Justine & Sylvan

This DIY boho-vintage wedding in Nelson was a true labour of love for the couple and their families

Fresh Photography
Kokanee Creek Guest Haus
Bride’s Dress:
Made by bride
Bride’s Shoes:
Alyssa Hastings
Tiffany Radcliffe
Bridesmaid Dresses:
Candela (blush), Free People (burgundy), own vintage
Groom’s Outfit:
ASOS (shirt & tie), Le Chateau
Groom’s Shoes:
River Island
Groomsmen Outfits:
ASOS (shirt & tie)
Lisa Hartley
Saskia Dykstra
Bride’s father & family
Groom’s aunt
Wedding Favours:
A Secret Forest Patisserie (lollipops)

Justine and Sylvan first laid eyes on each other in Nelson, and it was to Nelson that they returned for their July wedding at Kootenay Creek Guest Haus.

“It was one of the hottest days of the summer; however, Sylvan and I didn’t seem to notice,” says Justine of their outdoor ceremony and reception. “What made our day so special was that it was really a labour of love from Sylvan and I, and help from our friends and family to make it as beautiful as it was.”

To create their combined bohemian, vintage and garden-inspired décor – mixed with pops of rich burgundy – Justine spent nine months collecting vintage brass and glass vases for the table decorations, and she hand-drew the wedding invitations. The talented bride even sewed her own wedding dress.

For his part, Sylvan created the pergola for the ceremony, as well as crafting the bar with the help of his brother. Justine’s mother handpainted the signs, while the bride’s sister stamped the cups, and Sylvan’s mother sewed the tablecloths.

One of Justine’s close girlfriends took responsibility for the flowers, while Justine’s father, a Red Seal chef, catered the wedding and Sylvan’s aunt made the wedding cakes. Even the celebrant was basically a family member, says Justine, “so it was so nice and personal to have her marry us.”

The entire wedding day was held on the guest house property, including the ceremony, afternoon tea, cocktails, dinner, dessert – through to the first dance. “My family surprised us with a silly video of how Sylvan and I fell in love,” says Justine, “then we opened up the dance floor and danced the night away!”