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A classic City wedding in the historical Fairmont Palliser with gold, champagne, ivory and black details

Sarah came to the Evelyn Clark Weddings office looking for a wedding planner that could do a classic “Manhattan inspired wedding”. She had me there with those words!

To celebrate their love, Sarah and Adam wanted a formal party for their friends and family. They wanted to create an atmosphere of elegance and glamour. Think black-tie, Frank Sinatra and champagne.

Choosing to host their wedding at the Fairmont Palliser, therefore, was an easy choice. The elegance and downtown Calgary location of the Palliser was the perfect setting for this luxurious, black-tie affair. Guests dressed in their finest while dining and sipping bubbly during a beautiful night out in the city.


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Wedding planning & design for a classic black, white, gold wedding

To evoke the classic glam feeling Sarah and Adam were craving, we chose to work with a colour palette of black, white, gold and champagne. The wedding party (and most wedding guests) were styled in this colour palette. The men wore classic tuxes and ladies were in long black gowns with updo hairstyles.

Although casual wedding styles are popular right now, my heart skips a beat when I see timeless glamour like in this wedding. I truly gasped when I saw Sarah in her Watters gown, and I loved that Adam took his classic tuxedo to the next level with a scarf.


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Wedding ceremony – Fairmont Palliser Turner Valley Room

The Turner Valley Room’s bold red walls and heavily patterned drapes and carpet can be a bit tricky to work with. Thankfully, our neutral colour palette and classic floral design let us enhance the room without forcing a design to fit. A key part to this was adding the aisle runner to ground the ceremony design in such a busy room.


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Wedding reception – Fairmont Palliser Alberta Room

With its soaring ceilings and pastel colours, the Alberta ballroom takes you away to a different place. Almost Parisian or Viennese, the room itself has a lot of embellishment. Even though the decor for Sarah and Adam’s wedding is stunning, everything about it seems to belong with the room. Not any one thing cries out for more attention.

One of the favourite elements to their decor is the table linens. The swirl pattern looks like too much when on its own, but from afar it reads as champagne with a bit of sparkle. Upon closer inspection, the intricate patterns appears. I love this detail! And the pattern was repeated in the wedding invitations.


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Where did Sarah and Adam go for their honeymoon? New York City, of course.

Thank you for being such wonderful clients with your easy-going attitudes, fabulous taste and clear vision – congratulations, Ferreys!

{Check out more about their wedding as featured in Blush Magazine}



Full planning + design : Evelyn Clark Weddings | Venue: Fairmont Palliser | Photographer: Kingdom Come Photography (main) + Mackenzie Jane Photography (details) | Florist: Flower Artistry | Stationery: Plush Invitations | Decor: Bella Linens and Chiavari Chairs Rental | Officiant: Klaus Ohlhoff | Quartet: Allegra Strings | Band: Blackboard Jungle | Dress: ‘Elise’, Wtoo by Watters | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Tuxedo: Hugo Boss | Hair: Lost in Layers Hair | MUA: Libertee


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Spring wedding in mint, coral, gold and ivory with traditional Catholic ceremony and contemporary reception at Hotel Arts in Calgary

The Evelyn Clark Weddings team had the pleasure of working with Josie and Tim on their colourful and elegant wedding in Calgary.

Married on a crisp Spring day, Josie and Tim had a traditional Catholic ceremony service (with a pretty hip biker priest) at St. Joseph Parish and a more modern reception taking place at Hotel Arts.


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Josie and Tim liked the openness and “blank slate” feel of Hotel Arts, where they had room for their guests to mingle freely and lots of options for their floor plan and decor. We came on board to help Josie pull together her decor ideas in addition to providing Wedding Month Management.

Enjoy this pretty Spring wedding captured by the always lovely Cassie’s Camera!


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The ballroom at Hotel Arts is a neutral backdrop, but it can be a bit dark. We lightened things up with classic ivory and a subtle, shimmery peach for the table linens. Josie liked colour, but didn’t want colour to the be the main focus of the overall wedding. The solution was to add in pops of colour balanced with the neutral linens for a fun but tasteful style.

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These centrepieces were bursting with roses and greens!

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Congratulations Josie + Tim!



Design assistance + coordination: Evelyn Clark Weddings | Venues: St. Joseph Parish and Hotel Arts | Photographer: Cassie’s Camera | Florist: Flower Artistry | Stationery: The Social Page | Decor: Bella Linens and Chair Flair (backdrop) | Cake: Cakes With Attitude | DJ + lighting: Little Something Beautiful | Dress: Novia Mia | Hair: Cassie Festa | MUA: Nicole Richey


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We showed you the inspiration behind this gorgeous Boho Wedding styled session in our last blog post. Now, we’re revealing the final results.

This Boho session features an eclectic wedding couple that are fashion forward and not afraid of colour. Traditional is not the word we would use here. Think of layers of rich textures like lace and velvet, combined with distinct shapes found in the flowers as well as the vases or vessels used to hold the flowers. We wanted to evoke an almost mystical moodiness to everything too.

As a side note, I must say that designing this overall look was a great challenge for Evelyn Clark Weddings. Our clients tend to choose more of a classic elegance for their wedding style, but we had to remember that we were not designing for a traditional wedding. “Styled” wedding sessions and photo shoots are a great way to showcase creativity and new ideas, so we dove in head first!

All the wedding pros involved really knocked this out of the park. From the unique florals to the beautiful cake (this went viral…it was every.where.) and sultry models, our vision really came to life…even if we had to move things indoors.

Please enjoy the stunning photos — this workshop was featured on Green Wedding Shoes!


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But really though, can you imagine attending a wedding where the napkin ring and wedding favour was a handmade gemstone bracelet cuff and necklace? We thought it was a great way to bring in the gemstones while creating a practical wedding accessories!

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We can’t wait until next time, We Three Workshops!



Planning, design & styling: Evelyn Clark Weddings | Photography: We Three Workshops (Kat, Sharon, Tricia) | Floral design and concept: Fabloomosity | Dress: Rue De Seine (“Fox”) from The Bridal Boutique (Calgary) | Male attire: Pieces sourced from Espy Experience | Jewellery (used as table pieces and favours): Coutukitsch | Stationery: Em Hen Art | Decor: Gathered Table Supply / Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals / Bella Linens (formerly Celebration Creation) | Cake: Kake | Hair and makeup: The Pretty Haus | Models: Peyton Gastel (Sophia Models International) and Joey Braunwarth (Numa Models)

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Today we’re featuring our “Boho Gemstone Luxe” wedding design we created for We Three Workshops.

First, We Three Workshops is a photography workshop developed by 3 crazy talented photographers (Kat, Sharon, Tricia). These ladies are kind of a big deal, so we were thrilled when they asked Evelyn Clark Weddings to be the designer and stylist of the workshop!

Second, since workshop attendees were photographing a styled Bride + Groom and tablescape to learn and to enhance their portfolios, the workshop design had to stand out. Boho is a pretty popular wedding theme, and there are countless styled shoots with this theme too. Because of this, we challenged ourselves to dig deeper in our creativity.

Texture layering, and using the colours and shapes of gemstones was key. We also put together items that didn’t “match” but worked together. However, each piece had to be carefully considered so everything didn’t just look randomly thrown together in a mishmash.


Wedding design inspiration Banff: Gemstone Bohemian Luxe

Here is our Mood Board:

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Unfortunately, the file with all the photo credits in our Mood Board was lost. If you come across your photo, please let us know as we would love to credit you!



In our next post, we’ll talk about how everything came together and share the beautiful photos from this wedding design at Buffalo Mountain Lodge.

Stay tuned!

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Katie & Tom’s rustic elegance Banff wedding at the Rimrock Resort Hotel is beautifully understated with plenty of warmth and elegance.

Both the bride and groom often attend work conferences at hotels. Because of this, they wanted to make sure their wedding didn’t feel like another conference.

Our solution? Make the atmosphere warm, elegant and inviting. And, of course, incorporate personality — like Katie & Tom’s family, world travels and love of outdoors.


What better way to set the tone for your wedding than with your invitations? Below is their invitation suite, with their son’s very own invitation to “his” party during the reception dinner, plus table name cards with different travel stories from Katie & Tom, and the overall rocky mountain theme.

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Geoff Wilking’s photography style was a perfect match for this wedding. We hope you enjoy the photos!

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The ceremony

Planning a September wedding usually means that the weather will be warm, but not hot. Sometimes Mother Nature has other plans though. With a combination of freezing rain and sub-zero temperature the night before the wedding day, an indoor ceremony was the best option.  While we didn’t get the majestic mountain backdrop, Katie and Tom were still happy to get married with their nearest and dearest staying dry and warm.

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This quote was pinned to Katie & Tom’s Pinterest boards. I thought it was so appropriate for this well-traveled duo that we made it into a piece of art.

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Here’s Katie and Tom’s little guy! We love that the kids at the wedding had their own special party room during dinner with kid-friendly food, movies and activities. This is a great way to give parents a child-free dinner but still allow kids to attend the wedding.

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The Reception

Cafe lights for weddings are a very popular and beautiful way to add a little magic to your wedding venue (like you’re dining al fresco in a Tuscan garden). This look, however, just doesn’t suit a ballroom. Rather than force something to fit just for the sake of it, we chose to invest in other forms of lighting. Candlelight, tiny string lights and the wow-factor effects from Stardust Event Group created a similar atmosphere that suited the venue space while still giving Katie & Tom that warm glow.

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Katie has a huge love of sweets, so a dessert table was a must. Tom wasn’t left out though! We created a “Man Table” — full of the greasy and salty (and delicious, let’s face it) food that he loves. The food came out as the party was really jumping, so you’ll have to excuse the poor quality photos from my phone camera. I had to post these though!

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Congratulations again to this beautiful couple and their family!


Design, planning & coordination: Evelyn Clark Weddings

Photography: Geoff Wilkings

Marriage officiant: Mountain Marriages

DJ: Class Act DJ

Limo: Alpine limo

Decor: Celebration Creation, Special Event Rentals, Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals

Calligraphy: Art + Alexander

Florist: Sarah Mayerson Design

Stationery: Bloom Invites

Cake: Whippt

Hair: Blakkloud Hair Studio

Makeup: Krista Ho Lem

Lighting: Stardust Event Group

Babysitters: My Hotel Sitter

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