New Shops and Services for Calgary Weddings

If youʹre planning a wedding, here are some of the new (and new-ish) shops and services in and around Calgary that can help you achieve your perfect day.

Fotovon

Fotovon, photograph by Sebastian Buzzalino.

This mobile photo-booth experience is housed in a vintage Volkswagen van that’s small enough to roll into almost any wedding venue, but big enough to fit your crew for photos. The van comes with props, professional-grade lighting, a DSLR camera and a lab-quality printer, which processes and prints photos immediately so the wedding party and guests have a special keepsake to take home from the event. The photos also come with a custom- designed template, created by the client and Fotovon’s graphic designer prior to the big day.

403-608-8069, fotovon.com

 

Gather Catering

With a combined 35 years of experience in the culinary industry, husband-and-wife duo Newell Orfei and Camilla Sherret have launched their re-branded, full-service catering company Gather Catering. Formerly Nicole Gourmet, this boutique catering service still offers popular dishes from Nicole Gourmet’s previous menu, such as the lemon arancini (risotto fritters made with lemon and mascarpone), along with new menu items such as scallop crudo tacos with togarashi mayonnaise and caviar.

403-454-8933, gathercatering.ca

 

Lovenote

Photograph by Brian Van Wyk.

This boutique in Inglewood is a one-stop shop for the millennial bride. Lovenote features a selection of labels designed in-house. Truvelle offers feminine A-line styles, Laudae is mostly modern, fitted silhouettes, Aesling offers sleek crepe dresses and Halseene is their line for curvy brides. Select your perfect gown from these or other indie designers. Dresses range from $1,650 to $3,935 and the shop also sells veils and other accessories.

1317 9 Ave. S.E, 403-475-4177, lovenotebride.com

 

Mobile Bars

The Holy Spirit mobile cocktail bar, photograph by Shari + Mike Photographers.

Like food trucks, but focused around drinks, these trendy mobile trailers and carts converted into bars are the perfect way to outsource your bartending needs for your wedding — especially if your venue isn’t already equipped with a bar. Now that the trend is catching on, you can find a range of local options. Try Salut Mobile Bar or The Holy Spirit for customizable cock- tails, or The Prosecco Cart if you’re a bubbly fan.

salutmobilebar.com; holyspirit.bar; proseccocart.ca

 

The Raven Room by Blush & Raven

The Raven Room by Blush & Raven, photograph by Mint Photography.

Downtown bridal boutique Blush & Raven opened the intimate, appointment-only Raven Room last year to offer a super-personalized bridal party shopping experience. This bridesmaid couture boutique carries everything your bridal party needs. Dresses typically range from $300 to $500, with options from local designers such as Maide to international design houses like Monique Lhuillier. There are accessories as well, including customizable jewellery by Joanna Bisley Designs (the 2019 fashion category winner for Avenue’s Made in Alberta Awards).

302, 815 1 St. S.W., 403-764- 4777, blushandraven.com

 

St. Fox Bespoke

You can find the custom-made suits of St. Fox Bespoke in Vancouver, Toronto and now, Calgary, the company’s new headquarters. With over 2,000 patterns to select from, the team at St. Fox can custom-fit suits for all shapes and sizes — including women. You can get a suit, shirt, overcoat and even shoes made just for you.

207 12 Ave. S.W., 587-664-4372, st-fox.com

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