February 17, 2017 · Weddings

♥ Emerald Lake Lodge Winter Wedding ♥
athleen & Scott's winter wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge featured a magical snowfall creating a winter wonderland. It was absolutely beautiful! I LOVED that they chose to incorporate bright pops of colour in their flower choices that looked stunning against against the snow.
We started their day off with a first look followed by photos of Kathleen & Scott around the lake to take advantage of the natural light and so the newlyweds could join their loved ones after their ceremony.
Their first look was one that left us all in tears.
They were married under a wooden arch that Scott & his father built together.
Scott with his mother & grandmother
I loved that they created these skis that included all of the names of the places that their loved ones had travelled from to celebrate with them in the mountains. I always tell brides to bring a warm blanket to wrap themselves up in in-between photos and Kathleen's Hudson Bay blanket not only warmed her up but looked stunning as well.
I love when couples find ways to incorporate personal details in their day. For their table designations Kathleen & Scott featured different hikes they had done in the mountains together.
I was thrilled when Kathleen & Scott chose to hold their first dance outside on the patio of Cilantro's. Guests were given sparklers and the soft snowfall photographed beautifully as they danced. What a magical night!
Photography | Orange Girl
Venue | Emerald Lake Lodge
Flowers | Flowers by Janie

February 17, 2017 · Personal

♥ Plant Shop Calgary ♥
ne of the things that I love about Plant is that there are new plants and items arriving weekly. This week they got a fresh supply of snake plants in which have been on my wish list for a long while because they are known to be low maintenance and able to thrive in low light.

Next time you are in Calgary stop by Plant for some inspiration. I'm finding I particularly love having lots of indoor plants in winter.
The warm temperatures inspired me to pick up seeds to start in our home later once it is closer to spring. Kevin found the hilarious miniature meerkat for our terrarium.
Our new Snake Plant! I love that at Plant once you pick out your plant and your pot you can pay to have it planted in the shop for you so you don't have to worry about buying a huge bag of soil for just one pot. It's lovely to be able to come home and set your plant in it's spot right away. Snake Plants are known for air purifying qualities and for being low maintenance. They are thought to be a good plant for beginners since they tolerate a lot.
The house shelf, deer, ceramic pot and plant are all from Plant in Calgary.
I love the patterns on the leaves of our Snake Plant.
Kyle Chow the creator of Plant designs and plants these incredible terrariums that remind me of paintings. They are so relaxing to look at and such beautiful pieces of art.

February 6, 2017 · Tips for brides

♥ Winter Wedding Tips ♥
Today I'm sharing my top winter wedding tips that will not only help you enjoy your day but ensure that you get stunning winter wedding photos.

I absolutely adore winter weddings! We have some truly spectacular winter wonderland venues for those wanting a cozy & romantic winter wedding.
We can lose the good photo light as early as 2pm in some winter months so make sure you plan your portrait time to take advantage of the best light. I often times do portraits of the couple before their ceremony so they can enjoy time with their loved ones immediately after the ceremony and in that case I always recommend scheduling it such that you are finished your portraits 30 minutes before your ceremony so that you can warm up and refresh. If you are planning an outdoor winter ceremony scheduling that to take place in the warmer part of the day as opposed to dusk or sunset will make it a more comfortable experience for you and your guests and result in better quality photos.
Often times couples think of white for a winter wedding but white tends to blend in and get lost if you are lucky to have a snowy scene on your wedding day so having pops of colour will create vibrant winter wedding photos. An easy way to include colour is to start with your flowers. White flowers once frosted tend to turn brown so there's an added advantage to choosing colourful blooms and rich greens for your wedding flowers.

Bouquet and flower crown below by Flowers by Janie
A pop of colour like this bride's red cape really helped to make her stand out on her stunning winter wonderland wedding day.
Beautiful colourful blooms look stunning against the snow and do better in cold temps.
Bouquet and flower crown below by Flowers by Janie
Orange & cedar bouquet created by Willow Flower Co.
This bride's blush gown looked stunning with the falling snow.
The first things to get cold during winter wedding photos are your hands and feet. Come prepared with stylish winter boots to keep you comfortable. Most dresses are long enough that you won't even see your boots. Once your feet get cold it's really hard to recover so you risk cutting your photo session short. For extra warmth stuff your boots with toe warmers and brides can easily hide thermal leggings under most dresses.
If you are asking your wedding party to step outside for winter wedding photos then ask them to bring cute winter boots and thermal leggings with them to keep them comfortable or gift them boots that will keep them warm and look great in photos.
Hands quickly get cold at a winter wedding so make sure you bring along cute mittens that you can stuff with hand warmers to keep you comfortable. This is especially important if you are having an outdoor winter ceremony.
I love the idea of including warm and stylish accessories into your wedding outfit like this hand knit cozy cowl by Yokoo
This wedding party was kept warm with matching mittens stuffed with hand warmers and sweaters for their outdoor ceremony in -30.
If you are creating welcome bags for your guests then include hand & toe warmers and a cozy scarf for guests to bring with them to your outdoor wedding ceremony.
If you are having an outdoor winter wedding ceremony make sure you express the importance of bundling up for your guests way in advance. Tell them to leave their heels and shoes for dancing and show up at the ceremony with winter boots and coats to stay comfortable during the 20-30 minutes of your ceremony. Assign the person who is handing out programs to give out hand warmers for guests or place mittens stuffed with hand warmers on guest's seats to welcome them as they arrive.
For this outdoor winter wedding ceremony the couple placed mittens stuffed with hand warmers on every seat alongside their wedding program. The backs of the seats were decorated with scarfs that guests were encouraged to cuddle up with.
Bring a warm non-shedding blanket along with you for your winter wedding photo session so you can easily wrap yourself up in between photos for a quick warm up. Often times a winter coat is too cumbersome and frustrating to navigate with a veil and wedding dress so a blanket can help bring you warmth faster. Bonus points if it's lovely enough to be included in photos.
It's really important to bring along stylish winter coat/cape options if it's simply too cold to take your coat off during photos.
Winter boots, thermal long underwear, mittens with hand warmers and a stylish winter cape will make photos outside much more comfortable.
If you are lucky enough to have a snowfall on your wedding day then first dance photos outside can be magical. Sparklers don't last very long so it's really important that you are in place for your first dance and ready to cue the music when guests start lighting the sparklers so you can capture them before they fade out.

WINTER LIGHT Schedule your winter wedding portraits to capture the best photo light which can fade in some winter months as early as 2pm.
POPS OF COLOUR! Include pops of colour to help you stand out from the snow. Colourful bouquets, mittens, scarfs and blankets can all create vibrant winter wedding photos
WINTER BOOTS Bring stylish & warm winter boots for photos outside for yourselves and your wedding party to keep everyone comfortable.
MITTENS Hands quickly get cold at a winter wedding so make sure you bring along cute mittens that you can stuff with hand warmers to keep you and your wedding party comfortable.
WINTER WELCOME BAG Welcome your guests to your winter wedding with hand & toe warmers, mittens and scarves to keep them comfortable during your outdoor winter ceremony
BLANKET FOR PHOTOS Bring a stylish, warm & non-shedding blanket along for photos to keep you warm in-between shots
STYLISH WINTER COATS It's really important to bring along stylish winter coat/cape options if it's simply too cold to take your coat off during photos.

February 5, 2017 · Weddings

♥ Emerald Lake Winter Wedding ♥
A magical snowfall

January 30, 2017 · Weddings

♥ Emerald Lake Lodge Winter Wedding ♥
essica & Ryan and their closest friends and family travelled from California to get married in a winter wonderland at Emerald Lake and it was beyond beautiful for their day. I can't get over how magical the trees looked decked out in snow. This sweet fun loving couple braved the -20 minute temps with no complaints and I love that they had an outdoor ceremony. It was one of the best dance parties I've been too with friends ready to jump up and dance the moment dinner was cleared.
Jessica & Ryan had an ice cream bar after dinner set up on the dance floor for guests to enjoy.
Photographer | Orange Girl
Wedding Planner | Signature Weddings by Ashley
Flowers | Willow Flower Co.
Ceremony Music | Andrew Ibanez
Hair & Make-up | Simply Me
Cake | Cake Rhapsody
DJ | Visual Sound Waves

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