L’abattoir Gastown Wedding – Kelsey and Chris

L'abattoir Wedding GastownWhen Kelsey went on a trip to Mexico last November, she never thought she would meet the love of her life and get married less than a year later! It was love at first sight when Chris and Kelsey first met at a resort in Ixtapa Mexico, and the past year has been filled with adventures, cross country moves and a mutual love of dogs and good food. With the help of friends, family, Cleveland Dam, good weather, and L’abattoir  in Gastown, they managed to put together a wedding in a few short weeks. 

The Proposal

Chris had some canine assistance in the proposal, she enlisted her dog Grace to help out. One night, while Kelsey was in the kitchen, Chris decided it was the night to propose. She tied a ring box around Grace’s neck with a ribbon.  When Kelsey emerged from the kitchen, she noticed Grace was eating something. Much to Chris’ amusement and horror, Grace had somehow pawed the ribbon loose enough to chew on the ring box… but that didn’t deter Chris. Chris got down on one knee as Kelsey came to realize what was going on – overcome by the hilarity and sweetness of the situation all at once – and Chris asked Kelsey to marry her with the (completely unharmed) ring from the box Grace had been not-so-angelically chewing on.

The Wedding

Both Kelsey and Chris have important fur babies in their life and it was important to incorporate them in the wedding. The original plan was for both canine companions to walk down the aisle individually with the rings around their necks, as Chris and Kelsey waited at the end, but as soon as they saw their parents they sprinted down  to the end of the aisle for some love and cuddles. Luckily the paw signing of the registry went smooth… which was no small feet with black ink and Kelsey’s white dress!


Reception: L’abattoir
Location: Cleveland Dam
Team Dress: David’s Bridal
Wedding Planner: Kelly Wolfslehner
Wedding Favours: Arizona Gunslinger hot sauce as wedding favours – Chris just moved from Arizona and they wanted to incorporate some of her home.
Non Cake: Honey’s Donuts
Hair and Makeup: Tasha Vu
Wedding Singer: Janelle Zwarych
Officiant: Maggie Leithead, The Love Storyteller
Florist: Stems (florist at Stong’s Market)

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  • John SmartAugust 25, 2017 - 2:18 am

    Bravo on the photography!  Always good to have great subjects.  Well done.