Engagement, proposal story: After a long weekend in Vancouver we arrived home late from the airport. Sergio raced up the stairs the moment we got into the house. We had talked about getting engaged prior to our trip and I figured it would happen while we were away. There were so many beautiful opportunities, I couldn’t figure out what he was waiting for. Tired from the trip I headed up the stairs to bed just as Sergio was coming down. We met on the landing halfway up the stairs. He gave me a hug and then just held on and didn’t let me go. He whispered in my ear “I can’t wait anymore” and knelt down on one knee right then and there. Turns out he had forgotten the ring at home and had spent the entire trip to Vancouver kicking himself. He did it the second we got home.
How do you like to spend time together: We like to cook and hike and explore new places. We share a love of history and travel and love taking trips together to explore the world. Day to day we enjoy trying new restaurants, cooking new things, walking through the forest park by our house, and hanging out with friends. Really, we like to spend our time together doing absolutely anything, as long as we’re together.
Wedding theme/motif/what inspired your style: We didn’t really have a specific theme, but I wanted the wedding to be a reflection of both of our lives and personalities. From his Peruvian heritage to his love of soccer, and from my Northern Irish background and love of highland dancing, we tried to pepper both our ceremony and reception with little things we would recognize and appreciate. Highland Cathedral was our processional, we had soccer teams as our table numbers, pisco sours and Peruvian food were included in our meal, and we had Peruvian lilies, bells of ireland, and lots of heather in our floral arrangements
Your best moment/most expected moment: Every moment could be considered a best moment, but the most memorable was the moment I was far enough down the aisle for Sergio and I to see each other. Everyone was looking at me, but I was looking at Sergio and I caught his amazing reaction to seeing me. He gasped, closed his eyes, and put his hand to his heart. I could feel the love radiating between us
Wedding song, explain choice for song: Thinking out Loud (Spanish version) – We danced to a beautiful Spanish rendition of Thinking out Loud as a compromise to his wanting to dance to something in Spanish and my wanting to dance to a song that I knew and could understand. It was beautiful and perfect for us.
Favourite wedding detail (favours, cake, food, band, etc.): It’s hard to pick a favorite. The meal was exquisite from start to finish, the flowers were absolutely stunning and such a perfect reflection of both of us with the Peruvian lilies, sunflowers (his favorite), heather, and bells of Ireland, and our wedding favours were so unique and special. We had hand painted boxes made by an artist in Peru that each show a different little Peruvian scene.
Honeymoon or dream place to go: We’re honeymooning in Paris and in Italy, but it’s just one of many trips we have planned for the future
How did a wedding go? Absolutely perfectly
What was most emotional, best and describe your day to future brides. It’s hard to describe. You build this day up in your mind and you go through so much planning and organizing to pull it all together. When the day finally comes it’s the most overwhelmingly loving day from start to finish. The people that love you most in the world have come together to share your joy and you can feel it. It’s like you’re lifted up by this cloud of good wishes and loving thoughts and it carries you through the day. I’ve never felt so beautiful and so loved all at the same time. It goes by so quickly, try to stop and take a deep breath after each big event during the day and reflect on how good it was. It’s easy to forget the details so take a minute to try and lock them in your mind.
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Ceremony location : The Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Calgary, AB http://www.anglicancathedralcalgary.ca/
Reception location : Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club, Priddis, AB http://www.priddisgreens.com/ (The staff at Priddis was absolutely phenomenal. They served all the food and wine with such courtesy and professionalism and were so incredibly alert to everyone’s needs throughout the reception. They completed the reception set up beautifully, and the meal was wonderful. We would highly recommend them for weddings in the Calgary area)
Bridal gown: Mikaella by Paloma Blanca, purchased from Blissful Bridal in Calgary, AB http://blissfulbridal.ca/
Bridal party attire : Ike Behar, steel grey suits for the groomsmen Morilee by Madeline Gardner bridesmaid dresses in eggplant
Groom’s tux : Ike Behar in steel grey
Hair Stylist: DK Envy, stylist: Alana. Alana did such a great job on my hair. I was amazed she was able to take my fluffy uncooperative hair and turn it into such an elegant and polished updo. I loved it! She is so talented and skilled. I would recommend her to anyone! http://www.dkenvy.com/
Make-up Artist: DK Envy, artist: Sarah. Sarah was amazing. I didn’t give her much to go on when I described my thoughts for my makeup. I just wanted to look polished and beautiful on my wedding day. Sarah delivered. The makeup she was using is Jane Iredale. It lasted the entire day, no touch ups or reapplications required. No makeup running down my face or transferring to anyone’s clothes. I was amazed at how well it lasted and how gorgeous Sarah made me look. Between my hair and makeup I had never felt so beautiful. The girls at DK Envy are all amazing, accommodating, professional, and happy to help you create the look you want or just take their best ideas and run with it.
Shoes: Purple Suede from Coach
Invitations: Invites by wedding paper divas https://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/
Flowers: Absolutely stunning floral arrangements by Ceile Feigs. She was recommended to us by a friend as a retired florist who still enjoyed doing weddings. After one meeting I knew she was going to be perfect. She was so helpful in picking the flowers and in helping my eclectic tastes come together in beautiful arrangements that blew us all away. We received so many compliments on her work, and the staff at Priddis commented that they had never seen their venue looking so beautiful and could she come and work for them?! She went above and beyond her role as a florist and helped us cart gifts back to the house, arranged for the additional linen rentals, and kept us all sane during the week before the wedding when stress levels are high, and to do lists are getting longer and longer. We couldn’t have done it without her help and guidance.
Officiant: The Very Rev’d Leighton Lee, Dean and Rector for the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
DJ: DJ Luke from Outright Entertainment. Luke did a fantastic job maintaining a balance between latin music, typical top 40, 90s hits, and slow dances. He was able to play something for everyone at some point and when the lights came on at 1am the dance floor was still full!
Linen Rentals: Table runners
Cake : 3 tiered wedding cake by Beth Louise http://www.cakebybethlouise.com/ We served the cake for dessert so it was important to us to have something that would taste as good as it looked. Beth delivered. She created a delicious vanilla cake with orange filling and an orange liquer glaze that everyone at the reception enjoyed!
Caterer : Catering by Priddis Greens