{Reality Wedding Story} Romantic Boho at Whistle Bear | Jennifer & Brandon

Jennifer and Brandon took on all the details for their romantic boho chic wedding! From the invitations to individual handwritten notes for each guest, you can see the love and work they poured into their special day! Every detail was thought out and it represented everything they wanted their wedding day to be.

Bride & Groom: Jennifer Donaldson and Brandon Danner

Wedding Date:  May 12, 2017

Ceremony & Reception Location: Whistle Bear (whistlebear.ca)  outdoor chapel ceremony and Rose Room for the reception.  “We fell in love with the outdoor chapel the moment we saw it. It was breathtaking! It gave us confidence that our guests would have a beautiful experience and a nice element of surprise when they arrived on the big day. The Rose Room, with the terrace were a nice touch as well – very classy, and simply gorgeous.” – J&B

Colour Palette: Navy, champagne blush and green with accents of rose gold and gold

Theme: “Our theme was romantic with a modern boho/ethereal touch. The venue is so beautiful on its own that we decided to keep décor relatively simple (ie – no backdrops, drapery or large overpowering florals) but to bring our vision of a natural, delicate and simple romance to life through soft/natural textures and colours. We wanted to capture romance in a very simple and classic way so that we can (hopefully) look back on our wedding without seeing obvious trends that can be pinpointed to a very specific time frame.” – J

Flowers: Living Fresh (livingfresh.ca) “Tina is incredible!
For the bride’s bouquet we used: ivory, champagne and nude flowers with lush greenery and a touch of navy (Peonies, Butterfly rununculus, anemones, garden roses, blue thistle and eucalyptus) with ivory wrap and lace tails. The Bridesmaids bouquets were smaller versions of my bouquet. For the reception tables we decided to forego floral centrepieces and replaced them with loosely laid greenery down the centre of each table (mix of eucalyptus and ruscus) to create a natural romantic feel.” – J

Décor: “We did the décor ourselves! We wanted to capture the beauty of the Rose Room, so we kept the décor limited to the tables. On each table we laid a sheer tousled champagne blush runner along the centre, and the greenery was laid on top. Staggered along the centre of all of the tables we placed gold candlesticks. The head table place settings had special “vintage” wine glasses. Our guestbook consisted of different postcards that our guests could write messages to us and for our photobooth we rented a pink velvet love seat and placed it against a simple white backdrop.” – J&B

Fav décor element: “Our favourite décor element was the aesthetic we brought to life on the tables. All of the elements worked together so beautifully and really helped bring our theme to life. We’ve never been to a wedding that had rectangular tables, so we loved that unique touch. But the décor atop the tables made for a very romantic feel. They were prefect!” – J

DIY: “Yes! Everything from invitations to signage.” – J

Invitations: “Simple, white two-piece invitations. The main piece included our names in our calligraphy font, with the details below in a simple charcoal font. The second piece was smaller and included details such as our RSVP date and our wedding website along with a message “Learn a little more about us, our wedding celebration and find our registry on our website.” In the top right corner of the details card we glued two ruscus leaves.  The two pieces were wrapped together with a natural twine and inserted in a white envelope.” – J

Cake: “We decided to forego a cake since neither of us recall being at a wedding where we were invited to watch the cake being cut. Plus our Whistle Bear menu included a beautiful cheesecake which we knew our guests would absolutely love! (B’s family are cheesecake diehards!!)” – J

Favours: “Again, we decided to forego favours. When you group that many people together, it can be difficult to find one special item that everyone will enjoy or appreciate. Instead, we put the cost towards treating each guest with a warm chocolate chip cookie at the end of the night.” – J&B

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: “The guys wore Calvin Klein slim fit navy suits with a beautiful woven texture. All of the men wore off-white shirts, and a medium to dark caramel brown dress shoe (with laces). The groomsmen wore slim navy ties and the groom wore an off white paisley tie. The guys had a very classy, timeless look. And for a little hint of fun, they each had navy and pink socks. ” – B

Bride and Bridesmaid Attire: Jenn wore an Essence of Australia long sleeve illusion lace dress. The bridesmaids wore a strapless classic lace sheath dress (just above the knee) with a sweetheart neckline and a sheer floor length chiffon skirt.

DJ: Mellow Dee (Dwight Grant) (mellowdeecanada.com)

Officiant: Carmen Danner from All Seasons Wedding Ceremonies (allseasonsweddings.com) “She made the whole ceremony very touching.” – J&B

Hair & Make-up: Christie Roth at The Strand Hair Studio (facebook.com/The-Strand)

Photographer: Brian Limoyo (brianlimoyoweddings.com) “We had a great first meet with Brian and felt he would be able to capture us the most naturally and beautifully on our special day. It’s important to feel comfortable and have a good relationship with the photographer. They are, after all, with us for 8 hours and need to bring out our most natural smile.   Brian is so fun, outgoing and witty. It just feels like we’re hanging out with a friend. Our family, wedding party and guests very much enjoyed working with him, too!” – J&B

Biggest Challenge: Creating a guest list. Deciding where to draw the line is very difficult.

Most memorable moment: “Our ceremony. It was all around incredible.
Our officiant was a family member and it was a very important wedding for him, as he had never performed a ceremony in front of family before. He made the whole ceremony very touching. The outdoor chapel was gorgeous. It captured our theme beautifully with its simple romantic aesthetic and emphasis on the beautiful natural surrounding. We read our own vows to each other – short, but sweet, and from the heart. And there was so much joy and emotion from our friends and family – especially Jenn’s dad. He’s not typically an emotional guy, but his tears of joy touched the heart of many during the ceremony and made the experience even more special. We’ve often heard the day flies by – and that is very true. But we remember the ceremony so vividly and are so appreciative to have taken in such a beautiful moment with our loved ones by our side.” – B

Advice from one Bride to another: “Give yourself lots of time, make decisions that feel right to you (rather than trying to compete) and remember to take time for each other and laugh with one another every step of the way. The planning process and your wedding day fly by. Make the most of everything, together.” – J


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