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 WeddingTamara of Bake My Day created this gorgeous cake and yes, she made that beautiful flower and it’s edible!



Bohemian Wedding


Isn’t Vanessa breath-taking?  (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

Gold & Marsala Woodland Glam Winter Wedding – Inspiration

I set out to inspire Birch & Bunny brides and grooms who are dreaming up their own wedding themes.  I wanted this inspiration shoot to be rich and elegant, but to marry that sophistication with the natural beauty of the outdoors, hence a woodland glam theme.  To accomplish this, I choose a colour pallet of deep Marsala, bold berry hues, and accents of gold and bling.

Wedding Decor Calgary

When Grace Kerr of Photographs by Grace came on board, I was thrilled by her enthusiasm for the concept! We had such a mild winter, but it was so windy that day (a severe wind warning was issued) that we almost blew away!

Wedding Decor Table

Beautiful flower garland, bouquet and floral crown were created by Occasional Bloom, using rich deep colours and  lush florals juxtaposed with curly willow branches for texture.

Bride Flower Crown

Cake artist Handmade Cake Company crafted a semi-naked red velvet cake using all natural and preservative free ingredients.  It was garnished with persimmons, fresh berries, pomegranate seeds, as well as a sumptuous pavlova, and raspberry cream filled meringues.

Naked Cake Woodland Glam Wedding

Calgary Wedding Cake Meringue

Local fashion designer Laura George provided a swoon-worthy gown.  This darling with lovely flowing lace, is called the Rosealie and is from her Renaissance collection.

Calgary Bride Flower Crown Woodland Glam

Calgary Bride Flower Crown

Calgary Bride Flower Crown

Our model’s hair and makeup were done by MaddPretty Makeover Studio, and a fur stole from Calgary Bridal Capes kept her warm.

Woodland Glam Bride Winter

Alyssa of Plush Invitations designed and then dip dyed the stationery in water colours of luscious berry hues. Wedding Table Number
Birch Arch and Red Carpet

A huge, heartfelt thank you to all of the vendors who contributed to make this photo shoot amazing!

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

The Creative Team

Concept, Décor: Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Photographer:  Photographs by Grace
Cake:  Handmade Cake Co.
Flowers:  Occasional Bloom
Dress:  Laura George
Stationary:  Plush Invitations
Hair & Makeup:  MaddPretty
Faux Fur Wrap:  Calgary Bridal Capes
Model:  Samantha

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.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant

 

Rose Quartz & Navy Winter Wedding – Inspiration

I was so thrilled when Birch & Bunny Weddings and Event Rentals was approached to style this wedding inspiration shoot by Nicole.Field Photography.  She really allowed us to have fun with the theme and style!

 

Bridal Bouquet with rings.
Bride and Groom for styled winter wedding photo shootMeet the Couple

Sara + Steve are just so in love, you can see it in how they interact and how they look at one another.

The two lovebirds had met through a mutual friend a few years prior to dating.  After meeting for coffee one day though, Sara and Steve really felt a connection.  Not wanting the coffee date to end, the two talked for hours and hours.  It was obvious that sparks were flying and soon began spending more and more time together and fell madly in love!

 

 

 

Romantic proposal

Their Proposal

So utterly romantic! This past summer, in Venice, Italy – one of the most romantic cities on the planet… surrounded by iconic canals and beautiful architecture, this is where Steve declared his love and popped the question to Sara. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While planning the colour pallet, I felt inspired by Rose Quartz, one of the two Pantone Colours of the Year for 2016.  I chose Navy to balance out the soft femininity of the Rose Quartz/ Blush.

Bridal Bouquet with succulets

Carla of Carla Lily Flowers put together the gorgeous textural posy for our Bride-to-be turned model, Sara. Bouquet by Carla Lily Flowers, Mercury Glass from Birch and Bunny

The flowers paired so perfectly with Cake by Beth Louise’ simple and clean white ruffled three-tiered cake.

Cake by Beth Louise, Carla Lily FlowersBirch and Bunny Crystal Cake Stand, Cake by Beth Louise, Carla Lily Flowers Birch and Bunny Rentals - Nicole Field Photography (4)

Sara took our breath away in this stunning gown from Cameo & Cufflinks.  She kept warm in a fur wrap from Calgary Bridal Capes.

Cameo & Cufflinks Bridal GownBride and Groom kissing - Calgary Bridal Capes, Ed Williams Menswear

Pretty invitation suite and seating chart cards that The Social Page created.

Birch & Bunny Seating Chart Frame, Social Page, Orange Trunk Sofa.

Seating chart cards by Social Page and a gorgeous shot of the sofa which Orange Trunk loaned us, and Birch & Bunny’s seating chart frame.

Birch and Bunny Rentals - Nicole Field Photography (2)

Thank you so, so much to our couple, to Nicole.Field Photography and to all of the talented local yyc wedding professionals who collaborated to make this amazing photo shoot a success.  It was an honor to work with all of you, and so very much fun!!

P.S. I’m so excited to add that we have been featured in Calgary Bride and Rocky Mountain Bride!

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

The Creative Team

Photography:  Nicole.Field Photography
Styling:  Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Florist:  Carla Lily Flowers
Sofa:  Orange Trunk Vintage Styling & Rentals
Cake & Cookies:  Cake by Beth Louise
Stationery:  The Social Page
Dress & Earrings:  Cameo & Cufflinks
Suit: Ed Williams Mens Wear
Hair Stylist:  Hair by Liz
Make Artistry:  Eyedole Beauty
Gel Nails:  Beauty Elements-by Brandy
Cape:  Calgary Bridal Capes
Chairs:  Party Rental Depot

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, 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

Rose Quartz + Serenity, Love it or Leave it?

Rose Quartz + Serenity: Pantone Colours of 2016

Every year, fashion designers and event planners alike eagerly await a certain exciting announcement.  The trend predictors at Pantone announce their predictions for the Top 10 Colours of the year as well as naming a single much anticipated colour of the year.  It is really a self-fulfilling prophesy though, because industry professionals accept this prediction as a fun challenge, and come up with new and exciting ways to showcase this colour.  Hence the trend prediction often becomes a trend setter.

For the first time ever, Pantone’s colour of the year trend prediction is actually a combination of two colours; Rose Quartz + Serenity.  A move that they say “Challenges traditional perceptions of colour association” transcends cultural and gender norms and is calming, all about balance.    The others listed in Pantone’s Top 10 Colours of 2016 are Iced Coffee, Fiesta, Green Flash, Limpet Shell, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Peach Echo and (my fave of the bunch) Lilac Grey.

Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 2015

We’re still all about 2015’s colour Marsala, and just between you and me, we may have found an excuse to play around with this gorgeous wine coloured hue, so stay tuned for an update on that!

What do you think, Love it? Or leave it?  Tweet @birchandbunny your opinion!   I decided to create a Pinterest board dedicated to the tranquil colour duo.

Do you plan to incorporate Rose Quartz + Serenity into your 2016 or 2017 wedding theme?  We would love to see how!  Check out our Services to see how Birch & Bunny can help with your wedding planning needs.

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