Whitetail Wedding Gala – Save The Date

Save the date for the Whitetail Wedding Gala!

We are so excited to be the official wedding planners at the Whitetail Meadow Wedding Gala! We are in the midst of planning all of the details – stay tuned for the full list of vendors and exciting details for a wedding event like no other at this gorgeous Manitoba wedding venue. 

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Canad Inns Club Regent Wedding – Cherry-Mae & Jay-R

Once in a while, a wedding comes along that is so much fun! Cherry-Mae and Jay-R’s Canad Inns Club Regent wedding was just that.

These two are so in love, and I could see it from the first day I met with them. The entire day reflected their fun personalities and deep love for each other.

The day started with a beautiful ceremony at Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and ended in celebration at the Canad Inns Club Regent Hotel. Every detail was glam, glam, glam. They wanted their guests to be blown away when they walked into the reception – with the spectacular decor and dramatic wedding cake – their vision definitely came to life!

Enjoy these images by Rygiel Photography & Video, and you can also check out their wedding highlight video here.

Vendors:

Photographer   Rygiel Photography & Video
Ceremony Venue   Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
Venue   Canad Inns Club Regent
Flowers & Decor   Just_in Couture
Cake   Sugar Blooms and Cakes Inc.
Candy Buffet   DR5 Photo Booth
Hair & Makeup   Geoff Amanonce & Alanna Shea
Transportation   Ruby’s Limousine
Officiant   Colleen Olafson
Ceremony Music   Armadillo String Quartet
DJ   Crystal Sound
Mirror Photo Booth   LS Mirror Booth Studio

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2018 Year in Review – Winnipeg Wedding Planner

2018 was an amazing year here at Divine Weddings! Beautiful weddings, fabulous styled shoots, and lots of fun in between. 

We started the year off at The Wonderful Wedding Show in January. It was so fun meeting new brides and grooms, and showing off our Peridot styled shoot for the show’s VIB magazine.

You can see the feature here VIB Magazine

Check out our feature Peridot Styled Shoot and the video Peridot Video

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Ally Papko Photography

We got to hang out at the Hitch ‘n Post in June for their annual Open House. We had a blast with all of the vendors and we even threw a few axes in the axe throwing booth! Check out the entire feature here.

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Megan Steen Photography

We adore styled shoots! Planning and designing an entire look and working with amazing vendors is so much fun. We headed out to Hawthorn Estates earlier this year and helped to create this STUNNING styled shoot – greenery, pretty florals, elegant calligraphy, and two gorgeous models. You can’t ask for anything better! Take a look at the stunning images here.

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Xandra Photography

A few times a year we work with Crown Royal in Gimli to plan their media tours. Two day events to schmooze media type folks and educate them on the Crown Royal products. Always a good time, we enjoy creating fabulous events for them and building on the Crown Royal brand. 

Check out this year’s event! Day 1 here and Day 2 here

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blfStudios

Willow Grove Orchard is the cutest little venue out in Argyle, Manitoba. We headed out there in July for Kayleigh and Brandon’s gorgeous summer wedding day, and to say it was gorgeous is an understatement! You have to see these stunning images! Take a look here

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Megan Steen Photography

Such an exquisite wedding day! Wajihah and Jason were married at the Heritage Centre in Niverville and then celebrated with a reception at Whitetail Meadow. Check out their same day edit below from Michael J. Scott Productions.

Weddings at The Forks are always my fave! Rebecca and Sean exchanged marriage vows at the picturesque Oodena Circle and then the party moved over to the Inn at the Forks. You can check out their feature here

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Winnipeg Wedding Photographers Collective

Are you ready for some serious wedding eye candy? Renee and Carson’s Whitetail Meadow wedding has gobs and gobs of pretty goodness. It was such a great summer wedding day. See it here.

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Charmaine Mallari Photography

We always love weddings at Ashgrove Acres, and we spent quite a bit of time there this past summer! Jess and Eric’s wedding day was a gorgeous combination of happy and beautiful 🙂 See the entire stunning feature here

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Ally Papko Photography

Fun, fun, fun! Cherry-Mae and Jay-R had the most fun (and freakin’ gorgeous) wedding day at Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. Their wedding feature will be coming to the blog next week, but in the meantime, click here to see their wedding video by Rygiel Photography & Video.

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Rygiel Photography & Video

Like I said, we spent a lot of time at Ashgrove Acres this summer! Lorissa and Dan’s pretty little rustic wedding had it all! An absolutely gorgeous summer wedding with tons of pretty details! See it here.

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Pantel Photography

We always love working at new venues, and this past summer we got to plan a wedding at Camp Manitou. Such a unique venue! The perfect spot for Stephanie and Andrew’s wedding day – just wait till you see the magical wedding ceremony nestled in the forest. Amazing! Take a look here

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Izabela Rachwal Photography

When you get to work with friends, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that. I’ve been buds with Alex and Chad for a few years now and I couldn’t be happier to help them with their fabulous fall wedding day. If you are ready to have your creative minds blown, check out their feature here

Kassandra Donaldson Photography

We ended 2018 in style yesterday! Thanks to Whitney Dianne for this fabulous shot of these two lovebirds ringing in the New Year! Stay tuned to see images from this awesome NYE wedding on the blog in the coming weeks! 

Happy New Year everyone!

Whitney Dianne

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Whitetail Meadow Wedding – Renee & Carson

Whitetail Meadow is a new wedding venue that opened up this year, so we were pretty pumped to have our first wedding there in August.

Not only is Whitetail Meadow a gorgeous venue, but working with Renne and Carson was a dream. They are such beautiful people, inside and out, and it really showed on their wedding day. From beginning to end, the entire day flowed so nicely and everything turned out beautifully.

The Floral Fixx rocked the florals once again! And the cupcakes, you have to see these cupcakes by Tanya Porcher! So pretty. And of course the beautiful bride – her dress was so gorgeous!

As we are wrapping up our last wedding of 2018 (it’s a NYE wedding, and it’s going to be awesome), it’s nice to reflect on all of the beautiful weddings we were able to be a part of this past year. Looking forward to our 2019 weddings, and a few at Whitetail Meadow. Can’t wait!

Enjoy these stunning images by Charmaine Mallari, and thanks to all these vendors for helping to make Renee and Carson’s wedding so amazing!

Vendors:

Photographer   Charmaine Mallari Photography
Venue   Whitetail Meadow
Caterer  Smokin Prairie
Flowers   The Floral Fixx
Rentals   C & T Event Rentals
Linens   Simply Perfect Decor
Cake   Something About Cake
Cupcakes   Tanya Porcher
Hair   Salon Venator
Makeup   Primped & Polished
Transportation   Oak Bluff Limo
Officiant   Cyndy Warkentin
DJ   Crystal Sound

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Grö Greenhouse Wedding – Alex & Chad

I have been bursting at the seams waiting to share this wedding with you all! Alex and Chad are not just fab clients – they are also the FUNNEST people and have been friends of mine for the last few years. So I was over the moon excited to help them with their big day!

Alex and Chad wanted a unique venue and came across Grö Greenhouse – such an amazing location! Greenhouse in the summer, amazing wedding venue in the fall! The clear glass walls and ceiling made it the perfect spot for their day. They were also able to host their ceremony on the property which was ideal.

Alex’s mom Beverly is a creative wizard and created many of the decor items, including the flower wall and even the light up LOVE letters on the dance floor. Amazing! I loved all the wooden tables and benches too – warmed up the space nicely. The room came alive after sunset and created magical ambiance with the string lights on the ceiling.

Every teeny tiny bit of this wedding has gobs full of gorgeousness – including the bride and groom. Such stunners! I love Chad’s suit and tie, and Alex’s dress and flower crown were absolute show stoppers! Yum-oh! You’ll see in the photos below…stunning.

Congrats my friends. It was an incredible pleasure working with you both!

Vendors:

Photographer   Kassandra Donaldson Photography
Venue   Grö Greenhouse
Caterer  Urban Prairie Cuisine
Flowers   Fache Florals
Stationery & Table Numbers   Tiny Mighty Moments
Tables and Benches   The Last Limb Woodworking & Event Rentals
Table Runners   Outta SITE Event Services & Decor
Dishware/Glassware   C & T Event Rentals
Cake & Donuts   Sweet Impressions Bakery
Photo Booth   Kreating Smiles Photobooth
Transportation   Tony’s Team Transport
DJ   Cole Selin

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Ashgrove Acres Wedding – Lorissa & Dan

A touch of rustic, gobs of pretty, and a whole lot of love. Lorissa and Dan’s wedding at Ashgrove Acres was the perfect mix of everything you need for the loveliest of summer weddings.

Ashgrove Acres has never been so pretty – between the gorgeous flowers, perfect rustic details, and the most stunning bride ever, it was an absolute delight to have been a part of this day. Lorissa and Dan made it so easy – chill and relaxed and surrounded by so much love. It was an amazing day.

Are you ready for all this prettiness? Enjoy these gorgeous images by Pantel Photography!

Vendors:

Photographer   Pantel Photography
Venue   Ashgrove Acres
Caterer   Urban Prairie Cuisine
Flowers   The Flower House
Linens   Let’s Celebrate Rentals
DJ   Crystal Sound
Officiant   Brenda McConaghy
Ceremony Music   Garrett Neiles
Hair   HQ Style Lounge
Makeup   Myüz Makeup Artistry & Esthetics
Wedding Cake   Jani Hutchinson
Videographer   Caitlin McCormick

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Winnipeg Corporate Event – Crown Royal Media Tour – Day 2

The yearly Crown Royal event is always a two day event, and is always an amazing time. Day one was held in Gimli, home of the Crown Royal plant. Day two is always held in Winnipeg, and this year was held at Cibo Waterfront Cafe.

To see pics from Day 1 click here. To see images from the last Crown Royal event, click here.

Cibo is such a cool space! It was the perfect location for day two. The chef created amazing food that paired perfectly with the craft cocktails. Guests enjoyed live music, appetizers, a delicious meal and cocktails, along with a whisky tasting of the Crown Royal whiskies.

Thanks again to these awesome vendors!

Vendors:

Photographer   blfStudios
Location   Cibo Waterfront Cafe
Flowers & Decor   The Floral Fixx
Glassware & Charger Plates   C&T Event Rentals
Bartending & Craft Cocktails   The Bee’s Knees Bar Services
Brass Vases   Something Borrowed
Lighting   Eventlight.ca
Music   Garry the Guitarist:

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Gimli Corporate Event – Crown Royal Media Tour – Day 1

Every year we get to work with the folks at Crown Royal to plan their media tour. A two day event to schmooze journalists and writers, and show off the Crown Royal Product.

Day one took us out to Gimli for a tour of the Crown Royal plant, a helicopter ride over Gimli, ending with a lakeside soirée on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. There were craft cocktails, a delicious dinner, and ice carving demos. And no lakeside party would be complete without a campfire and yummy marshmallows to toast.

I always look forward to the Crown Royal events. They are a fab bunch to work with and I always have so much fun working with the vendors to bring together an amazing event.

Check out the blog tomorrow for photos of Day 2!

Vendors:

Photographer   blfStudios
Location   Harbour Hill
Caterer  Chef Rob
Flowers   The Floral Fixx
Tent Rental   BASH Event Tents
Rentals   C&T Event Rentals
Dishware   Party Stuff
Bartending & Craft Cocktails   The Bee’s Knees Bar Services
Brass Vases   Something Borrowed
Lighting   Eventlight.ca
Music   Keith Macpherson
Barrels   Paul’s Containers
Ice Sculpture Demo   John Wade
S’mores   Folk + Fire
Portable Washrooms   King’s Services

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Winnipeg Wedding Video – Canad Inns Club Regent – Cherry-Mae & Jay-R

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Our Favourite Bridal Images

We’ve seen our share of beautiful brides over the years, and we are so lucky to be able to work with the most amazing wedding photographers in Winnipeg to capture these stunning brides.

Here are some of our favourite bridal images.

This shot of Samara by Sugar and Soul Photography is breathtaking with the prairie sky and fields in the background. To see more of this gorgeous outdoor wedding click here.

winnipeg wedding photographerPhoto by Sugar and Soul Photography  |  Bouquet by Earth Buds

Photographer Peggy from Winnipeg Wedding Photographers Collective captured the beautiful Rebecca perfectly against the Winnipeg sky. Check out their wedding at The Forks here.

winnipeg wedding photographerPhoto by Winnipeg Wedding Photographers Collective  |  Bouquet by Randall Klaprat

This entire vintage look gives me all the heart eyes! Kayleigh looked gorgeous on her wedding day and Megan Steen captured every gorgeous detail. See this Willow Grove Orchard wedding here.

winnipeg wedding photographerPhoto by Megan Steen Photography  |  Bouquet by The Floral Fixx

I love when photographers use natural elements to get the perfect shot. This image of Jessica at Fort Whyte Alive is stunning! See more beautiful images here.

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This is another example of a photographer using natural elements – and the way Ally Papko used the branches to frame Jess perfectly in this shot is so gorgeous. See more of this Ashgrove Acres wedding here.

winnipeg wedding photographerPhoto by Ally Papko Photography  |  Flowers by Timeless Florals

Courtney was such a gorgeous bride, it was hard to pick just one photo of her that I love. See more of this beauty and her wedding at The Rustic Wedding Barn here.

winnipeg wedding photographerPhoto by Billy Economou Photography   |  Flowers by Fache Florals

Another beautiful bride and another amazing photographer. Stephanie made Izabela Rachwal’s job very easy I am sure. Check out this awesome wedding at Camp Manitou here.

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I love this shot of bride Amber at her wedding in Clear Lake. Beautiful! Click here to see more of this Canada Day lake wedding.

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Beautiful Alex – not only a gorgeous bride but an awesome Winnipeg wedding photographer herself (Xandra Photography). Her bud Kassandra Donaldson captured this stunning image! See more here.

winnipeg wedding photographerPhoto by Kassandra Donaldson  |  Flower Crown by Fache Florals

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Radisson Hotel Wedding Sneak Peek

Kelly and Cole were married at the Radisson Hotel last month, and I really can’t say enough about how awesome it was to work with these two amazing people!

We work so hard to make every couple’s wedding day as spectacular as possible, and when they are over the moon happy and go out of their way to send us a thank-you message, it makes all of the hard work worth it.

“I need to text you! Firstly, I owe my life to you. Thank you so much. Today is my first day back to work and the whole office is raving about the day. You made it perfect for us. Thank you so much for everything. And for everything you did that I don’t even know about!” ~Kelly

Check out a sneak peek of this amazing day by visiting the blog post from their fab photographer Michael Scorr Photography.

Full post of photos coming to the blog soon!

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

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Ashgrove Acres Wedding – Jess & Eric

We always love working with Ashgrove Acres – such a beautiful country wedding venue. So we were thrilled when Jess and Eric chose it to tie the knot.

Everything about this wedding was F-U-N. From the bride’s green sneakers to the lawn games at cocktail hour, Jess and Eric wanted to have a day that truly reflected their style and showed their guests a great time – mission accomplished I’d say!

I adored the colour palette that Jess chose. Deep green, black and white with natural touches. The natural green grounds of Ashgrove Acres provided the perfect backdrop! It was really the perfect venue for this awesome couple.

Congrats to Jess and Eric and big thanks to all the vendors that made it such an amazing day for them both.

Vendors:

Photographer   Ally Papko Photography
Venue   Ashgrove Acres
Caterer  King Cole Catering
Flowers   Timeless Florals
Linens   Madeline’s Weddings
Cake   Rhonda Boileau
Band   Uncle Buck Band
Officiant   Marla Merasty
Hair   Kristine Carino
Makeup   Feana Hanin
Cocktail Hour Games   All Fun and Games
Photo Booth   Signature Photo Magnet
Nacho Bar   Set The Bar

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Sneak Peek – Greenhouse Wedding

A few weeks ago we got to spend a chilly Saturday with two of the most awesome people! Chad and Alex were married at an AMAZING location – Grö Greenhouse. Such a unique venue!

Check out these sneak peeks from their ah-mazing photographer Kassandra Donaldson and stay tuned to see the rest of the images from this gorgeous wedding!

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Wedding at The Forks – Rebecca and Sean

I love weddings at The Forks – the Oodena Circle is such a unique location for a wedding ceremony, and Inn at the Forks is a top notch wedding venue. With both locations being so close to one another, it’s the perfect one-stop local for a beautiful Winnipeg wedding.

I had the amazing pleasure of working with Rebecca and Sean to bring together their wedding at The Forks this summer. Not only are they super nice people, but they are so darn cute together! I was so happy to be a part of such an amazing day.

We also got to work with Peggy from Winnipeg Wedding Photographers Collective, which is always fun. Check out her amazing images below!

Vendors:

Photographer  Winnipeg Wedding Photographers Collective
Ceremony Venue   The Oodena Circle
Reception Venue  Inn at the Forks
Flowers   Randall Klaprat
Decor   Dream Day Decor
Ceremony Chairs   C & T Rentals
Ceremony Violinists   Carolyn & Michael Scholz
Band   The Solutions
Officiant   Larry Ulrich
Desserts   Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company
Hair   Samantha James Hair Design
Makeup   2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup

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Wedding Venue Spotlight – Bridges Golf Course

Today on the blog I want to spotlight one of my favourite wedding venues, Bridges Golf Course.

This gem of a venue is located about half an hour west of Winnipeg, nestled in the community of Starbuck. With gorgeous sprawling grounds, a timber frame reception space, and the ideal location for an outdoor wedding ceremony, Bridges Golf Course has everything you need for your beautiful wedding day.

I am always impressed with their exceptional service, and how great it is working with everyone over at Bridges. They are always so helpful and make coordinating the wedding day a breeze!

Bridges has it all, including a gorgeous green space designed specifically for wedding ceremonies. It’s the perfect spot for you to say I Do in the outdoors, complete with a stone stage and a backdrop of towering trees.

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Not only are the sprawling grounds gorgeous (it is a golf course after all), but the iconic bridge is a must stop for wedding photos.

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And of course, there is the reception space – a beautiful timber frame room with wrought iron chandeliers and wall to wall windows that allow scenic views of the beautiful grounds.

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Willow Grove Orchard Wedding – Kayleigh & Brandon

We had such an amazing summer here at Divine Weddings – so many awesome weddings and THE BEST clients!

Kayleigh and Brandon were no exception. These two lovebirds tied the knot back in July at Willow Grove Orchard in Argyle, Manitoba. The cutest little rustic piece of wedding goodness you have ever seen! Every inch of this space was perfect for Kayleigh and Brandon’s country wedding – from the rustic barn to the outdoor bar area – it’s filled with quaint country charm. Megan Steen Photography captured all the beautiful details perfectly!

These two are so in love – it was such a pleasure working with them to create this amazing day for them and their young son.

Congrats Kayleigh and Brandon, and big thanks to the vendors for making this day so freakin’ awesome!

Vendors:

Photographer  Megan Steen Photography
Venue   Willow Grove Orchard
Caterer  All Seasons Catering
Flowers   The Floral Fixx
Decor   Planned Perfectly
Favours   Folk + Fire
DJ  Ricky Ramdath
Officiant   Colleen Olafson
Hair & Makeup   MADE Beauty Co.
Wedding Dress   David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses   Revelry
Suits   Moores Clothing

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Camp Manitou Wedding – Stephanie and Andrew

Camp Manitou is a hidden gem in Winnipeg. Nestled in the trees alongside the Assiniboine River – the 28 acres of dreamy forest area was the perfect spot for Stephanie and Andrew to say I do!

And when I say dreamy, I mean DREAMY! The gorgeous outdoor ceremony was tucked away in the forest like something in a movie. Take a look for yourself – the images by Izabela Rachwal captured the pure magic of this amazing location.

The entire day was such a celebration and we were so happy to be a part of it. Congrats Stephanie and Andrew!

Vendors:

Photographer  Izabela Rachwal Photography
Venue   Camp Manitou
Caterer  Blue Haze Barbeque
Flowers   Oak & Lily
Decor Rentals   C & T Event Rentals
Dishware   Party Stuff
Lighting   Eventlight.ca
Officiant   Marry Me Hunnie
Ceremony Music   Jamie Buckboro
Band   The Pink Socks
Bartending   On Tap Bartending
Hair   Grace Hill Salon
Makeup   JC Makeup Artistry & Inspired Touch Artistry

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Whitetail Meadow Sneak Peek

We got to hang out at Whitetail Meadow in Niverville this past weekend with Renee and Carson for their stunning wedding! What an amazing day with some pretty amazing vendors!

Whitetail Meadow is such a stellar wedding venue! Looking forward to more weddings at this gorgeous place! Floral Fixx rocked the florals – those centrepieces! LOVE! Tanya Porcher created the most incredibly detailed cupcakes! And then Charmaine Mallari – photographer extraordinaire – sent me over these little sneak peek tidbits today that I just couldn’t wait to share with you all. Absolutely gorgeous images!

Thanks to all the vendors involved for giving Renee and Carson the best day ever! Keep checking back for the full feature of this breathtaking wedding.

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Fave Outdoor Winnipeg Wedding Photo Locations

While planning your wedding, you will eventually have to decide where to take your wedding photos. In a previous post, we talked about our favourite indoor wedding photo locations in Winnipeg – you can read it here. Today I am sharing my favourite outdoor wedding photo locations.

Winnipeg has so many beautiful outdoor spaces to take your wedding photos – here are my faves!

Stephen Juba Park

My absolute fave, Stephen Juba Park on the Waterfront right next to the Exchange District is the perfect spot for outdoor wedding photos in Winnipeg. The perfect spot for your first look photos and enough space to bring the entire wedding party, it’s green space makes it a gorgeous stop on your wedding photo list. Best of all…it’s free!

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Kamp Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Kamp Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Kamp Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Kamp Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Kamp Photography

Assiniboine Park

An iconic Winnipeg wedding photo location, Assiniboine Park has been a favourite for couples and wedding photographers for years! The floral gardens, sculpture garden, and Pavillion offer beautiful green space and variety for your outdoor wedding photos. Time slots for wedding photos have to be booked by contacting the park events office.

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Luckygirl Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Luckygirl Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Kat Willson Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Kat Willson Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Kat Willson Photography

Millennium Library Fountain

Not a popular choice, but a fun stop if you are already downtown. Some nice green backdrop space and a misty fountain to cool you off if you are getting married on a hot summer day.

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Moore Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Moore Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Moore Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Moore Photography

St. Vital Park

My ultimate fave for outdoor fall wedding photos. St. Vital Park, with tons of green space and beautiful ponds is an excellent choice for your outdoor wedding photos. The colours are absolutely stunning in the fall months!

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Moore Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Moore Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Moore Photography

St. Boniface Cathedral Basilica

Regal and elegant, the basilica at the St. Boniface Cathedral has the best of both worlds. Gorgeous green space with elegant stone walls and arches. Spots must be booked by contacting the church office.

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outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Joel Ross Photography

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outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Nghia Tran Photography

The Exchange District

You can’t get married downtown without taking a spin through the Exchange District for some wedding photos. The rich character of the old buildings and industrial spaces creates a fun backdrop your wedding images. And the best part, take a break at the Kings Head Pub!

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Nghia Tran Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Nghia Tran Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Joel Ross Photography

outdoor wedding photos winnipegPhoto by Joel Ross Photography

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Tips for Beating The Heat on Your Wedding Day

The 2018 wedding season here in Manitoba has been one for the record books. Heat wave after heat wave has had me sweating through many weddings this summer. Even though you can’t avoid the heat completely on a wedding day, there are a few things you can do to stay cool and comfortable.

Here are my stay cool wedding tips for our hot hot hot Winnipeg summers.

Avoid the heat as much as possible.

The key to beating the heat on your wedding day is to avoid it as much as possible in the first place. Choose a venue for your ceremony and reception that are indoors and airconditioned. If you are having a tented wedding reception, ask the tent company about portable air conditioners and fans. They can help take the edge off of a hot day. When it comes to your wedding photos, have an indoor option booked like a studio or historic building to give everyone a break from the heat.

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Photo by Josh Dookhie Photography

Drink tons of water.

Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. I can’t say this enough. You have to stay hydrated on these sweltering days (and no, champagne and beer are not the same, but nice try lol). Make sure to have plenty of water available for everyone in the wedding party. You don’t want anyone becoming dehydrated – headaches and dizziness are not welcome on a wedding day – not fun!

Choose the right clothing.

It’s impossible to avoid the heat entirely, but there are ways to make yourself more comfortable. Choose a wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses that are light and expose your shoulders and arms. Going sans suit jackets for the groom and groomsmen will also make a huge difference for the guys. No one wants to wear a jacket in this heat! Another tip is to have the guys get two shirts – this way if they sweat through their shirt they can change into a fresh one for the reception.

Keep your guests comfortable.

Your guest’s comfort should be your number one priority on your wedding day – especially if your wedding day lands in the middle of a heat wave. Providing hand fans, cool beverages, and keeping anything outdoors short and sweet will ensure your guests don’t melt in the hot sun.

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Photo by Kamp Photography

Sweat-proof your makeup.

Your make-up artist can sweatproof your makeup to ensure you and your girls stay fresh the entire day. Using a primer before application and applying facial mist throughout the day will keep your makeup from disappearing in heat and humidity. Ask your makeup artist for samples so that you can apply touchups throughout the day as needed.

 

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Crown Royal Event Sneak Peek

We are very fortunate here at Divine Weddings to be able to plan Crown Royal’s bi-annual media tours. Twice a year, the folks at Crown Royal plan a two day extravaganza to wow media professionals and to immerse them in the full Crown Royal experience.

Every event includes a tour of the Crown Royal distillery in Gimli, Manitoba, followed by a dinner complete with craft cocktails. This year the event took place at Gimli Harbour – a beautiful summer evening beside the lake, complete with a bonfire and s’mores.

Day two had the guests enjoying dinner and drinks at Cibo Waterfront Cafe – such an amazing space for corporate events!

Pro images by blfStudios are on their way but in the meantime, these sneak peeks from my iPhone will have to do 🙂

Night 1 – Gimli Harbour

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Night 2 – Cibo Waterfront Cafe

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Fave Indoor Winnipeg Wedding Photo Locations

There are so many great spots here in Winnipeg for wedding photos. Of course, you’ll want to have lots of photos in the beautiful outdoors, but you should always have a plan B in case of rain. It’s also nice to book an indoor location to get you and your wedding party out of the heat for a bit to chill out!

Here are our favourite indoor wedding photo locations in Winnipeg.

Aspire Studios

This is a must-have when it comes to indoor wedding locations in the city. Each studio has a different style and theme, plus they have the coolest retro sofas!

winnipeg indoor wedding photosPhoto by Carrie Ekosky Photography

winnipeg indoor wedding photosPhoto by Sugar and Soul Photography

Photo by Joel Ross Photography

Photo by Joel Ross Photography

Photo by Josh Dookhie Photography

Photo by Josh Dookhie Photography

winnipeg indoor wedding photosPhoto by Josh Dookhie Photography

The Hamilton Building

Classic and oh so romantic, the Hamilton Building on Main Street is the perfect spot for your first photos as husband and wife.

Photo by Joel Ross Photography

Photo by Joel Ross Photography

Photo by Nghia Tran Photography

Photo by Nghia Tran Photography

Photo by Nghia Tran Photography

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The Hydro Building

Such a cool space, the Hydro Building on Portage Avenue is modern and elegant, plus it’s free to book!

Photo by A Marie Photography

Photo by A Marie Photography

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Photo by Joel Ross Photography

Photo by Joel Ross Photography

winnipeg indoor wedding photosPhoto by Joel Ross Photography

The Millennium Centre

Who doesn’t love a bit of old-fashioned glamour on their wedding day? The Millennium Centre is the place to go if you are looking for a unique and elegant spot for your wedding photos.

Photo by BLF Studios

winnipeg indoor wedding photosPhoto by BLF Studios

Red River College

Always one of my first recommendations for the couple looking for something a little more modern and fun. Red River College on Princess Street is a great stop on your wedding day.

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Photo by A Marie Photography

winnipeg indoor wedding photosPhoto by A Marie Photography

 

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Our Favourite Wedding Sweet Tables

We’ve seen plenty of sweet tables over the years here at Divine Weddings. There are so many talented bakeries in Winnipeg, and we are lucky enough to have sampled all of their sweets (tough job, but someone’s gotta do it).

I sifted through all of our wedding photos to find our favourite sweet tables. You can definitely add some personality to your sweet table and design something that fits the style and theme of your wedding. Have fun with it and get creative! I know designing a sweet table is one of my favourite parts of the design process. And the tastings are pretty fun too 🙂

This first one is from a wedding at Bridges Golf Course. The bride wanted something vintage with a garden feel to fit the theme of her wedding. She found this antique dresser and refinished it with a chalkboard instead of the mirror. Amazing DIY!

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Photo: Jeremy Hiebert Photography  |  Sweets: Sweet Impressions

This next one was super fun! A Canada Day wedding at Danceland in Clearlake – a rustic wedding cake and Canadiana inspired maple leaf, polar bear, and loon sugar cookies! So awesome!

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Photo: Sugar and Soul Photography  |  Sweets: High Tea Bakery

Pretty and vintage. This couple got married at The Gates on Roblin and wanted a very vintage reception. The sweet table mimicked the entire design, including a vintage desk, teacups and lace (and High Tea Bakery’s delicious imperial cookies).

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Photos: BLF Studios  |  Sweets: Cake-ology & HIgh Tea Bakery

You can’t have a wedding at the Rustic Wedding Barn in Steinbach and have an ordinary sweet table! This multi-tiered wooden cake stand was perfect for this barn wedding! And the single tier cake with the love birds is pretty cute too.

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Photos: Billy Economou Photography  |  Sweets: Nachelle’s Cakes

Elegant and chic – this couple tied in their sweet table perfectly for their wedding at The Fort Garry Hotel. Bold colours of red, black and white looked so chic when it was all brought together. And did I mention they had cheesecakes on a stick? #sweettablegoals

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Photos: Nghia Tran Photography  |  Sweets: High Tea Bakery

This sweet table will probably go down as one of my all time faves! Not only was it the perfect touch to this outdoor tent wedding in Lake of the Woods, Ontario, but it brought together candy and sweets with the perfect touch of boho. Sa-weet!

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Photos: Kamp Photography  |  Sweets: High Tea Bakery

A fortieth wedding anniversary is something to celebrate! I love the vintage touches and the gold and mint colour palette!

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Photos: Joel Ross Photography  |  Sweets: High Tea Bakery

Another gorgeous wedding at Bridges Golf Course! This groom was quite the outdoorsman, so a rustic wooden cake stand for their wedding cake and cupcakes was the perfect touch.

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Photos: Kamp Photography  |  Sweets: Nachelle’s Cakes

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5 Tips For Planning Your Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

I love outdoor wedding ceremonies! With our chilly Winnipeg winters, it’s so nice to be able to enjoy our gorgeous summers as much as possible, especially on a wedding day! The warm sunshine, a soft breeze and the beauty of nature – an outdoor wedding ceremony creates the perfect atmosphere for breathtaking I do’s.

When it comes to an outdoor wedding ceremony, there are a few important details to keep in mind. Whether it’s on the beach, in the backyard of your parent’s home or your favourite park, there are just certain things that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Here are five tips for planning an outdoor wedding ceremony.

Location, location, location.

A good location can make or break your outdoor wedding ceremony. Whether you are getting married in a backyard, a city park, or the green space at your reception site, you want to be sure that the outdoor space is not only beautiful but that it has everything you will need when it comes to logistics. Is there ample parking for your guests? Are there washrooms in close proximity to the site? Do you need to apply for special permits? Is there power? Is there an area for you and the wedding party to hang out in before walking down the aisle? Be sure to do a site visit and keep these important aspects in mind to ensure your outdoor I do’s don’t become a logistical nightmare.

winnipeg outdoor weddingPhoto: BLF Studios  |  Venue: The Gates on Roblin

Have a plan B.

Mother nature can be that unwanted guest that creates havoc – don’t let her ruin your big day. You never know how the weather is going to be on your wedding day, so it is essential that you have a plan B in case of inclement weather. Is there a building on site that you can use in case of rain or will you have to book a tent as your backup? I always say ‘Hope for the best but plan for the worst.’ This is never truer than when planning anything outdoors. You don’t want to just hope for the best and regret it later. Saying your vows in a tent might not be the outdoor wedding you were dreaming of, but neither is a downpour that gets everyone running for cover.

Put the comfort of your guests first.

When making decisions for your wedding ceremony, always ask yourself “Is it important to the comfort of my guests?” If the answer is yes then it is a must. Be sure to have enough seating for all of the invited guests. Your guests could be standing for as long as an hour, so skimping on renting chairs to save costs will only make for cranky and uncomfortable guests. Have refreshments on hand like iced tea and water to quench their thirst in hot weather. Provide fans to cool themselves and bug spray to keep guests as comfortable as possible while you are saying I do. Keeping guests happy will ensure they are in a celebratory mood for the remainder of the event.

winnipeg outdoor weddingPhoto: Kamp Photography  |  Venue: Bridges Golf Course

Use a microphone.

There is nothing worse than sitting through an entire wedding ceremony and not being able to hear one word. Having a microphone on hand is important so that all the guests, including the ones sitting at the back, can hear what is being said. You might think you will be able to speak loud and clearly on the wedding day, but being nervous and anxious makes people speak quiet and faster. So a microphone is important in all cases. You are outdoors after all – planes fly overhead, babies cry and cars on nearby roads can be quite loud and will overtake your words.

Keep it short and sweet.

Sitting outside in the elements can only be tolerated by guests for so long before they start to get uncomfortable. Having a long winded ceremony that never seems to end when the sun is beating down on guests just isn’t fun for anyone. Do your guests a favor and keep your outdoor wedding ceremony under twenty minutes so that they aren’t sitting for too long. And please try your best to start on time – nothing is worse than sitting in the hot sun and swatting bugs because things are starting late. Exposing your guests to the elements longer than they have to be is inconsiderate, so be mindful of the time.

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Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day everyone!

I was thinking back to Amber and Matt’s awesome Canada Day wedding last year in Clear Lake. WHAT. A. BLAST! They were married in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and held their reception at Danceland – you can see the original post here. But in between their ceremony and reception, they planned an AWESOME Canada Day backyard party to keep their guests entertained. What a fabulous idea! They had plenty of Canadian themed decor, patriotic props, and fun lawn games to keep guests busy.

I wanted to share some photos of the backyard party with you today that didn’t make the original post – doesn’t this look like so much fun!

Have a fabulous long weekend!

Photos: Sugar and Soul Photography

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Our Favourite Wedding Bouquets

As wedding planners in Winnipeg, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many talented florists. With the 2018 wedding season in full swing, I’ve been thinking back to last year’s weddings and all the gorgeous bouquets that our brides have carried down the aisle.

Here are some of our favorite wedding bouquets from last season – enjoy!


This beauty was for a mermaid inspired styled shoot – whistful and organic, I love how the feminine florals are mixed in with some organic stems.
Photo: Ally Papko Photography  |  Wedding Bouquet: Deer Dutch

winnipeg floristThe quintessential wedding bouquet – pretty roses, soft pinks and bold reds, and a touch of babies breath and greenery.
Photo: Kamp Photography  |  Wedding Bouquet: The Floral Fixx

winnipeg floristA bouquet almost as beautiful as the bride holding it – I love the whimsical shape and the bold anemones!
Photo: Billy Economou Photography  |  Wedding Bouquet: Fache Florals

Flowing ribbons and sprays of greens and floral buds – this bouquet is so pretty and romantic.
Photo: Xandra Photography  |  Wedding Bouquet: The Floral Fixx

This next one isn’t a bridal bouquet, but deserved a mention! This vibrant bridesmaids bouquet was a perfect fit for the blue bridesmaid dresses.
Photo: Sugar and Soul Photography  |  Wedding Bouquet: The Bloom Box

The perfect bouquet for an outdoor country wedding. Elegant and timeless with roses and peonies.
Photo: Sugar and Soul Photography  |  Wedding Bouquet: Earth Buds

For the modern bride – a bouquet of greenery from our Wonderful Wedding Show Peridot styled shoot.
Photo: Ally Papko Photography  |  Wedding Bouquet: Couture Floral

Perfectly vintage – this bouquet was a combination of timeless elegance and classic charm.
Photo: Xandra Photography  |  Wedding Bouquet: The Floral Fixx

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Hawthorn Estates Styled Shoot

Hawthorn Estates – a quaint wedding venue in St. Clements, Manitoba – and the perfect location for this feminine and summery styled shoot.

I was so excited to do a photo shoot at this gorgeous venue! Our goal was to create a soft and pretty shoot with feminine touches. All the vendors involved nailed it! Pink peonies (so pretty!), floral stationery, stunning models, s’mores (how awesome is that), the CUTEST pale pink calligraphy apple place markers, and my favorite detail – the table runner printed with the words from Elton John’s ‘Your Song’.

‘I know it’s not much, but it’s the best I can do.
My gift is my song, and this one’s for you.
And you can tell everybody this is your song.
It may be quite simple, but now that it’s done.
I hope you don’t mind,
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words.
How wonderful life is, now you’re in the world.’

Enough talk, let’s get to the goods! Thanks so much to all of these vendors for your hard work and creative talents.

Photographer   Xandra Photography
Venue   Hawthorn Estates
Flowers   Beyond Flowers
Rentals   C & T Rentals
Stationery   Tiny Mighty Moments
Cake & Donuts   Sweet Impressions
S’mores   Folk + Fire
Hair   Emily Horch
Makeup   Ashley Tiopo Artistry
Wedding Dress   Helene’s Bridal
Suit   Eph Apparel

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Hitch ‘n Post Ranch Open House

We had the pleasure of being a part of the Hitch ‘n Post Ranch open house this week, and it was SO MUCH FUN! If you’ve ever been out to this little gem just outside the city, you already know how great it is. And if you’ve been lucky enough to meet the owner Kyle, you’ll understand why this wedding venue is so awesome.

We had a blast meeting new brides and hanging out with the other wedding vendors: Planned Perfectly, Academy Florist, Colleen Olafson, Anna Lang Bridal, Baron Craft Productions, Lumberjax Axe Throwing, Pinky’s Bakeshop, 4square Photo, Peachy Green Events and Topps Music Services.

Thank you so much to Megan Steen Photography for these amazing images!

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Love Story Styled Shoot – Promo Video

Every wedding tells a couple’s story. What’s your love story?

You may have seen our post from our Love Story styled shoot a few weeks back (click here if you missed it). An afternoon spent at The Gates on Roblin creating the most pretty, most romantic setting for our Love Story styled shoot. Today I bring you the Love Story promo video from 111 Films – amazing work by Rob! And for a little something special, our friend Keith Macpherson provided the music. It turned out so great – thanks to all the vendors involved!

Are you planning a Winnipeg wedding? At Divine Weddings we believe that every wedding should tell the story of the bride and groom. Contact us to book your free complimentary consultation. We’d love to tell your love story.

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Lake Elopement Styled Shoot in Kenora Ontario

There’s just something about a lake wedding. Nowhere else can you find gorgeous wilderness and a lakefront view better than Kenora, Ontario. So we decided to pack up a van with the geniuses at The Floral Fixx and headed out to Middle Lake for an enchanting lakeside styled shoot.

My favourite things about this shoot – A) Working with my bud Melissa from Sugar and Soul Photography (she rocks). B) Spending the day at the lake, duh. C) That amazing teepee designed by my other bud Julie (she also rocks) and D) That freaken skirt! Seriously, it will have you rethinking your entire wedding ensemble!

Thanks so much to all of these amazing vendors for all of your hard work. You all rock. I loved working with you and look forward to future weddings together! And special thanks to our amazing models – you guys looked gorgeous!

This styled shoot was featured – check it out on Junebug Weddings.

Photographer  Sugar and Soul Photography
Flowers  The Floral Fixx
Stationery  Jennifer Bianca Calligraphy
Wedding Cake  Bretton Meyers
Rentals  C & T Rentals
Makeup  Kylie Smith Artistry
Hair  Feana Hanin
Body Suit  Bliss Bridal Boutique
Skirt  Alexandra Grecco
Hair Accessories  Luna and Stone Co.

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