So excited to share this sweet Canadian wedding with you all today! It's easy, breezy and beautiful… and the bride looks like a Cover Girl. Okay wow, that was cheesy… even for me 🙂 This wedding seems so laid back and casual that it makes me feel right at home. I love all the eclectic elements, wildflowers, and the southwest-y vibe, the whole thing just feels effortlessly cool, don't you think? Even better, Mike and Kacey pulled off their wedding for around $10,000! Overall I'd say their it-takes-a-village approach worked in their favor. 🙂 Read more from Kacey below about their big day. xoxo-Jessica
Mike + Kacey
July 7, 2012
Where did you get married?
Adam's Ranch – a buffalo ranch that Kacey grew up on. It's located 5 minutes from Bezanson, Alberta – the largest center close to it would be Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada – aprox 20 minutes away.
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
Our family is that rare family that actually is all creatives. Lorraine (Kacey's mom) did all the flowers and decorating. The flowers were found at a store that was selling all of their silk flowers for 60 to 80 % off. Lorraine arranged them into the vases as well as the bouquets. She also did all the ceremony/reception arrangements. The paper lanterns have been used for several family weddings – and we just reuse them. Usually someone in the family will pick them up cheap when they see them so we always have a supply. The vases were found in thrift stores – prices ranging from 25 cents to a dollar. The paint was on sale at Home Hardware – they were getting rid of the craft paint, so it was picked up for under a dollar a bottle. The vases were then painted on the inside. The burlap table cloths were bought and sewn. The lace overlays were found in thrift stores (ranging in price from 1 to 5 dollars) and cut and hemmed to fit the tables. The cloth napkins were found at liquidation world for a dollar per dozen. The tent for the reception belongs to Adam's Ranch and there was no charge for it. The logs used for the ‘pews' in the outdoor ceremony were cut and smoothed by Kacey and her dad. The chairs Kacey and Mike sat on were made by her dad – Les. The tables for the food were also made by Les. The photography was done by Tara Funk (sister to the bride). The groom's family has a organic farmer's market – they brought all the fruit for the wedding. The guest thank yous were home made jars of apple crisp. Tara and Brittany (bride's sisters) covered the tops of the jars with lace and twine and the sayings. The crisp was created by the caterer who was a friend of the family – Jeffery's Cafe. Total Budget was $10,000
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We tried to make the entire day a reflection of us as a couple…country/boho, no one thing in particular.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Fortunately we have a lot of creative types in our family and close family friends, so many of our friends offered their talents and services to help us keep costs down.
What was your biggest splurge?
The dress was a custom dress by Ellebay Bridal and probably was one of the bigger costs.
What was your favorite detail?
Every detail was pretty much perfect in the fact that we loved how all of it came together exactly the way we pictured it. There are so many to choose from! At our ceremony, the guests all sat on these massive square timber log benches that were so rustic and gorgeous. The bridesmaids dresses were all such a good reflection of the individuals because they picked them out themselves, but they all went together so beautifully. Our food was absolutely to die for, and our caterer (a friend of the family) surprised us with buffalo prime rib. Then there was the band….Blake and his band were so amazing, singing all the old country hits, surprising us with a set list that was everything we wanted and more!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Getting married, haha! That first kiss as a married couple is pretty special. A good friend of ours sang “Amazing Grace” during the processional, and it was incredibly moving.
Photographer: Random Eyesight Studio – Tara Funk : Ceremony + Reception location: Adam’s Ranch (private property) : Bridal gown (designer/boutique name and contact info): Ellebay Bridal : Bridal party attire: Gowns purchased from Mod Cloth : Cake: Homemade Brownies – recipe is from Lepp Farms : Caterer: Jeffrey’s Café : Favours: Homemade Apple Crisp – jars prepared by bride and her sisters. Apple crisp made by Jeffrey’s Cafe : Wedding planners: Bride’s family : Music: Blake Berglund (Live Band) : Hair + Makeup: Stephanie Martens – Fusion : Flowers: Mother of the Bride : Stationery: Bride and family made invites.