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.
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Scans By: Photovision Prints | Reception Venue: Century Dynasty Palace Restaurant
Flowers By: Petals4Less | Cake By: La Favourite | Stationery: Upper Case Press
Make Up Artist: Lydia Yapp | Bridal Hair By: June Tran - Shear Lock Combs Hair Spa
Bride’s White Wedding Dress: Watters from Happy Brautmoden München
Bride’s Áo dài: Tailored from Vietnam | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss from Hirmer
A few words from Lam:
How we met: We met in March 2013 while on a 3 week bus tour of Australia, where we started in Cairns and travelled south along the Eastern coast down to Sydney. We started out as good friends and shared a lot of once in lifetime activities; sailing on the Whitsunday Islands, Skydiving at Byron Bay and surf camp at Crescent Head. Following the trip we went back to our respective lives in Canada and Germany, however, we stayed in touch and soon planned a trip to New York to meet up again. From there we continued our trans-atlantic long-distance relationship, including many (delayed) flights, visas and even masters degrees in order to stay together.
The Proposal: Since we love travelling, Alex organized a surprise weekend getaway to Paris, France. After indulging in the delicious French cuisine, beautiful walks along the Seine, we ended our evening up at the Sacre Coeur, on top of a hill, overlooking all of Paris -and that was where Alex proposed!
Wedding Plans: We actually eloped in Aeroskøbing, Denmark in January 2016 in an intimate ceremony with just our wedding planner, photographer and officiant. However, we planned on a having a large traditional Vietnamese wedding back in Edmonton during the summer, since Lam was in the middle of her master’s program.
Most of the Edmonton wedding was planned by Lam, remotely from Germany (the magic of internet!), and her mom in Edmonton. We wanted a light summer wedding feeling; so we opted for whites, peaches and light pinks as the colour palette. We also wanted to incorporate some Canadian wedding traditions into the traditional Vietnamese wedding.
The red tea ceremony dress worn by the bride along with the bridesmaids dresses were traditional Vietnamese dresses called áo dài, which were all custom made in Vietnam. The white dress, I picked because of its slightly risqué plunging v-neck and light, airy, garden party feeling, which I thought would be fitting for a July wedding. Fun fact: I wore 5 dresses in total for the day and had 2 bridesmaids on dress changing duty.
Alex is known for his sweet tooth, so for the reception we opted for a loaded candy bar to honour his love of sweets.
Favourite Part of the Day: The slideshow and speeches. It was the one part of the day where we were not getting pulled in 3 different directions, but we really had some time to just sit back and enjoy the show. The slideshow was put together by Lam’s brother and Alex’s sister, so there was a lot of meaning behind the pictures included and countless inside jokes. Same goes for the speeches, just having some precious moments to reflect on our relationship and our journey to get where we are through the perspective of our best friends was just one of the happiest moments of the day.
A few words from Whitney about her and Mark:
It was March and Mark really wanted to go on a hike.. Crazy right? I thought so too but he seemed so excited about it I said "why not!". So we parked at the trailhead the night before and spent the night sleeping in his truck. We woke up the next morning to pouring rain. Shortly after our tailgate breakfast we started our ascent. As we climbed the rain turned to sleet, which then turned to snow. It was so bad at points that you had to swing from tree to tree due to the ice. lol. When we got to the top Mark suggested we walk around the lake that was at the top of the hike. We sunk deeper in the snow with each step we took around the lake, to the point where the snow was up to my knees.
*One thing I forgot to mention is that Mark was much slower than me on the hike (this is not typical) and that I caught him talking to himself several times as we hiked.
We decided that the snow was far too deep to continue around the lack so we decided to head back from where we came. Just as we were about to start climbing down the mountain Mark asked if I had to go to the bathroom. I said I was fine. He asked me again.. and again I said I was fine. He said "well I'm going to go then". Mark disappeared into the bushes and shortly after I heard him yell "come look at this rock!"I've gotten use to this phrase, as Mark is a stone mason and loves to marvel at new finds. I made my way through the snow and he handed me a snow covered rock. I turned it over in my hand (honestly it was not that spectacular to me) and when I was done asked if I could throw it back into the snow. "Well at least read it before you do", he said. "Read what?" I thought in my head, you don't read rocks. Mark brushed the snow off the rock and there engraved in the face of the rock was "will you marry me?" (AH HA!!! It was also starting to come together in my head; the reason why he was slower (he had a huge rock in his backpack) why he kept stalling (he had forgotten what he was going to say).
Before I had finished processing what was happening Mark was down in the snow on one knee. Just as he started to propose I shifted my weight and without warning sunk in the snow so that we ended up nose to nose. Which is rather suiting because our whole philosophy is that we are a team, so how suiting that we should be nose to nose, eye to eye TOGETHER when we make our team "official".
A few words from Brittany Messner of Life Set Sail. There were a few things I already had on my wish list, one being the nude ALDO Senor High Heels (not pictured) as well as a quality pair of black skinny jeans. I was able to grab my heels for $50 (half off, still on sale) and the black jeans I picked up at the Levi’s outlet were only $54.
Of course I had to pop into Banana Republic on my trip and was able to find a couple of really great pieces. The white sleeveless blouse, which I found so unique was 60% off and the fuzzy sweater, 30% off. I love the hem of the blouse which looks so pretty layered with various sweaters and in the Spring/Summer I will be able to wear it on its own too! The sweater on the other hand it extremely cozy and I especially love the subtle leather details on the pockets and zip closure.
The steal of the day was definitely the Michael Kors flats I nabbed at Little Burgundy for $35, originally $138. Come Springtime I will definitely be sporting them everywhere. I really lucked out as the last pair they had in store were a full size smaller than I normally wear, but somehow they worked for me anyway!
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Floral Design: Fleurish Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Kathryn Bass Bridal
Stationery: Pink Umbrella Designs | Hair + Makeup: The Pretty Haus | Venue: The HQ
Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Vintage Rentals: Orange Trunk
From Stacey Foley…Natural, organic and ethereal weddings are becoming more and more popular so we wanted to create a shoot to inspire brides and allow them to find true beauty in something simple. The creative process started for me when I was contacted by Kelsey McIntyre of Kathryn Bass Bridal letting me know that she would be in Calgary for one day and had a trunk full of beauties available if I was interested. I jumped on the opportunity. Justine Milton, of Milton Photography, was the absolute perfect fit to capture it all. Her style is timeless, elegant and incredibly gorgeous.
I wanted to allow the colors and textures of the season to play a big part in the design and inspiration of this shoot so I incorporated red pears and pomegranates into the tablescape and Fleurish created for us the most stunning bouquet and centerpiece incorporating falls favourite flowers and fruits. Simple and beautiful stationery, created by Pink Umbrella Designs, was added as the perfect finishing touch.
Weddings are meant to be an expression of self, an incorporation of season and a beautiful look into what inspires the soul. This shoot was created to allow brides the opportunity to see that simple inspiration and beauty can come together to make pure magic!
Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding and editorial photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings & editorial commercial shoots 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 & editorial shoots 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
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Scans By: Photovision Prints | Heat Protectant: Hot Toddy | Curling Iron: 1" Barrel
Salt Spray: Mai Tai Spritzer | Hairspray: Money Maker Flexible Hold | Sparkling Soda Shine Mist
Dry Bar | Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger Brittany Messner of Life Set Sail
A few words from Brittany Messner of Life Set Sail who has partnered with Drybar to bring you an easy how-to for one of this seasons hottest trends, exposed bobby pins.
There are so many ways to pull of this trend, but I’ll get into that later! For now you can follow the step-by-step guide on how to recreate the look above at home.
1. Part hair to side and apply a heat protectant. I used Hot Toddy, which is a lightweight heat and UV protectant.
2. Curl one inch sections of hair away from your face and allow to cool. For loose, tousled curls I love the 3 Day Bender 1″ Barrel Digital Curling Iron for it’s easy to use rotating barrel and fast heat up/cool down time.
3. Finger comb hair to break up curls.
4. Mist hair with salt spray. The Mai Tai Spritzer does a phenomenal job of creating added texture and volume…oh yah, and it smells incredible.
5. Pull back bang heavy side and pin. You can do this whichever way you like, but for this particular look I’ve gone for three X’s. If you want them even it’s easiest to pin each one side of each X first before crossing over with the other side.
6. Finish with a light-hold hairspray like the Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray to keep unwanted frizz at bay.
Optional: If you’d rather go for a smooth, less textured look you can skip the salt spray/hairspray and create a glossy finish with the Sparkling Soda Shine Mist.
Not into so many steps? This would be a perfect last minute style for back-to-school by skipping the curling iron – and don’t worry about getting the pins to sit evenly as this style looks great with random placing as well.
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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