Calgary Micro wedding

June 3, 2020

couple at Quarry Lake wedding captured by Canmore wedding photographer Tara Whittaker

I believe it was C.S. Lewis who said “there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” 2020 has certainly rolled in on a big wave a change hasn’t it? What are some of the new things that you’re seeing? How about zoom and curbside pick-up?  One new term I’m hearing more and more is the micro wedding.  Have you heard this too?

bride and groom at their Canmore micro wedding captured by Tara Whittaker Photography bride after her wedding at Quarry Lake in Canmore captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

What is a micro wedding?

Brides defines a micro wedding as “an intimate affair, typically with no more than 50 guests. They still feature time-honored traditions that make a wedding but on a much smaller scale”.

While you may have to make adjustments, you can still inject your own style, personality and charm.  If I may, I’d like to add a few tips on planning a Calgary micro wedding.  

bride and groom kiss at their Creekside Villa wedding captured by Tara Whittaker Photography 

Turn to the professionals

Celebrate your dream day in a way that’s relaxed and more non-traditional.  Turn to a wedding planner to assist with the logistics of your day.  For example, good planners keep abreast on current closures, social distancing requirements and guidelines for group gatherings. They can also recommend venues that have availability and are accommodating micro weddings in Calgary and the Rockies.  

Lobby of Creekside Villa, a Canmore wedding venue captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

This Creekside Villa wedding is featured in this post.

bride and groom embrace at their intimate Canmore wedding captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Don’t sacrifice the beauty

In addition to managing the logistics, many planners offer event design and styling services.  Every element of your day can be carefully curated acccording to your unique vision.  Taking a more minimalistic approach leaves you with funds left over for sentimental details.  Consider romantic, seasonal florals or one-of-a-kind stationery.

 Just married after a Calgary micro wedding captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

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Wedding florals by Sweet Bloom at a micro wedding in Calgary captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Make lovely memories

It’s my pleasure to provide a way for couples to relive their day. My goal it to help you remember it, just as it was. I have a few options for couples planning a micro wedding in Calgary.

Joy Curated Elopements

I’m pleased to be collaborating with two talented professionals to offer a curated elopement package.

206 Event Co.

Two hours of logistics work, design consultation and ceremony styling with 206 Event Co.

Sweet Bloom Floral Design

A designer’s choice bouquet & boutonnière using seasonal blossoms from Sweet Bloom.

Tara Whittaker Photography

1.5 hours of contactless wedding coverage with high resolution images.

If you’d prefer an outdoor location but would like to stay closer to the city, our team has access to three rural properties within 45 minutes of Calgary. Think lazy rivers, rolling hills and pillars of sandstone.  The property owners have generously given permission to hold intimate ceremonies at these spectacular, unspoiled locations.  No travel fees required to these locations

Joy curated elopements are available on weekdays and select weekend dates. The package can be customized to include floral installations, decor or the services of a local officiant. Contact the studio for pricing and availability.  

A special offer

Finally, if the micro wedding appeals but you’d like additional photography time, consider my original elopement package.  This has been a popular pick for couples flying in for destination weddings. For a limited time, this package includes 4 hours of photography (previously 3 hrs).  Even if you’re planning a larger celebration but need to trim your photography budget, 4 hours of coverage could allow me to capture essential moments.  With a well-planned timeline, I could photograph your ceremony, family portraits, bridal party and formals.  In this post I provide a sample timeline from a recent wedding at Alforno.  Reach out if you have any questions because I’m happy to help.

Calgary Micro wedding captured by Calgary Wedding Photographer – Tara Whittaker