One of the reasons why we decided to have a first look was to be able to spend time with our guest during the cocktail hour and to be able to enjoy ourselves. Doing all our photos before the ceremony allowed us the time to chat with our guests that came from quite far away, allowing us to eat during the dinner instead of having to go from table to table to say hi to people.
My favourite drink is the Shirley Temple, so we had a Charlie Temple and a Michael Temple (which was a Shirley Temple with vodka). My dad made a giant Jenga for the event. It was a hit and a lot of fun!
We also use the cocktail hour to take a family photo with Michael’s family who was away before the ceremony.
As well as a few group shots.
Photographer: Marie-P photographe
Venue: Ivy Lea Club
Dress designer: Lis Simon
Dress store: Christianne Brunelle Couture
Shoes: Nine West
Bridesmaids dresses: 1861
Bridesmaids and Best man gifts: Nordstrom
Groom suit, tie and shoes: Moores
Flowers: Michael’s cousin, Samantha Taylor
Hair and Makeup: Fossa Hair Studio
DJ: Sound On Sound Productions
Bridal pearl necklaces, bracelet and earrings: heirloom from grandmother