Woodsy Winter Canadiana


Today’s Inspired Creations Contest concept is all about Pop Culture Canadiana and showcasing the spectacular beauty of the Canadian Rockies!  Brought to us by the Banff-based team of  Julie Williams Photography, Cherry Tree Occasions, Spoonful of Sugar Invitations & Creations and Forget me Not Flowers, this is pure outdoor winter fun!


A scrumtious dessert table with sweets made by Alannah Gamblin is full of Canadian flavors such as Tim Horton’s doughnuts (which get a makeover with sparkling sugar!), maple leaf cookies, Nanaimo bars, and a tea station.





The woodsy winter table featured cable-knit napkins (repurposed from an old sweater), vintage china, moss chargers, and a gorgeous centerpiece of willow, roses, astrantia, hydrangea, moss, and birch bark tubes.  Vintage crystals were woven and hung from the willow basket, and the whole piece was tied together with copper wire.  Little Canadian winter touches make all the difference, like the burlap overlay and the chair sashes accented with silhouettes of local animals.




A silk jeweled folio is the perfect contrast to an invitation adorned with a buck head, birds, and an elk wearing a toque.







Nanaimo bars are a Canadian delicacy and if you have never had one, trust me you are missing out. Alannah was kind enough to part with her recipe for Pappermint Nanaimo Bars!

Cozy Cave Bake Shoppe Peppermint Nanaimo Bars
{view printable recipe}


1/2 cup butter
1 tsp cocoa
1/4 cup sugar

Put butter, cocoa and sugar in a glass bowl and stir over a double boiler until well combined – sugar is completely dissolved.

Then whisk in:
1 egg
1 tsp mint extract

In a separate bowl combine:
2 Cups Graham Crumb OR Chocolate Cookie Crumb
1 Cup Coconut (sweetened flaked)

Add the wet mix to the dry mix and combine well. Pat / pack down an even layer into an 8×8 pan and set aside in a cool area.


Mix the following:
1/3 Cup softened Butter
2 Tbsp of Vanilla Pudding mix (Instant)
2 Tbsp of hot water
1 tsp mint extract
(you may tint this later with green or blue food colouring to appear minty!)

Spread evenly over the bottom layer and set aside.


Melt in a glass bowl over a double boiler:
1 Cup chocolate chip
1 – 2 Tbsp of butter

Pour on top of the middle “custard” and spread evenly. Set in fridge for about an hour before cutting into squares. ENJOY!



Maple syrup favors, of course!




Thanks to these ladies from the Great White North for participating in the Inspired Creations Contest.  Sound off with your love in the comments if this is your favorite! :)

Photography – Julie Williams Photography \ Event Design – Cherry Tree Occasions \ Stationery – Spoonful of Sugar Invitations & Creations Inc. \ Floral – Forget me Not Flowers \ Dessert Table – Alannah Gamblin \ Hair and Makeup – Candice from Tying Knots \ Models – Colin and Jessica Olauson

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29 comments on “Woodsy Winter Canadiana

  1. Lylea Ottmann writes...

    Looks marvelous! Interesting,clever and truly Canadian. What a special treat for all the guests.

  2. SO much fun! I love the winter vibe and the incredible way these ladies pulled it together! The use of teal (and donuts!) is beautiful in the snow, and I love seeing the fingerless gloves on a bride.

    • Ami writes...

      Hi Kailey! The awesome stationer on the shoot, Shannon from Spoonful of Sugar Invitations & Creations Inc. created those – I’m sure she’d love to work with you! The link to her website is in the post, and here it is again for you:

      I’m so glad you loved this one as much as we did!

  3. I have to say that Woodsy Winter is amazing. The ideas were unique and displayed very creatively and the photographer caught the essence of the day in every shot. Well done!!!

  4. I just love this look at the Canadian Rockies! It makes me want to get married all over again! I hope to steal a few of these great details in the future! Thanks Cherry Tree Occasions and team! LOVE IT!

  5. Tracy S writes...

    A gorgeous wedding, great ideas and beautiful pictures. I would expect nothing less from those talented ladies!

  6. Wanda Graham writes...

    Oh WOW!! I LOVE this — all the unusual, unique and re-purposed elements blend together beautifully. The whole concept with the amazing decor, the majestic Rockie Mountains plus the adorable couple with their Mountain Chic attire are just stunningly beautiful!

  7. Jo-Ann Walsh Murphy writes...

    Amazing – and so peaceful looking. I loved it! Wondeful job putting this together!

  8. This is such a nice photo shoot. The white snow sure looks pretty nice as a backdrop. I simply love the last photo at the bottom. Photographer is quite a genius!

  9. Darlene Williams writes...

    This was truly an ingenious photo shoot. Stunningly Canadian! Loved the maple leaves on the wedding cake, clever. All the team-work payed off. Congratulations!!!

  10. Nicole Inglis writes...

    Love it! What a great way of celebrating the beautiful winter scenery we have here in Canada!

  11. I LOVE the sweater napkins! Those are so cool! Loved the inspiration from this shoot. People who live in snow country need to consider more winter weddings. I’m in NH and I’m itching to film more. Great work to this team! Incredible job putting this together :)

  12. I LOVE the sweater napkins! Those are so cool! Loved the inspiration from this shoot. People who live in snow country need to consider more winter weddings. It’s a much slower, calmer time of the year to celebrate because not as many people are doing it. Guests are always excited to have a reason to party in the winter too. Who doesn’t love sipping hot cocoa by a roaring fire :) Great work to this team! Incredible job putting this together :)

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