JUNE 18, 2016

Wedding Bells (West) - - Real Weddings -

FROM RACHELLE: Keith pro­posed at The Forks in Win­nipeg. We had planned on go­ing skat­ing but it was a warm win­ter’s day, so the rink was closed. We went for a stroll along River­walk in­stead, and he popped the ques­tion af­ter we had taken some fun pho­tos across from the St. Boni­face Cathe­dral. Our theme was in­flu­enced by a vin­tage and rus­tic gar­den. Na­ture is so in­spir­ing to me, so in­cor­po­rat­ing gar­den el­e­ments into our decor felt right. Our pas­tel pal­ette in­cluded sage green, co­ral pink, ivory, and a bit of gold and cham­pagne for some sparkle. We are both out­doorsy peo­ple, so we chose to hold the wed­ding at Ev­er­green Vil­lage. To tie in the rus­tic thread, we added birch-wood de­tails to the guest­book ta­ble and the cen­tre­pieces. The woodsy de­tails also served as a sentimental nod to a cabin my fam­ily used to have by Moose Lake, which I miss dearly. Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, the com­mis­sioner helped us cre­ate a “fight box” to open on our five-year an­niver­sary. We wrote love let­ters to each other and chose a bev­er­age of our choice to place in the box be­fore nail­ing it shut. Should our mar­riage be in trou­ble be­fore five years, we are to open the box, have a drink and read our love let­ters to each other.

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