Did you do any DIY Projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?
Markus’ mom made a beautiful macrame backdrop and wood signs for us. My parents made a big light up “Love” sign, as well as our initials. My dad built the backdrop for the beautiful cake.
We made the centerpieces ourselves, and I made a bunch of the signs. One of my bridesmaids is really talented and designed our invites for us digitally! My cousin put together the bouquets and boutonnieres for us the day before.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Because we did a lot of things ourselves and with the help of our families, so much of our wedding was so personal to us. We ordered a neon sign that says “The O’Neil’s” that we had at our table.
We love playing games, so we used playing cards as our favors (that also doubled as a guestbook as we had people sign cards for us to keep). We decided not to serve alcohol at our wedding, but we did a little “mocktail bar” where we had our little cousins serve his and hers mocktails.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Probably taking our photos! We had our bridal party come with us and we just had a lot of fun! We were able to go to a few different locations and just enjoy each others company. Mikhaela made us feel so at ease. When photos finished, we all went to get coffee before the reception began.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
One of the biggest things that saved us money was choosing not to have it catered. We had our friends and family in town bring food to share. We provided the drinks. Buying bulk flowers also made a big difference, as well as doing as many things as we could ourselves and with the help of our family and friends.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was probably the playing card favors. It wasn’t something that was necessary, but we thought it would be cute and loved the fact that people would use them afterwards.
What was your favorite detail?
The mocktail bar. It was so cute and fun! All of our guests loved it too.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Ask for help, include your partner, and remember that it’s just one day. Not everything will be absolutely perfect, and some things won’t work out at the last minute – but it will still be the best day because you’re marrying the person you love.
A special note from the photographer:
Jorja and Markus joyfully celebrated their union on a picturesque September afternoon, a day meticulously planned over months, where even the flowers and eucalyptus were cultivated by their own hands. Their deep involvement in every aspect of the wedding planning showcased their commitment to crafting a day that resonated with their unique love story.
The enchanting Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna served as the backdrop for their wedding reception. A historical gem, the venue exuded personality through its exposed beams and brick walls. The couple’s personal touch was evident in the incorporation of their florals, which adorned the tables in elegant arrangements of rust and eucalyptus. The reception space was further enhanced by a captivating custom-made backdrop featuring bohemian flair and a stunning macrame piece, adding a touch of artistry to the celebration.