We promised Melissa & Sean that we would have a few photos up for them before they leave on their honeymoon. This was particularly important for us to do as they are leaving shortly on a 6 month honeymoon/volunteering mission through Europe and Africa! We don’t know when they’ll have reliable internet access so we wanted them to see these images before they left.
Melissa & Sean are both lawyers, they met at a Ukrainian New Year’s Eve party after some friends set them up because of their mutual interests, and it was love at first sight. They even have video evidence of the first time they met – how many couples have something as cool as that?
A special thanks to Julianne from A Modern Proposal for helping make sure the day ran smoothly!
We had a ton of fun with Melissa and her girls getting ready.
I love this one – Melissa & Sean had the cutest flower girls ever!
Melissa & Sean were married in the Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre – it isn’t available for very many dates during the year, and Melissa & Sean were lucky enough to get one of those dates. The location was particularly important to them – Melissa & Sean have a profound dedication to the environment and Hawrelak Park holds a lot of memories for them enjoying nature. Melissa’s amazing dress is from a sustainable designer in the US, and we admire her dedication to the world we live in.
My favourite part of the ceremony was when Shawn promised they wouldÂ ’grow wrinkly together’.
This is a shot from one of our assistants, Brendan:
Remember the song at the end of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? ‘Oh Yeah’…. That’s what they walked down the aisle to. There were so many little touches to this wedding where their personalities shone through.
See what I mean? So adorable.
This staircase in Hawrelak Park is ‘their’ staircase. It was so special to do photos for them there.
Another location with a lot of meaning for them is the University of Alberta Law Centre, where they spent many, many hours studying together.
The reception was full of fun, including ‘Pin the Kubasa on the Perogy’. This guy…ummm…well, he missed.
Melissa & Sean’s first dance was AWESOME. A beautiful first dance, and then a rockin’ choreographed dance to ‘My Humps’ by the Black Eyed Peas! Not something you see at a typical wedding!
Melissa & Sean – it’ll be quite some time before we see each other again. We know you’ll have an incredible adventure over the next 6 months and we can’t wait to hear about everything you’ve accomplished when youÂ return.