by Sharon Auld
I’d been dreaming of a snowy owl / dog sled winter 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 Resort, Flowers 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.
The snowy owl dogs are just gorgeous and so well-loved and taken care of. They had the most beautiful coats!
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”!
Janelle Gerstein of Flowers by Janie made this beautiful winter bouquet!
It was a cool winter’s day but Jenna and Gibson shone!
I LOVE Jenna’s hair styled by Stephanie! Jenna just looks gorgeous, wouldn’t you agree?
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)!
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.
For a wedding favour, I used birch wood discs and engraved a snowy owl on each disc.
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.
Naturally Chic made the marble place card holders.
Beautiful feather linen provided us with a romantic sweetheart table.
Our guests table were clean and contemporary with felt chargers and natural, grey linen napkins.
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.
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.
Pink and White treats…
Stay tuned as we will share more photos and inspiration from this winter shoot at Silvertip Resort.
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 Wedding 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