I am excited to be sharing wedding day stories from some of the Unforgettable brides I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
My plan was to send some questions to interested former clients and write up a snazzy post based on their answers. Well our first ‘guest bride’ answered my questions so well that there isn’t much I can do to improve on it. So, today I will just post her responses. Enjoy!
Bride’s name: Vivian Klassen (nee Pepin)
Groom’s name: Lukas Klassen
Wedding date: July 22nd , 2016
Where did you get married? Ebenezer Baptist Church, Saskatoon, SK
Please list your major vendors: I did my ceremony and reception at the church. My oldest sister did my hair, and my second oldest sister did my makeup. As for my bridesmaids they each did each other’s hair and makeup. Garnet Catering is who catered our food and the food was great. Amanda MacFarlane, a family friend, did my photos and they were all amazing!
Now for the questions:
Give us some background and share something about your relationship. For example how did you meet? Or tell us your proposal story!
Lukas and I met at Bible school. We dated for about a year and a half before getting engaged. Lukas took me out for supper on October 11th and that is when I figured out that he was going to propose to me. We went for a walk along the Saskatchewan River and we stopped at the river boat where Lukas and I kissed for the first time. We initially were sitting on a bench when Lukas got up and my heart started pounding, but instead of proposing he brought me down to the railing by the water because he had noticed spiders close to us which I was afraid of. When we got down to the railing I held on to Lukas’ sweater so that I could calm my shaking legs and steady my breathing before he proposed. When I let go he took the opportunity, got down on one knee and proposed. And of course I said yes!
Some brides are focused on flowers, some on food and some on their gown. What was the most important thing to you on your big day?
I didn’t really focus on just one thing for my wedding. I made all my invitations by hand, I got my dress a moth after I was engaged, and everything else just fell into place. My wedding day actually went fairly smoothly and there were only a few small hiccups. I’m a go with the flow kind of person, so we planned but if something needed to be changed it wasn’t the end of the world. I think out of all the planning though I was most excited to buy my dress, hence getting it the month after I was engaged.
Did you have a particular theme or vision that you were trying to tie in?
I didn’t have a theme to my wedding. I just wanted everyone to have fun and leave our wedding smiling.
What do you remember about choosing your gown?
When I was thinking about getting my wedding dress, the only place I would go shopping was Unforgettable You. I have modeled for Jessica for both the grad and bridal shows, and I always had a blast doing it. When modeling Jessica is always mindful of your style and what you will feel most comfortable in. I actually modeled my grad dress before buying it two years later. So, driving from Saskatoon where there are lots of dress stores, to Swift Current where I knew I would get the best bridal experience a bride could ask for. I took four out of five of my brides maids and when I got there Jessica knew exactly what style of dress I was looking for. We started with six dresses; narrowed it down to three and then from there I brought my mother back with me and chose my beautiful dress. The more I looked at my dress the more it became mine and the more I loved it. I am so thankful for Jessica and for the support she has always given me.
What is your clearest memory of the event? One special moment that stands out in your mind.
One of my favorite moments from my wedding was when I climbed a tree in my wedding dress. I am originally from BC so climbing trees comes naturally, but I do admit climbing a tree in a wedding dress is harder than it looks. With a little bit of help I climbed the tree, took some pictures and had my mother in law worried that I would fall out of the tree. When it was time to get out of the tree I had my Dad, Lukas, and three of the grooms men pick me up and lift me out of the tree as to avoid tearing my dress. It was definitely an unforgettable moment and I would totally do it again.
When did you have that first “OMG I’m MARRIED!” MOMENT?
My “oh my goodness I’m married” moment probably happened the next morning after I had woken up. The wedding was so busy and there was so much going on that I could finally take a deep breath and be thankful to be the newly married wife.
Do you have any tips for brides to be?
While I was planning my wedding and something wasn’t quite going the right way my Dad would always tell me; as long as you and Lukas are married by the end of the day nothing else matters. So when all the little details about the wedding seem overwhelming just remember that the most important thing is that you are married by the end of the day and everything will be perfect!