Classic Wedding at Hotel Saskatchewan

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 25, 2021

Ellen and William were in the same summer internship during university, they met on orientation day and were situated down the hall from each other.

The Proposal

The couple love Christmas and exchange ornaments each year, that year Will bought Ellen a glass snowman. When she unwrapped it, Will got down on one knee and opened it up into a ring box. “It was so sweet and perfect for us. We look forward to putting it on our tree every year as a reminder!’

The Big Day

Ellen and William were originally scheduled to be married on January 2, 2021 at the Hotel Saskatchewan, where Ellen’s grandparents held their wedding reception 61 years earlier and where the couple had many date nights. When it became clear that the large wedding they had planned wasn’t possible, they decided to hold off on planning until there was more certainty as they both have busy professions and didn’t want to be replanning multiple times.

Ellen and William planned their entire wedding in six weeks once it became clear that covid restrictions were lifting. “It was a bit of a blur, but we had a lot of fun in the process,” Ellen shared. The condensed timeline meant there wasn’t time to overthink things and they had to both work hard to ensure things went smoothly. Will did just as much planning as Ellen did – from making their website, designing invitations and handling all the RSVP to handling the menu (even designing the cake!). It was a team effort that the couple is really proud of.

Favourite Moments

Ellen: “The ceremony. It truly felt magical. Exchanging our vows in front of our close family and friends is something we’ll remember forever. A close second was our cocktail hour and being able to catch up with close friends. It was the first time seeing many in person since before the pandemic.”

William: “The ceremony. It meant so much to include our entire families in our special day. Being married by my father and having our marriage blessed by Ellen’s Godmother is something we will cherish forever.”

Engagement Ring Cut


First Dance

“Lover” – Taylor Swift

Advice from the Newlyweds

“Try not to stress! When people offer to help, let them. Focus on what’s important to you as a couple. Discuss your priorities early on and stick to them – it will make decision making so much easier and ensure you’re on the same page.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Enjoying life as a married couple! We look forward to moving into our first home, traveling (when we are able!) and starting a family.”


Banff, AB | Fairmont Banff Springs


Marriage Officiant: Gary Lane (father of groom) | Venue: Hotel Saskatchewan Autograph Collection | Design + Planning : Bella Dolce Weddings & Events | Cake: Lovey + Sweets | Floral Design: Wascana Flower Shoppe | Photographer: White Lotus Studios | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Music (DJ or Live): Momentum Productions (DJ) | Transportation: Peekaboo Limousines | Bridal Gown Boutique: NWL Contemporary Dresses | Bridal Gown Designer: Mikaella Bridal | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Coppley | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Colin O’Brian Man’s Shoppe Ltd. | Bridal Hair Stylist: Colby Budnick – Salon Haze | Bridal Make Up Artist: Ginette Hall | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Salon Haze – Colby Budnick | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Ginette Hall | Jeweler (Bride): Victoria Jewellers | Jeweler (Groom): Victoria Jewellers


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