Sometimes a day is so full and big that I don’t know where to start, so I’ll sum up Tamara and Braedyn’s wedding day simply – this was a day of amazing details and huge laughter. I would love to show you all of the images from the entire day but that would be a very long post so I’ve done my best to pick out some favourites to give you an idea. (I might have cried a few tears for the ones I left out.)
The day was sticky hot but beautiful. Tamara was so happy that she laughed through the entire ceremony. It didn’t help that Braedyn tripped up on his vows but as he said later, you know when you tell yourself repeatedly not to say it wrong so you end up saying it wrong? Yeah. Those handwritten vows were so beautiful.
We spent the afternoon at Wilson’s Campground on the East side of Gull Lake. It was the perfect beach for photos as families relaxed in the sand and boats drifted lazily in the background. We followed that up with a stop at The Wooden Shoe for some ice cream to cool off, then a visit to friends in their super cool barn loft lounge for foosball and snacks. Somehow between all the play time, we ended up with a lot of portraits.
Later, at the tented reception, I learned that Tamara’s father built not only the head table’s wooden backdrop, but a saloon housing the bar and the backdrop behind the cake. The head table was permeated with the warm smell of fresh cut wood and it was delicious. Then, to my surprise, the cake backdrop opened up into a wall of donuts. Things got even more delicious.
By the time I left at the end of the night, the sky was dark and the tent was lit up with bright lights and wild dancing. I was hidden in the dark across the yard, snapping a few last photos of that colourful tent scene, when I realized that Tamara and Braedyn had left the party behind to find me and say good-night. They came across the yard, hand in hand, silhouetted against the lights and laughing together. It was the sweetest moment.
Tamara and Braedyn, it was wonderful getting to know you and your families through this process. You are absolutely meant for each other and I hope you laugh together for always. I’m expecting you for board game night one of these days!
Dresses: Elite Bridal, Lacombe
Menswear: Moores Clothing for Men, Red Deer
Men’s Specialty socks: www.cufflinks.com
Bridesmaids Make-up: Nicki Stang
Bride’s Make-up: Dominique from Beauty Mark Productions, Red Deer
Spray Tans: Missy Glow, Red Deer
Hair: Sam Bergeron
Florist: Shared Seasons Floral Design, Red Deer
Bride’s Ring: Red Deer Goldsmiths, Red Deer
Groom’s Ring: Stonebrook Jewelry
Officiant: Pastor Brian Derksen
Party Bus: Arrow Limousine, Red Deer
Sound System: Pfeiffer House of Music, Stettler
Tent & Decor: Special Event Rentals, Red Deer
Catering: DIY and the Andrews family
Cake: Ashten Blain
Donuts: The Donut Mill, Red Deer
DJ: On the Mark Productions, Red Deer