This beautiful wedding was a true family affair…..and definitely our favourite kind of day to photograph- small, intimate and full of all the people who meant the most to the couple. It seemed every detail was brought to life by a friend or family member, and it showed. From Martina’s beautiful engagement ring which had belonged to Lee’s late grandmother, to their walk through the neighborhood post-ceremony in full Slovakian tradition…complete with the bride’s father playing accordion – it was all light, easy and full of laughter. We honestly wanted to stay and pretend we were part of the family ! What an honour it was to be part of such a special day…
White Linen girls.
wedding planner | Myself and the help of family and friends
venue | Lee’s family home in Summerland
cake| One of the two requests Lee had for our wedding was that we have a cake from Dairy Queen! So we got 2! A His and Her cake.
dj/musician | Linda Fiechter played violin, my dad Vlad Zamecnik played the accordion, and Andrea Agur, Lee’s sister, was in charge of iTunes!
hair | Kelsey Dobie
makeup | Kelly Shumaker
florist | Arlene – Edgy Petals http://edgypetals.com
dress | From Bliss Bridal in New Westminster
shoes | Good ol’ George from Walmart!
bridesmaid dresses | We didn’t have bridesmaids, but my sister and Lee’s sisters got their dresses from varying retailers. They all looked stunning!
guys duds | Lee got his shirt and pants from Elliot Row http://www.elliottrow.com
other | Tents were from Westminster Party Rentals. Food was from the Penticton Ramada. Speakers were from SW Audio Visual.
What was the most memorable part of your day?
Our ceremony for sure! We loved every second of it! The day is already stressful enough, so we had some fun with it. We wrote our own vows, and Rick Gay was our officiant and he was perfect! He even brought out a carpet for Lee to kneel on for part of the ceremony and he had his trusty whistle with him to signal us to end our first kiss
After our ceremony we walked around the circle near our house, with my dad playing the accordion and all of us followed him singing, dancing, skipping, or walking along.
Any advice for those getting married in the future?
Keep it small! Unless you have an abundance of time or loads of help with your wedding. Oh, and if you choose to have a wedding on your property or a place where you are responsible for setting up the tents, music, tables, linen, flowers, decorations etc….be prepared for quite a bit of work! But it is so worth it! If you would rather sit back and relax, definitely have it at a location where most of that is taken care of for you. And remember if you’re having fun and enjoying the day, everyone else will be as well.
If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?
The only thing we wish we had was more time before and after our wedding to spend together. We started a business this summer and we had some trips away, so there was a lot going on aside from our wedding.
What was your favorite wedding day purchase?
Our photographers! Well….we didn’t buy them per say, but we did buy their amazing services! The food, the flowers, the dress…..they were all wonderful, but the one thing that we will get to treasure forever are our photos.
A love note…
Michele and Brooke were amazing! From the moment that we met them for our engagement photo-shoot to the last photo that they took on our wedding day, there was never a dull moment with them around. They are creative, energetic, fun and their photos capture the soul of anything that their lens happens upon. We so appreciate your hard work and talent….come and visit us anytime!