Shannon Valente Weddings » Calgary Wedding Planner & Event Planning - Shannon Valente Weddings - wedding planning and rentals design studio located in Calgary, AB

Mirey + Pat // Heartland Dude Ranch Wedding, Calgary


I am beyond excited to finally be able to share this wedding from this past summer. Featured on Wedding Chicks last week!

Mirey and Patrick’s wedding took place at Heartland (Dude Ranch) where they film the tv drama series, the first and only wedding to happen at this location. The property is near and dear to the couple as it is owned by the groom’s family and it was absolute PERFECTION!

When I first met with Mirey and Patrick they told me they were closet hippies who liked good wine, I knew we would get along great! Most of our meetings took place over Skype as the couple lives in Australia but they were both excited to return to their Alberta roots the wedding day. They really just wanted a fun, relaxed day they could enjoy with family and friends, and that is exactly that they got.

Live music was important to them. They wanted a backyard bbq kind of day filled with music, gelato and lawn games. We had Steel and Timber play for the ceremony and cocktails. The bride and her bridesmaid walked down the aisle hand in hand to “January wedding” by the Avett Brothers, the band changing the words to “July wedding” for a personal twist. Fiasco served up gelato: Bourbon Vanilla, Salted Caramel and Blueberry Basil sorbeto off the back of a Vespa. Guests mingled and sipped on green tea lychee lemonade and kombucha, among other drinks, while they played croquet and bocce ball.

Devour Catering knocked the food out of the park with stations; a farm dinner table station with Alberta roast beef (we couldn’t bring everyone to Alberta and not serve them the beef!), a Baja Taco Stand and an Earth Feast station for the vegetarians in the group. They topped it off with a popcorn station filled with endless flavors: black pepper and truffle oil, paprika and grana padano, chipotle lime and maple caramel corn.

Whipped Desserts created a gorgeously rustic sweets table with all of the couple’s favorites: 
roasted coconut cream and red velvet cake, almond bark, Nanaimo bars, chocolate covered strawberries and oatmeal raisin cookies.

The tents had rows of farm tables, strings of cafe lights and cozy vintage seating areas from Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals and Rus Vintage for guests to sit and mingle when the rain graced us. But a little sprinkle of rain didn’t put a damper on this wedding reception!

Another request they had was to bash a piñata at the end of the night filled with Cuban chocolates (the bride’s family is from Cuba). I went to work on a DIY project and made a geometric shaped magenta piñata for a little punch of color. Patrick took a few polite taps, while Mirey made quick work of it with her hockey stick.

This wedding forever holds a little piece of my heart. Enjoy the eye candy from Corrina Walker Photography.

The dream team of wedding vendors:

Photo: Corrina Walker Photography / Planning + Design: Shannon Valente Weddings  / Florals: Philip Chong Flower Bar / Tents and Rentals: Special Event Rentals  / Rentals: Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals / Rentals: Rus Vintage / Cake + Sweets: Whippt Desserts  / Stationery: Modern Pulp Design Studio / Venue: Heartland (Dude Ranch) / Bridal Gown: Anna Campbell / Hair and makeup: Mountain Beauties / Ceremony music: Steel and Timber / Reception music: Dance Shout Productions / Officiant: Jacqueline Hoare / Caterer: Devour Catering / Gelato: Fiasco