It was paramount to me to make little handmade items throughout my wedding. Ever since I was a little kid, I loved to do crafts. My room was almost covered in paint and podgy, to the point that one day my mum gave me a few 2x2 wooden boards to have on my floor to protect the carpet. And what did I do? Paint them as well. I enjoyed making all the different DIY items and felt they added that personal touch to the wedding. I had lots of other helpers too who added their little creative touch and looking out over all the different things we made was like watching a kaleidoscope of my friends and family's creativity.
One of the things I heard the most compliments about and that was the most fun was the confetti bar. We filled mason jars with all sorts of different confetti type items, lavender seeds, paper dots, rose petals and the traditional wedding rice. The GG and Shelley helped make some gorgeous confetti cones which people could fill up with their own, unique combination.
Mum made this colourful little bunting banner that not only added a touch of colour to the forest behind it but also hide the clothing line that was fixed into the trees. A creative and fun solution to a little problem.
One of the things we struggled with was how to create an aisle on the grass without laying down carpet or ruining the lawn. I took little wooden dowels and tied ribbons to them, and we put colourful rose petals in between. This ended up being better than expect as the wind would pick up and the ribbons would blow gracefully in the wind. Super cute.
It was important to me to make the cottage feel as much like the home of the guest than it was my home. We made little signs and baskets full of handkerchiefs and sunglasses people could borrow throughout the day should they forget or lose their own or need something to wipe their tears.
I wanted some unique to display the schedule for the wedding. I went to countless Garage sales and finally came upon this unique mirror. We put all the different events in each of the small windows and displayed it on a beautiful antique easel. Unfortunately, the day after the wedding the wind blew this mirror over and so it wasn't one of the items that we got to keep after the wedding.
To decorated various elements of the cottage, I hung different paper tassel banner and scattered buckets of baby's breath all around. This just added a splash of design and texture all over the property.
My designs were to be found all over the place at the wedding. The program was one of my favourite pieces, with the ceremony run down on one side and a beautiful Ukrainian reading translation on the other.
Different pieces of signage lined the driveway leading up to the cottage and the ceremony site. Welcoming people to the wedding and laying down the rules and directions for the day.
A cute picture of Jemma with the signage that was made by myself and my dad at the hotel, designating hotel guests were to pick up the bus that would take them to the ceremony site.
Tiny frames housed different messaging throughout. This little one asked guests to enjoy our signature cocktail, a favourite of all the guests.
One of the most fun DIY projects was the carnation backdrop we made for the arbour. We ordered lots of cheap, bulk flowers from Costco and then only strung them onto the fishing wire. Giving the appearance of the flowers floating in mid air. It was a stunning effect.
So many items for the wedding were collected for months and months before the day, as these light up signs. It was such a fun reveal to see them all finally together on the day, looking so adorable and just as I envisioned them.
Since we knew the pool would be open during the wedding, I went a found this plastic water lilies from the dollar store and made little weights for them. We then placed them in the water to just add a something extra to what would have otherwise been a plan looking pool.
One of the most time-consuming projects was the seating chart. My dad had this old door lying around, and I used it to hand the twine on and delicately pin each name card to the string. I loved the ideas of making the cards a rainbow of watercolours and watching this come together was awesome.
The table decorations were a fun part of the wedding design to come up with. Over the years I've been collecting old cameras and vintage books. Dan was the first person to coin the term "The Laurabrary" for my home library and we thought this was an excellent opportunity to show them all off. Then, I found some wood numbers from the dollar store and covered them in gold glitter to designate all the different tables in high style.
For the gifts for the guests, I made jars of jam and laid each of them on their table settings. I've been making jam for years, and it's something people love. Getting to give aback to theses guests who made my life so wonderful as a real treat. Shelley and GG made all the fabric covering for the jars, adding another colourful touch to the gifts.
Dan is the only person I know, aside from children and myself, who LOVES candy more than anything else. So we thought it was important to have a very elaborate candy table for our guests to enjoy.
The giant bar we had set up needed some decorations to make it a featured item of the tent. We added a few different vases of flowers, paper tassels, lettered ornaments but what made the bar pop was the hand lettering that Sarah Patterson designed on the day before the wedding. She based the design off one of my favourite poems and made the whole thing come to life!
One of the elements we both felt was important to keep in the minds of everyone who attended, were those who could not be there with us. So on the guest book table, we kept pictures of our grandparents and families members who have the past, but we hoped were still with us in spirit today. I chose a beautiful frame for each of them and made sure the table was covered in beautiful flowers.
Since our cottage is a little hidden in from those passing by on the road, we needed a way to direct vendors into the cottage easily. Dad and I worked ont his signage together. I made the banner and dad and Patrick worked to affix it into the ground. On the day of the wedding, Aunt Pat and Uncle Joe brought huge balloons down and tied them to the addresses sign, welcomgin guests into the event space.
Our photobooth was one of the most fun addition we purchased for the wedding but instead of going with their default background they brought us them, we made out own. Dan and Dad both worked tirelessly creating the frame and them all that was needed to do was add a few golden streamers and our blushes and cream coloured tassels. We loved how this turned out and it cost so little to make but makes such a strong impression.
And just look how cute the photos turned out?!
One of the nicest things I made were matching shirts for Dan and me to wear after the wedding. They were so adorable, and we did look cute wearing them side by side.