Real Wedding | Lauren + Eric

When planning her wedding, Lauren envisioned the celebration as a “reflection” of herself and Eric. I just love that! When brides add in those little details that remind us of who they are (and why we love them) it makes the event personal, warm and full of joy. Lauren’s striking gown, hometown church and reception venue, and dessert table (instead of a traditional cake) are just a few of the ways she made the wedding her own. How will you make your wedding unique? Read on for more one-of-a-kind inspiration!

Lauren + Eric | June 18, 2011 | Calgary, Alberta

The ceremony

Like most couples we really wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us. Our ceremony was held at Christ Church in the neighborhood of Elbow Park, in Calgary.  I grew up a few blocks away from the church and would listen to the church bells ring every weekend. It was a natural choice!

The reception

We held our reception at the Glencoe Club, a sport and social club that I had been a member of all my life.  The day and night turned our beyond expectation, better then we could have ever imagined…and we spent a lot of time imagining!  It is really amazing to look around on your wedding day and see the results of countless hours of planning and organizing.

We choose tall, gold candelabras with big balls of babys breath to compliment the volume of the dress.  Instead of a cake we went with macaroon table.  I love macaroons and I love all the vibrant colors and flavors.  The dessert table was the perfect pop of color.

How Lauren knew her wedding dress was “The One”

I started looking at wedding dresses online pretty much right after the engagement.  There were two Vera Wang styles that I kept coming back to, deep down I knew that I would be wearing one of those dresses down the aisle.  Sure enough I headed on a trip to Toronto, and after trying on multiple styles and designers I ended up at the Vera Wang boutique and narrowed it down to those two dresses. I had always known I would wear a ballgown silhouette, but I wanted something that was different and non-traditional.  “Dorothy” was an easy choice and it made quite the impression.

Why Lauren decided to sell her wedding dress

I wish that we could back and relive the night over and over, the band, the dancing, the photobooth, the laughter.  It was an amazing celebration with all of the people that love and support us. I was so happy with my dress and would love for it to be worn again.  It is so beautiful it definitely will make another bride just as happy.

Lauren’s dress: Vera Wang, Dorothy / Photography: Mark Eleven Photography