Couple: Tammy Mercer and Keir Gervais
Wedding Date: August 27th, 2016
Where: Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Colour Palette: Black, Red, and Ivory
Theme: Country Chic
Wedding photos by Mckinnon Photography
There are so many incredible things about this wedding that I don’t even know where to start. It would be a real shame if I missed any detail and for that reason, I’m going to let the proper bride do the honours:
“This was the third marriage for both of us and we wanted it to be just the way we wanted. I am a horse gal and Keir is a fisherman so we attempted to blend both themes. We had a chic country wedding theme — family-style with a bit of sophistication. Our ceremony was out in a field, the dinner/reception was under a tent in the backyard, and the dance was upstairs in the loft of the barn. The wedding was at our friends John & Nicole’s farm (Nicole introduced us and our first date was at their house for dinner).
Under my dress, I wore hand-painted cowboy boots that depicted all the things I love: the logo for our ranch “Riding For Freedom Ranch”, all four of my horses, one Doberman to represent all the Dobermans in my life both present and past, Marilyn Monroe (because I’m a huge fan), a fly fisherman, and our wedding date.
I drove my horse, Moroko, out to the ceremony site to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I had to first learn how to drive a horse and cart, then I had to teach Moroko to pull a cart. We started about eight months before the wedding and he performed flawlessly on the day.
The wedding guests sat on hay bales covered in quilts borrowed from friends. One was a quilt my cousin sent that my grandmother had made in the ’70s. “Marry Me” by Train was the wedding march, and I walked up the aisle with my bouquet and the bible that my dad gave my mom on their wedding day in 1956. Both my parents are deceased, so carrying the bible felt like I had both of them with me walking up the aisle.
I walked up the aisle then Keir came down and met me halfway. Together we walked up to the wooden arbour where the marriage commissioner (also a friend and a horse gal) performed the ceremony. The arbour was made by us and draped in white sheers and wrapped in red and white imitation flowers. Of course, we had a red horseshoe for good luck in the centre.
We both read our own vows. Keir stated that he did not expect me to take him in sickness, instead, he would go to the spare room and get better himself. The desk we did our official signing was a 1930’s oak writing desk that use to belong to my grandfather. After the ceremony, we danced back down the aisle to the song “I’m so excited” by the Pointer Sisters. We got back in the cart and I drove us to the happy hour and reception tent behind the farmhouse.
We did a lot of the wedding ourselves or had friends volunteering their services. The flowers for the ceremony and reception were mostly dahlias from a friend’s garden, and the jars I decorated months in advance. We also scoured garage sales and second-hand stores for country-themed items like the horse-themed ice bucket. We had four waggon wheel chandeliers we made with borrowed wooden waggon wheels with jars hanging on baling twine and battery tea lights inside.
We gave homemade jam wrapped in black and white cellophane bags as gifts to each guest. We also made our own wine, beer, and champagne. Another friend made our bridal bouquets and boutonnieres.
We did everything electronically by setting up a website which including bio’s in the wedding party, local places to stay, information on the wedding venue. Everything was paperless including the invitations, thank you notes, even the wedding photographs were sent out electronically so guests could order whatever photo’s they wanted.”
Tammy nailed: at considering their personalities to tailor a very authentic and memorable wedding, at the use of meaningful and sentimentally valued props and especially at making good use of their and their friends’ DIY skills.(and what about that dress??)