A DIY Bohemian Wedding at a Private Residence in Okanagan, British Columbia

Rebecca Nickel (28 and in marketing) and Judson Luciak (27 and a student) crossed paths more than a few times before sparks flew. “We bumped into each

Rebecca Nickel (28 and in marketing) and Judson Luciak (27 and a student) crossed paths more than a few times before sparks flew. “We bumped into each other on a regular basis through friends. But Judson could not remember my name—at least four times,” Rebecca says. “Eventually, when we finally had a conversation that went past introductions, friendship was inevitable. We simply clicked, and the rest is history.” For their outdoor, late-summer wedding, Rebecca and Judson celebrated the natural beauty of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia with a ceremony and reception for 100 guests in their front yard. “With the green trees and pops of color from the garden beds, we took our yard’s floral backdrop and carried it through the rest of our wedding plans,” says Rebecca, who handcrafted most of the day’s decor with the help of family and friends. Flower arrangements were a mix of white dahlias, spider mums and fresh greenery. “All the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces, plus the arbor and other decor pieces throughout the space, were created the day before the wedding,” says Rebecca, who also notes that not every DIY project is worth the time commitment. “Know your limits, and keep in mind that some DIY projects will eventually add up to the same cost as purchasing things new. DIY was definitely the way to go for us but would never have been attainable without the help of family and friends.” —Carolyn Meers

Mirroring the fabric of Rebecca's gown, her bridesmaids wore lacy burgundy tops with neutral gray skirts.
Rebecca and Judson's DIY projects for the wedding day included hand-painted wooden signs that directed guests to the ceremony and reception.
"Another good friend took on the enormous task of decorating the arbor with another floral arrangement and tulle, which we had previously purchased from a local Fabricland," Rebecca says.
To stay on budget, Rebecca and Judson made cost-saving decisions—Judson's groomsmen purchased their suits from H&M, and Rebecca handcrafted her veil. "My veil was the most challenging yet rewarding part of my attire," Rebecca says. "I wanted the jaw-dropping cathedral-length veil everyone was gaga over, so I decided to DIY it. The lace was picked from eBay and tea-stained to match the ivory color of my dress."
At the reception, a wooden pallet was transformed into a photo display that spotlighted Rebecca and Judson as children as well as their respective families.
For another DIY project, Rebecca and Judson used clothespins to attach each handwritten table assignment to a wooden-framed section of chicken wire.
At the reception, a gift table and a homemade wedding cake served as focal points. "The cake was a loving masterpiece of banana chocolate chip, vanilla icing and drizzled salted caramel sauce, and it was topped with flowers and various fruits and berries. It upstaged everything."
To keep costs down, Rebecca asked a friend to help make a simple wedding cake and was completely dazzled by the result. "My friend became 'crazy cake lady' before the wedding day, and our cake will never be matched. It was perfect," Rebecca says. "It was a loving masterpiece of banana chocolate chip, vanilla icing and drizzled salted caramel sauce, and it was topped with flowers and various fruits and berries. It upstaged everything."
Swaths of fabric were draped high alongside string lights at the backyard reception in Okanagan, British Columbia, where the lush lawn served as the dance floor.