When: Nov 05, 2016 | Where: St. John’s, NL | Theme: Rustic, Nautical | Colors: Navy, Blush, Gold |
Today we are swooning about another Canadian wedding and as you know, I’m over the moon about this! Rachel and Roger had a stunning intimate rustic wedding in Newfoundland which was planned in only 3 months with the most perfect details!
Inspired by their love of family and Newfoundland, they wanted a wedding which was as laid back as they are- that also reflected their eye for detail. Some details to love are Rachel’s blush, off the shoulder gown, a nautical groom’s flat-lay, and historic Newfoundland decor and locales which accented their photographs.
Intimate Rustic Wedding
“Our wedding was the best day ever! We wanted to keep the whole event pretty relaxed and casual and fun. We both had been to too many weddings that were the same cookie-cutter type affair and we wanted to do something different. It was also important to us to keep it small and intimate. We wanted it not to be all pomp & circumstance, but wanted it to feel like us.
Our venue was the first thing that we chose, since our guest list would depend on the capacity of the venue. We made a short list of our top choices for venue, and then picked a day and planned to visit them all. We didn’t need to look any further than the Quidi Vidi Brewery. A local brewery in a beautiful location, overlooking the ocean in a little fishing village where Roger’s brother lives. We were sold on the venue and before we knew it, we had booked it for a date just 3 short months away! Since the rest of our relationship had been such a whirlwind, why stop there? We knew that the type of event we had in mind was definitely possible to plan in that time frame, as long as we could find vendors that were still available. Since we had our first date at a local brewery, it seemed like perfect symmetry for us also to get married at a brewery!
The date, November 5, also seemed fortuitous. Not only is it Guy Fawkes Day, or Bonfire Night, but it is also Rachel’s mother’s birthday. Unbeknownst to them at that time, Rachel would then become the third member of her family to get married on their mother’s birthday. The rest of the planning unfolded very quickly after that.
One of our biggest challenges was our guest list, since we knew our space only accommodated 80 guests. Once we sorted that out, we met with and booked all of our vendors. We were very fortunate because of our late-in-the-season date, we pretty much had our pick of vendors. We got to work with everyone that we wanted to and were incredibly happy with how it all turned out.
Our colours were navy, blush and gold. They looked great in the fall weather and complemented the rustic style of our venue nicely, while still looking very classy. We carried these colours through in our decor, our cake, and our attire, as well as the attire of our small wedding party and even our families.
On the day of the wedding we got ready separately and then, breaking from tradition we opted for a first look. We were so happy we chose to do this because not only did we get to share a private moment together to truly take in our special day, but we were able to capture some spectacular photos. This was followed by photos with our families and wedding party. We then spent about 3 hours together going to various locations for photographs, and then parted ways again for about an hour to relax and touch-up before our 7:00 pm ceremony.
Our ceremony and reception were all in the same space and both parts of the celebration flowed together pretty seamlessly. After our sweet ceremony, we stepped outside briefly for a few more photos and then went straight into our reception.
We didn’t have a sit down meal but a fantastic spread of hors d’oeuvres and we had pizza delivered later on in the night. Our speeches were few but well received and the casual atmosphere made for a really fun time for everyone. Once the speeches were finished the DJ got started and the dance floor was hopping until the venue closed down. Definitely our favourite day ever!” – Rachel
Rachel wanted to keep her look simple and elegant. It was important for her to feel her most beautiful, but to still feel like herself. She wore an off-the-shoulder fit and flare ruched tulle gown from Essense of Australia, with a beaded belt at the natural waist. She also had a veil with a beaded edge by Malis Henderson that she wore only for the ceremony.
Since it was November and quite cold, she also wore a sweet pink cardigan from J Crew. Her shoes were Touch Ups navy satin peep-toe pumps with a crystal detail at the toe and her earrings were crystal drop earrings from BHLDN.
She kept her hair simple with loose curls and did her own makeup.
Roger wanted to keep his look modern and sophisticated, wearing a Carrington Signature navy suit paired with a white dress shirt, Perry Ellis navy tie, white pocket square, silver tie bar, and Joseph Aboud brown dress shoes.
Splurge on or skip?
“Going through the planning process, we picked out a few things that we were willing to splurge on since they were most important to us.
One of the most important things was our wedding photographer. We wanted to get a professional photographer whose work we really liked and who we felt comfortable with to capture all the details of our special day. We knew that this was one of the things that would last well beyond the day itself and we wanted to make sure we had wonderful photos to look back on.
For the most part we were quite economical with most of our wedding decisions. Since we planned it in just three months, we didn’t have as much time to save leading up to it, so that also factored into our planning.
One other splurge that we weren’t planning on initially was hiring a decorator. And we’re so happy we did! That decision took a lot of stress off of having to procure decorations and supplies leading up to the big day, and it made the day itself stress-free. Our decorator also did our flowers and she was absolutely fantastic! Hiring her was one of the best decisions made in our planning process.
We chose to skip a formal sit down meal at our reception in favour of a buffet of hors d’oeuvres. Our caterer was a friend who is a chef and she did an amazing job! The number of comments we heard about it being the best food our guests had ever had at a wedding was certainly a testament to her talents! And no one went hungry, since we had pizza delivered later on as well. This definitely suited the style of our event and venue, as a formal meal would have been challenging to accomplish in the small space.
Because we didn’t have a sit down meal at the wedding, we did also choose to splurge on our rehearsal dinner for our family and wedding party. We rented the top floor of a local restaurant, and offered an open bar and fantastic three course meal for 30 people.”
Wedding Favors – Edible
The wedding favors were a pair of chocolate truffles from a local company, the Newfoundland Chocolate Company. The bride and groom each selected their favorite from a huge and decadent selection, and the company created a custom label for the little boxed pair of truffles in their wedding colors.
Family heirlooms or special traditions
The bride’s mother gave her her mother’s wedding rings on the wedding day, which fit her perfectly and she wore that day. She also incorporated a locket from her other grandmother into her bouquet.
The groom also wore his grandfather’s wedding ring on the wedding day and a gold watch borrowed from his father.
Both bride and groom participated in the traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”. For the bride it was her grandmother’s rings, her dress, a Coach clutch borrowed from her maid of honor and best friend, and her shoes.
For the groom it was his grandfather’s ring, most of his attire, his watch borrowed from his father, and his suit.
Wedding Planning Advice
1. Do a first look!
2. Do an engagement photo session. Especially if you have any worries about being awkward in front of the camera on the big day. A great way to warm up to being photographed and to get to know your photographer. As an added bonus, we used our engagement photos to create a guest book for our wedding.
3. Try not to worry too much about pleasing everyone else, it’s your day!
4. Find a moment to step away and appreciate the day, and all the love and support for you in the room.
5. It doesn’t take years to plan a wedding. Know what you want, find it, and book it. Don’t second guess your choices, that’s a good way to drive yourself crazy.
6. Don’t overspend. A wedding doesn’t have to cost a fortune, there are lots of ways to make economical decisions while still having a beautiful wedding. Will anyone really remember all those little details years from now anyway?
7. Make sure your wedding matches your style and don’t be afraid to be unique. Your wedding doesn’t have to be like other weddings you’ve been to!
Photography: Maddie Mills Photo | Ceremony Venue: Quidi Vidi Brewery | Reception Venue: Quidi Vidi Brewery | Floral: Lacy Rose Design | Stationery: Vistaprint | Wedding Cake: Colorful Creations by Denise Owens | Rentals: Lacy Rose Design | Bridal Salon: Ever After Bridal Boutique