winnipeg wedding | karen & lee

Although they met and fell in love in Montreal, Karen and Lee are both from Winnipeg, so they decided to return to their hometown to tie the knot. Once their decision was made, they began the work of planning their destination wedding. Together with their planner, Carly of LouLou Weddings, they tirelessly worked out every detail from afar, including three tiers of contingency plans for different degrees of inclement weather. Because, well, in the Canadian prairies during late summer, anything can happen.

When a wild rainstorm arrived on the morning of their wedding, all that careful planning paid off, as details were expertly reshuffled and Plan C was gracefully executed. All the while, through rain and shine and detours and improvised changes, Karen and Lee were entirely zen. They are wise souls who had their eyes only on each other and what was important. Their wonderful friends laughed and smiled with them, dried their attire and hair under train station hand driers after getting soaked in the day's first monsoon, and everyone was ready for round two of portraits. It was incredible!

Later, after Karen and Lee sweetly exchanged vows, they stood with their guests in a glimmering sun shower under a canopy of umbrellas and and enjoyed their cocktail hour. One of my favourite parts of the evening was when Lee's sweet mother took the time to describe Karen and Lee's lifestyle and home in Montreal for their Winnipeg guests. She painted a lovely and true-to-life picture of the life they've built together. Once all the toasts were wrapped up, the dance floor was never empty thanks to a custom playlist by Lee. Friends who stayed until the last shuttle bus (which was filled to the brim with revellers) enjoyed grilled cheese in between bouts of breathless dancing. It was a day of adventure, spontaneity, laughter and so much love.

Lee and Karen, thank you so much for your friendship for all these years. I feel such immense joy for you both, and am so happy you've chosen each other, forever. I know so many exciting things lie ahead for you as individuals and I know your intertwined future will be nothing short of wonderful.

Don't let the darkness fool you; the photo above was taken at noon if you can believe it! This was right as the monsoon began. A special thanks goes out to Brian for holding umbrellas over me so I could shoot.

To escape the rain, we stopped at Winnipeg's Union Station to dry off and take some indoor portraits.


Planning and coordination: LouLou Weddings  // Photography: Dallas Curow, with Brian Fauteux  //  Décor: Simply Perfect Décor  //  Florist: Oak & Lily  //  Bride's dress: Sposa Bella  //  Groom's attire: Hugo Boss  //  Pies: Shut Ur Pie Hole  //  Makeup: Two Chicks and a Bag of Makeup