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{ when wordsmiths wed }

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 | trends, weddings | No Comments

We had a lovely wedding two weeks ago. It was very quirky & unique while still being elegant & inviting. Every element had lots of character…just like the bride & groom!


The linens were pewter pintuck with accents in 2 shades of teal. As both of them are writers and surround themselves with writers and poets I decided each table should be adorned with a stack of old books.
There were candelabras surrounded by small floral posies in mason jars, and large posies in mason jars surrounded by votives in small mason jars.
Both the cocktail area and the dance floor were adorned with dozens of paper lanterns in hot pink, red & yellow, and all the uplighting in the room was hot pink & red.


The tables were named for their favorite writers.

Their guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner…


and a very literate wedding cake!


One of my favorite parts was the use of their collection of vintage typewriters.


The typewriters were used instead of a guest book. It was a huge hit and I’m sure they will have lots of interesting prose…especially as the evening progressed!

Best wishes! xo

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{ rustic chic }

Monday, July 18th, 2011 | trends, weddings | No Comments

We had a lovely tent wedding last weekend…very rustic chic…burlap is beautiful!
Although there were tornado warnings…and the weather was crazy & terrible during set up – mother nature came through and it was a beautiful day.
There was a delightful old claw-foot tub full of Jones soda & water on ice to greet the guests as they arrived for the ceremony.
We used 6000 white and cream rose petals to line the aisle. There was very little adornment for the ceremony…they had a (beautiful) bridal party of 20….so there wasn’t much more decoration needed!
After the ceremony the guests migrated over under the trees for cocktails. The bride tracked down some barrels and we covered a piece of plywood with burlap…it was such a cute setting. Her bridesmaids also wrapped almost 200 mason jars with lace for their signature cocktails….just lovely!
We went with 16′ tables draped with ivory linen + a burlap runner + sandalwood napkins. Each table had an assortment of different sizes of mason jars filled with little posies in whites, creams, pale yellows and soft peach, candelabras + vintage oil lamps. The bride & groom named their tables with names of places that are significant to them…the place he proposed, the place they’re going on honeymoon, etc.
All the vintage (or vintage looking) dishes used for the candy buffet were so sweet…this little dish with the bird was my favorite!
Stringing the tent with all the little lights in the gale-force winds proved quite challenging – but on the wedding day everything was twinkly & magical.
Congratulations Sasha + Pat!

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Get the Look: Purple Perfection

Monday, May 2nd, 2011 | media, testimonials, trends, weddings | No Comments

We’re excited to be featured again in the May issue of Weddings in Alberta:


This wedding is also featured on their site with 10 gorgeous images:

Inspired by the royal wedding buzz? Steal this fabulously regal look with help from The Wedding Planner!

For a bride who simply said, “I like purple,” The Wedding Planner put together this stunning reception style. Choosing to use the whole spectrum of the royal hue, shades ranging from pale lilac to deep aubergine create a stunning look with a lot of depth. To start, the tent was draped and chandeliers were hung from the ceiling. The feminine look was anchored with touches of black to add masculinity and modernity: a wide black runner was laid down the centre of each table, chiavari chairs were tied with a black sash, and all the printed goods involved black papers. Three shades of purple table linens were alternated throughout the room, and varying arrangements of purple, blue, and pink flowers were placed on each table. Each vase was wrapped in a different shade of purple ribbon, and alternated between square and round shapes to add texture to the space.

The final details? 12,000 purple and lavender rose petals created a luscious ceremony aisle, half-pomanders in vibrant purple shades were strung from the sides of the ceremony chairs, glamorous candelabras were centered on the head table, and customized M&Ms were gifted to the guests (purple, of course!).

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Double “I Do!” – weddings in Calgary + Tokyo

Friday, September 24th, 2010 | testimonials | No Comments

Dear Lisa
We wanted thank you for making our wedding day so special. It was truly the best day of our lives. We feel so lucky to find you and have you as our wedding planner. Thank you so much for your hard work since January. All of our guests had wonderful experience and that was very important to us. We cannot thank you enough, Lisa! Wish you the best of luck.
Love Kevin + Kyoko


Kevin + Kyoko live in Los Angeles and had two weddings: 1 in Calgary & 1 in Tokyo. I had the privelege of planning their Calgary wedding. It was such a treat working with them.

All the best you two…Namaste! xoxo

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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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Are they serious???

Thursday, April 1st, 2010 | media | No Comments

I just got an email from one of our suppliers…a company that makes our custom tote bags – which are really lovely by the way…and this is what they sent:
All I can hope is that April 1st is the reason for this email and not that they’re exploring new business opportunities…because really…they can’t be serious…can they?

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Captivating Candy Confection in Kananaskis

Thursday, August 13th, 2009 | trends, weddings | No Comments

We absolutely LOVED how this ballroom turned out…it was truly scrumptious. The tables were colour blocked – soft pinks, soft lavenders and soft greens…everything was very soft & ethereal and the overal effect was a gorgeous garden fete brought indoors.
During the ceremony several dear congregated right behind the couple…it was so sweet…and seems like a very good omen!aug-09-501
The cake was yummy inside & out…it was so pretty and really epitmozed the overall feel of the space. mmMMmmm…

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