Denée and David first met back in 2003 at a concert for a band called “The Music” in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Little did they know at their first encounter, that together they would move across the country several times until they made Calgary, Alberta their home.
David coordinated for Denée’s entire family to be in attendance as a surprise visit on her 30th birthday. Being surrounded by all of her loved ones also set the perfect tone for David to pop the question. We can assume that Denée’s engagement ring and marriage proposal may have been her favourite birthday gift of all time.
The Big Day
When Denée and David began to plan their wedding day they both agreed that their guests experience was very important to them, so they chose to have their wedding in the beautiful surroundings of Banff, Alberta. They invited all of their guests a night before the wedding to the Banff Avenue Brewing Company, which was the perfect opportunity to visit and mingle with guests in a causal and relaxed setting. Unlike most weddings, the couple chose to have their ceremony in the late afternoon and saved the morning to have their “first look.” They spent the rest of the morning touring Banff and taking formal pictures with their bridal party. Denée reminiscences back to the morning of her wedding day and shares “it allowed me to connect with Dave, calm my nerves and truly enjoy the rest of the day.” Their wedding day theme was elegant with a nod to rustic and vintage. To follow in family tradition Denée wore her great-grandmothers cameo ring which perfectly complimented her 1920’s feel. The bridal party braved outdoor photos on a cold day in January and wore full length fur coats to ward off the chill (all of which belonged to Denée’s grandmother and great-grandmother). Thinking back to their wedding day Denée and David share “we could not have imagined the day being any more perfect. It was amazing to be surrounded by 120 of our closest family and friends who travelled from all over Canada to share our special day, we truly fell in love!”
The “first look” was Denée and David’s favourite wedding day moment.
Ron Hawkins – “Prairie Girl”
Stay true to what you want, it’s your wedding day so make sure to enjoy every single moment. If you are having a destination wedding, hire local vendors, they know the area very well and you will be happy with the results.
A delayed honeymoon somewhere in Europe.