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 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  

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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This Bride is a total gem and doesn’t she look amazing?!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!

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Here is a beautiful moose antler centrepiece at the whole roasted rare breed Mangalitsa pork at chef attended action station.
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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
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The sweet ending to this incredible event was champagne flavored cotton candy on a flashing glow stick.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Tamara of Bake My Day created this gorgeous cake and yes, she made that beautiful flower and it’s edible!

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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

Holly + Brett’s Wedding at The Commons

birch-and-bunny-weddings-and-events-2Holly + Brett are a truly unique couple, so their wedding had to stand out!  Find out what they swapped out instead of the traditional wedding cake, bouquet or guestbook!
Holly and Brett Wedding Bride and GroomInstead of a traditional bouquet, Holly opted for handmade fabric flowers on her couture dress and to drape everything in flowers and greenery from top to bottom.  Check out this pretty hanging greenery and ceremony vignette where Holly + Brett said their “I Do’s”
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Fun details like this pair of vintage typewriters as a guestbook alternative, made Holly + Brett’s wedding so unique.  Holly collected these items and created the banners for the reception decor herself.
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Holly carefully selected vintage pieces to create a warm and inviting lounge area.
img_1440Brett worked on his 1960 Chevy Bel Air so that he could drive his Bride Holly away in it after the ceremony.
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Brett and several of the couples’ friends and family showcased their classic cars between the ceremony and reception.
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After a brief rain (considered to be good luck for many years of happiness) we spotted a rainbow!

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Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Holly + Brett opted for a vintage popsicle cart from Family Freezed. The popsicle sticks were even personalized!
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To keep guests going through the night, Holly + Brett brought in a Food Truck for late night snack.
Pizza truck late night snackBride and Groom eating pizzaI had so much fun, with you guys!  It was a true pleasure to be involved in your wedding and to work with the following amazing team!Wedding Planner and Coordinator

Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Commons, Hemingway Room
Photographer –  Gillian Stevens Photography
Officiant – Tamara Jones
Wedding Coordinator – Laura Richert with Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Florist – Amborella Floral Studio
Vintage Rentals – Heather with Orange Trunk Vintage
Catering, Rentals – Great Events Catering, Great Events Rentals
Bartending – Imagine Bartending
Desert – Family Freezed Vintage Popsicle Cart
Late Night Snack – Food Truck from Without Papers Pizza 
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  
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

Bridal Expo

Calgary Bridal Expo

The Details: Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 10am – 5pm
Booth #45 in the Artisan Area, BMO Center, Stampede Park, Halls D,E

Bridal Expo is Alberta’s biggest fall bridal show hosting over 150 of Calgary’s leading wedding specialists.  Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events has some tips to help you navigate and make the most of your visit to Bridal Expo.

Plan Which Vendors to Meet
Take a look through the online Vendor Guide to see which vendors seem like they would be a good fit for you and your fiance.  Keep an open mind at the Expo, but it is helpful to have a plan for where the vendors are whom you’d like to meet.

Bring a Friend or Two
A friend can help you carry your swag and enter contests, while you connect with vendors and make appointments. You may be tempted to bring your whole squad but choosing just one or two means you won’t be overwhelmed by all of their opinions. Maybe your Fiancé would like the chance to connect with vendors too?

Avoid the Crowds, Start in the Artisan Area!
Boutique vendors such as Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events will be located in the Artisan Area near the food trucks and fashion show.  Skip the crowds by making your way to the Artisan Area while everyone else is crowded around the booths by the entrance!

Comfy Shoes
You will need about 2 or 3 hours at the Expo, and it can be hard on your tootsies.

Enter Draws
Print up labels with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and email address on them to save time when entering to win prizes.  That way, your helper can put your sticker on the entry form while you connect with the wedding specialists!  Labels will also be available for sale at the entrance.  Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events will be giving away two prize packs each including a GC for $200 off Planning and Coordination services.  Good luck!

Refuel
There will be some great options at the Food Trucks in the Artisan Area, so grab a bite and you’ll be ready to venture back out for more inspiration.

Post-Expo
Be sure to get in touch with the vendors who you connected with before your wedding date gets booked.  Many of the vendors will be reaching out to you as well.  Set up appointments with the vendors you connected with to discuss their potential role in your wedding.

Hope to see you there!

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

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 your wedding.

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.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant  

Kelsie + Jordan’s Travel Inspired Wedding at Sirocco

Alberta Ceremony DecorOn their wedding day, Jordan and Kelsie chose to celebrate their love for each other, and to pay homage their love of traveling together.  Bride Kelsie created many DIY elements which made their wedding day oh so unique and personal.
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Wedding Car Tin CansI attached these adorably traditional cans (one of many DIY’s made by the Bride) to the get-away golf cart that whisked the newlyweds away for photos.Travel Themed Guest Book GlobeMeanwhile back at cocktail hour, guests were wow’ed by more travel themed DIY decor and they were entertained by a highland dance troop.  Choreographed by the bride herself I might add! Here is a link to Cinderwood Films’ video of Kelsie and Jordan’s wedding day
Wedding Reception EntertainmentWedding Cake TopperThe cake table featured 5 unique wedding cakes made by Alison LaFrance with Whippt Desserts & Catering. With delicious passion fruit flavor inside, each cake was more beautiful than the last!

Congratulations once again, to Kelsie + Jordan!  Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day.

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

It was such a joy to work with Kelsie + Jordan, as well as the incredibly talented team who worked together on their travel themed wedding.

Ceremony & Reception Venue – Sirocco Golf Club
Photographer –  Jeremy Martel and Amy Cheng with JM Photography
Videography – Megan Darragh with Cinderwood
Wedding Coordinator – Laura Richert with Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Officiant – Judy Wiltse with Vows by Judy
Cakes – Alison LaFrance with Whippt Desserts & Catering
Florist – Oscar and Janie with Flowers By Janie
Band – Two Bit Bandits
Hair Stylist – Rory with Shag Salon
Makeup Artist – Michelle with Trena Laine
Ceremony Arch – Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events

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