DIY Canadian-American Wedding

DIY Weddings

We love so much of this wedding shot by the ever-wonderful Mango Studios — the simple red and blue palette, the flower wreath handbands, the birch wood chuppah — but nothing more than the privilege of seeing how honestly in love this beautiful couple is. We absolutely adore the idea of using show ribbons as escort cards for your guests to wear, and love that the couple used ribbons of all different bright and cheery hues!


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From the bride, Gwendolyn: It was a perfect summer day that surprisingly emerged from a horribly rainy summer. Almost everyone I love in the world was there and it was simply so very very happy. Our support system was amazing – from friends who had traveled around the world to be with us to our wonderful wonderful parents and siblings (and very importantly my best friend/adopted brother/wedding designer), we had so much help and love and support throughout the entire process that when the day arrived it felt like an expression of so love and creativity and commitment and joy.


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diy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

diy canadian wedding from mango studios photographydiy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

The theme of the wedding was family, nature, and fun. We designed the ceremony so it would include all of our siblings, parents, my grandpa, and many family and friends to ceremonially knit us all together in a bigger and better version of ourselves. We were both surprised by how powerful and perfect it was and our communities who were there to be with us just emanated hope and goodwill and celebration. It was important that the wedding would be a playful celebratory day, and I think we achieved that. It was incredibly special.

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diy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

diy canadian wedding from mango studios photographydiy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

diy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

Some favorite memories of the day were putting our cameos on, the transformation and magic of the ceremony and everyone that participated in it, reading our vows to each other, the breeze blowing through my family under the chuppah my father-in-law made, hulahooping with a pork chop in my hand in my wedding dress, seeing my husband’s smile through the crowd of the most incredibly special people of the planet as I walked down the aisle holding hands with my parents, having our parents encircle us during the ceremony, my grandfathers smiles as we did the hora around him, the moving personal readings our loved ones gave during the ceremony, how silly and open and playful everyone was, laughing and smiling through the whole first dance with my Dad, everyone bashing the pinatas with glee, the smiles on our parents faces as everyone did the mezinke around them (special dance when the last children finally marry), my amazing brothers and sisters on the dance floor…


diy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

diy canadian wedding from mango studios photographydiy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

diy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

It was important to us that the wedding really be an expression of our love for each other but for everyone that joined us as well, so we put a lot of effort into designing and handcrafting personal touches, like the personal fair ribbons for everyone and welcome boxes at everyone’s seats that had a personalized letter we had written every guest inside. Writing those was an amazing way to prepare for the wedding because we really contemplated our relationship and memories with and thanks for every person that would be with us on that day. We remembered so many moments and memories and came to such special realizations about everyone’s roles in our lives and relationship through the process of writing. The letters ended up being such a huge gift for us because they helped us be so conscious about how lucky we were not just to have each other but every single person that was there with us.


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diy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

diy canadian wedding from mango studios photographydiy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

diy canadian wedding from mango studios photography

We got married nestled in between Canada Day and 4th of July, so the aesthetics and mood were meant to be a coming together of nations and celebrations in the marriage of the southern US me to my Canadian guy. For the recessional my brother made a mashup of the Canadian and American national anthems, the boutonnieres and corsages were either red and white or red white and blue depending on nationalities, the groomsmen wore checkered red and white bow ties (Canada) and red, white and blue socks (USA) and the table runners were all red and white or blue and white stripes. It was fun to be able to play with a lighthearted fusion of nationalities and cultures and families throughout the celebration. As we had many guests from around the world, it made it especially fun to introduce them to the summer fair type of rituals that we grew up with (the ribbons for the escort cards, the little flags that we personalized with our names and a rope heart, the graphics of our invitation, the pennant flags, mason jars, whiskey sours, etc!


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diy canadian wedding from mango studios photography


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Canada):

Wedding Photographer: Mango Studios / Wedding Planner: Melissa Samborski of One Fine Day Event Planning and Design / Wedding Flowers: Coriander Girl / Wedding Caterer: Presidential Gourmet



16 comments
  1. Flicker films

    I love this wedding! That first photo is great. What an amazing backdrop! Great job.

  2. natalie

    Can you give the source for the custom ribbon escort cards?

    Thank you very much!

    -Natalie

  3. Jim Unger

    I love where weddings are going these days – getting more and more creative every day! Beautiful!

  4. dekalb wedding photography

    Those colors! That dress!

    This is beauty.

  5. Chocolate Fountain Hire - Hot Chocolates

    Love the DIY wedding and this is simply gorgeous!! Breathtaking backdrop… congrats oxox :)

  6. Natalie

    What was the location of this wedding? I love it!

  7. amanda

    that dress is THAT dress. where is it from!?

  8. Christina Brosnan

    Oh I adore Mango Studios. Fabulous wedding!

  9. Kat

    Love the fact that this couple came from 2 different countries. Similar to my love story :)- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Wings/122160034471535

  10. Kerri

    Beautiful Wedding!
    Anyone know where I can get those string lights here in Canada???

  11. gbf

    for lights and amazing production, contact Terry tq@qideas.ca, he adopted the string lights. The location is the Brick Works in Toronto.

  12. danibragg

    love the invites! could you let me know who made them?

  13. Naz Films {super 8 weddings}

    Love Nancy & Love Mango Studios…this is one dreamy venue, couple and day – IN LOVE!!!

    -Naz

  14. Melissa

    Your wedding looks amazing! I, too, am planning an American-Canadian wedding and LOVE the idea of the national anthem mashup. If there was anyway I could buy a copy of what your brother recorded, I’d be so grateful!! That’s exactly the kind of element I was hoping to bring into the reception, but can’t find anything like that on the web. Thanks for considering! Again, congratulations!!!

  15. Jun

    This is a very good wedding ceremony! Nature, warm and family! And the photos are also excellent!

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