From the very first time I met with Kory and Dusty, Kory had a very clear vision of a Mad Hatter-style Alice in Wonderland wedding tucked away in the mountains. They wanted something comfortable, casual and really, really fun. Kory shared her plans to create much of the decor (which was so cool). Dusty is a skilled carpenter, so I was really excited to see what these two would create. When she told me she was going make her own wedding dress though, I though she had perhaps gone a bit mad. DIY’ing your decor is one thing, but making a wedding dress with very little sewing experience? Crazy. Well, I was wrong! You’ll be amazed to see how awesome Kory’s hand sewn dress turned out! Thanks so much to Brian over at White Leaf Photographs for capturing this wedding so perfectly!
We worked with Kory and Dusty to plan a full weekend of activities. After the guests arrived and got settled in lodges, cabins, tents, and campers, we started the weekend off with a really casual BBQ dinner. Think campfire, beer, and a moose roast Dusty had caught himself.
The ceremony was set out in an open field next to a pond. Dusty built the beautiful arch, and the vintage couches were an antique auction find. Platypus Papers creates some paper roses made of books (they were in fact pages from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland), and dipped them in red paint to adorn the topiary trees. The aisle was lined with a oriental rug, and the signing table held trinkets like clocks, teacups, teapots, and small mad hats. The guests had lemonade and iced tea (it’s always tea time in wonderland!) and Kory entered the ceremony on a white horse (how cool is that?).
The time between the ceremony and reception was filled with a light lunch and lawn games. There was croquet (of course), ladder ball, a bean bag toss, and lots of ‘minute to win it’ style games directed by a top hat donning MC. Guests also had the chance to head over to a DIY hat station and make fun little top hats, or pop into the photobooth.
Kory and Dusty spent months (and months) creating a collection of old books, mismatched dishware, clocks, teacups and teapots. Kory also created table runners made from old book pages. We accented these items with some moss and babies breathe to create really fun centrepieces. The vintage couch and chairs moved over to the reception, and guests sat in an open air structure. The party went LONG into the night, with campfire conversations, dancing and general revelry!