by Sharon Auld I love a good eco-friendly wedding and this couple! Colleen is a physical education teacher in Calgary and Ed is an airplane pilot with Air Canada. They are one of the most fun and laid back couples ever! They are athletic, outdoorsy, adventurous and so much fun to be around. Not to mention, the bride Colleen is one of the sweetest, nicest people you will ever meet. I was so thrilled to work with them on their eco-friendly Canmore wedding! Colleen and Ed originally planned to be married outdoors at Quarry Lake in Canmore, but they made a last minute decision to have their ceremony at the quaint St. Michael’s Anglican church in Canmore instead. Not only was this one of the hottest weekend’s of the summer in the mountains, but it was also the weekend of the wildly popular mountain bike race 24 Hours of Adrenaline in Canmore. With careful consideration for their guests Colleen and Ed decided to use their indoor backup plan and have their wedding at the church. Luckily they were able to get outside after the ceremony for photos at Quarry Lake and near Bow River. Photography for this wedding was done by the a wonderful husband and wife team Wayne and Candice Simpson of Wayne Simpson Photography and they were an absolute pleasure to work with. Colleen and Ed knew they wanted to have an earth-friendly, natural wedding as they are lovers of the outdoors. Colleen knew she wanted to incorporate lots of natural elements of wood, rocks and wheat grass into her decor. We used wood slabs for the centerpieces and cake plate. We made wood twig holders to hold the table numbers that Colleen had made with pictures of her and Ed’s travels (they’re avid travellers). Each table had a name meaningful to the couple: Air Canada, Ultimate (one of their favorite activites), Yamnuska (one of their hikes) etc. They also had wine bottles on the table that were specially made with photo labels of their travels. We also engraved wood “Mr & Mrs.” signs out of wood discs to sit on twig tripods at the head table. At each table, guests found a brown paper bag that they could only open when instructed to do so. Inside each bag was lego (one of the groom’s earlier passions). Each table was given instuctions on how to build a lego structure that was meaningful to the couple. Well, let me just say this little game turned out to be one of the highlights of the evening with guests building all sorts of elaborate structures such as airplanes, helicopters, trees and mountains. The beautiful cake was created by Melissa from Cakes and Desserts by Melissa and the beautiful bouquets and wheat grass arrangements were done by Modern Petals. Photo Credits: Wayne Simpson Photography
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