{design palette} Rustic, Vintage & Romantic

From the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

PHOTOGRAPHY: Spirits Intrigued Photography (review)


BRIDE & GROOM: Heidi & John Sasso
WEDDING DATE: November 10th, 2012
CEREMONY: Waterloo North Mennonite Church
RECEPTION LOCATION: Grey Silo Golf Club (review)
COLOURS: Dark purple, rust orange, earthy green and browns
BUDGET: $25,000
$$ the most on: The venue, alcohol and photography

Heidi and John met in Calgary and have always been drawn to the great outdoors. They wanted to bring their mutual love of nature indoors for their rainy November wedding day. They designed their own rustic nature décor theme and chose a colour palette of dark purple, rust orange, earthy greens and browns.

Hurricane vases and lanterns filled with candles to gave the reception a romantic feel. The couple decorated mason jars with burlap and purple flowers and filled them with candles set atop tree stumps that they’d purchased from a local tree farm. Heidi says this detail ended up being one of her favourite décor elements of the wedding.

They also got creative with the table names. Using video footage from wedding party interviews, they intergrated one of John’s get-to-know-you games. Heidi explains, “We asked, ‘If you were a kitchen utensil, which kitchen utensil would you be?’ They then named all of the tables after cute kitchen gadgets or kitchen-themed puns such as ‘Our favourite love TONGS!”. Says Heidi, “We purchased mini kitchen utensils for our out-of-town guests’ rooms at the host hotel with specially tailored messages to set the theme for our big day.”

DIY & Décor Details:

Family & friends played a huge role in the décor for the day, chipping in with their many talents to create incredible scenery. DIY projects included mason jars with burlap, floating candles and glue-gunned purple flowers from Michaels. “We also made personalized chalk board candles for our favours. We did all the menus and programs ourselves – designed by the groom. The tree stumps were purchased from a local tree farm and were sliced to order. We also used the medallions to create our cake stand – which our family members then built for us.”

Advice, one bride to another? Plan ahead and do as much as you can before crunch time!

Grey Silo Golf Club, Spirits Intrigued Photography, vintage