kara & kyle’s laid-back wedding and river valley photo session – edmonton wedding inspiration

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photography by Sarah Zamburek Photography

opting to avoid the stress of a huge celebration, kara and kyle planned their wedding day with a focus on things that are meaningful to them – family, friends, a slice of edmonton flavour, and the chance to include their beloved dog in their big day. we love kara’s short wedding dress, bright purple shoes and her cheerful, vibrantly coloured bouquet. photographer sarah zamburek had a great time capturing their big day. she says:

‘i wanted kara and kyle to feel comfortable and capture exactly what they wanted.  they are a great pair and decided upon a relatively small, intimate wedding with only a couple hours of photos all told.  their dog, lincoln, is a special family member and they wanted to include him in the photography as well (something that i loved)! they’re a wonderful couple and you can tell they’re very much in love!’

we had a chance to get a bit more of the details of kara and kyle’s wedding from the couple themselves – read on to hear about some of the special personal touches they used to make their big day meaningful and unique…


how did you meet?

we met at a CPR course. kyle was there as a physiotherapy student with some of his classmates. kara was there for work as an occupational therapist and ended up taking an empty seat next to kyle. kyle did his best to crack a witty joke. contrary to popular belief, no mouth to mouth occurred that evening.

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what was the proposal like?

kyle and kara shared a wonderful dinner and walk with their dog lincoln. kyle popped the question while walking around the beautiful christmas light display at the alberta legislature grounds on the evening of december 24, 2013.

tell us about the planning process!

being laid back individuals, we wanted an intimate and down to earth wedding that represented who we were as individuals and as a couple. the planning was easy with only 50 guests – we had a wonderful florist, dinner venue, and minister, not to mention our supportive family and friends. we hosted a small party at our place after dinner where we danced and laughed the night away.

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was there anything you were worried wouldn’t work, but turned out awesome?

we were worried about the weather – but aside from rain around noon, the rest of the day was perfect weather. kara’s father, david, passed away suddenly in october 2013 so that was also on our minds during the day, but the joy we felt that day was no doubt a sign from dad that he was there. the remembrance of david through a white rose held by kara’s mom as they walked down the aisle and candle lighting by kyle turned out perfectly.

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what was the best moment of the day?

this is a tricky question to answer – the moment where we shared our vows and exchanged a kiss at the front of the church OR at the end of the night, walking hand in hand down whyte avenue in our suit and dress with a sprinkling of rain – having congratulations shouted to us from the kind hearted people of edmonton.


got any advice for someone planning an edmonton wedding?

edmonton is a beautiful city with beautiful people – embrace it!  the city has many fabulous vendors – explore and find some who fit well with your ideas and styles. we chose a smaller wedding and made decisions about vendors/venues to keep the planning stress to a minimum. one of our favourite spots includes the river valley so it was only fitting to capture it in our photos.

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

photographer: Sarah Zamburek Photography – sarah is a wonderful photographer and captured fabulous photos from our special day. sarah is easy to work with, flexible, and knows how to keep wedding guests on task during the photography session. sarah also gets photos back to you in a reasonable amount of time.

flowers: Off Whyte Floral Studio – christie, the owner, was a gem to work with and created beautiful floral arrangements and bride’s bouquet. she even hand delivered the flowers and stayed until the bride walked down the aisle.

ceremony venue: St. Paul’s United Church (Minister Catherine McLean) – catherine has a positive glow and energy about her that creates a peaceful, calming atmosphere even during a wedding that can bring nerves to the surface. St. Paul’s is a beautiful steeple church that features natural lighting, stained glass, and plenty of space.

catering: Upper Crust Café and Caterers – sarah jane (evening manager) and her team were delightful to work with and the food was delicious. Upper Crust staff even set up the room – all we had to do was show up and enjoy a wonderful meal and atmosphere.

hair & makeup: Love Hair Salon – the girls at Love Hair Salon were not only amazing, but charged reasonable prices, with makeup and hair styles for the special day!   

rentals: River City Events Ltd. – dependable and affordable rental of picnic tables – delivered on time and picked up with no issues.

1 Comment

  • Carolyn Contant says:

    Absolutely beautiful photos of a wonderful couple! Simply love the shoes, the dress and the flowers Kara wore! Kyle, you looked so handsome and debonaire. The beautiful white rose. Having Lincoln included in the festivities.. allowing him to sit on your stunning white dress. Love it!! Awesome touches… the matching flowers on the pews. Such a sweet couple. They are perfect for each other and I am so happy for them. Wishing you nothing but the very best!!

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