Wedding Setting at Fort Edmonton Park

What’s Your Fort Edmonton Park Story – Judy Heilik

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Ever since I was a child, Fort Edmonton Park has been my favourite place in the city. I volunteered for a summer as a child in the Kenneth McDonald house on 1885 street and have incredible memories of picnicking at the water, eating cookies as big as my head from the bakery, and being shown how to make whistles from chicken necks after slaughter. When my husband and I got engaged several years ago, there was no question that the perfect place for our small wedding would be at the Park. We had a beautifully casual lunchtime ceremony on a Sunday afternoon with our nearest and dearest with so much laughter and love that we didn’t want the day to end.

When my husband and I got engaged several years ago, there was no question that the perfect place for our small wedding would be at the Park.Judy Heilik

The food was amazing and I discovered that my mother smuggled baklava home! Taking pictures around the park after our guests left and having the park to ourselves was a dream come true. Being surrounded by some of our favourite people in one of our favourite places as we committed to spend our lives together was magical. Since our wedding day, we have taken the little stuffed bears from our hotel rooms on adventures from our honeymoon in Jasper, to Cuba, Hawaii, Philadelphia, Washington and even Winnipeg. The Park is a part of our lives and a place that we always come back to. I’m so happy that I got to share it with my husband and help foster his love for it as well.