images by Julia James Photography
i’m not sure if i can pick a favourite thing about this wedding – between the sweet pine cone bouquets and decor accents, the mid-day stop at Block 1912 (and the super sweet photos inside and outside the cafe), and the gorgeous bride’s timeless look… i’m torn! it’s all so wintery and wonderful! read on for details of the sweet proposal, planning tips, and all of the awesome vendors that made this beautiful wedding possible.
how did you meet?
Kyle and I got set up by mutual friends and we went on a blind date. It was pretty nerve racking, but I am sure glad I went on that date – crazy to think it all started there and then!
what was the proposal like?
For our anniversary we went to one of our favourite places, Banff. We usually went in the summer time, but I’d never been in winter. We did a lot of hiking that weekend, and it was Kyle’s first time on the gondola; it was neat we got to go up because the first time we went to Banff we hiked Sulphur Mountain. In my mind I thought it could happen on this trip, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. We did all sorts of things during the day, so I thought that if he was going to propose he would have done it already, so I decided to just enjoy the rest of the weekend. That night for dinner we went to the Balkan, the greek restaurant, but we had to eat in a rush because we had an excursion planned for that night – we were going on a night time ice walk at the Johnston’s Canyon. In winter all the waterfalls are frozen and lit up – it was pretty incredible! Little did i know what Kyle had planned. We started the hike and we all had flash lights on top of our heads and looked pretty funny, but it was awesome for seeing the waterfalls. We got to the end of the hike where the tour guide told us that inside the cave there was a running waterfall. Everyone took turns going into the cave, while the others waited and had hot chocolate and cookies. Kyle was talking to the tour guide so we were the last ones to go in the cave. We were talking when a grandma walks in and asked if we wanted a picture. Kyle said no but inside he was dying and wanted her to leave! After she finally left, he grabbed my hand and went down on one knee, at first i thought he was fixing the grips so we didn’t fall on the ice, because everyone had kept fixing theirs the whole hike. Then I realized what was happening. He was very sweet, and said he couldn’t imagine his life without me. I was over the moon! We were hugging and kissing of course, and I couldn’t see the ring at first because my glasses were all fogged up from crying. We came out of the cave and everyone was just staring at us, and then they started clapping. Kyle and the tour guide had the whole thing planned. We were walking back to the bus and the stars came out. It was an incredible night.
tell us about the planning process!
The planning process wasn’t too bad, we had a little leeway because we had a winter wedding and not everything was booked like it would have been in summer, but we knocked the important things out of the park right of the bat and didn’t have to worry about them! It seemed like my days off were always filled with doing something wedding-related, though – I loved booking everything. We booked our reception at Millwoods Golf Course, since my sister and brother in law had their reception there it was easy to pick that. The manager was great to deal with and the food was awesome. It was harder to get a florist to be on board with my idea of having pine cones in the bouquets, but Flowers on 50th was great and so reasonable. Working at a hair salon, I already had the girls lined up to do the hair, and one of my bridesmaids is a cake and pastry chef, so she was the one who made our cake. I found that as long as you have some sort of a month-by-month checklist that helped, and if I was out of line my sister, the maid of honour, kept me on track – she was amazing!
was there anything you were worried wouldn’t work, but turned out awesome?
I was worried about the weather and people not being able to come. Some people didn’t end up coming. But I figured that it didn’t matter what the weather was like we were still going to have a great time, even though it was -27 on our wedding day, without the wind chill! We wanted to get married on the day we started dating and thats what we did.
what was the best moment of the day?
This is a hard question! I loved that we wrote our own vows – that was Kyle’s idea – it just made our wedding ceremony more personal and meaningful. I do love a good slide show and speeches always get me. Our family and bridal party did such a excellent job on those things.
got any advice for someone planning anEdmonton wedding?
Make sure you do your research on caterers, venues, DJs and limo companies. Actually, renting a limo stressed me out, I got so many quotes. And if you want a certain date, book it right away! An important thing is try not to stress out. Enjoy everything! The engagement and the wedding day goes by so fast!
vendor shoutouts – what vendors made your day awesome? list as many as you think deserve mentioning!
photography: Julia James Photography – She and her husband were excellent, they have been doing photography for a long time and you can tell they love what they do. We were so happy about our pictures, thats one thing not to cheap out on.
flowers: Flowers on 50th
ceremony venue: Edmonton Moravian Church
reception venue: – Millwoods Golf Course (Woodvale Community Centre)
photo locations: Muttart Conservatory – we got to go take pictures there for part of the day, it was great we rented out the pyramids and it was only our families and the wedding party so that was really nice
Block 1912 – was one of our first dates so we thought it would be neat to go have some pictures in there, have a coffee and warm up on the cold day. The staff was great let us move furniture around and take pictures.
cake: Cakes by Cassie – check out her Facebook or instagram to see more of her beautiful cakes, and that buttercream icing was amazing!
bridesmaid dresses: J Crew outlet – It is a great store with so many options, theres always something you can buy in there!
bride’s dress: The Bridal House – Even though it was a drive to get out there, it was so worth it! The ladies there were so helpful! I went to a few stores previously and I tried on a lot of dresses. But the bridal house had a lot of options and was organized and I didn’t feel so overwhelmed. The dress I picked was a combination of a few I liked. It was harder to find a dress suitable for winter. But any questions I had they helped me out. I wish I could wear my dress again. I recommend this place to any bride.
favors: Davids Tea – We both love tea and Kyle actually introduced me to David’s Tea, it’s his fault for my addiction. Anyways, I bought a lot of grams of tea. They thought it was such a neat idea and I got a certain percentage off for buying so much.
decor: Michaels is always good for finding things for a wedding – it’s the go to place!