INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE WEDDING
What do you get when two architects fall madly in love on a class trip to Italy? One. Stunning. Celebration. This wedding has the most perfectly understated wow factor written all over every intricate little detail. From the Truvelle bridal gown to minimalist Shannon's custom made engagement ring to the Academy Florist blooms to the penny tile in the front entry of their 100-year old character home to the gorgeous captures by Kamp Photography.. I could go on and on.. Shannon and Jordy's wedding is one for the books.
From Shannon and Jordy.. Our wedding was intimate, industrial and a bit midcentury. We have very similar tastes so it was exciting to see something we envisioned together come to life. Our inspiration came from the beautiful warehouse buildings in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, which were originally built to store merchant goods during a boom period in the early 1900's. We were also really happy we hired Amanda Douglas Events to help keep us organized and handle all of the day-of stress so everyone could relax and enjoy the evening.
If you live in a place with unpredictable weather, we would recommend backup locations for photographs. There was a thunderstorm when we were planning to take outdoor photographs so we opted to head to a local greenhouse so we’d still be able to have some flowers in the background.
We asked my sister to officiate the wedding and we were so happy she said yes. It was incredibly special for me to share such an important moment with her and it helped put us at ease. Though we decided not to have a wedding party, we had our nephew and two nieces come down the aisle as the ring bearer and flower girls. For the readings we selected two poems that we felt really embodied our relationship – The Best Time of the Day by Raymond Carver and The Country of Marriage by Wendell Barry. We wrote our own vows and shared the same words with each other. We walked out to Happy Together by The Turtles.
We designed our own invitations and all of the signage and stationary for the wedding. We made the invitations out of a mix of heavy weight letterpress cotton paper and grey linen card stock and incorporated some laser cut text so the background colour showed through. We also had a travel photograph from our trip to Norway printed on vellum and used it as a running theme for the invitation packaging, the programs and the escort cards. One of the more ambitious DIY projects was the chairs. We really wanted something that suited the venue’s character, but rental options were limited. We ended up sourcing almost 70 chairs off of Kijiji and storing them in our basement. We spent a weekend painting half of them and then mixed in some borrowed Eames chairs to complete the eclectic look.
Our favourite part of the wedding was the reception. Since we had the wedding ceremony and reception in the same venue, it allowed us to go right into celebration mode immediately after the anticipation of the ceremony. It felt amazing to sit down together as a married couple, relax and enjoy our time with friends and family. We shared an intimate, family-style meal and then The Solutions- a great local funk/soul cover band kicked off the dancing. I asked them to perform my parent’s song, Build Me Up Buttercup, as a surprise number. From the beginning our goal was to try to keep everything as simple as possible by focusing on the basics. For us, those basics were really good food and a great band. By focusing on those goals it became easy to know when we had made the right decision.
Photography - Kamp Photography | Florals - Academy Florist | Wedding Planning - Amanda Douglas Events | Ceremony + Reception Venue - Frame Arts Warehouse | Bridal Gown - Truvelle | Custom Ring - Hilary Druxman | Headpiece - EdenLuxeBridal | Jewellery - Moulton | Shoes - Poppie Clothing | Hair + Make-up - Grace Hill Mobile Team | Grooms Attire - The Bay | Shoes - Kenneth Cole | Cake - High Tea Bakery | Stationery - DIY with paper from Paper Garden | Catering -Diversity Catering | Band - The Solutions | Lighting - Event Light