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An Elegant Top-Hat Themed Same-Sex Wedding in Winnipeg

  |  By Kimberly Aglipay

For Darin and Glen, getting married was a step they wanted to wait for until it was right for the both of them. Being together 25 years on the day they were wed, they didn't hop on the band wagon right away when Canada made same-sex marriage legal in 2005. "One day, about 2 years before our actual wedding, we both looked at one another and said at the exact same time, 'Do you want to get married for our 25th wedding anniversary?'" the couple shares. They knew it was the right time.

The couple's wedding was a top-hat and martinis themed celebration. "When looking for a design or our stationery, we thought the idea of two top hats as a representation of the two of us," Darin and Glen say. "The top hat theme was carried throughut from our stationery to the presentation box, and we were even carrying top hats in the ceremony." The couple carried out their martini theme with a late-night martini bar, specialty socks worn by the male members of the wedding party and customized martini glasses as favours for the guests.

A colour palette of black and white with hints of silver made up the colour palette—the silver being a nod to their 25th anniversary. "Black and white to us is just so classic, and that's what we wanted to achieve—a classic, elegant affair," the couple shares.

The ceremony turned out just the way Darin and Glen intended it to be. "In the beginning of the planning process we wondered, how do we make it our own without having it look like a traditional bride and groom wedding?" the couple says. "It took a lot if planning and talking with one another, but we ended up blending a traditional wedding ceremony with a not-so-traditional grooms wedding ceremony, and we must say, it was magical!"

Darin Wallin and Glen Wold, April 13th, 2019, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Mathew Zigue.

Venue: The Manitoba Club
Groom's tuxes: Tip Top Tailors
Linens and chairs: Planned Perfectly
Flowers: Beyond Flowers
Bridesmaid gowns: Stella's Bridal
Quartet: Luminous String Quartet
Stationery: Little Blue House Creative Design
Favours: Zenan
Hair: Stage 6 Salon
Music: Sensational Sound
Lighting: Event Light
Dance floor and LED bar: C&T Event Rentals
Officiant: Colleen Olafson


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