What a way to start the day!!! I am beyond
to have Kristy & Matt's intimate barn wedding, featured today, on
!! This wedding was unique in so many wonderful ways and I can't think of a better place to be able to share it! Thank you so much to
for capturing it so perfectly, and also to all the other fabulous vendors that came together to make this 1 for the record books! You can check out my personal blog post about their wedding
Working alongside this couple was a dream come true! Not only did they have incredible style, but they knew what was important to them, and placed a strong emphasis on that all throughout the planning. I could go on and on about this day, but figure I'll let Kristy tell you, as she really sums it all the best! (thank you to 100 Layer Cake, for sending the following Q&A from Kristy my way!)
Can you tell us briefly a bit about you, and how you met? Matt and I met at a punk rock show in Victoria, BC.
How would you describe your wedding theme? We wanted a small rustic farm wedding with lots of antique touches for our theme. This included lots of wildflowers and colours.
Do you have any particularly significant stories about something that happened on or defined your wedding? Matt and I have a basset hound and we wanted him to be part of our day. One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing our hound spending time with all our guests. In lots of our photos you can see him with different people!
Describe the inspiration for your wedding. What do you think made your wedding particularly you?
Before meeting Matt I never expected to want to have a big fancy wedding. However, once we got engaged I really wanted to celebrate our love, as cheesy as it sounds! We wanted to keep it small and informal. Our first decision for our wedding was that it must be on a farm. Birds Eye Cove was the perfect location and provided much of our inspiration. We wanted to play on its rustic features and add some of our own touches. Music was a must since Matt and many of our guests are musicians. We brought lots of records from our own collection and found a great Buddy Holly tribute band, Johnny Vallis.
Describe any awesome DIY projects? One of my favorite DIY projects was making our bourbon bar. We both love bourbon so we picked four of our favorite bourbons and created four bourbon cocktails. Guests could then pick which bourbon they wanted to try and in one of the cocktails. Barb, our amazing planner, and Erica, from Rook & Rose made this idea even better by featuring the cocktail and bourbon choices on a window pane by the bar.
What was your favorite part/memory of your wedding?
The speeches were my favorite part of our wedding. It was such a special moment. My grandparents' speech was incredibly sweet and had me, and many of our guests tearing up. Their speech was followed by some pretty goofy stories that had us all giggling our tears away after as well! I will never forget all the amazing people who spoke on our behalf and their wonderful words of wisdom and support.
What did you splash the cash on for your wedding and why? We splashed the cash on food and music (and my dress)! We both agreed that great food and music really make a great wedding. We decided to do a mainly vegetarian meal with a few seafood dishes. Food For Thought was the perfect catering vendor for us. We asked for a loaded dessert table and it was the most delicious table of goodies I could ever imagine! Having a live band was really worth splashing the cash as well. We love live music and Buddy Holly is one of our favorite bands. We discovered that Johnny Vallis, as Buddy Holly, was the best Buddy Holly tribute around and was right in our backyard so it was meant to be!What did you really save money on and how? Having a wedding planner really helped us save money and keep everything within our budget. Barb from French Kiss Events made everything possible! Without her and her team our wedding could not have been the perfect day. She helped us pick out the right vendors and realize all those special touches that made everything so beautiful and unique while still staying within our budget.
In retrospect, was there anything you would have done differently? I wouldn't change anything about our wedding.What advice would you give or lessons did you learn? What I took away from our wedding day and all the months of planning is to make it about love! Include what you love and let those you love help. It makes the day that much more special.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Kristy & Matt, for asking me to be a part of your wedding! I wish you nothing but the best, and can't wait to hear what is next for you 2!