When you walk into the UofA Botanic Garden’s it sort of takes your breath away. The Japanese Gardens are UNREAL. The smell is fresh and rich with the scent of roses, the waterfall and an amazing array of greens. It was peaceful and tranquil and the perfect location for Nikki and Austin’s ceremony.
I had the honour of capturing one of the most epic experiences when Austin surprised Nikki with a proposal winter of 2015. (Check that out HERE). I remember shaking like a leaf standing in the snow and it wasn’t because I was cold. I was SOOO excited and I remember crying along with them when Austin got down on one knee. Now a year and a half later it was so amazing to be here in these gardens preparing for the moment Austin see’s Nikki walk down the aisle.
Nikki prepared for the day at one of the Japanese Garden houses. She was surrounded by her mom and her closest girlfriends. Nikki is currently in Med School in Ireland. She is intelligent, kind and stunning. The love she has for her parents radiated in the moments she shared with them as she got ready and her Dad saw her for the first time.
It as a beautiful bright sunny day as Austin waited with his groomsmen while Nikki and her parents walked down the aisle. They said their personal, hand written vows to each other and before they walked down the aisle as husband and wife, Austin’s grandfather and pastor said a blessing over this couple.
After spending majority of the day at the gardens we traveled back to Austin’s family home where they hosted their friends and family to dinner and a dance. The evening was filled with so many laughs. One of which was the MMA fight Austin had with his Spanish opponent. 😉 Who knew Austin had such a courageous MMA background, lol. (Hola Shannon!)
When the sun was setting we snuck out for the last rays of sunlight from a day filled with so much love and laughter for two people who now set out on a whole new journey in Ireland as husband and wife.
Big shout out to Heather Rattai of Heather Rattai Photography for another amazing wedding together. Thank you friend!!
Ceremony Venue: University of Alberta Botanic Gardens, Devon, AB :: Florist: Two Buds Floral Artistry, Edmonton, AB :: Dress: Bridal Debut, Edmonton, AB :: Hair: Kayla Johnston Hair, Edmonton, AB :: MUA: Beauty by Laceigh, Edmonton, AB :: DJ/Entertainment: Market Sound Entertainment, Edmonton , AB