Mywedding.com recently had a survey asking our couples what they wanted to see more of on Delightfully Engaged, and our Canadian readership let themselves be known! They want more Canadian real weddings, stat! Ask and ye shall receive, right? Today, I've got a gorgeous Winnipeg wedding that will inspire not only our northern neighbors, but also any couple looking to have a bright and beachy theme for their wedding. Thank you so much to Curtis Moore for sharing this terrific day!
I'd love to hear about your vision for your wedding!
Dan and I had two different visions for our wedding. He wanted something small and casual and I wanted something big and elaborate. The one thing we did vision the same was for our wedding to be a PARTY! We wanted everyone to enjoy themselves- no boring ceremony, long speeches or closed bar. So, we met halfway. Small enough that we knew all the guests, but big enough for the elaborate party we had envisioned. And we kept the ceremony casual- short and sweet.
The beach is one of our favorite places and so is lounging around the pool n Mexico. We knew that we wanted to incorporate this type of atmosphere into our wedding ceremony and reception. The Delta rooftop pool proved to be a perfect location for both the ceremony and cocktail party afterwards. The guests had the option of sitting on white folding chairs or lounge furniture. As a symbol of our unity we released balloons into the sky. It was breathtaking to watch them float away. We exited the ceremony through a bridge of water that our bridal party created by shooting water out of water guns. After the ceremony guests enjoyed a beer and wine bar, or could opt out for a variety of flavored waters. As the guests left for the reception, they had the opportunity to grab a "cool down" towel to freshen up before dinner and the party.
The Grand Ballroom at the Delta was where our party took place. White linens, blue lighting and orange decor transformed the room into a Miami Beach nightclub. The most amazing piece of decor was the huge white canopy that surrounded the head table. The night included great food, shots of tequila, a Polynesian Dancer and a "Fun Lounge" that included game tables and a DIY photo booth with funny cut outs of Dan and I on the beach.
Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?
I have volunteered at the Special Olympics dinner for many years. It always took place in the Delta Ballroom. Not only did I know that the Delta team does a fantastic job at events, but the location held a special place in my heart.
What was the most meaningful part of your day?
1. Marrying the man of my dreams.
2. We are incredibly close with our parents and grandmothers, so we wanted to sit with them at our head table. We also wanted our bridal party to enjoy the evening with their families and not be separated. It worked out perfectly.
3. Dan's sister is an amazing baker. So she baked 1,294 chocolate chip cookies for the guest favors, as well as the wedding cupcakes and cake.
Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?
My brother and his wife were the MCs throughout the evening. The evening started out with my brother running out in a coconut bra and snorkel gear!
Tell us details of the events surrounding the wedding.
We had meetings with Emma and Sacha from Events by Emma, Bruce from the Delta and Curtis from Curtis Moore Photography. They made our dream wedding come to life. It was amazing.
With an awesome family and bridal party of nineteen we wanted to celebrate every minute surrounding our wedding. Before the wedding we had a rehearsal dinner with everyone and the weekend after the wedding we hosted our annual rib-off competition.
How did you know your partner was "the one"?
Because Dan was the man of my dreams. The man I envisioned myself with since day one.
Any advice you'd give new brides who are just getting started?
Make your wedding fairytale come true.
Photographer: Moore Photography
Venue and Catering: The Delta Winnipeg Hotel
Event Planning: Events by Emma
Flowers: Fache Foward Designs
DJ: Darcy, Crystal Sound