Guys. Can we just talk about how photographer Laurie Jensen made Lake Summerside look like the freaking ocean!? If you look at nothing else today, scroll down and look at those incredible beachy portraits, taken right here in Edmonton. It’s amazing.
However, we are also absolutely loving the heartfelt story that the groom, Aaron has shared with us. Read on for their sweet love story, more information about their unique wedding day timeline and one of our fave guest book ideas ever.
All images by Laurie K. Jensen.
How did you meet?
We met at a mutual friends wedding… I was the musician hired to perform for the reception and Rebecca was a close friend of the bride. The bride thought that we might be a good match, so she placed Rebecca and I at the same table, sitting side by side. We had an immediate connection, but didn’t begin dating until 3 months later, when after numerous attempts by her friend (the bride) to set us up, including a murder mystery party where our characters were intentionally coupled as the ‘sweethearts’ of the game, as well as a strenuous one hour circuit training session which almost killed me, Rebecca and I finally went on a date. We attended an arduous modern dance performance and went to a coffee shop after, which was hosting an entertaining amateur open mic, and I realized, while sitting close to this beautiful woman, that this night was perfect in every way because I was sharing it with her. The first day of the rest of my life.
What was the proposal like?
I had bought the ring a few months before, but was waiting for the right opportunity to pop the question. In our condo in the rocky mountains, I knew the moment had arrived, so I bent down on one knee and asked the question that so many before have asked; will you do me the honour of marrying me? She said yes and less than 4 months later, we were blissfully wed.
Tell us about the planning process! Was there anything you were worried wouldn’t work, but turned out awesome?
Everything about our wedding day went exactly how it was meant to be; perfectly imperfect.
What was the best moment of the day?
The ceremony was the highlight of our day… our first look, our thoughtful, romantic vows, the moment we were pronounced husband and wife, the kiss, all of it.
Got any advice for someone planning an edmonton wedding?
If you would like to have a wedding that is meaningful, yet economical, have an afternoon wedding and reception. Our wedding began at 2PM and ended at 6PM. At our church, we had a beautiful ceremony, a small reception with close friends and family, with bride and groom photos perfectly scheduled for 7PM at a lake close by; the sun was setting and the light was optimal for the most spectacular photos I ever did see. We kept the wedding simple, but with unique ideas that intrigued people, such as a bucket list guest book, where guests could sign medium sized rocks, tell us what we should add to our lifetime bucket list, and dump it in a bucket, a memory table with pictures of passed loved ones so their spirits might attend our wedding as well, and a photo booth with funny hats, glasses, and attire of all sorts. It was simple, fun, and exceptionally meaningful and memorable!
Vendor shoutouts – what vendors made your day awesome?
Photography: Our photographer, Laurie K. Jensen was creative and remarkable in every way. She amazed us not only with her astonishing talent as a photographer, but also with her kind and positive nature that made our experience everlasting and awe-inspiring.
Food: The Italian Centre Shop made the most delicious and visually appetizing cold dishes that my taste buds have ever savoured.
Is there anything else about your wedding that you’d like to share with us?
Our wedding day was one of the most wonderful and memorable days of our lives, but no more important or remarkable than the days after. The foundation of our lives together was completed on that auspicious day and now we will dedicate our future to building a structure that has meaning, beauty, and is filled with love… something we can be proud to call our life!