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Mission Budget Wedding: Gen + Neil

October 6th, 2014 by Jeannine

 
Mission Budget Wedding: Gen + Neil

6 years ago, Genevieve and Neil were strangers enjoying a night out downtown celebrating a mutual friend’s birthday at the Shark Club. Before they were even introduced, Neil mentioned to his buddy that Gen was the one. Sure enough, his instincts were right. On December 11, 2011, Gen received an early Christmas present. Neil proposed at their favourite park in Port Coquitlam and of course she said yes!

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

The couple had a country style wedding on July 21, 2012 at Eighteen Pastures in Mission. They wanted something fun, unique and memorable so they opted for BBQ, lawn games, and cute rustic chic decor. Being a Game of Thrones fan myself, I thought this detail was pretty epic… They used an acoustic version of the opening theme as part of the Processional, awesome!

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Their 135 person wedding cost them around $18,000, made possible by Gen and her mom’s creativity with all their DIY projects, finding ideal replacements for luxuries such as an open bar, and taking the time to research vendors who fit their budget and vision. Here’s a peek at some of the cute details from their wedding…

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

A Few Words With Gen…

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography During the planning stages, how did you imagine your wedding?  Did the final result live up to expectations?
“We wanted a comfortable casual day full of love and it turned out even better than we imagined.”

How many DIY projects did you have? What were they and why did you decide to take all of these on?
“Luckily my mom was available to do a ton of DIY… we made lace and burlap mason jars, gingham table clothes, lots of custom signage, photobooth props, tree ring centre pieces & cake stand and tons more. We did this to add our special touches and stay on budget.”

What did you give away as wedding favors? Is there a reason why you chose them?
“We had a candy bar because we love Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography sweets and we had mini franks red hot sauce at each place setting as it was a BBQ country style wedding we thought it was a fun, unique, and useful favour.”

What did your guests think about your wedding?
“It poured the day before and just in time for the ceremony the sun came out and we had a beautiful day! Every guest loved our wedding and felt relaxed and had a ton of fun. The setting at Eighteen Pastures was ideal as we were able to play lawn games, have a campfire and people could even stay in their RV’s overnight. The ceremony was heartfelt, the food was delicious, and the party was one to remember!”

What did you splurge on and what did you save on? Why?
“We didn’t really splurge on too much and kept most things under budget. Décor/flowers and photography were our biggest expenses aside from food/venue but they’re what makes the day and we felt like we got more than we paid! We kept to our budget and searched for vendors who fit it. We did a lot of DIY, scaled down on the guestlist and did not have an open bar but wine on the tables and drink tickets instead which worked out perfectly.”

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

If you could’ve done something differently, what would it be?
“I wish we had instagram then and could use a hashtag because I love seeing everyone else’s take on weddings.”

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

After planning a wedding, what one advice would you give to future brides?
“Expect that something will go wrong and be okay with delegating because you need to focus on you the day of the wedding. The wedding day flies by so fast. The best thing we did was go off to a near by lake (Whonnock) for some couple shots and that gave us some time alone to appreciate the day and share in our excitement.”

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

Gen and Neil’s Wedding Vendors:

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography Ceremony and Receptiom Venue: Eighteen Pastures lawn and barn clubhouse
Wedding Dress: Sposa Wedding World
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom Wedding
Tux/suit: Moores Coquitlam and the Bay (shirts)
Photographer: Andrea Walker Photography (Vancity Vendor)
Flowers, draping & lighting: Niche Event Stylists (Vancity Vendor)
Hair and Make-up: Let’s Face It Beauty (Julie)
Jewelry: Gen’s mom
Invitations & Thank you cards: Minuteman Press Burnaby
Cake: Aeyra Cakes
Decorations: Niche Event Stylists and DIY
Wedding Favors: Free from Gen’s work
Music for ceremony/reception: Mark Fossen (ceremony) & Alex from I-DJ Services (reception)
Transportation: Own vehicles
Wedding planner/coordinator: Gen
Officiant: Rick Parkes from Connekt Celebrations

Gen + Neil - photo by Andrea Walker Photography

All photos courtesy Andrea Walker Photography

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Comments

  • October 6th, 2014 at 10:11 am
    Lawrence says:

    Love her dress and the bouquet

     
  • October 6th, 2016 at 1:30 pm
    Gen says:

    Thanks Lawrence :)

     

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