The day started sunny. It rained the entire week before Tor and Alex’s wedding, then poured, then rained some more, but the sun rose high and bright the morning of.
Victoria and Alex met in high school but, like lots of people we know, didn’t actually talk to each other until after. Interestingly enough, Oksana and Alex’s older sister – Stephanie, went to school together and that’s how Alex and Tor got to Curtis Round Photography. Since we were all pretty much Mill Woods kids, it was kind of cool to swap old neighborhood and teacher stories. It was definitely the shortest ride we’ve ever had to do in the morning to get to the bride’s getting ready place.
It didn’t take either of us long to see just how perfect Alex and Tor are for each other (side note – isn’t her nickname the coolest?!). It was like a light would go on each time one would talk about the other. The morning of the wedding, both of them were so nervous that, as Alex phrased it so aptly, they stopped sweating all together. Once Alex and the bridal party were in place and Victoria, escorted by her parents, awaited her musical cue, she began to cry, emotions of the day and all the days leading up to this moment finally bubbling up to the surface (insert Oksana’s first cry of the day).
We loved spending the day getting to know Alex and Tor and their bridal party. Everyone was fun and relaxed and that made our jobs so easy during the portraits. The ceremony was at the Alfred H. Savage Centre so naturally we had to take advantage of the gorgeous greenery that surrounded us (Edmonton is pretty awesome that way). Normally, we’d all be rushing through the pics in the “deep dark woods” but (and here’s a fun fact haha) Tor actually loves the smell of bug spray so we layered up on the Deet and trekked on. Another fun fact, instead of cursing, sometimes Tor would throw out something as amazing as “shish kabob”.
The after-party was amazing. It was obvious that family was a very important aspect of this wedding. When Tor’s sisters talked about their grandmas, it was to bring parallels to the incredible quality of character (and a certain shopping habit) that she inherited from them. Then, when her dad spoke of how proud her grandma’s would be of her at this moment and how the one still living is battling Alzheimer’s and yet manages to remember Tor every time, not a dry eye was left in the building. Alex’s sisters (and everyone else in the room) definitely shed a few tears during his thank-you speech. Basically, all the good emotions ran high and deep and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.
I’ll finish with saying how beautiful Victoria (and her ladies) looked the entire day (seriously, her dress was stunning and that touch of pink on the veil the cherry on top). MUAs: Shannon Ledger and Sydney Louise, both of Blush Artistry | Hair: Darling Bridal | Florals: Flowers on 50th | Ceremony: Alfred H. Savage Centre | Reception: Mill Woods Golf Club. Alex and his guys were smartly outfitted by Derks.