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An Enchanted Forest Wedding in Canada

Sydney  & Aaron |  July 20th  |  New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

From the bride, Sydney:
Our wedding was based on untraditional ways of the traditional wedding.  We followed the wedding format, but twisted tradition to make the day feel more like us.

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we were supposed to be married in the rose garden, but due to rain, we moved the ceremony indoors. While it was a last minute decision, it worked out beautifully and it felt like it was supposed to happen that way.  It was far more intimate indoors. 

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To honour my Chinese side of the family (my mother was Chinese) we wanted to do an untraditional version of a tea toast with each table.  My husband and I’s favorite choice of drink is tequila, so we did a tequila toast with each table individually (of course we sipped – they shot! Lol).  This fit in well with our wedding favors as well considering they were shot glasses.
JacilynM08  The wedding party surprised us with a fun questionnaire game.  We’ve lived with a lot of roommates during our time together – of which 4 were part of the wedding party.  So they asked us fun questions and we’d have to hold up a his/her shoe depending on who we thought it was about.  It was quite fun!

 I changed into a traditional Chinese dress for the cake cutting and end of the night festivities.  I loved both my dresses and felt amazing in them!!


My advice:  Marry your best friend.  Have fun with the wedding planning – if you make everything a big deal and overly dramatic then what’s the point? Decide with your fiancé what you want the overall feel/vibe of your wedding to be and what’s most important (food? booze? etc.).  All in all, I would say – relax – if things don’t work out exactly as planned, smile and move on.


Photographer: Jacilyn M Photography.  Absolutely AMAZING! The photos will be cherished forever.

Venue: Queens Park, New Westminster.  Amazing place.  The price was amazing, plus you can bring in your own caterer and booze which is fabulous and a great way to save money!

Caterer: Sugar Mountain Catering. The food was amazing, the best part was their served cocktail hour appetizers – they were delicious!!

Honeymoon Location: Maui! Spectacular… and RELAXING!

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Intimate Winter Wedding in Banff

Caroline & Jordan  |  February 15th  |  Banff, Alberta, Canada

From the photographer, Kim Payant:
Caroline and Jordan decided to have only their closest family and friends attend their intimate wedding at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.  The pastor, a friend of the family, did an amazing job and the ceremony was truly touching and you could really feel the love during the celebration. After the vows, Caroline, Jordan and I went for a drive around town to capture the beauty of the Rockies.  I just loved everything about Caroline’s dress, it fitted her perfectly and her winter cape with the fur was the perfect accessory for their amazing winter wedding!

Photography by Kim Payant Photography for Bonner Photography

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  • chris April 20, 2013 12:40 pm

    Wow. Stunning pictures!
A Rustic Romance in Jasper National Park

Nadine & Mark  |  October 13th  |   Jasper, Alberta, Canada

From the bride, Nadine:
We picked Jasper for our wedding because Mark and I both love the mountains! We also love fall and how the trees and leafs change color, and being in the mountains in fall is so beautiful!  Rustic to me is romance. Being in the beautiful mountains, there no other theme that made more sense the romantic rustic


My favorite DIY project was the sign that we made for the wedding. It turned out perfect, fit the theme perfect and was just how I envisioned it!Sofia04Sofia08Sofia07Sofia06

Sofia05The decorations for the reception were 98% DIY. We wanted to keep it simple.  We had very simple centerpieces, Mason jars with baby’s breath, candles and a piece of wood from my parents old tree for the table number holder. We also made a “wishing tree” that cost us nothing and was a great way to get keepsake advice and comments from our loved ones. Sofia03Sofia02Sofia01

Photographer: Sofia Katherine Photography  //  Ceremony Location: Jasper Riding Stables  //  Reception Venue: Marmot Lodge   //  Dress Store: Novelle Bridal Shop   //  Bakery: The Other Paw Bakery Cafe  //  Floral Designer: Hinton Florist & Gifts

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