Real Weddings

Shannon and Kevin

Absolute Best Day

Compiled by Pam Dillon | Photos by Stephanie Beach | Wedding Date: June 10, 2017

As fate would have it, the mutual friend who introduced Shannon and Kevin was the same person who officiated their June 2017 marriage at Gatineau Golf and Country Club.

This uniquely meaningful connection was one of many highlights of a wonderful spring wedding.

“It really was the best day of our lives,” Shannon says.

The couple was engaged for a year and a half, and planning priorities for the bride included wearing a white dress and being on her dad’s arm as she walked down the aisle.

For the groom, the reception was the focus; Kevin wanted a live band. “The rest of the details just sort of came together.”

Shannon was determined not to set herself up for undue stress during wedding planning or the event itself.  She chose artificial flowers — bouquets, boutonnières and corsages — so there would be no worry about wilting.

She and Kevin wanted to get married outside but were mindful of the weather, so they picked a venue that could accommodate an outside ceremony if it was sunny or one on the covered patio if it rained.

Better yet, because a coordinator from the venue took care of many details, and there was no concern about the ceremony, Shannon and Kevin were able to relax.

“We were honestly able to just let go, and completely enjoy the moment.”

For her dress, Shannon wanted something subtle and romantic, a traditional wedding gown with “lace, pearls and buttons, something soft and flowy.”

She found “the one” at Renewed with Love Bridal. “It was absolutely perfect.”

She found her belt on Etsy, and her veil at David’s Bridal, but says, “The most important accessories were my mom’s earrings and the necklace.”

She wore the earrings her dad gave her mom on their 30th anniversary, and her parents gave her the necklace the night before the wedding.

Sharing the momentous occasion with family and friends really made it exceptional, Shannon notes.

“Having our grandmas with us that day was really special, along with our parents and my brother.”

It was also significant for the bride and groom that members of their bridal party were long-time friends.

On their most important of days, they were surrounded with loved ones. The wedding itself was rustic in style, with soft colours and personal elements.

Since Kevin had carved their initials into a heart on a tree to propose to Shannon, for the wedding he and his buddies cut wood for centerpieces and Kevin sanded them and burned their initials in all.

A family friend put together flower arrangements for the tables, using flowers from her own garden.

For another romantic touch, the bride and groom wrote letters to each other and sealed them in a box; the box was left out so guests could add messages.

Since the female attendants wore pale sage green and the males wore grey, those colours, along with browns and wood, were carried through in the decor.

And all the wishes — the dress, the walk with dad down the aisle, and the reception with a band — came true. 

“There were so many people on the dance floor it was hard to find a spot,” the bride says. “We are still talking about how much fun we had that day.”

On their first anniversary, Shannon and Kevin opened the box with the letters, and were able to relive the magic.

“I am so glad we decided to do that,” Shannon says. “Honestly we had the absolute best day.”


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