Michelle was certain that Gregory was going to propose on their trip in New Zealand. But she was in for the surprise of a lifetime. Before the trip, she was staying at a friend’s house in San Diego when one evening, Gregory called to ask her out after work. They went to Encinitas beach to see the sunset. “We walked down these old wooden steps and the view was stunning,” Michelle says. After she took a quick video of the scenery, she found Gregory down on one knee, asking her to marry him. “We ended up sitting there on the beach for the next two hours, just the two of us,” Michelle shares. “It didn’t feel real yet.”
In order to reflect the bride and groom’s outgoing and vibrant personalities, Michelle and Gregory went for a modern yet whimsical theme that was slightly edgy and had a touch of feminine flare. For reception, they brought in a balloon wall photo backdrop in shades of pink, peach and grey. They complemented the backdrop with modern tropical flowers including anthurium and bleached ruscus. However, the tall centrepieces were the show stoppers. “A few guests wondered if the flowers were real, because they looked so perfect!” Michelle says.
For her wedding dress, Michelle had trouble deciding between something fitted, elegant, sexy or princess-inspired. She decided to marry two different styles together. The seamstress altered the gown’s back so it looked like one piece when the skirt was added over top. The result was show-stopping, and the dress was by far Michelle’s favourite wedding detail. “The groom loved both looks as well, I was especially happy that the skirt came off for the reception. It had quite the train!” Michelle says.
The father and daughter choreographed dance had all of Michelle and Gregory’s guests laughing and crying. Michelle and her father are extremely close as they would go on all sorts of adventures together, “We would go on all sorts of adventures: exotic car rides, race car tracks, sky diving (twice!), glider planes, rock climbing, rappelling, zip-lining and more,” Michelle shares. Their dance routine involved a mashup of several artists such as Jackson 5 and Apache. “The crowd cheered and sang along and even copied some of the moves.”
Michelle Surya and Gregory Crowley, May 17, 2019, Lake Louise, Alberta.
Photography courtesy of Corrina Walker Photography.
Venue and catering: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Wedding planner: Julianne Young Weddings
Bridal gown: Limor Rosen & Blush by Hayley Paige from The Dress Theory
Hair: Lisa Silverman
Makeup: Claire Alyse Makeup
Flowers: Flower Artistry
Stationery: Pink Umbrella Designs
Rentals: Modern Luxe Rentals
Balloon wall: Calgary Party 50
Officiant: Weddings by Tamara
Music: Pez Productions
Videographer: Parfait Productions