Happy Wedding Wednesday!! Julie & Kevin met while in high school, but the two didn’t officially start dating till later. Their lovely wedding was captured by Daphne Chen Photography, in Alberta, Canada. It was important that they were surrounded by family and friends as well as to incorporate Julie’s Trinidadian and Ghanaian culture. Take a look below and be inspired and be sure to check out their wedding trailer at the end!
From the Photographer:
Julie and Kevin met in Edmonton during High School. Some like to call us High School sweethearts, although they didn’t start their relationship until they entered University. It was important to them to host the wedding in their vibrant hometown, surrounded by their community, family and friends. Julie and Kevin’s vision was to have a traditional wedding (church ceremony, reception, dance party) that had a mix of cultural elements. With Julie’s mother from Trinidad and father from Ghana, they were thrilled to include Caribbean dancers and African drummers as part of their celebration.The bride explains: “While most couples compete with other wedding hopefuls for their desired ceremony venue, we had a more unique competition. Because of the arts-centric city that we live in and the time of year, our ceremony had to finish (and more importantly start) on time in order to not interfere with a theatre performance. The annual Fringe Theatre Festival just happened to choose the date and location of our ceremony to host one of their performances. I recall seeing the lineup of theatre goers standing in confusion as we left our ceremony. Certainly they wondered whether they were witnessing true love, or some elaborate outdoor theatre performance, complete with 200 extras. It was true love.”The historic clinker-brick church (sometime theatre venue) served as a perfect backdrop for the elegant ceremony. It was brought to life by the bright stained glass windows and the energy of the people inside. In perfect juxtaposition to the church, City Hall’s modern stone, steel, and glass was used for the wedding party’s photo-op.The flawless wedding day had only one small hiccup. The groom recalls: “I remember it was hot. I was waiting at the front of the century-old church, in my tux, no air conditioning, and one table fan pointed at my face. The ceremony was supposed to start at 2:00. I looked at my swatch, it was 2:00. I had heard the limo had broken down and was now running late. I didn’t worry however because I knew Julie would do enough worrying for the both of us.”The event filled reception featured Caribbean dancers, African drummers, an intimate first dance, and a beautiful traditional Ghanaian dress. The entire day was a perfect reflection of the couple’s eclectic yet classic style and celebrated how best friends found true love.”
Photographer: Daphne Chen Photography //Ceremony: Holy Trinity Anglican Church // Bakery: The Art of Cake // Dress: Essense of Australia //Dress Store: Pure Bridal //Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group //Floral Designer: FaBLOOMosity // Makeup Artist: Renee Rampersad// Hairstylist: Janice Patterson // Groom + Groomsmen: Tip Top Tailors //Reception: Radisson Edmonton South // DJ: Talent Productions //Photo Booth: Stage Lab //Entertainment: Wajjo African Drummers