images by Buffy Goodman Photography
today’s real edmonton wedding was submitted by Jessie – the bride herself, who worked with Head Over Heels Wedding Planning to create their timeless wedding day using the classic style of burlap and lace, along with an up-to-date pastel colour palette. read on for more details and a bit of this couple’s wedding planning advice…
how did you meet? I was bartending at Rexall Place during an Oilers vs Canucks game (Andy is from BC). He was wearing a Vancouver jersey, and made a bet with me. If the Oilers won he would take me out for dinner, but if the Canucks won I had to take him to dinner. Pretty bold, BUT the Oilers were already up 3-1 at that point. Oilers won and we had our first lunch date a few days later. It was kind of a fluke meeting and especially since I had wanted to give that shift away but could not find anyone to cover it, glad it worked out that way!
what was the proposal like? Andy and I were in Vancouver to visit his family. On a sunny Sunday afternoon we drove out to Grouse Mountain and took the Gondola to the top of the mountain for the breathtaking views of Vancouver and the ocean. He got down on one knee and I immediately regretted not wearing water proof mascara, because I burst into happy tears
tell us about the planning process! It was a lot of fun to decide on a theme and develop an idea of what was important to us. We really wanted a classic wedding, one that if you looked at it in 15 years, would not look out of place. We went with a ‘burlap and lace’ theme and focused on soft pastel colors that would compliment all the elements we incorporated We had an easy time choosing vendors, as I already had my heart set on some and we were lucky enough to work with them!
was there anything you were worried wouldn’t work, but turned out awesome? Yes – my poor bridesmaids and grandmother! I had them make freezer bags full of confetti with scrap paper. I had seen a photo on a wedding blog and wanted to replicate it, but just figured it would not work the way I had imagined. Thankfully, with the incredibly talented photographer we hired, it turned out better than I imagined!
what was the best moment of the day? I had a few. Putting on my wedding dress with my hair and makeup done was a moment where I felt like a million bucks, and it was so special to share it with some of the most important women in my life. I also loved the moment before the church doors opened. Standing with my Dad and knowing I was going to see the love of my life on the other end was a moment that makes me teary eyed just thinking about it!
got any advice for someone planning an edmonton wedding? Use a wedding planner if your budget allows for it. We worked with an amazing wedding planner for the 6 weeks leading up to the wedding and she made my life (and therefore my husband’s) much easier. And a big one for us was hiring a quality photographer. Photos last longer that the flowers, guest favors and all the other details – having a professional capture the important moments throughout the day will be the best investment made.
And for the brides that know exactly what they want…..let your grooms into the process as well. My husband only truly wanted a few things at our wedding and they were fantastic additions. Donairs for late night lunch was a huge hit… especially with one guest who ate 5!
things i wished we would have done but didn’t… I was dead set against having a videographer, I did not think it was necessary. After the fact, I wish we would have made it a priority. we were lucky enough to have a friend record our ceremony and watching it gave me a better appreciation for how fast the day goes by without even realizing it!
vendor shoutouts – what vendors made your day awesome? list as many as you think deserve mentioning!
photography: Buffy Goodman Photography – I cannot say enough about Buffy, she has an eye for all things photography. I joked that I had loved Buffy before I loved Andy, and was thrilled for the opportunity to work with her. She books up fast as a result of her extraordinary talent, so when you get engaged, call her right after you call your Mom!
wedding planner: Head Over Heels Wedding Planning – We were lucky enough to work with Amy from Head Over Heels. She is a woman on a mission to see a couple’s wedding vision come to fruition. And if anyone questions if the investment is worth it, her knowledge of the wedding industry, tips and tricks saved us enough to cover her fee. And not to mention her time and organization on the day of is worth it, on its own!
makeup: Anita Gill of Sen Studios – Anita was another of my first calls, she is so good at what she does. Anita made me feel like the most beautiful version of myself. She also touched up my bridesmaids after she was supposed to leave, who had their makeup done by another company and left much to be desired. She is a true professional!
paper decor: The Paper Wedding By Carmen – We got so many compliments on our backdrop and it was one of our favorite elements. The colors worked perfectly and our guests used it as a backdrop for their own photos throughout the night!
cake: Simply Elegant Wedding Cakes – Tamara from Simply Elegant delivered a beautiful cake tailored to our requests for a classic cake that melted in your mouth. Her mint cake with hazelnut cream filling was heavenly!