High school sweethearts Geody and David were engaged during a family trip to Niagara Falls. “I was so shocked, as we had brought one carry-on bag, so I’m not sure how and where he hid the ring!” Geody recalls. “It was one of the best surprises, ever.”
The couple wanted a calm and laid-back wedding that reflected their personalities, and chose a colour palette of cool pastels to work into their florals and décor. For a romantic and serene feel, Geody incorporated shades of lavender, rose, and pale blue into her bouquet, which also matched the custom stationery with personalized sketches of the venues.
Another unique aspect of the day was the bride’s off-the-shoulder wedding gown by European designer Milla Nova. “Only two shops in Canada carry this designer,” says Geody. “I wanted an A-line with fit and flare, and I fell in love when I tried on this dress.” Geody’s romantic bridal look was completed with a low chignon and soft makeup, along with her bouquet adorned with trailing lavender ribbon.
Family played an important part in Geody and David’s wedding, with their two young daughters accompanying Geody down the aisle, and their extended family performing a surprise dance at the reception. “Every Filipino wedding includes a dance performance, so I should have known,” Geody shares with a laugh. “Everyone joined in, including our parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and our two daughters.”
Geody Gonzaga and David Yen, July 28, 2018, Calgary, Alberta.
Photography courtesy of Deserae Evenson.
Ceremony venue: St. Mary’s Cathedral
Reception venue: Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Bridal gown: Milla Nova from Bailando Boutique
Bridesmaid gowns: Alfred Sung from Bellezza Bridal
Groom’s tux: Eli Custom
Flower girl dresses: Doll Cake Vintage
Bridal accessories: Valentino from Holt Renfrew, Hayley Paige from The White Dress By The Shore, Davie and Chiyo
Day-of coordinator: Simply Sisters
Flowers: Foxglove Studio
Stationery: Just My Type
Hair: Dawn Bradley Hair
Makeup: Something Borrowed Beauty
Favours: Yann Haute Patisserie
Music: Revolution Entertainment