Retro decor finds, tons of DIYed macrame details, and a '70s-inspired theme were at the center of this wedding's aesthetic. But it was the love that got us in the end. Sweet and meaningful song choices, a sweet first look, and some awesome dance moves swept us away in Shannon and Andy's macrame wedding in Calgary. Don't miss their sweet young daughter in her flower crown, too!
Here's more from the bride…
My vision drew from the craft of Macramé and quickly developed into an entire '70s-inspired theme. Coral and burnt oranges, soft blues and teals, natural cotton, and even mustard yellow all found their purpose within the overall look. 100 guests attended and all parts of the wedding took place within a community hall with two separate rooms.
The main décor attraction was the macramé backdrop. It was used for the ceremony backdrop and behind the head table as well. Having never attempted the craft before, I was pleased with all that we created. 10,000 feet of 5mm cotton rope was used throughout. Wall hangings, chair backs, plant hangers, and table skirts, all made of knotted rope and yarn, helped create a warm, relaxed environment.
We had DIY terrarium centrepieces and houseplants in hangings suspended over each table were the foremost greenery. Compliments to my amazing father, for implementing the logistics and confidently finagling the ten pound hangings over each table.
There are a few moments that stand out. The first best moment was the first look. It was exciting to see one another all gussied up, and it was emotional because we were both thinking about the day ahead and what it meant. It was also the first time we saw our little Dakota all dressed up.
The next best moment was reading our personal vows. It felt like a culmination of our time and experiences together had reached their moment in the sun. Dakota’s presence in the ceremony was paramount, as we solidified a family bond that was always there but was now signified.
My final favourite moment was our first dance and the dances that followed. Our song was “Darlin’ Be Home Soon” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. This song is not exactly current, but it’s dear to us because of our love for classic rock n’ roll and its lyrics. At the start, Andy worked out-of-town for long periods and we missed one another. I came upon this song one day and it seemed to encapsulate our thoughts about having found one another and then having to be apart.
My advice? Don't lose sight of what is important. It can seem overwhelming and trying at times. Cherishing the moment and being present is undoubtedly what it’s all about, but the journey to get to that moment should be valued, too. Remember what you set out to accomplish and hold true to that.
Photography: Sarah Pukin Photography • Bride Getting Ready Location: Kensington Riverside Inn • Bride’s Dress Designer: Watters Bridal • Shoes: Zulily.com • Jewelry: Le Chateau • Flower Crowns: Amborella Floral Studio • Bridal Party Attire: Dillards • Bride's Hair and Makeup: Breanne Sinclair • Bridesmaids' Hair and Makeup: Amanda • Cufflinks: Handed down from Andy’s grandfather • Suit and Shoes/Tie: Moores • Shannon's ring: vintage from an online estate sale out of San Francisco • Andy's ring: Ring Odering • Invitations: The Paper Lover Co. – Alison Hui • Ceremony and Reception Location: Triwood Community Association • Justice of the Peace: Marsha Doell • Caterer: Distinctive Catering • Singing Duo at Cocktail Hour and Dinner Hour: Sammy Jean and Jamil Ahmed • Reception Band: The Mocking Shadows • Florist and Day of Coordination: My friend Keely Sorette. She is a painter and creative powerhouse • Dessert: lovingly made by some of the most influential female figures in the bride's life. A wonderful array of famous family recipes were created and enjoyed • Wedding Signs: Designed by Shannon and printed with VistaPrint