Today, Dave and I celebrate our third wedding anniversary! We’ve seen our fair share of change over the last three years: 1095 days, 94,608,000 seconds, millions of kisses, a handful of disagreements, three cars, two homes, a Master’s degree, a new business, and a bouncing baby boy! I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to take a little trip down memory lane and recap our big day on the blog.
Our wedding day was one of the very best day of our lives and a complete dream come true. I really think that’s just what happens when 150 of your closest friends and family members come together to celebrate with you as you marry your best friend! The whole event was a massive DIY undertaking – from the boutonnieres, to the desserts, to every last bit of decor… you name it, we made it. While it was a significant amount of work it was definitely one of my favourite things about the day. Spending all that time crafting and creating, and then finally seeing how it all came together at the end was such a rewarding and beautiful experience. And humbling too – I sure couldn’t have done it all without the help of my leading ladies, family, and friends!
And so here are some of our favourite photos from the day we tied the knot! If you’re interested in specific vendor information, that’s all located at the bottom of the post 🙂
We chose the amazing Tara Peach of Tara Peach Photography to capture our day and we were absolutely blown away by the fantastic job that she did. She was so much fun to spend the day with and is such an incredibly talented photographer.
We had our hair done by my long-time hairdresser and friend, Cassandra White of White Canvas Hair Design. We worked together to design my perfect wedding “do” and I could not have been happier with the result! I had found so many bits and pieces of wedding hair that I liked, but never a cohesive picture of what I really wanted to have. Casi made it so that I got to have the best of all of it – the flowers on one side, and the rustic leather braided into the other side, which turned out so beautifully.
Our makeup artist was Bri Stein of Bri Stein Artistry. She was such an unbelievably good choice! Everyone loved how they looked, we all felt natural and like ourselves, and our faces stayed put through hours of smiling, drinking, and dancing. For my wedding makeup, we chose to go with airbrush for my foundation and I highly recommend it – it was very sunny and hot on our wedding day and my face still looked flawless at the end of it all.
We held our ceremony in my parents’ backyard. Our wedding reception was held at the historic Laurel Packing House in our hometown of Kelowna, BC. It is a gorgeous old apple packing warehouse with loads of exposed wood and brick. The space is beautiful to begin with, but after stringing up thousands of twinkle lights it became truly magical. We channeled the naturally rustic beauty of our venue with the rest of our decor and the result was stunning – comfortably homey and beautifully elegant at the same time.
Our florist was the fabulous Heather of Mission Park Flowers by Design. To save some money, we ordered a few big buckets of cut flowers and arranged them into the centrepiece jars ourselves the night before. Our bouquets were expertly crafted and beautifully designed. We wanted the wedding flowers to feel gathered, like we had just scooped up a fistful of wildflowers and that’s exactly what we got (minus the weeds and wilting and bugs!). My bouquet consisted of white Monte Casino, soft pink Spray Roses, soft peach Garden Roses, white Alstro, soft yellow Stock, and Bupleurum all tied together with a rustic twine.
My wedding dress was purchased at a local bridal salon and was designed by Maggie Sottero (I believe the name of the dress was Tabitha… gross). My leading ladies all chose what they would like to wear, so we had mismatched bridesmaid dresses – I simply specified a soft palette of various colours and suggested that the dresses have some lace elements. All of the girls chose beautifully! We had a group text message system going so that when each girl had selected her dress, the others would know that they had to choose a slightly different colour. For the most part, this went really smoothly and everyone was happy with their dress. I think this is the closest you can possibly get to pleasing everyone, and the result was gorgeous too!
So that’s a little glimpse of our day! Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with us 🙂