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West Vancouver Budget Wedding: Alana + Brian

July 30th, 2014 by Jeannine

 
West Vancouver Budget Wedding: Alana + Brian

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography I’ve known Brian for over 10 years now (wow)… we were friends and classmates from BCIT (Pluge Productions, woo!)… He emailed me out of the blue one day and I was super stoked to find out that not only is he back in town, he had also met the love of his life and had gotten engaged! Her name is Alana, they met online, and he just knew right away that she was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.

It was no surprise that they wanted to keep things simple when it came to their wedding. They held a very intimate event on April 4th, 2014 with only 11 guests (immediate family only). The top floor of the Beach House in West Vancouver was where they tied the knot. They planned the wedding themselves and it really reflected their personalities. They love to craft so they DIY’d whatever they could… even folding out cute little origami flowers which also reflected on Brian’s Japanese roots. They also came up with a really cool guestbook idea… a jigsaw puzzle! They bought a blank puzzle from Daiso and asked their guests to write on the pieces… I haven’t heard of anyone doing this before! The couple spent under $5,000 on their wedding and it clearly shows that with a lot of LOVE, even the smallest events can make a big impression.

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography

A Few Words With Brian and Alana…

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography During the planning stages, how did you imagine your wedding?  Did the final result live up to expectations?
“Simple, honest and representative of us as individuals and as a couple. Yes, we and our guests all felt it was a very us wedding. It was also stress and drama-free so it met our expectations on all accounts.”

How many DIY projects did you have? What were they and why did you decide to take all of these on?

  1. We made our own, digital-only, invitations.
  2. We made 12 pieces of paper cake which we assembled into a wedding cake. The 12 slices were decorated with hand crafted flowers (multi-layer petals glued to a central piece).
  3. Inside the cake we had hand-sewn heart-shaped teabags filled with red velvet cake tea with an intricately made origami flower all inside an origami box.
  4. I made papercraft cake toppers of Alana and I.
  5. Alana cross-stitched a little placecard. We’re both into crafts and enjoyed the challenges. We also thought it was a great way to spend time together and aren’t big fans of the wedding industrial complex and didn’t want to spend a fortune on over-priced price-gouging cakes and accessories.

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography

What did you give away as wedding favors? Is there a reason why you chose them?
“The cake slices were the favours. Again, they were very us and would be very memorable for our guests. Because dessert was included in our excellent meal at The Beach House, we figured a cake was unnecessarily conventional”

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography

What did your guests think about your wedding?
“Leading up to it the more conventional guests probably didn’t know what to make of it. However everyone, including the servers at The Beach House said they had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography What did you splurge on and what did you save on?
“We splurged on photography, flowers and hair for the ladies. Photography is the one place we would not compromise. Your buddy with the DSLR is not a photographer…he/she is a person with a camera.”

If you could’ve done something differently, what would it be?
“Everything went perfectly except for some disappointment at the salon. So, I guess we would have had the ladies go to a different salon.”

After planning a wedding, what one advice would you give to future brides?
“Do what you want, not what family or society expect you to do. Invite who you want. Anyone with a grudge or unreasonably hurt feelings probably shouldn’t be there anyway. Relax, things will go wrong, just roll with it. Keep your expectations realistic. Expecting perfection guarantees you’ll find imperfection everywhere.”

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography

Alana & Brian’s Vendors…

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Beach House (the couple rented the upstairs area and deck)
Wedding Dress: A bridal store in Lethbridge, AB
Tux: Groom used existing suit but bought a new shirt and tie (Mark’s and The Bay)
Photographer: Joanna Moss Photography
Flowers: Posy
Hair and Make-up: Zazou
Jewelry: Ragnar
Invitations: DIY
Cake: DIY
Decorations: DIY
Wedding Favors: DIY
Music for ceremony/reception: DIY

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography

Photo by Joanna Moss Photography

All photos courtesy Joanna Moss Photography

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  • August 4th, 2014 at 4:52 pm
    Rafael Snitch says:

    A great wedding and couple. Congrats to them!

     

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