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Have you ever attended a surprise wedding? Well this couple opted for an untraditional route and decided plan a complete surprise for their family and friends! Their guests unknowingly arrived at Ridge Meadows Estate, thinking it was their engagement party, and were shocked to realize it was actually the couple’s wedding instead!

Besides that surprise element, this wedding also features a stunning floral arch from Meadow & Vine, romantic styling, and mix n match bridesmaids attire in the perfect tones for fall! Scroll down to see so many beautiful and special moments throughout the day, all captured by Calgary photographer Nora Hanako.

From the Photographer:

Zoe and Kieran meticulously planned a celebration that fit their effortlessly romantic style while also convincing everyone (aside from immediate family and Zoe’s bridesmaids) that they would be attending a backyard engagement party. Held at the Ridge Meadows Venue in Bearspaw, the two told their guests that they had been lent the property from ‘a friend’ to use for their party, but as guests arrived they were greeted by a sign that read ‘Welcome to the wedding of Zoe & Kieran.’ Nora Hanako

The Morning


Such an adorably sweet first look moment!

We love this combination of mix and match midi-length bridesmaids dresses! You can find more fall bridesmaid dress inspiration here.


The Surprise Wedding Part


First, we just have to share some of the beautiful details that were included in this contemporary cottage-core wedding design.

Now, take a look at the guests arriving (and have a laugh)! Many of the guests were so surprised to find out it was actually a wedding they were attending, not an engagement party!

From the Bride:

Since we had a first look, we were able to join the party right after our ceremony. Hugging our guests, seeing how shocked they were, and finally confessing to the lies we told to pull off the surprise was an experience I’ll never forget. Our reception was full of laughter, celebration, and love. It was absolutely perfect.

The Wedding Party


Any advice for couples currently planning?

Sit down with your partner and decide on 3-5 non-negotiable details that NEED to be at your wedding, other than that, don’t sweat the small stuff. Planning your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience so take it as an opportunity to get closer with your partner and have fun planning a celebration of your love. Ultimately as long as you get married (and for us, surprise our guests) it’s a successful wedding day. from the couple, Zoe & Kieran

All Vendors: Photography: Nora Hanako Photography // Styling: Tailored Studios // Floral Design: Meadow & Vine // Catering: Flores & Pine // Venue: Ridge Meadows Estate // Bridal Boutique: Park & Fifth // Decor Rentals: Orange Trunk // Groom’s Attire: Ed Williams // Candles: Prairie Forager

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