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!

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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.

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

Anniversary Gifts By Year

My hubster and I are really loving the challenge of the anniversary gift guide! Although we have only been married for a few years, we took our sweet time getting here and have celebrated 11 anniversaries together.  We like to make our anniversary gifts more meaningful, and save things like clothing and household items for Christmas and birthdays.

Here are the traditional gifts by year, with a modern twist.

1 Year – Paper  Check out our post of 1st Anniversary Gift Ideas!
2 Years – Cotton  Looking for thoughtful 2nd Anniversary Gifts?  We’ve got ideas!
3 Years – Leather
4 Years – Fruit/ Flowers  Our friends at Amborella are ready to recreate your wedding flowers like they did for our Groom to give his Bride-to-be on Valentines’ day.  (He’s a keeper!)  This was their wedding.
5 Years – Wood
6 Years – Iron
7 Years – Wool/ Copper
8 Years – Pottery/ Bronze  Can’t wait for this one, I am SO signing us up for a clay pottery spinning class!  Not just a keepsake, also making memories.
9 Years – Willow/ Pottery
10 Years – Diamond Jewelry  How lovely would it be to gift her with a stackable ring to add to her finger.  A daily reminder of how your love for her has grown over the years.   If your budget allows, how about upgrading the diamond in her ring? Sometimes the original diamond is made into a necklace or stud earrings so that she can continue to wear that along with the new bling in her ring!

Traditionally the 10 year anniversary meant Tin/ Aluminum, but we think a decade of marriage is much more deserving of the modern adaptation. What do you think?

Curious about more anniversary gifts by year?  Here are many more to look forward to.

15 Years – Crystal
20 Years – China
25 Years – Silver
30 Year – Pearls
35 Years – Coral
40 Years – Ruby
45 Years – Saphire
50 Years – Gold
60 Years – Diamond

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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.
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Wedding Awards – Best Wedding Under $25,000

UPDATE:  I’m incredibly honored to have won the award for Best Wedding Under $25,000!!!  Check out the beautiful trophy that was just delivered. (Wish I could have flown to Ontario for the awards banquet, it looked like a blast!)  Can’t wait to share snaps of the new Birch & Bunny Weddings HQ where I’m clearing a spot for this trophy!
Best Wedding Award Planner

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You guys, I’m so thrilled to announce that we’ve been chosen as 1 of 3 finalists for a WPIC Wedding Award in the category of Best Wedding Under $25,000!!
I know there was a lot of talented competition in the other categories, and awards are certainly not why I do what I do, so I can’t wait to see who wins in all categories!!
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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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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!
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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
Black Bridesmaids
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
Planner: Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
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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RCMP and Nurse’s Mountain Wedding

Gazebo Ceremony
Linsey + Mitch wed surrounded by the scenic rocky mountains at Silvertip Resort in Canmore, Alberta.
Knowing that his love was a major Disney fanattic, Mitch proposed to Linsey at Disney Land!  
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As guests arrived they were serenaded by Amante Duo.
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Bride Procession
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Bride and Groom Entrance
To incorporate their Disney Land proposal into their big day wasn’t hard, first they used Disney trivia to determine the order at dinner.  Then instead of clinking glasses guests were to recite a Disney quote to get the newlyweds to smooch.
Fireplace Headtable
This Sweets Table featured desserts as far as the eye could see- everything from macarons and croquembouche, to sandwich cookies, donuts, brownies, blondies, and various mini pies and tartlets!
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One small guest was especially impressed by the sweets table!  I overheard a little girl ask her daddy if she could go get dessert, her eyes must have been bigger than her stomach because she returned with a half full serving platter!  After we stifled a giggle, her dad told the little girl that she had to offer the sweets around.  Boy was she ever disappointed, but she did share.  Such a sweetheart.

Wedding CakeBride Cake Cutting
Couple's First Dance
Little did Linsey + Mitch know, that their friends had staged a Flash-mob group dance!

Afterwards, I took the gorgeous flowers to YYC Petal Project.  They took our donated centrepieces, bouquets and garlands and split them into several smaller bouquets which they distributed to a Senior’s Care Centre.  As a Nurse (and a total sweetheart) Linsey was so thrilled by this suggestion.
Donating to YYC Petal Project Flower donation
What an amazing day with an incredible couple!  I am so honored that you chose me to be a part of your special day.

Event Partner Team
Venue: Silvertip Resort
Photographer: Kingdom Come Photography
Coordinator: Laura of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events 
Florist: Travis of Calyx Floral Design 
Cake + Desserts: Pretty Sweet 
Musicians: Amante Duo 
DJ: Outright Entertainment
Stationer: Pink Umbrella Designs 
Bridal Boutique: Novia Mia Bridal 
Gown: Allure Bridals 
MUA: Beauty Mark Productions
JP: Greta Reiten 
Guest Shuttle: Highland VIP Group
Flower Donation:  YYC Petal Project


Calgary Wedding Coordinator
  
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and designing 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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Cotton (2nd) Anniversary Gift Ideas

Embroidered Bouquet
Lovely bespoke replica of your wedding bouquet, handstitched by Erin McMenemy. Erin will capture the essence of your bouquet, so you can even let her know if there were special details such as a charm on the ribbon wrap. 
She’s @erinmcmom across all social media platforms. You can even watch her time-lapse stitching videos on YouTube. 

Ships from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Check out her Etsy shop!

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Custom Pillow Cover
Want to hear the cutest thing?  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my hubster Kyle and I are loving the annual challenge of choosing gifts from the Traditional Anniversary Gifts list.  Well as they say, “great minds think alike”.  For our Cotton Anniversary we both ended up handing each other throw pillow covers!  I ordered his from Thimble Theory.

Choose your font and colours, add your names, the date you met, your proposal date, wedding date and you’re done!

Ships from Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada.  Order via website or Etsy.

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Sound Waves on Canvas
Artsy VoicePrint will create personalized art from a sound wave of the moment you each said “I Do” or even your wedding song!  You may have seen that we previously mentioned this Etsy shop in our 1st Anniversary Gift Ideas blog post, but you can also get this on cotton canvas for your 2nd anniversary or even wood for your 5th or metal for your 1oth.
Plus, I ADORE this bonus: it also comes with a QR code so that you can listen to the source of your soundwave art anytime!

Ships from California, USA.  Order via website or Etsy 

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Calgary Wedding Coordinator  
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and designing 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

Amy + Paul’s Sailing Club Wedding

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Overlooking the water on a gorgeous day in August,  Amy + Paul wed among loved ones.

The intimate event blended urban style with bohemian charm, and a minimal aesthetic set the tone for their special day.  Decor plays an important role in any event, but that is especially true when your Bride is an Interior Designer!

The reception was brought to life with lush florals and leafy greenery
beautiful, from their gem embellished place cards to their first dance at twilight below the strings of bulb lights.  We added to the timeline a special time for Amy + Paul to sneak off for a sunset photo session.

harvest tables

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Congratulations again, to the happy newlyweds! 

Team of Event Partners
Photographer: Loree Photography
Planner: Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Florist: Occasional Bloom
Cake, Cupcakes: Bake My Day
Vintage Rugs: Orange Trunk
Vintage Seating, Arch: Chantelle Ashley Events
Rentals: Great Events Rentals
Catering: Great Events Catering
Venue: Glenmore Sailing Club
MUA: Hailey Rayann Artistry
DJ: Wild Bill’s DJ Service
Hair: Laura Jean Hair

Calgary Wedding Coordinator  
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and designing 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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You “Rock” my World; Amethyst Geode Wedding Inspiration

Collecting gemstones was a hobby of mine as a child, so when Geode Wedding Cakes came on the scene I just knew I had to design a styled shoot around geodes and gemstones.  Loads of florals accented everything from the harvest table, to chairs, to candelabras and everything in between.
The Acreage Weddings Church Calgary Wedding Venue

Our hidden gem of a venue!  This little old church had been built as a movie set, but had become run-down and in need of a lot of love when Faith and her hubby purchased it.  They put a lot of work into refinishing it, and adding extra windows to let in more sunlight.  For the perfect finishing touch, a blinged out chandelier, and The Acreage Weddings church was finally ready for it’s debut as a gorgeous, unique wedding venue.

 

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Bride on vintage sofa

 
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The stationery suite was modeled after gem stones, featuring Agate slice place cards with hand lettered calligraphy.

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Although the windy weather that day prevented us from using the majestic Rocky Mountains as backdrop, we had such a stunning venue to work with.  Get a load of this…

Unique Wedding VenueWedding harvest table and chandelier

 

Photography Credits:  Chloe Buie, Nicole Park Photography, Noel Cosgrove, Kimberly C Photography, Debbie Wong Photography

Creative Team
Workshop Host: Chloe Buie
Rentals: Special Event Rentals
Bridal Boutique: Durand Bridal
Stationer: Modern Pulp Design Studio
Calligraphy, Agates: Debbie Wong Design
Makeup: Hailey Rayann Artistry
Hair: Kristen Jensen
Jewelry: Lawlor Jewellry
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Models: Sarah Nunn and Alden Mueller
Calgary Wedding Coordinator  
Birch & Bunny Weddings is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and desiging 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