Christine + Max

{Windermere Manor London Ontario Wedding Photography}

This wedding made the news, as just days before it was set to happen Christine & Max were stranded in Texas following Hurricane Harvey! Luckily, with just 36 hours to spare they made it home and had a beautiful celebration! Christine’s dress was so unique & beautiful – I loved the art deco style they brought to the day!

– Heather {London Ontario Wedding Photographer}

Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: Elegant Art Deco

What are you favorite memories of your wedding day?
Bride: The elation that occurred after our ceremony. After so long and such chaos getting there (that day, the week leading up to it, and much of our time together in general), it was a little bit shocking that it actually happened, and we were (and are still) so happy to have done it.
Groom: Pictures with Christine and I on our own

Best wedding related decision: To have everything on site.

Favourite detail: The hint of gold from the theme added a little sparkle to everything. Windermere is a lovely old estate, but the dark wood beams/balcony, and lack of windows on the entire one side means that it needs some brightness. I also loved the flowers.

Advice for future brides & grooms: Be clear with your vision and have a realistic itinerary that everyone knows about. Ensure that all changes are communicated to your wedding party, parents/immediate family, and on-site coordinator. Also, schedule in enhanced margins of error for time. This might mean you get to enjoy your own cocktail hour, speak to all of your guests, or stay to the schedule. And, enjoy your day. It will fly by, and being stressed about little details isn’t worth it.
Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? I’d probably start things earlier and/or ensure the schedule was communicated better to all involved. We didn’t get a chance to eat any appetizers (there was some confusion about timing, which meant the awesome Ken Foster band got cut off too early), and then dinner service was slower than what we had discussed with the coordinator, which cut into dancing.

Best surprise of the day: The speeches! They were each surprisingly unique, and it meant a lot to have our friends and family speak for us so personally.

Anything else you’d like to add: Marry someone who will get you out of a hurricane!

Ceremony Location: Windermere Manor | Reception Location and caterer: Windermere Manor | Officiant: Cathy Saunders | Cake: Boom Box Bakery | Dress: Maggie Sottero, purchased in Houston TX | Flowers/Decorator: Springhill Florist | Hair/Makeup: Nova Vita | DJ: Adrian Peters | Rings/Jewelery: Brian Gavins Diamonds (Houston TX), Rice Village Diamonds (Houston TX), Blue Nile (online) | Groom’s Attire: Freed’s, Windsor ON | Other: Band – Ken Foster Quartet (highly recommend!!)

WEDDING SONGS (all ceremony songs performed by the band):
Processional: As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfeld, 1931)
Registry signing: Our Love is Here to Stay (George Gershwin, 1938)

Recessional: You Stepped Out of a Dream (Nacio Herb Brown, 1940)
Entrance – NA
First Dance: Baby (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti, 2012)
Parent Dances – not played – they were supposed to be Whole Lot of Shakin’ in My Heart (Since I Met You) (The Miracles, 1966), and Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me (Gladys Knight and the Pips, 1974).

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