I love a good outdoor wedding just like David and Elena’s. Laced with modern simplicity, a hint of country and a fresh color palette! This elegant outdoor wedding is definitely one to swoon over.
“We picked to have our wedding at the Gates on Roblin, one of our favourite restaurants, where they have a wedding hall in the back by the river. I always wanted my wedding venue to feel like it was out in the country, and I really wanted to be able to take photos with my horse. It’s was the perfect location cause it gave that country feel, with elegance and close to the city for the guests. My colour choices were very classic, clean whites and grey with lots of greenery and tons of white flowers. I wanted simple but elegant.”
How they met
“We met in junior high school but did t start dating until 2nd-year university. We started hanging out with the same group of friends and become closer. He invited me and my girlfriends to his family cabin on the August long weekend and we ended up having our first kiss under the stars, once everyone else went to sleep.”
“David knows how much I love my horse buddy, so he set up a beautiful picnic on the property where I kept my horse in St. Andrews. While I was riding he set up a carpet, a couple of chairs and a table with food from my favourite Greek place, a candle, wine, flowers and a garland for my horse. I rode around the corner to see this beautiful setup and I guess he planned it out well as he has bad knees because he didn’t have to bend down on one knee as I was still on the horse. I was very surprised and so happy. It was the most perfect proposal for me!”
Tell us about your attire choices.
“I got my dress from bliss bridal, it’s a local bridal shop that has tons of unique and beautiful pieces. I wanted something form-fitting with lots of lace and a low back. It was the first dress I tried on at Bliss and it was perfect for me. I also always wanted Badgley Mishka satin blue shoes for my wedding I got them! David got his beautiful blue suit custom made for him at Vittorio Rossi, also a local men’s clothiers. It was made for him!”
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
“The thing we prioritized the most was the venue, We wanted amazing food and A beautiful setting. We splurged on the venue and on the menu! We really wanted beautiful decor/flowers as well but we managed to get an amazing deal through my late cousin who helped us with all the decor! She was amazing! We didn’t care to send any save the dates as we found that all those important to us would already know the date in advance.
What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)
“Our favourite part of the day was once the rain cleared and David and I were able to have our first look. There was so much build-up with the rain because both of us were so frustrated with how hard it was raining. When it all cleared and we were able to see each other it was like everything aligned right before the ceremony. We also had the most wonderful time after all the speeches and dinner when we were both able to let loose and just dance our butts off, we had some much fun dancing and singing with all of our family and friends and the dance floor was full all night long! “
Tell us about your wedding flowers.
“My flowers I will never forget. My beautiful cousin who passed away this past October about a month after my wedding was the one who arranged all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and table arrangements. She was amazing with flowers and party planning, she was like my very own wedding planner and she helped me with so much I can’t even explain. My bouquet was the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen and every time I see a photo of it I will think of Lida.”
Tell us about your wedding cake.
“We got our wedding cake from Buttercream by Alareen, it was a simple 1 tier naked cake on top of two tiers of light green and while macaroons (the macaroons were almost all gone by the end of the dinner as all the kids were coming up and grabbing some because they were so delicious) our cake was a vanilla cake with lavender icing both my and David’s favourite scent/flower.”
What did you do for favors?
“For favours we gave our little tiny jars of locally made honey from Grysiuk Queen Bee Honey. They were labelled with our names and the date and a little bee with ‘meant to bee’ written. We had two flavours, lemon and Saskatoon Berry, with little spools tied on, they were very cute!”
Describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
“We used our glass pane door as a seating chart and had Jennifer Bianca write all the names on it, it looked stunning and was a piece of our home. My mom and grandmother made all the desserts for the dessert table and they were delicious! We also made little white framed signs to put up about the hall. “
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
“I wore my mom’s white silk robe that she wore on her wedding day, I’ve always wanted to wear it on my wedding day. We also asked the venue if we could bring our own tomato sauce for the pasta course (we are Italian and are very particular with our pasta), they very kindly allowed us to bring our very own homemade pasta sauce and spicy peppers!”
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
“Honestly, so much work and stress goes into planning and it is only one day. Don’t stress about the small stuff, because the only thing that is important that day, is that you are marrying your best friend and the love of your life. …and if it rains, get an umbrella put on some boots (for me it was cowboy boots), take some pretty amazing photos in the rain and just have fun with it. Then maybe get someone to bring a hairdryer! There’s no use getting worked up over it. Enjoy your day!”
Photography: Casey Nolin Photography | Ceremony Venue: the Gates on Roblin | Reception Venue: the Gates on Roblin | Floral: My beautiful cousin who recently passed | Stationery: Minted.com | Wedding Cake: Buttercream by Alareen | Hair: VQ Salon | Makeup: Justine Barry | Wedding Dress: Bliss Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Vittorio Rossi Clothiers | Submitted via: Matchology