REAL WED­DINGS

VA­LERIE SUL­LI­VAN & GUIL­LAUME BRISSON

Wedding Bells (East) - - Contents -

JUNE 2, 2018

FROM VA­LERIE: We were in­spired by the rolling hills and lush green­ery of the vine­yard venue and wanted to play up the ro­man­tic theme. With this in mind, we opted for colours in ivory and blush pink, with touches of an­tique mauve and gold. For decor, we used a lot of green­ery, glass and mir­rors to keep a light, airy and whim­si­cal feel. Ev­ery­thing about the cer­e­mony was deeply per­sonal. One of our best friends of­fi­ci­ated the cer­e­mony, so ev­ery word and de­tail re­flected us as a cou­ple. We loved the idea of in­volv­ing guests, so we passed the wed­ding bands around for friends and fam­ily to warm them with their love and wishes for a happy mar­riage. The cer­e­mony was also in French and English to hon­our our fam­i­lies. Months be­fore the wed­ding we spent count­less hours cus­tomiz­ing ev­ery­thing, from in­vi­ta­tions and favours to ta­ble num­bers and sig­nage. We opted for a wine-bot­tle seat­ing chart, and for favours we cut wooden coast­ers from old trees on Guil­laume’s fam­ily’s land—guests re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated this per­sonal touch. The DJ’s per­for­mance was eas­ily one of our favourite things about the wed­ding. He was able to cre­ate a laid-back, ro­man­tic am­bi­ence dur­ing din­ner, and kept the floor packed un­til 3 a.m. with top dance tracks. To this day guests still talk about how fan­tas­tic he was!

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