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Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry

Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry

Tulle Skirt: NRT Fashions by Nicole Rita Tomney

Dress: Bridal Debut

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Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Your Ultimate Wedding Planner

EDITOR’S LETTER Gay Derk

Your Big Day Lookbook

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o bride-to-be is fabulous without her perfect gown, perfect accessories, perfect bouquet, and, of course, the perfect groom. This year, we’ve gathered a wide selection of gowns, bouquets, and all the finishing touches, including hair, makeup, and jewelry. We love the way we girls constantly re-invent the wheel, revamping our favourite fashion eras into our own personalized bridal fashion. The key is always adding your own special touch.

Enjoy the fun of planning your dream day, from Pinterest to mood boards. Make sure to include your groom - a lot of guys are just as excited about the wedding, even if they do not show it. Don’t forget it’s the biggest day of his life too. This issue has a special section aimed at guys and our online wedding planner includes tips on everything from suits to his speech plus everything else you need to know to plan your wedding day from finances, lifestyle and travel to relationship tips and all the details in between. I loved all the ever-so-stylish weddings I have attended and how today’s brides really put their personal stamp on everything they do. Bridal Fantasy has it all to help make your day your “bridal fantasy!” Enjoy! Always remember in the end it's all about the love!

All the resources you need to plan your big day. bridalfantasy.com

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CONTRIBUTORS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Sylvia Kysela

Kimberley Henke

Gay Derk

Kendra Vetter

Darren Jacklin

RR Donnelley, Edmonton

Randall MacDonald Danielle LaPorte

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Shannon Gamache

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Dr. Brenda Wade

Mandy Bilous

Darryl Wilson

MARKETING & SALES

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Mandy Bilous

Meagan Johnston

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Danielle S. Fuechtmann CREATIVE DIRECTION

Gay Derk

The Bridal Fantasy Team

Shannon Gamache

HAIR STYLISTS & MAKEUP ARTISTS

Joanne McCormick

Blush Artistry Rock It Out Salon

ART DIRECTOR Darrell Derk

MODELS Independent Agents

PHOTOGRAPHERS

CREATIVE & MARKETING DIRECTOR

Mode Models International

Darrell Derk

Mandy Bilous

CIRCULATION & DISTRIBUTION

Breanne Marie

Gay Derk

Grant Olson

Shannon Gamache

Edward Ross

CLOTHING STYLING

Donna Lewis

Mandy Bilous Gay Derk

ARTICLE CONTRIBUTORS

Darrell Derk

Elyse Colman

PUBLISHERS

Shannon Gamache

Heather Dane

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Arielle Ford

The Bridal Fantasy Group

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Danielle S. Fuechtmann

Sheena Hope

Louisa Graves

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Bridal Fantasy Magazine is published by Derks Fine Group of Companies and is published once a year. The views and opinions herein do not necessarily represent those of The Bridal Fantasy Group, its Publisher, Editor or Employees. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the Publisher.


CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

Mandy Bilous, Creative and Marketing Director Working with this level of talent in the industry has allowed us to bring you the boldest Bridal Fantasy Magazine we’ve ever produced. Our focus was to encapsulate the essence of “having it all” at your wedding, and we’ve achieved this by featuring a series of real weddings and stylized shoots. We want you to be inspired by your own personal style and learn how to showcase those special elements that make you, well, you. Our own search for inspiration led us to the one and only Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, complete with stunning views of the mountains. Who could ask for a better backdrop to show off our signature looks for this season? I’m so proud of this team for their dedication in bringing you stunning photos and exclusive content found only within the pages of Bridal Fantasy Magazine. It’s your wedding day; customize it to be as unique as you are.

Shannon Gamache, Associate Editor I hope you feel inspired by this issue of Bridal Fantasy! This year, we had the pleasure of shooting in Jasper and collaborating with an awesome team, the photos were stunning and really captured the beauty of the mountains. Flip through all of our stylized photo shoots and real weddings, give the articles a read, bookmark some pages and contact some of the amazing vendors. We have gathered some of the best advertisers, contributors, inspiration and more for our readers – I would like to extend a BIG thank you to everyone who contributed to making this issue one of our best yet! I hope this magazine is a helpful resource and you find inspiration within these pages to make your dream wedding come true.

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Table of Contents FEATURES: 16 Day in the Life:

A Chair to Remember

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Real Wedding Feature – Kathy & Dylan

22 Let’s Plan the Big Day Together

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W E DDI NG WATCH

Empower Your Marriage

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Kathy & Dylan

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Love Work: Creating a Relationship Revolution

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Esha & Vip

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The Real Relationship Revolution – Dr. Brenda Wade

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Gina & Tom

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Melissa & Jeremy

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Giving Up the Need to Be Right to Have More Love – Arielle Ford

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Ava & Dale

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Vanessa & Erik

Easy Dinner Party Menu that Delivers Health and Beauty Benefits – Heather Dane & Louise Hay

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Suzanne & James

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Our Whole Lives are Relationships – Danielle LaPorte

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Keron & Sharon

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Joanna & Brandon

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Dream Building For Two – Darren Jacklin

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Hailey & Kyle

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Kate & Gary

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Kelly & Duane

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Danielle & Jason

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Glamourous Greens

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Heather & Troy

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Bohemian Bliss

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Michelle & Shawn

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Ladies in Lace

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Hisako & Nick

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Mountain Magic

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Ashley & Dave

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Frozen in Time

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Brittany & Warren

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A Wild Wedding

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Zoriana & Paul

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Eco Elegance

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Kate & Tom

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Rustic Romance

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Courtney & Brett

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Mine in Wine

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Cassandra & Samantha

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Simply Sweet

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Annamaria & Eric

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Delicate Details

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Surina & Sukwinder

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Something Blue

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Sierra & Matthew

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Vineyard Vows

Sarah & Dave

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Riding into Romance

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Extras: YOUR CREATIVE STAMP

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Décor:

Health, Fitness & Beauty:

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Wedding Trends – Special Event Rentals

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Beauty Products: Beauty Necessities

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The Great Getaway

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It’s A Walk in The Park

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Hair Affair

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Forget the Baggage

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Honeymoon Hotspots

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Bring Your Winter Wedding to Life

Fashion:

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Wedding Attire: The Dress Code

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Shoes: High Rise

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Modern Mothers: Wedding Day Fashion

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Online: Tweet, Pin & Post

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The Sweetest Thing

The Bridesmaids

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Stationery: Invitation Inspiration

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Bridal Shower: 3 Fun Games to Try at Your Bridal Shower

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Stags & Stagettes

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Enchanting Engagement Parties: Out Plan, Out Play, Out Party

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Reception Meal: Great Eats, Sweet Treats

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Flowers: In Full Bloom

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The Advantages of a Complete Wedding Package

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100 Chiconomy: Bridal Fashion 113 Lingerie: Sweet Support 145 Formalwear: The Finer Points to Men’s Style 150 Groomsmen’s Gifts 152 Charming Children 154 Menswear: Men’s Style 162 The Man and the Beard 164 It’s His Wedding Day Too! – Randall MacDonald

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PLANNING Online

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NCE LIMITED TO A SELECT NUMBER OF MAGAZINES AND BRIDAL SHOWS, the wedding planning process has become even more exciting with great digital tools to help with every step of putting together your perfect day. With everything from classic tools like Pinterest to inspire your wedding theme or helpful forums to help answer your etiquette conundrums, there’s something for everyone!

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fter sharing a quick ring selfie to show off her new ring and popping into a bookstore to pick up a few bridal magazines, one of the first things many modern brides do is create a wedding board on her Pinterest account if she doesn’t already have one! Pinterest is an amazing resource for brides to get inspiration for almost every part of the wedding, from decor to dresses, makeup to flowers, reception snacks to wedding favours, there’s ideas for everything. Many bridal magazines and blogs have Pinterest accounts too, so you can see some of the great ideas inspiring your favourite reads! If you love the idea of Pinterest, but crave a curated approach, take a visit to Loverly. Founded in 2012, the site makes planning easier by combining inspiration boards à la Pinterest with the ability to shop and connect with vendors straight from the site. Search ideas by colour, take a look at some beautiful real weddings, or take a look at their planning section with a bounty of great posts about every step of the wedding process! For better or worse, email and online mediums are usually much easier for connecting with friends and family than a letter in the mail. Even if you’ve opted to send beautiful save-the-dates and invitation suites to your guests, consider creating an online presence for your wedding. Start with creating an email address for all of your wedding communications, this is a great way to make sure all of your wedding-related correspondence ends up in one easy spot!

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Having a single address will make getting information from potential vendors a breeze and if you want guests to have the option of RSVPing by email, you’ll know their responses won’t be lost in the shuffle. Once you’ve set up an email account, consider creating a wedding website; don’t worry if you’re not tech-savvy, there are lots of drag and drop options available. Having a wedding website provides a central hub for all of your guests (and you) to find information about your wedding. In addition to providing a second source for essential event information, this is also a fun way to get your guests excited by including features like a digital guest book, song requests for the reception, funny stories about your relationship and more! This is also a great space to share registry information, especially if you’ve registered with more than one service. Services like mywedding.com or appycouple.com, offer user-friendly systems to create wedding websites and apps with lots of options for customization to reflect your wedding theme and the information you want to share with your guests. Forums and community boards aren’t the most glamourous tool on the internet but they’ve stood through the test of time for a reason! Forums offer people to discuss topics that interest them and share their ideas. Stumped about what you should do about a tricky situation? Take your question to a forum discussing that topic and get some perspective on your situation! The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Bride To Be are examples of sites that host excellent community forums, but you can find many more with a quick search.

Creating an excellent seating plan can be a bit daunting, you ideally want to strive for a plan that sets people with other guests they’ll get along well with and make sure that everyone has a great time. Rather than using a paper plan and post-its, try something like Tablerrr! Tablerrr allows you to create guest lists, set your tables and drag and drop your seating arrangement; make it even easier with the smart seating function and group your guests and let it place everyone so all you have to do is make minor adjustments. Voila! You’ll probably want to see all of the amazing candid photos your guests snap during the celebration! Decide on a hashtag that guests can use on Twitter and Instagram so you can see all of their posts in your feed; pick something easy to type and do a quick check to make sure it’s not already in use. If you’d rather keep your wedding more private or have a more permanent way of saving what everyone posts, tools like Wedding Party offer an fun and simple way for guests to upload photos and messages about your wedding in addition to checking essential information about your wedding; this tool makes it easy to use on smartphones, digital cameras, computers and more so all of your guests can take part in your special wedding story. There’s an abundance of amazing tools that make wedding planning a breeze, from your engagement to the last few spins on the dance floor, there are tools for simplifying and organizing every part of your planning process so you can focus on enjoying your engagement and being a newlywed!


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FEATURE A Chair to Remember

Day in the Life: A CHAIR TO

REMEMBER “I was in awe upon entering my wedding…the décor was so perfect, the chair and table linens, the lighting, the entrance, especially the backdrop was beyond my imagination…” Bridal Fantasy has worked with the award-winning décor company A Chair to Remember many times over the years for magazine shoots, wedding features and bridal shows but this was a chance for Bridal Fantasy to follow the décor team around for the day during an actual wedding setup. And what an incredible day… seeing a room transform into a breathtaking reception where guests celebrate into the night is something magical. Just like this particular wedding, clients often hire a professional décor company such as A Chair to Remember months and sometimes more than a year before the actual wedding. A boutique décor company specializes in personal service and unparalleled quality so they only accept a limited number of weddings each year and they fill up fast. Couples looking for a professional to bring their vision to life find that the creativity, knowledge and personalized service add significant value to the décor and beauty of the event. So what does A Chair to Remember do? Whether you come armed with a folder full of ideas and lovingly populated Pinterest boards, or you have no idea what you would like for your décor, these companies are an excellent resource. A Chair to Remember first sits down with the client for a consultation to create a customized plan -- the colour palette, the room layout, the linens and the backdrop. Next, they prepare a mockup of the tablescape and backdrop design to show clients a glimpse of how the room will transform. Then, working with the clients’ other vendors such as the florist and the venue, as well as with elements clients have created such as favors or table numbers, they work to ensure all the details come together in one seamless look.

Photographer: Paul Swanson Photography

Kimberly Henke After traveling Europe, it was in Venice Italy that Kim Henke found the art, creativity and beauty that inspired her to create the wedding-event décor company A Chair to Remember. She believes the answer to one key question is what sets her company apart from the rest: if this were my sister’s wedding, would she love it? All of the detail, thoughtfulness and beauty of each event are put to this same question and this guides Kim and the team every time in creating something wonderful. Founded in: 2009

Leading up to the wedding and during the day of setup, A Chair to Remember’s professional team looks after all of the details so you do not have to worry about your perfect day. Venues often provide very limited preparation and setup time and often do not include for many of the finishing details, leaving setup and teardown to a professional décor team ensures everything will come together perfectly so you can spend your wedding day focusing on the important thing - your wedding! Professional décor companies also bring their experience with them to each event, they’ll be able to anticipate potential problems, help prepare backup plans, easily handle unexpected hiccups and much more. In shadowing the décor team around for the day, a few highlights really stood out. First, they are a fantastically well-organized team. Watching them put on the linens, chair covers, and assemble the feature tables showed thoughtfulness to their work down to the very last detail. And the backdrop…what an incredible amount of detail! Piece by piece, the 50-foot backdrop came together with each piece layered in at the right time -- the drape, the crystals, the structure, the hanging chandelier and the lighting design. Finally, and most interesting, was the team itself. They chatted, laughed and all worked seamlessly together. Their professionalism was clear but so was the fun they had in creating such a beautiful wedding for their client. It is clear why A Chair to Remember was chosen as one of the top ten rental companies in Alberta and ranked in the top 5% of wedding professionals nation-wide: their expertise, creativity and kindness have created a team that is passionate about creating beautiful events and making your wedding a magical day. www.achairtoremember.ca | kim@achairtoremember.ca

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WEDDING WATCH

Kathy & Dylan K

athy and Dylan met just over 4 years ago through mutual friends at a local bar; they shared an instant connection with each other, spending the evening with friends and having lots of fun. They spent a few short weeks getting to know each other and beginning a bond that was the start of something bigger in the making. After almost a month of “seeing” each other, they finally made it official and started dating. Dylan and Kathy lived with her parents until earlier this year when they bought there first home together with their two beautiful dogs, Harley and Sophie. After almost two years of dating, Dylan had come to the realization that Kathy was the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, start a family with, and grow old with. Dylan proposed to Kathy on Christmas Eve of 2015 when they were spending the evening with Dylan’s family. While opening gifts, Dylan had a very special surprise for Kathy. Dylan had tied a box around their dog Harley’s neck and had Kathy unravel and open several layers of boxes inside a box until she had got to a ring box where there was no ring but a note that simply read “ marry me?” As Kathy read Dylan’s note out loud, Dylan got down on one knee, pulled the ring out of his pocket and asked for Kathy’s hand in marriage. She said yes before he could even ask, “Will you marry me?” Kathy and Dylan spent the next week in Florida with Kathy’s family, celebrating their recent engagement with everyone, a trip that is still their favorite and most memorable. Kathy and Dylan were married at the Oasis Centre in Edmonton on August 6th, 2016; they had around 200 of their closest friends and family help join them in matrimony. It was a big beautiful wedding with amazing people surrounding the couple; everything went according to plan and without any issues. Kathy and Dylan will never forget being surrounded by all their loved ones and having a truly incredible fun-filled evening where everyone was enjoying themselves with great food, drink, dancing and conversation with family and friends. Favorite Moment Dylan - Getting to see Kathy in her dress and walk down the aisle for the first time. Kathy - Marrying her best friend and celebrating with family and friends. First Dance: Then - Brad Paisley Father - Daughter Dance: My Wish - Rascal Flatts

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Kathy & Dylan August 6, 2016

Wedding Date: August 6, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged for: 1 year .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony and Reception: The Oasis Centre .................................... Officiant: Rev. Brian Grinde .................................... Hair & Make-up: John Mio .................................... Bridal Gown: Winnie Chlomin .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Mina Bridal .................................... Groom’s Attire: Michael Kors .................................... Groomsman Attire: Michael Kors .................................... DÊcor and Design: A Chair to Remember .................................... Cake: The Art of Cake .................................... Caterer: Stir Catering .................................... Linens and Rentals: A Chair to Remember .................................... Custom Tree Backdrop and Stage Design: A Chair to Remember .................................... Paper Art Accents: The Paper Wedding by Carmen .................................... Wedding Planner: The Oasis Centre (Janine Masri) .................................... Entertainment: Revolution Entertainment .................................... Flowers: Cory Christopher .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Mother of the Bride Carole Gill .................................... Photographer: Revolution Entertainment .................................... Videography: Revolution Entertainment .................................... Photography Location Shots: The Oasis Centre and Alberta Legislature

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DÉCOR Special Event Rentals

2017 Wedding Trends Special Event Rentals 1) Metallic Golds, coppers and silvers exploded on the wedding scene a few years ago and the trend isn’t slowing down for 2017. Metallics can be paired with a variety of wedding designs, providing unique versatility. Try pairing golds, coppers, and silvers with your vintage, modern, or rustic wedding. They can be incorporated through subtle ways or in full force. To bring in subtle touches of this trend, try using metallic votives, stationary, or favours. If you want big impact, look at bringing in sequin linens, available in all metallic tones, charger plates, and metallic centerpieces. Don’t feel the need to stick to one metal or the other – mixed metallic is right on trend and balances the design. 2) Industrial Chic Speaking of metallic - industrial weddings are becoming increasingly popular because of their perfect combination of vintage and modern aesthetic. Couples are drawn to this wedding trend because they are able personalize the wedding with unique elements, leaving a big impression on their guests. Finding unique venues is integral for pulling off this look. Try finding venues that can provide a blank space – stripped back and bare bones with unique architectural elements with exposed pipes and cement. This will help create the ambience you are striving for - perhaps consider lofts or warehouses. These spaces are then enhanced with impactful elements such as industrial chairs, linen, and Edison bulb lighting. The small details, such as metal table numbers, lots of candle light, and greenery will complete the space.

3) Vintage Romance It's been a popular wedding style for a while and it is still going strong for good reason! Vintage weddings offer beautiful, welcoming space for guests with plenty of personal touches. This is a great opportunity to incorporate family heirlooms and décor pieces with sentimental value. With these elements, the day becomes much more meaningful for your family and guests. Begin the design process with a soft palette with a variety of colours and hues. Key design elements include antique lighting, textured linens (lace is always a fave!), candle light, and vintage dinnerware. In order to really leave an impact of your guests, look at stunning pieces such as chandeliers and extraordinary florals. 4) Natural Garden Greenery AKA the organic green wedding style. Your venue choice is also key! The simpler and more natural the venue, the more this theme will speak. We’re a big believer that this theme is best suited for a tent wedding. A neutral colour palette goes a long way when paired with a garden theme with tons of greenery. Creating this seemingly effortless look is anything but effortless! Be sure to root this look with a neutral palette and a variety of textures and colours within that palette - you’ll end up utilizing many different shades of white, ivory, and tan. Incorporate the garden feel through florals and small details like favours and napkins. Try adding a few key, showcase pieces – perhaps a greenery seating chart or a grand cascading garland. The wedding style is also right on trend with 2017 bridal fashion trends.

Photographer: Julie MacKinnon Photography

Advice For Planning Your Wedding: Hire a Professional Company to Install your Decor The benefits of hiring a décor professional to install your wedding décor will enhance your wedding day experience by eliminating stress for the couple, bridal party, and family. First of all, we have product knowledge! We know our product – we have installed thousands of times and we know how to do it best. We have the ability to problem solve on site and can eliminate stress for everyone. We also know your style – after months of preparing for your wedding and going through the décor process together, we know exactly what you are envisioning and we know how to bring that to life. Elyse Colman Elyse is an Edmonton based wedding planner and designer who has been working as a part of the Special Event Rentals team for a few years. After traveling the world, Elyse earned a Bachelor of Arts from MacEwan University in 2014 before transitioning into events full time. Elyse has a passion for weddings and takes pride in taking a client’s vision and creating an unforgettable experience. Elyse has coordinated and designed weddings of all styles and sizes, though she especially loves luxury weddings with neutral colour palettes and lots of greenery.

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PLANNING Décor

Let’s Plan The Big Day

TOGETHER

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day of your life? Not that great huh? So why not be rational about things and hand over just some responsibilities to your guy too? I am certainly not talking about the main ones here, but let him play his role whatsoever. So initially for pitching in ideas about the guest list, the date, and the venue try teaming up together. Let him do more work and share your ideas accordingly. Remember to prioritize your companionship over all other activities and in times of stress recall the importance of your relationship categorically and keep the bigger picture in mind. What you both could do together could be to decide on your budget. You may feel like checking with your parents, if

they are contributing to the wedding and if not what other sources could you both rely upon. Deciding on the theme of your reception with other details including date, venue and place could be a number two. It is important to meet your wedding officiate and take part in any premarital counseling if required. Purchasing gifts in admiration of your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and children (flower girl and ring bearer) in the wedding party is also something you both would have to team up for. Try and acknowledge all wedding gifts you receive with a handwritten personalized thank-you note from both of you. It is also important to purchase presents for each other’s parents so let your spouse


Darryl L. Wilson, Jr. The Wedding Concierge D'Concierge Wedding Planning

do that job. Obtain your marriage license. Practice your first dance beforehand there nothing worse than having your Jimmy Choo heels ruined . Allow your groom make a to-do list (if that’s what he’s comfortable with) and make sure to add tasks according to his consent. Yet, be sure to have him draft and manage his groomsmen team, to pick the music for the wedding, to salvage the registry, to choose his ring, to write down his vows, to find a tux and get fit, to plan your honeymoon and let him get creative with that, and finally to buy presents for groomsmen as well as your parents. On a lighter note, just let him know to stay away from sensitive areas like the dress, the flowers, the cake, the invitations and basically 90% of the

wedding essentials. All of which requires sheer perseverance and trust you’ll have to have in order to make your day a beautiful memory! Marriage is certainly the best thing that’s going to happen to the two of you and it's very easy for you two to become divided in times of apparent stress. But in the end, this is a celebration of your love and life together, and so everything basically depends on the amount of trust you show toward your spouse. Remember this is the first celebration you two will host and husband and wife.

D’Concierge combines the perfect mélange of chic, elegance, and bold creativity fused with energetic ideas customized to the bride’s total satisfaction. After graduating high school and finishing up his freshman year of undergrad Darryl Wilson Jr. had his life mapped out. The plan was to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the Navy Branch of the Armed Forces, serve 25 years and retire. But a special occasion altered the course of events and changed Wilson’s life forever. “GOD had a different blueprint for me,” Wilson says. It wasn’t until after planning his mother’s wedding to my step father 16 years ago that he realized the exceptional talent he had.” Talented but not yet confident, Wilson struggled to see how he could take his talent and craft a successful career in wedding planning. “At the time the wedding and event industry was predominately ran by females, and there were not many men of color in the limelight making strides in the wedding industry,” says Wilson. As his confidence began to grow, his LIFE long goal has become to change the dynamics of the industry by curating one love story at a time! So what stirs and incites Wilson’s passion within to produce magical memories? I LOVE LOVE it's just that simple for me. He says, “I am blessed to be a part of an industry that honors and celebrates LOVE every day.” Inspired everyday by amazing opportunities and experiences, Wilson relishes his role in bringing love together. “Plus I’m blessed to work with beautiful women from around the world,” Wilson says. What a lucky man am I !

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PLANNING Décor

Photographer: Rhiannon Sarah Photography

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ull of lush, tropical plants, and bathed in natural sunlight, Events at Hole’s is one of Canada’s most unique wedding venues.

“It offers that open-air, that beauty, and that feeling of limitlessness of an outdoor venue, but with none of the risks,” notes Events Administrator Michelle Bradshaw. Events at Hole’s boasts several spaces and can accommodate all sizes of weddings, but the largest and most renowned space in the building is the Moonflower Room. With its soaring 35 foot glass ceilings, Moonflower -shaped light pillars, and the capacity to comfortably seat 500 to 600 guests, the Moonflower Room is modern and breathtaking. Shade cloths automatically control the lighting levels in the room, and hidden panels in the glass ceiling open and close to regulate the temperature and to allow a fresh breeze in. If it starts to rain outside, the panels instantly close up—keeping everyone inside dry.

“I think what our guests really love though is having everything onsite,” Bradshaw continues. “We have our floral studio just downstairs, as well as a liquor store, a restaurant—and even a spa. What we hear over and over again is how having all of those amenities in the building just makes everything so easy for our guests.” Rather than having to go to three different locations, guests also benefit from being able to have their ceremony, their reception, and their photos all in one building. And, with its prime location just on the edge of the city, Events at Hole’s also has a gorgeous Provincial Park just steps away. In the evening, guests can look out to the park and see the sun set over Big Lake. On extra special nights—free from the glare of the city lights—they can also watch the aurora borealis dance overhead.

At night, lights float magically above and give the space the ambience of an elegant park or of a sprawling rooftop patio under the stars.

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PLANNING Desserts Cake: Cake Affair Photographer: Rhiannon Sarah Photography

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ne of the sweetest parts of wedding planning? Cake tastings and choosing your wedding desserts! Whether you want a statement cake or a dessert table, buttercream or fondant, there’s a delightful dessert option that’s perfect for every wedding.

Sweet selection: Dessert tables and mini-desserts are a great way to add another visual display at your reception, plus you won’t have to decide between all those delicious cake flavours! Instead of committing to cupcakes, consider picking a centrepiece cake for the cake cutting and a selection of smaller desserts for guests to choose from. Get glitzy: From a subtle shimmering of edible gold leaf to tiers of all-out glitter, metallic touches work with almost every style of dessert! Unexpected ways to add a metallic touch include detailed lace patterns, fine edible glitter, or bold geometric patterns. Pretty painting: Turn your cake into a canvas with watercolour washes, stained glass patterns, or painted florals and patterns. Your imagination is the limit with this trend! Textured embellishments: Add some light and airy sugar ruffles, piped icing embroidery, or sugary rosettes. Alternate tiers on part of the cake for a beautiful accent or all over the cake for a sweet statement. Keep the look modern and beautiful by using white or ivory icing. White on white: Go modern with all-white details! By adding texture and embellishments like piped patterns, petals, or pretty pearls, you can prove that monochromatic doesn’t need to mean boring. Great gems: Love the look of elegant marble or agate? Adore glittering geode crystals? Cake designs like these will make a flawless statement at your reception. Mountains of macarons: Searching for the perfect centerpiece for your sweets table, or just looking for an alternative to cupcakes? A macaron tower is a chic option to a tiered cake. They’re modern and you can even customize the colours to match your wedding theme and palette. Fondant fun: Play with bold, whimsical patterns and add a smattering of fondant triangles, stripes and chevron, or pretty polkadots. Full of personality, fondant patterns are a perfect pop for modern urban weddings.

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Cake: LauraBella Treats Photographer: Jody DeBernardo

Cake: Sweet Relief Pastries Photographer: Raraa Photography

Cake: The Art of Cake Photographer: Just Married Photography

Cake: The Art of Cake Photographer: Jill Coursen Photography

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Cake: Triple L Cakes Photographer: Romy Young Photography

Cookies: Sweetness Sugar Cookies Photographer: Rayne or Shine Photography

Cake: Sweet Relief Pastries Photographer: Xandra Photography

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PLANNING Stationery

Stationery: The Paper Tree Photographer: Eylyn Photography

Invitation Inspiration

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edding invitations seem like a small part of planning your wedding, after all, there is the venue to choose, vows to write, and a wedding gown to find! However, they formally invite your loved ones to your big day and provide important event details. The invitation clarifies who’s invited, the time and location of the ceremony and reception, information about RSVPs and registries, and it also suggests the type of event to expect. • Narrow down the selection of your invitation suite and start thinking about the lettering style you would like. Modern invitations range from formal engraving to modern printed scripts in addition to the wide range of calligraphy styles available. • Calligraphy offers a versatile middle ground between engraving and printing; thoughtful use of calligraphy can be done at an affordable price. If you want to include calligraphy in your designs but have a lower budget, consider only having key parts of the invitation in script, such as your names, while the rest is in a complementary type. • As you’re finalizing your decision on your invitation suite, begin researching calligraphers, focusing on the style of their script. Many calligraphers are proficient in more than one style but they will typically have a favourite or a variation unique to them.

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• Talk to local stationery stores and look online to find calligraphers with a good reputation or ask if your vendor has an in-house calligrapher. Ask for a portfolio, look for confident script with even spacing and consistency. If you choose a calligrapher outside of your city, remember to allow extra time for the finished invitations to be returned to you. • Most calligraphers average a two-week turnaround on a project but this varies on the size of the project and how many clients they have booked. If you’re worried about a tight deadline, ask if the envelopes of your invitation suite can be delivered in advance of your suite so your calligrapher can finish those first! Ensure everything is returned to you at least two weeks in advance of being sent out so you have time to check for any errors and assemble the invitations. • Prepare a guest list and ask your calligrapher how they prefer it to be organized. They’ll need to know your guests’ names and titles, addresses, and postal codes; make sure you type these out, even last minute additions, to avoid mistakes due to legibility. • They’ll request a small amount of extra material, take this into account when ordering your suite. If you have good handwriting skills, you may want to consider doing your own invitations. When deciding to go this route, ensure that you have enough time to practice before starting out! Give yourself lots of extra material and time to finish all of the invitations and any other materials like place cards or menus that you want. Remember, while DIY projects can be a lot of fun, they can also lead to a lot of stress if things don’t go smoothly!


Invitations: Pinkpolka Design and Stationery Photographer: Either and Smith

Invitations: Pink Umbrella Designs Invitations: Pinkpolka Design and Stationery Photographer: Kelly Redinger Photography

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PLANNING Bridal Shower

3 Fun Games

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ridal showers are a fun opportunity for the bride-to-be to celebrate her upcoming wedding with friends and family members. Typically hosted by the maid of honour or bridesmaids, the guests include female friends, family members and other relatives or if the couple prefers, co-ed or couple’s showers are gaining popularity. Since guests are expected to bring a gift, etiquette states that only those invited to the wedding should be invited to the shower. If there will be more than one shower, ensure that the hosts of the different parties compare their guest lists to ensure that guests are only invited to one party. Whether you’re choosing to do a couple’s shower and invite the groom and some of his friends and family, opting for an fun spa day with only close female friends and family, or having tea and cake at home, a classic part of the shower are the games! Switch things up and try one of these fun games for a laughter-filled icebreaker:

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Etiquette 911 Write wedding etiquette scenarios on index cards; the crazier, the better! Think of some nightmare situations like a guest bumping into the bride with a glass of red wine or two bridesmaids getting into a fight at the altar. Hand out one etiquette card to each guest and have them write down an honest response to the situation. Then, have the bridal party gather all the cards and read the wacky answers aloud. Bangle Shakedown Before the game, create a list of overused wedding-related words or exclamations (e.g. bride, wedding, dress, “Aww!”) and chose a few to forbid. As guests arrive, give each lady a bracelet and a little note listing the forbidden words and tell them that if they hear another person saying a restricted word, she gets to take the offender’s bracelet. At the end of the party, the person with the most bracelets gets a prize, plus the cute bracelets on her arm! The Cinderella Bride Best suited for a co-ed shower or “couples-only” shower where women will be with their husbands or boyfriends. Without giving any clues about the game, have all of the men leave the room. While the men are gone, have all the women take off their shoes; each woman will put shoe in the centre of the room and the other shoe to the side in a pile. When this is done and the pile is nice and mixed up, have the men return. When the whistle blows, the men need to pick up the shoe that they think fits their partner and put it on her foot. If it doesn’t fit, or is not hers, they need to put the shoe back in the center and get another. Most men don’t know which shoe is their partner’s and that creates some hilarious drama. Even if they remember their partner’s shoe, it will be tricky to pick the right one in all of the chaos!


PLANNING Stags & Stagettes

Stags and Stagettes

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lanning the perfect bachelor or bachelorette party is fun but it takes some thought. Abandon the “last day of freedom” approach for activities that your bride or groom would genuinely enjoy; whether you do something wild and wacky or you opt for a calm night in, the stag and stagette parties are a fun time for celebrating the new chapter in your life with your friends.

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lanned by the maid of honour and the best man, they coordinate the celebrations with the rest of the attendees; costs of the party are shared by the guests while the bride and groom do not pay. While creating your party plans, make sure you talk to some of the key guests about your ideas and be open to suggestions and budget concerns. Keep in mind that younger couples in their early 20s won’t want (or have the budget for) some of the stag or stagette parties of brides and grooms in their

For the Ladies • Get moving and laughing with a fun dance class! Try something fun like hip hop or bellydancing. You will have fun trying something new and being silly with the girls and you’ll have some new moves to bust out on the dance floor. If everyone’s up for it, try a burlesque or pole-dancing class! • Plan an indulgent night in and hire a personal chef to whip up a gourmet dinner and have a grown-up slumber party. Think cute pyjama sets, cheesy romcoms, and popcorn.

30s. If you have an idea that you love that doesn’t fit everyone’s budget, like a lavish spa trip, think of something similar such brunch and mani-pedis at a local spa. While you don’t need to tell the bride and groom the details of the celebration, it’s a good idea to run your plans by them to make sure they’re comfortable with your ideas. If the couple likes the idea, consider doing a co-ed party and do something exciting as a large group! Here are some of our favourite ideas to get your party planning started:

For the Gents • Enjoy a great evening in with the guys; pick up some steaks, mix up the groom’s favourite drink and play some low-stakes poker. • Attend or host a scotch tasting. Arrange some cool transportation to get everyone to the venue in style, wear your favourite duds and enjoy a night on the town.

Co-ed Celebrations • Get grilling and plan a barbeque! Plan fun backyard activities like a pinata, paint coloured circles on the grass for twister, and spike the punch for a casual outdoor bash. • Take a visit to the thrift store and pick out some wedding outfits for the bridal party to wear during the game, the more outdated the better! When you get to the paintball range, let the bride and her attendants challenge the groom and his men for bragging rights.

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PLANNING Engagement

Enchanting Engagement Parties Out Plan, Out Play, Out Party

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ou’re not the only one who wants to celebrate your engagement and upcoming wedding! Your family and close friends are all eager to give their congratulations and meet your partner; the engagement party brings everyone together to celebrate and meet some of the other key people who they will likely be seeing more of in the time coming up to your wedding day. The engagement party is traditionally held by the bride’s parents, with subsequent parties being hosted by the groom’s parents or other close friends and family or both sets of parents co-hosting. However, these days more couples are hosting the party themselves or allowing close friends or family members to host. Time the party to fall within a few months of the engagement, it’s best to fall shortly after the engagement so you’ve had enough time to enjoy the whole process and have now started to think about your wedding plans but close enough to the engagement for it to still be fresh news. This party is a good example of why it’s smart to start thinking about your wedding guest list earlier rather than later: the engagement party is typically only attended by guests who will also attend the wedding, so it’s a good idea to start with your wedding guest list

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and cut it down to your bridal party, close family, dearest friends, and any other significant people. While the engagement party isn’t a gifting event, some guests may wish to bring something anyway so you might want to put together a small list of items for your registry. It’s a very flexible event, anything from a backyard barbeque or formal cocktails are appropriate. Keep in mind what you have planned for your wedding, you’ll want to complement your wedding. Ensure your engagement party doesn’t outshine your wedding by not planning formal parties when you intend to have a casual wedding or host an engagement party with a distinctly different theme from your wedding. Whether you choose to have passed hors d’oeuvres, tasting stations, barbeque cookout, or plated dinner is totally up to you and the formality of your event, there are no rules. Be sure to leave time--and prepare--for the toasts, these are an important part of the celebration. Depending on the formality of the event and who is hosting the event, the etiquette regarding the toasts and their timing is important! If the bride’s parents are hosting the party, the bride’s father should make the first toast to the bride and her fiancé, followed by a toast from the fiancé to the bride-to-be and her parents, and then he toasts his own parents. After this point, toasts are welcome from any of the attendees. If you are hosting, or it’s an informal event hosted by friends, anyone can toast at any time. The bride and groom should ensure that they toast the host of the party.


PLANNING Reception Meal

Great Eats, Sweet Treats Making the Most of Your Tasting

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eciding what you’d like to serve your guests at a reception is an important decision, not only is it a significant part of your wedding budget, it’s a special meal that you’ll want to be memorable for all of the right reasons and capture the essence of your culture! Attending a tasting with your caterer is an essential part of the planning your menu so you can make sure you love what you’re serving.

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nce you’ve narrowed down your choice of caterer or signed your contract, ask them if tastings are paid or free services, it’s common for tastings to be included in the cost of your catering and therefore free once you’ve signed your contract or a charged service if you haven’t booked yet. Since this is up to the caterer or venue, it’s always best to ask in advance and learn more about what they offer! Check how many are permitted to attend, you may want to bring a couple people for input; you may want to invite parents or the maid of honour/best man. If you do bring guests, stay focused on the food and ensure you make the most of your tasting and ultimately make your decision on what you and your partner enjoyed. Depending on the caterer, you will either taste the menu you have already chosen and have the opportunity to make changes and suggest other options or you can try a selection of menu options to narrow it down to create your final menu. Expect to be sampling all of the food you plan to serve, including hors d’oeuvres, entrees, sides, and desserts. You should discuss dietary concerns prior to the tasting, however, be prepared to address special needs like wheat allergies or other concerns when you confirm your menu. Unless they give you tasting portions only, the presentation should be the same as what you’ll see at the event, so you’ll know what your dishes will look like and you should be allowed to take pictures if you wish. Be honest about how you feel about the food, your caterer would rather know now if you don’t like something or would like to substitute dishes rather than have you disappointed or unhappy on your wedding day. Remember that while the wedding and tasting are exciting, be professional and respectful of their time; if they’re serving wine, don’t drink excessively and be conscious of good etiquette. It’s also polite to leave a tip for your server in appreciation for their work in serving you and clearing plates. Finally, expect to be trying a lot of amazing food!

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PLANNING Flowers

Flowers: Mickey’s Flowers Bridal Attire: Bridal Debut Location: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Photographer: Donna Lynn Photography Model: Paige Sernowski

In Full Bloom

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oday’s trends are easy to adapt and make your own - whether you’re a boldly bohemian bride or you’re tying the knot with a chic traditional ceremony, your posies will look perfect!

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hen you’re choosing your florist, it’s a good idea to meet with approximately three florists to compare their pricing, style, and if they’re a good personality fit. Ask your wedding and reception venue if they have anyone they would recommend and take referrals from family and friends, especially if you liked the flowers at their recent nuptials! Focus on learning about your florist’s services and approach - be sure to ask for their wedding portfolio.

Once you’ve settled on “the one”, make the most of your appointments! Make sure to bring fabric swatches of the bridal party’s dresses, pictures of your dress and the venue, and some ideas that you love. Come with an open mind; like all wedding vendors, these specialists understand how to create the showstopping look you want while staying within your budget. They’ll also have great suggestions for flower pairings, be able to recommend blooms that are in season (or look so fabulous

you won’t care that they’re out of season), and present a few amazing design ideas perfect for you! Wondering what trends we’re saving in our inspiration file? Here are our favourites:

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• Loose and unruly. Both bouquets and arrangements are saying goodbye to tight, traditional shapes in favour of organic shapes bursting with beautiful blooms! Greenery, branches and ferns add interesting texture and volume that complements this perfectly imperfect vibe. • Freshly picked. Consider featuring local, in season flowers for an English-garden inspired look that is both beautiful and environmentally friendly. • Traditional favourites. Flowers like carnations and chrysanthemums have often been eschewed as overused but they’ve made a comeback thanks to the beautiful heirloom varietals cultivated by independent flower farms. • Vases with personality. Gather your flowers and greenery in unique containers! Add a bit of glimmer with mercury glass and antique cut glass vases or embrace the shine with metal containers in rose gold, copper, silver, or gold. Embrace interesting shapes too: geometric pots, unexpected containers, and mismatched vases are a great way to spice up your arrangements without distracting from your florals. • Creative centrepieces. Think beyond single arrangements on round tables; get creative with the opportunities offered by long King’s tables or add variety with multiple arrangements in different complementary styles. Consider one large centrepiece paired with smaller complementary arrangements on large tables or a family of smaller arrangements. • Sweet succulents. Succulents are a lovely option for adding a soft greenery to your table; plus if they’re potted individually, they make thoughtful wedding favours. • Beautiful backdrops. Create a eye-catching backdrop for your ceremony with a flower wall or garland-covered gazebo. While luxurious Pinterest-worthy flower walls can be expensive, you can get a similar look by incorporating vines and greenery with the blossoms.

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Flowers: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier Bridal Attire: The Bridal Boutique Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Photographer: Breanne Marie Photography Model: Madison Gummow, Numa Models and CW Management

• Go green! Looking for a unique alternative for your florals? Ditch the flowers! Consider embracing trees, succulents, ferns, and other greenery for decor that is full of texture and personality.


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Flowers: Two Buds Floral Artistry Bridal Attire: Delica Bridal Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Location: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Photographer: Donna Lynn Photography Model: DeLaney Auger, Numa Models and Strutt CentralÂ


Flowers: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier Bridal Attire: Bridal Debut Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Location: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Photographer: Donna Lynn Photography Model: Scarlett Paige

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Flowers: Laurel’s on Whyte Bridal Attire: Bridal Debut Location: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Photographer: Donna Lynn Photography Model: Paige Sernowski

Flowers: Flowers In The Park Bridal Attire: Delica Bridal Location: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Photographer: Donna Lynn Photography Model: DeLaney Auger, Numa Models and Strutt Central

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Flowers: Wild Orchid Flowershop Bridal Attire: Bridal Elegance by Sandy Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Cassandra Brea with Blush Artistry Location: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Photographer: Donna Lynn Photography Model: Scarlett Paige

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Flowers: Studio Bloom Bridal Attire: Bridal Debut Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Location: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Photographer: Donna Lynn Photography Model: Scarlett Paige


Formal Attire: Derks Formals & Menswear Flowers: Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique Bridal Attire: Bridal Elegance by Sandy Location: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Photographer: Donna Lynn Photography Model: Chad Hepditch, Mode Models and Madison Gummow, Numa Models and CW Management

Flowers: Marna Praill, Grounds Superintendent & Stevie Masse, Floral Designer at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Floral Department Photographer: Brandie Sunley - Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography

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Flowers: Dee Vine Petals Photographer: Tammy Breeze

Flowers: Wild Orchid Flowershop Photographer: Jennifer Szott Photography

Flowers: Down the Well Designs Photographer: Jaymarie Studios

Flowers: Mickey’s Flowers Photographer: Kristyn Harder

Flowers: Mickey’s Flowers Photographer: Megan Kemshead Photography

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Flowers: Tickled Floral Photographer: Kelsy Nielson

Flowers: Two Buds Floral Artistry Photographer: Retrospekt Designs


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BEAUTY Louisa Graves

Feel Like A Star On Your Wedding Day

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hether you’re a bride or mother of the bride, every woman in your bridal party is sure to enjoy my do-it-yourself home spa beauty recipes. For a glowing complexion, naturally smooth and dewy lips, reduced under-eye puffiness and spot-free hands and arms, apply the following beauty recipes for seven nights prior to your special day. And best of all, you can indulge in these recipes in the privacy of your own home. In addition, they’re easy to make, costeffective and sure to have you looking and feeling like a star on your wedding day! View more of my free beauty recipe videos at www.YouTube.com/user/BeautyGuru/videos. Enjoy! Glowing Complexion Facial Moisturizer Recipe

Puffy Eye Reducer Recipe

My facial moisturizer recipe can be used by those with normal, dry or oily skin. It is made with non-poreclogging squalane oil (derived from olives) and jojoba oil. This recipe hydrates and plumps the skin for a glowing complexion as well as reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

To reduce under eye puffiness and fine lines, and help thicken the delicate, thinning skin around the eyes, emu oil is phenomenal.

Here’s why it works: Squalane mimics the natural

sebum in the skin. It absorbs quickly and can deeply hydrate the skin without causing breakouts. Jojoba oil combines plant esters and vitamin E which behave like collagen to nourish, plump and smooth the skin. This facial moisturizer can be used all year round. Find jojoba oil at health food stores. Find 100% pure squalane oil (derived from olives) at a discount price at www.HollywoodBeautySecrets.com

Here’s what you do: Combine ½ tsp. squalane

oil (derived from olives) with ¼ tsp. jojoba oil and massage on clean face, crow’s feet and neck and chest prior to bedtime. Leave on overnight.

Smooth, Dewy Lips Recipe To help smooth and hydrate lips, you’ll need 1 large cotton ball, 3 tbsp. warm 2% or whole milk, 1 tsp. raw honey and one vitamin E capsule.

Here’s why it works: Milk contains lactic acid which gently exfoliates the delicate skin on the lips. The fat in milk also moisturizes. Honey is a super hydrator and contains natural antibiotic properties than can speedheal and help smooth cracked or dry lips. Vitamin E repairs and seals the milk and honey on the lips while sleeping. Find these ingredients at any grocery or health food store. Here’s what you do: After cleansing, saturate a cotton ball with warm milk and dab the lips with it for three minutes. Afterward, gently pat lips dry. Do not rinse lips. Next, using your index finger, apply a little raw honey on lips. Lastly, poke a vitamin E capsule with a clean pin and apply its contents on the lips to seal in the honey. Leave on overnight.

Here’s why it works: Emu oil is the only scientifically proven transdermal oil that can penetrate through the epidermis (surface skin layers) and reach deep down to the dermis of the skin where collagen forms. This powerful oil offers myriad benefits because it is rich in omega 3s, 6s and 9s. Find 100% pure emu oil, approved by the American Emu Oil Association, at a deep discount price at www.HollywoodBeautySecrets.com. Here’s what you do: At bedtime, after cleansing, apply a drop of emu oil under each eye and gently massage it into the delicate skin using your ring finger. After five nights the puffiness will diminish. I also suggest sleeping with an additional pillow to elevate the head, thus preventing fluids from pooling around the eyes while reclined.

Hand and Arm Spot Reducer Recipe To smooth and fade spots on the hands and arms, you’ll need 6 tbsp. plain yogurt, 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (not bottled), 10 -12 tbsp. baking soda and 1 tsp. olive oil.

Here’s why it works: The scrubbing action of baking soda exfoliates the skin. The lactic acid in yogurt and bleaching power of lemon juice provide a powerful combination that fades spots on hands and forearms. Here’s what you do: Combine the yogurt, lemon juice and baking soda to make a paste. Scrub the paste on tops of hands and the forearms for 2 minutes. Leave the mixture on hands and arms for 20 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water. Afterward apply your favorite moisturizer on arms and hands.

For more information and paraben-free skin care at deep discount prices, please visit Louisa Graves at www. HollywoodBeautySecrets.com

Louisa Graves Louisa is an industry leader in the area of non-invasive beauty. She is the author of doctorrecommended book, AGEPROOF: Beauty Alternatives You Need to Know, and has been featured on television shows including: The Talk, The Doctors, Extra, The Discovery Channel’s Fit TV, The Style Network, Los Angeles KCAL, Fox, KTLA Moring news, and many more. She is a repeat guest on Sirius XM’s Doctor radio, is a beauty advisor for FIRST Magazine, a contributor and expert in Woman’s World column, Ask America’s Ultimate Expert” and has written for AOL Huffington Post Media Group and many more. She frequently speaks to women’s organization across the country on how to look and feel our best on a budget. Watch Louisa’s FREE beauty recipes videos at Youtube.com/ BeautyGuru

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BEAUTY Products

Beauty Necessities

Paint your lips with MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new ARTIST ACRYLIP, a first-of-its-kind lip color inspired by the rich intensity of acrylic paint. ARTIST ACRYLIP puts lips front and center with 10 old and buildable shade options. The lightweight, non-sticky formula offers incredible versatility in color and finish.

A guide to flawless hair, skin and nails for a worry-free wedding day! Sculpt and groom brows to perfection with MAKE UP FOR EVER’s PRO SCULPTING BROW PALETTE. This 4-in-1 palette allows you to groom, define, shape and intensify brows with absolute precision and to create the most enviable, flawless brows.

SEN 3D MINK LASHES give a soft and dynamic finish to even the most dramatic styles.

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Sen Studios has launched 8 unique lash styles to suit any client – Their lashes are created to keep up with trends, and allows them to give their clients high quality reusable lashes. For more information please e-mail: sunita@senstudios.ca for lash inquiries.

Catch the light and get glowing with MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new STAR LIT POWDER AND LIQUID. Featuring a full spectrum of luminizing shades, STAR LIT highlights the radiance of your skin adding a touch of iridescence and a hint of sparkle. For more information please visit their website: makeupforever.com

For makeup that will stay with you from beginning to end, DERMABLEND PROFESSIONAL COVER CREME has a high level of pigments with ultra-blendable formulas for flawlessly camouflaged skin. The DERMABLEND PROFESSIONAL LOOSE SETTING POWDER sets the makeup to deliver 16 hours of water and smudge resistant wear. The Cover Creme is available in 20 shades for $44 and the Loose Setting Powder is available in two shades for $34 in select drugstores.


TRENA LAINE LIP GLOSS you are what you eat... and our lip-glosses are naturally tasty and hydrate your pout to perfection. Paraben-free and super pigmented, slightly tacky texture (designed for long wear) your gloss will stay put under stressful conditions and provide a natural plump to your delicate lip area. Contains Vitamin E and natural vanillin extract Made in Canada. Not tested on fur babies. Find Your Shade at: trenalaineshop.com TRENA LAINE OMBRE SHADOW PALETTE: High-pigmented matte or shimmer shadows to choose from provide long lasting colour and compliment all skin tones. Paraben-free and fragrance-free provides anyone with sensitives or contact lenses wearers to use our shadow. Create soft, nude finishes to dramatic, smokey, sultry looks. Fabulous for personal or professional use. Made In Canada. Not tested on fur babies. For more information please visit their website: trenalaineshop.com Glam up on your wedding day with LASHES BY TEA and our ultimate pair of lashes from the Premium Mink Collection; false eyelashes women really want. Every strand is hand crafted using the finest renewable materials, ethically sourced mink hair. 25x re-usable, lightweight, ultra-comfortable and easy to apply. It is every make up must-have accessory. From daytime natural to evening dramatic, we have beautiful lashes to suit any personality and lifestyle. For more information please visit their website: lashesbytea.com

This special day calls for the most voluminous hair! L'ORÉAL PROFESSIONNEL WILD STYLERS 60'S BABE SAVAGE PANACHE texturizing spray is easy to apply with its triple diffuser innovation and micropropelled powder formula for a dry, matte finish. Available for $25 exclusively at salons listed at: lorealprofessionnel.ca

LE MINI MACARON GEL MANICURE KIT is a one-step gel polish that combines basecoat, colour and topcoat, resulting in chip free colour that lasts 7 – 10 days. The patented LED lamp cures 1-step gel in just 30 seconds. Le Mini Macaron is available at Hudson’s Bay locations for $45.00 and online at: leminimacaron.com

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Bridal Attire: Delica Bridal Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Model: DeLaney Auger, Numa Models and Strutt Central


Bridal Attire: Bridal Debut Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Kathleen Ritchie with Blush Artistry Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Model: Paige Sernowski

Bridal Attire: Bridal Debut Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Model: DeLaney Auger, Numa Models and Strutt Central

Bridal Attire: Bridal Elegance by Sandy Hair Piece: Bridal Debut Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Cassandra Brea with Blush Artistry Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Model: Scarlett Paige

Bridal Attire: Bridal Elegance by Sandy Hair Piece: Bridal Debut Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Cassandra Brea with Blush Artistry Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Model: Scarlett Paige

Bridal Attire: Delica Bridal Floral Choker: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Model: DeLaney Auger, Numa Models and Strutt Central

Bridal Attire: Bridal Debut Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Model: Scarlett Paige

Bridal Attire: Delica Bridal Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Model: Paige Sernowski

Bridal Attire: Delica Bridal Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Model: Madison Gummow, Numa Models and CW Management

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he most important thing to remember about getting dressed for a wedding is that unless you’re attending a wedding that specifically requests otherwise, do not wear white, ivory or cream. However, this still leaves a lot of options to choose from when you’re getting dressed to attend a wedding.

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f you do want to wear a lighter colour, pick a pastel like a rosy blush, crisp blue, or dove grey; if you need to ask if it’s an appropriate colour, play it safe and pick something else. Contrary to traditional advice, wearing black to weddings is becoming more common as the colour now has more association with being chic and polished than suggesting you’re attending a funeral. If you’re still worried about how it will be received by the bride and her family, check with the mother of the bride. Be sure to add some fun accessories and colour if you choose a fabulous black dress to make sure you look weddingready. While you don’t want to dress for the office, keep in the tone of the event in mind when picking out your outfit. Strike a balance between your favourite 9-5 power outfit and what you’d wear for a night on the town. Use the season and the time of the ceremony as an easy cue so you don’t look out of place. If the couple is getting married during the day, you can predict that

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the ceremony will be more casual, shorter dresses for women and dress slacks and shirts for men would be smart choices. For evening weddings, choose dressier cocktail attire, look for dresses with lower hems while men can feel safe choosing suits and ties. The invitation will typically specify if the wedding is black-tie or if other specific dress codes are requested. Weddings are typically dressier occasions and unless you’re headed to a themed wedding where an alternative dress code has been stated, this is a good time to leave the your favourite denim in the dresser. Remember that weddings are also a multigenerational events, so even if you look great in your short dress and stiletto heels, this may not an appropriate time for that outfit. You shouldn’t be tugging hemlines down throughout the ceremony or dinner and your neckline shouldn’t make the bride’s grandmother blush. Take cultural and religious traditions into consideration when getting dressed, there may be expectations for dress, such as covering your shoulders and knees or wearing head coverings. If the ceremony is being held in a religious centre like a church or mosque, make sure you respect their traditions, as well as any held by the couple or their families.


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o outfit is perfect until you’ve picked the right shoes and your wedding ensemble is no different! Once you’ve found the perfect dress, it’s time to start looking for the right pair of shoes. Your wedding shoes are a great time to indulge in a pair of glamorous designer shoes, a pair that will remind of your perfect wedding day and make your smile every time you slip them on. Today, the wedding shoes are such an important part of the wedding day look that they are frequently featured in the getting ready photos and some brides are choosing wedding dress silhouettes that show off their gorgeous shoes.

Before anything else, remember to think about comfort, aching feet are never fun! If you can’t walk in heels, you probably won’t be comfortable in a pair of tall heels, no matter how beautiful they are. This is a really important time to buy a pair of great shoes that fit properly and follow up by wearing them around the house to break them in before the big day. If you’ve picked a pair of heels, consider finding a pair of flats that you can switch into at the reception so you can slip into something more comfortable as the evening goes on. For beach and casual backyard weddings, wearing a pair of ornate flats is a smart choice as it is much easier to walk outdoors and through the grass. Shoes are a fun way to put a bit of fun or a special touch into your wedding ensemble and there are no rules for your footwear choices. Here are some of the great bridal shoe trends that you can consider for your look: • Magical Metals Shoes in golds and silvers are great choices; beautiful in a range of shoe styles from peep-toe pumps

to strappy heels, all you have to do is choose a pair that is the same metallic as your jewelry and other accessories. • All Laced Up Delicate looking booties in lace are a great choice for a vintage inspired look and they’re also a great choice for bride’s that need extra support as they can be laced up for a snug fit around the ankles. • Romantic Ruffles Super sweet or modern, ruffles are a great way to add a bit of character and pretty details to your look without being saccharine. Opt for layers of ruffles for a fun, flirty shoe or a hint of a ruffle for a daintily modern touch. • Something Blue Shoes are always a fun way to add a pop of unexpected colour to any outfit and many brides are adding their something blue into their look with a pair of blue shoes. From brilliant cobalt blues to deep navy to icy soft blues, anything goes!

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FASHION Parents

Modern Mothers: Wedding Day Fashion

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he bride and groom’s parents have an important part to play in the wedding day and just like the rest of the wedding party, they deserve to look their best!

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he mother of the bride typically purchases her dress first after waiting for cues from the bride regarding the bridal gown and the bridal party dresses. She should generally start her search shortly after the bride chooses her dress to ensure that any special orders will arrive in time and so once she has made her selection, the mother of the groom can look for her dress. If the MOB and the MOG get along, this can be a great opportunity for them to get to know each other better. They should try to select styles that are complimenting, not coordinating, allowing both women to express their personal style. Classic colours like black, navy, champagne, and blush tones are popular choices for the mothers’ ensembles, but

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sage greens, sienna, and a wide range of blues and purples are steadily gaining popularity. Black and navy are modern favourites, they’re chic and slimming and give the mothers a great opportunity to personalize their look, this is the perfect choice for formal evening weddings. Champagne has been a strong choice for the mother of the bride, this season-less colour compliments the bride’s gown while being a distinctly different colour and the soft shade is very flattering. Red remains a colour that should be avoided unless the bride okays it, many still feel that the colour is too flashy and an inappropriate choice. While colour choices are really flexible, it’s smart to bring a swatch of the bridesmaids’ dress fabric to ensure that the MOB and MOG will not clash with the rest of the wedding party. Today’s mother of the bride is likely much more stylish than before, eager to embrace silhouettes that show off their body, including sleeveless dresses and higher hemlines or options that find a balance between the two such as fuller coverage in lighter fabrics like chiffon or light velvet with burnout patterns. Formal gowns, short or long dresses, or skirt-and-jacket ensembles are all acceptable choices, so it’s important to take the time, season, location into account when selecting your outfit.


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ay goodbye to bridesmaids’ dresses that hide at the back of closets; today’s styles are fabulous frocks that can be worn again for other events. The bridal party is a great way to add a splash of colour and incorporate your wedding theme in a fun and subtle way.

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ne trend that has been gaining momentum since Pippa Middleton accompanied Kate down the aisle at the royal wedding is the white bridesmaid gown. A refreshing way to create a timeless and cohesive bridal party, picking classic silhouettes for your bridesmaids ensures that they’ll complement you without upstaging your bridal look. The important key to making this look the best is ensuring that all of the dresses are the same white; if one or more of the dresses are pure white and then a few are off-white or ivory, it could make some of the dresses look dirty.

all of the bridesmaids into one dress design, brides are allowing each lady to pick the dress that flatters them the best within a theme or colour scheme. Give your ladies a guideline of the colour and style you’d like and let them find their own dress or take advantage of the designs offered by dress designers, many lines now offer multiple styles in the same colour. If you choose to buy dresses within the same line, check to see if all of the dresses will be in the same fabric because the same colour will look different in satin than in chiffon so they may not be a perfect match.

If you’d prefer a splash of colour in your wedding party, the bridesmaids’ gowns are a great way to pull that in! Whether you want vibrant jewel tones, bright hues, or soft pastels, designers have the perfect shade for every wedding theme. Don’t be afraid to be bold with your choice, you don’t need to leave all of the pizzazz in the decor. Feel great about dressing your ladies in bright pinks, corals, or teals for a fun splash of colour! If you’re looking for a less trendy look, consider soft neutrals like blush, cream, or greys, these shades are soft and look modern without dating your look.

Another idea gaining popularity is rental services like Rent Frock Repeat or Rent the Runway which allow you to rent dresses for an event at a fraction of the purchase price and after the wedding, your bridesmaids can send the dresses back, guiltfree. Exciting innovations like dresses that reverse to black or another colour and offer adjustable skirt lengths from designers like Durga-Kali can let your ladies wear a floor length pink gown for your wedding and turn it into a black cocktail dress for their next event.

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TRAVEL Destination

The Great Getaway D epending on your personality, your honeymoon can be the first adventure you and your new spouse partake on, or it can be your relaxation period after the biggest day of your life. Here are a couple options for both.

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An option for you adventurous couples is London, England. Buckingham Palace, Westminister Abbey and The London Eye are three of the most romantic places to go. Take a tour of the palace, see the place where many famous and royal people were baptized, married, and buried, and end the night with a ride on one of the best observation areas available. There is nothing more romantic than an exhilarating view after a long day of sightseeing and exploring with the one you love.


Heat Seeking in Fiji If you need a break after your beautiful wedding,

we suggest some classic R’n’R on a beach – how about in Fiji? With beautiful blue oceans and white sandy beaches, head over to the Nadi or Denarau islands – the most popular islands for international visitors. Go snorkeling, scuba diving, or just relax on the beach with your new spouse and just enjoy each other’s company. This is the perfect winter honeymoon getaway because their warm season is from November to April, but even in the cool season, the average temperature is 22°C.

Jammin’ in Jamaica Jamaica – the birthplace of Bob Marley…where

else could you go to relax?! Jamaica is so rich in fascinating culture, from reggae music to amazing Jamaican cuisine, you’ll be able to enjoy every moment of your honeymoon. With beautiful beaches and magnificent waterfalls, you can go on adventures daily or spend some time chilling out by the beach – heck, you can do both in one day! It’s your honeymoon, so do what Bob Marley would do: “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.”

Have a Revolution in Russia

If you’re the adventurous type, Russia is a perfect getaway for emersing yourself in new culture. Head over to St. Petersburg to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Winter Palace – a place filled with rich history of revolution and glamorous lifestyle. Moscow is another great option for honeymooning in Russia. As the biggest city in the country, you’ll never get bored with the grand amount of culture and history. There will always be something new to see.

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nce the tickets are booked and your itinerary for your honeymoon is planned, all that’s left before getting on the plane is packing your suitcase! Making sure you have everything you need for the trip without overstuffing your suitcase can be a tricky balance, but with some planning, it’s possible to put together a perfect packing list that ensures you have everything you need without the oversize luggage fee!

• Pack an outfit for the other person in your suitcase. If the airline loses your luggage, you’ll have a change of clothes and you won’t have to spend your first day of your honeymoon searching for pants that actually fit. • While you should keep the number of valuables you bring to a minimum, be sure to carry them in a safe part of your carry-on luggage. If you cannot bear the thought of losing it, leave it at home. • If you’re backpacking and planning to stay in hostels, consider bringing a hypoallergenic pillow case and a sleep sheet so you don’t have to sleep on questionable bed linens. • Pack an extra bag. If you’re using a luggage set, pack everything in your smaller suitcase and then put that inside the larger one. Once you arrive you can feel free to shop and pick up other items knowing that you have an extra bag to pack it all into! If you don’t have a luggage set, pack an extra duffle bag in your suitcase. • Pack at least one great scarf; scarves are a great way to spice up a basic outfit but they also come handy as a makeshift pillow, a blanket on the plane, or as a sarong if you’re at the beach!

Your honeymoon is a great time to invest in good luggage if you didn’t include it on your registry; having an excellent set will help ensure that your luggage gets from point A to point B in one piece and a smart design will help you use every square inch effectively. Consider using space tools like cubes to organize your clothing and remember some of these easy packing tips:

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• Use your space effectively! Make the most of your space with tricks like storing socks or other small items like socks or belts in shoes or using packing systems like cubes. Always roll clothing items--other than denim--this will minimize the space they take up while reducing wrinkles.

• Invest in an international power and voltage adapter, having all of the different configurations will come in handy if you’re trying to use your hair dryer in Europe and you accidentally brought a converter for Central and South America. Before you leave, make arrangements for your mail and house; prevent any unpleasant homecoming surprises by making your home look lived in. Easy steps to take include having a friend or neighbour check in, having the post office hold your mail, and setting some of your home lights on timers. Plan ahead for a fun and relaxing honeymoon.


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ou’ve put a lot of planning in to create the perfect wedding day but have you started thinking about your honeymoon? After all of the excitement and celebration around your marriage, jetting off to enjoy your honeymoon as a newly married couple will be a nice way to unwind and bask in the romance. There are many different locations and travel styles to consider when you’re planning your trip, start talking about where you’d love to visit – this is a great time to indulge some of those travel fantasies! Once you’ve narrowed down some ideas, start doing some independent research or take a visit to your travel agent and learn more about some of the options and packages they can suggest. From five-star beach resorts to backpacking adventures, you’ll be able to put together the perfect trip. Looking for a perfect place to unwind and just enjoy each other’s company? Beach locales are a great for taking some time to relax and focus on each other. Soak up the warm sun, take long walks on the beach, and enjoying candlelit dinners are among some of the romantic activities available. If you’re looking to shake things up, destinations typically offer more adventurous activities too, such as scuba diving, hiking in amazing tropical forests, visiting ruins, and so much more! While resorts offer many amazing activities onsite, visiting local markets and taking a walk into town can be a fun way to spend an afternoon. If you’ve hoping for an exciting whirlwind, consider a European adventure! Can’t decide on a single region you’d like to visit? Instead of planning an itinerary and booking hotels, consider taking a flexible tour. Book departing and returning flights but let the rest of your trip unfold as you go. Map out which places you’d really like to visit, book some AirBnB venues, and purchase a

Eurail pass; with a flexible itinerary you can stay a little bit longer in places you really enjoy and explore new places if you want to leave a city early. While couples traditionally leave right after the reception or the brunch held the morning after, more newlyweds are waiting a while before jetting off. Taking a break between the wedding and the honeymoon allows couples extra time to settle in after the excitement, open wedding gifts, and send out thank-you cards. In addition to making sure your wedding responsibilities are all wrapped up, waiting a few months will also let you pay off any outstanding wedding bills and set aside some more money for your honeymoon. Wherever you decide to go, your honeymoon will be an incredibly special trip as you celebrate your newlywed status. Toast yourself and your partner on a beautiful wedding and the start of an exciting new chapter in your lives.

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Weddings naturally The Fenlands offers a spectacular natural setting and a spacious, modern venue for your wedding. The Concourse overlooks the forest and fenland, with iconic Mt. Norquay as a backdrop. The spacious, airy hall opens to an outdoor meadow, making it ideal for your special occasion. Onsite catering and additional rooms available. Call 403.985.9014 or email rentals@banff.ca to book your celebration. Visit banff.ca/weddings to find out more.

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TRAVEL Rocky Mountains

Bring your Winter Wedding to Life With Some Rocky Mountain Magic

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he pride of Western Canada, the mountains are a beautiful place to consider hosting your wedding. Alberta and British Columbia’s mountain towns and cities offer beautiful venues with many benefits for couples looking for a wedding destination in their own backyard. For couples considering a destination wedding, the mountains are a great option. Their convenient location balances a desire to host your day in a unique location with the benefits of a location that guests can easily drive to. Without

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the expense of flights and other costs associated with destination weddings, you’ll have more room in your budget for special details and more of your loved ones will be able to celebrate the day with you! With several great cities and towns, the Canadian Rockies offer a range of places to pick from. Whether you prefer the cozier feel of Canmore or Fernie, the metropolitan feel of Banff or Lake Louise or something in between like Jasper, there’s a perfect location for your personality. Most Rocky Mountain locations are heavily invested in tourism and skiing, offering lots of options for venues, hotels, and dining or entertainment. Whether you choose a

rustic inn or make an elegant statement at one of the Fairmont properties, the perfect spot for you is there! Thanks to the success of the mountains as a wedding destination, planning your mountain wedding can be a breeze! Most mountain venues regularly host weddings and have everything you need for your wedding day. Another benefit is the vendors and wedding specialists operating in the region; thanks to the popularity of couples travelling to the mountains for their wedding, there are a variety of wedding planners and vendor partnerships that specialize in mountain weddings. If you’re dreaming of a romantic mountain


wedding, these professionals will work with you to plan and pull off the day you’ve been imagining. With their experience, they can help you pick the right venue and vendors, plus do all of the leg-work in preparation of your big day. Taking advantage of their networks ensures that you’ll be working with vendors with significant experience serving weddings in that area and they’ll be familiar with the other vendors and how to make your day a beautiful success. Once the day is over, your honeymoon begins and if you choose, you don’t even have to leave! The Rocky Mountains offer a variety of places and activities to choose from that are perfect for a honeymoon, whether you want to go on a hiking adventure together or stay in for a romantic couple’s spa treatment and enjoy the hot springs. The Canadian Rockies are a beautiful and convenient location to consider for your wedding; whether you’re hoping for an intimate retreat or an elegant escape, there’s a perfect mountain wedding for everyone.

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Photographer: Stuart Frew

The Advantages of a Complete Wedding Package

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BanffBride.com sharon@banffbride.com banffbride.com Banff Bride is your ultimate resource for planning a Banff wedding! This group of experienced local vendors will work together to plan and execute your perfect destination wedding. Connect with the perfect vendors for every stage of your wedding day for a seamless planning experience. Bellaavanessaa bellaavanessaa@gmail.com bellaavanessaa.com Edmonton-based makeup artist with a simple mission: to help you feel and look beautiful! Makeup isn't used to disguise who you are but to bring out your inner, sexy, confident and beautiful self! Bridal Fantasy Trade Shows info@bridalfantasy.com bridalfantasy.com Bridal Fantasy is about the business of weddings and creating platforms for wedding specialists to showcase their products and services while offering prospective brides, grooms, and their friends a multitude of business choices, ideas, and alternatives for planning their wedding. Carriage House Inn bdavidson@carriagehouse.net carriagehouse.net The Carriage House Inn offers the perfect setting for your wedding, meeting or event in South Calgary. With over 16,000 square feet of function space, three magnificent ballrooms and ample free parking, we can accommodate groups from 5 to 500. Our well-designed meeting and event facilities are located over two floors and consist of a total of 13 function rooms designed to provide flexibility with a wide variety of room setups. Cherry Creek Estate emily@cherrycreek.ca cherrycreek.ca At Cherry Creek Estate, we pride ourselves on offering world class customer service and ensuring that every bride and groom are stress free on their wedding day. Each wedding booking has exclusive access to the estate for the entire weekend, you can relax knowing our staff will be focused solely on your special day.

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Copper Point Resort crichter@copperpointresort.com copperpointresort.com Surround yourself with gorgeous Rocky Mountain views and staff that loves outdoor pursuits as much as you do. After a day on our onsite championship golf courses, float in the pools, or snuggle up by your fireplace. Copper Point Resort’s comfortably chic guest rooms and suites are a step above the rest in the valley. Our sleek new Elements Grill makes an ideal setting for recounting the day’s best memories.


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Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Airport kelly.mytz@marriott.com marriott.com When you share your wedding dreams with us, you’ll discover we’re right there with you: committed to dreams coming true. We’re professionals dedicated to getting the details just right. We’re on top of the latest trends in cuisine and décor. We know vendors with impeccable histories of bringing wedding ideas and venues to life. And we’re always open to trying something new and fun. After all, our hearts are in this too. Derks Formals and Menswear info@derks.ca derks.ca Derks Formals has been outfitting men since 1939. Whether it’s your wedding day, graduation, or you just need to look your best, Derks has trusted and trained consultants that will ensure you have the perfect fit and look. With over 80 combinations of vests and ties, we’ll have the perfect colours for your wedding and our great selection of menswear will ensure you look your best on your wedding day and beyond. Check us out online or at any one of our locations in Calgary or Edmonton! Derks Uniforms info@derksuniforms.ca derksuniforms.ca Derks Uniforms specializes in custom, stock and special order uniforms. Derks is the source for all of your public safety, hospitality, and casino needs; we supply a wide selection of products. Experience our fast delivery and high level of customer service. We currently supply uniforms for companies throughout western Canada. Mr. Derk menswear@mrderk.com mrderk.com Whether you’re looking for the perfect suit or something to wear out on the town, we offer the top brands in menswear. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect fit you’ll leave looking your very best! Elk View Lodge elkviewlodge.com info@elkviewlodge.com Elk View Lodge is a perfect venue for hosting your dream wedding! With the Lodge located only 2 miles from downtown Fernie, there is no other venue that can provide seclusion and mountain views yet also be so close to the town's amenities and hotels. Eylyn Photography eylynphoto@gmail.com eylynphotography.com From wedding photography to family portraits...and everything in between!

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A Chair to Remember info@achairtoremember.ca achairtoremember.ca From linen rentals to full scale decor and design, A Chair to Remember Inc. can make your decor dreams come true. Aklasu office@aklasu.co aklasu.co If you're looking for the latest trends, you're at the wrong place. I'm solely focused on timeless understated designs that you can easily integrate into your wardrobe. With AKLASU, you know you're paying for quality, not the name. All West Wedding Rentals info@allwestweddingrentals.com allwestweddingrentals.com Nobody does it better. Get what you want without breaking the bank, we are the best priced commercial rental company in Edmonton. APEX Limousine & Car Service info@apexlimousine.ca apexlimousine.ca Edmonton’s newest limousine service, Apex offers excellent service for a memorable drive to all of your special destinations. Let their drivers get you there safely and in style. Fully insured drivers and vehicles.

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Azuridge Estate Hotel clarence@azuridgehotel.com azuridgehotel.com Enjoy the natural setting of beautiful vistas as the magical backdrop to your wedding. Whether you’re looking for the perfect place for your ceremony and reception or related events like your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or other getaways, our staff will help you put together your dream day. BanffBride.com sharon@banffbride.com banffbride.com Banff Bride is your ultimate resource for planning a Banff wedding. This group of experienced local vendors will work together to plan and execute your perfect destination wedding. Connect with the perfect vendors for every stage of your wedding day for a seamless planning experience. Bellaavanessaa bellaavanessaa@gmail.com bellaavanessaa.com Edmonton-based makeup artist with a simple mission: to help you feel and look beautiful! Makeup isn't used to disguise who you are but to bring out your inner, sexy, confident and beautiful self. Bridal Bliss Consignment bridalblissconsignment@gmail.com bridalblissconsignment.ca Cozy and quaint bridal boutique located 20 minutes outside of Edmonton, AB. We are filled with new, once wed, and sample designer

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Cerise Floral Studio info@cerisefloral.com cerisefloral.com At Cerise, we create original arrangements to forever capture the important moments that shape our lives. Cherry Creek Estate emily@cherrycreek.ca cherrycreek.ca At Cherry Creek Estate, we pride ourselves on offering world class customer service and ensuring that every bride and groom are stress free on their wedding day. Each wedding booking has exclusive access to the estate for the entire weekend, you can relax knowing our staff will be focused solely on your special day. Concept Jewelry Design Inc. carmen@conceptjewelry.ca conceptjewelry.ca Concept Jewelry Design is a contemporary metal jewelry art studio specializing in high quality international designer jewelry and innovative custom designs with professional service and knowledge serving the Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park and outlying community areas since 2006.

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Copper Point Resort crichter@copperpointresort.com copperpointresort.com Surround yourself with gorgeous Rocky Mountain views and staff that loves outdoor pursuits as much as you do. After a day on our onsite championship golf courses, float in the pools, or snuggle up by your fireplace. Copper Point Resort’s comfortably chic guest rooms and suites are a step above the rest in the valley. Our sleek new Elements Grill makes an ideal setting for recounting the day’s best memories. Denee Beaute deneednoel@gmail.com deneebeaute.ca With 15+ years in the industry, leading teams and training for top brands including MAC cosmetics, NARS and Holt Renfrew, Denée is at the top of her field. She “makes everyone feel like a celebrity”. Derks Formals info@derks.ca derks.ca Derks Formals has been outfitting men since 1939. Whether it’s your wedding day, graduation, or you just need to look your best, Derks has trusted and trained staff that will ensure you have the perfect fit and look. With over 80 combinations of vests and ties, we’ll have the perfect colours for your wedding. Check us out online or at any one of our locations in Calgary or Edmonton.

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Derks Uniforms info@derksuniforms.ca derksuniforms.ca Derks Uniforms specializes in custom, stock and special order uniforms. Derks is the source for all of your public safety, hospitality, and casino needs; we supply a wide selection of products. Experience our fast delivery and high level of customer service. We currently supply uniforms for companies throughout western Canada. Mr. Derk menswear@mrderk.com mrderk.com Whether you’re looking for the perfect suit or something to wear out on the town, we offer the top brands in menswear. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect fit you’ll leave looking your very best. Devonian Botanic Gardens dbg.weddings@ualberta.ca devonian.ualberta.ca Surround yourself with the natural beauty of the Devonian Botanic Gardens. With 190 acres of beautiful scenery and several landscaped pavilions and courtyards available for wedding bookings and photography, the Gardens have something perfect for every wedding. Each of our wedding packages includes a two-hour photo session anywhere in the garden. Donna Lynn Photography donnalynnphotography@me.com donnalynnphotography.ca I strive to create gorgeous, creative images and perhaps find a beauty that even my subject

didn’t know she has. That is what keeps me passionate about photography! I look forward to meeting you and knowing your story. DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton stephen.simmons@hilton.com westedmonton.doubletree.com Take a break from your to-do list and let us help with the details. At DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton, we'll work with you to coordinate your entire event, whether you're reserving a conference room or planning a wedding. Dragon FX dfxwem@gmail.com dragonfxtattoo.com Dragon FX specializes in custom tattoos by award winning tattoo artists, precision body piercing by renowned body piercers on a walk-in basis, and permanent makeup/cosmetic tattoos. Elk View Lodge info@elkviewlodge.com elkviewlodge.com Elk View Lodge is a perfect venue for hosting your dream wedding. With the Lodge located less than 2 miles from downtown Fernie, there is no other venue that can provide seclusion and mountain views yet also be so close to the town’s amenities and hotels Events at Hole’s bsaunders@holesonline.com eventsatholes.com Designed to blur the line between the indoors and out, the event spaces at Hole's provide


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PAL Insurance weddinguard@palcanada.com Palcanada.com You insure your house, so why not insure your big day? Make sure you’re protected against loss or damage with our Weddinguard policy and feel safe knowing that your perfect wedding will be safe from unexpected emergencies. Prestige Limousine reservations@goprestige.ca edmontonprestigelimousine.com Prestige Limousine is proud to be Edmonton and area’s largest limousine fleet. Whatever your needs are, Prestige Limousine will ensure you arrive at your destination. With quality service, custom limo packages and more, they’ll have the perfect services for you. Rainer Gardens cindyr@look.ca facebook.com/pages/rainer-gardens Rainer Gardens is located on the south side of Edmonton and offering a garden venue for hosting weddings or events. It's on 5 acres to roam with pathways of enjoyment and holds 150 guests with shelter. By appointment only. Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel shelby.zukowski@marriott.com renhotels.com When it comes to tying the knot, Marriott

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Certified Wedding Planners are an important part of your special day. Our expert wedding event planners provide complimentary services, handling all of the event details and working closely with you and your own wedding planner to ensure the perfect wedding. Rockwater Secret Cove Resort yvonne@rockwatersecretcoveresort.com rockwatersecretcoveresort.com Rockwater Secret Cove Resort is a lovely, arbutus laden waterfront property that is one of the Sunshine Coast's finest locations. Situated on Malaspina Strait, we are the ideal destination for your special day. We can accommodate up to 107 overnight guests and up to 160 people for dinner; your wedding guests will appreciate our reputation for hospitality and outstanding west coast cuisine. Take advantage of our easily accessible location and tranquil ocean front setting.

can accommodate almost any function. Our experienced meeting planners will guide you through the many options available, and personalize a package to suit your budget! A member of our Sales Team would be pleased to assist you with your meeting and banquet planning. Special Event Rentals rentals@specialeventrentals.com specialeventrentals.com Special Event Rentals is Edmonton’s premiere event and tent rental company. Specializing in wedding, event and décor rentals, tents, and more, they carry the largest selection of rental stock and tents throughout Alberta. No matter what your event and theme is, we’ll help you plan the perfect day.

Rodan and Fields kate.wattnbf@gmail.com https://kwatt1.myrandf.com/ca Rodan and Fields is redefining the future of anti-aging skincare. Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields’ dermatology-based skincare products offer clinically proven results; they’re changing lives and changing skin.

Stella + Dot woodkayla88@gmail.com or ljwhitfield@live.com stelladot.com/sites/laurajwhitfield stelladot.com/sites/kaylawood Our boutique-style jewelry and accessories line is available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online. Our collections are designed by celebrated New York designers and featured in Gossip Girl, In Style and Lucky Magazine as well as on the wrists and necklines of today's hottest celebrities.

Sandman Hotel banquets_edmwest@sandman.ca sandmanhotels.ca Hosting an event with Sandman is a one-stop, worry-free experience. From all-day corporate seminars to weddings and group socials, we

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WEDDING SPECIALISTS Tiger of Sweden jun@slavinraphael.com slavinraphael.com Founded in 1978, slavinraphael is a wholesale multi-brand sales agency representing the most sought after International apparel, footwear and accessory brands in the world. Based out of Toronto, Canada, our 15,000 sq.ft showroom space allows us to showcase our brands in its optimum environment; our Feng Shui influenced environment, plasma lounge/ bar and 100 ft runway capacity are just a few features that enhance the sensory experience.

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Urban Bride Delivered urbanbrideinc@gmail.com urbanbridedelivered.com New & once wed designer gowns. From conservative to trendy, traditional to contemporary, you are sure to find the perfect dress for your wedding at an unbelievable price.

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EDMONTON Wedding Rescue jillian@jilliannowell.com weddingrescue.ca Did your photographer cancel last minute or did your venue double book? There is no emergency we can’t handle. The team at Wedding Rescue has worked in the wedding and event industry for over 10 years; our goal is to make each couple’s day as smooth and perfect as possible, if any cancellation or emergency occurs they can call us and we will be here to help! West Edmonton Mall marketing@wem.ca wem.ca A world-class destination, West Edmonton Mall offers everything you could need to create the wedding of your dreams! From engagement rings and wedding dresses to venues, hotels and attractions, over 800 stores and services ensure that you’ll find everything you need. Winspear Centre info@winspearcentre.com winspearcentre.com Winspear Centre is located in the heart of Edmonton's vibrant downtown. Parking, dining, accommodation, and other cultural centres are all close by.

LET US BE YOUR SOMETHING NEW Contact Shelby for a free wedding consultation. 780.890.1408 shelby.zukowski@marriott.com

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Photographer: Brandie Sunley - Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Bridal Attire: Bridal Debut Jewellery: Stylists Own Floral Design and Concept: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Model: Taylar Page, Mode Models

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Photographer: Brandie Sunley - Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Bridal Attire: Bridal Debut Jewellery: Stylists Own Floral Design and Concept: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Model: Taylar Page, Mode Models

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Photographer: Brandie Sunley - Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Bridal Attire: Lustre Studio Shawl: Morris Furs Jewellery: Stylists Own Floral Design and Concept: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Model: DeLaney Auger, Numa Models and Strutt CentralÂ


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Photographer: Brandie Sunley - Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Bridal Attire: NRT Fashions by Nicole Rita Tomney Jewellery: Stylists Own Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Model: Madison Gummow, Numa Models and CW Management

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Photographer: Breanne Marie Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Bridal Attire: NRT Fashions by Nicole Rita Tomney Jewellery: Stylists Own Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Model: Mercedes McKinlay, Freelance (Left) and DeLaney Auger, Numa Models and Strutt Central (Right)

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Photographer: Breanne Marie Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Bridal Attire: NRT Fashions by Nicole Rita Tomney Jewellery: Stylists Own Floral Design and Concept: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Model: Mercedes McKinlay, Freelance


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Photographer: Breanne Marie Photography Floral Design and Concept: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier Tulle Skirt: NRT Fashions by Nicole Rita Tomney Jewellery: Stylists Own Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Model: DeLaney Auger, Numa Models and Strutt CentralÂ

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edding lingerie is an important part of the wedding ensemble, what you wear under your wedding gown will help to ensure you look your best and feel comfortable all day. Don’t feel that this is what you need to wear for your wedding night, however! Many brides select two sets of lingerie for their wedding day and night, a set that provides excellent support and comfort for the day and something sultry or romantic for the evening.

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hat you select to wear under your dress should be selected for its fit and function, it’s important to pick pieces that make you and your gown look great. Depending on the style of your gown, you’ll need to select undergarments that provide the support and coverage you need while remaining out of sight to allow your dress to shine. This is a great time to consider garments like corsets and basques, particularly if you have a strapless gown, as they provide support and lift with the added benefit of enhancing a slim line in your waist. Backless dresses or other silhouettes with particular fit concerns will require special backless or low-cut styles; it may be wise to bring your dress with you when visiting a lingerie specialist. Your evening look is a perfect time to bring out your romantic side as you bring out

sweet and sexy boudoir pieces. Beautiful lace and throwbacks to retro styles are popular right now, think flattering highwaisted briefs with intricate detailing and lace panels and lots of lace. Regardless of what’s trending for wedding lingerie, it’s important to pick something that you feel amazing in, choose something playful and perfect for your personality. When you’re picking up your wedding day pieces, look for a few sets to take with you on your honeymoon. Look for silky negligees, sweet sleep wear, and romantic lingerie sets. Pick pieces that you feel comfortable in, they’ll be beautiful pieces that will remind you of this exciting chapter in your life every time you wear them. Include a wireless bra and a cute sports bra that you’ll feel good wearing in your suitcase, a wireless bra will make

long flights more comfortable and having a sports bra will come in handy for any active excursions you may want to go on. The key to excellent lingerie choices is picking pieces that fit you perfectly and make you feel like a million bucks! Always choose what you feel good in, if you don’t feel sexy in a push up bra and a bikini, let your true beauty shine through in a romantic balconette bra and briefs. Make sure you get professionally fitted every six months to ensure your lingerie fits you properly, a proper fit promises that you won’t be adjusting straps or pulling things up and that all of the support is provided.

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Photographer: Brandie Sunley - Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Lingerie: Night Owl Designer Lingerie Jacket: Morris Furs Jewellery: Stylists Own Floral Design and Concept: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Model: Madison Gummow, Numa Models and CW Management

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Photographer: Brandie Sunley - Associate Photographer Edward Ross Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Lingerie: Night Owl Designer Lingerie Jacket: Morris Furs Jewellery: Stylists Own Floral Design and Concept: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier Makeup: Heather Dick and Cara Kapler with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Model: Madison Gummow, Numa Models and CW Management (Bottom) and Taylar Page, Mode Models (Top)

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GLAMOUROUS

Greens

Credits – Flowers: Dee Vine Petals | Wedding Planner: Boutiq Weddings & Events | Stationery: Dee Vine Petals |Cake: Swirl Cakes | Venue: The Lake House | Photographer: Sarah Pukin Photography | Linens: Chair Flair | Dress: Durand Bridal | Model: Marci Chase

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Bliss

Credits – Designer & Planner: Jenelle Jamani | Photographer: Kristin Zabos Photography | Floral Design & Concept: Fabloomosity | Rentals: Neat Rentals and Special Event Rentals | Cake: The Art of Cake | Invitations: Glossie | Makeup & Hair: Pure Beauty MUA | Menus: Little Black Letter Company | Dress: Rue De Seine Bridal, The Bridal Boutique (Zeppelin Gown) | Formalwear: Suites by Curtis Elliot | Jewelry: Shakti Jewelry

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LADIES IN

Lace

Credits – Photography: Donna Lewis | Models: Madi Gummow (Numa Models), Emily Flower and Lauren Bellerose (Phabrik Model + Artist Management) |Makeup: Kristen and Darlene from Blush Artistry | Hair: Stephanie from Blush Artistry | Wedding Dresses: Delica Bridal | Floral Design: FaBLOOMosity | Chocolates: JACEK Chocolate Couture | Mastermind + Design: Heather Dick

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Magic

Credits – Décor, Styling + Photography: Rhiannon Sarah Photography | Location: Golden, BC | Hair & Makeup: Blush Artistry | Floral Concept + Design: Fabloomosity | Cake: Brianne Gabrielle Cakes | Stationery: Molly Little | Models: Peyton Gastel, Raymond Olfert and Lauren Greaves

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Time

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Credits – Photography: Moments in Digital and Jill Coursen Photography | Location: Ice Castles Edmonton, William Hawrelak Park | Hair & Makeup: Jenn Chivers | Styling & Set Coordination: Rebecca Koziak, High Culture | Floral Design: Heather De Kok | Custom, Handmade Paper Flower Sculpture by: Carmen McKnight, The Paper Wedding | Cinematography: A Love Story | Bridal Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Custom Menswear (all pieces): Suits by Curtis Eliot | Bridal Jewellery: So Pretty Cara Cotter | Shoes: Poppy Barley | Crystal Headpiece: Sara Laurence | Fur Hat & Coat: Stylist’s Own | Models: Travis DesLaurier and Justine Dreger

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Wedding Credits – Photographer: Edward Ross - Assistant - Brandie Sunley | Wedding Dress: Ethos Bridal (left page) and NRT Fashions (right page) | Florals: Dee Vine Petals | Makeup and Hair: Trena Laine Makeup Artist | Venue: Hotel Clique Calgary Airport

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Elegance

ECO

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Credits – Wedding Planning and Coordination: Jillian Nowell Events and Marketing Inc. | Photographer: Romy Young Photography | Grooms Attire: Derks Formals | Brides and Bridesmaids Attire: Delica Bridal | Caterer: Workshop Eatery | Venue: The Mosaic Centre | Cake: Triple L Cakes | Flowers: Studio Bloom | Hair and Makeup: Blond Ambition Beauty / Lindsay Reid Make Up Artistry | Officiant: Meaningful Ceremonies - Tammy Banting | Decor: River City Events


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Romance RUSTIC

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Credits – Photographer: Karismic Photography | Floral Design & Concept: Li’l Mam Flowers | Rentals: Cellar Door Vintage Rentals | Cake: SWIRL Cakes & Cupcakes | Invitations: Lovesky Design Inc. | Makeup: CandiceRae Makeup Artistry & Airbrush Tanning Services | Hair: Mackenzie from Curious Hair | Dress: Durand Bridal | Venue: Charbar


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MINE IN

Wine

Credits – Photography: Elegance Photography | Hair and Makeup: True Beauty Makeup Artistry | Bridal Gown: Novelle Bridal | Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Girl | Stationery: Lovella Stationery | Dessert: Sugar by Tracy

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SIMPLY

Sweet

Credits – Concept, Design and Styling: Evented Pop Up Weddings | Photography: Ampersand Grey | Floral: Agora Floral | Hair and Makeup: Emily Phung with Blushed Beaute | Cake: Kelley Duffy | Doughnuts: Moonshine Doughnuts | Chocolate Bonbons: Chocolate Haven | Gown/Hair Piece: Maison Bridal | Chair Rentals: River City Events | Venue: Ampersand Grey Photography Studio | Models: Danielle Champagne and John Jabbour

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DELICATE

Details

Credits – Photography: Barbara Rahal Photography | Hair and Makeup: Blush Artistry | Bridal Gowns: Novelle Bridal and BERTA Bridal | Florals: Flowers by Willow | Formalwear: Suits by Curtis Elliot

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SOMETHING

Blue

Credits – Venue: Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre | Photographer: Angela Patrick | Tumbleweed Portraits and Photography | Concept & Design: Opulent Occasions | Wedding Dress: Bailando Boutique | Tuxedo: Derks Formals | Florals: Agora Floral | Stationery: Wedding Design By Anika | Rings: Life Cycle Custom Jewelry | Décor: Elegant Touches | Cake: LauraBella Treats | Hair Stylist: Alisha Pelletier - AP Hair & Co | Makeup Artist: Sarah Jo Artistry | Models: Josie Demer and Mark Van Boom

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Vows

VINEYARD

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Credits – Photography: Milton Photography | Styling: The Well Styled Life | Cakes + Dessert: Brianne Gabrielle Cakes | Florals: Virginia Rose Events | Bridal Salon: Delica Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Rakhee Utarid for Blushed Beaute | Calligraphy: Art and Alexander | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Gathered Table Supply and Cellar Door Vintage + Rentals | Model: Isabelle Christina of Numa Models


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RIDING INTO

Romance Credits – Photography: Jamie Dimitry Photography | Makeup: Joline Lemke, Lily Grey Artistry | Hair: Alisha Pelletier, AP Hair & Co. | Florist: Margaret Hinkley, Two Buds Floral Artistry | Model : Sara Sheppard

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The Finer Points to Mens Style Renting or Buying for the Big Day

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nce you’ve decided on your wedding style and what you want to wear on your wedding day, the next big question is choosing whether to rent or buy. Both options have their benefits and should be considered; the biggest factors to think about are how much you (and your groomsmen) are willing to invest on attire and if you’re looking for a less traditional option. Renting is a popular choice for weddings and with good reason! Renting is budgetfriendly plus it’s preferable for groomsmen who already own several suits and don’t want to add another one to their wardrobe. Rentals ensure it’s easy to find a great option that flatters the whole wedding party; thanks to the wide range of sizes available, it’s simple to find a great fit for everyone. They also tend to emphasize styles that are timeless and look best on a wide range of clientele. The biggest advantage of rentals? It’s a package! Rentals include everything you need for your look, including your suit/ tuxedo, shirt, vest, shoes, tie, and all of the finishing touches. Unlike assembling your own outfit, you won’t have to worry about finding cufflinks and pocket squares (unless you want to add your own), it’s all there. Larger rental companies typically offer their vests, cummerbunds and ties in dozens of colours so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect colour to compliment your colour palette and the bridesmaid dresses! With an easy pickup and drop off process, it’s always convenient and easy.

Looking forward to wearing that special suit again in the future? Buying your wedding attire is a smart idea if you like the option of wearing the suit again or if you’d welcome a reason to add a new suit to your closet. If you have a unique look in mind, retail offers a wider selection of styles, including trendier options and colours, slimmer cuts, and the ability to get more tailoring done to get a flawless fit. While this can be a larger financial investment, don’t rule it out even if you’re on a tighter budget - there are fantastic options available at every price point. You’d be surprised by some of the great options available at entry-level prices! If you are going the purchase route, look at a few options for bespoke suiting as well; it’s your big day, consider investing in something made just for you. Don’t forget that as the groom, you can select something different from the

groomsmen! If they would strongly prefer to rent but you want to purchase your suit, that’s okay. As long as the styles are complementary, the wedding party will still look cohesive and stylish. Remember to start thinking about the men’s attire several months before the wedding day so your options aren’t limited. While it’s possible to do a last-minute rental, you’ll be at the mercy of availability, especially during the summer and early autumn wedding season. Plan to do at least a couple of trips. Once just as a couple to narrow down the options you like (it’s easier without commentary from the peanut gallery) and again with the wedding party to try them on.

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A FASHION FORCE

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Formal Attire: Navy Tiger of Sweden Spectre Suit Dion Navy Butterfly Bow Tie White Stenstrรถms Shirt Pocket Square Ted Baker Available at Mr.Derk Location: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Photographer: Darrell Derk Hair: Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Blush Artistry Model: Chad Hepditch, Mode Models


Formal Attire: Black Michael Kors Tuxedo Dion Black Bow Tie Available at Derks Formals & Menswear White Stenstrรถms Tuxedo Shirt Available at Mr. Derk Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Hair: Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Blush Artistry Model: Chad Hepditch, Mode Models

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Formal Attire: Grey Renoir Suit 3 Piece White Elite Dress Shirt Available at Derks Formals & Menswear Drake’s Grenadine Tie Available at Mr. Derk Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Hair: Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Blush Artistry Model: Chad Hepditch, Mode Models


Formal Attire: Navy Skyfall Tuxedo Formal Shirts Lara Brio Pocket Square Lara Brio Black Bow Tie Available at Derks Formals & Menswear Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Hair: Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Blush Artistry Model: Mark Winget, Mode Models

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FASHION Formalwear

Groomsmen’s Gifts Y ou’ve read articles on writing your speech, set yourself an essential reminder to pack the rings, and you’re ready to say “I do.” But have you thought about your groomsmen’s gifts?

Like the gifts the bride gives her attendants, the groomsmen’s gifts are a token of gratitude for all of the help and support that they’ve given you through the wedding process. Typically, gifts are given to the members of the wedding party, the best man, all groomsmen, the ring bearer, the father of the bride and your father as well. Not sure how grand the gesture should be? A common range is between $75-150; take into consideration how much they had to spend on hotels, wardrobes and associated celebrations. Your gift should reflect the time, money and thought that everyone put into helping make your day amazing. Also, compare with your bride and her plans for bridesmaids’ gifts - they should be comparable to the groomsmen’s gifts. It’s common to get matching or similar gifts for all the guys, but you certainly don’t need to. Personalizing each gift and

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finding things they’ll love is a thoughtful gesture that will ensure your thank-you won’t be forgotten in a drawer. If you’re not the first gent in your social circle to tie the knot, most guys probably already have a flask or two gathering dust - just to use one example. Typically, the best man, fathers of the bride and groom, and the ringbearer will receive personalized gifts, even if you opt for otherwise matching gifts. At a loss for cool new ideas? We’ve got you covered. • You can never go wrong with a nice addition for their liquor cabinet. Think beyond expected classics and find something special like a local craft brew or wine from the venue if you’re getting married at a vineyard. • Spring wedding or rainy location? Keep the rain at bay with a slick umbrella. Famously fashionable, American president John F. Kennedy gifted each of his groomsmen engraved umbrellas at his wedding and his style was always impeccable. • A sharp, well-made weekend bag. While they likely have casual duffels and reliable suitcases, they probably don’t have a serviceable but sharp weekender.

Help them arrive in style with a nicely constructed bag for those weekend getaways. • A metal money clip is an underappreciated accessory, especially for those days (like your wedding) when tucking a full wallet in your pocket isn’t ideal. Clips are a great way to wrangle together just the essentials, like cash and a card or two. Gifts wrapped and ready? The best time to give them out is at the rehearsal dinner while the bride is giving her gifts to her bridal party. The rehearsal dinner is an intimate celebration and opportunity for your entire wedding party to gather together, making it the perfect time to thank everyone for their role in your big day. The ideal way to present your gifts is individually so you can take the time to express your gratitude in each person’s role. If you do choose to give the gifts at the rehearsal dinner and are having formal seating, you and your bride may also opt to beautifully wrap and set the gifts at each person’s seat. Whether you choose to put the gifts at their place setting or to give the gifts by hand, ensure you include a thoughtful note! If you’ve opted for alcohol or a similar gift, you may want to give your gift at a different time (like the bachelor party).


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MEN’S STYLE

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veryone might be buzzing about the bride’s dress, but that doesn’t mean you should pass on your chance to shine! After all, it’s your day too. Unless you and your bride are opting for an unconventional wedding, the best way to elevate your style is paying extra attention to the little details. Even if your bride’s dress will be a surprise, make sure you have a good idea of its style, and keep your wedding theme and venue in mind when you’re picking your suit and ensemble. Remember, it’s not just a perfect fit you’re looking for - you’ll want to make sure your outfit is appropriate for what you’re planning. Matching suits for the wedding party can be a great way to achieve a chic, cohesive look that looks amazing in photos - but make sure to add something special to your look. You don’t want to blend in with the groomsmen! Don’t rule out wearing a completely different suit, but if you like the idea of matching, switch a few things

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up. Use a different accent colour for your accessories or design a unique boutonniere. If you’re keen on making a sartorial statement, don’t shy away from patterns. While your wedding might not be the best time for wild experimentation, you can always try a light pinstripe, windowpane, or check pattern. A subtle, classic pattern is a great way to add interest to your suit. If patterns aren’t your thing, consider a different colour: blue, black and grey are reliable, but colours like burgundy, dark forest green, or eggplant are a great way to add something special to an otherwise classic look. Once you’ve got your clothing all ready to go, be sure to get groomed. If you don’t regularly, this is a great time to spend a bit of extra time on your overall look. Plan to get your hair cut about a week before the wedding day, even if it’s just a trim or shape so you will look your best. Schedule a shave too - take advantage of a local high-end barber and indulge in the works. The hot towels and full treatments help get a super-smooth, longer lasting shave. You may also want to consider a buff manicure; completely no-frills, it skips nail polish and

simply consists of some basic shaping so your hands are smooth and photo ready. It might feel indulgent, but taking these few extra steps will ensure you look and feel confident and camera-ready. You’re ready, your suit’s ready and it’s almost the big day. Before you go to bed the night before, unpack your suit and dress shirts and hang them up. Remove any creases and let it air out. This will ensure you’re not looking at a suit full of wrinkles when you get dressed on the morning of your wedding day. Finally, take your time getting ready on your wedding day. Take a few extra minutes, fidget and perfect your tie before you leave, and only slip the essentials into your pockets. Refrain from weighing down your pockets with keys, wallets and devices, which will cause lumps and disturb the clean lines of your suit. Remember, the key to putting together your best wedding day look is paying attention to the little details from head to toe. Whether you’re going for a classic look or a trendier approach, attention to detail will ensure you and your partner will be starting married life in style.


Formal Attire: Tiger of Sweden Blue Window Pane Suit Tino Cosma Tie Ted Baker Pocket Square Burgundy Gingham Shirt Available at Mr. Derk Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Hair: Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Blush Artistry Model: Mark Winget, Mode Models

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Formal Attire: Electric Blue Renoir Suit Brown Andersons Belt Tino Cosma Tie Available at Mr. Derk White Elite Shirt Available at Derks Formals & Menswear Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Hair: Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Blush Artistry Model: Chad Hepditch, Mode Models


Formal Attire: Navy Gingham Shirt Charcoal Tagliatore Mote Carlo Suit Available at Mr. Derk Bow Tie: MBM Bow Ties Bridal Attire: Delica Bridal Flowers and Boutonniere: Two Buds Floral Artistry Location: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Photographer: Darrell Derk Makeup: Heather Dick and Kristen Aggrey with Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Model: Chad Hepditch, Mode Models and Madison Gummow, Numa Models and CW Management

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Formal Attire: Charcoal Renoir Suit Available at Derks Formals & Menswear Silver Drake’s Tie Ivory Stenströms Shirt Tiger of Sweden Pocket Square Lapel Pin Available at Mr. Derk Photographer: Grant Olson Photography Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Hair: Rock It Out Salon Makeup: Blush Artistry Model: Mark Winget, Mode Models

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THE MAN AND THE BEARD HOW TO GROW A BEARD Step 1: Start from afresh If you’re looking to start growing a new beard, be sure to start from nothing. Set aside some time and have a proper shave so that your skin is fresh and well treated. This will minimise any early signs of irritation and underlying skin problems. Top tip: Applying Pre-Shave Oil will help soften your facial hair and nourish the skin ahead of applying your Shave Cream. Step 2: Stay persistent to overcome the itch! Your beard may be itchy for the first two weeks or even up to the first month and a half of growth. Primarily caused by a daily accumulation of dirt, dead skin cells and dehydration, the levels of discomfort endured can be a struggle. It won’t last forever however. Products such as Beard Moisturiser and Beard Oil can be used to combat this and you realistically want to grow your beard for about three months before you can appreciate its true potential and the true fullness.

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Top tip: If you’re not keen on sporting a shiny beard during the day but still want to redeem the benefits of Beard Oil, simply apply it at night and stick to Beard Moisturiser once you leave the house. Step 3: Find a shape that suits you There’s always the temptation caused by beard envy to hack away and try something that really just looks better on somebody else. Different face shapes suit different beards however and there are all kinds of charts that can help you look for realistic inspiration and facial comparisons. Ideally though, you should pop in to see your barber and get some professional advice. Once you’ve decided where you want to go with your beard, stick to it. Step 4: Play to your strengths Growing a beard is a full-time job. Even when your facial hair has reached a desired length there is much work to be done. The best course of action is to visit an expert barber and have them assess the required amount of trimming and shaping. If your beard happens to be patchy in areas - don’t worry, you can still work with this. Your barber will always be able to advise on the best options to take and also help reach those tricky areas. From this point you can build a healthy relationship and continue to visit for frequent shorter trims to maintain a consistent style.


Step 2: Brush Through Use a Beard Brush to brush through your facial hair from top to bottom. Brush the hair outwards from the face so that the longer strands are visible. This will remove knots and leave the hair nice and smooth. Step 3: Trim It Once detangled, trim any long, isolated hairs with scissors flat against a comb. Hold your comb vertically on your sideburns and then parallel with the jawbone. For unruly neck hair, hold the comb against the neck and tip the top of the comb forward, graduating the hair so it blends better with the chin hair. Use a flannel to wipe away the cut whisker ends. Step 4: Moisturise Rub a small amount of Beard Moisturiser into your palms, rub your hands together and then run through your beard from top to bottom, smoothing the beard into shape. By far our most popular product, it will reduce itchiness and brittle hairs and should be applied daily. Smooth through once more as the product dries. Alternatively, if you have a particularly long beard or prefer a shiny effect, use Beard Oil to soften and strengthen your beard.

Step 5: Take pride in it To maintain your beard at home, be sure to use a specialist, pH balanced Shampoo & Conditioner to cleanse and apply Beard Moituriser or Beard Oil daily to help soften and untangle long and coarse hairs. A well-groomed beard is also second to none when further combed or brushed through - leaving no knots and a healthy shine. From this point on, just enjoy your fine facial hair and the compliments that should come with it.

HOW TO MAINTAIN A BEARD There comes a time in every man’s life when he decides that growing a beard would be a wonderful idea and this must be commended. Yet great beards never just happen. As with most things in life, success depends on preparation. Thankfully for those looking to reach the great grooming heights that perfectly maintained facial fur brings, we have the knowledge of the skilled Murdock barbers to guide you. Follow these expert steps to maintain, trim and style your beard and moustache to marvelousness. Step 1: Cleanse and Untangle Once your beard has grown to trimming length and started to get a little messy, it’s time to wash. Using pH balanced Beard Shampoo and Conditioner in the shower will help cleanse, soften and untangle long and coarse hairs. Your average hair shampoo likely contains harsh chemicals that are prone to stripping away too many natural oils from facial hair, so do opt for a specialist product to keep your beard feeling its healthiest.

Step 5: Comb, Finish and Style Comb your moustache hairs, then warm Moustache Wax in-between your fingers and thumbs until it feels soft. Apply the wax from the centre outwards and comb through with a Moustache Comb. Part in the middle and then pinch the ends, twist and turn for a defined handlebar look. Now take a step back and admire your good grooming work in the mirror. James Ulden The Origins of Murdock London It all began with Irishman-about-London Brendan Murdock. Dissatisfied with unisex salons and high street barbers, he wanted to create a grooming experience inspired by the grand heritage of St James’ barbershops but tailored for modern, style-conscious men. A welcoming, masculine environment where a gent could take the time to relax with his favourite tipple, enjoy a wet-shave or beard trim and have his hair cut by skilled senior stylists. In 2006 Brendan established the first Murdock London barbershop in the creative hub of Shoreditch. Its unique offering of classic services and modern men’s accessories was an instant success. Six more of Murdock’s enclaves soon followed across the capital’s most inspiring areas. From sub-cultural Soho to the financial heart of the City via the historical cobbled-streets of Covent Garden. In response to the needs of the barbershop clients, and in collaboration with the barbers’ expert knowledge, Brendan created the signature Murdock collections of cologne, grooming and skincare. Sourcing the finest raw ingredients from his global travels, the collections are specially developed to suit the tastes and needs of gentlemen the world over.

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Jacket and Pants: Derks Formals & Menswear Dress Shirts: Salt & Tickles Bow Ties: Noeh Homme Photographer: Eylyn Photography Location: Double Tree by HiltonWest Edmonton Hair and Makeup: Blush Artistry Styled by: Randall MacDonald Model: Chad Hepditch, Mode Models

IT’S HIS WEDDING DAY TOO!

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ISTORICALLY, THE BRIDE HAS BEEN THE CENTER OF ATTENTION ON THE WEDDING DAY and many men were happy to take a back seat to the planning and attention of the day. But times are changing and men are saying, “It’s my day too!” Guys are getting much more involved in planning the wedding events and they are also looking for ways to express their personality and style in their outfits and their groomsmen’s outfits. So here are some tips to help you show your style on this special day. Look at getting bowties custom made for you and your crew. Consider a custom fabric that says something special about who you are or something that’s important to you. Pair that up with a matching pocket square to really show you have your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion world and aren’t afraid to show your style. If you don’t want a patterned fabric for your bowtie, consider getting a tie with some embellishment on it, such as some small beading in one corner or a rhinestone. If you aren’t able to find exactly what you want, one way

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to make the tie more uniquely yours is to add a tie tack to it. You could either pick out a symbol such as a Fleur-de-Lis or some other emblem which means something to you or says something about you. Another option would be to find small collar tips in silver or gold and add them to the corners of your bowtie to add a bit of flair. If your wedding is more casual, such as a beach wedding, it doesn’t mean you have to completely ditch the tie. Consider wearing a small bowtie on your lapel. You can find small bowties on stick pins or get a bowtie you like, remove the bands that go around your neck from the tie and attach it to your lapel with a pin. Again, a great way to show your style! To assist with either a custom bowties or to have someone else take care of the embellishment, I found a great local company called Noeh Homme. You can select from their unique bowties and pocket squares which will help you to stand out or have them make you something that is uniquely yours. Visit them at www.noehhomme.com Another way to show your style is your boutonniere. For example, consider adding some flair by adding a peacock feather which your bride could then incorporate into her bouquet. Another bridal trend is having rhinestone pins and/or brooches added to their flowers, some brides are even carrying full rhinestone bouquets. Consider adding the same detail to your boutonniere or


perhaps attaching your flower with an embellished brooch instead of a boring stick pin. Brides mention to me that they are concerned with all of the hugging and how flower boutonnieres could stain your guest’s outfits. If this is a concern, consider wearing a silk flower. These lapel flowers can be found at many fine men’s wear shops such at Derks and come in an amazing array of colours. I never recommend the removal of your coat at the reception, even during the dance, but if you know you probably will then make sure you do it with some flair and style. Another great local company, Salt & Tickle shirts, can help with this. Their shirts, when worn with a jacket, have the appearance of a nice, traditional white shirt. However, when you remove your jacket a fun and whimsical pattern on the sides and sleeves is revealed. Even though your coat is off, you are still looking stylish. Check out their website www. saltandtickle.com and if you enter the promo code “Bubbles” you’ll get a 15% discount on your order. Tip: their shirts are a modern fit so keep that in mind when ordering your size. Finally, getting back to your reception: if you have lost your coat, do try to keep your bowtie on. However, if you know again that you won’t, this too can be done in a stylish way. Wear a bowtie you have to tie yourself and then undo it and leave it hanging around your neck, a la Sinatra. Or if you prefer the neat, clean look of a pre-tied bowtie for the ceremony and pictures, just put an untied bowtie for the reception. Some Brides have two dresses, why can’t you have two ties! Keeping these tips in mind, you won’t steal the show from your bride but you’ll certainly be noticed for showing your style and making your mark on the wedding day as well.

Randall MacDonald A multi-faceted talent, Randall MacDonald has many creative outlets. From stage to screen, radio/TV personality to freelance writer, interior design to event planning – he does it all. Known for his fabulous style, Randall’s fashion articles are essential reading for the well-dressed man. A lifestyle TV series is being produced for him to capture many of the amazing events and parties that Randall attends around the world and the lavish lifestyle he embodies and believes we should all celebrate. RandallMacDonald.com

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E Esha & Vipandeep

sha and Vip had a large traditional Indian engagement party in Toronto because that is where Esha’s family is from. In the Indian tradition, the engagement is a celebration of the 2 families joining. The groom’s family brings everything to doll up the bride, including Henna, a colorful scarf, bracelets, and jewelry.

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In their tradition there isn’t much of a proposal, it is more like a mutual discussion between the bride, groom and their families in which they agree that they want to spend their lives together. Then, in front of family and friends, they exchange rings – there is a men’s engagement ring too!

Vipandeep’s family is from India, Punjab so they had a large 3 day wedding celebration with over 1,200 guests. Their events included a cocktail party for the girls and the boys side had their own parties. All the girls got Henna and danced and sang into the night. They had their wedding at their temple and a celebration of the bride leaving her parent’s house and going to her husband’s house. Their third, and final, event was their reception night.


Esha & Vipandeep January 26, 2016

Wedding Date: Jan 26, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 6 months .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: Sarabha Nagar-Punjab India Reception: Big Resorts-Punjab India .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Vishal Bhagat .................................... Bridal Gown: Ria Designs .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Rinky .................................... Groom’s Attire: SEO Lehnga House .................................... Groomsman Attire: SEO Lehnga House .................................... Caterer: Sandhu Catering & Decoration- Punjab .................................... Décor: Sandhu Catering & Decoration- Punjab .................................... Flowers: Sandhu Catering & Decoration- Punjab .................................... Cake: Arora Bakery .................................... Photographer & Videographer: Bholu Studio - Samrala .................................... Photography Location Shots: Kinsmen and Matrix Hotel .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Cancun, Mexico

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Look at the stars… Look how they shine for you And everything you do. Yeah they were all yellow I came along, I wrote a song for you … And all the things you do And it was called yellow. So then I took my turn Oh what a thing to have done, And it was all yellow Your skin… Oh yeah your skin and bones Turn into something beautiful You know, you know I love you so; You know I love you so…

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ellow, recorded by Edmonton musician Martin Kerr, played sweetly as Gina walked down the aisle to her groom on Whistler’s Plateau at the lawn shores of Lac Beauvert at Jasper Park Lodge on an unassuming August 20, 2016 afternoon. Tom and Gina’s rocky mountain wedding in Jasper National Park was truly unforgettable. Among their three teenage children and closest friends and family, Gina and Tom spoke of their enduring love and promise of lifelong commitment to each another. Most memorable was their wedding reception enjoyed at the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Clubhouse where–in the stillness of the night–they delighted in a sumptuous feast where guests imparted wisdom, told tales from times past, and inspired tears and laughter. Afterwards was the newlywed’s first dance where Gina floated on timeless air in the arms of her forever love. Truly a fantasy wedding!


Gina & Tom August 20, 2016

Wedding Date: August 20, 2016 ....................................... How long were you engaged? 2 Years ....................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Whistler’s Plateau at Lac Beauvert Reception: Golf Clubhouse at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta, Canada ....................................... Officiant: Dr. Ronna Jevne ....................................... Hair & Make-Up: Nicole Carter ....................................... Bridal Gown: Svitalana Dresses Designer one of a kind ....................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Vera Wang ....................................... Groom’s Attire: Dress Uniform from Derks Uniforms ....................................... Groomsman Attire: Dress Uniforms and Tuxedos from Derks Formals and Menswear and Uniforms ....................................... Caterer: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge ....................................... Décor: Elegant Touches and Michelle Gamble Events ....................................... Wedding Planner: Sophie Grenier, Wedding Planner at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Michelle Gamble from Michelle Gamble Events ....................................... Entertainment: Revolution DJ ....................................... Dance Studio: Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio ....................................... Cake: Opa’s Bakery in Hinton, Alberta ....................................... Favours: Tree Saplings “Let Love Grow ....................................... Flowers: Marna Praill, Wedding Florist at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge ....................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Wedsimple/ Programs and Menus custom made by Michelle Gamble ....................................... Rehearsal Dinner: Stanley Thompson Cabin Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Pizza from the L & W Restaurant, Jasper ....................................... Photographer: David and Peggy from A Different Angle Photography, Jasper ....................................... Photography Location Shots: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Outlook Cabin; and Mt. Edith Cavell ....................................... Videography: Jim Yih ....................................... Honeymoon Destination: Australia

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eremy and Melissa first met 10 years ago through mutual friends at a local bar. Over the years they would run into each other in passing but nothing came of it. In 2012, Melissa received a Facebook message from Jeremy asking to hang out and reconnect but she was hesitant because he had turned her down from a date in the past; Melissa ended up giving in since she knew they had strong chemistry and she couldn’t pass up a date with a guy she was really into. They went to The Keg on their first date and Melissa knew right away that she was going to end up with this man for the rest of her life. On July 25, 2015, in front of their closest friends and family, Jeremy proposed to Melissa on the 18th hole at Eagle Rock Golf Course. He initially set up the day by telling her they were going golfing for a friend’s 30th birthday so she had absolutely no idea what the outcome of the day would be. After the proposal, they knew that they wanted to get married right away so they set the date for the following summer. A year was the perfect amount of time to plan a dream wedding and everything came together on August 27, 2016. Melissa wanted the room to have a warm feeling so she included lots of candles and gold up lighting in the decor. The day couldn’t have turned out any better and they have absolutely no regrets!

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Melissa & Jeremy August 27, 2016

Wedding Date: August 27, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 1 Year .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: Ellerslie Road Baptist Church Reception: Woodvale Community League/ Millwood’s Golf Course .................................... Officiant: Ken LeLacheur .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Blush Artistry .................................... Bridal Gown: Mori Lee 5108 @ Pure Bridal .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Dessy Collection 2896 in Taupe .................................... Groom’s Attire: Simons .................................... Groomsman Attire: Simons .................................... Cake: Triple L Cakes .................................... Caterer: Woodvale Community League .................................... Décor: A Chair to Remember, All West Wedding Rentals, River City Events, Talent Productions, DIY .................................... Entertainment: Happy Wife Happy Life DJ .................................... Flowers: Two Buds Floral Artistry .................................... Favours: Ready Set Booth .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: DIY .................................... Photographer: Retrospekt Designs .................................... Photography Location Shots: Workshop Eatery and Blackmud Creek .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Dominican Republic- Punta CanaMajestic Elegance Resort

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town wedding. They chose an elegant and faintly rustic theme for their outdoor wedding and selected a rich colour scheme of light pinks, burgundy, and ivory with accents of antique gold. Ava designed and made their wedding invitations by hand. She also made their lip balm wedding favours, photo booth, table centers and decorations, the flower girl’s dress, and she designed her wedding band. She jokes that Dale, perhaps gave her a little too much time to plan and create! The couple felt it was essential to personalize their day with subtle and not-so-subtle elements of humour and their mutual love for geeky forms of entertainment. Dale and the groomsmen were svelte in black slim fit suits from Mr. Derk and a laser-cut Star Wars logo attached to each boutonniere was the finishing touch. The guys entered the ceremony to the Imperial March. The bridesmaids, ring bearer, and flower girl entered to a live piano and vocal performance of The Magnetic Field’s “The Book of Love” and Ava walked with her father to a live ukulele and vocal performance of Sara Bareilles “I Choose You.” They wrote their own vows, infused with references to their favourite shows, books, and movies, and Ava surprised Dale with a lengthy scroll of promises. Their Justice of the Peace even participated in the couple’s own peculiar humour, sharing lines from The Princess Bride, Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Shakespeare. Finally, after fielding a multitude of questions about tying the knot over their 10 years together, they felt it was appropriate to conclude their ceremony with the epic theme music from 2001 Space Odyssey. They had a heartfelt and fun ceremony, delicious dinner and desserts, awesome speeches, lots of laughs, and a great time dancing at the reception hosted in the bride’s parents’ picturesque backyard. The couple feel sincerely thankful for their wonderful DJ who provided fantastic music throughout the evening, keeping people dancing under the stars and soft lights until the wee hours of the morning.

Ava & Dale

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they enjoy just about any activity they can do together from camping and kayaking to live theatre and symphonies; besides shared interests and values, they believe there are many aspects of their relationship that make them successful together: small and frequent acts of affection (often infused with lots of humour), open communication, and maintaining individual hobbies and interests while also prioritizing time with each other. They—finally—tied the knot on August 6, 2016, nearly three years after Dale surprised Ava with a proposal on a beautiful sunny day, in a canoe on a lake in Ontario. During their seven years of dating, Dale gave Ava other jewelry with the cautionary caveat that it was always not what she thought (or hoped) it would be, but this time he quickly followed his regular caution with, “Surprise! It is what you think it is!” They, or rather Ava, spent their three year engagement planning their big day. Ava and Dale are both from small towns and they share a love of their very large and close-knit extended families, which meant they inevitably opted for a big, small

The wedding was a fun and very memorable day set at the historical Grist Mill and Gardens amidst 230 of their family members and closest friends, many of whom joined them from far across Canada and the United States. It was a perfectly beautiful sunny 30 degrees in the quaint Similkameen valley in British Columbia.. They aimed to strike just the right balance of heartfelt expressions of love and light humour and they succeeded in making the day both about them and about the enjoyment of their guests. Ava and Dale want to thank their bridal party and families for their instrumental roles in the success of the day, from setting up and decorating their reception tents to making dinner and desserts, tending to all of the behind-the-scenes details, and creating their very beautiful bouquets and numerous flower arrangements. Ava and Dale had a superbly memorable day and felt overwhelmingly supported in their love by all of their family and friends. They feel they were—and are—so blessed to have so many wonderful people in their lives and to have found each other. And, they have the rest of their lives to keep on doing everything that has made them happy in love for the past 10 years.


Ava & Dale August 6, 2016

Wedding Date: August 6, 2016 ........................................ How long were you engaged? 3 years engaged; 7 years dating ........................................ Wedding Ceremony: The Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos, BC ........................................ Wedding Reception: Backyard Wedding Reception at Bride’s Parents (Dawn and Tom Agar), Cawston BC ........................................ Officiant: Jennifer Roe (Justice of the Peace) ........................................ Bridal Gown: Dress - Emma by Maggie Sotoro; cap sleeve keyhole back by Mori Lee. Purchased from Bridal Debut in Edmonton, who had excellent, very helpful staff ........................................ Hair & Make-up: Ciao Bella Makeup Artistry by Tabitha Joy and A Hair Affair by Kelsey Watson ........................................ Groom’s Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear ........................................ Groomsman Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear ........................................ Cake: 3 tier square, European cream w/ lemon & raspberry layers; ValuPlus Bakery, Keremeos, BC ........................................ Favours: Lip balms made by bride; favour boxes designed and embossed by bride ........................................ Entertainment: Live ceremony music by Beth Davis (piano & ukulele) and Susan Light (vocals) Additional ceremony music and reception music provided by Affordable Quality Music with Randy Farmer ........................................ Entertainment: Revolution Entertainment ........................................ Flowers: Kimberley Darbyshire & Robert Wiens ........................................ Invitations/Programs/Stationery: All designed by bride. Invitation card stock from Cards & Pockets (trifold pocket invitation). ........................................ Photographer: Laurie Carter Photography and Josh Readshaw Photography ........................................ Videography: Chris Light ........................................ Photography Location Shots: Grist Mill & Gardens ........................................ Honeymoon Destination: TBD - Spring 2017, European and Scandinavian Countries thanks for the generosity of our guests

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Vanessa & Erik V

anessa and Erik meet through mutual friends at a party at his house. They didn’t really like each other that day but the second time they saw each other everything was different and they’ve been together ever since. Vanessa woke up to a very special breakfast in bed; Erik brought her breakfast and a sapphire ring. The proposal was a very beautiful and an intimate moment. The next day they told their families and then everyone else! Erik is passionate about country music, so since Vanessa picked the colour scheme of navy and gold, they incorporated his love of country music into the decoration style. They had records on the tables and the tables were all named for their favorite country artists. They also used old records for the seating plan and the guest book. A month after their Edmonton wedding, they had a second wedding right before their Scottish honeymoon. They stopped in Spain and had a beautiful small reception for all the family and friends who couldn’t come to the first one. Initially, they were only planning one wedding in Spain, but they decided to have two so everybody could attend least one of them. Vanessa and Erik had their honeymoon in Scotland, touring the country for a week and sleeping in very old castles every night. It was a very intense but amazing vacation!

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Vanessa & Erik August 6, 2016

Wedding Date: August 6, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? A Year and a half .................................... Wedding Ceremony: Ermineskin Community Hall and Catering Centre .................................... Wedding Venue: Sawmill Banquet Hall and Catering Centre .................................... Officiant: Tony White (All Seasons Weddings) .................................... Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: The Bay and Kelly Madden Clothing .................................... Groom’s Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear .................................... Groomsman Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear .................................... Cake: Homemade .................................... Caterer: Sawmill Banquet Hall and Catering Centre .................................... Entertainment: Revolution Entertainment .................................... Wedding Planner: Suzanne Bauer .................................... Entertainment: Revolution Entertainment .................................... Flowers: Laurels On Whyte (bouquet) .................................... Favours: Rescue Flats/Cigars .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: McCallum printing for the invitations and save the date. Vistaprint for programs and stationary. .................................... Photographer: Revolution Entertainment .................................... Videography: Revolution Entertainment .................................... Photography Location Shots: Legislature Grounds (Edmonton) .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Scotland

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Suzanne S & James

uzanne and James met on a flight from Boston to Edmonton. James spotted Suzanne as he was walking around the Boston airport prior to the flight and was pleasantly surprised to discover that they were seatmates on the flight from there to Toronto. Suzanne said “Hello” when James sat down and they struck up a delightful conversation. They shared phone numbers and after the flight, exchanged many hundreds of text messages, had deep conversations and wonderful times around their much loved Edmonton. James proposed to Suzanne in a quaint, tiny wine bar that they had spent many fantastic evenings at; much to the surprise of the couple seated at the table immediately beside them.

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Suzanne’s passion for wedding and event planning shone as she coordinated the ceremony and reception at the beautiful, historic Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in downtown Edmonton. Her vision of a rich and warm

“1949 Jazzy” romantic spectacular came to life with a luxurious pink, cream and gold palette. The atmosphere was enhanced by the gorgeous floral bouquets that filled the room with their colour and beautiful fragrance. Music was a mainstay of the day with a harpist playing classics from the era for the ceremony and happy hour, a string quartet for dinner and, a lively dance party overseen by an awesome DJ. The wedding was an opportunity for a reunion and merging of families with parents, siblings, children and grandchildren, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends from all over Canada and the US coming to celebrate the “big day”. Everyone had a great time visiting and catching up while feasting on the amazing food, enjoying the libations and dancing, dancing, dancing until the last minute. It was truly a wedding to remember!


Suzanne & James May 27, 2016

Wedding Date: May 27, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 9 months .................................... Ceremony and Reception: Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton .................................... Officiant: Pastor Mike Sotski .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Hair by Dollhouse, and Make-Up by Suzanne Bauer (bride) .................................... Bridal Gown: Pure Bridal .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Various .................................... Groom’s Attire: Harry Rosen .................................... Groomsman Attire: Moores .................................... Cake: Over the Top Cakes .................................... Caterer: Fairmont Hotel MacDonald .................................... DÊcor: Elyse Colman at Special Event Rentals .................................... Wedding Planner: Suzanne Bauer .................................... Entertainment: Keri Lynn Zwicker (harpist), Stringbeans (string quartet), Revolution DJ (dance). .................................... Flowers: Fabloomosity .................................... Favours: Suzanne Bauer .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Designed by Suzanne & James, custom made by The Paper Tree .................................... Photographer: Kristin Zabos Photography .................................... Videography: Kristin Zabos Photography .................................... Photography Location Shots: Fairmont Hotel MacDonald Gardens and interior and Jasper Avenue. .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Canadian Rockies and Maritimes (PEI and Newfoundland)

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The couple’s families started to get curious about who they were seeing and what their future plans were, which led to Sharon’s first trip to Canada in June 2015 to visit Keron’s family plus see her home and where she grew up. This led to both families coming to Ireland a month later to meet each other and for Sharon’s parents to meet Keron. There was initial hesitation as both families were adorably apprehensive of what may come of this get together, unknowing as to what they might say, or what they would have to do. However; from the start, it was as if everyone had known each other for a lifetime and there was so much joy and love between the families. Following this, Keron made her first voyage to the African continent with Sharon to attend a friend’s wedding in South Africa, followed by a visit to Sharon’s home in Botswana. This gave her a chance to see Sharon’s home and meet the people Sharon grew up with. On November 4th, Sharon and Keron were touring South Africa and Sharon took his parents and Keron for high-tea at the Palace of The Lost City. Sharon had planned with his parents that he would take her for a tour around the palace and they would remain in hiding to capture the moment when he proposed for Keron’s family & Sharon’s sister to enjoy from home in the United States and Canada. After hightea, they went for a walk and, at the most opportune moment as could have come, while she was looking at the architecture around the grounds in the palace gardens, Sharon popped down on one knee and proposed; she said yes! Everything seemed to fall into place for them: from their meeting, the growth of their family’s relationship, the seamless wedding planning, and right before their wedding they both got family medicine residencies in Ireland in the same place so they didn’t have to live apart after the wedding!

Sharon & Keron K

eron and Sharon met in passing in 2007 in medical school in Hungary and didn't speak again until 2010 when Sharon added Keron as a friend on Facebook, Keron had transferred to Budapest medical university in Hungary. They didn’t even know that they shared many close mutual friends, the medical students in Hungary are quite a close-knit community - someone always knows someone who knows someone! When Sharon added Keron as a friend in 2010, she could barely remember who he was! He definitely made himself known, poking fun & commenting

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on her pictures or posts. They eventually started communicating by text and this banter continued until they had both completed med school. This continued after medical school while Keron pursued her medical observerships in the US and Sharon prepared where to move for work from his home in Botswana. During this time, Sharon had made a visit to the US to meet relatives and friends, via New York, where Keron was taking a course. Was this moment going to be the first time they meet since their initial acquaintance? No, unexpected changes in Keron’s flight itinerary back to home in Canada for Christmas, made them miss each other by one day! Miraculously, it would come to be that somehow they both chose to begin their new jobs as practicing medical doctors in Ireland in January 2014. Some would say that was fate or destiny. It would also be the first time they would meet in person since speaking over social media and text. Keron began on the west coast of Ireland and Sharon began on the east coast of Ireland. Close but just not close enough. Eventually, work permitted them to meet each other on certain weekends, when they shared their love for sushi, culinary adventures and travelling around Ireland. Eventually, Keron moved to Dublin in January 2015 for work where Sharon was based.

The wedding planning was done overseas, in Ireland, with the help of Keron’s family in Canada, where the wedding was to be held, and by Sharon’s family Botswana, all their dedicated wonderful wedding planner Priya Khan, all half a world away. There were many individuals who worked and toiled to make it seem so easy, everyone was spread across the globe and communicating daily, attached to their mobile devices. The days leading up to the wedding were more relaxing and fun because family and close friends were together, helping make the wedding what it came to be. Even last minute floral arrangements were made in an assembly line the night before the wedding in the Fairmont hotel room packed with about 15 cousins and friends! The wedding came together even better than imagined; inspired by a theme of simple and classic elegance and focused on a fresh summer palette based on blush, peach, coral, ivory & gold. Despite a rainy summer in Alberta, their outdoor mountain ceremony was a perfect day! After the wedding, they didn’t plan to go on a honeymoon. Instead they opted to get cabins in Banff where all their friends and cousins from across the globe stayed together and joined them for a week of fun that they had planned, including rafting, hiking, summer bbq’s, sightseeing, and more. They eventually had to go back to work after their second reception in Edmonton; however, they do plan to go to Japan in 2017 for a honeymoon.


Sharon & Keron July 7, 2016

Wedding Date: July 7th, 2016

..................................................... How long were you engaged? 8 months ..................................................... Wedding Venue – Ceremony: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Outdoor Terrace Reception: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Cascade Ballroom Edmonton Reception: Meridian Banquet Hall (Edmonton, Alberta)

..................................................... Officiant: Pandit Dabral (from Calgary, Alberta) ..................................................... Hair & Make-Up: Make-up by Rola Muhieddine from Mira Pucchi (Calgary, Alberta) Hair by Joanne Bokitch from Mountain Beauties (Canmore, Alberta)

..................................................... Bridal Gown: Banff Ceremony: Sunny’s Bridal Gallery (Surrey, British Columbia) Banff Reception: Wellgroomed Designs Inc. (Surrey, British Columbia) Edmonton Reception: Wellgroomed Designs Inc.

..................................................... Groom’s Attire: Ceremony: Sunny’s Bridal Gallery (Surrey, British Columbia) Reception: Hugo Boss (Dublin, Ireland) Cake: Banff & Edmonton cakes - CakesbyMayk – Maykala Das (aunt) (Edmonton, Alberta)

..................................................... Caterer: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel A complete vegetarian meal. An Italian inspired lunch menu, Indian & Persian Menu dinner followed by late night poutine bar. Vegan soy meat was provided by the Bride & Groom’s family. A custom menu, which was prepared by Indian chef Nirmal at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Persian sweets were prepared by Persian pastry chef in Calgary.

..................................................... Décor: Dress My Day-Priya Khan, M Wedding & Events- Mamta Sharma ..................................................... Wedding Planner: Dress My Day- Priya Khan .....................................................

Entertainment: Audio/Visuals/DJ/ Photobooth: Quantum Productions -Jason Simituk & DJ VJ – Dancers: Malaika Raoufy (Sharon’s cousin) - African Congolese dance - Brides Aunts & uncles surprise dance- South indian medley Sharon Muraleedharan & Omid Kokabi (Sharon’s cousin)- Omid started with a speech giving Sharon advice on marriage, his own personal experiences and that its all about saying sorry and that’s what makes marriage work… followed by surprise dance for the bride by Sharon and Omid to Justin Bieber "Sorry" Bride & Groom and Bride’s cousins- Indian dance (song about marriage)

..................................................... Flowers: Ceremony- DIY floral arrangements (faux flowers from Michaels) on altar- done by bride, bride’s sister & Mary Jaya Stanislus (Aunty) Interior designer/Founder at THE ACE (www.theace.ca) Bride & groom flower garlands, jasmine flowers for female guests’ hair, hindu prayer flowers & greens – by Siva at Jasmineflower.ca – imported fresh from India Bride’s hair flowers & bouquet: Renata Wolniewicz (Edmonton, Alberta) Reception- DIY table floral arrangements (flowers from Costco Edmonton, cube vases from dollarama) made by bride, groom, cousins & friends.

..................................................... Favours: Photobooth –take home prints by Quantum Productions Silver cups in DIY gift bags by bride & groom’s family Table flower arrangements

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Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Wedding invitations: Wedding paper divas + DIY Wax monogram seals Wedding Itinerary Program Fans- designed by bride & groom, on sandalwood scented Stock paper-Made in Coimbatore, India. Petal cones at ceremony- DIY by bride & sister of bride Baha’i Program card- designed and made by Citizen Design in Gabarone, Botswana (Africa) Seating charts DIY printed at London Drugs Photo guestbook –Shutterfly Online

..................................................... Photographer: Haley Shandro- Shandro Photo (Edmonton, Alberta) ..................................................... Videography: Style Video- Joty Chera (Calgary, Alberta) ..................................................... Photography Location Shots: Banff, Alberta

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Joanna J & Brandon

oanna and Brandon first met in junior high, but it wasn’t until after high school when they starting hanging out with mutual friends that Brandon finally got the nerve to ask Joanna on a date. In November 2010, they went on a snowboard trip to Jasper. It was a weekend they will never forget; it was fun, romantic and effortless, and it was the first time they said “I love you”. Four years later, on November 6th, Brandon and Joanna traveled to Mexico. After dinner on the first night, Brandon proposed at the poolside.

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They have always loved the mountains because that’s where they fell in love, so getting married in Canmore was the perfect option. They chose the Silvertip Golf Resort because of the scenery, outdoor ceremony site, and the rustic feel. They instantly fell in love with the venue.

On the morning of their wedding, they were rained out and were married in front of the fireplace inside of the Pavilion room. Love Crush Weddings did an amazing job with the décor; it was so romantic with the candlelight - it was everything they had dreamed of, and more. Joanna and Brandon’s favorite parts of the day were being surrounded by family and friends, the beautiful mountain setting, and surprising guests with a choreographed first dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. The best moment was slipping away during the reception for a few shots with the photographer and a quiet moment at sunset together as husband and wife, overlooking the mountain where it all began. They’re so grateful to start a new chapter together and can’t wait for what the future holds.


Joanna & Brandon August 6, 2016

Wedding Date: August 6, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 2 years .................................... Ceremony and Reception: Silvertip Golf Resort .................................... Officiant: Barbara Parker, Threshold Ceremonies .................................... Hair & Make-Up: The Pretty Haus, Mountain Beauties .................................... Bridal Gown: Lanai by Katie May, the Bridal Boutique YYC .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Novelle Bridal .................................... Groom’s Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear .................................... Groomsman Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear .................................... Cake: Cake Creations .................................... Caterer: Silvertip Golf Resort .................................... Styling: Love Crush Weddings .................................... Décor Rentals: Cellar Door Vintage Rentals, Chair Flair Linen Rentals & Event Décor, Gathered Table Supply, Love Crush Weddings .................................... Entertainment: Class Act DJ Services .................................... Flowers: Willow Flower Company .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Glossie .................................... Photographer: Abby + Dave .................................... Photography Location Shots: Canmore, Alberta

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Hailey & Kyle H

ailey and Kyle had mutual friends in high school and they reconnected a few years later during a night out at Hudson’s Pub and the rest is history! Hailey and Kyle got engaged in Newfoundland, which is where Kyle is from. He took Hailey to his favorite place back home called Ship Cove and as they were walking along the beautiful beach, he started acting all weird and fidgety. Then, all of a sudden, he was down on one knee asking her to become his wife one day! It was one of the best days of their lives.

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Hailey & Kyle October 1, 2016

Wedding Date: October 1, 2016 .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton Reception: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton .................................... Officiant: Caroline Barton .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Hair: Hair by Brigitte (Out of Lethbridge) Makeup: All things beauty (Cortney Simpson) Out of Stony Plain .................................... Bridal Gown: Novelle Bridal .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Pure Bridal .................................... Groom’s Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear .................................... Groomsman Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear .................................... Décor and Design: A Chair to Remember .................................... Cake: The Art of Cake .................................... Caterer: Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton .................................... Rentals and Linens: A Chair to Remember .................................... Entertainment: Revolution Entertainment .................................... Flowers: Callingwood Flowers .................................... Favours: Homemade honey in mason jars .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Bloompaper Designs .................................... Photographer: Jill Coursen Photography .................................... Videography: PM Videography .................................... Photography Location Shots: Jill Coursen’s Studio, El-Cortez Mexican Bar .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Secrets Montego Bay, Jamaica (All Inclusive & Adult Only) in January

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Kate T & Gary

he proposal happened while Kate and Gary were visiting Kate’s brother and family in Virginia over New Year’s. Both of their parents had both recently passed away so Gary asked Kate’s brother for permission to marry her. Gary proposed when they had just sat done to a nightly game of marbles. He said that he had a question before they started and she was thinking, “how you could have a question when we have been playing this game for the past 5 nights!”

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The next thing Kate knew Gary was on his knee asking her to marry him while holding out a ring. She was so surprised, shocked and stunned that she just kept asking, “What are you doing?” and repeating “Oh my gosh!” She looked at her brother to ask if he knew about this and he replied, “Please answer, the poor guy is down on his knee!”. She, of course, said yes because there isn’t anyone else she wants to spend her life with.


Kate & Gary August 13, 2016

Wedding Date: August 13th, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 18 Months .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: Their acreage property outside of Sherwood Park Reception: Their acreage property outside of Sherwood Park .................................... Officiant: Thanx on Time – Joan Tkachuk .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Shop Chop .................................... Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from Bridal Debut .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Allure Bridals .................................... Groom’s Attire: Moores Custom Suit .................................... Groomsman Attire: Moores Custom Suit .................................... Cake: Once Upon A Cake .................................... Caterer: Elizabethan Catering .................................... Décor: A Chair to Remember, Wedding Planner: Story Weddings and Events .................................... Entertainment: Colin Oberst (DJ) .................................... Flowers: Flowers in the Park .................................... Backdrop and Design: A Chair to Remember .................................... Favours: Custom pink and navy M&Ms, lip balms from BethAndOliviasMarket (Etsy) .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Paper Press Studios .................................... Photographer: Lindsay Hood Photography .................................... Photography Location Shots: Engagement – around Whyte Ave, Wedding – our property .................................... Honeymoon Destination: a Caribbean Island

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Kelly & Duane

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elly and Duane met through friends and fell in love fast. Duane bought the engagement ring just 6 months after they met and he proposed 9 months after their first date while on a trip to Mexico. They planned to have the wedding in a year and half and picked the 13th of August for a couple of reasons. One is simply that Kelly considers 13 a lucky number not a bad one (being born on the 13th might have something to do with it) and she and Duane like slightly alternative things. They chose August so that they would have a good chance of good weather and it was winding down towards the end of wedding season for Kelly’s business. They wanted an outdoor wedding and a community hall to keep it feeling slightly more casual. When it came to the décor they went for high glitz and a black tie feeling. Who says you can’t have both? Ivory satin and gold sequin rectangular tables lined the hall. Gold charger plates, red roses, and a ton of candles decorated the tables; black napkins gave just a hint of contrast and tied in the bridesmaid’s attire. With help from friends and family, the whole wedding was a DIY extravaganza. They sourced and purchased all of the decorations, baked the cookies for the cake (with help from a friend!), and made a huge photo collage. The bride even made all of the dresses, including her own hand-beaded trumpet-style gown, her second simple silk dress, black lace cocktail dresses with removable chiffon overskirts for her five bridesmaids, dresses for the 3 precious flower girls, and dresses of both the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom. Personal touches that reflected the bride and groom included a bunny cake platter to represent their pet rabbit, a skull bride and groom cake topper that was purchased while on their vacation in Mexico, the same trip when Duane popped the question, and the signing table at the ceremony was a vintage singer sewing machine table which tied in Kelly’s passion and career. There were two guest books to sign; one was from the photographer who had their engagement photos turned into a book and the other was a craft table where people could get creative in the sketchbook. They wanted something unique and fun but beautiful and classic all at the same time. The bride and groom had fun with colored smoke bombs for their formal photos. The alterative flare came in with the gold metal belts that the bridesmaids wore, as well as the matching gold studded shoes worn by the bride and flower girls.

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Kelly & Duane August 13, 2016

Wedding Date: August 13th, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 1.5 years .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: Minchau Park (behind reception hall) Reception: Ridgewood Community Hall .................................... Officiant: Darlene Duggan .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Blushed Beaute .................................... Bridal Gown: Designed, drafted and hand sewn by the bride (Kelly Madden) .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Designed, drafted and hand sewn by the bride (Kelly Madden) .................................... Flowergirls Dresses: Designed, drafted and hand sewn by the bride (Kelly Madden) .................................... Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom dresses: Designed, drafted and hand sewn by the bride (Kelly Madden) .................................... Groom’s Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear .................................... Groomsman Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear .................................... Cake: Made by the bride .................................... Caterer: St.Michaels Health Group .................................... Décor: Purchased by the Bride .................................... Entertainment: Divinity DJ’s .................................... Flowers: Costco / Made by the Bride and family/friends .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Michaels (printed by the bride) .................................... Photographer: Donna Lynn Photography .................................... Photography Location Shots: In the Millcreek Ravine behind the hall. .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Europe for one month. Amsterdam, Lisbon, Lagos, Venice, Corfu, Santorini, Athens

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Danielle & Jason D

They are very laid back people so it was a no brainer that they wanted to do a simple yet elegant wedding! Since they love to travel, they picked Lake Tahoe for the wedding. Of course, you guessed it - they golfed and shopped the whole way there and back!

after the wedding they had booked a tee time to spend the day golfing the resort’s course. As always, it was a beautiful day and Danielle’s game was on point. Jay got down on one knee and proposed to her on the 18th green. She was so shocked she didn’t talk for the rest of the day.

anielle and Jason met through Danielle’s best friend and his sister, Crystal. They started hanging out as friends and as time went on, feelings started to develop. They naturally progressed into becoming a couple. In our spare time, they love to golf and go on road trips; often planning road trips with lots of different golf courses along the way.

When planning the proposal, knowing Danielle’s love of unique and beautiful jewelry pieces, Jay travelled to Colorado to hand pick the demantoid garnet stones himself. Once he had the stones, he met with Manuel from Designs by Manuel, here in Calgary, to custom design her engagement ring. It is such a beautiful and unique stone. They had our wedding bands custom made to match. His band has three matching demantoid garnet stones to tie the set together.

Luckily Danielle’s sister is a wedding planner so they were fortunate enough to have her help throughout the whole planning process. Their colours were navy blue, mint green and different shades of pink. It was so nice having someone to handle all the details so they could just relax and enjoy the process without the stresses of wedding planning.

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Danielle and Jason are unsure of what the future holds but they are excited to be experiencing it as husband and wife.


Danielle & Jason November 19, 2016

Wedding Date: November 19, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? Engaged just over a year, together 10 years .................................... Ceremony and Reception: Lone Eagle Grille // Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Nevada .................................... Officiant: Rev. Dave Beronio Jr. // Lake Tahoe Wedding Ministries .................................... Make-up: Stillwater Spa & Salon // Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe .................................... Bridal Gown: Sierra by Anna Campbell // Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique .................................... Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein .................................... Planning & Styling: Olivia Kennedy // Love Crush Weddings .................................... Décor Rentals: Chair Flair Linen Rentals & Event Décor, Dress My Day .................................... Flowers: Art In Bloom Floral Design // Lake Tahoe .................................... Wedding Bands: Designs by Manuel // Calgary, Alberta .................................... Stationery: Paper Panache Invitations & Design // Calgary, Alberta .................................... Photographer: Harmony Hilderbrand Photography // RenoTahoe .................................... Photography Location Shots: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Golfing Road Trip through the US

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Heather & Troy

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n April of 2015, Heather and Troy had booked a trip to Paris for September; together for only 4 months but knowing it would last a lifetime, they decided their engagement should to take place in the most romantic city in the world. The challenge now was for Troy to surprise his lovely bride-to-be Heather at a time she would least expect! Wanting to capture the entire moment and story, Troy interviewed various Parisian photographers with the assistance of his longtime friend and photographer Angelica Borsellino. After hiring the services of Ian Holmes Photography, Troy set motion a plan that would capture the moment of surprising his soon-to-be fiancée. When they travel, they both enjoy going for high-tea in unique settings as well as spending time taking photographs of things that capture their attention. On the day of their engagement, Troy

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booked high-tea at the famous Four Seasons and told Heather that the day was at their leisure to walk and photograph anything they wanted. The couple headed down the Seine River to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim Bridge. Little did Heather know, it was at this bridge facing the Eiffel Tower that Jerome Treize of Ian Holmes Photography would be waiting to capture their proposal. As they approached the bridge, Troy could see Jerome with his camera facing them and as they continued toward him, Jerome positioned himself perfectly as to not draw attention. As they reached the bridge that faced the iconic tower, Troy asked Heather to sit with her back towards him and face the Eiffel Tower so he could capture a great shot. Instead of taking a picture, he went down on one knee and asked her to turn around. The look on her face told him he did it perfectly: shocked with the biggest loving smile. She sat down beside him and said the words he was waiting to hear, “I will”. For the next hour they celebrated their engagement with candid shots walking through the streets of Paris. The next morning they did it all over again with wardrobe for both of them and make-up for Heather. Jerome took the couple to more iconic locations they had never seen before. They remained on the engagement high and in awe of their surroundings. It was a fairy tale engagement and will always be one of the best moments of their lives. How do you top an engagement in Paris? With a wedding in Italy of course! Troy had the delight of traveling to Italy for work and on one trip he had the pleasure of being invited to the factory of one

of the world’s top luxury plumbing companies. Located in the Sub-Alpine Lake District, Lake Orta’s beauty charmed Troy and he instantly fell in love with this magical lake and joked to himself, maybe one day he will get married here. Heather, a travel lover who had yet to venture to Italy had no reason to say no; the date was confirmed for April 16, 2016. Photos of the wedding and all the guests were incredibly important to both Heather and Troy so they decided to request that all guests to wear black in order to keep things simple and elegant. Keeping in touch with her fun and playful side, Heather wore a feathered mermaid-inspired dress and combined it with a knitted shawl that was kept in the family. Troy, an interior designer never afraid of colour, wore a pink Ted Baker suit with periwinkle Fratelli Rosetti shoes, accessorized with a hat by his favorite hat shop. The historic Hotel San Rocco in Lago d’Orta was where all of the guests stayed. The symbolic ceremony took place at the local town’s city hall, Villa Bossi, an elegant 17th century villa right on the lake. Post-ceremony was where the important stuff began, a trip to the local gelato shop! As the party strolled down cobblestone streets the candid photos began to capture the joy of not only the guests but the locals as well. After dessert then comes dinner but not before a Prosecco boat cruise takes you there! Ristorante Imbarcadero, a second-generation family restaurant, hosted the wedding to a multi-course Italian dinner based on local pasta and fish from the lake right outside the door and regional wine pairings. A bakery that has been baking traditional white Italian wedding cakes for more than 125 years made the delicious wedding cake! One lesson they learned which has now become a joke; always confirm the spelling on the wedding cake beforehand. Oops! The picture-perfect Italian wedding’s finale was an evening boat cruise back across the twinkling lights of Lago d’Orta to the Hotel San Rocco. Having a destination wedding is definitely special but not everyone who is important to you can make it. Heather and Troy wanted to make sure the people they loved most witnessed their commitments as though they were in Italy so they chose the date of Thursday February 11th for a second ceremony. The fun started with lattes and chocolate chip cookies at 11:00 am as Heather, her mother, mother-in-law, and sister all met at MAC cosmetics for make-up. Oh to be pampered! The make-up artists attention left each of the ladies feeling like royalty. After make-up, the bride went right to her friend and hairstylist Anna for a simple yet stunning up do before heading home to have her nails done by her mother-in-law. Troy and Heather are non-traditionalists so they wanted to get ready at home together. Heart-felt moments were shared as Troy helped Heather with her gown and as she straightened his suit jacket and at 4pm Troy and Heather were picked up together by a car service and taken to the venue. Riding together they talked and laughed about their nervousness and then, of course, what they both needed from each other to relax and enjoy the night. Within 30 minutes they had arrived at the location that was chosen for the civil ceremony, photos and dinner for 8 immediate family members, Kitchen By Brad. They decorated the space with a large mural made from a photo Troy took of Lake Orta; simple flowers from Artworks, a few candles and lights transformed the space into a spectacular dining room and gave the feel of an Italian lakeside villa. Who cooks Italian food best in Edmonton? Troy and Heather vote Daniel Costa. So they had him mesmerize the guests with a six-course Italian feast which included dishes from Corso 32, Bar Bricco and the newest addition Uccellino (all paired with wine of course) The meal was followed by the wedding cake made by the bride’s sister. The cake was a two tiered white cake with a mix of chocolate and raspberry filling covered with Heather’s favorite, marshmallow fondant (it is to-die-for). The evening was spectacular, great food, wine, and service but most importantly conversations and laughter that will be talked about by the family for years to come. At the end of the night as all said their goodbyes Troy and Heather hopped in a cab, headed home and then to the airport to extend their celebration in quaint and romantic Victoria B.C.


Heather & Troy February 11, 2016

Wedding Date: Edmonton local ceremony, February 11, 2016 & Italy destination wedding, April 16, 2016 ........................................ How long were you engaged? 5 months ........................................ Wedding Venue – Ceremony: Edmonton: Kitchen by Brad, Italy: Villa Bossi, Orta San Giulio, Italy ........................................ Wedding Venue – Reception: Edmonton: Kitchen by Brad, Italy: Ristorante Imbarcadero, Pella, Italy ........................................ Officiant: Edmonton: Tammy Banting (Meaningful Ceremonies), Italy: Francesca Simoncini (Italian Wedding Celebrants) ........................................ Hair & Make-Up: Edmonton hair: Anna Yurechuk, Edmonton make-up: MAC Cosmetics at Southgate Italy hair: Lori Hudson, Italy make-up: Bride ........................................ Bridal Gown: House of Brides Couture, Chicago ........................................ Groom’s Attire: Suit, vest, shirt & tie: Ted Baker, 5th Avenue, NYC Shoes: Fratelli Rossetti, Paris Hat: Goorin Bros, New York ........................................ Cake: Edmonton: Bride’s sister (Jennifer Ramstad), Italy: Ristorante Imbarcadero ........................................ Caterer: Edmonton: Daniel Costa, Italy: Ristorante Imbarcadero ........................................ Décor: Edmonton: Michael’s (supplied & setup by bride/groom) & Italian mural backdrop by General Signs (photo by Groom), Italy: Ristorante Imbarcadero ........................................ Wedding Planner: Bride & Groom ........................................ Flowers: Edmonton: The Artworks, Italy: Ristorante Imbarcadero ........................................ Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Edmonton & Italy: Design & Print by bride & groom ........................................ Photographer: Edmonton: Angelica Borsellino (Borsellino Photography), Italy: Daniela Tanzi (Daniela Tanzi Photography) ........................................ Photography Location Shots: Edmonton: Kitchen by Brad, Italy: Hotel San Rocco (Lago d’Orta), Isola San Giulio (Lago d’Orta), Villa Bossi (Lago d’Orta)& Ristorante Imbarcadero (Pella) ........................................ Honeymoon Destination: Italy: Lago d’Orta, Venice, Rome, Milano & Amsterdam BRIDAL FANTASY

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Michelle & Shawn S

hawn and Michelle were in the beginning stages of purchasing a new home when Shawn was planning his proposal; on the morning of their first home viewing, the jeweler called to say the ring was ready. Shawn is terrible with surprises which he freely admits! The ring was burning a hole in his pocket and he decided to propose before the first house showing. Michelle was totally shocked! He thought it could have been more romantic, but she thought it was perfect. Michelle loved that he was so excited and that it was spontaneous! They are not very traditional people and their wedding didn’t have all of the elements of a traditional wedding format. They had a very urban downtown wedding and chose to use services from local businesses owned by good friends. The ceremony was informal and the justice of the peace allowed them to tweak her spoken words so that it was more true to who they were. They also wrote their own vows because the traditional ones didn’t feel personal enough for them. The reception was a cocktail party and a family-style dinner. No speeches or slide shows - they wanted people to be able to mingle, eat and drink without interruption! The dance was next door to the reception and everyone went straight into dancing the night away. No first dance, no garter toss and no bouquet toss. They loved that the ceremony, reception and dance were at 3 different venues. Each were beautiful rooms that they had spent time in before and where they first met each other, through a mutual friend 5 years ago. The couple definitely has her to thank for where they are today!

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Michelle & Shawn September 4, 2016

Wedding Date: September 4, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 1 year .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: The Foundry Room Reception: Redstar, Dance The Bower .................................... Officiant: Nancy Beirnes(Wildrose Ceremonies) .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Hair – Sarah Cameron (Fluid Hair), Make-up – Tania Elzahr (Imh Studios) .................................... Bridal Gown: The Bridal Boutique, Shoes – Badgley Mishka, Jewellery – Marchesa ear cuffs .................................... Groom’s Attire: Mr. Derk Tiger of Sweden .................................... Cake: Cupcakes (Crave), dark chocolate truffles(Corso 32) .................................... Caterer: Dinner – Daniel Costa (Corso 32/Uccelino), Midnight lunch-Chris Sills, Dani Braun (Tres Carnales) .................................... Entertainment: Ceremony – Martin Kerr(acoustic guitar/ singer), reception and dance – DJ Polyesterday/Froilan Santos .................................... Flowers: Flowers by Merle – bought bulk(done by bride and friends) Bouquet done by Flowers by Merle .................................... Favours: Candy Bar .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: weddingpaperdivas.com .................................... Photographer: Brianna Hughes Photography .................................... Photography Location Shots: U of A grounds, secret garden location, The Bower .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Finest Resorts Playa Mujeres, Mexico

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Hisako & Nicholas H

isako and Nick’s wedding celebration in Nara, Japan was held during cherry blossom season; this celebration was for Hisako’s family and friends, since they would not be able to attend the Canadian wedding celebration. The location of the ceremony was Hase-dera Temple which is located in the city of Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, Japan which was built in 686 AD. The temple is Hisako’s favorite and was the

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location of their first date in Japan. To make things more special, the wedding was the first mixed nationality wedding at this temple due to its remote location; the Buddhist monks of the temple were so happy to marry them for that reason. The couple wore traditional Japanese wedding Kimono’s, which are amazing and have so many layers to them, that it takes two to three people to help get the bride and groom get dressed. The ladies that helped them prepare were so professional - not one seam or crease was out of place but they also laughed a lot together, especially when it was Nick’s time to get ready. The ceremony is something Hisako and Nick will not forget; the temple itself is amazing with so much history and beauty. Plus, the support and kindness that their hosts (the monks) gave went beyond anything they could have imagined. They even allowed them to take some pictures at locations on the temple grounds where the general public are not allowed, even the photographer was surprised.

It was a day that would be hard to duplicate ever again. Hisako and Nick had a second photo shoot a few days after the ceremony with another photographer in Hisako’s hometown of Nara. The second shoot was done in and around the world-famous Nara Park, which is also known as Deer Park. Along with live deer wandering the park, the main attraction at that time of year are the Sakura (cherry blossoms). The trees in bloom are a sight to see and they had excellent weather for taking photos. Hisako had two kimono outfits that she was able to change throughout the day. A 12 hour day filled with photos and travel, with the support of the photographer and the assistants, they all had a blast and could not stop laughing. They finished the final photos as the sun set in the land of the rising sun, on the mountain where Hisako played with her family and friends as a child. It was a beautiful way to end an amazing few days, but even better way to begin a new part and chapter of their lives together.


Hisako & Nicholas March 28, 2016

Wedding Date: March 28, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? Just under a year .................................... Wedding Venue: Hase-dera Temple located in the city of Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, Japan .................................... Officiant: The Buddhist Monks of Hase-dera Temple .................................... Bridal Gown: Traditional Japanese wedding Kimono .................................... Groom’s Attire: Traditional Japanese wedding Kimono .................................... Photographers: 1st photoshoot (main ceremony): Hayashi Photo Works 2nd photoshoot (after ceremony): Bridal Sora .................................... Photography Location Shots: 1st Hase-dera Temple located in the city of Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, Japan 2nd Nara Park, Nara Prefecture, Japan

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Ashley & Dave Y

ou can’t keep a secret from Ashley; if Dave had planned anything big, she would have known. So he simply planned a date night (which they always do) and somehow she still knew. Dave’s plan was to be very casual about it in the hopes that she wouldn’t expect it. He bought a nice bottle of wine and tried to throw her off by giving her a necklace that she had admired when they were out a few weeks before. While she was upstairs getting ready for dinner, Dave went up behind her and got down on one knee to propose. Needless to say, she said yes! Their wedding day is a day they’ll never forget. It was so special to be surrounded by all of their close friends and family on such a momentous day. Right from the morning the day was perfect – the guys went over to their place, while Ashley was with the girls at her parents’ place. The guys made some eggs benny, had a few beers and got ready for the day. Ashley and Dave planned the reveal to be at her parents’ place in the backyard after everyone was ready. When Dave first saw her he was awestruck, she looked so beautiful! He had no idea what her dress looked like – both Ashley and her dress were stunning. After the first look they headed off for photos with the bridal party behind the Kinsmen Field House where the fall leaves were in full force with lovely colours. Ashley and Dave were married in a romantic candlelit ceremony in a room full of friends and family. The ceremony was so beautiful and romantic, with café lights strung at the altar and candles all around the room! The dim lighting also really set the mood, and the Officiant helped them personalize all the wording. Ashley and Dave had the ceremony and reception back-to-back at the same location to make things more convenient for the guests. As if the day wasn’t going along well enough, the food at the Matrix was exceptional, as were the signature drinks. But what stood out to Dave the most were the speeches! Family members, friends, and the emcee were exceptionally articulate, funny and moving. Something they both will never forget! After all of the formalities and the first dance, the party began. Harman B and DJ Kwake were awesome, the music was incredible and the dance floor was packed! They had so many friends comment on just how much fun the evening was. All in all, it was everything Ashley and Dave had wanted - the venue looked amazing, the food was excellent, the speeches were fantastic and–most importantly–all of the guests had an amazing time.

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Ashley & Dave September 26, 2016

Wedding Date: September 26, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 1 Year .................................... Ceremony and Reception: Matrix Hotel .................................... Officiant: Tammy Banting .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Eclectica by Astrid Woodard .................................... Bridal Gown: Mikaella 1911 from Novelle Bridal .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: J.Crew .................................... Groom’s Attire: Shaw & CO Tailors .................................... Groomsman Attire: Shaw & CO Tailors .................................... Caterer: Matrix Hotel .................................... DÊcor: Special Events Rentals .................................... Wedding Planner: Jennifer Bergman .................................... Entertainment: Premiere DJs by Urban Metropolis .................................... Flowers: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier .................................... Favours: Cookies and milk table from Confetti Sweets .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Pink Polka Invitations and Stationery .................................... Photographer: Sharon Litchfield Photography .................................... Photography Location Shots: Kinsmen and Matrix Hotel .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Greece (Athens, Mykonos and Santorini)

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Brittany & Warren W arren and Brittany met at a Prom After party in 2006. They have been together for 10 years. The night of the proposal Brittany and Warren were sitting at home with a couple of friends, when Warren said he had to go to the Fire Department to get his gear ready for training on the weekend. Once he had left; there was a knock on the door. Brittany opened the door and it was the Fire Chief (Dan Skaros) and he had advised them that they needed to evacuate the house as there was a gas leak on their street. There was a fire truck pulled up and all of the lights were on. All of the neighbors were coming out to see what was going on. As Brittany was leaving their house, she could see Warren at the front of the Fire truck directing her and their friends to come around the side of the fire truck. Warren stopped Brittany in front of the fire truck and said “Before you get into the truck I have one question for you.” He dropped to one knee and said “Brittany Zvonarich; will you marry me?” She of course said yes. He picked her up and kissed her.

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Brittany & Warren July 16, 2016

Wedding Date: July 16, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 1 Year and 8 Months .................................... Ceremony & Reception: Oliver Community Centre .................................... Officiant: Ted Allen .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Karen West (Makeup) Sofia Raposo from Nubeginnings (Hair) .................................... Bridal Gown: Fabbeautydress.com .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Light Pink Levkof Dress Style 165 .................................... Groom’s Attire: Grant Kings Menswear Penticton .................................... Groomsman Attire: Grant Kings Menswear Penticton .................................... Cake: Keremeos IGA .................................... Caterer: Family .................................... Décor: Lisa Voller .................................... Entertainment: Darrel Lang .................................... Flowers: Terry Rand .................................... Favours: Ready Set Booth .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: VistaPrint .................................... Photographer: Taylor Baptiste & Emily Gideon .................................... Photography Location Shots: Robinson Ranch

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Zoriana & Paul I

t seemed like just an ordinary evening. Zoriana had just come home from the gym and Paul had supper ready for her. They sat down and had a lovely meal together. Prior to cleaning up, Zoriana was cutting a piece of avocado into a moustache and Paul had quickly run upstairs. While Zo was fashioning the avocado into a moustache, Paul was coming down the steps so she asked him if he could take a picture of her with the avocado moustache. He said, "Sure thing but first let me do this..." As Zoriana turned around, he was down on one knee asking for her hand in marriage! He totally caught her off guard as she thought she would have seen the proposal from a mile away since they had been together for over 5 years! It was important to both of them that their wedding contained many Ukrainian elements, traditions, and customs since Zoriana’s family is of Ukrainian heritage and it is a huge part of their lives. From the BIG guest list, to the traditional Ukrainian Orthodox wedding ceremony, to the handembroidered cloths that her mom made for tying the bride and groom’s hands together during the service, to the handmade periwinkle crowns Zo’s aunts made for the ceremony, to the Korovai ("bread cake"), to the pyrohy (perogies) and holubtsi (cabbage rolls) served at our dinner, to the singing of "Mnohaya Lita", and finally a wedding dance performed by the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers! Let's not forget the most important Ukrainian wedding tradition… LOTS of vodka and one heck of a party, ending with the traditional Kolomeyka "circle dance"! Their wedding could not have been any more fun: many of their guests had asked where they could "sign up to be Ukrainian"! But most importantly, Paul and Zoriana were thrilled that they were able to share the most important day of their lives with family and friends!

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Zoriana & Paul February 20, 2016

Wedding Date: February 20, 2016 .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: St. John’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Reception: Delta Hotels by Marriott Edmonton Centre Suites .................................... Hair: Alann Sluser at KoKo The Salon .................................... Make-up: Makeup by Gillian ML .................................... Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal by Nouvelle Bridal Shop .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Etsy .................................... Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo House .................................... Groomsman Attire: Tuxedo House .................................... Cake: Nicole’s Cakes + Moonshine Donuts .................................... Caterer: Taste of Ukraine + Delta Hotels by Marriott Edmonton Centre Suites .................................... Décor: River City Events .................................... Entertainment: Ukrainian Shumka Dancers Alumni .................................... Flowers: Patricia Laniuk .................................... Favours: Contribution to the Cancer Society .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Etsy .................................... Photographer: Freemark Photography .................................... Videography: Something Blue Wedding Films .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Local to Canmore

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Kate & Tom K

ate and Tom met while they were both attending Simon Fraser University; Kate played on the SFU basketball team, and Tom played on the SFU football team. As a consequence, Tom first noticed Kate while they were both training in the university athletic building known as “the Bog” in September 2006. Kate heard through some mutual friends that Tom was interested in her, but it wasn’t until months later, in January, that she finally met him at a party and spoke with him for the first time. It didn’t go well. Later that night, Kate texted her mom, “He’s really nice and very good-looking but he didn’t seem interested. I think we’ll probably just be friends. I told him that it was nice to meet him and then I wandered off to another area of the party.” Unbeknownst to her, Tom was very interested but he was building up the courage to ask her out. Unfortunately, by the time he went to find her again at the party and to ask her out, she was already gone: one of Tom’s teammates at the party had jokingly tackled Kate and, in the process, accidently gave her a black eye. Kate’s teammates rushed her home to take care of her injury. Needless to say, Tom was not happy with his teammate Jason when he found out what had happened. Kate and Tom’s next meeting was delayed for 3 weeks because of a series of away-games for the basketball team. Finally, at a pre-playoffs celebration party in early February—and with the assistance of all of their teammates— Tom finally asked Kate out and they had their first date a week later, on Valentine’s Day. They immediately clicked this time, and—8 and a half years later—Tom finally proposed.

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Kate & Tom September 3, 2016

Wedding Date: September 3, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 1 year .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: Events at Hole’s Reception: Events at Hole’s .................................... Officiant: Kerry Yeo .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Charlotte DeLaet .................................... Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from the Bridal and Tuxedo House .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Sorella Vita .................................... Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss from Holt Renfrew .................................... Groomsman Attire: Express, Aldo .................................... Cake: The Art of Cake .................................... Caterer: the Glasshouse Bistro at the Enjoy Centre .................................... Décor: the Floral Studio at Hole’s .................................... Wedding Planner: Tyrel Abbott .................................... Entertainment: Revolution Entertainment .................................... Flowers: The Floral Studio at Hole’s .................................... Photographer: Rhiannon Sarah Photography .................................... Videography: Cheng Zheng .................................... Photography Location Shots: Events at Hole’s .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Taking a motorcycle ride through the Rockies

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Courtney T & Brett

hey met at the University of Calgary in an audition room about four years ago; both of them were pursuing a BFA in Drama! They became great friends, and fell in love pretty quickly.

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Brett proposed to Courtney when they were on vacation in San Francisco last December. She had surprised him with the trip for his birthday and he surprised her by proposing! They were wandering around the grounds at the bottom of Coit Tower, the highest lookout point in the city. The couple did many laps around the base of the tower as Brett tried to find a spot that was not occupied while trying to work up the courage! They sat down at a stone bench to take in the views, the forest that surrounded them, the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance, and the rest of the city below.

When Brett and Courtney started to plan their wedding, they wanted every part of the day to reflect who they are as a couple - from the font of the entrance signs to their first dance together. In the end, their wedding had a feel that they couldn’t have been happier with! The day flowed so smoothly and much of that is due to the amazing help they received from the staff at Sirocco. They love that their relationship started by creating together and that they will always continue to create a life together!


Courtney & Brett October 16, 2016

Wedding Date: October 16th, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 10 months .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: Sirocco Golf Club Reception: Sirocco Golf Club .................................... Officiant: Joanne Anquist .................................... Hair: Maddpretty (Christine Gallon was the artist) .................................... Bridal Gown: Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: David’s Bridal .................................... Groom’s Attire: Topman .................................... Groomsman Attire: Topman .................................... Cake: Crumb Cakes by Carissa Sander .................................... Caterer: Sirocco Golf Club .................................... Décor: Chalkboards by Chalk by Cailean, otherwise DIY Wedding Planner: Coordinated with Sirocco Golf Club’s Angie Lambert & Whitney Anderson .................................... Entertainment: DJ Nick .................................... Flowers: Flower Chix .................................... Flower Crown: Peaseblossoms .................................... Favours: Homemade blackberry raspberry jam .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Invitations DYI, No Programs, Stationary from Etsy shops Charming Endeavours & The Sunshine Garden and printed at our local Staples .................................... Photographer: Terry Photo Co .................................... Videography: Numera Films .................................... Photography Location Shots: Mother of the Bride’s House & Sirocco Golf Club .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Abroad to the Mayan Riveria, Mexico.

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Cassandra & Samantha

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assandra and Samantha met in Sydney, Australia but both are native Calgarians. Cassandra was in Australia for a one year adventure and Samantha went down to visit a friend. While living in a small camper van for 3 weeks they became close; once Cassandra flew home they made it official, getting engaged 9 months later. They waited roughly 2 years before tying the knot but during that time they bought a house together in Airdire, Alberta. They both share a passion for new experiences and world travel, they’re looking forward to a three month honeymoon in South East Asia in 2017.

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Cassandra & Samantha September 24, 2016

Wedding Date: Sept 24, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 2 years .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: Cherry Creek Estate (Outside) Reception: Cherry Creek Estate (Inside Buggy Barn) .................................... Officiant: Donald Davidson .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Hair - Sky ValkenBurg Make up - Shayla Gibbs .................................... Cassandra’s Gown: Romantic Bridal - one of a kind from Taffeta and Tulle in Airdrie .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: MoriLee .................................... Samantha’s Gown: Jaqueline Exclusives – Taffeta and Tulle Airdrie .................................... Groomsman Attire: Bow ties and suspenders - Etsy, Pants - Club Monaco, Shirt - Tip Top , Vest - Le Chateau .................................... Cake: Avenue Bakery Airdrie .................................... Caterer: Cherry Creek Estate .................................... Entertainment: DJ Guest Who .................................... Flowers: MJ Floral Boutique .................................... Favours: Chai tea- hand made by the brides and matches Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Basic Invite and the Brides .................................... Photographer: Andras Schram .................................... Photography Location Shots: The ridge near Cherry Creek, around the venue .................................... Honeymoon Destination: South East Asia for 3 months of backpacking and travelling

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Anna & Eric A

nna and Eric studied nursing in the same program for four years before their paths would finally cross when a mutual nursing friend invited them out for dinner at a pub. This was the least likely place Eric would ever be found but somehow fate had them meet. They were each very curious about the other and found opportunities in study sessions to find out as much as they could, eventually leading to a beautiful beginning. Their wedding theme was inspired by Eric's proposal, which took place 4 years prior in Kyoto, Japan. Eric popped the question while they were standing on a beautiful bridge under a bough of cherry blossoms in full bloom. Eric had planned the proposal the year before when the idea for the trip first came up and he carried the ring all over Asia before popping the question. He even sneakily took a picture of himself holding the engagement ring on the Great Wall of China. Eric enlisted the help of Anna's best friend, and eventual maid of honour, to capture the moment on video! They decided for a spring wedding to reflect themes of new beginnings and delicate beauty. The table decor, a beautiful cake, and handpainted macarons all featured their cherry blossom theme. There were also some fun tieins, such as a video game-inspired necklace for Eric, and several music selections for the string quartet featured famous video game themes. Eric's mother, who plays cello, made a lifelong dream come true by playing her son's wedding with her string quartet, Allegra. The wedding day went by too fast, like many couples know it does, but they made sure throughout the day to steal moments away to be mindful of the love that brought them together and that they will carry forever.

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Annamaria & Eric June 18, 2016

Wedding Date: June 18, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 14 months .................................... Wedding Venue: The Wedding Pavillion .................................... Officiant: Abby Charchun .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Mountain Beauties .................................... Bridal Gown: The Bridal Centre .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: Cameo and Cufflinks .................................... Groom’s Attire: Ed William’s Menswear .................................... Groomsman Attire: Moores Menswear .................................... Cake: Lauren Eastly (maid of honor’s sister) .................................... Caterer: The Wedding Pavillion .................................... Wedding Planner: Liz Heitman .................................... Entertainment: Allegra String Quartet (ceremony) and Pez Productions (reception) .................................... Flowers: Funky Petals Seton .................................... Favours: Ollia Macarons and Tea .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: The Social Page (programs and stationery), Bride and Groom (invitations) .................................... Photographer: Cassie’s Camera .................................... Photography Location Shots: The Wedding Pavillion .................................... Videography: Parfait Productions .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Bali, Indonesia

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Surina & Sukhwinder T he wedding theme was a traditional East Indian wedding and their night reception had a Parisian theme, the couple wanted an elegant party look. They both enjoy the artist Kanye West and they thought bringing that together with a Parisian theme would make sense - it is their goal to go to Paris together. It was a large wedding, they had approximately 1000 guests at the wedding ceremony and 600 at the reception! Surina and Sukhwinder’s wedding song was Wonderwall by Oasis, they had a live acoustic version sung by Josh Sahunta. The song was very meaningful to them, it was playing in the background as they drove home after their first date. Their most memorable wedding moments included their wedding cake. The cake and the cake table were beautiful, they had a table decorated in all flowers to hold up their 6-tier cake. Also, at their reception they had a 17 foot Eiffel Tower made so it was the first thing that guests saw when they walked into cocktail hour. Another special touch was that all of the bridal party had custom-made outfits that turned out beautifully, everyone looked amazing.

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Surina & Sukhwinder June 4, 2016

Wedding Date: June 4, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 1 year    .................................... Wedding Venue .................................... Ceremony: Gurdwara Millwood’s Reception: Edmonton Expo Centre - Alberta Ballroom .................................... Photographer: Elaine Green Photographer .................................... Wedding Planner: Dress My Day, Priya Khan .................................... Bridal Gown: Neeta Paul Fashions .................................... Bridal Party Attire: Neeta Paul Fashions .................................... Groom’s tux: The Helm Clothing Chad Helm .................................... Groomsmen attire: The Helm Clothing - Chad Helm .................................... Cake: Art of Cake .................................... Caterer: Ceremony - Maharaja Banquet Hall Reception - Edmonton Expo Centre   .................................... Favours: Milk and Cookies Bakeshop .................................... Paper Flower Backdrop – The Paper Wedding .................................... Stage Décor/Centerpiece’s/Décor Etc Event Styling and Decor .................................... Music: Dhol Beat International Houston - BJ Josan .................................... Hair and Make-up: Wedding day hair and make-up by Aman Heer .................................... Reception Hair and Make-up: Karolynn Carbajal .................................... Flowers: Event Styling and Décor Inc – Anne .................................... Stationery: Glossie .................................... Videographer: Style Videos Joty Chera .................................... Photobooth: Neat Rentals – Audio/Visual: Quantum Productions - Jason Simituk .................................... Honeymoon: Bahamas this winter 2017

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ierra had a particularly hard weekend at work and was pretty tired by the time she got home on Sunday evening. Earlier in the day, Matt made the strange request to read her a bedtime story when she got home, so she should have figured something was up, but figured lack of sleep had gotten the best of her. After having dinner, Sierra wanted to go to bed and watch American Sniper. She had started the movie and was about 5 minutes into it when Matt insisted that he needed to read the story he had. He pulled out the book I'll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. They aren't quite sure when they started saying this to each other but early in their relationship it became something that they repeated quite often. As Matt got to the middle of the book, she began thinking that he might propose at the end of the story. She started looking for the tell-tale signs of nerves starting to kick in (shaking hands, sweating, racing heart), but she didn't see any of those and decided that he must not be doing it that day. Sierra was disappointed at the end of the story that there was nothing written on the last page; that’s when Matt turned the final page of the hard cover book to reveal his proposal! Matt cried and Sierra laughed out of excitement.

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Sierra & Matthew September 10, 2016

Wedding Date: September 10, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 15 months .................................... Wedding Venue Ceremony: Hidden Springs Retreat and Guest House Reception: Breton Community Hall .................................... Officiant: Denise Legeas .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Make-Up - Blushed Beaute Hair - Patricia J Hair Designer .................................... Bridal Gown: Bridal Debut .................................... Bridal Party Dresses: The Bridal Boutique .................................... Groom’s Attire: Derks Formals & Menswear .................................... Groomsman Attire: Derks Formals & Menswear .................................... Cake: Dutch Delicious .................................... Caterer: The Royal Purple .................................... DÊcor: Dazzle by Dawn .................................... Wedding Planner: Brittany Fe Events Inc. .................................... Entertainment: Matt Kolotyluk .................................... Flowers: Terris Stems And Stuff .................................... Invitations/Programs/Stationery: Invitations, Vistaprint .................................... Photographer: Melanie Bennett Photography .................................... Videography: Memory Lane Videography .................................... Photography Location Shots: Hidden Springs Retreat and Guest House .................................... Honeymoon Destination: El Dorado Royal Mexico

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hen a bride has a vision of a winter wedding, Canmore is the perfect location for snow covered mountains and fields. When almost all of the snow in the town melted a few days before the wedding, Sarah and Dave put the photographer up to the challenge of finding any locations with snow left in the valley for the couple’s first look and bridal party photos. Stephanie Couture Photography scouted out a few perfect locations within the trees and creeksides. Dusty turquoise pops of color brightened up this winter day and the air was warm for a March wedding, making for a comfortable and cozy day at Stewart Creek Golf Course.

The wood beams and rustic look of the Stewart Creek Club House made the perfect location for this classic wedding, keeping the dĂŠcor simple and soft. Seasonal flowers and romantic lighting lit the ceremony and reception as the sun went down. Warm metallics and a soft color palette kept this wedding feeling timeless and sophisticated. The guests loved the wedding cake which mimicked a birch tree accompanied by bride and groom pinecone toppers. The small guest list made for an intimate feel and family flew in from all over the country to spend the day with Sarah and Dave. During a lively night with a packed dance floor, the photographer snuck away with the couple to get some intimate and romantic evening shots showcasing a perfect starry night lighting up the mountains.


Sarah & Dave March 12, 2016

Wedding Date: March 12th, 2016 .................................... How long were you engaged? 7 months .................................... Ceremony & Reception: Stewart Creek Golf Course, Canmore AB .................................... Officiant: Carl Shields .................................... Hair & Make-Up: Mountain Beauties .................................... Bridal Gown: Mori Lee .................................... Groom’s Attire: Coppley .................................... Cake: Cakes with Attitude .................................... Décor: Great Events Rentals Wedding Planner: Calgary Wedding Planning Co. .................................... Entertainment: Dance! Shout! Productions .................................... Flowers: Philip Chong Flower Bar .................................... Photographer: Stephanie Couture Photography .................................... Photography Location Shots: Canmore, AB .................................... Honeymoon Destination: Tour of China

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Because everyone deserves a happily ever after

Because everyone deserves a happily ever after With our wedding program, you can make a life-changing difference on your special day for the sickest kids in our community.

We provide invitation inserts, table cards, certificates and more to make it easy for you to: • Make a donation in lieu of wedding favours to honour and thank your guests With our wedding program, you can make a life-changing difference on your special day for the • Ask guests to make a donation in lieu of clinking glasses or wedding gifts

sickest kids in our community.

We provide invitation inserts, table cards, certificates and more to make it easy for you to: • Make a donation in lieu of wedding favours to honour and thank your guests • Ask guests to make a donation in lieu of clinking glasses or wedding gifts

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Love Work

Creating a Relationship Revolution

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hen it comes to love and relationships, we want to make a difference in the world.

With the development of quantum physics and the realization that each one of us is vibrational energy, we now know that it’s possible to focus on the vibrational energy that is in each one of us and on the energy that forms the bond shared by a couple. The sphere of energy that is you, and surrounds you, pulsates and grows as you manifest with good intentions and love. Each day, each minute, there are meridians of energy that course through the earth, your personal space, your body, each molecule and strand of DNA. Every moment there is a chance to reach that next level of magnificence in the energy being that is you, and as you, the couple, become one, as an invisible band of energy and power forms. When we meet an energy soul mate, that new energy propels us to a new, higher

level. At that higher level we can now make choices that continue to lead us into a path of enlightenment. This energy is all around us, just waiting to be called upon. Everyone and everything we touch continues to benefit from us energetically by raising our vibrational level. When two people become one, the energy is strong. Strong enough to accomplish anything we think we are able to project and accomplish. By choosing to resonate at a higher level, you also affect those around you. You infuse them with your light and your vibrational energy. This is why sometimes one sentence, one kind word, one kind deed, can truly change the lives of others. The question we all need to ask is: Are we ready to make the effort and commitment to take ourselves to the next level? When we talk about Love Work, we are talking about a strong energy path that is framed with love.

As Louise Hay says, “I have never understood the importance of having children memorize battle dates. It seems like such a a waste of mental energy. Instead, we could teach them important subjects such as How the Mind Works, How to Handle Finances, How to Invest Money for Financial Security, How to be a Parent, How to Create Good Relationships, and How to Create and Maintain Self-Esteem and Self-Worth. Can you imagine what a whole generation of adults would be like if they had been taught these subjects in school along with their regular curriculum?” Imagine if we all continued to learn, and to grow, within all of our relationships… What kind of world would we manifest… an awesome loving one!

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E M P O W E R M E N T   Dr. Brenda Wade

It Just Didn’t Work Out: 3 Myths that destroy love

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ow many times have you heard someone say “it just didn’t work out” when they chose to get divorced?

Or maybe you’ve heard my other favorite; “we grew apart”. Right up in the top three is; “we fell out of love”. I’m so sorry but that is a crock of nonsense! There is no “IT”, and we don’t just grow apart, nor do we just fall in and out of love. Each of these crazy statements are part of a myth that destroys love. For thirty years, I have trained, researched, studied and with the top scientists, experts and spiritual teachers around the world, to learn all I could about creating healthy passionate love. Why? Because I failed at love and made every mistake you can make and I was determined to learn better so I could do better in my own life and so I could share what I’ve learned with you.

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As a result of years of hard work, I created Modern Love Training where I have now coached thousands of couples in our Programs and Systems; there isn’t space here to share

even a fraction of the great tools or many breakthrough practices our students master, though I can tell you there have been many spectacular successes. Here is one story to inspire you and give you a great start on creating your own lasting True Love. One couple Tessa and Parker were on the brink of divorce because “it” wasn’t working out when they came to a Modern Love Training and quickly learned there is no IT! There are either two people willing to invest in a great marriage or not. They got to work and discovered the answers to the emotional and sexual distance in their marriage. First, Tessa had been emotionally and verbally abused by her parents who yelled at her, called her names and caused an innocent child to feel worthless and unlovable. She loved her husband but couldn’t accept his love, so she


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shut him out emotionally and sexually. She said over and over “I don’t know why you bother”.

Loving touch, hugs kisses and cuddling are golden.

Second, Parker had grown up with a dad who traveled for work and a mom who covered everything in dad’s many absences. He thought women should be self-sufficient and men could go off and as he put it “do their thing” and all would be fine. He didn’t know how to help Tessa or get closer to her, so he did what his dad did just got more and more distant.

Express loving words, especially admiration and appreciation.

There are currently five “love labs” in the US researching what we do that breaks down our marriages and what we must do to build them stronger and stronger. Based on these findings I have created a system called the “True Love Daily 5.” What Tessa and Parker learned: 1. How to spot the “toxic Love” patterns they learned in childhood and how they used them in their marriage.

Ask what do you need from me today to feel happy and loved? Write a gratitude list every night of 5 things they are grateful for in their marriage and one another Do a spiritual practice together every day, pray, meditate, read from a holy book, watch a sunset or sunrise anything inspiring and uplifting counts. Tessa and Parker aren’t the only who created the marriage of their dreams. We had another couple join our coaching program who had actually been divorced for five years. They said they had grown apart but still loved one another. My response was why don’t you put your time and energy into growing together? They did, and got remarried and are still living happily together.

3. They both realized they hadn’t learned how to talk about their feelings or needs and instead shut down and shut one another out.

Brides and grooms, if you are wondering what to do right now to create the deeply connected passionate marriage you want and how to keep it growing every year, here is my advice. Start now. Commit right now to a “True Love daily 5”. Take premarital training. Why? Because there are 50% fewer divorces for those couples that train ahead of time. That will save you time energy and money later, right? Then every year, get a tune-up; your marriage is at least as important as your car, right?

4. They sealed the exits and made a choice to each take responsibility to create the kind of marriage they really wanted and wrote down exactly what they each wanted.

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2. How to identify and then share the feelings they experienced as children. Parker was surprised to learn how much he really missed his dad growing up. He wanted to be a more connected husband and father to the baby they were expecting.

5. They committed to practice “the True Love Daily 5”

love@docwade.com Love and blessings, Dr. Brenda

Creator and founder of the Love, Money & Seva Seminars and Power Coaching and Training International, Dr. Wade ignites change and transformation in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year. Employing her unique blend of Psychology, Science and Spirituality, she has become “one of the most renowned psychologists in America,” earning numerous awards for her TV programs, best-selling books and breakthrough seminars and trainings. Media: Co-hosting her first television show: HELP! at age 16, Dr. Wade has been transforming lives over the airwaves ever since. She hosted four national television shows, two in syndication, and two for PBS television. As a popular and dynamic guest expert on shows like Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and most recently, Dr. Oz and Dr. Drew, she connects with the audience. Author: Dr. Wade, author of four ground-breaking books, including: 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Falling In Love, Power Choices: 7 Milestones on Your Journey to Wholeness, Love, Joy and Peace, What Mama Couldn’t Tell Us About Love, and Love Lessons: A Guide to Transforming Relationships., (the latter two co-written with journalist Brenda Lane Richardson). Her on-themoney, sometimes in your face advice, regularly appears in: Essence, “O”, Ebony, Ladies Home Journal, Jet, Heart & Soul and Bridal Fantasy magazines, and Huffington Post. www.DrBrendaWade.com

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E M P O W E R M E N T   Arielle Ford

Giving Up the Need to Be Right to Have More Love

Arielle Ford

is a leading personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. She is a relationship expert, speaker, and the producer and host of Evolving Wisdom’s Art of Love series. Arielle is a gifted writer and the author of ten books including the international bestseller, THE SOULMATE SECRET: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. Her most recent book, Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate (Harper One/ Elixir) offers 16 simple, easy, and fun ways to reignite and stay in love, passion and respect to your relationship – no matter how many years it’s been since you first fell in love. With practical tools, techniques and actionable steps, this book provides everything you need to quickly create harmony and happiness on the path to a legendary love relationship. For free chapters please visit www. arielleford.com Arielle has been called “The Cupid of Consciousness” and “The Fairy Godmother of Love.” She lives in La Jolla, CA with her husband/soulmate, Brian Hilliard and their feline friends.

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n her TED talk from March 2012, University of Houston research professor Brené Brown makes a claim that vulnerability is the only way to create intimacy. “If we are going to find a way back to each other, vulnerability is going to be that path.“ Indeed, closeness is the foundation for any relationship. But there needs to be a willingness from both sides to be open to that level of intimacy. Love is based on a decision to be extremely vulnerable with another person. Love doesn’t happen to you. You choose it.

As a recovering “need to be right” person, I grew up in an era and a home where “being right” was highly valued. From my first days in school I saw that raising your hand and having the “right” answer meant you were smart. At home “being right” meant being loved for being smart. I was brainwashed into believing that when I was “right,” I was good enough to be loved. Quite the ego boost! But that was about it. It certainly didn’t boost my long-term confidence. As I grew up and matured, I found out there is something so much more important than being “right.” It’s being “loved.” I discovered that when I was committed to being “right,” it always meant making someone else “wrong.” As you know, feeling wrong does not go well with feeling loved. Relationship expert and soul sister, Heide Banks, was pondering an old fight she had with her ex-husband after she asked him to buy her some iron supplements at the drugstore and he forgot. She mentioned it to her friend Nat when she was asking him why he thought she was having such a difficult time with relationships. Nat said: “One word: liquid iron.” To which Heide replied: “That’s two words.“

“Exactly!” said Nat. In a flash of a moment, Nat pointed out to Heide that her need to be “right” was getting in the way of her desire to be loved. “I think that was the last time I corrected a man,” Heide shared. Since that time, Heide is now happily in love with her soulmate and having the time of her life. So many of us like to assume a rigid stance and “dig in our heels” to fight for our point of view and prove how “right” we are -- often about some pretty stupid stuff. The cost of needing to be right is hurting, harassing or humiliating the ones we claim to love the most. Over the years I have finally learned to manage my mind and my mouth. I’ve learned that most of the time it’s not necessary to “correct” anyone on what I think is right or wrong unless it’s really pertinent to someone’s well-being. Now, when I am smart enough to “catch” myself, and I am about to blurt out something in order to be “right,” I slap some imaginary masking tape over my mouth and choose love instead.


E M P O W E R M E N T   Heather Dane & Louise Hay

Here’s An Easy Dinner Party Menu that Delivers Health & Beauty Benefits

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ant to host a dinner party that will be super easy for you and create fun for your guests? How about hosting a Chinese Hot Pot Party?

Chinese hot pot parties are easy, delicious, and engaging for your guests. And with a few easy recipe tips, you can also bring a mega dose of health and beauty to the party! The Chinese Hot Pot Meal If you want a unique experience, this one is it! Hot pot meals are considered the ultimate in communal cooking -- they’re meant to be shared with friends and loved ones who want to gather together in the most social of meal experiences. We continue to hear stories of people making lasting friendships after sharing a hot pot meal. You take a single burner or two, plug them in on a center island or table, and place pots of hot broth on the burners. The group gathers around, customizing their meal fondue-style. Broth (See Basic Chicken Bone Broth Recipe) [This basic chicken broth recipe is featured on the following spread.] • 10 cups of basic chicken bone broth (make this well in advance to freeze and take out to thaw a day or two before the party, or make fresh one to two days before the party). Vegetables • 2 cups spiral-cut, julienned, or thinly sliced halfmoons of yellow summer squash and zucchini • 6 baby bok choy or 1 head large bok choy, thinly sliced lengthwise • 1 head of broccoli, chopped up (use florets and save stems for future bone or vegetable broth) • Pickled Ginger (optional – make yourself or purchase) Noodles • Organic rice noodles (you can often get these gluten free, fast cooking noodles in your grocery or health-food store, and of course they’re available online; King Soba Organic Thai Rice Noodles is a nice option) Meat, poultry, and fish • 1 lb. chicken thighs • 1 lb. beef eye of round, sliced thin • 1 lb. jumbo shrimp

Thinly sliced meats, shrimp, and chicken; vegetables; and rice noodles all cook within 3 minutes in these communal pots. With fine mesh strainers, slotted spoons, or hot pot strainer scoops (all of which can be purchased at Amazon.com or your local kitchen store), you can put the foods you want for your meal into the hot broth and allow them to cook. Your guests who are new to hot pot meals will be surprised by how fast everything cooks. Serves 10–12 people Dipping sauces Hot pot meals are traditionally served with 3 – 4 choices. You can make your own or purchase them. Some options are: • Wheat free tamari • Soy sauce • ½ cup toasted sesame oil (add a teaspoon each of minced garlic and chives, if you like) • Aioli (homemade or store bought) • Sriracha • German mustard (this is mustard and horseradish—you can also mix Dijon mustard with prepared horseradish) Tools • One or two single burners. You can use your stove if you like, it’s up to you! If you want to use burners, you can get them at your local kitchen store or department store, or from Amazon.com. They start at around $13 and go up from there. • A deep saucepan for each burner (about 8- to 10cup capacity) • One or two stainless steel fine mesh strainers (OXO fine mesh strainers have a silicone handle and all stainless strainer, and these were our favorite hot pot tools). • Optional: tongs, slotted spoons, or hot pot strainer scoops to scoop smaller things out of the broth; chopsticks for the meal.

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the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide. For more than 30 years, Louise has helped people throughout the world discover and implement the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. LouiseHay.com

Heather Dane, is a certified health coach specializing in applying functional medicine and nutrigenomics protocols to resolve chronic conditions. She has worked with many of the great minds in medicine, natural health, nutrition, and energy healing, and designs delicious recipes to nourish body and soul. HeatherDane.com

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BEAUTY from the INSIDE OUT Bone Broth Benefits & Recipes

Bone Broth is being called the “new green juice” for more than its health benefits. Bone broth contains collagen, a highly sought-after beauty remedy that has long been known to contribute to younger looking skin, hair and nails. While celebrities are turning to bone broth as an alternative to Botox, we love it because it helps aid your digestion, support weight loss, boost energy, improve moods and memory, reduce stress, and strengthen immunity. Athletes are using bone broth to build muscles, improve hydration, and heal broken bones. The best thing about foods that are good for your body and brain is that they are also the best beauty remedies available! In The Bone Broth Secret, we share a wide variety of basic poultry, meat, and fish bone broth recipes, along with soups, stews, main meals, side dishes, sauces, dips, salads, smoothies and breads to show you many ways to add the healing power of collagen into your diet. We even provide recipes for healing elixirs, cocktails, and desserts that are so good you won’t believe they contain bone broth. After all, why not enjoy a cocktail or dessert while improving your skin too?

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Here is an easy recipe to get you started on your delicious bone broth beauty and health routine. These days, you can also purchase high quality, organic grassfed or pasture fed bone broth in the freezer section of your health food store or online at websites like www.bonebroth.com.

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This recipe allows you to take the carcass from your leftovers and turn it into bone broth. It’s the perfect way to get a collagen rich broth and stretch your food budget by using what you would otherwise have thrown into the trash! If you want to try this recipe and you don’t have a whole chicken, just get about 5 pounds total of wings, backs and necks from your butcher, farmer or grocer and use them instead. Hands-on prep time: 10 minutes Total prep time: 12 hours, 10 minutes Yield: 3 – 4 quarts

Ingredients: • 1 chicken carcass (or if you don’t have a carcass, you can get 5 pounds of chicken wings, backs and necks from your butcher, farmer, or grocer and put them in whole). • Optional: 10 chicken feet • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions: • Put the carcass (skin and meat scraps still on it) or chicken necks, wings and backs into a large stockpot. (You can use a slow cooker instead, to make it even easier, just follow the instructions for your slow cooker for a slow and low simmer.) • Add chicken feet, if you like. You can usually get these from your grocer, farmer or butcher. They are a wonderful source of collagen. • Add filtered water to cover the chicken by about an inch or two. • Add apple cider vinegar. • Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a very low simmer. Simmer for 10 - 12 hours. (You can remove from stove, refrigerate overnight, and start again the next day if you prefer.) • Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. You can then remove the meat from the oxtail bones and set it aside for pate or other recipes. • Allow the broth to cool and ladle into wide mouth Ball jars (fill only 2/3 of the jar if you plan on freezing the broth). • Refrigerate or freeze. When ready to use, remove the fat cap that has risen to the top (you can discard the fat cap or save it for cooking). The broth will last in your refrigerator for up to 6 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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E M P O W E R M E N T   Danielle LaPorte

Our Whole Lives are Relationships

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ur whole lives are relationships. Belly laughs — the ones you remember years afterwards when you’re driving down a quiet road by yourself or comparing your dim day to the shine of your past — those belly laughs only happen with friends. No one laughs that deep, long, and hard by themselves. That riot of joy takes relating.

Danielle LaPorte An inspirational speaker, poet, former think tank exec and business strategist, Danielle LaPorte offers a unique blend of no-nonsense spirituality and advice. Her best-selling books, The Firestarter Sessions and The Desire Map, and her website offers strategies for creating goals with soul and building a life of desire. Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, Danielle LaPorte offers poetic motivation from the heart.

The surest soothing of your despair… relationships. How your friend reframed your neuroses to show you that you’re not crazy, you’ve got survival instincts. How they pretend not to notice your inner ugliness — and heal you in the pretending. How they stay so steady with their gaze that the illusions you’ve been nursing dry up and float away. Our whole lives are relationships. Emergency texting. Solutions that were designed just for you in the bowl of someone else’s heart. The 200 bucks before rent day that saved it all. Persistent love over years that one day melts you into your true self. Relationships.

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Our whole lives are relationships. So reach out and keep going in. If you have to choose between flying overseas to see your friends and painting the house this summer — choose your friends. Remember the day. Go to the wedding. Read them the poem. Check in. Forget the deadline and working overtime to please people who will never make you feel as good as your real friends. Remember — and do something about it.

Shouting, holding, dancing it out, smoking it up, pitching tents, constructing ideals, directing determination. That voicemail you save. Presence. The things they hand down to you.

When you’re laying on your back watching the stars some very rare night, you won’t be thinking about the car you worked to buy or the blog post you stayed home from the party to write. You’re going to recall the people who got woven into your heart and helped you paint your apartment. You’re going to long for the magic of knowing so much without saying a word. You’re going to wish you had taken more holiday time to hang with them. You’re going to wish you’d stayed up later and extended your stay to ask them more questions about anything at all. You’ll wish you’d gone out dancing.

I got your favourite. I transferred the money. Fuck that. You got this. You’re more than you

Our whole lives are relationships. Love accordingly.

Helping you pack up your life. On speed dial. Bottomless encouragement. There when you expected them to give up. Taller than your doubts. Seeing what you can’t. Protecting your tenderness. Big enough to fill your abyss. Rescued. Again.

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think you are — believe me if you can’t believe yourself.


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Darren Jacklin; World-Class

Dream Building for Two

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emember when you were little and you wanted that favourite bike or Barbie doll? You dreamt of what would be under the tree on Christmas morning or what your birthday present would be—not to mention who would be your secret valentine?

Somewhere within you, you’ve recognized a call to a greater life. It beckons you into a magnificent version of yourself. One who you are capable of becoming and of how you really want to live. Dream Building is a creative and imaginative way of exploring and deciding what it is that you want in this life personally and professionally. As a child, you were great at Dream Building. In fact, for many of us, it was all we did. How many of us were chastised for daydreaming in class throughout our early school years? Dream Building was conditioned out of us until most of us could no longer do it. Well, there’s one advantage to being an adult. That is, that you get to recondition yourself and tap into long forgotten and unused talents such as using your imagination to build your dreams. Most people don’t know what they really, really want after college or university or after they graduate from high school. And if they don’t graduate, they may be lost and confused about the direction or path in their life. Why? It’s not because they don’t want to achieve more, it’s because they don’t know how or where to begin. Let me tell you about a much more fulfilling way to achieve your dreams. There is a proven method for accomplishing more with less effort that most people miss. You can start my making some lists of things such as the places you want to visit, the people you’d most like to meet, the things you’d like to do within your lifetime, and maybe even a list of

what you’d do if you won the lottery. Then you can start adding pictures and images to make the vision more real. You may want to do some online searches for most romantic destinations, romantic restaurants, dream vacations, top resorts, five-star resorts, and so on. There is no end to what you can imagine. You can create a scrapbook, file, binder or build a book online. You may want to create a dream board or journey board to display somewhere that will inspire you whenever you look at it. My Master Plan for Life, which is what I call it, is a never-ending book I created online. I dedicate about 15 minutes a day to updating and adding to it. It inspires me, especially when I feel stuck, as yours will inspire you. It’s never about the dream itself, but about the experience the dream brings, the happiness, the fulfillment of truly expressing ourselves, the love and connection we feel with others, the rich satisfaction of knowing we are making a difference in someone else’s life. Always be expanding your mind to new possibilities. Whether you do this on your own or with your partner, you need to imagine it to achieve it. Dream Building for Two is about creating and living an inspired life together. Remember you will always have support and challenges along the way. So have fun with your Dream Building adventures and who knows where it will take you.

Professional Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Angel Investor For over 20 years, Darren Jacklin has travelled four continents and personally trained over one million people in over 45 countries. He has mentored entrepreneurs and business owners on specific and measurable strategies. These strategies have then been implemented into businesses to increase income, transform obstacles into cash flow and turn passion into profits. Darren has an uncanny ability to increase wealth and success by uncovering hidden assets, overlooked opportunities and undervalued possibilities. His talent has captured the attention of Tiger 21, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, NBC TV, CBS TV, Global TV, international radio stations, magazines and newspapers, movie producers, best-selling authors, CEO’s and business experts worldwide. Darren is also a featured as an international celebrity in the 2015 movie The Treasure Map. Darren Jacklin currently sits on paid International Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards of public and private companies. He has also personally trained over one hundred and fifty Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, Black & Decker, Barclays Bank, as well as high school, college, and university students and lastly, professional athletes. His experience has connected him with people in more than 128 countries. Darren Jacklin is also the Chief Executive Officer of AFS Superfoods Ltd.

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Banff Bride BanffBride.com is a list of experienced wedding suppliers located in Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise. Select your services with confidence and ease! You will find our wedding professionals have a minimum of 5 years excellent experience and knowledge. 1.800.531.9996 sharon@banffbride.com banffbride.com

Benson’s Piano Benson Lai is a professional pianist from Edmonton, AB that specializes in providing memorable and beautiful piano music for your special day. 780.695.7549 info@bensonspiano.com bensonspiano.com

Bridal Bliss Consignment Cozy and quaint bridal boutique offering designer dresses at discounted prices to brides on a budget. We are filled with designers such as Mikaella, Sophia Tolli, Stella York, Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, Allure, Tara Keely, Enzoani, Paloma Blanca, etc. 403.370.0100 bridalblissconsignment@gmail.com

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Chocolate Haven Each guest contributes their unique presence to your special day, why not gift them something as one-of-a-kind as they are? Chocolate Haven provides luxury, handmade chocolate bonbons in an assortment of unique flavors and colours. 780.996.7247 brian@chocolatehaven.ca 2017 chocolatehaven.ca BRIDAL FANTASY www.bridalfantasy.com

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Denee Beaute Denée Beauté is the go-to makeup team for all occasions. Based in Vancouver with frequent trips to Edmonton, Alberta and Dominican Republic means no travel fee! Book your celebrity makeup artist today! 780.902.1406 info@deneebeaute.com deneebeaute.com

Derks Formals and Menswear At Derks, we have made it our business to make men look good. With over 65 years’ experience, no one knows more able formalwear and accessories for your wedding like we do. 780.433.6614 info@derks.ca derks.ca


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Elk View Lodge Elk View Lodge offers seclusion, spectacular mountain views, spacious accommodation and great catering to make your wedding event truly memorable. Perfect for weddings yearround, we are justifiably the BC Rockies’ best kept wedding destination secret. 1.888.733.7643 info@elkviewlodge.com elkviewlodge.com

Lipstick Empire Laser Spa Tell us your cosmetic goals and areas of concern. Let us create a personalized series of treatments to achieve your desired results for your special day. 587.523.5477 (LIPS) laserspa@lipstickempire.ca lipstickempire.ca

MBM Bow Ties Welcome to the club of distinguished fashionable excellence. MBM Bow Ties are a signature of your style and individuality. Your MBM Bow Tie is sure to make a spectacular impression on your special day. mbmbowties@gmail.com mbmbowties.com

Heart & Soul Entertainment Ltd Heart & Soul Wants Exactly What You want & that’s to make your Special Day Amazing. We offer more than Just Good Music to keep your Guests Dancing All Night. We Work with You to Incorporate your Style & Personality into Everything we do. Our Event Services Consists of Hosting, Mixing Music, Music Videos/Slideshows, Karaoke, (MC/DJ/VJ/KJ) Décor, Lighting, Videography & Photography. Dream big & let’s make it REAL. 780.240.2559 heartsoulentertainment@live.com heartsoulentertainment.com

Milk & Cookies Bakeshop Beautiful and delicious custom wedding cakes, dessert tables, and favors. Visit our website or e-mail us for more information about everything we offer! hello@milkandcookiesbakeshop.ca

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Monat “Your hair is the crown you wear every day.” Naturally based hair care products for Men and Women. 1.587.591.4314 phabbay@shaw.ca melaniemorrison.mymonat.com

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Mr.Derk At Derks, looking your best was never so easy. We pride ourselves on our quality service, up-to-date trends and affordable selections of suits and casualwear. 780.431.4293 menswear@mrderk.com mrderk.com

Rescue Flats YOUR BEST NIGHT EVER STARTS HERE. Rescue Flats are the perfect complement to your wedding celebration. Artfully designed, lovingly crafted ballet flats in a beautiful display box that says both “Thank you for coming” and “Let’s dance!” 780.235.7285 hello@rescueflats.com 2017 rescueflats.com BRIDAL FANTASY www.bridalfantasy.com

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My Montana Wedding Association My Montana Wedding Association is situated in beautiful northwest Montana. Our vendors are serious about their clients; you can expect nothing but professionalism. Visit our website and literally have every vendor at your fingertips! mymontanawedding.com

PAL Insurance PAL’s Weddinguard program protects your investment in your wedding day with insurance for your wedding essentials, including bridal attire, rings, photos, liquor liability coverage for three 24-hour periods and much more. Four coverage levels available. 1.800.265.8098 weddinguard@palcanada.com palcanada.com

Prairie Glow Photography Based in the Prairies, we service Western Canada and would LOVE to capture your day in a low key, candid approach that will bring you beautiful pictures for years to come! 780.341.1351 jennifereaglesham@me.com prairieglowphotography.com

Shantie’s Boutique Shantie's Boutique carries bridal lingerie & more – Visit our website today! Connect with us to make a customized order for your big day. shantie@shantiesboutique.ca shantiesboutique.ca

Total Entertainment YYC Total Entertainment YYC specializes in high quality wedding entertainment services. We provide DJ, photo booth, lighted dance floor, photography, and filming services. We are proud to be the preferred choice for many venues in Calgary. 587.227.1274

Wild Orchid Flowershop Offering the perfect marriage of timeless design and endless creativity. From opulent luxury to simple sophistication, our skilled team of designers will work with you to make your special day unforgettable. Contact us today to book your free consultation! 780.425.2816 thewildorchid@shaw.ca thewildorchid.ca

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Beauty Bellaavanessaa....................................................... Page 95 Denee Beaute..........................................................Page 99 Dragon FX................................................................ Page 85 Go Tattless Calgary South East...................Page 80 Jack’d Up Beauty Boutique............................Page 96 Lipstick Empire Laser Spa..............................Page 90 Rodan and Fields.................................................. Page 76 Bridal Fashion Bridal Bliss consignment................................Page 96 Bridal Debut............................................................ Page 87 West Edmonton Mall....................................Page 4 & 5 Urban Bride Delivered...................................... Page 82 Bridal Show Bridal Fantasy Trade Show............................Page 151 Catering Bridges Catering.................................................. Page 87 Events at Hole’s......................................Page 84, 88, 94 Stir Catering and Event Management.....Page 91 The Derrick Golf and Winter Club......... Page 231 The Melting Pot....................................................Page 98 Décor A Chair to Remember........................................Page 92 All West Wedding Rentals............................. Page 89 Special Event Rentals........................................... Page 1 Destination Weddings Vision Travel.............................................................. Page 7 Entertainment Mister Smooth Mobile DJ Services.......... Page 97 Flowers Cerise Floral Stuido.............................................Page 91 Events at Hole’s......................................Page 84, 88, 94 Fabloomosity Floral Atelier............................Page 15 Flowers by Merle.................................................. Page 82 Flowers in the Park...............................................Page 91 Funky Petals Seton...............................................Page 73 Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique...........................Page 47 Laurel’s on Whyte................................................ Page 48 UnCommon Florals..............................................Page 74 Hotel & Resort Azuridge Estate Hotel........... Outside Back Cover Carriage House Inn.............................................Page 72 Copper Point Resort...........................................Page 62 Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Airport...........................Page 75

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DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton.............................. Page 83 Elk View Lodge...................................................... Page 65 Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge................Page 66 & Inside Back Cover Nova Hotels................................................................Page 3 Renaissance Edmonton...................................................... Airport Hotel...........................................................Page 99 Rockwater Secret Cove Resort.....................Page 68 Sandman Hotel...................................................... Page 97 Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre......................................Page 13

Advertiser Listing Rentals A Chair to Remember........................................Page 92 All West Wedding Rentals............................. Page 89 Special Event Rentals........................................... Page 1 Restaurant Guisachan House Restaurant........................Page 71 Ox and Angela Restaurant / Tapas Bar................................................................Page 78 The Melting Pot....................................................Page 98

House & Home Michelle Derk RE/MAX..................................Page 93

Rocky Mountains Copper Point Resort...........................................Page 62 Elk View Lodge...................................................... Page 65 Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge................Page 66 & Inside Back Cover

Insurance PAL Insurance........................................................Page 26

Shopping Malls West Edmonton Mall....................................Page 4 & 5

Jewellery Concept Jewelry Design.................................. Page 95 Stella + Dot...............................................................Page 98

Transportation APEX Limousine and Car Service...............Page 6 Prestige Limousine................................................Page 2

Lingerie Shantie’s Boutique...............................................Page 90

Travel/Honeymoon Vision Travel.............................................................. Page 7

Menswear AKLASU.................................................................... Page 79 Derks Formals............................... Inside Front Cover Derks Kids Collection..................................... Page 153 Derks Uniforms...................................................Page 144 Mr.Derk..................................................................... Page 154 Stenströms.............................................................. Page 161 Tiger of Sweden.................................................. Page 155

Venue Azuridge Estate Hotel........... Outside Back Cover Cherry Creek Estates.........................................Page 69 Devonian Botanic Garden...............................Page 81 Elk View Lodge...................................................... Page 65 Events at Hole’s......................................Page 84, 88, 94 Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge................Page 66 & Inside Back Cover Nova Hotels................................................................Page 3 Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel...........................................................Page 99 Rainer Gardens......................................................Page 92 Rockwater Secret Cove Resort.....................Page 68 Sirocco Golf Club..................................................Page 77 Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre......................................Page 13 The Derrick Golf and Winter Club......... Page 231 The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre................................................ Page 63 Winspear Centre...................................................Page 36

Miscellaneous Dragon FX................................................................ Page 85 Go Tattless Calgary South East...................Page 80 Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.........................................Page 216 Photography Donna Lynn Photography.............................. Page 97 Eylyn Photography.............................................. Page 89 JB Photography.....................................................Page 74 McMaster Photography...................................Page 86 Nicole Ely-Joshi Photography..................... Page 76 Planning BanffBride.com...................................................... Page 67 Special Event Rentals........................................... Page 1 Wedding Rescue....................................................Page 81

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