This next wedding is so lovely. Perfectly lovely handpicked flowers, perfectly lovely styling and a perfectly lovely (okay, completely gorgeous) bride. It’s proof that wedding decor doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to be absolutely wonderful and that DIY can be made to look so incredibly chic. Hats off to this cute Canadian couple for designing a day that will make so many of our readers smile. Click here to see LOTS more!
Ivan and I started dating in grade 9, when I was 13 and he 14 years old. We stayed together throughout the years, truly growing together as individuals and as a couple. Our wedding was held at the stunning red cedar logs Chateau Montebello, Quebec, the largest log structure in the world. Ivan and I decided to host our wedding at this elegant and warm resort because it is a unique location that blends refined luxury with a down-to-earth Canadian country living feel. We are both lovers of the outdoors (we spent our honeymoon canoeing in northern Ontario), so we loved the idea of becoming husband and wife in front of the Ottawa river and celebrating with our closest family and friends in what truly is the most luxurious cottage in the world.
Every aspect of our wedding was hand-made. We used a latte-colored fabric and Moleskins to make little books to write our vows in. In the Spring my Mom, Dad and planted flowers in our gardens and handpicked them the day before the wedding to adorn the aisle. My good friend Ashley traveled from Vancouver, where she works as a baker, to Montebello, and made five wedding cakes. I commissioned a round filigree locket by MStevensonDesigns‘ on Etsy and incorporated the locket into my bouquet with a picture of my grandmother, who passed away a year before my wedding. I also ordered lavender buds on Etsy and filled cones of it for guests to throw while Ivan and I walked down the aisle as ‘husband and wife’. My guests really had good aim… the next morning my pillow smelled of lavender from the buds that had gotten stuck in my hair!
What I loved most about our wedding is the fact that we focused on the actual ‘wedding’ part : what mattered to us was the ceremony, and honoring our parents throughout the entire day, for they have given us all that we are. For example, we cut the cake with my Dad’s sword, who was an officer in the Canadian army for 24 years, and I gave my bouquet to my mother in front of our guests to thank her for her support, instead of throwing it. We also wrote the entire wedding ceremony ourselves and asked a friend, a cousin, and Ivan’s twin sister to officiate the most important components of the ceremony, such as the blessing of the rings.
Photography: Melissa Johnston Photography / Flowers: Flowers Talk / Ceremony + Reception Location: Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello / Dress: Paloma Blanca / Day-of-the-wedding Coordination: Viva la wedding by Joan-Anne Cantley / Officiant: All Seasons / Linens: Simply Covered / DJ: Prime Time Entertainment