Fall brides, you are going to LOVE this next wedding set in London, Ontario. Audrey & Jordan’s wedding is a personal blogger’s dream. With so many personal DIY details, it was pretty hard trying to squeeze it into a single post. I’m a HUGE fan of grey and absolutely love that it was paired with a vibrant orange. It’s so refreshing. After the photos, have a look at what Audrey has to say about the process and what her inspiration was for her rustic, yet modern wedding. Photography by Red Button Photography.
After over eight years together, Jordan and I got engaged in August 2009 during a holiday cottaging near Ottawa, Ontario. The idea of planning our wedding was very exciting for us, and we revelled in the thought of throwing a fun and unique wedding that reflected us as a couple. When planning our wedding, we figured the best way to get exactly what we wanted – and adhere to our budget – was to do everything we possibly could ourselves, which meant DIY projects galore! Because we took on many projects ourselves, we went into our wedding with the mindset that things didn’t have to be perfect – and turns out, we had the perfect wedding!
INSPIRATION BEHIND COLOR + DESIGN: Given autumn is our favourite time of the year, there was no doubt our wedding would be during this season. We decided on a fresh colour palate of tangerine and grey, and after gaining inspiration from a simple leaf image I came across, the vision of our wedding quickly transpired. When designing the visuals, I incorporated the leaf image across the elements for the wedding: from the save the dates, invitations, church program, favours, guest book, table numbers to the nametags.
FAMILY TREE: To my delight, Jordan wanted to be involved in many projects. One project we took on together was creating a “family tree” which stood in the reception entrance. We wanted to represent and honour where we both came from, and thought the tree would be a great way to do so. Over several months we collected wedding photos from our family members, and we made every wedding photo a leaf on the tree.
SEATING CHART: Another project we created was the reception seating signage. The idea of using vintage windows came to us when we uncovered some old green windows in the back of a friend’s shed. We saw the potential in the tired windows, and brought them back to life with some sanding and a fresh coat of grey paint, and included seating for each table within the glass panes.
OTHER DIY ITEMS: My favourite projects took place a couple days before the wedding. My dear friend Jill graciously offered to help make cupcakes, and with the help of my mom and now mother-in-law, we were up ’til the wee hours of the morning baking 120 cute chocolate and vanilla cupcakes from scratch. Many thought we were crazy for taking on such an ambitious task right before the wedding, but to be honest, I’ve never shared more laughs in my life! The next day, the fun continued while making the flower bouquets, boutonnieres, centrepieces and the hanging mason jars with the help of my sisters.
The wedding day was everything I hoped for and more. The church ceremony was perfect, the food was superb, we couldn’t have asked for better photographers, and we even got a round of bacci ball in the mix! And did I mention I married my very best friend?! But the best memory I’ll take away from the day was dancing the night away by candlelight with all our favourite people in one room. It would be an understatement to say this group loves to dance – and boy, did we dance! We had much to celebrate.
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Church: St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica
Reception Venue: Windermere Manor
Photographer: Red Button Photography
Favours: Eve Chocolatier
Invites & all wedding print pieces: The bride
Update: we received a lot of emails asking where to purchase the graphic for the programs. Please visit the artist’s website: Heather McGrath Design. Tell her we sent you! :)