Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Wedding

Scans By: Photovision Prints | Venue: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald | Stationary: Lovella Stationary
Planning & Design: J'Adore Design and Events | Hair and Make up: Sen Studios

A few words from Temmy: It all started out in March 2010, it's a long story so let's just say we were at the right place at the right time in our lives. Just like the quote 

from William Shakespeare " When I saw you, I fell in love. And you smiled, because you knew."  It was definitely love at first sight for him, and for me that very first moment I knew there was something special about him. 

The best thing about being together is that we knew we wanted a family. A mini me and and mini him. 6 years later we now have a princess and a prince. Family is our number 1 priority and so I felt 2016 is a good year to get married, I wanted our parents to still be around and for our kids to be part of it. Initially I wanted a small intimate wedding at home, then I thought about an acreage wedding but we don't have an acreage. One night we were driving downtown and my daughter was in awe when she saw a castle, the building lit up and her eyes lit up. She was amazed at the Fairmont hotel macdonald for their fairytale castle look. She gave me an idea! Right away the next day I call to get more information, I'm glad I decided to do an intimate wedding rather than a typical Asian wedding of 500guests. My maid of honour mentioned about Samantha and her work. What I love most about her work is the fresh fresh fresh flowers. Her taste and design is exactly like mine, even better. I trusted her completely and she knew exactly what I meant. I told her it's all about the flower balls! It's a must at the wedding and everywhere she can put them. I enjoyed working with her because she is kind and understanding. She knows how to budget a wedding and was more excited than me. 

Day of the wedding, well I have to say that everything turned out perfectly! The weather forecast predicted rain, which it did but till the very end it cleared up and it seem as if a miracle just happened. Felt like our wedding was blessed. There are so many best moments in my wedding that I could go on and on and on. My dad walking me down, listening to his speech, my boy anxiously waiting to run down the aisle, my daughter feeling like a bride, the room covered in fresh flowers, having all my closets friends from far and near, my nephews surprised me with their own speeches, the venue, the calligraphy,the harpist, the smallest detail of flowers and arrangements,the food, the photographer. Everything was great, it was definitely a fairytale. Wayne and I will never forget any moments in our wedding whether big or small and that was because we made the right choice to call Samantha and have her coordinate our wedding. Having a wedding coordinator is the best thing we did for our wedding. 

Wayne and I have waited a long time for this moment, our love is like a very old love. It feels like we were together in our past lives and our past lives before that. That every new life we were destined to be together. When we met it felt like the universe was pulling us together. That no matter what the obstacles we may encounter something greater will bring us closer. It's hard to describe until you have found your true love then you will understand what I mean. The funny thing about us is that it feels we were living in parallel lives, and it was just that very moment when we first met everything changed. I can truly deeply say that he is my true love, best friend and my everything. Over the last 6 years we have build and grown so much. Today, my daughter still talk about our wedding. How that day was for us, our family wedding day. 

Elegant Blush Vow Renewal

Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Linens & Chair Ties: A Chair To Remember | Suits: Derks
Floral Design by: Akiko Floral | Rentals: Elegant Touches | Bridal Boutique: Novelle Bridal
Dress Designers: Eve of Milady & Allegro | Makeup: Becky from Edmonton Makeup Artists
Catering by: Elizabethan | DJ: Talent Productions | Invitations: Stephita | Rings: Vera Wang
Venue: Southwood Community League | Stationary: Paper Divas
Hair: Through The Looking Glass | Table Favors: Light In A Box
Cravats & Pocket Squares: Elegant Ascot

A few words from Naomi: Matt and I meet at church when we were just kids and now we have been married for 16 wonderful years. As a kid I never really dreamed of my wedding day until I had our first wedding. Since then, I have dreamed of having a do over, my way, and getting to watch matts eyes lighting up as I walked down the aisle. My favourite part of our vow renewal was our children’s words to us. The love we all felt as a family in the ceremony. For my reception, I simply wanted an elegant dinner party to enjoy with close friends and family and to treat them to a spectacular evening. The hall was beyond beautiful, and my cake still takes my breath away. Also the words spoken from our dear friend Shari. Her words warmed our hearts and will always be tucked away to treasure forever.

Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Justine here: e-mail me

The Lake House Calgary Wedding | Mark & Stephanie

Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Venue and Catering: The Lake House |Flowers: Flower Artistry
Cakes: Whippt Desserts and Catering | Bridal Attire: Lazaro | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss
Wedding Jewellery: Tacori | Stationary: By Invitation Only | Hair and Makeup: Red Bloom

Mark and Stephanie met in the summer of 2006 working at Shawnee Slopes Golf Course, but didn’t start dating until the summer of 2008. They were both University students at the time, working there for their summer job and somehow connected – most likely over their mutual love of animals. Mark was on his career path to becoming a vet (or so Stephanie thought), and Stephanie was just finishing her political science degree.

As plans often change, Mark is now a geologist for an oil and gas company and Stephanie works as an Education Coordinator for the Alberta Health Services.

Mark proposed while the couple were living in Edmonton, on November 28, 2013. Mark was finishing up his Geology degree, so Stephanie was very surprised as she did not think they would get engaged until Mark was finished school. Mark had planned on proposing a few weeks earlier when the ring came in, but Stephanie just to happened to be sick. Mark patiently waited and every day would ask Stephanie if she wanted to go outside for a walk with the dog, but everyday she said no (it was winter in Alberta and Stephanie had a really bad cough). Finally, Mark couldn’t wait any longer so on a typical Thursday evening, Stephanie in her sweats on the couch, Mark put the ring on their dog’s collar and sent her over to see Stephanie. She realized after a couple seconds, as Mark came around the corner and got down on one knee, that there was her dream ring, on Koha’s collar!

Wedding planning began very shortly after. Stephanie chose her bridal party immediately (she basically already had the whole wedding planned in her head). Cassandra, her little sister was her maid of honor – no brainer. Krista and Amy were her two closest friends and Stephanie has known them both since about 5 years old. And finally Ashley, Mark’s sister and basically a sister to Stephanie over the past 7 years.

Mark on the other hand, knew who he wanted to be in his party, but as usual, putting things off until the last minute, finally asked his groomsmen about 4 months before the wedding. Derek would be his best man, whom he met through Stephanie when they first started dating. His cousin Ryan, University buddy Jeremy, and Greg, who he also met through Stephanie at the onset of their relationship.

As for bridal party gifts, Stephanie decided to buy the girls something they could wear for the wedding day, so she went with Kate Spade stud earrings in light pink, to match their dusty rose colored BCBG bridesmaid dresses. As pink is Stephanie’s favourite color, she also bought each of the girls a small bottle of sparkling rose and each a different shade of pink nail polish. Stephanie’s most favourite part of the gift to the girls was the super comfy kimono robes from Piyama.

Mark also bought the groomsmen accessories for the wedding day. A skinny black tie by Calvin Klein and they were each given different stripe pattern socks. Mark decided that the groomsmen also require a handy dandy book called, “The Art of Manliness.” Finally, each of the groomsmen received a bottle of their favourite liquor.

Mark and Stephanie agreed to not buy each other gifts for the wedding as they had just bought / adopted the newest member to their family a couple months earlier. Stephanie’s dad dubbed Koha (their three year old Boston terrier) the ‘engagement dog’ (instead of a ring) during his speech as they bought her when they moved to Edmonton together. Sauce was the ‘wedding dog’ as she was supposed to arrive right after the wedding, but they brought her home a few months earlier. Back to the gift, although Mark was not supposed to give Stephanie a gift, he surprised her with the cutest Marc Jacobs Boston Terrier shoes. His note with the gift was “So you can have Koha and Sauce with you all day today.”

For a wedding favour, Stephanie and Mark decided to make a donation to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), because of their mutual love for animals. In order to incorporate their own pups in the wedding, Stephanie decided to bake sugar cookies and decorate them as Boston Terriers and attach the donation note to the cookie packaging.

The wedding day turned out to be perfect. The weatherman was saying thunderstorms and showers throughout the day, but the rain didn’t start until everyone was indoors and cleared up just in time for some outdoor sunset photos. It was the perfect day! It was hard for Stephanie and Mark to choose a favourite part of the day, because everything was so perfect. The best thing about the day was the general feeling of love. There was so much love in the room all day long! The food, cake and drinks were pretty amazing too. And then the dancing. Stephanie told their DJ when they had their meeting that she would not be leaving until the lights came on – she loves to dance! Mark and Stephanie stayed until the very end of the night and do not regret it for a second.

Elegant Estate Wedding

Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Venue: Kingwood Center, Ohio
Day of Event Coordinator and Styling: Birds and Honey | Event Coordinator: Umbrella Barrel
Catering:  Blue Ribbon Catering & Mazah Mediterranean Eatery
Floral: Bride’s Family and Friends | Videography: Little Tree Studios
Cake: Blanca Guerra | Wedding Bands: Store5a | Bride’s Makeup: Columbus Wedding Makeup
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Isaiah Wu, Daniel Wu, Stephan Spottswood 
Henna: Bindu Verma, Creative Calla Corner | Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy

About the lovely couple, from the bride, Madison: I met Michael in the 7th grade, I must have just turned twelve.
Michael walked in the side doors at our church group and I knew he was new. He had big “mushroom” like hair and a lanyard out of his cargo shorts. I welcomed him to the group and left before he was swarmed by the other middle school girls. That was the start of our friendship.
My Teta, grandmother, told me once that the beautiful relationships start as buds and then bloom. I can tell you she was right about ours, except that maybe the blooming part took a little longer than Michael might have liked.
Michael and I’s relationship consisted of me dodging his throws during dodge ball (unsuccessfully) and visiting Steak and Shake on Wednesday nights until my parents sent me to Worthington Christian for high school. Michael was one of the two people I knew at the school. Michael walked me to class on my first day and nearly every day after that.
During our first class together (Spanish), we talked about guitar, Michael told me how he only played electric and he’d never sing in front of people. I told him that I liked acoustic and he should sing and play, I told him I’d play with him. A week after, Michael was playing acoustic and singing “Better together” with me before school… I should have known.
Slowly, we became best friends. We studied together, challenged each other, distracted each other in class, called one another with broken high school hearts, sang in choirs, planned each other’s dates, debated theology, played in bands, attended each other’s sporting events, grew to love the same friends and ate lunch on the floor of the hallways together.
Michael and I were teased by everyone in the school. The girls on my soccer team would spot us and giggle. At our senior gala  everyone clinked their glasses as a friend started a toast by saying, “Dearly beloved we are gathered here today…” (I was so embarrassed that I can’t remember the rest). It didn’t help that I wore a white dress and Michael a black suit… (Note: Michael asked me to spring gala the first day after Christmas break).
Two days before graduation, as we were sitting on the front of my car after his baseball game he looked at me and told me he “loved me and wanted to marry me”. I responded by telling him I didn’t feel the same way and I wanted to forget he’d ever said anything so we could just keep being friends (ouch, I know. Michael doesn’t remember this so either he blocked it from his memory or I thought it instead of saying it out loud. You might say that moment is a bit of a blur for both of us.)
… Yes, graduation was awkward.
Michael says this phase in life should be titled, “The escape from the friend zone”.  I’m stubborn but Michael is persistent. Soon flowers would show up in my dorm room, letters would be sent, and no matter what function I went attended – Michael would be there too.
The phrase “distance makes the heart grow fonder” couldn’t be more true.
Michael moved to Terre Haute, Indiana – 254 miles away –  our first year of college while I stayed in Columbus. Before the first month of undergrad was even over, I realized I missed him terribly. Michael became a constant pixelated face on my computer screen. (Sorry, Amber (my college roommate)). We’d talk till 2 in the morning, meet each other’s new friends, and of course – study. Michael played baseball at his university and I made a visit to him in Indiana. When I got there to see him, he picked me up and spun me around, I knew something had changed.
November 23, we starting dating outside of La Chatelaine, thus began our four year long-distance relationship. (And there was much rejoicing by all of you). During those four years, Michael grew a beard, cut his “mushroom” hair and learned to eat spinach. I finally got my A in calculus and learned an umpire wasn’t called a “ref”.
We studied on Skype for hours on end (sorry for all of you who’s internet connection suffered as a result). We decided that we wanted to love Jesus most and each other second. We drove to each other’s universities for weekend trips. We had picnic dates on the river bank in the summer. We started ONELIFE, now POINT, together. We hiked. We grew with the Lord. We danced on top of the roof. We lost loved ones. We (I) tried to make Michael mad at me, but it never worked. We invested time on our campuses. We jumped the fence and snuck onto the baseball field after dark. We valued our friends. We built things, Michael a robotic foot- me a company. We learned about each other’s cultures. We looked at mountains we wanted to visit. We began to love each other’s families. We traveled. We learned how to cook.
We wrote letters. We prayed together. We fell in love.
Remember those mountains? On the morning of my birthday, Michael gave me a map with the mountains circled in it. We headed out to Colorado a month later. There on the last day of the trip, in a valley quite like the photos we exchanged in college he said, “Remember I told you I loved you and wanted to marry you? I mean it more today” and with that he asked me to marry him.
(And obviously I said yes, though I just stood there in shock for a few seconds and forgot there was a ring involved). (And yes, he asked my dad first).
Growing up together is an odd thing. The boy I met in middle school isn’t the man I’m marrying today. And, I’m positive I’m not same girl either. This has been our first year living in the same city as a couple. Michael is back in Columbus at Ohio State for his doctorate in biomedical engineering and I’m trying to change how society connects with charity through a social media app.
We are more than happy to have put Skype to rest and be 10 minutes away from each other again. This year we’ve ran races, hosted dinner parties, made business plans, explored Columbus, planned our wedding and best of all – seen each other every week. (EEP!)
So when you see us walking down the aisle, I hope you feel the Lord’s blessing as we do.

We have been blessed these past ten years with a story that has turned into the most beautiful bloom.

Poetry

As seen on: Belle Lumiere

Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Styling, design and creative direction by: Mana of Birds & Honey
Floral Design by: Amy Sanderson | Ribbon from: Frou Frou Chic | Hair & Makeup by: Connie Quiza
Stationery and Calligraphy by: Layers of Loveliness | Model: Pearl Naomi of House of Willa
Rosie Skirt from: Vivian Chan

The power of the written word

From Mana Abosaid of Birds & Honey: In a day and age where people are glued to their phones and computers, the art of the written word has slowly faded further and further away. I wanted to create something that showcased how beautiful this art still is. The art of letter writing is just as important today than it was hundreds of years ago as it reveals something about your personality that a machine can’t. Your style of handwriting, choice of ink and paper all say something about you as an individual. Handwritten love letters are more personal and meaningful, too. Just the thought of someone taking time out of their busy day to sit down and write onto paper the poetry of their heart is truly magical.

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Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Justine here: e-mail me

Spruce Meadows Wedding

Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Wedding Planning & Design by: Reflections Weddings
Venue: Spruce Meadows | Linen Rentals: Celebration Creation | Rentals: Special Events Rentals
Floral Design: Flower Artistry | Chair Sashes: Wild Flower Linens
Vintage Rentals: Cellar Decor Vintage Rentals | Macarons: Ollia | Cupcakes: Crave Cupcakes
DJ: Pez Productions | Grooms tux: Custom Pal Zilerie | Brides's dress: Vatana Watters

Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Justine here: e-mail me