Winter Wedding in Edmonton
Winter weddings can be magical, for sure. They can also be difficult, as Stacey and Chris found out. They had planned for their wedding ceremony to be held at the Yellowhead Brewery, located in downtown Edmonton, and followed that up with a short drive to the Blue Meadows Hall on the outskirts of town. What they didn’t prepare for was the volume of snow that would accompany the cold snap, making travel a little tricky for some of their guests. But while mother nature threw some challenges their way, Stacey and Chris had some good old fashioned family karma on their side.
Unbelievable Family Connection
Stacey had always dreamed of being married on the 28th of November — the same day her grandparents were married, and the same day her parents went on their first date. The family history was strong, and she felt compelled to honour it whenever her wedding came. When Chris came into her life, it didn’t take long for her to realize that this guy was the one. And soon enough, she was secretly planning her winter wedding, before they even were engaged. Stacey knew. Stacey is also a Type A person, and frankly, she was expecting him to pop the question, subtly nudging and prodding and saying just the right things. And despite all of the excitement and leadup, Chris still managed to pull off the perfect wedding proposal. He shocked her when their trip to Jasper turned into a trip to New York, and with Christmas lights and sounds filling the air, Chris proposed in front of a fountain, with a live Jazz band playing in the background. Stacey still isn’t quite sure how he pulled it all off.
The big shock came after the proposal. It wasn’t until they were engaged that they realized BOTH of their grandparents were married on the exact same day of the exact same year — November 28, 1947! That sealed it, and their wedding date was set. Their wedding would be the 67th wedding anniversary of both sets of grandparents.
The family ties don’t end there, either. Stacey’s dad actually went to school with Chris’ dad – bible college, and they both went on to become pastors. In a really personal touch to their wedding, they had both dad’s perform the ceremony. Held at the Yellowhead Brewery in downtown Edmonton, it was beautiful and full of warmth despite the extremely frigid temperatures outside. What started as a winter blizzard, ended as a brilliant affair.
Winter Wedding In Edmonton
The wedding reception was held at the Blue Meadows hall, a wonderfully rustic feeling log cabin surround by nature, and featured some wonderful DIY wedding décor and unique details. Friends and family performed live music throughout the evening, including a heartfelt first dance performance. And once the dance kicked off in earnest, the party roared into the night. One of my personal favourite moments was the Spice Girls impromptu sing/dance off that took over the floor.
The weather created some challenges for the wedding guests, and for the photos as well, as we struggled to get outside for more than 3 or 4 minutes at a time (it was C-O-L-D!). And the blizzard we had received the day before and the morning of the wedding dumped record amounts of snow and threatened to bring the city to a standstill. But none of this could keep the spirits of Stacey and Chris down for their winter wedding. They surrounded themselves with amazing people, and made sure that the entire wedding was a very personal affair – a reflection of themselves and the union of their families.
Stacey & Chris // Edmonton, AB // Photographer: Kelly Redinger | Photographer // Second Photographer: Carmen Freemark // Ceremony Venue: Yellowhead Brewery // Reception Venue: Blue Meadows// Marriage Commissioner: Ben Kellert and Rick VanDewark // Caterer: Catering By Gail // Reception Entertainment: DJ – Peter Zukiwski Band – Family and Friends // Transportation: Baseline Limo // Stationery: Miquela Franklin // Floral Designer: DIY Pine Cone Bouquet // Rentals: Special Event Rentals // Wedding Gown Boutique: Novelle // Wedding Gown Designer: Justin Alexander // Makeup Artist: Dana Creran // Hair Stylist: Stacy Morrow / Charisma Hair Fashion // Groom’s Attire: Acme Clothing / Gitman Bros