featured wedding: michele & eric

Michele and Eric are a very cute couple.  I could tell right away that they were the sort of couple that really balanced each other out and supported one another.  In the planning process Eric’s laid back nature and sense of humour were the perfect complement to Michele’s super organised and ambitious personality.  I really enjoyed working with these two and their day turned out to be such a beautiful reflection of them as a couple – elegant yet relaxed.

They wanted something with a 1920s flavour but that was still fresh and fun, so to the art deco elements such as the invitations, outfits and vintage games we introduced chevron table runners and bright coloured flowers to add that modern touch.

These two were definitely hands on, designing and letterpressing their own invitations, making their own table runners, and baking over 200 macarons in the days prior to the wedding to be used as favours for their guests!

Thank you to the wonderful Natalija from I Heart Weddings for sharing these images.

You can also see Michele and Eric’s fun engagement shoot over at Polka Dot Bride.

Here is a bit from the bride about their wedding day:

When we were in the early stages of planning, we knew what we wanted was to throw a great party with good food (something our friends know us for), and with a style inspired by the 1920s and art deco era.  We love that era for its aesthetics and music, and it’s something we wanted to incorporate into our day.

Early on, I was a bit worried when I started talking to wedding vendors because it was as though ‘vintage’ was a new dirty word.  There were eye-rolls, and sighs.  One even tried to lecture me about whether I knew what I meant by 1920s, because 1950s and 60s is what people usually mean when they say they want vintage stylings.  It was pretty off-putting.  But when Eric and I walked into the First Comes Love bridal fair, we knew we’d found a group of people who really loved what they do, and do it all from the heart.  Seeing Kristy’s display there, and then finding her own wedding featured on Style Me Pretty gave us (well, me) the confidence to run with what we wanted.

Eric was pretty set on an outdoor venue, and we wanted the feel of a long table dinner with shared platters to encourage a more sociable atmosphere, giving us a balance between the traditional Chinese wedding dinner, and a more formal 3-course meal.  I have a creative streak (left-brained by trade, right-brained after-hours) so I designed and hand-printed our art deco inspired wedding stationery and sewed our table runners.  Eric and I baked our macaron bonbonniere in the days leading up to the wedding, and I over-engineered a DIY photobooth. My sister, who is a co-host of the guitar show on RTRFM, put us onto our amazing band, The Belleville Quartet.  And wonder-worker Kristy, filled in all the gaps for us (of which there were many), making sure all the pieces were cohesive, found us amazing vendors to make it all happen, made sure I didn’t over-extend myself with the DIY, and she and her helper hubby also set things up on the day.

Everyone we ended up working with was brilliant, professional and indispensably helpful.  It was 9 months in the making, and everything went so smoothly.  There were a few hiccups, but all pretty minor compared to how wonderfully it all went.

One of the most valuable bits of advice we were given by married friends was “Things won’t quite go exactly as you plan on the day. Just run with it.”

Amongst the little hiccups, a button fell off my dress that morning and we ended up running late, while the ladies in my life were crowded around my dress with a pair of pliers and tweezers to reattach it. And we left the iPod and a couple other bits at home, but managed to compiled a great playlist, using the music service Pandora, that complemented the band perfectly, and our amazing friends figured the other bits out for us.

We also had a few fantastic spontaneous moments.  Eric’s brother decided that he did, in fact, want to make a speech after all, and impromptu’d a very good one, and though we weren’t planning on a first dance, our MC sprung one on us, and we muddled through with some recently acquired lindy hop skills.

It’s hard to pick one stand out memory of the day, because it all really couldn’t have gone better. But it was wonderful to be able to see all our friends and family together, and more than we expected dressed to match our theme.  You could not have imagined a more handsome group of people, and we were so fortunate to be able to have them all there on our wedding day.

Congratulations Michele and Eric and thank you for letting us be part of your day!

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Images by I Heart Weddings

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