Where it all Started
Happy newlywed Keltie Gilmar, business development manager for Sunwing Travel Group in Alberta, never imagined that keeping in touch with an elementary school teacher would lead her to the love of her life. But when Gilmar’s former teacher sent her son, Sean Martell, to book a trip to New Zealand with Gilmar (who was then working as a travel agent), the pair hit if off. The Edmonton-based couple had their first date on Canada Day, going for sushi and then watching the fireworks. From there the rest was history!
After dating for three years – a period filled with fun and travel – Keltie and Sean moved in together. A couple of years after that, with a growing desire to settle down and move onto another chapter in their life together, the two started to think about marriage. Sean, a trade marketing manager for Mike’s Beverage Company, started planning his proposal the day he saw Keltie in a friend’s wedding party and realized he couldn’t take his eyes off her. On their five-year anniversary, Sean presented Keltie with a book he had made; it was filled with shared memories and “mushy stuff.” As Keltie read over the final pages, Sean dropped to one knee and proposed. Keltie was overcome with emotion and instantly in tears, but she managed to squeak out a clear yes!
Planning their Big Day
Keltie wasn’t interested in micromanaging her own wedding; she wanted something fun and easy, and a venue where she could turn the details over to the experts. She got to thinking: Wouldn’t a vacation be great, too? Sean was in agreement, sure that a week away with close friends and family would be the perfect way to celebrate. The couple chose Jamaica because it was exotic and a new destination for many of their friends and family. The Royalton White Sands in Montego Bay had captured Keltie’s heart on a previous visit; of all of the resorts she’d visited, this one stood out as truly special – the ideal place to have their wedding!
On January 13, 2017, Keltie and Sean officially became husband and wife in front of forty-one friends and family members at the resort’s beach gazebo, on a pier that stretches out over the crystal Caribbean waters. Keltie surprised her mom by walking down the aisle to an instrumental version of her mom’s favourite song: Your Song by Vitamin String. Sean’s favourite moment was seeing Keltie walk down the aisle, looking “breathtaking” in her white two-piece gown.
Keltie loved both writing and reading the vows they had written themselves, which made everything so personal and special – especially the goofy moments that made the happy couple laugh. The moments of levity were perfect for this carefree and easy Caribbean wedding, with the warm tropical sun reflecting off Keltie’s chosen colours of navy, white and a touch of silver. When it came time for the reception, the weather wasn’t entirely cooperative so the event was easily moved into the resort’s gracious ballroom. And after a fun, laid-back beach wedding with their favourite people, Keltie and Sean opted for a city honeymoon in New York City and Washington, DC.
Wedding Day Wear
Keltie’s gown: A two-piece dress – including a lace skirt with a beaded halter-top – by Mon Cheri Bridal from Bridal Debut in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
Keltie’s shoes: White pumps with a navy patterned heel by Expression.
Keltie’s accessories: A bracelet made by an aunt who unfortunately couldn’t attend the wedding. Keltie’s mother wore a matching one.
Groom’s attire: Navy shorts, a white linen shirt, brown sandals and a brown belt. Sean also wore a boutonniere and a bamboo watch.
The bridesmaids wore: Navy dresses with a sweetheart neckline and sheer overlay, plus white sparkly sandals. Keltie’s man of honor wore navy shorts, a white shirt and a blue-and-white polka-dot bow tie.
The groomsmen wore: The same attire as the groom, including navy shorts, a white linen shirt, brown sandals, a brown belt and a bamboo watch.
Wedding bands: Keltie has a band custom made by Independent Jewelers in Edmonton, and Sean has a stainless steel band with a wood inlay.
Flowers: White daisies. Keltie’s mother’s flowers at her wedding were also white daisies in a tribute to Keltie’s grandmother.
Photographer: Wendell from Royalton White Sands, who was “amazing.”
Hair and makeup: Keltie wore three white orchids pinned in her hair instead of a veil, done by Royalton White Sands.
Stationary and invitations: Invitations were sent online through greenvelope.
Favours: Mini bottles of Appleton Rum, plus place settings.
Welcome gifts: Guests received a beach bag and luggage tags prior to the trip.
First dance: Instead of a traditional first dance, Keltie and Sean entered the reception to Michael Franti’s Say Hey (I Love You).
Tips for Brides and Grooms
- Leave it in the hands of the resort! They know what to do and they do this every day, so trust them.
- Smile, have fun and soak it all in.