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Chris + Lauren

June 8, 2013

Kingsville, Ontario  |  Hungler Apple Farm

 

 

 

What was your wedding budget?

Our budget was $30,000

Venue Rentals & Food- $15,000

Band- $1000

Wedding Dress + Alterations- $3000

Decorator (including Flowers)- $5,000

Photographer- $3000

Misc (Desserts, Decor etc) – $3000

 

How many guests did you have?

150

 

 

 

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

I love crafting and being creative, so planning a wedding was a license for my mom and I to browse Pinterest regularly.  Our theme was Vintage Chic and so I used A LOT of different sized mason jars to adorn our tables, old wooden doors for the backdrop of our head table and made the place seatings from scrapbook keys.  I also made our programs and used old antique furniture from our house for our dessert table.

 

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Flowers can be expensive.  I didn’t want to be wasteful of such beauty so I made hanging mason jars that we hung from shepherd’s hooks to line the aisle we walked down for the ceremony.  I re-used those flowers as centerpieces for the tables at the reception.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

ORGANIZATION!! I had spreadsheets, budgets, addresses and checklists all ready in Excel so I could keep track of what I was doing and what needed to be done.  Also, ENJOY the process, get in touch in with your inner creative goddess!  Planning a wedding can be fun.

 

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

I think the biggest splurge, contrary to what most people think, is having an outdoor wedding at home.  Everything has to be brought in…. from tents, tables and chairs to bathrooms.  You have to pay for every piece of silverware and every piece of linen so you need to be conscious of your budget, or it’s easy to go over.

 

 

 

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

To pick just one is like trying to pick your favourite child, but I guess I would have to say my Heirloom Bouquet.   I made the flowers out of silk ribbon and lace and used old broaches, earrings, pins and pearls (costume :) from antique stores as well as was able to add pieces of jewellery that belonged to my mom and my grandmothers.  My decorator helped me put it all together so it actually mimicked a bouquet. It’s now on display in our home and is such a wonderful token from an amazing day.

 

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

I have two.  Our first look in the orchard.  We got to share a private moment before the “show” started.  Secondly, standing on the lake bank where I grew up, saying I Do to the love of my life in front of all my family and friends.

 

 

 

VENDORS

Photography: Manifesto Photography  //  Caterer/Tent, Table, Chair Rentals: Fire House Catering  //  Decorator & Flowers: Compliments G’lor  //  Bride’s Dress: It’s Your Day Bridal  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: La Creme  //  Menswear: Moore’s  //  Ceremony Acoustic Musician: Phil Charrette  //  Reception Entertainment: Toast & Jam  //  Venue: Bride’s family farm –The Hungler Apple Farm

 

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  • Brittany Lauren

    Congratulations on the feature! Beautiful photographs and that first look vantage point is simply amazing!

  • Jennifer Weems

    Such a beautiful wedding. The details make this look like a high dollar wedding!

  • Sohail Chouhan

    Amazing tips but the photos are just great.

  • Melissa

    What a beautifully captured wedding!

  • Shannon

    stunning wedding with such beautiful details

  • Chasity Noel

    Gorgeous wedding venue, couple, and photos!

  • Tosha

    WOWOWOWOWOW!!! Love love love this wedding! And you did an amazing job too! Love your style!!

  • Anna

    Just gorgeous! Love the photography!

  • Debbie M

    beautiful farm wedding. love the 2nd to the last photo of the couple talking to each other while dancing.