You know when a couple just has that thing? Where they couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces if they tried? And everyone around them is beaming with pride for them? Well, that’s these two! Here is the story of their fall wedding at The Lake House.
When I finished high school and moved away for college, my parents moved three hours south to Peace River. Shortly after moving there, I kept hearing about these amazing new friends they had made, Ken and Susan. It wasn’t long before they were traveling together, first on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean and later a road trip to Alaska. And they had a daughter, Kristina, that was a few years younger than me.
One summer, while I was home from college, and Kristina was just finishing high school, we had the opportunity to work together as summer students in our family business. To be honest, there was probably way too much time spent petting dogs and cats and drinking hot chocolate that summer, instead of painting and pressure washing equipment. But we had the chance to get to know each other in a pretty awesome way.
We both relocated following that summer and have kept in touch over social media in the years since. Through social media, I started to see Sheldon come into the picture and always thought the world of him, even though we had never actually met. So when these two got engaged and Kristina reached out last spring, I was beyond excited to photograph their wedding at The Lake House on Lake Bonavista in Calgary.
Here are some moments from their beautiful day.
Getting married? I would love to be your photographer! Get in touch today.
Luckily, there are only a few steps to getting an Alberta marriage license. Start by finding your local Alberta registry agent office. Both of you will need to go to the office with your identification within three months of your wedding date. Each of you needs one valid piece of government-issued photo ID, such a driver’s license or passport. If you have been married before, you will need to take your proof of divorce, annulment, or the death certificate of a deceased spouse. The government fee is $40 and the registry agent will charge a service fee. You should expect to pay between $75 and $100 for an Alberta marriage license.
The registry agent will give you a two-part form with includes the Registration of Marriage and a marriage license. The paperwork must be in good condition to be considered valid, so take a folder with you to put it in. Once you’ve filled it all out, you will give it to your officiant. Speak to them beforehand to find out if they would like it brought on the day of your wedding or at a pre-wedding meeting. An officiant is required to complete the legal marriage.
On your wedding day, you and your spouse, your officiant and two witnesses will sign the Registration of Marriage and your officiant will give you a proof of marriage document. Your officiant will keep your license and submit your registration document within two days of the ceremony for it to be archived with Alberta Vital Statistics.
You can apply for your official marriage certificate approximately three weeks after your ceremony. To apply, fill out the application form and take it to a registry agent (expect to pay around $50 for the application). Certificates are usually mailed to you 2-3 days after a registry agent processes the application.