Remember this downtown e-session? Well, fast forward a couple months and I now have the pleasure of sharing the beautiful wedding of high school sweethearts, Katharine & Justin. Ladies, you’re going to adore this wedding – a total DIY event with utter style. Shot by the newly rebranded Shannon Yau Photography, who just so happens to be a featured member of our Love List, this rustic chic wedding was held at The Ranche in Calgary, Alberta. Straight from the cork wedding stationery (a first and now a favorite of mine!), custom birch centerpieces made by the bride herself, and gorgeous florals, this wedding will one that you’ll bookmark for later. Enjoy!

When we first started thinking about our theme and venue, we knew we wanted a venue that had natural character and a gorgeous setting. We didn’t want to go over the top with decorations and clutter thus keeping it as clean and simple as possible. The Ranche definitely hit our checklist while really inspiring and complementing the rustic chic concept we wanted to achieve for our wedding- this to us meaning natural/nature/vintage, comfortable/ warm feel with ‘chic’ clean Victorian style accents adding a modern glamour. We were able to accomplish a lot of these details ourselves with the help of family and friends- The cork paper invites, custom vintage rubber stamp with our brand ‘initials’ (used on invites, candy bags, guest book, seating chart), birch bark wrapped vases for centre pieces, mason jar ribbon hung vases wrapped in hemp and lace for the ceremony, birch/ chalk board table numbers, paper lace cupcake holders, cork paper guest book….All of these details combined fully supported the concept and created a seamless RUSTIC CHIC wedding.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?

Walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time that day.

What was your inspiration behind your overall wedding decor and colour choices?

The overall goal of the style and theme of the wedding was to create a modern, yet elegant setting to compliment a semi formal, however social, atmosphere. The rustic chic concept combined both classic Victorian and natural/rustic influences to create prominent combinations of modern/vintage and formal/relaxed visuals. The Classic Victorian style is most evident in the use of white roses, wedding party flower arrangements, and the champagne bridesmaid’s dresses. This styling provides a formal elegance to the wedding.

The natural/rustic feel was brought in primarily through the Venue choice. – The Ranche is located in a provincial park and is a historic ranch house featuring an interior rich in the design styles of the old west. The surrounding landscape provides a backdrop that leaves one feeling as though they are far outside of the city however the subtle modern design features hidden in the Ranche provide the perfect tie back into the Victorian feel of the event.


The centerpieces also carried the rustic chic inspired theme of the wedding through use of lace runners and birch bark vases adding the natural feel to the interior space of the dining hall.

Loving the birch vases? Katherine now has some on sale on Etsy. Click here for details.

Do you have any advice for other brides-to-be?

Definitely try and enjoy the planning process and start early so you can really enjoy the weeks before the wedding.

[Mainly Calgary & Area vendors]

Photographer: Shannon Yau Photography*
Venue: The Ranche
Dress: Beautiful Bride
Bridesmaids Dresses: BCBG Maxaria
Bridal Bouquet’s /boutonnières: The Nosegay
Cupcakes: Panino Bakery
Cupcake wrappers: Etsy
Groomsmen Suits: Harry Rosen
Birch Vases: The Bride (on sale now on Etsy)

*featured member of our Love List, Calgary

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Categories: Alberta, Real Weddings18 Comments


Those two shots in the field are simply gorgeous!
What lovely details! Love that stationery!!

Becky on September 27, 2011

Becky – me too! I can’t believe the cork paper stationery was a DIY project.

Melissa on September 27, 2011

Absolutely stunning details! Love!

Bliss Wedding Design on September 27, 2011

I love this wedding, from the stationary, to the birch vases to the pictures of them running through the fields. I have one word, gorgeous!

Once Upon Your Day--Julia on September 27, 2011

I love the cupcake holder!! Where is this from!?

Jen on November 03, 2011


Just wondering where you got the cork paper??

Kaylee Lowther on December 11, 2011

    Hi Kaylee –

    I’m not sure where the bride bought the cork paper. However, you can likely purchase it at any craft store. One example is Michaels. Hope that helps!

    I came across this online store that sells cork paper. Be sure to check the company out before ordering as I’ve never ordered from them before.

    Melissa on December 11, 2011

Beautiful, really beautiful wedding photographs!

Jerzy Modrak on December 29, 2011

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Wedding Faves 2011 | Wedding Obsession - Canadian Blog on December 30, 2011

I love everything about this wedding! where did you get the table runners they are gorgeous!

Bambi on March 21, 2012

Fabulous Rustic Chic wedding {really speaks to this farm girl} –

(@NissaGadbois) (@NissaGadbois) on April 13, 2012

Your invitations are gorgeous! Who made them? Do you have their contact info? Thanks!

Lindsay on July 19, 2012

I love the runner on the tables. Are they custom made or ordered from somewhere. Also is that burlap with the lace edging? My son is getting married in feb. and they fit perfect with our decor plan.

Nora on July 31, 2012

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Wedding Obsession - Canadian Wedding Inspiration Blog on January 28, 2013

LOVE the cork stationery! Used to elegantly.

Shanna on February 04, 2013

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Would you mind telling me where the bride got the “cork” Invitations?


Nikki McEachern on July 14, 2013

Great ideeas, this is very it!

Organizare Evenimente on September 12, 2013

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