Grand Coulee: Intimate Wedding

From the bride and groom, Olivia and Andrew:

We met the summer after our first year away from home. After high school, Olivia moved out to Vancouver for University and Andrew moved to Weyburn to play hockey in the SJHL. We both moved back to Regina for the summer to be with our families, train for our respective sports, and work at Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar. That first summer we were both bussers at Crave so we found ourselves stuck in the kitchen together doing glassware, etc. on a regular basis. We were mainly buddies who had secret crushes on one another, but chose not to talk about our feelings as we knew we were going back to our separate lives for the better part of the year. We kept in touch throughout the year – Andrew made sure to send a text message every few months – and even went on a skating date over Christmas break. The following summer we both returned to Regina and Crave and after many many nights sitting in the car talking until 3 a.m., Olivia confessed her feelings and we started officially dating. At the end of that summer we talked about our long-distance situation and agreed that we would stay together as long as it made sense. We did long-distance for about five years. It was tough to not get to see each other and share experiences every day, but we certainly learned how to communicate! We always made sure we had a plan for seeing each other next, which gave us something to look forward to all the time, and made sure to Skype every day or two. We were also very lucky to still have each summer together in Regina!

We had known we wanted to be together forever for quite some time before actually deciding to get married. We made the decision at a pre-season Rider game in June 2015. Someone shot a confetti bomb and hit a power cord so the whole stadium was without power for about an hour. We weren’t in a rush to get out of there, so we sat in the stands with a beer and waited for the power to come back on. We somehow got chatting about marriage and if/when we would get married. Finally Olivia blurted out “I want to get married at the end of July when my family is here!”. Andrew said “Let’s do it.” Neither of us are die-hard Rider fans and that is certainly not how either of us dreamed of getting engaged, but it was a natural, honest moment and it is a memory that will always make us smile!

Our main goal was to keep our wedding low-fuss and reduce the amount of stress and money spent on unnecessary things. Timing was also a big factor. When we decided to get married in six weeks, we knew many people would not be able to attend, so we thought it was best to keep it immediate family only. Though stressful at times, keeping the whole thing a semi-secret was kind of fun as well!

The elements of the ceremony were personal, from the location to items that had sentimental value like Olivia’s grandma’s tablecloths, furniture from the farm and our grandparents’ rings. Our officiant Kelly helped craft our ceremony by adding personal touches like cracking our favourite beer after we said “I Do.” Some of our close friends cooked a family-style three-course dinner at Crave for us. They made some of our favourite meals that we have shared together, and brought in special elements that were dear to us like escargot on toast and Spanish-style croquettes! The family-style meal was a fun way to enjoy dinner with our family, keeping it comfortable and slightly chaotic!

If you’re thinking about having an intimate wedding, once you decide to do it, do it quick! We planned our wedding in six weeks, which was stressful at times, but ultimately helped us make decisions and remain focused on the most important things. Take time to make your ceremony meaningful to you. A major advantage to having a small wedding is that you really do have time to soak in the important moments without worrying about sticking to a tight schedule.

Olivia and Andrew – July 28, 2016

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Photography: Danielle Tocker Photography

Ceremony: Groom’s parents farm outside Grand Coulee

Reception dinner: Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar

Bride: shirt – RW&CO., shoes – Sol Sana from Swank Shoe Lounge, skirt – handmade by friend of the bride’s mother

Hair: Daniel Christopher Salon

Makeup: Jacki Tri

Groom: suit – Coppley from Colin O’Brian Man’s Shoppe Ltd., shirt and tie – Hugo Boss from VIP Men’s Wear, shoes – Floyd, belt – Bench Craft Leather from Colin O’Brian Man’s Shoppe Ltd.

Flowers: Flowers from Gale’s Florist, bouquet and boutonnière handmade by the bride, garden flowers by a friend of the groom’s mother

Decor: Paper flower garland handmade by bride and groom’s sister, vintage lace tablecloths from the bride’s grandmother

Cake: Magpie’s Kitchen

Marriage Commissioner: Kelly Green and Randall Edge

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