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Wednesday Weddings | Laura+Mark | Dinosaur Love in Campbell River

What is there not to love about Dinosaurs and Bicycles? And that’s what Laura+Mark did … they brought in dinosaurs and vintage bicycles for their Campbell River wedding, photographed exquisitely by Erin Wallis, and it was truly one of a kind, simply because they expressed exactly who they were! ❤

In the bride’s words…

“When Mark proposed I was wearing fleece moose pyjamas!

We are a fun spirited, goofy, quirky couple and wanted our day to be a relection of us. We didn’t want anything to feel stuffy or formal; we wanted it to be laidback and for everybody to have a great time. Going for a casual backyard feel, we chose to have our ceremony in my parents’ yard; it’s a naturally beautiful place and required little in the way of decorations.

I began collecting ideas and searching online through wedding blogs for ideas. The planning process was a lot of fun. We found things we liked and ran with it. Honestly the hardest part was picking a song to walk down the aisle to. I ended up picking “Jungle Drum” by Emiliana Torrini, a song we had come across while planning a trip to Iceland earlier in the year.

We co-created our ceremony with our celebrant, Barbara Densmore. There was cheering, laughing, shedding of happy tears, rings lost in the dirt, honouring of our parents, jokes told, and being pronounced husband and wife by all our family and friends! It was a labour of love and our favourite part of the day.

We were extremely fortunate to have very talented family+friends willing to lend a hand. Our cake made by one of my aunts was to die for! Pure lemon raspberry goodness. Another aunt decorated my parents’ yard where the ceremony was held and made our tent look like a piece of art with burlap and flowers. She also decorated the side of my parents’ house using fishnet, flowers, berries, feathers, etc. Our graphic designer friend Kathryn designed our invitations, dinosaur RSVP cards, and dinosaur stickers for our favour boxes. My dad cut the slabs of wood for our centerpieces and our cake platter.

My advice to brides planning their weddings now is to have fun with it! It’s a day about you and your significant other … the most important thing is that at the end of the day you’ll be married to the person you love the most! Get organised early. Book the big things well in advance (photographer, venue, caterer). That leaves lots of time to work on the other details. Don’t sweat the small stuff beacuse little things WILL go wrong. Your DJ could play the chicken dance even though you asked him not to, you could stress about it OR you could flap your wings and enjoy yourself! Most of all cherish every second of it because the day will fly by!

It honestly was our best day ever!!”

VENDOR LIST:

Photographer | Erin Wallis
Venue | Maritime Heritage Centre
Gown | Paloma Blanca
Shoes | Hers – Anthropologie His – Converse custom design
Bridesmaids | Sposa Wedding
Flowers | Sarah of Coast Flowers Campbell River
Cake | Cathy of Gabriels’ Attic
Decor | Middle Ground Folk Art and Floral
Invitations | graphic designer friend
Tent rental | All in one party shop
Officiant | Professional Celebrant Barbara Densmore

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Laura and Mark’s wedding ceremony was amazing: the community that loves them, that will be there for them in years to come; everyone fully engaged because it was sooo Mark and Laura. Lots of love and laughter, a few tears, and real, real, real.

It was one of my favourite ceremonies ever.
Thanks for sharing…the photos are fab. The couple is just as fab…:)