While sitting down to write this, I’ll admit I’ve had a hard time articulating how lovely Jalene + Matt’s wedding was. From having their senior dog Coco join us for photos, to the family style meal catered by the incredible local omnivore, to the speeches that made my belly hurt from laughing so hard. It was incredible. Jalene however, does a much better job at summing up the day than I do:
“In many ways, our wedding day ended up being very “traditional” and we were both so happy with how things turned out. The whole day had a sort of nostalgic feel and reminded us a lot of the weddings of our parents. I think embracing so much of the traditional “wedding day” is actually what made our wedding unique in the end, because a lot of people don’t do that anymore! We spent the night before the wedding apart with our wedding party, we didn’t see each other until the ceremony, we had a big reception at an old community hall, followed by a dance party that went well into the morning hours. For both of us, the highlight of the day was the ceremony. McDougall United Church in downtown Edmonton is so beautiful, and we took advantage of the amazing pipe organ and acoustics they have there. I walked down the aisle to Wagner’s Bridal Chorus, and it was just such an epic amazing wedding moment! The entire ceremony was such a celebration, it was so happy, and the music played on the traditional organ was so cool. We had written a set of vows ahead of time, and both knew what was coming, so I don’t think either of us was very nervous. Overall, the ceremony went so perfectly and everyone was so happy. We felt so loved, and so in love! It was a really awesome part of the day, and exiting the church to the Wedding March played on pipe organ felt like something out of a really great 90s romantic comedy. We loved it! Our reception was at the Bonnie Doon Community Hall, and again was quite traditional. We started off the night with our first dance and then shared a family style meal with 200 of our favourite people. The speeches turned out to be the longest part of the night, and despite my initial stress over the timeline getting delayed (typical bride!), we really wouldn’t change a thing. Matt’s family pretty much roasted him for two hours, while my family sweetly praised us, listing every one of our mediocre accomplishments over the years. It was hilarious to see the contrast between our families, and was such a genuine reflection of us and where we came from. The dance started late, but we managed to squeeze a whole lot of partying into the hours we had left. Matt and I danced hard, ate a lot of pizza, and crowd surfed, before cabbing home with a half eaten wedding pie and sleeping on our living room floor. I don’t know how the day could have gone any better!”
Bride’s dress | Justin Alexander from Novelle Bridal. Groom’s suit | Derks. Groomsmen suits | Simons. Bride’s “Mrs” necklace | Kate Spade. Bride + bridesmaids hair and makeup |Nickol and Nina from Blushed Beaute. Bride’s shoes | Betsey Johnson. Ceremony location | McDougall United Church. Reception | Bonnie Down Community Hall. Cake | Banana Cream Pie from The Duchess Bake Shop. Invitations | Minted. Custom Wedding Illustration | easyprintPD on Etsy. Florals |Deniss Barahona at Grower Direct. DJ | Joses Martin. Caterer | The Local Omnivore. Second shooter | Lauren Voisin. Featured On Blush Magazine.