Sometimes I find myself in a style gridlock. I can't choose between burly woodsy wonderfulness or super bright, fun and feminine and it is always a battle within me to pick a side. Needless to say, the second I laid eyes on this beauty from Troy St. Louis, there was a definite aha! moment. Put the two together! It's the perfect blend of my two loves and the result is an ultimately fresh and timeless wedding. Best part? It's all right here in our gallery.
From the Bride... Dana proposed to me in my parents' garden Thanksgiving weekend one year ago with a beautiful Canadian diamond. From the start of our wedding planning, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be a celebration of family, community, sustainability and the things that we love to do: play, eat, travel and enjoy nature. We met while snowboarding, and the outdoors has played an integral role in getting to know each other. We started off open-minded about what the day would be like, and over the course of the year, we took our time making each decision and enjoyed letting things come together organically. One of our favorite moments was when we found the venue. It wasn’t even built yet (we only had the blueprints and the fabulous setting to look at) but we were totally in love with the idea — Le Belvedere is built using all of the latest technologies in sustainable construction.
DIY projects were a huge part of the planning process for us and we tried to get our friends and family involved as much as possible. I printed the invites and designed a lot of the stationery myself. Dana and I made the photo booth, centerpieces and aisle decorations. I spent countless hours making felt flowers (I made all the felt myself from wool!) and spray-painting golden frogs and butterflies for place settings. I also made the boutonnieres, a coloring book for our “guest book table” and a typewriter with suggestions to get our guests inspired for typing notes — one suggestion read “Lindsay and Dana would make a great team in a zombie apocalypse because…”. For wedding favors, Dana and I collaborated on creating dessert recipes and printed them on index cards. My sister is a cake artist, and she created a beautiful ombre ruffle cake, which we also dished out to guests to take home. My whole family also pitched in with baked goodies for a late-night sweets table.
On the wedding day we had so much fun! We got ready together at our house with family and friends present and did a gift exchange (I gave him boudoir pictures of myself and he gave me a "newlywed" photo session!). We did a gift and letter exchange in the morning. Afterward, we had planned a few different photo shoots for before the ceremony — a first look on the walking paths behind our house, a photo session at the fire station where Dana is a firefighter and family portraits at the venue. Everything went perfectly! Our photographer was fantastic, and staff at the venue made us feel welcome and at home. My brother officiated the ceremony, which we had written together, and Dana and I wrote our own vows. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room by the end! After exiting the ceremony we ran upstairs and got behind the bar to surprise our guests by serving them our signature cocktails (hot chocolate with Baileys and cider with brandy). This was a great moment for both of us; it was so much fun to serve the drinks! During the cocktail hour, my good friend and former roommate played live music while guests sipped warm drinks. The whole evening was so warm and magical!
My advice to future brides is to do whatever it takes to get a good sleep the night before! Also, write your own vows — it lets your guests feel like they’re a part of your love story. You’ll never forget your partner’s words for the rest of your life!
Wedding Photography: Troy St. Louis / Wedding Venue: Le Belvedere in Wakefield, Quebec / Bouquets: Tivoli Florist / Wedding Cake: Gât'O Sublime Cakes (The Bride's Sister) / Wedding Invitations: A Printable Press / Owl + Bear Masks: Female Art Collective / Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel via Luxe Bridal Boutique / Bride's Shoes: Zara / Bride's Hair Accessories: Be Something New / Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG + Le Chateau / Bride's + Bridesmaids' Hair + Makeup: Volt Coiffure / Groom's Attire: L’hexagone / Flower Girl's Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Wedding Band: Bario-Neal / Groom's Wedding Band: Jewelry by Johan