Alex doesn’t take chances. He takes his time with everything and slowly builds solid relationships. Any purchase or major life choice involves statistics and weeks of research. Ashley is his polar opposite, vibrant, bold and daring. It took months before this striking couple officially started dating. Not as long as Alex would have liked, and lengthier than Ashley preferred but Alex knew he couldn’t live without her and couldn’t risk loosing her. Ever since, these two opposites have been inseparable, each happily fluctuating their peculiarities to accommodate the other. Ashley convinced Alex to teach for a year in Thailand, which led to climbing Mount Everest (to the first base camp), getting deathly ill in Nepal, scuba diving, and participating in meditation retreats in Nepal. I am so proud of my little brother for all he has achieved so far in life, and LOVE his new wife. I finally get a sister! Thank you for having me stand in the wedding, my third time as a bridesmaid-tographer!
A lot of work went into this wedding, and nearly everyone who came to the wedding was involved in some way. It was truly a DIY wedding! Ashley bought bouquets of flowers at Costco a few days before the wedding, and we cut the ends immediately and stuck them in a bin with water, and kept them in a cool location. They were used as centerpieces for the tables, and we (the bridesmaids) took half an hour the morning of the wedding and made our own bouquets. Ashley wanted a simple, hand tied wildflower look and these bouquets were perfect! Ashley and I made the succulent corsages the week before the wedding, using succulents from my mother’s garden, and leaves from a pine tree. They were beautiful and easy, and we were able to make them ahead of time. Ashley’s father made the beautiful arbour that she got married under and added the beautiful ferns on it. I hand made all the flags for the ceremony and tent, and the table numbers, also the purple mason jars with flowers. We DIY’ed the vases for the centerpieces and picked wildflowers from the field behind my parents house to fill it up. My mom and I made Ashley’s cathedral lace veil, and tea dyed it to match her ivory dress. Ashley and Alex’s mom made the cake, cupcake and cookie favours. Ashley’s family made all the delicious desserts.
Locations: I took the photos of Ashley and the bridesmaids at Adanac ski hill before the ceremony, and the pictures of the family members inside my parents garage, with a homemade backdrop. The bridal party shots were in a wildflower field behind my parents house. The ceremony took place at my parents house, as well as the reception. Alex and Ashley danced the night away, until 3am! A bonfire was made, smores were had, and everyone caught up with friends and out of town relatives.
Approximate number of wedding guests: 72
Wedding song, explain choice for song: L.O.V.E. cover by Michael Buble: A fun, cute classic that describes our relationship.
Caterer: Helvi’s Catering Website: http://www.helviscatering.ca/ Food was buffet style, but some of the best buffet food that we’ve had. Moist chicken and roast beef with many delicious options to choose from, all warm, fresh and prepared with care.
Ceremony and reception location: Alex’s parent’s backyard (best location due to the beautiful landscape, flowers, and not to mention, zero cost!
Bridal Gown: Essence of Australia
Bride’s Accessories: Borrowed from Ashley’s Aunt
Garter: Light Blue Garder
Veil: Cathedral veil, home-made by Alex’s mom and sister
Shoes: Town Shoes, white wedges with blue straps
Jewellery: borrowed from Ashley’s Aunt and bridesmaids bought the tiffany’s necklace
Hairpieces: Baby breath from Costco
Bridal party attire: purple strapless dresses with a sweetheart neck line
Makeup: Done by Sarah Woodcock
Hair: Rendezvous Hair Salon
Groom’s tux: Banana Republic
Groom’s Accessories (Shoes, tie, cufflinks): Brown shoes, silver tie, white shirt, brown belt, silver tie clip.
Corsages: Homeade succulent corsages by Caroline and Ashley
Cake: Home made by Alex’s mom her friend and the Bride
Caterer: Helvi’s Catering in Lively
Favours: Homemade sugar cookies
Wedding Planners: Family and Friends
DJ: playlists made by bridesmaid with an IPod, friend of a friend lent the P.A. system
Flowers : Bouquets were handmade with flowers from Costco, bought the day before the wedding
Stationery: Invitations were bought from Michaels and printed at home, the thank you cards for the bridal shower were printed at Costco, and our thank you cards for the wedding were printing through Caroline Ross Photography
Centerpieces: Masson jars and gold vases filled with flowers from Costco and the backyard
Sign in table: Posterboughtonline from Etsy, contained purple and white hearts for people to fill in, with “Alex & Ashley” in the centre
The bride and her bridesmaids handmade all the bouquets the morning of the wedding. The bride wanted a beautiful hand-tied wildflower look that we accomplished with these Costco flowers.
These corsages were all handmade by myself and Ashley the week before the wedding. My mom had the succulents in her garden, and we picked some leaves off the pine trees in the backyard.
Meet the Ross’s, yes, I grew up with three brothers, and am so excited to officially get a sister!
I made this antique fabric, lace and ribbon background and set it up in my parents garage for the family photos!
This beautiful wildflower field was behind my parents house, we also used some flowers for the centrepieces, after dunking them in cold water to get rid of bugs first! Thanks to Jesse for helping me out with the photos!
The Three Ross Brothers!
Helping my brother shop for suits and matching ties, I learned a few things about grooms, and their suits. I learned that the groom is supposed to match the bride, and the groomsmen match the bridesmaids. So Alex picked out his neutral tie colour and white pocket square to match the bride, while the groomsmen wore colourful ties and purple pocket squares. I made all the pocket squares myself out of left over flag material. The succulent corsages were perfect for the wedding, we were able to make them the week before so it was one less thing the day of the wedding, and they happened to be in the wedding colours
Ashley’s beautiful cathedral lace veil was made by my mom and I. Mostly my mom, I ran out of time. I am responsible for the perfect half circle train though…
My parents backyard was the perfect setting for this beautiful wedding!
My mom made the cake and cupcakes!
My vegan meal on the right consisted of stuffed peppers and portobello mushroom salad, made by me!
When Ashley got back from the photoshoot and had a chance to look around the yard, she burst into tears, at how beautiful everything turned out!
Grammie Selfie! I love my wide angle lens!
Ashley’s family hand made these beautiful gourmet desserts!
There were bubbles for the ceremony, but they were forgotten, and pulled out during the reception, and made for some beautiful photos!
This bouquet doesn’t rightfully belong to me. Three of us went after it, two ladies fought on the ground for it, while I hovered over, waiting for an opportunity. I seized the bouquet during a moment of weakness and triumphantly danced around with what was left of it. Thanks to my boyfriend for these awesome photos!