{design palette} The Secret Garden | Elm Hurst Inn

From the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

A Design Palette with Elm Hurst Inn, Dudek Photography and Lindsay & Everett McCallum, June 27th, 2015

Our favourite parts of this wedding are the spectacular setting, floral design and décor to die for, stunningly gorgeous photography, and, most of all, this fun-loving couple who are so obviously in love that you just can’t help but wish you were on the guest list for their dream wedding day.

Ceremony & Reception Location(s): The Elm Hurst Inn and Spa, Ingersoll ON (www.elmhurstinn.com)(review)
Wedding Décor& Floral Design: Village Vines Floral & Event Design, Exeter ON (www.villagevinesflorists.com)
Cake: Bright Eyes Bakery,  London ON (www.brighteyesbakery.ca)

Design Palette: “Our wedding theme was loosely based on The Secret Garden. We helped our theme come across with lots of florals, greenery and moss. We had things like small wooden tree stumps, lanterns and small antique vases as centrepieces that definitely helped the theme come through. And as a final touch, our favours were antique key bottle openers that our guests seemed to love.”

Lindsay and Everett used every feature of the Elm Hurst Inn for their wedding – the luxe rooms for overnight accommodations and getting ready on the day of, the grounds for their secret garden inspired photo shoots, the architecture for a beautiful backdrop to the entire event, and the gorgeous Grand Ballroom for both their ceremony (which was moved inside due to rain) and reception.

Theme Inspiration: “I’ve always thought that nature is one of the most beautiful things and we definitely wanted to bring that beauty into our wedding.”

Budget: “We spent the most on the venue and food. We spent the least on our cake. My amazing friend Stephanie at Bright Eyes Bakery (London, ON) generously made our cake as a wedding gift. It turned out more beautiful (and delicious!) than we could have imagined! ”

Choosing Blooms: “Village Vines Floral & Event Design does amazing work! We used eonies and garden roses in shades of blush and ivory, as well as accents of succulents, dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus to add a beautiful soft green colour to the bouquets. They carried the look of the bouquets into the rest of the floral décor, adding lush greens and white hydrangeas as well… we decided to carry out the garden theme using lanterns, candles, moss, small tree stumps and antique vases, tied all together with lots of florals and greenery. We also used a fabulous matte ivory sequin table cloth for the head table that added a small touch of luxury to the room. ”

DIY: “I’m not the best at DIY projects but luckily I’m surrounded by family and friends that are. My very crafty bridesmaid Laura hand cut our initials out of a large piece of plywood and painted and covered them in moss using a glue gun. It turned out absolutely amazing and was displayed front and centre in the reception room. My mom created a beautiful seating arrangement using a large rustic framed mirror and hand-writing the seating arrangement directly on the mirror using a white paint pen. It turned out perfectly!”

Advice, one bride to another: “Take things one step at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed in the planning process… We tried to add as many personal touches into our wedding as possible. For example, our table numbers were years with corresponding pictures of Everett and I in that particular year. The years were beautifully sandblasted into hand cut glass by Everett`s mom Barb. We also wanted to tie in Everett`s love of baseball into our wedding as well. We had small elements of baseball here in there that turned out very tasteful, such as a home plate with a monogrammed M on it as guest book, personalized baseball bats as gifts for the groomsmen, and (my favourite) a baseball themed program.”

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Design Palettes, Elm Hurst Inn & Spa, The Wedding Ring Ontario Magazine Fall/Winter 2015