Just last week we received our gorgeous wedding photos from the ever so talented Night and Day photography. If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I’ve started sharing some of my favourites. I’ve had a lot of brides ask me what vendors I used for our wedding day and how I found them. So, I’ve decided to put together a post about our special day, along with amazing photos and links to the vendors we used. We were so pleased with all our vendors, so I can’t wait to share!
Our first order of business after getting engaged was picking save-the-dates. One of my bridesmaids sister’s ended up designing them for us and we had them printed at VistaPrint, which is relatively inexpensive and incredibly quick. I then shoved and addressed our save-the-dates with pink envelopes from this seller on Etsy. (A word of warning, my wedding was almost entirely made up of Etsy purchases, I just loved the idea of supporting small businesses, plus they have some pretty rad things to sell!)
Our wedding invitations went out in the winter of 2015, while we were firming up all the details of our weddings and I was scrambling to work all the over time and complete the second module of my designation. Warning: don’t ever do this, seriously. We had reception cards designed by the totally rad Nicole Winski over at Dutchie Love, and then I had our stunning letter pressed invitations designed and stamped by Honeycomb Press in the States. We kept our invites simple because let’s be honest some of those wedding invites with a ton going on just look incredibly tacky.
Fast forward to June 5th, our rehearsal dinner, hosted by the husbands parents at Gray Monk, one of our favourite wineries in the Okanagan. We actually ended up purchasing all of our table wine from Gray Monk as well! That is except for our all time favorite bubbly, the “I Do” from Intrigue Wines.
The day of the wedding I had to get up at 6AM which felt like it was going to be the absolute death of me. I was greeted by the lovely ladies of Styled by M.U.A.H. who were doing our hair and makeup. These ladies are talented! My bridesmaids slipped into their robes that I purchased here, and we shared many laughs + breakfast.
The guys got ready in another room, and my god they looked good! I obviously wasn’t there for that part but I can say they had a great time! Doesn’t my hubby look amazing!
The men headed down and my bridesmaids and I slipped / sewed ourselves into our dresses! It was time to walk down the aisle!
Bridesmaids – The Dainty Yard // Bride – Martina Liana // Veil – Mariee Bridal // Jewellery To Be Wed Jewellery // Hair Piece – Glamourous Bijoux // Garter – Jess Weddings // Shoes – David’s Bridal //
After a long afternoon of photo taking we made it to our reception! We made all the centrepieces ourselves, though other than some serious spray painting they were rather easy to put together. And of course one of my bridesmaids did an outstanding job with the backdrop for the head table, seriously the girl has skill. We also put together a candy bar for our guests, which was a huge hit!
Dinner at Sparkling Hill was amazing, the food was important to us, so we didn’t skimp! Everyone received an amazing three-course dinner followed by the cutting our our non-traditional macaroon cake!
We were so grateful that our friends and family were able to celebrate with us. For the our parents and bridal party we purchased gifts to express our gratitude.
Thank you cards – prep on a budget // Gifts for Dad – cuff links, tie clips, and fishing hook – Sierra Metal Design // Groomsman Cigar box, flasks and lighters – Memories Made Toronto // Gifts for Mom’s & Bridesmaids – Tiffany’s // Guest book – Natalys Wedding ArtGifts
At the end of the day it is just so great to be married, I was growing tired of trying to figure out how the centrepieces would look and if in fact all the dresses would match the bow ties. Marriage is the biggest commitment you will ever make in your life and should not be taken lightly. It is a huge promise that you will have to work at each and every day and sometimes things won’t go according to plan but you have to be there as a spouse to love and support each other. I love that our family and friends were able to come and share our wedding day, I loved our wedding day, but most important I love being married, it’s so wonderful, & I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my wonderful husband.