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Rustic Weddings: Julie & John | Old Timer’s Cabin, Alberta, Canada

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{Featured in Vol. 25}

Photographer: Shandro Photo

Makeup Artist:Blushed Beaute//Event Venue:Old Timer’s Cabin//Caterer:Smokehouse BBQ//Floral Designer: Wild Orchid//Submitted via Two Bright Lights



For our wedding, we were going for a vintage and rustic style. Our venue was a log cabin with a rustic feel. We strung Edison bulbs from the ceiling and arranged the tables in long rows, kind of how we imagined pioneers might do it. We had white chair covers, lavender chair sashes and lavender napkins with our wedding favour sitting on top of the napkin.

Our reception featured lots of hand-made wooden decorations, soft colours. We had a homemade card box from my step dad, and a wooden “Welcome” sign on the welcome table. Other handmade signs around the hall included “Saloon” over the bar, “Ye Old Candy Shoppe” over our candy bar serving the old fashioned candy sticks, and “mmm…donuts” for the dessert table. Our center pieces were burlap and lace-wrapped mason jars with baby’s breath, sitting on wood rounds (the wood rounds were also a popular “parting gift” scooped up by some guests – we didn’t mind!) Our table numbers were mountain ash branches cut into rounds with the number stenciled on it. We had a photo display with two large vintage looking frames on a cedar background with photos suspended in it. One frame contained photos from our engagement shoot, the other contained pictures of all of our grandparents and parents as couples, to allow our guests to see some of our family history. My personal favourite had to be our backdrop. The backdrop was made from cedar planks and featured a J&J in a big heart, Mr. and Mrs. signs, a “Bencic Est. 2016” sign (a homemade wedding gift from my step sisters) and a wrought iron dinner triangle, a decoration from our home that John rang before dinner at the reception.


John and I love to BBQ, and John is known to make a killer pulled pork or brisket smoked for over 12 hours in the backyard. We wanted to celebrate our love for BBQ at the wedding. To do so, we hired a local BBQ joint, BBQ Smokehouse, to serve the dinner, which was pulled pork, beef brisket, jalapeno corn bread, baked beans and more. During dinner, the bride and groom wore aprons (made by my mom) and we had the wedding party wear cute homemade bibs to match the aprons. Finally, our wedding favour was the cherry on top. John and I canned over 200 jars of our favourite mustard based BBQ sauce complete with personalized labels (thanks to John’s sister Priscilla) for our wedding guests. They were a hot commodity as none were left in the hall after the reception! We even saw some guests running to their vehicles depositing armfuls of the sauce!


What nobody tells you is how wonderful the ceremony is. It was uplifting, invigorating, emotional, and just plain magical. Not only was it the most special and memorable moments of my day, but also of my life.


From a DIY perspective, don’t do it all yourself! You have to delegate. While my husband John made a lot of the wooden decorations, there is no way we could have done it all on our own as not enough time exists in the world. We had a lot of help from everyone – parents, wedding party, siblings etc. My advice would be to delegate! We had help with everything including our beautiful wood signs, photo displays, backdrop, table numbers, runners, centerpieces, menus, name cards – the list goes on. I found that people were very willing and eager to help, so don’t hesitate to accept their offers. By including those who are the most important to you in your wedding preparations, you really do bring everyone together and give them a special place in your wedding day.

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