DIY Alberta Wedding from Shannon Yau
March 29, 2013
North America
DIY InspiredOutdoor WeddingsSummer Weddings
I probably don't need to tell you that we adore DIY weddings.  More than adore them, really.  Because there's just something about a beautiful bride and groom (+ devoted friends and family) coming together to craft their own Big Day that makes us happy.  And this sweet soiree captured by Shannon Yau?  It's a joy that's all-encompassing.  From the bride's wildflower bouquet (picked the morning of the wedding by her sweet father) to the compostable tableware to the camping site set up for guests, it's a true labor of love from start to finish.  See it all here.
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From Shannon Yau... Ziona and Blaine had the perfect country DIY wedding. It took place on a late summer day in the middle of the picturesque Alberta foothills. Everything about this wedding was done with love and with purpose.

It was very important to the bride and groom to be married somewhere that meant something to them. When their venue fell through less than a month before their wedding, family friends came through and graciously offered their ranch land. It was the most perfect setting imaginable.

Every detail was handmade. Each invitation was hand lettered by the bride's sister and a map to the venue was drawn by the groom's sister. All the cookies were baked by family and friends. The decor and signs were made by the bride, family and friends. the floral arrangements/centerpieces were grown by the bride and family through the spring and summer and bouquets of wildflowers were picked by the father of the bride the morning of the wedding.

This wedding was also very environmentally friendly. All the tableware was compostable (palm leaf). The linens were made of vintage fabric, sewn by the bride and family; instead of party favours, donations were made to two ecological causes close to the couple's hearts.

Since the wedding was in the middle of nowhere, the couple marked off an area for camping. Many guests set up tents/trailers so they didn't have to worry about finding transportation home. The wedding was also kid-friendly and so an activity area with crafts and games was set up to keep them entertained while guests danced the night away under the stars.


Wedding Photography: Shannon Yau | Wedding Venue: Highwood River Inn in Longview, Canada | Officiant: Tamara Jones | Floral Design: DIY the bride, grown by family | Catering: Gourmet on the Go | Cookie Table: DIY by family + friends | Decor + Signs: DIY by bride, friends + family | Rentals: Good Time Party Rentals  | Compostable Plates + Cutlery: Saakori | Vintage Furniture + Accessories: Wow and Then | Wedding Invitations: Bride's Sister | Maps: Groom's Sister | Wedding Dress: Saja | Hair Crown: Whichgoose | Groom's Attire: L.L. Bean | Hair + Makeup: Helen Kwan from Hoi Makeup Artistry