Whimsical Woodland | Kati & Mike Schlueter {Real Wedding Story}

WEDDING DATE: April 30th, 2022

LOCATION: Pine Valley Chalet (♥) (www.pinevalleychalet.com) Kitchener, ON “Mike & I chose Pine Valley Chalet for its ambiance, it is absolutely beautiful. Our must-haves list for our venue included vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, floor-to-ceiling windows, rustic wooden tables, and uncarpeted floors. Their regular menu offered so many options but was not what we were looking for. They were willing to work with us to create a custom menu to suit our taste and style.” – K&M

PHOTOGRAPHY: Timeless Tree Weddings (www.timelesstreeweddings.com) York, ON “Working with Timeless Tree Weddings was flawless. Tommy responded to emails incredibly promptly and was very polite & professional. Jodi was AMAZING. Mike & I had never had our photos taken professionally, so we were super awkward at first. Jodi very quickly eased the tension and soon enough we were acting and moving less like robots and more like ourselves.
We had so much fun! Then we met Estelle at the wedding, and she was just as wonderful as Jodi. They both have such an eye for unique & captivating backdrops. We love our photos and feel that they captured every moment.” – K

GUEST #: 78

COLOUR PALETTE/THEME: “We love the rustic style that seems to be very popular right now. However, we found that more of a farm setting style seemed to be prevalent, whereas we were envisioning more of a forest setting style. Less cowboy, more lumberjack! (lol) In short, we would summarize our theme as “Whimsical Woodland” with lots of greens, browns, & greys. Servers with a Smile used lots of moss, live-edge stumps, and greenery to make our theme come across. Mike & I DIY’d pinecones & acorns as fine details. Also, Hannah Road by Louise supplied rustic signs from repurposed wood and a wooden wishing well for our card box.” – K&M

BRIDE ATTIRE: Amanda-Linas (www.amandalinas.com) Woodbridge, ON 

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores Clothing for Men (♥) (www.moores.com) Kitchener, ON

BRIDESMAID ATTIRE: Best For Bride (♥) (www.bestforbride.com) Hamilton, ON 

HAIR: Smash Hair (www.smashhair.me) Hamilton, ON

MAKEUP: Haley McIntosh

DÉCOR/DAY OF COORDINATION: Servers with a Smile (♥) (www.serverswithasmile.ca) Kitchener, ON “We cannot sing them enough praises. They did both the décor and the day of coordination at our wedding. We chose them based on their proposed design, positive google reviews, and years of experience. Rebecca was able to discern my exact vision from my muddled descriptions & the piecemeal images I collected online. She brought the ideas in my head to reality and all within my budget. She communicated with me regularly, kept me informed, and actively listened to and actioned my comments & concerns. She was a dream to work with. We would not have made it through the day without them. Sarah & Rebecca were on top of everything and were putting out fires everywhere unbeknownst to us. They were super professional & courteous, but still fun to have around and easy to approach.” -K

DJ: DJ Bear-Something Blue Wedding DJ (www.somethingblueweddingdjs.com) Kitchener, ON

BOUQUETS: Satellite Gardens (www.satellitegardens.ca) Hamilton, ON 

DÉCOR RENTAL: Elegant Gardens (www.elegantgarden.ca) Mississauga, ON & Hannah Road by Louise (www.facebook.com/hannahroadbylouise) Toronto, ON 

OFFICIANT: Dream Weddings Officiants (www.dreamweddingofficiants.com) Hamilton, ON

CAKE/CATERING: Pine Valley Chalet (♥) (www.pinevalleychalet.com) Kitchener, ON 

DANCE LESSONS: Fred Astaire Dance Studios (www.fredastaire.ca) Hamilton, ON 

BEST MEMORY: “I think it’s a tie between our vows and our first dance as a married couple. Writing our own vows was a personal touch that really added to the intimacy of the ceremony. For Mike to express himself so openly in front of all our family & friends was so moving; although it did make holding back the tears difficult! Mike and I attended dance lessons for our first dance. So, our first dance was choreographed to our unique style and to our song, “I Love You Baby” by Frank Sinatra. It was really an amazing experience. We had a date night every week for the weeks leading up to the wedding; it really brought us closer as a couple. It was great to showcase what we had learned to all of our family and friends. Everyone was very surprised considering my two left feet and Mike’s prior opinions on dancing. Mike admits that he really enjoyed the classes and is willing to continue them.”-K 

ADVICE: “Don’t compromise on your dreams. Achieving everything that you envision is possible. It was a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it in the long run. And I cannot stress enough, hire a day-of-coordinator! After the hours and months of planning, the couple should be able to enjoy their day, not worry about the execution of all that planning.” – K 

Featured in the Fall/Winter 2022 edition of The Wedding Ring Magazine

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