{reality wedding} Winter Elegance Wedding at Grey Silo Golf Club

Janelle & Tyler not only personalized countless details of their wedding decor and took on many DIY projects in the process, but they did it all from across the country. This Alberta couple tied the knot in a gorgeous, Kitchener-Waterloo area Grey Silo winter wedding that gave them memories to cherish for a lifetime. It doesn’t get much better than this… ♥

BRIDE & GROOM: Janelle Simpson & Tyler Brenner
PHOTOGRAPHY: Spirits Intrigued Photography (sipimage.com)
WEDDING DATE: February 2, 2016
CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION: Grey Silo Golf Club, Waterloo (golfgreysilo.ca)
COLOUR PALETTE: Navy Blue, Gray/Blue, Silver, and Ivory

Fashion & flowers…

FLOWERS: Charmed Flowers and Gifts (charmedflowers.net)
Haley did our bouquets and they were amazing! When I spoke to her, I told her I wanted texture within my bouquet and I wanted it to be soft/romantic – she totally delivered! She used hydrangeas, small roses, brunia berries, and dusty miller leaves. I was so in love with my bouquet, I honestly did not want to do the bouquet toss! She did a fabulous job and I would recommend her to anyone!

DÉCOR: Wedding Dream (weddingdream.net)
We hired Wedding Dream and it was worth every penny. We rented our chiavari chairs, charger plates for the head table, vases for our centerpieces, the king & queen chairs for our head table and our backdrop. I absolutely loved our head table setup, and she decorated it beautifully!

THEME: We didn’t really have a theme, but if I had to pick I would call it “Winter Elegance”. We wanted to create a wedding that was timeless, elegant, yet also chic/classy. I wanted big bold colours but to also contrast them with a softer, more muted tone. It was all about balance and not being “overdone”.

BUDGET: Our budget was $25,000. We spent the most on our open bar but it was money well spent! Our guests had a great time and I feel that having an open bar totally adds to the guests’ experience of your day. We spent the least on the vases which we used during the ceremony…

What was your favourite decor element?
My favourite décor element was definitely my centerpieces. We made them ourselves with silk flowers and they turned out so nicely. They were a true statement piece and had enough presence on the tables. I thought they looked rich and elegant, and we were able to create the texture within them to mimic our bouquets. I was so happy with how they turned out.

Did you take on any DIY projects? If so, how did you do it?
We did our centerpieces, the Mr&Mrs sign for our head table, our bar sign and coffee bar décor. I was able to purchase the letters from Michaels and spray paint them silver as well as purchase most of the stuff for our coffee bar at Dollarama!

What other elements of your wedding are noteworthy to mention?
CAKE: Most definitely our cake! My mom made every element herself and she did a phenomenal job. It was a vanilla bean cake with a vanilla bean swiss buttercream and it tasted amazing!

BRIDE ACCESSORIES: My veil/headpiece was my mom’s and she wore it on her wedding day when she married my father. It tied in perfectly and it was my favourite accessory. It’s so unique and truly a one of a kind piece that completed my look and will be the perfect family heirloom for years to come.

ART: Robin Oakes – Caricaturist (robinoakes.com)– this was so much fun! We had Robin come in and draw caricatures of our guests during our cocktail hour and it was a total hit with everyone. Her list was full within the first 15 minutes and she was friendly, very quick and truly entertained our guests. I was so pleased with her!

PERSONALIZED VOW BOOKS: We had personalized vow books made in navy with silver foil. These books were beautifully made and will serve as the perfect keepsake of one of the most important days in our lives and the commitment we made to each other.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I have to give Alex at Spirits Intrigued Photography a special shout-out as he went above and beyond for us many times throughout our planning process. Our photos are AMAZING and he was truly a wonderful person to work with.


Advice to other brides?
My advice to couple planning a wedding is two things:
a. Less is more – do not overdo it with your theme!
b. Don’t buy favours! We had personalized Keurig K-cups and personalized coffee for our coffee bar and we had a ton leftover after wedding. My sense is that favours are a thing of the past and if you do decide to give favours – spend the least amount of money as possible.

A gorgeous ceremony and reception set-up…

Friends, family and one fabulous love story…

BIGGEST CHALLENGE:  Our biggest challenge when planning the wedding was we live in Alberta, so we essentially planned the wedding from across the country! We had come back a few times to meet vendors but mostly, I communicated with everyone via e-mail and did a lot of research online for vendors. I was definitely nervous about how things would turn out and if my vision would all come together, and it superseded what I had imagined! All of our vendors were very professional, friendly and accommodating to our situation and I’m very grateful for that as it made planning for this day 100% easier.

The best memory of our wedding was the ceremony & our vows. Our daughter Ella was a part of our ceremony and it was a moment that neither of us will ever forget. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when Tyler read his vows to her – incredibly special!


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