Congratulations Madison Farrar-Ayoso our March Bride of the Month!

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March 2014: Madison Farrar-Ayoso!

With winter starting to fade away I welcome our March Bride of the Month Madison Farrar-Ayoso. Madi is such a fun bride, her bubbly personality and sweet spirit radiated throughout our interview. You can’t help but fall in love when looking at all the photos from her wedding! With soft tones of coral and a subtle damask design, her invitation tied all the details together beautifully!

The Interview:

Bekka: Madison, when you first started thinking about your invitation did you know what you wanted or did it just evolve over time?
Madison: I definitely did not know what I wanted at first. I was looking online for ideas but I never really had my mind set on any particular design. When I went into Ann Elizabeth and got to see all the different proofs, it really helped me envision what I wanted my own to look like.

Bekka: What is your favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Madison: My favorite part of our invitation was the whole thing! Ha-ha I really loved how everything turned out! It was so elaborately done and customized for us! People complimented me the most about the colors and layout of the invitation and how beautiful the whole invitation was.

Bekka: Most brides want their invitation to convey to guests the tone of the event. Do you feel that your invitation did just that?
Madison: Yes definitely, the colors and the style conveyed exactly the tone of our wedding.

Bekka: Tell us about the vendors you chose to help create your fabulous wedding!
Madison:
Wedding location and dinner: St Regis Deer Valley
St. Regis Deer Valley is not only gorgeous, Catherine Johnson, the wedding coordinator made planning my wedding so easy! She did everything, we just had to let her know what we wanted and they took care of setting up and taking down for the wedding. They were so accommodating and wanted to make sure my day was perfect and they did! They also include all the food for the wedding. Their chef prepared the most delicious food and the presentation of the food was beautiful. Our guests had the option of steak, chicken, or a vegetarian option. And of course the kalua (pig) prepared by my husband’s father. Bryce is Polynesian so it’s very traditional to include kalua at weddings.

Photographer: Jessie Alexis with Jessie Alexis Photography.
My aunt found her for me! She was such a sweetheart and we were so comfortable with her! Her work is beautiful and I love love how our photos turned out. She captured all the special moments of our perfect day!

Hair: Brittney Edwards.
I have known Brittney for a very long time! We knew each other when we both lived in Georgia. When I moved to Utah I started going to Brittany for my hair and haven’t been anywhere since! She works out of Salon K in the Riverwoods. She always makes hair look so beautiful and I am so happy she was able to do my bridesmaids and my hair!

Make-up: Jessica Powell
I met Jessica through a mutual friend, Cassidy Heriford, she started her own business called Wax That in Pleasant Grove and can cater to literally any beauty need! She is the best and I loved my make-up!

Flowers: Wendy with Flower Affair
My cousin used Wendy for her wedding last year and I absolutely loved her work. The flowers for our wedding were stunning! They ‘turned out beyond what I had imagined! She also did our candy station for guests to make a “to-go” bag in as a thank you for coming to the wedding! She not only was our florist, she decorated for us too! She was able to find miniature pineapples and put them in the arrangements and guests loved them! They were so cute!

Cake: Snow Park Bakery & Layers Cake
St. Regis referred me to this bakery and they completely customized our cake and made it exactly what we wanted! We also had Layers Cake do Bryce’s grooms cake and it was amazing! Bryce played baseball for BYU so my mom and I wanted to make his groom cake include something baseball related and Layers Cake designed his cake to include a baseball and Hawaiian theme! It was perfect!

Dress: Bridal Expressions
I found my dress at Bridal Expressions. My cousin and I were getting ready to leave the store when she said “Madi! You have to try this one on!” So I did and immediately knew it was the one!

Leis: Bryce had our leis flown in from Hawaii. His was the traditional Maile lei and mine was a ginger lei. They were so beautiful. I loved how they turned out! His family made the rest of the leis for family members to wear.  Our brother -in- law, Julian Pinney, also did the Maile leis for all the groomsmen. All the leis were so pretty!

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Madison: My best advice is to be open-minded and to look online or meet with an invitation specialist to get ideas to create and personalize your wedding invitations. There are so many different designs to choose from that sometimes it can become overwhelming, but for me seeing other invitations, I was able to take what I liked from multiple invitations and create exactly what I wanted!

Bekka: How would you describe the overall experience of your wedding?
Madison: The overall experience my wedding had for my husband and I was beyond anything we could have imagined. The day went by so fast it almost seems like a blur looking back. It really was a fairytale for us. Our guests were definitely huge attributes in making our day even more special. The dancing was so fun and I loved how everyone partook in dancing. Our friends all told us they had so much fun and everything about our wedding was beautiful. The overall experience for everyone was amazing!

Bekka: Madison thanks for taking the time to talk with me and share all the fun details of your wedding!

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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 Madison's vendors:

Venu: St. Regis Deer Valley

Wedding planner: Catherine Johnson

Photographer: Jessie Alexis Photography

Bridals location: Wadley Farms

Flowers: Wendy with Flower Affair

Cake: Snow Park Bakery

Grooms Cake: Layers Cake

Hair: Brittney Edwards at Salon K

Make-up: Jessica Powell at Wax That

Dress: Bridal Expressions

 

 


Paper Valentines Creations!

Fun paper Valentines creations!

With Valentines just around the corner love is in the air and I’m loving all the adorable things you can do with paper! I found myself once again at Paper Source where they have an assortment of kits to make fun valentines decorations. In the photos below you have hanging decor, a wreath, cute kid valentines, and make your own cupcake kits.

I love Pinterest and honestly who doesn’t. One could spend hours scrolling through pages and pages of amazing photos so I picked some of my favorite pics. The wreath and bouquet of life like roses are truly amazing. While the hearts garland make for fun decor and the printed fortune cookies a great valentine!

To see more of my favorites check out our Valentines Pinterest board.

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Congratulations Lianne Albert-Seumanu our February Bride of the Month!

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February 2014: Lianne Albert-Seumanu!

With the ground hog seeing his shadow they’re saying six more weeks of winter. So I decided we need a bride who’s wedding takes us to warmer days; Lianne’s wedding was just that! Surrounded by family and friends this Polynesian themed wedding had everything, from groomsmen wearing traditional ie faitaga and a wide variety of food including the best-shaved ice you can get in Utah.

Interview:

Bekka: Lianne did you know what style of invitation you wanted and how did it all come about?
Lianne: I had a really good idea of the style of invitation I wanted before I went in. I knew I wanted something classic and more traditional. I knew exactly what I wanted my fonts to be, and colors. I just didn't know what I wanted the rest to be like. Ruth was great though in helping me and really listening to the overall feel that I wanted. My invitations turned out perfectly. 

Bekka: What is your favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Lianne: My favorite part of the invitation was the quality and how clean and classic it looked. I loved the magnolia flowers that were carried throughout the set on the invitation and the envelope. I really feel like the high quality of the paper and the letterpress made it perfect though. When people opened their invitation, I know they were saying "Wow! That's really nice!" And that set the tone for the rest of the wedding festivities. 

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Lianne: Yes, they set the tone for the entire event! I am a firm believer that the invitations should do just that!  

Bekka: Tell us about the vendors you chose to help create your amazing wedding!
Lianne: My gown is a custom Anne Barge purchased from Alta Moda Bridal.  The staff at Alta Moda especially Rachel was incredible! My dress was perfect! My bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses from eshakti.com (custom). I had such a wide-range of girls in my line I wanted them to be comfortable. I found this awesome website that made dresses based on measurements (regular and plus sizes) even added sleeves and length. It was PERFECT.

My photographer Amee Sorensen Photography is originally from New Orleans and works in Utah and Louisiana. To say we had an instantaneous connection would be the understatement of the year. She completely understood the "Louisiana" influence on the wedding.

My florist was Every Blooming Thing. They really brought all the details they created together for the big day especially the centerpieces for the reception. They executed my vision perfectly. It wouldn't have been as beautiful if it weren’t for them.

I used One Sweet Slice to make a 9-tiers...all cake. Simple and elegant and could not be happier with the outcome! They incorporated a southern charm pull for my bridesmaids too!

The food was Catering by Bryce. He did the majority of the food and was so easy to work with. We ended up adding 150 servings of food with him the week of the wedding because we realized we were expecting more people than originally anticipated. The food tasted AMAZING!!! I never really wanted a buffet-style reception eating, but cost wise it was the only way to go. Every Blooming Thing did great big centerpieces for the buffet tables. It was as nice as it could be, and we fed 800 plus people. FAST!
To add as a supplement to the shrimp scampi and grilled chicken Bryce did, my husband's family did three traditional Samoan dishes for the wedding; taro, palusami, and povi masima. Taro is a starchy root sort of like potatoes. Palusami is coconut milk wrapped in banana or taro leaves and usually steamed. Povi Masima is a salted beef brisket. Some friends of our family did a kids table for us to feed the younger ones. They did fresh chopped fruit with li hing mui powder (red sweet, sour, salty tasting powder), BBQ Teriyaki Chicken, and steamed rice. My uncle brought in fresh ahi tuna from Hawaii and we had an authentic Hawaiian ahi tuna pok?. It's kind of like sashimi. We served those in small cups for everyone. WHAT'S A POLYNESIAN WEDDING WITHOUT FOOD…FOOD...and MORE FOOD! Funny thing is, that's how they do it in Louisiana too.

Hokulia Shave Ice is the best authentic shave ice you can get outside of Hawaii. THE BEST!

I came across Chrisstine's Linens and Things on the Internet and rented the majority of my linens from them. They were super inexpensive and VERY accommodating! I would recommend them to anyone and everyone! They are a small company run out of their home (mother and daughter), but they ordered in the material and sewed my linens in time for the big day. It was perfect!!!

Amy at Diamond Rentals SLC location was the best! She had a solution for every "problem" that came up. The day of it started to rain and because using the outside of the venue was a must because of how many people would be there, we HAD to rent a tent. I was not a fan, but my brother and uncle went and met with Amy. Rented a tent and a chandelier for the tent. It was as perfect as it could have been.

All Star Party Rentals were the only ones with the patio umbrellas that I wanted available. “Wooden poles, tan canvas umbrella 9 ft.”

Bekka: I heard there were some problems with the men’s attire; tell me a little bit more about what happened.
Lianne: They wore grey traditional ie faitaga. We originally ordered it from Samoa, and the color was all wrong. Luckily, I knew someone that knew someone that was coming from Samoa to Utah and would make 'light grey' ones for us. What are the chances? They wore it with white on white Polynesian print shirts and sandals.

Bekka: Lianne we loved having you as our client and thank you for taking the time to talk with me and share all the fun details of your wedding!

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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 Lianne's vendors:

Venue: The Garden Place at Heritage Park (This Is the Place)
Dress:  Custom Anne Barge Purchased from Alta Moda Bridal
Shoes: Jimmy Choo flats
Hair and Makeup: Alanna Clawson of Precis Professional Beauty
Photographer: Amee Sorensen Photography
Florist: Every Blooming Thing
Cake: One Sweet Slice
Catering: Catering by Bryce
Shave Ice: Hokulia Shave Ice
Photo Booth: Utahs Wedding Photobooth
Linens and Rentals: Chrisstine's Linens and Things, Diamond Rentals, All Star Party Rentals
Maid of Honor: Ann Taylor
Bridesmaids: eshakti.com
Groom Suit: Kenneth Cole  Tailored: D'antii

 

 

 


Valentines favor boxes!

How fab are these custom Valentines boxes! We had so much fun helping our client and her daughter create her own custom Valentines for school. We chose favor boxes because they are great for any occasion. So, with a blank canvas to start from we were able to apply favorite colors and patterns to create the perfect Valentine. She wanted the wrap to have two prints: hearts for the girls and stripes for the boys. Then adding a ribbon and layered heart tag gave this Valentine its’ wow factor!

I love how adorable the Valentines turned out and how excited this little girl is to share them with her classmates. This is one of those projects that make our job here at Ann Elizabeth so rewarding!

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Valentines dinner/dessert party invitations!

With Valentines approaching why not throw a dinner/dessert party with your favorite peeps. Valentines isn’t just for the love birds I feel it’s a day to show love for the people who mean the most to us. I love the invitations below the colors and sweetness gives the dinner/dessert invites the perfect tone for a delightful dinner. So show your love with a fun sit down dinner and a formal invitation announcing how you want to host Valentines this year.

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Congratulations Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins our January Bride of the Month!

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January 2014: Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins!

Lets bring in the New Year with a whole lot of glitz and glam with this month's bride of the month Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins!

We are excited to feature Bree along with the fact that she planned, organized, and even made her own dress for her fabulous wedding. Bree loves fashion and talks about how she is pursuing a career in wedding planning; so taking on the task of planning her own wedding really showed just how talent she is!

 

The Interview

Bekka: Bree when you came to Ann Elizabeth did you know the style of invitation you wanted?
Bree: I knew I wanted mint green paper and gold foil. I had seen something on Pinterest with that color scheme and I thought it was perfect. I am a planner and I love weddings so I had many ideas and print outs of what I wanted. Ann Elizabeth helped me put everything together perfectly. It was such a stress-free process.

Bekka:  What is your favorite part of your invitation?
Bree: All of it! To this day I wouldn’t change a thing. I LOVE the fonts and the colors. Obviously the gold foil is absolutely stunning. I also loved the envelopes – I know that may sound weird, but the font was SO beautiful.

Bekka:  Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Bree: My invitations were classy but unique and many people said it was their favorite invitation they’d seen. I wanted to add even more of my personal flare to the invitations so I cut strands of navy chiffon (my other wedding color) and tied bows around the invitation and photo. It took a very long time and thankfully I had a lot of help, but it was well worth it in the end.

Bekka:  Did you incorporate any elements from your invitation into the decor of your wedding?
Bree: I had most of my wedding planned well before I was actually engaged. My husband and I had dated since 2005 when we were sophomores in high school, so it was a long time coming. Since wedding planning is a career path I am extremely interested in, the decorations and theme of my wedding was picked out cohesively with my invitation design. My main wedding color was gold with mint green and navy accents. I chose a metallic paper to add a little shimmer (I am a sparkle girl, if you couldn’t tell by my dress) so that, matched with the gold foil, worked magically. I used the same mint cardstock in all of the signs I made.

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Bree: They definitely did!! I feel that when people saw our invitation it not only looked like my husband and my personality but it 100% matched the tone of our wedding. They knew by our invitation that our wedding would be classy and elegant with a touch of sparkle and creativity.

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Bree: It is so extremely easy now to be inspired thanks to Pinterest. I remember years ago when I would clip from bridal magazines and tape them into inspiration journals or save thousands of images on my computer… thankfully those days are gone. There are so many wonderful wedding blogs and inspiration shoots. I created a whole Pinterest account just for my wedding and would re-pin anything and everything I liked. Soon you will start to see a theme in your pins and once you do, the time has come to schedule an appointment with Ann Elizabeth. They will help you design a perfect invitation based on the aspects you most love! Plus, you don’t have to know exactly what you want right away. The font and writing is all picked out through online proofs so you can take your time (if you have it).

Bekka: We love how unique your dress is. How was it making your own wedding gown?
Bree: Designing wedding dresses and formal wear is my passion, which is why I decided to peruse an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology after I graduated high school. Ever since I can remember I had been sketching and accumulating ideas for my wedding. I took the semester off of school to design and make my wedding gown. I started on the bottom half of my gown first because that design was pretty solidified in my head. After countless hours of hand-sewing organza and chiffon flowers with hundreds of beads the skirt part was complete and I was in love! The top proved to be more difficult. I could not pick one idea to stick with. There were so many elements I wanted to incorporate and when I finally designed the final bodice I knew it was the perfect match. I sewed on every bead and rhinestone while catching up on Netflix and missing my fiancé who was interning in another state at the time. After more than 250 hours of labor and over 3,000 beads the dress was complete and it was exactly what I wanted! I am so incredibly grateful for the education I received at FIT that made it possible for me to create my dream wedding gown.

Bekka: Planning a wedding can get overwhelming how did you stay organized and on top of it all?
Bree: Many many many word documents and excel spreadsheets, and my amazing mother and fiancé who were on the receiving end of my excessive emails with thorough instructions of everyone’s to-do list and what needed to get done. I made a big wedding binder with about 15 tabs of every aspect of the wedding and kept all my files there. There were a lot of printed pins and inspiration, multiple budget planning calculations, swatches of fabric, vendor phone numbers, and about one hundred to-do lists. Thanks to my support team and my nine months of wedding planning everything got finished and my wedding day was more perfect than I imagined.

Bekka: Bree thanks for taking the time to talk with us and share the fabulous details of your wedding!

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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 Bree's vendors:

Photography: REBEKAH WESTOVER
Event Design and Planning: Bree Wilkins {the Bride}\Custom Gown and Veil: ABREE ORIGINAL
Hair and Makeup: JANELLE AT VERSA ARTISTRY
Bridesmaids & Maid of Honor Attire: ABREE ORIGINAL and J. CREW
Groom’s custom suit and shirt: DRESS CODE
Floral Design: Bella Fleur
Ceremony Location: Manti Utah LDS Temple
Wedding Invitation: ANN ELIZABETH

 

 

 

 


2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid!

Good-bye 2013’s Emerald Green and hello 2014 color of the year Radiant Orchid! I’m in love with this color choice and all the gorgeous ways to incorporate it into wedding glam. While browsing pinterest I found hundreds of great ways others used tones of purple in their wedding so I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Our amazing ladies at Lily and Iris shared a photo with us, which shows off the gorgeous selection of bridesmaid dresses in radiant orchid. So if you're looking for the perfect dress look no further because they've got it. The beautiful bouquet was skillfully put together by the talented Calie Rose and photographed by Heather Bliss Photography. To see more of my favorite pics check out the 2014 Radiant Orchid pinterest board.

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To new beginnings in the NEW YEAR!

To new beginnings in the NEW YEAR!

If you didn't get your Christmas cards out this year then it isn't to late to send your friends and family a New Years card. Below are some of our more elaborate New Years Eve Party invitations to a simple greeting card for the New Year. Click the link below to browse more samples of great greeting cards. Cheers and Happy Holidays everyone!

http://annelizabeth.com/holiday-cards/photo-holiday-cards/

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Who doesn’t love a great Christmas party!

Who doesn’t love a great Christmas party especially when it’s your company throwing the biggest party of the year! This week I’m sharing some of our favorite holiday party invitations.

In the first group of pictures are two different invites where the company is celebrating the holidays “Vegas Style”. Black and gold colors set the tone and the small booklet itinerary completes the first fabulous invite. The second grouping of pictures is styled more toward the Old Las Vegas era and is my personal favorite!

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I love the peacock pattern in the next grouping; it gives such a festive look for this companies holiday party. The band is the perfect touch saying "VA PRO Christmas 2010" on the front and holds the RSVP on the inside.

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The next invitation is a classic with snowflake patterns and colors of blue and silver. The message is simple “Christmas Party” with a pre gathering before being escorted to an elegant restaurant for dinner.

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If you're looking for unique custom invitations look no further our team of experts can help you create a look perfect for your event!


Congratulations Shannon Simpson-Meron our December Bride of the Month!

headerDecember 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.

The Interview

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!

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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