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Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of photographing Kate and Matt’s golf course wedding. The theme was rustic elegance inspired by the venue and where their family heritage was rooted; in France and the UK. Matt is a superintendent of a golf course, so it only seemed fitting that they choose one of the most gorgeous courses they knew, Wooden Sticks Golf Club.

One of the specialties of this course, is that there are cabins where the bridal party can get ready and sleep in the night of the wedding. It is almost like a more elegant camp and logistically it works well! Kate and Matt wanted their guests to feel as if they were on a journey to the outdoors yet still maintaining a luxury or feeling of elegance like that of a garden party.

The day was gorgeous. The sun was shining and the heat was perfect. Kate and Matt are so laid-back and always up for any suggestion. Their love for photography makes my job easy and much more fun because I know that they are always up for making beautiful photographs! When a couple loves doing this, I can extend my efforts that much more and take them out for sunset shots or even some night captures. We had great fun together and once everything was said and done, I feel like I gained two new friends.

Kate and Matt thought through every detail of their wedding day and it showed. The couple chose summery colours of berry, grey, cream and pops of lime green. Being the first day of summer, and to create the garden party feeling, they incorporated lots of flowers. Their inspiration came mostly from Pinterest. In particular, Kate came across a photo of an aisle lined with gorgeous stumps with vases of wild flowers on them and immediately Kate knew that aisle was for them. Their good friend is an arborist and was able to make the couple the beautiful stumps that lined the walkway. Kate describes “We also had many lengthy conversations with our florist Grace, about the exact vision for the flowers. We really don’t like the traditional singular vase, tall arrangements and because our wedding was slightly more casual, we knew it wouldn’t work. I found these beautiful vintage milk glass vases on Etsy and some photos of trios of vases on Pinterest so we decided to go with one milk glass vase, one mercury glass and one mason jar for the centerpieces filled with wild flowers, succulents and green moss.”

The bridal bouquet was inspired by Blake Lively’s bouquet (featured on the cover of Martha Stewart at the time) and incorporated roses, peonies and succulents for a more organic, earthy feel. Kate’s favourite flowers are calla lilies, so they used mini versions for the boutonnieres. The archway was again, inspired by a Pinterest photo. Needing to stick within a clear budget, Grace suggested branches and hydrangeas to create a beautiful yet affordable back-drop.

To continue the garden party theme, Kate and Matt thought games would be a fun addition to the cocktail hour. Their friends and family are big into games and regularly host game nights so it was fitting. They had a bean bag toss, Frisbees, bocce ball, Kerplunk and Connect Four (just some of their favourites!). An Arnold Palmer punch (lemonade and iced tea) was served during the cocktail hour which added to the golf theme and as Matt’s favourite.

Kate didn’t want to have a traditional guestbook because she knew they’d never look at it, so she found this fun one made of Jenga pieces on Etsy. The signing table also had photos of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days in honour of them. The LOVE scrabble sign was borrowed from Kate’s bridesmaid, Ashlee. Kate’s mom wrote the couple a poem but was not comfortable reading it in front of a large group of people so they chose to have it printed and displayed on the signing table for the guests to read at their convenience. Instead of escort cards (which usually just end up getting thrown out) Kate used a big picture frame and listed the table numbers. The couple plans to use the frame for photos of the wedding afterward.

Kate and Matt fully thought through the theme of their wedding and it carried seamlessly from beginning to end. There were many a DIY projects conceived by Kate but mostly executed by the artistic groom and some friends. Matt hand stenciled the directional signage – another Pinterest inspiration. The “Just Married” sign was a chalkboard (sourced from Creative Bag) with cans that they had spray painted attached with twine.

Kate and Matt both love camping and making s’mores and so with some more inspiration from Pinterest, had some friends help them hand-make each favour. The tag cleaverly said “Want s’more love?”

The couple’s friend Shawna is a graphic designer and volunteered to help create the invites as a wedding gift. Matt came up with the concept of adding twine to give them a rustic feel and it really set the tone for the day. Kate and Matt spent hours hand gluing all of the pieces together but they looked amazing!
During the reception if you wanted the couple to kiss, guests had to putt on a mini putting green. Again, following with the golf/games theme.
Matt’s family is notorious for their dessert recipes which were a tradition of his late grandmother. They wanted to share that with everyone so his aunts, stepmother and cousin made some of the family favourites – “lemon cheese”, short bread, Fredericton Specials and sucre a la crème (maple fudge). Since Matt’s family also loves candy, they thought it would be a nice touch to incorporate a candy bar.

All in all, this wedding was a fun, laid-back and a family-oriented day. I really got a sense of great admiration and connection towards each of Kate and Matt’s family members and that is always the best for taking candids! Kate and Matt; you were a dream to photograph and get to know through this whole process. I wish you and your families many more years of game playing, love and laughter.

xx- april


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Wooden Sticks Golf Club

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

Brandy-Rose McIlmoyle
All Seasons Weddings

Simply Em’s

Sottero & Midgley from Becker’s Bridals

S Cohen from Tom’s Place

Bride – Nine West
Groom – Winner’s

Groom’s tie, pocket square, belt, socks and cuff links all from Hudson’s Bay
Bride’s earrings and hair pin from Aldo Accessories
Bride’s pearl bracelet – borrowed from a friend
Bride’s great grandmother’s ring tied around bouquet
Veil from Etsy store BridalStar

Grace Lewicki Events & Weddings

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Markham

String trio – Wellington Music
DJ – Impact DJ

Hair – Andrea Saccoccia
Make Up – Monica Kalra

DIY s’mores

Bridesmaids – Jim Hjelm from Ritche Bridal
Groomsmen – S Cohen from Tom’s Place
Junior Bridesmaid – dress from The Children’s Place

Bridesmaids – earrings from Swarovski & DIY bridesmaid survival kits
Groomsmen – money clips from Etsy shop With Love, H

Shawna Yvonne Interactive
Friend of the bride & groom

Ceremony/reception décor (stumps and cake stand) –
ACE Tree Care
Anthony Weinczok

Seamstress – Pearl Seto
Tailor – Magic Tailor

Jenga guestbook from Etsy store thepaperynook

CHAIRS: Chiavari


The couple’s favourite detail:
Centrepieces – “We wanted to do something along with the garden theme but outside of the traditional wedding flower box. We decided to go with three vases (one milk glass, one mercury glass and one mason jar) and the flowers were mixed wild flowers, peonies, roses and succulents. They looked absolutely gorgeous!”

Your favourite moment:
“All of the speeches were incredible but Matt’s dad gave a particularly touching speech and then presented us with the Davidson family heirloom silverware, which has now been passed down four generations. That was really special.”

Your first dance song: why?
“Northern Wind” by City & Colour. We both looooove City & Colour (Dallas Green lives in our neighbourhood!) and we wanted a unique song that really spoke to our feelings about each other, but wasn’t too cheesy.”

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Christine and Dan are featured in Weddingbells this week online. Read about their story and how Christine’s dream came true when her family gave her the ultimate ceremony surprise!

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Today, I am happy to announce that Olive Studio has made it to Weddingbells top 25 most inspiring photographers of 2013! Well, I guess I better keep up to the part and shoot some impressive weddings this year! Weekends are booking up but there are still openings. Please email me at info@olivestudio.ca for packages or a custom quote.

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