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Here is part 2 of Lida and Steve’s wedding and continuing on after the tea ceremony. After the tea ceremony with both sides of their families, it was time to trek down to Spruce Meadows for their first look and wedding ceremony. I’m always excited when couples want to do a first look because it’s an intimate moment without anyone else surrounding them. It truly did look like a fairytale moment where they were standing.

I am in love with all of Lida and Steve’s photos. Like their engagement photos (click on the link here for their e-session), they got both architecture and blossoms for their wedding photos. When Lida asked for the pink tree blossoms, I was doubtful we would find any after the May long weekend’s humid weather and massive rain and wind storm before the wedding. The storm blew away so many blossoms, but luck prevailed that we found a couple of pink AND white blossoms! Now I’m a bit terrified future brides will want both color blossoms for BOTH engagement and wedding photos. Lida and Steve, you have certainly set the bar high for future weddings ?

Congratulation Lida and Steve on a beautiful wedding! Now a few words from the couple themselves, including their engagement story.

  1. How did you get engaged?

Steven planned a surprise weekend getaway to San Francisco. He picked me up from work and we went straight to the airport. He even packed my bag and everything, I had no idea where we were going. After spending the day exploring the embarcadero of San Francisco, we ended up walking to the Oakland Bay Bridge and that’s where he popped the question.

  1. What is your most favorite part of the wedding planning process and why?

Our favorite part of the planning process is seeing the excitement from our friends and family.

  1. What advice would you give to couples who are planning their wedding?

Try not to procrastinate and don’t sweat the small stuff.

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When you have a pretty lace dress like that, it has to be twirled

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During the night, a few games was played. The first game was Steve guessing which hand belonged to his bride. He did pretty well, and some maybe’s were pulled out for further inspection.

Further inspection meant sniffing their necks.

Is this your bride? Steve said no.

Oops, that meant Priscilla was his bride.

A heart felt speech from Steve to his parents.

Game 2, feel those butts!

Is this your husband? Lida said yes!

Oops, sorry Steve!

Game 3, those MC’s are ruthless! A dance off to see who is the better dancer.

A surprise for Steve organized by Lida! Flash dance to old school music like N’Sync’s Bye Bye Bye.

Garter toss? Instead of a garter, Steve whipped out things like a rubber chicken and a golf club before the real deal.

Vendors:

Shoes: Kate Spade and Hugo Boss

Bridal dress: Ever After Bridal

Groom’s suit: Crown Tailors

Bridesmaids dress: David’s Bridal

Photographer: Debbie Wong Photography

Second photographer: Christina Dawn Photography

Makeup Artist: Jenny Vuong (Instagram: makeupbyjenny_v)

Hair Artist: Tanya Paul (Instagram: mpirestyles)

Florals: Serenity Florals

Cake: Cake by Rita

Ceremony: Spruce Meadows

Reception: Regency Palace

DJ: Pez Productions

Photobooth: Pose & Pucker Photobooth

Backdrop: Affordable Chair Covers

Lida and Steve got married at the end of May and powered through a 15 hours wedding! The day was over 15 hours because their wedding also included an early morning tea ceremony before walking down the aisle in Calgary. With so many activities going on and happy moments, I decided to split the wedding blog into two parts. Part 1 will be about the tea ceremonies at their home and Steve’s parents’ home.

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Let the door games begin! Game 1, passing a card via mouth to mouth from the driveway all the way to the door step.

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Game 2, pick your sauce or food. From a very sour (green!) orange to sauce, every groomsmen had to eat something.

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Game 3, sing a Backstreet Boys Song. I think it was Quit Playing Games with My Heart? I was upstairs and Christina Corby, my awesome second photographer, was outside with the guys.

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Vendors:

Shoes: Kate Spade and Hugo Boss

Bridal dress: Ever After Bridal

Groom’s suit: Crown Tailors

Bridesmaids dress: David’s Bridal

Photographer: Debbie Wong Photography

Makeup Artist: Jenny Vuong (Instagram: makeupbyjenny_v)

Hair Artist: Tanya Paul (Instagram: mpirestyles)

Florals: Serenity Florals

Cake: Cake by Rita

Ceremony: Spruce Meadows

Reception: Regency Palace

DJ: Pez Productions

Photobooth: Pose & Pucker Photobooth

Backdrop: Affordable Chair Covers

Lida and Steve’s wedding was incredible with so many activities from the tea ceremony in the morning to the reception’s games at night.  For now posting some sneak previews until the full blog!

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The first wedding of 2017 and it was a sizzling hot day in Calgary. It was over 27c on the first weekend in May! I was very excited being Wendy and Gawie’s photographer for their big day. I got to know Wendy from our weekly Wednesday’s art class. She is an amazing oil painter and she paints bright and cheerful flowers and landscapes to paint. You should have seen the beach painting she did. I wanted to buy it from her if only it wasn’t a Christmas gift for her parents!

The church ceremony started promptly at 1:00 pm. My most favorite part of any ceremony is when the bride walks down the aisle and the groom sees her for the first time. I could tell Gawie was overwhelmed to see Wendy and tried to hold back his emotions. After the ceremony, we went to Olympic Plaza. That was where Gawie proposed to Wendy during winter.

Here are their words of how it happened, and some words of wisdom when planning a wedding.

Congratulations Wendy and Gawie, and wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

1. How did you get engaged?

Gawie came home from his on shift of work right after Christmas, we normally do something fun on Tuesdays with my sister and her boyfriend. He had suggested on our group chat that we go skating, at Olympic Plaza, which I have been asking to do for a few years. I was so excited that we were finally going to go skating there, because I always thought it was a cute and romantic date place. That evening we went down to Olympic plaza with my sister and her boyfriend, and I was just very excited to be there. They had Christmas lights on and music playing. Claire had to rent skates so we went over the rental shack, and she has suggested that Gawie and I go put our skates on, but Rylan was like no! were family, we gotta stick together. I did not think anything of tha either. So when we finally got our skates we were walking over to put them on and Gawie kept saying no not that spot, so we walked over to the stairs, where there not a lot of people around. And I sat down to start doing my skates, and I could tell that Rylan was video tapping us, but I thought it was snapchat and making fun of how I needed help with my skates. Claire though it was weird because Gawie does not like having his picture taken. Gawie was putting on my one skate, and I was putting on the other one. So I was looking up at Rylan, or at my skates and then all of a sudden there was a ring in front of me. I immediately teared up and gasped. Then Gawie, asked Will you marry me? And I said yes very quickly! We hugged and kissed, all while crying, and put the ring on. Claire in usual fashion, didn’t realize what was happening at first. We all then skated for about 5 minutes and then went for drinks on Stephen Ave.

2. What is your most favorite part of the wedding planning process and why?

Coming up with the décor elements, and creating them. Also getting to see family and friends more through this process, everyone coming together to help out ?

3. What advice would you give to couples who are planning their wedding?

Try to keep calm ( easier said than done). Use an excel spreadsheet to track spending and budgets. Communicate with each other, try to figure out if there is a reason why they want something specific. Make sure to include things that booth the groom and bride enjoy and like. Know when to compromise about things, look at the bigger picture, you are getting married not having a wedding.

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Vendors:

Wedding Dress: Novia Mia

Groom’s Tux: Derks Formal

Bridesmaids’ Dress: Henkaa

Hair Makeup Artist: Stephanie at Shoppers Drug Mart, Kara- Bangles Hair Studio and Spa

Florist: Hen and Chicks

Catering: Kim’ Catering

DJ: Backstreet Productions

Invitations: Vista Print

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Just posting a sneak preview for Wendy and Gawie’s wedding from yesterday. Can’t believe the weather went up to 27c yesterday! But these two handled the warm weather really well and we even had a quick little detour into David’s Tea for some refreshments.

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