Taryn and Ben met in 2006, at the University of Alberta, in the Telus building on the first day of classes. With the help of fate, they were assigned to every class together in their first semester, regardless of being in different years and concentrations. After graduating, Ben pursued a hockey career in Europe. Five years later, a random encounter brought them back together in Edmonton. With the help of destiny, their friendship created a foundation for a life together.
Taryn and Ben were living in Mombasa, Kenya and on March 27th, 2013 when the next chapter of their lives would begin. At dusk, Taryn arrived home only to find the front door unlocked and opened. As she stepped inside, she immediately saw a trail of tall white pillar candles and rose petals leading her up the stairs. Alongside the candles, were sheets of paper with their story, written by Ben. With each step, she was able to re-live their fairytale together from the very beginning. Once she reached the rooftop, she stepped outside only to find Ben kneeling on one knee with a ring and the last sheet of paper that simply read, “Will you marry me?”
The Big Day
The moment the couple walked into The All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral they felt humbled and knew that that was the church where they wanted to say their vows to each other and to God. Taryn and Ben knew they wanted absolutely every single detail of their wedding day to reflect their personalities so they chose to plan a celebration that was raw and true. The Yellowhead Brewery provided just that for their reception party, complimented with wood, red brick accents and concrete flooring.
The wedding portrayed Taryn and Ben perfectly, it showcased what was important to them, family. Ben’s best man was his younger sister Megan, and Taryn Lynne’s maid of honour, was her older brother Jared. They didn’t let tradition dictate where their loved ones would stand so they kept them next to them. The remaining wedding party consisted of family and loved ones who have stood beside Ben and Taryn through all of their trials and tribulations.
Taryn: “The moment I took my first step down the aisle. I was walking toward my future, the man that I love dearly and who I was lucky enough to be sharing the rest of my life with. With each step, I felt the love and support radiating from all who were there to share in our special day. Holding onto my father and watching my mother watch me walk down the aisle was a moment I will forever remember.”
Ben: “When Taryn Lynne walked into the church. I have never seen someone so beautiful and it finally hit me that I get to spend the rest of my life with her. I was holding back tears (not very successfully) and with every step she took I become more aware that I actually get to be her husband. Throughout the night, I felt so blessed to be surrounded by so many people that truly cared about us. The day was everything we wanted, filled with the people that have loved us through everything.”
Engagement Ring Cut
Double swirl halo surrounding a round centre cut diamond
‘At Last’ – Etta James
Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)
‘Walk with You’ – Edwin McCain (Father-Daughter Dance)
‘It’s Your Song’ – Garth Brooks (Son-Mother Dance)
Advice from the Newlyweds
“As cliche as this may be, your wedding day is just that, your day. Remember to enjoy yourself, because the moments will go by so quick, so ensure you have a wonderful photographer! Less is always more, allow your wedding day be about the love and commitment, make that your number one priority. Brides-to-be, always have your favourite lipstick with you at all times.”
Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married
“Ben and I are so grateful to have married each other, we truly are each others best friend. We are enjoying the little things in our day to day lives, remembering to enjoy each and every moment together. Our greatest achievement in life, would be to become parents and to start a family together. Becoming a father and a mother would be what Ben and I are looking forward to most since beaming a married couple.”