He said to me one afternoon “I want something small, simple, and no fuss”. And without a moment’s hesitation, I quickly shouted, “Sold!”
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I was never that girl who was “planning her wedding since the age of 12”. No sir. I’d much rather be planning my next travel destination than trying to choose what type of silhouette would accentuate my ‘curves’ best. I knew one day I’d get married, and that’s all there was to it.
When Jarrid came into my life back in 2017, the only thing I knew then was that I was marrying this Newfoundlander (that I could barely understand). And so, that’s all there was to it.
From the start, we knew that a “Big Fat Greek Wedding” style ceremony was not for us (I do LOVE that movie, though). While talking it over and contemplating our options, we decided a small, intimate wedding was exactly what we wanted.
Our ceremony was held at Bannerman Park, located in downtown St. John's. We chose a rustic looking gazebo for the actual ceremony itself, and afterwards we were able to walk around a bit for our pictures. The park offers a beautiful backdrop with it's mature trees, Victorian-style elements and well-kept greenery.
We were SO blessed to have our parents and siblings by our side that day. With my parents in Alberta and Jarrid's in rural Newfoundland, we we're beyond glad that everyone could come together for us.
A couple of friends of mine were generous enough to set up the decor in the gazebo prior to us arriving. We had beautiful chairs borrowed from a golf resort here in town along with two giant pillars where Jarrid and I would be standing in-between.
I knew that I wanted to have some really unique picture locations, so upon researching, I found out that the Government House (which is right next door to Bannerman Park) allows people to reserve their grounds for wedding photography use - for free. I defs scored the jackpot on that one!
After we'd taken a few pics, Jarrid whispered to me "I'm starving..". I responded "Ugh, same!" Luckily enough, Venice Pizzeria was across the street from Bannerman Park. So, our "wedding day brunch" contained lots of cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms.
But wait, what about dessert!?
After gobbling down our pizza, ice cream was the obvious choice for a quick post-pizza-eating dessert.
We headed over to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory on Water Street for some fricken' delish blueberries & cream ice-cream. They even slipped in a huge heart-shaped piece of chocolate for us - and we really appreciated that gesture.
Overall, our wedding day consisted of lots of laughing, spending time with our families, walking around downtown, and feasting on pizza in fancy shoes. It was the easiest, most stress-free wedding day this girl could ever ask for.
The one thing I didn’t want to do was to make our day into something that wasn’t us. When I look back on it now, I wouldn't have changed it for the world.
Our day and all it's beautiful details wouldn't have happened without the help of some amazing people, in which I want to give a shoutout to below.
To Tiffany and Blair at Sage Photography,
You've made it possible for us to relive our special day through the beautiful images you documented for us. We thank you for making our day so much fun!
To the staff at Kathy Evans Design Studio,
Thank you for helping me choose the dress that screamed "Merisa!", all over. My champagne dress was simply perfect.
To the florists at Contemporary Florist,
You created the perfect bouquet and boutonnière for Jarrid and I. The colors and design were exactly how I'd envisioned them to be. So thank you!
To my dear gramma,
Thank you for the stunning jewelry you hand-made for me for my wedding day. It meant so much to me that I was able to have a part of you there with me on the best day of my life. I love you lots!