all images by Shandro Photo
this awesome edmonton wedding exudes two things: style and fun! Nadia and Ian focused on giving their guests a night to remember by prioritizing great food, plenty of entertainment and killer music – and if the photos are any indication, they succeeded! and talk about on-point bridal fashion: we’re in love with the bride’s fit and flare rosette gown with a sweetheart neckline, matched in perfect taste by her groom’s classy grey suit with black lapels. read on for great advice from the bride and groom, as well as more fab photos by Shandro Photo. enjoy!
how did you meet?
We met at my good friend’s birthday dinner, when Ian came fashionably late and ended up taking the ladies “purse chair.” We spent most of the night chatting about our common interests (like spin and group exercise classes), then we exchanged numbers and our first date was only one week later, and we’ve been together ever since.
what was the proposal like?
The proposal came during a rollercoaster of a week. It was done in private, at our first home together. Ian laid rose pedals down on the floor and came to meet me at the top of our stairwell, wearing a suit, and got down on one knee to propose. It was super sweet and thoughtful after the crazy week I’d been having! We had recently found out about a serious illness in the family, bought a house AND got engaged, all in one week!
tell us about the planning process!
Our planning process for booking our major stuff like our venues, photography and DJ services came together really quickly, but the small details took a lot of time. Overall, we got to learn more about each other and realized that having a theme and sticking to it without going overboard was our best strategy.
The three things we focused on were having plenty of food options for the guests, entertainment (musical chairs, a steel pan drummer, as well as the legendary “BOX OF DESTINY!”) and music, which definitely paid off. Not to mention making sure that we had enough alcohol (even though we had to do a second run right after dinner! LOL).
was there anything you were worried wouldn’t work, but turned out awesome?
No, not really. We planned everything out the best that we could, and with a great support network, almost everything came together pretty much exactly as imagined. It was a great time had by all, with no major hiccups or delays (except for the unexpected booze shortage post dinner), and our day ran very smoothly. Awesome weather, amazing company, and I got to marry my best friend… what more could a girl ask for!
what was the best moment of the day?
Our day was filled with many great moments, but some of the most memorable were meeting each other at the aisle, our families all coming together for our tree planting ceremony and hearing all the nice things our parents and bridal party had to say about us at the reception.
got any advice for someone planning an edmonton wedding?
Pick a theme and stick to it! Once you’ve made a decision commit, and don’t look back, book your event locations first and then fill in the blanks with the rest.
vendor shoutouts – what vendors made your day awesome? list as many as you think deserve mentioning!
We really want to thank Ranjit at the Meridian Banquet Hall, as he was awesome to work with and made sure everything was taken care of, with a few lovely surprise extras. All of our vendors were amazing, and we were VERY pleased with how our day turned out, we wouldn’t change a thing!
photography: Shandro Photo
ceremony venue: All Saints Anglican Cathedral
main photo location: Blvd Kitchen and Bar
reception venue: Meridian Banquet Hall
hair: Jackie Lado (CJ ‘s Hair & Fashion)
makeup: Susan Gill (Sen Studios)
wedding bands + grooms watch: Sean Susun from Westmount Jewellers
dress: Maggie Sottero from Bridal Debut
grooms & groomsmen attire: Derks
DJ: Katrina Campos (Resonance Audio)
flowers & setup: KS Events
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