The Art of Love ~ Sarah & Andrew’s Wedding
Which one moment will last for each of you forever?
Bride: It is impossible to pick just one moment so here are some highlights – my Dad’s speech was incredibly moving and funny and brought me and my sister to tears; Andrew’s vows were sweet, loving and articulate (which I was absolutely not afterwards); my brother’s epic slideshow; the fun everyone had on the dance floor; all the hilarious stories our guests shared to get us to kiss; the fact that so many people pitched in to make the day special (my sister making the cake; my mom, aunt, and grandmother helping make my veil; using the ring pillow from my parent’s wedding that my great-grandmother made; Andrew’s grandpa and uncle helping to make our invitations; the girls putting together the centerpieces the morning of).
Groom: 1. Our friends forming a swaying circle around Sarah and I slow-dancing during the beginning of the last dance of the night (Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd) and then everyone going crazy, jigging, dancing, and careening about the room after the increase in tempo. 2. Sarah surprising me by singing to me in front of all of our guests. 3. My father’s speech.
Best advice for future bride/grooms?
If you are planning a wedding on your own, give yourselves a year to do it so that you are less likely to feel overwhelmed and stressed about all that’s involved. Planning should be fun, not a chore. Relax, and revel in every moment of your wedding day; it goes by fast.
Best wedding related decision?
Spending wisely on our wedding reception so that we could afford to spend a little extra on photography. Liz was worth every penny we paid and captured our day perfectly. She went above and beyond our expectations on so many levels with thoughtful gestures, helpful advice, interesting poses, and fantastic ideas (like beautiful photo cards for our guests with a link and password to our wedding proofs).
What was the funniest memory from your wedding day?
Mixing up lots of our officiant’s instructions during our handfasting ceremony.
What is your favourite image from your wedding day and why?
Mental image: Looking out upon the smiling faces of our family and friends during our ceremony.
Photograph: How could we possibly choose? There are easily 30 photographs that could all be our favourite.
Processional Longing to Belong – Eddie Vedder, Dee – Randy Rhoads
Recessional Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
Entrance to Reception Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
First Dance Queen – You’re My Best Friend
Mother/Son + Father/Daughter Dance In My Life – The Beatles
Ceremony and Reception Location: National Gallery of Canada
Officiant: Dr. Alan Viau
Makeup: Kathy Quilty
Wedding Gown: Kimberly Wilson Bridal
Suits: Personal suits
Rings: Goldform and Keltic Nations
Bride’s Shoes: Call it Spring
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Personal dresses
Caterer: KW Catering
Cake: KW Catering
Flowers: Michelle VandenBosche