I absolutely LOVED Maia and Mark’s Langley wedding! It had so many elements that I adore plus Maia and Mark are just the best Their wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty last year, so some of you may have seen photos from this wedding already. Trust me, they are worth looking at again! Maia and Mark just recently celebrated their 1st year wedding anniversary on June 15, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY you two!!
Maia and Mark met at Bard on the Beach where they both went with a mutual friend (Megan, who was one of the bridesmaids!), they watched “The Merchant of Venice.” Pretty romantic way to meet your future spouse I’d say! If you would like to see how Mark proposed (it’s SO cute!!) check out their engagement blog post. Their rustic-inspired engagement session was SO wonderful, it got featured on Shop Ruche, Aisle Perfect and Paper Moon Weddings!
For Maia and Mark’s wedding, they continued with the rustic and whimsical theme! Here are Maia’s words: “Whimsical, romantic, meaningful and personal. Those are the words I would use to describe the way Mark and I wanted our wedding day to feel.”
More from the bride: “Mark and I got engaged on October 16, 2012 on the edge of the Fraser River in Fort Langley. While slow dancing, surrounded by flickering candles and photographs documenting our journey together, Mark dropped to one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Nine months later we danced to that same song, on our wedding day.
After our dream-like engagement, we began the fury of wedding preparations and DIY projects. Mark and I LOVE to make things and I have always loved event planning – the little details are what make it so special! We wanted to incorporate Mark’s love of nature and wood (he has a passion for building guitars) and my love of all things romantic and sentimental! I had visions of beautiful fabric bunting and Edison light bulbs draped like a canopy over top of our guests to create an intimate and memorable atmosphere. I wanted our guests to feel like they were a part of our day not just spectators.
We drew on the amazing abilities of our friends wherever we could! Two gifted friends designed our wedding invitations and programs and one of our friends, Christina Willows, with a passion for flowers created our bouquets. Another friend who LOVES to bake, Melissa Suzuki, agreed to take on the task of creating a ‘sweet’ table including homemade cake pops, cookies and jam jar pies! We borrowed mason jars from friends, collected coupons to purchase burlap and, whenever the opportunity presented itself, made (sometimes dangerous) stops by the side of the road to pick up branches and stumps to add to our decor collection! I made the boutonnieres for the guys, Mark and I designed our very own “kissing wheel” and Mark’s mum helped us to sew the beautiful bunting that hung overhead.
The day before our wedding we began the set-up process. Mark, his brothers and his father built a GORGEOUS arch right in the church parking lot! It was an amazing focal point and has now found a home in his parents backyard. We lined the aisle with bunting (borrowed from another friends wedding) and carefully placed the stumps and mason jars filled with flowers from his Aunt’s garden along the stage. Seeing as Mark and I weren’t able to get into the reception venue until the morning of, we hired an INCREDIBLE design team (Alyssa Short Designs) who understood our vision and could make our dream come to life! A very close friend served as our wedding officiant (his first wedding EVER) and he did an amazing job!
We had an incredible team of friends and family who assisted in the planning, set-up and tear down of our wedding. Although a DIY wedding can often be more work, for us it was worth it. We included interactive games for our guests and, accompanied by a friend on the guitar and harmonica, I sang a song for my groom. The highest compliment that was paid to us was, time and time again, hearing “that wedding was SUCH a reflection of you both”. We wanted our love for one another, for life, for our friends and our faith to shine through our wedding.
PS – I could also mention that, with help, I created a mood board for our bridesmaids and groomsmen to help with their attire. I wanted my girls to have a concept of what to wear but to have freedom/flexibility to choose a dress that suited them. Proud moment: none of my girls spent over $40 on their dresses!”
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Ceremony Venue: Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church
Reception Venue: Fort Langley Hall
Food: Watershed Cafe
Make-up: Celina Seib
Decor: Alyssa Short Design
Men’s Outifts: H&M
Videographers: Kent & Holly Factora
Loved their invites!
Such a handsome little ring-bearer!
Such a wonderful bridal party! You guys were awesome!!
Haha Maia and Mark, you two are hilarious.After the bridal party portraits, Maia and Mark headed to Menchies!
“We make you smile”
I absolutely adore this guest book sign in table!!
Sooooo cute.This is probably my favourite dessert table that I have ever photographed.
Such a great idea to put a little sign on the dessert table, guests always want to eat the dessert before they are supposed to
They had a kissing jar and kissing wheel!
M&M’s for favours!
Thank you SO much for hiring me to be your wedding photographer Maia and Mark! I enjoyed every minute of it <3
And thank you to Danielle Dobson for second-shooting!!