Trish and Justin said “I do” with flair – surrounded by mountains, their loved ones, and… radishes?
A chance meeting, a witty Facebook message, a roommate romance, and a proposal at the International Peace Gardens. Trish and Justin’s love story reads a lot like a modern romance novel – and after seeing their stunning wedding below, we’d be queueing to watch the movie too! Having spent years in the wedding industry, Trish new exactly what she didn’t want in a wedding dress. Yet, discovering that what she wanted were giant radishes, was a fantastic surprise. Thankfully (for all of us), she followed her instincts and purchased her dream gown. Trish shared their big day with us and included plenty of inspiration for lovers, dreamers, and talented vendors around the globe.
“I met Justin 5 years ago through a mutual friend. I had a boyfriend at the time and while we hung out a few times with friends, we were never close. Then I posted on Facebook that I needed a roommate to share my enormous nail polish collection. Justin replied that he was interested in living with me and sharing nail polish collections! We were engaged about a year later.”
“Justin proposed the day after his birthday in one of my favorite places, the International Peace Gardens. The night of his birthday I saw him pull my friend into his room and heard her gasp. He shushed her and said, “I'm going to do it tomorrow”. The next morning, very tired after a big night, we drove to the gardens. I definitely knew he was going to propose when I saw a square shaped object in his pocket! We wandered around, then on the line that divides Canada and the U.S., he got down on one knee and asked me if I wanted to be with him 11-ever. (We say 11-ever because it’s so much bigger than 4-ever.) We called our parents once we had both stopped crying and asked if they had any plans on July 28th because… we were getting married!”
“We chose Banff for the big day because it’s a special place for me. We booked an outside patio surrounded by the mountains for our ceremony on the top floor of the Rimrock Resort. It was attached to a large suite where I spent the wedding morning. Over the next few months we found an amazing photographer, florist, hotels to stay in, and I visited New York to find my dress.”
“Because I’ve worked in a bridal salon it was hard for me to feel special in a wedding dress – they lose their magic when shipped inside out in vacuum packed bag with five other dresses. But, I knew that colour was a must for me, so I started with blue evening gowns which is where I stumbled across a gown covered in blue and green hydrangeas by designer Romona Keveza. After scrolling through her other designs, I found a gown with purple hydrangeas (my favorite flower), lots of green leaves, and radishes. The pattern was so unique, I knew immediately that it was my dress. Because the dress was such a feature I decided to design our wedding around it. The cake was painted with radishes to match the dress and there were radishes in my bouquet and Justin's boutonniere.”
Bride’s Advice: "Don't let other people try and talk you into something that doesn't fit your style and vibe. ‘You do you boo boo.’ You get one day, so make it yours!” - Trish, Bride.
“About 40 of our closest friends and family attended the wedding. We did a photo shoot the night before with all our friends dressed in white on Lake Minnewanka. Most of my friends live across Canada and I only see them once or twice a year so to have us all in the same place was amazing. It was one of my favorite moments of the wedding.”
“I went into town on the wedding morning to have my hair done and on my way down the mountain the excitement hit me all at once! Then my makeup artist visited our suite while I had a nice relaxing time with my sister and the photographer.”
“Our ceremony was at midday. When I walked down the aisle and saw my friends and family I can honestly say that it’s the happiest I've ever been. The ceremony only lasted 15 minutes – I'm not one for long ceremonies. Then we drove around the mountains and took pictures for about 5 hours and made it back just in time for dinner. Around 11pm we went to the local night club and partied like rock stars with our friends. Later, we went to McDonalds and ordered 100 chicken nuggets and crushed the lot! Our wedding was absolutely perfect. If we could do it again, I wouldn't change a thing.”
Photos: Heidrich Photography // Make up: Beauty by Fatima // Hair: B-towne salon // Dress: Ramona Keveza // Venue: Rimrock Resort Banff // Flowers: Forget-me-not Flowers // Cake: Kakes by Darci // Suit: Hanford Drewit // Shoes: Irregular Choice // Fragrance: Something Blue, Oscar de la Renta // Bride: Patricia Orton