I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty smitten with this shoot. Janelle from Flowers by Janie and I had planned a styled wedding shoot to feature some of her beautiful winter blooms but this project had a unique twist. Janelle and her husband Oscar were the bride and groom and renewed their vows at Spray Lakes to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. They share a love of the mountains so choosing The Rockies as a backdrop was a no-brainer. As we were planning, Janelle mentioned how watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” is an annual tradition for them. For the personal touch, we included a hint of the holidays and a nod to the classic Christmas film.
Our love story began in the Andes. We met and were married in La Paz, Bolivia, 5 years ago. It was very symbolic to be able to renew our vows at Spray Lakes in the Rockies, near our new home in Calgary. The day included elements from “It’s a Wonderful Life”, our favorite Christmas movie. We enjoy the romance between the lead characters, George and Mary, including their honeymoon in the run down home they will fix up. They don’t have much money but love is more important to them than material possessions. And George’s proposal is so romantic…”I’ll give you the moon, Mary”.
If you’re a fan of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” you’ll remember George’s housewarming toast:
“Bread, that this house may never know hunger. Salt, that life may always have flavor. And wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”
A big thank you to all of the vendors who made this day so special for Janelle & Oscar!
Bridal gown: Blush by Hayley Paige from The Bridal Boutique
Bride’s hair & make-up: The Pretty Haus
Tuxedo: Ed Williams Menswear
Custom Paper Details: Stevie & Bean Paperie
Floral design: Flowers by Janie
Spray Lakes vow renewal styled and photographed by Calgary Wedding Photographer – Tara Whittaker
These photos are absolutely stunning Tara! Oscar & I had so much fun being the bride & groom for our shoot! Thank you for surprising us with the beautiful vow renewal too! And our many thanks goes to the wonder team of Calgary wedding vendors who teamed up to make the day so special! Merry Christmas!
It was a special one for me too Janelle!!!