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I have THE best job in the world, I get to plan weddings!!  Real weddings for real people, who are totally awesome.  BUT a few times a year I also get to do styled shoots!

As an advertiser in Calgary Bride I’m asked to do a shoot for the magazine every year and I know I say this every time but I think this one was really my MOST favourite!!  The theme for the magazine this year was the anniversary edition, so every team was given a different anniversary, ours was the 6th, Candy, Iron and Wood.  When I saw the stunning venue just outside of Cranbrook, BC, Cherry Creek Estates, it reminded me of a southern mansion, and so the chicken and waffles brunch theme was born.

Where vintage meets country, take a peek at the gorgeous photos from 6:8 Photography.

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It’s a callaboration, one day spent with a group of crazy talented individuals where we all bring our best to the table and this year was no exception.  A HUGE shout out to everyone involved.

Design/Planner: Shannon Valente Weddings

Photographer: 6:8 Photography

Venue: Cherry Creek Estates

Rentals: Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals, Special Event Rentals, Great Events Rentals

Bride’s Attire: Frocks Modern Bride + Bridesmaids

Groom’s Attire: Ed Williams Mens Wear

Flowers: The Green Petal

Favours/Cake: Whippt Desserts

Candy: The Sugar Cube

Stationery: Blank Page Designs

Models: Carolynne Scoffield and Alexander Down

Publication: Calgary Bride


Also take a look at our Country Nautical Inspired Shoot from last year, a barn wedding inspiration that will not disappoint!





Wedding Tip of the Week-4

Should we invite kids to the wedding, should we not?  It’s the age old question that we get from many of our brides and grooms and often one of the biggest causes of family issues.  My advice:  Do what works for you!

If you choose to have children attend your wedding, keep them busy!  You will be happy you did and their parents will thank you.

  • kids meals – order them chicken fingers, pizza, whatever suits their fancy!  Not only are kids meals less expensive, they are fast, fun, will keep them entertained and they will actually eat them!
  • kids activities – whether you choose to have a kids table (this will depend on their ages) or have them sit with their parents, give them something to do!  Hit up the dollar store, a goodie bag of colouring books, stickers, toy cars, and maybe even a little candy will keep them busy while you get through dinner and speeches.  Kids love to make cards and presents for the bride and groom so let them craft it up.

I also loved these 15 tips on what to do with kids at a wedding from The Knot

If you prefer an adult only affair, here are some general rules of thumb and cute sayings to help you get your point across nicely:

  • invitation: address the invites to the adult names only.
  • rsvp: indicate the names or that you have reserved X number of seats for the guests replying
  • wording: for those that need something a little less subtle – “While we love to watch the children run and play, this is an adults only kind of day”

Which ever option you choose, own it!  It’s your day, have it your way.

Happy Planning!

Shannon Valente Weddings – Calgary Wedding Planner – Creating amazingly fun, jaw dropping, memorable, stress free weddings in Calgary since 2006.

Photo credit: Kyla Brown Photography

3 ways to personalize your wedding ceremony
There are many ways to add your own personal twist to your wedding ceremony, the possibilities are truly endless, and all it takes is a little creative thinking.  Here are a few tips to make your day your own and one that your guests will not soon forget!
Words – The first and most obvious is you could opt to write your own vows, you could also choose readings from your favourite greeting cards that you and your fiancé have exchanged, or ask your parents or grandparents what has made their marriage so successful and have the commissioner work that into your ceremony (it’s even better if your parents or grandparents don’t know it’s coming!). 
Music – You could be an unconventional bride and dance down the aisle with the live music, trading in your bouquet for a tambourine or have your wedding party dance down the aisle to a totally out there but  favourite song, or if you choose a more traditional song to walk into, you could play something a little more shocking for your grand exit back down the aisle, we have even done singing flash mobs for the exit back down the aisle!  Whatever you choose, make sure it screams YOU and have fun with it!
Ceremonies – There are several types of special ceremonies or blessings that you can incorporate into your wedding ceremony.  The key is to do something unique that means something to you and your fiancé.   So, whether you choose a traditional unity candle ceremony, a simple sand ceremony, an exchange of roses, a heart-felt hand binding ceremony (this is where the saying tying the knot comes from!), a sacred rock ceremony, an eagle feather blessing, or something similar, make sure it incorporates you and your beliefs and what marriage means to you.
Infusing your personality into your day is what makes it memorable, special and unique and every piece of the wedding puzzle is an opportunity to do just that.
Stay tuned for tips on personalizing your reception!


We had a makeover and just in time for wedding season!  A new website for your viewing pleasure, we heart it and hope you do too 🙂

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The life a wedding planner is far from glamourous.  I learned very early on never to wear a dress on the wedding day due to all the bending, lifting, crouching and climbing (yes climbing!) that is often required.

Style Me Pretty has 13 fantastic tips on why YOU should hire a wedding planner and we couldn’t agree more.

See the video here.

13 reasons to hire a wedding planner

Image via Style Me Pretty

Shannon Valente Weddings – Calgary Wedding Planners – creating amazingly fun, jaw dropping, memorable, stress free weddings in Calgary since 2006.