{reality wedding story} Romance at Whistle Bear Golf Club | Jessica & Andrew

Jessica Ferguson has worked within the wedding industry for years, and so when it came time to plan her own wedding to Andrew Cooper, we knew it was going to be incredible. Jess and Andrew’s Kate Spade inspired wedding was gorgeous, full of love and incorporated some of the industry’s favourite wedding experts at one of the area’s favourite wedding venues.

Bride & Groom: Jessica Ferguson & Andrew Cooper

Wedding Date: June 25, 2016

Ceremony & Reception Location: Whistle Bear Golf Club (whistlebear.ca)

Jess and Andrew chose Whistle Bear because it was the perfect venue for their dream wedding day. “They have a beautiful view of the golf course from the Rose Room and they help you plan everything for your big day! I have a background in planning weddings and events and it was nice to relax and have someone else take over and do everything,” explains Jess.

Photography: Gary Evans Photography (garyevansphotography.ca)

“Gary from Gary Evans Photography is a friend of ours and we have always loved his work. It was great to work with someone we know, it made the day more relaxed. He and his wife, Kim (from The Creative Bride), were also guests at our wedding, so it was great to see them be able to relax and have fun after all the work was done!”

Colour Palette: Black, White, Gold and Pink

Theme: “It was very “Kate Spade” inspired. We had black and white striped table linen and the head table was done in gold linen with touches of pink throughout. We just wanted the day to be a lot of fun and we wanted the decor to reflect that.”

Decor & Florals: The Creative Bride (thecreativebride.ca)

“Kim from The Creative Bride is a good friend of ours and did so many amazing things for us; from designing our invitations to the flowers to designing all of our signage and favour stickers to adding the giant balloons for pictures. She was amazing and very willing to do whatever it took to make our day amazing!”

Fav Decor Element: “I loved the striped linen. It was such a bold statement. The flowers were also amazing and we got a lot of compliments on them.”

Bride’s dress and accessories: David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca) | Jewellery from Etsy

Bridesmaids attire and accessories: Le Chateau and Addition Elle. “I let the girl’s pick their own dresses. I just asked that they be short and black.”

Hair & Make-Up: Krista Martin from Just Be (facebook.com/justbehairandmakeup)

Groomsmen and Groom’s attire: Moores Clothing for Men (mooresclothing.com) | Striped ties from Etsy

Stationery: Save the dates: Minted.com | Invites: The Creative Bride (thecreativebride.ca) “Kim designed the invites and we had them printed with Vistaprint.”

Cookies: Frost Dessert Shoppe (frostdessertshoppe.com)

Cotton Candy Wedding favours: Olde Tyme Kettle Kitchen, St. Jacob’s (Olde-Tyme-Kettle-Kitchen.com)

DJ: Complete Weddings & Events (cmusic.com)

Biggest Challenge: “Honestly the hardest part was the guest list. You want to invite everyone, but then reality hits and you have to stay within a certain number and budget.”

Best Memory: “There are two. First, Andrew and I did first look photos and it was so great to see him before the day got going. I loved that we got to just take a moment to see each other with no pressure and to see how good we both looked!”

“Second is the dancing after dinner! It was great to see our family and friends on the dance floor busting a move!”

Advice from one bride to another: Take it all in! Everyone says it, but the day really does fly by. And don’t stress about the little things. It will all come together in the end.



Complete Weddings + Events, David's Bridal, Frost Dessert Shoppe, Gary Evans Photography, Minted, Moores Clothing For Men, Olde Tyme Kettle Kitchen, Real Wedding Stories, The Creative Bride, Whistle Bear Golf Club