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Sara and Brendan’s Backyard Wedding

Sara and Brendan’s Backyard Wedding

Like many COVID-19 couples, Sara and Brendan had to pivot their original wedding plans.  Sadly, a few months before the wedding their original venue had to close their doors.  After giving it some thought, Sara and Brendan decided to host their wedding at home in their backyard.  It was the perfect spot for their fun, laid-back vibe.  

I always recommend for couples to have a drink available for guests upon arrival.  A traditional drink would be a class of sparkling wine.  Sara and Brendan added a special twist, and mixed things up by having shots of Fireball for guests.  How fun!

Another way that Sara and Brendan mixed things up was with their dinner!  Instead of doing a traditional sit-down dinner, they ordered individually packaged shawarma bowls from Shawarma Khan.  This was not only a delicious option for guests but also a great COVID-19 alternative! 

Although, this was not their original plan for the wedding, it sure turned out beautifully!

VENDORS: Collective Event Rentals, Shawarma Khan, For Us Bakery, Academy Florist, Xandra Photography, Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events

Caroline and Brent’s Backyard Wedding

Like many COVID couples, it was a wild ride getting Caroline and Brent to the altar!  From an initial wedding postponement to last minute changes, they were absolute rockstars and took every pivot with ease.

I would be remised to not give a shout out to Brent’s mom, Darlene.  Just two weeks before the wedding we hade to pivot from the original wedding plans.  Without hesitation, Darlene not only offered her backyard for the wedding but worked alongside me and vendors to give Caroline and Brent the wedding they had always dreamed of.

After a short and sweet ceremony at St. Ignatius Church, the wedding party travelled to the Manitoba Legislative Building and Stephen Juba Park for photos.  These are two of my favorite spots to recommend for outdoor photos! 

2021 was the year of backyard weddings!  As previously mentioned, Brent’s parents graciously offered their stunning backyard as the venue for the wedding reception.  The backyard featured a large pool in the middle which was decorated with white balloons, and guest tables were sprinkled along the outside of the yard.  This assisted with social distancing and ensuring that all guests felt comfortable.

Caroline and Brent are two incredibly kind people and I’m so happy that they were able to start this new chapter in their lives!

-Alex

VENDORS: St. Ignatius Church, Oak and Lily, Planned Perfectly, Simply Perfect Décor, Collective Events, Bailey Del Bigio, Hair Play, Aimee De La Lande Photography, Luminous String Quartet, Cake Studio, Tony’s Transport, Bonne Cuisine, Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events

Carla and Leeto’s Whimsical COVID-19 Wedding – Bridges Golf Course

CARLA & LEETO – SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

It was a whirlwind working with these two leading up to their wedding day. Carla and Leeto hired me to assist with month0of coordination just a short five weeks before they tied-the-knot. They are a prime example of how it is never too late to hire a wedding coordinator!

I stopped in to say hi to Carla and her bridesmaids before heading out to Bridges Golf Course to start set-up. The girls had a blast getting ready and weren’t afraid to pop a few bottles of bubbly!

When it comes to fine details on a wedding day, Carla and Leeto had them covered. From a custom hand sanitizer to a delicious menu, their guests were in for a treat!

These two did not let a bit of rain, rain on their parade. They were troopers and wandered around the golf course getting the most incredible photos with their photographer Jake from KAMP Photography.

VENDORS: Bridges Golf Course, The Floral Fixx, Dream Day Decor, Justine Barry, Hair by Reine, Kelly’s Kitchen, Mav-One, Kamp Photography, Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events

Larisa and Zach’s Wedding at the Gates

“Hiring Alex to help us with our wedding was truly one of the best investments we made. Alex was able to make planning our Manitoba wedding a breeze, while my partner and I were both living out of province.

She has so many tips and tricks, she is always prompt with email responses when you need her the most and she is just genuinely such a kind person. We would recommend Alex and her company to anyone. Our wedding day was perfect, and Alex definitely played a huge role in making it that way!”

-Larisa

Larisa and Zach tied the knot along side immediate family at The Gates on May 8, 2021.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a wild ride getting them to the altar.  Like many couples, Larisa and Zach chose to postpone their wedding from 2020 to 2021. 

Leading up to the wedding I watched the news like a hawk to see what the Provincial restrictions would be in place.  It was a nail biter the week leading up to the wedding. After the wedding rehearsal the officiant Deb and I huddled around my phone to watch the news announcement of impending restrictions.  The restrictions announced would devastate the wedding industry from mid-May into June.  With the restrictions going into effect on Sunday, Larisa and Zach’s wedding was able to go forward unhindered and they were able to have a beautiful reception dinner for guests.

Families come in all shapes and size.  When Larisa and Zach tied the knot, they not only became a family of two, but three.  Zach’s son, Maverick was the most fun ring bearer.  My favorite part of the wedding was when Larisa and Zach not only said vows to each other, but to Maverick as well. 

I know this time has not been easy for couples, but I am so happy that Larisa and Zach were able to celebrate their love with close family!

Vendors: The Gates, Oak and Lily, Zayla Saunders, Platinum Productions, Tori (Rehab Hair), The Perfect Ceremony, Dream Day Décor, Vanessa Renae Photography, James Dixon, Lilac Bakery, Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events.

Fort Garry Hotel and Starlit Point Wedding

Third times the charm! Camille and Dave planned their wedding not once… not twice.. but THREE times. They rolled with the punches and didn’t let COVID-19 get in the way of celebrating their love.

Fun fact! We transitioned their wedding to a new venue and hired many new vendors within six days of their wedding. Urban Prairie Cuisine and Starlit Point were very accommodating with out last minute booking and requests. I highly recommend both vendors!

One of my favorite guests at their wedding was their fur baby! She had the sweetest floral collar by The Floral Fixx. I adore dogs, and always suggest for couples to incorporate their pup into the wedding day. Tip: ask your venue if dogs are allowed. Not all venues allow dogs.

Take a peek behind the scenes of their beautiful wedding day!

VENDORS: Fort Garry Hotel, Starlit Point, Urban Prairie Cuisine, The Floral Fixx, Planned Perfectly, Ashley Tiopo and Co., Grace Hill Salon, Luminous String Quartet, Sweet Impressions, Jamil the DJ, Casey Nolin Photogrtaphy, The Picture and the Poet, Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events.

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!

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.