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 ?
" 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! "
"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 ?
"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! "
"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! "
"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 ?
"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?
"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!! "
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!"
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!! "
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!"
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 )