Rebecca, Thank you again for helping Stephen and I plan our dream wedding!
The day could have not been more perfect and we (and all of our guests) had an amazing day. Thank you for all of your patience, encouragement, and support during the whole process. It was great to have someone who could understand our crazy vision and make it come to life. Thank you again for helping us have our fairytale wedding day.
God bless! Love, Tasha & Stephen
Earlier this year, we had the great privilege of receiving an incredible memento of Tasha and Stephen’s wedding day — a beautiful four page feature in Perfect Wedding Magazine, a national premium luxury publication. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to design this fairytale wedding for a princess and her prince, alongside many of Edmonton’s finest wedding vendors, and the remarkable Reine Mihtla who travelled from Vancouver to photograph this grandiose wedding.
It never ceases to amaze me; the way in which a wedding that surpasses hundreds of guests can feel so intimate. Their profound love for one another, their families, their friends, and their faith was at the center of Tasha and Stephen’s wedding day.
Following a traditional Ukrainian Catholic ceremony at St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish, guests were invited to a glamorous reception. Overlooking Edmonton’s River Valley, Hall D, the most grand of halls at the Shaw Conference Centre, lent itself as the canvas of this fairytale wedding.
Acknowledging how they first met, the majestic scrim from Shumka’s production of “The Nutcracker” was an ode to their love story. The dance ensemble, joined by some of the couple’s family members, also performed a special dance for the newlyweds.
With many intricate details, what mattered most to the couple was ensuring that they acknowledged the significance of their families. Honouring their culture and their families, Tasha and Stephen incorporated many Ukrainian traditions, as well as included family heirlooms and sentimental items. Pieces from the Sendziak family farm and the couple’s parents’ wedding attire, along with photographs from family members’ weddings were on display for guests to recognize the importance of Tasha and Stephen’s family.
The newlyweds commissioned a local artist to create a unique painting for their new home; guests were also invited to add a stroke of paint which turned the piece into a collaborative between the artist and the couple’s loved ones.
The intimacy felt, amidst the hundreds of guests, is a true testament to the sincerity of the love that Tasha and Stephen share with each other and with their families.
Tasha — There were so many favourite moments from the day. Mine was seeing Stephen for the first time and walking down the aisle to him. Also, when Stephen declared at the beginning of the mass in the loudest, most proud voice I have ever heard “I have!” Also, our vows in church. The speeches were also beautiful. Everyone’s speech was so personal and heartfelt and got to the core of the meaning of why we [were] there. I can’t wait to see them on the video again because they were so beautiful. I also have to add in that all our friends’ little girls who had come to the Church to see a princess. They were so sweet and thought I was a real princess and it really made my day. Also having my parents, cousins as well as Steve’s siblings present us with shots at the beginning of Shumka’s performance. It’s so hard to pick just one thing that was the best. The whole day, from my perspective, was just perfect.
Stephen — First seeing Tasha as she walked down the aisle, and then when the priest was laying the cloth over our hands joining us as husband and wife. During the reception my favourite part was our first dance. The whole day was amazing and it really is hard to pick just one thing that we loved!
Advice from the Newlyweds
Get a planner to help with the details. Ask your friends and family for help. Stop looking on pinterest after you finalize your design. Don’t make everything yourself. It can look easy online, but it is really not any more cost effective than buying things sometimes. Especially when things don’t go right. It is too stressful of a year to take too much on. Also get everything done as soon as you can. Don’t procrastinate on getting organized. The less you have to do the month before the better.
Tasha and Stephen, МНОГАЯ ЛІТA! Congratulations on the first of many anniversaries to come. May your marriage be blessed with many more beautiful moments. Love, Rebecca
Wedding date: 01 September 2012 | Location: Edmonton, Alberta | Guest list: 369 | Ceremony Venue: St Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish | Reception Venue: Shaw Conference Centre | Wedding Planner & Designer: High Culture | Photographer: Reine Weddings | Videographer: Imago | Gown Boutique: Blush Bridal (Vancouver) | Gown Designer: Kenneth Pool | Bride’s Accessories: Birks | Shoes: Style & Co. (bedazzled with Swarovski crystals by the Bride) | Groom Formal Wear: Derks | Menswear Designer: Versace, Custom Tailored Shirt (Derks) | Groom’s Accessories: Birks | Jeweller: Birks |Stationery: Notables (Invitations) / Urszula Kaniuch, Friend (Reception Stationery) | Cake Shoppe: The Art of Cake | Floral Designer: faBLOOMosity | Design & Décor: High Culture | Make-up Artist: Lana Anglin & Wrama (Bridal party’s makeup and Bride’s mother) / Jessica Churcher (Groom’s mother and sisters) / Anita Gill (Bride’s makeup) | Hair Stylist: Jenn Chivers Freelance Hair & Makeup (Bride, bridal party, and mothers) | Ceremony Music: Ukrainian Men’s Choir / Ursus String Quartet | Reception Entertainment: Dominika Koziak (Live Artist) / Social Photo Booths (Photo Booth) / Tyt i Tam (Live Band) | Transportation: Blue Sky Limos | Other: MEDIACO / Production Lighting (A/V Technicians & Lighting) | Honeymoon Destination: Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora | Travel Agent: Wards, The Travel Company