It all Started with a Smile

One week ago, my family had a joyous celebration. My brother married his soulmate and we welcomed two new members to our family. Trevor, Katie and their daughter, Marley are beginning their wonderful journey together as a family and I thought it would be fitting this thanksgiving weekend to share the details of their beautiful day.

Trevor and Katie met one year ago through online dating. Katie sent Trevor a smile emoji, and that began their dating journey. They instantly connected, fell in love and they both knew that marriage was on their horizon. After Trevor proposed with a stunning antique ring, we began planning the vintage boho wedding of Katie's dreams.

Katie and I are like two peas in a pod. We both love all things vintage and we aren't afraid to get a little crafty. Some may say we go a little overboard - but to us it's totally worth the results. I was not only lucky enough to design this wedding with her, I was also honoured to stand by her side as one of her bridesmaids. I will cherish those moments of being in their wedding party forever.

Katie knew exactly how she wanted her wedding day to look. She dreamed of a boho, romantic atmosphere filled with a myriad of vintage details and gorgeous fall hues and textures. Katie and her maid of honour, Ashley visited many thrift stores to find a collection of brass candlesticks, vases and coloured glass candleholders. We were thrilled with every gem they would find as this curated wedding  design was becoming a reality.

Their entire wedding day was filled with so much love and the days leading up to it were equally as love-filled. Katie included many of her talented friends and family in the wedding preparations.

Her friend, Tess-Lynn Barnes with "Memory Lane Video and Photo", expertly captured their engagement photos and wedding day. Check out her Facebook page for all the gorgeous details.

"Bea's Blooms" out of Camrose, AB made the stunning bouquets, corsages and ceremony altar flower arrangements. These florals were show-stoppers and tied the entire boho look together. And they smelled amazing - thanks to the eucalyptus.

Amber and Kathy, our lovely family friends created the marvellous succulent log centrepieces. They were a real treat and perfectly brought the great outdoors to our indoor reception space.

Sheila from the "For the Love of Cake" made their deliciously beautiful wedding cakes (seriously the best wedding cake I have ever had).

Tanneil of Esteem Wedding & Event Rentals in Vegreville, AB provided the lovely linen rentals - tablecloths, runners napkins, charger plates and drapery.

The team at River City Events in Edmonton, AB provided the perfect rustic chairs and stage rental. Their delivery and pickup service was so helpful.

Tammy of "171 Willow Lane Studio" created Katie's gorgeous boho braided hairstyle and our bridesmaid and flower girls boho hairstyles as well.

Taylor and Bailey of "Prairie Hair Artistry" made us bridesmaids and flower girls braided hairstyles picture perfect.

Amy of "Amy Stefaniuk Makeup" made us look so perfectly glam on this special day.

This team of local talent all came together to create this design and it truly shows how much creativity flows within our own communities. Support local because the results are truly magical!

And here are the results! It was a two day set up with quite a few trips of decor to the St. Michael Recreation Centre in St. Michael, AB. Our families and friends came together to make it all happen and on behalf of Trevor and Katie, I can say we are forever grateful for their time and energy.

Their wedding guests were welcomed by this vintage display. "It all started with s Smile" was written on this oval mirror and we lined the mirrored walls in the entrance with framed engagement photos and love quotes.

The floor in the entrance was filled with wooden crates and plenty of candlelight.

Our copper stand with the "Brooklyn Grace" macrame was placed behind the guest book table.

Their custom hand-carved guest book was from "8th Line Creations" on Etsy.

The guest tables were draped in black floor-legth tablecloths and ivory chiffon runners were placed down the centre of the tables. Rustic charger plates and green napkins were set at each place setting. The rustic wooden chairs added the perfect finishing touch!

The centrepieces were a collection of many vintage finds - brass candlesticks, amber glass bottles, coloured glass votive candleholders and lanterns. 

These log succulent centrepieces were so perfect! Amber and her mama Kathy found the logs and moss in the forest and planted just the right succulents in them. Each one was beautiful and the best part - we got to take them home the next day!

The head table featured an ivory backdrop with pieces of greenery hung throughout . A barn wood wall (our newest rental piece) was placed in the centre of the tables with our "Avery Evangeline" macrame wall hanging placed on it. This macrame piece was handmade by Jeanette of "Free Spirit Designs".

Our "Carole" love seat was placed in the middle of the head table for Trevor, Katie and Marley to sit on. This love seat is so special, because it was used during their engagement and it's named after my mama.

This forest green drape added a photo area for guests to use throughout the night.

It was a wonderful family celebration, so many of the guests were pint-sized. These little tables provided the perfect spot for the little ones to play.

The area above the dance floor became a focal point in the hall. Macrame dream catchers, chandeliers, plants and coloured beads lined the ceiling. Strings of globe lights illuminated the dance floor and added the perfect shimmer.

Their cake table was wonderful! Katie brought her antique dresser to place the cakes on. Framed wedding photos of their parents and grand-parents were set amongst the drawers. 

Our grandpa loved to spoil us grand-kids and he often gave us a two dollar bill to spend at the local store. We recreated this memory with a "little store" candy table. My mom and my sister, Tracy found a variety of vintage inspired candy and treats to include in this area. It was so much fun to watch the guests (young and old) partake in the little store's goodies. 

This was one of the ceremony altar flower arrangements made by Bea's Blooms. We brought it to the hall and it added a beautiful touch to the decor. The roses are special to our family, because our dad's famous saying was "stop and smell the roses". There were many details like this, that Katie was sure to include in the decor. Honouring those who were with us in spirit, in a special way.

This photo area was a real treat to design! We used our Tracy Dawn sofa and Taylor Dawn chair along with a variety of old and new design elements. This became a wonderful spot for guests to lounge and take photos in throughout the night. I ended up claiming a spot on the sofa with my son and nieces as they slowly started to fall asleep from a night of dancing. I loved sitting here, cuddling all the littles as I watched the guests dance to the Ukrainian tunes provided by "The Starlites". I couldn't help but think of my dad and how he loved weddings too. This being one of our last family weddings for some time, it ended up being a wonderful love-filled experience.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this day happen. 

Thank you to Trevor and Katie for including Merle and I 
in your wedding party and all of your wedding plans.

Thank you to Marley for being so excited for this day. 
I can't wait for the memories we will all have together.

And finally, thank you to Katie for sending Trevor that smile emoji.
For that's where it all began and our family finally feels complete.



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