Katrina & Richard – WedLuxe Wedding |

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Merry Christmas everybody!!!

I’ve been saving this post to be my last of 2015 because it was one of the highlights of my summer.  Katrina and Rich had an English garden-inspired wedding at the Hotel Macdonald and everything was glamorous and perfect. Katrina has been planning her wedding since she was a young girl, and it was fabulous to see all of her dreams come together for her special day.

Also exciting (and another reason I had to wait to put up this blog post) – their wedding was featured on WedLuxe!

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Katrina is SO bubbly, and she and Richard are incredibly in love.  Instead of my usual post, I’m going to let Katrina do the talking about their wedding!

The morning

To keep with tradition, we kissed each other goodnight of Friday and said “see you at the church”. Richard stayed at the Hotel MacDonald and Katrina stayed at her parents. In the morning, the girls woke up to an amazing breakfast spread that her auntie and mom’s best friend made. To calm the nerves, the girls huddled around and said a prayer to help both Richard and I focus on the magnitude of the day and help us live in the moment. The girls sipped champagne mimosas while getting their makeup and hair done in the kitchen. The girls day started much earlier then the boys. The boys grabbed an early lunch in their room and then got dressed. A little less chaotic. They even had time to take some shots around the hotel. Both of us wrote letters to each others parents, thanking them for raising us and instilling values that each one of us treasures in each other. Also, we wrote letters to one another. Thank goodness Katrina read these letters prior to makeup application. All morning both of us felt like it was Christmas morning and you just can’t wait to get downstairs to open presents.

The ceremony

The ceremony to us was the most important part of the day. After all, this is where we became husband and wife. We wanted our guests to see, hear and feel our love throughout the ceremony. We had an amazing string quartet play beautiful songs that we both connected with. My mom, baba and gido, ring bearers, groomsmen and Richard and his parents walked down to Pachelbel Canon in D. Then the flowergirls, bridesmaids, and Katrina and her dad walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. When this song started to play, both Richard and Katrina were both overwhelmed with emotion. This was it. This was the moment we started our next chapter: marriage. This song also has meaning as after Richard proposed, Katrina said a “a thousand times yes”. The church was absolutely stunning. The aisle covered in handmade green garlands that had eucalyptus in them. The scent was unreal. During the whole ceremony, Richard and I could stop staring at each other – our eyes were locked on one another. It felt like we were the only people in the room – however, now looking back at our wedding video the place was packed. The readings, prayers, sermon were all perfect. When the priest said, “I now pronounce you husband and wife, Richard you may now kiss your bride”, we felt a surge of energy and locked lips. Meanwhile “A Beautiful Day” started to play. We were on cloud 9 walking out of that church. Such an amazing vibe.


All week the weather was calling for rainstorms and lightening, but the day was absolutely perfect. We got beautiful pictures of the big Alberta blue sky and then some amazing stormclouds in the background. We were so fortunate. We were able to have our champagne and cocktails out on the terrace that overlooked the entire River Valley. As we had a lot of people traveling to Alberta for the wedding, we wanted to ensure they got to soak up the beautiful landscape. The cocktails were a blast.

We chose to sit at a sweetheart table. When Richard and I go for dinners we always sit side-by-side. It felt only natural we sat this way at our wedding. Also, we chose to have our family and bridal party in front of us at their own tables, so that we could have some time during dinner to connect. This was really important and I think it’s one of the reasons we felt the day didn’t fly by. We got to recap our mornings, how we felt walking down the aisle, during the ceremony.

The speeches were fabulous. They made the whole room crack up laughing.

We then kicked off the dance with our first dance, which when splendid. I guess our 15 min rehearsal of playing the new Cinderella movie and trying to replicate the dance while our nieces and nephews danced around too did the trick. There was not a dry eye in the room during the father daughter dance. Such a special moment.

The band was incredible. 8 piece ensemble that played awesome music right up to till the end. You know it’s a great party when the dance floor is full at 1 in the morning. The party was so much fun. We even had wedding crashers!

We ended the night with Richard sweeping me up and carrying me into our room. The whole day was everything I’ve been dreaming of since I was a little girl – a magical environment with love oozing from everyone.





All of the fabulous vendors!

Wedding Planner: Cocktails and Details
Ceremony: St. George Anglican Church
Reception: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Stationery: Pinkpolka Invitations and Stationery
Floral Design: FaBLOOMosity
Wedding Gown: Hayley Paige from Delica Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Formal Wear: SUITS by Curtis Eliot
Makeup: Ashley Saskiw of East West Beauty Collective
Hair: Terwillegar Hair
Decor Rentals: Elegant Touches and Chic Boutique Rentals
Cake: Carlene Saskiw
Entertainment: Side One
Cinematography: Jaymarie Studios

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Extra special thanks to my second shooter Jesse for being generally AWESOME!

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