{Reality Wedding Story} Une Histoire D’amour Romantique

Heather Dietz Photograph

From Paris’s Parc Monceau & Lapérouse Restaurant to Stratford’s Revival House, Ontario Wedding Coordinator ties the knot with the love of her life in the wedding of their dreams.

Featured in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

The details…

BRIDE & GROOM: Alysha Ford + Tyler Devocht

WEDDING DATE: April 26th, 2017

CEREMONY LOCATION: Parc Monceau, Paris France. “Paris is the fashion capital of the world, City of Love, and City of Lights. It is a super romantic and intimate place to tie the knot. We wanted to keep things really small and intimate and only make it about us. We wanted to make sure the locations we chose were not saturated with tourists, so we picked a hidden gem to make sure there were no distractions while the ceremony was ongoing.” – A

FRANCE RECEPTION LOCATION: Lapérouse (laperouse.com). “It was a celebrity, star-studded restaurant with history and elegance. The perfect place to enjoy a very high end five course meal.” -A

CANADIAN RECEPTION LOCATION: Revival House, Stratford ON (♥) (revival.house) where Alysha works as the Wedding Coordinator, planning countless weddings each year. “We held our Canadian reception filled with extended family and friends at Revival House when we returned from France. We had more casual food serving all of our favourites such as pulled pork sliders, pizza, poutine and about a million desserts! Chef Loreena Miller always makes comfort food look beautiful and taste amazing!!” – A

PHOTOGRAPHY: Heather Dietz Photography, Huron, ON (heatherdietz.com) “Heather photographed my parents wedding 8 years ago, my prom with Tyler, and now our wedding. It only seemed right to have her here with us! Her style is soft, romantic and dreamy. Perfect for France and perfect for us. Heather is so kind and sweet. She is truly passionate about her work and creates and captures the emotion of the day. We really appreciated her coming on this adventure with us. It wouldn’t have felt right without her.” – A&T

VIDEOGRAPHY: Andrew Price of Amotion Films, London, ON (amotionfilms.com) created a beautiful wedding video for us. “The video is something that we will have forever. We showed the video at our Canadian reception for family and friends who weren’t able to be in Paris with us. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!” – A

PLANNER & OFFICIANT: Michelle+ Jeff Maeck of Maeck Weddings in Cambridge (maeckweddings.com)

DÉCOR:
“I loved the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate and Prince William) and how Kate only had trees at the Royal wedding, so I wanted/needed this!! I got my trees. We were married in a park and I really wanted to bring that feeling in.” – A

NOTEWORTHY ELEMENT: “Something that was very important to Tyler was the 1960 Vintage Bentley that we rented for the day. He is into cars and my maiden name is Ford (making it a running joke with the family!), so we knew the one thing he needed on the wedding day was an epic car. It was a great memory I know he will never forget.” – A

CAKE: “A delicious macaroon cake made by Head Chef Loreena Miller at Revival House. We also had macaroons as favours.” – A

GROOM’S ATTIRE: Calvin Klein Tux from Stars Men’s Shops, Kitchener, ON (starsmenshops.com)

BRIDE’S FASHION: Pronovias champagne/ivory lace gown from The Modern Bride in Guelph (tmodernbride.com). 14 foot Pronovias lace cathedral veil purchased from Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique | Hudson’s Bay (thebay.com/kleinfeld). Nude Christian Louboutins purchased at Saks fifth Ave in Manhattan NYC. A party dress for the reception made by Mina Bridal Design in Stratford (minabridaldesign.ca).

Some serious challenges…

“Challenges are a funny thing. They were truly all out of our hands. I had hired a wedding dream team to ensure everything was perfect, and it was. Since I am a wedding coordinator, I knew what I wanted and really appreciated their help with making me the bride, not the planner.”

  • Terrorist attacks:
    • France had three terrorist attacks from November 2015-April 2017. It was an ongoing conversation between Tyler and I, our families, and our vendors. Luckily, we had connections in France to keep us up to date and learn more than just what the headlines were saying.
  • Presidential Election:
    • France also was at the tail end of an election near our wedding date [heightening tensions and terror alert].
  • Language Barrier:
    • Tyler and I don’t really speak the language, but Jeff (our officiant and wedding planner) translated documents, emails and everyday things (i.e. menus) for us! Most places and people spoke English, but emails and some documents would have been a challenge if we didn’t have Michelle and Jeff!
  • Backlash: When friends and family found out we were tying the knot in Paris (we tried to keep things on the down low), we received some backlash. Once some time passed, everyone understood. Thankfully, we could also host a reception back at home in Canada, so they could all be a part of the big day as we signed our marriage license, had our first dance and showed our video.”

Favourite memories…

Ashley says she has too many favourite memories to name just one! So she made a list…

  • It was Tyler’s first time on an airplane. It was amazing to watch him discover traveling, let alone traveling to France!
  • Our ceremony was spoken in both French and English. Everything from the birds singing, to the harpist, to our vows was incredible.
  • Seeing Tyler with the car.
  • The Champagne toast at the Eiffel Tower was amazing and a must. I love Champagne, and it was the perfect way to kick off the photo ops.
  • Hearing ‘Regarde la princesse’ (look at the princess) from all the French children in the park where the ceremony was.
  • Adding our lock to the Love Lock Bridge and tossing the key into the River Seine (so iconic!!)
  • Our Parisian dinner! It was so intimate and so elegant. It was so great to immerse ourselves into the culture and truly enjoy the most expensive and elegant dinner we will probably ever have!
  • Sharing our wedding video with everyone in Canada. Seeing it with people like our grandparents, and friends was just spectacular.
  • Just everything!!!!”

Contacting Revival House…

Alysha Ford at Revival House can be reached by email using the form below 🙂 You can also visit Revival House online at www.revival.house!.