Today I am thrilled to share this incredible Beauty and the Beast inspired Wedding with an Essense of Australia Gown in the Canadian Rockies.
Images were captured by Carey Nash Photography.
Carey Nash is an International Fine Art Photographer based in Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.
I hand over to stunning Bride Natalie…
How did you and your partner meet?
I met Jonathan initially shortly after I immigrated to Canada in the year 2000 from South Korea when I was in grade 6.
We were in the same Taekwondo class; however, he was in grade 9 and I was finishing elementary so we were a few years apart so we barely talked.
We didn’t see each other again until I was finishing high school and briefly re-introduced ourselves when out dancing in the clubs.
The first thing he noticed was how well my English had become since moving to Canada, and the second was how much we both had grown up.
He took me to see Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark Tour in 2008 because we we both really loved our music, but I just thought of him as a friend at that point.
We went out together a couple of times, but really didn’t connect until we met again on campus at the University of Alberta.
I was now 19 and he was 22, and the age gap didn’t seem like a factor anymore.
We soon began seeing each other and slowly started datingmore seriously
We quickly realised that on top of music, we also shared an interest in all things Disney, food, sense of humour (goofy), streetwear/fashion, travelling and family.
How did he propose?
The first time I went with Jonathan’s family to Disney World in 2011, I realised my love for Disney!
From that point on I dreamed of being proposed to in a Disney theme park.
In 2014, Jonathan planned a double family trip to Orlando with his family and my parents, and shortly after, he asked my father at a family dinner for my hand in marriage.
I figured he was planning something at this point but he would not tell me in detail. He did give me the clue that it will happen in Orlando…
On November 9th 2014, the first day we went to the theme park, I wore my princess-y clothes because we were heading to the Magic Kingdom.
When we arrived at the park, a lady suddenly approached us and gave me a rose, with a scroll. She even knew my name!
I quickly opened the scroll and inside was a picture of “Beauty and the Beast”, a picture of Jonathan and I, and instructions signed by “Belle”.
The instructions stated that Belle and the Beast were trying to leave us a message but had to hide the clues with roses hidden in the Magic Kingdom because the villains were trying to destroy the message.
The villains had enchanted the roses with a spell and if I was unable to find all the roses, the message would be lost forever.
I didn’t know what was going on, but I began to start the scavenger hunt.
Each rose I found had a picture memory of times I had spent with Jonathan in our 5 years together, and clues leading around the park.
The final rose had instructions to go to the front of the Cinderella Castle.
As I approached the castle, there was a clue on the ground. The clue had 2 blindfolds and required us to place them over each other’s eyes for the secret message to appear.
He had a helper come take off his blindfold first (mine was still on), then I felt “pixie dust”, and he told me to take off my blindfold.
When I took off my blindfold that’s when all the magic happened.
I saw him kneeling down on one knee, in front of Cinderella Castle, with a huge crowd around us and he was holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen in my life.
I immediately burst into tears, hugged him and answered “YES!”. That is Disney magic!
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it
My wedding gown was a vintage and glam inspired fit-and-flare wedding dress from Essense of Australia.
It was made with finest tulle and satin and features elegant diamante beading on its illusion shoulder straps, bodice and drop waist, and plunging back zips up under crystal buttons.
I customised the gown to have the most exquisite long train.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
The overall theme of our wedding was Walt Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
The theme ran through all elements of our wedding including the proposal, engagement, invitations, venue selection, decorations, menus, first dance song selection and floral design.
Our venue was chosen based on it’s castle-like characteristics, and location in the Rocky Mountains.
The hall we chose within the venue was a high ceiling, open hall with stain glass windows, chandeliers, longcase clocks and antique knight’s armour.
The colour theme was golden yellow, red and navy blue to reflect the colour palette of the story.
The flowers were all chosen as red roses to signify the connection to Beauty and the Beast.
The vision of our wedding day was to gather only close family and friends to experience a magical experience similar to that of Disney but also by showcasing our special love for each other.
What was your favourite moment from the day?
Our favourite moment of the wedding day was following the ceremony.
We were officially husband and wife, and we were able to relax and really celebrate that in front of all our family and friends.
The nerves from completing the ceremony were gone, and we were set to enjoy the rest of our wedding day with all the guests, take photos with our bridal party and enjoy the food that was to be served at our reception.
It was a rush of emotion, pride and gratitude to officially be married.
Any DIY décor elements?
Our photo booth floral wall that was hand made by us, the bridal party and groom’s mother.
We spent many weeks building, designing and framing a red rose floral wall with laser etched wood crafted letters with our names and the date of the wedding.
This detail allowed all our guests to take a lasting memory with them, and they really appreciated the hard work and creativity of our design.
We used red roses to match our “Beauty and the Beast” theme, and another favourite detail was our enchanted rose, Cogsworth clock and Lumiere candle figures that tied everything together.
Any tips that you can give to future brides couples?
Consider mixing both DIY items as well as some pricier items (depending on their budget) to bring their memorable wedding to life.
Finding the right balance between items you can buy, and items you can make together can be more valuable than anything store bought.
For example, our most memorable item was something we built on our own, and the the memories of building it, the bond we shared making it, and seeing the final product was priceless.
Don’t forget your cake!
During the reception, we were having so much fun and overwhelmed with the experience that we forgot to enjoy our cake.
If we could do things differently, we would have had the hotel servers bring the head table their cake so that we could all enjoy it during that moment.
Although we missed having the cake that night, we did have the hotel save our cake and we had some the next night.
What do you love most about your partner?
We love how we share the same interests and enjoy them together, and having that connection is really important.
What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
I would say the most important piece of advice is to spend time together, communicate and listen to each other.
A relationship is all about team work and compromise is key to a successful relationship.
Beautiful Wedding Film by Twisted Film Works…
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs – Mount Stephen Hall
Photographer: Carey Nash Photography
Dress: Custom by Essense of Australia D1686 from The Bridal Boutique
Makeup: Vicky Vu of N2 Makeup Co
Hair: The Pretty Haus
Shoes: Christian Louboutin from Barneys
Accessories: Beaded Sequin Embroidery
Long Veil and Tiaras Designer: Veroneka Bridal from The Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Shoes: Harry Rosen
Cake: Cake Creations Canmore
Food: Fairmont Banff Springs
Invitations: B Wedding Invitations
Menus and Place Cards: Adorn Invitations
Flowers: Ordered from Costco and put together by the mother of groom, grandmother of groom, and bridesmaids
Day-Of Coordination: Signature Weddings By Ashley
Décor, Design, Lighting, and Linens: Special Event Rentals
Photo Booth Floral Wall: Homemade
Entertainment: DJ Kwake
Audio Visual: PSAV Videography: Twisted Film Works
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