tess & allan’s little family gets hitched (+ all the balloons!) – edmonton wedding inspiration

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photography by Buffy Goodman

it’s pretty hard to pick a favourite element of a wedding when there’s a tattooed bride in a tea-length dress and flip flops, oodles of heart-shaped helium balloons and a porcelain deer bride & bunny groom ‘cake topper’ – Tess and Allan’s quirky and sweet wedding has it all! the amazing Buffy Goodman captured all of the emotions of this special day, with Tess’ adorable daughter totally stealing the show. when we asked Tess what the best part of the day was, she acknowledged that the during the ceremony, ‘it really felt like we were becoming a family’. well, we think that’s pretty awesome, and we’re super stoked to share these photos (and Tess’ description of the wedding) with you – enjoy!

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how did you meet?

we met on the internet. not very exciting, but it’s hard to meet people worth dating when you’re in your thirties and have a kid. we quickly figured out we had a lot of friends in common and i am surprised we never met at a house party or something.

what was the proposal like?

the proposal surprised me! on our one year anniversary (which I had forgotten the date of) Allan asked if he could talk to me about something. my heart sank, i really thought he was going to break up with me! instead he pulled out a jewelry box with a locket in it and asked me to marry him. he had bought me a vintage locket because i don’t like wearing rings but i like big necklaces. it was perfect and i wore it on our wedding day. he also got my daughter a locket and asked her if he could marry us.

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

we decided to have a short engagement and set our wedding date about a year after Allan had proposed. i had never really fantasized about a wedding other than joking around about beaches and flip flops. so, between work, school, and parenting we planned a wedding. at one point there was confusion about the hall and four months before the wedding i thought that we didn’t have the hall. luckily that worked out!

the hardest part was figuring out food. we weren’t staring the wedding until 7pm but still wanted to feed our friends. i had hoped we could get a food truck to park in the parking lot but that didn’t work out. someone suggested roasting a pig and that didn’t work out. finally we made pulled pork and bought a bunch of buns and everyone seemed pretty happy at the end.

i also loved that we decorated with balloons. i ordered a whack of mylar ones off the internet and helium from in town. we weighed them down with photos of our friends and then let them float around the room. it solved the issue of not marking up the venue walls, people liked finding the pictures of themselves, and the balloons made for some cool photos.

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what was the best moment of the day?

the ceremony was pretty great. my daughter was overwhelmed and crying so the three of us stood together hugging while the officiant continued through. it really felt like we were becoming a family.

got any advice for someone planning an edmonton wedding?

stop, drop, and roll.

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

food: Irving’s Farm Fresh supplied our pork and it was super delicious!

officiant: Carillon Cameron was our officiant and was great through our flakiness and my crying.

photographer: Buffy Goodman Photography did an amazing job. she was patient and a total pro. she put us at ease.  she let my daughter boss her and let me be silly.

have an awesome yeg wedding you’d like to see featured? get in touch! we’d love to hear from you.