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Mira and Mark

Tundra Grill Wedding

Through my five years of running ALWeddings, Mira and Marks wedding weekend definitely had the craziest weather I have ever experienced.

The weekend of their wedding Winnipeg got hit with a severe snowstorm… So severe that it debilitated the city for weeks after.

Originally Mira and Mark were set to tie the knot at the Qualico Center. Sadly the storm took out power to the Qualico Center and surrounding area. Luckily, Manitoba Hydro had restored power to the Assiniboine Park Zoo and vendors were able to quickly transition over to the Tundra Grill.

The Tundra Grill made the perfect backdrop for their wedding as it was directly on the polar bear exhibit! Throughout the evening several polar bears could be seen roaming around. It was absolutely magical!

Thank you to the INCREDIBLE group of vendors that made Mira and Mark’s wedding day so magical. Carrie Unger Photography, Assiniboine Park Staff, The Floral Fixx, Myuz, Blush and Blonde, Topps Music, The Solutions, CHEW, Simply Perfect Decor, Something Borrowed, Oak Bluff Limo!

Nicole + Steve

St. Norbert Arts Centre Wedding

Nicole and Steve celebrated their wedding on a crisp fall day at the St. Norbert Arts Centre. These fab vendors helped bring their wedding to life; Xandra Photography, St. Nortbert Arts Centre, Dannys Whole Hog, C&T Rentals, Fache Florals, Medallion Sound, On Tapp, Chocolate Zen Bakery.

Emelissa + Matt | Pineridge Hollow Wedding

This wedding would not have been possible without an AMAZING group of vendors. Here’s the team that brought Emelissa and Matt’s wedding together; Stephanie Penner Photography, Pineridge Hollow, Stone House Creative, Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events, Bailey Van Der Veen, 2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup, Jamil the DJ, La Ferriere Films, Tony’s Transport, Buttercream by Alareen, Rembrandt String Quartet.

Ashley and Josh | Clear Lake Wedding

Every couple years I get the privilege to coordinate a wedding up at Clear Lake! In 2019 I had the pleasure of helping Ashley and Josh tie the knot at Elkhorn Manor and Danceland.

This wedding would not have been possible without an AMAZING group of vendors. Here’s the team that brought Ashley and Josh’s wedding to life; Simply Rosie Photography, Elkhorn Lodge, Danceland, The Shuttle Bug, Stone House Creative, Solo Aesthetics, Shine on Salon, Expressions Entertainment, Party Professionals and our team at Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events.

Kelly + Paul’s Cielo’s Garden Wedding

Kelly and Paul hosted the perfect wedding at Cielo’s Garden. They used unique details to bring their personalities into their wedding day.

This wedding could not have been possible without these fab vendors:

  • Cielo’s Garden
  • Ariana Tennyson Photography
  • Stone House Creative
  • Urban Prairie Cuisine
  • Oh Doughnuts
  • Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events – Lead Coordinator, Alex

Often Forgotten Winter Wedding Details

The Canadian Winter can be cold, but boy oh boy does it make a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. 

As a wedding planner, when I first sit down with a couple I ask them about their vision for the wedding.  Consistently every couple planning a winter wedding says they want it to feel cozy and intimate. 

Unlike summer weddings, the ceremony and reception for winter weddings take place inside.  However, at some point throughout the day the couple ends up going outside!  

Here’s my top four often forgotten winter wedding details; 

  1. Fresh flowers don’t like the cold.
    Even if it’s -40 outside, I’m still a fresh flower advocate.  One way to keep your flowers looking fresh throughout the day is by wrapping you bouquet before going outside.  The bag used doesn’t have to be anything special, even a simple grocery bag will do. 
  2. Dress appropriately. 
    Stilettos look amazing, however they aren’t practical when walking through ankle deep snow!  Remind members of your wedding party to wear comfortable winter boots. I suggest Ugg style boots that are easy to slip on and off. 
  3. Have an indoor photo location.
    No matter what time of year you get married I always suggest to have a back-up indoor location for photos. In the winter a nice heated space is a great reprieve from the cold.  Plus it also helps your photographer! When the temperature drops, when outside your more likely to see your breath.  Normally this isn’t an issue, however the puff of moisture will cover your face in pictures!  
  4. Winter roads. 
    Weather in the winter is unpredictable…. Unless your hosting the ceremony at a church, try and have both the ceremony and reception at the same location.  Your guests will be able to stay in one place and not have to battle winter roads. However keep in mind that depending on your venue, the room will have to be flipped in between for the reception. 

I hope these four simple reminders help when planning your winter wedding!  Send me an email at alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com with any other tips you have! 

Happy planning! 

XOXO 

Alex Younger 

Mercedes and Brett | Portage La Prairie Wedding

I met Mercedes and Brett in January 2019 at the Wonderful Wedding Show. I was hosting my first EVER wedding planning 101 workshop and they happened to be guests.

After the workshop session Mercedes and Brett attended, we sat and spoke more about their wedding. Our conversation ended with them hiring me there on the spot for their summer 2019 wedding in Portage La Prairie. It was such a good feeling to know that guests like Mercedes and Brett saw value in what I was providing guests of the workshop!

A couple months after the workshop I had the privilege to assist Mercedes and Brett tie the knot. Here’s some highlights from their big day!!!

Vendors: Sierra Jade Photography | William Glesby Center | Portage Golf Center | Cravings Catering | Mil Jeanne Flowers and Accents | Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events | Trident Music | Trident Films | Foil Salon | Beauty Box

Top 5 Pre-Wedding Relaxation Tips

  • Prioritize Sleep

Sleep sets the tone for your day.  If you have a rough nights sleep, your more likely to be less productive and eat worse the next day.

Everyone’s needed amount of sleep per night is different.  I personally adore a solid eight hours of sleep per night. Leading up to my own wedding I saw sleep as my “me” time.  Each night I treated myself to a solid pre-sleep routine of tea, reading a non-fiction book to calm the mind and a good snuggle with my now hubby.

As tempting as Netflix can be, turn off all screens and relax!

  • Drink lots of water

Drinking water will make you feel more energized throughout the day and it will give your skin a nice glow!

Grab a reusable water bottle and fill that sucker a couple times a day.  Trust me, your mood and skin will thank you!

  • Get Moving

See a trend here?  Feeling relaxed is all about the basics get your bod moving each day. This can include going for a walk with the future hubby, going for a run, crossfit, attending a spin class or power shopping for wedding accessories.  Girl, you know how much of a workout shopping can be!

  • Do some at home yoga or meditation

To some people, yoga and meditation can seem intimidating.  Let go of those worries, because yoga and meditation can be whatever you want it to be.

My suggestion is signing up for programs like the Soul Squad.  It’s an online meditation program that walks you through the basics of meditation in a supportive community.

  • Go to Thermea

Treat yo self!  Going to the spa or Thermea is the perfect way to relax before the wedding.  To help you let go of any pre-wedding anxiety I will be giving away two passes to Therema at the Wedding Planning 101 Workshop I’m hosting at the Wonderful Wedding Show on January 19 and 20!!!  You will be entered to win the two passes by attending the FREE workshop. The winner will be drawn on Monday, January 21, 2019 and they will be contacted via email.

CLICK the link below to register for the workshop!

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wedding-planning-101-workshop-tickets-52945197511