Claudia and Dalton wanted a simple, romantic and elegant wedding. With a relaxed and refreshing feel and all of their amazing DIY they were able to give their guests a look into their relationship and show them a great day!
Bride & Groom: Claudia & Dalton Hinschberger
Wedding Date: July 22, 2017
Ceremony & Reception Location: Rebel Creek Golf Club (golfnorth.ca/rebelcreek) “We loved the outdoor space for the ceremony and the big patio that our guests could enjoy throughout the night. We also loved that we had a backup indoor ceremony location if the weather didn’t comply. Food was also very important to us and we did a tasting before we committed. Working with the Rebel Creek team was a pleasure, we’re so grateful to them for all of their hard work in making our wedding run as smoothly as possible.” – C&D
Theme: “When I envisioned our wedding, I kept thinking blush with gold accents, and overall a simple, romantic, and elegant feel. I wanted people to walk in and feel relaxed, refreshed, and not overwhelmed by too much going on. I wanted them to see Dalton and I in all the details and to feel welcome.” – C
Flowers: “My bouquets and my bridesmaids’ bouquets were prepared by Jackie at the Flower Studio (flowerstudiodesigns.ca) who is the magical unicorn of florals. I would like to go on record stating that! First of all, Jackie is so nice and SO MUCH FUN to work with. Second, she has this amazing ability to listen to me ramble and then pinpoint exactly what I’m aiming for and what will make me happy. We had a small wedding and so I wanted to do very simple, romantic, blush flower arrangements for our guest tables. I am SO happy with how the centerpieces turned out! They were white hydrangeas, these big gorgeous blush roses, and pink stock to add some height and dimension.” C
DIY: “Our backdrop was made by Dalton and myself and it was amazing!! I cut everyone’s names out of gold cardstock and put that on top of the napkin to tie in with the theme. I purchased gold frames from Michael’s, designed gold table numbers with watercolour roses framing them and I had that in front of our centrepieces. I made 2 mirror signs for our welcome sign and gifts. For our guestbook table, I found a vintage style frame and I painted it gold. Dalton then hung a few strings of clear wire across the frame and we hung up photos of us growing up. For our guestbook, we bought a frame from Michaels – this beautiful cardstock cutout of a tree with our names and wedding date at the bottom. We ripped pieces of cardstock to make leaves and we put that on the table for our guests to sign.” – C
Fav décor element: “I would have to say our backdrop because it was this huge statement piece and I’m so proud of the fact that Dalton and I made that together. But also the cutout name place settings because they added such a level of elegance – that gold accent tied in with our theme so well!” – C
Stationary: “I taught myself enough Adobe Illustrator to piece together the wedding invitation. I wanted the whole wedding to be very personal so I was so happy I was able to create our invites. I found some different floral elements, found fonts I liked, and carefully pieced things together to create a simple, romantic wedding invite. I just did one card with RSVP info on the back.” – C
Cake: Martha Borys, [email protected]
Wedding favours: Mint smoothies from Rheo Thompson in Stratford (rheothompson.com)
Groomsmen and Groom’s attire: Stars Men’s Shops (starsmenshops.com)
Bridesmaids attire and accessories: “Dresses from David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca), earrings were part of their gifts and were purchased from Boutique 1861 (1861.ca)” – C
Bride’s dress and accessories: “My wedding dress was from David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca). My hair clip and shoes were from La Crème (lacremedecor.com) in St. Jacobs, Veil from Sophie’s Bridal (sophiesgownshoppe.com) in Kitchener, bracelet from Jewellery Secrets(facebook.com/JewelrySecretsStJacobs) in St. Jacobs and earrings from The Bay (thebay.com)” – C
Hair & make-up: Hair: Bonnie Downer (facebook.com/devevehairsalon).
Make-up: Alysia Marissen from AM Pro Makeup Artistry (ampromakeupartistry.com)
Photographer: Vanessa Li Photography (vanessaliphotography.com)”I asked for recommendations through a Facebook wedding group and Vanessa was one of the photographers that responded and reached out. I had looked at over 30 photographers at that point and when I went to her site, the words read “Natural Romantic Modern” which was pretty much exactly how I was describing the feel of our wedding and the style I wanted our photos to be. I saw her style of photography and it just clicked for me. I looked through all the pictures that I could get my hands on and I reached out to her to set up a meeting. Vanessa was wonderful to work with. She was extremely organized and professional and did such a wonderful job directing us. She communicated so well throughout the entire process of booking engagement photos, creating a timeline for the day, and setting expectations. I knew she had our backs and was on top of things.” – C
I also love that we got to incorporate some of Dalton’s dad’s classic cars in our wedding and photos– his mom and dad came to pick us up from the house in the cars. And they drove us to Rebel Creek in them as well. That was a very special element to us.
Biggest Challenge: “Guest list. UGH! We made the mistake of setting a guest number limit before we wrote out the actual guest list. Then when we did start writing the list, we were over this number. We chose that number initially because we knew we wanted a small and intimate wedding, and we also had an overall budget in mind for the wedding that we wanted to stick to. This resulted in a good amount of arguments and frustration (and some tears on my part). With some time and a bit of guidance from Dalton’s mom, Diane, we realized we were stressing ourselves for nothing. This was OUR day and if we were going to invite everyone we wanted to, that meant going a bit over budget. The whole idea is that we wanted to celebrate with those closest to us – what’s the point of all the work and expense if not everyone is there that you want to be? So we finalized our list and sent out our invites and we don’t have any regrets about any of it!” – C
Fav wedding memory: “Dalton’s vows. The man writes his vows a few days before our wedding, sitting on the couch in our living room, crying while typing on his laptop. I’m looking at him, smiling, shaking my head, and thinking “I won the fricking husband lottery.” He asked to say his vows first during our ceremony so he does and he makes me cry not once but TWICE! Thank God for waterproof makeup! I’ve finally composed myself after the first time and then he makes me blubber with his closing line“As Winnie the Pooh once said ‘If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live a day without you.”
His entire vows were so heartfelt and eloquent. He FLOORED me. I didn’t even want to say my vows after that!” – C
Advice from one bride to another: “Make wedding planning fun! And when it isn’t, take a step back and take a break. Go on dates together and talk about all the things you’re looking forward to! Don’t get distracted by all the noise. It’s a special day but it’s one day and it’s not about impressing your guests or competing with other weddings. Figure out the aspects that are most important to you and spend your money there. Everybody is comfortable with a different budget so figure yours out but be flexible and make sure it allows you to include everything that is absolutely important to you.” – C
MORE ABOUT REBEL CREEK GOLF CLUB| Rebel Creek Golf Club (golfnorth.ca/rebelcreek) offers multiple indoor and outdoor wedding options in a secluded wedding locale just minutes from the city (more details in their review in The Ring, here). To find out more, email Rebel Creek Golf Club directly using the form below. 🙂