Kayla and Chris met at a bus stop while they were both attending university. Chris saw Kayla first walking across the street while waiting for the bus with a couple friends. Kayla happened to know one of the friends and was introduced to Chris. After that meeting they both expressed interest to their mutual friend and ended up seeing each other on the bus a few more times before going on their first date. The couple dated for almost 10 years before getting engaged and then married.
Chris proposed two days before Christmas in 2018. It was their first holiday season in their first home so they decided to dedicate that year to their very own Christmas celebration (since normally on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day they visit their families). They planned to lounge around at home, have breakfast in bed and watch Christmas movies. Afterwards, they were to walk around the Edmonton Legislature grounds and go out for drinks and dinner at their favorite restaurant, Sugarbowl. The reason for that order was because the couple wanted to recreate one of their first and favourite dates almost 9 years earlier – which came as a huge sign of a proposal to Kayla. However, Chris did not propose and Kaley was secretly disappointed.
When they headed home, their plan for the rest of the evening was to open their presents to each other and Christmas stockings. In Kayla’s stocking was a box of chocolates, again disappointed that it wasn’t a ring but then she noticed there was a note on the back, which was the start of a scavenger hunt. “Every time I read a clue I would become more and more emotional and excited and at one point I couldn’t even read the clues because I was crying and shaking so much. Chris had to lead me back into the living room where the final clue would tell me to look in my stocking (again). This time … there was a ring box. And I said yes!”
The Big Day
Kayla and Chris’ micro wedding was unique to them even before the pandemic hit. The couple shared that “Covid-19 in a way was an ironic cherry atop of our wedding,” because it stripped their special day of all the unnecessary things. They mourned the inability to celebrate with their entire family and friend groups, for many months. But what came of that was a true realization of how wonderful, understanding and supportive their people are and for that we will always be grateful.
The couple celebrated their union in a stunning venue in Canmore that was partially outdoors, making the mountains their backdrop the entire day. The couple relished in the intimacy that they would have not been able to achieve with a large guest list.
Kayla: “It is impossible to pick just one but I think hearing Chris’ vows was one of the best moments because they mirrored my own so much and made me feel extremely loved, happy and exactly where I was meant to be. Second to that would be all of the speeches and the intimacy of our wedding reception. We were able to really enjoy our time with every single person there and didn’t feel rushed. We laughed and cried and I couldn’t get enough of our time under that tent with our favourite people.”
Chris: “Spending quality time with friends and family leading up to the wedding and during our intimate ceremony and reception. I liked having a smaller group because we were able to enjoy the time with each person there and didn’t feel overwhelmed or as if we were being pulled in multiple directions. It was simple and stress free.”
Engagement Ring Cut
“Sleep on the Floor” – The Lumineers
Advice from the Newlyweds
“Set aside the expectations put on you and the “things” involved in weddings that don’t really matter and focus on what is most important to you. Spend time with the people you love and surround yourself with people who are there for you and will support you no matter what.”
Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married
“Not having to plan a wedding during a pandemic! But also just enjoying our time together adventuring, going camping, travelling whenever we’re able to again and playing with our pup.”