Surprise Bonterra Restaurant Wedding | Jessica and James

A surprise wedding at Bonterra Restaurant during what guests thought was an engagement party

Jessica and James’ Surprise Bonterra Restaurant Wedding

Imagine attending a chic engagement party at one of Calgary’s cutest Italian restaurants on a Friday night. You come home from work, throw on an evening outfit and head out the door for a night of appetizers and wine. You arrive at the venue to an announcement that the engagement party is actually a surprise wedding …. and it’s happening right now! Click through to see the full post featuring this surprise Bonterra Restaurant wedding.

Planning this Surprise Bonterra Restaurant Wedding

Chatting with the Jessica and James leading up to their wedding was extra fun. Helping a bride and groom plan the logistics for a surprise wedding is exciting! As Calgary wedding photographers, we’ve been through the process hundreds of times. We know how to schedule things properly for a wedding to go smoothly. Could we do it for their surprise Bonterra Restaurant wedding? We didn’t know for sure, but we thought we’d give it a try.

The biggest concern was guests not knowing they were going to attend a wedding. For this reason, some extra thought needed to go into the planning process. Luckily, Jessica and James were up for the challenge.

The logistics:

Jessica and James decided to get ready at Hotel Arts in the middle of a Friday afternoon, while friends and family were still at work. They opted for a first look and photos in and around downtown Calgary. They live and work in Calgary’s urban environment so having the city as their backdrop made total sense. From there they stopped by Bonterra to make the announcement that they’d be getting married, right at their engagement party! There was an outpouring of emotion from friends and family as the restaurant staff quickly set up chairs for the ceremony. From there, everyone witnessed the I do’s before they kicked the night off with wine, fine Italian food and some music. All in all, their surprise Bonterra Restaurant wedding was a success!

Planning a Surprise Wedding?

Here are some tips we received from the bride and groom themselves.

Once James popped the question, they kept the engagement ring hidden from family and friends. They knew they wanted to get married right away, so they secretly jumped into wedding planning mode. Jessica found her dress off the rack and didn’t have to wait months for it to be made by the designer. From there they chose a venue that work work for both “an engagement party” and a wedding. They sent out engagement party invites and made sure immediate family and VIP guests were able to attend. The venue was in on the secret, so the appropriate plans could be made. The officiant showed up just before the ceremony kicked off and the rest is history. As Calgary wedding photographers, we’ve photographed some pretty amazing moments. This surprise Bonterra Restaurant wedding by far  was the most exciting. We loved it!

Congratulations guys, from your Calgary wedding photographers xoxox

Jessica and James’ Surprise Bonterra Restaurant Wedding Vendors:

Venue & Catering: Bonterra Restaurant |Hair Artist: Redbloom | Florals: Dahlia Floral Design | Calgary Wedding Photographers: Photographik | Entertainment: Clearsand Software | Second Shooter: Anna Michalska Photography

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For a similar wedding photographed by Calgary wedding photographers, Photographik, check out this Rouge Restaurant wedding.

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