John and Sarah were never strangers (John is a long-time friend of Sarah’s brother), but they also never had a real conversation until they met at a Canada Day celebration in 2014. After one or two dates they made their relationship status official, and two years later John decided to take things to the next level.
Over the July long weekend, John suggested they go for a bike ride. Sarah didn’t understand why he kept one hand in his pocket even though he kept swerving, and when they stopped to watch the sun set over a small pond she thought he was shaking in nervousness about the his triathlon the next day. John took a few moments to shake it off, and then got down on one knee.
The Big Day
The couple needed a space that could hold 200 guests while allowing extra room for dancing and mingling. The Blatchford Air Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park offered ample space, a neutral palette, and the grandest of entrances courtesy of the spectacular hangar doors. They wanted to emphasize the importance of family and created two large x-shaped tables for their immediate families. They also have the reception chairs they sat on during their first meal as husband and wife in their home as a simple reminder of their amazing day full of love and family.
Sarah: “My immediate response is the moment I saw John at the altar. Other favourite moments were each time I paused to take in the guests surrounding us on our wedding day. I remember looking out during dinner, during the dance and even when we were at the altar. I will forever remember our best friends and family looking up at us with so much love and support. It truly is a once in a lifetime feeling!”
John: “I have a few! 1)When the doors of the church opened and I saw my soon to be wife for the very first time 2) Listening to all of the amazing words that people had to say about my wife and I during the speeches 3) The party!”
Engagement Ring Cut
“I Need You”—Faith Hil & Tim McGraw
Advice from the Newlyweds
“Hiring a day-of coordinator was one of the greatest decisions we made. We knew what we wanted in a wedding so the planning portion was simple, but making sure the day runs smoothly is something the bride and groom have little control over.”
Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married
“We are looking forward to simply making a life together! Combining our lives after the big day has been so much fun for the both of us, and we look forward to all of the new adventures as husband and wife!”
Phoenix, AZ | Talking Stick Resort