“Is this the most redneck wedding you’ve ever shot?”
I had been laughingly asked this question multiple times by the end of the night by a number of people. You know what? This day was a blast.
With an outdoor ceremony and perfect Alberta views in the distance, the day was warm and sunny. The extremely talented Melissa infused her beautiful day with touches of country life throughout and topped it off with a home-roasted pig on a spit. I can still smell that aroma. It was delicious. Much of the day was homemade, from the decor to the bouquets. It was very impressive. I also finally got to meet Liam, the love of Melissa’s life – and his band of rowdy Alberta country boys. You can’t have one without the other.
It wasn’t an entirely Albertan day, however. Melissa’s family from Newfoundland joined us as well and brought their own special brand of fun. By the start of the reception, the Newfies were already searching for a proper fish to ceremonially “screech in” the groom. (If you’re not sure what that is, you can actually Google it.) This crowd was enthusiastic all evening and by the end of the reception, even the spunky flowergirl was tearing up the dance floor.
Melissa is the sweetest, most appreciative bride and went out of her way to make every single person there feel special. She provided each member of the bridal party and then each family member with a special personalized gift and there were plenty of tears for the personalized embroidered handkerchiefs to mop up. I’m so glad I caught a shot of the gift boxes for each bridesmaid and groomsmen. They were amazing! Scroll down and see. Even the kids were given special activities like crayons and colouring books to stay busy with as “Something to keep you happy when the grown-ups are being reeeaally boring.”
Melissa and Liam, I had the most fantastic time and some serious belly laughs. Thank you so much for making me feel so included on your day.
*All portraits taken at the Last West Hall in Bluffton
Dresses: Novia Mia Bridal, Red Deer
Officiant: Sonya McAlphin
Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Red Deer
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Last West Hall, Bluffton