This past weekend, David and I spent the weekend out at a place by Alder Flats called Em-Te Town. It is this old western/ghost town and is absolutely a fantastic place for a wedding. There is a campground on site plus a small rustic style hotel and some even more rustic cabins (some with no electricity or running water). They have a functioning saloon as well as a hall for receptions.
Darci made an absolutely beautiful bride and her dress was fabulous! We started her getting ready shots in her cabin which did have electricity. Then, it was time for the outdoor ceremony. The ceremony site was beautifully decorated and Darci and her mom had brought in rented benches for the guests to sit at. Ernesto looked very handsome and was such a proud looking groom when he saw Darci walking down the aisle. It was a very hot day, as it has been in Edmonton for the past week or so. I think the temperature was between 26 and 28 degrees, so when a cloud came over the ceremony site, all the guests cheered. The cloud stayed for most of the ceremony making it perfect lighting for us! Their flower girl and ring bearer did an amazing job and were so adorable during photos! The ring bearer also carried 13 coins with him which is a Columbian tradition (Ernesto's home country).
David and I had the chance to scout out all the buildings and the area around Em-Te Town on Friday night and Saturday morning, so we had ideas where we wanted to do the formals and despite the heat, the entire wedding party was up to anything we asked from them. In fact, they were a really fun wedding party.
The reception was held in the hall and Lonnie Ross from LR Light and sound had the guests up on the dance floor most of the night! The meal was catered by the Em-Te town staff and was delicious. Darci and Ernesto had a fun way of deciding which table would go to eat, they had put song titles on each table and when that song was played, you could go eat.
Darci and Ernesto had two wedding cakes - a bridal cake and a groom's cake both decorated by Darci's Aunt Alice. She also decorated their signing table. She is one talented lady. There was so much attention to detail in the hall, that I cannot even begin to describe it all to you, but with Darci being a kindergarten teacher and Darci's mom being a retired event planner, you can imagine how fantastic the decorations were.
Darci did not like the tradition of the garter toss, so instead, she put the garter in a piñata and Ernesto was blind folded and had to break the piñata open. It was a lot of fun to watch.
We pulled Darci and Ernesto away from the reception for a bit to do a light painting shot with them at the old school house. It was 11:30 at night and there is no electricity in the school house, but with David's talented light painting skills, it looks like there is light in the windows and Darci and Ernesto are lit up perfectly as well. We also did a "love" sparkler with them and then the Northern lights decided to dance for us a bit and we got a Northern light shot for them as well. To top it off, we saw a falling star. How perfect.
Thank you, Daric and Ernesto for allowing us the honour of capturing your day and giving us such a creative place to work with (not to mention such a photogenic bride and groom).