Ok, just how sweet is the next couple? I know I say this a lot…but it’s true. You are going to L-O-V-E this wedding from Shaun and Renée, photographers based out of Edmonton. Kristie and Mike’s wedding reception was held at the Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta and it was absolutely full of details (yes!). You’ll have to read on to learn some tips and tricks from Kristie as she describes some of her DIY projects. Like every DIY bride, Kristie, along with the help of family & friends, put a lot of work into the details and it really shows. I am so absolutely smitten with this wedding…
The beautiful bride …
I knew I wanted something different than the traditional book and fell in love with the idea when I found it on marthastewartweddings.com. I liked the vintage feel to a quilt and loved the thought of having our friends and families well wishes stitched together to have as a keepsake forever. We (and by we I mean my mom and I- I could not have done it without her!) selected 3 linen fabrics in light gray and cream, cut them into 8″by 8″ squares and had them stacked in a basket on the signing table. The small sample quilt in the pictures was pre-sewn and signed by family and friends at the rehearsal dinner. A local tailor sewed our names and wedding date (for the center square) in a simple cursive stitch following a template I provided. We also included fabric pens (finding just the right ones to write on linen actually took quite a while) and a tented sign with directions (by SocialPage Stationary here in Calgary, although you could do it yourself). This idea turned out wonderfully. Our guests took their time writing thoughtful wedding advice, inside jokes and memories. By the time we got home from our honeymoon, my grandmother had already sewn the quilt together and we loved reading the special messages together!
Another project was the photo tree featuring our favourite love quotes hanging from the branches as well as our engagement photos, although one could include pictures from throughout their relationship. After having the quotes printed on cream cardstock we simply looped ribbon and attached it to the back with double sided tape. We mounted our pictures onto the same cream cardstock and attached them with the same ribbon. Beneath the tree we also had our parents and grandparents wedding photos displayed in vintage-looking white frames I collected leading up to the wedding. Our florist provided the manzanita tree with moss bottom. This display was my favourite of the whole wedding! I loved the personal touch those photos brought. It was also so important for us to celebrate where we’d come from and the beautiful marriage examples our families provided us with. I also framed a meaningful poem I had found and sent to my husband while we were dating.
The cookie bar in place of traditional favours at each seat was a big hit! This was one of the first ideas (not my idea however, I should note) that I committed to after getting engaged. I knew it would require a lot of work, as I wanted to provide our guests with Mike and my family favourites, baked by each specific recipe we grew up with. 7 cookie selections later, this turned into the baking session of the century! We wanted to make sure every guest could try each cookie if they wished…which meant we needed about 700 cookies!! My mom and grandma, who are both amazing cooks, baked for hours and hours the week of the wedding and didnt complain once! Im surprised the oven didnt break down! My sweety grandma, up at 2 in the morning, finishing the last of a batch, just kept saying how thankful she was to be a part of it all. I felt and continue to feel so blessed and thankful for their help. Other brides could of course, seek outside help from a baker to prepare a lovely cookie bar without so much added stress the week of the wedding. Although, who doesnt love a big family baking session. We found the cookie jars and tongs quite affordably at superstore. The signage was printed by SocialPage and cut and attached with ribbon by us. We lined white paper bags with glassine bags to ensure the butter from the cookies didnt ruin our guests wedding clothes.
The thank you notes tucked into the napkin at each seat was a last minute idea I got from yet another blog, and Im so glad we committed to it. I wanted each guest, more than half of whom were from out of town, to know how truly thankful we were that they came to celebrate with us! I also wanted to let each guest know how thankful we were for the role they played in our lives and in bringing Mike and I together. I think its so special that at your wedding, you are surrounded by your absolute favourite people in the world. When else will you get to experience that! I wrote the note in different fonts and fit it into a word document sectioned into four spaces. I then printed it out onto cream cardstock, cut them out, and used a scalloped edge punch along the top of each note.
A BIG thank-you to Kristie for sharing her details with us!
Photography: Shaun and Renée Photographers
Hair & Makeup: Fli*
Bouquets & Floral Arrangements: Sarah Mayerson Design
Gown: Watters & Watters
Jewellery: Lottieda Designs
Ceremony: Bonavista Baptist Church
Reception / Catering: Sirocco Golf Club
Linens: Great Events
Cake: Whippt Desserts & Catering
Centerpiece vases: IKEA