Modern Woodland Themed Wedding
Danielle and Michael tied the knot at a beautiful golf club in Milton, Ontario. Their modern woodland themed wedding was filled with creative DIY touches, including the flowers, which were DIYed by the couple.
Bride’s Name: Danielle
Groom/Partner’s Name: Michael
Venue: Glencairn Golf Club in Milton
Wedding Date: June 24th 2016
Bridal Gown Designer: Enzoani (added custom beading to it)
Photographer: Photography & Edits – Hourglass Imaging; Second Shooter – Rosenlee Photography
Cake: Friend of couple
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Honeymoon: Costa Rica
What can I say about the day of our wedding, and what advice can I give to other brides? Treasure the moments. As I write this, I have a big smile on my face because of all the moments, some quick & planned and some not so planned that have now been turned into memories I will forever treasure and hold close to my heart. My girls and I woke up at 7:00 in the morning to head over to the venue to start to set things up; in all the excitement our first stop was to get coffee, and I drove over the curb in my dad’s car.
That was how our day started—laughing so hard while I asked my friends not to tell my dad. We got to the venue and started to set up. It felt so good to see all that hard work and planning coming together. We got back to the hotel, and one by one my girls got ready. Finally, it was my turn. The entire time I was getting my hair and makeup done I was pretty calm; but I kept thinking that everything was taking so long, that I just wanted to marry him. I was so excited—after five years it was finally happening.
What were your favorite or most memorable aspects of your wedding day?
One thing I owe to my photographer; among other things was a moment we did not plan. When it came time to put my dress on, my photographer shut the door on on my girls, and my mom and older sister helped me get dressed. It was one of those quiet moments during the day when it felt like time slowed down just for that moment. My photographer opened the door, and my girls got to see me for the first time in my dress all done up—seeing their reactions was absolutely priceless! The entire time this was going on, Mikey and the guys were in full panic mode because they couldn’t find his cuff links for his suit. I forgot to tell them that I had custom ones made for him! When his groomsman came down, I told him to tell him to stop worrying and open his present. Crisis adverted!
I didn’t want to do a first look with Mikey, but I really wanted to with my dad. I’m VERY close to my parents—I’ve been through a lot with them, including watching my dad battle cancer. As I walked up to my dad in the downstairs lobby of the hotel, I could see his eyes start to swell up. He wrapped his arms around me and told me he loved me and that I looked beautiful. I choked back tears and squeezed him tight. I didn’t want to get a limo, so we all piled into my dad’s car and drove to the venue.
It was almost time, but we had one more thing to do, and that was to have a quick moment with Mikey before everything went down. We wanted to just hear each other’s voices, but we didn’t want to see each other. It was so nice to have that moment with him. The simple touch of his hand and the calm in his voice made me even more ready to marry. The time had finally come; with my parents on either side of me and one more hug and thank you for everything they had done, we started to walk down the aisle. We locked eyes with each other. Happiness doesn’t being to explain how I felt; I just remember thinking Deep breath, this is it!
The ceremony was perfect. we wanted a small wedding and to only be surrounded by the people who loved and cared about us most. It was intimate and filled with lots of love and laughter. We were pronounced husband and wife, we kissed, and we walked back up the aisle to “Love Will Be Enough” by Dean Brody. Five years of waiting to get married, and it was finally done—we were finally husband and wife.
The rest of the day went beautifully. Dinner was great, and one by one we heard our friends and family give their speeches. I danced with my dad to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw because it truly sums up our relationship. We both bawled. At one point I looked up and saw just about everybody wiping away tears. I can’t tell you how much that moment meant to my dad and me. I don’t want to make this about cancer, but when it hits your family, be it mom dad or sibling, it makes you truly appreciate them on a whole other level. As I was dancing with my dad, I was thinking I love you so much, thank you for being my rock, and the man I could always count on for anything.
Next it was time to dance with my husband to our song, “Rose of My Heart” by Johnny Cash. He held me tight, time truly slowed down, and it was just him and me in that moment. I’ve heard many brides say the day goes by so fast—it really does! I’ve also heard people say remember to take a moment to slip away with your hubby because all day you will have people congratulating you and wanting to talk. We did—we took a short walk alone together to take everything in. It was nice just to have a quiet moment alone together, so I really recommend doing it.
Is there anything you would have done differently?
Honestly, looking back everything went perfectly. I wouldn’t change anything. We had a budget and stuck to it—from the get-go we both said we did not want to go into debt for one day. If we couldn’t afford something, as much as it was a tough pill to swallow sometimes, we would nix it. We both allowed ourselves to have one thing we could spend a little more on; I picked the DJ, he picked the photographer. I’m SO glad we did, because both were amazing and I would recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat! Were there hiccups? Yes. I forgot my speech at the hotel that I stayed up till 3:30 in the morning writing, so I had to wing it, and we had a minor glitch with our slideshow, but our DJ was so on the ball—he quickly moved to cutting the cake while they fixed the problem. At the end of the day, I didn’t care what went wrong because I was marrying my best friend and love of my life. I just wanted to enjoy myself all while being surrounded by the most important people in our lives.
Do you have any advice for future brides?
When it comes to DIYs, do not bite off more than you can chew, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and try to stay as organized as possible. Having a schedule for the day of and giving everyone a copy—including the vendor—of that schedule REALLY helped me. It kept everyone on the same page and from coming to me with a million questions; they could look at it and know where they had to be at what time and what was going on, and I was able to focus and not be stressed out at all!
A lot of people told me I was crazy to make my own bouquet, but it was SO easy; YouTube has some great tutorials. I got my flowers from the grocery store and made the bouquet and boutonnieres the night before and threw them in the fridge to keep them fresh. The day of they were perfect and kept all day long.
Embrace the day, cherish the memories, and don’t forget to take a second to pause and take it all in. Our day was the woodland fairy tale we wanted it to be. I’m so lucky I get to spend the rest of my life with the man of my dreams; as corny as that sounds, it’s impossible to say how much I love him.
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