Handmade Canadian Barn Wedding: Katy + Tyler

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Katy + Tyler’s handmade Canadian barn wedding incorporated some of our favorite things: a sweet, underlying camp theme? Check. The perfect balance of vintage charm + rustic romance? Check. Impeccable style + tons of great DIYs? …Well, you get the picture! :)

These two cuties tied the knot last summer with meaningful celebration on the grounds of Tyler’s family farm in Ontario. Katy wore a simple, breezy dress paired with a flower crown; Tyler looked dapper in his jeans + suspenders; And they chose to design their day with homespun details that were sentimental and represented their journey together. The end result was a wedding that was relaxed, fun + filled with love – which is just how it should be, right?!

We kind of can’t wait for you to see the pretty photos by Steve Stanton Photography, so let’s get right to it!

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Pups rocking a floral collar will get us every time! Learn how to make a wreath of blooms for your furry friend in one of our past DIY posts!

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vintage cars

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hanging bottles

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The family property where we have hiked for years was our venue and being outdoors, surrounded by farm fields and forest was familiar and spectacular. One of my favourite moments of the day was facing my husband during the warm and sunny ceremony, as my friend played piano and sang. I looked up and saw the 30 flower-filled bottles dangling from the tree branch above, blowing in the breeze, as we were surround by everyone whom we love most and thought, this day could not be more perfect! 

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ceremony

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Katy + Tyler lucked out big time, because Tyler’s mom is the owner of Sweet Vintage Caravan Co., so they had their pick of fun vintage rides to incorporate into their day!

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rustic vintage tablescape

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And love their sweet wedding film by Joel VanZ!

Fortunate to have had a long engagement of three years, we had plenty of time to plan, which was key! I'd recommend taking your time. We utilized all our assets, friends and family for their various skills. Doing it ourselves assured that we were fully represented as a couple, rather than conforming to what a wedding is ‘supposed’ to be. People will have expectations and ideas about how you should run your wedding day- stay true to you, you won't regret it! Invest in an amazing photographer and videographer. There was so much we missed, and after all your hard work planning, all that is left are photographs! Most importantly, take a moment, perhaps while eating and look around at all your loved ones in one room and take it all in- it's over before you know it.

photography: Steve Stanton Photography // venue: Sagewood Farm Port Perry in Ontario, Canada // planning + design: Planning by bride & design by bride & mother-in-law // catering: All Fired up Muskoka // florals: Coriander Girl // videography: Joel VanZ // vintage cards: Family owned – Sweet Vintage Caravan Co. // hair: Kelly Araujo of Hair on The Avenue // makeup: Liz Robertson

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryJoel VanZ – Outdoor Wedding Films is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Beautiful, Stylish Travel Bags from Lo & Sons

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Confession time: we LOVE traveling but can’t stand packing! And while some of that is based on indecisiveness (do I really need to bring that 4th pair of shoes?!), a big part of it is the functionality of our luggage, which is typically less than stellar. I’m sure more than a few of you agree, right? It’s hard to find a stylish, lightweight travel bag that not only looks great, but can withstand the test of time. Helen Lo, creator of Lo & Sons, suffered from the same ordeal — and terrible back + muscle pain — that forced her to travel light. In her hunt for a great lightweight travel carry-on, she had a hard time finding one that wasn’t just a giant bottomless pit with no pockets, or a super sporty/techie bag. So she turned to her sons who were currently working in advertising + product design research. They left their jobs to help their mom create the perfect lightweight travel bag!

We’re pretty glad that they did! We love that Lo & Sons‘ stylish bags are perfect for honeymoons, destination weddings, bachelorette parties + more!

Lo & Sons Bags
Lo & Sons Bags


A few more reasons to love  travel bags:

Lightweight. Lo & Sons chose lightweight materials like nylon and canvas to help ease the load on your shoulders. Because when you’re traveling, your bag shouldn’t weigh more than the stuff it carries!

High Quality. Each bag is carefully crafted with high quality materials and details like custom hardware, sleek but sturdy straps, jacquard interior lining, real leather trim, pre-washed canvas, and water resistant nylons.

Lo & Sons Bags

Lo & Sons Bags


Functionality. Lo &Sons designed their products with the modern on-the-go woman in mind, with features like easily accessible pockets, a laptop compartment, and an adjustable sleeve for sliding over your suitcase handles.

Style. Their products are simple but still chic + elegant. Lo & Sons didn’t want their products to be covered with logos and flashy branding, believing that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

Price/Value.  Lo & Sons nylon bags are a bit more expensive than the usual nylon bag, but only because they are made from a highest quality nylon. The bags also a lot more functional, with more pockets and features, than most nylon bags.

Lo & Sons Bags

Lo & Sons Bags


And we’re thrilled to let you guys know that Lo & Sons is generously offering GWS readers 20% off with the promo code “GWS0414″, making now the perfect time to splurge on a timeless + stylish travel bag for your destination wedding, an upcoming girls’ weekend, or your honeymoon!

Promotion expires on April 30th, 2014 + cannot be applied to sale items or be combined with other discount codes.

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DIY: Giant Fringe LOVE Letters

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Today we are sharing how to make those giant fringe LOVE letters you saw from our GWS booth from The Cream Event! These letters would make a super fun ceremony backdrop, or reception decor piece! You could even spell out your new last name, nicknames or other sweet words! Love all the possibilities!

One thing to note before we share how to create these…we wanted to use crepe paper for these and had a hard time finding crepe paper (in the colors we wanted) in any stores, but then we discovered Carte Fini and they have the BEST selection we have found! So many different pretty colors and great customer service. Highly recommend them if you are looking for crepe paper. Another note about crepe paper, it is much thicker and more flexible than tissue paper, so it helps make the fringe on these letters much sturdier. We love crepe paper! :)

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What You’ll Need
• 4 large boxes
• Box cutter
• Crepe paper (we used these colors, but you could use any you like – Red Velvet,Coral, Salmon, Pink Suede)
• Shredder scissors
• Duct tape
• T-ruler
Glue (paper specific)

Our letters all stand 30″ tall and 22″ wide. You could make your letters smaller or larger also!

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Step 1: Measure 22″ x 30″ square on your box. This is the space you will use to draw your ‘love’ letters in. Draw your letters in each box individually (we used one box per letter) and in the largest space on the box, inside the slats. Use a t-ruler to make your lines exact. We drew all our letters to have a 7 inch width.

*Note: our ‘V’ letter has a deeper bottom than 7″ due to spacing. As long as the arms of the ‘V’ are 7″ you are good! For the ‘O’ we drew a box in the middle that had 7″ spacing on the sides, so the middle was a square. Then we free-handed the curves of the inside.

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Step 2: Cut your letters out with the box cutter and make sure you are doing this on a surface that can’t be damaged by the cutter (i.e. a cement floor, place an extra box underneath). Since the boxes have two sides, cut through both layers so you can save time with having to cut out the other letter again.

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Step 3: Once your letters are cut out, measure the sides to be the depth of your letter which gives your shape its the 3D quality. To measure these, figure out how many sides there are on your letter, and make that many pieces in the same length, with the width of 7″. Cut these out.

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Step 4: Now that all your pieces are cut out, tape them together. We used small pieces of clear duct tape to put the sides together.

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Step 5: For the fringe and paper, we only covered the front part of the letter. For the rest of the sides and insides we glued the crepe paper flat around the sides. So start by covering the insides and sides with crepe paper and glue down. You can stretch these pieces of paper to give double the length needed.

*Note: For the top and ends, we tucked the paper down the sides to give the paper a “seamless” look so you couldn’t see the edges of the box.

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Step 6: Cut your fringe pieces out for the front. We measured strips of paper for each row and cut. You can leave some extra length on the side and then trim down later if needed. Start at the bottom and glue piece by piece going up the letter. Make sure to have each piece cover the gap from the fringe underneath.

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So fun! If you make these fringe letters, we’d love to see how they turn out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thanks to Katie Pritchard for the photos!

 

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