Whimsical DIY wedding invitations

Whimsical DIY wedding invitations

Pre-wedding yoga at Little Shuswap Lake

Pre-wedding yoga at Little Shuswap Lake

Ethereal Hailey Page wedding gown from Cameo & Cufflinks

Ethereal Hailey Page wedding gown from Cameo & Cufflinks

Outdoor ceremony space at Quaaout Lodge in Little Shuswap, florals by Tangerine Orchid

Outdoor ceremony space at Quaaout Lodge in Little Shuswap, florals by Tangerine Orchid

Pink and purple wedding florals by Tangerine Orchid

Pink and purple wedding florals by Tangerine Orchid

Pink and purple groomsmen bowties

Pink and purple groomsmen bowties

DIY floral headpiece and dress for flower girl at Little Shuswap wedding

DIY floral headpiece and dress for flower girl at Little Shuswap wedding

Cufflink wedding gift

Cufflink wedding gift

Pink boutonniere for ring bearer by Tangerine Orchid

Pink boutonniere for ring bearer by Tangerine Orchid

Outdoor ceremony space at Quaaout Lodge on Little Shuswap Lake

Outdoor ceremony space at Quaaout Lodge on Little Shuswap Lake

DIY wedding schedules and fans

DIY wedding schedules and fans

Tasteful pink and purple ceremony florals by Tangerine Orchid

Tasteful pink and purple ceremony florals by Tangerine Orchid

Tasteful pink and purple archway florals by Tangerine Orchid

Tasteful pink and purple archway florals by Tangerine Orchid

Tasteful pink and purple archway florals by Tangerine Orchid

Tasteful pink and purple archway florals by Tangerine Orchid

Chalkboard seating chart by Defining Decor in BC

Chalkboard seating chart by Defining Decor in BC

Picnic-style bohemian reception at Quaaout Lodge in BC

Picnic-style bohemian reception at Quaaout Lodge in BC

Midsummer Night's Dream inspired reception decor by Defining Decor in British Columbia

Midsummer Night's Dream inspired reception decor by Defining Decor in British Columbia

DIY moss escort cards

DIY moss escort cards

Tasteful pink and purple wedding bouquet

Tasteful pink and purple wedding bouquet

BC wedding photographer Kevin Trowbridge captures TV-style bridal party photograph

BC wedding photographer Kevin Trowbridge captures TV-style bridal party photograph

Pink bridal party

Pink bridal party

Pink and purple bridal party and florals

Pink and purple bridal party and florals

Little Shuswap Lake wedding

Little Shuswap Lake wedding

Groom's boutonniere

Groom's boutonniere

Willow tree wedding photo

Willow tree wedding photo

Whimsical wedding decor and florals

Whimsical wedding decor and florals

Wedding cupcakes instead of cake

Wedding cupcakes instead of cake

Pink and purple forest-themed cake by Sweet on You in Okanagan BC

Pink and purple forest-themed cake by Sweet on You in Okanagan BC

Rustic lodge wedding BC, Quaaout Lodge

Rustic lodge wedding BC, Quaaout Lodge

teepee wedding BC, Quaaout Lodge

teepee wedding BC, Quaaout Lodge

Photographer: Kevin Trowbridge Photography

Venue: Quaaout Lodge

Décor: Tyler O'Hara, Defining Decor

Florals: Shannon Prodor, Tangerine Orchid

Cake & Cupcakes: Sweet on You

Bride's Dress: Hailey Paige, available at Cameo & Cufflinks

Groom's Tux: Paul Bentenly

Makeup: Melissa Craven

Hair: MUAH

Music: Derek Learmonth

Growing up, Nelle spent her summers at her parent’s cabin on the Shuswap. It was nearby to Quaaout Lodge, a place she and Alex visited many times as a couple—and a location that had many happy memories for the whole family. So when Alex proposed and the couple began the planning process, Quaaout Lodge stood out. “I loved the idea of a venue that combined a beautiful, majestic forest setting with pristine views of the Little Shuwsap Lake,” says Nelle. That combination perfectly captured the Midsummer Night’s Dream theme the couple set out to create.

They wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the venue and chose a pink and purple palette, in many shades, to accompany the lush greenery of the locale. “It also helped that purple is my absolute favourite colour,” laughs Nelle. The Midsummer Night’s Dream theme was a balance of bohemian, whimsy and glamour; “a party that you could imagine fairy royalty throwing in the middle of the forest with ethereal twinkling lights and moss-covered chandeliers,” say the couple.

Their planner and vendors all worked closely together to achieve this vision, and the results were spectacular. Mossy escort card picture frames (inspired by Pinterest, of course), tree trunk cupcake stands, romantic floral arches and sweeping displays, and miniature terrariums, complete with moss, leaves and tiny flowers, as well as Shakespearean quotes about gratefulness and thanks—every detail was well-thought out and perfected.

And many of the elements were DIY projects that the bride and family pitched in to complete. Alex proudly constructed the cupcake stands, Nelle’s aunt made the flower girl’s darling dress and her father made the Shakespearean table numbers. The couple wanted to include as many personal details as possible and bring their family into the planning process.

The morning of the ceremony, Nelle and her bridal party awoke early and headed to the lake for a yoga session. The hotel guests were still sound asleep so they had the lakefront to themselves. “It helped everyone relax and really prepared me for all of the excitement that was to come later in the day,” explains Nelle. Following the class, the bridal party sipped mimosas while they got ready.

One of the most unique elements of the wedding was Nelle’s stunning alabaster Hailey Paige gown. It wasn’t what she originally envisioned (a sleek, lacy white ensemble) but it was love at first sight and with her bridal party in tow at the boutique, she had the encouragement of all those around her. “Everyone said it was meant for me.”

Throughout the day, Nelle and Alex say there were so many special moments. Nelle’s mother pinned a beautiful antique broach—her great grandmother’s—to her dress as something old; the couple remembered their grandparents in a heartwarming slideshow during the reception; they exchanged heartfelt letters, both doodled with the same silly picture, a throwback to their early dating days; Alex’s mother gave Nelle a custom-made gold ring to represent the joining of their family.

The reception took place beneath a canopy of glittering lights overlooking the lake. To keep the party open and the conversation flowing, the couple opted for a picnic-style head table. “Our decorator really took advantage of the venue’s architecture by adding romantic draping and purple up lighting behind the table.” The speech and laughter-filled reception flowed right into a dance at the venue’s gazebo—a natural dance floor.

This wedding was certainly touched by fairies as in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as the guests stayed on to enjoy a Shuswap summer, the couple whisked off to Japan for an unforgettable honeymoon.