You’d never guess upon seeing this wedding that it almost did not happen. Last year, southern Alberta went through a devastating flood which I’m sure many of you heard in the media or experienced yourself. The photographer who captured the day, Amara Dirks Photography describes what happened:
“Last year, much of southern Alberta was going through some pretty devastating times as many lives were destroyed by the floods. Right smack in the middle of this, with uncertainties beyond belief, Leanne was unsure of how their day was going to unfold, if at all .. original plans were literally wiped away, and as High River was a literal ghost town and lives were in complete shambles. The Highwood Golf and Country Club was going to hopefully be ready in time for their October date. It’s not like one can send emails demanding that they get basically EVERYTHING new and ready for their wedding. I scouted the golf course the day before, and it was a quiet walk. Sod was being re-applied to huge sections of the course that were completely wiped away. Until one is standing right in the middle of a place that was in utter chaos, it is truly unexplainable the emotions that hit.”
But admist it all, everything came together to make for a beautiful wedding of two people in utter love.
And we’re back! I’m so eager to share this beautiful and elegant wedding held in Kelowna, BC captured by DQ Studios. With the help of White Orchid Wedding Consulting, Calgarians Chris and Annette got an elegant and romantic wedding with a contemporary feel. The wedding was black and white with the detail of lace used throughout. Enjoy!
Says Shawna of White Orchid Wedding Consulting: The ceremony was decorated with a delicate antique table which held hand fans and parasols for the guests. Cream pomanders lined the aisle and rose petals were scattered along the ends of the rows of white guest chairs. Wine barrels were placed at at the altar, and a classical Harpist played soothing music as guests arrived for the afternoon ceremony overlooking CedarCreek’s grape vineyards and a beaming sun over Okanagan Lake.
For the dinner and reception tent at the Harvest Golf Club, crystal chandeliers were hung from the lined tent. Statement centrepieces with Hydrangeas, roses and cream spider mums looked beautiful on the lace covered round guest tables.
Decor, Design & Planning: White Orchid Wedding Consulting
Photography: DQ Studios
Ceremony Venue: CedarCreek Estate Winery
Reception Venue & Catering: The Harvest Golf Club
Party Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals
DJ: John Byrne Music
Florals: Debra Olstad
Decor Rentals: Vintage Origami
Linens: Flair Chair Company
Cake & Cupcakes: Whisk Cake Company
Stationery: The Social Page
Transportation: Sun Valley Limousine
There’s just so much about today’s photoshoot designed and captured by Kristyn Harder Photography that I utterly love. It’s absolutely on point right now, as it shows gold at its finest, paired with hues of soft pink and mint. Literally colour combinations that describe my life right now. Kristyn paired up with some talented Calgary vendors to create two bridal looks that bring together glitter and gold, along with jeweled accents.
Says Kristyn: The concept for this styled bridal shoot was very personal – in fact, it was based on my own branding. I have just transformed my website, logo and overall look to better represent myself – I love gold, glitter, classic poses and looks, and natural concepts. I wanted two distinct looks for the brides – one slightly more fresh, young and natural with glitter/gold, and then the other look revolved around the gorgeous colored gown with sparkly, jewel accents. The natural light studio in Calgary that I rented was beautiful and bright, and the additions such as the bouquet, invitations and the props added a special touch to my vision.
Photography: Kristyn Harder Photography
Hair and makeup: The Studio by Jai Basi
Bouquet: Amborella Floral Studio
Dresses: Essence of Austrailia and Stella York (courtesy of Beautiful Bride)
Vintage props: Vintage Loved
Stationary: The Social Page
Feathers and gold/white taxidermy piece – DIY Projects
Often brides and grooms choose out-of-the-box ideas for their engagement sessions. But today, Lisa & Gabe had Laura Clarke Photography to capture them in their element, an ordinary day doing the things they love most. And I must say, it’s kind of refreshing.
Says Laura: They really wanted an engagement session that captured them in their element and what they love most: cooking, enjoying their urban neighbourhood and each other. We worked together to create a “Day in the Life” type session where we started at their home enjoying a typical weekend morning, then we went to the park where Gabe proposed to Lisa, and we finished with a grocery shop at Ruby Eats.
My fiancé and I met four years ago on a night out in the town. At first glance, I knew there was something special between us. After playing email tag we finally planned our first date and since then we’ve been happily together.
Just thinking back to the day Gabe proposed to me brings a huge smile to my face. The emotions that came through me during the proposal reassures me that we are meant for each other and that our love is unconditional. I found out after that the date of the proposal was actually moved around quite a few times due to weather. Gabe planned a dinner at the Ritz Carlton Toronto Hotel as it’s location is along the walking path to our home as well as Berczy Park, the location of our second date. As we were walking home Gabe stopped me at the fountain in Berczy Park and went down on one knee. Still in awe and excitement we decided to go across the street to our favorite local bar, Pravda, for celebratory drinks. Gabe lead me upstairs and drew back curtains to a back room to reveal our entire wedding party. I was speechless and thrilled that we could share this moment with our closest family and friends.
When we booked our engagement shoot with Laura from Laura Clarke Photography, we knew we wanted every aspect of the photos to reflect us and our life together – something we could look back on and remember our lifestyle at this time. With our busy lifestyles we both spend a lot of time at our work and away from each other so our home is where we unwind, relax and share our love for food and cooking. A typical weekend starts with us hanging around our kitchen island sipping coffee and nibbling on an easy, put-together charcuterie spread. We chat and catch up with each other and enjoy planning out our weekend and creating a grocery list based on our recipes for dinner. Our favorite place to shop for local and organic ingredients is at Ruby Eats.
We knew that Berczy Park had to be one of our photo shoot locations. It’s not only the spot where we had our second date and where Gabe proposed but we often have picnics there and relax on sunny days in the summer. It’s also a beautiful spot that makes up our neighbourhood that we’ll always have fond memories of.