From Old, New, Borrowed & Blue Wedding and Event Planning… Marissa 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