Elk Ridge Resort: Winter Wonderland Wedding

From the bride, Lyndsay:

Our wedding took place on January 7, 2017 at Elk Ridge Resort just outside of Prince Albert National Park. We didn’t have a special day in mind but chose the date 1-7-17 because I thought it was neat and so we incorporated “1-7-17” into our invitations and our party favors. We chose Elk Ridge Resort because we have a cottage up there and love to spend time at Elk Ridge during any season. It’s a beautiful resort with a lot of fun activities for our guests during the wedding weekend.

We had a small, intimate wedding (45 people) with our family and a few close friends and it was so nice to be able to visit with everyone and enjoy our time together in a relaxed environment. We held both the ceremony and the reception in the ballroom of the hotel, which overlooks the pond and the forest. It was a beautiful setting for both the ceremony in the afternoon and the reception that evening. We had outdoor pictures in the forest surrounding the resort, and then we drove over to Waskesiu for some pictures at the edge of the lake. We finished off with pictures at our cottage. Our photographer Courtney found the perfect spots for pictures among the snow-covered trees, and since the temperature was only -15 C we were able to spend a lot of time outside getting the perfect shot. Our meal and late lunch were spectacular and the service you get at Elk Ridge is second to none. They took great care of our guests and us and made the day stress free.

Our wedding colors were cream, silver and icy blue. We didn’t have a lot of decorations, just enough to add some color to the venue. I purchased most of the decorations and my accessories from Etsy and I think my favorite decoration was our cake topper. It was made by a woman in Iceland who paints little wooden peg people to look like the bride and groom in their wedding attire. I sent her pictures of our outfits and she got all the details right down to the lace on my dress and the color of the groom’s suit and tie. Zen Jems Jewelery of Saskatoon made my bracelet. All I told Nichole was that I wanted three strands of pearls and I let her work her magic. I couldn’t have been happier with it. She is a talented artist!

Every part of our wedding has a unique story, which made the day even more special. Our guest book is very special too. My friend took pictures of each family or couple in a picture frame and then gave them a scrapbook page to write a message to us. Once the pictures were developed, I put them on their page and made a wonderful scrapbook/guest book with our guests’ pictures and messages.

My favorite memories include the picture of my new husband and I kissing after we were pronounced husband and wife. Courtney took a black and white picture of the moment and it is one of my favorite pictures. It is the classy, elegant look that we were going for and captured the moment beautifully. Another favorite moment was me preparing for our outdoor pictures after the wedding ceremony. My sister was assisting me in putting on knee-high thermal socks and winter boots to keep my feet warm as we trudged through the snow banks for that perfect shot. Thankfully, a wedding gown hides a lot. She was about six feet away from every picture holding our coats and mitts and the moment Courtney said to take a warm up break, my sister would quickly help us get our coats and mitts on. We walked through many snow banks to get the perfect pictures and she is standing on the sideline of each of those pictures.

My advice to brides would be that less is more. Don’t go overboard with planning and details. We didn’t have speeches, a DJ or a wedding party. We had a small intimate wedding with our family and close friends. Apart from the decorating, Elk Ridge staff took care of all of the setting up for the ceremony and reception. As the bride and groom, you don’t have to do it all. The day will be special no matter what. Our day was exactly what we wanted: an elegant, intimate time spent with our loved ones in a winter wonderland.

Lyndsay and Terry – January 7, 2017

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Photographer: Courtney Jess Photography

Venue and catering: Elk Ridge Resort

Bride: Madison James from W Bridals Curvy Couture

Bride’s bracelet: Zen Gems

Hair and makeup: Salacia Spa at Elk Ridge Resort

Groom: Valle’ Men’s Wear

Flowers: Laurel Silk Florist

Decor: Delicate Petals Event Planning and Rentals

Cake: Foxy’s Eats & Treats

Cake Topper: Lovecats Cake Toppers

Officiant: Linda Archer

Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas

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