Jessica was working a summer job at the Blaine Lake Bar, where Marc hung out pretty regularly. It wasn’t long before he figured out the pretty new girl’s schedule, eventually working up the nerve to ask her out. The next thing she knew, she was bringing him home to meet her family. Jessica and Marc planned their Saskatoon wedding to be the day of their four year anniversary.
I met up with Jessica, her girls, and her mom and sisters at the Holiday Inn, for a day full of joyful emotion right from the very start. Jessica’s mom presented her with a handmade scrapbook, and the heartfelt messages inside brought tears for them both. Marc left a card and gifts for Jessica, including a blanket for them to snuggle under together… aww! After Jessica touched up her her make-up, her mother and sister helped her into her dress, the excitement evident on her face throughout.
While the girls finished their preparations, I popped next door to see what the guys were up to. Jessica had also left a letter and some gifts for her husband-to-be. The first was a necklace, with a pendant inscribed “love Dad” in Marc’s late father’s handwriting. As Marc dried his tears, the other gift – Jessica’s boudoir album – quickly returned a smile to his face.
By this point, Marc and Jess were pretty excited to see each other. We had chosen a beautiful natural area for their first look, and Marc was full of emotion when he finally laid eyes on his bride. They had planned to spend some time alone together for photos before the day hit full swing, creating some relaxed and romantic images before the wedding party arrived to join in.
The Roxy Theatre provided a dramatically romantic setting for their wedding ceremony. Marc’s brother conducted the ceremony, but as he was not a registered officiant, they quickly made it legal in the storage room beforehand! Marc and Jess then declared their vows centre stage in front of their family and friends.
One of the first things I learned about Jessica was that she can DIY pretty much anything, and her wedding was no exception. Not only did she create all of the florals (!) and do all of the baking (!!), but the entire hall was filled with elegant DIY and upcycled decor, in shades of purple with teal accents. After a delicious supper and some hilarious and heartfelt speeches, we snuck out for a quick break and some casual portraits in the alleys off Broadway before the dancing began.
Marc and Jess are truly best friends, always laughing and smiling together, which make for a fun and carefree wedding day that was a joy to witness.
Bride: Venus from W Bridals
Bridesmaids: W Bridals, Ebay
Groom and groomsmen: Tux and Tails
Hair: 343 Salon and Meagan Shatz
Ceremony: Roxy Theatre
Officiants: Ari Avivi and Tim Malo
Reception: St. Joseph’s Parish Hall
Videographer: Zeroframe Productions
DJ: DJ Sting