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Every now and then I like to do a local spotlight to highlight some of the incredible talent that we have in this city. And hopefully, help you find a vendor along the way too.

I was reminded, as I wrote my last throw back Thursday post, just how much I love Perry Thompson Photography. He really is brilliant behind the lens and also offers a one of a kind viewing experience.

Remember this photo from our last post?

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Here are a few more of my favourites as well.

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To see more from this local vendor, check out www.perphoto.com

 

Ciara

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Wonderful Winter Bouquets.

This week has certainly been a wonderful example of just how drastically our weather here in Calgary can change hasn’t it? It might feel a little early for snow but can we all admit that it sure looked lovely as it fell yesterday?

Most couples don’t choose the winter season for their weddings but some of my favourite weddings have taken place in the winter. Of course when it comes to wedding florals, couples are right that it is more cost efficient to purchase florals that are in season and of course in the winter, very few florals are in season.

I also find that most couples lean towards all white or all red florals in the winter months. Perhaps because the few florals that are in season fall into these colour categories? In my opinion, I find that even flowers in traditionally summer colours can be made to look quite wintery with the addition of natural elements such as pussy willow, cotton, wooden twigs, pine cones and natural greenery. Winter arrangements also tend to have a less structured appearance.

I really feel that when it comes to florals and the winter wedding season, your options are not limited at all. However, I would suggest that the wedding budget will need to accommodate for the fact that most likely, your florals will be ordered from warmer climates and this will increase the cost. What I’d love to show you today is just how lovely winter styled bouquets can be. You definitely need to work with a florist whos design style you admire but luckily for you, Calgary is full of wonderful floral designers and of course I have a few that I love to work with.

Check out these gorgeous winter styled bouquets and maybe even get a couple ideas for your upcoming holiday tablescapes!

 

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Ciara

Photo Credits:

Photo 1: http://modishwed.com/?f
Photo 2: http://media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com/originals/3d/d7/ac/3dd7ac37920aaabd0357a1d32cf35d57.jpg
Photo 3: http://southernweddings.com/2013/02/16/valentines-day-inspiration-from-branches-light/
Photo 4: http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2013/02/27/gold-winter-wedding-inspiration/
Photo 5: http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/1130409/
Photo 6: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/f4/d1/49/f4d1495126f166113537fa50b699c384.jpg

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Die Cut Wedding Stationery

When it comes to planning the details of your wedding, you might not realize the huge role that wedding stationery will play. This paper element will be seen throughout the entire wedding. It’s the first glimpse into the wedding day that your guests will see as they receive their save the date or invitation in the mail months prior. It’s carried through the ceremony with programs and signage and makes it’s best appearance at the reception through the use of menus, place cards or escort cards, favour tags, stir sticks, food tags, coasters and the list goes on. There really is no end the the multiple uses of wedding day stationery. And of course it won’t go unnoticed that each piece is a part of a coordinated stationery suite. When we talk about a suite in terms of stationery, we’re referencing a package of stationery elements that are custom designed to coordinate with each piece in the suite and compliment your wedding design perfectly.

There are many, many amazing stationery options available to you these days. So many in fact, that we could probably have a months worth of posts focused solely on stationery. Today however, my favourite is the die-cut. I like a clean line and appreciate an appropriate amount of negative space in design.  I think perhaps this is why I’m drawn to the simplicity of die-cut stationery. I like that the invitation can maintain an overall clean appearance while adding a decorative element that will certainly impress your guests at their first glance. 

Here are a few examples that I’m drawn to . Remember that this can be brought throughout your stationery suite as is shown in the example of the menu below.

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Of course the process of die-cutting does allow for a significant amount of intricate detailing (within a minimum size requirement.) Here is an example of just how detailed this cutting process can be.

 

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Ciara

Photo Credits:

Photo 1: http://www.bellafigura.com/letterpress/charlotte.html?piece=

Photo 2: http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/606159/

Photo 3: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/05/8c/c2/058cc2eb94faa35cd8aa0833dcaa9308.jpg

Photo 4: http://www.salutations.com/inspirations-newsletter/wedding-wednesday-blissful-inspiration-die-cut-dazzlers/

Photo 5: http://isa2.stylemepretty.com/wp-content/submissions/uploads/sweetemiliajane@gmail.com/29323/dsc_2469$!x600.jpg

Photo 6: http://www.niceandchic.com/2013/10/11/boda-romantica-8/

 

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The Great Escape

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At one point not so long ago, it was expected that the Bride and Groom would exit the ceremony or reception in an elaborately decorated (okay perhaps horribly tacky) car. As a society, it was decided that the new norm was going to be for the Bride and Groom to travel with the wedding party in a limo. I can see how this may have been considered an upgrade by many, however, I see pictures of couples exiting their wedding, just the two of them, in a decorated vehicle and I just think it’s so perfect and quaint. No I’m not talking about streamers, blow up condoms and soup cans on strings. But perhaps a lovely 1950′s classic car adorned with flowers and there’s really nothing wrong with a “Just Married” sign.

Doesn’t it just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

I remember watching the movie My Best Friends Wedding, with Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulrony and feeling a little confused by the timing of their exit off to their honeymoon. Did it seem to anyone else like the reception happened without the Bride and Groom? Strange but how great was the great escape? Descending down the staircase and off into their very own wedding escape vehicle with a crowd of all their friends and family seeing them off? Wouldn’t that be so much more exciting following your wedding ceremony then the traditional receiving line, photo’s outside of the venue? Then off in the limo with the rest of your party after almost all of your guests have already made their way to location #2. And remember, the receiving line can always happen as guests arrive to cocktails or your could always opt to skip the line itself and mingle with your guests during cocktails.

Okay, if I haven’t sold you on the idea yet, maybe some pictures will do the trick.

 

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We do live in the Heart of the New West, as our city sign states. So perhaps you want to embrace the culture and escape (or enter) on a horse drawn carriage or sleigh! Too Cinderella? I don’t think so, look at how great this moment can be.

 

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Maybe stay away from the pumpkin style carriage :)

 

Ciara

 

Photo Credits:

Photo 1: http://postcardsandpretties.blogspot.ca/2011/07/weekly-recap.html

Photo 2: http://postcardsandpretties.blogspot.ca/2011/07/weekly-recap.html

Photo 3: http://pinkpreppylillylover.blogspot.com.br/

Photo 4: http://weddingsparrow.co.uk/2013/07/23/romantic-garden-wedding-lacie-hansen/

Photo 5: http://ubettsrentaldesign.blogspot.ca/2013/08/wedding-inspirations-vintage-wedding_28.html

Photo 6: http://www.mywedding.com/ideas/image/deer-creek-valley-ranch/joy–cody/55967cb8-b991-11e2-8feb-0026b9489ff2?index=3&gallery-id=24541&category-name=ceremony-sites

 

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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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