{reality wedding} Rustic Fall Elegance at Grey Silo Golf Course

Michelle & Nikki Martin’s gorgeous, Fall, K-W wedding theme was rustic elegance. We have to say it was inspired by the venue [Grey Silo Golf Course] and the season. We took advantage of the vibrant fall colours as the backdrop of the photographs. Grey Silo has a wonderful stone fireplace, cathedral ceiling and wooden beams and we wanted to highlight those elements in our décor. The table centrepieces were done tastefully and inexpensively. We used wood pieces cut from Nikki’s parents property in Thornbury as part of the arrangements, so that would be the least expensive!”

BRIDE & BRIDE: Michelle & Nikki Martin
PHOTOGRAPHY: Christa O’Connor Photography (facebook.com/ChristaOConnorPhotography)
WEDDING DATE: October 30, 2015
CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION: Grey Silo Golf Course, Waterloo (golfgreysilo.ca) (review – prices, packages, accommodations, references & more)

FLOWERS: The Floral Factory, Cambridge (flowerfactory.ca)
INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas (weddingpaperdivas.com)
CAKE: The Baking Company (Cakes by Christie) (thebakingcompany.ca)
WEDDING FAVOUR COOKIES: The Baking Company (Cakes by Christie) (thebakingcompany.ca)
BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca)
DJ: Allegro Productions (allegroproductions.ca)

COLOUR PALETTE: Navy, Blush and Pewter

What was the overall theme for your wedding day? Rustic Elegance.

FLOWERS: We used The Floral Factory in Cambridge, ON provided the flowers for the centrepieces, the bouquets and flower halos, Blush-tinted hydrangeas were used in the centrepieces and also carried by the bridesmaids. The bridal bouquets were a mixture of roses and hydrangeas. At the suggestion of the florist, Michelle’s bouquet included blush roses to match Nikki’s dress and she had ivory roses to compliment mine.

DÉCOR: We did not hire a decorator. My mother, Anne, coordinated the decorating. The venue inspired our décor so it was kept simple but elegant. Our centrepieces included unmanicured flowers, mason jars, sand and wood. The wood pillars were wrapped in burlap and tulle and white mini lights were strung along the railings. The actual decorating was a family and friends event with everyone participating.

FAVOURITE DÉCOR ELEMENT: The stone fireplace that was the backdrop of our ceremony. It had been decorated with a ‘LOVE’ marquee sign and it represented the whole reason we were there.

DIY PROJECTS: We made the centrepieces. Nikki’s dad (Maynard) cut a log into slabs and we then put a layer of clear shellac on them. Then we had a chalk board sign with the table number with two mason jars. One with sand and a tea light in and the other with the blush tinted hydrangeas.

BIGGEST CHALLENGES: We always felt we had the unconditional support of our immediate family and close friends through out our journey. That helped us to overcome any obstacles that appeared along the way. Many of our attendants were children, so the biggest challenge was maintaining order from chaos! Coordinating hair and make-up for two brides, six bridesmaids, three flower girls and two wee honorary ones. Then add in six bridesmen aged 14 and under! We had a room at the Best Western, St. Jacobs, close to Grey Silo. Hairdressers started at 7:00 a.m. and the wedding wasn’t until 5:00. It was a long day but a fun one. We kept the atmosphere light and easy going, took everything in stride and didn’t take ourselves too seriously! Champagne for the adults helped too!

BEST WEDDING MEMORIES: We have quite a few amazing memories from our wedding…

  • It was first and foremost a celebration of love and commitment. We felt that every guest attending were there because they supported us 100%.
  • Nikki’s sisters, Allison and Jodi did a spot on hilarious recreation of a scene from the movie Bridesmaids, one-upping each other as to who was closest to Nikki.
  • Our nieces and nephews were also so amazing and just about stole the show. Everyone is still talking about their dance moves!
  • We would like to make special mention and give a huge note of thanks to our wedding officiants, Reverend Tiina Cote and Spiritual Care Provider June Anderson. Our wedding ceremony was everything we hoped for because of them. They made it personal and joyful.
  • The Instant Photo Station was a huge hit!
  • Christa O’Connor, our photographer, did an incredible job of capturing our wedding. The photos are stunning. We highly recommend her!
  • Our DJ, Marlon from Allegro Productions, was outstanding. He was great at assessing the guests and got the music right all night. When the dancing started, it didn’t stop once!
  • Kim Reinhardt at Grey Silo was excellent. She gave great advice and encouragement and was most accommodating. She also calmed any concerns that came up along the way.

Any advice for couples planning their wedding?
Relax! Enjoy the moment. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It is supposed to be the most important day of your life and you don’t want to miss a moment. Things will happen but try and go with the flow. Don’t let it take away from the day. Remember, it’s about the marriage, not just the wedding!

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