{reality wedding story} A Waterfront Wedding

BRIDE & GROOM: Heather Lewis & Paul Paonessa

WEDDING DATE: October 13th, 2017

LOCATION: The Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre (thewaterfrontcentre.com), Hamilton, ON

# GUESTS: 143

BUDGET: $20,000

THEME: “Our theme was inspired by the rustic look… We  went with black and white with pops of gold. These colours went very well with our fall theme. Although, you’d never know from our photos, that we had a fall wedding. It looks like the middle of summer!” – H

CAKE: Cupcakes of Westdale Village (westdalecupcakes.com), Hamilton, ON

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: Hudson’s Bay Company (thebay. com)

BRIDE’S ATTIRE: Jealous Bridesmaids (jealousbridesmaids.com), Toronto, ON

PIPER: Piper in the Burg  (piperintheburg.com), New Hamburg, ON

HAIR & MAKE-UP: Angie Gerard Hair Studio (facebook.com/Angie-Girards-Hair-Studio), Binbrook, ON & Makeup by Shonna Mallia.

PHOTOGRAPHY: A Nash Photograph () (anashphotograph.com), Kitchener, ON “I found Amy Nash online. I looked at the photos in her portfolio and they seemed so real – not staged or fake…she seemed so down to earth. We chatted on the phone and I told Paul, ‘This chick sounds awesome! We need to meet her’! They were so much fun to work with, the two of them are hilarious and kept us laughing the whole time. We did a practice shoot in the dead of winter for engagement photos even though we were frozen solid, Amy and Deane made sure we had a great time. It was like hanging out with old friends! Our favourite part of our photos was how she was able to capture how much fun we had on our wedding day, I feel like we are laughing in so many photos, which is so Paul and I. They are such beautiful pictures, we are thrilled with them.” – H

FLOWERS: “Our flowers were done by a good friend of ours, Nael Dababneh and his mom Susan. Nael and Susan took a floral design course together a couple years ago as a hobby. Neither is a professional but you would never know by the beautiful job they did! We had all white roses: o’hara garden roses, vendela roses. Simple and clean, yet elegant. They also did all the flowers for my sister’s wedding two years ago, and we were floored. It was a huge job for them, but they did such an amazing job. We can’t thank them enough.” – H

DÉCOR DIY: “We made most of our décor ourselves. Paul built us a beautiful arbour to stand under during the ceremony; we plan to put it in our backyard in the garden. We also made our table numbers out of wood and stained them to match the arbour. We made white numbers out of vinyl and gold glitter spray paint. They turned out to be gorgeous. Our seating chart was made of the same wood by Paul, it was huge and beautiful. We had the same vinyl lettering on it, and table cards that I made on the computer. Everyone asked us where we bought our beautiful décor.”-H

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “The number of guests! We had originally made a limit of 120 guests, but it was impossible to stick to that. It’s very hard to try to have a small wedding without offending anyone. Of course you want everyone you know there, but it takes away the intimacy factor”- H

ADVICE FROM ONE BRIDE TO AN ANOTHER: “You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful wedding. Set a budget that you can afford and stick to it. Have fun with your fiancé and make sure everything is a blend of both personalities. I hate when people say, ‘It’s the brides’ day’. No. It’s not. You are not marrying yourself. It’s about two people and I believe that should come through in all aspects of the big day. Also, do what makes the two of you happy, don’t try to please everyone because that is an impossible task.” – Heather

Featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

MORE ABOUT A NASH PHOTOGRAPH | K-W/Cambridge photography company, A Nash Photograph (anashphotograph.com), offers unlimited images, nearly instant turnaround time, free e-shoots, great prices & more (more details in their review in The Ring, here).

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