Their family, their friends, and Annie (their dog) proved to be the inspiration behind Kirsten and Dustin’s wedding plans. Together, they imagined a day motivated by those they love most and a day inspired by a marriage of vintage décor and DIY touches — all while ensuring their personalities were apparent.
The wedding party wore an eclectic assortment of outfits — all of them coordinated, but it was important for Kirsten and Dustin to allow their wedding party’s personalities be reflected in their attire as well. Even Annie was adorned with a sunflower collar to complement the wedding décor!
“We knew that we wanted our wedding day to be filled with warm memories of friends, families and dogs – and it truly was!”
Sometimes, even with the most detailed planning and preparation, surprises arise. Although Kirsten and Dustin had dreamt of an outdoor ceremony in the quaint courtyard of a small Church, mother nature had other plans for them. Instead, only minutes before the ceremony was to commence, they agreed to move their wedding
ceremony indoors. As they walked into the Church, they were blown away by how perfectly it suited their vision — with a vaulted wooden ceiling and large oak doors, they were welcomed into a warm, intimate space — not quite what they had intended, but exactly what they had imagined it would feel like.
The warmth and intimacy continued at Kirsten and Dustin’s reception venue, where they decorated with white twinkle lights and candlelight. The eclectic DIY projects were apparent — there were mason jar candle holders adorned with dog tags, each of the centerpieces shared part of Kirsten and Dustin’s love story — images from places they had lived and photos of their childhoods. They also shared a video of how they met. With the help of their family and friends, Kirsten and Dustin
ensured that the DIY elements were reflective of their personalities. No detail was forgotten. They even invited family and friends to contribute homemade cookies and cupcakes to their dessert table. And, of course, when they designed their candy bar, full of their favourite treats, they didn’t forget about Annie — there were plenty of her favourites too!
“Kirsten & Dustin are a fun and genuine couple. I’m sure that all of their guests will attest to the fact that their love and happiness radiated on their wedding day. Together, they laugh easily and they ensured that their personalities were apparent in their wedding plans.
I enjoyed seeing all of the personal touches, as well as seeing how the couple’s family and friends all came together to contribute to this special day. It was a privilege to photograph their wedding, as it felt like I was simply spending the day with longtime friends!”
Kirsten & Dustin // Date: 28 June 2012 // Location: Edmonton, AB // Photographer: Kelly Redinger | Photographer // Second Photographer: Karmen Meyer // Ceremony Venue: Christ Church // Reception Venue: Whitemud Creek Community Hall // Wedding Planer: Atmosphere Wedding Planning and Design // Florist: Studio Bloom Floral Design // Wedding Dress: The Bridal House // Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss // Catering: A Capella Catering // Cake: Christina Kim