December 2013: Shannon Simpson-Meron!
Tis the season to wear RED which leads me to introducing our December bride of the month; Shannon Simpson-Meron! Shannon came to us with ideas that were not your typical modern bride. She wanted her wedding and invitations to reflect the kind of person her and her new hubby are and set the tone for their big day. With help from some of the finest professionals in the industry their destination wedding to the exquisite Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada would make anyone envious! Just by looking at her gorgeous photos you can just image what a fun couple Shannon and Thomas (TJ) are.
Bekka: What a busy year you’ve had from getting married to having a beautiful baby girl. How would you describe your life now compared to a year ago?
Shannon: I feel as though I have suddenly gotten everything I ever wanted and was afraid that I would never have: an amazing husband and the beginnings of a beautiful family. It’s busy, and messy, and completely wonderful.
Bekka: All of us at Ann Elizabeth loved your invitations and menu. Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide on what your invitations would look like?
Shannon: We knew that we wanted the invitations to reflect how we wanted our wedding to feel – unique, fun, and a little funky; nothing too stuffy or traditional. We wanted everyone to look at the design style and know that we were just throwing a great party in an exquisite location to spend some quality time with friends and family.
Bekka: Did you have a favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature that people complimented you on most?
Shannon: Our invitations were so unique and unusual that most people complimented us on that as a whole.
Bekka: Some brides take inspiration from their invitations and will incorporate it into their wedding decor did you find yourself doing that?
Shannon: Yes; in fact, our runner was made with the same graphic of the heart with our initials inside it.
Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Shannon: Absolutely. It also gave our wedding planner and photographer an idea as to the creativity we were willing to entertain – we had very dramatic red and teal up lighting at the reception and our photographer surprised us the day before the wedding with the suggestion of bringing live birds to our photo shoot. I can’t guarantee that the little birds on our invitations/menus were his inspiration, but they certainly let him know that we were willing to entertain ideas well beyond the proverbial box, as you can see.
Bekka: You had what we call a “destination wedding” how would you describe your experiences with all the planning and details that go into this type of wedding?
Shannon: Our wedding planner, Stephanie Schmidt at Lynn Fletcher Weddings, was invaluable. I could have never done a destination wedding without someone local that knew the venue inside and out, recommended the best vendors, and got us probably the best band I have ever heard at a wedding reception. I would never try to plan a destination wedding all myself. It was hard enough with professional help!
Bekka: I loved how you went with a bold red gown. What made you choose red over the typical white wedding gown?
Shannon: I spend some time in India in college and loved the fact that the traditional wedding sari was red to represent passion and fertility in the upcoming marriage. I thought that was much more what I wanted to represent at the start of our lives together than the idea of Victorian virginity, especially since my husband and I announced our pregnancy to our respective families at the rehearsal dinner!
Bekka: Your pictures are absolutely breath taking and I have to admit some of my favorites are with the hawk and owls. Tell me about how they came to be apart your photos.
Shannon: We owe all of the credit for that idea to our photographer, Phil Crozier. We suggested that we were game for something unusual and his original idea was to have a photo session inside the wildlife taxidermy museum in Banff, but it was still closed for the winter season. So when he called us with the idea for real birds, we said, “Sure, let’s get a little crazy.”
Bekka: From your experience do you have any advice for brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations and were there any lesson you learned through your creative process?
Shannon: Probably the only advice with respect to wedding planning I have to give is this: be flexible, trust the professionals you hire to help make vague ideas into reality, and just have fun. The pursuit of perfection is often a fruitless endeavor, and no one really cares about the minutiae – hopefully, they all just care about you and being there to share in this momentous life event.
Bekka: How would you describe your experience with Ann Elizabeth and our design and proofing process?
Shannon: It was a great experience! Despite having many eclectic ideas and unusual requests, the design team came through with a composite that we loved and worked hard to accommodate our difficult schedules and timetable.
Bekka: Shannon again we are just thrilled to have you as our December bride and thank you for taking the time to talk with us and share the details of your fabulous wedding!
See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of Shannon’s vendors:
Wedding gown: Alta Moda Bridal
Brides Maids dresses: Lily and Iris
Wedding Planner: Stephanie Schmidt at Lynn Fletcher Weddings
Photographer: Phil Crozier
Venue: The Fairmont Banff Springs
Rings: Karat Patch Jewelers
Cake: Cake Creations