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A barn wedding followed by a Heritage Park reception, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect day!  A slight drizzle in the afternoon but that certainly didn’t rain on Shaun and Lysha’s parade.  Their first dance song was Future Days by Pearl Jam and I can’t help but think of them every time I hear it.

The Shawnessy Barn is a great spot for the ceremony, a barn wedding in the middle of Calgary, how cool is that?!   Lysha’s expressions kill me, she was having such a blast that day, it was infectious to watch.

Combining a wedding cake AND cake pops is just pure genius in my opinion and the lovely Alison of Whippt Desserts did an amazing job as always.

A little dancing under the stars to top off a truly magical day.

A huge thank you to Anna Michalska Photography for the amazing photos and an even bigger thank you to the cutest couple ever, Shaun and Lysha for having us coordinate your day.  xoxo

Shannon Valente Weddings – planning amazing fun, jaw dropping, memorable, stress free weddings in Calgary since 2006.

With the 2015 wedding season upon us, everyone wants to know what the hottest trends will be this year.  Here are the 15 hottest wedding trends for 2015 courtesy of WeddingWire, from cakes and flowers to temporary tattoos!
Photo via Wedding Wire

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

I’m a big DIYer, there is something so satisfying about completing a project you made completely from scratch.  I also work with a lot of DIY brides and what better way to caterer to those brides then a DIY wedding workshop!  I teamed up with Sofia Katherine Photography and Amborella Floral Studio to do just that.

But first we needed a theme….

Our colour palette was navy blue and wine mixed with rich gold accents, which oozed royalty.  So we started thinking about royal couples and how to plan a royal wedding but without the hefty price tag.  What if Will and Kate were broke…..I mean, REALLY broke.  Planning began for the royal wedding of the year, on a budget!

On the menu: flower arranging, DIY crafting and a ton of money saving advice.  Many elements of our decor was from Wedding Chicks, if you haven’t checked them out, do so immediately.  They offer loads of cute DIY tutorials and free printables.

Warning: there was a LOT of glitter used in the making of this workshop.  I printed menus on kraft paper, glittered champagne bottles in lieu of table numbers, glittered a deck of cards for name cards at each place setting and Whippt Desserts provided the most delicious blue, gold and ivory macaron wedding favours.  Great Events Rentals provided the linens, napkins and charger plates, the navy and gold really popped on the wood tables.

All the wedding stationery was also printed at home on kraft paper using free printables from Wedding Chicks.

The seating chart was an old gold frame and I painted a piece of cardboard blue to match our decor, used playing cards (and yes MORE glitter!) and wrote the names and table “numbers” in white using a chalk paint pen.  For the guestbook we had a ‘message in a bottle’ with rolled scrolls.  As this was a workshop it also doubled as our comment card box.

Misha from Amborella did an amazing job instructing everyone on how to arrange a beautiful floral centrepiece.  She also gave some tips on what to DIY and what NOT to DIY when it comes to wedding flowers.

Next it was my turn to give some DIY tips.  I covered everything from wedding stationery to decor and everything in between.  I also broke down how much I spent on each item for the “wedding”.  I went EXTREME budget to show you how inexpensively things can actually be done.

Save the date – $0.10 each
Invites – $0.50 each
Program – $0.10 each
Menu – $0.10
Seating chart – $4*
Chair sign – $1.50
Guest book – FREE*
Table numbers – FREE*
Name cards – FREE*

(*I used one $6 bottle of glitter, a jar of mod podge and glittered things I had around the house)

As part of my portion we also did a DIY craft and made ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ glitter chair signs.


Sofia of Sofia Katherine Photography, wrapped things up with a chat about photography and some great generals tips for both the photos as well as scheduling your wedding day.  Then our guests got to have some fun in the Photo Booth with the royal wedding inspired photo booth props, some I found on etsy and a few free ones on oh happy day, I also made a ripped fabric backdrop to match our decor.
Bottom line, there were rave reviews on the comment cards, we had a ton of fun and can’t wait for the next one.  A huge thank you to The Lake House for the use of their beautiful space.
Happy planning!
Shannon Valente Weddings – Calgary Wedding Planner – creating amazingly fun, jaw dropping, memorable, stress free weddings in Calgary since 2006.
All photos credits: Sofia Katherine Photography

Hello world, meet Neil and May.

First of all they look like they are straight out of a magazine…and their son is the CUTEST, I mean c’mon!  Also, the spectacular Silvertip Resort in Canmore never disappoints.  The breathtaking views and cute gazebo make for the perfect backdrop for the ceremony.

‘Pretty in Pink’ comes to mind when I think back to the beautiful day in August when they said ‘I do’!!  With all the many details that go into planning a wedding no matter how large or small it is always a great idea to have a pro execute things on the day and that is exactly what they had us do.  We helped them before hand to get set up with some of Calgary, Banff and Canmore’s finest vendors and then again on the day to do all the behind the scenes work.

Pops of pink, ivory accents and glittering gold topped off this wedding.

A look at the stunning images from Corrina Walker Photography

The florals from Flower Artistry were amazing and looked like they were floating along the aisle and again as centrepieces as the reception.

Handmade wine charms met each guest with their name as they arrived at the reception.

No wedding is complete without a sweets table!

Pez Productions rocked the reception with lighting and music!

Congrats you two and thank you so much for having us be part of your special day!  xoxo

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

I tend to go a bit over the top with my children’s birthday parties but I attribute that to being a wedding planner by trade and with all the cuteness how can I not?!?!  It was our youngest son’s first birthday and we went with a lumberjack theme. I’m a big DIYer so most things were made and/or printed at home.

I went with a simple email invite since we were just inviting family and a few close friends. I made it in Word using free kraft paper and buffalo plaid stock photos and a wood font I downloaded online.

For the décor I ordered plaid napkins, a wood/plaid tablecloth and lumberjack plates from Birthday Express.  The rest I made myself.  I couldn’t find buffalo plaid paper anywhere so I printed a few pages using the stock photo to make the birthday flag banner, cupcake circles and wrappers.  I used kraft paper and the wood font to make the rest of the banners and signs.  I made the log cabin treat bags from brown paper bags and stapled some green felt to make the roof, my older son helped me colour them to make them look like wood.

I kept the food simple, lumberjack sandwiches, fruits and veggies.  I also made a few sweet treats to fit the theme, s’mores on a stick and birch sticks (pretzel breadsticks covered in white and dark chocolate to look like trees).

Photo booths have become a standard at our kids parties, I use sparkbooth on my Mac book and my mini cannon printer to print pictures so guests have a memento to take home with them (or 20 like the 7 year old girls left with, they LOVED it) and the kids just have to hit the space bar and it does the rest.  I did a custom background for the printouts to say thanks and printed up some lumberjack photo booth props I found on etsy.

I usually like to have some sort of kids game so I went with a twist on pin the tail on the donkey and had an “axe throwing” competition.

It was such a fun party to put together and being that it was in December I loved playing up the lumberjack aspect and embracing the winter theme.  Enjoy the pics!!

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Update: This party was also featured on Canadian Mountain Chic!

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