Archive for August, 2010

calgary bridal guide – featured wedding #1

Monday, August 30th, 2010 | media, testimonials, weddings | No Comments

We were thrilled to see the very first featured wedding in the latest issue of The Calgary Bridal Guide.


We loved this couple – we worked with them for about 17 months – and they were awesome.


Such a beautiful bride…!


…and we got to make all the details fun, ecclectic & just a little bit crazy…just like them!

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Love at the Lake

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 | testimonials | No Comments

Thanks Lisa,
Thanks so much for everything. It was such an amazing weekend for us.
We can’t thank you enough! Our wedding was so special for both of us and we had a fabulous time. I would love to go for lunch sometime.
Talk to you soon,


You’re SO welcome…it was a pleasure!! xoLisa.

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Chateau Chic

Monday, August 16th, 2010 | trends, weddings | No Comments

This wedding had a very juicy colour palette of turquoise, teal and apple green. For the ceremony it was punctuated with a pattern of coral rose petals down the aisle which perfectly matched the bridesmaids dresses. With the magnificent view of the lake and the tempestuous skies, simple was all that was required for a truly memorable ceremony site.


The very moment the bride signed the marriage license there was a great clap of thunder and it started to rain. The groom was thrilled with the timing…he told me now he’s got a great story for the rest of his life!


Cocktails managed to be both cozy & elegant – and the two signature cocktails were a huge hit.


Some well-placed uplighting can really make a huge difference. The alternating green + blue on the columns surrounding the guest tables both accentuated the colour palette and delineated the room.


I made sure the bride and groom had a great view of the lake…but with such amazing vistas from every angle, it didn’t really matter where you were seated in this beautiful space. The details were kept quite clean and chic. Centerpieces of granny smith apples and green hydrangeas and orchids, teal runners and green napkins, our ubiquitous custom wedding day printing and a ton of candlelight.


The custom glassine bags were so cute…the candy buffet was a huge hit…guests started raiding the candy buffet before dinner was even finished…sour gummy worm anyone?

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Thursday, August 12th, 2010 | testimonials | No Comments

I realized that this thank you card had been sitting on my desk for WAY too long when they let me know they were going to be in Calgary & would love to get together so we can catch up and introduce me to their 5 month old daughter!!

How time flies! I was thrilled they put me in their calendar as it was the first time they’d been in Calgary since they got married.

I loved working with them & their daughter Maddie is SO cute…great to see you guys! 


Dear Lisa,
Time for the “official” Chan/Strauss thank you cards! I hope this card finds you well!
Thank you again for making our wedding so special! We have enclosed a few pictures from the reception…We hope you enjoy them!
Hope to get together for drinks the next time Tom and I are in Calgary (or call us when you’re in Toronto).
Thanks again!
Monica & Tom

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Posh Purple

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 | trends, weddings | No Comments

Kim designed a plush palette of purples for this large Muslim wedding.


The aisle runner was lavender with chocolate writing…so pretty!


Kim used rich chocolate linens, with a mixture of amethyst, eggplant and lilac satin runners and napkins. It was such an appealing combination – and as always, everything from the custom invitations right through to the menus, table numbers and seating chart all matched. Everything had a lovely mehndi patterns, and the delicate and intricate pattern used for the gobos and ice martini luge were a huge hit with the guests.


The professional dancers that performed intermittently throughout the reception were fabulous…and the bride and groom had the perfect view from their table adjacent the dance floor. The flowers, the up-lighting, everything looked just sumptuous.


Kim did a superb job designing and executing the big picture – but she also left her mark, and more importantly the couple’s mark, on all of the little details as well.  Kim made sure every penny of their budget was utilized for maximum effect.



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25% Yellow + 75% Gray = 100% Gorgeous!!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010 | trends, weddings | 2 Comments

This wedding was a wonderful combination of sleek & modern with a twist of retro. The palette was yellow, saffron, grey and silver and everything looked positively scrumptious!


The reception began with poolside cocktails. The guests were treated to an abundant supply of lemon drop martinis and customized water bottles….


Usually we do a gobo on the dance floor, but this time we had it shining on the wall over the guest book table and seating chart. All the floral arrangements were fun & fabulous.


I was so excited with this design. The multiple shades of yellow on the beautiful pewter pintuck linens was so sharp and fashion forward – but still very warm & inviting. The vinyl cling on the back of the ghost chairs was a huge hit…we always like to make the bride & groom’s chairs a little bit special.
These tablescapes were definitely my favorites in a long while.


I was so enamored with this candy buffet I could barely tear myself away.  We’ve done lots of candy buffets before but with this one we got to make all the details just right.

Love is Sweet…Have a Treat!!

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