Homespun Bohemian Canadian Wedding: Katarina + Jesse

wooded bride and groom

When we tell you Katarina + Jesse’s day was truly a handmade with love type of celebration, we totally mean it. These guys didn’t just stop at the typical easy-peasy DIY crafts. They built tables, hand dyed linens, scoured garage sales + thrift stores and made their own wine – all with the help of their closest family + friends! Everything came together beautifully at Jesse’s grandparent’s hay field and family cabin, and we love how each sweet, little detail meant something special and made the celebration a fun reflection of the two of them! Here’s a bit more about the day from Kat:

Jesse and I are both quite simple, we don’t really like flashy things or sparkles or extravagance. We like earthy things, clean air, camping, creating things ourselves and having a good time with our friends and family. Virtually everything was DIY by someone close to us. I created the invitations myself. We built and stained 12 picnic tables and created 16 spruce benches ourselves. My best friend crocheted my barefoot sandal. My sister and I dyed the table cloths. My sister did our flowers. My grandma, Opa, mother and sister along with Jesse’s Aunts, Oma, Great Oma and mother prepared our desserts and my mother made all of the salads. My brother in law did the music. I hand painted the table numbers using vintage postcards, and created the place cards. Jesse’s grandparents allowed us to use their hay field and family cabin.

A big thanks to Heart + Sparrow Photography for sharing these lovely images with us today + congrats to the newlyweds on a beautiful day!

log cabin

wooden wedding sign

forest boutonniere

wooded canadian bride

Our first look. I was unsure about the idea of it at first, having that instilled belief that I needed to see my husbands face as I walked down the aisle. However, I wanted our first look at each other to be personal and with 90 people watching I didn’t think it would be. I was so rushed right before it, waiting for my sister to arrive to help me get ready and doing last minute things at the reception sight. But as soon as I walked up behind Jesse, and I felt butterflies in my stomach and my hands were shaking, the anticipation and excitement in the air was palpable. Those moments with him made me forget everything else that was happening. I was marrying the most incredible being I had ever met.

canadian first look

canadian first look

canadian first look

flower crown canadian bride

boho bride and groom

boho bride and groom

backless wedding dress

lavender flower crown

We’re super in love with Kat’s gorge For Love and Lemons dress (which she purchased from Revolve Clothing) and that awesome berry-hued bouquet, made by her talented sister!

boho peony bouquet

boho bride and groom

boho wedding party

feather boutonniere

boho canadian ceremony

blanket ceremony

boho canadian ceremony

For our processional, Here Beside Me by The Henri Girls was performed live with cello accompaniment by friends. This was my wedding present to Jesse and I kept it a complete surprise. The lyrics of this song are just perfection and one of our childhood friends played cello white another sang. In a sunlit field, surrounded by our love ones, this song rang out and Jesse had the biggest smile on his face. 

boho canadian ceremony

boho canadian ceremony

boho canadian ceremony

boho canadian ceremony

boho canadian ceremony

boho bride and groom

postcard table numbers

boho reception

The reception tent was decked out with all kinds of amazing homespun details, like fresh garden flowers, sustainable bamboo tableware, pretty table numbers painted by Kat, and – of course  – lots of homemade wine!

postcard table numbers

boho tablescape

boho tablescape

recyclable plates

custom wine bottles

peony centerpieces

naked cake

first dance

Early on, Jesse and I decided on the most important aspects of our wedding as we had a very limited budget but very BIG ideas. We decided that great photography was our greatest want – a beautiful way to remember all the hard work we put into and all the big love we got out of our wedding day. Choosing Natalie as our photographer was THE best decision we could have made. I really feel like we found a kindred soul that captured exactly what we wanted captured - family, happiness, love and light.

Figure out what is most important to you, involve your friends and family and don’t give up on your vision. Throughout the planning process we encountered many set backs that had me doubting whether our wedding vision was appropriate or achievable. I am such a perfectionist and I have trouble asking for help (especially when I want everyone to be surprised). Because Jesse didn’t arrive to help with wedding things until 2 weeks before the wedding, I had created this concrete vision of how things NEEDED to be mostly without him. Wedding planning long distance is extremely difficult. There were times were I felt unbelievably frustrated because Jesse wasn’t there. Find your support system! If it were not for the collection of wonderful people in our lives, giving up some control to them and trusting them, our day would not have been possible. And of course, relax and enjoy the day. Try to have as much done BEFORE hand as you can, so you can really take time to absorb every little bit about the day you get to marry your soulmate.

photography: Heart + Sparrow Photography // planning + design: The Bride + Family // venue: Private Property, Sundre in Alberta, Canada // florals: The bride’s sister arranged and created all of the flowers, bridal bouquet and boutonnieres using wildflowers the couple had picked from the property and feathers they had collected on their travels // bride’s dress: For Love and Lemons purchased from Revolve Clothing // groom’s attire: Shirt from Maliposhaclothes pants are Volcom, vest is vintage // invitations: Handmade by the bride, using vintage postcards from Etsy as RSVP cards // cake: A carrot-cake with creamcheese icing naked wedding cake was created by Jesse’s Aunt Corrina. It was a complete surprise for us for our wedding day. We also had a dessert table full of cakes, squares, crumbles and cream puffs made by our closet friends and family. It was such a sweet potluck of love // catering: Kodiak BBQ and salads all by the bride’s mother, Carla // tent: Alberta Rentals // biodegradable/compostable cutlery, dinnerware and cups: Green Munch // dinnerware, napkins, wineglasses: Ikea // wedding tree favors: Treetime //  rings: Jesse – Under The Porch, Kat – Wexford Jewelers

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Iceland Black Sand Beach Elopement: Rosmery + Nate

Iceland elopement

If you missed Rosmery + Nate’s idyllic Iceland engagement photos we shared a bit earlier today, you’ll definitely want to take minute to check those out! They’re, naturally, the perfect precursor to their insanely gorgeous private elopement on the black sand beach of Dyrholaey in Iceland. While we often gush about our love for elopements, this one really is something else! From R + N’s impeccably perfect personal style to the breathtakingly unique backdrops + captures by their photographer Pat Furey, every ounce of this stunning vow exchange is completely original + incredibly stunning…

Rosmery says, We wanted an intimate ceremony where we could exchange vows privately to each other and we did just that. We chose a secluded spot on the beach with a lovely cave as a backdrop. The roaring sound of the waves crashing against the shore made it such that we could only hear ourselves, which added to the intimacy of the moment.

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dotted lace robe

bridal hair comb

As far as first look locations go, it really doesn’t get better than this!

iceland first look

iceland first look

two piece wedding dress

lace top wedding dress

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iceland

gorgeous long veil

gorgeous long veil

It rained on our wedding day, and it was absolutely amazing! Rain in Iceland is beautiful to watch and we thoroughly enjoyed the light shower as we exchanged vows.

iceland elopement ceremony

iceland elopement ceremony

iceland elopement ceremony

iceland elopement ceremony

iceland black sand beach

iceland black sand beach

white garden rose bouquet

iceland black sand beach

iceland black sand beach

two piece wedding dress

veil

lace top

And there really are no words to describe our utter obsession with Rosmery’s two-piece Emily Riggs dress + veil…

tulle skirt wedding dress

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iceland elopement

iceland elopement

white garden rose bouquet

Emily Riggs wedding dress

two piece wedding dress

After seeing these images, Iceland is totally at the top of our list of places to visit.

iceland elopement

Emily Riggs wedding dress

iceland elopement

iceland elopement

iceland elopement

iceland elopement

iceland horses

iceland downed plane

Emily Riggs wedding dress

iceland downed plane

iceland downed plane

iceland downed plane

Aren’t these plane wreckage photos rad? According to Instagram’s blog, While there’s extremely limited historical information regarding what exactly happened to the fuselage, legend has it that in 1973, during particularly unsavory weather conditions, an airplane ran out of fuel and was forced to make a crash-landing on a beach just west of a small town called Vík. Everyone on board survived, and the wreckage was abandoned in the black sand.

iceland downed plane

iceland downed plane

iceland downed plane

iceland downed plane

bridal hair comb

Emily Riggs dress

iceland waterfall

Pat, Rosmery + Nate ended their adventurous day with a couple of shots in front of an Icelandic waterfall. Just gorgeous!

iceland waterfall

iceland waterfall

iceland waterfall

Elopements are beautiful because of their simplicity, so my advice is to keep it simple. Pick a location, book a fantastic photographer, and go!

photography: Pat Furey Photography // location: Dyrholaey, Iceland // florals: Reykjavikur Blom // wedding dress + veil: Emily Riggs // hair + makeup: Gunnhildur Birna Gunnarsdóttir //  groom suit: Tommy Hilfiger

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Idyllic Iceland Engagement Session: Rosmery + Nate

iceland engagement

We’re pretty excited about today’s two part Icelandic feature by the super talented Pat Furey Photography. First, we’ll be sharing Rosmery + Nate’s stunning engagement photos, set amongst the breathtaking hills + terrain of Dryolahey. But the main event, their amazing black sand beach elopement, will be coming up in just a bit so don’t forget to check back soon!

For their pre-wedding session, Rosmery chose the prettiest Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt paired with a simple gray top from ASOS. We love how her look showed off her spot-on style, but didn’t compete with the wildly gorgeous surroundings, or more importantly, upstage what these images are really about: her + Nate’s love for each other!

iceland landscape

iceland

iceland engagement

blue tulle engagement skirt

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

blue tulle engagement skirt

blue tulle engagement skirt

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

We love this sweet, happy shot!

blue tulle engagement skirt

blue tulle engagement skirt

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

Pretty amazing, right? Wait until you see their elopement photos, coming up in just a bit!

photography: Pat Furey Photography // location: Dyrholaey, Iceland // hair + makeup: Gunnhildur Birna Gunnarsdóttir // skirt: Alexandra Grecco // top: ASOS

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