As a small business owner, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to get the word out about Revel Events. Obviously, one traditionally advertises in print and online, in wedding magazines and in online directories… But of all the available avenues for attracting new clients, I would never have thought that I’d meet a bride—and make a friend—all because of a gingerbread house.
One of my best friends has a birthday close to Christmas, and she had decided to host a gingerbread house contest for her birthday party. The other participants swung by the store and bought ready-made gingerbread house kits and brought them along to the party. I, on the other hand, spent a few days drawing up blueprints, built a cardboard model of my house to ensure structural soundness, baked gingerbread from scratch, and created a variety of stained-glass windows out of molten sugar. When I showed up at the birthday party, there was a collective eye roll from the rest of the guests. To them, I had gone overboard—WAY overboard. That is, until Jessica arrived. She saw my gingerbread architecture and told me that she would have done exactly the same thing had she been participating in the contest. I had found a kindred spirit! Although Jessica was newly engaged, we didn’t talk weddings that day. Later, she found out that I was a wedding planner and she knew that she had found the right person to bring her elegant DIY vision to life. All because of a gingerbread house!
Jessica is, without a doubt, the most organized, hands-on, and detail-oriented bride imaginable. She knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding: a grass green and black colour scheme with lots of natural accents, and a subtle aviation theme to incorporate one of Dan’s passions into the decor. When Jessica couldn’t find a product that matched her vision, she’d have it custom made or, despite her incredibly busy work schedule, she’d make it herself! Every single decor element in these photos is the result of her hard work and many months of planning, and it was a real honour to have the chance to help her bring it all together.
All of these gorgeous photos were shot by the incredibly talented and very fun Dan and Kat of Stone Photo. Check out their blog for more of Jess and Dan’s wedding, and browse through their other amazing work, too!
The wedding took place at the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer Station; if you’d like to hold an event there, get in touch with Events Manager Ken Boyd—he’s an absolute dream to work with and really knows his stuff.
Karl and his team at Two Chefs and a Table created a delicious dinner, preceded by yummy canapes during the cocktail hour. Their staff were all very helpful, professional, and just generally great to work with!
There was only one decor element that Jessica didn’t personally create: the majestic trees that served as both the ceremony arch and the backdrop for the head table, as well as the wishing tree, were created by Tanya at Greenscape Design & Decor. What a talent! The trees really helped set the mood, distinguish spaces in the venue, and draw people’s eyes up to the impressive height of the ceilings in the venue.
Roxanne Thornton officiated the ceremony, and she’s a lovely lady and a true professional. Not just wedding-savvy, but tech-savvy as well, Roxanne travels with all her own audio equipment!
I sound like a broken record with this vendor recommendation, but when it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: once again, the brilliant Gloria at The Flower Factory created the bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding party. Divine!
The ceremony and reception music were aptly handled by the fabulous DJ Leanne of Girl on Wax Events. A talented and very knowledgeable DJ with a fantastic personality—I can’t wait to work with her again.
Limo services were provided by Silver Lady Limousine, cupcakes by Frosting Cupcakery, and all hair and makeup services were provided by friends and family of the bride. Last, but not least, I would like to thank the 14 family members that Jessica sent me to help set up this whole beautiful party in what began as a very empty space! (Especially cousin Brandi, who should really become a decorator herself!)
Congratulations once again, Jess and Dan!