|Gia and Miguel met in the Spring of 2002. They were both in high school and had shared mutual friends, but did not meet until attending a friend’s barbecue. After talking the entire night, Miguel walked Gia home. Ever since that night they have been inseparable.
Years later, they moved to Calgary together for work and school. Unbeknownst to Gia, Miguel had already asked her parents for their blessing to marry. He surprised her with an evening of dinner and relaxation at the Banff Hot Springs. Having the entire hot springs alone for just the two of them that night, Miguel got down on bended knee, and proposed with the most stunning Canadian diamond engagement ring from Birks. Combined with the gorgeous scenery of Banff, Gia could not have imagined a more special night!
(WedLuxe:) Was there a specific theme or mood you were trying to to achieve on your wedding day?
(Gia:) “We both prefer an elegant, understated style. We wanted a classic, traditional look for the décor that was modern, yet warm and inviting. We incorporated these preferences into the planning of the details, and overall went for a timeless look.”
What was your favourite design detail?
“Two details stand out for us in particular. First, we chose a neutral colour palette of white, ivory, cream, and champagne, but included hints of one of our favourite colours, navy blue. We wanted to include navy blue into the wedding, without too much emphasis, so we added it to important details such as the bridesmaid dresses, our stationary font, ribbon on the boutonnières and bouquets, and on our monogrammed cookie favours. Second, taking inspiration from the tied bow on my dress, we incorporated bows throughout the wedding, including on our invitations, the ribbon on my bouquet, the favour boxes, and on our beautiful cake.”
How did you personalize your wedding day?
“St. Andrew Church holds a special place in our hearts, which is why we chose it for our ceremony. My maternal nana, who is no longer with us, used to attend St. Andrew. We were very close and it was important to us that her spirit be a part of our wedding day. I could feel her there throughout the day! ”
What was your biggest splurge during the planning process?
“We had spent considerable time planning and perfecting every aspect of the day, so we wanted to make sure we had beautiful pictures. Therefore, it was no question that we wanted to have the perfect photographer! Alex from lifeimages was our biggest splurge, but we knew that with him, we would have stunning pictures for years to come that captured not only the fine details and elements of the wedding, but also the emotions and mood of the day. We could not thank Alex enough for all of his hard work on a particularly hot and humid day! He really went above and beyond to capture the day, and we cannot say enough about his professionalism and talent. ”
What was the most luxurious aspect of your wedding?
“By far the most luxurious aspect of our wedding was the location of our reception. We had looked at many venues, but knew instantly when we went to the Burlington Golf and Country Club that it was the perfect location to provide a luxurious and serene feel to our wedding. The large windows spanning two walls overlooking Burlington Bay provided the perfect reception backdrop. The view just took our breath away! ”
Gia’s bouquet was made up of large white garden roses, open white freesia, ivory spray roses and champagne sahara roses. Pauline [of My Bouquet] suggested tying the bouquets with complementary ivory satin ribbon.
“Pauline was extremely professional throughout the planning process, and really listened to what we wanted for the look of our flowers. She exceeded all of our expectations!” -Gia
Bobbette and Belle created a four-tiered vanilla cake with passion fruit buttercream, and it was covered in fondant. Each person was also given two sugar cookies printed with a navy blue edible monogram, packaged in small off-white boxes with fine embossed detailing and tied with a satin navy blue ribbon.
“Allyson and Sarah [of Bobbette and Belle] were so helpful through the planning process, and met with us a couple of times to ensure every detail was perfect! The cake was show-stopping and elegant-exactly what we wanted. It tasted amazing!” -Gia
Photography by: lifeimages.
Reception Venue: Burlington Golf and Country Club
Planning: La Fete Weddings
Bride’s gown: ‘Jewel’ by Priscilla of Boston from Pearl Bridal House
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale from Pearl Bridal House
Hair Styling & Makeup: Kori from Mynt Hair Studio in Oakville and Sherry Vanstone
Groom’s Formal Wear: Hugo Boss
Floral: My Bouquet
Additional rentals: Simply Beautiful Decor (chairs & cushions)
Cake and favor sugar cookies: Bobbette & Belle Artisanal Pastries
Invitations: Plush Invitations (Calgary)
Entertainment: Michael Coombs Entertainment
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