{Reality Wedding Story} Modern Elegance at Revival House

Every detail of Carrie and Cory’s wedding was lovingly planned and flawlessly carried out. Their theme’s details began with their unique, beautiful venue, Revival House. They explained, “Revival House offers stained glass windows, cathedral ceilings, gorgeous chandelier…Their food is phenomenal – it is art on a plate and tastes fantastic! We loved that we could hold the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the reception all in one place (there is separate space upstairs for cocktail hour)… [and] Revival House’s Special Event Planner, Alysha Ford, was amazing to work with.”

BRIDE AND GROOM: Carrie Jane DeBrouwer & Cory Smith

WEDDING: May 28th, 2016

CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Revival House (♥) (revival.house)


Their food is phenomenal – it is art on a plate and tastes fantastic!

COLOUR PALETTE: Shades of pink, blue, gold & ivory

THEME: Modern elegance

FLOWERS & DECOR: Designs by Cate (cateblowesdesign.ca)

FAVOURITE DÉCOR ELEMENT: The railings decorated by Designs by Cate. “They added romance to the room, especially after sunset.”

DIY PROJECTS: Carrie’s Bridesmaid, Katelyn Aitcheson, made the table numbers. Bridesmaid, Andrea Leyser, made the seating chart. Inspiration for both of these projects came from Pinterest.

OFFICIANT: Christine Lafazanos, a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant with Woven Threads (woven-threads.ca)

STATIONERY:Designed by Cory’s Brother-InLaw, Filip Lind. Name cards printed at International Artcrafts Co. Ltd. in Stratford.

WEDDING FAVOURS: Personalized M&M’s (mymms.com) inspired by the groom. Carrie explains, “Cory surprised me one night, asking me if I wanted some chocolate out of a little bowl. When I looked into the bowl to grab an M&M, I saw our pictures and the words, Will you marry me?”

GROOMSMEN AND GROOM’S ATTIRE: Stars Men’s Shops (starsmenshops.com)

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: Dresses designed and made by Tami MacDonald from Mina Bridal Design (minabridaldesign.ca).


HAIRPIECES:Jill Wood, Founder of Headmistress (loveheadmistress.com).

WHITE CLUTCHES: Purchased from Coach Premium Outlet as a gift for the bridesmaids and maid of honour.

BRIDE’S ATTIRE: Eddy K Bridal Gown from Petrov Bridal (petrovbridal.com). Necklace, bracelet and belt also from Petrov.

EARRINGS: Grandmother’s pearls

ENGAGEMENT RING & WEDDING BANDS: Anstett Jewellers in Goderich (anstett.com)

DJ: Brendon Walkom in Stratford

HAIR:Expressions Hair Design (expressionshairdesign.ca)

MAKE-UP: Ang Canning in Stratford

MANICURE/PEDICURE: Juve (juvedayspa.com)

CATERING: Revival House served a choice of Field Green Salad or Chedder + Ale Soup and bread for starters. A choice of Bison Short Ribs (with potato pavé, forest mushrooms, kale, pickled shallot and bourbon jus), Rainbow Trout (with asparagus, fingerling potatoes, sorrel, lemon, black pepper, and hollandaise), Half Chicken (with cauliflower, forest mushrooms, gruyere, garlic and parsley) or vegetarian carbonara cavatelli (with asparagus, zucchini, spinach, Parmesan and almonds) for entrées. Dessert was Flourless Chocolate Cake, served with coffee or tea.

LATE NIGHT SNACK: Poutine bar!

WINE:Coyote’s Run Estate Winery (coyotesrunwinery.com) Pinot Grigio 2015 and 2012 Cabernet Merlot (served at dinner)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Dana Ruby Martin Photography (moxiepixphotosbydana.com)

BIGGEST CHALLENGES: Enjoying the moments without getting too stressed. Trying to keep on schedule all day and enjoy the moments without getting too stressed. “We reminded ourselves that certain moments are priceless and that being 5 minutes behind to really be in the moment was okay, the day would still go on!… We also found that taking the majority of the photos before the ceremony was helpful…we had more time [for] everything.”


For Cory, it was “Just celebrating our day with family and friends and having a great time…” For Carrie, it was, “Having a special moment with my grandparents… I went over to their home after I was ready and in my dress, and we had some time with just my Oma and Opa, mom and dad, and sister (Dana was also there to capture the moment)… Also seeing the groom for the first time during the reveal…”


1. Consider taking your wedding photos before the ceremony. We did a reveal, which included the wedding party and immediate family prior to ceremony taking place…We were able to get the remaining photos taken within the cocktail hour.

2. Purchase umbrellas for the wedding party in the case that it rains.

3. Purchase a bucket of flip-flops for your wedding guests (so they can continue dancing after their feet start to hurt). I also purchased a cute pair for myself that looked good with my dress.

4. Keep a list of everything you need to do/have done so you can keep track of it.

5. Get started early!

6. Share something personal about your relationship with your guests. We heard great feedback from our guests that they enjoyed hearing about how we met and how the relationship developed.

7. Collaborate with your partner to create the wedding you both want. Cory was very involved in the wedding planning process. It made the process more fun and less stressful.

8. Have fun with the planning! We scheduled outings around the planning, such as an evening away in Niagara on the Lake for wine tasting (when choosing our dinner wine), a lunch out at Revival House before meeting with the Special Events Planner… •

Anstett Jewellers, Coyote's Run Winery, Dana Ruby Martin Photography, Designs by Cate, Expressions Hair Design, Headmistress, historic chapel, Juve Day Spa, Mina Bridal Design, my m&m's, Petrov Bridal, Real Wedding Stories, Revival House, Star's Mens Shope, The Wedding Ring Ontario Magazine Fall/Winter 2016, Woven Threads