nikky & thomas’ rustic handmade winter wedding – edmonton wedding inspiration

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photography by FO Photography

a few weeks ago, we showed you this couple’s sweet engagement session at the wee book inn. by incorporating their love of books, this couple truly went the extra mile to make sure their personality shone through in their e-session – and it’s plain to see that they did the same throughout their wedding! today we showcase their thoughtful, handmade wedding, with unique details galore: nikky’s mom knit the bride’s capelet and the bridesmaids’ scarves, the bride and her nan made the spicy peach salsa favors, thomas made a wooden sign for the reception as well as the picture display… all of these personal touches conspired to make nikky and thomas’ big day a one-of-a-kind celebration of two people in love. we’re so excited to share these photos with you along with a bit of their story so far, as told by the bride. 

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what was the proposal like?

‘tom planned a scavenger hunt for me. he sent me to Saville Center where we use to play soccer, West Edmonton Mall to build a bear and Three Hills in st. albert where we have tobogganed. each place, i met a friend of mine who gave me a clue to the next location. i returned home to a homemade candlelit dinner. after we ate, tom got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.’

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tell us about the wedding planning process! was there anything you were worried wouldn’t work, but turned out awesome?

‘planning was very overwhelming at first. i did a lot of searching on social media (facebook/twitter), met with a few vendors and started to check things off my list. the biggest let down was that my first choice for ceremony venue fell through; however, pleading to twitter, i quickly found Union Bank Inn. you learn in the planning process to be flexible, plans may have to change but everything works out in the end. i wanted to do a lot of personal touches which meant i needed a lot of help. my mom and sister did everything from invitation assembly to folding programs to labelling salsa jars. my nan helped with all the chopping for salsa. tom made our picture display and sign for the wedding. my aunt darlene did all my reception decor, which included all the centre pieces and reception flowers, as well as all the table and chair coverings.’

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what was the best moment of the day?

‘walking down the aisle with tom after the ceremony was amazing! the day goes by so quickly but honestly i enjoyed the whole day!’

got any advice for someone planning an edmonton wedding?

‘there is a wealth of wedding talent in our city! check out #yegweddinghour on twitter (wednesdays at 7 pm). ask questions, ask for recommendations. there are many hidden gems in our city, i would have never found Union Bank Inn if it wasn’t for funmi’s (of FO Photography) recommendation.

just remember your wedding is the most important day in your life, really no one is going to comment about the shape of table cloths or chair coverings 😉 try not to stress the small stuff.’

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vendor shoutouts – what vendors made your day awesome? list as many as you think deserve mentioning! 

photography: FO Photography

invitations: Glossie

bouquets: Flowers By Meghan

decor rentals: Elegant Earth Event Details and Decor

bridal party hair: Christina Kilbride, Shear Avenue Hair and Esthetics (bride’s cousin)

bridal party nails: MakeupandMeg

dj: Dave Shannon Music

bride’s attire: Delica Bridal

bridesmaids’ attire: David’s Bridal

groom & groomsmen attire: Derk’s on Whyte Ave

bridesmaids’ jewelry: Sweet {Jolie} 

venues: Union Bank Inn (ceremony) + Polish Country Lodge (reception)

thanks SO much to nikky, thomas and FO Photography for sharing your images with us! have an awesome yeg wedding you’d like to see featured? get in touch! we’d love to hear from you.