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A Vintage Wedding in Drayton Valley, Alberta

  |   By Jessica Moy

Jamie hardly knew anyone when she moved to Drayton Valley to be an office administrator. On a whim, she attended an 80's themed birthday party thrown by her boss's daughter to get to know a few people, "I mustered up enough courage to walk into a place filled with strangers armed only with bad 80's makeup, a side ponytail and equally as bad spandex leggings," Jamie laughs. Oddly enough, this was the place she met Nathan.

A few years later, the couple became engaged and started planning their romantic, vintage-themed wedding at a local parish and community hall. "My bouquet was one of the most special things to me on my wedding day," Jamie admits. Her mom not only made the bouquet, but also included a charm with a picture of her dad who passed away. "It was a special way of having both my parent's present with me as I walked down the aisle," Jamie reflects.

At their reception, Jamie decorated a legacy table where she gathered and framed old family wedding photos (even as far back as her great grandparents) and attached tags to each frame including the name of the family members, their wedding date and relation to the bride or groom.

When it came time for dessert, the couple had a German pound cake made by Nathan's aunt, which included a family heirloom on top. "It is tradition in Nathan's family that everyone who gets married must place the same small ornament on their cake," says Jamie. "I believe we were the 40th wedding to have it on our cake and, luckily, none of these weddings have ended in divorce," Jamie says happily.

Jamie Shaw and Nathan Edwards, September 15, 2012. Drayton Valley, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Eternal Reflections.

Vendors:
Ceremony St. Anthony's Parish
Reception: Whitby Community Hall, contact Shawna McGinn at [email protected]
Bridal gown: David's Bridal
Bridal party attire: David's Bridal
Groom’s tux: Derks Formals
Cake: Made by Nathan's Aunt Mary Caterer: Grandma Jo's Cafe & Catering Hair: PurEssence Salon & Spa
Flowers: Bride's mom and Valley House of Flowers
Stationery: Bride made invitations and programs, but stationery was bought at Staples
Decorations/rentals: The Flower Farm

See all of the photos from this vintage fall wedding in Drayton Valley, Alberta.

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This article was originally published on Apr 11, 2013
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