November 17, 2009

Candy Inspired Whimsical Wedding

Check out this whimsical candy inspired wedding that was featured in the New York Times.  I love how creative and unique this wedding is and talk about FUN!!!  While sometimes too much of a good thing is too much, in this case I think going over the top is what makes this particular wedding so fabulous.  It's simply delicious!

While not many of us would go to this extreme, regardless of how much we love our sweet treats, there are many ways to infuse your love and candy into your wedding day details.  Check out some of the ideas I found below to add the perfect touch of tasty whimsy to your wedding day!
Lollipop wedding invitation: Wonderful Graffiti

I am super excited about the way we are incorporating lollipops into one of my upcoming summer weddings.  It is going to be a beautiful and elegant wedding and the lollipops are going to add the perfect, unexpected twist.  You'll have to stay tuned to see how we pull it all off!

While you may not want to carry a bouquet of candy on your actual wedding day, why not have fun at your rehearsal by carrying a candy bouquet and having your groom sport a candy boutonniere? 

For my own wedding rehearsal I decided to make mini bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids using blow pops and greenery and boutonnieres for my hubby and his groomsmen using the same supplies.  They were a huge hit and helped lighten the mood before practicing our "I Do's."
Lollipop wedding bouquet and candy boutonniere: Source
Candy Themed Cake: Cake Lava

If you really want to try something non traditional, you could opt for a wedding cake pinata! This is a very fun alternative to a regular wedding cake and could provide a new twist on the popular candy buffet.  This would be great at a wedding with lots of little ones but I bet you would have a fair share of "big kids" running up to snag some tasty treats too!  
Wedding cake pinata: Weddingbee

November 8, 2009

Calgary Wedding Day Coordination Sale

Tis the season of giving!  With Christmas just around the corner (yes, I have to admit, I already have my tree up and fully decorated) I have decided to offer all you deserving Calgary brides out there a special winter sale so now there is no excuse to not have a wedding day coordinator for your winter or spring wedding!  

After countless hours meticulously planning your wedding I know that you want to be able to actually enjoy it, and you should!  You can’t be both the bride and the coordinator and your family and closest friends shouldn’t be put in this role either…unless you want them to miss out on the amazing experience that will be your wedding!  You deserve to be treated like a celebrity on your wedding day, having every detail covered and every need attended to, and that’s just what you’ll get with an Inspired Occasions coordination program.

So now onto the details of this very special sale.  Are you ready...drumroll please...I am offering a $250 discount off of any day-of coordination package booked for a November 2009 - March 2010 wedding.  Just mention this blog post to receive your special discount.  What exactly does this include you ask?  

We’ll meet with you before your wedding to make sure that we have a thorough understanding of your wedding vision, down to the smallest details.  We’ll handle confirming all contracted vendors so you can actually enjoy the month leading up to your wedding knowing that no detail will be overlooked.  We’ll make sure your ceremony runs smoothly and clean up afterwards.  On your photo shoot you will be treated to the superstar service you deserve with your own personal assistant to take care of you and your wedding party’s needs…from snacks to beverages to hair and make up touch ups, we’ve got you covered!

At your reception, we’ll make sure all the details you worked so hard to plan dazzle! We’ll keep things on track and be the point of contact for any questions that arise so you aren’t being bothered throughout the evening and can fully enjoy your months of hard work and planning.  Oh, ya, I also include some extra special bonuses that you won't find elsewhere that are sure to make your day complete!!!  Our dates are filling up quickly so if you’re ready to have the luxurious wedding experience you desire and deserve, contact us now to book your free initial meeting to discuss your wedding needs!   

October 4, 2009

Think Pink Wedding Inspiration

In honour of Think Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness) month, I have decided to put together a pink inspired wedding post.  This one takes a fresh, fun and youthful approach to a very pink celebration.
Hot pink wedding shoes: Liana Photography
All pink bouquet: Martha Stewart
Pink lanterns at a tented reception: Inspired Occasions
Pink centerpiece: The Knot
Pink photo table number: Inspired Occasions
Pink martini:
Pink wedding cake and sweet table: Amy Atlas 
Pink candy buffet: Project Wedding
Pink Flip Flop "Dancing Shoes": Inspired Occasions

October 1, 2009

Yellow Retro Inspired Wedding

There is something about the colour yellow that is just so happy.  And since weddings are such joyous occasions it seems like an ideal, yet under utilized, colour choice.  I'm loving yellow these days as well as the vintage touches that are being incorporated into so many weddings as of late.  I decided to marry the two and create a vintage inspired yellow wedding post for all of you.  I hope you enjoy it!

How cute is this bride with her yellow converse sneakers?!  I LOVE it!  

Above 3 photos credit: Sloan Photographers

This sunny yellow 50's inspired dress would be perfect for your bridesmaids.  
There is something about the soft fluffiness of peonies that is so 50's to me.  
Yellow and white peony bouquet credit: the nest
I'm also loving this vibrant yellow bouquet.
Bouquet credit: bella-kai
I ADORE the following 2 vintage inspired yellow tablescape pictures.  The milk glass vases are perfect and everything pulled together creates the ideal mix of casual elegance.  
Credit: Project Wedding, via youandme, Photographer: Union Photography

These jam favours would be perfect.  
After you and your guests have dined and danced the night away, how about a late night snack of mini hamburgers...
And tray passed mini milkshakes.  So 50's and so fabulous!
Credit: Nancy Gould
And then you can drive off into the sunset in a classic car.  The perfect ending to a perfect day!
Credit: zweddingblog

September 29, 2009

White Pumpkin Inspired Autumn Wedding

Fall is definitely in the air here in Calgary.  Autumn is a glorious time of year for a wedding in the city of Calgary as we are graced with a spectacular display of yellow, orange and red on the trees surrounding our fine city.  With the leaves beginning to fall and a definite chill in the air I started thinking more about fall weddings.   While at the grocery store the other day I spotted the cutest little white pumpkins which became the inspiration for this white and brown rustic, yet elegant, fall inspired wedding. Enjoy!  

Wouldn't it be fabulous to host your ceremony and reception at a beautiful rustic barn?  I think it would make for such a memorable experience for you and your guests.  If the barn had doors, I would picture decorating them with a moss square wreath like this one. 
Square moss door wreath photo: Elizabeth Anne Designs
I love the white curtains on the entrance to this barn.  They add a soft romantic touch.
Barn photo: createmyevent

For the ceremony I picture lots of candles to set an intimate and romantic atmosphere. Perhaps some small white pumpkins and greenery incorporated as well.
Candle lined ceremony photo: Ferrington

Pumpkin and candle photo: The Knot

At night, white carved pumpkins could line the way to the barn.  
White "love" pumpkin photo: Masterpiece Pumpkins

How cute would it be to have your flower girl carry a little white pumpkin basket?
Flower girl photo: Pegeen

White pumpkin flower girl basket: Weddingbee Pro

And your ring bearer could carry a little white pumpkin with your rings tied on.
White pumpkin with rings photo: Mint & Sage

A lace dress with a long veil would be perfect for the bride!
Bride photo: Mint & Sage

And the groom would look especially sharp in a tailored chocolate brown suit.
Brown suit photo: Event This

I picture a mostly white bouquet with an organic composition and unique greenery.
White rustic bouquet: Elizabeth Anne Designs

White dahlia and green amaranths bouquet: Ruby Bloom Flowers

Mason jars with candles could be hung inside and out and used to line the windowsills.
Mason jar candles photo: The Knot

The exposed wooden beams of an old barn would be a gorgeous architectural feature for your reception.  Lots of candles and the use of up lighting would be magnificent in a space like this.
Barn reception photo: Robert Hooper

For the tablescapes I envision lots of candles of varying heights.
Candles photo: Elizabeth Anne Designs

And centerpieces and decor that incorporate little white pumpkins, some greenery and fruit (like the plums pictured below) or vegetables (maybe some artichoke hearts).
White pumpkin centerpiece photo: HGTV

White pumpkin and candle centerpiece photo: Decorvillage

White pumpkin rustic decor photo: Carte Wheels

I envision chocolate brown linens for the tables and beautiful wooden chairs.
Chocolate brown linen photo: Source

Look how great this colour scheme is with dim lights and lots of candles.
Romantic brown and white reception table photo: The Knot

The cake could use a tree trunk slab for a cake plate to incorporate a rustic element.
White cake with tree trunk cake plate photo: Jose Villa

For a cute favour you could give your guests a smores pack.
Smores favour photo: Simply Divine Events

Or you could set up a smores buffet complete with all of the necessary supplies.
Smores buffet photo: Bridezilla

And invite your guests out for a late night fire pit.
Wedding with smores and fire pit photo: Snippet and Ink

It will be chilly in the fall so why not fill a basket with shawls or blankets for your guests and leave it fire side.
Basket with shawls photo: Katie Moos

At the end of the night delight in a sparkler send off from your guests and enjoy your new life as Mr. and Mrs.!
Sparkler send off photo: Luster Studios

I LOVE being a Calgary wedding planner and helping my couples pull off the wedding of their dreams in Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and beyond.  I have been flooded with inquires over the past several weeks and my 2010 dates are filling up quickly!  If you are looking for assistance with creating a one-of-a-kind wedding that reflects your love and personalities with a design scheme that will blow your guests away, I would love to hear from you.  Contact me now to avoid disappointment.