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

Holly + Brett’s Wedding at The Commons

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Holly + 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!

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Instead 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.

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Brett worked on his 1960 Chevy Bel Air so that he could drive his Bride Holly away in it after the ceremony.  He and several of the couples’ friends 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.

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I 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

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.
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