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.
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.