Shari + Mike Photography

Shari + Mike Photography


About Us


Hello & Welcome!  We are so happy you stopped by!  We are a boutique wedding planning and design studio located in Calgary, Alberta. Serving the Calgary area, Canmore, Banff and beyond.  Certified by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada.


  • Simple, classic designs

  • Innovation over extravagance

  • DIY elements

  • Personal touches

  • Celebrating YOU!

Brent Calis Photography

Brent Calis Photography


About Shannon

Hi, I’m Shannon Valente, I am many things – wedding planner extraordinaire, animal lover, daughter, sister, wife and mother. I’m creative, inspired, friendly, crafty, dedicated, thrifty, happy, organized, and reality TV is my guilty pleasure.

When I was growing up I always wanted to be a marine biologist (like Grant Roberts from the show ‘Danger Bay’) until I realized I needed to take science, not my thing! So, when the day came to choose a major in University, I went with marketing. Along the way always becoming the ‘social event coordinator’ at every job I have ever had.  With my background, love of a good party, and certification from the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, I began my wedding planning business (originally called Frit Fru Weddings) in 2006 .

I look forward to working with you on your wedding. My goal at the end of the day is to help you create an amazingly fun, jaw dropping, memorable, stress free wedding that screams YOU! Let the journey begin….


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Grey Lily Photography

Grey Lily Photography



 Q: How long have you been a wedding planner?

A: I started my business in 2006, originally called Frit Fru Weddings.


Q: Are you a certified wedding planner?

A: Yes, I am certified through the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada.


Q: Do you limit the amount of phone calls or emails with your packages?

A: No, although some wedding planners do, that’s just not my style. We do whatever it takes to plan your perfect day.


Q: Do you take on a limited amount of weddings per year?

A: Yes, we find this is the best way to ensure our clients get our full attention.


Q: Do you book yourself for more than one wedding on the same day?

A: No, that’s just crazy talk!


Q: Do you work alone?

A: I wish I could take all the credit, but I have amazing assistants who help me every step of the way, as well as on the day.

Q: What’s your favourite wedding moment?

A: Hmmm that’s a tough one! Probably the final moments before the ceremony as I fluff the brides dress, hand her a gorgeous bouquet, open the doors, and the groom sees her for the first time. Heart. Stopping.


Q: Is your hair naturally curly?

A: Yes (Seriously, I get asked this a lot! And for all you girls out there with straight hair, the grass is always greener my friend.)


Q: How do we get started?

A: Send us an email, and we set up a time to chat, yes it’s that easy!

Alan Maudie Photography

Alan Maudie Photography


Kind Words

Alica + Neal “Everyone kept telling me that I seemed way too calm. I just kept telling them, it’s because I have Shannon!” 

Julie Seager (Mother of the bride) “The best money we spent on the wedding was to secure your services.” 

Elisa & Joel “Shannon was an absolute gift! She was worth her weight in gold and I would recommend her to anyone.”  

Julie Rubin (Catering and Event Manger) “It was a pleasure having you here. You totally transformed the Great Hall and I heard from several people that it was the best they’ve ever seen.”  

Shaun & Sonia “I didn’t think I would need a wedding coordinator, was I ever wrong! Thank you again for all you did for us, I couldn’t have imagined the day without you there!”  

Suzanne & Neil  “Thank you so much for all of your help leading up to and on the day of our wedding. You did a truly amazing job! Everything was absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have been happier and will be recommending your services to all of our ‘unmarried’ friends.”  

Rebecca & James  “Thank you so much for all your help this past weekend, and this year in general. I am incredibly happy with the decision to use your services to help make this day possible. You made everything go by so easily, it all came together perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for a better celebration – so thank you for being so helpful, reliable, and friendly. You’re the best, and I’ll definitely be recommending you to my friends when that time comes!”