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Star Wars Weddings That Give Back: Winnie & Danny- Lonsdale, British Columbia

“You are the Light to my Saber.” Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016265 We recently received this amazing Star Wars themed wedding submission from  Family Creative Imagery and we’ve been saving it for today! Not only are the photos, design, and story absolutely amazing, we fell in the love with Winnie and Danny’s sentimental hearts and desire to waste less!  Winnie not only donated her dress to charity after their wedding, they also invested in a sustainable venue, rented/upcycled almost all of their decorations and incorporated air-plants for their guests to take home and enjoy for many years to come! Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny100120163 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny100120167 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201625 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201630Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201635Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201640 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201644Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016137 This unique story starts with Winnie (the bride) hinting that she’d like to keep her hand diamond-free. Because of her tiny clue, Danny knew that his proposal would need a little flare – and so, a lightsabre would be his “engagement ring” – and the eventual symbol of their wedding day. The groomsmen were all donning Star Wars themed socks, hankies and boutonnieres. Their first look was at a local park that held sentimental value for the couple. Winnie and Danny’s neighbourhood dog-walker was on hand, and approached with their adorable dogs during their portrait time. Of course, they requested “family portraits” with their furry kids. Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016180Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016187Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201653Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016100Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016120Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016124Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016145 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016150 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016161Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016183  Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016191 “We loved the challenge of creating a modern, glam wedding with a touch of Star Wars. We teamed up with Bespoke Decor to come up with a design. Working with a palette of navy, blush and gold, the Star Wars elements playfully unfolded in the form of signage, stationery and mementos from Danny’s childhood — his Mom literally sent us a box of Star Wars goodies from their basement. We especially loved the amazing Star Wars candy buffet that Bespoke Decor created… And, we softened the Star Wars theme with loose, blush-toned arrangements by Garden Party Flowers. Xerographicas, Winnie’s favourite air plant, and Cafe au Lait dahlias were featured throughout.” – Smitten Events Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016209 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016233 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016238 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016261  Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016240 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016255 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016260Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016203Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016208 Winnie and Danny’s ceremony was planned for the upper floor of the newest venue on Lonsdale, The View. However, Smitten Events made a quick call to bring it inside when the wind and the rain picked up. With a chuckle, Danny professed to fight with Winnie against the Darkside. While holding the tears at bay, Winnie agreed. Once declared husband and wife, their parents crossed light-sabres as a symbol of their unity. Then they danced their way back down the aisle, while friends and family cheered them on. Danny’s dad captured the spirit of the day with Star Wars pun after Star Wars pun. His testimony, “Winnie, I know you are the Obi Wan for Danny,” got a real roar from the crowd. Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016317 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016321Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016345 Two Storm Troopers stepped out onto the deck, during cocktail hour photos and the tears that Winnie had so proudly held back during the ceremony, started to flow down her face. It was a surprise that neither Winnie nor Danny were expecting. Without any luck, the couple had tried to arrange Storm Troopers long before their wedding day. But as the day approached, Smitten Events found a way to pull it together. Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016385Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016390Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016406Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016449   The best part was that their venue is a sustainable and LEED Gold Standard building. “The View was built to the LEED Gold Standard, with energy efficiency measures throughout the building, including occupancy sensors, heat pump systems and natural ventilation. Geothermal walls beneath the building, in the park and walkway provide clean heating and “air-conditioning” throughout the building. Rain water “run off” is collected onsite and treated through a vegetated bio-swale incorporated into the landscaping on the site. All rainwater flows to the water feature and bio-swale in Rey Sargent Park. The building also hosts a Lonsdale Energy Corporate “sub-station” that provides energy to neighbouring residential complexes.” Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016461Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016588 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016463Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016591 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016626Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016628Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016536 May The Force Be With You, Winnie and Danny! Participating Vendors:  Photographer:  Family Creative Imagery | Makeup Artist: All Dolled Up Studio | Design and Decor: Bespoke Decor | Cinema and Video: Family Creative Imagery Films | Floral Designer: Garden Party Flowers | Equipment Rentals: Lonsdale Events | Caterer:Savoury Chef | Event Planner: Smitten Events | Transportation:Star Limousine | Event Venue: The View on Lonsdale    

Weddings that Give Back : Becca & Gordan

In the midst of one of the hottest months of the season, we thought we’d share a little cooler inspiration of what’s to come with fall! When the wedding couple is studying Environmental Science, its only fair that their wedding be ECO-FRIENDLY to the umpteenth power. One of our awesome Black Sheep Bride Vendors, Tara Lynn Bridal, recently shared this earth-friendly wedding story with us and it has us ‘Green with Envy’! Captured at The Wild Center Natural Museum in Tupper Lake, NY, Becca and Gordon live and love to share awareness of living eco-friendly and environmentally conscious. They both had very unique attire, as well as vegetarian food and setting for their wedding. The bride bought her unique wedding dress from an organic farm in Calfornia, at an auction to help support the farm. The groom’s suit was 100% hemp, made in Vermont by Tara Lynn Bridal. They used sustainable air plants for their florals and both adorned wooden wedding bands, as well. Photography by Out of the Ordinary Photography Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2402bw Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2501cc Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2687cc Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2704cr Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2730ccsunny Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2797cc Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2823cr Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC3215 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC3227 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC3347 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_IMG0566 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC3363 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC3386 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_IMG0287 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_IMG0774cc2