Katherine and Kevin’s love story began in a University plant biology class, where their shared passion for all things green and growing brought them together. So it was only fitting that their Canadian Museum for Human Rights wedding reflected this unique meet cute. With the help of their dedicated vendor team, they were able to create a celebration that was truly unique and personal—you’re in for a treat when you see it!
The ceremony was held in the museum’s glass-walled space, softened by an arch adorned with delicate blooms that set the tone for the celebration. For the reception at the Garden of Contemplation, Cassie Mae Design created free-standing floral botanical sculptures inspired by the couple’s favorite art from their travels. And not only that, guest tables were beautifully decorated with a touch of nature, featuring juicy pears and locally-sourced Manitoba honeycomb. These thoughtful details added a delightful twist to the elegant affair.
But the wedding design wasn’t the only thing that was intentional and personal. The couple filled their big day with special touches that reflected their unique relationship. From getting ready with their wedding party to having their loved ones join them during their first dance, every detail was planned with intention and meaning. Ariana Tennyson captured these moments beautifully, and we cannot help but feel inspired by this beautiful celebration of love and nature. So keep scrolling to see exactly what we mean.
Katherine and Kevin
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Canada
Their Love For Plants Shaped The Look And Feel Of Their Canadian Museum for Human Rights Wedding Design
We wanted a timeless look emphasizing florals, mainly to soften and romanticize the bold geometry of the venue. It made sense for us to stick to a neutral color palette that suited our everyday style. We met at a plant biology class at University and we both worked in a conservatory, so it was only natural to incorporate our love of plants and some flora (pears) and fauna (bees) into the wedding design. Cassie Mae Design built free-standing floral botanical sculptures that took center stage in the reception space, inspired by some of our favorite art and architecture we observed in our travels together.
Why A Canadian Museum for Human Rights Wedding
I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, whereas Kevin was raised in Collingwood, Ontario. With some of our guests celebrating with us from out of town, we wanted to celebrate in a Winnipeg landmark. Tyler from the Canadian Museum of Human Rights gave us a virtual walk-through at the height of the pandemic with humor and grace. He was helpful and supportive throughout the venue selection process, and he was a reassuring and friendly face we were glad to have with us on the wedding day. The Garden of Contemplation stole our hearts for our intimate dinner for 50. We loved that there were enough options to hold our ceremony and cocktail hour in different areas of the venue, so guests got to see a lot of the beautiful architecture as we moved through it.
Intentional Choices for a Memorable Wedding: Local Products, Personal Touches, and a Thoughtfully Structured Day
We wanted our decisions to be meaningful and to emphasize local products where possible. The flowers were important to us due to our love of plants. Kevin tested and thoughtfully selected signature drinks for the cocktail hour and dinner that incorporated pears and honey as a garnish to tie in with the decor. And most importantly, we structured our day in a way that allowed us to enjoy it and spend the entirety together from start to finish.
Unconventional Approach To Wedding Traditions
We had a fairly non-traditional approach to parts of our wedding that led to some of our fondest memories. Of these, the most memorable moment was choosing to have our wedding party, and parents join us for the latter half of our first dance. It gave us the biggest smile watching them walk out to join us. A close second was having the wedding party get ready together the morning of the wedding. Before heading to the venue, this made for a relaxed morning full of laughs, snacks, and stories.
Homemade Marmalade As Favors For Their Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The wedding favors were one of the first wedding-related tasks completed, thanks to my mom! Soon into our engagement, she excitedly went about making homemade marmalade. A recipe passed down from my late Grandmother. Since Della could not be there to celebrate with us, it was our way of bringing her love to the day.
Why a Wedding Planner is a Must-Have: Ensuring a Seamless Experience from Start to Finish
Trust us. It would be best if you had a wedding planner. Emily from Feast and Festivities gave us so much confidence and reassurance that everything would come together, and we were not forgetting anything and were putting together a cohesive experience.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Ariana Tennyson
Event Planning – Feast & Festivities
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Floral Design – Cassie Mae Design
Catering – Wow Hospitality
Cake – Flour & Flower
Officiant – Marry Me Hunnie
Ceremony Music – Luminous String Quartet
Live Music – Big City All Star Band
Invitation Design – Minted
Makeup Artist – Courtney Champagne
Hair Styling – Fran Rizutto
Wedding Dress – Ferre Sposa Bridal Boutique
Bridal Accessories – Prim & Prairie
Bride’s Party Apparel – Dessy
Groom’s Apparel – Surmesur
Calligraphy – Olumis Calligraphy
Rentals – Planned Perfectly + Trend Decor + Collective Rentals + Beyond the Lounge
Congratulations to Katherine and Kevin on their Canadian Museum for Human Rights wedding filled with everything and everyone they love. And many thanks to Ariana Tennyson for capturing all the beautiful moments as they unfolded.
On your big day, showcasing your unique love story and personality is essential. You can achieve this through stunning floral arrangements, personalized decor, or choosing a venue that holds special meaning to you. To bring your dream wedding to life, you’ll need a team of vendors who understand your vision and share your passion for creating a celebration that truly reflects your love story. Still trying to figure out where to start? We’ve got your back! Check out our directory of the world’s best wedding vendors to begin building your dream team today.