Real Weddings: Mandy & Drew

Congratulations to Mandy and Drew on winning our Destination Weddings Photo Contest from Volume 6 Issue 2.

Where it all Started

It’s a story of shy and pretty girl meets dashing and confident guy. Shortly after would blossom a love that turned into a lasting relationship and eventually wedded bliss. The couple met at the Edmonton Country Club where Mandy (now a photographer) had a summer job at the bar, and Drew (who works in marketing) was a regular golfer. Drew would visit Mandy at the bar and chat with her… he thought her shyness was sweet and cute, and eventually decided to ask her out!

At first Mandy was speechless that this charming and handsome man had asked her out, but she happily agreed to go on a date with Drew. Their first date was a casual outing to watch the Edmonton Oilers play at a local pub with some friends and from there on, they couldn’t keep their eyes off each other!

Photographer: Tricia Victoria Photography

Planning the Wedding

Mandy and Drew’s first date turned into a second date and then many more dates for years to come. Mandy noted it was hard to tell when the idea of marriage first came up —although Drew attests it to the moment he started receiving the odd picture of rings she liked! Drew took her hints in stride and began to plan his romantic proposal.

Photographer: Tricia Victoria Photography

Initially looking to plan a big, glamourous wedding, Mandy decided she wanted to have fun planning her wedding, with as little stress and possible! She decided a destination wedding would be simpler and more intimate , and Drew happily agreed that their dream wedding should be celebrated with their nearest and dearest in a tropical destination. It was actually Drew who picked Riu Palace Los Cabos in Mexico as their wedding destination, and with its great golf, beautiful weather and stunning beaches it suited both Drew and Mandy’s preferences perfectly. Mandy was also over the moon with how easy and breezy their Wedding Vacations by Sunwing wedding planner made things leading up to the big day, and how perfect their wedding turned out!

Photographer: Tricia Victoria Photography

Old | New | Borrowed | Blue

Old: Mandy’s Tiffany pearl earrings.

New: Shoes.

Borrowed: Veil.

Blue: A long blue silk ribbon tied to the bouquet.

Photographer: Tricia Victoria Photography

Wedding Day Wear

Mandy’s gown: Truvelle.

Mandy’s shoes: Soludos.

Mandy’s accessories: Tiffany’s, Melanie Auld.

Drew’s attire: Simons.

The bridesmaids wore: Show Me Your Mumu.

The groomsmen wore: Simons.

Wedding bands: Blue Nile.

Photographer: Tricia Victoria Photography

Small Details

Flowers: Through the resort.

Hair and makeup:  Chelsea McCurdy.

Photographer: Tricia Victoria Photography.

Stationary and invitations: Minted.

First dance: I Choose You – Sarah Bareilles.

Welcome gifts: Sunbum Lipchaps, Starbucks instant coffee, Energy bars.

Bridesmaids Gifts: Pretty Plum Sugar / Melanie Auld Jewelry.

Tips for Brides and Grooms

  • Pop that champagne and enjoy it!

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As the winners of the Destination Weddings Photo Contest, Mandy and Drew will be treated to a romantic getaway at Riu Cancun.