Handmade Downtown Calgary Wedding: Kim + Eric

Downtown Calgary Wedding

Our second wedding for #weddingwednesday has a fun mix of some of our most favorite things – gold, glitter, paper flowers, bird details and not to mention, it features the cutest couple around, Kim + Eric! Their photographer, Brittany Esther, told us they’re a laid back couple with impeccable style. And that statement proves pretty obvious once you see all the amazing DIY projects they took on together. All the paper flowers, the flamingos marking the aisle, the “Love Birds” marquee light, the signage and paper goods, the ceremony arbor and the peacock sitting on top of it, balloon tassels, and cake topper…

Brittany tells us more about the inspiration behind the DIY + design, which led them to their beautifully executed day: We wanted to take the parts of weddings that we liked and took out the parts that didn’t hold any connection to us. We kept it small (around 50 people in total) and didn’t have a formal wedding party. We just invited the people who we felt closest too. Our officiant let us rewrite large parts of the ceremony. This was probably one of my favourite things in planning the day. We were able to word it so it was a reflection on how we really feel about love and commitment instead of more general, sweeping statements.

modern invitation

beaded clutch

modern ceremony

ceremony programs

Kim says, I have a background in illustration (check out her work here!) so I spent a lot of time creating the décor ( the arbour, paper birds, paper flowers, signage, etc…). I loved the ability to incorporate little nods to our relationship history (animals because we met at the zoo, ’Treat. Yo. Self.’ because we’re addicted to Parks and Rec, ect…)!

love bird

chalkboard

Processional: Bridal Party: 8mm – Yann Tiersen; Bride: Le Matin – Yann Tiersen

Recessional: I Think I’m In Love – Beck

First Dance: That's Where It's At – Sam Cooke

Downtown Calgary Wedding

Downtown Calgary Wedding

Downtown Calgary Wedding

Downtown Calgary Wedding

gold streamer exit

Watters wedding dress

Can’t decide which we love more: Kim’s “Jacinda” dress by Watters or her garden rose bouquet by Blue Hydrangea Floral Boutique. Let’s call it a tie, shall we?

gold inspired bouquet

Downtown Calgary Wedding

Downtown Calgary Wedding

Downtown Calgary Wedding

Downtown Calgary Wedding

Downtown Calgary Wedding

I don’t know if I have a most memorable moment. Everything was equally fantastic and memorable. I think my favourite moment though was when we got a chance to sit at our own private table during dinner and just to take some quite time to sit and talk to each other. I can’t remember what we talked about but I remember just feeling like that’s all I wanted to do.

love birds marquee

gold tablescape details

interactive menu

gold painted figurines

gold tablescape details

paper flower centerpieces

gold tablescape details

bride and groom

laser cut cake topper

Eric’s thing is music, so he meticulously picked and organized all the music that played before the ceremony, during the reception and dance. He received tons of compliments on his selections!

first dance

And you won’t want to miss the fun slow motion booth Eric put together himself!

We had a short turn around time for planning (six months) and having a short timeline was kind of great! We didn’t have time to second guess the decisions we made and everything worked out excellent. Otherwise I would’ve spent a whole year obsessing about every detail. Don’t be afraid to eliminate/change some wedding traditions and keep it to the things you as a couple really connect with, despite what others may think. Stick to your gut instincts.

photography: Brittany Esther Photography // planning + design: The bride, Kim // venue + catering: CP Rail Pavillion at the Fairmont Palliser Calgary in Alberta, Canada // florals: Blue Hydrangea Floral Boutique // paper flowers: Created by bride (Kim) and mother of the bride // dress: Watters “Jacinda” // shoes: Nine West // makeup: Bobbi Brown Counter // hair: Hedkandi Salon // cake: Crave Cupcakes // paper goods: Kim (the bride) // rentals: Special Event Rentals, Chavairi Chair Rentals, Starlite Rentals // officiant: Sue Saunders // music: iPod

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Modern + Romantic Marvimon Wedding: Sophie + Jordan

Marvimon Wedding

Sophie + Jordan’s love story is definitely a tale of fate! They have always had a connection, starting with their first meeting way back in 1st grade in Phoenix. Cuteness, right? It just took another 20-something years for them to officially become a couple…no big deal! We had to know more, and the girls from GATHER Events had alllll the details, so we’ll let them take it away!

Sophie and Jordan knew each other growing up and attended high school together. While there was always a mutual pull towards one another, circumstances kept them from dating. Eventually, they both left for college: Jordan to Chicago and Sophie to California. After college, Jordan moved to San Francisco before settling in LA, coincidentally where Sophie was attending grad school. They reconnected, this time without the obstacles of distance and other relationships. And that’s when it all happened!

Does that story have you believing in destiny yet?! BIG thanks to the killer vendor team: Studio Castillero, Honey & PoppiesSweet & Saucy Shop Casa de Perrin + more! And, of course, congrats to the newlyweds on the sweetest day!

blush bridesmaids

white and vine bouquet

We always say, all you need is a bundle of peonies + some jasmine vine! Ok, we don’t always say that, but we’re thinking we should. Sophie’s bouquet by Honey & Poppies was so classically perfect…

blue suit groom

groomsmen

boutonniere

purple jacket flower girls

Sophie’s super adorbs British nieces, Lilly +Poppy (we die!), served as the flower girls, wore velvet blazers + tulle skirts and carried a “Here Comes The Bride” banner from BHLDN.

floral chalkboard sign

hanging lights floral arbor

purple jacket flower girls

ring bearer

Marvimon Wedding

Marvimon Wedding

Marvimon Wedding

Marvimon Wedding

Marvimon Wedding

Processional: Groom + Groomsmen: Skinny Love – Vitamin String Quartet; Bridal Party + Bride: Light – Sleeping At Last

Recessional: Charlie Brown – Coldplay

First Dance: I Found You – Alabama Shakes

Marvimon Wedding

Marvimon Wedding

note card escort display

Sophie + Jordan gave each of their 130 guests a hand-written note which also served as their escort cards.

hanging floral centerpieces

hanging floral centerpieces

hanging floral centerpieces

romantic tablescape

menu

appetizer buffet

GATHER Events tells us, When they first started dating, they spent lots of time together on Sophie’s couch talking about life, eating macarons and watching Gossip Girl. It was fitting then that, after Jordan made a 1-day round trip commute to Phoenix to get the blessing of Sophie’s parents, he popped the question on that very couch where their relationship had blossomed. 

As a subtle nod to the couple’s love of Gossip Girl, Mr. Boddington’s Studio incorporated a custom pale pink XOXO pattern into their invitation suite. The pattern showed up throughout the event paper goods as well. The XOXO sentiment was echoed less subtly through the giant marquee sign we had custom made for the welcome and dessert table!

xoxo marquee

ruffled pink cake

sparkler exit

See more in the video below by Brinton Films!

Such a gorgeous wedding! Best wishes to Sophie + Jordan on an amazing journey ahead!

photography: Studio Castillero // venue: Marvimon Los Angeles, California // event design + planning: GATHER Events // florals: Honey & Poppies // catering: Heirloom LA // dessert: Sweet & Saucy Shop // invitation: Mr. Boddington’s Studio // calligraphy: Queen Quills // dj: Dart DJ // hair: Maggie Manley – maggiemanley85@gmail.com // makeup: Alison Christian // rentals + lighting: Classic Party Rentals // tabletop rentals: Casa de Perrin // linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // valet: Jeffrey Valet // videography: Brinton Films // officiant: Joe Smith // macarons: Bottega Louie // dress: Amsale // bride’s shoes: Charlotte Olympia // bridesmaids’ dresses: Jenny Yoo // groom’s suit: Armani // ties + ring pillow: Stag Handmade // flower girl banner: BHLDN

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryDart DJ, Studio Castillero, Casa de Perrin, Sweet and Saucy Shop, and Heirloom LA are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Scenic Two-Part Engagement Session: Bethany + Cory

Bethany Cory engagement

While the story of how Bethany + Cory met (on Instagram!) is kind of blowing our minds right now, we have a feeling that meeting the love of your life through social media will only become more and more popular as time goes by. These two deservingly have a huge following on Instagram – check them out @bethanymarie and @withhearts (and while you’re at it, follow GWS on IG if you don’t already!) – so it was only natural to honor their photography-loving roots with two super rad engagement sessions! The first one, captured by Phil Chester in Portland, was full of crazy-good portraits and some PNW scenery that will make you weak in the knees! The second session, by Ben Sasso at the iconic Imperial Sand Dunes + Joshua Tree National Park, highlights their love in some of most gorgeous wilderness locations that California has to offer! Read on for a bit more from Bethany about their sweet history a little further down in the post!

Photo above and photos below by Phil Chester!

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany says, In 2011, we started following each other through a mutual photographer friend over Instagram, and three months later we met in person on a dinner we went to with a bunch of our mutual friends. Throughout the next year, we kept in contact over Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We were always encouraged by each others photography work, and would bump into each other at social events. On September 12, 2012, about a year later, we went on our first adventure date day to La Push. From there on out we started dating. We started working together photographing campaigns, and we started doing life together. Two years later on September 12, 2014, we went back to the same location we went on our first date and he popped the question! We always document our adventures on our YouTube channels, and share them with our friends and social media followers. He was documenting the whole day and caught the proposal on camera at a beautiful sunset on the beach at La Push, Washington. It was a magical day. Also, we are getting married this year on September 12, 2015. 

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

We’re all about her killer Free People outfit!

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

For the location of the engagement shoot, we wanted something outdoors that would represent us and show places we like to explore in the Northwest. Phil scouted this spot near Portland that looked rad so we adventured down from Seattle and road tripped it with him for our session.

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Their 2nd session, by Ben Sasso, was such a fun change from the first, with blue skies + white sand being the key players – well aside from Bethany + Cory that is! We love the fresh feel of these frames and, of course, B + C were looking as sweet an stylish as ever!

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

Bethany engagement

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

Can’t get enough of these two? Who could blame you! See their adorable proposal Bethany told us about, which Cory caught on film, below!

We want to thank Bethany + Cory for allowing us a peek into their life + love and Phil Chester + Ben Sasso for sharing their beautiful photos! To see more of Bethany + Cory’s work, and to further follow along on their journey, visit their websites: withhearts.co + bethanymarie.co!

photography: Phil Chester and Ben Sasso

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