This next wedding is truly a handmade affair. The bride, Amanda, hastily busied the hands of her closest friends and family to assemble a wedding akin to 4-H club meetings of yore. We’re absolutely smitten with the charming use of “best in show” ribbons, adorning different elements from the cake to the bride’s little sister! Don’t forget to take a peek at all details in the gallery!

vintage Canadian wedding

vintage Canadian wedding4H Canadian DIY wedding

From the bride, Amanda: Just around the same time we started planning the wedding we came across some old family slides of Tom’s dad participating in a 4-H club fair. We liked the hodge-podge, under designed look and feel and set out to replicate it.

vintage Canadian wedding

vintage Canadian wedding4H Canadian DIY wedding

vintage Canadian wedding

vintage Canadian wedding

vintage Canadian wedding

The whole thing was a DIY project. We had our hands all over every little part of the day… well except maybe for the food. The crafty things we did included invitations, letterpress mini-menus, best guest ribbon awards, family member awards (i.e. Best Little Sister), succulent terrarium centerpieces, overhead projector slides, “best” cake, dessert competition trophies, bunting, the letter writing station…

vintage 1950s wedding

vintage 1950s wedding

vintage 1950s wedding

Any advice to future brides? Do it together. We made sure that we made it something we could both feel ownership of.

vintage 1950s wedding

See the entire (and revamped!) gallery here

Wedding Songs:
During dinner we played old french jazz… songs by Francis Lemarque, Alain Romans, Charles Dumont…
First dance: it was to a Nina Simone song. Then we ripped up dance floor to a bunch of old Soul classics including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Mel Torme, Aretha Franklin…

Wedding vendors (British Columbia, Canada):

Wedding Photographer: Christine Lim / Invitations & Menus: Designed by bride and groom; printed by Vince Perez of Everlovin’ Press / Wedding Flowers and terrariums: mother of the bride / Wedding Cake: bride’s aunt, and Amanda made the “best cake” ribbon / Wedding Catering: The Seasonal Experience / Wedding Favors: made by bride and groom / Wedding Dress: Handmade by bride’s friend from a vintage Vouge pattern / Bride’s Accessories: Bride’s Hair: Lindsay Fournier of Beehive in Vancouver / Groom’s Suit: The Francis’ by Hugo Boss and a Penguin tie

  • I love the “best” ribbon awards. I might have to steal this idea for my own wedding.

  • I love the ribbons…especially “best cake”! such a cute and different cake topper

  • those ribbons are great! great design to the whole wedding!

  • louise

    Love the shoes – can you tell me what brand/style they are?

  • Love the blue ribbon “awards” – such a cute and clever idea!

  • The Average Bride

    Absolutely amazing DIY wedding. Everything is so unique and creative. Never though of an old school projector! hahha.

  • Love the button pin idea. How fun and creative!
    The bunting at the reception added a perfect touch.

  • Sacha

    Such a cute wedding… and I love the bride’s advice to work on it together. If only I could get my fiance interested in the wedding details. That would be my dream!

  • Love the vintage feel:-)

  • This wedding is sooooo sweet, I absolutely love it!

  • this is beautiful…the first shot is killer! i love simple weddings!

  • Louise,
    I wore the shoes in a friends wedding. I can’t remember where they came from. Sorry.

  • PS. We have our whole planning process documented at It may be helpful to some in the thick of it.

  • The overhead projector is a very nice touch!

  • how cute are the “best” ribbons?! i love it!

  • adrienne archer

    If I ever get married I may just have to get you to help me plan.
    PS my parents are moving to Victoria, when I visit them I’m just going to have to swing by to see you guys.

  • Catherine Ann {Photography}

    This wedding is adorable, I love the “Best Little Sister” ribbon!

  • Finn

    The crowns in the wedding ceremony are beautiful! When I was planning my Greek Orthodox wedding I found it so difficult to find non-traditional (i.e. white sparkly) wedding crowns. Were these also D.I.Y?

  • Amanda Froese

    My mom made the crowns for us. I wasn’t too keen on wearing anything too ornate. She did a good job keeping them simple.