Jeff Horn and Steph MacDonald were married at Steph's cottage on Foote Lake, north of Huntsville, Ontario. Much of their unique wedding decor was put together by the couple and their family members, and we thought they had some great ideas!
If you're looking for a little decoration inspiration, click through the gallery and see what this couple was able to come up with.
Rustic seating plan
Jeff made this seating chart from wood skids that Steph says were "destined for scrap." He assembled the board at their home in Toronto and then transported it to Steph's sister's place in Beaverton, where she assembled the rest. All of the materials were bought at a local craft store. And the inspiration for the design? Pinterest, of course.
Seedling wedding favours
Saplings and seedlings are a great favour for cottage weddings, and for Steph and Jeff, the gift held special meaning: "We had to cut down a few trees in preparation of our wedding, so using seedlings and saplings in our wedding was our way of replanting and giving back to the earth," says Steph.
For this fun idea, the couple borrowed a canoe from her Aunt and Uncle, who have a cottage next door. Her dad helped put it together, which involved insulating the middle section with styrofoam, then lining it with a garbage bag to ensure nothing would leak through. A plastic table cloth was used to complete the look.
Mason jar lanterns
The couple made charming and rustic lanterns, which they strung from tree to tree across the property. This eclectic piece was made from a few inexpensive items: Mason jars, tea lights, and wire.
For a step-by-step guide on how to create your own special set of patio lanterns, see our gallery: How to make Mason jar lanterns.
Personalized cake toppers
They personalized their cake toppers by printing photos of themselves to sit atop the dessert. Wire picture holders like the ones they used can be found at most dollar stores.
Birch bark candles
"We chose the birch bark theme because we wanted as much of our decor as possible to compliment nature," says Steph. The basic candle holders underneath were hand-me-downs from a family member's wedding. These were wrapped in faux, textured, birch-bark wallpaper, which cost only one cent per role at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Toronto.
Birch bark wedding cake
Their cake was made by a family member's 13-year-old daughter. Steph and Jeff went through photos with her to give her an idea of what they wanted, "and she did a great job of executing it," says Steph. For another interesting touch, they decided to showcase the cake layers separately rather than in tiers. Jeff made the stands for the cake out of wood cut by Steph's Uncle.