The wedding of Tanah & Kieren was a true celebration of love and touched the lives of family and friends alike. We were honored to be a part of this joyous day and to meet such incredible people. Nakoda Lodge, being quite an incredible venue, was a perfect match as the location for their ceremony. Surrounded by family and friends, nestled in the heart of the Kananaskis, and with the Rocky Mountains as their backdrop, Tanah and Kieren were married on a beautiful summer’s day in July. Tanah is from Calgary and has traveled the world studying and volunteering. She was studying at YWAM bible school in New Zealand when she met Kieren, who is a New Zealander. They both had an instant connection and through time they knew that they were destined for one another. When they decided to marry, they made a vow not to kiss for an entire 16 months prior to the wedding, so their kiss at the end of the ceremony was extra special. We had such a great time getting to know Tanah & Kieren and some of their friends and family.
The wedding reception was held at the Valley Ridge Golf Course in Calgary and the theme was all things New Zealand & Canada. Their guest favours were Kiwi fruits adorned by mini black bow ties with the couple’s name and wedding date inscribed. At the reception, there were numerous events such as table questions featuring New Zealand trivia, team relay races in which everyone had to finish a spoonful of Marmite, and timed quizzes to figure out the names of New Zealand sports clubs. Perhaps the most powerful moment, aside from the very touching speeches, was when the guys from the wedding party and a few unsuspecting volunteers from the audience performed a Haka dance for everyone. The Haka is a sacred traditional dance of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people that has become a symbol for all of New Zealand. The Haka has been adopted by New Zealand’s rugby team the All Blacks, and performed before matches in front of the opposing team. Kieren, his brother, and friends from New Zealand, being devout fans of the All Blacks, and true Kiwis themselves, wanted to perform the Haka for the wedding guests. It was quite a spectacle. Having been to New Zealand for our honeymoon, and seen the Haka danced by Maoris in person, we can fairly say that Kieren’s rendition was very powerful and moving. You can see below we have put a short video clip from the wedding with the groomsmen performing a Haka dance.
Hair by Amanda Schorr
Makeup by Kyla Loewen
Dress by Liliana’s Alterations
Florals by Jana from Red Rose Florist
Ceremony at Nakoda Lodge in Kananaskis country
Wedding Officiated by Tim Volkman
Reception at Valley Ridge Golf Course in Calgary
The beautiful view from Nakoda Lodge. It is such an amazing setting for an outdoor Kananaskis wedding.
The bridesmaids each had a different color dress and bouquet. It was a very pretty combination of colors and flowers.
Here is a video clip of the groomsmen performing a Haka wedding dance: