{reality wedding} A Historic Love Story at Fanshawe Pioneer Village | Rachel & Matthew

Featured in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

“It was extremely exciting to use Fanshawe Pioneer Village as our wedding venue as we’ve always valued the importance of culture and history. My grandparents and parents used to take my brother and I to Fanshawe as a kid, so it’s history and nostalgia made it that much more special! We are a very outdoorsy couple who appreciates nature, so we wanted to make use of Fanshawe’s beautiful space by having our ceremony and cocktail hour outside on the lawn. I think everyone enjoyed the large and unique space…” – Rachel & Matthew

BRIDE & GROOM: Rachel & Matthew Kerswill
PHOTOGRAPHY: mecreative (mecreative.ca)
ARIAL PHOTO: taken by Mason Tucker
WEDDING DATE: September 19, 2015
CEREMONY LOCATION: Victoria Park & Lawson Gazebo, Fanshawe Pioneer Village (fanshawepioneervillage.ca)
RECEPTION LOCATION: Village Barn, Fanshawe Pioneer Village
COLOUR PALETTE: Sage and myrtle green, hints of rusty orange, white, and gold
THEME: Eclectic, natural and musical. “Music is a large part of our lives, so we wanted to ensure our reception had a great playlist and live music that all generations could dance and sing too. A big thanks to The Honeybadgers for bringing so much energy!”
BUDGET: Roughly $18,000 “We spent the most on food and rentals, least on décor, venue and music.”
DIY PROJECTS: Almost everything was a DIY project, including…
♥ Wooden signs that surrounded the venue, labeled the bar, and bride and groom chairs
♥ Wood slice table numbers (the wood was collected from Robyn’s family farm)
♥ Wedding favours, which were brown bags stamped with custom green logo and filled with fair-trade coffee
♥ Table flower arrangements
♥ Seating chart
♥ Menus and menu packages with ribbon and custom tag
♥ Poem and family wedding photo arrangement
♥ DIY Candy bar and dessert table
STATIONERY: Robyn Murphy, Maid of Honor
CAKE: Becca Mortlock, Bridesmaid (she creates custom fondant cakes)
GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Indochino & the Tie Bar
BRIDESMAID ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES: Floor length, whimsical and flowing dresses from various stores
BRIDE’S DRESS AND ACCESSORIES:
♥ Dress is Tadashi Shoji from BHLDN (bhldn.com)
♥ Crown is from Sash and Bustle, Toronto
(sashandbustle.com)
♥ Bracelet and earrings were borrowed antiques
♥ Rachel’s engagement ring was originally Matthew’s Great Grandmother’s ring from 1906
♥ Rachel’s wedding ring is from Cynthia Findlay Antiques (cynthiafindlay.com)
♥ Matthew’s wedding ring is from Peoples
CATERING: Blackfriars Catering & Bistro (blackfriarsbistro.com)
LATE NIGHT PIZZA: Dominos
RENTALS: A&B Party and Tent Rental (a-bpartyrental.com)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Delta London Armouries Hotel (deltalondonarmouries.com)
TRANSPORTATION: School bus
HONEYMOON: “We went to Iceland!!!”