Jennifer + Curtis’ Morning Garden Wedding and Brunch Reception – Edmonton Wedding Inspiration

Jennifer and Curtis tied the knot – quite literally – in a beautiful garden with the morning sun rising in the sky. Yes… the morning sun! This couple opted for a 9:30am ceremony, followed by a brunch reception. We love the beautiful morning light in their photos, as well as the many thoughtful personal touches. Read on to see this lovely, unique wedding and the fab photos by Trish E. Photography, and read this sweet couple’s story. Enjoy!

Images by Trish E. Photography

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How did you meet?

We met on Plenty of Fish. For our first date we met at Tim Horton’s for coffee. (How Canadian of us!)

What was the proposal like?

We were skipping rocks on a creek while we were on a hike in the Rocky Mountains. I was looking around for the perfect rock to skip, and when I turned around Curt was down on one knee and said “What about this rock?”

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Tell us about the planning process! Was there anything you were worried wouldn’t work, but turned out awesome?

We were worried about the time of day of our wedding. We planned a morning wedding with a brunch after. There were a few grumbles when we told people our wedding would be starting at 9:30 am, but after the wedding was over we got so many compliments on how unique and perfect a morning wedding is.

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What was the best moment of the day?

The best moment was the handfasting portion of the ceremony. It was very important to us to literally “tie the knot.” We braided the cords together ourselves and each colour meant something special to us.

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Got any advice for someone planning an Edmonton wedding?

Don’t stop looking for unique locations. Edmonton and the surrounding areas have lots of unique and interesting venues to choose from for ceremonies or receptions. It is also important to book as early as possible!

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Vendor Shoutouts – what vendors made your day awesome?

Photographer: Trish E Photography – Our main vendor we want to give a shoutout to is Trish E. Photography. Trish went above and beyond our expectations of a photographer. Neither of us are very outgoing and we were worried we would look awkward in our photos. Trish was great at making us feel comfortable in front of the camera. We were also impressed with how she stopped at nothing to get the perfect shot. She took off her shoes at one point to stand in a flower bed just to get the best photo possible. Our photos had the exact sort of dreamlike fairytale quality we were looking for.

Shoes: Ecco Shoes – I had a very hard time finding wedding shoes I liked. I didn’t want too high of a heel and I didn’t want pointy heels that would get stuck in the dirt in the garden we got married in. Ecco had the perfect shoes but did not have my size in their Edmonton stores. I spoke with a manager and she fast-tracked a pair to me from Eastern Canada in my size! I was so pleased.

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Ceremony Venue: St. Albert Botanic Park – This was an amazing venue. We knew we wanted to get married in a garden but we also had a modest budget. St. Albert Botanic Park is a beautiful volunteer-run garden. It is located along the Sturgeon River and has a Rose Show every summer. We got married in a circle of roses in front of a fountain. All of the unique flowers and arches made it a great spot for our ceremony and photos after.

Cake + Cupcakes: Cake Affair – Is located in Spruce Grove. The cupcakes and the icing flavour combos are amazing. Our favourite was the raspberry buttercream with lemon cupcake. Pure heaven.