My hat, one of many, is off to wedding planners or those couples that have the collective energy and desire to pull off the event of their lives.
It was an honour to attend the wedding of Jessica and Darcy this Saturday. The bride and groom looked amazing, happy and comfortable not only with each other but the buzz that surrounded their nuptials. The bridal party, they were as cool as cucumbers too.
There’s no doubt, it is a huge day and I marvel at men that become part of the event and don’t give the patented line, “I just show up!”. Knowing Darcy as I do, he’s a planner and laps up the opportunity to work projects. While I don’t know that much about Jessica, I’m sure she’s much the same. The attention to detail was great, yet the event was simple and a delight.
The outdoor ceremony was held at Wolf’s Botanical Wedding Island. The back drop at the alter was a wonderful archway with beautiful flowers weaved into the willow branches. To accommodate guests on this hot late summer afternoon, the guests were given fans with all the information required; groomsmen and bridesmaid names, where to go after the event and much more.
A fabulous garden wedding that was approximately half an hour.
Guests had enough time to enjoy refreshments and snacks at any of Lacombe’s watering holes before the reception and dance. Our group ended up at Cilantro and Chive – snack a little – eat a lot. There are great choices for food and drink! The ever expanding craft beer selection is amazing. I would suggest you try their Caesars – a meal on their own OR the Moscow Mule! So tasty.
Part of the magic of this day was the bringing together of family and friends. In my former position, we as staff, worked together but we also developed a bond that few companies or businesses can replicate in today’s environment.
It was truly like old home week, everyone falling into place. While six years has elapsed for me, I have worked at keeping my lines of communication open with my friends. We talked about relationships, work, sport, farming, community and just kind of relaxed and laughed and maybe drank and ate … a bit!!!
Let’s get back to that detail thing! Upon arrival at the reception, (I got there early!) all you had to do was either sign the registration book or move to the table plan! Every guest that was represented was on the board in alphabetical order! Easy to find your table, your friends. Darcy & Jessica had a photographer in place, so you could get your photo taken.
The photos are great and a fun way to look back on who was in attendance. The emcee was an older family friend that had great stories about the bride and the groom plus he did know almost everyone in attendance! Darcy is a Kinsmen member, who did the bartending, Kinsmen. Boston Pizza catered the late night snack! The reception meal was incredible; a buffet from Cilantro and Chive! Cannot say enough about Riley & Kim Kay’s business. Roast beef, chicken cordon bleu, various salads and the desserts were incredible!
The speeches were fun, collected, to the point and no one was too drunk to complete their task!
Do you agree; some events can become somewhat cluttered. This was not the case.
During the speeches, a quick slide show appeared with photos of the couple as kids and then as adults and their adventures, ending with photos from the actual wedding day. I really loved the shots around Lacombe that were taken that day. The wedding party having an espresso, checking out sweets, at the botanical garden. Everything was neatly pulled together.
Some weddings, you just can’t wait to be at – this was one of them. Much love and luck to Jessica & Darcy Stingel, you two were destined to be together.