Strathcona Park Lodge Wedding {Renee + Patrick}

We have a super gorgeous wedding to share with you today. It’s stuffed full of rustic elements, DIY wedding ideas and the charming wilderness. The talented shutterbug was Tracie Howe Photography.

Renee and Patrick wed at Strathcona Park Lodge in Vancouver Island. They incorporated a green colour palette with splashes of yellow and soft pink, a charming lodge, cute honey wedding favors, and loads of handmade details.

Renee explained, “Everything was DIY. Patrick’s Mum sent out honey from the family farm in Ontario and my Mum and I assembled the honey jars and custom hand-stamped tags for all our favors. We also made poms for the barn, I made our save-the-dates and designed our wedding invites. Pat made beautiful centerpieces for the tables and took care of our wedding website. We painted old wooden chairs (bride and groom) yellow and green to go with our theme. We brought mason jars for vases to line the aisle with wildflowers and then brought them up to the barn after the ceremony.”

The gorgeous bride was kind enough to share a few more wedding details with us, which you’ll find after the jump.

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Wedding dress designer?

“Blue by Enzoani purchased at Ivory Bridal in Langley, BC. My experience with these ladies was fabulous….they helped me find my dream dress.”

Colour combination and what made your wedding unique?

“I love birds and wanted to include a lot of vintage style birds in our wedding….it was subtle. I made our save-the-dates from vintage style bird stamps on luggage tags, I designed our wedding invitations and they had a vintage scrolly bird, I had little birds as place card tables on the holders, I wore vintage bird earrings, and I also had custom banners made up by Earmark (on Etsy) that said “Love” and “Let’s Celebrate” both with vintage bird prints that I had sent them to use barn.

I also wanted a subtle theme of green with splashes of yellow and soft pink. This was incorporated into the bridesmaids dresses, the old wooden chairs we painted green and yellow and brought from home (the ones Pat and I sat in), the poms, the flower bouquets for me and the bridesmaids and boutonnieres, the custom banners by Earmark, the guys wore light pink hightops and pink ties. I wanted our wedding to be outdoorsy, natural, rustic, with some vintage touches, laid back and personal.

The location was absolutely gorgeous. On the water, backed by the forest amongst rugged mountains and it was a trip to get there! We got married on the beach and had our reception in a post and beam barn. The accommodations were beautiful, rustic cabins and we had bonfires on the beach at night. Our best man and drummer of “Stars” (Montréal) threw together a band and played awesome music for us all night long. For our rehearsal dinner on the beach we had a huge seafood fest that was all locally sourced – crabs, prawns, oysters – the works! I am a nutritionist, so the food was a really important to me – for our wedding dinner, the food was all local and organic. The chef was amazing and worked with me to create a beautiful menu that was so tasty – and instead of the traditional wedding cake, we wanted to have blackberry pies and whipped cream.”

What was your biggest challenge?

“Taking too much on myself. I really wish that I had hired someone for the day of so that I could relax more. On our wedding day I was rushing about preparing the barn when I should have just been having fun with my girls getting ready. When I finally started relaxing and getting ready…..I realized that no-one had picked up the flowers in Campbell River – 2 hours away there and back!! I had a mini-melt down but my step-dad came to the rescue and went to pick them up. It would have been nice to just give someone a check-list and not worry whether or not I had forgotten anything.”

What was your favorite moment?

“Hearing my husband recite his vows to me. Unbelievably moving.”

What’s your advice?

“Accept any help offered. Hire someone for the day of! Even if it’s just to go through a list to see that everything is in place. You should be relaxing and enjoying yourself the day of, not running around! Also, don’t be afraid to make your wedding totally yours. It’s your wedding and should reflect your personality as a couple. That’s what makes it memorable.”

Any additional information you would like to share?

“When Pat proposed to me, he proposed with the loose diamond in a beautiful filigree locket. He presented me with the loose diamond so that I could design my own engagement ring. So I was also very involved in the design process of both of my rings. They were vintage inspired and engraved with scrolly waves and tiny flowers and my wedding band has tiny pave diamonds. I love the way they turned out.

[Plus] Etsy rules. It’s really nice to support artists who are making their living by crafting things. Etsy is a great way to do this and also to get custom, one-of-a-kind stuff for your wedding.”

Our congratulations and best wishes to Renee and Patrick. Thank you for sharing your charming wedding story and wedding pictures.

Renee and Patrick’s Style Guide

Photographer: Tracie Howe Photography

Favors and Gifts: Paloma’s Nest

Reception Venue: Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre

Invitation Designer: Earmark Invitations

Dress Designer: Enzoani

Shoes: Seychelles Footwear

Jewelry: Era Designs, Toodlebunny

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bryan’s Bride

Band: Whipped Cream

Earrings: Vancouver Designer, Toodlebunny

Rings: Era in Vancouver

Flower bouquets: Petra at Thrifty’s in Campbell River

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  1. Azulsahara says:

    Both the setting and the photos are absolutely gorgeous. I love all the small wedding details. Congratulations!

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