Monday, March 7, 2011

Mr & Mrs

This Mr and Mrs post is a week late but it is well worth the wait! I wanted to make sure I got all the details down from this beautiful real wedding. Alyssa, a friend of mine and amazingly talented artist got married recently to Shane Yuhas and is a great example of a DIY wedding with a limited budget and their dream wedding. I knew that I had to share her and her hubby's gorgeous concept and story. Enjoy! Get inspired! 

Some details from the bride: My vision for our wedding, was one that reflected us as a couple. We didn't want to compromise, or incorporate traditions we didn't understand or enjoy ourselves. We didn't have a cake cutting, flower toss or garter throw, assigned seating, or a head table. We didn't have a lot of money. What we did have was an amazing evening wedding, that was creative, casual and meaningful.

A great idea to replace the pillow! Their ring bearer carried a white ceramic bowl with their rings attached with "wherever you go, I will go." (a piece of their vows) stamped inside. SO cute!

Alyssa's love for paper played out in her bridesmaids and flower girl bouquets: made out of paper flowers from vintage sewing patterns, lace, and white paper flowers found in a home decorating store.

The Yuhas decided to do a reveal beforehand ( in Alyssa's bedroom where Shane proposed with 400 balloons 8 months before) and did all their formal pictures before the ceremony. Isn't this picture a great moment?

  Alyssa had their ushers hand out a small snack before the ceremony began, as guests entered their venue. Small packages of pretzels, that they created themselves, were given to guests with a sticker labeled "enjoy".

The programs they made were mini "guides" to the night. They explained the events that would take place, had bios of their attendants, lists of people involved, and tips to have the best party! What a great way to make your guests feel comfortable! 

Their typewriter guest book looks like its straight out of an anthropologie ad :) 

20" balloons that her dad secured with metal rings were scattered around their venue, great idea if your limited to decor in your space! 

The ceremony and wedding were held in the same location, the Aerospace museum. They didn't have a head table, which kept the night very casual and allowed the bride and groom to mingle with guests freely and immediately following the ceremony(another benefit of doing the pictures before).

Alyssa and Shane did their signing on each others backs instead of a formal table.
 Such a fun, relaxed idea! 

The Yuhas' centerpieces were a mix of mismatched glass vases, found at antique and thrift stores. Filled with dried baby's breath and hydrangeas. They were covered in cream tablecloths with dyed doilies, Alyssa collected vintage doilies for about a year and dyed them in blue and red to use throughout the space.

Alyssa had gold frames with pictures from their engagement scattered throughout the tables and wedding photos of hers and Shane's parents/grandparents featured on the guest book table. Such a great idea to merge your families, and they make free table decor! 

Alyssa and Shane's catering was based on Shane's Ukrainian background. Alyssa describes it as: homemade, easy to eat, and in appetizer form. With lots of choices for their guests!

 Instead of a wedding cake, they had a large selection of cakes, mousses, pies and cheesecakes. 

I love the blue and red striped straws at their drinks table and the "etch it" name tags for people to label their drinks, 
great touch!

Some of their formals:

Bride's ivory dress by Watters. Alyssa made her own headpiece with birdcage and a vintage broach. Pearl bracelet was from her late grandma. During photos, Alyssa wore a vintage persian lamb coat from her great grandma. 


Shane wore a mix of pieces all found at various places (online, stores in Calgary and thrift stores).

All my love to Shane and Alyssa! A beautiful day and a gorgeous couple! 

{ Photographer: Phil Crozier, Photobooth Photographer: Tye Carson, Hair: Lindsey at Cabella Salon
Makeup: Dalyce Chomick }

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