{reality wedding story} A rustic Rebel Creek love story on the 3rd Tee

Rebel Creek Golf Club 3rd Tee Wedding | Photo: John Van Tran Photography

The overall theme of Tim and Nicole’s wedding was ‘rustic.’ “Rebel Creek, located in the countryside, provided a perfect venue with a rustic feel. We kept décor quite simple and personal, including sap buckets filled with flowers, mason jars decorated with lace, antique-like décor items, a beautiful barn board head table backdrop we were able to rent, and old farmhouse window for our seating arrangements. We had lanterns on all the tables and candles throughout the venue to make it cozy.”

The ceremony took place outdoors on Rebel Creek Golf Club‘s third tee in front the old barn wall and silo. The reception was in the venue’s Banquet Room.

BRIDE & GROOM: Tim and Nicole Follings
PHOTOGRAPHY: John Van Tran Photography (www.jvtphotography.ca)
WEDDING DATE: August 29th, 2015
CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION: Rebel Creek Golf Course (golfrebelcreek.ca)


FLOWERS: Joy of Flowers in Waterloo (www.joyofflowers.info)
GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Collins Formal Wear in Kitchener (www.collinsformalwear.com)
BRIDES ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES: Ballet’s Bridal in Kitchener (balletts.com)
BRIDESMAID ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES: Sophie’s Gown Shoppe in Kitchener (www.sophiesgownshoppe.com)
DJ: CM Entertainment (www.cmentertainment.net)
TRANSPORTATION: Energy Limousine Inc (www.energylimo.ca) & Elliott Coach Lines (www.elliottcoach.com)
STATIONERY: Collins Formal Wear (www.collinsformalwear.com)

COLOUR PALETTE: Blush and Ivory

WEDDING THEME: Rustic! Rebel Creek, located in the countryside, provided a perfect venue with a rustic feel. We got married on the third tee in front the old barn wall and silo, which made an absolutely beautiful backdrop for the ceremony, and meant we didn’t have to decorate that space much at all. We kept décor quite simple and personal, including sap buckets filled with flowers, mason jars decorated with lace, antique-like décor items, a beautiful barn board head table backdrop we were able to rent, and old farmhouse window for our seating arrangements. We had lanterns (bought from Ikea) on all the tables and candles throughout the venue to make it cozy.

FLORALS: We had our flowers done at Joy of Flowers in Waterloo. She was able to put together exactly what we wanted at a reasonable price. We used rose and cream garden roses, dusty miller, and white silk hydrangeas for the bouquets and boutonnieres. The centerpieces had white hydrangeas with some dusty miller. For the aisle flowers we just bought some white mums from a local vendor a few days before the ceremony and stuck them in the sap buckets.

DECOR: We chose to do our own decorating. Although we hired a local couple who had a beautiful barn board backdrop to set up behind our head table (found through Kijiji), the rest we did ourselves. The backdrops were definitely our favorite – both the one behind the head table, and behind our gift table.

DIY PROJECTS: Lots! We decorated mason jars with lace and twine and used them as vases on each of the tables. We made our favours – homemade strawberry jam (found the best and cheapest strawberries at the market in St. Jacobs). For table numbers, we used framed our engagement photos and added numbers meaningful to us as a couple (ie. our first date, first kiss, length of engagement etc), rather than your typical 1,2,3 etc. We made our own backdrop for the gift table using two stained wooden skids nailed together, and attached our initials on the top skid using wooden letters from Michael’s. To dress up the head table, cake table etc we added icicle lights to the front, and draped tulle in front of the lights – adding to the cozy environment.

BIGGEST CHALLENGES: We planned every aspect of our wedding together, rather than one person picking flowers, and another choosing the photographer. This made it very hard to agree on things at times, and certainly does not speed the planning process up. But with some compromise and knowing when you need to do some more research (ie maybe meet with one more photographer before deciding…which is what we did, and it ended up being John at John Van Tran Photography, who did such an amazing job photographing our wedding!), it will be well worth it in the end, after you’ve both pulled together the wedding of your dreams.

Rebel Creek Golf Club 3rd Tee Wedding | Photo: John Van Tran Photography
Rebel Creek Golf Club 3rd Tee Wedding | Photo: John Van Tran Photography

BEST WEDDING MEMORIES:
Getting married of course! The whole ceremony was really special. We were lucky enough to have Nicole’s sister-in-law marry us, which further added to the intimacy of the ceremony. And we were so happy to be able to have our ceremony at such a beautiful location. Danielle and her team at Rebel Creek really bent over backwards to make us happy, and ensure everything went smoothly. Danielle felt more like a family member than an employee of the golf course, and really was 100% committed to helping us plan and pull off the perfect wedding day!

We rented a school bus through Elliott Coach Lines to transport guests between the hotel and Rebel Creek. After the ceremony, we also had the school bus take the bridal party and family members to our picture location. We had so much fun on the bus! And it also provided some cool photo opps that we wouldn’t have got otherwise.

Our guests are still raving about the food at Rebel Creek. The service was so efficient, and the food with delicious (and servings very generous) – no one went hungry!

As part of our guest book table, we also had guests fill out some “marriage advice” cards. These were a lot of fun to read through after the wedding.

Any advice for couples planning their wedding?
Pick a few DIY projects and work on them together! We had a lot of fun doing this. Would also recommend getting a wedding planning binder to help you stay organized. They come with folders to hold contracts and receipts, as well as lots of handy check lists to keep you on track (and normally suggest some things you wouldn’t have thought of). We’d also suggest that couples make sure to make time for “themselves” during the reception. Watch the party in progress, dance together, or just sit and chat in the corner. You’ll find you are so busy mingling with guests all night that you will forget to do this, and the night will be over before you know it!