LY NN F L ETC HER WEDD IN G S
INSPIRED DESIGNERS PLANNING SPECIALISTS INNOVATIVE INDUSTRY LEADERS
2016 Canadian Special Event Awards Winner - Best Wedding
W W W. LY N N F L ET C H E R W ED D INGS . C OM
get inspired over 275 experience enter to win
WITH THE LATEST TRENDS AND IDEA S FROM
AWARD WINNING FA SHION SHOWS
OVER $75,000 IN GIVEAWAYS
SUNDAY JANUARY 15, 2017 | BMO CENTRE
THEW ED D INGFAIR . CA
The moment your fairy tale story truly begins.
Imagine your first kiss as a married couple surrounded by the majestic Canadian Rockies at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs or Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. With a team of dedicated wedding specialists, menus designed by renowned chefs, and stunning ceremony and reception spaces, Fairmont in Banff National Park has everything you need to make your special day a dream come true.
BOOK YOUR COMPLIMENTARY ON-SITE CONSULTATION WITH A SPECIALIST FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS CALL 1 403 762 1788 E-MAIL BSHWEDDINGS@FAIRMONT.COM VISIT FAIRMONT.COM/BANFFSPRINGS FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE CALL 1 403 522 1812 E-MAIL CLL.WEDDINGS@FAIRMONT.COM VISIT FAIRMONT.COM/LAKELOUISE
Photo courtesy of Eric Daigle Photography www.ericdaigle.com
THE ENCHANTED ISSUE
In the newest edition of Luxe by Calgary Bride, we explore the enchanted world of love. Planning for your wedding day is a magical adventure that many people dream about from when they were young! Men and women search for their prince or princess and wish for that moment when they just know they have found the perfect match for them. They want the fairy tale; they want that dream to happen just for them. When it does, it is a magical moment in oneâ€™s life and something to be celebrated and cherished. Your wedding is your opportunity to share your most enchanted wedding creation with your family and friends. What will your wedding storybook have in it? What will you wear? How will you arrive? Where will you have it? Where does the magic come from? The truth is that it comes from within you; your personality, your style, and the way you live your life. Your creative ideas for your wedding mean something. They are evidence of a very exciting love that is to become a lifelong journey with that special someone. Those ideas are the inspiration, the dream, and the love story with which you design your wedding day. If you put your trust and faith in the expert wedding professionals found in these pages and on our website, CalgaryBride.ca, we feel confident that you will be able to write your own wedding day story, a creation of magic that is a unique expression of your love. Take this opportunity to think big, express yourselves, and find out what is possible. Step inside these pages with us... Letâ€™s see what we can write together!
Lynn Fletcher DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS
EDWARD ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY
FEATURES 24 30 37 44 52 58
Couture Friends of Honour Luxe Lingerie Mens Fashion All That Glitters Beauty & the Bride
EDITORIAL 20 26 34 42 48 50 56 65 68 70 72 74 76 80 134 144 148 152 160 165 168 172
Ask the Experts Bridal Fashion Bridal Party Trends Sexy Silhouette For the Men - Trend Report Time Measurement Custom Jewellery Luxe Expert Interview The Case for Video Wedding Photography Wedding Photography Styles Capturing Love Boudoir Photography
178 DESIGN & DECOR
Designing With Light Luxe Featured Destination Luxe Venues Authentic Cuisine
â€‡ 84 | REAL WEDDINGS
182 | DESIGNER SHOOTS
Flowers for Every Season
CONTENTS KRISTI SNEDDON PHOTOGRAPHER
KRISTI SNEDDON PHOTOGRAPHER
Calgary Bride | firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2017 Luxe by Calgary Bride, a division of Calgary Bride. All rights reserved.
DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS Lynn Fletcher
EDITOR IN CHIEF Catherine Larose
ART DIRECTOR Geminesse Johnson
DIGITAL MEDIA DIRECTOR Alix Williams
MARKETING & PR DIRECTOR Jessilyn Forigo
ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS
STYLED SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHERS Alan Maudie Photography Bud Moore Photography Edward Ross Photography - Edward Ross, Leya Russel, Brandie Sunley Hello There Darling Boudoir by Christy D. Swanberg T.H. Jackson Huang / Ikonica Kristi Sneddon Photographer PMG Image Sofia Katherine Photography
CONTRIBUTING VIDEOGRAPHER Parfait Productions
STYLED SHOOT DESIGNERS Cory Christopher Julianne Young Weddings Lynn Fletcher Weddings Inc Mountainscape Weddings
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Alix Williams, Catherine Larose, Jessilyn Forigo
FASHION STYLING Alix Williams, Catherine Larose, Geminesse Johnson, Jessilyn Forigo, Lynn Fletcher
Luxe by Calgary Bride is an annual magazine available through select newsstands and retailers in Alberta. Reproduction in print or online of any part of this publication without the written consent of Calgary Bride is strictly prohibited. All advertisements and editorial are published on the recommendation and endorsement of the contributors, and with the understanding that all permissions have been sanctioned. Calgary Bride does not accept responsibility for quality of service, or printer errors.
Stylecraft | Calgary, Alberta
COVERS Our spring cover was photographed by PMG Image Location: Confederation Park Hair & Makeup: Michelle Suffolk-Walsh Hair & Makeup Bridal Fashion: r o c o c o BRIDES Men's Fashion: Ed Williams Mens Wear Models: Ivonne and Sam Set Design and Florals: Cory Christopher Rentals: Special Event Rentals Lighting: Stardust Event Group Our fall cover which will make its debut in July, was photographed by Edward Ross Photography - Edward Ross, Leya Russel, Brandie Sunley Location: Johnston Canyon Hairstyling: Justin Hammer of Hammer Headz Salon Makeup: Trena Laine Makeup Artist Bridal Fashion: The Bridal Boutique Model: Alex
sept 17 BMO centre
Local Inspiration for the Modern Bride • Fashion Show • Prizes • Gown Sale • 150 Wedding Exhibits •
Experts ASK THE
LIANA ROBBERECHT Executive Chef - WinSport - Winter Sport Institute Robberecht was named Chef of the Year by the Alberta Foodservice Expos and Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice News magazine in 2011, and is a member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. After spending nearly 20 years at the Calgary Petroleum Club in downtown Calgary, Liana Robberecht is now Executive Chef at WinSport. “My personal definition of a fairy tale wedding is when two people are experiencing that moment of commitment - the I do's. Then, sharing that moment with family and friends by expressing themselves with food, drink, and decor. Finding the one person who makes you happy is a luxury. Someone who knows all the little things that make you smile is a luxurious gift that only you can understand.”
JULIANNE YOUNG Wedding Planner - Julianne Young Weddings Julianne Young Weddings is an award winning wedding planning and design company based in Calgary. Julianne Young’s energy and passion is contagious; and her love for her work is shown through her genuine desire to go above and beyond. Her company has been nominated for multiple national awards, and was the winner of the 2015 "Best Wedding Over $75k" at the Canadian Event Industry Awards. “Luxury means something that will stand the test of time. To me, luxury means quality in superior craftsmanship or customization. I like to design with that sense of permanence in mind, timeless artistry that can be appreciated for years to come. I hold significant value to the old adage ‘quality over quantity’, and it tends to transpire in my work, my designs, and my life. True 'luxury' isn't a high price tag or a display of status, to me it's intrinsic and subtle.”
PAUL MCGRATH Photographer - PMG Image Paul McGrath began shooting fashion and weddings sixteen years ago, after twenty years as a professional model. He looks at weddings as a perfectly laid out story that compliments his style, following the moments as they happen. Paul's sensitivity in the moment helps him capture the story as it happens. "Luxury for me is about moments of time...That moment when he sees her for the first time walking down the aisle...That moment when best friends choke up because they can't describe how they feel without losing it... That moment when dad gets to dance with his daughter and hold her close one more time...That moment when they realize everyone is there for them, to serve love and watch two people who love each other get married. Time is our most precious thing in our lives. Every moment we have is a luxury."
CHRISTINA SMITH Accredited Jewellery Professional - Calgary Jewellery Ltd. Christina Smith has been with Calgary Jewellery for the past 6 years. She is an A.J.P. (Accredited Jewellery Professional) With G.I.A. training in Jewellery Essentials, Colored Stone Essentials, and Diamond Essentials. She is also Omega Grand Ambassador and has completed additional timepiece education for brands including Tag Heuer, Breguet, Ulysse Nardin and Breitling. “For Calgary Jewellery luxury is about craftsmanship, excellence and providing an exceptional customer experience. Our knowledgeable associates are happy to give personalized service to all of our clientele.”
CHRISTY D. SWANBERG PHOTOGRAPHY
Do perfect weddings just happen... Only when you hire the right people.
L A L
The CBA has been providing education and support to the wedding industry since 2010. CALGA RY BR I DAL AL L I AN C E . COM
Couture By Catherine Larose
piece of true couture is a textile treasure
judged not only for its style and beauty, but for the quality
with a timeless style. For many women a wedding dress is a
of sewing in its fabrication. A connoisseur of fine couture will
special opportunity to own such a treasure. A couture wedding
recognize a factory stitch or fabric from a mile away.
gown tells a story of romance and luxury and eventually develops a history of its own. Couture gowns are often passed down and worn repeatedly as a result of their enduring beauty, each time a story of adventure and love retold.
In the world of designer fashion, and wedding gowns in particular, fabrics are chosen for more than just aesthetic reasons. They are also chosen according to functionality and the style of the dress. Because the fabric supports the style, fit and structure of
Couture refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing,
the gown, a quality wedding gown will normally use fine quality
while “haute couture”, a French phrase for “high fashion”,
fabrics in their linings, and boning under the top layers of the
implies unparalleled artistry with the fashioning of handmade
bodice for added structure.
garments. Couture designers create exclusive fashion from fine fabrics, delicate embroidery, jewelled details and hand sewing techniques. Through painstaking methods of cutting and fitting to the client's body, the goal of any couture design house is a perfect fit. The manual labour needed to produce a garment this way can take between 100-150 hours for an haute couture suit, and up to 1000 hours for an embellished haute couture wedding dress. Because of the accuracy of the cutting and seam-work, haute couture dresses are designed for one wearer. They are difficult to adjust, and if passed on must be re-fitted to the new wearer or completely disassembled and re-sewn to the new specifications. A couture designer knows that his or her masterpiece will be
The fabrics available to a couture house, or designer, are very luxurious and include the latest novelty fabrics and expensive silks, fine wools, cashmeres, cottons, linens, leather, suede, skins or furs. In the case of a reputable design house, the design and colour of a fabric may be exclusively reserved for that couture house, meaning no one else can produce exactly the same hue. Couture fashion is for the conscious dresser, a person who dresses on purpose, and for whom a hand stitched seam is an intimate connection between the creator and the wearer. Couture is not just for wedding dresses and evening gowns; it is for anyone who sees textiles as art and a vehicle for creative self-expression.
PHOTOGRAPHER: PMG IMAGE BRIDAL FASHION: r o c o c o BRIDES HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP FLORAL CROWN: CORY CHRISTOPHER MODEL: IVONNE
ridal fashion is more exciting and avant garde than ever,
as designers are pushing new limits of what is possible by using new materials and technologies. There is also more flexibility in terms of what constitutes wedding attire; leading designers to consider silhouettes, daring colours and unconventional fabrics in order to reinvent the bridal look for this season. Here are some of the most exciting things we are seeing on the runways for 2017.
2017 BRIDAL FASHION TRENDS DÉCOLLETAGE Designers are encouraging 2017 brides to make bold, skin baring statements for an elegant yet incredibly sexy look. Plunging necklines and décolleté styles were seen in almost every collection on this year’s runway, with scalloped lace and floral appliqué adding to the ultra-feminine look. Deep V-neck styles were seen at almost every presentation, from Marchesa and Oscar de la Renta, to Lela Rose.
OFF THE SHOULDER The off-the-shoulder trend so ubiquitously seen on the ready-to-wear runways has finally made its way into the bridal fashion arena. The feminine, shoulder baring gowns have been seen in both minimal and ornate styles. Fresh takes on this romantic look can be discovered in the designs of J. Mendel, Sachin & Babi, Reem Acra, and Christos.
BEAUTIFUL BOWS Bows come in all sizes and shapes and can be found in the designs of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. Bows add drama to the back of the gown, which is the view guests spend most of the ceremony looking at. An elegantly designed and strategically placed bow can offer a romantic yet not too girly vibe to a classic silhouette.
A, C - PHOTOGRAPHER: BUD MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY BRIDAL FASHION: S2 BRIDE HAIR & MAKEUP: IVONNE ARSENAULT MAKE UP ARTIST MODELS: EVEALEENE (A), NYABUOY (C) B - PHOTOGRAPHER: T.H. JACKSON HUANG / IKONICA BRIDAL FASHION: CAMEO & CUFFLINKS HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP MODEL: ALEXANDRA
D - PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWARD ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY BRIDAL FASHION: THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE HAIR: JUSTIN HAMMER OF HAMMER HEADZ SALON MAKEUP: TRENA LAINE MAKEUP ARTIST MODEL: KATARINA
3D FLORAL ELEMENTS & GEOMETRICS Still popular are soft clusters of 3D appliqué floral elements and oversized embroidery being explored by leading designers like Monique Lhuillier and Elie Saab. Delicate cascading blooms that appear to be just barely attached to tulle gowns are ethereal and feminine.
ILLUSION OVERLAYS & CUT OUTS Sleek and figure flattering bodices with ultra-sheer overlays are at the height of fashion. Translucent fabrics with lavish floral or beaded appliqués are glamorous and sexy, while offering subtle coverage. Cut outs, bare backs and sheer fabrics leave everything to the imagination, but if the fit is perfect, the look is stunning.
BARE BACKS Dresses with elegantly embellished bare looking backs are taking the runways by storm, while enhancing the female silhouette. Your back will be a focal point as you walk down the aisle and during your first dance, showing it off and incorporating detail will intensify the visual impact of your gown. E
COLOUR & PATTERN
Colour prevails in 2017, and brides are becoming more and more daring with their choices. The most popular colour for gowns is rose, although some brides are going as bold as black with white detailing. Watch out for designers who are embracing the colour trend, including: Mira Zwillinger, Romona Keveza, Naeem Khan, Hayley Paige, and Jenny Packham. Geometric prints are one of the most dramatic new trends this year, combined with layers of softly coloured fabrics in hues like blush, silver and lilac.
CONVERTIBLE DRESSES Why have just one look, when you can have two? A convertible dress, or detachable skirt, makes it possible for you to have one look for your ceremony, and another look for your reception or pictures. Detachable skirts make for a seamless outfit change and do away with the hassle of bustling your gown. Jim Hjelm, Monique Lhuillier and Amsale are just a few of the designers who have recently showcased this trend in their collections.
E - PHOTOGRAPHER: ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY BRIDAL FASHION: TAFFETA AND TULLE BRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP MODEL: CRYSTAL F - PHOTOGRAPHER: PMG IMAGE BRIDAL FASHION: r o c o c o BRIDES HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP MODEL: IVONNE
Friends Honour OF
BRIDAL PARTY FASHION By Catherine Larose
The nicest thing you can do for your best friends is make sure they are wearing something they feel confident and beautiful in on your wedding day. Styling your friends in different shades and hues is a great way to celebrate individuality while staying within a cohesive theme. Remember, certain colours look great on people while others are less flattering, so having a little variety within your colour palette is in everyoneâ€™s best interest. Having one bridesmaid, brides-man, or maid of honour in a patterned gown or deeper hue is a trendy statement we will be seeing more of in 2017. Think about the body types and individual styles of your bridesmaids. If you'd like them all to don the same dress, choose a style that will look great on the friend who is the most difficult to fit. If possible, ask everyone in your bridal party to get measured by a professional seamstress or tailor, especially if they can't make it to the store where you're ordering the dresses. Warn them that bridesmaid dresses tend to run on the smaller side, so each girl's usual dress size might not apply.
PHOTOGRAPHER: KRISTI SNEDDON PHOTOGRAPHER BRIDESMAIDS FASHION: CAMEO & CUFFLINKS MEN'S SUIT: ED WILLIAMS MENS WEAR MEN'S TUXEDO: CAMEO & CUFFLINKS VENUE: GLENMORE SAILING CLUB DECOR: FUSION BOLLYWOOD LIGHTING DESIGN: PEZ PRODUCTIONS HAIR STYLING: HAMMER HEADZ SALON MAKEUP ARTISTRY: KYRA MACPHERSON, DOMINIQUE SCOTT, TARA SMITH OF FANCY FANTASY MODELS: ALEXIS, DANUTA, DYLAN, IVONNE, JILL MARIA, MATT, NEVAEH, PEYTON DANCERS: CHRISTINA, JANELLE, KATHERINE, NATALKA, NICOLE, SARAH BELLA
The time of day plays a big role in the style of dress that is most appropriate, and the fabric dictates how formal the dress is. Comfort is still a priority, so choose quality over cost when it comes to linings, fit and fabrics. The same goes for shoes; if it is not in the budget to buy quality shoes for your ladies in waiting, then the humane thing to do is to let them bring their own, in a colour of your choosing. Metallics are a great option if black or nude wonâ€™t do. It is important to start looking for your bridesmaid dresses about six months before your wedding day, but be sure to pick your own wedding gown before beginning the search. Your gown and their dresses should coordinate, but they don't have to match exactly. You will need to arrange some fittings with the boutique, and allow time for ordering and shipping. Keep in mind, it can take up to three months for dresses to arrive, and you can expect to wait about four to six weeks for alterations, if they are needed.
MODELS : JILL MARIA (LEFT PAGE), NICOLE (THIS PAGE)
BRIDAL PARTY TRENDS
oday's bridal party fashions are as unique and individual
as the friends who are wearing them. Friendships are celebrated in a combination of colours, unified by the style choices emanating from the bride. Trends toward mismatching ensembles continues to grow, with some brides opting to work with as many as two to five different shades in their wedding palette. However, there are still plenty of options for those who prefer more consistency to their bridal party’s overall look. From the overarching trend of intricate geometric lace and artistic embroideries, to fluted hems and innovative sleeve shapes, the runways in New York City are inspiring bridal party’s fashions worldwide.
DESIGNER Designers often have distinct “lines”, fabrics, and embellishments that help unify their signature look. Even if you choose different styles, having the same designer will do most of the work for you in creating a cohesive collection.
JUNIOR BRIDESMAIDS & JUNIOR GROOMSMEN
If you can’t decide on one color, why not have three? The trick is
For the youngest member of your bridal party, this is a momentous
in the intensity. Keeping the intensity the same will unify your look,
day too. He or she is watching every move you and your friends
while allowing you to utilize as many colors as you like.
make on this fairy tale adventure. They are learning about what it
TONE VS. SHADE Dressing your friends in various shades and colours that are within the same tone is a great way to celebrate individuality while staying within a cohesive theme.
STYLE VS. DETAIL
means to become a bride or groom, and their visions of their own fairy tale wedding will start to develop in their imaginations. They are learning about personal style, and fashion from you. It’s important to choose a style and fabric that are both comfortable and trendy, as well as age appropriate. If you want to encourage lots of smiles, make sure they are wearing something they like. Avoid synthetic fabrics, and bring on the sparkles crystals and flower petals!
If the dresses are all different styles and colors, find a way to incorporate the same detailing. Details can often be added after the dress is made. Similar dress details have the ability to tie very different looks together. This is the opposite approach to the option above. If you wish to have all the same style and colour of dress, and are looking for a way to capture the individual personality of your bridesmaids, try mixing up the details.
PHOTOGRAPHER: KRISTI SNEDDON PHOTOGRAPHER FLOWER GIRL'S FASHION: CAMEO & CUFFLINKS HAIR ACCESSORIES: LIA GOLEMBA, PINK SPOT STUDIOS MODELS: (FROM TOP) MATTEA, NEVAEH, PEYTON OPPOSITE PAGE MODELS: (FROM TOP LEFT) ALEXIS, JANELLE, DANUTA
THE COST FACTOR Designer patterns generally cost more because they are more difficult to construct and take more time to create. An expertly designed pattern will include time consuming techniques like pleating and hand-tucking. After a series of revisions and critiques, often these dresses are fitted on a model and debuted on a runway before going into production. All fabrics are not created equal, and quality materials cost more. Chiffon, for example, can be made from either polyester or silk. The same goes for tulle and lace, some variations will be pricier depending on quality, and how and where it was constructed. Depending on the designer, some dresses are made to order. This means that the dress is literally made to your measurements similar to a tailored suit. They are all sewn at the same time, and the fabric is all cut from the same dye lot for an identical colour.
L ingerie LUXE
Lingerie might be a luxury that’s often hidden, but it’s far from invisible. Quality lingerie imbues the wearer with confidence, and the invigorating sense of holding a beautiful secret. When it comes to bridal lingerie, the emboldening power of perfectly chosen undergarments cannot be overstated. Not only will your wedding day lingerie improve the appearance of that perfect dress, but it will hug your body through some of the most heart-pounding moments of your life. And when it comes time for your “ little secret” to be revealed, you’ll feel gorgeous in garments that accentuate your every curve. That’s the magic of a little linen and lace, and a lot of attention to detail.
PHOTOGRAPHER: HELLO THERE DARLING BOUDOIR BY CHRISTY D. SWANBERG PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: CHERRY CREEK ESTATE LINGERIE FASHION: KNICKERS 'N LACE LEGGINGS: THREEWAY CLOTHING HAIR STYLING: HAMMER HEADZ SALON MAKEUP ARTISTRY: TRENA LAINE MAKEUP ARTIST MODELS: ALEX, ITTIA, KATARINA, MILLIE
North By Jessilyn Forigo
Our Canadian climate often dips into the realm of icy but that’s no reason you can’t heat things up by embracing underpinnings that beg to be cozied up to. For a decidedly northern twist, pair delicate lace and ribbon with chunky knits or luxurious faux furs for a look that’s soft, sensual and full of playful contrast. Play with winter whites and autumn berry shades, or embrace the soft chill of spring in blushes and creams. It’s a rare time of year in this hemisphere where a chilly moment can’t be found just begging to be warmed up. There’s no need to sacrifice comfort when lounging by the fire or cuddling in the cabin; properly chosen lingerie should fit like a second skin, complementing and caressing your body, not contorting it. The key is in finding the right fit, and professionals with decades of experience know just how to help you achieve it. Fine lingerie shops specialize in knowing about precise measurement, fabrics and cut to ensure the absolute most effective and appropriate lingerie for your body. It’s not just about pretty prints or bejeweled distractions, but rather quality and effortless luxury. The same is true for lingerie that you don’t plan to show off. Foundational lingerie, like bustiers, backless brassieres, waist trainers and fitted slips are the most effective way to subtly improve the way your dream wedding dress, rehearsal dinner romper or honeymoon cocktail attire hug your figure. Foundational garments provide just the right amount of support and structure to let your garments glide effortlessly over your angles and curves and come in styles to suit even the most challenging garments from sleeveless to backless and even sheer. Today’s lingerie is all about the details and providing a wide range of choice to suit every wearer. From a wealth of visual options like a subtle monochromatic pattern or lace that’s feminine yet edgy, in cuts that range from full coverage to barely- there, and in the precise quality of the fabric, sumptuous silks and butter-soft blends that just beg to be worn (and touched), there’s the perfect piece to satiate anyone’s lingerie lust. What could be hotter than that?
Bridal shape wear is specially designed to create the classic hourglass shape that is cherished by men and women everywhere. Today there is a wide variety of under-gown lingerie designed to shrink your waist, lift your bottom, and enhance your bust, all the while providing comfort and confidence. Knickers Nâ€™ Lace offers a variety of wedding shape wear, lingerie, corsets, high-waist shorts, and shapers for wearing under your wedding dress. PHOTOGRAPHER: T.H. JACKSON HUANG / IKONICA SHAPEWEAR: KNICKERS 'N LACE HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP DIAMOND AND RUBY NECKLACE: CALGARY JEWELLERY MODEL: ALEXANDRA
MEN'S FASHION By Catherine Larose
PHOTOGRAPHER: T.H. JACKSON HUANG / IKONICA VENUE: FAIRMONT PALLISER SET DESIGN: LYNN FLETCHER WEDDINGS, FaBLOOMosity MEN'S FASHION; ED WILLIAMS MENS WEAR BRIDAL FASHION: CAMEO & CUFFLINKS BROOCHES: A VINTAGE AFFAIR TIMEPIECES: CALGARY JEWELLERY LIGHTING: STARDUST EVENT GROUP HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP MODELS: ALEXANDRA, ALVARO, LEO, TRAVIS, DYLAN
A wedding is a rare celebration in which you can pull out all the sartorial stops. While there are still some sensible rules for a proper fit in play, men now have license to express their personal style in more ways than ever before. Keep in mind, the objective is neither to look like you are in costume, or on your way to a job interview. Instead, you want to feel like the most confident, respectful, jubilant version of yourself. Long considered the most essential item in a manâ€™s wardrobe, a well-made suit has been a staple in masculine dress for the better part of a century. If chosen wisely, the suit a man wears to his wedding could become the most worn item he will ever own. Regardless of whether you choose an off-the-rack suit, or a made to measure suit, you will need to begin your search six months in advance of your wedding date. An off-the-rack suit is typically purchased and then tailored in store by a team of expert tailors over the course of several weeks. Most grooms typically require two fittings, whether it is off the rack or custom, and this may take some additional time. A made-to-measure suit is built to a manâ€™s exact body measurements. In this case, a custom pattern is created and there is an ocean of possibilities when it comes to fabrics, cuts, embellishments, and fine details. It will typically take two to three months to be constructed at the factory and shipped to the store of your choice. For many grooms, the difference between a rented suit and a purchased suit can not only be seen, but also felt, and this is obvious by the confidence they exude while wearing it. Remember, if it is comfortable and well made, the suit a man wears to his wedding can last him 10 or more years, and will likely need only slight alterations from time to time.
Formal dressing is entirely about confidence and elegance.
“Black tie” is dress code for social functions that typically start
With suits and tuxedos alike, a perfect fit is your top priority.
after 7pm, and it basically translates into “this party is really fancy
Everything else comes after. When trying to achieve a
so men should wear tuxedos.” It does not require that men wear
sophisticated look your best bet is to go by the book and
a black tuxedo and a black tie to the party. In fact, any colour is
follow the hard and fast rules of men’s formal dress.
acceptable as long as attire is formal, well fitted and appropriate
1. Always button the top, sometimes the middle, but
for the event. The midnight blue tux, for example, is imaginative
never the bottom button on your jacket.
and exudes a subtle confidence, yet it is dressy enough for the most formal of occasions.
2. It looks best when there is only about ¼ inch of your shirt cuff showing when your arms are relaxed by your sides.
3. The bottom of your jacket should touch your thigh one inch above your knuckles when your hands and arms are at rest by your sides.
4. Typically, a pant leg will only have a slight break, if
DINNER JACKETS When choosing a dinner jacket, bear in mind that it’s the small details that make all the difference. The facing material on the lapels should match the braiding on the trousers, and ideally even the button fabric.
any, with the hem hitting the shoe-lace.
A velvet dinner jacket can look really cool, as long as it fits really
5. The seam on a well fitting jacket ends where his
well, and as long as it is real velvet. Velvet has a smoking jacket
shoulder does. If it’s too tight there will be a bump in the seam. If it’s too loose it will sink into his arm.
feel, and a lot of men like it for its vintage appeal. If you do choose to wear one, you should wear smart black trousers. Do not wear a suit made entirely of velvet.
LAPELS Lapels are all about proportions, so considering your body type is an important factor in choosing the right lapel for you. For example, if you have a slim physique, a slim lapel will likely be more flattering. Peak lapels are the most formal and fashion forward of the lapels, and were originally common in formal wear garments such as tailcoats and morning coats. Ironically, they have also been around for more than a century. It looks a bit more special than the other lapels, and it draws the eyes out to the shoulders, accentuating the V-shape you want from a well-fitting suit. It is also the most expensive lapel to manufacture, because it requires the most amount of skill to sew. The notch lapel is the most common lapel due to the fact that it’s the most versatile of the three. It is most often found in singlebreasted suit jackets, blazers and sports coats. The “notch” is the opening where the bottom of the collar meets the top of the lapel, usually at a 75 to 90 degree angle. If you only own one suit, this is the lapel type to go with. Characterized by a rounded edge, the shawl lapel is most common on dinner jackets and tuxedos. While you will rarely PHOTOGRAPHER: T.H. JACKSON HUANG / IKONICA TIMEPIECE: CALGARY JEWELLERY MEN'S FASHION: ED WILLIAMS MENS WEAR BROOCH: A VINTAGE AFFAIR
see a shawl collar on anything other than a tuxedo or smoking jacket, many style enthusiasts will argue that the shawl lapel can be more of an informal variation of evening wear.
PHOTOGRAPHER: ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY MEN'S FASHION & ACCESSORIES: ED WILLIAMS MENS WEAR MODEL: VICTOR LUXE 2017
FOR THE MEN TREND REPORT By Alix Williams
Men's fashion is heading into a fearless time when popular fabrics, patterns, and cuts are anything but timid. Blues, burgundies, teals, and mustards are continuing to add depth to menâ€™s fashion colour palettes as these hues are moving from accent tones into the spotlight. Choices that may have seemed a little too adventurous are now becoming mainstream as business attire begins to adopt these trends, meaning a bold suit can be worn down the aisle and into the office for repeated wear. LGBTQ couples are influencing men's fashion trends as gender becomes more fluid and tailoring practices become more suited to specific body types as opposed to traditional cuts and shapes.
COBALT BLUE Shark gray and navy have had their hour, and cobalt blue is taking over for 2017. Fashion-forward guys are wearing three-piece cobalt blue suits in fine wool fabrics, which have the added benefit of extended wear and durability. This electric hue can be a bit much for some men, so pairing a cobalt sports coat with a pair of burgundy or khaki pants is an easy way to incorporate the trend and test the waters.
LARGE CHECKS A traditional sporting fabric from the United Kingdom, large checkered fabrics have made their way down the runway and onto the aisle. 2017 will bring patterned fabrics with high contrast colour combinations of cobalt blue, burgundy, aubergine and emerald green. For a low contrast version of the look, look for tonal fabrics that pair browns, creams, taupes and grays.
HIGH COLLARS High collars are a trend we're seeing professional athletes adopt for their
game day attire. Dress shirts are worn buttoned all the way up to the top, and many men are opting to forgo neckwear, allowing them to show off their tab or eyelet style collars. Mandarin collars are making a resurgence as the no-neckwear trend gains momentum.
A - PHOTOGRAPHER: ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY MEN'S FASHION & ACCESSORIES: ED WILLIAMS MENS WEAR MODEL: VICTOR B - PHOTOGRAPHER: T.H. JACKSON HUANG / IKONICA MEN'S FASHION: ED WILLIAMS MENS WEAR TIMEPIECE: CALGARY JEWELLERY HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP MODEL: SAM
TIME MEASUREMENT By Catherine Larose
watch is widely considered to be the most
important, and sometimes the only, accessory men prize. The art of Swiss watch making is still extremely respected in the watch industry, and Calgary Jewellery is highly regarded and well known for their vast selection of quality Swiss made timepieces. Designer brands like Breguet, Blancpain, Zenith, and Ulysse Nardin are well known for their exceptional attention to detail, complications, and overall craftsmanship. “Calgary Jewellery is an authorized retailer for 21 brands of timepieces with a range of price points. Many of our luxury brands are exclusive and known for their precision, complications, opulence and use of precious materials and diamonds,” says Christina Smith of Calgary Jewellery. Each timepiece is hand assembled by master watchmakers in Switzerland. According to Calgary Jewellery Marketing Director, Abby Dickinson, there are three important things to consider when buying a watch, these are: quality, functionality and style. Timepieces are accessories that are valued far beyond their aesthetic appeal. Functionality can be simple, such as: a date function, luminescent hands or a scratch resistant glass. It can also be much more complicated with the inclusion of chronographs, extreme water resistance, GPS, or even have a heart rate monitor. Some watches incorporating GPS receivers use them not only to determine position; they also receive and use time signals from satellites making them perfectly accurate timekeepers over long periods of time. For those who take it seriously, a man’s timepiece often becomes part of his identity; it is a symbol that represents his values and lifestyle. It’s a common belief that the watch a man wears speaks volumes about his character. As Actor Tamer Hassan once said, “I always judge a man by his shoes and his watch.” This is a sentiment based on an old adage that still rings truth for many people.
IMAGES COURTESY OF CALGARY JEWELLERY
ALL THAT GLITTERS…
By Catherine Larose
oloured gemstones have intriguing stories attached, and if chosen wisely can be even
more valuable than a traditional diamond. When searching for the ideal gemstones for your bridal ensemble consider their intrinsic value, unique properties and durability. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and show some variety in materials, and by all means make a statement. Precious metal combinations such as white, rose and yellow gold are very in vogue, as are stacking rings, and layering gold chains. Bold statement pieces are completing today’s high fashion bridal look. As a rule of thumb, always ask a jewellery professional, or the stylists at your chosen bridal shop, for their expert opinion on your jewellery and accessories. Today, many grooms are opting for non-diamond options to engagement rings. Colourful gems such as sapphires, rubies, and yellow or pink diamonds are unexpected and exciting choices for an engagement ring with interesting properties. It is always worthwhile to ask a jewellery professional if there is anything unique, spectacular or rare in their collection. We asked Calgary Jewellery what distinctive gemstones hid in their collection that might inspire a couple looking for something unique. “One of the lesser known gemstones, Morganite, is romantic and warm with a peach-pink glow. It compliments many skin tones, and looks especially lovely when set in rose gold.” says Christina Smith of Calgary Jewellery. In addition, mixing precious metals and alternative materials into the same design has become a popular design trend. “Black cobalt, tungsten, and titanium are some alternative metals that offer great affordability, although precious metals such as gold and platinum are still the most popular for quality, value, and tradition. Alternative metals can also be used as style accents in precious metal bands.” says Christina.
PHOTOGRAPHER: BUD MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY JEWELLERY: CALGARY JEWELLERY NECKLACE: 18K YELLOW GOLD, DIAMONDS RING: 18K YELLOW GOLD, DIAMONDS, AMETHYST HAIR & MAKEUP: IVONNE ARSENAULT MAKE UP ARTIST LINGERIE: KNICKERS 'N LACE MODELS: EVEALEENE, NYABUOY
Jewellery is an art form like any other, yet it has always held an intrinsic value that makes it unique. In the past, the importance of a piece of jewellery has been proportionate to its market value, rarity and origin. Contemporary jewellery, by contrast, is valued for the statement it makes about its designer or wearer. Statement jewellery today speaks to a wearer’s sense of self, rather than to the standard definition of what is prized at the time. A new category of accessories has thus been born, where the artistic quality and design are more important than its intrinsic value.
DIAMONDS They say a diamond is a girl’s best friend, but why? Perhaps it is because they are so dependable, incredibly strong, and exploding with colour and light. All are qualities that can be applied to the relationships we celebrate. Diamonds occur in a variety of colours: grey, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink, purple, brown, and black. Coloured diamonds contain impurities or structural defects that cause the coloration, whilst pure diamonds are perfectly transparent and colourless. They are scientifically classed into two main types and several subtypes, according to the nature of impurities present and how these impurities affect light absorption. Why are diamonds so shiny? The secret to a diamonds sparkle is refraction, and total internal reflection. The refractive index of diamond is pretty high at 2.417, and is also dispersive with a coefficient of 0.044. A 10 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness, diamonds are the ideal choice for durability. A diamond is a three dimensional arrangement of carbon atoms linked to each other by strong covalent bonds. It is also one of the allotropes of carbon; graphite, and charcoal are the other two. This makes diamond one of the hardest materials on Earth. Fancy diamonds are valued using different criteria than those used for regular diamonds. The more intensely coloured a diamond is, the more valuable it becomes. Another factor that affects the value of fancy-colored diamonds is fashion trends. For example, pink diamonds fetched much higher prices after Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Lopez with a 6.1 carat pink diamond from Harry Winston in 2002, worth 1.2 million dollars. It’s probably not that difficult to be BFF’s with 1.2 million dollars.
JEWELLERY: CALGARY JEWELLERY OPPOSITE PAGE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT EARRINGS: 18K YELLOW GOLD AND PAVE DIAMONDS LOCKETS: 18K YELLOW GOLD AND PAVE DIAMONDS, MOTHER OF PEARL DESIGNS BY BERNARD RING – CUSHION-CUT CENTRE DIAMOND WITH ROUND BRILLIANT DIAMOND HALO AND SHOULDER STONES CARLEX SPORT COLLECTION RING – 18K WHITE GOLD WITH BLACK COLBALT HULCHI BELLUNI BRACELETS: 18K YELLOW, WHITE AND ROSE GOLD, DIAMONDS PANTHER RING: 18K YELLOW GOLD, PAVE DIAMONDS
PEARLS From the innermost part of an ordinary oyster, a tiny secretion of calcium carbonate grows and hopefully forms into a perfectly cylindrical and dynamic-coloured pearl. It can take two to five years to create this completely organic south sea gemstone. Unlike a diamond, which relies on cutting and polishing to create a faceted gem, pearls are simply rinsed in fresh water to reveal their beauty. Throughout much of recoded history, a natural pearl necklace comprised of matched spheres was a treasure of almost incomparable value. Its shimmering lustre and iridescent glow have made pearls the most sought after gemstone in the world. A timeless testament to feminine refinement and elegance, pearls are now affordable enough for all to cherish and own.
AMETHYST Amethyst is a violet coloured, semi-precious gemstone which occurs in hues ranging from light pink to deep purple. It is one of several forms of quartz. The best varieties of amethyst can be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the Far East. Its name derives from the Greek "amethystos", which means "not drunken", as Amethyst in antiquity was thought to ward off drunkenness. Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohâ€™s scale of hardness, making it a beautiful choice for jewellery, and is often heat treated to either deepen the colour or to transform it into Citrine. Custom made jewellery creations like this amethyst and genuine pearl necklace designed by EV Stenroos make a beautiful and meaningful gift, and will inevitably become a family heirloom.
PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWARD ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY JEWELLERY: EV STENROOS RING IMAGES COURTESY OF EV STENROOS BRIDAL FASHION: THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE HAIR STYLING: JUSTIN HAMMER OF HAMMER HEADZ SALON MAKEUP ARTISTRY: TRENA LAINE MAKEUP ARTIST MODEL: KATARINA
& THE BRIDE
uxe brides often approach their style with a vision that
invokes bold statements and trend setting twists on classic looks. While your wedding gown provides the framework for the style of your wedding day, the details of your hair and makeup are what add definition and unity to your bridal aesthetic. For 2017, luxe brides are changing their approach and challenging traditional ideas of beauty and femininity. From the bare faced no-makeup look that celebrities are bringing to red carpets, to the highly contoured and dramatic full faces of makeup we see on Instagram trendsetters, modern brides are embracing 360 degrees of glamour.
PHOTOGRAPHER: SOFIA KATHERINE PHOTOGRAPHY MAKEUP ARTISTRY: JAIMIE RANKIN LIGHTING DESIGN: ADAM ZIORIO MODELS: NUMA MODEL MANAGEMENT A - MADISON, B - TALISE, C - CHELSEA, D - NETANIA
beauty wedding fashion lifestyle retail & makeup line
JESSICA CATHERIN FOTO
Intervieww LUXE EXPERT
By Alix Williams
LUXE BEAUTY SUGGESTIONS
1. LASH EXTENSIONS
TRENA LAINE MAKEUP ARTIST Trena Olfert is an award-winning makeup artist and proud member of Calgary Bridal Alliance and the Wedding Industry Experts. Trena Laine
These are perfect for your wedding and honeymoon.
2. SPRAY TANS
Makeup Artist supports both the fashion and wedding industry, and
See a professional spray-tan tech,
their team of artists work closely with local and well-known professional
who can adjust the tan for you.
wedding planners and photographers. They are the Runway Lead Makeup Artist team for both Wedding Fair Calgary and Bridal Expo Calgary.
What luxury makeup trends are 2017 brides interested in trying?
3. THREADING FOR BROWS Not only for shape, but for peach fuzz too.
Trena: “Everywhere you look, brows are back! From those who never
Non-aggressive treatments, think
tweeze, thread or wax (let alone fill in with shadow or pencil) to those
hydrating and firming.
who are precise and fill in their brows every day, more and more clients have caught onto #browsonfleek. Contouring, highlighting, and lash fills are all luxe trends that never go away. It's amazing to see how social media has inspired our clients and has made our jobs somewhat easier. However, as professionals, we're trained to know what looks best on certain face shapes, tones, eye shapes, etc. Trends are cool, but at the end of the day personal style is where it's at.”
What colours will be trending in makeup for 2017? Trena: “Our brides are leaning towards feeling glamorous but not wanting to look over done. When we think of the classic bride, we
5. DETOX BODY SWEAT WRAPS These help with cellulite, and achieving a natural glowing appearance.
6. MANICURE AND PEDICURE Say no more.
7. HAIR COLOUR Colour should be done several weeks
think of earth tones in matte, muted shades of creams, browns and the
before your big day, and make sure to
perfect black liner and lashes. A look that pairs beautifully with an up-
use deep conditioners religiously.
do. For someone who wants a softer, more blended feel, incorporating champagnes, golds or bronzes gives an “indie-boho” glow that looks so
8. TRIAL RUN
beautiful with undone hair, braids, and textured styles. Lipstick is always
Test out your deodorant and body
a conversation with brides, as colour can depend on how much lipstick
sprays beforehand to test its endurance,
maintenance the bride is willing to do. We have worked with several brides that start the day with a nude shade and then switch up to a bold
to avoid staining or an allergic reaction.
poppy lip, like plums, reds and tangerines.”
Intervieww LUXE EXPERT
MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST What kind of hair trends can we look forward to this coming year? Michelle: “2017 will see low ponytails that will look sharp and glossy. Braids will be soft and loose, worn down with waves or curls and accessorized with fresh flowers, ribbons and sparkly accessories. The “boho look” is relaxed with loose curls, plaits and fresh floral headpieces that give a modern look but still look timeless. Flower crowns are making a huge comeback, some big yet some more soft and dainty.”
What is in your “Bridal Survival Kit”? Michelle: “I always tell brides to make sure they pack a compact powder for any face touch ups through the day when needed (I recommend the M.A.C blot powder or care blend), a lipstick/gloss for those photo moments (M.A.C Satin Lipstick tends to stay on and their a semi matt version that is not as drying. I love the colours “Twig” or “Brave” for a bride), and a small perfume for a little refresh. My favourite hairspray is “Got To Be Glued” as it’s a lifesaver and keeps hair in place. I only suggest this for when the hair is down with curls as it's keeps them from dropping to much.”
PHOTOGRAPHER: T.H. JACKSON HUANG / IKONICA BRIDAL FASHION: CAMEO & CUFFLINKS DIAMOND AND RUBY EARRINGS: CALGARY JEWELLERY HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP MODEL: ALEXANDRA
Video THE CASE FOR
STARRING: IXCHEL FERNANDEZ & JUSTIN ARADI OF PARFAIT PRODUCTIONS By Catherine Larose Video’s capture so many dimensions of life, including those that are not visual, like the sound of a loved one’s voice. While photography is critical for capturing moments, a wedding video can preserve a piece of time. The two formats work symbiotically, and together they provide complete documentation of your most memorable and precious day, including: laughter, dancing, conversation and music, to name only a few. You’ve heard it before, that some couples regret not having video captured at their wedding. But why has video become so indispensable? For one thing, having a video means you can share your wedding day with family members from other countries who can’t make it for the day itself. But even more so, it is for you, so that you can see your entire wedding day from the perspective of your guests. Imagine seeing the smiles and mannerisms of your bridesmaids as they walk down the aisle to the song you chose for them, not to mention your groom. A video makes it possible for you to enjoy every moment of your wedding, including the ones that you could not see with your own eyes, like your cocktail reception while you are out having your pictures taken. All of your meticulously planned details will come to life for mere hours, if you have video to compliment your photography you can rest assured that you will be able to re-live every minute of it. “Taking it all in, really listening, and being present is what it’s all about. We want our clients guests and family to be present and in the moment, and not worried about their IPad and if it’s working, or if they forgot their camera for the day. We want them to really take in those precious moments, because really, we don’t know when our last moments will be.” – Ixchel Fernandez-Aradi, Cinematographer
ustin Aradi and Ixchel Fernandez-Aradi, of Parfait Productions, are a husband and
wife team of highly experienced cinematographers. Together they have over one hundred weddings under their belt, and their wedding films are highly sought after. They were voted by the Wedding Industry Expert Awards as #1 in Alberta (2014 and 2015), and named “best cinematographers in the world” by Junebug Weddings. Our Editor-In-Chief, Catherine Larose, asked them a few questions about how they got started, and where their passion and dedication to this art form comes from.
How did you both get started producing wedding videos? Justin: “I have always worked in video production, but I shot sports primarily. I started out just shooting skateboarding and snowboarding, and then after a while as we got better and better it got so we were shooting our own sponsor tapes. As I was shooting my friends I noticed it was something I enjoyed doing, being behind the camera. That kind of progressed, I went to SAIT for it, I started shooting for TSN, shot for the Flames and stuff like that. Then I had a friend call me up one day and say that she really needed a videographer for her wedding, and someone dropped out last minute and she would really appreciate me doing it. I warned her I had never done it before, but it was something I was
"By getting to know our clients, we know what parts are most important to them. Combining that with moments they did not know were being captured make the perfect feature!"
What is a Highlight Film or Trailer? Ixchel: “They are usually approximately 3-5 minutes in length, the highlight film or trailer is considered an upgrade. This is a compliment to the feature film, and it focusses on one particular element. They are suitable for on line sharing. It’s a little thing that will give your friends and co-workers a little taste of the day, however the feature film is where we really develop it.”
How many cameras do you require for weddings?
interested in because it’s still a live event, and you still have only
Ixchel: “Two to four, depending on the situation. Having up to
one chance to capture a moment. It is kind of like shooting sports,
4 cameras on site means that nothing escapes their lenses. In
but it really meant something to somebody. So I offered to do her
smaller spaces, or while the couple is getting ready, they carry
wedding, and after that day I figured that’s exactly what I wanted
one camera each, and we shoot separately during those times.
to do, weddings. So I shot the first one with some people I had worked with before in television, and I shot the second one with Ixchel, and things just kind of blossomed from there.”
Those four cameras during the ceremony and reception, we find, are usually a benefit to the photographer because the photographer never has to feel like they are in the way. There is
Ixchel: “There was always something missing in my previous
always another option, another angle, for us to cut to. We want the
career. I was always hoping to find a job where I could express
photographer to achieve everything and more that they promised
myself creatively, and where spontaneous things would happen.
to that client and never feel like video is in the way.”
When we met I was always saying “I want a job where I’m able to connect with people, and get to know them, and do something meaningful. And I didn’t really know what that was for a long time, until I shot my first wedding with Justin. Justin had filmed one wedding before I joined him in the company.
Can you provide an example of a time when you felt that your work was profoundly meaningful? Ixchel: “This summer we had many couples who experienced the loss of a loved one. We had the honour of filming a wedding
What is a Feature Film?
ceremony at the hospital's chapel for a recent couple. It was
Ixchel: “Our feature film tells the story of your whole day, they are
mother. However, going into the day, we knew we had to separate
a minimum length of 12 minutes. We are able to create a story
our emotions to be able to capture these moments professionally.
line from all of the speeches and interviews. We look at everything
Being able to provide our couple's with professionally captured
from getting ready, your first look, the ceremony, cocktail hour, the
video and audio of their loved ones is very special. We know this
portrait session, photographer, special mementos and heirlooms
means a lot to our couples.”
heartbreaking knowing that these were the last days of this bride's
that have been integrated into the day, as well as guests mingling.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY By Catherine Larose
hotographers are storytellers and artists, and their visions and styles vary.
They are hired to tell the story of your love and union in pictures, so having a talented photographer who is fully invested in capturing that story is the ultimate goal. Great wedding photographers take the time to really get to know the couples they work with, and what their priorities are, and will often recommend an engagement shoot as part of their wedding package for this reason. Being comfortable and familiar with your photographers shooting style is key, so that on your wedding day there is less distracting communication between you, and more action. Professional wedding photographers take great pride and care in their printing process. Many modern photographers use professional labs that produce amazing results, however there are still those who prefer printing in-house to maintain tighter control over print quality and other aspects of printing like color calibration. During processing each image will need to be reviewed, repositioned and potentially enhanced or retouched. Since your wedding pictures are a cherished keepsake that will be passed down through generations, this time-consuming attention to detail is often what separates good photographers from the great ones. Keep in mind that photographers are artists, and the visions and styles of artists vary. Consider the style that would best reflect your unique personalities. Expressing your expectations and comparing your goals, while reviewing the portfolios of your potential photographers will help you find the best fit.
â€œA great photograph should evoke a feeling in everyone who looks at it. They should be able to feel what it was like the moment it was taken without having even been there. You can have great composition and perfect lighting and clothes but if it is missing emotion...it's missing everything. I always look at the eyes, the camera sees people's eyes like nothing else.â€? - Paul McGrath, PMG Image
PHOTOGRAPHER: SOFIA KATHERINE PHOTOGRAPHY
edding photography is a fast-paced and high-stress form of photography that offers very few second
chances; if a shot is missed a photographer does not get to rebuild the scene and try again. For this reason, diligence in researching a reputable wedding photographer is an essential part of the wedding planning process. There are many kinds of photographers: event photographers, wedding photographers, travel photographers, fine art photographers, and the list goes on. Photography within these divisions requires different skill sets, processes, and job details. Most wedding photographers possess a combination of many of these skills and will apply them to your photos, it’s important to see examples of your photographers work and style in advance of hiring them. Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you can make.
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY Fine art photography is aesthetic, and is distinguished from scientific, commercial, or journalistic photography because it is aimed at something more than a mere realistic rendering of the subject. Dr S. D. Jouhar, Chairman of the Photographic Fine Art Association, defined “fine art” as “creating images that evoke emotion by a photographic process in which one's mind and imagination are freely but competently exercised.” Fine art photography attempts to convey a personal impression that stands in contrast to representational photography, such as photojournalism. Fine art photography is done to express and share the photographer’s perceptions and emotions. It often represents the subjective intent of the photographer, and is designed to fulfill his or her creative vision.
DOCUMENTARY VS. PHOTOJOURNALISM Both photojournalism and documentary photography concern themselves with “who”, “where”, “when” and occasionally “how”. In other words, they bring the separate disciplines of portrait photography and landscape photography together. They ask us to look at place, time and subject; however it is here that they part company.
PHOTOJOURNALISM Photojournalism is distinct from documentary photography. Although both styles involve taking photographs which are objective, honest and informative, Photojournalism involves capturing specific events, while documentary photography focuses on ongoing situations. Good photojournalists are cognizant that in shooting an event they are upholding a level of public trust that should not be violated. Therefore, images should be accurate, timely and visually stimulating, so that they help viewers identify with the news story being told. Photojournalism is widely considered to be an “immediate” style of photography; designed for quick consumption and short-term audience involvement. For example, images that populate newspapers and celebrity magazines are considered photojournalistic.
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY Documentary photography identifies place, space, people and time, however unlike photojournalism it asks us to also consider the relationship between them. This type of photography generally has a longer life, and finds PMG IMAGE
itself in magazines like National Geographic. Documentary photography asks us to stop and consider what is happening, and therefore demands more of our time and intellectual engagement.
ngagement sessions are professional photography
sessions that take place some time prior to your wedding day. Often the photos are used in save the date cards or even thank you notes. Ideally, your engagement photographer will be the same as your wedding photographer. The most important thing to remember is that you should feel perfectly at ease in their presence, as this is what ultimately makes great pictures. The pro’s know this better than anyone and they will do their very best to make you feel as comfortable as possible. “Engagement sessions are great. Number one, you get to know the bride and groom prior to the wedding by getting in their heads. Also, it is good to see how comfortable they are in front of my camera. If they are not ... I just put down the camera and visit until they are more relaxed and can put their "A" game face on! It works both ways, they usually leave feeling good, knowing that I have a laid back approach and they will have fun on their wedding day.” – Bud Moore, Photographer
ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY
SOFIA KATHERINE PHOTOGRAPHY
EDWARD ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY
KRISTI SNEDDON PHOTOGRAPHER
Boudoir PHOTOGRAPHY By Catherine Larose
The goal of a boudoir session is to make a woman feel confident,
it is not always appropriate to ask your photographer what lingerie to
beautiful, while capturing her sensuality and spirit. A professional
wear, so try to make these decisions in advance as much as possible.
boudoir photographer should be able to photograph a woman
Having someone dedicated to all your details to ensure perfect skin
beautifully and with ease. They should also make their subject feel
and hair is an essential part of a professional looking photo shoot.
completely comfortable and safe.
Some boudoir photographers will also include a separate engagement
Not every wedding photographer does boudoir. A great boudoir
photography session as an opportunity to get to know each other
photographer has the ability to adjust their practices and coach their
and become more comfortable working together. Photographers like
subject to bring out a woman’s best qualities. After all, every woman
Christy D. Swanberg of Hello There Darling Boudoir offer a variety of
has a different comfort level, and a different idea of what “sexy” means
customized photography experiences, including full day sessions with
gifts and a hotel room included.
It’s important to do some research and find some inspiration for
Creativity is an important aspect of boudoir photography, and so are
what you want to do before your scheduled shoot. When looking for
testimonials, but ultimately, the proof is in the portfolio and personality.
inspiration, create a mood board, such as one on Pinterest, and share
Be sure to do your research in advance to find the right boudoir
your inspiration with the photographer in advance. This will help them
photographer for you.
prepare to capture the right style for you. Depending on the situation,
PHOTOGRAPHER: HELLO THERE DARLING BOUDOIR LINGERIE: KNICKERS 'N LACE HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTRY: TRENA LAINE MAKEUP ARTIST, THE HAIR BOOTH VENUE: CHERRY CREEK ESTATES MODELS: (FROM TOP LEFT) ITTIA, ALEX
PHOTOGRAPHER: HELLO THERE DARLING BOUDOIR BY CHRISTY D. SWANBERG PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: CHERRY CREEK ESTATE LINGERIE: KNICKERS 'N LACE MODEL: ITTIA LUXE 2017
Lynn Fletcher Weddings Melissa Rae Photography
Light DESIGNING WITH
By Catherine Larose
â€œLuxury is the feeling of extravagance in an extraordinary experience. Lighting has the ability to add a certain sophistication in a room and its decor, and to create a decadent atmosphere. With a little effort, you can turn a wedding hall into a palace." - Bill Filyk, Stardust Sounds and Event Group PHOTOGRAPHER: SEAN LEBLANC PHOTOGRAPHY
LIGHTING DESIGN: STARDUST EVENT GROUP CALGARYBRIDE.CA
he value of lighting cannot be measured by the quantity of light, but rather by the
environment it creates, the mood it sets and the vision it enables. Lighting design adds intensity and vibration to a room. It allows you to create texture or change the colour of the walls or landscape. A professional lighting designer will illuminate your decor and elevate your guest's experience to something extraordinary. Proper lighting will also significantly impact the quality of images that your photographer is able to produce. That lighting designers are technicians or engineers is a common misconception. There is a great deal of creativity and a deep understanding of colour, contrast and value. Like photographers, lighting designers too are artists, and all artists have styles.I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Lighting Designer Bill Filyk, founder of Stardust Sounds and Event Group. Bill has designed lighting and sound for over 13,000 national, international, and award winning weddings and events. I wanted to know more about what drew him to this elusive medium, this is what he shared.
Why did you choose lighting design as your career? Bill: Around the turn of the century, Stardust was doing over 500 DJ shows a year in Western Canada, our clients saw our technical capabilities and started asking us to do their lighting and AV components. It quickly became apparent that lighting was a key component of the event, so we started lighting them. It turns out to be the best job of all and I love its powerful impact.
What fascinates you about working with light? Bill: The most fascinating thing for me is to see the bride and groom's reaction when they see their dream wedding setup for the first time. It never gets old. I also love what I call the "HS (holy smokes)" factor. This is when the wedding guests see a luxurious wedding for the first time and everything looks amazing. Their reaction says it all.
What is the difference between a lighting designer vs. a lighting technician? Bill : The lighting designer works closely with the wedding planner, and bride and groom to understand their vision. They assess the venue's attributes, the decor elements and the lighting budget. The lighting designer selects the fixtures that will create the vision and then communicates the requirements with the lighting technician. The lighting technician handles the on-site logistics and installation of the equipment needed to translate the vision into reality.
PHOTOGRAPHER: ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY LIGHTING DESIGN: STARDUST EVENT GROUP
In your opinion, what are the main benefits to hiring a professional lighting designer? Bill: Professional lighting enhances the elements of the decor. It creates the perfect tones to compliment the details of the room. It can draw attention to extravagant items, such as a flower centrepiece or wedding cake, or it can wash colours over plain white walls. The lighting creates the mood. The guests walk in to a beautifully illuminated room where they see the subtleties and shimmering in the decor and are entranced. As guests sit for dinner, we bring the lighting intensity down. I enjoy gently transitioning a feel on the tables, guests, food and beverages, sometimes changing colours of the roomâ€™s perimeter through dinner. The ambiance changes as the evening progresses. The photographers and video teams love it, because they often put their flashes and bright lighting tools away and blend into the crowd, rather than needing to set up obstructive and un-sightly lighting equipment. Twenty-five years later you can look back and say, 'We looked great, what a wedding!' Lighting facilitates an incredible energy between the entertainment and the guests on the dance floor. It can romanticize a slow song, or energize a steady beat. The head table can have illuminated backdrops to set the colour theme or display patterns. Having the bride and groom's initials illuminated on the backdrop is a favourite personal touch and these themes can be transitioned throughout the evening. It is important to remember that the wedding party is the most important part of the head table and proper lighting ensures that they are never washed out by the backlighting.
What are the most important decor elements of a wedding to light? Bill: The dance floor and band, podium, cake, florals, backdrops, head table and ceremony are the key items to light. Using textures on the walls, the ceiling and the dance floor are a great way to change the feel of a venue. Once the dance starts, they look great when movement and colour are added to them. It's incredible how the feel of a banquet room changes. A monogram with the bride and groom's initials is a very elegant touch. It's really important to light the precious moments such as the first dance, cake cutting, speeches, and the bouquet and garter tosses.
How many of your crew are involved in a typical wedding production? Bill: We typically have three to six members on our team. One person is the lighting technician that programs and operates the lights, and we have a lead tech that directs the team throughout the set up and take down. The rest of the team handles the loads and unloads, set-ups and tear-downs.
PHOTOGRAPHER: SOFIA KATHERINE PHOTOGRAPHY COUPLE: JULIE & SEAN LOCATION: PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Real Weddings Witnessing beautiful love in others reflects back to you the beauty of your own love. Luxe Real Weddings offer a peek inside local, stunning wedding day love stories, proof that all of your wedding daydreams can become a reality. You’ ll witness the personal touches that grace the day with meaning, history and tradition. Maybe you’ ll be encouraged to include that special family ritual or childhood poem in your nuptials. You might discover a wedding favour that would certainly showcase your personality, or a sartorial soul mate who expertly executed your wedding day palette. These Real Weddings bring fantasy to life, and provide a road map from dream to wedding day destination. From breathtaking fashion to cuisine, décor and entertainment, Luxe Real Weddings also showcase the best of a talented host of wedding vendors. Perhaps you’ ll discover the perfect pianist, décor wizard, or exceptional chef. But more than that, you’ ll see the reward of incredible effort in creating a most memorable and meaningful wedding day. We’re certain you’ ll find inspiration to help craft your own magnificent, meaningful real wedding.
SANJA & SCOTT AUGUST 20, 2016
Christy D. Swanberg Photography Parfait Productions
Fairmont Palliser - Alberta Ballroom
Fairmont Palliser - Crystal Ballroom
Engaging Weddings - Bruce Adlington
PLANNER & DESIGNER
Lynn Fletcher Weddings - Sheryl Boury
RENTALS FLOWERS STATIONERY
Great Events Rentals, Special Event Rentals, Linen Closet, Bella Linens, One West Events, Susan Murray International Fleurish Flower Shop The Social Page Design Studio
TRANSPORTATION RINGS MAKE UP HAIR STYLIST ATTIRE - GROOM ATTIRE - BRIDE ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY JEWELLERY ENTERTAINMENT LIGHTING UNIQUE PRODUCTS
AM/PM Limo Carat Jewellers, Cartier Trena Laine Makeup Artist - Tamara Avenue Beauty - Chrissy Suits by Curtis Elliott Dress 1: Novelle Bridal, Dress 2: Ever After Bridal, Dress 3: Tiger Mist Bridesmaids: Ever After Bridal, Nordstrom Groomsmen: Suits by Curtis Elliott, Harry Rosen Earrings: Nordstrom, Bracelet: Novelle Bridal Ceremony: Bel Canto Strings Reception: Pez Productions - DJ Dave Stardust Event Group Solid Champagne Glitter Aisle Carpet Custom made by Original Aisle Runners Co. Ice Bar & Luge- Frozen Memories
"August 20th, 2016 was everything I hoped it would be and more. If I could describe the day in one word, it would be "perfection". Our vision was to have the perfect mix between luxury and fun. Thanks to our wonderful wedding planner, we got our dream wedding. From the flowers to the lighting, the food to the decor, we had the time of our lives with our guests. The entire day, Scott and I were more emotional than we had ever been. I remember during our first dance as husband and wife, we both agreed that we had never felt more in love with each other than we did that day. The overwhelming amount of love we felt was also because of our family and friends. I have never felt such happiness, joy, and excitement in one room than I did walking into our ceremony and for the rest of the evening." â€“ Sanja, Bride
COLETTE & MIKE MAY 14, 2016
Edward Ross Photography
St. Bonaventure Catholic Church
Spruce Meadows - British House
Father David Meadows
Creative Weddings Planning & Decor - Cathy McRae
Bella Linens, Great Events Rentals
Creative Weddings Floral Designs
Micheal's - BRIDES Invitation Kit
Whippt Desserts & Catering
Great Events Catering
CAKE TRANSPORTATION RINGS MAKE UP HAIR STYLIST ATTIRE - GROOM ATTIRE - BRIDE ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY JEWELLERY
Whippt Desserts & Catering Ambassador Limousine Service Tiffany & Co. Trena Laine Makeup Artist - Michelle Shampaign Jessica Wolf Derks Formals Dress: Beautiful Bride - Essence of Australia, Veil: Beautiful Bride, Headpiece: David's Bridal Shoes: Nine West Bridesmaids: Durand Bridal - Alfred Angelo Groomsmen: Derks Formals Nadri from Nordstrom
Photobooth: Picture This Digital
REAL WEDDINGS 90
"We honestly can't say enough about our wedding vendors as they were all outstanding. From the moment we met Cathy MacRae of Creative Weddings, we knew we wanted her to plan our wedding. One of the highlights of our day was seeing our reception venue, the British House at Spruce Meadows, before our guests arrived. When Cathy opened the doors solely for me and Mike, I instantly had tears in my eyes. My vision was brought to life and I was overwhelmed with emotion. Our reception was warm, candlelit, and contained elegant touches of baby pink, ivory and gold. Having our family and friends with us, many who travelled a fair distance, to share in this sophisticated venue was the best part of our day. Also, a super fun part for us was when Mike and I broke out into a prerehearsed freestyle to "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars, in the middle of our first dance! It both shocked and surprised our guests, but it was such a memorable way to start our celebration as husband and wife. Our guests still talk about it!" â€“ Colette, Bride
KAYLA & KYLE AUGUST 20, 2016
Emily Exon Photography
Our Lady of Fatima Parish
Carriage House Inn
Enriched Events - Sonia Ulmer
Carriage House Inn
Carriage House Inn
TRANSPORTATION RINGS MAKE UP HAIR STYLIST ATTIRE - GROOM ATTIRE - BRIDE
AM/PM Limo Peoples Jewelers Dana England Makeup Salon One / Maddpretty Moores Clothing for Men Novia Mia
ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY
Bridesmaids: Two Birds
Fun Factory DJ Service
REAL WEDDINGS 94
"Walking down the aisle and being able to see each other for the first time is a memory I will keep forever. The anticipation from the moment I woke up to walking down the aisle to marry my best friend is the most incredible feeling ever. After years and months of planning, I couldn't believe that this day had finally come, and that I feel so loved by a man that has loved me for years and years... I will never forget just standing holding Kyle's hands, looking into each other's eyes, and having butterflies in my stomach, just like I had on our first date, only better. I have dreamt of our wedding for a long time, and to be able to have all of our family and friends from near and far witness our marriage is very special for us." â€“ Kayla, Bride
LESLIE & RAJWANTH JULY 23, 2016
PHOTOGRAPHER VIDEOGRAPHY VENUE— SANGEET
Sean Leblanc Photography Mandeep Dhaliwal Fairmont Banff Springs - Alhambra Ballroom
Fairmont Banff Springs - Upper Terrace
Fairmont Banff Springs - Cascade Ballroom
PLANNER / DESIGNER
Lynn Fletcher Weddings - Lynn Fletcher
Lynn Fletcher Weddings - Faith Kutcher
DÉCOR / RENTALS FLOWERS STATIONERY CATERER CAKE MAKEUP HENNA ENTERTAINMENT
Chair Flair, Fusion Bollywood, Great Events Rentals, OneWest Events, RED Events, Special Event Rentals, Bella Linens Occasional Bloom The Social Page Design Studio Fairmont Banff Springs SWIRL Custom Cakes & Desserts Aprille Lu Aeysha PM GIGs - Cory Mack, Natalka Lewis (dance groups), Tricia Edwards (Trio and vocals)
DJ Jas - Varun Magia
Stardust Event Group
Horse and Carriage - Banff Trail Riders
REAL WEDDINGS 98
"Luxurious, colorful and lively is how I would describe Raj and Leslieâ€™s incredible Fairmont Banff Springs wedding. The Manhattanites invited over 200 of their closest friends and family, to their traditional Indian wedding at the Fairmont Banff Springs. The celebration began with the Sangeet the night before that included a variety of dances and heartfelt speeches from family. The next morning the celebration began early with Raj arriving in style in a white horse and carriage with drumming and dancing leading the charge. The ceremony was magnificent outside overlooking the majestic Rocky Mountains. The day was capped off with an exquisite recpetion filled with elegant decor and finally the dancing well into the night!" â€“ Sean LeBlanc, Photographer
KATHERINE & ROB MAY 4, 2016
Andras Schram Photography
Emerald Lake Lodge - CRMR Resorts
Emerald Lake Lodge - CRMR Resorts
RED Events Design & Decor Inc.
RED Events Design & Decor Inc.
RED Events Design & Decor Inc.
RENTALS FLOWERS CATERER RINGS
RED Events Design & Decor Inc., Great Events Rentals, Orange Trunk Vintage Florlissa Emerald Lake Lodge - CRMR Resorts Jewellery by Johan
The Pretty Haus - Olivia Brownell
The Pretty Haus - Olivia Brownell
ATTIRE - GROOM ATTIRE - BRIDE LIGHTING
Ed Williams Mens Wear - Samuelshohn The Bridal Boutique - Rue de Seine, Pronovias, and Atelier Pronovias Barcelona Stardust Event Group
REAL WEDDINGS 102
“Our wedding wasn't short of picture perfect moments, but walking down the aisle has left a vivid imprint on my memory. It was raining and I remember looking over my shoulder to see the train of my beautiful embroidered lace gown dragging through the mud. Just then the audio for my wedding march song began to cut in and out. My heart sank at the realization that my dream wedding was quite possibly going downhill before it even began. “Chin up”, I thought to myself, and with that I lifted my gaze and was struck with the most beautiful view. In front of me was a backdrop of mist encircled mountains, a vibrant emerald green lake and a pergola adorned with more fresh cut flowers than I have ever seen in one place at one time. Right in the center of this amazing scene was my future husband wearing a humongous smile that just beamed happiness and anticipation. At that moment everything became perfect.” – Katherine, Bride
AMANDA & JASON AUGUST 6, 2016
Corrina Walker Photography
Silvertip Resort (Canmore, AB)
Silvertip Resort (Canmore, AB)
OFFICIANT PLANNER DESIGNER RENTALS FLOWERS STATIONERY CAKE TRANSPORTATION
Threshold Ceremonies - Barbara Parker Postcard Weddings & Events - Callandra Caufield Postcard Weddings & Events, Flower Artistry Bella Linens, Great Events Rentals, Linen Closet, Special Event Rentals Flower Artistry Art + Alexander, Pink Umbrella Designs Tracy Little Highland VIP Group
REAL WEDDINGS 10 6
“Amanda and Jason fell in love in the Rockies, so creating a ‘rustic glam’ wedding at Silvertip Resort (where they met) was the perfect fit for these two. One of the most exciting design features of this wedding was the stunning eight foot floral wall featuring roses, dahlia and hydrangea, created by the talented Lyn Chapman at Flower Artistry. This floral feature wowed all of the guests, and made for an absolutely stunning ceremony backdrop. The weather cooperated for us, and Amanda and Jason had a wonderful celebration with their closest friends and family surrounded by the Canadian Rockies." – Corinna Walker, Photographer
MICHELLE & TRAVIS NOVEMBER 14, 2015
Edward Ross Photography Parfait Productions
Fairmont Banff Springs - Mount Stephen Hall
Fairmont Banff Springs - Mount Stephen Hall
OFFICIANT PLANNER DESIGNER RENTALS FLOWERS STATIONERY CATERER CAKE TRANSPORTATION RINGS MAKE UP HAIR STYLIST ATTIRE - GROOM ATTIRE - BRIDE ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY JEWELLERY ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTING HARPIST
Amanda Stepenko (family friend) Julianne Young Weddings Inc. - Aimsley Leece and Julianne Young Julianne Young Weddings Inc. - Julianne Young Special Event Rentals, Bella Linens Flower Artistry Plush Invitations Fairmont Banff Springs Simply Sweet - Krista Kienitz Alpine Limousine - Andreas Northern Cross Diamonds (Toronto, ON) Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry - Jenna Headkandi Salon - Carole Moores Clothing For Men - Egara Dress: Madison James Alterations: Couture Gown Studio (Airdrie AB), Veil: Novia Mia Bridesmaids: Novia Mia Groomsmen: Moores Clothing For Men Bouquet & Bracelets: Where Memories Are Made (Airdrie AB), Earrings: Novia Mia Pez Productions - Fayyaz Khimani Sabrina Wilsey
“Every detail of the wedding represented Travis and I to a tee. From the airplane broach on my bouquet to represent Travis, and a blue angel to represent my late father, the gold fish hook on the grooms boutinere, a close friend becoming ordained to marry us, a family friend playing the harp during cocktail hour, a red carpet affair with lots of golds, reds, and wood to represent us as a couple. A press wall during cocktails for people to get photos in front of and a choreographed first dance. We wrote our own vows and it was a perfect winter day in the mountains.” – Michelle, Bride
SOPHIA & CHRIS AUGUST 27, 2016
Alan Maudie Photography Milky Way Films
Fairmont Banff Springs - Upper Terrace
Fairmont Banff Springs - Mount Stephen Hall
Lynn Fletcher Weddings - Stephanie La Grange
Special Event Rentals, Great Events Rentals, Susan Murray International
FLOWERS STATIONERY CAKE TRANSPORTATION
Fleurish Flower Shop Pink Umbrella Designs Whippt Desserts & Catering Highland VIP Group
The Pretty Haus
The Pretty Haus
ENTERTAINMENT - CEREMONY
Allegra String Quartet
ENTERTAINMENT - RECEPTION
Pez Productions - Fayyaz Khimani
Pez Productions - Fayyaz Khimani
REAL WEDDINGS 114
“This weekend I married my love, my best friend, the person who always lifts me up and makes me laugh; surrounded by by our wonderful family and friends in the most beautiful place in the world. My heart is exploding.” – Sophia, Bride “Sophia and Chris are two successful, hard working professionals from “the Big Apple”. I met them in Banff on a warm winter day in February for their engagement session. Their chemistry and love for each other was immediately apparent and subsequently made photographing them a very enjoyable experience. The weather on their wedding day in August was terrible, but they accepted it with grace and kept on smiling, laughing and kissing. What impressed me the most about this couple though was their genuine concern for their wedding guests and how they made sure that everyone had an experience that was worth the effort of crossing the continent.” – Alan Maudie, Photographer
JULIE & SEAN AUGUST 24, 2016
Sofia Katherine Photography Hummingbird House Productions
Clinton Hills - Prince Edward Island
Clinton Hills - Prince Edward Island
OFFICIANT DÉCOR FLOWERS CATERER CAKE RINGS
Across the Island Weddings Ashley Profitt Elizabeth's Garden Clinton Hills - Prince Edward Island Candi's Cake Troy Shoppe Jewellers
Kiss & Makeup
ATTIRE - GROOM ATTIRE - BRIDE ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY ENTERTAINMENT
Harry Rosen - BOSS The Bridal Centre - Allure Bridal David's Bridal Music Express DJ Service
REAL WEDDINGS 118
"Julie and Sean's wedding was super intimate in the forested area by Clinton Hills in PEI. The stars were out and you could even see the Milky Way on the night of their wedding, just outside the venue. We worked at Thunder Cove at the famous Teacup Rock formation for their wedding day portraits. There was an overwhelming feeling of love at this wedding. My favourite moment was when we drove to Julie's grandmother's home as she was not well and unable to attend the wedding. It was really special to be able to photograph Julie and her Grandmother on her wedding day." â€“ Sofia Katherine, Photographer
LI-LIAN & MARK AUGUST 2, 2016
The Loft - Distillery District (Toronto, ON)
The Loft - Distillery District (Toronto, ON)
DÉCOR FLOWERS STATIONERY
Li-lian WilBe Bloomin Li-lian
Etsy - Porter Leather
The Loft - Distillery Disctrict Toronto
RINGS MAKE UP HAIR STYLIST ATTIRE - GROOM ATTIRE - BRIDE ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY JEWELLERY
Alberta Diamond Exchange Li-lian Toronto Beauty Group Ted Baker, Nordstrom, Mrs. Bow Tie The Bridal Boutique BHLDN, Modcloth, Nordstrom, Mrs. Bow Tie, HairBowsPrincessLove Etsy - LottieDaDesigns, Etsy-Lost Intimate Bridal Accessories
REAL WEDDINGS 122
“I know that a wedding is going to be amazing in the first few moments of shooting. Li-Lian and Mark’s wedding was just that, amazing! They were surrounded by family and friends who loved them very much and were not afraid to show it. It was very emotional and that is one of my favourite things to capture. These two are very special. ” – Paul McGrath, Photographer
KELLY & ALEX AUGUST 20, 2016
Calvin Lee / Ikonica
Trump International Hotel & Tower (Toronto, ON)
Trump International Hotel & Tower (Toronto, ON)
PLANNER DÉCOR RENTALS
Corinne Rivers Dance Floor Decor Chairman Mills
Cool, Green & Shady
Trump International Hotel & Tower (Toronto, ON)
Oliver & Bonnacini
CAKE MAKE UP HAIR STYLIST ATTIRE - BRIDE LIGHTING
The Wedding Cake Shoppe Medulla Co. - Robert Medulla Co. - Chris Hayley Paige Epiq Vision
REAL WEDDINGS 126
"Kelly and Alex hosted a modern and elegant wedding at the Trump International Hotel & Tower, in Toronto. The colour palette was ever-classic black and white, with accents of silver giving the room just a bit of glitz. Craving images that evoke the busy urban feel of city life, the couple set out around Toronto's financial district for their bridal photos. How lucky they were to come across a pair of New York City cabs standing by for a film shoot!" â€“ Calvin Lee, Photographer
JESSICA & PIERS SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
PMG Image The Last Word & The Filming Business
Recteur Eglise Anglicane de Nice
Private Villa in St. Paul de Vence
Robert Van Helden
MAKE UP HAIR STYLIST ATTIRE - GROOM ATTIRE - BRIDE ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY JEWELLERY
Emma O'Byrne Thanassis Karalis Gio Genco Phillipa Lepley Designed by the Bride, Fabrics supplied by Olga's Fabrics, Dresses made by Joceline McDonald and Sarah Pinkster (Maid of Honour's dress) Boodles
REAL WEDDINGS 130
"One particularly beautiful moment was after the reception dinner, after our dance, when the party was starting to kick off and the band was playing, my husband grabbed my hand and took me up to a balcony to watch our 260 guests of family and friends dancing the night away. Smart husband, because it was a glorious moment and I will never forget it. Watching all our family and friends having so much fun really touched me. They were all there for us and in this mind-blowing place. That was a great moment." â€“ Jessica, Bride
Destination LUXE FEATURED
POSITANO, ITALY By Jessilyn Forigo
The sun-dappled hillsides of Positano, Italy are abundant with colourful houses and commanding cathedrals, aquamarine waters lapping brown sugar beaches and bountiful flora in magenta, lemon and eucalyptus hues. The eyes feast first in Positano, but the eyes won’t be the only part of you indulging. Located on the Amalfi Coast, Positano captures the heart and soul of seaside Italy; the food, the culture, the architecture and the passion for La Dolce Vita. The good life, all wrapped up in a cocoon of sun-soaked beauty. Positano envelops you; it’s not possible to simply visit this truly remarkable place. Instead, you take it in one sip at a time, like a crisp Pinot Grigio served beachside with fresh peaches soaking in the bottom of a glass carafe. You taste it, like the fresh-caught white fish brightened with a squeeze of lemon. The fruit, picked moments before, from a tree growing through the cracked cobblestones beside the Osteria. You smell it, like the salty sea air mixing with the sweet aroma of Bougainvillea flower, their pretty pink petals decorating centuries of
history as their vines climb gates, walls and terraces. You feel it, like the uneven
For an opulent option close to the water, check in to the
cobblestones under your feet, as you walk from the beach and up through the
unmatched Covo dei Saraceni. Located beachside, you
town of white stucco and brick constructed into the hillside. And you hear it, like
can imagine yourself frolicking in the Mediterranean from
the ringing church bells and lively conversation that fill the piazza at any time of
the comfort of your heated seaside pool while enjoying
day, in the morning over cappuccino and biscotti, and in the evening over grappa
one of the best pizzas in Positano. (From $600 a night)
EAT Take to the water to arrive at the culinary destination that is Da Tommaso All Scoglio. You’ll have to hire a water taxi to get here, but the incredible seafood and fresh vegetables from the owner’s personal garden served on a wooden deck perched above the sea will make the journey well worth it. www.hotelloscoglio.com
DO A trip to Positano wouldn’t be complete without a ferry ride up the coastline to neighboring Amalfi. This is truly the definition of the journey being as rewarding as the destination. As you cruise along the coastline you’ll look up at beautiful architecture, crumbling fortress ruins and craggy seaside cliffs. Do not forget your camera phone for this one. www.positano.com/en/ferry-schedule
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANAFOTO
arrive in style
Weddings | Special Events | Corporate Services | Graduations | Tours 403.299.4910 | toll free 1.866.279.1999 thecheckergoup.com/limo email@example.com #chooselimos
TRANSPORTATION Once you have secured your wedding date you will need to start thinking about how you and your wedding party, and possibly even your guests, will arrive and depart your wedding venues. As the host, the responsibility lies partly with you to ensure that there are safe, classy and reliable transportation options available to everyone involved in your special day. Hiring a reputable transportation service like Ambassador Limousine Service or Highland VIP has a lot of benefits. It means you don’t have to worry about getting lost on the way from the church to the pictures, no time is wasted finding parking, heavy traffic just means more time in the backseat with your new spouse, and you can celebrate and don’t have to worry about keeping to your itinerary. That kind of peace of mind is pure luxury.
PHOTOGRAPHER: T.J. HUANG / IKONICA TRANSPORTATION: AMBASSADOR LIMOUSINE SERVICE VENUE: FAIRMONT PALLISER
E S C A P E T O C H E R R Y C R E E K E S TAT E Nestled between the Rocky & Purcell Mountains near Kimberley and Cranbrook BC, Cherry Creek Estate is just four hours from Calgary. With 360 degrees of mountain views, there is no shortage of spectacular backdrops for your wedding ceremony. Three upscale rental buildings include a 13,000 square foot European inspired mansion and two reception barns to choose from. • 320 acre private estate • Gourmet farm to fork style cuisine • Exclusive access for your wedding weekend • Indoor pool • Onsite accommodation for 45
WWW.CHERRYCREEK.CA | INFO@CHERRYCREEK.CA | 250.427.4479 /CherryCreekEstate |
PHOTOGRAPHER: PHOTOPHILCRO VENUE: HOTEL ARTS WEDDING PLANNER/ DESIGNER: LYNN FLETCHER WEDDINGS
laces have personality and history; they are art and function created as one. They impart a certain mood and set the tone for new memories about to be made. In order to select the venue that’s right for you, it’s important to get to know these places as you would a person; their good and bad attributes, their quirks and their most amazing qualities. Choosing a venue to celebrate one of the most enduring moments of your life is about far more than seating capacity or corkage allowance (though those things are certainly important too). It’s about finding the venue that feels like the start of your story, a place that speaks to your personality and sets the stage for the memories you want to make. Your venue, more than any other element of your wedding, will be part of every moment of your day. It will also impact every other decision you make; from attire, to décor, and even cuisine, entertainment and transportation. Allow us to help you get familiar with some of our favorites.
IMAGE COURTESY OF BOW VALLEY RANCHE RESTAURANT PHOTOGRAPHER: JEAN PERRON
By Jessilyn Forigo
There are three main qualities that allow a location to rise above the rest; an elegant environment, exceptional cuisine and a unique and memorable quality. But just because these qualities are consistent doesn’t mean that all luxury venues are the same. Quite oppositely, the most exceptional event spaces translate these constants in their own distinct and decidedly different way.
BOW VALLEY RANCHE RESTAURANT If the ultimate luxury is to be transported to another place entirely without having to leave the city, than Bow Valley Ranche is as luxurious as it comes. A beautifully restored late 1800’s home, the Bow Valley Ranche provides an elegant country atmosphere in the heart of stunning Fish Creek Park. Whatever the season, the natural beauty of the surrounding flora combined with the timeless warmth of the Bow Valley Ranche creates a sense of understated elegance that is without compare. This venue doesn’t scream luxury, it whispers it softly and gently like the breeze through the nearby poplar trees. With regional and seasonal cuisine expertly prepared by the Great Events Catering team, guests are sure to feel a world away from the pressures of city life.
HOTEL ARTS If a sleek and modern aesthetic, subtly imbued with artistic flair says luxury to you, than Hotel Arts is your venue. It’s all in the details here, with art installations on every floor and cuisine that is as stunningly plated as it is delicious. There is nothing every-day about any aspect of your experience here. The outdoor pool oasis is an unexpected and memorable hosting area in the heart of a bustling city, and the masterfully crafted cocktails at the hotel’s Raw Bar are always handmade with unique and unexpected ingredients.
FAIRMONT HOTELS AND RESORTS Getting married in any of the Fairmont properties found throughout Alberta is not unlike being married in a true fairytale castle. From the Fairmont Banff Springs majestic brick majesty rising at the heart of the Rocky Mountains, to the towering palace of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise against a backdrop of ice blue glacial water, or the imposing sandstone sentinel with the sparkling ballroom that is downtown Calgary’s Fairmont Palliser, you don’t find environments more elegant than this. Their cuisine is conceived and executed by some of the most highly skilled chefs in the world, and the service is everything one would expect from a venue fit for royalty.
PHOTOGRAPHER: ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS VINTAGE BENTLEY: HIGHLAND VIP GROUP
CALGARY STAMPEDE More than just an iconic part of Calgary’s cultural fabric, The Calgary Stampede offers a variety of premium venues to suit any size of celebration. From the flexibility of the welcoming BMO Centre located right in the heart of the city, to the sky-high splendor of the Lazy S and Ranahans located in the Stampede grandstand, these venues are sure to impress. With a culinary team that serves over a million guests each year during Stampede’s 10-day festival, you can be certain that providing an exceptional experience for your large group of guests is exactly what they do best.
PHOTOGRAPHER: PMG IMAGE VENUE: CALGARY STAMPEDE DECOR: GREAT EVENTS RENTALS, DEE VINE PETALS
By Catherine Larose
If cooking is about eating, then fine cuisine is about tasting and understanding. It stands to reason that if you are in search of the best flavour, you are in fact in search of the best ingredients. When you are looking for the best ingredients, you are in search of the best farming methods. The modern luxury dining experience has more to do with a connection to the ingredients and their sources than it does with exotic foods or expensive taste. Fine dining is about the guest experience, sustainable practices, community and passion.
n extraordinary menu is crucial to any wedding’s success. Selecting a seasoned chef is vital in order to make sure that your guests experience the very best. The place to start is by choosing a venue, and a caterer, who are renowned for going above and beyond their client’s expectations. The modern luxury dining experience has more to do with an understanding of our connection to the ingredients than it does with exotic foods or expensive taste. Great cuisine is so much more than just labour intensive food. Great cuisine is about perfecting basic ingredients and using them in the most innovative, sustainable, and thought provoking ways. No one knows this better than Winsport Executive Chef Liana Robberecht. She spent nearly two decades at the prestigious Calgary Petroleum Club, before becoming the Executive Chef of WinSport on June 8, 2015. “I was heavily influenced by a couple of my best friend’s moms,” Robberecht explained. "I grew up in a small town, and one of my best friends grew up on a farm. They made everything on that farm; they raised chickens, they milked cows, the mom would make bread, preserves, meats, everything.” So what constitutes high quality when it comes to basic ingredients? Quality ingredients are essentially farm raised, ethically raised, indigenous proteins and vegetables. A strong sense of ethics plays a key role in Chef Liana’s daily culinary practice. Robberecht commented, “If you don’t have ethics, it’s really hard to gain respect. If you don’t have respect, then it’s really hard to love what you are doing, and have that translated to your guests.”
CUSINE: EXECUTIVE CHEF LIANA ROBBERECHT, WINSPORT IMAGES COURTESY OF WINSPORT PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVE HOLLAND
“Calgary’s culinary scene has really evolved and elevated. There are awesome things happening in Calgary that are noteworthy, and that people are recognizing globally.” – Liana Robberecht, Executive Chef, Winsport
Creativity is important to Robberecht, as is an open mind. “I don’t have a favourite dish, I am known more for creativity. Textures, layers and flavours. That’s how I create menus… When I’m creating art, I am thinking about a dish, when I am creating a dish, I am thinking about painting.” Kitchens work incredibly long hours, meaning that running a positive, inspirational workplace is equally important. “We have an amazing kitchen now, some of our walls are painted blue. We just put a little seating area in our kitchen. We are trying to create a really creative space to work in. We have some big wall lettering coming in that’s says “create”, and “play with your food”, “magic happens here”, so that way when we are working we can feel motivated.” Developing and executing an exciting menu for a large group of guests means you have to be more than just organized. Your kitchen has to run like a well-oiled machine. Having a great team makes all the difference in the world when it comes to executing large events with both creativity and ethics. That’s where Executive Sous Chef Ronnie Gillman comes in. “He is logistics. I am highly creative, but terrible at logistics. So we have to really work together. Our goal is always to give a non-banquet experience. I design a menu that is interesting, creative or fun but not boring, and he helps me execute it. He is the Yin to my Yang, we are a great team.” Today, social media and television are raising the profile of some chefs to near rock star status. “Before we were always in the background, and now people are interested in what we are doing, and how we are doing it.” She explained, “Calgary’s culinary scene has really evolved and elevated. There are awesome things happening in Calgary that are noteworthy, and that people are recognizing globally. I love what Connie DeSouza and John Jackson are doing, as well as Cam Dobranski. All these Calgarians are getting these unique invitations to showcase and cook globally. It’s the right time, people are on their game and the world’s talking about it.”
If you would like Chef Liana Robberecht to cook at your next event or if you would like to book a space at WinSport, contact her team: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-247-5607. To see what Chef Liana is up to in her culinary adventures, follow her on Twitter: @chefliana.
For Chef Robberecht, when designing the perfect wedding menu it begins with authenticity. There are three questions you can expect to be asked in your first consultation with her. 1.
Who are you?
2. How do you want this meal to reflect you? 3. What’s your favourite flavour profile? “For some people, chocolate chip cookies bring up good memories, so we are able to incorporate that into the menu. Others may love lemon, so let’s showcase lemons in different ways; lemon curds, preserved lemons, lemon dressings, lemon in the bread. There are many ways to reflect her favourite thing, in a non-overwhelming way.” There are two key things that couples should consider when planning a large wedding, according to Robberecht: Logistics, and budget. “We can be very creative, and provide high quality for any size of budget, and that’s really where talent comes in. It’s important to balance expectations. If you have a very labour driven item on your menu you have to make sure you have a budget to support that.”
6:12PM became “we did.” This is it. Everything you’ve both planned for. Today, everything else melts away and the world stops, for a moment, to share in your love together. Our romantic location offers your wedding something unforgettable. Rest assured that by sharing your first dance in one of our historic ballrooms, or enjoying a signature culinary dining experience with your guests, your day will be as unique as your love. Begin your journey together at fairmont.com/palliser-calgary UNFORGETTABLE. SINCE 1914. Photographer credit: abbyplusdave.com
MIXOLOGY CRAFTING THE PERFECT COCKTAIL By Catherine Larose
PHOTOGRAPHER: KRISTI SNEDDON PHOTOGRAPHER VENUE: CILANTRO RESTAURANT (CRMR.COM) BARTENDER: MIKE SQUIRE
rom the warm flickering light of the adobe wood burning oven in the corner, to the impressive bar where new ingredients are created and elixirs are poured, walking up the stairs to the cozy cabin-like bar at Cilantro restaurant one's senses become excited. The inviting and relaxed atmosphere was designed for intimate gatherings and conversation. I am here with Photographer Kristi Sneddon to interview a mixologist, but now a days it seems that all the really good ones prefer to be called "bartenders." Mixology's definition is of much debate in the bartending community, generally because of the impression it leaves. That a mixologist is better and more skilled than a bartender isn't necessarily so. To make matters confusing, each title requires both some similar, and some unique skills, and the two titles can be interchanged. So, is a mixologist just a fancy, scientificsounding name for a bartender? Technically, yes, but there is a generally accepted difference between the two. The title "bartender" can conjure up images of men and women who can whip out 20 mixed drinks and 50 draws of beer before anyone knows what happened. They are a talented, multi-tasking group that can do all that while keeping a crowded bar happy, lively and tipping. A bartender needs to have a variety of skills which are very important, and a few that the mixologist may not need to develop or use on a regular basis. Molecular mixology is a little more scientific. Mixologists are focused on using recently developed techniques and equipment, like that used in molecular gastronomy, to manipulate ingredients into new textures and flavours. This, combined with designer liqueurs, bitters and labour intensive garnishes, creates unusual taste and scent profiles in drinks. In this way they are challenging conventional thought, and people’s perception of what a cocktail “should be”. Many mixologists prefer to be called “bartender” because they believe in the social aspect of bartending as much as the creative aspect, and prefer to do away with the more elitist terminology. Regardless of what you want to call it, bartending is an art. Some people apply colours to a canvas, or compose music; bartenders create amazing cocktails. Cocktails have the ability to engage the amygdale, the part of the brain that associates smell with memory and emotion. Flowers, fruits, spices and other scents have the ability to shuttle you into another time and place, using your memory as a conduit. The connection between what you smell, taste and feel is one of the most powerful tools at a bartender’s disposal.
MIKE SQUIRE IS A BARTENDER. (AND KIND OF AN ALCHEMIST) Serving signature drinks at weddings is a simple and sophisticated way to personalize your wedding reception. Let your caterer design a personalized cocktail menu for your guests incorporating drinks or recipes that you adore. Everything from elderflower to lime is at the disposal of their creative mixologist. “Because of the comfortable atmosphere (at Cilantro) I feel it's easy for me to experiment and try new and interesting ideas in making cocktails…I want my guests to feel comfortable and relaxed while at my bar. So my style tends to be fairly laid back and casual, while still providing a fine dining experience. Which is why I love working at Cilantro, I don't have to fake my personality. I have found early on it's a good idea to learn how to make a cocktail up on the spot. Very often guests will ask me to just make them something within some parameters… I have embraced the impulsiveness which has blended into my style now.” – Mike Squire, Bartender, Cilantro
WHISKEY SOUR 2oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon .5oz Lemon Juice .5 oz simple syrup (1:1 Sugar water syrup) 1 egg white 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
IT'S TOUGH WHEN IT'S NOT IN FRONT OF YOU .75oz Cocci Americano .25oz Aperol .25oz Lemon juice 3 Dashes Lemon Bitters 3oz Prosecco
AVOCADO DAIQUIRI 2oz Bacardi White Rum .5oz Lime Juice .5oz Simple Syrup 1 Tbsp Avocado
“I like the way you sparkle”
Your Day j Your Way
Centrally located on Macleod Trail South, the Carriage House Inn is the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional. Three beautiful ballrooms to choose from, creative and custom menus, in house bakery and personalized service. Our experienced, attentive staff will ensure every detail of your special day is as YOU want it to be.
9 0 3 0 M A C L E O D T R A I L S . C A L G A RY | 4 0 3 . 2 5 3 . 1 1 0 1 CATERING@CARRIAGEHOUSE.NET | CARRIAGEHOUSE.NET
PERRY THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Check out an extensive list of wedding venues and destination properties at CALGARYBRIDE.CA
Music is love looking for words. Live Music • DJs • Entertainment • Production Services
PMGIGS.COM • 403.276.4447
Visit our blog for exclusive behind the scenes production of this Luxe 2017 issue. CALGARYBRIDE.CA
By Catherine Larose
Your wedding cake, or other featured confection, is the centrepiece of your reception, and as such it should reflect your personal tastes and style as a couple. Think of it as a three-dimensional, edible art piece. With a little imagination and help from a skilled pastry chef your dessert table can become a delectable experience for your guests.
PHOTOGRAPHER: BUD MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY CAKE DESIGNER: WHIPPT DESSERTS & CATERING
rends in wedding cake design donâ€™t change as quickly as they do in fashion, however year after year, pastry chefâ€™s all over the world are challenging themselves with innovative and edible creations. The celebration cake has evolved from a refined dessert to a modern day art form. Modern pastry chefs are using confections to express their wildest imaginations with sugar and other fine ingredients. Aesthetics, colour, flavour and texture all come together into one moment of sweet indulgence. What is the most exciting or perfect example of wedding cake bliss for you? Is it a bejewelled masterpiece adorned with edible pearls and 24k gold? Or, do you envision a cake to match your wedding gown? Would you like to see your cake suspended from the ceiling? Do you imagine one towering cake, or several smaller ones displayed at various heights? A wedding cake designer will work with you to design a custom creation which is both beautiful and delectable to share with your guests. Donâ€™t forget to light your cake table, properly lit it can become a beautiful centerpiece to your wedding reception room.
WOODLAND Add a touch of wilderness to an otherwise formal affair by choosing a woodland inspired theme for your wedding cake design. Natural elements like leaves, branches and wildflowers make simple yet stunning embellishments on a pristine cake. Rustic tiers wrapped with hand-painted fondant that has been coloured to resemble native tree bark is a growing trend. When nature is your source of inspiration, the only limit is your imagination.
METALLIC Metallic cakes have been present on the pastry scene for some time, however now we are no longer limited to only gold or silver options. Enter bronze, rose gold and copper, edible glitter and gilded embroidery. Metal tones are also very versatile and can be incorporated into a myriad of styles, from rustic to elegant. The key to not overpowering the design is in combining the metal tones with a solid coloured buttercream icing, or simply using it as an accent.
SEMI NAKED A “naked” cake consists of unfrosted layers, usually sandwiched between buttercream frosting, and topped with fresh flowers, sugared fruits or berries. A “semi-naked” cake differs in that while it is still mostly exposed, there is a very light layer of buttercream covering the sides. In both cases the focus is on the cake, the filling and the flavour. An obvious choice for a rustic style reception, these designs are also elegant and interesting in a formal setting. One benefit to these cakes is the opportunity to explore new flavours without having to find a frosting to match.
ARTISTIC Wedding cakes are more artistic than ever, some pastry chefs are even taking their cue from the stationery scene by incorporating marbleized, painted and illustrated designs. Also, nowadays it is possible to print almost anything onto fondant, from a photograph to your favourite quote, making your wedding cake an edible work of modern art.
LACE Experienced pastry chefs are turning out tiers decorated with beautiful lace designs, inspired by fashion, and reminiscent of the lace in a wedding dress, or china pattern. All you need to do is decide which detail from your dress to highlight on your cake, from a few simple sugar-made buttons to fondant lace appliques wrapped around each tier.
OMBRE The ombre effect is achieved through the gradual blending of one colour hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. Whether you're drawn to a rich saturated hue that transitions to a mid-tone or a barely there tint that fades to white, the possibilities are endless. The effect is made even more dramatic with the use of texture, or multiple tall tiers. E
A, E - PHOTOGRAPHER: ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY CAKE DESIGNER: SWIRL CUSTOM CAKES & DESSERTS B - PHOTOGRAPHER: CHLOE BUIE PHOTOGRAPHY CAKE DESIGNER: SWIRL CUSTOM CAKES & DESSERTS C - PHOTOGRAPHER: ORANGE GIRL PHOTOGRAPHY CAKE DESIGNER: WHIPPT DESSERTS & CATERING D - PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWARD ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY CAKE DESIGNER: SWIRL CUSTOM CAKES & DESSERTS F - PHOTOGRAPHER: CORRINA WALKER PHOTOGRAPHY CAKE DESIGNER: WHIPPT DESSERTS & CATERING
DRIPPED Drip cakes are growing in popularity as artistic alternatives to traditional decorating techniques. They consist of tiers of fondant covered or naked layers, and strategically placed drips of flavoured confection or ganache. Showcasing simple drips, or teaming with embellishments, these cakes are unexpected and artistic design element that will have your guests talking.
STATIONERY COURTESY OF: THE SOCIAL PAGE DESIGN STUDIO
STATIONERY By Alix Williams
uxe wedding stationery serves two purposes: to please and to instruct. The excitement your guests will feel when they receive your envelope will bring immense joy. The weight of the paper, the colour of the fonts, the embellishments, whether simple or grand, those will all add to the growing personal connection the recipient has to your wedding day. While containing pertinent event information, your wedding stationery will also include intimate details, such as your parent's names, which will strengthen the feeling of honour to be welcomed as a guest at your wedding. One of the best ways to foreshadow luxe stationery trends is to take a closer look at the terminology couples and professionals are using to describe current wedding trends, such as: whimsical, opulent, or wanderlust. As the bearer of words, stationery is often one of the first elements to embrace the definitions of these descriptive terms and take them from imaginative to tangible. Here are some luxe stationery trends that you will see arriving in your mailbox this year.
MARBLEIZED The marriage of two wedding themes, marbleized invitations entwine the theme of luxury with an earthy, natural feel. Marble has always been regarded as a particularly posh stone - it's composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, which creates the shimmering veins we see running ragged through it. Marbleized invitations are a luxe trend that doesn't have to be particularly expensive, as invitations printed on single sheets of marbleized paper give a similar effect to those suites which use layers of paper.
GOLD FOIL FONT Nothing says glamour like gold, and gold foil is a metallic print that adds instant luxury to your invitations. No matter what style of font you choose, opting for full gold foil, or simply choosing specific elements to glitz (such as your names), is a beautiful compliment to a lovingly crafted stationery suite.
KNOCK-OUT FLORALS Strong floral patterns are taking invitations by storm, with an emphasis on richer, darker hues. Blacks, charcoals, mahoganies, and aubergine create backdrops for floral designs featuring rosewood pinks, scarlet reds, peacock blues and moss greens. The trend is referred to as a â€œknock-outâ€? floral because the background pattern is flood printed and the text is printed as the second layer, giving a multi-dimensional effect.
TORN EDGES Torn edging on wedding invitations is a trend derived from the handmade wedding elements we have seen in the last five years. As the DIY esthetic evolves, luxe couples are choosing torn edges to give their wedding invitations a more intimate and uncalculated feel. Opt for a highly textured paper which adds a timeless feel, and look for elegant scripted fonts or source hand-calligraphy to give your deckled edges a high-end touch.
STATIONERY COURTESY OF: THE SOCIAL PAGE DESIGN STUDIO
FLORAL ARTISTRY By Alix Williams
edding florals are about attention to detail and intricate styling, and size takes a back seat to artistic vision. While dreaming about your florals, consider both the larger and smaller scale of your visual choices. The colour palette you decide on will help articulate the larger, overall decor of your space and will have the greatest impact on your guests when they walk into the room. The texture of your bloom pairing will provide delight on a smaller scale, which guests will notice and appreciate when they are either seated or enjoying an arrangement up close. Flowers also have the ability to tell a story aromatically - taking the time to choose blooms with thematic notes will add to the overall ambiance and impact of your room.
CASCADING BOUQUETS The word drama often evokes feelings of grandness and enormity - more blooms, more greenery, more visual weight. Cascading florals give bouquets a dramatic twist by adding length as opposed to depth. Any bouquet can be made into a cascading bouquet with the right additions, and they are a luxurious way to make the bride's bouquet stand out from her bridesmaid's arrangements. Ask your florist about orchids, wildflowers, eucalyptus, ranunculus and ferns to add length. Accessories such as ribbons, berries, feathers, lace and vines are another way to add variation to the length of your bouquet.
PHOTOGRAPHER: KATCH STUDIOS FLORAL DESIGN: FaBLOOMosity FLORAL ATELIER
FLORAL DESIGN: CORY CHRISTOPHER
Full, lush and vibrant, as family style seating at wedding receptions becomes more popular, so has the versatility and beauty of garland centerpieces. These long and flowing pieces of decor allow for plenty of room for individual place settings at a table, and allow guests to carry on conversations at a reception without playing hide and seek behind centerpieces. Garlands are the ultimate in versatility, as almost every type of greenery can be used to create the base of a garland, and garlands can be peppered with as few or as many flowers as desired. For strong pops of colour, consider peonies, campanula or clematis and add grapes or touches of citrus for texture.
Like great lighting and great draping, a floral chandelier can transform your reception space. By adding vertical dimension, they make the room look instantly fuller and more exquisite. As living art, floral chandeliers also bring additional vibrancy to room decor, with scent and colour adding to the atmosphere. Branches make a perfect frame for a rustic floral chandelier. For a more modern or industrial look, consider creating a hexagon out of copper piping. Adorn your floral chandelier with hanging votives cradling tea lights or more whimsical elements like paper bunting, feathers, opals or sea shells.
FOR EVERY SEASON By Catherine Larose
PHOTOGRAPHER: PMG IMAGE FLORAL DESIGNER: CORY CHRISTOPHER MEN'S FASHION: ED WILLIAMS MENS WEAR MODEL: SAM
SPRING Spring flowers are usually in season from February through April. For springtime weddings, consider pastel coloured botanicals that are the essence of freshness. Think about using blossoms and buds that are just barely opening, and berries that are still ripening in your bouquet. Vibrant greens and delicate yellows, pinks, and purples are typical shades for spring arrangements. Spring bulbs or seedlings make lovely favors, and are a unique gift to thank your guests as they will bloom in commemoration of your wedding year after year. Typical spring blooms include tulips, narcissus, and irises. Other popular choices are anemone, bells of Ireland, Casa Blanca lilies, and delphinium. Be sure to also look into deliciously fragrant flowers such as: lilac, sweet peas, hyacinth, freesia, stephanotis, and peonies.
PHOTOGRAPHER: SOFIA KATHERINE PHOTOGRAPHY FLORAL DESIGN: ELIZABETH'S GARDEN
SUMMER Summer flowers are usually in bloom from May until August, and sometimes September. Nothing says summer like the intense and brightly saturated colors of summer botanicals. The most popular choices for summer blooming flowers are: alstroemeria, chrysanthemum, English lavender, forget-menot, hydrangea, lisianthus, stephanosis, stock, zinnia, and tuberose. Orchids, birds of paradise, and ginger halcyon are exotic sturdy blooms that will all stand up to the heat of the summer months. Keep a spray bottle on hand to mist your blooms and keep them moist in the heat.
PHOTOGRAPHER: CORRINA WALKER PHOTOGRAPHY FLORAL DESIGN: FLEURISH FLOWER SHOP
FALL Fall flowers are usually in season from September through November. Typical color schemes for fall weddings include shades of chocolate, orange, gold, and deep red. For a unique twist on traditional fall shades, try incorporating blooms in contrasting colors for a striking effect. Late summer flowers and other botanicals like sunflowers, black-eyed Susans, delphinium, and Gerbera daisies, can be combined with other botanicals like wheat and artichokes for an interesting fall effect. Incorporating seedpods and grasses into your arrangements is another unique way to showcase a fall inspired style.
PHOTOGRAPHER: CORRINA WALKER PHOTOGRAPHY FLORAL DESIGN: FLOWER CHIX
PHOTOGRAPHER: TLAW PHOTOGRAPHY FLORAL DESIGN: SARAH MAYERSON DESIGN
WINTER Winter flowers are normally in season from December until February. If you are getting married in a cold climate, try incorporating berries still on the bush, shapely branches, or evergreens in your floral design. For a winter wedding in a warmer climate, try an abundance of white flowers, which looks dazzling with the added ambiance of candles and white lights. PHOTOGRAPHER: ILIA PHOTO + CINEMA FLORAL DESIGN: FLOWERS BY JANIE
A few examples of flowers that are in season at this time are: amaryllis, anemone, jasmine, ranunculus, star of Bethlehem, and stargazer lilies. Poinsettias, holly and evergreen varieties are traditional, and wreaths of any kind make lovely centerpieces and even gifts.
WEDDING DESIGN & By Catherine Larose
hen it comes to event design, Calgary is a magical place where anything is possible. Whether you dream of Moroccan inspired tents layered with linens, or crisp lakeside elegance with grand vistas, there is an event planner and decor company with just the right furniture and decorative elements to make it feel authentic. Hiring a reputable designer is your guarantee that every detail has been attended to, from your grand entrance, to the aisle design, to the lighting for the photographer and videographer. “A designer specializes in envisioning the look and feel of your wedding, and in designing an action plan to bring this artistic vision to life. The designer is able to assess how best to utilize your budget for your particular wedding's needs. They also coordinate all decor elements to ensure cohesiveness in your wedding- including florists, decor suppliers, cake designers, lighting experts, and so und technicians.”, says Gill Boyd of RED Events Design & Decor Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHER: ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY DESIGN AND DECOR: JULIANNE YOUNG WEDDINGS
More and more clergy and officiants are willing to officiate in hotel ballrooms and outdoors, vineyards and beaches, meaning that couples can choose spaces that hold significant meaning to them and they can also be decorated in any way that they choose. It is important to remember that there are two, if not more, stages of your wedding day, and each one has to be carefully planned and designed. The ceremony is the most significant part of your wedding day, and it should be designed in a meaningful way. Working with a designer means that you have the opportunity to focus on all of the meaningful and symbolic elements of your nuptials, and can leave the logistics and event design in the hands of an experienced expert. For Edmonton based designer Cory Christopher, design is largely about storytelling. “For me, designing is the opportunity to tell the couples story, to discover their personality and design it into reality using visual and experiential components carefully crafted together. It’s the process of discovery that is the most exciting and rewarding, the wedding day itself is just the icing on the cake.”
PHOTOGRAPHER: PMG IMAGE DESIGN AND DECOR: LYNN FLETCHER WEDDINGS
PHOTOGRAPHER: ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY
LUXEYOUNG 2017 WEDDINGS DESIGN AND DECOR: JULIANNE
2017 WEDDING DÉCOR
ICE SCULPTURES, BARS & CENTERPIECES
Nothing is more awe inspiring at a wedding than an entire bar, or iconic centrepieces, made of crystal clear ice. In daylight, they are dazzling, by candlelight and with a little professional up lighting they are dramatic and ethereal. Iced creations are not as expensive as you might think, it’s just frozen water after all, and they can be incorporated into any style of event for added glamour and sparkle. Ice can also have flowers, berries, love notes, or almost any other material embedded within it for added interest. The key to creating the ultimate conversation piece at your wedding is to know what is possible, be sure to ask your planner for recommendations and ideas.
RIGGED LIGHTING & FLORAL CHANDELIERS Rigged lighting, floral chandeliers and garlands, often seen hanging from an arch or arbour, have been popular for the past few years and will continue to be a major trend in luxury wedding design in 2017. Lighting is the single most effective tool for creating ambiance and mood. Done properly it can be the difference between intimate and institutional, ordinary and extraordinary. Lush trailing chandeliers and floral installations above reception tables make wonderful conversation pieces. There is no end to the amazing possibilities when it comes to suspending florals, decor, drapery and rigged lighting, but it is important to hire professionals to ensure that it is done safely.
PHOTOGRAPHER: PMG IMAGE DESIGN AND DECOR: CORY CHRISTOPHER
SOFT SEATING Soft flowing fabrics, plush couches, and lounge style seating are still very much in vogue in 2017, and the trend is growing. Once considered the perfect solution to a small wedding, the same concepts are now being applied to large weddings too with an impressive overall impact. Not only do lounge configurations allow for more of your personal style to shine through, they also create a more comfortable atmosphere for your guests to mingle and celebrate the evening together.
LAYERS OF LINENS Layers upon layers of fabric, textures and patterns are a popular luxury decor trend, especially in table linens. Full length linens layered with overlays that have special detailing like embroidery, beading, and fine lace are also fashionable. Use at least two to three layers of lush fabric to create a truly luxe look.
OPPOSITE PAGE A - PHOTOGRAPHER: CHRISTY D. SWANBERG DESIGN AND DECOR: LYNN FLETCHER WEDDINGS - SHERYL BOURY ICE BAR: FROZEN MEMORIES
B - PHOTOGRAPHER: CHRISTY D. SWANBERG DESIGN AND DECOR: LYNN FLETCHER WEDDINGS - SHERYL BOURY LIGHTING: STARDUST EVENT GROUP
PHOTOGRAPHER: PMG IMAGE DESIGNER: CORY CHRISTOPHER RENTALS: RED EVENTS DESIGN & DECOR INC., SPECIAL EVENT RENTALS FLORAL DESIGN: CORY CHRISTOPHER STATIONERY: LILIAN CHUA ART & DESIGN BRIDAL FASHION: r o c o c o BRIDES MEN'S FASHION: ED WILLIAMS MENS WEAR BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: JOANNA BISLEY DESIGNS LIGHTING DESIGN: STARDUST EVENT GROUP HAIR & MAKEUP (BRIDE): MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP HAIR & MAKEUP (GROOM): IVONNE ARSENAULT MAKE UP ARTIST MODELS: IVONNE, SAM (I MODEL MANAGEMENT), MATTEA
For most brides, their wedding day is quite literally a fairy tale come true. It is the culmination of a lifetime of dreaming about a perfect day to celebrate your love story. For some brides, it is a dizzying wonderland of new experiences and decisions. Embrace the adventure, and let your inner princess (and a few industry experts) guide you toward the enchanting wedding day that awaits you.
Glass Slipper There is no fairy tale wedding that is out of reach if you have the right experts to guide you in your planning. Your wildest dreams can be realized simply by hiring the right people. Write your own love story, design your perfect day, and watch it materialize right before your eyes.
PHOTOGRAPHER: ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY
BRIDAL FASHION & JEWELLERY: THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
VENUE: FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS
MEN'S WEAR: ED WILLIAMS MENS WEAR
DESIGNER: JULIANNE YOUNG WEDDINGS
LINGERIE / SHAPEWEAR: KNICKERS 'N LACE
FLORAL DESIGN: FLEURISH FLOWER SHOP
GODMOTHER FABRIC: OLGA'S FABRIC LANE
RENTALS: SPECIAL EVENT RENTALS, BELLA LINENS
GODMOTHER FASHION DESIGN: RITTAVIA - GALA MULITSA
VINTAGE CAR: HIGHLAND VIP GROUP
STATIONERY: THE SOCIAL PAGE DESIGN STUDIO
LIGHTING DESIGN: STARDUST EVENT GROUP
HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR
MODELS: CRYSTAL, VICTOR, JUNE
Crystalline Illuminated ice sculptures and dÃ©cor elements add warmth and brilliance to this frozen wedding theme. Crystal, silver and mirrored surfaces sparkle and glow at any time of day or night, reflecting light in every direction for a magical guest experience.
PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWARD ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY EDWARD ROSS, LEYA RUSSEL, BRANDIE SUNLEY VENUE: DEER LODGE - CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN RESORTS DESIGN AND DECOR: MOUNTAINSCAPE WEDDINGS RENTALS: SPECIAL EVENT RENTALS, FUSION BOLLYWOOD FLORAL DESIGN: OCCASIONAL BLOOM STATIONERY: THE SOCIAL PAGE DESIGN STUDIO CAKE DESIGN: SWIRL CUSTOM CAKES & DESSERTS ICE SCULPTURES: FROZEN MEMORIES BRIDAL FASHION & ACCESSORIES: THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BRIDAL CAPE: CALGARY BRIDAL CAPES EVENING GOWNS: CAMEO & CUFFLINKS PEARL JEWELLERY: EV STENROOS MAKEUP ARTISTRY: TRENA LANE MAKEUP ARTIST HAIR STYLING: JUSTIN HAMMER OF HAMMER HEADZ SALON LIGHTING DESIGN: STARDUST EVENT GROUP MODELS: KATARINA, ALEX
Romantic crimson and plum tones add richness and warmth to this magnificent, forested table-scape. Lavish florals, tempting candy apples and decadent desserts are elevated to new heights with gilded décor and glittering accents.
PHOTOGRAPHER: T.H. JACKSON HUANG / IKONICA VENUE: FAIRMONT PALLISER DESIGN AND DECOR: LYNN FLETCHER WEDDINGS, FaBLOOMosity FLORAL ATELIER RENTALS: RED EVENTS DESIGN & DECOR INC., SPECIAL EVENT RENTALS LIGHTING DESIGN: STARDUST EVENT GROUP FLORAL DESIGN: FaBLOOMosity FLORAL ATELIER STATIONERY DESIGN: PINK UMBRELLA CAKE DESIGN: SWIRL CUSTOM CAKES & DESSERTS CANDY APPLES: SWIRL CUSTOM CAKES & DESSERTS PIE: FAIRMONT PALLISER BRIDAL FASHION: CAMEO & CUFFLINKS MENS FASHION: ED WILLIAMS MENS WEAR BRIDAL JEWELLERY & WATCHES: CALGARY JEWELLERY HERKIMER DIAMONDS AND "PRECIOUS ORE": KOMERAVICH ORIGINALS MEN'S VINTAGE BROOCH BOUTONNIÈRES: A VINTAGE AFFAIR HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELLE SUFFOLK-WALSH HAIR & MAKEUP MODELS: ALEXANDRA, ALVARO, DYLAN, KELLY, LEO, SAM, TRAVIS, WES LUXE 2017
PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWARD ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY BRIDAL FASHION: THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE MAKEUP ARTISTRY: TRENA LAINE MAKEUP ARTIST HAIR STYLING: JUSTIN HAMMER OF HAMMER HEADZ SALON 3D PRINTED ROSE: ARCHELOFT MODEL: ALEX
BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY Hello There Darling Boudoir by Christy D. Swanberg cdsweddings.com/boudoir
DESIGNERS & PLANNERS
Juilanne Young Weddings | julianneyoungweddings.com
Cameo & Cufflinks | cameoandcufflinks.com
Lynn Fletcher Weddings Inc. | lynnfletcherweddings.com
r o c o c o BRIDES | rococobrides.com
Mountainscape Weddings | mountainscapeweddings.com
S2 Bride I s2brides.com
Postcard Weddings | postcardweddings.com
Taffeta and Tulle Bridal I taffetaandtulle.com
RED Events Design & Decor Inc. | redevents.com
The Bridal Boutique | thebridalboutique.ca
Famous Players Band | famousplayersband.com
Ed Williams Mens Wear | ewmw.ca
Pez Productions | pezproductions.ca PM Gigs Music and Entertainment | pmgigs.com
BRIDAL SHOWS Bridal Expo | bridalexpo.ca
Bliss Bridal Show | blissbridalshow.com
Cory Christopher | corychristopher.ca
The Wedding Fair | theweddingfair.ca
FaBLOOMosity Floral Atelier | fabloomosity.com Fleurish Flower Shop | fleurishflowershop.ca
Occasional Bloom | occasionalbloom.com
SWIRL Custom Cakes & Desserts | swirlcakes.ca Whippt Desserts & Catering | whippt.ca
HEALTH & BEAUTY Hammer Headz Salon | hammerheadzsalon.com
Jaimie Rankin | Makeup Art of Beauty | jaimierankin.com
Fairmont Palliser | fairmont.com/palliser-calgary
Michelle Suffolk-Walsh Hair & Makeup I michellesuffolkwalsh.ca
Great Events Catering | greateventsgroup.ca
The Spa Ritual | thesparitual.com
Hotel Arts | hotelarts.ca
Trena Laine Makeup Artist | trenalaine.com
DÃ‰COR & RENTALS
Fusion Bollywood | fusionbollywood.com
PAL Insurance | palcanada.com
Great Events Rentals | greateventsrentals.ca Red Events Design & Decor Inc. | redevents.com
JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES Calgary Jewellery | CalgaryJewellery.com EV Stenroos (contributor) | evstenroos.com Joanna Bisley Designs (contributor) | joannabisleydesigns.com A Vintage Affair (contributor) | avintageaffair.ca
LIGHTING Stardust Event Group | stardusteventgroup.com
LINGERIE Knickers 'N Lace | knickersnlace.net
PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWARD ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY BRIDAL FASHION: THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE MAKEUP ARTISTRY: TRENA LAINE MAKEUP ARTIST HAIR STYLING: JUSTIN HAMMER OF HAMMER HEADZ SALON MODEL: KATARINA
PHOTOGRAPHY Alan Maudie Photography | alanmaudie.com Bud Moore Photography | budmoorephotography.com Corrina Walker Photography | corrinawalker.com Chloe Buie Photography (contributor) | chloephoto.com Crush Photography | crushphotography.ca Dave Holland (contributor) | daveholland.ca Edward Ross Photography | edwardrossphotography.com Hello there Darling by Christy D. Swanberg | cdsweddings.com Ikonica | ikonica.ca Ilia Photo + Cinema | calgaryweddingstudio.com Jean Perron (contributor) | jeanperronphotography.com Kristi Sneddon Photographer | ksphotographer.com Kristy Reimer Photography (contributor) | kristyreimerphotography.com Orange Girl Photographs (contributor) | orangegirl.com Photographik (contributor) | photographik.ca PHOTOPHILCRO (contributor) | photophilcro.com PMG Image | pmgimage.com Sean LeBlanc Photography | seanleblancphotography.com Sofia Katherine Photography | sofiakatherinephotography.com TLAW Photography (contributor) | tlawphotography.ca
STATIONERY The Social Page Design Studio | thesocialpage.ca
Azuridge Estate Hotel | azuridgehotel.com
Ambassador Limousine Service | thecheckergroup.com/limo
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant | BVRRestaurant.com
Highland VIP Group | highlandvip.com
Calgary Stampede | calgarystampede.com Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts | crmr.com Carriage House Inn | carriagehouse.net Cherry Creek Estate | cherrycreek.ca Fairmont Banff Springs | fairmont.com/banffsprings
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | fairmont.com/lakelouise Fairmont Palliser | fairmont.com/palliser Hotel Arts | hotelarts.ca Kicking Horse Mountain Resport | kickinghorseresort.com Meadow Muse Pavillion | MeadowMuse.ca Spruce Meadows | spruceweadows.ca The Calgary Zoo | calgaryzoo.com/weddings
VIDEOGRAPHY Parfait Productions | parfaitweddings.com
WEDDING PLANNING RESOURCES Calgary Bridal Alliance | calgarybridalalliance.com Calgary Bride | calgarybride.ca LUXE 2017
Fairytale IS THE REAL
ove is as difficult to define as art or spirituality. For most of us, it is the reason for everything we do, in one way or another. Whether it is our love for our God, partner, children, self or others, love drives us all. When love finds us, or we find it, it brands us with memories from our lives spent. Much like the pages of a tale unfolding before our eyes. Once written, our love stories are a permanent account of our heartâ€™s journey. Weddings are specially designed to have beautiful happy endings, they are symbolic and not literal, in much the same way that fairy tales are. They are inspired representations of much deeper meaning, family tradition, and life lessons. Weddings are works of art and synchronicity which unfold over a series of hours, or days. They are produced to impress and show gratitude to your friends and family who have supported you over the course of your life. Their support after all, has lead you to this moment, when you may finally announce to the most respected people in your world that you have found someone worthy of your love forever. This is a big deal, and you should definitely celebrate it. To have chosen someone to love, to marry, someone to protect and nurture until death, is a great achievement and a gift. To find someone with whom you feel completely connected with is nothing short of a miracle. Nourish love with kindness, use it to grow more love, and remember love will never leave you - it will be with you forever and ever. Love is not a fairy tale, it is a never ending story.
- Catherine Larose, Editor in Chief
PHOTOGRAPHER: KRISTI SNEDDON PHOTOGRAPHER
MODELS: SARAH BELLA, DYLAN CALGARYBRIDE.CA
The Enchanted Issue