In July 2019, we were thrilled to be a part of Christina and Daniel Collen’s special day. The two have been together since meeting after highschool and had enjoyed their blossoming romance without any intentions of tying the knot. Nearly a decade later, it came as no surprise to their families when Christina returned home from their once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy showing off a beautiful diamond ring.
The two had spent a relaxing day at the beach in Positano, Italy together before enjoying a bottle of local wine at their Airbnb. While sitting, enjoying each other's company and sipping their wine, Daniel nervously muttered, “there is no perfect time,” before getting down on one knee and asking, “will you marry me?” With surprise but no doubt in her mind, Christina happily said, “yes!”
They proceeded to plan a magical, minimalist forest ceremony that was held in Calgary, Alberta on July 26, 2019. After their beautiful and intimate ceremony, the bridal party used The Garret, The Pioneer’s second floor loft venue to complete Christina’s outfit change before attending the reception. The Garret was filled with excitement and love surrounding Christina’s big day with all of the women smiling from ear-to-ear admiring Christina’s beauty and pure happiness as she got dressed into her second look of the day, a stunning white pantsuit.
Before joining their family and friends at The Pioneer for the reception, Daniel joined Christina for a first look on her second breathtaking look of the day. Their reception, which was hosted on the main floor of The Pioneer was focused on love, food, warmth and bringing people together. They wanted their guests to feel comfortable and loved as if they were hosting a delicious dinner and party.
Thank you to Christina and Daniel for entrusting us with your special day, we wish you both a lifetime of happiness together full of dinner parties, adventure and most importantly, love.