From Sonmor Photography:
The morning was filled with the girls getting hair and makeup done, taking detail shots of the dress and jewelry, and capturing the guys getting ready at a motel in town. The ceremony was beautiful. Kent’s aunt officiated, and it was filled with laughter and a lot of happy tears. Seeing the groom’s face when his bride comes down the aisle is always one of my favorite moments, and Kent’s reaction was so loving and full of emotion.
After the short ceremony, we stayed indoors for family portraits as it was lightly raining at the time, and used the beautiful barnwood backdrop. Ashley and Kent chose a few locations around Spiritwood their photos. We first went to the Spiritwood Museum, followed by a field with some grain bins and a beautiful open view. The weather held up, and we only took shelter from the rain for about five minutes throughout the whole afternoon.
At the reception, the emcees did a fantastic job of keeping everyone entertained. Instead of the classic clinking of glasses for the couple to kiss, they had trivia questions about the couple. The meal was simply delicious, and shortly after everyone was fed, they began speeches. Each speech was so well put together, and the strong sense of family was displayed over and over again. The cake looked amazing, baked by Kent’s grandma as a family tradition. Shortly after the cake cutting, they went into their first dance, and it seemed like they forgot everyone else was there, and it was a moment just for the two of them.
From the bride and groom:
Our vision was to have everyone together for the days leading up to and the day following the wedding. We had an absolute blast! We didn’t really have a preconceived vision as to how the days was supposed to unfold, however, things went off without a hitch. Our families blended extremely well and everyone seemed to have a great time.We were lucky enough to have family join us from the East to West Coast.
Everything about our wedding was taken from our hearts. Our wedding favors included jam made by Ashley’s sister, the wedding backdrop was built by Kent and Ashley’s Dad out of old barn wood taken from the family farm, and the centerpieces were all hand made by our bridal party. The head table used dishes handed down through the Brown side of the family for generations and the photobooth backdrop was made out of wood painted by Ashley and her siblings when they were very young. We chose to do this because we are both so family oriented and wanted this day to be about our families coming together just to celebrate.
Kent’s favourite memories: seeing Ashley walk down the aisle, handing out cake and talking to our guests, playing the shoe game (because we actually answered most of the questions the same!), and the Irish blessing and grace from the flower girls.
Ashley’s favourite memories: walking down the aisle to Kent, seeing Kent’s dance moves to “I’m Too Sexy”, time spent with family throughout the entire weekend, and dancing with all of the kids – they made the wedding so much more fun (the candy probably helped too).
Advice to future couples? The time comes fast – don’t leave everything until the last minute. Have the wedding that YOU want – you can’t keep everyone happy. And don’t worry too much about the small things – most of those things don’t actually matter when the time comes!
Ashley and Kent – June 25, 2016
Ceremony and reception: Spiritwood Civic Centre
Photographer: Sonmor Photography
Bride: Exquisite Fashions & Bridal
Bridesmaids: Le Chateau
Hair: Kristin Crossman and Lisa Smith
Makeup: Lisa Smith
Flowers: Flowers by Friends
Rentals: Handy Special Events
Catering: Ron Sawatzky Catering
DJ: Jaida J