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Romantic Wedding with a Modern Flair – Taryn and Rob

I am so excited to share this romantic award-winning wedding on the blog! It’s no surprise 2019 Taryn and Robs wedding won for “Best Destination Wedding Under 50k” for the WPIC Wedding Awards. Of course, we were honoured to be part of this special day. From the endless flowers to the hanging pampas grasses, this wedding is sprinkled with modern flair.

Scroll through these beautiful images from Nomad by NK and be sure to read the memories Taryn and Rob shared about their wedding day.

groom twirls the bride in a circle while her dress blows in the wind as they stand in a grassy prairie field. www.thegathered.ca
clear tent with hanging chandeliers and globe lights, pampas hanging floral pieces with long rows of wood tables a plenty of flower centrepieces. www.thegathered.ca
hanging pampas pieces are the perfect wedding decor to spruce up any wedding tent
wedding tablescape with printed white menus and blush florals and greery
long wooden tables covered in blush florals decorated with white plates and glassware. www.thegathered.ca
head table lined completely with white and blush roses with greenery mixed in. Outdoor wedding venue in Calgary Alberta.

WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR PLANNING AN
OUTDOOR WEDDING?

Don’t JUST prepare for bad weather! Prepare for a hot day as well and consider wind for your ceremony spot. Consider the ground as well as the sky (turns out tulle also doubles as a stick/grass catcher). To be serious, we can’t imagine anything that would have actually ruined the day. However, we let our guests know it would be a more pleasant experience for them if they were not wearing 4-inch stilettos. 

bride at her outdoor wedding ceremony in Calgary Alberta.
guests seated at an outdoor wedding ceremony in a prairie field with bright skies and modern flair decor. www.thegathered.ca
emotional bride listens to the vows with her hands on her face as they stand under a triangle arbor at their prairie outdoor romantic wedding. www.thegathered.ca
triangle arbor decorated with pink and white flowers make a perfect backdrop for this romantic wedding at an outdoor ceremony. www.thegathered.ca
first kiss as husband and wife under a wood triangle arbor with greenery.

WAS THERE A SPECIFIC WAY YOU HANDLED THE NERVES OF AN OUTDOOR WEDDING?

We both accepted early on that there were things that we wouldn’t be able to control and constantly reminded each other to be mindful of what the day was really about. Weather was a concern, but we agreed that if it rained (or snowed) that we’d simply get wet, and that was okay. We were able to embrace the day without worry because we knew the only thing that really mattered was getting married to one another. 

bridal party in grey and blush pink tones surround the kissing bride and groom while they stand in a field
bridal party walk through a field with the girls in blush pink and the guys in grey suits.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR VISION FOR THE DAY…

We wanted a (literal) intimate gathering away from city distractions. Having our wedding at The Gathered meant our family and friends from across the country were able to experience the beauty of the Alberta prairies as we did, growing up wild and free. We wanted it to have a true family feel, without the constraints of a corporate venue. We live in Vancouver, so planning remotely was a definite challenge. Our wedding coordinator and the staff at The Gathered were instrumental in helping us bring our vision to life from afar! 

romantic modern wedding dress twirls in the wind as the bride and groom dance in a prairie field of their outdoor wedding. www.thegathered.ca
bride and groom kiss under a triangle arbor with floral arrangements adorning the arch. Arbor is standing in a prairie field. www.thegathered.ca
bride and groom lean out a cottage window kissing while the bride holds her romantic wedding bouquet. www.thegathered.ca
modern wedding couple kiss inside a white cottage with a blush pink door. www.thegathered.ca
back of brides modern fairytale wedding dress with her long blonde curls blowing in the wind, the groom put his hands on her waist as they stand in a prairie field.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT?

We feel really grateful it was so windy on our day. As Taryn was walking down the aisle her hair blew straight into her face, and it made for such a genuine moment of levity and laughter. She stopped midway down the aisle to announce she “couldn’t see a damn thing.” After her father brushed her hair out of her face, Taryn and her parents walked to the alter laughing the whole way. The ceremony was absolutely breathtaking, and the wild wind only added to the beauty and passion of our vows to one another. 

We also have a very distinct memory of turning to one another during dinner and realizing everyone we loved was under one (beautiful clear) roof. The family style dinner was absolutely perfect and we can’t imagine it being any other way. The staff at The Gathered were so accommodating and it really was a magical experience.

bride and groom kiss in their clear wedding reception tent. The hanging globe lights, black chandeliers and pampas grass hanging piece add the perfect amount of modern flair. www.thegathered.ca
bride and groom walk through their wedding reception space which is a clear tent with hanging pampas grasses, long harvest tables adorned with rows of romantic florals. www.thegathered.ca
wood harvest tables, wood chairs decorated with an abundance of florals and white candles, hanging pampas grasses in a clear tent venue. www.thegathered.ca

IS THERE SPECIFIC MEMORY THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS CHERISH?

There are so many moments we shared that day. From arriving at the venue to our first look to sharing our first meal as husband and wife and having our first dance. There really is no way for us to choose. That’s NOT to say everything went according to plan. We had a minor incident with a cheesecloth set too close to a candle… But at The Gathered all of it just faded into the background and all that was left was love. We danced in the prairie winds the entire day, from the time we first saw each other to when we left.

And we’re still dancing. 

bride and groom walk into their outdoor tented wedding reception while guests look on from their seats.
modern wedding with a flair, couple kisses during their wedding reception under a clear tent with pampas hanging pieces

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO COUPLES IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?

Be open. Trust each other. A kite flies on a string, not a stick, so try not to get caught up in controlling moments instead of experiencing them. 

Side note: social media can be great for inspiration, but it can also be a curse. Don’t let staged weddings make you question your decisions. Let it be your day and don’t worry about what it will “look like” for other people. 

couple kisses in a grassy field, brides long blonde hair and the grooms gray suit make the perfect modern touches. www.thegathered.ca
bride holds her dress up in one hand as she walks arm in arm with the groom down a grassy hill in a prairie field. www.thegathered.ca
bride and groom sit in a field of tall glasses - groom puts his arms around the bride
groom walks behind the bride holding her hand while her dress blows in the wind as they stand in a grassy prairie field. www.thegathered.ca
bride and groom walk through a wild overgrown prairie field with an cloudy sky and low setting sun in the background. www.thegathered.ca

IS THERE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR WEDDING PEOPLE KEEP TALKING ABOUT?

People continue to talk about the experience of our day. They never reduce our wedding to its parts but speak about it as a whole experience. 

bride twirls her dress with her arm around the groom as they stand outside their outdoor tented wedding reception. www.thegathered.ca

WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT SURPRISED YOU?

SUPER CLICHE – but the day truly goes by so fast. We’re so thankful we hired the right people to keep us organized and capture the moments we couldn’t be there for. 

bride twirls with her dress on the dancefloor as the couple share in their first dance at their outdoor romantic wedding.
First dance in a clear tent, weddings guests watch from the sides as the sun sets at this outdoor wedding. The Gathered, Calgary Alberta

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF?

SUNSCREEN! Everyone will scare you about rain (and snow), but we never thought that we would luck out. As Taryn was preparing for a hailstorm, we should have been putting sunscreen on the best man. 

couple enjoying their first dance in a clear tent with wedding guests mingling around them as the sunsets

WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT HAVING YOUR ROMANTIC WEDDING WITH A MODERN FLAIR AT THE GATHERED?

We loved we could truly make it our own. When we first spoke with Alysa and Elaine, we asked for a blank canvas. They said the only thing we couldn’t do was “uproot a tree, or steal a goat”. They were charming and accommodating from the beginning. Additionally, every single staff member blew us away with their level of service. 

Dress: Pearl & Dot

Florals: Foxglove Studio

Photography: Nomad by NK

Planner: Morgan & Vine 

Makeup: Bellamore Beauty

Hair: Carrie Van Norman 

Live Ceremony Music: Mike Todd & Jeremy Gignoux 

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2/17/2021

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