Jessica and Edward got married in late July (in case you missed it, here’s their engagement session and some photos of them decorating their wedding cake). I haven’t blogged much lately because I’ve been working on getting people their photos in a timely manner instead, so now looking back on this wedding after months, I can see what I missed at the time: this wedding and the photos of it totally rock. More than usual. Excuse my lack of humbleness, but it’s true. I think a big part of it was that I had a chance to get to know the couple and some of their family and friends before the wedding, through watching them decorate their cake the day before and doing an engagement session. I got to know Jessica and Edward and learned how truly kind and wonderful they are. This day just confirmed that.
They had their ceremony at Beacon Hill Park where the guests were given engraved kazoos and taught to play the wedding march on them. We headed to a few different spots for portraits, where the small wedding party goofed around and the couple acted adorable and in love (ok, not so much “acted”). The reception was at the Union Club and even though they only had about 45 guests, the night was full of fun and liveliness. Thanks to an awesome DJ and a love for cheesy wedding songs, the dance floor was packed and crazy all night. One of my favourite parts was Edward picking up Jessica and swinging her around the room. Way to make the most of a size difference, guys.
DJ: Marcus Leno at Sound Choice Music Services
Ceremony Venue: Beacon Hill Park
Reception Venue and Caterer: The Union Club
Florist: Thrifty’s Florist at Fairfield
Hair: Anne Walsh at En Visage Hair Design in Estevan Village
Makeup: Rachel De Goutière
Cake: Heather Weaver
Officiant: Eugene Rubin
Wedding party and groom’s tuxedos: Black and Lee
Wedding dress: Maggie Sottero from Shades of White (altered by Kim Le at I Make It Fit)
Kazoo engraving: Alex Loncaric at Kelowna Engravers
The wedding season has ended and I’m finally caught up on my editing, so it’s time to blog my summer weddings. The summer season kicked off to a great start at the beginning of July with Lauren and Ben’s wedding at St. Ann’s auditorium and the CFB wardroom. You might remember their documentary engagement session from last year.
Ben works in politics (and frankly is a bit obsessed with them) and they met while Lauren was volunteering for an event, so of course, they had to bring a bit of politics into the wedding in the form of campaign button favours. They also had a campaign hashtag, and photos of the buttons were soon all over twitter. I’d say the campaign was a success.
I think my favourite part of the wedding was when Ben saw Lauren walking down the aisle with her dad. He looked really emotional, turned a bit red, and kept repeating “wow” over and over.
These two spent a lot of time socializing with their guests during the reception, rather than spending the night on the dance floor, but they also danced with each other quite a few times throughout the night. There was also some line dancing (video proof from DJ Jeremy Baker) and Ben and the groomsmen sang along to Bruce Springsteen. After hanging out on the patio for a while, Lauren and Ben came running in to dance to “Forever” by Jesse and the Rippers. Yep, these guys are awesome.
Getting ready hotel: Oswego Hotel
Ceremony venue: St. Ann’s auditorium
Reception venue and caterer: CFB Wardroom
Bridesmaids’ robes: Singing Slowly
Ceremony music: Jo Ann C. Dalisay
DJ: Jeremy Baker (Spin the Black Disc)
Florist: Poppies Floral Art
Hair: Shampoo Hair Bar
Makeup: Melanie Baird
Cake: Father of the groom
Officiant: Bill Smith
Bride’s dress: Martina Liana from Blush Bridal Boutique
Fascinator: Blair Nadeau Millinery (Toronto, ON)
Bride’s necklace: Atelier Hg80 (Whitby, ON)
Groom’s suit: Outlooks
Groom’s tie: Banana Republic
Bridesmaids’s dresses: Alfred Sung from Blush Bridal Boutique
Groomsmen’s ties: RW & Co.
Invitations & ‘campaign button’ favour design: Adam at Metropol Printshop
Marla and Scott got married at St. Ann’s Chapel, with a reception at the Union Club, back in May. In her initial e-mail to me, Marla said “The idea is to have a wedding that is elegant but relaxed, with lots of family love and some fun on the dance floor (the can can and cossack dancing are mandatory at [my family's] weddings).” That was the perfect description, with their sophisticated style and laid back personalities. And yes, dance they did. There was a ton of energy on the dance floor and some impressive moves from the many kids, including some amazing breakdancing.
Gwen and I spent most of the reception being followed around by a little girl with a camera (future wedding photographer?) and sometimes her sister, which you’ll see later in the post. As I was grabbing something from my bag around 11pm, Marla came up and said, “are you still here? Go home and get some rest!” We were having too much fun; the day just flew by.
Venues: St. Ann’s and Union Club
DJ: Tim Horner
Caterer: Union Club of British Columbia
Florist: Flowers on Top
Hair: Elena Roberts
Make-up: Melanie Baird
Cake: Cakes Galore
Dress: With Love Bridal, Ottawa, ON
Organist: Kathleen Edge