Alyssa and Kyle got married two summers ago, but they will always have a special place in my heart. They were so sweet and wonderful together, and surrounded completely by love on their wedding day. Here is their story.
Kyle and I met in January 2010, at a mutual friend's birthday party. After a few months of texting and dates, we made it "official". We became best friends, and knew we would be together for ever. Kyle proposed to me July 6, 2014 at the Calgary Stampede. The Calgary Stampede is special to us since we both volunteer our time with the Big Hearted Mavericks Foundation.
I arrived at the barn (where we volunteer annually) with a few friends. Kyle was suppose to be there already so when I didn't see him, I started to text him and ask where the heck he was. While I was looking down at my phone texting him, my friend pulled open the barn door. Everyone there yelled at me to pay attention. I looked up to see Kyle was down on one knee, holding out a box with a beautiful ring. With the help of our friends, he had a banner made that read "Alyssa, will you marry me?". There were photos of us hanging on twine along the barn stall and loads of balloons and streamers. Plus he had a local bakery make us delicious custom cupcakes. It was likely the cutest and and most thought out proposal. I said yes (obviously)!
We decided to wait 2 years to have our wedding. Mainly because we didn't want to rush the planning and we wanted the first pick at venues, vendors etc. We decided to do an outdoor ceremony at the Stone Barn Garden, followed by a reception at Mill Woods Golf Course. The biggest struggle we had was trying to find venues for a large wedding (250 guests). I found the planning process was pretty easy. Pinterest was a huge help but I got a little overwhelmed with so many ideas. My bridal party was very helpful when I needed to narrow things down, since Kyle didn't have many opinions when it came to decor.
It was so important to both of us that we hired friendly and local vendors. We really lucked out! Some vendors that really stand out were Leduc cinemas (popcorn bar), Nutmeg & Co Designs (florals), Keilan's Creamery (ice cream truck), Dress My Day (table cloths), and Gin Quist Photography.
Virginia was phenomenal. We truly lucked out when we found her. She was a huge help with not only photo related questions but she had great wedding advice. I was able to email/text her random questions and she was always quick to answer. Virginia made us all feel comfortable in front of the camera and was super stealthy with her candid photos. (seriously, she is a rock star) Virginia started out as our photographer but has now become a friend.
Our wedding day was perfect. Sure some things didn't quite go a planned but when the day was over, we agree, it was perfect. The weather held up when it needed to. The flowers were beyond what we expected, the bridesmaids dresses looked amazing with the groomsmen suits and everyone seemed to have a blast. I have so many amazing memories of our day, but my favorite memory of the day was looking out at the dance floor and at least half of our guests were up there smiling and having the best time. We will never forget our wedding. I cant believe it has already been so long since that day. Luckily we have tons of pictures to reflect on.
Alyssa and Kyle
Spring is such a fleeting thing, especially in Edmonton. So, when I have the chance to get some families out to take some photos with the beautiful blossoms that fill our city for about 5 days of the year, I take it! We even got photo bombed by a few cyclists lol Here are just a few from my sessions with three lovely families.
How did you two meet?
We met in undergrad, almost 8 years ago. I joined a student volunteer group that Ravin was leading, and slowly got to know him through the organization, and through our shared anxiety over medical school applications. The following year, we were both admitted to the same medical school class, and we quickly became best friends. I remember thinking that I’d never become such good friends with anyone else so quickly; within a very short time, it was hard to imagine what life had been like without him. Over many hours of conversation- whether in whispers to each other behind our laptops in lectures, or across our favourite table in Rutherford library, or over beers and fries on Friday afternoons at the RATT campus bar- we came to know each other inside and out. More than two years later, we realized that perhaps there was a reason we were so inseparable, and we began dating.
How did the proposal go?
The proposal was perfect- it was personal and significant and totally us. We are both huge fans of puzzles, and Ravin has carried out almost every significant moment of our relationship through a scavenger hunt- the first time he gave me a gift, the first time he told me he loved me; so it was a no-brainer. This time, on a visit back to Edmonton for a friend’s wedding, he set up a scavenger hunt all around the University of Alberta campus. I got to visit all of my old favourite haunts- Transcend, the Sugarbowl, and Remedy café, finding a few of my closest friends and a new clue at each location. Finally, the hunt led me down on a beautiful walk through the river valley, to our favourite little spot overlooking the footbridge; and there was Ravin, waiting for me in the rain. I was crying so hard, I can barely remember what he said or how I reacted, but I’m pretty sure at some point I said yes! It was so thoughtful and beautiful, I couldn’t have imagined anything better.
What do you look forward to most about your wedding? Any tips for planning a wedding from afar, whilst both doing your residencies?
I think we are the most excited just to have a huge party with all of our closest friends and family. We have been so lucky to be constantly surrounded by some amazing people, and both of us are still in touch with friends from junior high, high school, medical school, and residency. I think it will be amazing to see all of those people who have been so important to us at different times of our lives, and who have shaped us and our relationship into what it is today, all together in one place at the same time.
Planning the Edmonton wedding while living in Ottawa hasn’t been easy, but luckily we have amazing families who have taken over almost all of the grunt work for us! I honestly don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have their help. But I think the biggest thing we have learned is that it’s important to always remember the big picture. It’s fun to try to plan the perfect day, but at the end of the day, people don’t remember centerpieces or flower arrangements or music. They remember being with the people they love, having fun, and getting that warm, fuzzy feeling that we all love about weddings. We just really want to have fun and enjoy spending the day with our loved ones, and then go home and get to be married to each other!