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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!
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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.
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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.)! 
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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”.
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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.

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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 proposals@naturallychic.ca 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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)!

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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!

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

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

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

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

Michelle was stunning!

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

Jon was looking pretty good too!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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Lake Louise Wedding

by Sharon Auld

Sarah + Jim had their Lake Louise wedding at Baker Creek Mountain Resort last June. They came all the way from California with family and friends from all over the United States (including Indiana where Jim is originally from). Though the weather was less than perfect when they arrived, the couple still managed to get out and see a bit of the sites around Lake Louise and Banff. They enjoyed sightseeing and dinner at The Post Hotel in Lake Louise and even had a chance to do some activities with their wedding party. Jim took the guys canoeing, while we arranged for Sarah and her girls to enjoy a hike to the Tea House in Lake Louise and yoga along the way with eco-instructor Ronna.

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Rustic sign by Naturally Chic | Photo by Michael Albert Photography.

With high hopes of good weather, the couple decided on an outdoor ceremony by Baker Creek. Unfortunately, the rain continued to fall (and quite heavy at times). Sarah was undeterred. Despite the rain, she was determined to have an outdoor ceremony rather than use the indoor back-up at Baker Creek Mountain Resort. Jim and his best man Tim (and the boys) got to work setting up small tents so guests could stay dry. With lots of umbrellas and positive attitudes, the couple married outside.

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Lake Louise wedding at Baker Creek Chalets.

Sarah Mayerson Designs provided the always beautiful bouquet and centerpieces.

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Beautiful bouquet by Sarah Mayerson Design | wood bouquet charm by Naturally Chic.

For their Lake Louise wedding at the beautiful Baker Creek Mountain Resort, we transformed the Bistro with chivari chairs and pretty linens.

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Baker Creek Wedding | Photo by Naturally Chic.

Sarah looked gorgeous on wedding day!

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Photo by Michael Albert Photography

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The ceremony in the rain.

The couple surprised their wedding party with gifts that were presented in engraved wood boxes.

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Wooden boxes for wedding party gifts by Naturally Chic | Photo by Michael Albert Photography.

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Sarah + Jim find a moment to relax.

For the guest seating chart, we used an old window frame. The tables were named after local mountains and lakes.

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Window Frame Seating Chart by Naturally Chic | Photo by Michael Albert Photography.

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Canmore Mountain Wedding

by Sharon Auld

Stacy and Adam’s Canmore mountain wedding took place at the Iron Goat last year (I know I am just getting around to blogging about it!).

I first met Stacy and Adam as they were guests at another wedding we designed (Caroline and Brock’s winter wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge). As it was, Caroline (the bride from the other wedding) was in Stacy’s bridal party!

Stacy is a wedding planner’s dream! She was super organized and she had all our forms filled out almost immediately. She actually said she loved the spreadsheets and forms! A bride like Stacy makes our job really easy! Adam’s a laid back kind of guy and together they make a sweet couple.

Stacy came in knowing exactly what she wanted and she has some serious design skills as you will see. She designed all the wedding stationery herself! I particularly loved the invites, programs and menus!

All photos by the talented husband / wife team Abby + Dave!

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Stacy + Adam’s Canmore mountain wedding | Photo by Abby + Dave Photography.

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Canmore mountain themed wedding invitation | Photo by Abby + Dave Photography.

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Canmore wedding ceremony at the Irongoat | Photo by Abby + Dave Photography.

Here’s Stacy and Adam’s ceremony programs and wedding wands.

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Mountain-ceremony-details | Photo by Abby + Dave Photography.

Tracey from Occasional Bloom provided the beautiful flowers. I am loving Adam’s suit and tie as well!

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Wedding Flowers by Occasional Bloom | Photo by Abby + Dave Photography.

We made some wood table numbers for Stacy and Adam. Each table number was designed after wildlife found in the Rocky Mountains. The back of each table number had a little story explaining its significance and a story about their sightings of the animals.

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Wood table numbers by Naturally Chic | Photo by Abby + Dave Photography.

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Stampede Wedding Inspiration

by Sharon Auld

Here’s a little Stampede wedding inspiration!

Whether you are planning a western ranch wedding or rustic mountain affair, then what better time than during the Calgary Stampede. Yes, it’s that time of year again, when Calgarians and visitors from all over the world put on their white stetsons (cowboy hats), cowboy boots and celebrate all things western.

For me, the western lifestyle is part of my honored heritage, so you can bet I love a good stampede wedding and creating western decor from reclaimed barn wood! You can see more of our western creations from a shoot with Jesse Hisco Photography, here and here.

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Credits:

Photo One – Bride and Groom, Jesse Hisco Photography / barn wood signs by Naturally Chic; Photo Two – Groom sitting – Jesse Hisco Photography, Bouquet by Willow Haven Flower Company, Horse-shoe groom sign by Naturally Chic; Photo 3 – Bride / Photo by Jesse Hisco Photography; Photo 4 – Horse – Smitten-Mag / Landon Jacob Photography; Photo 5 – Truck – Werner Photography; Photo 6 – Barn wood Table Numbers by Naturally Chic / Photo by Naturally Chic.

Happy Planning!

For more information on planning your stampede wedding, contact Naturally Chic at hello@naturallychic.ca or 1.888.679.9056.

 

Canadian Rockies Summer Wedding Inspiration

by Sharon Auld

A Canadian Rockies summer wedding inspiration to brighten your day. A while back I collaborated with international wedding photographer Jesse Hisco Photography on a cheerful summer shoot that took place at Beaverfoot Lodge near Golden, B.C.  I’ve only blogged a few of the beautiful images so far and thought it would be nice to share a few more photos from the shoot. The beautiful bouquet is from Debbie at Alpine Flower Gallery in Banff, Canada.

Beaverfoot Lodge has a beautiful outdoor ceremony location and this is where we set up our eco-friendly, rustic decor that included our real wood invitations and place cards with lace detailing.

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Decor and engraved stationery and other wood items including wood cocktail table by Naturally Chic. Decor Styling by Sharon Auld of Naturally Chic and Alina (Jesse’s partner) from Hearts and Honey. More wedding professionals in next post.

For more of this shoot, check out our post here.

For more information on our planning and design services for your summer wedding in the Canadian Rocky Mountains contact us at hello@naturallychic.ca or call us at 1.888.679.9056.

Happy Planning!

 

Mountain Elegance Wedding Inspiration

by Sharon Auld

We put together this inspiration board for you of a Mountain Elegance Wedding Inspiration.

We pictured a modern, elegant mountain wedding, with a touch of a  retro-chic vibe with lace and vintage detailing. In keeping with a beautiful mountain lake location, incorporating natural elements such as greenery and rock fits the mood perfectly. A touch of gold complements the natural feel in a modern way.

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Happy Planning!

For planning your wedding in the Lake Louise/Moraine Lake area contact Naturally Chic at  1.888.679.9056 / hello@naturallychic.ca.

Credits:

Photo 1 (cake): Photography – Ashley Kelemen via Apartment 34; Photo 2 (bride) via Apartment 34; Photo 3 (Moraine Lake, AB, Canada) – Photographer -Amol Kolhe via Wonderous-World; Photo 4 (Agate Table Number): Photographer – Leo Patrone, Table number – Print In Cursive via Once Wed; Photo 5 (shoes/clutch): Photographer- Amy Anaiz Photography via The Every Last Detail; Photo 6 (lace dress) - Zsa Zsa Bellagio, Photo 7 (Stationary / Calligraphy) - Meagan Tidwell – Photographer – Rylee Hitchner via Once Wed, Photo 8 (Tablescape) – Photographer – Leo Patrone, Flowers and Styling-Honey of a Thousand Flowers via Once Wed, Photo 9 (Calligraphy) – Meagan Tidwell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naturally Chic Featured in Horse Canada Magazine

by Sharon Auld

Banff wedding planner Naturally Chic is mentioned as a contributor in Horse-Canada Magazine for wedding planning advice on farm weddings!

In early January, I was contacted by writer Deborah Wilson. Deborah was working on an article about farm weddings for Horse-Canada magazine. She asked if I could share some planning tips. A horse-owner myself, I was thrilled to contribute to her article. I was even more thrilled to see the article “Advice for Planning Farm Weddings” in the May/June 2014 edition of the magazine!

If you’re planning a farm or ranch wedding, pick up a copy of the magazine for some great wedding planning advice! Here’s an excerpt from the article:

” Consider guest safety. Not all of your guests may be accustomed to life on the farm. Make sure any horses or other livestock are secure…Make sure you have an experienced handler secured to take care of the animals..”

“Use the farm as inspiration for your theme…..pay homage to the farm through your menu with locally raised and grown protein and vegetables…homemade jams and preserves make excellent wedding favours.”

Congrats to Deborah for her wonderfully informative article. Congrats also to my fellow WPIC colleague, Karen Sagle of When Sparks Fly Wedding and Events, who also contributed planning advice to the article along with Naturally Chic.

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Banff wedding planner featured in Horse-Canada magazine!

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