When I met with Vikke to go over the details of her and Luke’s Wakaw wedding, it was like chatting with an old friend. Well, turns out we had actually met before, when my cousin brought her to my housewarming BBQ almost a decade earlier, but both of us had completely forgotten! I love those little coincidences – they’re like an affirmation that what you’re doing was not just meant to be, but was meant to be awesome!
The salon was abuzz when I arrived. Vikke sat getting her hair done with a smile on her face that didn’t budge, even when the sky went black and burst open. Nothing was going to put a damper on the day she married her best friend. Luke had flowers delivered to the salon (awww!) with the card made out with her new last name (AWWW!). I tell ya, even when this girl is crying, she’s smiling. After getting dressed at the home of her mother, everyone hopped in the limo for the drive out to Wakaw.
Luke and Vikke had their first look at Luke’s brother’s farm. They chose a private area in the trees to spend a few quiet moments together, and I wondered if Luke had ever had a bigger smile on his face than when he first laid eyes on his bride. Once the happy tears were wiped away, family members and the wedding party spilled out of the house (admit it, someone was peeking!) and it was hugs and laughter all around before the short journey to the church in Domremy.
After a heartfelt ceremony and the happy couple’s first married kiss, it was high-fives back down the aisle! The rain was back so we took advantage of the cover-all at Luke’s parent’s farm for some family and group photos. Given the weather situation, Vikke and Luke suggested we postpone their formals in favour of an after-session. This was a great idea as it gave them plenty of time to get to the hall early to receive their guests as they arrived for the reception!
The blue heart sewn in to Vikke’s dress had very important meaning to her. Embroidered “Because of Will” in gold letters, the heart was in memory of Vikke’s little cousin Will, who was born with laryngomalacia and passed away just a few weeks after his first birthday. Before the reception began, Vikke ducked into the back room to show the heart to Will’s tearful, grateful mom, who now tirelessly fundraises in Will’s name for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.
The weather outside made for a cozy but festive vibe in the hall, which was adorned with plenty of burlap, lace, baby’s breath, and violet and turquoise accents. Instead of a guestbook, they opted to have their guests sign a large rustic wood panel to hang in their home. The backdrop for their cakes (yes, plural – there were FIVE, plus cake pops!) was made of vintage wooden doors, complete with a chalkboard panel bearing their name. Luke’s farm background was represented in the decor as well, with wheat in tin buckets on the tables and an adorable tractor cake topper. A giant ribbon backdrop behind the head table tied everything together with an energetic pop of color. Luke and Vikke both come from families that thrive on laughter, which was definitely reflected in the speeches, guest reactions, and dancefloor shenanigans alike.
A few weeks later, we met up again for an after-session on Luke’s family farm. We spent a sunny and relaxed evening creating some images around the yard before heading back to the place they did their first look, which had a fantastic old yellow car sunken into the ground and a field overlooking a glorious sunset.
Vikke and Luke, it was a pleasure to have met you (again – haha!). I wish you a beautiful marriage full of friendship, laughter, love… and cake!
If you are interested in learning more about or supporting the Children’s Hospital in Will’s name, you can find more information on their Facebook page.
Ceremony: St. Jeanne d’Arc Roman Catholic Church, Domremy
Reception: Wakaw Recreation Centre
Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo
Groom and groomsmen: Tux and Tails
Hair and makeup: The Lemon Tree Salon and Studio
Flowers: Prairie Girl Floral and Event Design
Transportation: Saskatoon Limousine Direct
Catering: Patti’s Catering
Decor: Party with Elegance