{Reality Wedding Story} Couple chooses Revival House for traditional yet modern wedding because it already has everything

Venue: Revival House | Photo: Kendra Ruth Photography

Stephanie and Brock wanted a traditional wedding but with a modern twist. Stratford’s Revival House (revival.house) offered the perfect location. With it’s archways and beautiful stained glass they were able to have the wedding they wanted with both modern and traditional elements and that needed little to no decorating.

Bride & Groom: Brock Shute and Stephanie Pratt

Wedding Date: Saturday June 3rd, 2017

Ceremony & Reception Location: Revival House (revival.house)  “We chose Revival House for our ceremony and our reception because we loved the feel of the space. It seems so grand and definitely has the “wow factor”, while still feeling intimate and cozy. We loved that it was formerly a church because the photos from our ceremony still have that traditional look to them. I also loved the open staircase that allowed my Dad and I to make a grand entrance. The smaller Confession area allowed Brock and I to take a few minutes to ourselves. The patio was ideal for our guests to enjoy cocktail hour. And best of all the food is amazing! We have enjoyed all areas of the menu from appetizers to dinner to drinks and loved it all. The staff are amazing and Alysha was so easy to work with and so excited to make our wedding dreams come true.” – S

Colour Palette: Rose, navy and gold. “My engagement ring has some rose gold on it and that really was the jumping off point for the whole thing.” – S

Theme: “We wanted to do a spin on the traditional. Right from my engagement ring which is white and rose gold, we knew we wanted to do things just a bit different. Revival House was the perfect venue for this. The fact that the building was once a church made us consider the fact that we were still going the traditional route by getting married in a church, while putting a really fun twist on that statement. The day still had a traditional feel to it, but with a modern twist.” – S&B

Flowers: Willow Tree Florals (facebook.com/WillowTreeFlorals) “We loved them! We went with soft pinks and whites with touches of light greenery. Jaci was amazing throughout the planning process. We didn’t have too specific of an idea in mind but she exceeded our expectations. Everything came together perfectly.” – S&B

Décor: “We did not hire a decorator because Revival House required little to no decorating; it’s already beautiful! Revival House provided the tulle and lights around the railings, and Devine Wedding Design (devineweddingdesign.ca) provided the linens for the head table. The staff at Revival House took the few decor pieces we wanted to use and made everything look so beautiful. Even last minute additions to the plan like the photos of my grandparents the Revival House staff created a beautiful vignette for.” – S

Fav décor element: “Revival House is such a gorgeous space that it really was the front and centre décor element. Anything else we added like florals and linens really just added to the space. That being said our flowers were stunning. Jaci did such a great job taking my very vague ideas and turning them into the most beautiful arrangements. My Mom’s handmade signs also were a beautiful feature.” – S

DIY: “My Mom is an artist which was extremely helpful throughout the planning process. Our save the dates were handmade using DIY marbled paper, and we used that paper for our table numbers as well. My Mom also made our welcome sign, our seating arrangement, our program outline, a display for our favours, and a sign for our ring bearer to carry. Brock made a heart shaped wooden carrier for our flower girl and created an insert for a chest my grandfather made me when I was little to put our cards in.” – S

Invitations/stationery: Paperless Post (paperlesspost.com)

Cake: The Cake Box (cakebox.ca)

Wedding favours: In lieu of wedding favours we made a donation to Jessica’s House (shhf.on.ca)

Groomsmen and Groom’s attire: Collins Formal Wear (collinsformalwear.com)

Bridesmaids attire and accessories: Dresses from Sophie’s Gown Shoppe (sophiesgownshoppe.com), alterations by Ellen and Company (facebook.com/Ellen-and-company)

Bride’s dress and accessories: “Dress from Taylor’s Bridal (taylorsbridal.com), alterations by Ellen and Company, veil from Ellen and Company, shoes from Town Shoes, earrings from Peoples (a gift from Brock the morning of our wedding), necklace borrowed from my grandmother (given to her from my grandfather on their 25th wedding anniversary)” – S

DJ: DJ Wigs at Revival House

hair & make-up: Hair by Joanne Jaques, makeup by Esthetics by Jillian (facebook.com/estheticsbyJillian)

Photographer: Kendra Ruth Photography (kendraruthphotography.com) “Kendra does such an incredible job of capturing romantic moments in perfect lighting. We found Kendra to be amazing to work with. Kendra fit right in with us the morning of while we got ready and even shed a few tears with us when we did a first look with my Dad and my Gramma. She was efficient and organized. Brock and I did sunset pictures after dinner, just the two of us and that was my favourite part of the photos. We snuck out of our wedding and all piled into Amanda’s vehicle for some sweet, romantic photos back at Confederation Park. It was wonderful to take that time to step out and have a few moments with my groom!” – S

Biggest Challenge: “To be perfectly honest we really did not have any challenges planning the wedding. There were stressful moments, absolutely, but we found the staff at Revival House and all our vendors to be incredibly helpful. I think having everything in one place was the best decision we made. We didn’t have to coordinate different rentals and vendors, Alysha at Revival House took care of everything.” – S

Favourite wedding memory: “We rented a space at Revival House called Confession, a balconied area on the second floor off to one side. We took a few minutes to go up there, just the two of us, as the night wore on. It was so nice to sit back and have a few minutes of quiet together, and we could look down and see our guests having a good time. We had the most perfect day and it really does go by so fast so it was nice to take that time to ourselves and reflect on everything.” – S&B

“Save yourself a year of headaches and thousands of emails and pick a venue where everything is already there.” – S

Advice from one bride to another: “My first piece of advice would be to save yourself a year of headaches and thousands of emails and pick a venue where everything is already there. The only vendors we had outside of Revival House were our cake, our flowers, and the linens- and those were all very optional! It made it so much easier to not have to coordinate everything ourselves. The day of the wedding we could just relax. I’d also say don’t get too hung up on a specific vision of something. You’re the only one that’s thinking that way and if something doesn’t work out exactly how you planned, you’ll be the only one that’s disappointed. Trust in your family and friends, and groom to know how to make your day perfect. And truly, take it all in because it really does go by so fast!” – S

Venue: Revival House | Photo: Kendra Ruth Photography
Venue: Revival House | Photo: Kendra Ruth Photography

ABOUT REVIVAL HOUSE | Revival House (formerly the Church Restaurant) in Stratford is home to fine dining + tête-à-têtes, weddings and receptions, concerts and dinner shows, tour groups and private functions. The venue accommodates parties of 2, 20, or 200 in three gorgeous spaces. It’s known as as Stratford’s VIP hideaway.

Alysha Ford at Revival House can be reached by email using the form below :) You can also visit Revival House online at www.revival.house or find out everything you need to know about weddings at Revival, in their review, here.