From the bride, Angèle:
A winter wedding was never my dream but we decided on New Year’s Eve because we are grain and cattle farmers, so the rest of the year we are quite busy. After finding out New Year’s Eve landed on a Saturday, Ryan, never-before superstitious, took it as a sign that it was meant to be our date. Since that was the only wedding detail he had an interest in, I was happy to give up a summer wedding. Although the wedding was on a typically glamorous night, I am drawn to simplicity and so the theme was simple, earthy, and casual; the venue colors were cremes, woods, and greenery.
Family involvement made the day exceptionally meaningful. Half of the wedding party were family members, including all of Ryan’s siblings. The flower girl was our niece. Our cousin did my hair and makeup. My brother serenaded my father and I down the aisle as well as Ryan and I’s first dance. My grandmother signed as my witness. My brother and our cousin were the masters of ceremonies for the evening. My brother’s girlfriend made our cake and our mothers, as well as our aunty, made deserts for our sweets table. Finally, our cousins photographed the whole day.
Most of the choices we made stemmed from our casual nature. We had two recent weddings in the family, both of which offered their decor as wedding gifts to us, which we were more than happy to accept. Basically, the only decor we paid for were a few rented curtains and greenery garlands for the tables.
One of my favourite memories was seeing my father in the morning after we were all dolled up. Another was sharing a quick kiss with Ryan as soon as we reached the end of the aisle after the ceremony; it was a kiss after the kiss that no one cheered for, it was just ours. Our MCs started a sing-off between the guests from both sides of the room and then found a way to get the entire room up and running to the dance floor in seconds to start the dance off right – the energy in that moment was unreal! And my aunty Em dropped me on the dance floor and Erin captured the event on camera so precisely, I have considered making a flip book out of it.
My advice when planning would be to remember what you are celebrating: you and him. This day will fly by and the details will either be exactly what you wanted or they won’t and, either way, they won’t matter. What does matter are the the moments; acknowledge them as they are happening and you won’t even notice the details. When you are getting your hair done with your closest friends, sit back and acknowledge how excited you are to be sitting in the chair beside them. When your mother ties the back of your dress and tells you how beautiful you are, feel beautiful. When you are walking down the aisle arm in arm with your father, trying not to over-smile, let it happen. When your husband-to-be is nervously repeating the words he is told to say, hear them. When the crowd applauds as you kiss for the first time as husband and wife, love him. And, finally, dance; it’s a celebration. The day is perfect when you focus less on the details and breathe in every wonderful moment.
Angèle and Ryan – December 31, 2016
Ceremony and reception: Royal Canadian Legion Hall
Photographer: Collin Stumpf Photography
Bridesmaids: Weddington Way
Hair and makeup: Chantal Bisonnette-Castonguay and Maygen Louise
Groom and groomsmen: Rittinger’s Men’s Wear
Flowers: Smart Flowers
Cake: Gabi Dolinski
Catering: TJ’s Pizza
DJ: Todd Vallee
Transportation: NV Limo Services