Wedding Wednesday: Altars

Whilst browsing my wedding blogs, daily… I’ve noticed this great trend in contemporary altars! Couples are masking their creativity once again and even supplying DYI’s, which is a win win in the wedding world.

Any location can be transformed to showcase the bride and the groom, as they take their vows with these eyecatching altar ideas.

This strategically placed, nature crafted altar is stunning. I love the white flower petals leading the viewer right to the perfect image, the bride and groom.

I’m a huge fan of paper, anything paper, so when I saw this image of the paper flower altar, I squealed with excitement. Super simple, beautifully coloured and the execution is perfect.

How about putting your bridal party to work! This super innovative, beautiful altar creating a tent over the couple is genius fora circus inspired wedding.

I think this may be my personal favorite. So simple, yet so effective! Streamers. Paper and pink—two of my favorite things!

And lastly, a touch of elegance with this DYI for bubble chandeliers leading the way to the warmly lit altar. Stunning!

Happy Wednesday lovelies!! xo.

Photos via: 100 Layer Cake


Wedding Wednesday: Favours

My new favorite wedding favour, JAM!

First of all, who really doesn’t like jam? The perfect pairing to peanut butter. The sweet buddy to butter. We all love jam! paperhearts recently whipped up some simply sweet, circular thank you tags to be tied onto the cutest chubby jam jars for Tricia and Kelly’s wedding, which was stunning! Be sure to see some teasers shot by Centree Photography here.

From my first wedding, even to the most recent, I remember the wedding favour being a beautifully wrapped box filled to the brim with melty chocolatey almonds (or something of similar sweetness). My sisters wedding was crafted with a gorgeous ‘candy bar’, lined with clear glass jars of many different heights filled with mouthwatering sweets! (For candy bar eye candy, do visit Amy Atlas, the queen of styling tables).

As time goes on, couples are becoming more and more creative, with a different dose of sweetness.

Post cards from a destination wedding, SO clever!
And what is even more clever is combining the escort cards with the wedding favour. Diana and Josh went vintage hunting to find bowties and scarves for all of their guests! So smart and beautifully presented.

Well done brides and grooms! The evolution of wedding favours has been inspiring!

Photos via: Centree Photography and Green Wedding Shoes


Wedding Wednesday: Kelsy Nielson

This week I would like to focus on some wonderful photographic talent going on in our lovely (but rainy) city of Edmonton! One in particular, the lovely Kelsy Nielson! We were honoured to have her shoot my sisters wedding which was just last month (almost ago month now, Happy one month Anniversary Kassey and Alex!) Kelsy was a blast to spend the day with! Not only did she come over to the house to hang out with us while we all got ready bright and early, she captured St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church beautifully, and then took us over to the 104th Street Farmer’s Market where we later ended up at the AGA to take more pictures. Just a few days ago, Kelsy was kind enough to post some pictures from the day of the wedding on her blog. I was so excited to see how they turned out, and she captured the day perfectly! The day has come and gone, but Kelsy’s photos will forever remind us of the amazing day that was my sisters wedding. Take a look at the photos below… the Paperhearts girls were out in full force for this occassion!

(Clockwise left to right) My sister’s beautiful dress from Pure Bridal, Christian Louboutin flats from Bergdorf Goodman, and a snap shot of my younger sister, Eleni, zipping up the Bride-to-be.

(Left to right) A great shot of my sister’s veil from Pure Bridal. Hey! That’s me! I’m just participating in the Ceremony of the Crowns (I was very nervous – we had a full house!) I am wearing a Bari Jay dress from Pure Bridal.

My favourite comment about this photo was from my Dad, “Where are their heads?” Dad, photography has changed since you got married! Cool things like this are able to happen, just look at how adorable this is! (Alex’s suit is custom made from Mr. Maxwell with a Burberry tie from Holt Renfrew.)

Here are the newly named Mr. and Mrs. Koumarelas walking through the downtown Farmer’s Market. Let me tell you, I am ready to dress up every weekend in a fancy dress – we got tons of swag! A family size bag of kettle corn, a bag of radishes, baklava, coffee from Credo, the vendors at this market were so friendly! It was such a treat to have them be a part of the day.

Boys vs. Girls. We obviously won! The AGA made for beautiful shots!

Michelle from Behind the Scenes Events and her assistant did an amazing job at turning the Polish Hall into a vision for the evening. They did a phenomenal job at turning the hall into a wedding wonderland. (Menus, and table numbers done by yours truly – the Paperhearts Studio girls!)

Make up: Ruth Bancroft

Hair: Danielle and Reanne from Ricci Hair Co.

(All photos via Kelsy Nielson)