Cassy and Colin had been together for four years when Colin got down on one knee. The couple likes to be private, so the proposal was just that. During a weekend away in Edmonton, following a dinner out, and a snowy walk to the hotel, Colin proposed in the privacy of their hotel room.
With the Okanagan Valley just a skip and a jump to Calgary, the couple have spent some time vacationing in wine country and knew they wanted to marry there, surrounded by the vineyards and their close friends and family. They chose CedarCreek Estate Winery for its beautiful outdoor ceremony space, and the Delta Grand for the reception, so that out-of-towners could stay close by and get some amazing views.
The couple chose to keep the guest list intimate but friends and family from all over Canada and the United States came out. “It was truly everything I could have asked for and was so special,” says Cassy.
To start their wedding day, the couple had breakfast together. “It made me feel more relaxed and at ease,” says Cassy. While Colin and his groomsmen (as well as Cassy’s brothers, who walked her down the aisle) left to get themselves ready, the bride and her bridal party started to work on their hair. Their makeup artist, Melissa, was about to start on their makeup when she realized she’d forgotten her case at her home. While she booked it back to West Kelowna, Cassy went for a walk on the grounds with one of her bridesmaids. Melissa made it back in plenty of time and she put the finishing touches on the girls.
During the ceremony, the ring bearer—who kept referring to himself as the ring barrel—made it half-way down the aisle without the pillow and his shirt untucked. Nevertheless, he was adorable and delivered the rings in fine fashion. With no further hiccups, the couple said “I do” and the bridal party was off to the vineyard for some breathtaking photos.
“Walking into the reception was one of those things we'll never forget,” says Cassy. “Everyone was as excited and happy as we were.” Seeing their friends and family gathered together in the crisp white reception hall, and sharing a delicious meal together was truly memorable. The wine from Dirty Laundry Vineyard is one of the couples’ favourites. Atop their wedding cake (complete with cupcake tiers) was a James Bond wedding topper, selected by Colin.
Being from Calgary, the couple insisted on some country music, and DJ Super Dave championed the playlist, getting all the guests up for a line dance. To cap the night, the couple paid homage to the Stampede (which was happening the same weekend) with some late night snacks including fair favourites like mini-doughnuts and candy apples.
A sweet end to a sweeter day.