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Cobble Hill Budget Wedding:
Victoria + Jordan

September 7th, 2015 by Jeannine

 
Cobble Hill Budget Wedding: Victoria + Jordan

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography Victoria and Jordan’s engagement story is reminiscent of a romantic movie. The pair met at film school and on their first anniversary of dating, they decided to re-create some of the highlights of their time together so far. This included skating, tandem bike riding and enjoying a coffee on Robson Street. They capped it off with a lovely meal at Cin Cin. Afterwards, they decided to go for a stroll and found themselves in a deserted Jack Poole Plaza. It was just them and the Olympic cauldron. Suddenly, Victoria heard jazz music playing and she realized it was coming out of Jordan’s iPod. He took her in his arms and danced with her, in the glow of the gorgeous Vancouver skyline. When the song ended, he pulled out the ring, got down on one knee and said “I want to give you everything. Will you marry me?” I think we all know how this movie ended ;)

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography The couple had an intimate wedding at Cobble Hill. This little town is located on Vancouver Island, around 45 km north of Victoria. They treated their 60 guests to a Vintage Hollywood affair at the Merridale Estate Cidery and all in all, the couple had spent just over $15,000. Victoria and Jordan planned everything themselves but also couldn’t have pulled everything off without the help from both sets of parents. Their wedding was held on September 27th, 2014 on a gorgeous autumn day. The fall inspired colour scheme they used complemented their vintage theme very well. Warm, autumn hues, rustic textures like burlap and lace combined with movie props and decor created an event that was uniquely theirs and showcased their love for film. The couple even incorporated movies into their kissing game. Instead of the usual glass clinking, guests were required to step up to the mic and recite a quote from a movie. They also created centrepieces which included a prop they created that represented certain movies, like the White Star Line boarding pass from Titanic. They put a lot of work into this wedding, as you can see in the photos below. They even took dance lessons and surprised their guests with a swing dance routine.

Watch their first dance video below.

Our First Dance from Victoria Pearson on Vimeo.

A lot of work was put into this event. It really goes to show how big of an impact attention to detail makes.

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

A Few Words With Victoria…

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography During the planning stages, how did you imagine your wedding? Did the final result live up to expectations?
“Planning the wedding was one of the most fun processes I’ve ever been a part of. Being a part of the Art Department for film, I spent hours poring over colour palettes and art supplies while deciding all of the different DIY projects I was going to take on.  Of course we wanted to go BIG with the wedding, but Jordan slowly managed to rein me in which was definitely a good thing.  It definitely came very close to how we imagined it. There were a few things I would (in hindsight) have loved to have had (an aisle runner for example, or some props during our photo session) but all in all it was a beautiful and fantastic day!”

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

How many DIY projects did you have? What were they and why did you decide to take all of these on?
Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography “We had A LOT! Although saving money was a huge factor, getting my hands dirty and covered in hot glue was definitely the main attraction to doing all of the DIY.  We created (from scratch):

  • All of the flower arrangements for the tables (13 total) (faux flowers)
  • 16 mini flower arrangements to line the aisle (real flowers)
  • Over 200’ of pennant flags to hang through the reception area
  • We graphic designed and printed out wedding invitations, menus and programs
  • 70 Wedding favors
  • The bridal hair piece
  • Table Runners
  • Name place holders (pine cones and small bits of 35mm film strip)
  • “Apple Cider” gel wax candles x 16
  • Seating chart
  • Reserved seat signs
  • A huge assortment of replica movie props

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Cobble Hill Budget Wedding: Victoria + Jordan

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

What did you give away as wedding favors? Is there a reason why you chose them?
“Our wedding favors were one of my favourite things from our wedding.  They were small containers which we purchased from Michaels with a small canvas top.  We iron-on printed our monogram to the top of each jar, filled the jar with a powdered apple cider, tied on a cinnamon stick and with twine and added a tag that had a vintage general store look to it with instructions to make the cider.  I absolutely loved them and thought they were a nice take home for guests who could not only enjoy the cider but re-use the small glass container.”

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

What did your guests think about your wedding?
“Of course I don’t know if anyone would have complained to us directly at the time of the wedding, however, we did have many guests approach us and our parents to say what a beautiful, fun and romantic wedding it was!  My uncle (who apparently has “caught the garter” at 6 different weddings, and ended up catching mine as well…) said it was the best wedding he had ever been to!”

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

What did you splurge on and what did you save on? Why?
“One of the things that we really saved on was not having a band or DJ to do the music at the wedding. Both Jordan and I worked for hours on putting together the various playlists (dinner, cocktail hour, dancing) that we hoped would have a little something for everyone. The dance floor was nearly packed the entire night, so we figured we must have done something right! Our big splurge for the wedding would definitely have been the decorations as a whole.  Even though we did DIY 90% of them and saved a ton of money in doing so, it was still one of the more expensive aspects of the wedding.  But we are such a visual couple we pretty much knew that was going to be the case from the first days of planning!”

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

If you could’ve done something differently, what would it be?
“If I could have done something differently it would definitely have been doing first look photos before the ceremony rather than squeezing in all of our photos between the ceremony and reception.  That would have given us more time to mingle with guests during the day and I think we would have had more opportunity to play with our photographer.  That being said, having our photos taken just as the sun was going down made for some incredible dramatic shots!”

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

After planning a wedding, what one advice would you give to future brides?
“THIS IS YOUR DAY! It seems like the minute you start planning a wedding everyone and their dog has an opinion, suggestion or advise they want to throw your way (even if you haven’t asked for it).  Just remember that if you want to wear a red dress rather than a white one DO IT!  You don’t want to look back at your wedding photos and regret making a decisions because your grandmother or new mother-in-law suggested it.  Make it your day (and your husbands of course) in every way possible.”

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

Victoria & Jordan’s Wedding Vendors

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography Ceremony venue: Merridale Estate Cidery
Reception venue: Merridale Estate Cidery
Catering: Merridale Estate Cidery
Wedding Dress:  Vintage purchase altered by bride and mother of the bride
Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy
Tux: Brooks Brothers
Photographer: Jody Wiger of Wallpaper Photography
Flowers:  DIY
Hair: Sharon Rai
Makeup: Felicia P. Makeup (250-507-1611)
Jewelry:  Pearl Necklace from Brooks Brothers
Invitations:  DIY
Cake: Thrifty Foods
Decorations: DIY
Wedding Favors: DIY
Music for ceremony/reception: DIY
Dance Lessons: Rhythm City Productions

Victoria + Jordan - photo by Wallpaper Photography

All photos courtesy Wallpaper Photography

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