Photo Credit: Julie Williams Photography
Wow, I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post, it’s been a long time in the making! I am so (SO) excited to introduce you to Postcard Weddings & Events! So why the name change? Well, Cherry Tree Occasions came into being in a rather rushed manner. I decided one night ( after a blog post on a wedding board that I was still frequenting 4 years after my own wedding) that it was time to start my own wedding planning company. I had two small children, was just about to start a new job, and we were moving. When I’m ready to do something though, I do it. And so Cherry Tree Occasions seemed like a nice name. Cherry Tree’s are pretty, pink, and feminine. They are not however, found anywhere in the mountains.
Over the past (almost) 5 years, I have learned so much about what it is we ( and I can really say we now, opposed to back when we was me, myself, and I) do really well. What makes us really unique. The couples we connect with the most want to host a celebration that celebrates their marriage, and the amazing place they are visiting. We adore sharing our love and unique knowledge of this very special area, and we decided it was time to really focus on that.
So with the launch of Postcard Weddings & Events, you’ll find a few cool new services. We’ll still be offering our full wedding planning and wedding month management, and we’re over the moon excited to introduce “Experiential Weddings” . Experiential Weddings tie a wedding event in with a destination experience for you and all of your guests. Like everything we do, they are totally custom, but they will include elements like unique rehearsal dinners, fun welcome events, group activities, and farewell events. You can have a peek over at Ben & Danielle’s wedding or Lindy & Mike’s weddings to get an idea of what these are like!
We are also launching the Postcard Elopement Collections, completely custom events for elopements or intimate weddings. These collections offer the convenience of a simplified planning process & an overall budget number before you begin planning , with an unparalleled level of personalization. To give you an example, we’re currently working on an elopement that includes a helicopter, world class photographers, and a private dinner in an elegant suite. Our pricing includes one line items for our services, vs marking up each service, so we aren’t tied to any particular vendors. We’ll still be working with vendors that offer extremely high quality service, value, and are the best fit for your wedding.
Your might have noticed that our new name includes ” & events”. Thats because we are launching a new division to accommodate clients who are celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and family get togethers as part of our social planning services. One of the most exciting components of our social planning division is our new Vow Renewal Collections. Our clients will tell you that we are huge proponents of not only weddings, but beautiful, healthy marriages as well. The Mountains are the most beautiful place to come, relax with family ( or just the two of you), and have a ceremony that speaks to the new level of commitment you’ve found after years of marriage.
The next few paragraphs are going to read a bit like an academy awards speech, but launching a new brand takes a lot of people! I want to personally thank our seriously amazing web designer Shannon Ksenek with Nickelsandlinc, who’s been working with me since April. This girl has got serious vision, patience, and a heart of gold. I feel so lucky I connected with her, and am just so thrilled with our new site!
Thank you to the amazing photographers who share their beautiful images! Brittany Esther Photography, Corinna Walker Photography, Deidre Lynn Photography, Julie Williams Photography, Kingdom Come Photography, One Edition Photography, Orange Girl Photographs, PMG Image, Tessa Perkins Photography , Two Mann Studios & Whiteleaf Photographs you are all amazing professionals, and we love working with you! We are so appreciative that each of you took time out of your busy schedules to get all of these images to us. We wouldn’t be able to convey what it is we do, and how special this place is without you!
A special thank-you to Two Mann Studios for our fancy new headshots, and to Canmore Make-up Artist Jenna Andersen & JK Hair Designs Jordanna for making me look and feel beautiful!
To my beautiful team – Krista, Liz, Ashley, Kailey, Marie-Lise, Jennifer, Mom, Shawkay I feel so privileged to work with all of you. You each have unique and amazing qualities and I know our clients are in good, thoughtful, caring hands! To Tami at Forte Events – thank-you for offering the guidance and mentorship I needed to get things moving! To Lyn, Gerrard, Kirstie & Eliana you inspire me with your passion for your art and the amazing customer service you offer. To my girls Julie, Meg, Shanna & Tessa– thank-you for all of your input, support, and general awesomeness as I learn and grow in this business. To my sweet family, and the love of my life thank-you so much for being awesome during this very busy time, I love you very much.
And finally, to my brother, who had a giant cherry tree tattooed on his back in honour of me. Sorry 😉
I can’t help but smile when I look through Kristi and Ben’s Wedding photos! Thank-you so much to Corrina Walker Photography for sharing these with us!!
During our first design meeting, Kristi and Ben shared a vision of a really sophisticated, romantic wedding, filled with lots of soft neutral tones (Kristi really wanted to avoid bright pops of colour), soft textures and fabrics, and really warm lighting. The romantic mood fit – it was pretty clear that Kristi and Ben were head over heels for each other. As we chatted it also became clear that they were an incredibly social couple, and that partying with friends and family was also going to be a big wedding day priority. As the wedding was being hosted at Silvertip Resort, a venue right in the middle of the Canadian Rockies featuring lots of rustic elements, I also wanted to tie just a touch of the outdoors into the design as well. So, we set off to create a soft romantic wedding with a hint of rustic and an injection of high energy fun!
It’s funny how the smallest elements can inspire a whole design, and for Kristi and Ben’s wedding, I was totally inspired by the 1970’s starburst clocks. I felt like a starburst icon was sophisticated, but also really fun and celebratory. It allowed us to use some glitter (I think we can all agree that there is nothing more fun than a bit of glitter), and really embodied Kristi & Ben’s high energy.
The design for the ceremony featured more of the soft, romantic elements. When guests arrived they were offered a glass of champagne. This little pre-ceremony touch is one of my favourites – why wait for the reception to start the celebration? We draped the rustic gazebo in soft white draping, and our amazing floral designer, Lyn Chapman from Floral Artistry, created a beautiful floral garland with Juliette & Garden Roses, Hydrangea, Orchids, and hanging open tulips (I adored this little touch). She also created large, dramatic arrangements with hanging cymbidium orchids for both the front and back of the space.
We incorporated the Starburst Icon in both the ceremony program & the welcome signage. The ceremony space looked amazing, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that this wedding actually happened outside! The morning of the wedding was cool, and it was threatening to rain. We often deal with unpredictable weather in the Rockies, and every weather app had a different forecast! We ended up setting the reception space for a ceremony just in case, and as the ceremony started you could see the rain coming in over the mountains. We were so lucky, about 1/2 hour after the ceremony finished a blustery, cold rain storm moved in!
The cocktail hour was hosted in a clear tent with amazing views of the mountains behind us. We hung strings of café lights and set up modern sophisticated furniture. We had warm grey blankets (which the guests used!), and accented the modern white furniture with wood trays holding gold mercury glass candles and small floral arrangements. My favourite cocktail reception element was the sequin chevron table linens from La Tavola. I loved the juxtaposition of really natural mountain views combined with the chic modern feel of the linens.
For dinner, guests were invited into Silvertip’s large, rustic ballroom. To create some visual interest we mixed rectangle, square, and round tables. We placed Kristi and Ben right in the centre of the room at a square table, which is so fitting given how much they love being surrounded by family & friends. We lit the room in warm amber tones, and pin spotted the centrepieces and cake table (hint: pinspotting can really add serious oomph to the decor in your reception room). We re-used the large florals from the ceremony on all of the long tables, and our floral designer created lush, low posies in gold footed containers for the round tables. The tables were covered in a white textured linen, and I was able to add a bit of the natural feel by using fruitwood chiavari chairs & a wood grain charger. Three different heights of stemmed candles, and gold mercury glass votives added a warm glow to the table tops.
The star of the reception decor was definitely the stationery created by Alyssa at Plush Invitations. I am perhaps more excited by paper than the average gal, and I think Kristi though I was a bit crazy when enthusiastically I shared my vision of glittering starburst table numbers and place cards with a thick glitter layer. They were the perfect detail though – they added just enough sparkle to the table to really give the space a celebratory feel. I also loved the cake that Kristi’s aunt created for her – it can be so meaningful to have a talented friend or relative contribute to your wedding day. It was so clean and simple, topped with antique roses and a glittery “best day ever” cake topper.
As the dinner ended and the party started, some guests wandered back out into the tent where the café lights were now a hot pink colour. The lighting designer also really amped up the colour on the dance floor, and Kristi and Ben danced all night long. When we returned to start the tear down process, the DJ had stopped playing, but the guests were still in the middle of the dance floor, signing loudly and still dancing. It was the perfect ending to the night.
I had SO much fun designing all of the decor for Kristi and Ben, but what I adored the very most about this wedding was how much love and happiness was in the room all night. It sounds a bit cheesy, but it’s so true. If you are going to spend time and effort planning a wedding, you have to enjoy it! Kristi and Ben were totally relaxed during the planning process, and on their wedding day they were happy to hand all of the details over and and just be present for each moment.
Right now, I am SO into anything that feels fresh, mountainy, and outdoorsy! So, it’s the perfect time to post this sweet nature-inspired Banff summer wedding! This couple really wanted their wedding to be all about them and their guests having fun. A few of the fun touches included champagne service at the ceremony (with tiny cute flags), a live pianist at cocktails, a rotating moose head gobo, a hidden party room with a prop loaded photobooth (with an awesome fuzzy moose hat), and a rockin’ live band that was revealed after dinner!
I could go on and on about how much I love these photos from Brittany Esther Photography… the beautiful green wooded settings, the vibrant turquoise of the Bow River, the way she captures the excitement of the first look. Doesn’t is just make you want to get married here? I’ll stop talking now and just let you enjoy the images!
Have you ever experienced Christmas in the Rocky Mountains? The snow capped mountains, the twinkling lights on Christmas trees all over town, the sweet smell of apple cider brewing… it’s absolutely magical. Kelly and Darren thought so too, as they selecting December 21st as their wedding date. Fitting to the season, Kelly was able to incorporate lots of gold sparkle and glitter into her blue colour palette. We’re still swooning over these images that the lovely Stacey Hedman shared with us!
Brunch weddings have pretty much got to be my favourite type of wedding. Beautiful early morning sun, a relaxed ceremony followed by a wedding meal that includes waffles and bacon. Then photos, a nap, followed by whatever it is you choose to do on the evening of your wedding. Sounds perfect, right? Mark & Kathleen thought so too! They had the most heartfelt (seriously, I bawled like a baby) ceremony, followed by a relaxed brunch reception that included the groom and his groomsman performing the most amazing dance (that they had rehearsed for months). Kathleen had always dreamed of carrying a pink rose bouquet, and wanted reds and golds in their colour palette. The pink, red and gold was unexpected, but oh so pretty!
A big thank you to Julie Williams Photography for getting out of bed at 5am and still shooting these amazing photos!