A Rustic, Whimsical Wedding in Canada
Jessie and Tyler
When Tyler Thiessen proposed to Jessie Turner, he gave her a travel journal (with an inscription about their new path together) and two fake plane tickets wrapped in a vintage map of Europe. After six years together, on a beautiful June day, they tied the knot in Winnipeg, Canada, with a wedding that embraced their shared love of travel with an "away we go" theme.
Jessie and Tyler designed their invitation suite themselves. After all, they met back in college in the same graphic-design program and today run a design and illustration business called One Plus One Design.
The invitation's design incorporates the venue, the travel element, and a hint of the decorations to come. The color palette sprang from the engagement photos: Jessie's plaid dress and the blue and red balloons in particular. Jessie handled the illustration, Tyler focused on the typography, and Studio on Fire letterpress printed the light-blue and bright-red design. Paired with a map and one of six Polaroid-style photographs from the engagement photo session, the folded invitation was mailed out in a square kraft-paper envelope.
Jessie's friend and coworker, Fiona Lamont, designed cards to accompany the bridesmaids' gifts. Incorporating the color palette and the venue's billboard, the cards were given to "Jessie's Girls" to express her appreciation for their involvement in the wedding.
Formerly a family farm, The Hitch'n Post Ranch in Manitoba, Canada, serves as a country-style banquet hall. Its rustic sensibility and antique furnishings were just what Jessie and Tyler were looking for in a wedding venue.
Since the venue lacks air-conditioning, Jessie created program fans for the ceremony. They are not only festive, but practical.
Jessie's father, Jamie, walks her down the aisle as a groomsman plays Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" on the guitar. One of Tyler's favorite memories is the sound the chairs made against the concrete floor as the entire room rose for Jessie's entrance.
Jessie cut out pennant flags from thick card stock and made colorful garlands to adorn the hall, where the 200 guests witnessed the late-afternoon ceremony.
The Ring Bearer
Ring bearer Otis carries a pillow sewn by the bride.
Jessie and Tyler exchanged bands from Appelt's Diamonds.
Alstroemeria and hypericum berries wrapped in twine adorn Tyler's lapel.
Jessie carries a bouquet of white and mini green hydrangeas and white peonies. Twine and tails of vibrant ribbon add color.
Jake and Jess Kamp of Kamp Photography, who captured the entire day in all its glory, had spotted a collection of old campers a few weeks prior to the wedding. The owner was amused by the request to use them as a backdrop for a wedding-day portrait session and obliged the happy couple and their photographers.
The couple and their wedding party put on their boots (to conquer the standing water on the ranch after two weeks of steady rain) and pose below this five-story-high billboard on site.
The Bridal Party
The maid of honor and five bridesmaids wear ivory dresses of their choosing and carry white hydrangea bouquets with brilliant ribbons.
The bridal party helped decorate the room. Bridemaids assembled paper pom-poms, and groomsmen hung them from the rafters.
The front table of the reception room is decorated with a globe, a vintage suitcase, and photos from family members' wedding days. The vignette serves as an extension of the wedding's travel theme, and also a landing place for guests' well wishes (written on old European postcards placed at each table setting along with a pen).
Animal-themed alphabet cards reveal seating assignments. Guests' names were printed by table on each card, and matching cards awaited in centerpieces.
The Signature Cocktail
A Manitoba Caesar, Canada's take on a Bloody Mary, is served in a Mason jar. Consisting of Clamato, vodka, and a few shakes of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces, it packs a potent punch.
Jars of white hydrangeas, mini green hydrangeas, white peonies, baby's breath, and salal were arranged by friend Ashlee Snell. Jessie's grandmother and mother cut squares of assorted fabric to lay across the centers of the tables.
Bleached bedsheets were transformed into napkins by Jessie's mother and grandmother and Tyler's mother. They were printed with the wedding date and "Away We Go!" centered in a blue and red design. The couple also screen-printed their signatures in the bottom right corner, above "xoxoxo."
Jessie and Tyler picked raspberries the summer before the wedding, and Jessie and her mother Laura Lyne made jam. The jars were covered with smaller pieces of the same fabric found on the reception's tabletops and were finished with twine. The custom stickers and handwritten labels double as place cards.
Ashley Illchuk, a friend and fellow graphic designer, used colored chalk to write out the dinner menu. Guests enjoyed a buffet of barbecued roast beef with horseradish; baked beans; baked potatoes with sour cream; coleslaw; tomatoes; dill pickles; and dinner rolls, all prepared by The Hitch'n Post Ranch.
Since Jessie and Tyler sometimes make their own wine, they had a plethora of empty bottles in storage. These were prepped and brought to the local liquor commission to be filled and served at the reception. Bridesmaid Shelly McGown designed labels with a photo of the couple.
Donna Hainstock of Pure Paper Extract, a friend and coworker, put together a dessert buffet of cakes, tarts, cookies (baked by Jessie's mom), and fruit. Aqua ribbon and labels hung from each cake dome. Jessie and Tyler cut into a root beer cake for the ceremonial cake-cutting.
A photobooth set up by Kamp Photography was open during the reception. Guests posed with props, such as an empty photo-frame border, hats, oversized glasses, and a chalkboard.
Jessie and Tyler danced to Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is." Deejay Kurt Munt of Presence Sound & Light played music throughout the evening as guests hit the dance floor.
The Thank You
For their thank-you notes Jessie and Tyler used stationery that matched the invitation. The letterpressed note card featured elements of the wedding day -- the Mason jars, custom wine, and jam favors. A black-and-white photo of the couple at the wedding was also included in the kraft-paper envelope, with the couple's address rubber-stamped on the back and a label with a flag garland for the outgoing address on the front.