Laura and Craig wanted a wedding that was “northern, intimate, fun, comfortable, and totally us,” and that, dolls, is exactly what they created. These two were married in a family-only ceremony on a bluff overlooking the wild, beautiful scenery in Yellowknife. While Laura and Craig gallivanted around the gorgeous landscape for portraits afterward, their family got to eat an amazing potluck dinner of pulled pork tacos and fish (don’t worry, our mouths are watering, too). Then it was off to Laura’s parents’ backyard for the reception, which is where friends joined the party!
How did you choose your gown?
“As soon as we walked into Lea-Ann Belter, I knew I wouldn’t need any other appointments. I am pretty indecisive, and I loved quite a few dresses there. I chose the dress I did because it was my grandmother’s favourite, and, as she wasn’t able to be at the wedding, it was important to me that she loved my dress as much as I did.”
Tell us about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
“The theme was inspired by the idea of a really great backyard party—we wanted it to be fun, beautiful, intimate, but relaxed…nothing stuffy, that’s not us. The style was a mix between Garden Party and Secret Garden with a Northern flair, to honour and celebrate the unique place we are both from. We started with an intimate, family-only ceremony on a beautiful bluff looking out over Yellowknife scenery. While we had our photos taken, our family had a casual potluck dinner of fish and pulled pork tacos. Our reception was held in my parents’ backyard, which was transformed over the summer! Our friends all arrived shortly after we did and it was an epic backyard party from there on out!”
What’s your funniest wedding day memory?
“The speeches! They were ALL amazing—but for funniest, my sister wrote the most amazing parody to “American Pie” (to which I cried profusely), and Craig’s brother had everyone in stitches. There was also some pretty epic dancing later, and when Mitch and Ben took over bartending, it was service with a show!”
What was your favorite wedding day moment?
“Marrying my love…having my eldest sister marry us, my other sister (and maid of honour) sing a beautiful song about us, Craig’s twin sister as our emcee, and his brother (and groomsman) make a hilarious speech. Our families are everything to us.”
What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
“Something old—my mother gave me her aunt’s ring the morning of
Something new—my wedding dress, shoes, etc – everything?
Something borrowed—my mother’s handkerchief
Something blue—my underwear (ha!) but also (and perhaps more appropriately) my mom got all my bridesmaids and sister to write little wedding day notes on a blue post-its to put in my purse.”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We haven’t yet! I am a teacher and we got married right before school started—we are hoping to get away for March break.”
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
“Less is more. Make it about both of you—about your marriage, not about just one day. Do it how you want to! Just be yourselves.”