I have known Charmen and Lionel for several years. They are as generous towards everyone they meet as they are crazy about each other. I’ve heard stories of the practical jokes and the snark and how they keep each other laughing. Sure enough, they cracked each other up through the ceremony and the reception.
Now, Lionel absolutely hates being photographed. I was told early on that I would get “10 pictures” total of him. Thankfully, I managed to sneak a few more than that but I definitely heard about it at the reception. Worth it.
Charmen had decorated the reception in classic style with a few dashes of their own personality from the Oilers themed sign for guests to write well wishes as they entered to the “S**t just got real” banner over the dance floor. I particularly loved the Caesar bar idea where guests could build their own. Now, Lionel is well known throughout the community so it was a chance for everyone to take a few cracks at him during speeches. The crowd roared.
By the time I left, the dance floor was packed, wildly dancing to Celtic tunes played by the band, St. James Gate. Charmen’s eastern roots were showing. It was fantastic.
Charmen and Lionel, thank you so much for inviting me along to your big day. I wish you all the best but I’m sure I’ll be seeing plenty more of you!
Hair: Cheryl Slade Hair, Eckville
Makeup: Maisie McClure Makeup Artist, Red Deer
Florals: Calyx Floral Design, Red Deer
Ceremony Venue: Wolf’s Botanical, Lacombe
Reception Venue: Lacombe Memorial Centre, Lacombe