Flashworks Photobooth had the good fortune of being invited to travel north to Fort McMurray to entertain Amanda and Jimmy’s guest for the auspicious occasion of their wedding. And what a wedding it was!
Within the Balsam Room at the Sawridge Inn in Fort McMurray it was as if spring had sprung again this year. Andryia, Amy and Chaylene from Events with Vizability did an absolutely fantastic job transforming the banquet room and imbuing it with the sense of an airy high class country party in subtle pinks, yellows and greens.
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Upon passing a wooden crate with a blackboard upon it detailing the menu for the evening, inside, guests encountered another much larger blackboard accented with large paper flower with two quotes reading, “Love doesn’t make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile,” and “Love is not about how much you say ‘I love you’ but how much you can prove that it’s true.”
Further into the room stood 6 long tables with 18 silver acrylic chairs each, above some of which dangled sparkly silver and crystal chandeliers. Each was draped in a lacey white tablecloth but with its own unique centrepiece. Some featured white hydrangea upon wine crates while others saw pale yellow roses and pink snapdragons in galvanized watering cans. Still others had tall iron wrought candle holders with glimmering votive candles. Additional votive candles were spread over the tables along with beautiful flower arrangements under glass bell jar domes. Each place setting saw a large, silver broach-style napkin holder upon a large silver dish and each guests could take away two small peanut butter and jelly jars as their favours. The head table seating ten was treated similarly with 3 crates in front exploding with flowers. Behind, white and peach panels of illuminated curtains drew attention to the wedding party.
Normally, dance floors don’t receive too much attention. However, again, there was nothing “normal” about the decor from Events with Vizability. Along two sides of the dance floor, guests could relax upon 2 sets of deep crushed velvet benches punctuated with flower and chevron patterned cushions. More flower arrangements and votive candles adorned simple white endtables flanking each set of benches. A similar set of 4 smaller benches arranged in a square created a seating area near the Flashworks Photobooth. A top a tall round table amongst the benches stood yet another amazing display of flowers.
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Also in this area, one of the main attraction of the nights was found. A candy bar of pink left no sweet tooth unsatisfied. Pink whoppers, gummie bears, marshmallows, sour straws, lollipops, jelly beans, salt water taffy, and rock candy were a feast for both the eyes and the tummy, and guests could collect their treats in a “my candy stache” paper bag.
Nearby, three petite wedding cakes on white bejeweled stands were placed upon a round table with a silver tablecloth. The cakes followed the theme of the night with their subtle colour and expert flower arrangement. A topper read, “We did What?” while silver Mr and Mrs bottle ornaments laid below.
The evening started off with guests congregating for cocktails and being served an array of tasty hors d’oeuvres. After everyone had a chance to mingle, KISS’s, “I Was Made for Loving You” rang out to which the bridal party entered and commenced dancing on the dance floor. Amanda and Jimmy then proceeded into their first dance to The Pogue’s, “Love You Till the End,” followed by a dance between Amanda an Seth to Louis Armstrong’s, “It’s a Wonderful World,” and concluded a dance by Jimmy and his mother to Rascal Flatts’s, “My Wish for You.”
Afterwards, Amanda’s uncle and MC for the evening commenced the official program. Each of the speakers spoke lighthearted but heartfelt words to the newlyweds, with Jimmy’s brother Luke perhaps having the best joke of the evening with, “Giving the best man speech is like making love to the Queen. It’s a great honour but no one wants to do it.” The maid of honour, Amanda, had a close second, asking Jimmy to repeat the phrase, “Ok. Buy it” as a valuable phrase to help him in dealing with his wife.
Interspersed between the speeches was a plated dinner starting off with a refreshing salad with tomato wedges, mandarin oranges, oak leaf lettuce and beet and carrot shavings. An equally refreshing lemon sorbet ensued along with a main course of beef and chicken medallions in a dark gravy with potatos, carrots, asparagus, and broccolli. It was a delectable meal that this attendant will long remember.
Throughout the day and into the evening, Michael Shadro and his associate from Shandro Photo were busily capturing every moment and nuance of the day. After dinner, Steve from Epic Productions kicked the reception into party mode with a great playlist that never saw the dance floor empty. And, as the bride herself acknowledged, our photobooth was the hit of the night. As one guest put it, “Bonne idée!” Guests were continually streaming into the booth all evening and excitedly poured through our props and a set especially ordered by the bride for her big day. In addition to keeping a print out for themselves, the guests were also encouraged to leave a copy in Amanda and Jimmy’s guestbook along with a personal message. One thing is for sure, the newlyweds will definitely get a kick out of each time they review their album full of absolutely hilarious poses, faces, and memories.
Amanda and Jimmy, we’d like to express our profound thanks for deeming us to be the best photobooth in Edmonton and inviting us all the way to Fort McMurray to be a part of your most special day. To steal a line from your maid of honour, “May the best day of your life be the worst day of your future.” Congratulations!
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What a wonderful writeup! It was great seeing you again Stephan.