Rustic Central Alberta Wedding

Rustic-Wedding-HeaderPerfect weather, perfect décor, and perfect day! In front of 100 family members and friends, these two love birds tied the knot on a beautiful September afternoon in Central Alberta. This couple made certain that their travel theme was prevalent throughout their décor and all aspects of their big day.
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Upon arrival, guest signed the globe instead of a traditional guestbook. Whiskey Barrels topped with fresh floral arrangements lined the aisle. Walnut Folding Chairs added a rustic feel to the ceremony. This couple said ‘I DO’ underneath a custom made archway set against the beautiful Alberta prairies as the backdrop.

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Between the ceremony and reception guests were treated to delicious appetizers and drinks from the always fabulous EAT Catering. Rustic decor was everywhere, whether it was at the photo booth that featured the DIY backdrop made from jar lids and the Polaroid Camera or the pallet tables with mason jars of fresh flowers.

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The seating plan again tied into this couple’s travel theme. ‘Where In The World Are You Sitting?’ was the name of the game! The reception took place underneath a sparking white top 40’ x 40’ Pole Tent. Soft glowing Café Lights were strung across the tent which added the perfect touch to the rustic décor.

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Guest tables featured Ivory Signature Linens with an Oatmeal Burlap Runner for a touch of contrast and texture. Each table was a different country again tying in the travel theme. Custom made wooden boxes with mason jars of fresh flowers, and votive candles centered the tables. Each place setting included a Black Walnut Charger Plate wrapped with an Ivory Damask Napkin and a menu card that doubled as a placecard.

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Vendors
Photographer: Talia Unger Photography / Rentals: Special Event Rentals / Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Costco {Designed By Family & Friends} / Centerpieces: Flowers from Costco {Designed By Family & Friends} / Caterer: EAT Catering  / Venue: Private Residence in Blackfalds, AB / Dress: Pure Bridal  / Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way / Groom’s Attire: Harry Rosen / Groomsmen Attire: Le Chateaux & Simons / Favours: DIY Candy Airplanes {Made by Bride & Groom}

November 2014 Feature Showcase – Atmosphere Wedding Planning & Design

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We are delighted to once again have Jordan Broom, Owner of Atmosphere Wedding Planning & Design grace our Showroom with one of his beautifully designed tablescapes.

Atmosphere Productions Inc.

Launched in 2007, our goal was to provide a high-end, new image to the wedding and events industries in Alberta. Based out of Edmonton, Atmosphere provides services to clients in the fields of wedding planning and coordination, event planning and design, destination wedding planning, and interior design. Well known for our unusually beautiful décor, we pride ourselves on being leaders to the industry, and being able to offer something most other companies forget about – Heart. Compassion. True joy  for creating the wedding or event of your dreams.

Atmosphere was designed around one main concept –  People. Our true passion lies in providing exceptional customer service and care to our clients, and filling your planning stage with just as much fun and excitement as the big day itself! We figure, why not make memories around the entire planning process and make an event out of planning your event!

That is what we do. We take every detail and make it memorable. Atmosphere has an exceptional team of knowledgeable industry leaders, otherwise known as our Atmosphere Glam Squad. They are smart, creative, and all-around good people who want the absolute best for everyone we work with.

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Caterer of the Month – All About You Catering Inc

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Meet All About You Catering Inc

All About You Catering Inc. is all about the customers actual needs. Our Owner has more than 25 years of experience in the Industry as a Chef and Manager and a dedication to providing satisfaction in all areas of service to you. We offer all food and rental services for your event. We provide Wedding Buffet service and Corporate Lunches, Cocktail Parties, Party Trays, or In Home Dinner Parties. We also provide rental options of dinnerware, linens, tables, chairs etc, we also provide service staff and bartending, making it much easier for you.  We do not offer set Menus, you actually can pick and choose what you would like for your Menu for your event. If you don’t see a meal on our site that you have in mind, please let us know as we are more than happy to create your dish for you. Feel free to take a look at some of our examples throughout our website, if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to call or email us.

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Say Yes To The Bridesmaid Dress{es}

Bridesmaid dresses might not be the most important dress you shop for, but don’t kid yourself, they can make a big impact on the overall feel of your BIG DAY!

 Colour, style, fit, material… there are so many things to consider!

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Here a some big DOs and even bigger DON’Ts when it comes to outfitting your lovely ladies.

  1. It might be challenging, especially if you have a large bridal party, but DO pick a colour and a dress that compliments each girl. Can’t seem to find one? Chose a different dress for each girl or a few styles that work on multiple bridesmaids!
  2. DON’T argue about money with your bridesmaids. Before you go shopping make sure there is a clear understanding of who is paying for what. It’s also very important to go with a budget and stick with it to avoid any issues.
  3. As a rule of thumb, DO give yourself six months to order dresses. This will ensure that you get the exact style and size for your girls and it also leaves you with time for alterations, an extremely important part to make sure your lovely ladies look their best while standing next to you.
  4. DO make sure each bridesmaid is comfortable in her dress. Nothing is worse than a bridesmaid who keeps having to pull up her too big dress or having to hold her breath for an entire day because her dress is too snug.
  5. When purchasing bridesmaid dresses DON’T forget to consider the time of year! If you’re nuptials are a summertime affair, opt for something light and airy. If you’re braving the cold Canadian winter, make sure your girls are outfitted in a heavier dress fabric and consider adding a trendy faux fur shawl if you’re planning to have pictures in the great outdoors!
  6. If you can, DO make every effort to go into the store and physically see the dress. It’s really important to have your girls try on the dress too! Make sure you have a professional measure each of your bridesmaids. This will help to avoid the “Oops… We must have measured wrong” or “That’s not what the dress looked like in the picture online.”
  7. DO pick a bridesmaid dress (or two or three) that complement your wedding dress. For example if your dress is lace, outfit your bridesmaids in dresses with lace accents or some sort of embroidery!
  8. When deciding who to include in your bridal party, DON’T be afraid to include your best guy friend. Bride’s men are becoming more and more popular. After all, it should be your best friends who stand beside you on one of the biggest days of your life! It’s also important to outfit your bride’s man in something that coordinates with your girls.
  9. DO think outside the box when it comes to your bridesmaids. Not loving the typically chiffon tea-length dresses for your girls? Check out retailers such as Anthropologie or BCBGMAXAZRIA who offer something more unique!
  10. And most importantly, DON’T forget to enjoy the process! We cannot stress this enough. While weddings can be stressful, try and enjoy every minute. Especially when it comes to shopping and outfitting your girls because we’re pretty sure that spending quality time with your best friends is one of the greatest things!

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…There’s Something for Every Season

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Halloween Events in Red Deer

 

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Celebrating Halloween in Red Deer? Here are some of the fabulous events going on in the city this year!

Medieval Fair

Visit the Collicutt Centre, on October 31st from 5pm – 9pm for a family fun event. Celebrate Halloween with an assortment of activites including swimming, wall climbing, skating, lazer tag and so much more! Tickets are $5 per person or $20/ per family of 5. Check out the Collicutt Centre for all the info!

Halloween Family Night

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is hosting a fun night of family fun Wednesday, October 29th. Take the whole family for a spooky visit to the museum from 6pm – 8pm. Don’t forget to dress in your best costume! Admission is $10 per group {maximum of 6 people}.

Zombie Run

Sylvan Lake hosts the 3rd Annual Zombie Run Saturday, October 18th. This event is perfect for those wanting to exercise before they indulge in all that Halloween candy! This 3 km course features various obstacles and Zombies that are sure to chase you to the finish line! Visit the Zombie Run website for all the info!

A Night of Murder and Mystery

Each Thursday in October, Heritage Ranch plays host to an exciting event of murder and mystery. Enjoy delicious appetizers, dinner and dessert while playing a character in a western themed investigation. Spaces are limited, so booking in advance is highly recommended. The cost for this fabulous event is $95 per person.

Flashlight Pumpkin Patch Hunt

Visit Heritage Ranch, for their Pumpkin Patch Hunt event which runs through the month of October. Enjoy a Hay -Wagon ride down to the patch and find the best pumpkin you can! Don’t forget to warm up with the hot chocolate and popcorn provided! Rides start at dusk, so remember your flashlight! This event costs $25 per person.

Zed Haunted House

Looking for an little scare this Halloween? Visit Parkland Mall for the 24th Annual Zed Haunted House. This event runs from October 17th – 31st. Tickets start at $10 each with the proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer.

Spooktacular Extravaganza

Visit Fox Run School in Sylvan Lake for the Spooktacular Extravaganza! Take the family out Sunday, October 26th from 1pm – 4pm to this event full of Halloween fun featuring crafts, games, haunted bouncy castles and candy!

Classical Haunts

RDC Arts Centre hosts a spooktacular evening of music Thursday, October 30th from 7:30pm – 9pm. Let the RDC Symphonic Winds entertain you the evening before Halloween. Don’t forget to wear your best costume! Check out RDC for tickets and all the info!

Celebrating Halloween in Banff

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Get into the Halloween spirit with these local events in Banff!

1. Pasta Night & Pumpkin Carving

Enjoy a great home cooked meal while you listen to live music, and get ready to meet new people while carving your pumpkin at the Pioneer Room on October 22nd from 6pm – 9pm! For more information on this event click here.

2. Spooky Haunted Walk

Join BanffLIFE for a spooky hike around a local trail and visit the haunted trees, creepy death creek, and more local haunts in the dark of Banff National Park. This walk takes place on Wednesday October 29th. Click here to learn how you can reserve your spot on this spooky hike!

3. Halloween Bonfire and Fireworks

The annual Halloween Bonfire and Fireworks is back this year! Bring your family down to the Banff Recreation Grounds on Friday October 31st to enjoy free hot dogs and hot chocolate before the fireworks show at 8pm. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

4. Halloween Hall & Heritage Ghost Tour

Stay at The Fairmont Banff Springs during October 24th and November 1st to take part in a special heritage ghost tour of the castle. You will also get to walk to the Halloween Hall where you will enjoy candy grabs while being spooked by creep crawlers and finish off the night with a double feature movie marathon in the onsite movie theatre. For more information click here.

Edmonton Bridal Expo Recap

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Edmonton Bridal Expo on October 5th. If you visited our booth at the show you would have seen four beautifully styled tablescapes.  Each table was designed with a particular bride in mind; modern, vintage, eclectic and glamorous.  We hope that one of our designs helped inspire you or provided clarity on how you want to style your upcoming wedding. If you were unable to attend this year’s Bridal Expo or want another peek at our designs we have some beautiful photos from Shandro Photo to share with you today! Special thanks to FaBLOOMosity for designing all of our florals.

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Halloween Events In YEG

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World’s Largest Indoor Trick or Treat Festival 

Take your little ones to West Edmonton Mall for a family friendly Halloween atmosphere! Safe, warm and oh so fun, West Edmonton Mall will be handing out candy bags to young ones (13 years and younger) at Center Stage starting at 5pm on Friday, October 31st. Participants can follow the candy map to find all the sweetest treats within the mall. Visit WEM for all the details!

Nocturne: Mascarade à la Moulin Rouge

Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta for their Annual Halloween Party, Saturday October 25th. This 18 plus event runs form 8pm to 1am. Paris’ most infamous cabaret, Moulin Rouge is this years theme so grab your Burlesque bustiers and hit the AGA for a fabulous Halloween night!  Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta for tickets and all the details! !

Edmonton Ghost Tours

The Ghostly Walk Through Old Strathcona runs from October 6th to 30th on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 7pm.  To participate in this spooky event, meet infront of the rescuer statue next to the Walterdale Playhouse in Old Strathcona.  Visit Edmonton Ghost Tours for more details!

Spooktacular

Fort Edmonton Park’s Halloween event is back! This year’s Spooktacular theme is Magick and Mischief. October 24th and 25th are family friendly nights so pack up the kids and head on down for an evening of good ol’ fashioned Halloween fun. October 31st is the adult’s only event where those 18 and over can dress up and enjoy the freak show that takes over Fort Edmonton Park.

Boo! at the Zoo

Edmonton Valley Zoo’s annual Halloween Extravaganza is happening once again! This event is perfect for the whole family so get down to the zoo on Sunday, October 26th starting at 11am. With a large range of events, there is something for everyone! Dress up in your best costume and don’t forget a treat bag!

Edmonton Corn Maze

Visit the Edmonton Corn Maze for a day of family fun! The 15 acre maze is a great way to enjoy some quality time with your little ones and get some fresh air. The maze is a 5km journey but if you’re not up for that not to worry, there are many more activities you can participate in such as spud guns, grain train, pedal carts and much more!  As this is an outdoor event and the weather here in Alberta can be extremely unpredictable, check the forecast and dress accordingly before heading on down to the Edmonton Corn Maze!

 Farm of Fear

Visit the Edmonton Corn Maze for a fun evening of terror, screaming and spooky surprises. The Maze’s Halloween Event, Farm of Fear is open from 7pm – 10pm beginning October 22nd for those 13 years and up! This fabulous event runs from October 22 – 25, 29 – 31, and November 1.

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Whether you are looking for a fun Halloween activity fit for the whole family or one that will have you and your friends screaming in fear, we have found the best local Halloween attractions to get your spook on.

Activities for the faint of heart

Pumpkin Carving. This is a great activity for families and friends alike. Take a trip out to the Calgary Corn Maze to hand pick your pumpkin from their pumpkin patch and before you head home to start carving, take part in fun pumpkin activities such as pumpkin bowling, pumpkin checkers, watch the pumpkin launch and the great pumpkin explosion.

Ghouls’ Night Out!  Take the little ones down to Heritage Park for a spooktacular night of fun and get ready for a zombie dance, live magic show, creepy carnival games, test your broomstick flying skills and much more!

Frightful activities

ScreamFest. Face your fears by taking a walk or run through 5 themed haunted houses, watch a cringe worthy freak show or try your hand zombie paintball. This frightening event takes place at the Stampede Park and is open Fridays and Saturdays Starting October 3rd until November 1st.

Ghost Tour. Take a historic ghost tour of Downtown Calgary or Inglewood with the Calgary Ghost Tours where you will learn stories about the mischief, mayhem, murders and haunting of Calgary.

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Caterer of the Month – Stir

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Meet Stir Catering

Stir Catering & Event Management Inc is a boutique caterer, providing memorable food and service for large and small businesses, weddings and family affairs.  The common thread that binds all of Stir’s events is a desire to provide delicious, beautiful food, presented creatively and thoughtfully.

The service staff are amiable and accommodating, the presentation of food attentive and detailed. People use Stir when then want their event to stand out – from conception to completion, Stir works closely with their clients to ensure every detail has been carefully considered.

Stir’s knowledge of food preparation has been 15 years in the making.  Zana Murray, owner, began her life in hospitality serving tables, then managing the front of house.  Enrollment in NAIT’s culinary art program launched her into the kitchen.  She has been cooking for over 15 years, while also obtaining her certificate in Special Event Management.  Drawing on inspiration from vintage serving ware and global cuisines, Stir’s food evokes timeless memories while creating new ones.

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