Central Alberta Wedding Guide 2021

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Table of Contents LOVE STORIES beginnings


kennedy + axel -




courtney + jackson - Edson


katie + george - Red Deer


I N S P I R AT I O N 8.

wide open spaces - Drumheller


wedded bliss - Rocky Mountain House


fashion fusion - Canyon Ski Resort

INFO 18.

central ab 101 - Seasonal weather and activities


make it official - Where to get your license


rehearsal dinner spots


venue guide - Where to tie the knot


introducing - Colleen Conroy Makeup & Hair

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HelloFriends, Here we are, a new season and with it, the promise of new beginnings. 2020 was a year for the record books in more ways than one. Yet, even through all of the restrictions, postponements, loss and disappointments one thing remains unwavering - the love between Rocky Mountain couples like you. The resilience seen from the wedding community, as well as the brides and grooms who refused to let the circumstances diminish their love was and continues to be inspiring. These couples and vendors all demonstrated the power of love in a time when the world truly needed it most. For the RMB team, we have continued to grow, create and come together with the intentional goal of bringing joy to our readers in new ways, both online and in these pages. We have added more sisters to the team and even some manpower with a Rocky Mountain babe. Despite all of the hardships and unknowns, it has truly been a special time that I will look back on with a sense of profound thankfulness.


If you are at the beginning of your planning journey, or patiently waiting for your dream day to come to fruition, these pages will allow you to step in to inspiring love stories, engagements and styled celebrations and ultimately press pause on the outside world for a few sweet moments. I pray this wedding guide allows you to dream of better days ahead and plan your perfect Canadian Rockies wedding in some of the most beautiful locations this world has to offer.


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wide open spaces

This styled shoot transports us back to warm summer days spent in the middle of the Canadian Badlands. Heather Johnston Creative and Alexandra Kurta Photography brought terracotta colour, intricate texture and new life to this quiet desert landscape. Holly Loves Paper designed a paper suite that was simple, fun and inviting with terracotta hoodoos and cute cacti, illustrating the curious surrounding landscape. This Marbella dish was the perfect piece to hold the bride’s spectacular wedding ring.

D E S E RT R O M A N C E Creative Edge Flowers created arrangements full of feminine florals, dried palm leaf fans and wispy pampas grass to complete the styled shoot’s theme - bohemian chic. To top it all off, brilliant cacti were featured in every set, whether it was the ceremony or table setting. These plants helped to juxtapose vibrant life against the dry desert. The bride stole the show in her beautiful emerald wrap dress from Blush & Raven Bridal Boutique, and we just love the use of velvet in this picturesque Alberta elopement!



SOFT SUCCULENTS Making all of our bohemian dreams come true, this summer scene featured earthy details like strong wicker pieces, knotted macrame chargers and plush velvet cushions by Orange Trunk Vintage Styling & Rentals. The handmade chargers from The Knot Garden YYC brought that “wild-west” bohemian feel to this tablescape, especially with the turquoise beading throughout. The couple’s illo Leather coasters helped to ground their elopement and first-ever meal as man and wife. Modern Bake’s macrame-inspired ivory cake was a masterpiece topped with detailed succulents and pretty florals.



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C R E AT I V E T E A M Planning: Heather Johnston Creative | www.orangetrunk.com Photographer: Alexandra Kurta Photography | www.alexandrakurtaphotography.com Paper: Holly Loves Paper | www.hollylovespaper.ca Leather Details: Illo Leather | www.illoleather.com Sweets: Modern Bake | www.modernbakeyyc.com Florist: Creative Edge Flowers | www.creativeedgeflowers.com Bridal Boutique: Blush & Raven | www.blushandraven.com Groom’s Attire: Supreme Menswear | www.sfconline.ca Beauty: HMUA Makeup by JLee | www.makeupbyjamielee.com Bride’s Jewellery: Apostle Boutique | www.apostleboutique.com Rentals: Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals | orangetrunk.com Ring Dish: Marbella Dish | www.marbelladish.com Flat Lay Kit & Styling: Curated Kits | www.curatedkits.ca Macrame: The Knot Garden YYC | Etsy: TheKnotGardenYYC Models: Jess & Tyler


Central Alberta

C E N T R A L A L B E RTA 1 0 1 Advice for a perfect trip to Central Alberta featuring favourite local spots from Olds to Drumheller to Red Deer. Like all of Alberta, the weather can change in the blink of an eye. Planning ahead can make all of the difference.

S E A S O N A L W E AT H E R Central Alberta, the home of the wild rose and the wide open spaces that visitors and native Albertans have come to know and love. This is an area with a history that’s rooted in agriculture and energy that continues to permeate the culture today. If you know Alberta’s most populated cities, Calgary and Edmonton, Central Alberta just touches the north side of the Calgary region and surrounds the entire Edmonton region. Summers in the area are long and comfortable, while winters are generally dry and cold. Typically, the temperature ranges between -15°C and 23°C. If you’re looking to plan a wedding in Central Alberta, one of the best times to visit is from early July to mid August, with July 26 being the hottest day of the year. Calling all prairie lovers - this location is for you! Central Alberta is the most clear between the end of June and the middle of October, which is something to be aware of if you’re set on an outdoor or semi-outdoor wedding. Don’t forget about rainy season when you’re planning, which occurs from early May until around June 23. Central Alberta is a wedding gem because of its close proximity to so many landscapes, including the rugged Rocky Mountains, carved hoodoos of the Canadian Badlands and the great Alberta plains. There’s a little bit of something for everyone!


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W H AT T O P A C K You guests will thank you when you provide them with some guidelines and recommendations on what they should pack for your big weekend. You can send it out in an email or update the information to your wedding website for quick and easy access. For a Central Alberta wedding, guests should bring a light jacket or parka depending on the time of year! If they’re visiting the area and are going to be doing a lot of touring around, it would be good to recommend some sturdy walking shoes, a backpack and a water bottle. These will come in handy no matter what you’re doing, especially that water bottle for higher altitudes! If you’re having a summer wedding, a light sweater will ensure that guests are comfortable when the temperature drops at night, which is extremely common in this area. A simple rule of thumb is to think about what you would bring on a trip to the area, and that’s what you should suggest to your guests!

ACTIVITIES As mentioned earlier, Central Alberta borders on both the Calgary and Edmonton regions. For a day activity, guests can enjoy adventuring through some of these midwestern cities and getting the lay of the land. If they love western culture, steer them in the direction of Calgary, a city that is lovingly known as “Cowtown” and home of the Calgary Stampede. If small towns are more their speed, get them to adventure around Sundre, Olds, Didsbury or Ponoka. Central Alberta houses a number of interesting “ghost towns” that might be worth visiting for the guests who crave a day of history and sightseeing. Rowley is one of Alberta’s most popular ghost towns with actual buildings still intact - the town currently has a population of nine people, and their saloon hosts a pizza night on the last Saturday of the month to raise funds for the town. Visiting here feels like you’ve just been transported back to the 1950s. You can also stop by Sylvan Lake for a beach day in the summertime - if you do, it’s imperative to get there early! To live out that true Central Alberta experience, guests can stop at The Donut Mill located in Red Deer, Alberta. This restaurant and bakery is a well-known rest stop between Calgary and Edmonton where people pick up glazed donuts or a cup of Joe. While they may not have a Michelin star-level menu, it’s a sight to see and quintessentially Albertan! Another interesting sight to see is the Starlite Diner Car in Bowden, a throwback eatery that is made to look like a retro railcar. If you’re looking for some more locales to complete the food tour, look no further than Markerville Creamery, Olds College Brewery, Cilantro and Chive, Edgar Farms, Red Boar Smokery and Big Bend Market.

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Make it official In Alberta, you can get your registration of marriage and marriage license at any registry agent office. You and your partner must both be present at the office with proper identification. Please know that this process might differ based on the location and the COVID-19 pandemic - double check before you head out. Acceptable pieces of identification contain your first and last name, photo and a distinct identification number. Be prepared to answer multiple questions, such as when and where are you getting married, or if you’ve had any previous marriages. The government fee for a marriage license is $40, and you must be married within three months of receiving the license. The province of Alberta does not require you to be a resident, but it does require two witnesses at the ceremony. Your officiant will have the responsibility of sending the signed registration of marriage form to Vital Statistics within 48 hours of the ceremony.

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Local Wedding Inspiration

Courtney + Jackson edson, ab

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Courtney and Jackson originally met at a mutual friend’s party, however, Courtney was in a relationship at the time. Their relationship didn’t start until some time after their first encounter, and from there, no one was rushing anything. The couple’s proposal didn’t happen until five years after they began dating, and it took place while they were living abroad in Sweden. Talk about a perfect proposal! While on a trip to the Spanish Canary Islands, Courtney and Jackson went to visit the Dunes of Maspalomas. As the couple got out of the car to take photos at the dunes, Jackson insisted on bringing one of their backpacks with him to ensure that their camera and computer were safe. Although Courtney thought the backpack would be safe in the car, she did not argue and let Jackson bring it with them. She had no idea, but the wedding ring was actually in that backpack the whole time! As the two took a video with their GoPro at the top of a sand dune, Jackson knelt down on one knee and proposed to his dream girl! Courtney was so surprised that she, to this day, can’t tell you a word that she or Jackson said.



The wedding planning was pretty seamless for the pair, mainly because Jackson’s brother and his wife had gotten married only a few years prior. They had kept all of their plans from their special day, making it easy for Courtney and Jackson to do a larger and slightly altered version of the previous wedding. Their families were absolutely pivotal for the success of Courtney and Jackson’s big day, as they all worked hard to get everything organized before the two took off overseas. The ceremony and reception took place at Jackson’s parents’ acreage just outside of Edson, AB, making it easy for the couple to have everyone that they wanted in attendance. When asked about the highlights of the reception, Courtney and Jackson say, “speeches, first dance, party. But really, all of it was amazing!”


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“We both say that the party was our favourite part! We had our wedding on Jackson’s parents’ acreage so that we didn’t have to worry about going over venue capacity - having a big party with all of our favourite people was what we wanted most!” - Courtney


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-VENDORSPhotographer Madison Jamie Photography | www.madisonjamiephotography.com Invitations Vistaprint | www.vistaprint.ca Bride’s Attire Bridal Boutique: Castaspella Boutique | www.castaspella.com Gown Designer: Stella York | www.essensedesigns.com/stella-york Shoes: Kelly & Katie | www.dsw.ca Jewellery: Curry’s Jewellers | www.currysjewellers.com Bride’s Ring Magal Jewelry | www.magaljewelry.com Bridesmaids’ Attire Sorella Vita | www.essensedesigns.com/sorella-vita Jenny Yoo | www.jennyyoo.com Groom’s Attire Suit: 1670 | www.thebay.com Shoes: Call It Spring | www.callitspring.com Groomsmen’s Attire The Bay | www.thebay.com Beauty Veil Beauty Co. | www.veilbeautyco.com Rentals Superior Show Service | www.superiorshow.com Officiant James Leppan


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Katie + George red deer, ab

Katie and George met on Bumble and had their first date a week after matching. Just over a year later, the pair got engaged while on the edge of the pier at Sylvan Lake. Katie was told that they were going on a fishing date with friends, but little did she know that George had so much more in store for them! As George took photos of his soon-to-be fiancé and their fur baby, Katie turned around to face him and saw that he was down on one knee. As the whole engagement was happening, our bride saw her siblings stepping out from behind some nearby trees. It turns out that the whole fishing story was completely fake, and the entire family was there to celebrate!

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Their first looks were right up there at the top of their favourite moments from their wedding day. As Katie and George got their first look atop a beautiful cliff, time stood still and the whole world came into focus. The wedding day was extremely classic with a little bit of flare - black and white with rich shades of forest green and subtle neutrals. Due to the global pandemic, they had to scale down their large wedding to only have 50 guests in attendance. Although Katie and George’s relatively intimate wedding wasn’t their initial plan, the two gush that the day could not have been more perfect for them. It was a blessing in disguise!


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“Hire a wedding planner!!! Make it part of your budget right off the bat. It was the best investment we made and it allowed for our families to enjoy the day as much as we did. They didn’t have to worry about anything, and I knew that if something were to go down, Joelle and Anna had it handled.”


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-VENDORS Venue Canyon Ski Resort | www.canyonski.ca

Wedding Planner Hitched by Joelle | www.hitchedbyjoelle.com Photographer Ash Maclean Photography www.ashmacleanphotography.com Videographer Mike Smart Caterer 3 Pink Flamingos | @the3pinkflamingos Sweets Brianna Holdal Florist Calyx Floral Design | www.calyxfloraldesign.ca Invitations Vistaprint | www.vistaprint.ca Bride’s Attire Bridal Boutique: Novia Mia | www.noviamiard.com Shoes: ALDO | www.aldoshoes.com Bride’s Ring Vera Wang | www.peoplesjewellery.com Bridesmaids’ Attire Park & Fifth | www.parkandfifthco.com Groom’s Attire Ted Matheson Men’s Wear | www.tedmatheson.com Lululemon | www.lululemon.com Groomsmen’s Attire Ted Matheson Men’s Wear | www.tedmatheson.com Hair Dani Pahl | @danireegan Makeup Beauty by Skye | @beauty_byskye Rentals Special Event Rentals www.reddeer.specialeventrentals.com Officiant Colin Millang

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rehearsal dinner spots

Headed up by some great chefs, this restaurant has one of the best menus in the entire city! Big bonus is that the Asian fusion dishes often feature local ingredients, bringing together Albertans from across the province. Their most raved about meals are the salmon, prime rib, wings and New York steak, and there has yet to be a bad review on this place. If you’re looking for a nice fine dining option in the area, then Boulevard is for you - think white tablecloths and a sleek interior.

33 Petrolia Dr, Red Deer | 403-314-2583 | www.boulevardrestaurant.ca

THE GRANARY KITCHEN The Granary is a unique and beautiful farm-to-table restaurant that prioritizes sustainability. If you and your partner are passionate about supporting local, then you have something in common with The Granary Kitchen. The restaurant’s space is updated, open and airy, meaning there’s lots of natural light that comes in throughout the day and at night. The food always looks amazing, and the locale boast a significant amount of space for the largest of rehearsal dinners! From beautifully plated meals to more pub-like food, the restaurant has an extensive menu that focuses on being proudly Albertan.

1935 50 Ave, Red Deer | 403-986-4663 | www.granarykitchen.ca

W E S T L A K E G R I L L , H E R I TA G E R A N C H A spectacular rehearsal venue location that’s located on 217 acres of lush land, Heritage Ranch encourages guests to take in all of the beauty that Alberta has to offer. Westland Grill offers a location for friends and family to catch up in a relaxed and nature-filled environment. Highquality product and fresh local ingredients come to life in this venue’s menu, which boasts plates like the Smokey Caesar Salad, Grilled Bison Ribeye and Mushroom and Cheese Penne Alfredo. This area is especially beautiful during the summertime when you can dine outside!

6300 Cronquist Dr, Red Deer | 403-347-4977 | www.westlakegrill.ca


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CILANTRO & CHIVE There are actually two locations of this Central Alberta favourite, one in Lacombe and one in Red Deer. This is a well-loved restaurant in the area, mainly due to its expansive menu and heartwarming creation story. With the support of their community, Cilantro and Chive owners turned their catering company into a two-spot empire. The fare can be described as upscale pub food, and is perfect for the couple who wants their rehearsal dinner to feel casual and effortless.

5021 50 St, Lacombe | 403-782-2882 | www.cilantroandchive.ca M O H AV E S M O K E H O U S E & B A R This is definitely the rehearsal dinner locale for the meat eaters out there. Red Deer natives especially love this spot for its ribs, breakfast and burgers, along with its focus on the local community. However, if you have some guests who don’t eat meat, there are many salad, pasta, taco and veggie burger options. Mohave has a lovely contemporary interior with lots of wood and eye-catching Edison bulbs that will keep things modern for your rehearsal dinner.

6608 B Orr Dr, Red Deer | 403-340-3463 | www.mohavesmokehouse.com BLANCO CANTINA Looking for a more relaxed and fun atmosphere for your rehearsal dinner? Blanco Cantina is just that! This rehearsal dinner venue is a great option for the couple who wants to be in Alberta and Mexico at the same time. This locale has amazing cocktails, along with nachos, tacos, burrito and more. This might not be the most fancy dinner of your wedding weekend, but it might be the most fun!

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Kennedy + Axel drumheller, ab

Axel and Kennedy had a dreamy engagement session that was quintessentially Albertan and right out of any prairie lover’s dreams. The pair’s monochromatic colour palette allowed for the real beauty of the landscape to really pop. As the hoodoos of the Canadian Badlands soared against the sunset, the couple basked in the newly-engaged glow.

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“YES!” It was straight from a movie when Kennedy caught Axel’s eye during a bar shift at a local establishment. Axel knew right away that he needed to know her, and proceeded to walk over and take his future bride’s order. After a night of sparks flying, Kennedy decided to ask Axel for his number before leaving the bar. The two went on their first date the night after, and they’ve been inseparable ever since! One and a half years later came the proposal of a lifetime.


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Photographer: Feather and Folk Photography | @featherandfolk

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Wedded Bliss

Nicole Buss of Flowers by Nicole created this pastoral beauty with Ever After Weddings and Elopements by her side. Located at a personal ranch outside of Rocky Mountain House, this shoot proves that with the right vendor team, anything is possible. The earthy toned colour palette was designed to mimic the foliage and fleurs of the surrounding landscape. Pair all of these elements with the fresh mountain air, and you have a match made in heaven! central alberta wedding guide 2020 / rockymountainbride.com




This is the perfect kind of setup for the couple who is looking for a small and intimate wedding. It highlights the most important parts of your wedding day - your unique love and the incredible Rocky Mountain backdrop. Enchanted Ever After Bridal nailed this bridal look with a romantic and whimsical gown that is perfect for dancing the night away. The groom’s look from Black Knight Tuxedos expresses a level of sophistication and ease that balances out the tiniest of details.


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H E A RT & H A R M O N Y

Emelbe Design provided the elegant menu place cards that adorned each guest’s position at their dining table. A sprig of eucalyptus gave the table some natural texture that seemed like it was brought from the field next door. Events by Deanna Inc. topped off the wedding decor with some rustic crates and wooden bar signs. To satisfy each guest’s sweet tooth, Forkin’ Delightful had the dessert front covered with wedding ring-inspired cookies and decadent cupcakes.

creative team Venue: Private Ranch Planning & Florist: Flowers by Nicole | www.flowersbynicole.ca Photographer: Ever After Weddings and Elopements | www.weddingsbyeverafter.ca Paper: Emelbe Design | www.emelbedesign.com Sweets: Forkin’ Delightful | www.forkindelightful.com Bride’s & Bridesmaids’ Attire: Enchanted Ever After Bridal | www.enchantedeverafter.co Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Black Knight Tuxedos | www.blackknighttuxedos.com Hair: Katelynn Allaby Makeup: Captivating Soul Artistry Rentals: Events by Deanna Inc. | www.eventsbydeanna.com Models: Katrina & Dylan

Fashion Fusion East meets west in this jaw-dropping shoot by Emani Events. Lindsay Nickel Photography captured the most captivating elements of this Canyon Ski Resort wedding. Fashioned after the micro-weddings that are becoming increasingly popular with the global pandemic, this event is ideal for any couple who is looking to share their special day with only a handful of their closest people. Bold and beautiful are two words that come to mind when looking at this work of art!

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The details are what really stand out in this styled shoot, in all of the best ways possible! Between the gilded pieces and the pops of fuchsia, every single element is eye-catching. The bride’s Essence of Australia gown from Novia Mia Bridal Red Deer is a classic and timeless ballgown enriched with shimmer, made for the modern-day romantic bride. Her jewellery from CJL Diamonds is what makes the ensemble, pairing wonderfully with her hair and makeup by Beauty by Skye and Smak Studios. Copper Cloud supplied the sweet bronze chairs that filled the wedding ceremony, along with the couple’s wooden hexagonal arch!

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GILDED This delicately detailed You Had Me at Cupcake wedding cake is what stole the show at the reception. The hand piped gold details that adorned the simple piece were inspired by the intricate henna art that you see at South Asian weddings like this one. Calyx Floral Design added a pop of colorful floral texture to tie together the overall event design and truly wow guests. Wedding Design by Anika designed a menu card for each guest which matched the wedding invitations that welcomed them to the big day - they were bright and ornate, yet minimal. central alberta wedding guide 2020 / rockymountainbride.com


FIELD OF BLOOMS The field at Canyon Ski Resort, where the couple took photos in matched the bride’s bouquet perfectly, primarily due to the wispy pampas grass of the arrangement. This styled shoot was the right balance between sweet and striking, one that any couple would dream of for their summer wedding!

creative team Venue: Canyon Ski Resort | www.canyonski.ca Planning: Emani Events | www.emanievents.com Photographer: Lindsay Nickel Photography | www.lindsaynickelphotography.com Paper: Wedding Design by Anika | www.weddingdesignbyanika.com Sweets: You Had Me at Cupcake | www.youhadmeatcupcake.com Florist: Calyx Floral Design| www.calyxfloraldesign.ca Bridal Boutique: Novia Mia Bridal Red Deer | www.noviamiard.com Designer: Essence of Australia | www.essensedesigns.com Bride’s’ Jewellery: CJL Diamonds | www.cjldiamonds.ca Hair: Beauty by Skye | @beauty_byskye Makeup: Smak Studios | www.smak-studios.com Rentals: Copper Cloud | www.coppercloud.ca

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central alberta V E N U E S


52 north venue 1224 township road 40-0 lacombe county, alberta 403.877.5288 www.52northvenue.ca

4500 50 st olds, alberta 403.556.8281 www.oldscollege.ca

olds college

cronquist house

pine and pond wedding venue

4707 fountain dr #4 red deer, alberta 403.346.0055 www.rdchs.com

township road 435a Falun, alberta 780.966.9333 www.pineandpond.com

drumheller’s little church

red deer golf and country club

murray hill rd drumheller, alberta 403-823-8100 www.drumhellerchamber.com

4500 fountain dr red deer, alberta 403.347.5441 www.rdgcc.ca

hilltop wedding center

the whitewood barn

blue sign 39145 sylvan lake, alberta 403.896.8673 www.hilltopweddingcenter.com

25016 twp. 483 millet, alberta 780.217.4778 www.thewhitewoodbarn.com

kerry wood nature centre

willow lane barn

6300 45 ave red deer, alberta 403.346.2010 www.waskasoopark.ca

33117 range road 290 mountain view county, alberta 403.556.7454 www.willowlanebarn.com

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The Whitewood Barn

Hilltop Wedding Center Kerry Wood Nature Centre 52 North Venue Cronquist House Pine and Pond Wedding Venue Olds College

Red Deer Golf and Country Club Willow Lane Barn

PaSu Farm

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Q & A with

lindsay nickel photography

Calyx Floral What is your favorite part of the job? I LOVE to design bridal bouquets. Just knowing that the piece of floral art I am creating will be showcased in the bride’s photos for years to come is thrilling! Knowing this makes me do my best work!

Do you have a favourite took of the trade? I have a pair of old-fashioned flower stem trimmers that I have had for years, they are amazing. So many new fancy tools, and these are just the best.

What is your dream creation? I love installations! Large-scale and filled with stunning flowers (most likely peonies!). Give me a wall to cover, or a car to fill, location doesn’t matter!

m e e t t r av i s m i l l s , owner of calyx floral

What is one thing you wish you could educate your clients on? The cost of flowers. I often feel like I am a bit of a dream crusher when my clients come in with their amazing Pinterest boards filled with incredible (and really really expensive) designs. We always do our best to come up with budget friendly alternatives but it breaks my heart when my brides have no idea of the cost of some of the items they are dreaming of.

this - or- that

What is your best-hidden talent? I love to paint! …and I’m not half-bad at it (acrylics are my favorite). I love colors and mixing tones together – this helps me in so many ways when designing flowers. Seeing the different flower colors come together in my head while envisioning a bridal bouquet allows me to create a stunning end result.

Which occupation would you like to try for a day? I really really really want to learn how to weld. Know any welders taking on apprentices?


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Where do you come up with your ideas? Mostly from nature and things I see around me. My ideas will pop up at the most inopportune times and I am known to blurt out a plan for a floral design in the middle of grocery shopping

What trend do you wish would disappear? I’m pretty over burlap and mason jars…

What is your favourite wedding season? Spring for sure… because its peony season and they are my absolute favorites!

What is your biggest indulgence? Shopping. I really love dresses and anything Kate Spade. I have a lot of clothes… like A LOT of clothes.


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