Karine + Ryan

One of the things I love about DIY is that it’s so versatile. It can be cozy and comfy projects or, like this beauty of a wedding from Karine + Ryan, it can be elegant and charming.

Karine and Ryan went all-out DIY for their February 2011 wedding day.

In the photographer’s words…

“Karine incorporated a great many elegant DIY details into her wedding!

1. A button bouquet – a stunning take on the traditional bouquet.

2. 150 ‘mardi-gras’ type masks – one for each guest. She photographed each one and put a number in it. The images were then placed into a printed book. Each guest signed next to the mask they took providing both a momento of the favors and a guest book!

3. Boutineers for the groom/groomsmen – incorp. a Lego man into each!

4. 15 different centerpieces using feathers, candelabras, large vases, strings of pearls, etc.

5. Custom graphics for the wine bottles and for the menu’s (which she also designed).

6. Embellishment on the menus & menu design

7. A purse clutch for each bridesmaid.

8. Accessorizing of her own shoes (adding lace and ‘bling’ pearl accents!)

9. “Saying” cards for each table (read them out for the couple to kiss).

10. Place-card display. A fun-loving & relaxed pair – she French Canadian and he English Canadian. To honor their mixed roots they had a ‘handfasting’ ceremony, where they were bound together with green fabric. The Arch in front of which they were married was decorated by her uncles and cousins to accent her wedding theme. Karine honored her father & brother (not present) by putting their pictures into vintage frames and having them overlooking the ceremony. She also lit a candle for her father. Each bridal party member read a part of the wedding vows & the groom’s mother sang. It was definitely a night to remember!”

The Details:

Karine & Ryan
February 26, 2011
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Photographer: Kiss The Girl Photography
Reception Venue: Viscount Gort Hotel
Dress Store: Stella’s Bridal Galleria


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