Words Shared by Kayla:
“I’ve worked in the wedding industry as a videographer since I was 16. I’ve seen all kinds of weddings and celebrations.
The most memorable wedding was one I second shot with a friend. The wedding was in a quaint restaurant in the city, and the guest list was 50 people. At first, I was skeptical, I mean, I come from a Mennonite background where you invite what seems like half the town (mostly because you’re actually related to half the town.) Would 50 people seem awkward? Would it even feel like a celebration? Let me tell you, it was beautiful. Everyone was present, watching the ceremony with misty eyes. The reception felt like sitting down to a family meal. When the couple had their first dance, everyone gathered around them and everyone cried, including me. It felt like an honour to witness such a moment. I decided right then and there that a 50 person wedding was right for me. All I had left to do was to find the man!
One of the reasons why I love Tyler is that he, like I, tend to question status quo. We both don’t want to be considered normal! When it came time to plan our wedding, I brought up the 50 person idea. Obviously this was incredibly hard, since we both have many close friends and family. We then decided to have two celebrations, our 50 person wedding and a celebration a month later that included a live band, hotdogs around a fire and a dance. We wanted to get together with our people and have fun without the formality of a wedding reception.
I’m so thankful for our wedding. Instead of focusing on center pieces and color schemes, we focused on making people feel welcome and special at our wedding. We spent 2 hours doing photos and video, the rest of the time we hung out with our family and guests. Instead of spending our engagement preparing for the wedding, we prepared as best we could for our marriage. Besides the photos and the video, that’s what you get from the wedding. It was a simple day filled with such amazing memories. I’m still in awe of that day.
If you find yourself planning a wedding, know that you don’t have to do what’s considered normal. Throw out your anxiety caused by your hidden wedding Pinterest board and focus on the one you are marrying and the people you are surrounding yourselves with. No one will remember what you gave out as a wedding favour, but they will remember the way you looked at your new spouse during your first dance. They will leave at the end of the night feeling full of love because they got to witness one of the greatest celebrations life has to offer.”