Who says the rain needs to spoil your wedding day? Luckily Amanda and Kyle forged ahead with their beautiful wedding day plan, despite a bit of damp weather. Barb Simkova for Tara McMullen and BBBlooms helped the couple create their lush, inspiring day around the natural beauty of their surroundings in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Needless to say, we’re captivated.
From the bride, Amanda: The venue and its natural, story-book landscape which included stunning views of vineyards, orchards and the Niagara escarpment were the main source of visual inspiration. We wanted that to be the main focus visually and so planned all details and decor as an accent to the natural beauty that surrounded us so as to not compete with it. Overall we wanted to achieve a laid-back feeling and look that was elegant, romantic and whimsical.
Bouquet recipe: Dahlias (they were huge and my favourite!), Garden Roses, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Seeded Eucalyptus, Cedar branches (a nod to my husband’s Muskoka roots), Succulents, Veronica. Wrapped in long ribbons (for a bit of a playful/whimsical feel) and a piece of lace from my Mothers Wedding Dress. We also tied on my late Grandfather’s wedding band (which he gave me before he died) so I could feel that a piece of him was there with us.
The rain brought a lot of positive aspects we didn’t ever imagine. It brought people together, sparked impromptu conversations amongst guests and made for some amazing memories (slow dancing in the rain holding each other tight, cuddling to stay warm and dry under an umbrella during our photo session, and getting wet as we ran back to our hotel hand in hand through the vineyard at the end of the night). One nice surprise was when Barb thought of the option of doing our first look at the original ceremony spot under the tree I had styled with all of the ribbons. I was pretty bummed about spending the entire morning steaming cutting and styling the ribbons in the tree that was supposed to be our ceremony site only to have it rain. I wasn’t bummed about the rain as much as I was bummed about knowing something I worked hard on (and did a pretty kick ass job on!) wouldn’t be used for anything and no one would see it. I never thought it would double as a backdrop for our first look – it honestly made my day when we did that!
Looking back, our day was filled with so much love, fun, enormous amounts of laughter, great music, lots of dancing, delicious food and all of our favourite people! It raining on our wedding day was a tiny detail, not a major catastrophe. It of course helped that we are both easy going and positive people who never let uncooperative weather get in the way of our fun. Also, that we had a solid, thoughtfully designed rain plan. Sure the weather was not exactly what we wanted, but it didn’t stop us from having the best time ever and embracing our day to the fullest.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s your day and a celebration of your love! Stay true to what feels right for you both and what is most important to YOU. Don’t cave to outside pressure to do things a certain way or do certain wedding traditions that didn’t mean anything to you just for the sake of doing them. Set a budget and stick to it, let your vendors know what you’ve allotted for their service and negotiate! Work with vendors who you like, who listen and contribute to your ideas, not replace them with their own. Work with people who are genuine and will add positivity and beauty to your day. Do a first look! (It’s so nice to have more time to spend with your guests.) Do everything in one place! (the day is waaay more relaxed and easier on everyone involved). Have fun! Celebrate! You’ve just said I do to the love of your life, enjoy the rush and try to slow down and take it all in. Everyone told me the day would fly by and it flew by faster than I ever would have imagined.
Processional: Acoustic “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles (Very ironic because it rained the whole day. It made me a giggle as I walked down the aisle)
Recessional: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” Stevie Wonder
First Dance: “I See Love,” Passenger
We are big music people and played an eclectic combination of Funk, Soul, Oldies, 80s, 90s, Electro/Dance and Indie music. Our DJ did an amazing job at mixing old and new songs together, it got everyone up dancing – even my Grandma was busting a move!
Wedding Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada / Photographer: Barb Simkova for Tara McMullen / Florist: BBBlooms (St. Catharines) / Table Garland: Bride / Venue and Caterer: Gracewood Estates at Kurtz Orchards / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller “Elizabeth” via MRS. / Wedding Shoes: Ted Baker London / Earrings: Vintage Sherman Swarovski Crystal Earrings from my Mom / Groom’s Suit and Tie: Banana Republic / Groom’s Shirt: Hudson Room / Groom’s Socks: Floor Play / Rings: Greg Sims / Wedding “Cake”: Made of assorted cheese wheels of our favourite Canadian Cheeses. We collected them from our favourite cheese shop and self assembled the wheels into a cake shape. (Salt Spring Island Goat Blue Cheese, A triple cream Brie from Quebec, Oka from Quebec, “Niagara Gold” from Niagara) / DJ: Absolut DJ, Lee Herrera (Toronto) / Wedding Invitations: Junction Paper Co. or Amanda Billark Design (Invitations were done on 100% cotton in letterpress and then individually handpainted with watercolour by the bride)