I love a savvy bride that puts a long engagement to good use, and this talented Manitoba bride did just that. Creating everything from the centerpieces to the aisle runners, all accented by the gorgeous Fache Floral Designs, this wedding makes me all giddy inside…and eager to pull out the hot glue gun. Let your creative juices run wild with every beautiful detail here, all captured by Sugar And Soul Photography.
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From The Bride… Brock and I got engaged on Christmas Eve 2012, outside in the cold Manitoba winter. Although I would not change anything about that perfect, magical moment, I knew I wanted a little more warmth and a little less snow on our wedding day! As I was just finishing up medical school, I knew there was no way we could plan a wedding for the summer of 2013, so we opted for a long (19 month!) engagement and set a date of August 9, 2014. Fortunately for us, the long engagement gave me lots of time to plan and organize our perfect wedding day! Although I had always envisioned myself having a classic, romantic wedding, because Brock and I both grew up in small, rural areas of Northern Canada (him in rural Manitoba, and myself in rural Northern Ontario), we both wanted to incorporate some rustic elements in the day as well. We decided to mix the two ideas and set out to create a romantic rustic wedding with a bit of a vintage flair! I think I had our wedding colour palate picked out before Brock and I were even engaged. While doing some online shopping, I came across a J. Crew bridesmaid dress in the colour “Dusty Shale” and instantly fell in love! The colour is a light, toned-down seafoam green and is so pretty and unique! Although hard to match exactly, the colour was a major inspiration for the rest of the wedding. Since August is still “technically” summer, I decided to pair it with a mixture of bright corals and pretty peaches to really brighten things up! To incorporate some rustic charm into the wedding, we relied mostly on our DIY projects (and we had quite a few of them!). For our centerpieces, twine-wrapped mason jars (which held our flowers) were placed on wood discs that my groom and his grandpa cut and sanded themselves. To finish these off, I used cute vintage-looking coral and white photo frames (a lucky find at a local craft store) to display the table numbers. For aisle runners at our ceremony, I made candle holders out of blue wine bottles that we had painstakingly collected and cut over the previous year. Although this project was a lot of work (and resulted in a lot of broken glass!) I was so happy with how they turned out! I made our seating chart from a giant vintage-looking frame which I painted in a seafoam green colour and distressed. After printing out our seating chart, I strung twine across the back of the frame and used tiny white clothes pins to display the names of our guests. I also made a seafoam green “dancing shoes” box to hold flip-flops for our guests’ tired feet and a seafoam card-box made from a vintage-looking metal mailbox I found at a hardware store. I brought all three of these projects together by adding wooden letters that I painted peach and coral. For our favours, we used mini vintage-looking jars which we filled with white, peach, and seafoam chocolates and finished off with two coloured-paper hearts and a cute twine bow. Finally, since I’m in the medical field, I made “prescriptions for a happy marriage” for our guests to fill in with love advice! Although our venue was absolutely beautiful on its own with its high ceilings, big windows, and rustic wooden beams, I will admit that it was a little unnerving not knowing how everything would look as an overall package on the day of our wedding. Fortunately, I was so unbelievably happy with the way everything came together! Our linens, wedding cake, and florals integrated our wedding colours perfectly and my DIY projects really helped pull everything together. I chose gorgeous peach satin tablecloths with white lace overlays for the table linens, my florist put together amazing bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces with coral garden roses and peach ranunculus, and our ombre, ruffled seafoam wedding cake turned out beautifully! I was even lucky enough to find hand-made ties for the groomsmen that matched the bridesmaid dresses perfectly! As a final word on our wedding day, I will say that although the attire, the decor, and the pretty details all meant a lot to us, the reason behind it all (the celebration of our marriage!) was even more important. We really wanted our wedding day to be special, fun, and memorable, both for ourselves and for our guests. Although we tried to incorporate many personal touches and special moments into the day, we did have a few favourites. After getting ready with our respective wedding party members, Brock and I each hopped in with one of our photographers and headed over to a beautiful, vintage photography studio where we had our first look. This was such an exciting, romantic moment and I loved that it was just the two of us! For our ceremony, we really wanted to do something special and different. After scouring the internet, we finally decided on a “Love Letter Ceremony” where we each wrote each other love letters (which were placed in a box along with a bottle of wine) to be opened on our 10th wedding anniversary. We also decided to incorporate our parents by asking them to write us letters with advice on marriage and wishes for our future. Finally, to add a bit of extra romance to our first dance, we got together with our DJ prior to the wedding and recorded personal messages for each other describing our emotions leading up to the wedding and things we loved about each other. Our DJ integrated pieces of these recording into our first dance song and during our dance was the first time we heard them! It was awesome! Overall, our beautiful, love-filled wedding day was better than we could have ever imagined! PS: My one tip for future brides is to look on Etsy! Etsy, Etsy, Etsy!! I found so many lovely things for my wedding at really great prices!
Photography: Sugar And Soul Photography | Videography: McNeill Media Creations | Floral Design: Fache Florals Designs | Cake: Laugh Love Cakes | Invitations: MagnetStreet | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Makeup: Makeup Expressions By Rimpal | Hair: Haven Salon & Spa | DJ: Expressions Entertainment | Officiant: Shannon Jackson | Hotel: Four Points Sheraton South | Bridal Bracelet: Martaky (Etsy) | Bridal Earrings: Crystal Avenues (Etsy) | Bridal Hair Pin: EverythingBride (Etsy) | Bridal Hanger: Bridal Cute Hangers (Etsy) | Bridal Shoe Clips: Miss Joan's Bridal (Etsy) | Bride's Attire: La Collection | Bride's Dress: Private Label By G | Bridesmaids' Robes: LoveBirdsCo (Etsy) | Bullet Bottle Openers: Bottle Breacher | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bridges Golf Course | Groomsmen Attire: Apple And Ivy | Groomsmen Attire: Tip Top Tailors | Photos: Grant's Old Mill | Photos: Aspire Studios | Rentals (Chairs): Accessible Elegance | Rentals (Linens): A Dream...Wedding & Events | Wedding Coordination: Like A Star Weddings & Events
The couple fell in love in her family’s field. The very field they were married in, and as if that weren’t enough to get the tears flowing, the love they share is one of the most beautiful loves I’ve ever come across. Thank you, thank you, Paperback Films, for capturing it so wonderfully!
From Paperback Films… We kept hearing story after story about how these two knew they were meant for each other. It became the basis for our film; a true account of soul mates. It’s a story of struggle, redemption, perseverance, and family. Faith is ultimately what guided them together. A true calling; a true love story with a happy beginning.
For me, the day was deeply impactful. We were quickly caught up in the day’s events. Jessica and her family had put a lot of planning and labour into this wedding and it showed. With the help of Soiree Event Planning, it looked even more spectacular. Every detail was so delicately thought out and put together. One of our favourite areas on the farm was the ceremony location in a beautiful Manitoba prairie field. A well developed crop with a section flattened in the distance. Bails of hay for seating and a fence made out of crops. It was a field of dreams.
This location was so important for the wedding… this is the land that Jessica’s family has farmed for generations, and the field where Jessica & Ronnie first fell in love. The day begins with all the girls getting ready, a handful of stunning details and their first look of the day. Two locations near the farm were important to these two… a few grain bins close by, the actual spot they fell in love. Memories of their favorite ice cream stop which is now closed.
Perfect weather, comfy bails of hay for the guests to sit on, and officiated by a close family friend.
Photography: Moore Photography | Cinematographer: Paperback Films | Event Planning: Soiree Planning | Floral Design: Academy Florists
I know it’s Tuesday, which means we’ve gotten over the Monday blues, but just in case they’re sticking around a little longer this week, I’ve absolutely got the remedy in this beautiful film from Paperback Films. It’s a total dream and the smile that will appear on your face in the first three seconds of this film will stick around for the rest of the day.
From the cinematographer… Kate was well in-tune with what we were creating for people and what it meant. Jeff and Kate both live out in Vancouver. The story of how they got there is fascinating. When we see these two holding hands, crossing over a divide in the garden and walking in parallel to meet again at the end – it is really a strong metaphor to how they ended up together. After a few disappointing years, Kate gave up on relationships. She decided to move out west to begin a new life, where she found herself working at a bank. There, she interacted with customers as they came and went until Jeff came through those doors. Jeff made an effort to keep coming back to her and before they knew it, they were together at last.
If you’ve ever met a guy who is passionate about life, Jeff is that person. The morning of his wedding, though he was a bit shy at first, he quickly forgot about cameras following him around. He’s the type of person who isn’t often caught off guard. His passion lies in fitness and training which goes so well with his character – strong, witty and sharp. When he turned around and gazed into Kate’s eyes for the first time, his heart started pounding and for the first time that day he was at a loss for words. From there on, he forgot everything else in the world and focused on her. They shared this important day with friends and family gathered for a rooftop ceremony, followed by a wonderfully warm reception downstairs at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. It’s always fun working with friends and we had the pleasure of working with Luckygirl Photography that day as well. We hope you enjoy.
Photographer: Luckygirl Photography | Cinematography: Paperback Films | Event Planning: Kate (The Bride) | Floral Design: The Floral Fixx | Wedding Dress: Bliss Bridal Boutique | Cake: Lilac Bakery | Wedding Venue: The Winnipeg Art Gallery
Many a pretty wedding has marched through our pages over the years, but when we’re talking a wedding planner’s wedding? Well, those are always a little extra special. *Cue*Soiree Event Planning’s “I do” beautifully captured by Paperback Films. It’s trend meets tradition with no design stone unturned, and it’s all waiting for you to press “play.”
From Paperback Films… We’ve always find a couple scenarios that could potentially make us get really nervous when filming. Things like bad weather; it can really change the look and feel of the day. It was something else for this wedding. It was filming someone whom you deeply respect and know as a friend. You always want to make the story perfect. The butterfly’s where of plenty.
We have known Andrea for a long time, both personal and professionally. We usually have the great privilege of working with her event planning company, Soiree Event Planning. She has literately seen us in every scenario possible, especially during same day edit. So naturally, when she asked us to film her wedding, we were thrilled!
What we love about this film is its such a simple, timeless story. Andrea could have done anything she wanted. She has seen it all. But she kept everything meaningful and elegant for herself and her husband Ryan. A simple expression of exactly who they are. It was a privilege to be apart of this day. We were able to once again, not only work along side Andrea, a friend, but were also a witness of their commitment and celebration.
Photography: Jeremy Hiebert Photography | Event Planning: Soiree Event Planning | Floral Design: McDiarmid Flowers | Wedding Dress: Bliss Bridal Boutique | Reception Venue: Manitoba Club | Film: Paperback Films | Rentals: Planned Perfectly
If there is one thing this gorgeous day has taught me, it’s that lavender and navy blue make one seriously stunning combination. Well, that, and these two high school sweethearts are the cutest duo ever. Together with the help of some amazing vendors (think Jillian Tree Photography and The Little Flower Shop ), they threw a wedding that is as heartwarming as it is pretty. See it all right here.
From Jillian Tree Photography… Taralee & Nathan got married in October in Rosenort, a tiny town near Winnipeg, Canada. Taralee got ready at her parents’ home…and what a lovely location for putting on her wedding dress! They got married at their church, Rosenort EMC Church, with the reception (with customized cream soda bottles!) also held there. The ring bearer & flower girl were absolutely adorable, and the bridesmaid dresses were the most brilliant, beautiful navy blue. And such gorgeous bouquets by The Little Flower Shop!
After the reception, we went right outside for the bridal party photos, where we found this perfect little abandoned building with colorful chairs! Sunset time was perfect for the couple pictures. We also headed to this famous little white Church between the highways, the sunset on the flat prairie land in the background was beyond stunning!
Photography: Jillian Tree Photography | Florist: The Little Flower SHop | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Tuxes: Moore's Clothing | Venue: Rosenort EMC Church
DIY and just as darling as they come, this Winnipeg wedding is a sure fire way to make your day extra lovely. It’s overflowing with pin-worthy prettiness, and thanks to the gorgeous images captured by Rachwal Photograph we can soak in all the stylish details right here in the full picture perfect gallery.
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From the Bride…Fort Gibraltar was the first potential wedding venue we looked at and it was love at first sight! With its punched tin chandeliers, rustic hardwood floors and soothing cream-colored walls, the Fort was a perfect back drop for our shabby chic inspired décor. Considering that my creative imagination has been stretched since I was a small child through crafting with my mom and aunt, I knew that I would be hand-making much of the décor in order to make my vision come to life. I also knew that pink, being my favorite color for as long as I can remember, would definitely be in the forefront of my mind when making any design decisions. I decided early on that for my centerpieces, I would use large mason jars and that I wanted to incorporate burlap in a variety of places. I ended up finding a variety of colored floral fabrics one weekend and decided to use them to create the hearts on the burlap bunting banner as well as to decorate the mason jars. My mom, bridesmaid (Jen) and I spent an entire weekend cutting out flower fabric hearts, burlap strips and lace to then glue them onto the mason jars (using a hot glue gun). The entire kitchen was covered in glue and fabric scraps by the time we were done….To say the least, this was not something my Fiancee was prepared for when he arrived home! I’ve been obsessed with Etsy (an online handmade shop community) for a while now and found some great artists to create both our personal save-the-date card, which is a watercolor painting including Kris, myself and our venue, as well as our invitations, which incorporated our mason jar theme and of course pink! We found another artist on Etsy who created a guest book alternative consisting of a wooden tree with enough wooden leaves for each guest to sign, mounted on a canvas.
Kris and I both agreed from the beginning that we wanted the wedding to be really enjoyable for our guests and imagined a party-like atmosphere where everyone could mingle, drink our inspired martinis, eat great food and dance the night away. Kris and I are equally obsessed with candy and felt that it would be fitting to have a candy station with all of our favourite treats as the wedding favour to our guests. Connie and Angie at Fort Gibraltar helped transform our many kilograms of candy into a shabby chic dream-like arrangement that fit perfectly into the décor, complete with burlap, vintage glass windows and large glass jars. Kris and I used some left over flower fabric to create a wall piece to hang behind our candy table that turned out to be my favorite DIY project and its currently hanging in my home office, serving as a great reminder of our perfect wedding that turned out to be so us in every way. It was truly the best party we’ve ever thrown and likely ever will!
Photography: Rachwal Photography | Event Design: Fort Gibraltar | Floral Design: Academy Florist | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Reception Venue: Fort Gibraltar | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Hair: Gerald Pankiw & Sets Salon | Bride's Headpiece: Lara Vincent | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: Vera Wang | Groom\'s Attire: calvin klein | bracelets: Chloe & Isabel