The crop went in on time, but not a drop of rain fell all spring. Shannon and Luke worked with his parents to manicure the family farmyard to perfection for their Saskatchewan farm wedding, and hoped the drought would end soon. Sure enough, the day before their wedding, the skies opened up. Rain soaked the parched fields, running rivers down the grid roads. It did not let up overnight. And there’s never been a couple so happy for rain on their wedding day.
Shannon and the girls got ready at Luke’s family farm, Shannon keeping a watchful eye on the weather. Everyone knew how important it was to them to be married outdoors at home. The downpour just needed to slow to a drizzle for the sake of their guests. Instead it just rained harder, so at the last minute it was off to the Bladworth Community Hall. They were married by an old family friend of Luke’s. Shannon met Luke part way down the aisle to symbolize coming together in a totally balanced way, and walked to the end of the aisle together. Rather than readings, their parents stood up and shared their most valued marriage advice. At the end of the ceremony, they blasted “Footloose,” and the entire wedding party and their parents danced up the aisle and out into the rain!
From that point on, it was all about the fun! Although Shannon and Luke placed a high value on authenticity and candid moments, Shannon did have one specific photography vision in mind. Luke’s dad spent hours building a pyramid of round bales to look like a giant wedding cake, upon which the wedding party were placed like cake toppers via a ride in the tractor bucket. Seriously, this wedding party pulled out all the stops to make their day special – from being willing to stand up for them in the pouring rain, to terrifying rides in the tractor bucket, and dealing with the never ending mud – whatever it took to make the day fun and memorable, they were up for it!
Their reception was at Davidson Town Hall, the only place around with enough room for a properly big dance floor! They both felt so strongly about sharing a real experience with their family and friends rather than putting on a show, and their whole wedding day reflected this value. Luke planned much of the wedding, right down to colors and decor. The quilted accents were made by Luke’s mom and Shannon, learning as she went. Shannon’s dad make the cake board, and Shannon made the cake herself. The caterers cooked supper using beef from the family farm. After a few speeches and games they got right down to important business – dancing!
Shannon and Luke originally met when he overheard her complaining that the men at the bar couldn’t dance. These two love to dance together more than anything, so of course they’d been envisioning their first dance for ages. About 30 seconds into the song, the sound system failed. You could feel people’s hearts drop, but then an amazing thing happened – without missing a beat, their guests took over and kept singing the song for them! Soon a replacement sound system appeared and they had a successful second first dance. And as you can imagine, that dance floor was full til the end.
Shannon and Luke awoke the first morning of their marriage to a bright blue sky – what a start to a lifetime of “making you mine.” Congratulations and so much love to these two, whose dedication to valuing connection over perfection just made the day all the more perfect.
Shannon and Luke’s wedding has also been featured on Sask Ever After!
Ceremony: Bladworth Community Hall
Reception: Davidson Town Hall
Bride: JJ’s House
Hair: Shear Power
Groom and groomsmen: The Bay
Flowers: Midway Flowers
Catering: Sally’s Catering Co.
Transportation: Prince Albert Northern Bus Lines
Bar and safe ride: Davidson Volunteer Fire Department
Saskatchewan farm wedding photography by Saskatoon wedding photographer Copperblue Photography and Design. Serving the Saskatoon area including Davidson, Humboldt, Martensville, Warman, Prince Albert, Outlook, Rosetown, Waskesiu and Candle Lake.