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Thrifted and DIY Wedding in Canada

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Allison and Brad described their wedding theme as ‘eclectic, vintage and fun’ with a focus on DIY. Most of their wedding elements were crafted, borrowed, gifted, or thrifted, which added to the vintage feel. They originally chose hot pink for their colour scheme (Brad’s favourite colour), but then decided to have ALL the pinks, plus neutrals, navy blues and midnight blues.

They also wanted to honour Allison’s late mother in as many ways as possible, “Much of the inspiration came from trying to honour my late mother, who died in 2009, only four months before Brad and I met. From her old buttons that I used to make the boutonnieres and bouquets, to the brass candlesticks like the ones she used to collect, to sewing her old heart-shaped locket onto the lining of my dress over my heart.”

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The couple did a lot of DIY projects, with help from family and friends, “We made the bouquets, my hair piece, the boutonnieres, the bridesmaids’ flower hair pins and most of the decor (table runners, ribbon garlands, table numbers and signs). We also wrote the content for the favours (recipe books of our favourite recipes) and spray-painted the centrepieces which were thrifted sport trophies. Our friend who’s a metalsmith made our wedding rings, one of my bridesmaids made all the ice cream and sauces for the ice cream buffet, my sister-in-law made the marquee letters, and another friend made the sash and bow on my dress!”

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Art Deco Glam Meets Downtown Loft Wedding

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Sarah and Justin were married in Yaletown, Vancouver, in October. Their wedding theme was eclectic with a bohemian, art deco glam feel. “We wanted our guests to be relaxed as well as showcase our personalities” explained Sarah, “so we had a relaxed reception with food stations and canapés rather than a sit down meal.”

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The couple had a candlelit, romantic, dreamy ceremony with unique rather than traditional vows. “My favourite part of the wedding was the ceremony” said Sarah, “especially the moment when I walked into the room and down the aisle – I was just blown away with how amazing the room looked and even smelt.”

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Rustic Minimalism… And Baby Goats!

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Bri and Kristian’s wedding had a subtle 1920s vibe with rustic minimalism, natural elements, animals and earth tones.

The bride wore two dresses, both very affordable. “The first was a Vintage 1920s, heavy silk gown with hand embroidery which I found through my friend at Trunk of Dresses. I wore this dress for my ceremony. The second was really special. A cotton crochet dress inspired by the 1920s as well. I wore it with a simple nude silk slip underneath, bought at Aritzia. I wore this for the photos and the reception.”

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“Our main inspiration for the day was these naturally shed antlers that we found and used as centrepieces”, she continued. “They were really the inspirational focal point for us. We basically started with ‘barn’, ‘1920s’ and ‘antlers’ and built everything else around that. We also wanted to ensure we didn’t spend money on anything unnecessary, and instead focused on the things that were really important to us.”

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Feathers, Bears and Mountaintop Views

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British-born Aisling and Australian Jeremiah met in Vancouver. Although they now live in Australia, they wanted to go back to where they first met to be married. “Our wedding theme was ‘Two Worlds Collided’, began the bride. “The INXS song of the same name was how it all began it was our song from the day we met. It suits us because our personalities and tastes are very different. We are from two different countries. We had two different wedding locations and I ended up with two wedding outfits.”

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They were married on Grouse Mountain and had their reception at at the Clough Club in Vancouver. The bride’s ceremony dress was vintage and she bought on a trip home to the UK. “I never wanted to get married in white, too traditional, I wanted gold and glitter”, Aisling explained, “but when I tried on this white dress (cliché but the first one) my aunties and mum fell in love. I still couldn’t wrap my head around a white dress though, so we kept looking and that’s why we ended up with two dresses one white and one gold! I couldn’t let go of the white dress so it became my ceremony dress. It was gorgeous, simple, bright white and it fitted so perfectly. My evening outfit was vintage gold culottes which I had altered into a strappy number perfect for a Vancouver summer wedding. It was the perfect dancing outfit.”

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Minimalist Wedding at an Arts Warehouse

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I think Shannon and Jordy’s summer wedding might just be one of the prettiest I’ve ever featured. They kept things relatively simple, but it made for a really beautifully styled day.

“Jordy proposed on a surprise trip to Montreal with a beautiful custom ring that perfectly suits my minimalist aesthetic”, Shannon said. “Our wedding was intimate, industrial and a bit mid-century. We decorated the venue like we would decorate our home, and we ended up using some of our own furniture to set the tone.”

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The day was held at Frame Arts Warehouse Winnipeg “Our inspiration was the beautiful warehouse buildings in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, which were originally built to store merchant goods during a boom period in the early 1900s. We work in the neighbourhood and we were excited to share one of it’s special spaces with our families. The exposed brick, heavy timber framing, high ceilings and big windows in the venue spoke for themselves and didn’t need much embellishment.”

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Vintage-Inspired Thunder Bay Wedding

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Prepare to get your swoon on with Karly and Geoffrey’s adorable vintage influenced wedding. “Geoffrey and I had both been sent to the tiny coastal town of Prince Rupert, BC for work”, Karly explained when I asked her how they met. “We were set up on a blind date in the fall of 2012 by a mutual friend. Six months later we were shopping for a house together. I was a bit of a hippie wild child and never would’ve seen myself ending up with a policeman, but he is just so wonderful and we fell in love so quickly and easily. We got engaged in January 2014.”

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The wedding was held at the Prince Arthur Hotel in Thunder Bay, Ontario. “There was never any question that we’d have the wedding in Thunder Bay, where I grew up. It’s where my maternal grandparents, my Oma and Opa, still live and they have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up in the same house with them. My brother and sister and I never had babysitters or daycare, we just had Oma and Opa. I’ve always been super close with them and they are really my second set of parents. My Opa had a degenerative muscular disease called myasthenia gravis that affected his walking and balance, so he couldn’t travel easily. Hence the wedding in Thunder Bay even though about 90% of our guests had to travel to be there.”

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