My Wedding Blog

by: Natalie Dyson

Rustic Italian Wedding

Rustic Italian Wedding

Last year I got the pleasure of working with Joanne Hobbs of Joanne Hobbs Photography on an amazing photo shoot. It was the first time my mother and I put our creative minds together.  We wanted the concept to be rustic with an Italian feel. Hence all the bottles of wine. The night before and day of was spent preparing the food that was inspired by all my findings on Pinterest. There was lots of cheese, breads, fruit and even seafood. I have to admit that the best part about the shoot was getting to eat all this delicious food. Here we were hanging out in someone’s backyard and there IT was, a unique fire pit speaking to me. I knew I had to use it as a prop somehow. I had brought tones of flowers with me, lots of candles and all I could think about was snuggling up with my loved one, glass of wine in hand and a beautiful fire keeping us warm. The models where great, a true couple in love. I think we may have freaked him out a little, seeing his girlfriend in a wedding dress and the whole wedding vibe might have made him a little nervous, but after a few kisses and some laughs they both did great. I had the pleasure of once again working with Christine from Stagecoach Design and Event Rentals. Beautiful flower created by me, Natalie with Lighthouse Wedding Coordinator. I think I did a good job! I love creating this concept with my mom. We had an idea of how and what we wanted but we didn’t... read more
Kristina Felker Photography

Kristina Felker Photography

I met this lady over the summer and she did a fabulous job capturing such a unique wedding. The best part was I had the pleasure of getting to know her. A well-travelled and diverse in many cultures, she is easy going, to the point and a ball of fun. I could sit and listen to her stories all night long. You should ask her the 3 languages she can speak. A beautiful wife and great mother this Edmonton based photographer is none other than Kristina Felker or Kristina Felker photography. (http://www.kristinafelkerphotography.com/)     Kristina was born in Germany and her love of travel has taken her all over the world. Through her travels, she found her passion for photography. She’s been to places such as Singapore, France and Switzerland. After a couple months through Australia, she decided to come visit our beautiful country Canada. Who could pass up coming to visit Canada? And here is where she has made her home. She found her true love, decided to set up some roots and had a beautiful child.  Today, we get to experience and see a piece of this lovely lady with every picture that she shares. Not only is she a professional in her art, but is also always there to lend a hand and help with whatever comes up. She loves to share her experiences and teach her peers what she learned. I cannot wait to pay it forward this January as I help her at The Bridal Fantasy Show. (www.bridalfantasy.com) Keep following Lighthouse Wedding on Facebook for dates and booth number and come visit Kristina Felker... read more
The Secret to a Stress Free Wedding Day

The Secret to a Stress Free Wedding Day

Staying organized is a sure key to a successful wedding day and it’s important to create yourself a detailed timeline for the day of. Why? This allows everyone involved from wedding party to vendors to be on the same page. Of course none of it is written in stone and things may take a little longer but it gives everyone an understanding of how the day is going to go. This is also a great avenue to open communication with your vendors and see what amount of time they need as well. You don’t want to be disappointed when you walk into your reception and your DJ is still setting up because someone thought it was a good idea for them to show up ½ hour before cocktail when it takes them at least 1 hour to set. Your vendors are the expert of their own art and are a great source of information. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You should be starting to put your timeline together about 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding day and shared with everyone involved by rehearsal time.       Tip #1: First things first – Getting ready is probably going to be the first thing on your timeline. Depending on how many bridesmaids you have will depend on how long it’s going to take and how early you are going to get up that day. When the hair stylist arrives, have them start with your bridesmaids. This way when your photographer arrives they will be able to catch those last minute “getting ready” shots and you the bride will look... read more
Melanie Bennett Photography

Melanie Bennett Photography

This amazing lady is new a mom, great friend, and talented in front and behind the camera. I first met her through a picture. I know, it sounds really weird! She was the model on a concept shoot and I totally swooned over her head piece and how beautiful she was. She then popped up again but this time, it wasn’t a concept shoot, she wasn’t the model, she was THE bride. Needless to say, I fell in love with those images as well. When I found out she also worked behind the camera, I instantly wanted to work with her. I made it a goal and put it on my bucket list of photographers I wanted to work with.     Who am I talking about? Melanie of Melanie Bennett Photography.     Her inner beauty radiates, her laughter is contagious and it all shine through in her outer beauty. The saying that big things come in small package is totally true. Before making her home in Drayton Valley, I had the pleasure of working with her on Brigitte and Tim’s wedding. She is simply a joy to be around and it was an honor to see her at work and in her element. I think it’s very important that a couple gets to know their photographer and a good way to do that is during the engagement session. You will find Melanie easy to talk to, down to earth and you’ll feel right at ease being around her. Her style is very laid back, but she also knows the shot she want to get. Melanie’s keen eye... read more
Key Elements for a Successful Wedding Day

Key Elements for a Successful Wedding Day

If you’re simply beginning to plan your wedding, then it’s worth keeping this post in mind as you develop and settle your plans. And if your big day is around the corner, then hopefully it’ll reassert the plans you already have in place. Whatever style or size you’re coming up with, these ingredients stay constant. They must be the basis for everything, the foundations to a rock solid wedding day and therefore the things that you just simply shouldn’t ignore. Whether or not you’re going for an easygoing, rustic wedding or choosing a classically elegant affair, these fundamentals still apply. So, if you’re aiming for a successful day, keep these key elements in mind. A Well-Thought Out and Organized Wedding Day Schedule Amongst the thrill of selecting your gown, booking your honeymoon and attending your menu tasting, talking about schedules is probably the least appealing topic. Your wedding day schedule is one of the most essential elements that you should not overlook. A rigorously planned and well thought out schedule can give you the opportunity to notice whether something remains unfinished, that nothing is forgotten and can make certain, in advance, that your party and vendors are well aware of the who’s, what’s and where’s to your wedding day. If everybody is aware of the schedule and plan, then nobody should be asking you of any last-minute questions that could add pressure and stress on your big day. A very important tip would be to start creating your schedule at least 6-8 weeks before your wedding, as this may provide you with plenty of time to gather all of the necessary information needed, consult with... read more
“To Weather Out” the Cold Winter Weddings

“To Weather Out” the Cold Winter Weddings

It’s November and fall is almost over, you must have put away those Halloween decorations and are starting to think about Christmas. One thing is for sure – the weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and the snow is about to fly. As winter approaches, you might wonder how one plans a winter wedding without concentrating too much on the cold, possible snow storm and or guest that may not be able to travel. Edmonton is well known for the weather to be unpredictable and there is nothing we can do about it, so how about we don’t concentrate on that at all! A winter wedding can be as beautiful and elegant as any other season. Depending on the couple and how adventurous they want to be, the backdrop of winter can create amazing photo opportunities.     Some saving tips for choosing your wedding flowers is always try to pick what is in season. Some of my favorites ~The Gerbera because you have so many colors to choose from ~ The Orchid is very versatile for décor and long-lasting ~ The Phlox colors are wonderful and their scent captivating ~ The Protea flower is very exotic looking ~ The Statice is it an herb or is it a flower? It very much resembles lavender in its purple form. With winter weddings, try to think outside the box. You can pair any of these beautiful flowers with Evergreens, Pepper berry or acorn to create a fuller more dramatic wedding bouquet.     It might be cold outside but have your guest walk into a beautiful venue... read more

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