Al­li­son & Matt

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Al­li­son Young had been in Korea for about a year when she met Matt Cha­put, a fel­low Cana­dian and English teacher. Af­ter spend­ing five years to­gether work­ing over­seas the pair moved back to Nova Sco­tia, bought a house and soon af­ter, got en­gaged. “I would be ly­ing if I said I didn’t have a se­cret Pin­ter­est board,” says Al­li­son, an avid DIYer with an eye for de­tail. She hap­pily made just about ev­ery piece of her wedding decor by hand, a de­ci­sion that was part eco­nom­i­cal, but mostly pas­sion. “I wanted to make sure we had a day that re­flected our style. But I do love to do that stuff,” she says. “If I have free time, that’s what I want to be do­ing.” The stuff she’s talk­ing about in­cludes hand­made cen­tre­pieces, ta­ble run­ners, ta­ble num­bers, place card hold­ers, mono­grammed wine glasses, a mar­quee sign, a fab­ric back­drop and nearly 3,000 hand-folded pa­per cranes. “I needed some­thing to fill the space,” says Al­li­son, of her airy re­cep­tion venue, Sainte-Famille Win­ery. She pro­ceeded to dig into two months of daily fold­ing (dur­ing her evenings and com­mutes) and then strung the pa­per birds on twine to make 20 foot stream­ers. “I read the folk­lore about the bride that folds 1,000 cranes hav­ing good luck. And it ties into a lot of Asian cul­ture—and me and Matt’s time in Asia.” The cou­ple also teamed up to build their own check­ered dance floor, for ul­ti­mate good times, and wrote per­sonal notes to ev­ery sin­gle guest in at­ten­dance. “It was like the best day of your life, with every­body you love more than any­thing and they’re all hav­ing an amaz­ing time. It’s a crazy high,” says Al­li­son. “I felt like ev­ery sin­gle mo­ment was elec­tric.”

It’s a crazy high. I felt like ev­ery sin­gle mo­ment was elec­tric.”

DRESS Karma Bridal

Pho­tos by Ap­ple­head Stu­dio Pho­tog­ra­phy

DECOR DIY

VENUE Sainte-Famille Win­ery

MAR­QUEE DIY BRIDES­MAID DRESSES Etsy

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