From the bride, Stacey:
We woke up on the day of our wedding to cloudy skies. It was a huge relief as the forecast was for a windy day with torrential rains, and luckily there were no signs of that yet! We continued to be hopeful that we’d be able to have our ceremony outside.
Us girls were picked up early by our limo to take us to my parents’ acreage to get all dolled up. We enjoyed a homemade breakfast by my mother – with mimosas, of course. The men got dressed in the city and arrived at the acreage just as the ladies were finishing their final touches. Jeremy and I decided to have our ‘first look’ prior to the late afternoon ceremony to calm our nerves. We then took family and wedding party photos outside at the acreage as the rain and wind decided to keep away!
We decided to risk the weather and keep our ceremony outdoors. It was extremely important to us to try to be outside as we spend a lot of our leisure time fishing, canoeing, and camping. I had a small surprise for my husband-to-be, and put on a veil and coverlet to change up my look for the ceremony. That way our first look didn’t completely take away from him seeing me walk down the aisle.
Our ceremony was very fun-loving and we shared many great laughs with our guests thanks to some nervous slip-ups by the groom and our entertaining vows (we didn’t realize it at the time, but our wedding video showed that we received applause for our vows!). We both don’t like being the center of attention and were not looking forward to being so open in front of our guests. Having the first look helped us immensely with that. Our commissioner was also fantastic and helped us personalize our ceremony. We did a tree planting to symbolize our love growing and strengthening, eventually planting it at our new cabin. The sun even peeked through the clouds for a bit during the ceremony, a contrast from the gloomy forecast just the day before. It was a short ceremony, but the casualness set a relaxed tone for the rest of the evening!
My parents spent a good part of the year planning and building most of the decorations with us. We love nature, the cabin and fishing, and made sure to include them in our decor and activities. We used wood from our favourite lake to line our ceremony aisle and decorate the candy bar. Old fishing rods became hearts to hang behind us at the ceremony, which we repurposed behind the candy bar. The head table backdrop was made of trees from the my family’s acreage, with initials made of moss from our cabin. We hung a canoe to hang our seating chart from and my dad made a dock to host the gift and guestbook signing table. Our fish table numbers were handmade by my dad from wood from our cabin, and hung from a personalized fish hook. Everything fit in with the theme, including a birch bark cake with fish skeletons and a fondant fishing rod and bobber. It all came together beautifully and turned out to be naturally elegant. We decided to do our own DIY to help save money and make sure we incorporated ourselves in our day. We wanted to choose what aspects of traditional weddings we wanted to include or forget about, and DIY helped us get there.
We had our grand entrance into the hall just prior to supper, and it was one of my favourite moments of the day. It was after all the ‘work’ for the day was done and we were there to have fun with our guests. It was amazing to see the hall filled with our favourite people and to see all of our hard work come together. Our reception started off with some house rules, including our kissing game which was a fishing pond. It was a huge hit for the kids at the wedding and they had a blast fishing for various treats, tricks and kisses! Our buffet supper was A-MAZING. Coming from a Ukrainian family, it was important to have some homemade Ukrainian dishes and Diane’s Catering sure delivered on that. It was reminiscent of my late Baba’s cooking for sure and everyone raved about her food. For dessert we had donuts brought in from the Danish Oven in Humboldt – we are still hearing about how amazing they were!
Our friends and family did an amazing job with the speeches, keeping them sentimental, funny and less than five minutes. It allowed us to have a chance to mingle with our guests prior to the cake cutting and dance. It was also Jeremy’s dad’s birthday, so we took the time to sing him happy birthday and bring out a cake just for him. During the parent-kid dance, I surprised my mom by asking her to take my dad’s place halfway through, and she was so surprised and happy that I did. Our DJ kept the dance floor busy all night long!
Our midnight lunch was provided by Yumm Truck. It worked out perfectly as we didn’t want to ask for any more help from our guests – it was important they enjoyed themselves instead of working all evening. It was the icing on the cake to end our rain-less, fun, relaxed day.
We had such an amazing day, thanks to all of our fantastic family, friends and vendors. We can’t say we’d change anything – our day reflected our personalities, life’s loves and was relaxed enough that everyone could kick back and just have a good time. We found that preplanning some of the forgotten details was key to the success of our day as it allowed for some wiggle room for issues to come up and we never felt rushed at any point during the day. We all stayed relaxed which meant we had loads of energy to party all night!
My biggest advice is to make sure you do what is important for you and your spouse! The people you are inviting to your special day will know you and understand any decisions you make. Don’t worry too much about trying to make everyone happy, just make sure your day and decisions make you happy! And yes, this includes parents… as scary and hard as that is to get over. Jeremy and I were lucky to have supportive families, and it absolutely made our day so extremely special to do and plan exactly what we wanted.
Stacey and Jeremy – September 24, 2016
Photography: Juli Labrecque Photography
Videography: Shawn Albert Films
Bridemaids: Mori Lee
Groom and groomsmen: David’s Distinctive Men’s Apparel
Flowers: The Snapdragon Studio
Cake: Cakes by Jen
Catering: Diane’s Catering, Yumm Truck