Sharon and Justin met over ten years ago at the golf shop where they both worked. She worked in the clothing department and he was in shoes. After working together for over a year Justin and his friends decided to take off and travel the world. It wasn’t until he returned a year later that the two became more than co-workers, they finally went on a date and three months later Justin was convinced that they were dating.
The proposal was 8.5 years in the making, and well worth the wait according to Sharon. It was the day before her 30th birthday, they went out shopping and had a quick bite to eat at a local burger joint. Sharon was convinced that her 30th would go by without a proposal. She had told Justin that she wanted to be engaged by 30. She was certain that it wouldn’t happen, so admittedly, she was a bit grumpy following dinner. They drove home in separate cars and arrived on the driveway at the same time. She walked in to the house first and heard music playing, then noticed rose petals leading down the hallway. Justin had managed to find a wine bottle from one of Sharon’s favourite vineyards with “Say Yes” engraved all around it. There were roses and a sign made up that read “Sharon, Will You Say Yes?” and the ring of course. There had been plenty of opportunities where Justin could have planned a romantic proposal but none would have surprised Sharon as much the one in their own home. She shares, “It was absolutely perfect!”
The Big Day
Sharon has always dreamed of having her wedding at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. The regal building in Edmonton really captured the feeling she wanted on their wedding day. It was the first venue they looked at and the last! The minute Sharon walked in to the Wedgwood room, she knew they had to make it work. Shopping at Kleinfeld Bridal for a wedding dress is on nearly every girls dream list, Sharon was lucky to have all of her bridesmaids travel to New York to find the dress she’d wed in. The couple worked together and planned every detail of the wedding from the flowers to the place cards. Justin won big points for being a supportive and involved groom. Sharon and Justin had several family members travel from Scotland and England to be present for their special day. The highlight of the day was to have her 86 year old Grandma travel so far to witness her last grandchild get married!
Sharon: “I would have to say that the moment those doors opened for me to walk down the aisle would have to be my favourite! Seeing my best friend waiting for me at the end, looking so handsome, and knowing that we were finally going to say our vows to each other was a great feeling, along with all our family and friends that had traveled from all over to be there witness it, really meant the world to me.”
Justin: “The whole day was amazing, but my favourite part of the wedding was the last song and dance. We had asked the DJ to play Mumford & Sons (Our favourite band) – Little Lion Man to cap off the night, all our remaining guests filled the dance floor in a huge circle with us in the middle, it really was the perfect ending to a day filled with love and support from our family and friends.”
Engagement Ring Cut
Ray Lamontagne – “You are the Best Thing”
Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)
Van Morrison – “Tupelo Honey”
“Enjoy planning it! Try not to get to caught up in the little things, you will be the only one who knows that those little things didn’t turn out quite as you wanted. If it’s in the budget get someone to help you pull the day together, having a day of coordinator was the best thing for our peace of mind. All the details were executed just as we had envisioned and there was no stress, no need to enlist family members to help set up details either, they were also able to come and just enjoy!”
Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married
“We have lived together for over 6 years, so it isn’t much of a change in our daily lives. It’s a bit cliché but finally being able to call each other husband and wife is the biggest change we are looking forward to. It still feels weird when we say it.”
Camping in East Africa