Monique and Aaron wanted their big day to be sweet and traditional. They achieved this with all the love and care they put into their wedding. With personal touches galore, Monique and Aaron did as much DIY as they possible could!
Bride & Groom: Monique Bevan & Aaron Carr
Wedding Date: April 22, 2017
Ceremony & Reception Location(s): Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for the ceremony & Grey Silo Golf Course (golfgreysilo.ca) for the reception. “Lourdes was the church that I grew up in, baptized and had first communion in so it was personally meaningful. Aaron’s high school was also called Lourdes so we thought that made a great connection. When we visited Grey Silo, it was the first and only place that captured everything we wanted. It isn’t your typical golf course. It is intimate, friendly and has character. It has rustic appeal with elegance, the staff are welcoming and accommodating. The prices are affordable with great selection. They are flexible with décor and bringing in own materials. And the design of the space is ideal for hosting a cocktail hour separate from the reception area.” – M
Colour Palette: Petal pink and champagne.
Theme: “Pink laced with champagne and pearls. My style is very traditional and feminine so my theme resembled this style as well as the brightness of the time of year (spring). Both Aaron and I are also very sentimental so there were a lot of personal touches in many of the elements. From invitations, to table linens, to guest book table, to thank you cards, everything incorporated a pink or champagne foundation with lace, pearl and floral accents.” – M
Flowers: “I ordered my flowers from Floral Express, a vendor at the St. Jacob’s Farmers Market and put the arrangements together myself with help from my mom and sister. In order to keep the look of spring, I used a lot of greenery and baby breath with pink and white flowers.” – M
Décor: “Wedding Dream (weddingdream.net) did my décor. They were very accommodating and let me visit their location a few times to see different colours and designs before confirming. They provided champagne sequin table cloths for the sweetheart table, cake table and guestbook table. The remaining guest tables were decorated with a solid champagne table cloth with a lace overlay. The head table also consisted of this with pearl broaches to ruffle the front.” – M
Fav decor element: “My favourite décor element was the head table. It had such a great set-up. We had a round sweetheart table in the centre, which had the champagne sequin cloth with two rectangular tables on either side for our party, which had the solid champagne cloth with the lace overlay. We lined the tables with baby’s breath and strands of pink and green floral balls. Behind the table was the large fireplace decorated with bunches of ivy, flowers and candles. Beside the head table was the cake. Three focal points in one area created such a beautiful setting.” – M
DIY: “The majority of the wedding was DIY! We did the invitations, arranged a photo collage for the guest book table, created centrepieces put together the bouquets and floral arrangements, designed and printed all signage (menu card, ceremony program, seating chart, table numbers, etc), and packaged favours.” – M
Invitations/stationery: “DIY for the invitations. I spent a lot of time at Michaels and Dollarama. Ordered from Vistaprint for save the dates and thank you cards.” – M
Cake: “Cake was from The Cake Box (cakebox.ca) I cannot say enough good things about Yvonne, the owner. She was beyond helpful with her exceptional knowledge, ideas and skill. She listened to my vision and was able to produce a design that not only matched my hopes but exceeded my expectations.” – M
Wedding Favours: “Mill Creek Chocolates (millcreekchocolates.ca) in Port Elgin provided bite sized chocolate mint smoothies wrapped in pink foil and white chocolate rose buds. The chocolates were wrapped in clear cellophane and tied with a soft pink ribbon. Most amazing homemade chocolates! I go here every summer to get a treat when at the cottage so it was a personal touch as well.” – M
Groomsmen and Groom’s attire: Moore’s Clothing for Men (mooresclothing.com)
Bridesmaids attire and accessories: David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca) “They were floor length with a lace bodice to match the theme of the wedding. The two Maid of Honours wore the petal pink colour while the rest of the bridesmaids wore a champagne colour.” – M
Bride’s Dress: Crème Couture (cremecouture.ca) “I wanted something that was traditional and conservative yet still feminine. The dress was an a-line fit with lace cap sleeves and a lace bodice trailing down into the full train. Michele, the owner, made me feel confident and comfortable. She was patient, professional, friendly and extremely skilled at matching the right dress to your body type and style. It was wonderful to build a relationship with the Crème Couture staff over fitting visits.” – M
DJ: Olympic Sound (olympicsound.com) “They were very accommodating, communicated well leading up to the event, and played music that suited our guests’ style. We also had a two-person band play during cocktail hour.” – M
Hair & make-up: Oiseau Salon (oiseausalon.com)”I have been going to Jeff, the owner, since I was a teenager so have built a positive relationship with the staff and know what an excellent job they do. All the girls looked stunning and the staff took their time to be precise in everyone’s individual style. Make-up was done by Justyn McCaskie. She used air-bursh (highly recommend it to future brides) and did a flawless job. All the girls were beyond happy with their applications. ” – M
Wedding Planner: “I used a friend of mine, Mary Jackson. She runs a part-time wedding planning business and did a phenomenal job. She kept me calm in the days leading up to the event and I was able to fully rely on her to keep the day on track, pay vendors and communicate with individuals so that I could focus on other elements. While keeping the day in perfect order, she didn’t make herself stand-out to guests by being too visually or vocally loud. This is a key quality to find in an event planner!” -M
Photographer: “Samantha Beattie is a friend of a friend. She was referred to us by a friend. She doesn’t do many weddings, so we were so grateful she could make an exception for us.” – M
Biggest Challenge: “Between the bride, groom, family and friends there are many different opinions that get shared. Whether it is insisting on traditions, having a say about décor, or incorporating something modern versus traditional are just a few elements that get discussed when planning a wedding. You feel you have to appease everyone and can sometimes feel like your own vision is getting lost. This was a struggle in the beginning as I took what people were saying as insults or power struggles. However, as time went on, I learned to listen to the wants of others and incorporated what I could by adjusting the desires to still match my theme.” – M
Fav Wedding Memory: “The best memory I have from my wedding were the flower girl and ring bearers (niece and nephews). They are ages two to six and had the most amazing time. To see how much they enjoyed the day and that this will be a forever memory for them was precious. One stayed on the dance floor until the very end of the evening while the other made a bed with the chairs and fell asleep in the middle of the party.
A second memory that I have is at the very end of the night, the remaining friends and family who stuck around for the last two songs formed a circle and we all danced together. I could see the looks on everyone faces and watched couples laughing and dancing the night away. It was a moment of fun and laughter that I got to share with my closest loved ones.” – M
Advice from one bride to another: “Don’t stress about the small things. If you stay organized, make a checklist and don’t procrastinate, there won’t be any reason to get overly anxious. When planning events, something always goes wrong whether it is big or small. Recognize this in advance so that you can plan for it and if/when it happens, you will be able to let it go. No one is going to notice but you because you planned it. If you stay relaxed and in the moment, you will be able to enjoy your day. Take it all in. If you are happy, your guests will be happy too. The bride and groom really do set the mood for the event.
“Remember your guests. They have booked off a day/weekend to celebrate with you, they have bought a new outfit, and most likely will give a generous gift. Though the day is about the unity of the individuals getting married, it is also about the family and friends. Make sure to acknowledge people and don’t take them for granted. Sending thank you notes or making a quick phone call, providing favours, mentioning them in a speech, etc. shows your appreciation.” – M
Contacting Grey Silo Golf Course
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