Jody & Rob’s Handcrafted Canadian Country Wedding

* Jody, Recruiter & Rob, Design Technician * Photographers: Jakob & Cole of Nordica Photography * Soundtrack for Reading: “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers *

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: A day full of love from family and friends with DIY flair all done on a strict budget.

The Info—Photography: Nordica Photography / Venue: The Cammidge House / Jody and Rob’s Outfits: Designed with the help of local talent / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chosen by the bridesmaids and made by Meghan Rauth at Possibilities Custom Design / Bridesmaids’ Accessories: Cinder & Sage Designs / Food: Made on-site and locally sourced from neighboring farms by Seasonal 56 / Cake-Pops: Made by a family friend who just started her own business, Sunny Munday’s / Wedding Coordinator: Sister Spirits / Flowers: Put together by a family friend with a flare for the botanical / Tent and Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Mason Jars: Picked up for free on Kijiji and painted with blackboard hearts / Photobooth Props: Picture frames scored for free at a garage sale; mustaches made from dowels and craft foam from the loonie store / Guestbook: A family friend painted over a canvas from Ikea that we had but didn’t care for, and our guests signed it instead of a book / Favors: Rob’s sister worked at a nursery, so she ordered the succulents wholesale and we crafted the tags

Other cool stuff we should know about: Besides getting to marry my best friend I had an amazing opportunity to connect with my sister. Years of conflict culminated the night before the wedding. We finally resolved years of turmoil in some blunt words and teary hugs. When my big day arrived, it hit home: I was enjoying the best time of my life. When we arrived at the farm house, it was cloudy and chilly. As I came down the stairs the clouds literally parted and the sun came out. With both my parents smiling, my sister and girlfriends at my one side and Rob at the other… well, at that moment life was simply perfect. Everything was as it should be.

We crafted and we crafted a lot. You name it, we built it. Of special note were our invitations—I think they turned out beautifully. I ordered plantable paper, and we made our own pocket folds, and stuffed them with kraft paper.

Our wedding was not supposed to happen at the Cammidge House. After well over a year of planning, and only three weeks before our wedding, the Fire Marshall in Abbotsford, where we were supposed to get married in a barn, called to say they were shutting down the venue due to unsafe conditions. The only reason we decided to get married on a Wednesday was because that was the only day we could secure the barn—lucky for us, because we still had the pick of the litter for venues.

I had fallen in love with Nordica Photography when I was first engaged. Rob and I had agreed to spend the bulk of our budget on the food and the photographer, as these were the most important things to us. I had contacted Nordica July the previous year, but no matter how hard I tried, I could not fit them in my budget. We secured another couple of photographers. Well, one week before our big day we found out that while we had booked two photographers, the two of them had “broken up” and we now only had one. It was important to us that we had two as we wanted to do very few portraits and we wanted the bulk of our photos to be journalistic in style, capturing those important moments as they happened. We could not come to an agreement with the remaining photographer and had to fire him the week before our big day. With nothing to lose, I approached Nordica again: they remembered me as their biggest fan—ha! Long story short, they heard my plight and were able to accommodate my budget, the compromise being that Rob and I had to agree to do portraits at sunset on the beach—and we are so glad we did. Everything happens for a reason!

Favorite thing about the wedding: How it all came together, despite the trials and tribulations leading up to it, and how all the DIY details looked amazing; the work paid off!

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  • Love it!!! Did you write people’s names on the chalkboard hearts on the mason jars? I love this idea! How well does the chalkboard paint adhere to the glass? Would it survive washing? Any tips much appreciated!

    • Jody

      Amy, the chalk board paint didn’t work as well as we had hoped (although they look just fine in photos – HA). We washed all of our jars first, then painted them. The paint scratched off easily. It was a Martha Stewart product from Michael’s here in Canada. Unsure if there might have been a better product.

  • KTH

    Can you tell us a little more about your dress? I love that length and the trim on the bottom is so fantastic, and the straps are so pretty and feminine but look like they are actually useful rather than decorative. When you say “Designed with the help of local talent” do you mean it was built from scratch by a dress maker? Or did you take something off the rack and adjust it?

    Lovely photos!

    • Jody

      KTH: the idea of dress shopping made me SHUDDER – so I avoided it all together! I employed a young, savvy dress maker with great vision (Megan Rauth here in Calgary). I gave her some ideas: I knew from day one I wanted a tea-length dress FOR SURE. And she was able to help me see my vision to fruition. The straps were a last minute addition. I am not, how do you say – small chested…I really wanted to wear the straps on my boustier…so we added them on. I highly recommend having a dress custom-made. It was stress-free and fun! PLUS, I got to take credit for designing my own dress on my big day (a friend of mine actually came up and asked me who the designer was…proudly, I responded WHY ME!)

  • Denzi

    This is lovely. There is such a warm, homey vibe to all your photos (and I confess that about half-way through I started to get photographer jealousy; I’m glad that worked out for you!), and I’m so glad that ultimately things resolved into something beautiful and full of love.

  • Joanna

    Your wedding was absolutely beautiful — I especially loved the Mason jars and your shoes! There’s a wonderful warmth coming through these photos, it’s clear that everyone there was filled with brilliant love for the two of you.

  • That dress is stunning!!!!!

    I’m also loving the story of how things worked out for you in the end – it certainly sounds like you had quite a few rought moments along the way planning. Such a beautiful day in the end though!

  • Yikes! That is a lot of stuff to happen so close to the wedding! It looks like it all turned out amazingly beautifully, though, so that is wonderful.

    As a side note, I just wanted to say that I’m a wedding photographer who is part of a two-person team… and if, under ANY circumstance we were not both able to be at an event, we have it in our contract that we will provide a different second shooter in case of an emergency. We’ve only had to do this once, when my partner had mono last summer and couldn’t get out of bed, but I think that is definitely your photog’s responsibility.

    Anyway, congratulations to both of you!!! :)

  • I applaud you guys for going through so much crap before the wedding and having a wonderful day…but mostly, I want to say OMG! You guys are a seriously HOT couple! And it’s not just your talented photographers ;) That picture of your husband getting dressed…..well, lucky you!

    • Jody

      Caroline, you made my husband’s day! HA. Thanks oodles.

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