Calgary Winter Club Wedding
Adrienne and Tom are absolutely amazing! From the moment we met I knew I couldn’t wait to be a part of their wedding. They are such a cute couple that balance each other perfectly. Planning with them and being their wedding photographer was so much fun. I am positive we giggled all the way through their engagement session and most of the wedding day. Their wedding at the Calgary Winter Club was rich with a warm autumn tone. It was so beautiful and the emotion in the room was palpable. The entire day was perfect, but I think the dance party was the perfect culmination to their day. Their family and friends really know how to cut a rug! Read more from Adrienne and Tom below! (Ps. Grab a tissue….)
How did you meet?:
We met in our last semester at the University of Calgary when we ended up in a group project together. Up until this point Tom had been known to Adrienne as “the boy who sat at the back of the class with a pen hanging off his lip” (for context she was the “nerd” at the front of the class and liked to disagree with the professor). Over the course of our group project, Adrienne developed quite the schoolgirl crush on Tom, and was thrilled when he asked her to go for celebratory wings and beer after her final exam.
After being together for nearly 4 years, Tom proposed in August 2016, very much to my surprise! Summer had been extremely busy, meaning we had not spent a single weekend at home. All I wanted to do was relax at home, and clean the apartment. As luck had it, I instead packed the afternoon full of luncheon and drink dates with our friends and family, after cleaning the apartment, obviously!…and totally kiboshed Tom’s proposal plan of a lovely walk by the river. (He had initially planned to propose when we were away camping for his birthday, but forgot the ring!) As we were getting ready to meet Tom’s parents at Taste of Calgary, he popped the question in the middle of our living room. My first instinct was to think he was joking, told him to stop kidding around and walked away. Luckily, I realized he meant business and said yes! I couldn’t stop dancing and twirling the rest of the day.
I always dreamed of having an elegant, soft, romantic fall wedding, and our day was nothing short of just that. We got super lucky with our weather, having an overcast but warm day. Our wedding colours were a grey blue and burgundy – classic fall colours. Tom’s favourite colour is blue, so we knew we had to incorporate it into our day (plus it makes his brilliant blue eyes pop!) and I love the deep colour of red wine. We celebrated our wedding with 100 of our closest family and friends. It was very important to Tom and I that we knew each and every guest invited, as they were celebrating and bearing witness to a very intimate and important milestone in our lives. Most importantly, Tom and I wanted our guests to have fun and make our wedding a day and night to remember!
Our first dance was to Dan & Shay’s “From the Ground Up”. The first time I heard this song it made me cry because 3 sets of our grandparents have celebrated milestone wedding anniversaries – and that is something I hope Tom and I can look forward to in our future one day (when we are old and grey!).
Picking a favourite detail or moment is challenging because I LOVED our entire wedding day. By far the most surreal part of the day was walking down the aisle. I felt like I had blinders on because all I could see was Tom. My heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest and my head was buzzing with nerves and excitement. I’m glad my bridesmaids assured me I walked slowly down the aisle, because I felt like I was sprinting to get to him. I also adored my dress – if only I could wear it every day. It was great for twirling in and dancing. One of our 2-year old guests even referred to me as his “big princess” all night. Dream wedding accomplished!
Tom’s favourite detail/moment would have to be the dance/party. His words: “When we were first engaged I said the most important part of the wedding for me was the party. I wanted everyone to be up dancing as much as possible and our guests to have a good time. It was easy to see Adrienne was having fun as she hardly left the dance floor. Our families and friends mixed and mingled in such a way you could tell everyone was having a good time. Our DJ played music that everyone could dance to and the photobooth was going non-stop. I knew that Adrienne and I would share our special moments together throughout the day, so I wanted to make sure everyone else was having as good of time as we were!”
We are headed to Banff for a mini-moon after the wedding, but are planning a large trip to Europe for our 1-year anniversary/honeymoon next fall.