When you have booked all the big bits of your wedding, it’s time for the...
Happy Monday everyone and how are you all? I hope you had a good weekend, did you get to enjoy the sunshine? It’s been glorious hasn’t it! 5 weeks into Lockdown and our weekends at home are becoming the norm now. We enjoyed some good food, time in the garden, a lovely long walk, we managed to get some jobs done, enjoyed a glass of wine or two and did a few Zooms and FaceTimes with friends and family. So lets start this week off with this gorgeous earth toned wedding from Canada. Katrina and Mark wanted a wedding where all their guests could stay and make a real weekend of it. They chose Red Pine Camp as it ticked all their boxes and was the most amazing setting. With Macramé hangings, a doughnut wall and their pet dog in attendance, this wedding is chilled, filled with love and looks amazing. Big thanks to Lauren McCormick Photography for the gorgeous photos.
Katrina and Mark were married on 28th September 2019 at Red Pine Camp, Golden Lake in Ottawa in Canada. ‘The site is an old YMCA camp where all our guests could stay the night and have bonfires. We had 120 guests, we booked the site a year before, sprinkled with a few weekends of planning throughout.’
How they met
We met in high school in grade 10 and dated for five years and then college pulled us apart. Five years late we found ourselves in the same city and fell in love all over again.
We were in New Zealand for my sister’s wedding… after we ventured off for a week of exploring the north island and on a beach in the middle of the night, dancing under the stars he proposed and caught me completely off guard.
How did you allocate your budget?
We budgeted for $15,000 and stayed fairly on budget.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We splurged on the venue. We really wanted all our guests to be able to stay the night and not worry about heading home.
How did you choose your photographer?
We found Lauren McCormick online searching but coincidentally she ended up being a friend of our friends who were part of our wedding party and who also did our videography (Matt & Kat Films)
My dress was the Lucca Gown by BHLDN and my shoes were from Zara.
The suit and bridesmaids
Suit was from Surmesur and the bridesmaids picked their own dresses. Also an honourable mention to our ring bear – my nephew in the bear outfit.
Theme or colour scheme
In the early morning me and my bridesmaids walked around the property and picked their bouquets, mine was a mix of some from the property and a few from Costco.
I brought most of my house plants from our apartment and asked our friends and family to bring some of theirs to fill the centres of the tables. I made the macramé background which hung behind us at the alter and then we brought it inside to hang behind us in the hall.
We had two lovely polish ladies who made some amazing food including cabbage rolls, perogies, salads and endless appetizers.
I made a donut wall which was filled with donuts from Mavericks.
My husband used to be a wedding DJ way back in the day. So, we had a pretty killer playlist lined up.
Who supplied the stationery?
Our guests signed an atlas book and the place cards were made by us.
Where are you going on your honeymoon?
We didn’t go on a honey moon following the wedding. But we do plan on travelling to the Alaska and back in our RV this summer.
The macramé hanging was the most time-consuming personal touch but I am so pleased with it and have it hanging in our living room now.
Our first dance was amazing – on the way to the venue driving up in the rv we decided we would do something different and up-beat and choose Marry Me Archie by Alvvays. We changed the lyrics to marry my Markie and everyone sang along.
Advice for other couples?
Don’t stress – Go with the flow.
Seeing each other all dressed up.
I spend my summers in Canada and my winters in Colombia (South America), and travel (quite literally) all over the world to capture weddings and elopements! To summarize my style in one line: a paradox of tiny quiet moments and big wild loud ones, all packed full of emotion.