When planning a wedding, keeping things simple sounds easy enough, right? But with an overabundance of beautiful images and inspiration available on the internet, it’s often all too tempting to be swayed by gorgeous pictures of 3 tiered ruffled wedding cakes and over the top designer gowns and lose sight of your vision. Today’s couple, Ally and Neil, didn’t have that problem however; they knew what they wanted and what they didn’t, and they weren’t afraid to stay true to themselves. Now that’s a beautiful thing.
In Ally’s Words:
The inspiration behind the wedding was the elegance and beauty of simplicity. We wanted to stay true to our own style while giving it a personal touch. We searched the antique malls and vintage shops for all of our milk bottles and vintage books. We personally made each table marker, we cut the fabric and tied the twine onto each favor, my mom and I made all of the banners around the venue, and many other little touches that we took the time to do ourselves. The beauty of the vintage items speak for themselves so we didn’t have to do much. We wanted a day that was perfect for us, which led us off the traditional path.
Neil’s Favourite Part of the Day:
Neil’s favorite part was after everything was set up in the church, seeing all his best friends walk down and then seeing me come through the closed door. Also, seeing all of our hard work come together with the beautifully decorated venue and being able to see all of our friends and families together, and having drinks, laughs, and good times.
Ally’s Favourite Part of the Day:
My favorite part was waiting outside of the church as I was just about to walk down the aisle. Standing there with my mom and dad knowing that I was about to start a whole new chapter in my life was so exciting. After all of the planning, anticipation, getting ready and I was finally here and about to marry my best friend.
Ally on The Most Meaningful Touch:
The special touch that we both agree was meaningful to both of us was the wedding pictures of our parents and grandparents pinned onto the shutters. Both of our parents have been married over 30 years, and these couples have taught us both so much about marriage, friendship and truly standing by your partner. We wanted to celebrate their marriages as we started our own.
Ally and Neil’s Advice:
Our advice for future brides and grooms would be to make it your own! Don’t think you have to “follow the rules”, when it comes to your special day there are no rules! We took into consideration what was the “norm” but if we felt it didn’t fit us as a couple we would rework the idea until we were content! In the end it’s about the two of you and what makes you happy.
Photographer: Jill Coursen Photography / Ceremony Venue: St. Matthews Church / Reception Venue: Highlands Golf Club / Bride’s Dress: San Patrick Calais from Novelle / Grooms Suit: Tiger of Sweden purchased from Derks / Bride’s Headband: Doloris Petunia / Hair: Strands Hair Salon / Make-up: MAC / Pies: Costco / Invitations: the Bride