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A very important date with a Mad Hatter-themed wedding 

Ashley & Shawn, married August 1, 2010.

Ashley Molenaar and Shawn Lush wanted a wedding fit for the Mad Hatter. The Hants East Rural High sweethearts dated for seven years before Shawn popped the question one freezing November day on the Halifax waterfront, and the couple wasted no time on the DIY wedding theme. Ashley collected teacups from thrift shops over the winter and her sister designed the Alice in Wonderland-themed invitations, wine labels and program, complete with instructions such as “Read Me,” “Open Me,” “Don’t Be Late,” while also making the sage vintage bridesmaids’ dresses. Ashley and Shawn asked their guests to wear something with a vintage feel---Ashley’s lace dress and Shawn’s top hat and peacock feather set the scene---leading to an afternoon tea party of garden games filled with lace, pearls and hats.

photography by Michael Tompkins Photography


Dress Couture Collection, Alyssa’s Classic Formals
Veil “Bridal Classics” from Alyssa’s, with DIY headpiece
Shoes Sears
Hair Ashley’s friend
Makeup Ashley’s sister
Groom’s Clothing Le Chateau
Bridesmaid Dresses DIY
Venue Briarwood Bed and Breakfast, Elmsdale
Caterer Pam McNeill, Cup of Soul Cafe
Cake Denice at Piper Cakes, homemade teacup cupcakes
Flowers Rosebowl Flowers & Gifts
Music iPod and rented speakers
Invitations DIY

Number of guests 50

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