Shawls, sequins and a whole lot of 1920s style made Stephen and Ashlea’s unique Edmonton wedding shine. We love their choice of photo locations that reflected their sweet vintage style, and by the looks of it, a live band at their reception was the perfect way to keep their guests on the dance floor late into the evening.
All images by Life by Selena Photography.
Stephen and Ashlea first met at Edmonton’s Folk Fest, and music has played a central role throughout their relationship. Music played a key part throughout the day, from spontaneous a capella during the photo shoot, to the rhythmic 11-piece band, The Retrofitz, that danced the party into the new year!
Stephen and Ashlea wove in several Jewish traditions throughout the day, including the Horah, leading to a priceless expression on Ashlea’s face as she was hoisted on a chair high above everyone’s heads. Stephen and Ashlea picked the perfect wedding favours: a mix cd from bands they’ve seen live together.
Putting aside the opulent 1920s dresses, the luxurious furs, and the classy peacock boutonnieres, there were two elements that made this wedding a photographic success: locations and time.
To celebrate the old-timey spirit of Stephen and Ashlea’s wedding, we picked the Hotel Macdonald and the Mercer Tavern as the primary shooting locations, as well as 104 Street and the 104 Street Parkade.
One conversation that every couple should have with their wedding photographer is about how much time should be set aside for group photos; Stephen and Ashlea happily indulged me with three hours. Instead of rushing between locales, we had time to top up our martini glasses and relax as a group.
With guests all dolled up in their 1920s attire, and The Retrofitz playing some timeless music, Stephen and Ashlea’s reception was a certainly a night to remember.
Music: The Retrofitz
Hair: Simone from FUSS art of hair
Make-up: Merritt from FUSS art of hair
Photography: Life By Selena
Flowers: Kristi Evans
Dress: The Londyn by Maggie Sottero purchased from Bridal House
Cake: friends of the groom Alana Sawyer and Theresa Vilches