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An Enchanted Forest Wedding

Happy Monday Everyone!

Fall is certainly here but I cannot stop looking at gorgeous outdoor weddings and events. So before we bid adieu to the outdoors for another season, I wanted to spend today celebrating the outdoors with some amazing outdoor wedding inspiration. Most of these photos really embrace nature and the natural colours that you might find in a forest type setting. Greens, browns and whites but in the most enchanting way  you can possibly imagine.

I absolutely love the idea of an outdoor wedding reception, of course with mother nature being the way it is, you can’t always plan on that. It’s always a recommendation to have a rain or weather back-up in place. Or if you’re not sure that you’re comfortable relying on a back-up, you might want to consider turning an indoor location into an enchanted outdoor experience; through the help of a fabulous decor team of course. There’s no room in this city that a truck load of moss, amaranthus, vines and flowers can’t change. Trust me, I’ve done it before! From tents to the Palliser’s Crystal Ballroom.

Can you imagine your special day like this?

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And as mentioned above, here is an idea of how you can really transition an indoor space to feel like an enchanted outdoor oasis.

 

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Photo Credits:

Photo 1: http://zsazsabellagio.blogspot.com.br/search?updated-max=2012-10-21T22:52:00-07:00&max-results=15&start=9&by-date=false

Photo 2: http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/1088675/

Photo 3: http://graceormonde.com/category/daily-photos/

Photo 4: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2012/06/05/sarasota-wedding-by-simply-bloom-photography/

Photo 5: http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2013/09/photos-sean-parker-wedding_slideshow_item18_19

Photo 6: http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2013/09/photos-sean-parker-wedding_slideshow_item18_19

Photo 7: http://www.flowerwildevents.blogspot.ca/2011/09/mechanics-and-our-next-workshop.html

 

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The Ghost Table…

How appropriately titled is this post for this time of year! I promise, the inspiration I present today will have nothing to do with Halloween.

For years, we have been obsessing over where we could find the newest and greatest linens for our tables. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE linens. I really do and it’s a strange thing to love as much as I do. But I’ve stumbled upon a couple of photo’s that have really gotten me keen on the idea of ditching the table linen all together.

I’m sure you’ve become familiar with ghost chairs over the past few years. But what do you think about these great tables?

If you’re loving the look as much as I am but aren’t so sure about renting clear tables for all of your wedding guests, this is also a great option for the head table. We always want the head table to stand out from the rest. Or maybe it’s a look you want to consider for a dessert and cake table.

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If you’re loving this look, lighting is a definite consideration. See how in all of the photo’s the space takes on an iridescent glow? This is all dependent on the additional lighting that you’ve arranged for the space.

Here is another thought. Sticking with the idea of using no table linen, what about a painted table for the head table? In this photo we can see that while all other guest tables do have linens, the head table definitely catches your attention.

 

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Ciara

 

 

Photo Credits:

Photo 1: http://www.wedluxe.com/index.cfm?pagepath=Editor_s_Blog&id=6997&modeX=BlogID&modeXval=9346&BlogID=9346&action=showcomments&title=Style-File–Indiglow-Glam
Photo 2: http://www.wedsociety.com/wedding-ideas/decor/22711
Photo 3: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/4b/a5/d0/4ba5d00c82911358138877d7767d4f36.jpg
Photo 4: http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/806752/

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An Autumn Dream

Well we have just wrapped up another great Thanksgiving weekend here in Calgary.  Since we are all just loving the fall colours that are surrounding us why not immerse ourselves in some beautiful ideas for fall weddings!

Alberta is known for many things but we all can agree that a gorgeous spring is just not one of them. Does spring even exist in Alberta? The saying “April showers bring May flowers” certainly does not apply to our beautiful province and very few people are actually being married with the lilacs in June. So here in southern Alberta, our wedding season really does extend well into the fall. People feel much more comfortable planning a wedding for October then May or June. And this means lots of fall weddings!

There are a couple ways to do a fall wedding though and it can either look gorgeous or quite frankly, tacky.  Nobody wants to see a fall wedding full of dollar store, red, orange and yellow, plastic Maple Leaves. Unfortunately, those horrible things are all over far to many weddings. And why even bother with them when real leaves are available in such abundance outside? Nothing beats an authentic, dried leaf at a fall wedding.

So just how should a fall wedding be decorated and celebrated? Well, I have here many photo examples of how fall colours (in muted tones) can be used to create the most gorgeous of autumn weddings. There’s actually a lot to think about and have fun with when it comes to an autumn wedding. You know that September morning when you walk outside and think “it smells like fall” well that’s the atmosphere we want to create. We want, nature, harvest and the scent of autumn. Have fun with autumn elements such as hot apple cider, caramel apples and pumpkins but in a way that doesn’t make your guests think of Halloween at all.

Here are some ideas:

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Photo Credits:

Photo 1: http://burnettsboards.com/2013/09/autumn-wedding-palette/
Photo 2: http://burnettsboards.com/2013/10/insanely-gorgeous-autumn-inspiration-shoot/#_a5y_p=1008915
Photo 3: http://laceinthedesert.com/2013/10/01/an-autumnal-wedding/
Photo 4: http://burnettsboards.com/2013/10/insanely-gorgeous-autumn-inspiration-shoot/#_a5y_p=1008915
Photo 5: http://laceinthedesert.com/2013/10/01/an-autumnal-wedding/
Photo 6: http://burnettsboards.com/2013/10/insanely-gorgeous-autumn-inspiration-shoot/#_a5y_p=1008915
Photo 7: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/67/81/7b/67817bb3996c8bf2ad0bc0ee7b8935ce.jpg
Photo 8: http://stagetecture.com/2013/10/party-wedding-favors/#sthash.rSnrlo4q.dpbs
Photo 9: http://www.designsponge.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-centerpiece-ideas-quince.html
Photo 10: http://www.designsponge.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-centerpiece-ideas-quince.html
Photo 11: http://www.inspiredbythis.com/2012/12/inspired-by-our-favorite-pins-instagrams-6/
Photo 12: http://www.wedluxe.com/index.cfm?pagepath=Editor_s_Blog&id=6997&modeX=BlogID&modeXval=13518&BlogID=13518&action=showcomments&title=WedLuxe-Editorial-A-Day-of-Dreams
Photo 13: http://www.designsponge.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-centerpiece-ideas-quince.html
Photo 14: http://www.itakeyou.co.uk/wedding/autumn-wedding-favours-ideasfall-wedding-favors/
Photo 15: http://laceinthedesert.com/2013/10/01/an-autumnal-wedding/
Photo 16: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/14/e8/7f/14e87f398b64f0995a67a66f41d194bb.jpg

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A Watercolour Dream!

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend. I thought we should kick off this week on a colourful note.

A few years back, we worked on a wedding at the Westin in Calgary that had this really cool, funky, Moroccan vibe to the decor. For this wedding, we decided to transition our decor from white to red. As you stood at the back of the room all the florals were white and gradually as they worked their way towards the head table, the florals transitioned through various shades of purple and right into a deep burgundy red.

This week, I stumbled upon a photo of a centerpiece that brought me back to this cool idea. And then with a little more searching, found all kinds of great inspiration for a watercolour dream wedding.

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Ciara

Photo Credits:

Photo 1: http://www.weddingchicks.com/2012/08/23/chair-decor-for-your-wedding/
Photo 2: http://ruffledblog.com/ombre-austin-wedding/
Photo 3: http://www.weddingsbylilly.com/ombre-wedding-trend/
Photo 4: http://www.weddingsbylilly.com/ombre-wedding-trend/
Photo 5: http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/gallery/picture/713957/
Photo 6: http://brideindream.wordpress.com/tag/yummy-ombre-wedding-cakes/
Photo 7: http://instagram.com/zorie_invitations

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Come Lounge With Me

Do we all remember seeing Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato’s gorgeous Vancouver wedding reception posted in the pages of WedLuxe magazine? I know I do! What I recall the most was the absolutely stunning lounge. Here are a couple of photos from their spectacular Canadian west coast soiree.

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Reception lounges have really taken over in the last few years. Whether it be the addition of a few pieces of lounge furniture in the reception room itself; or a completely separate quiet, intimate, area away from the loud music and dancing. Both of which serve a great purpose at a wedding reception. And since this trend has become so popular in recent years, the options in terms of furniture selection that are available to you have become pretty phenomenal too!

Here’s a little peak at a recent wedding we planned at the Chateau Lake Louise.

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Creating the perfect lounge atmosphere at a wedding is all about making an area feel inviting, intimate, comfortable and of course stylish. We take our cues from the world of interior design for this aspect. We want to consider not just the placement of furniture but mood lighting, convenient placement for drinks, throw pillows and even blankets for the outdoor lounge areas. And creating these comfy cozy environments is becoming easier then ever with the fabulous furniture that is becoming available to Brides like you every day!

It’s not necessary to have enough seating for all of your guests, however, multiple seating areas are definitely visually appealing and of course, serve the comforts of more of your guests when those toes start to hurt from dancing all night. And hey, maybe Grandma and her sister Great Aunt Thelma would stay and enjoy themselves just a little longer with some comfortable seating away from the banging speakers on the dance floor?

Below are some photos of lavish lounge areas that have been brought to life in the wonderful world of weddings! Just think of the possibilities…

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Ciara

 

 

Photo Credits:

Photos 1-4: http://www.wedluxe.com/index.cfm?PAGEPATH=Features_Gallery/Real_life_Weddings/Winter/Spring_2012/Michael_Bubl%C3%A9_Luisana_Lopilato&ID=38315#/site/wedluxe/assets/images/MB_024.jpg
Photos 5-7: http://blog.gabemcclintock.com/2013/07/lake-louise-wedding-photographer-eric-vanessa/
Photo 8: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/12/13/seattle-wedding-by-jennifer-tai-photo-artistry/
Photo 9: http://www.wedluxe.com/index.cfm?pagepath=Editor_s_Blog&id=6997&modeX=BlogID&modeXval=11539&BlogID=11539&action=showcomments&title=True-Love-True-Luxury-Ashleigh–Steve-PART-2
Photo 10: http://www.inspiredbythis.com/2012/12/inspired-by-our-favorite-pins-instagrams-6/
Photo 11: http://platinumtoucheventsla.com/category/event-decor-ideas/
Photo 12: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2012/09/11/four-seasons-santa-barbara-wedding-from-erin-hearts-court/
Photo 13: http://www.bellethemagazine.com/2012/08/chandeliers-and-outdoor-weddings.html

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