From the Bride:
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: Like most girls, I've been thinking of my wedding day since I was a little girl! I've always imagined it as an elegant, tasteful and fun celebration and envisioned it being outdoors near the water. I wanted everything to be light, airy and clean looking. My color palette consisted of blush, white and green with gold and silver accents. Our ceremony was performed by my grandfather which made it extra special.
Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: Flowers were my main focus when it came to decoration. Our arbor was facing the water and was decorated with a flowy off-white draping and lush flower arrangements. Smaller flower arrangements were placed on each row down the aisle and flower petals covered the aisle itself. Our cocktail hour was also outdoor, on the Patio. Different flower arrangements were placed on high tables, the buffet area as well as the guest book table. Each high table was covered with a blush sequin linen and had a flower arrangement as well as gold and silver votives. The reception took place in the Ballroom of the club. Fabric was draping along the beams of the room with soft blush uplighting. The Head table was definitely the statement piece of that room. We had a long harvest table with a lush green garland with focal blooms draping over it and spilling over each end. An assortment of votives were also running down the table along the garland. All of the centerpieces were tall and full, with votives around them, allowing guests to talk and see eachother during dinner. Everything was picked out according to the style and color palette we were going for. Wether it was the napkins or even the guest book, I wanted everything to come together nicely and to make sense.
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: I gave more importance to flowers than to anything else when it came to decoration. Finding the right florist was therefore a must for me and I am so glad I did. Our florist Autumn was absolutely amazing. From our first phone conversation, she understood my vision and brought it to life the day of our wedding. Every bouquet and centerpiece consisted of blush and white flowers such as Peonies, Garden Roses and Ranunculus with greens accents like Eucalyptus and Olive branches. We also had corsages and boutonnieres made and adorable head wreaths for the flower girls.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: We were thrilled when we learned we'd have The Pete Kilpatrick Band play at our wedding. Pete was such a pleasure to work with and we'll never forget him playing the song to our first dance.
Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A: My mom and I went to a few bridal shops in Montreal (where I am from). I knew I wanted a lace dress with long sleeves, but none of the ones I tried on were "the one". We finally ended up at Chistianne Brunelle Couture and, as I was changing in the fitting room, my mom saw a dress and convinced me to try it. I was gorgeous, had several layers of lace which made it very romantic, a gorgeous neckline, but no long sleeves. I tried it on anyways and the second I walked out, I knew I had found my dress. The look on my mom's face was my first clue, haha! We called the seamstress over and she assured us that adding sleeves wouldn't be an problem. And so the dress process began! We ordered my dress from Spain along with extra fabric and lace appliques. Many alterations and fitting appointments later, it was done! I finally had my dress and it was perfect. My shoes were Christian Louboutin which added a little sparkle (and red!) to the look. As far as jewelry goes, it was minimal. I wore my engagement ring, stud diamond earrings and one of my bridesmaids dainty rings as my "something borrowed". The Black Tux provided Drew and his groomsmen with tuxedos. We knew we wanted something navy with black detailing and they had a style that was exactly what we were looking for. We sent in all the measurements and they mailed us the tux's along with shirts, bow ties and shoes! Pretty easy, right!?
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: We met in Montreal...at Starbuck's!Drew surprised me for my birthday with a trip to Paris! After a long day at Palace of Versailles, we went to see the Eiffel Tower and that's when he popped the question!
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: Definitely walking down the aisle.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: If I have one advice I could give, it would be to get a planner. Different plans are available depending on your budget and every single penny will be worth it. My planners Krissy and Jess from Simply Be So Events were an absolute God send. We hired them only a few months left before the big day. They took over right away, helped me finish plan and made sure I could enjoy the actual wedding weekend without having to stress about every single detail! Also, (and I know it's super cliché, but SO true) try to be in the moment as much as possible. Your wedding day, which you've been planning for so long, will be over before you know it. So don't stress, trust your planner, and have fun!!