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
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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.
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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.

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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 CalgaryWhen 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 TableBeautiful 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 CrownCake 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 MeringueLocal 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 WinterAlyssa of Plush Invitations designed and then dip dyed the stationery in water colours of luscious berry hues. Wedding Table NumberBirch 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

Creative Team
Planner: 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

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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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 shoot

 

Meet 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 succuletsCarla 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 BunnyThe 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 MenswearPretty 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

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

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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Rose Quartz + Serenity, Love it or Leave it?

Update: Check out the work we did with each of these colours! Serenity Blue Watercolour-Real Vow Renewal
Rose Quartz + Navy-Styled Shoot

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.

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 about the Rose Quartz and Serenity pairing; Love it? Or leave it?  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!

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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2016 Wedding Trend Forecast

Don’t be afraid to set your own trends, and add your own personal spin on them.  Here are a few to watch for this year!

1)  Loose, Unstructured Florals
In 2015 we saw a move toward more organic looking, natural floral arrangements that give the impression of a bride just having gathered her bouquet from her garden on her way to the ceremony.  No more perfectly round bouquets, the modern bride prefers a less fussy look.  My guess is that we will continue to see more of this more free flowing look in 2016.
Edited: Just added this gorgeous bridal bouquet by Carla Lily Flowers.

Bridal Bouquet with succulets

2) Wedding Cake Alternatives
Cupcakes and cake pops have been paving the way in recent years for unlimited options for wedding cake alternatives.  This year’s biggest dessert will be the merengue- according to Suzanne of Handmade Cake Co. we can expect to see more in the form of macarons of course, but also meringue pavlova, nests, and more!  Well, I’ve tasted her merengues and they are to die for!!

Also consider a delightful selection of pies, even individual hand-pies, or a display of old fashioned donuts, cookie + ice cream sandwiches, ice cream sundae bar.

Cake Dress dot com - Hand piesMeringue Pavlova by Handmade Cake Co.

 

3) Suspended Centrepieces and Chandelier Cakes
Hello WOW Factor!  These gravity defying centerpieces and hanging cakes are such a memorable way to add drama to your reception!

Edited: Check out this gorgeous suspended floral piece that hung above a Cake-Tasting Bar by local shop Handmade Cake Co. at a recent wedding show. Florals by Fleurish Flower Shop. LOVE IT!

Suspended chandelier center piece flowers hangs from above.

4) Food Stations
Expected to be a big hit again this year, couples are breaking out with fun, new ideas for food stations.  Some are opting to go with a formal sit-down dinner with stations for cocktail hour, desert and late night snack.  Others still are skipping the sit-down dinner entirely and instead letting guests mingle between exciting action-stations where each item is prepared before guests’ eyes!  Just make sure to have plenty of casual seating and soft seating available for those who wish to gather at a table between stations.

5) Bold Dresses
This year we are going to see many Brides opt for bold statements with their gown.  Plunging necklines, or low backs, short dresses with long sleeves, asymmetric necklines, two-piece with a crop-top, and our very favorite dress trend this year: illusion necklines with lace or floral appliques.  So feminine and pretty!

Kristin Wiig Delphine Manivet Golden Globes Trends Dress Met Gala Kim Kardashian

Trends George Wu on Philippa Northeast Dress Trend - Rosamond Pike Vera Wang

6) Metallics
An elegant pop of sparkle, metallics are being incorporated in everything from foil stamped invitations to jewelry to decor elements and even dresses!  Silver, Gold, Bronze, are trending, but Rose Gold and Copper are already quickly becoming the most requested metallics.
Wedding Table Decor Mercury Glass Candle Holders and Vases

What do you think of our predictions?  Which other trends do you think will be hot this year?

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.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant

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