Sweet Outdoor Bridal Shower from With Love Heather

Those of you who are engaged will love today’s outdoor bridal shower for bride-to-be Vanessa. It’s all kinds of girly in a pretty palette of pink, white, and mint. The event was hosted by Vanessa’s sister Heather, who just so happens to be a fantastic photographer (With Love Heather), so so she captured all the lovely details. You just might want to bookmark and send this one over to your maid of honor or mother/mother-in-law just as a sweet little hint 😉

Says Heather: I recently hosted/photographed a bridal shower for my sister with a backyard garden theme with lots of cute, feminine DIY details! The day started out with rain but I had everyone I knew praying that the sky would clear and luckily it did just in time for fast and speedy setup! Her amazing husband-to-be showed up at the end with flowers so we had a great opportunity at the end to take some great shots of the cute couple as well!

Sweet Outdoor Bridal Shower from With Love Heather - outdoor bridal shower soft teal pink white 3Sweet Outdoor Bridal Shower from With Love Heather - WithLoveHeather BurlingtonConventionCenterWeddingSweet Outdoor Bridal Shower from With Love Heather - WithLoveHeather0 8Paul & Vanessa’s engagement story:

In July of 2012, Paul and I made the trip from Ontario to Newfoundland to attend my cousin’s wedding (shout out to Tim and Lesley-Ann Manning!). My dad, step-mom, sisters, and their significant others were also able to attend so we made a little family vacation out of it. Since we were traveling to Newfoundland for a wedding, I had no idea that Paul was planning to propose – thankfully he waited until after Tim and Lesley’s big day!

The day after the wedding, we decided to do some sightseeing at Cape Spear which is located on the Avalon Peninsula near St. John’s, Newfoundland. Shortly before the trip, Paul and I had moved into a new house and one of the first things we did to put some finishing touches on our living room was to put up beautiful framed photos that my talented sister had taken at Cape Spear when she was living in Newfoundland. There is one photo in particular that Paul and I both love of a white picket fence and rustic door frame that is positioned on the very edge of a cliff. Naturally, when we arrived at Cape Spear, we gravitated in the direction of where this photo was taken. As we were walking I remember looking around and wondering where my sisters had wandered off to as suddenly Paul and I were alone. The next thing I knew we were at the fence and Paul was down on one knee. Of course, I said ‘YES!’ and then realized that my sisters had been in on the plan all along. They were waiting close by with champagne for us to celebrate! It was so meaningful for Paul to propose in one of my favorite places and very special for my sisters, their significant others, and my amazing nephew Jackson to be there for the big event.

Funny side note: The rustic door frame had actually blown over the cliff since the picture was originally taken, so when we got to the fence it took Paul a while to realize that we were in the right spot!

Photographer: With Love Heather
Vintage rentals: KJ and Co
Chairs: Special Events
Lemonade sign: Potter Bard Kids
Invitations: Pretty Little Papers
Dress: Winners
Earrings: Urban Planet
Bracelet: le chateau
Shoes: Aldo
Hair: Andrea King from Carmen’s Hair Studio

This was all about the bridal shower. Now will see one of my favorites DIY charming and rustic weddings at Banff Park Lodge.


Just how rad are the invites above? This wedding is undeniably filled with charm and character. Captured by one of our featured Love List members, Sarah Vaughan Photography, this rustic DIY wedding is filled with endless details thanks in part to wedding planner Naturally Chic. One of my favorite materials to work with is kraft paper, so it’s no surprise I’m in love with the stitched seating cards and of course, the sweet pom poms. Congrats Kathy & Dave!





Says Sharon of Naturally Chic: A color palette of green and blue was chosen to mirror the colors of nature found in the trees and lakes. Kathy chose to use grey and yellow as accent colors (in the table runners and patterned paper used for the cookie favors) to add a fresh, modern twist.






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The couple Kathy and Dave decided to marry in the beautiful Rocky Mountain town of Banff, Alberta because they are avid hikers and enjoy being in the mountains as much as possible. The couple’s inspiration for their décor came from a desire to keep their wedding day as natural and eco-friendly as possible while expressing their personalities. As a result, they decided to DIY many of the décor elements. The couple saved wine bottles to use for their centerpieces, made their own table runners from burlap and fabric, and printed their escort cards on kraft paper. Practically all of the décor was handmade (and of course recycled after the wedding). With the help of family and friends dozens of tissue paper poms were “fluffed” the evening before their wedding!

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The couple wanted to incorporate personal touches throughout the wedding and chose to have a cake buffet for dessert. They chose fun toppers for each of the cakes and their favors were cookies baked by the bride (the cookie recipe was a “knock-off” from a cookie they had tasted on a trip to New York and had become the couple’s favorite cookie).

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Photographer: Sarah Vaughan Photography
Event Planner: Naturally Chic
Ceremony: Banff Central Park Gazebo
Reception: Banff Park Lodge
Invitations & Stationery: Etsy
Poms: handmade by the bride
Florist: My Florist
Marriage Commissioner: Monique Hunkeler “Weddings by Monique”
Cakes: Decadent Desserts & Crave
Chair Rentals: Special Event Rentals
Hair & Make-Up: Stylin’ Steph

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