Kelsi and Christopher knew that they wanted to be surrounded by the ocean, the waves and the salt air on their wedding day, so they couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else besides the place they met, Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia. With help from friends and family, Kelsi and Christopher designed their dream DIY wedding day. Table numbers, programs and tablecloths were hand-sewn, and sea-glass was collected along the coast for the centrepieces. They even constructed their own dance floor and pergola. The groom's aunt adorned the cake with vintage family heirlooms and antique jewelry. Old windows and doors decorated the venue, as well as a driftwood chandelier handmade by the father of the groom.
When it came time to say "I do" Spark, one of Kelsi's father's horses, pulled the bride and her dad to the ceremony in a beautiful antique-looking wagon.The bride and groom say they felt as if they were living a fairytale as they exchanged the vows they wrote for one another. "Our wedding day was by far our favourite day," Kelsi reminisces.
Kelsi and Christopher Henley, August 4, 2012, Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia.
Photography courtesy of Nicole & Teddy Wedding Photography.
Ceremony location: Home of a family friend, Anne Birk of Birks Jewellery
Reception location: Henley Family Boathouse Bridal gown: Mori Lee from Winchester’s Bridal & Formal Gowns Bridal party attire: Various online and local boutiques in Halifax Groom’s suit: Pronto Uomo from Moores
Cake: DIY by the groom's aunt Caterer: Three lovely local women and their husbands came to barbecue and serve kabobs, salads, and Pop Shoppe pop Favours: Mason jars covered with lace and filled with inscribed candy hearts from Candy Warehouse
Music: Josh Hickey, a friend of the bride and groom Hair Tammy Mills from Siggie and Tammy Hair Salon (902-889-2556) Makeup: Sephora
Flowers: Quaint Ways Flower and Gift Shop
Stationery: Old postcards from an auction in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, and Duly Noted in Halifax
View more photos of this oceanside DIY wedding below.
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