From the bride, Dana:
Our day turned out perfect. With days of rain leading up to the event, it was a welcome surprise to wake up to sunshine and +27. We chose Mayfair United church as our reception as my sister and her husband had been married there seven years prior by the same reverend. It is an open, modern space, located just a few blocks from where we live. I can’t help but smile every time I drive by.
When Russell and I got engaged on a trip home to England in November 2014, we met a lady names Mrs. Adams. Russell’s dad tends to Mrs. Adams’ garden for her in exchange for tea and biscuits and have adopted her into the family as a Nan. When Mrs. Adams met me, she asked me to come into the kitchen with her to make the boys some tea. While in there, she grabbed something out of the cupboard that she said she had been waiting years to give to the right person, and I was it (Mrs. Adams never had any children of her own). It was a piece of lace that had been passed down to her from her mother. It originated from the wedding dress of Henrietta of Fife, married to Mathew of Fife, over 200 years ago. It was my something old, and I wrapped it around the stem of my bouquet as I walked down the aisle.
Originally I wanted all the groomsmen to be in matching suits that we were going to rent for them. Since three of the groomsmen were living in England, and one in America, trying to get their measurements proved to be difficult. Before resorting to contacting their wives for some assistance, I decided to check with the boys to see if each of them owned a suit in ‘some shade of blue’. Turned out they did, so I decided to give up the battle and cross my fingers they looked ok. On the day of the wedding, I couldn’t of been happier with how the boys cleaned up, and I feel that the different suit shades actually add some depth to the photos!
Our day was unique in that we were the second wedding reception to ever be hosted at the Glen. When we booked the venue in February of 2015, we had only seen builder’s drawings of what was expected to be ready by August. Turns out, after a very rainy spring, building and landscaping was delayed, and the venue would not be ready to host until the first week of September! Thankfully though, they kept their promise and had the venue ready by our date, and it was everything I had imagined, absolutely beautiful.
Besides seeing my soon to be hubby waiting for my at the end of the aisle, watching my two year old niece, Perri Senger, nail her flower girl duties made me so proud. From walking down the aisle all by herself with many oohhhs and ahhhh sent her way, to showing us her best moves on the dancefloor, she was the perfect sidekick to share the limelight on our big day!
Advice to other brides would be that although the small details can really add to a wedding, it is important to remember what the final outcome of the day is, that you get to marry your best friend. So if the groom’s suits don’t quite match, or if you forget your perfect nude lipstick at home when you leave for the church, don’t sweat it, because in the end, it’s not what is important.
Also, choose awesome emcees!
Dana and Russell – September 12, 2015
Ceremony: Mayfair United Church
Reception: The Glen at Crossmount
Photography: Memories by Mandy
Bride: Allure Bridals
Bridesmaids: Le Chateau
Hair: Alyssa Despins
Makeup: Tara Hanterman
Groom: Calvin Klein
Flowers: Pauline Denie
Cake: Theodore’s Bakery
Catering: Grasswood Park Catering
DJ: DJ Sugar Daddy
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas