You know, I don't think that I give pep talks very often, but today's real wedding inspired me to give one (it's brief, don't worry!). As a bride, I remember how easy it was to get swept away with the fantasy of it all. There are million and one bridal magazines and wedding blogs with all sorts of beautiful things, your friends and family are so happy for you, that they are bursting at the seams with their own ideas and suggestions, and meanwhile, you put a ton of pressure on yourself to make sure that your wedding is everything that you want it to be. At the end of the day though, after that final dance and the band packs up for the night, it will be you and your new husband together forever with memories of your special day. As much as you will try to make your wedding day a memorable one for all of your guests, at the end of the day, no one will remember and appreciate your that day more than you. For that reason, you should make sure that your wedding ends up being what you and your fiance want it to be, above anything else. Sure, all of the guidance is helpful (because let's face it, most brides are pretty new at the whole wedding planning thing!), but make sure that you don't sacrifice what you both want from your wedding day for the sake of a possible feature on Style Me Pretty!
I think that today's couple, Jeff and Jacynthe, are a great example of how a couple can have a beautiful, warm and intimate wedding, while still coloring a bit outside of the lines :) The couple's wedding day, which included a classic church wedding, was also a bit non-traditional, with a small guest list of only 16 (they had a larger reception the following weekend in their hometown). Jacynthe totally owned a dramatic floral head piece along with a more traditional lace wedding gown and veil, and Jeff turned some heads in his dashing (yes, I said, "dashing!") blue military uniform. Their wedding began in the morning with a sweet and traditional marriage ceremony at the Cathedral of St Catherine of Alexandria, followed with a luncheon at the nearby Ravine Vineyard Winery. The lunch was ultimately the couple's favorite part of the day - "We very much enjoyed the luncheon between the ceremony and the dinner. It gave everyone a chance to relax, laugh, enjoy food and wine and be a family before moving on with the rest of the day. We met the chef and even walked away with a 200 year old charcutrie board as a memento of our day!" said Jacynthe.
After lunch, Jeff, Jacynthe and their photographer, Amanda Lachapelle explored the picturesque lakeside and downtown Niagara on the Lake for the afternoon. I really have to hand it to Amanda, too, because she had an incredible vision for this couple's photos that was both unique and stylish, yet timeless. My favorites are those dramatic black and white photographs of Jeff and Jacynthe inside the hotel. Don't they look like they could be straight out of your great grandparents' wedding album (excluding the stylish couple themselves, of course ;) So cool.
When most wedding days would have concluded after the ceremony and lunch reception, this one kept right on going! Jeff and Jacynthe's wedding day was rounded out with another dinner reception at the historic Prince of Wales Hotel. Which reminds me...second only to Amanda's fabulous photos, is the amazing pink and white floral runner / centerpiece on the dinner table, lit with pretty white votive candles placed inside modern, elevated crystal candlesticks. Make sure you check it out, it's absolutely stunning!
Classic Pink Church Wedding with Nontraditional Twists - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Amanda Lachapelle Photography
Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of St Catherine of Alexandria
Reception Venue(s): Ravine Vineyard Winery and the "Three Feathers" Room at the Prince of Wales Hotel
Floral Designer: My Bouquet
Linens and Coverings: Simply Beautiful Decor
Wedding Cake: Willow Cakes
Wedding Favors: Michel Fex Designs
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Wedding Dress: Enzoani
Bride's Shoes: Rene Caovilla
Bride's Couture Floral Head Piece: David Dunkley of KC's Hats