{reality wedding story} The Gatsby era comes to life at Revival House

Kristen and Eric planned a Gatsby style wedding, set amidst a gorgeous venue in downtown Stratford, Ontario – Revival House. Kristen explains, “I used a black and metallic colour scheme with vintage glassware and art deco touches. My dress, along with hair piece and jewellery also had a 20’s feel.” They set the date for October 8th, Kristen’s Father’s birthday (who passed away years before). This allowed the pair to incorporate her father’s memory throughout the day and make it so much more special. Here’s Kristen and Eric’s story…

BRIDE & GROOM: Kristen Scott & Eric DeGroot

WEDDING DATE: October 8, 2016

CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION: Revival House (www.revival.house)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Michel Borduas Photography (www.mikesphotography.ca)

FLORALS: Zehrs (www.zehrs.ca)

STATIONARY: Costco (www.costco.ca)

WEDDING FAVOURS: laser cut cardboard boxes filled with with mints

GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moore’s Clothing for Men (www.mooresclothing.com)

BRIDE’S ATTIRE: Ballett’s in Kitchener (www.balletts.com)

“I loved the vintage feel of my attire! I had a art deco hair comb tucked into a low bun and my earrings were in a similar art deco motif.”

BRIDESMAID ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES: Ballett’s in Kitchener (www.balletts.com)

HAIR & MAKE-UP: Cat’s Bridal in London (facebook.com/cat.bridal)

FAV DECOR ELEMENT: The glassware with candles in them looked amazing in the setting of the old church.  It was very atmospheric and added to the gothic feel of Revival House.

DIY: “For centerpieces I bought over 200 pieces of glassware from thrift stores and sprayed them first with various metallic paints then with a water-vinegar mixture to eat through the paint and age them.  The night of, they had candles in them. I also used the same treatment on vases and filled them hydrangea’s. I bought a birdcage and spray painted it to match my theme for cards to go in.” – Kristen

BEST WEDDING MEMORY: “Eric and I joined our nieces and nephews (aged 2 to 6 years old) on the dance floor and had a lot of fun teaching (and learning) some interesting dance moves. The date itself is also one of my favourite parts of our wedding as it’s my dad’s birthday. He passed away several years ago and was very much missed and thought of on the day.” – Kristen

ADVICE FROM ONE BRIDE TO ANOTHER: The best advice I got was to aim to have everything done two weeks before the wedding.  Those last two weeks are stressful enough and last minute things are bound to crop up, so having the other details out of the way meant more much needed beauty sleep.

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