Husbie and I were married on August 18, 2012 on what I think was the most beautiful and magical day of the summer. By beautiful I mean 30 degrees Celsius and not a rain cloud in the sky, which was a good thing because our venue was predominantly outdoors and I refused to book a backup plan in case of rain!
Our wedding planning was centered on the idea that we wanted the day to be a celebration and therefore nothing but fun for both our guests and ourselves. We decided to have a first look and take our photos earlier in the day so that we could start our ceremony at 5pm and then party with our friends and family right afterwards.
I have three favorite moments from the day!
The first was waiting behind the large closed doors of the barn and finally stepping through them with my Mom and Dad as my brothers opened them at the beginning of my song. I’ll never forget the feeling of those doors opening and then locking eyes with my groom at the end of the aisle as he fought back the tears.
The second was when I said my vows (without bawling!) in front of all of our family and friends and knowing that we were blessed.
The third was when my new husband and I snuck up alone to the balcony of the barn later in the evening and just watched for a moment as everyone danced under a canopy of string lights and stars and feeling the love that surrounded us. It truly was magical.
Nicole, your wedding looks like it was absolutely stunning! I have very dear friends of mine who are looking to get married next summer, and I was hoping I could ask you some questions about your venue? I think it would be perfect for them, especially after seeing all of the incredible touches that you added to your day! If you could e-mail me I would be forever grateful! firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
Hi Nicole, I am also writing to inquire about the venue you used as I came across your blog in search of a barn type venue in the Edmonton area. Was it a privately owned location? It’s absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful, beautifully put together wedding.
Unfortunately, the barn that we had our wedding at is owned by family friends and it isn’t available to the public for rent. You would not believe how many people I’ve had ask me about this barn! We were truly very lucky that they allowed us to have our wedding there.
If it helps at all, here are some of the other venues that I had considered:
The Polish Veteran Country Lodge (north of Edmonton, near St. Albert)
The Old Timer’s Cabin (in the river valley)
The Edmonton Public School Archives (downtown)
Diamond Cake Photography (my wedding photographers) actually also shot a wedding at the Public School Archives for a better idea of what it looks like:
I hope that helps! Good luck in your search.