Lauren * Jeff {Romancing the Clouds}

Wedding Dress: Ethos
Hairdresser: Reflections
Bride’s Wedding Shoes: Michael Kors
Groom’s Suit: Harry Rosen
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia
Officiant: Simone Ward
Reception Venue: Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia
Floral Designer: Kensington Florist
Wedding Photographer: Photobolic
DJ: Mike Hollick
Stationery: The Social Page
Photo Booth: Silly Booth

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Lauren * Mike {Greek Wedding In Banff}

It sure has been some time since we last covered a traditional Greek wedding. Hands down one of our favorite ceremonies to photograph because of all the charming little traditions that go along with it. We have been looking forward to Lauren and Mike’s wedding all year. But this one is going to be even more colorful because Mike’s family is Scottish we will be seeing all the groomsmen in Scottish tartan.

Some of the groomsmen had never tried on kilts before so it was quite fun watching them figure it out. There is definitely an order to putting things on. And yes, the question about what to wear or not wear under the kilt came up a few times and a decision was made.

Lauren gave Mike a set of cuff links as a wedding present along with a lengthy handwritten note.

Love the ruffles on the Rivini wedding dress. The ruffles seem to cascade around Lauren as she walks. Lauren and her Mom exchange a hug after the cathedral length veil was put on. The bridesmaids have not see her dress yet. Lauren wanted it to be a surprise for them.

St. George’s-in-the-Pines Anglican Church is a historical church just off the main drag in Banff. This may be a small church but it has so much character and intimacy. Look at the stained glass windows and tapestries hanging off the walls.

One of the groomsmen hangs on to the wedding rings while Lauren and her father walk up the tiny aisle up towards the altar. Father Dimitrios Rougas will bless the rings at the beginning of the ceremony and the rings will be exchanged after that as part of the Greek Orthodox tradition. The crowns symbolize a number of things. One them represents the bride and groom being king and queen of their own home or kingdom.

Reception time in the Mount Stephen ballroom at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. The hotel being a Scottish design, we can say this is the Scottish part of the wedding. Just to fit in, I even wore a tartan tie to the occasion! Glad Mike’s dad noticed it. There were flowers everywhere. I like the idea of having multiple smaller centerpieces in different vases on each table. That made the tables look full and cozy. The floral arrangements were made by Lakeview Flowers

While the adults were entertained by the live band, the little guys had a corner to themselves with their new Lego sets. That day happened to also be Callum’s birthday so Lauren and Mike had a cake brought out for them as a surprise.

Lauren taunts the girls before flinging the bouquet perfectly towards the group. She then joined Mike for the first dance to kick off the dance. When the lights go down, you can really notice the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. One of the many details that make this ballroom one of our favorite Rocky Mountain wedding venues.

Wedding Dress: Rivini
Bride’s Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Kilt: Traditional
Bride’s hairpiece:Jennifer Behr
Crowns (for Greek Ceremony): Pronovias
Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. George’s-in-the-Pines Anglican Church, Banff Alberta
Officiant: Father Dimitrios Rougas
Reception Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff Alberta
Wedding Cake: Brulee Bakery
Floral Designer: Lakeview Flowers
Wedding Photographer: Photobolic
Band: Johnny Summers
Stationery: Crane
Save-the-Dates: Designed by Groom
Place cards: Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild
Chair rentals: Great Events
Bagpiper: Gordon Gray
Wedding Favours: Handmade by Mother of Bride

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Georgina * Truman {Lion Dance}

Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White
Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors
Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang
Ties: Ted Baker
Bridesmaids’ Dress: Vera Wang White
Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Swarovski
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Fairmont Palliser Calgary
Bride’s Hair: Deanna Zhao
Bride’s Makeup: Ty Morgan
Officiant: Tamara@Weddings By Tamara
Reception Venue: Fairmont Palliser Calgary
Wedding Cake: Suzanne@Fairmont Palliser Calgary
Cake Topper: Lyn@Flower Artistry
Floral Designer: Lyn@Flower Artistry
Wedding Photographer: Photobolic
Photo Booth: Silly Booth
DJ: DJ Worjak
Transportation: AM/PM Limo
Seating Chart & Table Numbers: Glimpz

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Cassia * Ryan {Fairmont Palliser}

Event Designer: Mary@OneWest Wedding
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lulakate
Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: J. Crew
Bridesmaids’ Dressing Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar
Groomsmen’s Ties: Ted Baker
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Grace Presbyterian Church
Bride’s Hair: Kelsey@Shag Salon
Officiant: Victor Kim
Reception Venue: Fairmont Palliser Calgary
Wedding Cake: Esther@Fairmont Palliser Calgary
Floral Designer: Occassional Bloom
Wedding Photographer: Photobolic
Photo Booth: Silly Booth
Band: Abbey Powell
Transportation: Ambassador Limousine

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Julia * Russ {Calgary Wedding}

What is a Chinese wedding without the traditional pickup games? They say the origins of these games date back centuries ago when it was common for a bride to be married out of the family to a distant place. A place where it might be a very long time before she would get to see her family and friends again. As a result, it was the duty of the bride’s family to block the groom from entering until they can be certain of his love and devotion. Our tradition continues with Russ bearing the onslaught of the bridesmaids’ whims at Julia’s family home.

Julia opted to wear her Vera Wang wedding dress rather than the traditional Chinese costume for the morning’s event. We think the simplicity of her dress suited her quite well. The scalloped lace detail on her bodice and sash around her waist finished off the look nicely. The final touch was the cathedral length veil which made her entire outfit look so much more romantic. Again, I’m so glad many of our brides have chosen to go with long veils this year!

Russ and the boys arrive on time and on schedule. They have no idea what to expect. Everyone is excited to see them, especially Julia’s mom. The bridesmaids have already prepared a series of challenges for Russ that would test his wits and stomach to the limit. The first order of business was to consume crackers laced with a generous dollop of wasabi. I think that was meant to weaken his spirit before he was asked to sing foreign songs, publicly describe what it is about Julia that he loves, speak and write in Chinese and play the piano. All this time, Julia watched secretly from the second floor balcony.

Finally, Russ has to buy his way in with red packet before being allowed to see Julia for the first time that day. After a quick meal, the two would leave with us for photos before the ceremony. However, there is one final custom before we can go. Here, we have Julia and Russell walking under her older brother’s pants on the way out. This was necessary because he is still single.

It was a windy summer day. I just loved all these photos of the long veil flowing in the wind on Julia and the tall grass swaying in the wind. The bouquet and boutonniere were beautifully crafted by Pushing Petals. Loved how all blush colored roses were arranged with the greens. One of the best bouquets we have seen this year.

The ceremony was at the SCA community association building. The ceilings of the ceremony area was filled with colorful Chinese paper umbrellas suspended in the air. After the ceremony, there was the Chinese tea ceremony with both families.

The entire event was designed by Ciara of Hello Lovely Weddings. They hung Chinese paper lanterns in the air above the tables where the guests would be sitting. Gobos created a nice lighting effect on the ceiling with a floral design that reminds me of the lace detail on Julia’s dress.

Event Designer: Ciara@Hello Lovely Weddings
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Suit: Tom Ford
Wedding Ceremony Venue: SCA Community Association
Bride’s Makeup: Chan@Bella Vous Makeup Artistry
Bride’s Hair: Swizzlesticks
Officiant: Soleiha Marhcell
Reception Venue: SCA Community Association
Floral Designer: Pushing Petals
Wedding Photographer: Photobolic
Photo Booth: Silly Booth
Cake: Dairy Queen
DJ: Wild Bill’s DJ Services

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