Rocky Mountain Bride Canada Launch Party

Alberta Wedding Planner featured in magazine

The anticipation has been killing us, but it’s finally here! The inaugural issue of Rocky Mountain Bride’s new dedicated CANADIAN issue!!! Here are some snaps from the launch party where we celebrated with our Ah-MAZING local industry friends.

Shout out to Park Distillery for the libations, to Pretty Sweet for the treats, the Wedding Study for welcoming us all into your space. Most of all to the incredible Celynn of Rocky Mountain Bride magazine for all your support and for throwing such a fab fete!

Editorial for Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine

Bride Twirl

I am so honored to be featured in the inaugural issue of Rocky Mountain Bride’s Canadian Magazine! What a truly magical location Emerald Lake Lodge is, and we had so much fun working there.
All that and getting to bring together all of these amazing vendors?

I wanted to do something that I haven’t done in a while; design a really elegant, classic tablescape. I used opulent details and a colour palette inspired by natural elements.

To achieve a natural luxe look, I chose glass chargers, gold flatware, gold-rimmed glassware, scroll place cards, menus calligraphed on cloth napkins, clear phoenix chairs, and lush florals. Champagne gummy candy favor boxes were a fun way to top off my tablescape.

wedding invitation stationery suite
calligraphy scroll placecards and vows
Wedding Map Boutonniere
Gift for Bridesmaids
Guest Welcome Gift
Boho Lace Bridal Gown
Bride Getting Ready
Groom Style
Groom waits for Bride
Wedding Flowers
Walking Down Aisle
Emerald Lake Ceremony
Reading Own Vows
Write Own Vows
First Kiss
Bride Twirl
Champagne Toast
Bride and Groom Kiss
Rocky Mountain Wedding
Luxe Wedding Place Setting
Wedding Centrepiece
Wax Seal
Wedding Charcuterie
Wedding Cake
Kake by Darci
Bride and Groom Waterfall
Wedding Waterfall
Bride and Groom Exit

A huge thank you to all of the amazing local wedding pros who partnered with Rocky Mountain Bride and Birch & Bunny Weddings for this gorgeous shoot.

The Dream Team
Magazine: Rocky Mountain Bride
Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge
Planning, Design: Laura Richert of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Photographer: Angie of Juan and Angie Photography
Florist: Willow Flower Co.
Cake: Kake By Darci
Décor Rentals: Modern Luxe Rentals
Dress: The Bridal Boutique
Dress Designer: Rue de Seine Bridal
HMUA: Mountain Beauties
Calligrapher: Debbie Wong Design
Accessories: Joanna Bisley Designs
Menswear: Espy Experience
Gift Boxes: Box Smith
Favors: Sugarfina via Nordstrom Chinook
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Couple: Courtney + Hayden

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Home Office Makeover

Today I’m really excited to share with you, my home office makeover.  Being able to work from home is a luxury that is not lost on me.  I feel quite lucky to avoid the commute and besides, “office hours” are tough to enforce when you’re a Wedding Planner, so it’s nice to have my files handy all the time.

When designing the space, I was going for a feminine and sophisticated vibe that would inspire productivity and creativity.  It needed to be a place where I can invite clients over too.  I’m beyond thrilled with how it has turned out, let’s take a look.

I picked up this white shelving unit because it’s exactly what I was looking for. Binders for client files, processes and business docs are all at my finger tips, but I also need to be able to store ugly things like toner cartridges and office supplies out of sight.

The textured, fluffy dots on these curtains were calling my name, and I got them at Winners for a killer deal.

Pretty champagne gold day planners from previous years are nice to hold on to.  Every year I try to find one to fit my white and gold colour scheme.  I’m also pretty picky about the type of day planner I like, so finding a champagne gold one is just icing on the cake!

Speaking of champagne gold, I’m saving a couple gold bottles of prosecco for a special occasion. For my bday recently, a good friend gave me that bottle of Gigglwater and “Let’s Get Fizzical” a prosecco cocktail recipe book I’m LIVING for these, obvi!… Oh, and a Wedding Planner’s bff; Emily Post.

This little guy is actually a piggy bank, but I don’t use him for that, he just made me smile.

I’ve got to have my dual monitors for all the floor plans and large spreadsheets that I work with. Yup, there’s my external hard-drive too, because Planners are big on risk management- we always have a plan B, and a plan C.

Wedding planner's home office decor

… and lastly, here is where I keep my wedding day Emergency Kit, which I’ll let you have a peak inside of next time.

Well, that’s the grand tour.  I love how it turned out bright, cheery so I feel motivated and inspired in here.  I hope you’re as smitten with it as I am!

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Tips for Changing Your Name

Maybe you are still deciding if it’s even the right option for you?

Your name is part of your identity, so it can be tough to decide whether or not to change it. It’s a personal choice, but there are so many factors that come in to play such as cultural, practical, traditional, convenience, emotional factors. It can be confusing and daunting, so we’re here to break it down for you.

Keeping Your Maiden Name
Many Brides choose to keep their maiden name, a name after all is part of one’s identity.  This option is especially popular for women who have established their career already under that name.  For example, if a Scientist has published under her maiden name there are ways to be properly credited with her married name, but some find it is simpler to just not change their name at all.

Hyphenating
I love this option personally but my name is already pretty long as it is. I have two middle names plus my Maiden Name wasn’t short and neither is my hubby’s last name. If this option seems right for you though, I think it’s the best of both worlds.

Changing Your Name
Some couples decide on this route to identify themselves to the world as one family unit. Some people are surprised to find out that taking on a Married Name is a different (and much easier) process than a regular name change. There are many factors, and as I said before it is a very personal decision that will differ for your own unique situation. If you have decided to take your spouse’s name, no matter the reason, here is a list to help make it easier.

Check List
Once you have your marriage certificate (not the same as your marriage license) you can use that to make the other changes.

Step 1

  • Driver’s Licence
  • Health Care Card
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • SIN

Step 2

  • Banking
  • Credit Cards
  • Student Loan
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Insurance
  • Passport
  • Your Employer
  • Will
  • Stocks

Step 3

  • Utility Companies
  • Phone, Cable, Internet Provider
  • Memberships
  • Social Media Profiles
  • New Email Account
  • Friends and family

Not so overwhelming when you break it down, right?

Calgary Wedding Coordinator
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Wedding Awards – Best Wedding Over $25,000

Award Finalist

UPDATE: I’m so honoured and excited to be able to announce that Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events was chosen as the WINNER for
BEST WEDDING OVER $25,000! It’s nice to toot your own horn once in a while, so cue my happy dance!
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I have some incredible news to share with you, my lovelies. Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events has been selected as a FINALIST in the category of BEST WEDDING OVER $25,000 for the WPIC Wedding Awards! How bleeping amazing is that?!

Last year we won for the category Best Wedding Under $25,000 and we’re still in a bit of a daze over that to be honest. I know that the competition is fierce though, and this is an INTERNATIONAL award, so let me just turn into a total clique by saying it’s an honour just to be a finalist. Ok, brag over, I’m done tooting my own horn. haha!

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What to Expect in an Initial Meeting

Coffee

What will we talk about?
This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other. You will get a peak at my portfolio, learn what the process looks like as a client, and which services would be the best fit for you. I’ll learn what you envision for your wedding as far as style, feel, if you have any concerns about your day, what your needs are, what you will invest in your wedding and how we can make your wedding AMAZING!

Is there a fee for the Initial Meeting?
Nope, this is a complimentary, no obligation, informal meeting.

Where do we meet?
Usually our Initial Meeting will take place at a central location such as a
coffee shop or a fro-yo joint.  Since our clients come from all over and have
busy schedules, this can also be done via video call!

Who should attend?
I would love to meet with both of you, to give you both the chance to get to
know me and vise- versa.

Can I ask your advice on budget, venue and vendor recommendations in this Initial Meeting?
All of that is the fun stuff we get to do once you’re a signed member of the
Birch & Bunny Weddings family!  This meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know one another, for you to learn about my services, for me to learn about your wedding vision and for us to decide if we are a good fit for each other.  If you are interested in this advice BEFORE booking one of our packages though, please contact us for a consultation.

Will we be pressured into making a decision on the spot?
Absolutely not.  I encourage you to go home and sleep on it.  Afterwards, if you wish I will prepare a custom quote for you.  Your date will be temporarily held for 2 weeks following the meeting, we will follow up if we haven’t heard from you.  We would be honored to be a part of your wedding, but if you decide otherwise that’s okay too- we’d appreciate if you let us know so that we can release your wedding date for other couples.  We want to give you the opportunity to think about it, feel comfortable and be sure about your decision to move ahead!

Are you ready to meet for coffee? (Or bobo tea/ fro-yo if you prefer!) Email hello@birchandbunny.ca to set up our Initial Meeting.  I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Photo Credit: Latte Love Art





 

Wedding Awards – Best Tablescape

Award Finalist

Eeep!! Guess what my lovelies, another award category was just announced. Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events has also been selected as a FINALIST for the category of BEST TABLESCAPE! Now I am on pins and needles waiting for the big awards ceremony on February 1, 2019.

I will be unable to fly out to attend the banquet at the Albany Club in Toronto, ON where it will be held but the anticipation of hearing the winners announced is killin’ me!

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Pantone Colour of 2019 – Living Coral

The colour trend guru’s at Pantone are predicting that the most popular colour of 2019 will be Living Coral.

Color Trends 2019

It’s said to have a playful energy, with warmth and it’s quite a mellow and cheerful hue.

“Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

I used coral and shades of tangerine and peach in a tablescape I designed once, with cookies for place cards. Those were a fun detail!

It’s certainly a departure from 2018’s regal Ultra Violet.  Check out how much fun we had playing with that dramatic and vibrant colour!

What are your thoughts?  We want to hear!  How would you use this colour in your own wedding?

Credits
Planning and Design: Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Venue: Hyatt, Calgary, Alberta
Tablescape Rentals: Modern Luxe Rentals
Tablescape Menu: Brinley Wilder Design
Tablescape Cookie Place Cards: Cake Bake Shoppe
Floral Photo: JM Photography
Florist: Flowers by Janie

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Peonies + Prosecco

Looking for a fun activity for you and your crew to do together leading up to the big day?!  I’m checking out your options to help you choose. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.  😉

Girls’ Night of arranging beautiful blooms, while toasting bubbly and nibbling on pretty hand-painted cookies, and donuts?  You can’t go wrong!

bridal shower idea

Janie started by teaching us the names of all of the beautiful flowers we will be adding to our peony arrangements, and giving us some guidelines on how to create our beautiful arrangements, here we are listening intently. 
(Side Note: I just realized that my #OOTD was a floral top, PLUS my jacket with floral embroidery- I wonder what was on my mind that day…)
flower arranging workshop

Time to break for treats and toast some bubbles!
wedding cookies
pretty donuts


There we have it!  My lovely peony arrangement which really zhushed up my kitchen table.

Wedding Planner Headshot
fresh flowers

Florist and Host: Flowers by Janie
Treats: Pretty Sweet
Photographer: Tara Whittaker Photography
Venue: Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique