Today we are sharing a really beautiful engagement session, captured by the amazing Erin Shepley. This session was shot at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in Cochrane, Alberta. The stunning views, historic sites and gorgeous pathways made for such a perfect spot. Tessa & Oloff are such a fun and easy going couple. You can tell by these images the love and connection this couple truly has. Big Congrats to Tessa and Oloff! They will be saying their I Do’s in September on a mountaintop. It is going to be AMAZING!
Want to make a statement on your wedding day? These five fab statement necklaces will do just that. One of our all time favorite accessory is a fabulous statement necklace. All five of these necklaces will compliment any wedding dress perfectly. You can also use a statement necklace to add a little extra style to your bridesmaid dresses.
1. Kate Spade New York, Faux Pearl and Crystal Collar Necklace – This necklace is gorgeous, its pearl and crystal details will make it easy to pair with any color wedding dress. This style of necklace looks great with Off-Shoulder, Scoop and V-Neck necklines.
2. Aldo, Widerman – This necklace is a great statement piece with its metal chain detail and a large stone at the center with small almond-shaped and round glass stones all around. This looks best with Off-Shoulder, Scoop, V-Neck, Bateau, Illusion and Queen Anne necklines.
3. Baublebar, Kew Collar – This bold necklace is fabulous, it is decked out with faux Pearls. The Kew Collar will compliment a Bateau, Square, High Neck and Sabrina necklines. 4. Accessory Concierge, Rock Around The Collar Cushion Cut Collar – This large cushion cut collar necklace is perfect for a bride that wants a little more subtle necklace but one that will still add some sparkle to your day. The Rock Around The Collar Cushion Cut Collar pairs great with Sweetheart, Straight, Off-Shoulder, High Neck and Square necklines. 5. Accessory Concierge, Empress Collar – The Empress Collar is a super versatile necklace with its longer chain and daintier details. This Necklace will suit Sweetheart, Straight, Off-Shoulder, Jewel, Scoop, V-Neck, Bateau, High Neck and Sabrina necklines.
The best perk of all these necklaces is you can totally rock them after your wedding day! All these can transition right into your normal day wear. Are you a fan of the statement necklace? If so leave a comment below and tell us your favorite one from this post. Happy Friday!
The wedding ring symbolizes the eternity of love and marriage. The history of the wedding ring dates back to the romans. They believed that there was a vein that ran directly from the fourth finger on the left hand all the way to the heart. They called this the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the vein of love.
Over time wedding rings have vastly changed. A common trend in this day is a tattoo for your wedding ring. Is there any better way to show your partner that you plan to stay with them for life?
I, personally, am a huge fan of the tattooed wedding ring. However, I do believe that you should follow a few simple guidelines to consider if this is the route you choose to go:
1. Pick a reputable artist that you are comfortable with. Tattoos are PERMANENT. This is also a small area that needs to be tattooed properly. Finger tattoos commonly ‘bleed’ and can end up looking like a mess.
2. Be original and choose something meaningful to you as a couple. There are so many trendy designs that are very popular. It will be all the more special if it is personal to you.
3. Fading will happen, especially if you are someone who works with their hands day after day. Expect it. Also, backs of the finger rarely take.
4. Although it is becoming much more prevalent in society, there will still be some jobs that do not find hand tattoos acceptable. Be sure to use common sense if you are considering this.
5. Again, they are permanent. Be sure the design you choose is something that you will still be happy with in 1 year, 5 years, even 20 years later.
If the traditional wedding ring is just not for you, this might be a great option. Whatever you choose to symbolize your marriage, ring or tattoo, be sure to wear is proudly!!!
We decided to end this awesome week off with a beautiful wedding film by The Toths Photo and Film. This is Style Inspired Weddings first film feature and we couldn’t be more excited to show you all! Sit back, relax and get ready to enjoy Nikki and Kyle’s stunning Cochrane wedding.
If you are looking for an incredible videographer and photographer team definitely check out The Toths Photo and Film you won’t be disappointed. Happy Friday everyone!
Dress: Ethos Bridal
Florals: Wild Magnolia
Video: The Toths Photo & Film
Photographer: Blair Marie Photography
Venue: Cochrane Ranchehouse
Hair: Stephanie Fiori – Karma Salon and Spa
Makeup: Delaney Bachewic
Wow!!! Thank you All for the unbelievable support you have given us since we launched 1 month ago. Style Inspired Weddings could absolutely not be possible without all your beautiful photo’s, videos, & ideas.
We have been so fortunate to have so many talented individuals reach out to us and for that we are so grateful.
Please continue sending in your submissions so we can continue to post your amazing work!!
As always, if you have any suggestions or ideas please be sure to let us know. We are always looking for feedback!
Thank you so much again
Kayla & Jen
Rachel and Steve’s snowy winter engagement session is ah-mazing! It may have been a cold winter day but you could never tell from this cute couple. There is just something so magical about a perfect snowy day. Kismet & Clover did a fantastic job styling this shoot. The mittens, blanket and snow shoes are the perfect details to compliment this session. You can tell by these images captured by Cameron May Photography that this couple is so fun! They were up for anything during their session. From giving ‘piggyback rides to throwing snowballs it was definitely a perfect snow day!
If you are looking for the perfect bridesmaid dress but don’t want to break the bank, then you must consider these chic dresses. These 5 dresses will have your bridesmaids looking gorgeous on your wedding day and no one would ever guess they are so budget friendly!
- Sunday Kind of Love Seafoam Tulle Gown – Lulus $54 CAD SALE
This flowing seafoam green gown is perfect for that pastel color pallet. This dress is simple and elegant but you can definitely dress it up even more with some statement jewelry.
- Haute Floral Maxi – Foi Clothing $69 USD
This dress is such an awesome deal and this boutique even ships FREE to Canada. How great is that? This dress is right on trend with the off the shoulder straps and a soft feminine floral print.
- Darccy Gather Ruffle Neck Swing Dress – ASOS $80 CAD
The Darccy Gather Ruffle Neck Swing dress is something a little different, it is pretty and very simple but it would compliment any brides dress just perfect!
- Depths of My Love Grey Maxi Dress – Lulus $105 CAD
Right now neutrals are so in style so this grey dress hits the mark perfectly. Add a pop of color with your accessories or your bridesmaid bouquets.
- HENKKA One Size Sakura Midi Convertible Dress – Hudson’s Bay $185 CAD
This dress can be styled in many different ways so if you are looking for mix and matched bridesmaid dresses this just might be the dress for you!
A heated topic often between everyone involved in the planning process of your wedding… cash bar vs open bar. Everyone will have their own opinion and everyone will believe their opinion is the right one. The biggest concern is going to be the cost. There will be pros and cons on each side. But how do you decide what the right choice for your wedding will be. Here are some helpful hints on deciding which option might be best for you:
- An open bar is less worry for your guests to make sure they brought enough cash with them
- Consider who will be paying for the liquor. If a parent is offering to pay for this expense, an open bar might be an option. If it is up to the bride and groom, this can be a huge expense for a newly married couple to incur.
- If you absolutely want to have an open bar, consider scaling down what you serve. Maybe you only need beer, wine and a specialty cocktail rather than a fully stocked bar. You can also stock mid-range alcohol rather than top shelf.
- Cash bars are not the party killer that you may have been led to believe. Having a minimal fee (generally $2/drink) for your bar is not going to end the party early. Your guests will understand.
- Guests are more likely to ‘overindulge’ with an open bar. Definitely consider your guest list when making this decision. Although you uncles lengthy musical toast may be a funny conversation for later.
- Another option is to have a cocktail hour where the bar is open for an hour before dinner at no charge to your guests. After the dinner is it is completely acceptable to convert to a cash bar.
As with any event serving alcohol, safe rides home must always be considered. Be sure your guests are aware of local cab number and have the DJ announce this frequently.
Ultimately this decision is going to be best decided based on the wedding budget. If the budget allows for an open bar, then it is a great option. However, if it does not, DO NOT STRESS out about it. There are so many other things when wedding planning that will cause stress and the bar should not be one of them. You planned, prepared and worked hard to get to this point. Enjoy it!
This couple had a beautiful ceremony in Calgary at the Valley Ridge Golf Course. Sky Blue Photography did an outstanding job photographing this wedding and we are lucky they even sent some engagement photos as well. The reception venue was gorgeous, it took place at Upper Chamber in Calgary. Prepare yourself for the brides stunning wedding gown!
Photography: Sky Blue Photography
Engagement & Wedding Photos Venue: Big Hill Springs & Upper Chamber
Wedding Dress: Lauren Elaine Bridal
Ceremony Venue: Valley Ridge Golf Course
Reception Venue: Upper Chamber
Today we are sharing something a little different on the blog. We are featuring Brickbubble. They are an awesome company based out of Stony Plain. Brickbubble has tons of great products like table numbers, mason jar guestbooks, cake toppers and so much more. If you’re a bride looking for custom and unique details for your wedding day definitely check out Brickbubble.
Party Insurance… Do I need that???
Let’s say your new husband’s cousin’s nephew decides to take full advantage of the bar you generously provide your guests and somehow ends up parking his Sunfire in the entry way of your venue!! Are you responsible for those costs or is the nephew? Technically because you rented the venue this becomes your responsibility and you will be required to pay for the repairs. Now, being newlyweds and having just paid for a wedding it may be hard to come up with the funds to do this, so what other options might you have? PARTY INSURANCE!! This is so vital. It may sound incredibly far-fetched and you might be saying ‘as if this could happen’ but these things do happen and more often than you think.
Party Insurance or PAL (Party Alcohol Liability) is very easy to acquire and is relatively inexpensive. This form of insurance is designed for reception type events being held in a rented facility. You will be required to have a liquor license as well. You can get coverage from $1,000,000.00 to $5,000,000.00 with as low as a $500.00 deductible (a far cry from what those entry way repairs are going to cost you).
Another option you may want to look into is WEDDINGGUARD provided by PAL Insurance Brokers Canada Ltd. (www.palcanada.com). Designed specifically for weddings it will provide coverage for everything from liquor liability, honeymoon cancellation, bridal attire and wedding cake and flowers plus much more. Packages range anywhere from $200.00 to $900.00. Pretty affordable considering how much the average wedding costs.
So, do you need party insurance? YES, YES, YES!!! Protect yourselves, your family, and your guests from the husband’s cousin’s dreaded nephew!!!