We’re wrapping up your week with a stunningly gorgeous affair thanks to our talented friends, Shari + Mike Photographers. This vintage chic meets rustic wedding is off the charts beautiful and I’m loving each and every inch from the pretty pews lined with baby’s breath to the soft color palette of pale pinks and blushes. Click here for even more!
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From the bride… Our wedding was so much fun to create. I really wanted it to be antique/vintage and with as much DIY as I could. The church we decided on was confirmed as soon as we saw how beautiful and quaint it was inside — it fit into the dream in my head perfectly. However, living in a small city, it was much more difficult to find a reception venue that wasn’t an ugly, dingy hall or school gymnasium. We ended up finding the bright and open room we used at the Conexus Art Centre in another city 45 minutes away. For decor, I made multiple trips to thrift stores across the province in order to collect vintage pieces for our table centerpieces. Lace and teacups, dusty pink and muted turquoise. The boutonnieres a bridesmaid and I made were one of my favorite DIY projects. I got ideas online and my supplies from Michaels. The hanging string balls behind the head table were the least fun to make (so messy), but turned out so cool. And they were so cheap to make! Just string, cornstarch, glue and balloons.
The day was so wonderful. Our photographers were so much fun, and most of the wedding party were close friends, so taking pictures was actually a super fun part of the day! The ceremony was simple and intimate, and the reception was a ton of fun — despite the power outage. I’m not sure if it was luck or a gift from God (I’ll choose the latter), but because of the giant windows and the acoustic band, the power going out wasn’t that big of a deal (the podium mic even happened to be hooked up to a generator!). Plus, the power came on just long enough for us to show a couple of Tony’s short films that he made with the wedding in mind. (He’s just about to graduate with his MFA in directing. Dancing to an acoustic band was actually really unique and fun. People were into it!
Tony and I had two wedding cakes. A traditional one made by my friend Kaitlyn Rude, and a Norwegian one made by a relative of mine, Delores Hagan. The tradition of the Norwegian cake, “kransaka,” is that however many rings come off when the bride and groom pull off the top ring, is the number of kids they will one day have. Yikes. Our wedding day was simply wonderful. What a crazy fun and amazing experience to celebrate and start off what is already an awesome marriage!
Wedding Photography: Shari + Mike Photographers / Ceremony: St. Aidan’s Anglican Church / Reception: Conexus Arts Centre / Wedding Cake: Kaitlyn Rude, Friend of the Couple / Norwegian Wedding Cake: Delores Hagan, Family Member of the Bride / French Macaron Wedding Favours: Penny Barr, Family Friend of the Couple / Wedding Dress: Beautiful Bride / Brides Veil: Vintage via The Moose Jaw Storehouse / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Various / Groomsmen Outfits: Tip Top Tailors / Bouquets: Ellen’s on Main / Boutonnieres: DIY by the Bride / Boutonniere Supplies: Michaels