{Reality Wedding Story} Simple Rustic Elegance | Kristin & Kyle

Kristin and Kyle love adventure and the outdoors and they really wanted to bring all of those elements that they love into their wedding day! With classic rustic touches and beautiful green views they were able to bring their dream vision to life…

Bride and Groom: Kristin Doering & Kyle Huff

Wedding Date: July 16, 2016

Ceremony & Reception Location(s): Whistle Bear Golf Club (whistlebear.ca) Garden Chapel & Rose Room. “I had Whistle Bear Golf Club first on my list of venues to check out after looking at their sketches of renovations online before they started their big make-over.  As soon as we took a walk through the finished clubhouse and premises we were captured by its charming, rustic beauty with elegant finishes throughout.  The outdoor Garden Chapel where we got married was absolutely breathtaking surrounded by lush, green gardens, open side-walls throughout, and chandeliers down the aisle. Whistle Bear was our dream wedding venue; we loved that it offered the ease of an all-in-one location for ceremony and reception so we could spend more time with our guests, the food was over-the-top and the backdrop was pretty perfect!” – K

Theme: “Our theme was simple rustic elegance.  When it came to inspiration for our wedding we wanted something that reflected our love for the outdoors, mountains and adventure.  We also wanted to bring out both our personal flavours; Kyle is more minimal and laid-back, and I am more extravagant and love a bit of glitz and glam.  We played off what Whistle Bear already had to offer, and decided that less was more.  We chose mostly white, with a touch of blush pink and accented with silver metallic touches to accentuate the natural beauty of the setting we were in.  We also tied in hints of dark purple.” – K

How did you two meet? How did he pop the question? “We met at a motocross track in my parents’ backyard. My brother raced motocross, and my parents built a track.  Soon riders from all over started coming out of the woodwork to ride at the track, including Kyle living over an hour away.  It was actually a few years before we were introduced through my brother, and then began talking at the races.  Now here we are 7 years later, and I still enjoy watching Kyle ride at the track with my brother.

Kyle proposed during a road trip we took to Western Canada. Mid-way through our trip we stopped in Whistler, British Columbia.  We had spent the morning downhill mountain biking, and Kyle ended up having a big fall and hurting his shoulder pretty bad.  We took a break from riding and got him all patched up, but rather than rest Kyle was insistent on not wasting the day.  He wanted to go for a hike and do the Peak-to-Peak gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. Kyle packed a backpack with water and snacks, but of course made me wear it since he had hurt his shoulder biking. We did some touring from peak-to-peak, ending back on top of Whistler. I was happily snapping pictures of the stunning sea of mountains before us, when Kyle said he was thirsty and was going to get a bottle of water from the backpack on my back.  I was oblivious to what he had pulled out from the bottom of the backpack and put in his pocket in addition to grabbing a water bottle.  I asked Kyle to pose for a picture, and next thing I knew he was on one knee asking me to marry him. It was an afternoon I will never ever forget in the most beautiful setting! We were – literally and figuratively – on top of the world!” – K

How many guests did you have? 120

What was your Budget? $25,000

Photographer: Alicia Riley Photography (aliciariley.com) “We found Alicia through friends of the family who had used her for their wedding, and by reading her reviews on the Wedding Ring! We wanted someone who understood us as a couple, who would go above and beyond to get the perfect shot, who was creative and adventurous, and who we could get along well with for an entire day. We chose Alicia for her creativity, fun personality and candid and natural-looking photos.  The favourite part of our photos is how she expertly brought out the heart of our relationship from behind her camera, and how each photo radiated real emotion. We also loved the variety she captured.” – K&K

We can’t say enough about Mrs. A. She is stellar!

Flowers: Jodi Leigh Designs (jodileighdesigns.com) “Deciding on flower arrangements was relatively easy for us because we wanted simple to complement the stunning setting at Whistle Bear – not to overpower.  We wanted that ‘romantic’ feel so settled on all white flowers for the bridesmaids, and white with some blush pink for the bride all with a touch of soft-green dusty miller.” – K

Fav décor element: “Our favourite décor piece was our seating chart; we had a map of the world created highlighting all of the places we had travelled together, and guests names were under each corresponding place.  It was a fun way to switch up traditional table numbers, and to bring out our love for adventure as a couple.  We also had a slideshow with pictures from our 7 years together that played throughout the night – a nice way to reminisce on all of the memories made that led to our wedding day.” – K&K

DIY: “I stained the wooden apple boxes  dark brown for our entry table and in front of the head table to match the timber in the Rose Room.  A bridesmaid hand-wrote all of the table names and signs for our wedding in calligraphy, and a friend typed up and printed the kissing menus.  I also came up with our seating chart and had it designed and printed.” – K

Invitations/stationery: “We used Minted (minted.com) online for our save-the-dates, wedding invitations and thank-yous.  They were fantastic – the website was easy to navigate, they had beautiful templates as well as reasonable pricing.  We added mountains to our wedding invitation template to feature our Whistler engagement.” – K

Cake: “We were spoiled – a friend-of-the family offered to make us our wedding cake.  She even hosted a taste testing evening for us to try a number of different kinds.  We opted for raspberry vanilla, which was so decadent, flavourful and enjoyed by all.” – K&K

Groomsmen and Groom’s attire: “There’s something about a man in a black suit, and I wanted that classic look for the men.  We chose black tuxedos from Moores (mooresclothing.com)” – K

Bride’s dress and accessories: “I went to Superior Bridal (superiorbridal.com) in Markham for my dress, and had the most amazing experience.  Quite honestly I didn’t have a particular style of dress I was looking for, but I knew the features I wanted: lace, straps, open back, gemstone details and the feel I wanted: romantic and elegant. I wore pearl teardrop earrings, a pearl and gemstone hair clip, a simple floor-length veil (all from Superior Bridal) and my Oma’s dark purple ring (she passed years before, but we were very close; my Mom took my hand before we practice-walked down the aisle at the rehearsal and put my Oma’s ring on my finger; wearing it was something to remind me that she was with us on our wedding day).” – K

Bridesmaids attire and accessories: “We got the bridesmaid dresses at David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca). It was the most painless shopping experience, which I had anticipated to take several tries.” – K

DJ: “We had a guitarist for our ceremony and cocktail hour, Mike Erb from Sight and Sound Studios (sightandsoundstudios.ca). We chose DJ Charlie Clean (djcharlieclean.ca) for our reception. He specializes in weddings, and is the best in the area at what he does.” – K&K

Hair & Make-up: “I chose Artistically You, Gabriela Soares (gabrielasoares.ca) for hair and Peachy Keen Studio, Courtney Lackner (peachykeenstudio.ca) for make-up. Both ladies were truly outstanding in every way, and made all of us feel like divas!” – K

Biggest Challenge: “We had a two-year engagement so time was definitely on our side. I got to focus on planning one thing at a time, and make decisions with care. But I would have to say the biggest challenge was trying to keep everyone happy. There were so many different opinions and feelings to consider through many aspects before/during/after the wedding, which seemed to intensify the closer we got to the wedding. Kyle and I just had to remind ourselves to take some deep breaths, and take time to talk it out just the two of us.  After all, this was our wedding and no one else’s and we got to make the last call on the hard decisions.” – K&K

Fav Wedding Memory: “Can I have two? My first best memory was walking down my parents’ driveway to meet Kyle for our ‘first look’. I will never forget the look on his face after I uncovered his eyes and he turned around to look at me for the first time.  There was something so special and intimate about that moment we got to share together. My second best memory was when my Mom and Dad both walked me down the aisle. To me family is everything and that stems from the love of my parents, so I wanted my Mom and Dad to be a part of that moment with me.” – Kristin

“My best memory was when I got to kiss Kristin for the first time as my wife!” – Kyle

Advice from one bride to another: “Take your time with the entire wedding planning process. We had a two-year engagement, and that was not just because that was the next available time we could get a date at our venue.  Life is so busy these days and it was so nice to enjoy being engaged, have the time to tackle aspects of the wedding one-by-one, and to still have life balance and not get too stressed throughout the process.  I found we really enjoyed mostly every aspect of planning our wedding.” – K

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