Helena & Peter’s Destination Wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica

About the Couple
Occupations:  Helena – Information and privacy coordinator and Peter – Mechanic
How they met:  Through a friend, Paul, at the Calgary Stampede. We were dating other people at the time and continued to meet through Paul who was our mutual friend and eventually we started dating!
What attracted him to her: His eyes and kind, generous nature.
What attracted her to him: Her smile and warm personality.

What was the best advice you received as a bride/groom? Appreciate the time and effort we built our lives together.

Engagement story:  It was our 9 year anniversary. I came home from work and walked into the house with lit tea light candles and rose petals down the main entrance hallway. Peter made dinner and set up our dining room table and had romantic music on in the background. He set the table and had me sitting down in front of a wall where you can’t see the main hallway of the house. Now this is out of the ordinary because Peter is not romantic at all. I thought it was just for our 9 year anniversary. During dinner, Peter scarfed down his food and said he needed to go to the washroom. He quickly returned and went down on one knee. I had my mouth stuffed with food, dropped the fork and knife and muffled, “What are you doing?!” I quickly tried swallowing my food while Peter was saying all these sweet things. At the end, he asked the one question, “Will you marry me?” Of course I said yes! We both hugged and jumped up and down and Peter said, “Oh be careful, watch out for the candles.” He then turned around and kicked a candle and wax went everywhere. We spent the next 15 minutes cleaning wax off our floor and I looked at Peter and said, “This is the rest of our lives together.”


The Wedding Day
Wedding date:  May 15, 2018 (our 10.5 years together)
Number of guests:  51

Wedding colours:  None, neutral

Her most memorable moment: Our first look, first dance and saying our vows to each other. And of course, partying with our guests and jumping into the pool after!
His most memorable moment:  First look.

Advice to others: Be patient, trust one another because love always through.
Favourite wedding detail:  White lace linen at the reception and tall centerpieces.

Most unexpected moment:  Peter crying when he saw a photo of his grandma during the wedding slideshow presentation.

Most romantic moment:  First dance

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  No

Honeymoon:  Still deciding! We are thinking of doing a short trip and hike in Arizona this winter and might go out of country for a bigger trip next year, haven’t decided where yet.
The day in three words: Extraordinary, charmed, exciting!


Wedding Details
Ceremony location:  Beach front of the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, Montego Bay in Jamaica.
Reception location:  Beach front again, tented.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Beach view, private event on the resort.

Bride’s gown:  From the Bridal Boutique in Calgary.
Bride’s shoes:  Kenneth Cole

Groom’s outfit:  Hugo Boss

Type of rings:  Princess cut, squared with matching band for Helena

Jewellery: Helena wore studded diamond earrings and Peter wore an Armani watch.

Bridesmaids dresses: Pink wrapped dresses from Ever New in Vancouver.

Groomsmen attire:  RW&Co
Wedding song:  “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle
Signature drink:  Rum punch
Favours:  Luggage tags
Music:  Ceremony was classical/instrumental music, cocktail was light modern Reggae instrumental, reception was old school hip hop/rap from 1990’s and early 2000’s
Flowers:  Baby’s breaths and white roses

Photographer:  Esteban Daniel Photography (SOOOO AMAZING!)

Hair: Spa at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites

Makeup: Friend, Jenny Vuong

Stationery/Invitations: Vistaprint and Wedding Star
Iberostar Rose Hall Suites


Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The whole day went by so fast, so many activities and moments shared between each other and our family and friends. The moment we woke up and got ready with our bridesmaids and groomsmen until partying in the club and staying up until dawn, it was so fun! Helena was nervous when walking up to Peter during the first look, was nervous again when the ceremony started and having my dad calm me down and said “Don’t be nervous, you have no reason to be!”. Helena had butterflies walking down the aisle. Seeing Peter’s mom cry when we did our first dance that was sweet because we never see that side of her. Just seeing how happy our loved ones were, especially our parents.


Tell us about your experience working with LUXE:  Luxe is efficient, professional, incredible and Luxe represent great customer service who strived to make our wedding vision come true. Emily Scott was our wedding coordinator and she truly is amazing! From our first greet and even the day of the wedding and after the wedding, she made sure everything was going well and ensuring we were happy. Her compassion and work ethic portrayed proudly and we are extremely grateful to have her plan our wedding. She made everything stress free and exciting! We knew the moment we had Emily in our lives, we were going to be fine. We trusted her fully to bring our vision and wedding to life. Her experience and skills in wedding planning and great personality brought us comfort and knowing what a fantastic job she did the day of, we couldn’t be more proud of Emily. Thank you Emily and Luxe, our endless gratitude will always be appreciated and cherished as we look back on our wedding photos or wedding video.

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