kaydi + jeff’s cosy winter wedding – edmonton wedding inspiration

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images by Pretty As A Picture Photography

as our edmontonian winter is coming to a close (no complaints here!), i thought i’d share one last winter wedding. todays images come to us from Emma of Pretty As A Picture Photography, and feature a great edmonton wedding venue: La Cite Francophone. Kaydi, this thoughtful bride, presented her bridesmaids with blankets, socks, boots and gloves, which were coordinated to their wedding colours so that they could be used in pictures – and they look great! Kaydi also shares the amazing story of Jeff’s proposal, six years after they met through mutual friends… enjoy!

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what was the proposal like?

The proposal was the most romantic moment of my life. Jeff has never been much of a romantic, so every year Jeff didn’t propose, I joked that he needed to make the proposal more and more romantic the longer he made me wait. March of 2014 we planned a trip to Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia for a month. At the beginning of the trip, I bugged Jeff that at some point he needed to plan as a romantic dinner date. The end of the trip we finished in Bali and planned to make the last week of our trip relaxing. We stayed at multiple resorts, however our last resort was a very expensive resort in the middle of the rain forest. On our second last night in Bali, Jeff told me “he planned us a dinner, but it wasn’t what he wanted, it was our own private table at the restaurant.” At that point I didn’t care, I was just happy he planned something.

Come dinner time, I started to head left (to the restaurant) and he guided me to the right. We went down a windy set of stairs that was candle lit. Once we got to the bottom of the stairs we reached the pool, that was covered in candles, flowers, and floating lanterns. To my right was our own private table, candle lit, champagne, and overlooking the rain forest with no other tables around. After our private dinner, we sat under the stars, finishing our bottle of wine. Once the bottle was finished we got up to head back to our room, and when I was up about 5 stairs, Jeff grabbed my hand and turned me around and was down on one knee, and told me how much he loved me and wanted to spend his life with me and asked me to marry him. Truly one of the happiest moments of my life.

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tell us about the planning process!

The planning process was all me (Kaydi). I knew what I wanted and the vision I was trying to reach. I am very list orientated, so made many lists, and continued to check one thing after another off, until it was the time to say ‘I do’. My wedding party and family were also a lot of help.

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was there anything you were worried wouldn’t work, but turned out awesome?

I was worried about my DJ or lack thereof. I had a juke box, it was a package offered through a DJ company. He explained that because I was only having 80-100 people I did not need a DJ. I was worried that the music wouldn’t flow, but in the end it turned out great and I would recommend it to anyone having a small wedding.

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what was the best moment of the day?

Marrying my best friend. I also loved our speeches.

got any advice for someone planning an edmonton wedding?

Do your research, and shop around. There is no need to settle, there are lots of vendors who will suit your personality and theme.

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vendor shoutouts – what vendors made your day awesome?

photography: Of course, Emma with Pretty as a Picture – Awesome job, great photos and wonderful to work with.

photo booth: Jeff, with Storybook Photography – My guests loved having an actual photographer taking pictures.

venue: La Cite Francophone + Café Bicyclette: awesome venue and incredible food and service.

makeup: Trisha Zook – She did an amazing job and would recommend her to anyone looking to have their makeup done. Great personality and very talented.

flowers: Flowers on 50th – Beautiful flower arrangements and affordable.

dress: Bridal Debut – For helping me find the perfect dress and making it fit like a glove. The service I received was incredible… lovely group of ladies!

DJ: Divinity Productions – Great DJ services, very honest and helpful.