{reality wedding story} A Fanshawe Pioneer Village Wedding in the Fall

A rustic chic wedding inspired by the venue and Fall/Thanksgiving time of year, incorporating orange, brown, red and cream colours…

BRIDE & GROOM: Ange DeVincenzo & Owen Somerville

WEDDING DATE: October 8th, 2016

CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATIONS: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London (fanshawepioneervillage.ca). “This venue is beautiful. We opted to have our ceremony at the gazebo, rented a beautiful clear tent lit up with mini-lights, from Big Top Tents, London (bigtoptents.com) for our meal, and had a wild dance party in the onsite barn!! It was perfect! My husband and I wanted an outdoor fall wedding. I researched outdoor wedding locations in and around London and found out that the Pioneer Village did weddings. The photos online were absolutely beautiful. We made an appointment to go onsite and have a look. We immediately fell in love, and booked it.” – A&O

PHOTOGRAPHY: Allie @ Bananatree Photography, Barrie (bananatreephotography.com). “She is incredible. Having her there for our day was like having a best friend there taking our photos. She felt everything that we felt on our day and captured it all perfectly. She is truly talented and loves what she does.”- A&O

THEME: A rustic chic wedding inspired by the venue and Fall/Thanksgiving time of year, incorporating orange, brown, red and cream colours.

FLOWERS: McLennan Flowers, Lambeth (mclennanflowers.com). “I chose orange spray roses and red berries. The owner of McLennan Flowers is a family member and wonderful person.” – A

DÉCOR: “My decorator is a very close friend. Her name is Sarah Rankin, and her company is SJR Design. She is an interior designer/consultant. Most décor was handmade by Sarah. We used a lot of wood, twine, mason jars and wine bottles, pumpkins, hay, corn stalks, Edison lights, I could go on and on .. it was incredible!!” – A

FAVOURITE DÉCOR ELEMENTS: “My favourite décor elements were our centrepieces, completely handmade, and the rustic vineyard chairs, rented from A&B Party Rental, London (a-bpartyrental. com). Our entire wedding was a DIY project!” Ange told her decorator that she wanted a rustic chic fall themed wedding, with lots of wood and we went from there. “She would send me numerous ideas based on what I told her I wanted, and I would tell her which I liked. She would then source the items required and make the decorations, sending me pictures every step of the way to ensure my approval.” – A

GROOM’S & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: The groom wore a navy tux with an ivory shirt, long orange tie, vest and pocket square with a green and ivory lapel pin, brown shoes and striped socks. The groomsmen wore navy blue tuxes with ivory shirts, long ties, orange accents, brown shoes and striped socks. Fathers wore classic black tuxes with ivory shirts and striped socks.

WEDDING DRESS: The bride’s look was 1940’s Hollywood Glamour inspired. Her gown was an ivory coloured, French lace and French silk, fit-to-flare Paloma Blanca 2016-17 design. She wore a birdcage veil with a side-swept up-do. Jewelry was delicate. Shoes were neutral coloured, brushed satin and rhinestone, kitten heel slingbacks. Bridesmaids wore ivory and pale grey lace and chiffon dresses with delicate jewelry. The lace on top was reminiscent of the bride’s gown. Their shoes were neutral coloured, iridescent, faux snakeskin.

HAIR AND MAKE-UP: “Our hair and make-up were done by Florencia Taylor (florenciataylormakeup.com) who won Canada’s #1 makeup artist for 2016, and has now been nominated again for 2017. Florencia brought hair stylist, Carrie-Lynn of Salon Entrenous, London (salonentrenous.com) with her.”

CATERING: The Steel Grill, London (steelgrill.com)

FAVOURS: Delicious home made raspberry jam preserves!

PLANNING CHALLENGES: “We live in Toronto and I am from London. We decided to get married in London, which means that I employed trusted family and friends to represent us in London in our absence. We made the decision to hire as many family and friends as possible; our London ‘Project Manager’ was my brother-in-law, our decorator my very close friend, our photographer is a friend who already did our Maternity and Newborn photo shoots, the DJ was my cousin, and a couple of live songs were sung by friends, including our MCs (one of which is Taz from The Taz Show on FM96, who has been one of my close friends since high school)… It was truly a family affair!!” – A

FAVOURITE MEMORY: “Our best memory was the fifteen minute ceremony, which we were able to design ourselves. It was officiated by Melissa Taylor @ All Seasons Weddings, London (allseasonsweddings.com) and it was about love, family, and relationships. It was perfect, and very emotional for us both, as we have already created a family together.” – A

“Allow your vision to take hold, and find people that you love and trust to help you bring it to life. Don’t do anything to please anyone but yourselves on that one particular day. Weddings can become somewhat political and if you allow yourselves to get caught up, it may not be what you hoped. We stayed true to us, and our wedding was more than either of us could have ever dreamed it to be. Since our wedding, people have privately let us know that our wedding day was bursting with beauty, love, and emotion. Our guests felt everything that we felt, and that we wanted them to feel. Our venue, music, personal touches, décor and love for everyone there is what made this possible. It was truly the best day of our lives!!!” -A&O

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Venue: Fanshawe Pioneer Village | Photo: Bananatree Photography

Featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

Contacting Fanshawe Pioneer Village

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