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Mad Men Table Design in Honor of the Mad Men Finale


by Sharon Auld

In honor of the Mad Men finale, I thought I would re-share some photos of a styled table shoot I did for the Vintage Wedding Showcase a couple of seasons ago. I was one of several participants who had to design a tablescape based on a vintage theme. I chose Mad Men, though I had never actually watched a Mad Men episode previous to the challenge. The first thing I did was get myself caught up in several seasons of Mad Men. Then, I immersed myself into the art and design of the late 50’s and early 60’s (the Mad Men era I chose to recreate for my tablescape). I actually found myself loving mid-century design and this Mad Men table design was an incredibly fun challenge from the usual mountain weddings I design!

Here’s a few photos of my design captured by Tara Whittaker Photography and flowers by the talented Sarah Mayerson Design. Let me know what you think! Did I capture the era and would it make our beloved Don Draper proud? Thank you Mad Men for the extremely compelling entertainment!

The flowers were oh so lovely and complemented the mid-century color palette! I made the table menus and drink menus out wood. We even made the table for the shoot!


by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

I chose lots of bright colors for the table including a popular color palette of avocado green and orange, which was extremely common in home decor in the mid-century. I also chose mid-century stemware and chose to put the flowers in a cut crystal bowl, which incidentally was a popular wedding gift at the time!

mad men table design by Naturally Chic

by Naturally Chic

I used real walnut and made the place holders to look like the name plates commonly seen on every ad exec.’s desk in the mid-60’s!

Mad-Men-inspired-wedding by Naturally Chic |

by Naturally Chic

Mad Men wedding inspriraton by Naturally Chic |

by Naturally Chic

My wedding favours were an update version of what was actually common to give as favors at weddings – personalized matches!

Mid-century table design by Naturally Chic |

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mid-century mad men designed table by Naturally Chic |

by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

And one of the most popular toys from the era was the slinky, so I had to have this beautiful item on my table for decoration!

mid-century drink card styled for Mad Men shoot by Naturally Chic |

by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

I designed a bar cart filled with items to make the popular cocktails of the day!

sixties table design by Naturally Chic

by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Planning! Be sure to check out our new website at for planning your Banff Wedding in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.


Rustic Mountain Wedding Elegance

by Sharon Auld

We recently shared a sneak peek of the Rustic Mountain Wedding Elegance, inspirational shoot:  “Emerald Apparition”, that was created for the latest edition of Luxe by Calgary Bride magazine (on news stands now) at the incredibly spectacular, Emerald Lake Lodge.

rustic-elegance-mountain-wedding  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.


It was an absolute pleasure to work with some of the most talented wedding professionals in the area: including Trish & Matt of  f8 Photography Inc. Lyn Chapman of Flower Artistry and Alissa of Plush Invitations to name a few, to make this shoot possible.

Today I wanted to share our inspiration behind the shoot. Back track sometime ago and Lyn and I were talking about how great it would be to do a truly, elegant rustic wedding shoot. Lyn envisioned doing a beautiful, floral canopy, complete with chandelier, on a rustic arch. She also wanted to showcase both the ceremony and the reception with her flowers. I too, had been dreaming of an elegant, rustic mountain wedding inspiration and my vision took me straight to Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts‘, Emerald Lake Lodge. Though I had done countless, real wedding ceremonies on the Cilantro on the Lake patio, I dreamed of a beautiful tablescape overlooking the beautiful emerald waters, with the majestic Mount Burgess looking on. It just had to be there! Of course, the dream wasn’t a reality yet until Trish approached Lyn with the idea of us all doing a shoot together. Trish and Matt had shot some amazing winter weddings with us at Emerald Lake, and it was time to do another season (as every season at Emerald Lake is stunning). The seed was born and we were so excited to be able to take this inspiration and have the honor of it being published in the beautiful Luxe by Calgary Bride magazine! We hope you love it as much as we do!

emerald-lake-lodge-wedding with | Photos by

rustic-elegance-mountain-wedding  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

I worked with the fabulous Alissa, from Plush Invitations to come up with not only the wedding invitation suite, but also a look (and ‘logo’) to thread throughout our elegant, rustic theme. I knew I wanted an elegant look, with antlers and crown and Alissa came up with some beautiful designs from my vision. Together we worked to create the beautiful custom pieces. Alissa printed the paper pieces and I engraved the wood pieces that included a wood presentation box.

engraved-wood-wedding-invitation by Naturally Chic + Plush Invitations | photo by f8 Photography Inc.

My husband Don built all the wood pieces including the custom arch and pillars and Lyn created the amazing floral pieces as well as the custom floral ceiling, while I made the custom signage.

rustic-elegance-mountain-wedding  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

I love these beautiful shots from Trish and Matt as they captured the beauty of the scenery and decor! I chose a a muted, sparkly linen from Celebration Creation. My goal was to keep the colors muted so as not to compete with the emerald waters, the stunning florals and the rustic woods.

rustic-elegance-mountain-wedding  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

Our ‘groom’ Tyler read from his custom vow books, while our beautiful ‘bride’ Bailey and junior bridesmaid and flower girl (Molly and Mim) looked on.

rustic-elegance-mountain-wedding  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

The bride and the girls were beautifully outfitted by Cameo and Cufflinks and the groom, handsome in his attire from Ed Williams Menswear. The floral arch was made with hundreds of blooms.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

I love the  bouquets and floral headpieces by the Flower Artistry team.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.


Bailey is a true beauty and she looked stunning! Thank you to the talented Jenna from Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry and Joanne from Mountain Beauties for making her and all the models look even more beautiful.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

I chose simple, escort cards to sit in the organically shaped place holders we made. Lots of candles, and a few organic pieces, such as the naturally shed antler to complement the look.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

The majestic linen was again from Celebration Creation.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

I chose simple organic, lines and organically shaped, bone china dinnerware. A custom engraved wood menu and place holder completed the place settings.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

rustic-mountain-wedding-elegance  by Naturally Chic | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.


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2015 Wedding Trends

by Sharon Auld

If you’ve been following Naturally Chic, you’ll know that we aren’t particularly into trends. To us, it’s more important that you make wedding choices based on what makes you happy, what you love, and not necessarily what’s trendy. To us, it’s more important to make choices that reflect your personalities and that never goes out of style! That said, it’s hard not to be influenced by the world around us!

There are so many wonderful options available for weddings. We can take inspiration from fashion, art, cinema, home decor and even other weddings, to make our weddings unique and special. Top wedding blog, Style Me Pretty, has put together a list of 30 Top Wedding Trends of 2014. Many of these trends are sure to continue into 2015 and beyond! Here’s a glimse into our favorite’s from the list that we incorporated into our clients’ weddings this past year. These are some 2015 wedding trends we’d like to see continue!

1.Braided wedding hair. 

For 2015, look for braids that are incorporated into updo’s and braided crowns.

wedding-braids |   Photo by Kim Payant Photography

Photo by Kim Payant Photography

2. Non-white wedding dresses.

Look to see blue, blue-green, blush coloured wedding dresses in 2015.

blush-wedding-dress | | Photo by Kim Payant Photography

Photo by Kim Payant Photography

3. Lush, organic style centerpieces and tall taper candles.

Organic style, loose blooms with lots of greenery enjoy continued popularity in wedding centerpieces.

organic-style-centerpieces | Design by | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

wedding-trends-2015 | | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

4. Statement Bouquets.

Oversized bridal bouquets made grand statements in 2014, but still look for loose, organic style bouquets with lots of greenery for 2015 weddings.

wedding-trends-2015 | | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

2015-wedding-trends | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

6. Glittered Cake Toppers

Although glitter will remain popular, also look for personalized wood toppers in 2015. Naturally Chic made these two cake toppers.

2015-wedding-tends  |  |  Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

personalized-wood-wedding-cake-topper  |  | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

6. Chandeliers brought outside.

We particularly love mixing chandeliers with lush flowers and rustic decor (as seen in our shoot we created for Luxe by Calgary Bride).

wedding-chandelier-flowers  |  | Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

Photo by f8 Photography Inc.

Will you be incorporating any of these trends into your 2015 wedding?

Happy Planning!


Photo 1: Naturally Chic and Kim Payant Photography with hair by Stephanie Roy; Photo 2: Kim Payant Photography; Photo 3 + 4: Design by Naturally Chic and Tara Whittaker Photography, flowers by Sarah Mayerson Design; Linens: Celebration Creation and Great Events Group; Photo 5 + 6: Naturally Chic weddings + Tara Whittaker Photography and Sarah Mayerson Design; Photos 7 + 8: Cake toppers made by Naturally Chic, photo by Tara Whittaker Photography, Photo 9: Design by Naturally Chic, flowers by Flower Artistry, Photo by f8 Photography Inc.; Linen: Celebration Creation.

 To plan your 2015 Rocky Mountain Wedding, contact Naturally Chic at 1.888.679.9056 or email us at


Canadian Mountain Chic

by Sharon Auld

We are so excited to introduce our new site “Canadian Mountain Chic“! It’s Canada’s newest wedding and lifestyle blog featuring beautiful Canadian mountain weddings from all across our beautiful country and all things mountain! We have a directory featuring amazing wedding professionals and we’ll be featuring many of them in our “Fireside Chat” column (you can check out our very first Fireside Chat with the talented Tara Whittaker Photography here). You’ll find loads of inspiration for planning your mountain wedding!

But don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere! Naturally Chic will still be planning and designing our signature mountain weddings (many of which will be featured on Canadian Mountain Chic)!





Photo Credit top: Darren Roberts Photography

Photo Credits from left to right: f8 Photography Inc, Naturally Chic, TLAW Photography.

Happy Planning!

Get in touch with Naturally Chic at 1.888.679.9056 or at to plan your mountain wedding!

Rustic Elegance at Emerald Lake Lodge

By Sharon Auld

Today I wanted to share a sneak peek of the rustic elegance, styled wedding inspiration “Emerald Apparition”, that we created for the latest edition of Luxe by Calgary Bride (on news stands Dec. 19) at the always spectacular, Emerald Lake Lodge.

I was extremely fortunate to collaborate with several of the most talented, creative wedding professionals in the business: including the fabulous husband wife team Trish and Matt of F8 Photography, and the talented Lyn Chapman of Flower Artistry among others.

Here’s the peek:





















Stay tuned as we have many more beautiful photographs and details to share with you!

The Creative Team of this Rustic Elegance wedding inspiration:

Photography: F8 Photography; Designer / Stylist: Naturally Chic; Florist: Flower Artistry; Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge; Linen: Celebration Creation;
Makeup: Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry; Hair: Mountain Beauties; Cake: Buttercream Bakeshoppe; Stationery: Collaboration Plush Invitations + Naturally Chic; Bridal  + Flower Girl’s Attire: Cameo and Cufflinks; Groom’s Attire, shoes and cufflinks: Ed Williams Menswear; Wood Arch + Wood Details: created by Naturally Chic; Decor: Naturally Chic, Flower Artistry, Great Events; Models: Tyler Trapp and Bailey Christensen, Molly & Mim.
Contact Naturally Chic for more information on planning your mountain wedding!
Happy Planning!

Natural Wedding Inspiration

by Sharon Auld

This natural wedding inspiration (sneak peek) was a collaboration between Great Events Group, Tara Whittaker Photography and Naturally Chic. We came together on a beautiful fall day in Calgary at the Meadow Muse Pavilion in Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Meadow Muse Pavilion is one of Calgary’s newest wedding facilities operated by Great Events Group. It’s a beautiful open air tent complete with hardwood floors, chandeliers, wood bar and incredible views of the Park. It’s as close to al fresco dining as you can get (but with complete coverage if you need it) and it lends itself to beautiful, natural decor like its surroundings. That said, it’s also a beautiful “blank canvas” that’s suitable for any decor style!

I’m extremely humbled to be asked by Tara to participate in this shoot with amazing professionals like Sarah Mayerson Design and Ali from Modern Pulp stationery design. Aside from collaborating with some extremely talented people, what I also love about this shoot is that we used linens and decor from Great Events‘ rental department (the stunning botanical linens, striped napkins, gold chargers, plates, glasses etc.). It’s a perfect, “one-stop” for venue, catering (have you tasted their food?) and rentals!!


Sarah Mayerson is simply one the best local talents for beautiful, natural floral arrangements!


Ali’s menus were a perfect complement to the decor and I love her place cards on the little wood blocks we made to hold them! I made the wood block place card holders from wood scraps left from other projects.


These gorgous cakes were from Brenda at Cake Works!


This is such a cute favour display of mini terrariums from the Plant in Inglewood. I think guests would love to receive a wedding favor like this! I made the chalkboard bunting from wood scraps left over from other projects as well.


I love this shot of the bride by the super talented Tara Whittaker! And hair and make up by Lyana Gibert of The Art of Beauty is always gorgeous!


This real life wedding couple, Sarah and Bryce looked amazing in their wedding day attire from Frocks Modern and Ed Williams Menswear!


Stay tuned as there will be more of this shoot later on!

For more information on the Meadow Muse Pavilion you can contact the venue coordinator Lisa at:

Phone: 403.305.7701


Wedding Creatives:

Photography: Tara Whittaker Photography

Venue:  Meadow Muse Pavilion in Fish Creek Park

Rentals:  Great Events Group

Wedding Design:  Tara Whittaker of Tara Whittaker Photography + Sharon of Naturally Chic.

Chalkboard bunting and wine charms + wood details by:  Naturally Chic

Floral design:  Sarah Mayerson Design

Wedding stationery:  Ali Finch of Modern Pulp

Terrarium wedding favours:  Plant in Inglewood

Wedding Cakes:  Cakeworks

Bride’s hair and make-up:  Lyana Gibert, The Art of Beauty

Bridal Gown:  Nicole Miller from Frocks Modern

Groom’s attire:  Ed Williams Menswear

Real life wedding couple, Sarah & Bryce.

Antlers: all natural sheds from Naturally Chic collections found on walks on private property.

A huge thank you to Tara for organizing the creative team and clothing and attire, and to Jessica at Great Events for allowing us this wonderful opportunity!

For more information planning your natural wedding contact Naturally Chic at 1.888.679.9056 or

Happy Planning!



Banff Picnic Engagement

by Sharon Auld

I had been thinking about a romantic picnic in the mountains for some time and was thrilled when Kim from Kim Payant Photography suggested that we create one for Breanne and Tristan, her Ontario couple who are getting married in Canmore next year. I had always thought that the rocky beach overlooking Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park would be the perfect spot for a romantic picnic for two and a styled engagement session!
Kim captured gorgeous photos of the couple in this fun engagment session; check out more of her beautiful photos on the Be Minked blog as the shoot is featured today!

Banff picnic engagement | photo by Kim Payant Photography

I was told that Breanne and Tristan had a modern sensibility in terms of their wedding decor, so I thought instead of using a traditional picnic basket, I would create something for them with a more modern feel. I thought something more sturdy, something you could toss in the back of your vehicle and fill with food before hitting the mountains, would be perfect for Breanne and Tristan’s visit to the mountains.
I created a wood picnic crate for it’s functionality and personalized it with their name and wedding date. Both Kim and I thought it could make a cute card box at their wedding too and it could be used to store all those wedding mementos after the wedding (wedding stationery, cards, favours, menu etc.)! 

Wood picnic crate personalized with couple’s wedding date by Naturally Chic | photo by Kim Payant Photography.

We filled the crate with quintessential picnic food, sandwiches, salad in a jar, fresh fruit and of course local favorites such as Grizzly Paw soda and chocolate “bear’s paws”.
We also used wood cutlery, mason jars and reusable plates to reduce waste.



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5 Tips for Your Marriage Proposal in the Canadian Rocky Mountains

by Sharon Auld

Are you planning a marriage proposal in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to your special someone? The Canadian Rocky Mountains boast some of the most beautiful places on earth and a romantic getaway can be a special start to the perfect proposal.

Whether you’re planning on proposing at the top of the Gondola in Banff, while on a hike in Jasper, or enjoying breathtaking views at Lake Louise, the Rockies offer plenty of inspiring locations.


Marriage Proposals in the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Proposing is a daunting proposition and it’s natural that you want to do it right. You may be feeling nervous and not sure where to start, but the one thing you know is that you’ve found that special someone to share your life with.

Here’s 5 Tips for your Dream Marriage Proposal:

  • Have the ring. When you have the ring it’s a clear indication that you are fully committed to spending your life together.
  • Create an intimate atmosphere. Although there are no shortage of public proposals these days, we think a private or semi-private proposal is seriously romantic.
  • Make it unique. Your proposal should be reflective of your relationship together. You don’t want to copy a proposal you saw on You Tube. It should be a good “fit” for the two of you, but that’s not to say it can’t be fun!
  • Think outside the box. Whether it’s a simple idea or completely elaborate, the key is not to be mundane; it’s supposed to be special! Think a picnic set out in front of a glacial lake, a helicopter ride to a mountain peak with a panoramic view; the options are endless!
  • Incorporate special moments or details into your proposal. You know your partner  better than anyone; show her by remembering special details like her favorite wine or flower. A little something unexpected never hurts either!

The key to a great proposal, especially keeping it a surprise, lies in the planning. Planning your marriage proposal may seem counter-intuitive to a sincere proposal, but really it’s the preparation that will make it go off without a hitch. It also allows you to be really thoughtful and creative!

If you are looking for help planning your marriage proposal in the Canadian Rocky Mountains we’re here to help! We have proposal services that include a proposal concept only, or full plan and execution of the logistics and details of your proposal. All you have to do is propose!

For more information on planning your marriage proposal in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, contact us at or call us at 1.888.679.9056!

Here’s more info. on our proposal planning services.

Happy Planning!


Emerald Lake Lodge Wedding – Part 2

by Sharon Auld

Yesterday we shared Part 1 of Michelle and Jon’s beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge wedding, photographed by the talented Terence Law of T.Law Photography. Today we’re sharing more of Terence’s great photos, as well as some reception decor.


Emerald Lake Lodge wedding couple, Michelle and Jon | Photo by T.Law Photography.

Michelle and Jon’s decor was inspired by the natural beauty of Emerald Lake, taking a cue from the abundant hues of blues and green found all around. Michelle knew from the start she wanted to include the colour” greyed jade” and was thrilled when she found the perfect color for her bridesmaids dresses. She was also very fond of the simple beauty of baby’s breath and knew it was something she would like to include in her special day. We had the perfect starting point for the rest of her decor!


Michelle and her bridesmaids in their beautiful dresses with flower bouquets from Blue Hydrangea | Photo by T.Law Photography.

Michelle had a good idea of what she wanted and it was only a matter of narrowing down the focus to come up with a cohesive design. She finally settled on  a natural, french “provencal” inspired design which, I think, worked beautifully in the space at Emerald Lake Lodge.


Natural, organic inspired decor | Photo by T.Law Photography.

Michelle, a nutritionist, wanted to keep a natural, organic feel to her decor. A white, ivory and green color palette was decided on.

We found beautiful lace linens and kept the flowers decidedly simple. In keeping with the french provencal theme, one of my favorite additions to Michelle and Jon’s tables were the natural, maple wood cutting boards that we made to hold loaves of freshly baked breads.


Natural, French Provencal inspired wedding decor | Photos by T.Law Photography.

We also added in some sweet details like the personalized canvas bride and groom signs we made for the couple’s sweetheart table. Did I mention I love sweetheart tables? They’re just so intimate and romantic!


Michelle and Jon’s sweetheart table | Photo by T. Law Photography.

I loved how the room came together with the natural chivari chairs. The VP room at the main lodge had a light, fresh and airy feel…perfect for a summer wedding! The bride and groom chairs were a surprise for Michelle and Jon. I made them out of small scraps of canvas.


Vice President’s room, main lodge | Photo by T.Law Photography.

The room smelled amazing thanks to the fresh herbs, like the ones found tucked into the couple’s wedding menus (which Michelle designed herself)!


Wedding menu with fresh herb sprigs | Photo by T. Law Photography.

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Emerald Lake Lodge Wedding

by Sharon Auld

We’re excited to share the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge wedding of Michelle and Jon!

Michelle and Jon were married on a gorgeous summer day on the Cilantro on the Lake patio at Emerald Lake Lodge (one of our favorite wedding venues :) ).

It was a privilege to witness everything about their wedding; from their touching vows, to the love they shared not only with each other, but with their family and friends. Their wedding epitomized everything a beautiful mountain lodge wedding should be and Naturally Chic was honored to play a role in their special day.

The day was beautifully captured by Terence Law of T.Law Photography! Not only is Terence an amazing photographer, but he’s laid back and fun! Terence was one of the first people I met in the wedding industry, so it’s always great to work with him!


The beautiful Emerald Lake, near Field, BC, Canada | Photo by T.Law Photography.


At the Point Cabin getting ready | Photos by T.Law Photography.


Michelle’s wedding day essentials | Photo by T.Law Photography.


Michelle’s dress | Photo by T.Law Photography.

Michelle was stunning!


The bride before the ceremony | Photo by T.Law Photography.

Jon was looking pretty good too!


Jon gets ready | Photo by T.Law Photography.

The wedding party looked amazing; the guys in their modern blue suits and the girls in their gorgeous, greyed jade dresses which complemented beautifully the natural surroundings and emerald colored waters.


The Wedding Party | Photos by T.Law Photography.

Michelle’s beautiful bouquet of garden roses, hydrangeas and greenery and the bridesmaids’ baby’s breath bouquets were designed by the talented Michele Masterson of Blue Hydrangea.


Michelle’s bouquet from Blue Hydrangea | Photo by T.Law Photography

The ceremony was set under sunny skies on the Cilantro on the Lake patio at Emerald Lake Lodge. We loved creating the small decor touches such as the chalkboard program and reserved seating signs for our couple!


Wedding ceremony on the Cilantro on the Lake patio | Photo by T.Law Photography.

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