Wedding Awards – Best Wedding Under $25,000

UPDATE:  I’m incredibly honored to have won the award for Best Wedding Under $25,000!!!  Check out the beautiful trophy that was just delivered. (Wish I could have flown to Ontario for the awards banquet, it looked like a blast!)  Can’t wait to share snaps of the new Birch & Bunny Weddings HQ where I’m clearing a spot for this trophy!
Best Wedding Award Planner

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You guys, I’m so thrilled to announce that we’ve been chosen as 1 of 3 finalists for a WPIC Wedding Award in the category of Best Wedding Under $25,000!!
I know there was a lot of talented competition in the other categories, and awards are certainly not why I do what I do, so I can’t wait to see who wins in all categories!!
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Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.
Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.

Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
WPIC certified

1st Anniversary Gifts

Commemorate the first year of marriage with a Paper Anniversary Gift.

Watercolour Portrait
Little Me Paper Co. offers a whimsical custom watercolour painting of your wedding photo.  Leanne includes florals and banners, or can add a full background if you wish!  Her creations are watercolour and ink on archival quality paper, a true keepsake.  She also offers bespoke wedding stationery and other lovely paper goods.

Little Me Paper Co. is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Check out her Etsy shop.

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Bouquet Painting
Eternally preserve the delicate and fleeting beauty of your wedding bouquet with an original painting by Canadian artist, Terri Heinrichs.  Terri can capture your bouquet in either impressionistic, traditional oil painting style, or she could paint it in a more contemporary acrylic textured style. Whichever style you choose, what a beautiful keepsake to display in your home!

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Click here to see how to commission Terri to paint your (or a loved one’s) wedding bouquet.

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Wedding Bouquet Painting 1st Anniversary

Wedding Song Lyrics or Sheet Music
Your first dance song or ceremony song in beautiful sheet music on canvas to display in your home, by Nellys Custom Art.

Ships from London, England or via digital download. Order via Etsy

first dance song on canvas

Sound Waves
Artsy VoicePrint will personalize a sound wave from the moment you each said “I Do” or even your wedding song!  Museum quality professional GICLEE printing for vibrant colour.  I ADORE this bonus: it also comes with a QR code so that you can listen to the sound too!

Ships from California, USA.  Order via Etsy 

I Do soundwave art

Paper Cutout Portrait
Purple Paper People will create a beautiful memento of your wedding photo and GUESS WHAT!  One pet is included, with the option to add all your fur-babies.  If you’re anything like me, home is where the pets are- pets are life.  My hubby and I first saw her work in the home of our Marriage Commissioner, which she received for her own 1 year anniversary.  

Ships from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Check out her shop on Etsy  

gift ideas for 1 year

Tickets for a Date Night
More interested in an experience to share together, instead of a keepsake?  A date night to see a concert, comedian, dance or theater definitely counts as a paper gift!  Bonus points if your spouse has been wanting to see this band live or go to the ballet with you.  You have the freedom to set your own budget for this gift too.

I can’t take credit though, this idea came from my wonderful hubby Kyle, who gifted me with tickets to a comedy show along with a wall frame for displaying our wedding photos, which he was proud to point out would be paper too!

Calgary Wedding Coordinator  
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.
Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.

Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
WPIC certified

The BASH

Boutique Wedding Show
Details:       Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
                       Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location:   Hudson, 200 – 8 Ave. SW, 6th Floor

The BASH is a wedding show unlike any other! It’s the ONLY wedding show you need to go to.  Oh Yes, and yours truly will be there along with a select group of incredibly talented wedding pro’s!
cocktail party wedding showGrab a Cocktail!
Yes, The BASH is a fresh kind of wedding show.  Every ticket to The BASH includes a complimentary signature cocktail and canapés prepared by Hudson.  Sunday there will be mimosas and coffee by Monogram.
latte art monogram
Hair & Makeup Touch-Ups
The Mountain Beauties glam squad will be on site offering free touch-ups, and a selfie station!  Be sure to admire their lovely booth, because this year I was honored when Mountain Beauties asked Birch & Bunny to team up to style their booth!hair and makeupNew Venue
The BASH has moved into a new event space this year; Hudson!  Birch & Bunny gave you a sneak peak from their grand opening party- check it out here if you missed it!

VIP Tickets are soooo worth the splurge!  Trust us, there are some incredible perks in those lovely gift bags that only the VIP guests will receive, including several hundred dollars worth of discounts for incredible local wedding vendors. Plus goodies from some of our favourite local businesses including Junction 9, Juice Because, Model Milk, Village Ice Cream.  Get your tickets here.

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Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is beyond thrilled to be an Exclusive Vendor of The BASH and I just cannot wait to meet you!

Calgary Wedding Coordinator  
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.
Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.

Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
WPIC certified

Pantone Colour of 2018 – Ultra Violet

The trend predictors at Pantone have announced their prediction for the 2018 colour of the year and it is…
(drum roll please)
Pantone Ultra Violet

… Ultra Violet!  Pantone is calling it a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”  A very bold and vibrant choice after what was known as nature’s neutral; 2017’s Greenery.

Ahead of the trend, Cheryl + Travis used shades of purple in their fall 2017 wedding.

Purple Smoke Wedding
Black Bridesmaids
This Bride is a total gem and doesn’t she look amazing?!
smoke bomb wedding
Show stopping glam gown.

Making a fashion statement with these vibrant spike heels!

Travis + Cheryl’s son and Cheryl’s niece were fantastic as Ring Bearer and Flower Girl.
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
Flower Girl Basket


Flowers on Cake
Guest Book Sign
Smoke Bomb Bride

Huge thank you to Jessica Hunter Photography team for being so awesome and up for the challenge when I said I wanted to surprise Cheryl + Travis with these coloured smoke bombs!

Photographer: Jessica Hunter Photography
Hair: Kharma Salon Weyburn, SK
MUA: Dallen Nicole
Dress: Sophia Tolli
Boutique: NWL Dress Boutique
Shoes:  Nine West
Smoke Bombs: Rocket Fireworks Inc.

Calgary Wedding Coordinator  
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.
Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.

Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
WPIC certified

Amy + Paul’s Sailing Club Wedding

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Overlooking the water on a gorgeous day in August,  Amy + Paul wed among loved ones.

The intimate event blended urban style with bohemian charm, and a minimal aesthetic set the tone for their special day.  Decor plays an important role in any event, but that is especially true when your Bride is an Interior Designer!

The reception was brought to life with lush florals and leafy greenery
beautiful, from their gem embellished place cards to their first dance at twilight below the strings of bulb lights.  We added to the timeline a special time for Amy + Paul to sneak off for a sunset photo session.

harvest tables

Guestbookdog ring bearerWedding PartySailing Club Wedding floral centrepiecesgold wedding cakesailing club weddingHarvest table script table number harvest table head table cake cutting first dance giant jenga  bride and groom kiss sunset photos

Congratulations again, to the happy newlyweds! 

Team of Event Partners
Photographer: Loree Photography
Planner: Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Florist: Occasional Bloom
Cake, Cupcakes: Bake My Day
Vintage Rugs: Orange Trunk
Vintage Seating, Arch: Chantelle Ashley Events
Rentals: Great Events Rentals
Catering: Great Events Catering
Venue: Glenmore Sailing Club
MUA: Hailey Rayann Artistry
DJ: Wild Bill’s DJ Service
Hair: Laura Jean Hair

Calgary Wedding Coordinator  
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and designing events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.
Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.

Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
WPIC certified

You “Rock” my World; Amethyst Geode Wedding Inspiration

Collecting gemstones was a hobby of mine as a child, so when Geode Wedding Cakes came on the scene I just knew I had to design a styled shoot around geodes and gemstones.  Loads of florals accented everything from the harvest table, to chairs, to candelabras and everything in between.
The Acreage Weddings Church Calgary Wedding Venue

Our hidden gem of a venue!  This little old church had been built as a movie set, but had become run-down and in need of a lot of love when Faith and her hubby purchased it.  They put a lot of work into refinishing it, and adding extra windows to let in more sunlight.  For the perfect finishing touch, a blinged out chandelier, and The Acreage Weddings church was finally ready for it’s debut as a gorgeous, unique wedding venue.

 

wedding flower centrepieces

Bride on vintage sofa

 
happy couple
The stationery suite was modeled after gem stones, featuring Agate slice place cards with hand lettered calligraphy.

geode and gem stationery
Although the windy weather that day prevented us from using the majestic Rocky Mountains as backdrop, we had such a stunning venue to work with.  Get a load of this…

Unique Wedding VenueWedding harvest table and chandelier

 

Photography Credits:  Chloe Buie, Nicole Park Photography, Noel Cosgrove, Kimberly C Photography, Debbie Wong Photography

Creative Team
Workshop Host: Chloe Buie
Rentals: Special Event Rentals
Bridal Boutique: Durand Bridal
Stationer: Modern Pulp Design Studio
Calligraphy, Agates: Debbie Wong Design
Makeup: Hailey Rayann Artistry
Hair: Kristen Jensen
Jewelry: Lawlor Jewellry
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Models: Sarah Nunn and Alden Mueller
Calgary Wedding Coordinator  
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and desiging events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.
Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.

Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
WPIC certified

Venue Spotlight – Hudson

Located on the 6th floor of the historical Hudson’s Bay building on Stephen Avenue, you’ll find a grand event venue with an open floor plan and loads of natural light, historic charm and new urban accents.hudson yycI’m excited to have been invited to check out the new event space at their grand opening party called Hudson Unveiled.
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Made my mark on the black light guestbook, can I just say that one of my couples NEEDS to do this for their wedding!
Black Light Guest Book
Throughout the evening, each new event space, each with its own theme, was unveiled. event uplightingwedding food stationswedding action station
Each room’s theme had a signature cocktail to match, we loved the Canadiana cocktail made of Canadian rye, peach cider and maple bacon!
cocktail recipe
We started with sangria garnished with a fruit popsicle, then hit up the champagne bar for bubbly with choice of fresh fruit or fruit puree, and then enjoyed a few classic cocktails.
signature drink
Can I just say, that the food is to die for!!  Props to Oliver & Bonacini.

The Liquid Nitrogen dessert station seemed like a great place to start our evening.  Imagine giving your wedding guests this experience!
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How about these custom monogrammed chocolates!  Did you notice the marshmallow and cinnamon hotlips topiaries?
dessert station

You could find us hanging out around the Canadian Shucked Oyster Bar where guests could choose from house made hot sauce, mignonettes, bloody mary sauce, lemon and horseradish.
oysterbar food stationoyster bar at eventhudson yycAnother exciting food station had a giant hollowed out cheese wheel, out of which was served wild mushroom risotto.  With a smaller cheese wheel, this is actually a really easy way to add “WOW factor” to your next dinner party!

food serving stationcheese wheel serving bowlrisotto out of cheese wheel 

Here is a beautiful moose antler centrepiece at the whole roasted rare breed Mangalitsa pork at chef attended action station.
food station
Live music and dance performances kept us entertained, as we mingled with wedding industry friends and hit up several different photo booths.
Dance Performance
Event MusicianLive band
photo backdrop
The sweet ending to this incredible event was champagne flavored cotton candy on a flashing glow stick.
dance party guest favorblack light signature cocktails

Thanks so much for an unforgettable evening!

Event Venue: Hudson
In-house Catering: Oliver & Bonacini

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.
Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.

Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations worldwide.

WPIC certified

Love Poem Inspiration Shoot at Charbar


In the heart of Calgary’s East Village, overlooking the Bow River is the century old Simmons Building that is home to Charbar.  We knew this 102 year old building with its exposed brick, wooden beams would be the perfect location for this styled inspiration shoot.  I chose a love poem by E.E. Cummings because it evokes the really romantic feeling that I was going for with my design for the shoot.


For a more bohemian bridal look I selected this crop by Theia with delicate scalloped eyelash lace and long sleeves. Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique and we decided to pair that with a flowy bridal skirt by Kathryn Bass Bridal.  Blissful Paper Co. created the beautiful calligraphy paper banner for our love poem.

This is a still image from the video by Cinderwood Films, just wait until you see the full video! Thanks to MaddPretty Salon for bringing out our model’s natural beauty.
Beautiful blooms with lots of rich colours and textures by Foxglove Studio.


CreateLove Designs created our invitation suite and menus with floral designs.
wedding chair signs
I had a style in mind for the table number, chair signs, place card names so I reached out to Custom Laser Works who even created a fun guest book alternative. (see down below). Bella Linens contributed lovely romantic lace on blush table linens as well as the draping and luxe candelabras!

I just love this little wooden bar cart from Orange Trunk Vintage, which we styled as a desert and drinks table with their other lovely vintage pieces.

Fancy some sweet treats by Modern Bake YYC? Oh how yummy these were!

Bringing together this incredible team of vendors to collaborate on this inspiration shoot was so much fun. Thank you so much for all of your effort and contributions!

Creative Team
Venue:  Charbar
Photographer:  JB Photography 
Videographer:  Cinderwood Films
Planner:  Laura Richert of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Florist:  Foxglove Studio
Bridal Boutique:  Pearl & Dot
Dress Top:  Theia
Dress Skirt:  Kathryn Bass
Cake, Desserts:  Modern Bake YYC
Stationer:  Create Love Design
Paper Banner Calligraphy:  Blissful Paper Co. 
Laser Cutter:  Custom Laser Works
Linens: Bella Linens
Salon: MaddPretty  (Hair: Jason Mellor, Makeup: Chanel Piersol) 
Model: Carolynne Scofield
Calgary Wedding Coordinator
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.
Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
WPIC certified

Vanessa + PJ’s Intimate Banff Vow Renewal

In an intimate twilight ceremony in the heart of Banff National Park, Vanessa and PJ renewed their vows to one another and expressed their ongoing love for one another after over a decade of marriage. They did so in the presence of their two beautiful children, their parents and a few close friends.
Intimate CeremonyBanff Wedding
Vanessa and PJ returned from their honeymoon to discover that sadly their wedding photographer had shut down and left town with the film.  Their lone framed photo of their wedding day was snapped by a friend, but now they have made some new memories and the lovely Jennie Guenard has captured these beautiful images for them.

The inspiration behind everything from Vanessa’s stunning Elizabeth Dye gown to the watercolour vow booklets and even their cake was inspired by the pretty colours in their mountain backdrop and the way it looked like a watercolour painting at twilight.  I hope you all love these photos as much as we do!
Banff Wedding
Tamara of Bake My Day created this gorgeous cake and yes, she made that beautiful flower and it’s edible!

Bohemian Wedding


Isn’t Vanessa breathtaking?  (and how about that gown?!)  Vanessa wore the Elizabeth Dye Halo Gown in glacier and ivory.

What an incredible honor it was to be a part of your special day Vanessa and PJ.  We’re so happy that you now have some photographs to hang on your walls.  Yours is a love for the ages!

Credit where credit is due!
Photography: Guenard Photography
Planning: Laura Richert of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Florals: Occasional Bloom
Cake: Bake My Day
Gown: Elizabeth Dye
Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Boutique Calgary
Dress: Elizabeth Dye
HMUA: Emilia Art Make Up
Jewelry: Joanna Bisley Designs
Menswear: Ed Williams Mens Wear
Stationery: Sarah Laree Designs
Popsicles: Family Freezed
Chocolates: Old Coal – Handcrafted Chocolates
Rentals: Orange Trunk Vintage Styling and Rentals
Cake Stands: Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Calgary Wedding Coordinator
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.
Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
WPIC certified

Pantone Colour of 2017 – Greenery

Greenery is fresh and organic, bright and revitalizing.  It’s been announced by Pantone as their pick for 2017.  It is symbolic of new beginnings, therefore the perfect addition to add to your wedding colour palette!
Greenery Wedding
Greenery bursts forth in 2017… Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature.”  said Executive Director of Pantone, Leatrice Eiseman.  It’s a bold departure from last year’s combination Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Last summer a few of our couples such as H+B incorporated a lot of actual greenery into their weddings because Birch & Bunny couples are trend-setters!
Greenery Wedding

See more from H+B’s wedding as well as a full list of credits.

Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Commons, Hemingway Room
Photographer –  Gillian Stevens Photography
Wedding Coordinator – Laura Richert with Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Florist – Amborella Floral Studio
Vintage Rentals – Heather with Orange Trunk Vintage
Hair Stylist – Dawn Bradley
Makeup Artist – Trena Laine
Couture Dress – Sarah Cameron with Pure Creation
Custom Fabric Flowers for Dress – Lillian Chua

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.

Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.  
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.

WPIC certified

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