We had such an amazing time celebrating Echo & Fraser’s day – it was beautiful! Oh and did we say how much we loved this venue? Obsessed!
From the Couple
Wedding theme and colours:
Theme: Rustic fairytale
Colour palette: Dusty pink (florals, bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen ties), dark blue (groomsmen suits), eucalyptus/sage green (greenery/bouquets), gold accents (shoes, accessories, flower girl dresses, etc.)
Approximate number of wedding guests:
101 ended up being our actual number of guests in attendance (not counting us or any vendors).
Your top 3 best moments and why:
1. The ceremony: The rain and clouds cleared and the sun came out for a beautiful sunny ceremony (after that brief torrential downpour). Right after the ceremony too, we were able to sneak away from the excitement to enjoy a quiet drink together and appreciate what just happened. It was nice we had this moment because from there, the rest of the day went by in a blink/blur.
2. Getting ready: Such a relaxing fun morning.
-For the bride and bridesmaids, we got ready right at the Whitewood Barn in their beautiful sun room. We were able to relax, enjoy a mimosa bar and eat some snacks, all while getting our hair and makeup done. Since we didn’t have to go anywhere, we had plenty of time to enjoy the day, take photos, experiment with TikToks and take it all in.
-For the groom and groomsmen, they enjoyed a round of golf in the morning. After that, they got ready at the bride/groom’s house before catching a limo to the Whitewood Barn.
3. The party! Enjoyed spending time with all of our loved ones together in one place. Especially after the last two difficult years of pandemic, it really made us appreciate this time together even more. It was the best day and we really felt the love all around.
Wedding song, explain choice for song:
By wedding song, you mean first dance song?
First dance song was Perfect by Ed Sheeran. No real story behind this choice, we just liked it.
Your top 3 favorite wedding details (cake, flowers, dress, band, etc.) and why:
Do I have to pick just 3?!
The venue as a whole. Loved the outdoor ceremony space, the outdoor covered patio with fairy lights for cocktail hour and party festivities, and the barn with fairy lights for the dinner and reception.
My dress: It suited my personality, was comfortable and fit the rustic fairytale theme.
Loved the champagne wall for cocktail hour with different flavours of prosecco. Having said that, we didn’t actually even get to see it ourselves on the wedding day since we were off taking photos BUT we saw it (and sampled it) in advance. We heard good things from our guests about it too.
…and the wedding favours! Everyone got to take home a little baby succulent plant in a personalized glass pot (personalization done by the bride!).
Woops, that’s four. 😉
Any advice to those that are planning their wedding?
Book a versatile all-in-one venue. With our venue, we were able to get ready on site and have the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in the same place. This made us feel more relaxed and we had time to enjoy ourselves rather than worrying about sticking to a timeline or rushing off to get somewhere. There were indoor options for bad weather and options to have the reception outdoors under a covered patio if COVID prevented us from having the indoor setting. Luckily in our case, none of our original plans were disrupted; however, it’s nice having the peace of mind that you’re prepared no matter what life throws your way.
Highly recommend booking a day-of coordinator to take care of the setup, day-of logistics and take down. The last thing you want to be worrying about on your wedding day is a checklist of tasks that need to get done. The day is busy and overwhelming enough without having a long list of to-dos! Book someone to do everything for you so all you have to worry about is showing up and getting beautified! This way too, if any last minute issues come up, you have someone to handle them rather than you being the one that needs to problem solve. You also want your wedding party to be able to enjoy the day rather than being assigned a bunch of tasks. Meet with the day-of coordinator in advance to make sure he/she knows exactly what you want and let them take care of the rest.
Go with vendors that are recommended by your venue (if that’s an option). That way, you get the peace of mind in knowing that the vendors are familiar with the space and set up, work well together and there aren’t any surprises for anyone. For example, our DJ had it down to a science for exactly where he needed to be set up when, what was available to him and this allowed for flawless transitions between ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
As a former event planner, I could probably go on and on… but I’ll leave it at that!
We’ll be going to Hawaii for 10 days in November. Can’t wait!