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A DIY Vintage Picnic Wedding in Truro, Nova Scotia


It’s hard to imagine a more personal and creative celebration than Ashley and Devon’s DIY vintage picnic wedding. Crafted entirely from scratch, Ashley spent an entire summer before the big day sewing napkins and buntings with her aunt; she also hand-painted the watercolour wedding invitations, programs and signs. A true labour of love, Devon’s father built a photo wall complete with wallpaper and crown mouldings. The DIY vintage picnic wedding was hosted in the sprawling backyard of the groom’s grandmother, spotted with colourful picnic blankets and oversized balloons. The bride’s mother and a friend arranged all the bouquets and floral decorations while a couple of pals provided live music throughout the festivities. Guests, meanwhile, stocked up on refreshments served in fabric-tied mason jars (with bright retro soda shop straws to boot) and enjoyed a cookie and cupcake bar. Ashley wore a whimsical polka-dot dress handmade by a local seamstress; its pattern was mimicked by the polka-dot wedding cake sourced from an Italian market in nearby Halifax — just one more of the bountiful details lovingly incorporated in this DIY vintage picnic wedding.

Ashley Herder and Devon Forshner, September 8, 2012, Truro, Nova Scotia

Photography courtesy of Candace Berry (

Ceremony and reception location: Private residence
 Anne Marie Rogers (
Groom’s tux: Banana Republic
Bridal party attire: Modcloth
Hair: Kelly Desmond, Hair and There Mobile Hairstyling
 Bride and bridesmaids did their own makeup
Music: Live music sung by two friends of the bride
Cake: The Italian Market
Caterer: The Italian Market 
Favours: Donations to Ark Ministries
Flowers: Arranged by bride’s mother and friend
Stationery: Designed and hand-painted by bride (

See all the pictures from this DIY vintage picnic wedding here.

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