Jenn is Canadian and Adam is American. To illustrate how important communication is in a marriage, the officiant told a little story during the ceremony that fit with the Canadian/American union. We all laughed :) Here it is:
Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.
Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.
Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the captain of a us navy ship. I say again, divert your course.
Canadians: No. I say again, you divert your course.
Americans: This is the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees north, I say again, that’s one five degrees north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.
Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
Jenn, on why they chose to do their photos before the ceremony and do a first look:
Partly, we wanted to do the photos before the ceremony for the benefit of our guests. We’ve both been to too many weddings where you attend the ceremony and the reception isn’t for 5 hours and you’re left trying to kill time in between. We wanted the day to flow and for our guests to experience the day in one fluid motion. This was especially important since our venue was a bit outside the city. We also wanted to ease some of the stress before the ceremony so we could actually be present and aware of what was happening rather than thinking “wow, he/she looks awesome” and that’s about it.
Diane: Jenn, can you describe what you felt when you saw Adam for the first time that day?
Jenn: I couldn’t believe how nervous he was. I could literally see his back quivering as I walked up behind him. This was magnified by the fact that he couldn’t hear me coming because of the fan that was blowing nearby. When I saw him, it was clearly quite emotional for both of us. I thought that he looked so handsome and I remember thinking “yep, we’re doing the right thing here. I love this guy”.
Diane: Adam, same question :)
Adam: It was one of the most exciting experiences I can remember. I was really nervous right beforehand because I couldn’t hear Jenn coming and I had been standing there waiting for a few minutes. When I turned around she looked more beautiful than anything I had imagined and all the nervousness went away. We embraced and I started crying because of the flood of emotions. I’m not normally that emotional but the experience of overwhelming joy caught me off-guard. It’s an incredible experience to see the person you love standing in front of you in a beautiful dress smiling like she’s never smiled before.
Diane: Jenn, if you could do it all again, would you go for the first look again?
Jenn: Absolutely! We had such a fun, relaxed afternoon with our wedding party and we loved having time between the ceremony and reception to visit with our guests and enjoy the fruits of our labour. Posing for all those pics can be tiring so we were glad to do it early when we looked our best and had the most energy and excitement. Then, when it was time for the ceremony and reception, we could relax and know that it was time to party!
Flowers: Funky Petals
Cake Artist: A family friend, Kim Schneider
DJ: A friend, Andrew Browne
Graphic Design: Nikki Stephens (seriously, check her out)
Makeup: Merle Norman
Hair: Scissorworks And Company
Dress: Little White Dress Bridal Shop
Bridesmaids dresses: JCrew
Mens’ Suits: Black and Lee