Marlene & Mark
Calgary Wedding at Al Azhar Shriner Centre
Calgary Wedding season has slowed down a bit for K&E Imaging so now it’s time for me to catch up on posting our awesome clients on our blog! I am super stoked to share Marlene & Mark’s wedding day at the Al Azhar Shriner’s club in beautiful North Calgary. It’s such a treat when the sun is shining for such a wonderful couple. We asked them a few questions about their experience on their wedding day and what they experience with us was like!
What was your most anticipated part of the day?
Mark: Seeing Marlene in her dress for the first time.
Marlene: I was so excited to see Mark for the first time and get through the ceremony and begin the celebration! Also cake….always cake!
Did anything unexpected happen? What was the outcome?
Mark: Family that I didn’t expect to make it managed to come!
Marlene: The whole day went so smoothly and there were no disasters…. that we knew of! It was so perfect!
What ended up being your favourite part of the day?
Mark: The speeches and the dance.
Marlene: The speeches and Marks parents slide show were definite highlights. I also loved at the end of the evening being driven to our hotel by one of Mark’s good longtime friends, he made sure there was nice music playing and was so kind to give us a ride…. since we didn’t have a plan, other than calling a cab! It really topped off the night and made us feel so special! I also loved going over all the moments and memories with Mark and sharing the few pictures we snapped throughout the day. We tried to stay together so we would have all the same memories but there were a few moments we had to catch up on; it was so wonderful to hear his version of the day and relive it through the stories he had!
In your own words describe how you felt during the most special moments of the day. IE: Getting ready, during the ceremony, right before you said “I do”
Mark: Terrible amounts of anticipation during the first reveal and stressing out over my vows. After that everything was a breeze.
Marlene: I loved getting ready with my bridal party at my parents house! I made sure to wake up early and have a coffee alone on the deck before the madness began, it gave me a sense of calm and control (definitely took some deep breaths lol). It was such a special moment for me to reflect on what was to become the best day EVER! I also loved the time Mark and I spent together getting our photos taken, it was really the only time we had alone the whole day and you both (Kaela and Elijah) made us feel so comfortable that it was nice to hug and kiss and just love on each other…. even while pictures were being snapped. I felt so overwhelmed by love and support at the end of the night, the DJ played the last song twice because no one wanted to stop dancing and having fun! Our guests surrounded us and danced around us in a big circle…. it was so incredible and I have never felt so much love! That was AMAZING! The last song was Journey, Don’t Stop Believing and it was the perfect classic sing -a-long feel good song to end the night on!
What was your wedding inspiration?
Mark: I’m going to guess Pinterest…
Marlene: I wanted to keep it simple, modern and elegant and not fuss with too many decor details and knick-knacks. I wanted the day to feel warm and welcoming… and a little bit of Pin-spo.
What song did you walk down the aisle to?
All of Me – John Legend
What song played for your first dance?
Say You Wont Let Go – James Arthur
How did you feel at the end of the day?
Mark: Thankful for all the effort that our friends, family and vendors put into our day.
Marlene: So overwhelmed with love and support and so grateful to all of our family and friends for showing us such kindness and generosity! BEST DAY EVER!
What advice would you give to future couples for their wedding?
Mark: Make an effort to stay together all night. Call a cab early or make sure you have a friend with room in the backseat and a romantic playlist.
Marlene: Hire professionals. Make sure you have a few moments with your spouse alone. Take a moment to step back and just watch the party and all your loved ones having fun- its so cool to see the people you love enjoying themselves! Try and stay together so that you share all the same memories and moments!
What did you like most about working with us on your wedding day?
Mark: I really appreciated that you took time to go over the moments we thought were extra important and ensured they were captured on film. (haha film…)
Marlene: The process leading up to our day put our minds at ease that you would capture the moments we felt were most important. You spent time getting to know us and gathering information on what we wanted. You were also so kind and gracious that being in front of the camera was not awkward and we didn’t feel posed or forced to be anything other than ourselves. All the fun little catch phrases, tricks and tactics you have to get great pictures also made for a really fun time for us and the whole wedding party! Having two “shooters” is also a HUGE plus – that many more chances to capture all the fun!
Ceremony & Reception/ Catering: Al Azhar Shriner Centre
Wedding Coordinator/ Decor: Love Crush Weddings
Flowers: Philip Chong Flower Bar
DJ: Dance! Shout! Productions
Makeup/ Hair: The Pretty Haus INC
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Moore’s
Stationary: Pink Umbrella Designs
Rings: Ben Moss & EMBR