Photographer: Pebble and Pine Photography

Venue: Church and State Wines

Pre-ceremony photos: Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa & Woodwynn Farms

Day-of Coordinator: Trish Johnston, of Brew Creek Centre

Bride's Dress: Truvelle, from The White Peony

Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

Groom's Outfit: J.Crew

Groomsmen Outfits: TOPMAN

Ties & Pocket Squares: Beaux Ties

Makeup: Carly Flint

Hair: Marion Groot

Stationery: Minted

Florals: Rook & Rose

Catering: Church and State Wines

Cake: Coastal Cake Company

Jewellery: Catherine Hartley

Officiant: Bobbi Salkeld, of Young, Hip & Married

Music: Cole Schmidt, of Pugs and Crows

Lindsay and Darren chose a destination wedding on Vancouver Island to celebrate on August 29, 2015. They say they’re thankful to their 75 guests who indulged their vision and came to the island to toast the couple.

The venue — Church and State Wines — made a lot of sense to the pair, who counts wine tasting amongst their favourite activities. The late August date was meant to ensure a sun-drenched day, but an extreme weather warning the week of their wedding changed that. Upon arrival at the venue, the discovered the power had been knocked out by high winds and that the kitchen was cooking off a generator. To make matters worse, Lindsay’s step-father was stuck on the highway, which meant that the U-Haul full of wedding supplies would be late.

The day-of coordinator and staff at Church and State kicked it into high gear, moving the ceremony inside and filling the space with tea lights. “The result was an intimate candlelit ceremony with acoustic guitar,” says Lindsay. The power came back on just before dinner. Some guests were cheered, but others commented on the loss of the romantic tea light-lit romantic ambience. “It was wasn’t what we had planned,” they tell Real Weddings, “but in the end it was perfect.”

Friend and officiant Bobbi Salkeld customized the ceremony to reflect Lindsay and Darren’s lighthearted and sweet dynamic. When he introduced the bride and her parents, 70 wine glasses clinked the floor (“It was music to my ears, since it meant our guests were being well taken care of during the unusual circumstances,” says Lindsay). The couple wrote their own vows, each ending with a phrase that resonated with them: “I’m so lucky you chose me.”

For décor, Lindsay and Darren chose to forgo floral arrangements, spending on food and drink instead. The tables were laid out with live succulents in galvanized tins. Lindsay says their angular, graphic quality inspired her to focus on the text. “I borrowed a colleague’s manual typewriter and used shipping tags from my local office supply store to prepare the seating plan and personalized tags for the welcome gifts we prepared for our out-of-town guests (bottles of locally-brewed craft beer and chocolate-dipped pretzels).”

Lindsay loves to craft, so she used stencils and burlap to make table numbers and bunting. For favours, she made jars of spicy rosé wine jelly.

Many of the vintage details were sourced from Stepback in Vancouver, like the card catalogue drawer as a card box (Lindsay is a librarian, so this was fitting) and vintage bottles. “We used my family’s collection of vintage tea cups for coffee and tea service — a special nod to my grandma who passed away 5 months prior to the wedding,” says Lindsay.

But the couple didn’t do all of the DIY themselves. “Our wedding truly was a team effort.” Darren’s parents built a customized cornhole game, complete with beanbags in the wedding colours (white, grey, navy and creamy yellow). Lindsay’s mother refinished a number of furniture pieces, including a beautiful vintage couch and coffee table stenciled with Lindsay and Darren’s initials, to create a lounge area. “Her partner built us a birch archway from wood he collected, which was the perfect addition to our impromptu indoor ceremony.”


Advice from the bride and groom

“Start early if you plan to DIY. Almost every project I took on required a few tries before getting it just right,” says Lindsay.

“Be willing to let go on the big day,” they say. “Turn off your phones and trust in the community of friends, family and vendors to bring your vision to life.”