Colourful & Creative Canadian Badlands Wedding

Liv Hettinga Photography

August 18, 2023

Kenzie and Benjamin were married at Badlands Community Facility in Alberta, Canada. With a colourful palette of vibrant hues, the landscape perfectly matched their colourful personalities with both a dramatic desert and a lush, green meadow as backdrops.

The inspiration for their wedding was their love for each other and their colourful life, as the bride told us, “One of our focuses for our wedding was to have a great experience and to include some of our favourite things. We incorporated a sundae bar, chip bar, candy bar, shot bar, charcuterie table and many backyard games on the terrace. Our theme was also very colourful, from the décor inside the reception and outside at the ceremony, to the bridal party’s outfits, to my rose gold sparkly wedding dress. There were colourful touches everywhere you looked!”

The ceremony was set up outside the Badlands Community Facility among a row of trees, next to a river and the coulees. They placed heart-shaped colourful fans on each chair and had an iced tea and lemonade stand for their guests. They lined the aisles with handmade colourful wooden hearts and their arch was also handmade and secured with a dried floral arrangement.

“We used some of our favourite love songs as a couple, including River by
Leon Bridges, To Build a Home by Cinematic Orchestra and Bloom by The Paper Kites”, Kenzie continued, “and we walking back down the aisle to Butterflies by Kacey Musgraves. The ceremony was beautiful, and included the exchange of our own vows to each other.”

This couple’s hands-on approach added a personal touch to the event. From the mirrored seating chart to the signs decorated with dried flowers, the guest favours (which were four different herb-flavoured infused mini olive oil bottles), wooden hearts, and centrepieces, their wedding was their canvas which they painted with their own creativity.

“It is very important to do research and look at many options before settling with any vendor”, the bride advises in conclusion. “Compare prices, read reviews and look at their work if you can. This helped us a lot in finding amazing people to work with. If you can, plan your wedding as far out as you can. We planned our wedding about a year and 8 months out, which gave us plenty of time to plan and be creative!”