images by Amara Dirks Photography
today’s wedding is all class, with some gorgeous modern details. we love how their day unfolds in these photos, so perhaps we’re best to leave the storytelling to their talented photographer, Amara Dirks:
‘Lindsay forewarned me that Mark wasn’t a real “photo guy” .. but much to my shock (and hers), he pulled out all the stops! Their wedding party was filled with their amazing friends who were more than helpful and accommodating the entire day – to both me and the couple. This day was surrounded by friends and family, and just like Lindsay explained in her write up, their very simple day was just them, but it was all about them and there was certainly no shortage of love.
For me, their first look started off the entire day so perfectly. It was just them, no one else. Mark was a little nervous (even if he were to tell me he wasn’t, he was!), and I kept the anticipation going as she snuck around behind him. It was just a quiet, sweet moment between the two of them to soak up what was all happening and what was going to be happening hours later.’
how did you meet?
Mark and I met about 8 years ago through a mutual friend. I lived and grew up in Saskatoon and Mark lived and grew up in Edmonton. We remained friends for about 2 years until one weekend when I came to Edmonton for a weekend away and met up with Mark. We both knew we wanted to be with each other and started dating long distance. About 3 years later I moved to Edmonton to live with Mark and the rest is history!
what was the proposal like?
It happened in our kitchen right after we moved into our new house. All of a sudden one night Mark had a beautiful ring in his hand. I was in such shock and was not expecting it at all! Very sweet and simple, just like us! And of course I said yes 😉
tell us about the planning process!
The planning process went pretty well. We were back and forth about deciding what city to have the wedding in but finally decided Edmonton since this was our home. We did mostly everything ourselves which is a lot of work but well worth it!
was there anything you were worried wouldn’t work, but turned out awesome?
Nothing specific but since we were making most of the decor for the reception, I was worried we would not get everything done. There were a few late nights before the wedding but we managed to get everything done and it all came together! I was extremely happy with how everything turned out!
what was the best moment of the day?
Best moment of the day was when Mark and I saw each other for the first time that day! And going around to get our photos done at Fort Edmonton Park!
got any advice for someone planning an edmonton wedding?
Be organized! Also join one of the Edmonton buy and sell groups, people sell wedding items and give advise on absolutely everything that has to do with planning a wedding. I got most of my ideas for decor and names/recommendations for mostly all the vendors we used. We were 100% happy with all of it!
vendor shoutouts – what vendors made your day awesome? list as many as you think deserve mentioning!
photography: First of all, Amara Dirks Photography for having such an amazing talent for photography and an awesome personality! Our pictures are absolutely amazing and had such a great day with her documenting our day!
flowers: Jenn from Akiko Floral Artistry Inc who designed all the flowers that were absolutely beautiful and was so great to work with!
makeup: Haley from HP Makeup Artistry who did an awesome job on all the girls for makeup and was so fun to have there while we got ready for the day!
venue: Fantasyland Hotel was also great to work with from getting everything organized leading up the day, down to the day of the wedding for any little thing we needed!
hair: Laine Schiebelbein
dress: Pure Bridal
bridesmaid dresses: Champagne Bridal, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
rings: Spence Diamonds
suits: Tip Top Tailors
prep/ceremony/reception venue: Fantasyland Hotel
portrait location: Fort Edmonton Park