Sentimental and exceptionally sweet, real Stella York bride Lindy’s wedding was as classic as it was elegant. We absolutely cried a few happy tears hearing her proposal story and we know you’ll shed a few too browsing her story. From the lakeside ceremony, to her beautiful strapless lace Stella York wedding dress, Lindy and Jordan’s wedding tugs at the heart strings in the best way possible!
From the bride: The Proposal: My family is from Northern Ontario (Lake of the Woods), and I go back home (from Alberta) every summer to visit my family and spend time at the cottage. Jordan took time off work and flew to Kenora to visit me and my family. While I was out shopping, Jordan took the opportunity to ask my dad for his permission to marry me. Jordan planned to propose at Rushing River- a nearby provincial park that has the most beautiful waterfalls and forest hiking trails. Jordan invited my three sisters and parents to join us the next day at Rushing River for a swim, walk, and a fun round of mini-putt. When we woke up the next morning it was unexpectedly raining and everyone cancelled their plans to come to Rushing River. Little did I know, there was a reason for this outing, but I was not impressed that Jordan was insisting on getting out of the cottage on a rainy day to play mini-put and go hiking. After getting into the car, I was annoyed to find that my sister had spilled something on the seat and didn’t clean it up. After arriving at the park, Jordan discovered that he had forgotten his wallet and I had to pay for a date I wasn’t super keen on being on in the first place. After walking down to the waterfall, the sun decided to make an appearance. We climbed over a few (very slippery!) rocks and stood in the waterfall. Jordan reached for my hand and told me he had ‘something that would cheer me up’. He got down on one knee, pulled out the most beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. It most definitely did cheer me up! We spent the next few hours wandering around the park, playing mini-putt and celebrating with ice cream and waffle cones.
Saying Yes to the Dress: I said yes to the dress after trying on just 7 dresses. I really wanted my mom to see me in a wedding dress the very first time I tried one on. Living so far away from home this meant putting off dress shopping until December when I flew home for Christmas. I booked an appointment at the first bridal salon that answered their phone. I had no intention of choosing my dress that day. I just wanted a few ideas and to have my mom see me in a dress, so that when I went back to Calgary I could go to all the amazing bridal salons there. When I got off the plane not only was my mom waiting to pick me up, but two of three sisters AND my dad were also there. I was thrilled to have my sisters’ opinions and super surprised that my dad decided to tag along. Shopping is not his favourite activity. As we walked up to the store my mom exclaimed that this is the exact store she had bought her wedding dress at 27 years before. So of course after crying in the 7th dress, I knew I had found my gown.
Our Venue: We were married at The Lake House, an amazing restaurant overlooking a small lake in Calgary. I cried the second we walked into our venue. It was just about sunset and the light was shimmering off the waves. It was beautiful and I just knew we had to be married here. Growing up in cottage country, the lake has always been part of my life. I miss the lake everyday now that I live in the city, but I knew I wanted to be married in the city my husband and I now call home.
There were so many memorable moments from our wedding day! Jordan says his most memorable moment was sitting at dinner, holding my hand, looking around at all the people who had come together to celebrate our wedding day with us. The room was dark and candlelit, it was warm and full of love and laughter. It made us feel so special to know all our guests had chosen to spend the day with us.
My favourite moment was during the ceremony. We had just signed the marriage license and were standing side by side, arms locked, waiting to be announced as husband and wife. Jordan and I both looked at each other and in a silly voice we only ever do when we are alone, said “We’re married!” at the same time. Our photographer snapped a photo of this moment and I am so glad I get to keep that moment for forever.
Photography by Mark Derry