When The Walleye team met to plan this month’s issue over beer and burgers (what, you were expecting rosé and cucumber sandwiches?), we asked ourselves: “What is a Thunder Bay wedding?” After all, no matter where in the world you get married, weddings are a frequently weird and wonderful mashup of local customs and cultural touchstones. We’ve got our iconic and linguistically unique shag, our drop-dead-gorgeous natural settings for ceremonies and photos, and our diverse venues. In the end, of course, there is no quintessential TBay wedding, but we do have some pretty fun, beautiful, and memorable approaches showcased here in our first-ever Weddings issue.
– Bonnie Schiedel
MAY 2023: Love is in the Air
For our May issue we’re all about weddings in Thunder Bay. As part of our cover story, we break down five wedding themes showcasing different venues and caterers. Plus, Matt Prokopchuk talks with photographer Alan Dickson about his more than 42 years of capturing weddings. And of course, Kelsey Raynard delves into the history of the quintessential Northwestern Ontario wedding fundraiser, the shag. Keeping with our theme, Gord Ellis shares his picks for best wedding songs, pommelier and sommelier Jeannie Dubois provides the basic bar essentials for any celebration, and film columnist Michael Sobota talks marriage and movies.
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