From the bride, Megan:
Us girls woke up early and headed to the salon. Just as we were about to leave, it started to rain. We got back to my place, handed out gifts to my bridesmaids, and hung out listening to music and having a few drinks. As it got closer to ceremony time, it started raining again. I didn’t notice, but apparently the house had turned into chaos. The groomsmen had showed up at the house so I had to stay upstairs, get dressed and stay out of sight. Nobody except my dad had realized it was raining, since my mom was in the basement finishing our bouquets and boutonnieres. He was about to make the call to move the ceremony indoors, but the best man said that the rain was going to pass quickly, so they waited. Sure enough, just before the ceremony, the rain stopped and the sun shone just perfectly over the backyard! Tons of people started wiping down the chairs and putting on the chair covers. I had to stay indoors watching from the upstairs window, unseen from my groom and guests! As the guests were taking their seats, a few were looking around and caught a glimpse of me watching from the window. One gave me a wave and a thumbs up! I totally wasn’t expecting anyone to be looking up there – I was full of a lot of nerves, excitement, and happy emotions, and it was sort of comic relief!
The ceremony went perfect, the weather turned out beautiful! Jackson’s one set of grandparents had died a few months apart from each other a few years ago, and his dad had said that the moment the rain stopped, it was as though his grandparents had stopped the rain, shone down the sun, and were there watching us from above. It made the ceremony so much more special than it already was! A close family friend was our officiant. It was much more personal and meaningful since we both knew her very well and it helped calm the nerves. The ceremony was very earthy and natura. I planted a lot of the flowers and my mom had brought in a lot of her flowers and lawn decorations from the farm. It was a lot less of a hassle to have it in the backyard, was much more comfortable and personal being at home, and my yard looked great after the wedding! We had a short ceremony, took family photos at the yard, and then the wedding party went out to get photos at a few different locations. One of the groomsmen made sure to bring champagne and had an idea to pop champagne bottles and it had turned out to be one of our favourite photos! It caught us off guard to have one of the guys pipe up for a photo pose request, but it turned out perfect! After photos, the wedding party went back to the house and had pizza with our family.
We then headed over to our reception at the curling rink. It was such an amazing feeling walking in and seeing everything set up. We had put so much work into putting it all together! The reception was all black and gold, vintage Gatsby themed. My mom had decorated for an event before and she had lots of leftover centerpieces so we used them and made the rest ourselves. All of the branches were actually from my parent’s farm that we had spray painted! As for the vintage décor, the vast majority were family items, either from my own house, my sisters, my parents, grandparents or in-laws. It was really personal and cool to have those household items that we live with, grew up with and pretty much see on a daily basis! All the seats and tables were FULL of family and friends. It was perfect. Our MC was Jackson’s uncle and he did such a great job – lots of stories, laughs and even a few tears.
Jackson and I went to school in Edmonton and I fell in love with the Red Piano, a duelling piano bar. So for our wedding day, it was one of the top things that I would do anything to have! It was something we had both loved and that hardly anyone had seen at a wedding before. And they were unreal! For the first dance, I had coordinated with the piano players to play ‘Can’t Take My Eyes off of You’ in a special, slower tempo and it turned out just the way we wanted. After the first dances, the party had begun! The pianos played request songs from the guests. They are so talented, everyone had an absolute blast singing along, dancing or just watching them play! We didn’t want to make a big deal of the ‘cake cutting’ so we had our parents take a few photos as the dance was still going on and then let our guests enjoy the remains of the cake and the abundance of cupcakes and candy bar we had, it was all so delicious! We stayed until close to 3:00 am – we were both so tired but were having so much fun, we didn’t want the night to end!
Advice to future brides: I let my bridesmaids choose their dresses and headpieces. I wanted them to each buy a dress that they loved and for a price that they thought was suitable for them. When I was dress shopping I never realized how expensive a bridesmaid dress was. Don’t get me wrong, they were beautiful but I didn’t want to have my bridesmaids spend that much money on a dress they probably would wear once. Have a set timeline for everything you book and plan for the wedding and stick to it. If people offer to help, let them! It can kind of get overwhelming with people offering help, but it can make things go a lot quicker instead of trying to do a million things yourself!
Most importantly, enjoy your day, it goes by extremely fast!
Megan and Jackson – June 25, 2016
Ceremony: Private home
Reception: Weyburn Curling Club
Photographer: Starr Mercer Photography
Hair: MissFitz Hair Studio
Makeup: Jordy Joslin
Groom and groomsmen: Black and Lee
Cake: Stephanie Schmidt
Entertainment: The Dueling Pianos Show of Saskatoon
Stationary: Optimal Print