From wedding planner Kirstin Patzer of Three Strands Wedding Design:
This was a styled wedding shoot produced by a collaboration of young women entrepreneurs from Swift Current. Our theme was Palm Springs and we went with some fun and vibrant spring colours. We really wanted to showcase that everything a couple would need to throw a fun and trendy wedding is available right here in Swift Current! We also wanted to show that Swift Current can be trendy. Sometimes people get the idea that a smaller centre is behind the times. We wanted to offer some local inspiration that showed how anything is possible, even in little Speedy Creek!
Our plan began when I approached Wildflower Florist about a collaboration. Over the last few years, there have been a lot of us opening up shop around town and we wanted to celebrate the new generation of small business in Swift Current! We were able to collaborate with a great group of ladies and our day was so much fun.
Our vision was a unique blend of modern elegance and simplicity. We tried to include a variety of details that would fit into different wedding budgets. Some of it would end up being pretty expensive if couples wanted to go all out – for example, the furniture and flowers would add up pretty quickly. There were also a lot of low budget details. The hanging backdrop was just cut paper sewn into strands. It would be great for a photo booth, for a head table, a ceremony, or around a tent. A lot of the smaller details and dishes were thrift store finds. It would be time-consuming to source all the pieces for a whole wedding, but the end result is something that is truly unique and fairly low budget.
The day of the shoot began with a little disappointment. We had wanted to take photos outside in this really cool spot that was super modern. The weather had been so nice leading up to our shoot, and then that weekend was the last snow storm of the spring. We switched to our indoor location, and I think the end results were perhaps even better than we had planned! We started out with a bit of hair and makeup for our group shot of the vendors. While that was finishing up, we set up our furniture and played around with all the amazing pieces that Kelsey from Farmer’s Daughter Interior Design brought. I think all of us really enjoyed the chance to just play around and be really creative. It’s so much fun to bring a couple’s vision to life, but we don’t often get the chance to create our own vision!
Our models were amazing. Aaron and Juanita were the first to reply when I put the call out for volunteers. They have been married for almost nine years and were excited about jumping back into their wedding clothes and getting a few anniversary shots. They were so much fun to work with and up for anything, even heading outside for a few crazy windy shots! You could see that they still have a lot of fun together. That newlywed twinkle we get to see at weddings had turned into a deep comfort with each other.
One of my favourite moments was a bit of down time we had in the middle of the afternoon. It was really great to just relax with a bunch of like-minded girl bosses and get to know each other better. Often when we’re working, we’re very busy and we just see each other in passing. It was nice to spend a little more time together.
My advice to brides is to not limit yourselves by what everyone else is doing. In small towns there’s often fewer options for venues or vendors, but that doesn’t mean that your wedding has to look the same as everyone else’s. Bring your crazy ideas to vendors and see what they can help you with. We don’t like to do the same thing every time either! Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries and think outside the box. And if you’re having trouble, ask for help…. we would be more than happy to come up with something uniquely you!
Models: Aaron and Juanita Tuntland
Venue: Gloryview Farm
Photographer: Bumble & Vine Photography
Planner: Three Strands Wedding Design
Hair: Ivory & Elm Design
Makeup: Makeup By Terrilyne
Groom: His own attire, with bowtie and suspenders from Rittinger’s Men’s Wear
Flowers: Wildflower Florist
Decor and rentals: Farmer’s Daughter Interiors & Design
Cake: Dishful Gourmet
Stationery: Amy Jorgensen Design
Other accessories: Fusion Shop + Salon