Styled in Newcastle, England

Newcastle inspires me to no end . The architecture, history , people, countryside, & oh the quirky things that I love - it's all there. Last week we took a group of awesome humans to Newcastle with us for " The Best Photography Adventure Ever" ,  WHAT A TIME !

A part of that adventure was A styled shoot . Which included the absolute best weddings vendors that Newcastle has to offer , along with our gorgeous talented model .

Model - Rebekah Jeffreys

Love working with this beauty , she delivers 100% every single time as beautiful inside as she is out . Never complaining, always present to each moment , Rebekah , you are golden love . Thanks so much for making my job so much easier xx

Find out more about this beauty here ...
http://www.tyneteesmodels.co.uk/newsite/
http://www.pha-agency.co.uk/models/

 

The Designer - Kathryn Russell
I love to refer to her as Queen of Couture in the North . Thank you Kathryn , for trusting me with your beautiful work .
This wire corset from her latest collection " The Fairest Fair Lady "
Interested in more about Kathryn read here ...
http://brideicon.com/kathryn-russell-bridal-couture/

The Florals - Floral Quarter Weddings - Owner Vicky Laffey
Vicky is THE BEST , a pure joy to work with , ever so funny and blow your mind creative .
A true floral artist , I cant thank you enough love for what you bring to the table every single time xx
More about her here ...
http://www.floralquarter.co.uk/Weddings.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/FloralQuarter/

Hair & Make Up - Tina Elliott Styling
I can assure you , Tina absolutely loves what she does. It shines through every time we work together ! She made Rebekah's already stunning beauty perfectly blend with the dress florals &
colors for this shoot . AND , last minute when our make up artist was sick , Tina jumped in a did an incredible job with that too ! Thanks Tina ! 

Find her here ...
http://tinaelliott.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/tinaelliottstyling/

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Sylvain & Courtney's Wedding / She said & then He said ...

Oh these two love birds.
Gorgeous Courtney from right here in Newfoundland brought home her lovely french boy Sylvain to be wed.
An entire crew from New Brunswick came too ! Yes, you imagined right ...WHAT A TIME !
I checked in with them while they were on their honeymoon in Mexico to see how they felt about their " best day" ! A little she said & then he said ;) 

Her Beautiful Self - Courtney "She"

His Awesome Self- Sylvain "He"

 How would you describe the style of your wedding ?

She said...
" I was going for an "elegant rustic" style! I was always a huge fan of rustic decor but really wanted to do a "fancier" spin on it, and wanted to avoid the classic rustic! I think we ended up nailing it! Our venue and decor matched our style perfectly! "

He said ..
"Our wedding style was a sort of elegant/rustic hybrid. We got hitched on a farm so that's as rustic as it gets, however we incorporated modern and classy decor which complemented the setting very well. The wedding party was dressed traditionally (dresses and suits, no plaid). The floral arrangements were out of this world, they tied everything together. Very nice, you should have been there... HA!

What was the most fun detail of your wedding to plan ?

She said ...
"I really don't know if I can pick an absolute favourite! I loved the whole process! We got married on a Friday, which meant all of our first choice vendors were available which was amazing! If I had to pick something over the rest, I would have to say just the planning in general! Everything seemed to fall into place for us as we were planning which was lucky since we were planning from another province! "

He said...
"The final execution, and by execution I mean the wedding day itself. After planning for a year and a half it was so awesome to see everything come together. Getting married was definitely way more fun than planning it. Though, I do have to say, getting fitted for my suit was pretty bad ass, the folks @ Robert Simmonds in Fredericton, NB did a fantastic job (and served me scotch while doing so)!"

What was the most difficult detail of your wedding to plan ?

She said...
"My bridesmaids dresses! I actually almost said this as the most fun detail of the wedding because I loved the way they turned out, BUT it was extremely hard to put together!! All of my bridesmaids were across the country, so I wasn't able to get them all together to try dresses on all at once. I was obsessed with the idea of having everyone in different colors, which made it even harder to do when you couldn't see all the colors together! "

He said...
"I would have to say the guest list. When you book a venue that can only accommodate a fixed number of people, it's quite hard to decide who makes the cut or not. Not only that, but when the list is finalized and the invitations go out, some people think it's acceptable (or assume it is) to bring guests with them. In the end it didn't matter, everything worked out, but it still surprised me how something seemingly so simple would end up being as troublesome as it was."

Your favorite memories of the day ?

She said ...
"Getting ready in the morning with the bridesmaids was definitely a favourite! I was so calm and relaxed and it really set the tone for the day, everyone kept asking me why I wasn't freaking out! I just knew everything was going to go smoothly! I also loved our time all together with the bridal party on the trolley bus, although it was a lot slower than we anticipated which really ate into our picture taking time, we had SO much fun travelling together and dancing around on the bus! "

He said...
"Looking at my now beautiful wife walk down the aisle was by far my favorite moment of the day. I had been psyching myself up for it ever since I proposed to her. Nothing could have prepared me for it though, she was absolutely stunning! I could barely hold it together .
I did also like having the wedding party together for pictures between the ceremony and reception. We got bused around town while having a little dance party of our own. And the many celebratory beverages, can't omit those, it was great!"

How do you feel now that the planning is over ?

She said...
"So sad!! Post wedding blues are definitely a real thing! I cried about a hundred times after it was all over! lol!!"

He Said ...
"I'm good now but did feel a little bummed out. There's so much time and energy invested into it leading up to the wedding, and then before you know it, it's over. The one piece of advice I would give anyone is this: take the time to enjoy it, because it goes by so fast. "

If you could do it all again , would you change anything?

She said...
"I think I would have planned to have all the girls ready a little earlier. I was hoping we would have some time to do more pictures of me with the bridesmaids before heading to the ceremony. We were all ready right on time and had to leave right away, so having that extra time would have been nice! I also would have planned our time between ceremony and reception a little more efficiently. We didn't realize the transportation was as slow as it was, so if we had known that ahead of time I think we could have planned an alternate schedule/plan."

He said ...
"Our wedding day was amazing! The only thing I might have changed was the transportation between our ceremony and reception. We had a limited amount of time to get our pictures taken and our means of transportation was seriously lacking speed, I really think that thing didn't go above 50 km/h. So yeah, that chewed up some valuable time. But other than that, I wouldn't change a thing."

Courtney & Sylvain worked with some incredible wedding vendors to make sure their day was perfect , here they are...

Hair & Make up - The Studio Beauty Bar
"The studio beauty bar - were amazing to work with! We had 5 girls come to my house that morning and did all of our hair and makeup. I loved that they were mobile as it took that extra stress off. We were all able to relax and be comfortable while they worked away! Everyone loved their hair and makeup, I thought they did an amazing job!! "

( seriously Courtneys Hair was the perfect wedding "hair" ( wedding hair, is that a thing ;P) & yes, I have seen a lot of wedding hair !!)

Courtney's Wedding Dress - Bridal Vision - Dieppe, NB
"Bridal Vision - Dieppe, NB. I tried on probably 100 dresses at every store you can think of. I kept running into the same issue at every store- they would try to squeeze me into dresses that were too small and totally ruined my experience. But Bridal Vision was different. Tia actually listened to what I had to say and what I was looking for, she pulled the most perfect dress for me and I was in love with it instantly!! By far the best bridal experience was at this store!! "

Floral by Sharpe Design

By Sharpe Design
"OMG OUR FLOWERS!!! I could not get over how beautiful they were, Sue was great to work with as she would give multiple quotes and was able to put together exactly what we were looking for! The bouquets were absolutely beautiful, I even had a bridesmaid ask where to buy them! I was so in love with all of our floral!! "

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Transportation - The Classic Carriage
"Classic carriage - had amazing service!! They were so great to deal with, and we were in regular contact. I loved the look of the trolley bus, and we had SO much fun on the bus once we were all together! The ONLY thing to note, is that the bus drives fairly slow!! So If you are booking the trolley take that into consideration when putting your timeline together! That being said, I was still very happy with the bus and I would have still went with that choice! The trolley is so unique and our guests couldn't stop talking about it!"

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Wedding Planner/ Wedding Decor by Hint of Vintage

"I can not say enough amazing things!!! We booked the girls for both planning and decorating, and I am so glad we did! Gillian and Jana seriously put so much work into our wedding and we were so happy with their service. They went above and beyond for us to make our vision come to life! They helped us out so much with the planning of things as well. Being out of province planning a wedding is so hard, so I am very happy we decided on a reliable planner! On top of that, they went out of their way to find decor pieces that matched what we were looking for. I was seriously in awe when I walked into the venue!! "

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Wedding Venue - Lesters Farm

"To be honest, I was nervous about the venue choice! We booked the venue without even going to look at it since we were in New Brunswick. Everything ended up coming together perfectly! The food was great, the place looked great, and the guests loved the animals! We had guests stay at the venue between ceremony and reception, we had lawn games set up and everyone could go see all the animals and check out the farm- it was a hit!"
 

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Accommodations for the Out of Towners aka CFA's - The Jag Hotel

" The JAG Hotel provided our guests with accommodations. Everyone received great service and the accommodations were excellent, we highly recommend booking your guests there if they are traveling."
 

 

The Officiant - Craig Murphy
Officiant Craig Murphy - was awesome to deal with! We have nothing but great things to say about Craig. He kept us very comfortable during the entire process, and made it all very easy! He was able to run the ceremony smoothly and was very stern in our "unplugged ceremony" rules! We HIGHLY recommend Craig!!!

Music - Avalonia Duo
Ceremony music Avalonia Duo - these two played a viola/piano duet during our ceremony in an outside atmosphere. Our guests would not stop talking about how beautiful the music was. They were able to give us suggestions and song recommendations along the way which was a major help as I had no idea what to choose for music! They were the perfect addition to our ceremony!

  The Bridal Party

I have to give a shoutout to our amazing bridal party. Majority of our bridal party had to fly into Newfoundland from many different places including New Brunswick, Ontario, PEI, Alberta, and even Hungary! I can not thank them all enough for everything they have done for us to make our wedding day go so smoothly. Everyone kept asking me why I wasn't stressed out the morning of the wedding, and the bridesmaids were a big reason for that. They took care of everything and made everything feel so calm and together! The guys were a little more stressed than the girls (lol) but they seriously kicked ass and looked great doing it too !!
 

The Screech In at the reception - The Royal Order of Newfoundland
The Royal Order of NL - he was HILARIOUS!!! He came to do a screech in for more than 30 guests that flew in from out of province during the reception. Everyone was talking about how funny and entertaining he was. He was a great addition to our the reception! We were so happy we decided on this as a surprise for our guests!

( FYI , I've seen a ton of screech in's , this one was hands down the very best I've ever seen )

Katie & Mitch Get Hitched / Planning A Wedding from Calgary

The most fun was had on on the day Katie & Mitch got Hitched , lots of laughs and even a few tears. Most of the tears belonged to Mitch ( bless his heart xx)
Katie planned her big Newfoundland wedding from Calgary and here's how it went ...

When did you get engaged & how long did it take to plan your wedding ?

"We were engaged November 7 2015 and I think we messaged you Nicole to book both you and Nate on November 9 2015 (haha) - so yes we started super early! We also knew we needed a venue for approximately 200 guests and in Newfoundland everything books up fast!
We had about a year and a half from when we were engaged until when we got married. We never wanted a quick engagement so this was a perfect amount of time for us. We had the big things booked super early on (venue, photographer, transportation) - and was just the little things left to do closer to the wedding!"

Wedding Planner ?

"We did not use a wedding planner. We booked Glendenning as our venue and it's like an all inclusive - food, all decor, wine, DJ, cake and even flowers. It was an awesome deal! "

What was the hardest part of the planning process?

"The hardest part for us was planning from away. We live in Calgary now, so trying to coordinate times to meet people, food tastings etc it was difficult. However we had an amazing support system from family and friends and all of the people we had booked for our wedding were so great and worked around our schedules! "

Looking back , would you change anything ?

"The only thing I think I would change would be to start hair and makeup earlier, or have the stylists come to my house instead. It took a little longer than we had anticipated so we only had an hour at my house to get our dresses on and eat. Kind of felt a little rushed! "

What was the highlight of your day ?

"The highlight of my day was walking down the aisle. I always love sitting on the end to watch the bride walk down and see the grooms first look. It may seem silly but seeing Mitchell crying at the end of the aisle when the doors opened made my heart burst but I did love every minute of our day - it was perfect!"

Any Advice for brides to be ?

"My advice to other brides would be to take it all in, try to have a few moments of just you and your groom alone. Everyone told me how fast the day would go by but honestly it was the fastest (but best) day of our lives. In my opinion, having amazing photographers and a videographer was a million times worth it to us, and it just helped us remember and capture our whole day."

Planning a wedding from Calgary - not easy . Katie worked with some amazing local vendors and here's what she had to say about her experience with them ..

The Studio Beauty Bar

"Hair and makeup - studio beauty bar. The girls are so sweet and our morning at the studio was so much fun. They even provided wine glasses for mimosas Myself along with my bridesmaids plus the moms were super happy with the makeup and hair.

Wedding Gown - The Ivory Suites"

" Ivory suites - I went to all of the wedding dress shops in St. John's. All of the shops were great but ivory suites really outdid themselves with customer service. They opened the shop two times for me when it was closed to accommodate me when I would be home from Calgary. All the ladies are wonderful there!"
 

Wedding Venue - Glendenning Golf Resort
Florals & Decor - Event 3Sixty

"Glendenning - Mary is the event coordinator from this venue, when we would go to glendenning she was super helpful and even worked with us when some guests couldn't make it last minute."

"Event 3Sixty"- Kristyna was who we dealt with for decor and flowers. She worked around our schedule from living in Calgary and had everything perfect - from the back lighting to centrepieces! I wanted a huge bouquet full of peonies and the girls to have baby's breath and our bouquets were amazing."

 

Wedding Cake - Pam Picco

" Pam Picco - So easy to work with. We missed the cake testing so she met me privately to provide us with a bunch of samples for our cake. We wanted buttercream and not fondant and she made sure our cake was exactly what we wanted! "

Katie & Mitch !! we loved our time with you guys ! Thanks so much for having us xxoo

 

About Her Best Day Ever...

I recently had A few minutes with Our Bride Robyn , I'm always curious about the wedding experience as a whole . Robyn had so many RAVE reviews about local wedding vendors here in Newfoundland ! All the love !! Also she was kind enough to share some personal info about her planning experience , you know ... for the inquiring minds;)

Thanks Robyn for having us xx

 

How long did it take to plan your wedding?

I had been looking at ideas online off and on for a couple of years prior to getting engaged; however, the actual planning time took about a year.

Did you get started as soon as you got engaged?

We We actually planned and booked our wedding before getting engaged. By booking our venues, commissioner, music, etc. prior to announcing our engagement, we created a day that was just for us with everything we wanted. It was also fun to be able to say our wedding was completely booked the day

Did you use a wedding planner? Why or why not?

No, we didn’t use a wedding planner. I’m a very organized individual, and with plenty of time to plan, I felt a planner wasn’t necessary. I don’t regret this choice. Our wedding was also small and simple. I DIYed all my decorations and hired someone to do the setup and take-down. This was a good compromise that worked for us.

What was the hardest part of the planning process?

I didn’t encounter many difficulties while planning the wedding; however, as we wanted to keep our wedding small, I would say the hardest part was narrowing down the guest list.

Looking back what would you have done differently?

Absolutely nothing! Our wedding was exactly what we wanted and more. The lead up was very stress-free, and the day was perfect from start to finish. It was so relaxing and fun!

Any advice for brides to be?

I read a lot online about brides being overwhelmed and stressed leading up to their wedding. If you want to avoid this, my best advice is to keep it simple. We had a very small wedding party (one person standing for each of us), and a small guest list. This made everything from getting ready, to transportation, to pictures easy and stress-free. From the very beginning, I was determined that this process, and the wedding day itself, was going to be relaxed and enjoyable. We avoided a lot of traditions we didn’t like and focused on what we envisioned for the day. In the end, I have no regrets about our wedding -- it was absolutely perfect for us.

The Skinny about the Vendors ...

Leaside Manor , where Robyn got ready & spent the night before and the night of her wedding day ....

We stayed at Leaside the night before and the night of our wedding in the Parker Suite. The room was so beautiful (as is the manor itself), and it was relaxing to have some space to ourselves in the midst of a busy wedding. The staff here were so professional and friendly, the food was delicious, and the building and grounds were impeccably clean! We will most definitely return to Leaside again.

 

 

That Dress & Veil from Ever After Bridal Boutique ...

Ever After- This was the first and only place I went to try on dresses, and I ended up picking the second one I tried on. Connie was fabulous, and the service I received was excellent! She knew what kind of styles I liked and worked within my budget to choose a dress off the rack that suited me perfectly. There was no pressure -- it was a relaxed and fun experience. I walked out of the salon just over an hour after I went in with dress and veil in hand.

 

 

About her perfect Hair by Mobile Hair By Allison...

Allison worked quickly and efficiently to create beautiful hairstyles for myself, my Maid of Honour, and my mother. She is so talented and very friendly which helped make the morning of our wedding fun and stress-free.


The Decor ... Lacy Rose Design

Lacy Rose Design- Lacy was amazing to work with! She took all the decor items I had gathered and made everything come together perfectly. She knew exactly what kind of style I liked, and she added her own touches to create the vision I had in mind. Lacy is also such as sweet person in general, so it made working with her a dream!

 

 

The Venue - Rocket Bakery

Rocket Bakery- I cannot say enough positives about our experience at Rocket Bakery. The staff were absolutely amazing with answering our many questions, accommodating our visits to the venue, and being as helpful as possible. I always felt like we were top priority whenever we contacted them (even though I know they were very busy with other customers/events). The space itself is stunning -- the exposed brick walls and original wood floors were exactly the look we wanted. This is the perfect heritage space for a wedding!

 

Marriage Commissioner - Wendy Squires Ennis Wendy Squires-Ennis- Wendy was our Marriage Commissioner, and from the first conversation we had on the phone, we knew she was the right fit for us. Wendy was so friendly, professional, and organized. She has years of experience in the industry, so she offered us lots of great advice and tips for things we wouldn’t have thought of. Wendy gave us the option of having exactly wanted in our wedding ceremony and let us personalize it in a way that was completely unique to us as a couple. The Groomer for their fur baby - The Dirty Dog Salon Dirty Dog Salon (Bay Roberts)- I refer to this place as the hidden gem of dog grooming! The ladies regularly groom our dog, and they did not disappoint with our pup’s wedding haircut. We love that he is never there for more than a couple of hours and always leaves looking adorable.  




Marriage Commissioner - Wendy Squires Ennis

Wendy Squires-Ennis- Wendy was our Marriage Commissioner, and from the first conversation we had on the phone, we knew she was the right fit for us. Wendy was so friendly, professional, and organized. She has years of experience in the industry, so she offered us lots of great advice and tips for things we wouldn’t have thought of. Wendy gave us the option of having exactly wanted in our wedding ceremony and let us personalize it in a way that was completely unique to us as a couple.

The Groomer for their fur baby - The Dirty Dog Salon

Dirty Dog Salon (Bay Roberts)- I refer to this place as the hidden gem of dog grooming! The ladies regularly groom our dog, and they did not disappoint with our pup’s wedding haircut. We love that he is never there for more than a couple of hours and always leaves looking adorable.