24 Nov

A greenhouse wedding: Amanda + Braydan

categories DIY Wedding, Real Weddings

Amanda is a graphic designer in Ontario who tackled the planning of her wedding like a giant design project. She and Braydan were married on the top of the hill overlooking Belluz Farms in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Their wedding incorporated their love of the outdoors and Amanda’s knack for design details.

They wanted their wedding to be laid back and fun. Just a big gathering of friends and family from all across the country. The also recruited their family and friends to help with the weddings details, which made their wedding personal and perfect. Amanda designed and printed their save the dates and invites on her gocco, centerpiece and ceremony flowers were arranged by her mom and bridesmaids the day before the wedding and the ceremony arbor was made by her father-in-law. The cakes were make by her mother-in-law and the ring pillow was made by her grandma. Plus whenever possible she purchased her supplies and party necessities from etsy.


Amanda made those cute magnetic buttons… in 10 different designs that covered the many facets of their relationship.



She purchased her dress from Once Wed, which she says was one of the best decisions she made in the whole planning process. Her options were limited in Northern Ontario, but the internet knows no boundaries! She found the perfect dress that was both stylish and affordable.



Their initials, A + B, guided their printed materials. Nature, birch tress, and beach rocks (plus chartreuse) provided the overall aesthetic and maps wove their way into a number of places because of the physical distance that played such a big role in their early relationship. Even though they lived in the same province, they still lived 1,400 km apart. Amanda even had custom cufflinks made for Braydan (by Etsy seller, foundling), using vintage maps of each of their home towns.





Beautiful wedding, you two! Congratulations!

Photography: Shannon LePere & Melanie Godecki / Venue: Belluz Farms, Thunder Bay Ontario / Catering: Good News Cafe / Invites + Paper: Amanda Phillips / Flowers: The Flower Shed (for bouquets, bouts, and corsages) + Metro grocery for centerpiece flowers / Dress: Casablanca, purchased on Once Wed!

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  1. i love the random stats card! i am so bookmarking this for my future one-day-far-off wedding!

  2. Stunning.

    Amanda, you are amazingly talented.

  3. It was a beautiful wedding – but not as beautiful as the bride. I was so happy to be able to share in the special day, as Amanda’s ‘Work Mom’. Braydan is also one hot ticket.
    Proud of them both. I get to witness Amanda’s talents everyday at work – she is very talented, organized and is a gal that knows what she wants.

    Well done Amanda, Well done : ) xo

  4. I helped out where i could, but my beautiful new and amazingly talented wife is to thank for the best most perfect of my life.

    I Love you

  5. Love this wedding, from the invites to her shoes! I would love to know what style # the dress is if anyone knows! I would like to see if I could look as stunning as this bride in that dress!

  6. Thanks everyone! My dress was an altered version of this one: http://www.casablancabridal.com/collections/view/4/72. I might consider selling, contact me if you’d like details.

  7. Gorgeous! The bride, groom, and all the lovely details. One of my favourite touches is definitely the box of “keep dancing” flip-flops — genius. 😉
    It’s so refreshing to see such a joyous day of celebration, I’m so happy for you both.

  8. This wedding is WAY too cute! I absolutely love everything about it, Amanda did such an amazing job!

  9. Just gorgeous! I love the soft greens–and that last photo is just wonderful!

  10. wow, the invites are so cool. and i love that her family chipped in and helped out with so many of the details.

  11. Ooooh, gorgeous! Love all those details and textures, so perfect!

  12. So beautiful and unique, I love it!!!!

  13. I’m so inspired by your wedding! Can you tell me what brand your shoes are?

  14. beautiful images, does the profession proud

  15. What the post fails to mention is how fun the wedding was! Braydan and Amanda really paid attention to making the day personal, and it reflected their personalities perfectly. it was relaxed, intimate, energetic, unique and obviously quite stylish :)
    Such a great day!

  16. beautiful wedding. charming details. we’re loving this!

  17. Kate – my shoes were from Nina, purchased online. Sadly, I’m pretty sure the colour is discontinued now. I searched everywhere for the perfect colour and snapped these ones up right away when I found them!

  18. was that an ORK map as part of your paper suite…or did you replicate it yourself?

  19. Okay, I have to admit I’m a little jealous of just how COOL this couple is!! Amanda: how awesome that you got to use your design talent to make your wedding one-of-a-kind. I especially adore the way you incorporated natural elements while keeping the overall look really clean and sophisticated. Congrats you two!

  20. beautiful – love the details and the colour palette. And I LOVE the writing/font you have used that looks like hand shaded block letters – did you write them all? wonderful – well done!

  21. paige – The map was created a few years ago by a designer I work with as a personal project. It’s the same style as ORK but because TBay a pretty small town it hasn’t been done by them before.

    merry – The font is Rockwell Sketch.

  22. Keep dancing flip flops are a great idea.

  23. so, so lovely! i love her hair accessories and her shoes. crazy cool.

  24. I love those cakes! I like the blending of green spaces and urban elements.

  25. wow,so so great,Amanda is so perfect woman,i love those buttons she designed so much,and congratulations !

  26. When Amanda told me their wedding was featured here I was eager to see what aspects of the day were decided to be most impressive. Wow – looks like the whole day and most of the details were spotlighted.

    It’s no surprise to me that much care and thought went into the planning, execution and style for the wedding. Being an avid art student from an early age, I am glad Amanda has taken it to a point where she can share her visions with others and receive appreciation for same (personally and professionally). If she’s so inclined, I can see her being a famous designer one day . She’s the light of my life.

  27. Amanda- those shoes! So wonderful. My wedding is in Feb. and I have resorted to buying white pumps and dyeing them that color! I didn’t think there were shoes that were created in that color. Let me know if you’re willing to sell! haha

  28. This wedding looks like so much fun! I love how its the little, casual details that added so much personality to their wedding.

  29. This wedding is absolutely brilliant. From the dress to the details, I’m in awe. The flip flops in a box with the sign to keep on dancing! Come on, I love it! Great images, great color scheme, great everything.

  30. Everything is so inspiring! my colors are chartruese and plum…I love the invites and was wondering if you ever made other invites to sell! :)

  31. you did a great job! i love the whole ork style…and to do it in a invite–perfection! 😉 great work! it’s beautiful!!!

  32. Wow, your photos are absolutley wonderful. I love your use of depth and of course the use of real film is incredible. One day I hope to take photos like that. Photos like yours are what inpired me to do photography and I still have a long way to go.
    Thanks for your blog…

  33. Great shots! Love these photos! I’m an amateur photographer and would like to get into doing wedding gigs. Here is a photo I took of a couple in Vegas. I made a fotobabble of it…let me know what you guys think

  34. Truly a beautiful wedding! From the smallest touches, we can see how thoughtful you two are! Blessings to you both!

  35. I’ve enjoyed looking through your photos and getting ideas for my own wedding in June 2011! I went on a long search for your dress until I noticed your post about altering a dress from Casablanca. If your still interested in selling your dress, please e-mail me the measurements at dipk82@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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