“Ryan and I had both just returned from living in British Columbia (I was actually just home for a vacation) and we met at the local karaoke bar through a few of my longtime friends who hosted karaoke there. We spent nearly a year as just friends until Ryan asked me out on Valentine’s Day and we had our first of many French Onion Soup at the Keg dates”
It’s a little after this that I met Ryan & Sarah, in England at the start of 3 weektrip. We did a 6 day tour together and instantly became friends. After parting I decided to jump on a British Airways flight and met up with them again in Amsterdam. On the first day there, I won my first ever AIPP APPA Award. That evening celebrating, Ryan asked me, “You’ll photograph our wedding yeah?”
(Ryan and Sarah on the way up the Eiffel Tower in Paris)
“What!? ” I exclaimed… “Are you proposing while your here??!”
“No…” he said, looking rather shocked. “I’m never getting married… But you will photograph our wedding yeah?!”
“We were treated to a trip to Cabo San Lukas in Mexico by Ryan’s parents who were celebrating their 20th anniversary and brought his whole family along. On our one date night away from the resort we went to a really nice Mexican restaurant with a live mariachi band. Without my knowledge Ryan had spoken to the band and got them to come over to our table and play Besame Mucho, which was once covered by the Beatles.
While they were playing and singing, Ryan got down on one knee and proposed. The table next to us was a local Cabo San Lucas family and they had taken pictures of the proposal and emailed them over to me later that evening.” And I even have some of those images for you
So off I went on a big jet plane, to make the big journey to Edmonton, Canada. I honestly wish I’d been there for much longer, but alas, it was only five days. I had the most amazing time, meeting family and friends, and being part of the lead up to their special day.
“Our wedding day was amazing! We couldn’t have asked for better weather for an outdoor ceremony. And the ceremony was brilliant. It wasn’t too long or traditional. I love that I’d found a clarinet/marimba team that was willing to play Hey Ocean for us, a Canadian band from Vancouver, and one of both Ryan and my favourites. I enjoyed turning a few traditions on heads by eating appetizers with the rest of the wedding guests chatting on the balcony and I would wear my wedding dress every day if I could. It was super comfortable and looked stunning. Trees/nature was our wedding theme and teal and bronze the colours.”
Congratulations Ryan & Sarah, what a wonderful day, miss you all!! x
Sarah’s Dress – Bridal Debut
Ryan’s kilt – Variety of on-line stores
Wedding coordinator – Marcus Hoople
Limo driver – Gene of Limousine1.ca (he was a brilliant vendor who went above and beyond consistently.)
Flowers - flowersbymerle.com
Cake – Jacqueline at Cake Affair.
Ceremony clarinetist – Stephanie Geary
Ceremony – Botanical Gardens, University of Alberta
Reception – Royal Glenora Club