Wedding Event Design 3.0 - Designing a Beautiful Ceremony Space

Over this last year, my favourite thing to design has definitely become a gorgeous ceremony space, and I've found this to be a really major part of the event design process. 

Sometimes, despite the intimate words that are spoken during the ceremony, I find that the setting still feels impersonal. Chances are pretty good that the place where you're saying your vows wasn't built just for the two of you -- most likely, countless other couples have gotten married there, too. There's no problem with that at all, but it does mean that we have to work a little harder to make the space feel personalized to the two of you.

So, I aim to design a space for the two of you - maybe it's defined by an installation hanging above the two of you, or I create something to mark around the space where you'll say your vows. Maybe I can incorporate plenty of foliage and flowers to create a piece that appears that it's been growing there for years, enveloping you in it's secret garden-esque feel. I love getting my hands dirty here, working with more than just flowers and foliage! I'm not afraid to get out the power tools and build something, either!

Crafting a space that allows the couple to feel grounded and connected, a place that allows them to cherish each other and remind themselves of the focus of the day, is such a special opportunity and one that I love to have.

Video made by Prairie Film Co.

Below are some examples of different ceremony spaces that I've designed, all in the beautiful chapel at Cielo's Garden, but each feels different. I want my couples to know that I'm going to get creative and inventive for them, designing something different for them than they've seen before or different from what their friends have had. I'm working on some incredible designs for the same space next year, and can't wait for them to become real!

Photo by  Pantel Photography  / Designing this piece was one of the happiest projects of my wedding season this year!

Photo by Pantel Photography / Designing this piece was one of the happiest projects of my wedding season this year!

Photo by  Simply Rosie Photography  / Loved bringing a garden feel indoors here.

Photo by Simply Rosie Photography / Loved bringing a garden feel indoors here.

Photo by  Rachwal Photography  / I was so happy when the bride told me butterflies were attracted to the flowers throughout the ceremony!

Photo by Rachwal Photography / I was so happy when the bride told me butterflies were attracted to the flowers throughout the ceremony!

Photo by  Victoria Anne Photography  / Setting designed by bride with Stone House flowers 

Photo by Victoria Anne Photography / Setting designed by bride with Stone House flowers 

Photo by  Mackenzie Jean Photography  / I collected the branches to build this piece for months! 

Photo by Mackenzie Jean Photography / I collected the branches to build this piece for months! 

If you'd like me to create a beautiful ceremony space for you, please don't hesitate to reach out. 

#PEONY4PRESIDENT: FLOWER WORKSHOP WITH BOWS & ARROWS

Earlier this spring, I travelled down to Dallas to visit a wonderful friend of mine, Linda from Wedfully Yours, and together, we took an intimate workshop with Bows & Arrows (one of my floral design idols). Alicia at Bows & Arrows is the originator of #peony4president on Instagram, and she had so many amazing varieties of peonies available for us that I couldn't think of a better title for this post. I loved being able to learn from Alicia and her team, as well as work with some varieties of flowers that I don't usually have access to in Winnipeg. Peonies galore, as well as beautiful varieties of roses, lisianthus, scabiosa, bleeding heart, frittilaria, tropical anthurium (which I've aways been afraid to use but I love how it paired with the more romantic, ruffly blooms!), and sweet pea - so many of my favourites! It's hard to decide what my favourite part of our design day was - the gorgeous ceremony arch, or the joy pf placing each stem into my centrepiece arrangement. It all came together beautifully!

Dallas is a beautiful city, and this particular venue was absolutely stunning - it's an old mansion, which has been renovated into a hotel and is nothing short of extraordinary. I think we need something like this place around here! 

Mentorship: Bows & Arrows / Photos: Kayla Barker Photography / Planning and Design: The Wildflowers Events / Dress: A&Be Bridal Shop / Hair and Makeup: Tracy Melton Artistry / Calligraphy: Script Merchant / Model: Alli K / Venue: Rosewood Mansion, Dallas / Decor Rentals: Bella Acento / Linen: La Tavola / Ring: Trumpet & Horn

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Wedding Ceremony Decor Ideas at Cielo's Garden

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I absolutely love Cielo's Garden! It is definitely one of my favourite Manitoba wedding venues and the little stone chapel in the woods is the most beautiful spot I can imagine for a wedding ceremony. Even better, it's incredibly versatile. The open rafters make it so easy to create a wide range of gorgeous designs! 

For the Cielo's Garden spring open house in May, I worked with Amanda Douglas Events and Planned Perfectly to design a simple but striking ceremony set up. We started with the draping, working with both white and champagne tones. The colours looked beautiful against the soft palette of the stones in the wall, and created enough interest that white on its own might now. I added in my custom-made dark wood stands, with two simple arrangements of flowering branches. Flowering branches are really only available in the springtime, but there are definitely other options that you could use throughout the summer and fall to create a similar style. I loved the light, airy feel these arrangements created in the space. 

Photos by the very talented Keila Marie Photography!

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Leighann and Paul's Detailed Country Wedding

I LOVED being a part of Leighann and Paul's wedding. First, she was just really awesome to work with (it seems like I'm saying that a lot! I've been really lucky with the brides who have hired me!). Second, she had really great style, and was very trusting of me to just do my thing.

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One of my favourite aspects of their wedding was the ceremony space. We were originally going to do their ceremony outdoors with a floral garland attached to an arbor. But when Cielo's Garden unveiled their AMAZING new covered ceremony space, Leighann changed her mind and I'm super glad that she did! The space was so gorgeous - airy, fresh, and felt like it wasn't even in Manitoba anymore. That meant that we had to get creative with those ceremony florals. So, I came up with the plan to create a hanging installation in the place of where an arbor would have been, and I just love the results. I found the perfect branch when I was out playing Frisbee, and I applied the floral arrangements right onto it. We also added two fresh, pretty arrangements at the base! 

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Meaningful Wedding Stationery Ideas

I hope you've seen our recent features on Vale & Vine! For this shoot, we wanted to focus on the ceremony and the beautiful, meaningful moments that should be celebrated. I loved the stationery pieces that Robin Egg Blue designed, and think they should get their own spotlight. This is the perfect example why you should hire wedding pros that you love, and then let them do their thing. Robin's vow booklets were just so perfect!

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P.S. This gorgeous botanical design is available in  Robin Egg Blue's "Off the Shelf" collection !

P.S. This gorgeous botanical design is available in Robin Egg Blue's "Off the Shelf" collection!

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