From the bride, Toni:
Our wedding took place on an unconventional Wednesday, and the weather decided to follow suit. Which suited us just fine, after our year as an engaged couple living in Vancouver. We began at the Park Town Hotel, where myself and my girls wolfed down Tim Horton’s BLTs, and had our hair styled into up-dos strong enough to weather any storm. The men got ready at Paul’s groomsman’s family B&B. After carefully manoeuvering ourselves into the car (and out of the rain), we drove to Nostalgia Country Hall, our gorgeous venue just outside of Saskatoon. The rain poured down, but our guests poured in to the beautiful little hall we had outfitted the day prior with an adornment of rustic and travel-inspired decor.
Paul and I insisted on a first look in the rain, and it’s something we would highly recommend to any couple! Well, the first look definitely, the rain… only if you’re up for it! Seeing Paul before the ceremony was like a breath of fresh air, a moment frozen in time, just for us, for our eyes only. The silence and stillness, before the whirlwind of the day swept the time speedily away from us. I will never forget touching Paul on the shoulder, and him turning towards me. What a beautiful memory I am so lucky to have! It was the perfect way to start our life together.
Our ceremony was packed with guests in the little chapel, while the thunder continued outside. After the wedding party proceeded down the aisle, so did my nephew the ring bearer, also escorting our 10-year-old chocolate lab, Buddy (the “ring bear”). My other nephew followed next, as the “sign deputy,” telling Paul to get ready for the love of his life. Our adorable flower girl was hesitant at first, and then realized “it’s okay if I throw these?!” Incredibly excited, she proceeded down the aisle with joy, tossing tiny paper hearts as she went. I do not think I stopped smiling once walking down the aisle, seeing the faces of all of the people I care so deeply for. Paul’s Aunt and my sister both spoke during the ceremony and tugged at our heartstrings. I remember being incredibly nervous beforehand to say my vows, and following Paul was no easy job, but in that moment, I wanted every person in that chapel to hear and to know how much I loved this man.
After putting a ring on it, so to say, we kissed and the rest was… a blur! After a whirlwind receiving line (amazing to see so many smiling and supportive faces), we were whisked outdoors (yes, still pouring!) for our pictures. We wouldn’t have had it any other way. Our photographer was our champion – absolutely soaked, but nothing phased her. The pictures we are left with are something we will treasure and cherish forever.
Back inside (and a wee bit damp, but tulle dries wonderfully) we were warmed by the welcoming cheer of our guests, and the soul-warming quality of our delicious meal. The speeches were heartwarming, and funny! Our first dance was never-practiced, but totally perfect.
Our day was very unique in that the weather was darn determined to rain! We were married on a Wednesday for logistics reasons – we actually needed to re-schedule our wedding, bumping it up in the calendar by several weeks, in order to accommodate international teaching positions in Mexico. So, every day of the week, we had beautiful +30 sunny skies; but the forecast for Wednesday? 100% chance of thunder, lightning, pouring rain from sun-up to sun-down. For once, the forecast was completely accurate! It did not bother us one bit. Instead of panicking, we rolled with the thunder. We had our first look outside, as well as all of our formal pictures. The photographs are something we will treasure for the rest of our lives.
The colours of our wedding were mostly the aquamarine of the bridesmaid dresses – we tied in everything from there! We also had a lot of creams, greens, and denim in between. The theme of our wedding was a travel-inspired rustic celebration! We had lots of birch and wood accents, galvanized steel, and fairy lights. We had travel accents, like our “guest map” – a huge artwork map of the world for our guests to sign – our “bon voyage” sign made out of map paper, and little hearts cut from maps for the flower girl to toss down the aisle.
My biggest piece of advice for brides-to-be is this: before you start it all… the planning, the shopping, the organizing… take a minute to stop and reflect. What is the most important part of your wedding day? Is it the cake? The venue? The colour of the menu cards? No… it’s that incredible man you are going to spend the rest of your life with! Keep yourself always focused on the one important aspect of your wedding: you and your husband-to-be. Everything else will fall into place. And if it goes awry? At the end of it all, you’ll have each other. That’s what is most important!
Toni and Paul – August 2, 2016
Photography: Copperblue Photography and Design
Ceremony and reception: Nostalgia Country Hall
Groom and groomsmen: The Bay
Hair: Hair by Jo
Flowers: Black Fox Farm
Cake: Cakes by Kait
Transportation: Living Skies Limousine
DJ: Elite DJs
Catering: Heart and Soul Catering