Inspiration: Cherry Blossoms and Gold

The spring edition of Martha Stewart Weddings was full of pink inspiration, including some fabulous cherry blossom decor.  As you might guess, Cherry Blossoms are one of my favourite sources of wedding inspiration!  The cherry blossom has such a wide range of colour, from fresh white, to ballerina pink, to a bright fuchsia, it’s hard not to think of gorgeous tablescapes to match!  The delicacy of the bloom fits well with a vintage, shabby chic styling, and to add a bit of elegance to this design I’ve added in hints of gold, which can easily be incorporated in your cake, invitations, accessories, and decor.

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Image credits (Clockwise)

Invitations: Momental Designs

Cake: Martha Stewart Weddings

Frames: Bella Roas Antiques

Tea Cups: Wedding Ideas

Bridesmaids Dresses: JLM Couture

Vintage DIY Cupcake Stand: Cosy Home Blog

Centerpieces: Martha Stewart Weddings

Cherry Blossom Image: Tanakawho

Gold Clutch: Upstyle Etsy Shop

Cherry Blossom Hairpiece: The Honeycomb Etsy Shop

Tea-cup Tablescape: Martha Stewart Weddings

Cherry Blossom Decor: Snippet and Ink

Center Image: Martha Stewart Weddings

 

Canadian Rockies Wedding…Part 2

The Canadian Rockies are incredibly diverse when it comes to weddings! In part 2 of “Rockies Weddings 101” we’ll explore Canmore, Lake Louise, and Emerald Lake.

Canmore Weddings

15 minutes to the east of Banff is Canmore (Banff’s quiet cousin). Don’t be fooled by it’s low key exterior, Canmore has it’s share of wedding hotspots. One of the Rockies newest (and hippest) venues, Silvertip Golf Resort, boasts a stunning outdoor ceremony venue and a rustic mountain chic lodge for receptions. Hosting an intimate affair with your closest friends and family? Canmore’s Boutique Inns are ideal for intimate weddings and elopements. Canmore also has it’s share of fantastic restaurants, ideal for both rehearsal dinners and more intimate weddings. Looking for some activities for your guests? Canmore has 3 golf courses, a world class cross country ski facility, dogsledding trips in the winter, and white water rafting in the summer (just to list a few!)

Canmore Weddings, SIlvertip Wedding, Nordic Centre Wedding, Bear and Bison wedding

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Lake Louise Weddings

Lake Louise offers one of the most spectacular wedding backdrops in the Rockies. Located 30 minutes west of Banff, Lake Louise is a small village, home to one of Canada’s top notch ski resorts. Overlooking the Lake sits the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. In the summer the Chateau’s lakefront terrace provides an idyllic ceremony location. In the winter the frosty lake is a perfect backdrop to a winter wonderland wedding. Your guests will enjoy world class skiing and dogledding in the winter, and unlimited hiking and canoeing in the summer.

Lake Louise Wedding, Chateau Lake Louise wedding, Post Hotel wedding, Lake wedding, mountain wedding

Photo courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/albertoog/

Emerald Lake Weddings

Emerald Lake isn’t actually a town, it’s one beautiful resort. And I’ve cheated a bit, as it’s actually located right over the border in British Columbia. If you’ve fairytale wedding includes renting your own island in the mountains, you’ve come to the right place! Emerald Lake is a true get away with no televisions, no wi fi and (gasp) no cell service! Treat your guests to luxurious accommodations (each room has a wood burning fireplace and private balcony), fasntastic food, and an amazing weekend away they’ll never forget!

Emerald Lake Wedding

Photo courtesy of http://www.crmr.com/

Canadian Rockies Wedding…Part 1

Soaring snow topped peaks, clear rushing rivers, quiet alpine meadows, tumbling waterfalls, I could go on for days describing the beauty of Banff National Park, and the surrounding Rocky Mountain destinations. I have been living in the area for 15 years, and I’m still taken aback by the stunning scenery. The Rockies are an exceptionally romantic locale. The abundance of glorious nature combined with a wealth of world class resorts, unique wedding venues, modern restaurants, and a huge menu of both summer and winter activities make it an ideal place to have your destination wedding. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the area, Alberta’s Rocky Mountains can be separated into five wedding destinations; Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Kananaskis, and Emerald Lake. Consider this ‘Canadian Rockies Destination Wedding 101’. In part one of two I’ll explore Banff Weddings and Kananaskis Weddings.

Banff wedding venue

Banff Weddings

Banff is a bustling townsite located right in the heart of a National Park. Brides and Grooms can choose from a list of fantastic venues.  Just to give you a little taste, Banff boasts a huge historic hotel we locals call ‘the Castle of the Rockies’,  a quaint rustic-luxe mountain retreat with an alpine meadow ceremony venue, and an art-deco resort hotel perching on the side of a mountain. If you’re looking for an outdoor ceremony Banff won’t disappoint. There are several lookouts, meadows, and lakesides that work perfectly for smaller weddings, and for larger affairs, look to some of our unique venues for exclusive use of their lookout patios. Banff is also filled with fantastic restaurants ideal for hosting a hip (and tasty) rehearsal dinner. How does a fire under the stars sound?  Believe it or not, there’s a unique western style ‘donut tent’ with a hole in the roof! If you want to really treat your guests and create a weekend affair Banff can’t be beat. I could go on and on with the activity options! Some of my favorite activities include hiking in Sunshine Meadows, taking a ride up the gondola, or relaxing in one of the fabulous spa’s.

Kananaskis Weddings & Weddings in the Foothills

The next time you have a lazy night head out to the movie store and rent “Legends of the Falls”. Pay particular attention to the scenery, because the majority of this movie was filmed on location in Kananaskis (or K-country).  Set right at the doorstep of the Canadian Rockies, K-country combines the best of both worlds, fantastic Rocky Mountain views and expansive big sky Alberta. Venues include yet another world class resort (the location of the G8 summit), some very authentic western ranches, and the cutest little historical chapel with the stunning rockies as a natural backdrop. Not lacking in fun Kananakis has tons of fantastic hiking, a golf course, horseback riding, white water rafting, and heli-tours! If you’re looking to really get away from it all, Kananaskis is the place to have your destination wedding.

Kananaskis Wedding, Banff Wedding, Canmore Wedding

Inspiration: Lilac and Khaki

I adore all things purple, and I suspect this colour will continue it’s popularity in wedding decor this season. There are so many gorgeous shades of purple, but there is something very delicate about the pastel hues. I’m in love with the fresh pretty look of lilac and lavender paired with laid back khaki.

Purple Banff wedding inspiration

Row 1: Lavender seating cards Martha Stewart Weddings; Orchid Invitation Suite by Hello Lucky!; Lilac & Khaki Tablescape by Project Wedding

Row 2: Lilac Bouquet from Nole & Andrew’s wedding; Yummy looking macaroons Tartelette;

Row 3: Rose adorned cake by Custom Event Group via the Style Me Pretty Gallery; Groom in Khaki photo by Tec Pataja Photo; Khaki Table runner photo by Steve Devries via Style Me Pretty

Still Loving the Photobooth

 

I’m thrilled that two of my weddings this summer are going to include reception photobooths. The photobooth has got to be one of my favourite wedding reception additions, and I keep coming upon fabulous twists to this super fun trend. Curious how to do a photobooth at your wedding? To keep things simple, you can rent a photobooth, just like the ones you find in malls.  They produce (almost) instant images in that familiar photo strip format. Guests can take them home, or you can creative with display options (try ribbon and clothes pins).  And then there’s the DIY photobooth, and the options here are almost endless. Start with a backdrop.  If you’re lucky there might be an aesthetically pleasing corner at your venue that doesn’t require any dressing. More likely you’ll need to create a using some eye catching fabric you’ve stumbled upon (or searched for for months).Next you’re going to need some props.  Try the classic moustache on a stick, an assortment of hats, or some feather boa’s.  You might want to include little chalkboards or white boards for guests to write messages on. You can also take some frames (look for large ones at thrift stores), spray paint them, and let guests strike a pose. Oh, and don’t forget to sneak over to the photobooth with your groom and get some playful candids to add to your photo album!

Banff Wedding Photobooth

 

If you’re feeling really industrious you can even build a hard set like this Boat Photobooth designed by Amorology Weddings featured on Ruffled (one of my favourite blogs).

 

 

Funky Fabric will give you photobooth some serious personality.  Photograph on the left by Steven Mastroianni, Photo on the right of Lena Corwin’s Wedding. Fabric swatches from Urban Outfitters. Image via Green Wedding Shoes.

Banff Wedding Photobooth Lake Louise Wedding Photobooth

Vintage DIY photobooth by of You Look Nice Today Photography via Ruffled