From the bride, Jessica:
Ryan and I were married on a beautiful winter day. We started the day by getting ready separately with our bridesmaids and groomsmen, and reading letters we had written for one another. The ceremony was beautiful, and my favourite part was exchanging our vows. I know that sounds cliché but it was just the most amazing moment – I felt like we were the only ones in the church.
Ryan’s favourite moment was coming out of the cathedral after the ceremony because the snowfall was just unreal. We had entered into a winter wonderland! The ground had been bare the day before, so it made the day feel even more special, like we were in a movie. It made the perfect setting for our photos in Brunskill Park. It was chilly but the pictures were well worth braving the cold. After we had to stop at Tim Horton’s to warm up with some tea and hot chocolate. I got a few strange looks while we waited in line!
We headed back to the cathedral for our reception. The colours for our wedding were gold, black and white. I wanted our wedding to have a classy and cozy feeling. We were really lucky to have a witty MC and entertaining but heartfelt speeches. Instead of a slideshow, my mom hired a professional to prepare a humorous documentary about Ryan and I. Our first dance was to the song “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Elvis Presley. We danced the night away with our friends and family. When it was time to go we took our limo to the James Hotel. My shoes were out of commission by the end of the night, so when the limo came to pick us up Ryan had to carry me. It was the perfect ending to the best day!
My dad Gerald passed away a few years ago, so it was important for me to include him in the day. We had a picture of him on the altar and we brought that with us to the reception afterwards. There was also a table setting for him, a Ukrainian tradition. For the father-daughter dance my family played a video of him singing and dancing and we danced along.
Wedding planning advice: Start early and try to take at least one day a week off from planning. Make sure to set aside some time to connect with your honey! We set up everything the day before our wedding and it took much longer than I had anticipated. We were there for about ten hours and I was so worn out by the end of the day. I would definitely advise brides to ask for more help than they think is necessary.
Jessica and Ryan – February 13, 2016
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Ceremony and reception: Holy Family Cathedral
Photographer: Danielle Stasiuk Photography
Videographer: Gossner Productions
Bride: Alfred Angelo Unveiled
Bridesmaids: Calvin Klein
Hair: Capelli Salon Studio
Makeup: Kelsey Rae Makeup Artistry
Groom and groomsmen: Moores
Flowers: Windmill Flowers
Cake: Sliced Decadence
Catering: Touch of Ukraine
Band: Hot Tamales