Ashley & Mark’s Spring wedding was planned around a vision of warm, sunny spring weather. So when they were faced with cold rain and high winds, this couple turned ‘Plan B’ into their dream day – with a little help from their venue, Beaverdale Golf Club…
BRIDE & GROOM: Ashley Mitton & Mark Stromenberg
WEDDING DATE: May 14, 2016
Ashley & Mark didn’t necessarily have a theme, but they know they wanted it to feel both simple and pretty, casual and romantic, while also being true to their personalities. “We stuck with simple decor and centerpieces that was inspired by spring. We had a tabletop games room which featured a late night ice cream bar served by us and our wedding party, which added to the fun and casual atmosphere.”
COLOUR PALETTE: “We kept it pretty simple with mostly white on white (on white!) with gold, blush, and grey accents.”
FAVOURITE DECOR ELEMENT: One unique piece was a live photo wall that we had set up on a projector screen. We used a one-month license from a service called Streama. It drew photos from Instagram and Twitter that used our wedding hashtag. It encouraged our guests to participate and gave us some extra photos that the photographer wouldn’t have been able to get.
BRIDES ATTIRE: Sleeveless sheath style ivory wedding dress with an illusion neckline and lace appliques, in a flowing chiffon fabric from David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca). Veil belonged to the Bride’s mother and was refitted with a gold floral clip. Shoes were gold glitter studded flats from ALDO.
BRIDESMAID ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES: Mixed dresses in the colour ‘Petal’ from David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca). Earrings were a thank you gift to the girls from Kate Spade (katespade.com). Shoes were their own. Scarves were a last minute addition due to weather (and thank goodness we had them!) from Ardene’s.
HAIR & MAKE-UP: Essence Salon + Spa (essencesalonandspa.ca) in Hespeler
DIY: “We created a reception booklet for each of our guests. We designed the slim, eight page booklet ourselves, including a crossword, photo scavenger hunt, dating timeline, and an engagement photo for the centrefold. A local printer was able to run them off for us.”
FLORALS: “Almost all our flowers were babies breath, which we ordered online from Costco. With these flowers, my Maid of Honour and I made the bridesmaid’s bouquets and centerpieces. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were clusters of long stemmed babies breath with an ivory bow. The centerpieces were assortments of babies breath in glass vases of varied shapes and sizes.
I made my own bouquet as well, with fresh flowers from The Floral Factory in Cambridge. There, they helped me pick out an all white bouquet of giant Polar Star roses, hydrangeas, commercial mums, snapdragons, and greenery that fit both my vision and my budget. I also used the Polar Star roses for corsages for the mothers and grandmothers, which was a special addition for them. My bouquet turned out fabulous, I was so happy with how it looked and received so many compliments from people who couldn’t believe I made it myself. I’m actually glad that Floral Factory dissuaded me from the peony vision I had in mind – I ended up with something much more unique, and much better priced!”
INVITATIONS/STATIONERY: “We created a wedding website to keep our guests in the loop, as well as share photos and our gift registry. Save the dates were sent electrionically through paperlesspost.com and we made our own paper invites (with RSVP cards, envelopes, and thank you cards) through vistaprint.com.”
CAKE: “Our cake was made by a friend; the cake was chocolate with raspberry filling and vanilla icing – and a Doctor Who cake topper!”
VENUE: “Our ceremony location was supposed to be Mill Race Park in downtown Cambridge. The amphitheatre is right on the river and surrounded by gorgeous grey stone ruins. It was a spot we visited often, as there is a hotdog and ice cream stand (LA Franks) right next door. However, our vision of the perfect outdoor spring wedding was dashed by 5 degree temperatures, rain, and high winds.
We made a last minute call to bring the ceremony indoors to our reception location, Beaverdale Golf Course. Beaverdale was great with the last minute changes and made it so easy to pull together a plan to seat our guests in their Ranchlands room, adjacent to the Reception Hall.
The Reception Hall comfortably fit our 110 guests, and the newly renovated space felt both modern and cozy with wood beamed ceilings and soft tulle draping. We chose Beaverdale because their all inclusive package actually was all inclusive and was a very reasonable price for us, while still being a beautiful space that didn’t require extra “cover up” decor. We were so happy with our choice to have our day at Beaverdale, and their event staff were so wonderful to work with throughout the entire process.”
PHOTOGRAPHER: “Our photographer, Katelyn Debus Photography, was a friend of a friend who was highly recommended. After looking through her portfolio, we decided that we liked her style and her price was within our budget. Our mutual friend gifted us with an engagement session and we got to get a feel for how she worked. The photos came back so quickly and so much better than we could have imagined – they managed to be beautiful but also capture our unique personalities. After the engagement shoot, it made us even more excited for the wedding photos! Since our ceremony plans were changed at the last minute, this meant our photography locations were also changed at the last minute. Katelyn was great at being spontaneous and flexible, working with our group, the cold weather, and our guests to deliver stunning bridal party photos, fun candids, and memorable family photos. My favourite photos are those of us in front of a shed at the back of Beaverdale’s property and in front of a graffiti wall in downtown Hespeler. Both of these locations were unplanned and randomly selected but managed to look stunning on camera, thanks to Katelyn.”
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Keeping it under budget and settling on a direction were the hardest parts of planning. At the beginning, all the possibilities make it seem so overwhelming and it’s hard to settle down on ideas. Once we figured out a vision and budget that worked for both of us it was easier to go ahead with making those decisions. Make sure that you make a budget before visiting any locations and stick with it! A beautiful wedding day is not worth debt. Be realistic with what you can afford and with what is most important to you and go from there.
BEST WEDDING MEMORY: The whole thing was so much fun and was just perfect from top to bottom; it was great to just sit back and enjoy the day that we had planned and to see everyone else enjoying it too!
ADVICE FROM ONE BRIDE TO ANOTHER:
Ashley: Keep it simple! It’s so easy to get caught up planning the perfect “Pinterest” wedding, but don’t compare your wedding to stylized shoots you see online. At the end of the day, you want it to be an enjoyable time for your friends and family, who get to celebrate your marriage with you – not just the wedding!
Mark: For the grooms, if you feel that your personality and style isn’t being reflected in the arrangements, consider picking one or two smaller things that can be uniquely you. For me, this was a Doctor Who cake topper (silhouetted, so it was stylish, not tacky). As long as I had that, I was fine with whatever kind of cake she wanted.