Amanda and Marc’s gorgeous Calgary military wedding held in a historical home with just way too many beautiful details to adore, and I promise, I’m not just being biased because it’s a wedding from Canada! Their wedding was almost a year from today (actual date – August 15th 2014), so KnotsVilla is glad to publish this feature as a means of wishing the couple a happy anniversary and at the same time swooning over their beautiful wedding style!
Amanda grew up in Canada and has a soft spot for Calgary, located in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Her career as a teacher brought her overseas to England, where she met an English military man and fell in love. Because her heart remains in Calgary, they decided to host their wedding in Calgary, Alberta.
About the Calgary Military Wedding
For theme/style of the wedding, the couple chose to highlight elements of their relationship by bringing both their backgrounds together (Canadian and British).
The couple wanted to include Marc’s military background into the wedding and chose to host it in one of Calgary’s most historic locations, the 100 year old Lougheed House. In a setting that is reminiscent of an old English castle, Amanda and Marc celebrated their wedding day with their closest friends and family. Marc was outfitted in traditional military regalia and he included military event issue swords which were shipped overseas for the occasion.
St. Bonaventure is the church the ceremony took place at, which is Amanda’s family church that she had attended her whole life. Fish Creek (where the photos were taken) also has history for Amanda growing up in Calgary.
Guests were invited to wear fascinators which is the norm at British weddings and petals were thrown when they arrived at their cocktail hour, which is another British tradition.
For the reception decor, because most of their holidays take place on the ski slopes, they chose to highlight some of their favorite ski hills at the reception. Table names were names of ski resorts both in Canada and the Alps, and their table plan was printed to look like ski tags.
Wedding Planning Advice for Future Couples
“Have fun and enjoy the process! Make the day about you and your spouse and what makes your relationship special, but don’t let it stress you out.
Also trust your photographer to give you tips on vendors, locations and the likes. Andrew & Erin (Photographik Wedding Photographers) gave us some great advice like other vendors they’ve worked with before which was so helpful. Also, be upfront with your vendors to make it clear what you want, so you are not disappointed on the day.” – Amanda
Photographer: Photographik Wedding Photographers//Hair Stylist: Avenue Beauty//Floral Designer: Flowers by Janie//Makeup Artist: Nicole Richey//Dress Store: The Bridal Centre//Event Venue: The Lougheed House