Joy, that’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think back on this wedding. Thomas & Nin got married earlier this month on a farm in Duffield, Alberta where handmade details were peppered around the ceremony site and reception hall. This was a wedding where the love was tangible, not just between the bride and groom but between their families as well. Love was poured into every detail of this day from the arch the groom made himself, adorned with a chandelier and flowers, to the Wheel of Fortune inspired game that replaced the clinking glasses tradition.
The ceremony brought laughs and several fallen tears as well as some traditional Laotian elements in honour of the bride and her family’s Laos heritage. It was beautiful to witness not just two families coming together but two cultures as well. As the bride and groom walked back down the isle as husband and wife for the first time, guest showered them bird seeds, which looked incredible on camera. Luckily, the actual showers held off until the tail-end of shooting formals.
At the reception, 1000 paper cranes made by bride (though I overheard that one was made by the groom) dangled behind the head table, intertwined with several twinkling lights. The tables were beautifully set with old books holding up vases of flowers and gold accents adding a regal touch to the rural setting. A delicious dinner followed heartwarming speeches and a cupcake table and donut wall were set up for dessert, adding yet another unique touch to Thomas and Nin’s exquisite day.
Brides Hair: Melissa Eidick
Bridesmaids Hair: Shania Harpchuck & Reo Miller
MUA: Kelly Tiong
Bouquets: Panda Flowers
Cake/Cupcakes: Art of Cake
DJ: Hallay & Diana Barrantes
Venue: Duffield Community Hall
Photography: Julie Jackman & Mattia Jones
Before they got married we did a bit of a different “first look”. The couple wanted to get together without actually seeing each other before the ceremony .