Photographer: Butter Studios
Venue: London Heritage Farm
After Party: River Rock Casino & Conference Centre
Wedding Planner: Smitten Events
Decorations: Bespoke Decor Rentals
Bride’s Dress: Brides for a Cause
Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie
Hair & Makeup: Victoria Kuzma
Groom’s Outfit: Raffinatto
Groomsmen Outfit: Nordstrom Rack (pants & shirts), Brooks Brothers (ties)
Flowers: Garden Party Flowers
Le Tigre, Culver City Salads (food trucks)
Cakes & Pavlovas: Whole Foods Catering
Jewellery: The Borrowed Collection
Officiant: Randy Hamm
DJ: Girl on Wax
Choreographer: Clear the Floor

When Crystal Henrickson and Peter Skinner tied the knot at London Heritage Farm in Richmond last summer, it was after a yearlong crafting project for the bride. And Crystal admits she revelled in it all – from hand-tying the first of a thousand pompoms for “pompom confetti,” to painting a plethora of sign posts, and selecting decor items from around their home so each table could house a theme from the couple’s life, like “Culinary,” “Travel” and “Nerdy.”

“Our day was truly a personalized affair,” says Crystal of their August wedding, which was planned with the help of Smitten Events and photographed by Butter Studios.

As Crystal’s father had recently passed away, she walked down the aisle alone, holding a bouquet wrapped with lines of her father’s poetry. At the couple’s insistence, guests were poised with mason jars filled with spike-your-own punches, Driftwood beer or wine and snacks at the ready. The minister kept the ceremony light with quotes from Crystal and Peter’s favourite shows and leading guests in a raucous cheer for the newlyweds. Pompom confetti rained down on the couple as they walked back up the aisle and headed for their “photo booth reception line” where they greeted guests and snapped photos with them in front of a big red barn.

Dinner and speeches took place inside a clear tent lit by chandeliers and candles. Le Tigre served “kickass pork belly and popcorn chicken rice bowls” with “beet fries” on the side, while Culver City Salads offered a choice of vegan salads.

Swapping table numbers for themes, the reception’s long communal tables were adorned with sentimental trinkets collected from the couple’s lives – including maps and travel guides from places Crystal and Peter had explored on the “Travel” table, and dress-up masks, puzzles and Scrabble titles on the “Nerd” table. The head table featured old photos of the couple’s nearest and dearest to create a theme in itself.

For dessert, Crystal and Peter skipped the traditional cake in favour of individual pavlovas (the bride’s favourite birthday dessert) and angel food cakes (the groom’s favourite). Guests were invited to top their treats with whipped cream and “Aunt Linda’s strawberries,” which the groom had helped make months before. 

The couple danced their first dance to “Anyone But You” by the Moldy Peaches under the twinkling lights in the gazebo. Strung above were wedding photos of all their family, present and past. “We were literally surrounded by love,” says Crystal.

With nightfall setting, guests grabbed snacks for the road from the paper bag snack table, before a school bus whisked them off to a dance party at the River Rock Casino. Crystal and Peter arrived a little later, wearing matching red Converse sneakers and performing a choreographed dance to Flo Rida’s “Let the Good Times Roll.”

“And roll they did!” says Crystal.