Winter Wedding at Hotel Fairmont Macdonald
A castle, winter, and the perfect dress; this is what makes a fairytale wedding. Of course, an amazingly beautiful couple that glows with love is a cherry on top! I had the chance to photograph Zac & Mary’s winter wedding last winter at the Hotel Fairmont Macdonald.
Zac & Mary Getting Ready
The Guys Getting Ready at Hotel Fairmont Macdonald
Early during the day, we joined the couple at the Fairmont Hotel where they were staying for the duration of the wedding. Zac was in a hotel room with his best man Daryl who was helping him get ready. We took some photos of the guys goofing around and having fun to calm the nerves. We took some individual portraits, some details shots of the cufflinks and photos of Zac & his best man posing.
The Girls Getting Ready at Hotel Fairmont Macdonald
After photographing the guys, we went to the bride’s room. Mary was getting ready with her mother, her bridesmaids, and her friends. Given the gorgeous location of the hotel room, we were able to get some amazing afternoon light. The bride also opened a gift from the groom which a gorgeous Swarovski bracelet. In a light-hearted moment, the mother of the bride gave her a kiss on the cheek and it led to giggles and laughter all around.
Their Ceremony at Wedgewood Room, Hotel Fairmont Macdonald
The ceremony took place in the Wedgewood room. This room is named after the Wedgewood design of china and is intricately detailed and look absolutely stunning. It has a beautiful chandelier in the middle and large windows letting in natural light all around the room.
The ceremony was commissioned by Julia Thatchk and she did such a splendid job of that! Some of the bride and groom’s friends and family members also said some beautiful words to mark the beginning of their lives together!
The Family Photos at Hotel Fairmont Macdonald
Following the ceremony, we gave the couple some time to mingle with their friends and family while we photographed some candid moments. We photographed the bride and groom with their family members in the hotel’s western hallway.
The Creative Formals in Muttart Conservatory
Once we completed the family photos we went out to the Muttart Conservatory. It is one of our favorite spots to photograph couples at in Edmonton. It is the perfect combination of urban and nature. We went inside the conservatory where we photographed the couple in several of the feature pyramids. Following that, we went outside into the cold and took some photos of the scenic view of downtown and snow near the conservatory.
Zac & Mary’s Reception in the Wedge Wood Room, Hotel Fairmont Macdonald
The Dinner provided by the talented culinary staff of Hotel Fairmont
The reception was held in the Wedgewood room again. The excellent staff at the Fairmont were able to flip the room into a completely different look for the reception. It was decorated with colors of gold and white which looked beautiful. We prepared the reception slideshow for the couple which you can check out here: Zac & Mary’s Reception Slideshow.
The entrance of the bride and groom was surrounded with Eritrean Tradition where the elder men of the family held swords while the elder ladies held flowers as they entered the hall with the bride and groom. It was something very different from what we have photographed so far and we are so honored that we could witness it. Following the entrance, the food was served which was a delicious buffet prepared by the excellent chefs at the Hotel Fairmont.
Everyone Gets a Cake!
Zac and Mary did something a little different for their wedding where instead of having one giant cake, they placed one small cake on each table! The cake itself was a gorgeous combination of white chocolate, cream, and soft mushy core. The bride and groom eventually cut the cake and we photographed it. These photographs will become part of their wedding memories and will remind them of the beautiful day they spent with their family and friends.
Dancing the night away!
Finally, the couple did their first dance together. They looked amazing together and showed some serious dance skills! Following the first dance, everyone joined the couple on the dance floor where they ended up dancing the night away!
Near the end of the reception, Zac and Mary changed into traditional Eritrean clothing and joined the rest of their family on the dance floor.
An online gallery of all their images is available for the next 30 days. From the online gallery, you are able to favorite images, order prints and share the gallery with your family and friends. The gallery can be accessed via the link below and you can contact Zac & Mary directly for their secure password.
Zac & Mary’s Wedding Day Slideshow
Above is the beautiful Wedding Slideshow that came with Zac & Mary’s wedding package. It was created from a selection of their best photos captured on their special day, mixed with a lovely song!
It was amazing to work with Zac & Mary on their wedding day and we can’t be more excited to share their final images with them in the coming weeks! You can check out the rest of our work at our blog!
Edmonton Wedding Photography by Box Cube Photography © 2017
Some of my Favourite Photos from Zac & Mary’s Wedding
Zac & Mary’s Wedding Credits:
Ceremony Location: Wedgewood Room, Hotel Fairmont Macdonald
Formals Location: Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton
Wedding Coordinator: Oksana Fedko of Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Edmonton
Officiant: Julia Thatchk
Hair & Makeup: Krystle Ash with Beauty With Soul
Videographer: Devon Nagy
Chair & Napkin Rentals: All West Rentals
Flowers: Laurel’s on Whyte
Bride’s Dress: Novelle Bridal
Cake: The Art of Cake
Photography: Sharyar Memon & Amanda Lee Schulz of Box Cube Photography
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