Ryan and Sara were a dream to work with, rolling with the changes the pandemic brought all the way up to their celebration, which ended very differently—yet just as perfectly—as originally intended! Their wedding took place in September, when gathering restrictions were still at 50 people, and their ceremony took place in a beautiful back yard setup.
The couple met through a mutual friend (Ryan’s coworker and roommate) at a house party thrown by one of Ryan’s friends.  He remembers her being quite shy, as she didn’t know any of the other guests, and he immediately took a liking to her and made it a point to try and get her to relax and have some fun. The night was cut short by some drunken antics from other party-goers, but Ryan ended up getting Sara’s phone number from his roommate, and they began their journey. Sara loves to go camping and to take fun photos, and adores Pineridge Hollow, so Ryan set up a camping trip with a group of their favourite people at Bird’s Hill Park and brought the engagement ring along with him. Everyone was in on it, and the plan was that their friend would bring her camera and they’d suggest going for a photoshoot in the forest. Sara was immediately excited and had no idea about Ryan’s other plans. They found a nice spot, everyone got into position with their cameras, and Ryan broke out into a speech about how much he loved Sara, had always wanted to be with her, and got down on one knee. Sara is a pretty emotional person (my favourite, on a wedding day!), and the tears were flowing all the way back to the camp site. Everyone had a bonfire together, and sat around discussing things that could come in their future along with their favourite “Ryan and Sara” moments. It was the perfect weekend for a proposal.
The wedding day was always going to be rustic themed, with pops of yellow sunflowers alongside navy blue. Ryan’s most anticipated part of the wedding day was seeing Sara for the first time as she walked down the aisle: they tend to not spend much time apart, and had decided to traditionally spend the night before the wedding away from each other. Guests had their faces covered and custom masks were given out as favours. The weather was perfect, and after the ceremony we were treated to a ride in the Winnipeg Trolley for photos on the grounds of the Legislative Building and the Millennium Centre before heading back for an al fresco dinner, speeches, games and dancing on the deck.
Event Coordinator: Jamie Kerslake, Madeline’s Weddings
Makeup Artist: Jennifer Zeke
Hair: Jeannine Dyer
Dress: Justin Alexander, Chantal’s Bridal
Music: Jerrod Kusyk, All Around Sound
Photographers: Emily Wood and Scott Carnegie, Stardust Photography
Groom’s attire: Caravelli
Wedding bands and engagement ring: Ben Moss
Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal

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