Starting out as biology lab partners at Thompson Rivers University, Jordana and Jeffrey had chemistry even outside of class. The two got engaged at Sun Peaks Ski Resort where Jeff took Jordana for a hike up the mountain. On the way up he picked her a bouquet of wildflowers, which she later pressed and displayed at the couple’s wedding.
With a budget just under $10,000 and 130 guests, Jordana and Jeffrey were lucky to have help from their family and friends to keep the cost of their wedding low. “Each detail really represented a piece of our life,” Jordana explains. The couple married at Jordana’s parents’ house and the reception dinner was prepared by the bride’s mother and aunt and all the lamb and beef were donated from the bride’s uncle’s farm.
The bridesmaids wore knee-length olive green dresses made by a family friend and, to add to the country theme, the girls also sported different types of cowboy boots, including the bride herself.
Jordana and Jeffrey say their favourite moment of the day was driving up to their reception in Jeff’s 1979 Camero. The sun was starting to set and the hall looked exactly how they imagined. “It really felt like we were walking into a woodland,” Jordana says. “The evening that followed was awesome. It ended with a lightning show and northern lights — an amazing end to a perfect day.”
Jordana Pisio & Jeffrey Pisio, July 14, 2012. Kamloops, British Columbia.
Photography courtesy of Kelly Chomat
Ceremony: The bride’s parents’ house
Reception: Grandview Acres
Bridal gown: Alfred Sung at Viva Bridal Boutique
Bridal party attire: Made by a family friend
Cowboy boots: Lammles
Groom’s tux: Calvin Klein at Moores
Cake: There were two cakes. One baked by the bride’s grandmother and another baked by the groom’s aunt and grandmother
Caterer: Food was prepared by the bride’s aunt. The groom’s mother and uncle made the cabbage rolls. The lamb and beef for the dinner were donated from bride’s uncle’s farms.
Cold cuts: Fratelli Foods (250) 314-0702.
Favours: Made by grooms father, groom and bride.
Wedding planners: bride, her mother and a family friend.
Music: Bride and groom provided their own.
Hair: Genesis Salon, 250-374-9755
Makeup: Beauty Code
Flowers: Picked from the bride’s parents’ yard
Bouquets: Created by a neighbour
Boutonnieres: Created by the bride and groom using plants from their yard
Corsages: Barb’s Bouquet
Centrepieces: Kamloops Florist
Stationery: Made by the bride and groom
See all of the photos from this DIY country wedding in Kamloops.