For Jennifer and Craig McAllister, putting together their French-country style wedding was a true labour of love. “One of the things that made the day so special was just the fact that so many details were either handcrafted or had some kind of sentimental value,” explains the bride.
Deciding to hold their intimate ceremony at Jennifer’s parents’ home, where she grew up, they were able to include meaningful details like her great-grandmother’s desk and trunk. Both families pitched in to help — making pinwheels became a family affair, while the bride’s mother made and embroidered handkerchiefs for all the ladies. For her part, Jennifer designed and printed all the tags, paper bags, menus, Instagram cards and programs herself, and made the pretty ribbon curtain. And, she points out, Craig was involved in every detail, providing plenty of moral support along the way.
Family was also a key part of the wedding ceremony, with Craig’s aunt reading a Scottish poem to celebrate their backgrounds. Then it was off to the reception at Farmhouse Lifestyle in Pitt Meadows, which offers beautiful grounds complete with a pond, mini island, blueberry fields, barns and plenty of vintage furniture.
Jennifer had collected more than 60 pieces of milk glass, which she used to bring her vision of white flowers and succulents to life. She was also responsible for the giant blackboard at the reception, where using her cartoon-drawing skills, she documented her and Craig’s lives and adventures over the years. She even gifted Craig with a special surprise at the reception: a cigar bar, complete with thrift-shop “manly ashtrays” and bottles just for him and his “boys.”
“The day was absolutely beautiful, sunny, warm, joy-filled, perfect,” says Jennifer.
Photographer: Priscilla Locke Photography | Reception Venue: Farmhouse Lifestyle Ltd. | Bride’s Dress: Isabelle’s Bridal | Hair: Kailey Michelle Events | Makeup: Bliss Spa Mobile | Groom’s Outfit: Samson Wardrobes | Stationery: DIY | Bouquet: Garlands Florists | Reception Flowers: Farmhouse Lifestyle Ltd. | Catering: Crave Catering | Jewellery: J.Crew | Cigars: City Cigar | Décor Supplies: Urban Source, The Home Depot, Dressew