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Handmade Canadian Wedding

DIY Weddings

I just love wedding details that come from unexpected places. Bride Steph borrowed her parents’ dining room hutch to serve as altar decoration, and it helped to make the big day that much more personal! Sweet Heirloom Photography did an amazing job of taking in all of the special touches put together by the couple and their friends and family — see them all in the gallery.

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From the bride, Steph: The photobooth backdrop was made from a load of fabric scraps and a lot of spare time (watched a good portion of Mad Men Season 1 and 2 while making those bunting flags). The hutch for the ceremony altar lived in my parents’ dining room over the past several years… It was kind of neat being married in front of something I grew up with. All wood disks and stumps for the stump lounge were provided by Mike’s step-dad who owns a mill in Valemount, BC.

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Dessert Table: I LOVE cookies. 98% of the cookies I baked and froze beforehand. I had a few donuts made from my favorite Ladner bakery, Delta Bakery. Also, one of my bridesmaids, Tara, made those darling “Love is Sweet” sugar cookie. Since there were over 220 folks attending, I wanted everyone to be able to find interesting areas to socialize – pond lounge, stump lounge, bar hightop table lounge, dining room table, photobooth, gazebo bar etc. I tried to scope out which areas had the most shade before the wedding, so I could place the lounging areas appropriately…

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It took 6 days to put together all the pieces on site, 1 year to collect and make odds and ends, 12 truckloads to drop everything off, and 2.5 hours to take everything down. wow. Although this wedding was a LOT of work, it was worth every second. We’re still hearing how much people enjoyed all the details of our wedding. The personal touches really do leave a lasting impression.

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Sweet Heirloom Photography did an amazing job of taking in all of the special touches put together by the couple and their friends and family — see them all in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding vendors (British Columbia, Canada):

Venue: Kirkland House / Wedding Photographer: Sweet Heirloom Photography / Event Coordination: Va De Vie Events / Hair: Atomic Hair Salon / Makeup: Celia Chu / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet “Mila” / Alterations: Jill MacKinnon, Ladner, BC / Bridal Hairpiece and Bridesmaid Hairpieces: handmade using scraps from wedding dress and other odds and ends / Bridesmaids Dresses: Convertible wrap dresses by Coralie Beatrix / Shoes: H&M and Cynthia Rowley / Flowers: Sharlene Graham / Groom’s and Groomsmen attire: Moore’s / Ties: Ties.com / Music: DJ Audioedge / Catering: Memphis Blues BBQ House / Invitations and paper goods: Maid of Honor, Carolyn Laihow

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New England Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

This ultra-cool couple married in mid-September at Mass Audubon, New England’s largest conservation organization. As you might imagine, this means their big day was full of lush surroundings, fluffy flower arrangements, and the sweetest botanical wedding favors I’ve seen to date! Thanks to the wonderful Kristin Korpos for sending these snaps our way, and don’t miss the rest in the gallery!

Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

From the bride, Krista: We really just wanted our wedding to be fun and laid back–a celebration of the two of us and the things we love: family, friends, great food, great cocktails, and a great party. We wanted to include lots of little touches that spoke to who we are and the things we enjoy without it seeming like we were writing anything in flashing lights. Everything from the amazing charcuterie and pickle spread (by Vadim Akimenko) to our two kickass bartenders (Ben Sandrof and Misty Kalkofen) to the awesome raw bar to the homemade pies (by Cobrina Grieco) to the music and reading we chose for our ceremony to the herb pot favors to the purple and chartreuse florals to the after-party at The Independent (our neighborhood bar) was there for a reason–because in some way it represented something about who we are, what we care about, and what we enjoy together. And… I guess it worked! I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me saying things like, “Your wedding was so ‘Krista and Joe” or “so ‘you guys'”. No matter how many times I hear it, it always makes me happy. It really was (thanks our incredible friends and families) a pretty stellar party, if I do say so myself.

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Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

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As far of the style of our wedding goes, we wanted it to be pretty and classy, but not fancy or stuffy in any way–just a lovely garden party with white linens and simple, but striking centerpieces that reflected the wild yet manicured (if that makes any sense) setting that we were in. We didn’t set out to have a vintage style wedding per se, but I think the style of our clothing (Really, that’s just how we like to dress when we get all fancied up!), and obviously the venue, which had a very Agatha Christie mystery/English garden vibe to it really gave the day a vintage feel.

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Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

Kristin Korpos for sending these snaps our way, and don’t miss the rest in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding music:
Processional: “Crush,” Smashing Pumpkins
Recessional: “I Thank You,” Sam and Dave
First Dance: “Let’s Dance,” David Bowie

Wedding vendors (Belmont, MA):

Wedding venue: Mass Audubon / Wedding photographer: Kristin Korpos / Wedding coordinator: Amanda Connor at Hummingbird Bridal / Wedding caterers: Forklift / Ceremony musician: Fil Pacino / DJ: Elvis Collins Entertainment / Wedding dress: Dolly Couture / Makeup: Alison McAlear / Hair: Danielle McKenna / Wedding flowers: Julie Raymond at Bittersweet Gardens / Wedding invitations: Linley Dolby / Groom’s attire: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s shoes and belt: Allen Edmonds / Hair accessory: Sofisticata / Transportation: ETS International

Kristin Korpos is a member of our vendor guide, Blue Label

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Washington Lodge Wedding

Rustic Weddings

This next wedding’s scenic views have me positively swooning! Robb and Kendra married in the mountains of eastern Washington, and decorated their day with plenty of billy balls and rustic touches. As always, Brent van Auken did an amazing job capturing the day! Don’t miss any of the images in the photo gallery.

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From the bride, Kendra: I love to mix and match. We were going for a fancy yet rustic feel — simple, vintage, and scenic best describe our wedding idea.

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My husband and I share a common love of Winthrop… It is a beautiful and quirky little eastern Washington town. The lodge has the most majestic view. I personally think the entire place is pretty stylishly rustic.

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Any advice for future brides? Put effort into a few key lovely details. For me, the less clutter the better!

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Brent van Auken did an amazing job capturing the day! Don’t miss any of the images in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding music:
Bridal party processional: “Beautiful Day,” U2
Bride’s processional: “Canon in D,” Pachelbel
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
First dance: “She’s Everything,” Brad Paisley

Wedding Vendors (Winthrop, WA):

Ceremony and reception location: Sun Mountain Lodge / Photographer: Brent van Auken / Wedding planner: Mary Campbell of Sun Mountain Lodge / Wedding dress: Mikaella / Bride’s necklace: Anthropologie / Bride’s shoes: Dolce Vita / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anthropologie / Groom and groomsmen’s clothing: Land’s End / Groom’s shoes: Cole Hahn / Grooms and groomsmen’s ties: The Belle and the Beau / DJ: DJ Noah / Desserts: Mazama Country Store / Wedding invitations: la Happy

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