An Elegant (and Industrial!) Wedding in a Former Factory

An Elegant (and Industrial!) Wedding in a Former Factory

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Taryn Williford
Mar 15, 2017

Bride & Groom: Lauren & Jack
Wedding Date: August 13, 2016
Venue: Charbar in Calgary, Alberta
Number of guests: 125

As if wedding planning wasn't difficult enough, imagine having to organize a wedding while you, your fiance and the wedding venue are each many, many miles (and borders) apart. That's the story of Lauren and Jack.

In the two years before their late summer wedding across the continent in Calgary, Jack was living in Boston and Lauren in London, Ontario. The distance made it difficult to prepare for the wedding, although Lauren admits it wasn't as tough as she'd imagined ("We had the some really great vendors who helped make everything run smoothly"). And yet, getting married was just one part of a very exciting year.

When the wedding wrapped, Lauren and Jack headed to India for six and a half weeks, then moved right in to a new life (and new jobs!) in Toronto. "It was a pretty crazy couple of months!"

With so much going on in their lives, you'll be shocked to see how seamlessly and beautifully the design of the day came together. Lauren said the industrial vibe of their mattress-factory-turned-restaurant venue dictated a neutral "shades of grey" color palette. You can check it all out in the gallery above (with stunning photos captured by Jamie Hyatt Photography), or hear more about the day in Lauren's own words below.

(Image credit: Jamie Hyatt Photography)

How did you meet?

We met during University when we were in the same section for our business program.

How would you describe your wedding style?

The aesthetic was modern with some industrial touches (e.g. the reception was at an old mattress factory that was recently converted into a restaurant) and the colour palette was very neutral (shades of grey, gold, copper). We wanted the events to feel relaxed and social.

What was totally "you" about your wedding?

We wrote our own vows, which contained a lot of personal details/references that our family and friends definitely picked up on. I think they really encapsulated each of us and the nature of our relationship.

Biggest challenge:

Planning the wedding from Toronto did not end up being as difficult as I expected. We had the some really great vendors who helped make everything run smoothly. The most difficult tasks were actually the guest list and the seating chart!

Proudest DIY:

Neither of us are particularly crafty and we were both living in different cities than where we hosted the wedding, which made it difficult to prepare things. But I did work with our vendors to design custom invitations and stationery for the wedding. The mother of the groom also made some awesome welcome bags with homemade baked goods, snacks, aspirin, mints, sparkling water etc. which was a nice touch for our many guests who were from out of town.

Most worthwhile splurge:

Open bar and a band. We really love a good dance party!

(Image credit: Jamie Hyatt Photography)

What we skipped or did without:

We didn't have a videographer, which I'm still a little torn about. The day goes by so fast and you feel like you wish you could relive it. That being said, we had a wonderful photographer who caught a lot of great moments and I'm not sure I could justify the additional cost.

Favorite detail:

We were able to secure the public rooftop patio last minute for cocktail hour, which was really special. It has a gorgeous view of the Bow River and the downtown skyline.

Favorite memory of the day:

Listening to speeches from our family and friends and dancing away to the last song of the evening ("All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem).

What our guests said:

We had a lot of guests tell us that it was one of the most fun weddings they've ever attended, which is really all we could ask for.

Your best advice for anyone planning a wedding:

Wedding planning can really be as stressful or relaxing as you want it to be. Focus on the experience and the couple of details that really matter to you, since most of the small details will never be remembered by guests. Also, try not to pack too much into the schedule so that you can actually enjoy the day.

Thanks, Lauren and Jack!

Vendors:

Submitted via Two Bright Lights.

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