Julie and Kevin’s overall theme of their Rebel Creek Golf Club wedding was the classic, elegant look. “The decorator we used (Decorating Dreams) had great items that really helped (ie, long black feathers in a tall vase with some sparkly stones for the centrepieces)… Using the outfits worn by my bridesmaids helped – long black gloves with thick bracelets, and fur bolero jackets (faux of course!). Both myself and my husband are pretty low key. We didn’t want a super flashy wedding that didn’t reflect who we were, but we still wanted it to be elegant.”
BRIDE & GROOM: Julie Murphy and Kevin McLellan
WEDDING DATE: February 20th 2016
OFFICIANT: Martti from Kettle Creek Weddings (kettlecreekweddings.com)
COLOUR PALETTE: Black and White
DECOR: Lori at Decorating Dreams did our décor, and she was great! She did everything, from the chair covers and table runners to the head table back drop and the back drop we used for our ceremony, which was also at Rebel Creek.
FLORALS: Tamara at The Flowersmith did my flowers, and they were stunning. Tamara was great! She met with me to discuss my theme, what I was wearing, what the girls were wearing, and from there she designed gorgeous bouquets that matched our theme perfectly that were not only stunning, but unique and interesting!
HAIR & MAKE-UP: We had the best team for hair and make-up. Christine and Carly from Salon on Water, along with Ashley, our make-up artist, were at my sister’s house by 6:45am. In a matter of minutes, my sister’s living room was transformed in to a salon. It was so convenient that these ladies were able to come to us. They all did fantastic work, and were so much fun… even at 7am!
DIY: I worked with my mother-in-law Lynn and her good friend Janice to put the favours together. We had customized hot chocolate packages created that we added marshmallows to and wrapped in cellophane. That was a full weekend job!
VENUE: Danielle and the team at Rebel Creek were fantastic! She not only introduced me to great vendors, she helped manage them too! I had a lot of questions, and Danielle completely put my mind at ease, always. The day went seamlessly thanks to a great team
PHOTOGRAPHY: It was really important to me that I had great pictures. Memories, with time tend to fade, so I really was set on having the best photographer to capture our special day. Stan Switalski had done my sister Jessica’s destination wedding in Jamaica, so I knew the quality of his work, and how good he was. I didn’t need to think twice about a photographer, I knew right away who I would be asking. Stan was fantastic. So creative, and easy to work with. Stan joined me at all the locations where I was thinking about doing the photographs, prior to the wedding, and actually introduced me to the location where we would do the actual photographs. I am so pleased that he was available for us on that day!
DJ: It was absolutely imperative that we had a great DJ. Great music makes for great parties, and we really wanted to make sure that everyone had a great time. Danielle introduced us to Hugo and Jorge at 586 Event Group, and they did not disappoint. They were outstanding. After the wedding, Kevin and I heard nothing but compliments about how great the music was and how much fun they had. Jorge kept the dance floor going.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: There are a lot of moving parts and different people that you need to work with while planning a wedding. Making sure to stay on top of all the communication, and making sure to be clear and concise on expectation makes sure that everyone wins.
BEST MEMORY: The best memory was first seeing Kevin dressed in his tux looking so handsome, of course! I couldn’t wait to get married.
Advice, from one bride to another:
You do a lot of planning for a really big day, and it flies by fast. Make sure you have a great photographer to capture your day