September 9th 2017- (09/09/17). A balmy +22 degrees in Alberta’s capital Edmonton (YEG), sunny with a few rain showers, rains good luck right!? Our wedding theme was somewhat vintage with pops of Copper & Rose Gold paired with shades of grey & succulents. Our wedding was just over 100 people with the ceremony and reception at Whitemud Creek Community Hall in South Edmonton.
Our wedding personal touches
- Antique Copper. I searched Alberta high and low for various copper vessels from antique & second-hand stores. I was looking for copper tea pots, vases and really anything else I could find. I didn’t want anything uniform, I wanted everything to be unique. I filled the copper with succulents and flowers for my centerpieces and for decor around my venue.
- Handmade Jewelry and Decor. I wanted to use my creative skills to handmake wherever possible. I’m not sure if it saved me too much money but once seeing it all come together on my wedding day, I felt it brought such a personal warmth to the wedding. I hand made the bridesmaids necklaces and the groomsmens cufflinks with items I purchased on Etsy. My mother and law and I spent a couple of hours winding and twisting copper wire into napkin rings. Each centerpiece, hanging decor, the photobooth, thank you gifts, table numbers, table chart & more were also very “Us”!
- Growing Succulents. My parents and I grew and tended to all the succulents used in the wedding in my backyard throughout the summer. It was fun to grow them all and then plant them and arrange them exactly how we wanted them to be. This included our thank you gifts which were mini succulents & more.
- Talented Friends & Family. We have great friends and family! Getting to enjoy our special day with services and talent from friends and family made it even more comfortable. Our invitation design (We did a responsive email), wedding cake, makeup, DJ, videographer, MC’s, bartending services and even our officiant helped make our day extra special and relaxed.
The photos & details of our antique copper, rose gold, succulents & shades of grey wedding
Our dog Datcha poses with my Madeline Gardner wedding gown purchased at Bridal Debut in Sherwood Park. Luckily I’m an AMA Member and received a discount for showing my AMA Card.
The Madeline Gardner Wedding dress was more of a fit and flare, but I altered out some of the poof and krinolin when I got the dress taken in significantly. Dress has been dry cleaned twice and is up for sale if interested, I will be putting it up for sale at a consignment store soon.
The dress had beautiful ivory lace on top of a champagne slip. Pure white dresses drained my skin colours, so we decided to go with the ivory and champagne.
My jewelry were all rose gold hand made items off Etsy from a designer in Philadelphia.
My makeup was beautifully done by my talented friend & ex roomate Christina Muran. Christina has been my friend for over 10 years and I’m extremely proud to recommend her for any special event, microblading or even makeup tutorial parties!
My veil was also purchased from Bridal Debut and had subtle floral and crystal designs matching the ivory colour of my dress.
The back of this dress was my favourite. There sure were a lot of buttons!
Meanwhile my groom poses just a few hours before wedding time!
The groomsmen prepare for their treck to the venue to greet guests.
Cavallini Italy Suede pink with rose gold shoes, kitten heel of course to ensure I’m comfy and not taller than the groom!
Heading off to Whitemud Creek in a fancy ride! The bright blue Porsche. My bridesmaids were close behind in my co-workers Escalade.
Succulent boutonnieres from Dennis Grower Direct in Capilano. The Boutonnieres were made by my talented ex roomate Liseanne. I also incorporated white, light shades of blue, purple and pink to add more shades of colours where the copper didn’t stand out as much.
Succulent Corsages by Liseanne with copper wire, but of course.
Whitemud Creek Community Centre in the neighbourhood of Whitemud Creek just South of the Whitemud and North of Terwillegar. It’s a beautiful community centre all newly renovated with a gorgeous fountain viewable from giant windows and a deck. The hall is also 2 floors which means there is lots of room to stretch out.
Some of the copper pieces found at second hand stores with succulents grown in our backyards during the summer months. We also had a wedding Sam Matt logo designed which was incorporated throughout the venue.
Some of the copper pieces created from the antique copper pots and jars purchased at second hand stores across the province.
One of my favourite features of this venue is the giant windows that slide open to a deck over looking trees & a giant fountain. It almost made it seem like the wedding was half outdoors.
All the hanging decorations were hand made with greenery, air plants, succulent vines & rose gold & copper lanterns & wiring. The grooms uncle from White Rock told a beautiful story and officiated the wedding. We did things a bit different and he told our life/love story instead of a traditional ceremony. We loved that his uncle could be standing up at the alter with us.
Halfway through the ceremony we locked up 2 letters we wrote each other and a nice bottle of wine in a wooden box. I etched the box with our names and wedding date using a wood burner. We’ll open up the box on our 1 year anniversary September 9th 2018. We will keep the tradition going by writing another letter to each other, and sealing it once again with another beautiful bottle of wine to enjoy in a years time. Soon the box will be filled with etched dates of 09/09/”Year”.
Do not open until 2018! Another great shot of some of the interesting copper pieces I was able to find.
We’re married! We used chrysanthemums (Mums) which were in season to decorate the end of the aisle in addition to the hanging pieces I made and succulent grey planters.
We only have 3 family members who live in Edmonton and were so lucky to have family come to celebrate from near & far including Switzerland, Germany, Quebec, Rhode Island, New York, Manitoba, British Columbia, Lethbridge and Olds Alberta.
My favourite building in downtown Edmonton
Our bridal party in front of the Alberta Legislature building (The Ledge). The bridal party was dressed in shades of grey with hints of copper (necklaces, earings, bracelets & cufflinks). The men wore little succulent boutonnieres and the women held mostly green bouquets with succulents and mini eucalyptus all tied together with copper wire.
Beautiful succulents, roses, mini eucalyptus and fresia bouquet done by Dennis herself at Grower Direct Capilano. Matts ring is his late father’s ring which makes it extra special.
Dancing in the rain!
We had a 5mins “secret” ceremony by the protected wetland just around the corner from the venue to make it legal…legal. Unfortunatley in Alberta you can’t have a family member legally marry you, but we have no regrets as we loved having Matt’s uncle officiate with our story and we also got to have 2 ceremony’s in 1 day!
Head Table adorned in greys, succulents & copper
My mother in law and I sat for hours hand making the napkin rings, made out of copper wires! We couldn’t afford to have charger plates for 103 people so we decided to fancy up our head table.
We had an old copper bell that guests could ring to get us to kiss instead of the old clinking of the glasses. Notice how lovely the natural backdrop is? Our decorator Debbie hung little copper lights behind the head table to give the feeling of a backdrop sheet. It would have been so silly to create a backdrop that covered the beauty of the outdoors and fountain.
Someone rang the copper bell!
My dad made the head table succulent planters out of some old wood he had in his backyard. The colours worked out perfectly. My mom and I planted them all in several different patterns. I think they turned out great!
The Antique Copper Centerpieces
One of the many unique table centerpieces. This cute little copper watering can was found on Kijiji. The owner was so thrilled to be selling it to me to use for my wedding.
We used 45 Records to create our table numbers. Matt and I are both big music lovers & we are also avid record collectors. We found the 45s for pretty cheap at FIND Edmonton. The record holders were found on Etsy and handmade by a designer in New York.
We also had GoPros circulating at the wedding, but unfortunately they stopped working. They were the cheapo kind from China. #Fail
More Wedding Touches
One of the best things we did was get a polaroid instapix mini camera and each one of our guests was photographed and their photos were taped into our guest book with washii tape. Guests then wrote a message beside their photo. It’s so fantastic to have a picture of all our guests beside their messages to us. Our welcome table also held our carbox which was my dads old suitcase and our antique typewriter! The piece of wood was also burnt with a wood burning etcher to say Welcome, but it’s upside down in this picture.
The seating chart was made out of old pallets with copper wire strung in place to hold everyone’s names with mini clothes pins.
Instead of having Thank You gifts on each place setting, we had a thank you gift table where guests could choose which gifts they wanted to take home. We had an array of Polish caramel candies, mini succulents which I planted in little pots & Forget Me Not seeds. We had TONS leftover. My advice is to have a thank you gift that people can enjoy at the wedding because people often forget to take them home.
We used old drawers from my parents kitchen renovation in the 90’s to house the thank you succulent gifts. Each gift was branded with our SamMatt wedding logo.
Our MC’s spent hours making cute little moustaches for each guest. The groom used to adorn a rocking ginger moustache.
But of course ceasars must be available at an Alberta Wedding! I was able to find a whole whack of rose gold bar wear to match!
Our Wedding Meal! Workshop Eatery
Catering was done by Chef Paul Shufelt from Workshop Eatery. His food was amazing. My favourite thing to do is go for chacuterie and cheese boards so of course Paul prepared this giant chacuterie and cheese board with his famous preserves.
Amazing salads by Workshop Eatery. We had an array of Quebecois, French (my culture) and Italian dishes.
One of the most unique parts of Whitemud creek is the beautiful fountain outside. This is us on the deck just behind our head table. We found these cute rose gold wine glasses at Pottery Barn.
We had 2 cakes. The 3 tiered cake had a different flavour per layer (lemon meringue raspberry, second layer salted caramel toffee with chocolate, and the final layer was chocolate cinnamon.) We also had a gluten free cake for our celiac guests! The beautiful cakes were done by Ang Minor of Cutthroat Bakery.
Photobooths are expensive! So I made my own! We had my SLR set up on automatic and I made my own backdrop.
I purchased a removable decal on Amazon for the wall, the antique chairs and table were found at FIND Edmonton. Guests had to press the shutter button and the camera was set on automatic mode to capture the shots!
Dance Dance Wedding Party
First Dance! The dance floor was decorated with copper light strands.
One of the groomsmen Chris does the limbo with a plate of midnight lunch Poutine from La Poutine. Definitely recommended for a tasty midnight lunch.
Phewwwww, planning a wedding is A LOT of work. Matt and I were both very happy with how it turned out and we’re really thankful for all the help from all our friends, family and vendors.
Shoutout to Edmonton Wedding Vendors
- Michael Angelo Lucas Wedding Photographer – Talented, Professional, passionate….as you can see the pictures speak for themselves!
- Debbie Mazurkewich from Chic Wedding Designs – Debbie helped with Decoration set up, tear down and on site day of coordination. Highly recommended as it takes a lot of stress away from having to do it all yourself. Debbie will take your vision and make it come alive while taking care of any little things that you forgot to think of yourself!
- Chef Paul Shufelt & Workshop Eatery – Absoloutely amazing food from one of Edmonton’s best new restaurants. Paul’s menu showcased my cultural heritage which made the meal even more special. His flavours and quality are next to none and the service was great too.
- Christina Muran Makeup Artist – Extremely talented, highly experienced, Christina will ensure you look like a celebrity on your big day!
- Dean Vince – He had the crowd rocking and partying all night long, which was one of our most important goals of our wedding!
- Deniss & Liseanne from Grower Direct in Capilano – I wanted succulents, they gave me absoloutely perfect succulent filled bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres. They will not disapoint!
- Ang Minor with Cutthroat Bakery – Nom! Delicious cakes and treats made with great passion. Our entire cake was devoured including the smaller gluten free cake!
- La Poutine – The yummiest poutine on this side of Quebec, served hot and ready for our hungry dancing crew.
- First Charter Bus Rentals – We rented a bus to take us around to take our photographs because it was cheaper than a limo. You’re only in a vehicle for less than an hour, so why spend so much on a limo? First Choice was the only vendor that reduced the price and gave us a nicer bus because we told them the rental was for a wedding. Great service & amazing staff.
Dream Honeymoon to French Polynesia, Bora Bora & Tahiti Islands
We were incredibly lucky to be able to leave on a dream honeymoon 2 days after the wedding. It gave us enough time to say goodbye to family who were in town, pack & head off! We went to Los Angeles for a couple nights, went to a baseball game, lived it up on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach and then headed to the country I have always wanted to visit since I was a little girl. We boarded a Windstar “yacht”, only 142 guest cruise around the Society islands in French Polynesia. We visited 7 islands including Tahiti and the amazing Bora Bora. Stay tuned for the upcoming blog post! Sneak Peak below of our truly amazing experience.
Moorea in French Polynesia.
Windstar Cruise through the Society Islands in French Polynesia.
The bluest most beautiful waters in Bora Bora French Polynesia