Shannon and Sam met long before they started dating. They were part of the same group of friends but it wasn’t until they started talking about their passion for travel that they began noticing each other. Shannon had just taken a 5-month trip to Australia and Sam was planning a trip to Australia and New Zealand. During Sam’s trip, he went back for a quick visit and asked Shannon to join him for the remaining of the trip. They’ve been inseparable ever since.
5 years later, Sam invited Shannon to a family trip to Hawaii. While they were taking family pictures, Sam’s twin brothers started distracting everyone, only for Shannon to realize that they had “Will you marry me?” written on their backs. The rest is history.
To find her dress, Shannon visited some stores out of town before realizing Petrov Bridal was right there in her hometown. She liked how the store stood up with all the European designers. Thanks to the help of the owner, after trying on many dresses, Shannon was mesmerized by the ADK 77961.
It was everything I had been searching for in my dream wedding gown; fit and flair, head to toe lace with a bit of a train, a sweetheart neckline and an illusion back. As soon as I walked out of the dressing room, everyone there knew right away that I had found my gown!
She had some alterations done to the dress since she wanted an even lower illusion back and she added a beautiful belt to compliment her waistline. She also wore Swarovski Crystal Diapason earrings that matched the shape of the lace. Her mom had a pendant specially made containing a small capsule with her dad’s ashes so she could have her dad with her on her wedding day. She also had a small picture of him attached to the bouquet.
Since they both love to travel, they decided to have an exotic destination for the ceremony, Costa Rica. They found a destination wedding specialist who helped take care of all the details and ended up having 60 of their closest friends and family join them for a week of celebration. Since not everyone was able to travel, they had a cocktail reception at the London Civic Garden Complex when they got back. At the Conservatory, they had a Polaroid stand where every guest had to take a picture of themselves which later they used to create a scrapbook of all their wedding guests. On top of that, they were lucky enough to have a baker in the family, Sam’s mum, so she special made their wedding cake with sea urchin decorations plus all the cookies in the reception.
For their honeymoon, they went to the Dominican Republic and stayed and the CHIC Punta Cana Resort.
Advice to future Eddy K. Brides: Make sure you really take in and enjoy every moment of your wedding day as it goes by so, incredibly fast, and feels so unreal.
Dress: ADK 77961 in ivory/ivory
Store: Petrov Bridal
Photographer: Sherry Smith of Keepsake Photography
Wedding Planner: Jen Hardy of Nexion Canada
- Destination Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica
- Local Wedding Reception: London Civic Garden Complex
Honeymoon Resort: CHIC Punta Cana Resort