LAKESIDE WEDDING AT THE CABIN, SYLVAN LAKE
Having a lakeside wedding in Sylvan Lake is a dream for many Albertans. It’s likely the most well known lake in the province, and boasts some of the best beaches and cabins around. And after their engagement, it took virtually no time at all for Jenna and Josh to reach the same decision! Jenna grew up going to the lake with her family; there were so many special memories and it just made sense having the wedding out there too.
LAKESIDE WEDDING IN SYLVAN LAKE
They planned an beachfront outdoor ceremony overlooking Sylvan Lake, and brought in a tent for the reception. The decor was amazing, the vendors were spectacular, and little did we know, Josh had a few surprises up his sleeve for the wedding day too. Talk about a groom going over and above to make this day the most memorable experience ever! More on that in a bit. First, we need to consider the weather.
The wind was starting to pick up in the morning. Just a little, but promising more to come. Normally that wouldn’t be an issue, but on this day, that wind could wreak havoc with the itinerary of events. It’s not every wedding that the groom plans to fly to the wedding ceremony in a float plane, after all. Too much wind, and the plane wouldn’t take off at all. Too much wind wasn’t actually the problem. Just a little wind, and the plane can take flight, but if the wind increased once in the air, landing on the lake near the ceremony location could be impossible, and the nearest airport was a 45 minute drive away. Needless to say, the weather was very much in some peoples thoughts that day.
CEREMONY ENTRANCE WITH STYLE
The plane took off, and despite a few frantic moments (mostly from the bride), the floatplane landed without a hitch and delivered Josh to the lakeside wedding ceremony unscathed and dry, much to the delight of the wedding guests who knew nothing of his plans! The ceremony was beautiful, and the sun was shining down on us all.
Photos followed, laughter ensued. And then back to the reception, whose outdoor bar was seeing brisk business. It was a beautiful evening, overlooking the lake and its amazing sunset. Shortly after the first dance, when the guests were really starting to let loose and enjoy themselves, Josh pulled out another surprise. Josh disappeared, and the next thing anyone knew, he was on stage playing a saxaphone! Nobody saw this coming, Jenna least of all! It was a rousing rendition, followed by some huge applause.
GROOM SURPRISES HIS BRIDE
And just when you thought the night couldn’t get any better, Josh put down the sax and moved over to the mic where he serenaded Jenna with a song, the one she actually wanted for her first dance! Josh had been planning this for months, taking lessons and practicing the song even before Jenna mentioned it as a first song candidate. Some subtle scheming saved the surprise, and Jenna nearly fell over from the shock! It was one of those moments you rarely see in person, and when you do, you realize you (and everyone else) is rapt with attention, to exclusion of all else!
Shooting a lakeside wedding in Sylvan Lake was also a dream of mine for years. I’m so so happy to have been included in this one, and to work with all the amazing vendors and see/meet all the wonderful people.
Dress – Dori, by Hayley Paige from The Bridal Boutique
Hair – Jami Cuglietta, Carrie’l Hair
Makeup- Mimi Make-up
Flowers – Calyx Floral Design
Caterer – Workshop Eatery
Cake – Sugar by Tracy
Band – The Flying Junque
Day of Coordination – Cocktails and Details
Rentals – Special Event Rentals