Horseshoes Get Hitched: Barn Wedding Ceremony & Cocktail Hour
Happy new year, hive—2017 brides and grooms, this is your year!
It’s high time I finished my time as a blogger here. Time has absolutely flown by—it’s hard to believe that it was this time of year in 2016 that I was preparing my application to be a bee blogger. Thank you all for your comments and support, and for reading.
I’d like to quickly finish my recaps before I say goodbye.
Photo by PMG Image
The Horseshoe bridal party arrived without issue to Heritage Park. We spent our first few minutes carefully avoiding each other as we decided to do a first look right outside the barn. This was a fun experience that we enjoyed with our bridal party. I’m really glad we did a first look as it eased our pre-ceremony nerves.
This might just be my favourite shot from the day. | Photo by PMG Image
We then took some pre-ceremony portraits. I’m glad we did this before our ceremony as it allowed us to mingle with our guests immediately after our ceremony.
All smiles. Photo by PMG Image
My fellow Canadians know how temperamental spring weather can be. It’ll be sunny and beautiful one minute…and then it will snow. I am so thankful for the amazing spring weather we enjoyed last year. The weather on our wedding day was perfect. Bright, sunny, but not too hot.
Just about ready to go | Photo by PMG Image
After some time spent outdoors, it was time to head inside the barn and officially tie the knot. In spite of my qualms with our off-centre stage, I must say that our ceremony space came together quite nicely. I loved the floral arrangements that were done for our ceremony space. A slightly silly side note: We were able to sprout roots and plant a curly willow branch from a ceremony arrangement. It did quite well outside this past summer! We currently have it inside where it’s languishing under a UV grow light…just a few more months until you can go back outside, curly willow!
I really couldn’t wipe that goofy grin off my face. | Photo by PMG Image
Mr. Horseshoe and I walked each other down the aisle to a cover of “Home” by the Vitamin String Quartet. (Psst, here’s a breakdown of some of the music we used for our wedding.) I’m so glad that we decided to walk each other down the aisle—it was a neat experience to walk towards our future together.
Still grinning my face off | Photo by PMG Image
Our ceremony was short and sweet, lasting about 15 minutes. We selected readings from Maya Angelou and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. We then exchanged our legal vows and rings (my band by Jeff Cooper, his by Chris Ploof).
Photo by PMG Image
We were, before we knew it, officially husband and wife.
We did it! | Photo by PMG Image
Our officiant, Tamara Jones, was truly incredible. She was supportive, kind, and warm, and made our ceremony incredibly special. I really can’t recommend Tamara enough if you are getting married in the Calgary area.
The Horseshoes are officially married! | Photo by PMG Image
A huge, huge thank you to all of our friends and guests who came out to celebrate our wedding. I really can’t describe how amazing it was to have their love and support on our wedding day.
Guests were served sparkling wine and appetisers (vegetarian samosas, olive tapenade and roasted red pepper pinwheels, and a baked brie wheel with crackers) immediately following our ceremony. Truth be told, we didn’t try a single thing because we were too busy mingling. I heard the food was good, though!
One last thing: I need to give a shout out to bridal designer Hayley Paige. I love-love-loved my Guindon gown. Hayley Paige, you are a magnificent genius.
Next up: our dinner, dance, and the rest of our wedding day.