When coworkers Carrie Goulet, 28, and Steve Chatelain, 30, started training for a half marathon together in 2007, they realized that their friendship had become something much more. In 2012, after five years of dating (and an office change for Carrie!), Steve proposed while on vacation in Belize. "We were on the roof of this amazing tree house in the jungle canopy," Carrie says. "He went to get drinks from the bar and came back with a bottle of champagne—and a ring!"
Sixteen months later, on August 17, 2013, Carrie and Steve invited 100 guests to Capilano Golf and Country Club in British Columbia, where Steve's parents were married 40 years earlier.
Want to see how they pulled off their DIY summer wedding, as captured by Will Pursell? Keep reading!
Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy created the invitation suite, which featured a mix of block and script fonts in different shades of blue. The invitations were tied together with blue-and-white rope and a tan tag personalized with Carrie and Steve's initials, their wedding date, and a heart.
When Carrie tried on her strapless Mori Lee ball gown, she loved it so much that she didn't even look at the price tag. But it worked in her favor: "I ended up spending only half of what I planned to spend on a dress," she says. "It's probably the only thing that came under budget!"
Carrie paired her simple, strapless dress with a silver sash, Swarovski crystal headband, and drop earrings, all purchased on Etsy. As a nod to her new family, Carrie added buttons from her future mother-in-law's wedding dress to her own and wore her mother-in-law's diamond tennis bracelet, an anniversary gift from her husband.
The bride wore mint green stilettos from J. Crew with a light purple snakeskin bow on each toe.
Carrie's dog Leo walked down the white aisle wearing a mint green bowtie that she'd found on Etsy.
The bride's mother made the beautiful ceremony arch out of birch branches and silk flowers. During the ceremony, the couple released monarch butterflies to represent the friends and family who were no longer with them. "One of the butterflies landed on the arch and stuck around for the ceremony!" Carrie says.
To help guests find their seats at the single long table, Carrie and Steve displayed a seating chart at one end. The logo matched the personalized tag on the couple's wedding invitations.
When searching for a wedding venue, Carrie and Steve knew that they needed a place that could fit a long, 100-seat dinner table outdoors. The country club worked perfectly, and Carrie and her mother-in-law decorated the table with a white tablecloth, low centerpieces of white hydrangeas and pink tea roses, and a mix of votive holders made of mercury glass.
Light pink tea roses and sweetheart roses in pale blush gave the centerpieces an almost ombre look. More pink flowers (made of tissue paper!) were tied at each place setting, along with a calligraphy place card with each guests' name.
For their honeymoon, Carrie and Steve went on a safari in Sri Lanka before scuba diving with whales in the Maldives.
After 16 months of planning the big day herself, Carrie says she surprisingly remained calm on the day-of. "I spent the night before with my bridesmaids at the hotel," she says. "On the day of the wedding, I woke up and everything I needed was already in the hotel room — including my hair and makeup team!" Carrie's planning advice for busy brides-to-be? "Make a list of tasks, stagger the due dates, and, of course, assign some jobs to friends and family."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Capilano Golf and Country Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Mori Lee || Shoes: J. Crew || Hair: Laura McFadden || Makeup: Candice Stafford || Groom's Suit: Blair Shapera || Bouquet & Boutonniere Florist: Kit's Market || Invitations & Paper Goods: Written Word Calligraphy || Catering: Capilano Golf and Country Club || Photography: Will Pursell