From the bride, Sanam:
Blake and I were on the same intramural volleyball team in university. Shortly into the volleyball season, Blake asked me out on our first date – a viewing of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Super romantic! After only two dates we were past the honeymoon phase and it felt like we had known each other for so much longer.
After five years and much harassment from friends and family, Blake popped the question. While he had a few elaborate plans, he decided to keep it simple and do it at home. On December 22, 2014, we were out finishing the last of our Christmas shopping. Much to Blake’s dismay, I took forever to finish shopping, and on top of that decided to finish wrapping the gifts when we got home. When I finally got to our room to watch some TV before crashing for the night, Blake came into the room with a bouquet of flowers and said it was part one of my Christmas gift. Not thinking much of it, I thanked him for the flowers and continued on. That was the second time in five years he gave me flowers so I should have known something was up! Before I knew it, he set the flowers on the table next to me and proceeded to get down on one knee. I was in shock! I knew the day would come eventually, but I was definitely surprised when it happened! I said YES and we were so excited for this next journey!
Prior to getting engaged, we didn’t realize how popular Christmas proposals were. On top of that, we didn’t realize how soon in advance certain vendors needed to be booked. We started planning the initial phases shortly after Christmas to beat the rush. We knew we wanted a spring/summer wedding, but did not want to be rushed to plan it in six months, so we decided to wait for the following summer. There were a few vendors important to us that we knew we wanted to book early: the church, the reception venue, and the photographer.
The church was an easy pick. Blake always knew that if he got married in the city, he wanted it to be at Resurrection Roman Catholic Parish, and be married by Father Steve. We had a large guest list (approximately 320 people), so we knew we had to pick a venue large enough to accommodate the group. For the reception, we checked out a couple places before settling on St. Mary’s Hall. We knew it would be tight, but we liked the hall. I did a trusty Google search for photographers in Regina. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t look at a lot, but I kept coming back to Danielle Tocker.
With such a large guest list, it was important for us to stay on track with our budget. Neither of us really had any idea how much a wedding cost, but we tried to be budget-friendly with each decision. In choosing other vendors, it came down to a lot of research and word of mouth. I was lucky that a lot of my friends were already married, so they provided a ton of advice on vendors.
To be honest, I was never the girl that envisioned her wedding. In fact, I always thought I would elope, or have a very small wedding. That said, family is very important to both of us and we wanted as much family present, including 57 kids under the age of 9! Being that Blake comes from a very large family, it was inevitable that a small wedding was no longer a possibility. So I did what every other girl does: scour the internet for wedding blogs and of course Pinterest to get some ideas. I wanted the wedding to align with my decor taste: minimalistic modern with a bit of industrial glam. I love gold accents, so I wanted to incorporate that into the wedding decor. I never really had any colours, I just knew I wanted it simple: white, with some pops of gold. It wasn’t until me and the bridesmaids decided on blush for their dress colour that I incorporated softer/romantic flowers into the mix.
Decor and apparel aside, we knew we wanted the day to be effortless and fun for everyone! With so many kids, I wanted them to feel included and provided activities for them depending on their age. For the adults, I knew food, beverage and music were important, and worked to make that possible from the dessert bar to an extensive liquor list including a signature drink, and a good mix of music including Persian music to incorporate my culture.
Blake’s favourite parts of the day: Seeing Sanam walk down the aisle. I didn’t feel as nervous as I thought I would be – quite the opposite actually.
Sanam’s favourite parts of the day: I loved everything about the whole day, including the on and off downpours, but a couple moments stood out for me: in the morning reading the card Blake prepared, and then walking down the aisle and seeing only Blake in a room of approximately 250 people. I felt excited and happy yet nervous to walk down the aisle. Everything seemed to fall into place, and I was thrilled. I wish the day didn’t go by so quickly!
Sanam and Blake – July 23, 2016
Ceremony: Resurrection Roman Catholic Parish
Reception and catering: St. Mary’s Hall
Photographer: Danielle Tocker Photography
Hair: MillionHairs Salon
Makeup: Sara Lindsay
Groom and groomsmen: EPH Apparel
Flowers: Emerald Park Flowers
Cake: Kelsey Shugg
DJ: King’s Court
Transportation: Wrapture Limousine Service