When Natalie and I first spoke, she emphasized how important it was for her wedding to be beautiful and memorable for their guests. I always aim for an event that is something guests will talk about for years to come and one that also reflects the couple’s personal tastes. I like to delve into who the couple really are and since Natalie and Bryan love the outdoors I suggested a theme that incorporated nature. We discussed beautiful elements such as: trees, moss, rocks, flowers and feathers, all of which Natalie loved.
Since both bride and groom work in the medical field, Natalie and Bryan’s schooling and jobs have taken them to many different states, where they have made very good friends. Living in Arizona, Natalie and Bryan wanted to plan a destination wedding in Niagara Falls as it was central for their family and friends who live state wide. Overlooking the Canadian and American border, Niagara Falls offers a beautiful backdrop with stunning parks and charming gardens. The Oakes Garden Theatre is a picturesque location in the central area of Niagara Parks that showcases the falls in all their natural glory. It has an incredible panoramic view of the falls, enticing architecture, and a river surrounded by gardens.
The ceremony was set up around the pergola where gold chiavari chairs allowed for an unexpected aisle along the side of the garden. Placed in the three archways were boxwood pedestals with large moss balls covered in Cymbidium orchids. White rose petals and birch containers filled with hydrangeas lined the steps. Natalie thought that her father(who had just had an organ transplant) wasn’t going to make it but he surprised Natalie the morning of her wedding. As Bryan and the minister waited on the stage, Natalie walked down the aisle with one of her best friends holding an exquisite feather bouquet. Since her father was in a wheelchair Natalie waited until she was at the front of the aisle to give her father a heartfelt hug prior to the ceremony. A beautiful ceremony was performed on the pergola stage as their closest friends and family sat and watched.
Following the ceremony guests headed to the amphitheatre stage where Natalie and Bryan each released a dove by hand as guests blew bubbles into the wind. Then a flock of ten white doves were released into the air where they would then find their way back home. Guests were shuttled back to the hotel in a Hummer limousine while the family and newlyweds took photos in and around Niagara Falls.
Since the couple decided on a nature-chic theme, we decided to expand their love for nature throughout the night. As guests arrived at the reception, Natalie and Bryan greeted them and then the guests headed to the photo booth. Inside the room, outdoor nature was brought indoors. Navy blue satins draped the tables as gold chiavari chairs lined them to give the nature theme a classy feel. Long rectangular tables were placed horizontally and vertically to give contrast to the room. Each table was adorned with custom built mirrored boxes filled with moss and a birch structure with hanging glass rain drop votives filled with river rocks, candles and Cymbidium orchid blooms. Each table had small details such as hidden lady bugs. Each place setting had a gold plate, satin green napkin and wish tags that were filled out by each guest knowing that later they would be hung on the wish tree. The wish tree was made of Cymbidium orchid branches and hung through the white bird cage.
The sweetheart head table was covered in a gazebo draped in navy blue satin and surround in boxwood. Rain drop votives hung overhead and florals hung over the edge of the table.
A small red velvet cake sat atop of three tiers of cake pops and was later cut by the couple. The cake pop cake was decorated with faux blue butterflies that cascaded down the side. The cake pop cake was a big hit and every last cake pop was gone in a few minutes. Chocolates bearing the couple’s names and wedding date were on display for the guests to enjoy.
In awe, guests spent the night discussing the day, eating, taking photos and dancing the night away. The dance floor was full and drinks at the bar were flowing. The couple were elated and enjoyed every moment of the day and night.
A few days later the couple was off to Sandals Royal Bahamian in Bahamas for their honeymoon.
Natalie and Bryan were in complete bliss all night, so happy and relaxed for their entire wedding day. You could tell by the look in their eyes that they have a deep love for each other. I wish them a long happy life together.
Such amazing wedding vendors came together to make everything perfect. I am so grateful for everyone who was involved.
Wedding Planning: Jennifer Borgh Events www.jenniferborghevents.com
Photography: Ben Barnes Photography www.benbarnes.com
Décor/Flower: Mode Function: www.modefunction.com
Ceremony Venue: Oakes Garden Theatre, Niagara Minister: John James of St.Andrews, Niagara Falls
Reception Venue: Marriot overlooking the Falls
Feather details: Pomp and Plumage: www.pompandplumage.com
Cake Pop Cake: Lottie and Lil: www.lottieandlil.com
Make Up: Sandra Maude www.beforeandaftermakeup.com
Hair: Allure www. allurehairandmakeup.com
Photobooth Photographer: http://www.labouroflovephoto.com/