Our Wedding: Getting Ready & a Few Small Details

I’m continuing with my wedding decor posts! I had such a great time planning it all that I want to share in a few more back to back posts. You can read more about my ideas for my wedding theme here.

We got married on July 4th, 2015 and chose that day as it was the closest Saturday to the anniversary of when we started dating, July 1st, 2007. We got married at a beautiful golf club on Lake Ontario. I had wished for good weather for our outdoor ceremony and was lucky the day was sunny with a nice breeze!

Setting up for the wedding was a true highlight for me (a time I did not think would be a highlight!). I will never forget spending that morning with family members and my bridal party. We had bins upon bins to unload and I was worried we would forget something or not have enough time. I was so surprised how calm the morning went. The setup was done so fast (many hands make light work) we even had time to stop and take everything in. We walked around the grounds, and I was able to really ‘de-stress,’ and live in the moment. We got ready on the second floor of the main building and there was a balcony where we could look out to see the whole ceremony space, I remember the quiet calm there was to the morning, just looking out at the trees and the water, it was a surreal experience. There wasn’t a huge staff there that early in the morning so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.

When choosing a venue it’s really hard to reach a decision. I had always wanted to get married in cottage country overlooking a lake but knew that wasn’t an option logistically. I set out to find something a little less remote that overlooked the water and had some charm and history. We had our heart set on a local resort close to where we live but due to renovations it wasn’t available. I was pretty heartbroken as I had really envisioned that space for months. I started to research more and I stumbled upon our wedding venue online. It isn’t advertised as a wedding venue and both of us grew up in Toronto (Scarborough to be exact) so it started to make sense for many reasons. It’s a smaller space and the beauty in that is there is only one wedding at a time, so we were the only ones there. The main building isn’t visible from the street, you can really only see a glimpse of the golf course through dense hedges. When you drive down the long, winding tree-lined driveway, tucked beside a forested area is the historical main building right on the lake. It was a beautiful setting for an outdoor wedding.

My maternal grandparents were born in Toronto and my grandmother had grown up on a farm (acquired by our family in 1834) at Warden Ave. & Eglinton Ave. exactly North of the main intersection of the site which is Warden Ave. & Kennedy Ave. I know my grandmother would have loved it, and I always wondered if she had ever known about the property. I always heard her talk about the nearby Scarborough Bluffs and Rosetta McClain Gardens so it was nice to think about my ancestors having been in that area.  I live over an hour away but it was a nice feeling to get married near to where I grew up. That morning I felt connected to my family and rooted in the space we chose. Here are a few shots of some of the small details and flowers for the special day!

There are so many things you forget when planning a wedding. You can plan and over plan but ultimately there are things out of your control. We were grateful to have so many people help us, a beautiful place to get married and great weather. We really couldn’t ask for anything more! I knew our venue provided drinks and lunch for us while getting ready but was so thankful they had coffee & tea brewed and drinks available all morning. To be able to offer your vendors and others helping a drink made everyone comfortable. This made the whole process feel like we were true hosts, almost like we were entertaining at home. I know one of my bridesmaids found the groom downstairs and brought him a little snack too! It’s the little things that make the difference!

Pre-wedding champagne toast

 

My bridesmaid’s went way above and beyond for our special day. They were so thoughtful leading up to the wedding and on the big day, were my right hands. This little lady (below) also showed up on the day of! She floated around and it brought some fun to getting ready. Two of my favorite photos are one I have with an umbrella that one of my bridesmaids brought me from her wedding and beside this little bride which one of my bridesmaids brought as well! I still have her to this day, she’s a little deflated but I just can’t part with her.

 

At the wedding my photographer did an amazing job using what was already at the venue as a great backdrop in the photos. This shot with the pink pillow is perfect as the color and logo of the club matched my theme to a tea!

One of my favorite photos!

 

Below is a photo of my shoes, I wanted to take the chance to note how much I underestimated the importance of heel stoppers! The whole day my heels were getting stuck in the grass as it had rained a few days before. I ordered them online but they didn’t arrive in time and I thought it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. If you are a bride please, please buy these! I tried them out after and they really do work as they say they will and you can walk freely on the grass as you would on pavement!

I wanted my shoes to have a ‘pop of color,’ and found these pink ones with a manageable heel height. I really loved my little clutch with its pink lace detailing over a gold metallic surface. I knew no one would really see these items so I didn’t go for off-white to match my dress. The idea was to be able to use them again, which I have!

Wedding shoes

 

When purchasing items for my wedding I really tried to think through my purchases as I didn’t want to regret any of them afterwards. It is easy to get swept up in the moment and buy unneeded things when you are surrounded by such cute things and great ideas in magazines, stores and wedding shows. I have a wedding bin in my basement where I kept some of the things I really wanted as keepsakes. I have also used some of the things (picture frames, vases, candle holders) in my house and have sold some things online. These hangers were definitely something I got caught up in when seeing them over and over on Pinterest. I fell in love with them and bought them on BHLDN. They were so beautiful and looked so old fashioned just like the venue. I am happy to say I found another use for them. I have them on hooks in my closet as a decorative accent and every day I can look at them as a reminder of the special day.

 

I found these little lockets online and got one for myself and the two mothers’ bouquets. We shrunk sentimental photos on the computer and just printed them on paper and cut them in circles. I chose some childhood photos, one was from the cottage we had growing up. It was a special touch that really added meaning to the bouquet.

 

I loved my bouquet and these shots really capture it. I have one in a frame displayed at home. I have a posed bride and groom shot in a frame as well but I like using photos like this that are just a subtle reminder of the big day.

It’s been fun walking down memory lane, I really enjoyed making sure there were lots of details that were fitting to the theme and colors of the wedding! Thanks for reading!

Lv, Julie♥

*All shots are from Silverlight, based in Toronto

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