mayerson of Sarah Mayerson Design. I cannot tell you how much I admire these ladies! Not only are they creative, artistic and talented but are some of the nicest people you could meet in the wedding industry. What’s more is that they are an absolute pleasure to colloborate with and they bring so many great ideas to the table. I hope you enjoy our inspiration and the beautiful photography!

If you’ve missed it, check Part 1 here.

I think this photo is my favorite of the whole shoot. Here our beautiful model Clare McConnell curiously inspects a birds nest.

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Spring is almost here | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

Clare looked gorgeous with her up do from Erica (Artists Within ) and in her gorgeous Reem Acra from Ette.

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Wedding Couple at the Fairmont Palliser Calgary | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

Flowers by Sarah Mayerson Design are the perfect balance of pretty and rustic.

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Pretty Pastel Wedding Table | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

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Pretty Blush pink wedding florals by Sarah Mayerson Design | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

The place cards (and menus) are made from a delicate white wood veneer and are an elegant touch to your wedding day stationery.

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Wood veneer place card and geometric place card holder by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

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Spring Wedding Place setting | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

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Floral Chair swag with rustic ribbon by Sarah Mayerson Design | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

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Spring Wedding at the Fairmont Palliser | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

Wood Mr. & Mrs. signs adorned the bride and groom’s chairs.

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Wood Mr. & Mrs. chair signs by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

This sweet paper bunting made by Tara is an easy DIY for brides.

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Pastel paper bunting by Tara Whittaker | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

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Gold sugar rimmed champagne | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

A thoughtful Spring Wedding Favour Idea: A Tulip Station.

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Tulip wedding favor station | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

Beautiful tulips from Sarah Mayerson Design.

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Tulips for spring wedding guests | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

Romantic Spring Cake with cascading blush hued florals from the pastry team at the Fairmont Palliser (wood cake stand is from Don at Naturally Chic). The beautiful wreath is from Sarah Mayerson Design and wood banner by Naturally Chic.

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Blush pink flowers on wedding cake | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

A vintage dresser is perfect for a refreshment station and is another great DIY project for couples. I love Tara’s gold detailing on this one!

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Vintage dresser for wedding refreshments | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

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Lovely birds nest | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

 Thanks for stopping by! Let us know what you think!

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Spring Wedding at the Palliser | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

Happy Planning!

For more information on our planning and design services contact hello@naturallychic.ca or call 1.888.679.9056!

The Fairmont Palliser Calgary Photographs:  Tara Whittaker Photography  

Venue:  The Fairmont Palliser Calgary

Concept & Design:  Sharon Auld of Naturally Chic  & Tara Whittaker

Wood veneer stationery (place cards, menus etc.): Naturally Chic

Signage, Wood Details (Table numbers, place card holders): Naturally Chic

Floral Design:  Sarah Mayerson Design 

Linens:  Celebration Creation 

Natural Chiavari Chairs:  Great Events Group 

Wedding Cake:  Pastry team at The Fairmont Palliser Calgary

Wedding Gown:  Reem Acra from Ette

Models: Clare McConnell and Marc

Hair and make-up stylist:  Erica from Artists Within 

Shoes:  Nine West Canada 

Groom’s Tuxedo:  Cameo & Cufflinks

Special thanks to the incredibly beautiful bride Clare and our uber handsome groom, Marc, and to Don from Naturally Chic and Tara’s Dad for their amazing help on the shoot!!

Spring at the Palliser – Pretty Pastel Wedding Inspiration

by Sharon Auld

Nothing says Spring like pretty pastels and tulips! This stylized wedding shoot is chalk full of both and takes place at the gorgeous, iconic hotel, the Fairmont Palliser, in downtown Calgary. After a recent cold snap and a long, snowy winter, Spring is  a welcome sight of pastel hues, warmer weather and a renewed outlook. I was fortunate to team up with some of my favorite people in the wedding industry, Tara Whittaker (Tara Whittaker Photography) and Sara Mayerson (Sarah Mayerson Design) to design this ‘Spring at the Palliser’ inspiration for you!

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A natural, spring wedding inspiration at the Fairmont Palliser | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

For our inspiration we wanted a vintage yet contemporary design featuring loose, organic florals with lots of greenery. We used lots of vintage elements such a crystal and gold rimmed glasses, vintage silverware and beautiful vintage Lamoge china juxtaposed against modern geometric elements like our maple wood place card holders.

Sarah designed gorgeous floral wreaths to hang over the tables and the organic centerpieces of white, green and barely there pink were placed in vintage crystal bowls.

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Natural, Spring Wedding | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

In keeping with the natural feel, we used ‘Vintage Linen’, a variety of pastel hued linen napkins and our menus and place cards, were engraved pieces of a delicate, white wood veneer.

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Wood veneer menus. | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

We engraved the wood menus on an angle for a contemporary look (and added a bit of sparkle!).

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Wood wedding menu by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

We used a mix of chairs for a more interesting and contemporary look.

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Eclectic mix of chairs for a contemporary look | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

For a current look, we used a light, maple wood for our cut out table numbers.

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Maple wood table numbers by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

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Elegant wood table numbers by Naturally Chic. | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

Our beautiful couple, Clare and Marc. Clare looked stunning in this beautiful gown from Ette, and Marc in his tux from Cameo & Cufflinks.

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Our beautiful bride. | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

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Our handsome groom Marc | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

I adore this shot of the ‘bride’ with her beautiful bouquet created by Sarah Mayerson Design.

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Bride holding organic wedding bouquet from Sarah Mayerson Design. Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

We made this little bouquet charm for our bride’s bouquet.

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Bouquet charm from Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

The groom’s boutonniere is both classic and contemporary.

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Classic and contemporary boutonniere by Sarah Mayerson Design | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

One of my favorite floral elements was this stunning wreath created by Sarah Mayerson and we made a wood banner to personalize for the couple.

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Greenery wreath by Sarah Mayerson Design, wood banner by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

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Rustic wreath by Sarah Mayerson Design and wood banner by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

We have lots more fresh Spring inspiration to share with you,  so please stop by for Part 2 of Spring at the Palliser!

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Tulips at the Palliser | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography.

Happy Planning!

For more information on our planning and design services contact hello@naturallychic.ca or call 1.888.679.9056!

The Fairmont Palliser Calgary Photographs:  Tara Whittaker Photography  

Venue:  The Fairmont Palliser Calgary

Concept & Design:  Sharon Auld of Naturally Chic  & Tara Whittaker

Wood veneer stationery (place cards, menus etc.): Naturally Chic

Signage, Wood Details (Table numbers, place card holders): Naturally Chic

Floral Design:  Sarah Mayerson Design 

Linens:  Celebration Creation 

Natural Chiavari Chairs:  Great Events Group 

Wedding Cake:  Pastry team at The Fairmont Palliser Calgary

Wedding Gown:  Reem Acra from Ette

Models: Clare McConnell and Marc

Hair and make-up stylist:  Erica from Artists Within 

Shoes:  Nine West Canada 

Groom’s Tuxedo:  Cameo & Cufflinks

Special thanks to our bride and groom, Clare & Marc.  To Don from Naturally Chic and Tara’s Dad for their help on the shoot!!