Saskatoon: Secret Garden Wedding

From the bride, Crombie:

When the day finally arrived, we couldn’t have been more excited. Because we were having the ceremony outside at my parent’s acreage, weather had been a hot topic that week. The forecast had changed what seemed like a million times, but when the day arrived, it was sunny, calm, blue skies, just perfect. I had slept at my parent’s place and all my bridesmaids came out to the house to get ready! The morning was so relaxed. The getting ready process was really enjoyable, especially thanks to the amazing group of people we had working with us that day! Putting on my dress and jewelry with my hair and makeup done was a really great moment for me. It seemed like so much had gone into making this moment finally come together!

Overall I wanted the day to be a representation of Zak and myself. We wanted everyone involved in our day to see that, and to have fun and feel the love that we have for each other.  The ceremony was held at my parent’s acreage, where I grew up and created so many memories over the years. To be able to come back to my childhood home and have all of my closest family and friends there, to witness me marry my best friend, was so special. The location of the ceremony was truly unique as no wedding ceremony has ever occurred there! The ceremony still feels like a dream to me. Seeing everyone, having both my mom and dad walk me down the aisle and seeing Zak, the love of my life, waiting for me, all created an experience that is difficult to put into words. We had all of our family pictures out at the acreage. We also borrowed one of my dad’s old cars, an MG, and drove down some of the gravel roads to get pictures and video footage. Those quiet moments alone with Zak were so special. We also stopped in at Kinsmen Park, the place where Zak proposed to me, for more pictures on the way to our reception.

Our reception was at the Delta Bessborough hotel, in the same room my parents had their wedding reception in thirty years ago. Those little details added special moments that made the entire experience so meaningful to us. We arrived, freshened up and then made our debut as husband and wife! The ballroom was absolutely breathtaking! So much work had gone into making it truly a secret garden. We were lucky enough to be able to have musicians from the Saskatoon Symphony available to play all the music for the ceremony and our cocktail hour, and they created the atmosphere were hoping for! Food is a very important aspect of both of our families lives and we knew if we wanted that to be a focus it would be a bit of a splurge! Luckily the chefs at the Delta Bessborough were incredible and created an unbelievable meal with fresh, local organic food. We had a tasting before the wedding and were blown away with what they were able to do. We had many comments from guests that it was some of the best food they had ever had! Speeches were interspersed in our dinner, which capped off with a video of myself and Zak throughout our lives and as a couple. We then hit the dance floor and stayed there until they kicked us out! It was truly a magical day and we wouldn’t change anything – except for having it all last longer!

There was a natural elegance to what I wanted, incorporating traditional but also unique and very natural/organic features. I didn’t quite have a “theme” that I was ever able to put into words, but over time it took on the name of “secret garden”! I wanted everything to blend together, with no one thing to be the focus. I wanted everyone to have to really pay attention and take time to see every detail to take in the whole experience. I always knew I wanted to have the ceremony at my parent’s acreage, so that also helped create the theme with the trees and beautiful scenery there to help bring the vision to life. The mix of neutral colours, natural woods and a lot of fresh greenery and flowers all came together and I was so happy with the results!

Looking back on the day, it is hard to pinpoint particular moments we enjoyed the most, but there are certain aspects that do stand out. Zak and I both agreed that seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day was such a special moment. Walking down the aisle with my mom and dad and seeing him standing there, looking so handsome, waiting for me, was a moment I will never forget, and an experience that is hard to put into words. Seeing Zak’s face when he saw me, seeing how relaxed and happy he was. One piece of advice I always received was to enjoy every single moment of the day, so I really truly tried to do that. Be present in each moment as it was happening, knowing it would never happen again. I asked him why he seemed so relaxed, and he said, “because as soon as I saw you, I didn’t have to worry anymore, you were here, and that was all I ever cared about.” Our first dance was also a really special moment. We were searching for a song that would be easy to dance to but also convey the love we had for each other! We wanted something unique but special. One day I was driving and I heard this song come on (The One by Kodaline) and I had never heard it before. As soon as it was playing I knew it was exactly what we were looking for. I got home and played it for Zak and we both agreed it was perfect for us! It is hard for either of us to get through the whole song without tearing up! Getting to dance to that song as husband and wife, in front of all of our family and friends, was another favourite moment.

Wedding planning advice: First, congratulations, this is such an exciting time! Second, relax. Planning a wedding can be very overwhelming and stressful at times. There are so many details and decisions to be made and it can be hard to know if you are making the right ones. I think the biggest thing is to trust that no matter what, when the day comes, it is all about you and the person you are choosing to spend the rest of your life with. That, above all else, will make it such a special and magical day that everything leading up to it won’t really matter. Ask for help when you need it (and you will need it!), listen and be open to people’s advice, but always remain true to what you want. Try and enjoy all the moments along the way and do your best to stay organized, it will help to alleviate the stress of keep tracking of all the ins and outs of getting the day ready. Lastly, have fun! No matter what happens, enjoy every single moment of your special day. Never again will you have so many close family and friends together all there for one reason, to celebrate you. The day will fly by, so take lots of opportunities to step back and appreciate all the amazing work you did and how wonderful your day is!

Crombie and Zak – June 18, 2016

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Ceremony: Private acreage

Reception and catering: Delta Bessborough

Photographer: Chelsea Klette Photography

Videographer: Sica Films

Planner: RSVP Event Design

Bride: Alvina Valenta from JLM Couture

Alterations: Ana’s Sewing

Bridesmaids: Free People

Hair: Capelli Salon Studio

Makeup: Holly Decker

Groom: Hugo Boss

Groomsmen: Eph Apparel

Flowers: Blossoms

Rentals: Handy Special Events

Cake: Chef Miguel De Lucas Sintes from Leyda’s Cafe

Ceremony and cocktail hour music: Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

DJ: College Fresh Music

Transportation: Provincial Car Service

Stationary: Soul Paper, Fast Print

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