Steph & Sanj’s Fun and Whimsical Hand-Crafted Wedding with an 80s Kick


quirky handmade wedding

Happy Friday! Meet the adorable Steph and Sanj. I’ve been wanting to share their wedding with you ever since Steph showed it to me so I’m thrilled that you can finally see it today. why? Because it’s an inspiring example of a wedding where the couple absolutely took liberties in having it their way. all the while ensuring that their loved ones will enjoy the day! You will also love the creative handmade elements, like the sooo-cute felt flower bouquets and table centerpieces that the bride and her friends made, the Poloaroid escort cards, the 80s record cover table number cards, and wacky photo booth props. The celebration itself was held at Toronto’s former brickyard which has been converted into an urban park and it made for artsy and really interesting non-traditional wedding portraits.

Devic Fotos, their photographer, not only shot on digital but on film and Polaroid too. Get your virtual pins ready because you are in for a visual treat. Please enjoy!

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

About the wedding, in the lovely Stephanie’s own words:

We always knew that we wanted to have a wedding that was distinctly us. We wanted to have a day that was filled with details and touches that were meaningful to us. So for me and Sanj, there was no need for things such as the bouquet or garter tosses, the “something old…new…borrowed….or blue,” the wedding cake, or even real flowers in a staid banquet hall. Not being so tied to prescribed traditions allowed us to have fun and do what meant most to us on the most important day of our lives: eat delicious food, dance to great music and celebrate with our closest friends and family.

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

From this point on, Steph will share the elements that made their wedding uniquely their own:

We were married at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. Historically, this site served as the former brickyard and quarry for the city. In recent years, it’s been transformed into an urban park and community environmental centre that promotes sustainability and green living. Our outdoor ceremony took place on a perfectly golden late afternoon overlooking the pond, and the reception was in an old deteriorating building with graffitied walls which still houses the old brick kilns.

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” Iron and Wine
Registry Signing: “Rainbows” Oh Land
Recessional: “What a Feeling (Flashdance)” Irene Cara
Entrance Song: “The Promise” When in Rome

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

While we were required to have our ceremony officiated by a licensed officiant (by law in Canada), we were also able to have one of Sanj’s best friends, Ryan, conduct most of the ceremony, which meant a great deal to us. Ryan’s wife Lesley read from Dr. Seuss’ `Oh the Places You’ll Go’, which was both whimsical and surprisingly moving at the same time. We also had fun with our recessional song, “What a Feeling (Flashdance)” by Irene Cara, which started playing as soon as we kissed.

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

We love DIY details and felt that this was the best way to express ourselves on our day. If it wasn’t crafted or handmade by us, many of our details were sourced and purchased off of Etsy.

Sanj retrofitted and repainted his old road bike in the style of a getaway bicycle (in lieu of a car). Today, he uses this bicycle to commute to and from work.

quirky handmade wedding

Another one of our projects and the one we had the most fun with was our escort cards, which were individual Polaroid pictures that we created from silly old pictures that we sourced of each one of our guests on Facebook or in our personal collections. The escort cards were strung up on twine with clothespins on an old barn window frame. It took us the better part of a year to get all the photos for this, and in the end it was well worth it to see the delighted reactions and surprise of our guests when they saw their individual Polaroids.

And rather than a traditional guest book, we had our guests fill out Mad Lib type cards for us.

quirky handmade wedding

Sanj and I love 80s music, if at all indicated by our choice for our recessional song, so for table names, we had miniature album covers of well-known 80s records.

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

One of our major projects were the flowers for the tables and the bouquets. Each one was handmade in felt — we’ll forever be grateful to my bridesmaids (and one of our groomsmen) for helping to craft every single flower with us.

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

Instead of cake, we had donuts!

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

We also hand-made our photo booth props using our printer, foam core sheets and our trusty old glue gun.

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

Our photographers, Devic Fotos, were also really unique in that they shoot not only digital, but “old-fashioned” film and Polaroid too. We love that some the photographic artifacts of our wedding have that retro feel to them!

quirky handmade wedding

And yes, because of all our DIY endeavors, we were tired (and truthfully, a little tense) in the days leading up to our wedding. In the end though, everything was worth it once we saw how everything came together and when we were finally MARRIED! Our day was perfect. It was our wedding and everything felt like us. So many of our guests say the same thing to us even to this day — that they could see us in all of the little details and elements. We feel like because we made sure that everything was meaningful to us, that we were able to make the day more special and memorable for our friends and family too.

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

quirky handmade wedding

Parting insights and advice from the newlyweds:

If you plan to DIY, start early so that you can coast as much as possible to the finish line. The last few weeks go by really quickly, and you don’t want to be spending these crucial moments working around the clock on your projects. Prioritize, ask for help and delegate as much as you can, even if you’re like me and you hate the thought of inconveniencing other people by using up their valuable time making felt flowers and putting together your S’mores kit favors.

Also, hiring our Day-Of Coordinator was one of the best decisions we made. She took on the burden of the stress, the organization and the logistics that day which allowed me and Sanj to truly enjoy every single minute as guests at our own wedding.

Finally, don’t be afraid to do things your way. It’s your day. Your wedding. Your vision. Others may not understand your choices, but as long as it’s what you and your fiancé want and you’re happy, then that’s all that matters in the end. You won’t be less married because of any of it.

quirky handmade wedding

Huge thanks Steph for sending your awesome wedding my way, and congratulations to you and Sanj! I wish you guys a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂

Photographer: Devic Fotos
Venue: Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto
Venue Lighting: Q Ideas
Event Coordinator (Day of): The Little White Dress
Makeup: Sarah Major
Hair: Salon Bardot
Donuts: Krispy Kreme
Cake Topper: Etsy, Ready Go
Caterer: 10tation
Officiant: Ryan Weston (Friend of the Groom), with William Goursky, All Seasons Wedding
Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm Blush from Sash & Bustle, Toronto
Felt Flower Hairpiece: Etsy, SewZinski
Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth
Boutonnieres: Etsy, Surroundings Online
Bowties: Etsy, The Belle and the Beau
Bicycle Customization: VéloColour
Wedding invitations: Silverplate Press

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