During all weddings, I focus so much on the bride and groom, and those first few rows of family and closest friends at the ceremony, that I rarely truly see the faces of everyone else present and witnessing two beautiful people make lifelong promises to one another. Shannon and Trevor’s church ceremony was no different. I was so intent on their expressions, and the smiling faces of their beautiful families, that I completely missed that there was a room full of some of my favourite past clients! The happy faces of those I had the pleasure of celebrating engagements, weddings, pregnancies and families with, all under one roof. I was very excited to see them and catch up a little during the reception.
It made me realize two things: that Fort McMurray really is a small town, and this was a very close knit group! I believe it was Shannon’s mom who commented that the “family oriented ceremony” she witnessed earlier that day was a true reflection of how Shannon and Trevor live their lives. This made a lot of sense to me, given their loving parental instincts towards their sweet little man and the wonderful people they keep in their circle.
Their wedding day was (maybe until this week), the coldest day of the year… -50C with the wind chill! That didn’t stop their guests from bundling up their littles one and making their way down to Fort McMurray’s pretty little Anglican Church. Trevor arrived at the church quite nervous, but it was no trouble to see that nervousness fade when the doors opened and Shannon’s dad began to escort her down the aisle.
It may have been a cold northern Alberta winter day, but there were warm hearts all around as their bridal party braved the frigid temperatures for photos. Shannon’s maid of honour even jumped out to help with bride and groom photos, making sure we could get a perfect shot, very quickly. We were quick and efficient, and got everyone to warmth to rest up for the reception at Mac Island!
The reception was beautifully decorated by Events with Vizability, and the atmosphere was laid back, just like the bride and groom. My favourite part about meeting Shannon and Trevor for the first time was that the focus was completely on the end goal of being husband and wife at the end of the day. And, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Ceremony: All Saints Anglican Church
Reception: Ballroom, MacDonald Island Park, Fort McMurray
Decor: Events with Vizability, Fort McMurray
Reception Florals: The Personal Florist, Fort McMurray
Bouquets: The Flower Studio, Fort McMurray
Dress: Bridal House, Edmonton
Cake: My Sweet Indulgence, Fort McMurray
Hair: Danielle Dupuis
Makeup: Angela Dean
Video: Fresh Canadian Content
DJ: Epic Productions