Love has a way of transcending time, and in the heart of Kamloops, Canada, Brittany and Dan embarked on a journey that blended the realms of ancient history and modern-day romance. Their wedding, held at the enchanting Heffley Creek Hall, was nothing short of a magical spectacle.
The theme of their special day? An “Ancient Royal Fantasy Fairy Tale” – a whimsical fusion of nostalgia and imagination. What set their celebration apart was the freedom they offered their guests to dress in a style that resonated with their own fantasies, whether it be ancient Roman togas, characters from Star Wars, or the elegance of the Renaissance era.
As we embark on this journey through their extraordinary wedding, be prepared to be transported to a world where love reigns supreme, where fairy tales come to life, and where Brittany and Dan’s union embodies the beauty of blending the past and the present.
Where did you get married?
Heffley Creek Hall in Kamlopps, Canada
Why did you choose to get married at Heffley Creek Hall?
Affordable and in a beautiful location!
What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?
Our day was memorable for so many reasons but I would have to say the ones that stick out the most is saying our heartfelt personalized vows to each other in front of everyone, hearing the amazing speeches from our family while trying not to cry, and performing our uniquely choreographed first dance as a married couple in front of everyone.
We practiced so hard for so long and pulled it off so well and everyone absolutely loved it, it was quite the performance and even though it was a five-minute song it only felt like 30 seconds!
Brittany, paint us a picture. What was the theme, style, colors, and overall vibe of your wedding day?
The theme was Ancient Royal Fantasy Fairy Tale and people were free to dress up in whatever style they wanted to whether it was ancient Roman Togas, Star Wars, Renaissance, etc. We got our outfits made custom by our costume designer friend and they were perfect and unique with my dress being red and gold with a custom handmade overbust corset and my husband’s being off-white and green.
The colors were green, red, and gold with splashes of black and white, and surprisingly didn’t have a Christmas feel at all. Our decorations included white tablecloths with gold table runners, black chair covers, and a red sash tied around each chair.
Green Eucalyptus vines and candles on the tables and everywhere else, huge tall gold trumpet vases with greenery dangling down and white roses with a splash of red and gold detailing for flowers, as well as smaller white compotes with flowers, small gold geometric candle holders, and large black sheppard hooks with large gold geometric candle holders for the aisle markers.
We also had handmade wooden signs wrapped with vine lights and moss we made to name each table a name from a different fantasy realm, instead of having table numbers. The names of the realms were burned into the wood using a pyrography pen and they were so nice the bridal party wanted to keep them for themselves, I am lucky to have gotten one!
We had black cloth napkins wrapped with the cutlery with a gold tie, beautiful gold foil chargers for under the plates, and customized laser-burned wooden rounds with our details and the Lord of the Rings Elvish writing around the outside of them as our wedding favors. Our wedding was a budget wedding so it was tough to transform the whole space but I think we all managed to do a wonderful job to transform the venue into another realm to celebrate our love together. I felt like a Queen marrying my King and I wish we would do it all over again!
What was your favorite part of planning your wedding?
Practicing our first dance choreography, it felt like a special date every single time we got together and was so much fun!
What was the best investment you made for your wedding?
A good photographer! Our photographer was 20% of our whole budget and it was so worth it because she caught the whole day even though it was chaotic and the pictures tell such a beautiful story capturing our fantasy fairytale love.
Is there anything you would have done differently?
It would have been nice to have an event coordinator or wedding planner for a couple days or day of the wedding. It was tough to make sure we had everything done ourselves but we were lucky to have such an amazing wedding party team to make it happen with us!
What was your favorite part of using WedSites for your wedding?
Sending out the virtual invitations was so nice because we could not afford to send physical ones. The website made it easy to keep track of everyone and everything, to organize our guests at the tables, and to keep in contact with our guests.
Wedding planning is notoriously stressful. Now that you’ve gone through the process, do you have any advice or words of wisdom for couples who are currently in the midst of planning theirs?
I would say break up the tasks and take a while to do it, we had a year to plan and it worked out great. Splitting the workload between yourself and your spouse is important so that you are both involved. I handled a lot of the research and gathering while my husband was able to make decisions easier than I could.
My husband took care of the website while I gathered inexpensive decor over the year through dollar stores and online marketplaces. Splitting the workload made it so we could come together and get more work done in a shorter amount of time so that it wasn’t completely stressful. I wished we would have had our own place the night of the wedding and had someone babysit our child but we shared accommodations with our bridal party and it was a bit tough to manage but it was also so great to share the cost of a big space with a pool and everything so it really depends on what you are wanting out of your wedding, ours was not in the town we live in so there were added complications.
A DIY wedding out of town was HARD but we made sure to book extra time to set up and tear down so we didn’t work ourselves to the bone and still had some time to figure out the problems that arose, as they always do.
The amazing team of vendors involved with this wedding
Venue: Heffley Creek Hall
Photographer: Taqueesha Lightfoot Photography
Officiant: Lee Morris Marriage Commissioner
Caterer: Milo’s Adventure Catering
Cake Baker: Chey Can Bake
Decor: Be Our Guest Decor
Florist: Silk Flowers by Sue
Gifts & Favors: Amazon and Etsy
Hair Stylist: White Rose Bridal Hair
Makeup Artist: Courtney Estabrooks MUA
Wedding Dress: Raili Boe
Bridesmaid Dresses Amazon
Attire: Amazon and Esty
Jeweler: Etsy and Shein
Transportation: Driverseat Kamloops
DJ: Lucas Polson
Wedding Website: WedSites