12/12/14

Inspiration to Reality: Sandy + Steve

Sandy + Steve wanted their winter wedding to be dramatic, romantic, elegant and bold. We let the stunning glass ceilings at The Enjoy Centre serve as inspiration for the design, allowing the deep blue night sky to shine through and enhancing it with additional blue lighting around the perimeter of the space. White and gold textured lighting was used to breakup the blue, mimicking twinkling stars. Metallic elements were carried throughout the design to ensure the sparkle of winter was present, while rich tones of cranberry and red florals brought vibrancy and life to the tables. The inspiration:

Winter Wedding Inspiration

Photo Credits (clockwise from top left): Black and Gold Tablescape – Wedding Obsession; White Peony Centerpiece – Martha Stewart Weddings; Tartan Menu Wrap – The Knot; White and Green Wedding Bouquet – Jennifer Bergman Weddings; Ceremony Canopy – Kehoe Designs; Black Gold and Ivory Wedding Cake – Sweet & Saucy Shop; Black and Gold Table Design – Style Me Pretty.

…and the reality!

The Enjoy Centre St. Albert Wedding

Photo Credit: Jessica Fern Facette.

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We’ll be sharing more of Sandy + Steve’s gorgeous wedding very soon – stay tuned!

Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planner + Designer

08/14/13

Lake Louise Wedding Planner: Jenny + James

It’s the middle of the summer and the last thing you want to do is think about snow. But today’s Real Wedding post will make you want to welcome winter with open arms!

There’s something about The Chateau Lake Louise that makes it such a special place to visit. There’s an atmosphere of serenity like you’re removed from the busyness of the everyday. Add snow-capped mountains and crisp blue sky and it’s winter wedding perfection!

Jenny + James chose to get married a few days after Christmas so that visiting family members from the UK could be in attendance at this special occasion. Both their ceremony and reception were held in the Victoria Ballroom, where a warm stone fireplace served as the backdrop for their nuptials while beautiful sounds of cello and violin filled the room.

Their gorgeous wedding party, outfitted in timeless black and white, braved the chilly air for picturesque views prior to returning to the ballroom for cocktails. The reception design was classic with a dash of whimsy. Gold chiavari chairs, pewter frames, silver julep vases and gold charger plates developed the mixed metallic palette, adding to the elegance of the space. The wedding cake design was based on Jenny’s grandparents’ cake and a photo of the original was placed on the cake table along with it.

Sharon Litchfield never ceases to impress with her stunning photography. Enjoy Jenny + James’ love story from behind her lens…

Banff Wedding Planner, Chateau Lake Louise

Banff Winter Wedding, Lake Louise Wedding

Bride Getting Ready, Bridal Gown Photo

Navy Wedding Shoes, Champagne Wedding Photos

Tiffany & Co., Bridal Accessories, Bouquet Photos

Lake Louise Weddings, Banff Wedding Planner

Fun Groomsmen Pictures, Groomsmen Playing Foosball

Lake Louise Wedding Ceremony, Winter Wedding Ceremony Decor

Winter Wedding Ceremony, Baby's Breath Wedding Decor

Groom with Officiant, Groom at the end of the Aisle

Black and White Wedding Photos

Sharon Litchfield Photography, Navy Groom Suit

Navy and Black Bridal Party,

Lake Louise Bridal Party Photos

Groom with Cigar

Beautiful Bridal Photos,

Bride and Groom Photos,

Winter Wedding Pictures, Banff Weddings

Banff Wedding Planning, Chateau Lake Louise Weddings

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Weddings, Victoria Ballroom Banff

Gold Chiavari Chairs, Short and Tall Centrepieces

Gold Charger Plates, Framed Table Numbers

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Guestbook Poster, Winter Wedding Cake

Chateau Lake Louise Cake, Wedding Details

Victoria Ballroom Lake Louise, Lake Louise Wedding Planner

 Jenny + James: It was such a pleasure to work with you and your wonderful families. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planning + Design

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01/3/13

Featured in Avenue Magazine!

Avenue Magazine Edmonton WeddingRemember Tara + Brett’s gorgeous winter wedding overflowing with unique, nature-inspired details? Avenue Magazine loved it as much as we do and decided to feature it in their January 2013 issue! The lovely photos are courtesy of the talented ladies at Diamond Cake Photography.

Check out the feature online (pages 55-58) and pick up your copy of Avenue at numerous places around town.

Cheers!

Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planning + Design

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12/7/11

Icy Blue Winter Wedding Inspiration Board

The weather outside may be frightful, but winter weddings can be so delightful! Today’s inspiration board pairs various shades of blue with crisp, white details for a modern winter wedding design.

Edmonton Wedding Planner

Jennifer
Edmonton Wedding Planner

Photo Credits (clockwise from top left): blue martinis – DP Challenge; winter wedding invitation – Miller + Miller; winter wonderland wedding – Jennifer Bergman Weddings; lampshade centrepiece – In Any Event; bride and groom – Mattramos Photography; blue lighting and callas – Project Wedding.

 

06/3/11

Transformation at Sawridge Inn Jasper

Searching for the perfect reception location can be overwhelming, and for many couples it is difficult to visualize a venue’s potential – especially when they have a particular look and style in mind for their big day. It’s easy to quickly dismiss venues because the walls and carpet don’t coordinate with your wedding colours; however, I’d encourage you to look beyond some of these minor details as nearly all spaces can be transformed!

One of the best ways to ensure your vision comes to life is by hiring a wedding planner/designer who shares your style. When we started planning Carolyn + Martin’s March 2011 wedding they told me they wanted their reception to look like a “modern winter wonderland,” and that rectangular tables, mirrored tabletops and blue/purple lighting were must-haves. Instead of getting hung up on aesthetics, we first found a venue that suited their desire for a Rocky Mountain wedding, accommodated their guest list and fit within their budget.

The Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre is a wonderful hotel in the heart of Jasper, Alberta. The Chief Paul Ballroom accommodates up to 210 guests for a wedding reception and features a gorgeous wooden dance floor in the centre of the room. The below promotional photo of the ballroom features wedding décor that is very traditional – the opposite of Carolyn + Martin’s chic, modern style…but just look at what we were able to do with the space…

Jasper Wedding Planner, Sawridge Inn Jasper

With meticulously designed tables and spectacular lighting we achieved the Modern Winter Wonderland that Carolyn + Martin had envisioned!

The tables were dressed with luxurious, textured grey linens and topped with mirrored table runners which reflected the candlelight so beautifully. Tablescapes featured tall vases of curly willow sprayed white to mimic hor frost, glitter “snowballs” in silver julep cups and an abundance of votive and floating candles. Turquoise napkins added a pop of colour to the tables and the chairs were finished off with slate satin wraps. Here are a few more photos of the gorgeous space:

Jasper Wedding Planner, Sawridge Inn Jasper

I hope this post inspires you to think outside the box when evaluating spaces for your own wedding. If a venue meets your requirements for capacity, location, food and budget, don’t be so quick to dismiss it just because the carpet is off-putting!

Jennifer
Jasper Wedding Planner

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03/29/11

Canmore Wedding Planner: Lauren + Neal

2011 started off in style with a gorgeous winter wedding in Canmore, Alberta. Lauren + Neal had a strong vision for their big day: a grey and yellow palette with vintage-inspired details, tons of candlelight to create a warm, intimate ambiance and many unique, personalized touches to reflect their relationship. From welcome packages to shuttle service and a post-wedding brunch, making their guests feel at home in the Rockies was also a priority to this fun-loving couple.

Oh and speaking of fun, after a night of amazing tunes spun by Banff Entertainment, guests made their way to an after-party to continue celebrating! Special thanks to Victoria for assisting throughout the day.

Here are a few of the lovely images captured by Julie Williams Photography – be sure to check out Julie’s blog for more gorgeousness!

Canmore Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Lauren’s scrumptious, hand-tied bouquet by Willow Haven Flower Shop featured a mix of yellow roses, ranunculus, craspedia, tulips and narcissus.

Canmore Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Lauren worked with Studio Jellyfish to design her spectacular hand-painted wedding shoes! Lauren + Neal road-tripped all around Canada and the United States together and these shoes feature some of the amazing adventures they shared. I absolutely love this personal detail!

Lauren + Neal chose to do photos before their ceremony and were able to relax and have a blast with their stylish bridal party. Lauren wore an incredible dress that she had revamped into her own custom creation. As you can see, she was an absolutely stunning bride!

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

The ceremony was held at the Miners’ Union Hall in Canmore. The historic hall fit perfectly with Lauren + Neal’s vintage wedding theme. Featured above is their ceremony program which, along with their invitations and reception stationery, was designed by Box Paper Scissors in Calgary. Glowing candlelight lined the aisle along with an heirloom family carpet.

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

After the ceremony, guests gathered at the Canmore Golf & Curling Club for the reception. The setting was intimate and warm with a breathtaking view of the snow-covered golf course. Charcoal grey taffeta linens were accented with yellow ribbon table runners (rentals provided by Get Married in Banff). The tablescapes featured glass milk jugs with craspedia, ranunculus and tulips, while an abundance of floating candles in mason jars gave the room a gorgeous glow.

To personalize their reception, Lauren + Neal named tables after places they had travelled to (many from their North American road trip adventure) and included tips pertaining to each locale. Fittingly, guests wrote their best wishes and advice for the newlyweds on vintage postcards and dropped them into a charming old suitcase.

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Doughnuts instead of wedding cake? Why not!

Canmore Wedding Planner, Banff Wedding Planner

Lauren + Neal: What a beautiful start to your new life together! Wishing you many more amazing adventures together for years to come.

Jennifer
Canmore Wedding Planner

03/7/11

Edmonton Wedding Planner: Constance + Mike

Constance + Mike were married in Edmonton on December 30, 2010 – my last wedding of the year. These two are perfect for one another! They are both incredibly kind and genuine people, and always put others’ needs before their own.

Constance works in museums so when we began designing their big day it quickly became clear that a Vintage Art Deco Wedding would be a perfect fit. Constance and Mike also wanted to incorporate a few cultural traditions from their family heritages. Greek Jordan Almonds were given to guests in mirrored favour boxes and Ukrainian bread called korovai was displayed at the reception.

Julie and David of JDS Photography were on hand to capture this beautiful winter wedding day. A sampling of the gorgeous images are below:

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Constance’s vintage-inspired bouquet by Coral’s Design was composed of antique hydrangea, Picasso calla lilies, Amnesia and Sahara roses, stephanotis, eyelash feathers and green hypericum berries. An ornate silver tussy mussy was used as a bouquet holder to complete the vintage look.

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Mike looked dapper in his 3-piece charcoal grey suit!

The ceremony, held at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, was my first Orthodox wedding and I really enjoyed the traditions and symbolism that were incorporated throughout the service. Special thanks to Crystal for assisting at the ceremony!

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Constance took my breath away! From her tan fur stole to the finger waves in her hair, every detail of her ensemble worked perfectly with the vintage theme. The best detail of all – Constance had her mother’s gorgeous ivory lace wedding dress re-worked and it was absolutely stunning!

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

The art deco escort cards, table numbers, menus and signage were designed by Pinkpolka Wedding Design to coordinate perfectly with the camel and aubergine palette.

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

The reception was held at The Westin Edmonton. Prior to dinner, guests enjoyed cocktails and canapés to live music by cellist John Fedor. The tables were draped in camel satin linens and topped with aubergine runners and sage green napkins. ABC Weddings supplied all linens as well as the aubergine satin chair wraps.

The centrepieces alternated between tall silver crystal candelabras and clarinet vases with floating candles and Sahara roses (rentals supplied by Elegant Touches).

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Constance and Mike decided to forgo a traditional wedding cake and instead they opted to share their favourite sweet treat with guests – doughnuts!

No Greek-Ukrainian wedding is complete without dancing (and lots of it)! Dan from Baseline D.J. kept the dance floor full all night long!

Edmonton Wedding Planner, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

Thank you, Constance and Mike, for allowing me to share in your special day! It was a pleasure getting to know you and I know you will enjoy a wonderful life together.

Jennifer
Edmonton Wedding Planner

Picasso calla lilies,
03/4/10

Real Wedding: Christine + Steve

I had the privilege of helping my good friends Christine + Steve plan their fabulous New Years’ Eve wedding. Christine knew she wanted a modern, black & white affair, with simple yet striking decor. Steve knew he wanted an awesome party to ring in 2010. I think they got both! Here’s a look at Christine + Steve’s amazing day, captured beautifully by Sam Ng Photography:

The talented bride designed all the wedding stationary herself!

How cool is this photo?! Steve scored an old Eskimos locker at a team auction!

Fluffy carnation balls with dangling crystals surround the newlyweds as they share their first kiss.

The stunning bride!

The dinner tables were numbered as different years, and framed table cards featured interesting facts and trivia about that year.

Steve and his groomsmen meticulously measured, cut and hung this beautiful crystal curtain behind the head table.

The countdown to midnight was projected over the dance floor!

A big thanks to my assistant Krista for helping coordinate the day!

Congratulations, Christine + Steve – it was an honour to share this experience with you. Many happy years to come!

Jennifer