Tell us a little about yourselves!
Jacob can connect with anyone and is genuinely accepting of everyone he meets. He is a carefree, creative and gentle spirit. Jacob is currently a part time barista and freelance graphic designer and recently retired from his years as a university volleyball athlete while taking his degree in urban planning. He is a lover of anything that smells good, everything cozy, and anything with good design whether that’s fashion, architecture or the shape of his toothbrush. Emily is a fun loving, spontaneous, and driven individual. She also can connect with anyone she meets and loves to see the people in her life succeed. She is currently a project manager for a company in Vancouver and writes article contributions to magazines on the side. After graduating from a masters program in NYC, she moved back to Canada, reconnected with Jacob and they quickly fell in love. The rest is history.
Why did you decide to get married where you did?
Our first wedding on April 23rd took place in Jacob’s parent’s living room. We wanted an intimate and care-free setting with just our families, maid of honour and best man attending. Jacob’s father became very ill last year and is battling ALS. Life is such a gift and it was beautiful to have this most intimate, raw and beautiful moment in their home. Our second wedding on June 5th took place at Phantom Creek Estates. Emily’s family grew up going to their place in Osoyoos every year. Once Emily and Jacob started dating, Jacob joined in on these family trips. It’s an area filled with fun and beautiful memories and is quite nostalgic. When we visited Phantom Creek Estates for the first time, we both looked at each other and said “wouldn’t this be a crazy place for a wedding?!” This ended up being the only venue we contacted.
How many guests did you have?
April 23rd wedding – around 20 guests. June 5th wedding – around 90 guests.
Tell us about your outfits.
Emily: For our April wedding, I wanted something fairly casual, but chic and shamelessly took cues and drew inspiration from Lolita Jacob’s wedding. For our June wedding, I wanted to incorporate something my mom wore on her wedding day. My mom and I are very close – she’s the best human I know. I never expected to wear her dress in its entirety, but once I met with dress designer Alexandra Stewart , we dreamed up a vision and she brought it to life. It was such a fun experience to collaborate with Lexi on this dress and I can’t express enough how incredibly talented she is. It was so special and emotional to be in the dress my mom married my dad in, but in a new and unique way. It was an ode to her while still making it my own! For the reception, I changed into Jacquemus simply because he’s one of my favorite designers and I’ve always loved the Saudade Longue dress. Jacob: My priorities in fashion are typically simple silhouettes, neutral colors and soft (cozy) textures. For the April wedding I wanted to incorporate these elements and ultimately wear something I felt extremely comfortable in, in an elevated way. I incorporated some of my favorite brands like JJJJound, Oak and Fort, Commesi socks and Breda Studios. I found my suit for the June wedding at Suit Supply in Chicago during our “mini moon” after our first wedding. I think a simple, black suit is one of the sharpest fits someone can wear. This paired with gold accessories including my Breda Studios watch and Emily’s late Grandpa’s cuff links completed my wedding day look.
What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?
Both weddings were very different and different goals. We didn’t want to get too wrapped up in the details of it all and just let it happen. Of course, there’s a certain amount of planning needed to make the day come together, but honestly it all happened quite naturally. Both weddings were quite unconventional for the most part, but tied in elements of tradition as well. But most importantly we wanted everyone to feel comfortable, welcome and have fun. For April 23rd, we had no expectations and entered the day totally present and peaceful. It was important that it felt relaxed and we’re so happy it was. For June, we wanted this to be a big party. Phantom Creek has this beautiful patio that we wanted to utilize. Post ceremony, we didn’t have a sit down dinner and instead had huge grazing tables for people to walk around and mingle with whomever they pleased. It felt more like a social gathering or party than a formal wedding, which we loved. And to do this with the most important people in our lives was absolutely incredible.
Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?
It was important for us to incorporate our families as much as possible in the events. For our Phantom Creek wedding, my dad acted as the celebrant, and each of our siblings stood with us and had a role in the ceremony or did a speech. Our friend and artist, Jordhynn Guy, painted us an original piece to display at our wedding. It was an idea we collaborated on, but the actual product she had full creative freedom to express herself, Jacob and I through this beautiful art piece titled ‘Heaven’. The canvas was displayed above our gift table in the winery. For us it was so symbolic of our relationship and Jordhynn’s generosity, support and friendship.
Any tips for couples getting married, particularly during the pandemic?
Keep it flexible, keep it “you”. Whether simple or extravagant, avant-garde or traditional, let the day be an expression of yourselves as a couple and you will always look back on the day with beautiful feelings and memories. As our wedding plans were changed and surprises and unexpected details came up, Jacob always reminded me “life wouldn’t be as fun or beautiful if everything was perfect all the time.” This couldn’t be more true.
Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?
Our photographer Nicole Plett, was brilliant. She is one of our good friends and it honestly made the day feel so safe and and relaxed having someone so familiar shoot for us. Our aesthetics definitely align and I trusted her creative vision with all my heart. So happy she was able to shoot these big life moments and hang out with us at the same time.
Photographer : Nicole Plett @Nicole.marie.plett | Videographer : Jordan Reid @_alexandra_weddings | Ceremony Location + Reception : Phantom Creek Estates @phantomcreek | Flora : Kado Flowers @kadoflowers.co | Makeup : Kassidy Kavanaugh @bridalmakeup_bykk | Hair : Kelsey Seib @kelseyhairyeg and @weddinghairyeg | Celebrant : Stan Wiens (father of the Bride) | Catering + Beverages : Chef Alessa Valdez of Phantom Creek Estates @phantomcreek | Stationery : Jebrand @jebrand_ | Guest Hotel : Watermark Beach Resort @watermarkresort | Original Art Piece : Jordhynn Guy @artbyjguy | Living Room Ceremony Dress : L’academie @lacademie_ | Emily's Formal Ceremony Dress : Mother's Wedding Dress from Ethos Bridal, Remade by Alexandra Stewart @alexandrarosemetier | Reception Dress : Jacquemus @jacquemus | Jacob's Home Ceremony Suit : Shirt by Oak and Fort @oakandfort ; Trousers from Arket @arket | Jacob's Formal Ceremony Suit : Suit Supply @suitsupply | Engagement Ring : Jane Pope Jewellery @janepopejewelry | Wedding Rings : Kinn Studio @kinnstudio (Emily) + Deux Lions @deuxlionsjewelry (Jacob) | Emily's Shoes : The Row @therow from Vespucci Consignment @vespucciconsignment+ Alohas Sandals @alohas | Jacob's Shoes : JJJJound x Doc Marten @jjjjound | Veil : from Bride's mother | Jacob's Watch : Breda Studios @bredastudio | Jacob's Socks : Commesi @commesi