How gorgeous are the colours of these bridesmaids dresses? I was instantly smitten with them when I looked through this stunning Manitoba wedding from BLF Studios. Beautiful bride Kaely manages the weddings at Pineridge Hollow (doesn’t that name alone just sound like the perfect place to get married?), a beautiful outdoor wedding venue nestled just outside of Manitoba’s scenic Bird’s Hill Provincial Park. Having seen so many weddings there over the years it was always going to be a challenge for her to have something different to the many she’d witnessed. In keeping with the venue’s rustic elegant look, she styled a stunning celebration and installed lots of fun elements for their guests to enjoy.
“We attended college together at the Hospitality Management program at Red River College. We clicked instantly and became great friends, but we were both in other relationships at the time, and so anything more than friends wasn’t something that we considered. About 2 years after graduation, I noticed Karl changed his Facebook status to single and I extended my regrets about his relationship ending, saying I understood because mine recently had as well. For the next 14 months we talked basically every day – via text message. We texted morning noon and night, occasionally trying to set up times to actually hang out, but our plans always fell through. Then finally after over a year, we met up for a Harry potter marathon. 9 months later, he proposed!“
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Finding my dress was way easier than I had anticipated, I went looking with my mom and a couple of bridesmaids, just really looking for ideas because I had absolutely no idea what I wanted. The third dress I tried on I fell in love with the second I put it on. It was exactly how I wanted the wedding to feel – kind of whimsical and different, but pretty and elegant. I tried on a few more dresses after that to be sure, but I decided not to make it more complicated than necessary, and I ordered the dress before I left the store that day.
Any DIY/Budget elements? Oh, lots! We decided to have guests seated at long tables, and I love the look of an assortment of different bottles and vases down the tables all with different types and heights of flowers. To get the whimsical rustic look, we had a colour palatte of mint, peach, coral, and different shades of gold. Since flowers don’t really come in those hues, I had the idea of making the bottles in that colour scheme, and then doing neutral coloured flowers in the vases. So, myself, with some help from friends and family (and a handy brother-in-law who showed us how we could use a drill to do this with only 20 bottles left), wrapped an assortment of 360 cans and bottles with different colours of yarn to put down the tables, and in other areas around the ceremony and reception. My mom sewed the lace and muslin panels for behind the ceremony, as well as the lace runners for the tables and the giant lace tablecloth for over the head table. I also made 2 large boards for the dessert buffet back-drop that featured pictures of Karl and I throughout our relationship, as well as chalkboard quotes and framed art in our colour scheme.
Describe your wedding flowers: My flowers were absolutely gorgeous, the most amazing flowers I have ever seen at a wedding. The flowers for in the yarn-wrapped bottles were an assortment of ivory hydrangeas, different types of garden roses, ranunculus, and stocks. The bridesmaids bouquets were made from a similar assortment, and then my bouquet, as well as some accent pieces around the ceremony and reception, also had succulents, lamb’s ear, and peach and coral garden roses, to bring in more of the other colours from palette. My bouquet was the largest, most gorgeous bouquet I have ever seen, and whenever we were between pictures, Karl had to carry it for me, because it was so full and heavy. Today, petals from that bouquet serve as a reminder of the day inside glass ornaments hanging on our Christmas Tree.
Favourite detail of the day: This is so hard, I would probably say the ceremony backdrop. The lace and muslin panels with the hanging chandelier, and then the dresser with the old wicker basket brimming over with fresh florals, and the antique alter table for our ceremony license, just came together absolutely beautiful, especially with the rustic wooden backdrop that was already there. The space was also absolutely beautiful when we went back out after dinner to take picture in the dark.
Most memorable moment? Obviously the first look, and walking down the aisle towards my soon-to-be-husband were absolutely unforgettable. I think the most memorable moment was saying our vows to each other. We had written the majority of our vows together, so they were unique to us, and yet we were making the same promises, but we each wrote a few statements of why we loved each other, that was a surprise to one another, and hearing and saying those words was for me, the most emotional and special part of the day.
Anything other details that help tell the story of your day: We made a special effort to really honour our family and friends, and made it a huge priority to speak to everyone throughout the reception and personally thanking them for joining us, which I think is something that is often missed. Another detail that was loved was that during the Father Daughter Dance, we played a slideshow I had made of picture of him and I while I was growing up, which was a complete surprise to everyone except myself and my mom, and was a beautiful emotional surprise for him.