Maria and Neil met on their first day of teaching orientation at the school where they both still teach. Their engagement also occurred at a teaching event. After finishing a basketball-coaching clinic, the couple returned home to get ready for their school’s annual fundraising gala, a glitzy affair. Shortly after Maria finished doing her hair, Neil knocked on the door and asked to come in. “He opened the door and was standing there in his suit, which was quite a sight,” Maria recalls. She remembers him asking her to help him choose between two ties, but before she could answer, he got down on one knee and popped the question. Maria and Neil walked into the gala, and soon the principal announced their engagement to the entire school community! “It was such a lovely and meaningful way to share our happiness with everyone!”
The couple's sweet summer wedding was held at Pineridge Golf and Country Club in Calgary, Alberta, which was decorated in soft shades perfect for the season. Maria and Neil admit that the highlight of their day was their first kiss as newlyweds but a close second had to be the moment when their closest friends and family members began to serenade them with a song by their favourite band, Boyz II Men!
Maria de Leon and Neil Fitzgerald, June 30, 2012, Calgary, Alberta.
Photography courtesy of Nicole Sarah Photography.
Ceremony location: St. Patrick’s Parish
Reception location: Pinebrook Golf & Country Club
Bridal gown: Sottero & Midgley from The Bridal Centre
Bridal party attire: Alfred Angelo at The Bridal Centre
Groom’s tux: Perry Ellis at The Bridal Centre
Cake: Sugar Mama Custom Cakery Caterer: Pinebrook Golf & Country Club
Favours: Wedding Star Music: High Fidelity Entertainment
Hair and makeup: Perfection, Hair & Make-up by Erika
Flowers: Avenida Flowers
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
See all the photos from Maria and Neil's sweet summer wedding in Calgary.
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