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Shauna Klepak and Joel May's Glamorous Ukranian Wedding

There aren’t too many occasions when you can plan an epic party for  300 of your closest friends and family and also customize it to fit your personality and culture.



There aren’t too many occasions when you can plan an epic party for  300 of your closest friends and family and also customize it to fit your personality and culture.

When Shauna Klepak and Joel May got the chance to do just that for their wedding day, they didn’t hold back.

They started with a traditional ceremony at St. Vladimir’s Ukranian Orthodox Church in Crescent Heights before moving the party to the Fairmont Palliser’s Crystal Ballroom for the “I do in Tiffany’s blue”-themed reception. Silver and lace punctuated with that iconic pale blue created the glamorous elegance the couple was looking for.

Shauna’s Ukrainian heritage was showcased in a big way at the reception with performances from Toronto-based band Zirka, as well as professional Ukrainian dancers.

“I used to be a Ukrainian dancer until I chose to go to post-secondary, so it was very important for me to have them there,” says Shauna.

But the best part of the evening was the gift the couple received months later. Easton May was born exactly nine months after their wedding day.

Photographer Fuller Edge Photography (403-277-1007, fulleredge.com)
Wedding planner Table Talk (C4, 6215 3 St. S.E., 403-312-3506)
Ceremony location St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Congregation (404 Meredith Rd. N.E., 403-264-3437)
Reception Fairmont Palliser, Crystal Ballroom (133 9 Ave. S.W., 403-260-1220)
Flowers The Nosegay Flower Shoppe (313 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1800)
Rings Tacori from Jewels By Maxime’s (Market Mall, 403-288-0855; Chinook Centre, 403-255-9441)
Bride and bridesmaid’s gown Watters & Watters from S2 Bride (1008 12 Ave. S.W., 403-668-4649)
Bride’s bracelet Swarovski (Market Mall, 403-313-1165; Chinook Centre, 403-536-1306)
Groom’s tux Cameo & Cufflinks (305 5005 Dalhousie Dr. N.W., 403-288-5006)
Hair Madpretty by Jackie Johnson (102, 735 12 Ave. S.W., 403-399-1283)
Band Zirka from Toronto (myspace.com/zirkamusic)
Ukrainian dancers Suzirya Ukrainian Dance Theatre (403-467-4028, suzirya.com)
Videographer Confetti (1-888-354-3456, confettiweddingfilms.com)
Invitations Plush Invitations (403-226-3041, plushinvitations.com)

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