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Rocky Mountain Inspiration: Rustic Berry, Merlot & Blush

From the photographer, Melanie Bennett Photography:
Earlier this fall, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the breathtaking Crescent Falls, nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The moment I breathed in the fresh mountain air and laid eyes upon this stunning and unique location, I instantly fell in love and began dreaming of a rustic mountain wedding inspiration shoot rich with color, gorgeous florals and comforting home baked desserts.
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Melanie11When I think of the word rustic, one local company comes to mind: The Country Barn. The Country Barn handcrafts beautiful rustic furniture and custom pieces- I knew just who to call when in search of the perfect rustic table and seating.We set the table with herb green pottery dishes with a pomegranate for an embellishment, and lovely stationary custom created by AJ’s Craft Creations.  The Flower Farm provided the wood chargers to create an earthiness to the table decor, as well as the candelabras and the linens.

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The Valley House of Flowers has created bouquets for several weddings I have photographed over the years and I have always been blown away by their creativity and talent! I knew that these girls would be the ones who could bring my vision of magnificent flowers to life! As our palette for the shoot consisted of rich berry colors, I asked them if there was any way we could incorporate blackberries into the bouquet somehow and to surprise me with the rest! When I went to pick up the bouquet and centerpieces I was awestruck- what they had created was absolutely gorgeous, and even better than anything I could have possibly envisioned! They also provided a moss table runner, which added a natural feel to the table, which was strewn with fine cheeses and fruit. Melanie07Our bride looked simply stunning in a sweeping veil handmade by Michal Designs, while Makeup Artist Morgan Bailey created a dramatic red lip, which not only tied in our color palette, but added a romantic look as well. Hairstylist Camille Weston added the perfect polishing touches by creating soft, touchable curls in the bride’s hair.

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Melanie12 Melanie10I chose to have a naked caked adorned with fresh wild berries and lightly dusted with confectioner’s sugar, which was beautifully and skillfully created by Lindsey’s Cupcakes and Cakes.

Melanie08The homemade pies (lovingly baked by my own Grandma), caramel & candy apples, blackberries, grapes and pears all sat atop a table constructed from oak barrels and a vintage wooden door provided by The Peppermint Hen.

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Photography: Melanie Bennett Photography  //  Concept + Styling: Melanie Bennett Photography & Rhonda Mayer // Bouquet + Centerpiece + Table Runner: Valley House of Flowers // Veil: Michal Designs // Makeup: Morgan Bailey // Hair: Camille Weston // Linens + Candelabras + Wood Chargers: The Flower Farm // Stationary: AJ’s Craft Creations // Dessert Table & Sign: The Peppermint Hen // Cake: Lindsey’s Cupcakes and Cakes // Bakery: Rocky Mountain Chocolates // Dining Table: The Country Barn

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A Buttercup & Emerald Wedding in Canada

Kelsey & Daniel  |  August 3rd  |  Yoho National Park, Canada

From the bride: Getting married outside and connecting with nature in the country was important to us. The Rockies have this natural simplistic beauty that creates an enchanting environment it makes your day feel magical.

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Involving Daniel was really helpful. I chose the colours, professionals, and items I wanted to incorporate for our day. Daniel replied to all of the follow up emails and kept track of all our payments. Our wedding was a team effort. Ha ha, that being said, Daniel was kicked out of the decision making process when he asked if his friends were aloud to bring costumes and a fog machine to the wedding.

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Hint to future brides, if you think you will be emotional prior to going down the aisle, just wait to see how your dad is. My dad is a conservative, strong, kind man who rarely shows emotions, but he got emotional prior to walking down the aisle ‘happy tears’ he called them. I BARELY kept it together.

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 Getting in a canoe in my wedding dress and balancing on heels for a photo was terrifying and amazing. There were a lot of tourists around the area taking photos of us, I felt like a movie star.

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 For the recpetion, we rented chiavari chairs in white, white rose bud table runners, white pillars and yellow napkins.

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My advice: Things will go wrong, just expect it. The important thing is you love each other and you get to spend forever together. Also, you cannot make every guest or relative happy. Pick your dream wedding and limit the amount of advice you listen to. Hire an event planner to help with the entire event as it is very difficult to organize and have the day run smoothly.

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Kelsey’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue & Caterer: Emerald Lake Lodge //  Photographer: Nicole Modde, NC Photography //  Florist: Roxanne Neustaedter  //  Day of Coordinator: Val Unra //  Linens: Special Events Rentals //  Chairs and pillars: Special Events Rentals //  Cake: Courtney Thomas // Wedding Gown: Mori Lee

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  • Edmonton Photographer November 7, 2014 12:42 pm

    [...] A beautiful feature of this Emerald Lake Wedding over at Luxe Mountain Weddings [...]
An Intimate & Relaxed Wedding in Canada

Leonie & Liam  |  August 19th  |  Field, British Columbia, Canada

From the bride: We wanted a fun and intimate wedding in a majestic setting.  We did a lot of the details ourselves as we wanted it to be a true reflection of us.  We wanted to share a less traditional, and relaxed day with our friends and families.

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We had fun with the colour by ordering orange socks, suspenders and a stripy tie. The orange also complemented the setting of the lake.

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Leonie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Kim Payant Photography  //  Photographer’s assistant: Elisabeth Levesque-Mumford  //  Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge   // Bride’s Gown:  Ritva Westenius  //  Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang  //  Hair and Makeup: Complexions Artistry  //  Flowers: Alpine Flowers

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  • Chris May 18, 2014 7:21 am

    Wow, Amazing phtographs. This is my kind of wedding!