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Rustic DIY Saskatchewan Farm Wedding

This DIY dream wedding is filled with my favorite detail of all, heart. Every beautiful image from Adrian Michael is frame-worthy to say the least, and my virtual hat is off to this amazing couple for pulling off such a gorgeous fête with a little work and a lot of love. It’s yet another example of why  I will always adore a handmade wedding, and there is more to swoon over right here

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From Adrian Michael PhotographyJesse and Eric were married in an old abandoned church in southern Saskatchewan. It was a lot of work, but they cleaned out all the spider webs and filled it with flowers! It was a perfect summer day paired with a lovely pastel color palate – set under endless prairie skies. The reception was held at Jesse’s family farm where they converted their garden into an outdoor dining room! It was a true DIY affair, from flowers to food, every detail and decoration prepared by friends and family. Sometimes wedding plans come together just perfectly, and this one is proof!

Photography: Adrian Michael | Venue: Family Farm

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Saskatchewan Wedding from Prairie Lane Photography

There’s a reason that I happen to love fall weddings, and that reason is glaringly obvious in this sweet Saskatchewan affair.  Soft fall hues, crisp, cool weather and a crazy gorgeous “I do” celebration?  That’s what I call a guaranteed day of lovely, my friends.  And when that lovely day is combined with some fabulous fall stylings (think DIY paper florals and mason jar centerpieces) and a bride and groom who could NOT be cuter?  Even better.  See it all captured by Prairie Lane Photography right here.

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From the Bride… Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. From the ceremony through to the final dance, we were filled with joy and surrounded by love. The décor, which was such a true representation of both of us, came together effortlessly. The fall weather cooperated and made for a warm afternoon in the sun with our fantastic bridal party. It was a blessing to have all of our friends and family there to share in the celebration – we were overwhelmed with the love and support of our guests. It truly was the happiest day of our lives!

Noah and I first met more than ten years ago when he was playing CIS volleyball with my older brother. My family often went to watch his volleyball games and I knew Noah as the tallest boy on the team. He came to live at my parents’ farm to work in the summer of 2007 and I didn’t think much of it. He was done with university and I was still in high school; I was his buddy’s little sister and he was my brothers much older friend – nothing more. He was a great family friend and sparks didn’t fly between us until three years later when I was finishing university. I ran into him one evening at the bar, gave him a big hug, and introduced him to my friends as “Noah, the boy I’m going to marry!” We soon began dating and two years later were engaged to be married.

I bought Noah tickets to see George Strait for Christmas 2012 and the concert was in North Dakota so we planned a quick weekend trip to the States. We were on our way back home and had to pass through the tiny town of Rugby, North Dakota. Noah had done his research and realized this small town was actually the Geographical Centre of North America. We stopped to take pictures at the landmark and it was there that Noah proposed!

My best moment of the day was after supper, during the program, when one of our groomsman surprised us with a song he had prepared. I listened to him sing and was brought to tears as I stopped and took in that special moment. I looked around the room and realized that every person we loved was there with us, and all of our preparations had finally come together to create the most wonderful day of our lives.

My favorite wedding detail was the décor. From the mason jars to the antique wooden doors to the antlers, it was all such a true representation of Noah and me.

Photography: Prairie Lane Photography | Ceremony: Denzil Sacred Heart Church | Reception: Macklin Communiplex | Bridesmaids' Dresses: LeChateau | Favors & Flowers: Michaels | Groom's Tux: Tommy Hilfiger | Groomsmen: Tip Top Tailors | Invitations & Stationery: Vistaprint | Music: Amped Prodcutions

Saskatchewan Wedding from Jesslaine Elise Photography

I wanted to kiss each and every image of this wedding from Jesslaine Elise Photography. Why? Because it’s just everything. Sweet and stylish all wrapped up in a wedding overflowing with love. Old, New, Borrowed & Blue Wedding and Event Planning sprinkled in the prettiest of details to make this wedding just pure perfection, and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

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From Old, New, Borrowed & Blue Wedding and Event PlanningMarissa and Jason made an ever-lasting first impression on us, so much that after our first meeting with them we squealed with excitement about the opportunity to plan their special day. We gushed as they playfully described their perfect wedding day as “urban granola chic” and emphasized that they wanted it to be socially and environmentally conscious. Marissa wanted to enjoy her day and to not feel rushed in the morning, so we planned for a ceremony in the late afternoon. The plan played out perfectly; Marissa was able to sneak in some extra z’s so she could be well rested and outlast everyone at her celebration, plus she was able to enjoy getting ready with her bridesmaids, including her brother, the Man of Honor. They joined the rest of the wedding party to relish in an intimate brunch, but just before, Jesslaine Elise Photography was able to capture the most genuine moment when Marissa and Jason first caught glimpse of each other. 

Marissa and Jason wanted their religion and traditions, as well as personal interests to play a big part in their special day. They were married outdoors behind the MacKenzie Art Gallery, between two rows of tall, shady trees on a perfect sunny prairie summer day. Because Marissa’s family and many guests speak French as their first language they had a bilingual Justice of Peace and a multi-faith minister who performed the ceremony together. Marissa and her Papa built a ceremony backdrop that used embroidery hoops with lace that matched the circle embellishments on her dress and invites, and Marissa used her mother’s veil as a table overlay for the signing table. Marissa’s close friend designed the programs that were bilingual and the backside was finished off with a thank you to everyone in attendance, along with a picture of a vintage fan with a note that cheekily explained that the programs doubled as a fan.      

Sticking with the unconventional theme, Marissa and Jason wanted to walk down the aisle together. Their parents walked down the aisle, followed by their wedding attendants. The music then changed and Jason and Marissa walked down the aisle together holding hands. During the signing of the marriage license, guests shared a touching moment where Jason’s brother played his acoustic guitar and Marissa’s brother sang. It so elegantly symbolized the uniting of their marriage and families. A seat was reserved in the front row so guests who were not able to make it to the wedding could watch the ceremony via a live feed.

The reception was held at The Willow on Wascana, a beautifully situated restaurant overlooking Wascana Lake. Guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers outside before making their way into an open tent. Flowers from Fresh & Green Flowers made a perfect impact. The centerpieces were created to compliment the natural setting on the lake and created so guests could still converse across the table amongst each other.  Beeswax candles, that were made locally, lit up the tent and created a glowing atmosphere along with string lights hung from the ceiling. A dessert bar was set up just outside the restaurant that used upcycled lace curtains as a tablecloth, paper garland created out of old books strung across the table, and vintage milk vases filled with fresh flowers were placed between the desserts. Three flavours of macaroons from le Macaron were carefully selected.

Wedding Photography: Jesslaine Elise Photography | Ceremony Venue: Meadow behind the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | Reception Venue: Willow on Wascana in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | Wedding Planning: Cassandra Bradshaw + Lex Kress from Old, New, Borrowed & Blue Wedding and Event Planning | Floral Design: Deanne Cairns + Deb Ruecker from Fresh & Green Flowers | Wedding Cinematography: Bride’s Cousin | Wedding Pies: Over the Hill Orchard | Favors: le Macaron | Rentals: A1 Rent-Alls | Wedding Invitations: Smock | Wedding Stationery: Bride’s friend Nathalie Franck | Guest Transportation: City of Regina Transport | Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster “Sweet Pea” via  White Toronto | Bride’s Sash: Jim Hjelm via Sash & Bustle | Groom’s Attire: Bikkemberg via Theodore 1922 | Hair: Salon 306 | Makeup: Sarah from Blush Beauty Bar

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Canadian Whimsical Wedding from Emma Love Photography

This next little number is the definition of whimsical bliss. Colorful and craftful with pops of pretty details, it’s the perfect mixture of loads of fun and loads of meaning. You’ll be hard pressed to not let a little grin form on your pretty little face when poring through all the lovely images from Emma Love Photography, and really, what’s wrong with a wedding so pretty, so sweet you can’t help but smile? See it all here.

From the Bride… My husband and I are outdoorsy people. We started dating when we were both camp counselors and continued to share our love for the outdoors all through our relationship. Our favourite camping spot is at Waskesiu Lake in the Prince Albert National Park which is a few hours north of our home. So it was a fitting choice to have Elk Ridge Resort as our venue within the Park. We were both enamored by the gorgeous pond terrace surrounded by evergreens and lush forest. Being from the prairies, it was like having our own little destination wedding close to home. 

When I began planning my wedding I knew that I wanted it to be colourful, whimsical, sacred and a little bit crafty. I spent hours upon hours hand-creating and designing favours, banners, invitations, cupcake flags, table runners, seating boards, stamps etc. We made small pinback buttons, half of which had cutesy patterns and half of which had 2-toned pastel pictures of my husbands favorite sports players. Every once and a while we still see the buttons pinned to a friend’s jacket or bag and it is so fun to catch a little glimpse of our wedding in unexpected places. I took true joy in creating all the little pieces that would be unique to us as a couple.

The day of the wedding it rained for 1 hour, and of course it had to be just as the ceremony started. All my plans and ideas of what the ceremony was supposed to look like were dashed. As I was about to walk down the aisle I remember looking out at all my hard work becoming soaked and thinking ‘Well, this wasn’t in the plan, however, I’m about to get married to the man I love. What could possibly be more wonderful?’. It gave me a rare opportunity to affirm that getting married isn’t about the production but the act of marriage itself. Looking back, there was something so soft, sacred and real about getting married in the rain that I would have never anticipated. One of my favourite moments was during the reception dance. My strips of fabric that served as table runners were suddenly being pulled off the tables and used as headbands or belts or rhythmic dance ribbons! Once again I realized that some of the best moments you can’t possibly plan for. I am so grateful to have had Emma Love as our photographer who gave me constant inspiration during the planning process. It has been a joy to see our wedding through her eyes.

Wedding Photography: Emma Love Photography / Wedding Venue: Elk Ridge Resort in Saskatchewan, Canada / Boutonnieres: Forever Darling Shop / Stationery: DIY by the Bride / Cupcake Liners: I Heart Cupcakes Too / Wedding Dress: Watters (Customized by Kay’s Sewing) / Bride’s Shoes: Payless (Hand Dyed by the Bride) / Bride’s Feather Facinator: Powder Blue Bijoux / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: 10 West

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Saskatoon Wedding Photo Shoot by Adrian Michael Photography

Sometimes you just need a good dose of lovely. A bit of pretty to help pep up your day. It’s probably why you keep coming back to SMP, and it’s definitely why we keep serving it up. Today’s dose comes from the talented Adrian Michael Photography and Eden Flowers Ltd. It’s pretty inspiration wrapped up in a lovely bow, and you can see every gorgeous image in the full gallery!

From Adrian Michael PhotographyThis photo shoot was inspired by the “Addison Eve” dress from Ruche’s wedding line. It’s so simple yet elegant, and it almost seems to tell a story all on its own from decades past. I love how the pastel colours in the bouquet and cake stand out against the barn boards and how their softness complements the dress. The vintage jewelry from Simply Posh was a nice touch, bringing something pretty into a very simple setting. There are so many old barns around Saskatoon, each one a story in itself. What a wonderful place to tell a love story.

Photography: Adrian Michael Photography / Location: A Barn in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan / Floral Design: Eden Flowers Ltd. / Wedding Cake: PickNic’s Catering / Wedding Dress: Ruche “Addison Eve” / Jewelry: Simply Posh Jewelry Rental / Groom’s Attire: Le Chateau / Hair and Make up: Dawn Watier Designs

Saskatchewan Wedding by Shari + Mike Photographers

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