Calgary Wedding Photographers Scottish Fall Wedding
How did you meet?
Jeff and I met in high school and became friends around grade 12. I had a HUGE crush on him all the way through grade 12 and after we graduated. We ended up both in dorms at U of A and on the first night of university we stayed up chatting until 7am, and had our first kiss. We dated for about 4 months, then ended things at the start of our second semester of first year uni, but remained very close friends for the next 3ish years. Just before our 4th year of uni started, my brother was getting married and I decided to bring Jeff as a friend-date to the wedding (even though I basically ignored him the whole night because I was a bridesmaid and had my whole extended family to hang out with). A few weeks later on the first day of our last year of uni Jeff asked me to be his girlfriend, and I said no, he was my best friend and I loved that and wanted to keep it that way. Heartbroken, Jeff then said he needed some time to get over me and we couldn’t be as close, so about a week later (on Sept 12) I realized I was being ridiculous and asked Jeff if he still wanted to date, thankfully he accepted and 8 years later we are still just as happy.
Jeff took his sweet time with proposing. We had known each other for well over 10 years and had been dating for 7 years by the time he proposed, and I had been bugging him about for approx. 5 years. On the day that Jeff proposed it was our first full day off together in over a month (I work a lot of weekends and Jeff coaches volleyball and basketball so if often away weekends) I had a feeling it was coming because we had been talking about it and my parents were about to leave for over a month the next week (and I had mentioned that it would be nice to tell them in person vs over the phone if it did happen), so naturally I booked a tire change for my car just to complicate things… it ended up being a crazy busy morning of driving around and dropping off cars and dogs and seeing both sets of parents, and ended with Jeff meeting me out at my parent’s house to go for a walk with our puppy Peanut. Jeff knew my dad would like him to follow the tradition of asking him first, but my dad gets excited and can’t keep secrets, so Jeff had called my dad on his way to my parent’s house to ask and hopefully limit the time he had to ruin the surprise. (My dad still managed to call my mom and me, on speaker, immediately after to talking to Jeff, just to say that Jeff had called and nothing else, so he tried his best but he didn’t really keep it secret). Jeff and I went for a LONG walk, probably not much longer than normal but I was starting to expect something and every time he paused I got really excited, especially when he bent down to tie his shoe. But at the end of the walk looking out over the hills Jeff got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. And I cried and turned away, as ready as I thought I was I still couldn’t keep it together. After I said yes, we walked a little more around the hills and then came back to tell my very excited parents. That night we went to all of my siblings and Jeff’s parents and grandmas houses to tell them.
The Wedding Day
Our wedding was originally planned for May 30 2020, but a pandemic hit and we postponed and downsized from 230 guests to 41 and to Sept 12 2020. Although this was a tough decision it actually worked out really well, Sept 12 was our 8 year dating anniversary and the colours we had chosen were much more fall themed anyway. We wanted a rustic/boho/vintage wedding that mixed in things Jeff liked, like the deer and elk sheds used as centerpieces, and the relaxed boho/floral/fall grasses vibes for me. Our colours were a mixture of burgundy, sage green, dusty navy, mauve and burnt orange. We used antler sheds from deer and elk that had been found around the farm and some from Jeff’s hunting, as well as beer bottles that my dad had collected and stored for many years for our centerpieces. Our seating chart was a door from one of my dad’s 1950’s Volkswagen beetles, and the chairs for the sweetheart table were from my grandparent’s old farmhouse. Jeff built our wedding arch and I made the macramé to hang from it, so we got married in front of something we both created (Jeff’s really into DIY woodworking, he’s currently building a shed out of the material from our dance floor, and I like to craft). Our top moments from the wedding would probably be just getting married, we were both so happy and excited it was hard to contain it, and even though there had been several pandemic related bumps along the way, it still felt like the perfect moment. All the moments leading up to the ceremony felt pretty magical and we both loved that we had our own private moment together to read our vows and see each other for the first time that day. After that, the dance was definitely a highlight, we danced our shoes off (literally, I lost my shoes) and both sides of the family were so excited we all stayed and danced until the playlist ended, it was so great to celebrate with them. Our first dance was “Pushing up Daisies (Love Alive)” by Brothers Osborne, we had a hard time picking our first dance song, but decided on this because we both like the band and it sings about a love that goes beyond everything else. Our honeymoon was actually in July (since Jeff is a teacher and can’t get time off once school starts, and we were supposed to be married by then) We had hoped to travel around Costa Rica, but instead we camped near brooks and toured around Dinosaur Provincial Park, and then hiked/biked around Jasper and spoiled ourselves by staying at the Jasper Park Lodge, and next weekend we have a night booked at the Emerald Lake Lodge as a little mini-moon.
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Good Time Party Rentals https://www.goodtimepartyrentals.com/
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Bridesmaids bought their dresses from Lulus
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Bouquets, flower crowns, archway flowers, boutonniere and bouquets- Flower Aura by Natasha
Seating chart tiles: Spy Design http://spydesigns.com/