You can’t help who you fall in love with. Love is a mysterious thing that can change the path of ones entire life if you allow it. That’s only a fraction of what makes love so wonderful.
Welcome to Canmore, Canada. A small town an hour and a half west of Calgary. It’s a small town with a giant heart.
It’s a place where the Major greets you at the airport, brings you home to stay at his house and fills up your wine glass. Boy are they hospitable here!
Canmore set the scene for the wedding of Canadian born Graham and his Australian bride, Sarah on August 11th.
It’s been a long road here. But a happy road. …Lets go back 5 years…
Canmore is a small place, everyone pretty much knows everyone. Graham spotted Sarah in The Canmore Hotel (a bar) one night and asked her out. Sarah was hoping that a few beers later, he’d of forgotten and that would be that.
The next day, walking the town, Graham spots Sarah on the street and asks her out again. With only a couple of months left in Canada before continuing her travels, I think ‘O Ohhhhh’ went through Sarah’s head when she found herself suddenly head over heels in love with Graham.
Visas are there for a reason. But boy oh boy are they are pain in the rear end. But these two are living proof that love can conquer all.
6 months after Sarah’s departure, they met up again in Australia. And for the next 4 years, they hopped back and forth from Canada to Australia using every visa possible to have time together.
A little under a year ago, Graham planned a holiday to Australia with intentions of a proposal. Sarah of course said yes and back again Graham came to Canada. Only going back to Australia 2 months later for their engagement party.
Yip. It’s been a long road. With a lot of travel. But A LOT of fun. Now it’s their wedding day and here Sarah now resides with Graham.
“Moral of the story kids, love another from the same country”. Well they certainly do have an epic love story to tell the kids one day.
You simply can’t help who you fall in love with.
Graham’s parents Lynn and John on their wedding day in the seventies. This is the only photo that I could see displayed in the house and I think its absolutely fantastic. I love how just one photo gives you such an electric feeling of the day. It just takes one photo. It makes me feel a little spoiled these days with the abundance of images that can be produced.
While Doug is hanging out with the men. I’m over at the bride’s station (driving on the right (*cough cough – ‘incorrect’*) side of the road to get there I might add. Where a beautiful and energetic Sarah is getting ready.
And now that Sarah’s feet are firmly planted in Canada. It’s great to see that she has such great friends who made the trip from Australia to Canada for the big day. Meet Renee and Lauren, two lovely and supportive bridesmaids.
It was good to have Sarah’s Mum, Helen there too. Putting on her best face as she has the honour of walking Sarah down the aisle.
Everything about this day was about friendships and connections. From the beautiful meadow they’ll be married in, owned by a family friend, to the reception, the helicopter pilot and hair and make up. Danika made an already beautiful Sarah, absolutely glowing.
Deers and Bears. We are in CANADA after all.
Made by a local jeweler. Graham gave the necklace below to Sarah to remind her of him and Canmore when she left Canada the first time.
The veil beaded by Sarah herself. It took 3 weeks, but I think it was well worth the time because it looked amaaaazing!!!
The Bride is almost ready and so is the Groom as it appears.
Imagine having this mountain on your doorstep. Believe it or not, standing on the Borrowman’s front porch. Or sitting on the back deck. Ha Ling Peak stands proud. It’s so close you could touch it.
You’ve now met the Mayor. He is a very proud Dad on his son’s wedding day. Just call him Papa John. Everybody else does! Oh, and have your wine glass ready!! :)
It’s almost time for Sarah and Graham to say their ‘I Do’s’ … Follow me to PART 2 of this gigantic blog… there is still so much goodness to come… right this way … … …