Nipawin: Natural Outdoor Wedding

Jillian and Eric’s lives became forever intertwined one summer evening at Candle Lake in 2007.  From that moment on Jillian and Eric developed a passionate romance.  One night in Oklahoma City, Eric surprised Jillian with a horse and carriage and brought her to the Myriad Botanical Gardens.  In the gardens Eric got down on one knee and asked Jillian to be his wife, her answer was of course YES!

From the bride, Jillian:

The wedding day was never intended to be solely about us, the bride and groom. From the moment of our engagement, the day was meant to be about family and having the most important people in our lives by our sides. Both of us come from strong family bonds. Eric‘s parents have been together for 30 years. They have never gotten married, but their love is everlasting and so beautiful. My parents have been married for 30 years and although I always saw how much my parents loved one another, the previous year was on a whole other level. The love that my parents had was put to a raw, unimaginable and devastating test when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. She still managed to excel at being mother-of-the-bride while being treated with chemotherapy. Connection was the theme of our wedding, and was about the strength of our families connecting with ourselves and connecting with one another, realizing how important family is.

Prior to the ceremony, we did a first look at my mother’s family farm. The farm location has been abandoned for many years, so the first look took place in a very isolated yet beautiful scene. Rather than looking at one another right away, we held each other for many moments until we finally stepped apart to see one another.

The ceremony was short, sweet and blissful. It was held at the park I grew up playing at as a child, and nobody had ever been married there before. We wanted an outdoor ceremony that was full of organic nature and the Earth’s given colours, and we created a ceremony from nothing but nature. My father was the marriage commissioner for the wedding. He was able to perform a wedding ceremony and emotionally experience the moments while blessing us with a lifetime of happiness.

The reception was fulfilled with great food, great drinks and great laughter. We both cried tears that came from such raw emotion. The amount of dancing to follow the supper was a ridiculously good time. At the end of it all, we looked at one another and couldn’t believe the day was over and we were married!

My advice for future brides: Look at everyone who is attending the wedding and look at the groom, they’re all there for you. The people attending the wedding were more important than any little detail for us. The minor details don’t matter at the end of it.  When I stopped and looked at everyone who was attending the wedding, I lost my breath over the amount of love and support.

Jillian and Eric – June 27, 2015

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Ceremony: Nipawin Royal Purple Park

Reception: Nipawin Evergreen Centre

Photography: Courtney Jess Photography

Bride: Maggie Sottero from Unique Weddings

Bridesmaids: Nordstrom

Hair: Carmelle Seiferling

Makeup: Spahh

Groom and groomsmen: Tommy Hilfiger

Flowers: Nipawin Florist

Cake: Heidi Lecomte

Catering: Gieni’s Fine Family Restaurant

DJ: Carter Palidwar (DJ Pali)

Stationery: Mixbook

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