images by Breanne Marie
Melissa and Matt’s wedding can be summed up by two things – first, the favourite moment of the day from photographer Breanne Marie:
Watching Matt’s face as Melissa walked down the isle. I LOVE watching grooms as their lady in white walks down isle and this time that “I-love-you-with-all-my-heart-and-all-i-see-right-now-is-you” look was all for me!
next, this sweet gesture form the bride and groom shares a lot about their wedding, and their relationship: During the introduction to the bride and groom at the reception Melissa and Matt sang and played “I Love You will Still Sound the Same” by Oh Honey.
We wanted to do something different than a choreographed dance or just a walk in. We wanted to entertain our guests, but do something that is “us”. Since we fell in love while writing a song together, bonded over going to local concerts like Audio Rocketry it seemed perfect. Music is a huge part of our love story.
read on for more on this rad couple, and all the details of their wedding day… enjoy!
how did you meet?
We met through a mutual friend at Concordia University of Alberta
what was the proposal like?
He took me on a day of adventure – we went to Jurassic forest in Gibbons. Then to Smokey Lake & had a picnic at the end of a dock. He was going to purpose then, but some children started fishing over our little picnic. So we left. On the drive back to Edmonton we drove along an old Aboriginal Trail called Victoria Trail that winds around the North Saskatchewan River. He said we should pull over and walk down to the river and when we did it ended up being someone’s river front property! I think Matt was too nervous to realize. As we approached the river’s edge, Matt started acting really weird and clearly wanted me to turn around. He finally got me to look at the rippled river behind me and as I turned to look I kept on talking and didn’t hear him get down on one knee and ask “will you marry me”. When I turned around we just stared at one another in silence for what felt like forever. Eventually I broke the silence and said “do you have a question for me ..?” So he asked again “Will you marry me?” and I said “Yes honey, of course I will!” Then we went for a hike to Elk Island Park to take some engagement photos together. It was truly an amazing day.
tell us about the planning process!
It was a lot of work for two reasons: one – I was planning the wedding while finishing up my psychology degree, working, and doing a practicum; two – I am a bargain shopper, so I never just booked the first person/venue I found – I compared them to 3 or 4 others, so that took a while.
What I found very helpful was talking to other brides. I wish I knew then that on Facebook you can search for your local “Wedding Buy & Sell” group to find brides who can give you advice or sell you their stuff. Luckily I have a lot of friends who were brides & so I ended up borrowing, renting, buying most of my wedding stuff second hand.
My sister is super crafty and has a good eye for things, so she helped a huge amount and I probably wouldn’t have had such a beautiful day if it wasn’t for her. Thanks Beckster!
was there anything you were worried wouldn’t work, but turned out awesome?
My dress – it was pretty well made from scratch.
My hair – I have dreadlocks, but I should clarify: EVERYONE ELSE was worried that I would look like a dirty hippie. In the end most of our guests didn’t even notice that I had dreadlocks, so I think my hair turned out well!
The massive wooden backdrops – wasn’t sure how I would get them to the hall/set them up, but my sisters boyfriend stepped up & saved the day with his trailer.
My flowers – Unbeknownst to me, my flowers died three times! My bridesmaids took care of it every time, so I really had no idea until the night before the wedding. THANK YOU MAIDS!
what was the best moment of the day?
Hanging out and singing with the bridal party on the Party Bus. On the way to the reception, Matt started jamming on his acoustic guitar to Champagne Supernova by Oasis and the whole bridal party started singing along. It was a spontaneous moment not caught on camera, but will forever remain in our hearts as one of those moments that gives you goosebumps. It was a great time to let loose and sing at the top our lungs together in imperfect harmony and let the first half of the day sink in before the rest of evening continued.
got any advice for someone planning an edmonton wedding?
Be gracious, yet assertive in hearing other’s opinions of what you should look like/ who you should invite, etc. Know that in the end it is you & your husband’s decision, so lean on those that will help support what you both decide.
Also, as crazy as the day can get try to take a moment for yourself at some point in the day to really take it all in, so you can enjoy it.
If anything goes wrong the day of the wedding – just let it go it is not going to matter when you are 90 years old sitting in your rocking chair.
photography: Breanne Marie
ceremony venue: Lion’s Garden in Tofield
reception venue: Moyer Recreation Centre in Josephburg
band: Clay Rivers Exprns – most accommodating/ reasonably priced band ever!!!! Had soo many compliments. They were the highlight of most of our guest’s night.
transportation: Fort Taxi & Bus Lines
catering: Delightful Country Catering
seamstress: Kim Westaway at Mundare U Do It Crafts
bride’s lace overlay: Bridal Boutique in WEM
grooms & groomsmen vest & pants: Derks
cake: Taoyla L’Hirondelle – Tay’s Cake Creations
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