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Empowering the Modern Bride: A Collaboration Between Shandro Photo and High Culture

Empowering the Modern Bride: A Collaboration Between Shandro Photo and High Culture
September 7, 2012 Haley Shandro

{Bringing Your Favourite Destination to Edmonton}

Author: Rebecca Fisher-Swarbrooke

Haley and I both recently returned from a trip to Canmore with each of our families. It was nice to spend a few days in the mountains, to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, to breathe in the fresh mountain air, and to spend time with our loved ones. Rejuvenated and inspired, we thought that it would be fun to talk about how you could potentially bring your memories of your favourite travels to your wedding, regardless of the location. What’s stopping you from bringing your favourite destination to Edmonton? Through transforming a venue, a space can be converted into your favourite place.

Our vibrant city has a lot more to offer than meets the eye and if it’s another destination that inspires you most, well, why not bring your favourite things from that place to your Edmonton-based wedding. Of course, it is easy enough to say that you could just have a destination wedding, but it isn’t always as simple as that. Often, brides and grooms are deterred from destination weddings because of the financial significance to their guests, the matter of having to take time off from work, and the simple fact that not all of their loved ones will be able to attend the affair. So, why not bring touches of your favourite destination to your wedding and save the traveling for your honeymoon.

Here are a few things that you should consider when deciding on how to incorporate your favourite place into the design of your wedding.
1. Why is this your favourite place? Does it bear any significance on you as a couple?
2. What is your most-liked part about this special place? Is it the food, the architecture…?
3. Are there any unique wedding customs from this chosen spot that could be integrated into the schedule or design of your wedding?

One of my clients were married in Hawaii last December. On their one year anniversary, they will be hosting a small reception to celebrate their love again with their families and closest friends. While working on the design, we first thought that we could bring their Hawaiian nuptials to Edmonton by incorporating a Hawaiian-inspired menu, colours reminiscent of the tropical paradise, and of course, tropical flowers native to the State.

Another loved destination by a couple is Italy. The bride and her fiancé both share a passion for the country and hope to have an Italian inspired wedding next year. It is a favourite, sentimental place for each of them because she lived there for awhile and his ancestors are Italian. They greatly enjoy the cuisine and the vibrancy of the streets, architecture, and setting throughout Italy; therefore, I would recommend having not only an Italian-inspired menu, but also transforming their venue into Italy, so when guests arrive they will feel as if they have just landed in Italy itself.

You can have small touches of the destination by giving favours from the city or country, or naming your tables after your favourite things from that place, or, you could have a wedding with a full destination theme. Your options are truly endless.

What’s your favourite destination and how would you include a piece of it in your wedding?

Destination wedding photographer Hawaii

A collaboration between High Culture & Shandro Photo.

Comment (1)

  1. Ashvin Ghisyawan 6 years ago

    I like this series, especially the black and white pictures!

    Kind regards.

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