Do I ever have a doozy of a DIY wedding to share with you guys today! Full of vintage finds, wonderful pops of colour, and tons and tons of DIY details, Nicole and Nathan’s whimsical wedding is a fun and impressive affair to say the least. With the help of family and friends these two made just about everything themselves; Nathan even made the photo booth! Get ready to be impressed, dear readers, because I promise you will not be disappointed.
In Nicole’s Words:
Our wedding planning was centered on the idea that we wanted the day to be a celebration and therefore nothing but fun for both our guests and ourselves! We decided to have a first look and take our photos earlier in the day so that we could start our ceremony at 5pm and then party with our friends and family right afterwards. The entire day was rather unconventional starting with a Children’s Parade during the ceremony rather than a single flower girl and ring bearer, a cocktail style eat-when-you-want dinner served out of a local food truck, no set time for speeches, cutting the cake, tossing the bouquet/garter or our first dance which all happened quite naturally throughout the evening, and a variety of activities for guests such as a lawn-sized Jenga set handmade as a wedding gift by a dear friend, a volleyball net, a photo booth with trunks full of props and a kid’s table complete with face painting, coloring books and bubble blowing. We even had a late night bonfire with s’mores!
Nicole made her veil and secured it in her hair with a jewelled feather clip from Tessa Kim.
The couple hand painted the signs, created the fabric Nic & Nat welcome sign, printed monogrammed buttons, and designed the program fans and the flags for the children’s parade; just to name a few of the many DIY projects these two took on for their big day.
If you hadn’t guessed already, these two also created all the ceremony decor, from the bunting to the backdrop to the dip dyed candles.
Nicole’s Favourite Moments:
I have three favorite moments from the day. The first was waiting behind the large closed doors of the barn and finally stepping through them with my Mom and Dad as my brothers opened them at the beginning of my song. I’ll never forget the feeling of those doors opening and then locking eyes with my groom at the end of the aisle as he fought back the tears. The second was when I said my vows (without balling!) in front of all of our family and friends and knowing that we were blessed. The third was when my new husband and I snuck up alone to the balcony of the barn later in the evening and just watched for a moment as everyone danced under a canopy of string lights and stars and feeling the love that surrounded us. It truly was magical.
In addition to all the DIY details, Nicole and Nathan incorporated special family heirlooms into their wedding day. Nicole’s polka dot reception dress was originally hand sewn for her mother on her wedding by Nicole’s Oma. And a top hat owned by her great grandfather made an appearance for a few wedding portraits.
A huge thanks to the ladies at Diamond Cake Photography for sharing all the loveliness with us today!