Dustin & Lucy's northern BC wedding is full of so many unique and special details that we weren't sure where to begin... until we read this beautiful passage from Tyler, of Tyler Meers Photography:
"Lucy and Dustin's wedding was a truly beautiful affair that intertwined not only their deep love for one another, but also their connection to culture and place. Bonds of love, light, and life run powerfully though the event of their union, from the century-old fishing cannery with the family connection that was transformed into an unforgettable reception venue, to the locally sourced and handcrafted items that made their day unique.
Lucy & Dustin along the banks of the Skeena River in beautiful Northern BC. Captured by Tyler Meers Photography.
Dustin & Lucy met and live in the coastal community of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and wanted their wedding theme to emulate the mountains, streams, and coastline that they love so much. The vision for their wedding was simple: sea-foam meets mossy forest floor. "We tried to keep it as natural and local as possible," says Lucy. With the breath-taking scenery of Prince Rupert and its surrounding areas, natural and local made for one incredible wedding day location.
Lucy is a member of the Nisga'a nation, an indigenous group from the northwest corner of British Columbia. Lucy's connection to her heritage comes through in many of the wedding details that you will see in this story. Add to that, the couple's love for their community and you have an affair brimming with personal touches and beautiful nods to nature.
You may remember Dustin & Lucy as the winners of our 2014 Best Engagement Photo Contest: Winter! You can see their winning photo (also photographed by Tyler Meers Photography) here.
This wedding offers incredible DIY details everywhere the eye can see! For starters, Lacy hand-appliqued lace to her red high heels, elevating them from fashionable to fabulous ;)
The boutonnieres, crafted of cedar bark roses, hydrangeas, and sprigs of Rosemary, were lovingly made by Lucy's bridesmaid.
Lucy handmade tiny cedar-bark rosebud earrings for each of her bridesmaids; their pendants were made from sea glass gathered from the beaches near the cannery and crafted by a Prince Rupert artisan.
The bouquets included cedar-bark roses hand-woven by Lucy, her sisters, and other women in her family.
The groom & groomsmen wore unique ties that had been silkscreened with a Chinook salmon, gifted to them by local artist Kostan Lagace.
Lucy and Dustin look down from the upper floor of the First Nations netloft at the North Pacific Cannery.
From Tyler: "North Pacific Cannery is a National Historic Site and the longest standing cannery on the northwest coast. Situated outside of Port Edward on Cassiar Road, about 25 kilometers from Prince Rupert, the cannery is a collection of wooden, tin-roofed buildings spread along a tidal river bank and connected by a series of boardwalks. To Lucy and Dustin, North Pacific symbolized the heartbeat of coastal life - salmon. Wild salmon are integral to First Nations culture and existence, and many coastal communities would not exist if it were not for this precious food."
The North Pacific Cannery offers a truly amazing wedding venue, with airy high-rafter cielings and picturesque views. Each of the 168 cedar bark roses that were given as wedding favours, were lovingly crafted by Lucy, her sister Nikita, and other members of her family. The roses were made by harvesting strips of red cedar tree bark, drying and cleaning it, then hand-weaving the strips one by one into lovely, unique roses.
From Lucy: "My grandma's moms name was Rose, and I really wanted to incorporate them to honour my Ool'ie."
The couple, as they chase the sun along the banks of the Skeena River.
This duo has style, style, and more style! Dustin sports his custom Kostan Lagace tie and Lucy is radiant in her reception dress.
The Dream Team