We are definitely feeling the spirit of the season this week and are so excited to share with you, Chelsea and Joe’s winter wedding at Riverlodge Place in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada, which was about as dreamy as it gets! Chelsea’s soft blush gown, the bridesmaids faux fur shawls, the groom’s dapper black suit–oh my! We are soooo loving all of these chilly winter images shot by Sugar & Soul Photography and are feeling the romance in the air!
What made the wedding special and unique?
Having our wedding in winter gave it that touch of uniqueness right off the hop. The wedding was totally immersed in “northern” touches, from the foot of snow that had fallen only a week prior, to the fur shawls, to the girls footwear (lazy moccasins). The venue also gave the wedding a very special feel, with the beautiful exposed beams.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
My dress was chosen after trying on many… and I mean many dresses at several different stores. My mother, sister and I made the long 8 hour drive to Winnipeg just to try on dresses. We met up with my maid of honour and spent 3 days, and 7 appointments trying on dress after dress. Each evening we went over the “top 3 to beat” with input from several friends and family members. This dress was never on anyone’s list but mine. It kept popping up in the back of my mind, so I knew, regardless of what anyone else thought, it was the one. I couldn’t get over the keyhole back and the slight pink hue. Designed by Stella York, it was the perfect mix of classic/vintage and modern.
What were some touches added to make it personal?
Obviously having our families travel great distances through awful weather made it very special and personal. But, the most personal touch of the day was having one of my best childhood friends, Mike, marry us. Although it took some convincing, he agreed and we couldn’t imagine anyone who would have been more perfect for the role. It was just so great being surrounded by all of our supportive friends and families.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
Without a doubt, the ceremony was the most memorable part of the day. Once I walked down the aisle and the ceremony started, we were able to zone out everything else. All of the plans, all of the little details, the stress, they were over. This was what all the planning was for. So in that moment we were able to forget it all, and just focus on each other. It was a great feeling to finally be married in front of our friends and family, after so many years together.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We met when we started working together. A few years later we started to date… to the bosses dismay, as the boss just so happened to be my father. 8 years later, after getting a dog, buying a house and being grilled by my family for years, Joe proposed. On Christmas Eve, he took me to Pisew Falls, some gorgeous water falls 45 minutes from home (one of my favourite places). After exploring the falls and the trails, right before heading back home, he proposed. He couldn’t have planned it better.
Vendors: Photographer: Sugar & Soul Photography // Florist: Anything Grows- Thompson, MB // Caterer: Amanda Hebner Catering Services- Thompson, MB // Dress Designer: Stella York // Dress Salon: Stella’s Bridal- Winnipeg, MB // Venue: Riverlodge Place- Thompson, MB // Decorating: Randi Radesic- Events Supply and Decorating- Thompson, MB // Hair & Nails: InSparation Day Spa- Thompson, MB