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.

September 21, 2009

Kristin & Shelby...the wedding

It's was just over a year ago that Kristin emailed me to say that she had become recently engaged and was looking for the perfect wedding planner to assist her and her fiance with creating their dream fall wedding.  There was something about Kristin that I instantly liked.  Her vibrant personality came shining through on that first email and I could tell that she was the kind of bride that I love working with!  

As it would happen, Kristin sent her email on my first wedding anniversary.  She expressed that she and her groom-to-be were looking to have their reception at the exquisite River Cafe.  The River Cafe has a special place in my heart as it is where my now husband and I shared our first date.  Since that time I have thought about what a perfect venue the River Cafe would be to host a wedding reception.  Between Kristin's bubbly personality, contacting me on my wedding anniversary, and looking to host their reception at the River Cafe, I just knew that we were meant to work together.  When I met her and Shelby in person what I instinctively knew from our email conversations back and forth was confirmed.  We hit it off right away and the rest as they say is history.

Fast forward a year and Kristin and Shelby's wedding day has arrived!  This past Saturday saw a year of planning come together to create a unique and magical celebration that perfectly reflected their personalities and passions.  It was so much fun creating their rustic yet elegant design scheme with vintage touches incorporated to make the day uniquely them.  From the classic 1955 Rolls Royce that transported the bride and her father to the church in style, to their unconventional purple, yellow, orange, and brown colour scheme, to the live band belting out Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra classics, to their delicious feature cocktail "True Love," every element of their carefully crafted  wedding celebration stimulated the senses.  

Here's a sneak peak at a few images from their wedding day along with a slideshow from the immensely talented Kristi Sneddon.  




Congratulations Kristin and Shelby on the incredible inspired occasion that was your wedding!  It was such a joy working with you both over the past year.  Enjoy your honeymoon!

September 20, 2009

Adam & Helen...the wedding

It's been a crazy busy summer here at Inspired Occasions and as a result I have let my blog updating fall to the way side.  Now that fall is upon us I figured it's time to get back on track with blogging and continue to share some of the weddings I have worked on as well as the latest wedding trends, tips and tricks for creating your own Inspired Occasions so be sure to stay tuned for exciting future posts.  

One of the exciting things I took on this summer was creating florals for some of my clients weddings.  For Adam and Helen's romantic golf course wedding I created all of the red rose centerpieces and all of the boutonni√®res and corsages for the wedding party and family.  It was a blast!

Check out these fabulous photos from Edward Ross who photographed Adam and Helen's wedding earlier this summer.  Adam and Helen's day was everything they hoped it would be... an intimate celebration shared with their closest friends and family, a reception decorated with classically romantic red roses, a few asian twists to pay homage to the groom's heritage and a surprise choreographed first dance completed their day!  Enjoy! 











Congrats Adam and Helen on a beautiful Calgary wedding!  I was so happy to be a part of making your day a dream come true.