{reality wedding} Parisian themed wedding at Dundee Country Club

The overall theme of Andrei and Lindsey Martchenko’s wedding was France. “More specifically, Paris… The theme was displayed as subtly as possible through the décor. One of the key décor pieces was a hand painted barn board backdrop with a silhouette of the Eiffel Tower on it. We also had Paris themed décor throughout the entryway and around the room, including a vintage atlas and a globe that everyone signed as our guestbook.”

The ceremony took place outdoors on Dundee Country Club‘s flagstone patio, overlooking the pond. The reception was in the venue’s recently renovated Cairngorm Room.

BRIDE & GROOM: Andrei and Lindsey Martchenko
PHOTOGRAPHY: Simply Emily Photography (simplyemilyphotography.com)
WEDDING DATE: May 23, 2015
CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION: Dundee Country Club (golfdundee.ca)

FLOWERS: Special Events and Flowers (specialeventsandflowers.com)
CAKE: Design Me A Cupcake (designmeacupcake.com)
GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Stars Men’s Shops in Kitchener (starsmenshops.com)
BRIDESMAID ATTIRE: Tess Elizabeth Fashion Studio in London (tesselizabeth.com)
BRIDES ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES: Sophie’s Gown Shoppe in Kitchener (sophiesgownshoppe.com)
HAIR: So Chiq Studio in Waterloo (sochiqstudio.com)
MAKE-UP: Crystal-Lynn Woody
WEDDING PLANNING: Leah Craig Events (leahcraigevents.com)
DJ: 586 Event Group (586eventgroup.com)

COLOUR PALETTE: gold, royal purple, royal blue, and turquoise

FLOWERS: The flowers were done by Special Events and Flowers in Cambridge. My bouquet was a mix of lillies and blue dendrobium orchids, which the groom had in his boutonniere as well. The bridesmaids had blue and green dendrobium orchids, and the groomsmen, parents, and my sister had green dendrobiums. The centrepieces were tall vases bursting with blue dendrobium orchids.

DECOR: Besides the flowers, I arranged of all of the décor myself through a combination of DIY projects, borrowing items from friends and family and purchasing some new items.

What was your favourite décor element? All of the décor came together perfectly, but I especially loved the barn board backdrop behind the head table. It was a perfect fit for the venue and tied in the theme of the wedding. I had a vision in mind for what I wanted it to look like, and through the help of MANY people it turned out exactly how I wanted! This was very important to me, since it was going to be in every picture people took of us at dinner that night!

DIY PROJECTS: One of the star décor pieces was the head table backdrop, it was built and painted through a joint effort of our entire wedding party. My Maid of Honour and I did all of the stationary projects – invitations, table menus, table numbers, tags for favours, and she even glued together 90 napkin holders for me! My bridesmaids , mother, sister, brother-in-law and husband all had a hand in painting wine glasses and creating personalized gold embossed tags to go on each glass as place holders on the tables that we gave away as favours, and my husband and I made the treat bags for our candy bar. The only way all of these projects were possible was by asking for a lot of help! I planned out everything well in advance, and then my friends and family and I picked away at the projects slowly until they were all done. Making 50+ invitations while eating candy and watching The O.C. with your best friend is way better than tackling such a project on your own!

STATIONERY: My Maid of Honour and I spent several weekends working on the wedding invitations, table numbers and menus for the tables. I originally won my invitations through a wedding show, but was unhappy with the final result. My husband is talented with the computer, so he was able to design and print all of our stationary. My Maid of Honour and I then assembled the actual invitations and added other elements like a belly band to the invitations. She was patient with me while I added insane details like stamping each belly band with French wording to tie in my wedding theme!

BIGGEST CHALLENGES: The biggest challenge was that we were doing a lot of the planning and décor ourselves, so it became stressful at times. It was important for us to stay on schedule with everything, and finish things long before they actually needed to be done. We have amazing friends and family as well that helped us tackle all of our projects and helped as much as possible.

BEST WEDDING MEMORIES: By far our favourite memory from the day was our secret escape onto the golf course at sunset. Prior to our wedding day, countless people told us to make sure we take a few minutes together to breathe and take in everything that had happened on our special day, and just to enjoy a few minutes alone. We took this time to read letters that we had written to each other, and we took some of our favourite photos in the beautiful lighting at that time of the evening.

Any advice for couples planning their wedding? Enjoy every moment of it and try not to get caught up in all the tiny details. There are a lot of helpful timelines and schedules online as to when you should be planning each part, pay attention to them! I always tried to stay ahead of schedule as much as possible so I didn’t become overwhelmed with too many last minute to-do’s.

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