Galiano Island DIY Wedding from Jarusha Brown Photography
October 11, 2013
North America
DIY InspiredClassic WeddingsTented
You probably won't believe me when I tell you that almost every detail of this gorgeous Galiano Island wedding was crafted by the beautiful bride and groom you are about to meet, but you can trust me, lovelies.  It's totally true.  From the crazy cool invites to the beautiful signage to the yummy jam favors, this was a day that was a true labor of love from start to finish.  Throw in some beyond gorgeous florals from Trincomali Farms, a fab pie bar from Sturdies Bay Bakery and an entire gallery of lovely captured by Jarusha Brown and, well.  Happy, happy Friday.  Click here for more.
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From the Bride... Our wedding was exactly what we had hoped for -- filled with love, laughter, family and friends. It couldn't have gone better. Our vision for our day was fun and relaxed, we wanted people who took the time to travel to Galiano Island to enjoy themselves, eat tasty food and have the drinks flowing. I think we accomplished that!

Our vows were exchanged at the top of the property overlooking the beautiful blue ocean and surrounding gulf islands, the weather was ideal overcast, so no overheating in the sun!

I really wanted to keep things local, instead of a wedding cake we ordered a bunch of pies from the local bakery, the flowers were grown on island and much of the incredible food was caught & picked fresh that day. Amazing! We opted out of getting a DJ and went with an incredible gypsy jazz band, Van Django (Thanks to our photographer for the recommendation!).  We had our first dance to "What a Wonderful World" played by Van Django and they kicked off the rest of the evening with their lively music. We danced the night away and it was perfection!

Tyler is an incredible artist with a flexible schedule so he was able to put together a lot of our decorations and other things.  I found some cake toppers on Etsy that I really wanted to order, but the price tag was $70!  So, Tyler bought a bag of Wooden Peg Dolls for $15 and painted some himself, they turned out great! We are very fond of our dog so had to include her as well. He cut out bits of felt to make her fuzzy little ears.

My mom and I made all the jam favors in 125 ml jars. She made the strawberry jam, I made the peach & blueberry jam. Tyler designed and printed the labels on card stock that was easy to cut out to put in between the jam lid and ring. We had two young boys at the wedding so instead of giving them jam, I bought some bulk dinosaur toys from Toys 'R' Us and put them in a 500ml jar. Kept them entertained during the speeches and it kept within our jam/jar theme!

I found some string garland on Etsy, 12 feet (12 dots) for $12 and knew we could make it for cheaper. I set off for Michaels and bought a two-hole punch, card stock paper, glue stick and some bakers twine. I sat in front of the TV for a few evenings punching paper circles and a few evenings gluing one side of a dot, putting the string on it and putting another dot down and pressing down a few seconds and on to the next dot. I found it easiest to maintain equal distance between them by making a template on a blank piece of card stock. I ended up with thousands of dots! Each roll of bakers twine made three strands of garland (each with roughly 15 dots) I would stack all the dots on one strand and put three stacks in a ziplock snack bag. That allowed for easy transport and you could organize them by colours.

We decided we didn't want a usual guest book, so we bought a box of Jumbling Towers (Jenga blocks have their logos on them!). We asked guests to draw a picture or write a message on them (with markers that we provided), we had such a laugh reading and looking at all the blocks the next day!

Tyler made our awesome signs that were placed around the property. He bought unfinished pine from Home Depot and cut them down to size. To give them an aged look he followed these instructions. We used the same method for our wooden crates that held blankets for our guests.

For our seating chart, we purchased a white frame from Ikea, bought a nautical chart of the island-- just $20! We cut the chart and cork board down to size and put it in the frame (without the glass) and pinned all the guests names on to the chart. Looked great and we can use the frame at home! 

Tyler worked his magic on the invites, program and thank you cards and made them all for us. He did a fantastic job!

Three words that sum up our big day? Family, love and relaxed!