Garden Ceremony + Brunch Reception

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A Family Affair Wedding: Story Part Two

Read Story Part One and Behind-The-Scenes, too!

Following the photos, they would join their guests for a little pre-ceremony mimosa toasts and appetizers since spending time together would help them get rid of their pre-ceremony jitters.   Once everyone had a drink in hand and a few yummy appetizers in their bellies, Olivia would find her Dad and walk down the short aisle to marry the love of her life. Their garden ceremony, although short and sweet, would be filled with handwritten vows, tears of joy and a beautiful song performed on guitar by a dear friend.   They would walk hand in hand down the aisle finally married and ready to begin their journey together. 

After their touching ceremony, everyone would gather around the simple and beautiful tables and break bread together to celebrate their marriage. Following good food, a few special toasts, and much laughter Olivia and Ryan would be whisked away to the honeymoon with their guests waving farewell down the lane.  

The rest of the weekend would belong to “their family” to enjoy as they wished.  They could take in the sites around town, enjoy local theatre, or simply relax together in and around the beautiful Inn’s grounds. 

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Photographer: Carolyn Bentum Photography | Planner: Spunky Sapphire Events | Florist: Fleurish Design Studio | Venue: Westover Inn | Stationery: Alicia’s Infinity | Hair: Teased Bridal (Dolce Divas) | Makeup: Love Me Makeup | Gown: Second Dance Bridal | Picnic Boxes: The Pique-Nique Box by Savoury & Cake | Linen: Simply Beautiful Décor | Tableware: Pier One | Models: Matt + Nicole

Westover Inn Wedding: The Design

It’s safe to say I’ve always loved love, weddings, and strong, old marriages.  I’ve been serving weddings in some capacity since I was thirteen and have never, ever tired of the symbolism, the palpable emotion, and the promise of the future. 

As my business has grown, I keep coming back to the real reason we have weddings—the celebration of a new marriage and the creation of another family. 

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Carolyn and I met through our friend, Jess (of Fleurish Design Studio), and bonded over our love of Southern Weddings and serving our clients and their new marriages well.  As we continued to grow our relationship, we chatted about various projects and wondered if we could combine our passion for intentional decision-making and weddings together.  This week, we’re able to share that result with you. 

A Family Affair Wedding: The Design Story

Earlier this spring, we fleshed out the idea for creating an educational wedding inspiration session that would help couples consider their wedding options from a fresh and intentional point of view.

We both believe that weddings should be a meaningful celebration of marriage, and that, sometimes, couples and their unique love stories get lost in all the planning and formalities of “traditional” weddings.  It is our hope that these educational sessions will offer couples some alternative ideas to help them create celebrations that are both meaningful and beautiful.

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As with any creative project, we first gave it a story.  From a design standpoint, having a story helps to weed out unnecessary details, leading to a cohesive look.  Any bride can tell you there are millions of gorgeous ideas; however, as they say, less is more!  So, by remembering “the story”, we’re able to dig in and get intentional with choices that truly fit.  On shoot day, it’s fun to have the story to refer each piece of the day to and to be serving a “client”.  Carolyn whipped up this shoot’s incredible story, and I get goosebumps every time I read it.

The excitement this team had for our shoot was amazing.  When I sent emails sharing our story and heart, the responses I got were overwhelmingly positive.  When you’re in the wedding industry for even a short time, you begin to see how quickly the details overcome the reason altogether.  Being able to have beautiful details that focus on the reason for the celebration and intentional budget allocation was a breath of fresh air.

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As a photographer and a planner, Carolyn and I often see couples stretching their budget so thin to “cover all the bases” that the design suffers.  We wanted to show that even with a smaller budget, it’s possible to have an amazing photographer, a planner to help with design and take care of the day, and beautiful high-end details. (more on the budget on Thursday)

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During the design process and subsequent budget allocation, we decided to put a bit more money toward the floral budget since florals can be all the décor you need.  Because the wedding was outside, tying in the greenery and lushness of nature to our ceremony and reception was a no-brainer.  It also eliminated the need for extra décor because flowers are so beautiful all by themselves!

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Our design for Olivia and Ryan was light and natural with hints of blues and greys.  We wanted our décor to complement the Westover Inn lawn without taking away from it’s natural beauty.  Simple grey textured linen with a soft linen napkin and delicate wooden chargers set the stage for beautiful crystal glassware, copper flatware, and the prettiest menu card to greet the family as they were seated.  Pulling in natural hues meant that the reception flowed into nature allowing nature to really be the biggest part of the décor.  How perfect!

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How cute was the miniature pony that popped by our shoot?!

Curious how this wedding day would unfold?  Here’s the timeline.

Brunch Wedding // spunkysapphire.com/blogOur lovely models for this shoot are vloggers and shared this fun behind-the-scenes look at the day.

Photographer: Carolyn Bentum Photography | Planner: Spunky Sapphire Events | Florist: Fleurish Design Studio | Venue: Westover Inn | Stationery: Alicia’s Infinity | Hair: Teased Bridal (Dolce Divas) | Makeup: Love Me Makeup | Gown: Second Dance Bridal | Picnic Boxes: The Pique-Nique Box by Savoury & Cake | Linen: Simply Beautiful Décor | Tableware: Pier One | Models: Matt + Nicole

Westover Inn Wedding

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A Family Affair Wedding: Story Part One

Olivia and Ryan met while Olivia was on a ski vacation with friends in Banff; he lived and worked nearby and she was visiting from Ontario. The connection was instant and they started dating long distance after a few short months.  Ryan decided to relocate to Ontario and they have been inseparable ever since.  After a New Year’s proposal, they began planning for an intimate late-spring wedding; after all, they were excited about becoming husband and wife (finally!) and starting their life together.  

Coming from small tight-knit families—each only have one sister—they knew they wanted their wedding to feel the same way their families did: welcoming, full of laughter, and really close.  So instead of opting for the traditional wedding where they would invite family and friends from afar, they decided they would invite “their family”—those individuals who shared their blood and their heart’s love which would allow them an intimate event with about 25-35 people. 

Because Ryan’s family (his parents, his two living grandparents, and his sister and her wee family) would be travelling from Alberta for the wedding, Ryan and Olivia also wanted to have a wedding that would make them feel like it was happening at “home”.  So, they decided to be married at a small inn where their entire “family” could stay for the wedding weekend and partake in the festivities from start to finish.  

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Ryan and Olivia felt strongly about using their wedding to celebrate not only their own relationship, but the ones that had brought them this far.  They wanted to bless their family and friends as they had been blessed; they rented rooms at the Inn for all their guests and were planning little surprises like welcome packages filled with local goodies and tickets to the local theatre for them to enjoy as part of the wedding weekend.  Ryan and Olivia would host their rehearsal dinner the evening before in the dining room.  As long as the weather allowed, they would be married just after sunrise and celebrate their marriage over a beautiful spring brunch with their family in the beautiful and fresh garden. 

They would rise early the morning of the wedding and do sunrise wedding photos so that they would have the beautiful soft light that creates the light, airy and romantic images that they were drawn to.  Doing so would also give them time together alone first before greeting their family and guests for the ceremony and breakfast celebration where they could share in their excitement and emotion of becoming husband and wife.

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Photographer: Carolyn Bentum Photography | Planner: Spunky Sapphire Events | Florist: Fleurish Design Studio | Venue: Westover Inn | Stationery: Alicia’s Infinity | Hair: Teased Bridal (Dolce Divas) | Makeup: Love Me Makeup | Gown: Second Dance Bridal | Picnic Boxes: The Pique-Nique Box by Savoury & Cake | Linen: Simply Beautiful Décor | Tableware: Pier One | Models: Matt + Nicole