Posted by Rebecca Fisher-Swarbrooke on
Meghan was a stunning bride as well as now ex-bride whose wedding was my first of the year! Married for about a month and a half, Meghan is my most recent bride and I was so pleased that she agreed to join us for our second shoot. Her wedding theme and inspiration was ‘Antique Romance’ which was really well put together. It started with a very unique, beautiful, vintage inspired dress - which I absolutely adore! None of the details were overlooked - everything matched perfectly: from the invitations to the seating chart to the favours and the table name signs. I wish that I had been hired as their wedding planner earlier in the planning process because Meghan and her now husband Ian were an absolute pleasure to work with! It was a privilege to play a role in their special day as their ‘Day of Coordinator’.
For Meghan’s shoot, I was very much inspired by her beautiful dress so I asked Dominique to create a vintage inspired makeup look with bold red lips and Jennifer to do a 1940s pinup hairstyle - which, luckily in spite of all of the wind we faced, seemed to hold up well! Lindsay also owns some awesome vintage cameras so I asked her to bring those out too.
Thank you very much, Meghan, for providing me with the honour of briefly working with you as your ‘Day of Coordinator’ as well as joining us in ‘Project Wedding.’
I asked Meghan a few questions about her wedding experience…
What was your favourite thing about planning your wedding?
I’d have to say that my favourite part was probably planning the decor with my sister, Caity. Around Thanksgiving time last year, we came up with the theme ‘Antique Romance’ and things just kind of fell into place after that. Thankfully, my sister is very creative and talented when it comes to design and decor because it’s definitely not my forte. She did an amazing job with the invitations, the favours, the decorations, and the seating chart.
Looking back, what is your favourite thing about your wedding day?
My favourite part of the day was during the reception after the dinner and all of the speeches were complete… I was able to let loose and had a fabulous time dancing with and visiting with all of my wonderful friends and family.
What is your favourite thing about being married?
Being able to spend everyday with my best friend.
Tell us about your wedding dress shopping experience… how did you know it was the one?
I went dress shopping last Thanksgiving weekend with my mom, my sister, and my sister-in-law… I had so much fun that day trying on different dresses. I knew that I wanted something with a vintage or antique look and initially had an all-lace dress in mind. The salesgirl at the shop picked out the dress that I ended up buying… once I put it on, I knew that it was the one, it was so beautiful and unique.
Did your husband see your dress before your wedding?
No… it lay on our spare bed in it’s bag for several weeks before the wedding and as far as I know, he didn’t sneak a peek.
After having a wedding planner, why would you recommend that couples hire one?
Well, I hired Rebecca to help me with all of the last-minute details the month before the wedding and to be in charge of things running smoothly the day of the event. The month before is such a busy and hectic time and it was wonderful having someone else who was organized and efficient to help keep me on track. Having Rebecca help us the day of the wedding was a lifesaver… I knew that I wanted to just be able to relax and enjoy my day and I wanted the same for my friends and family as well. I didn’t want my friends or family to have to do any set up or take down or worry about any problems that arose and that’s exactly how it turned out.
Do you have any tips for current brides?
My one piece of advice would be to relax and enjoy your day. Don’t stress about all of the little details… no matter what, things will never go exactly as planned and in the end, those little things are so insignificant.
‘Project Wedding’ team:
Project Coordinator: Rebecca Fisher-Swarbrooke of High Culture: Weddings & Special Events
Photographer: Jill Coursen of Jill Coursen Photography
Makeup Artist: Dominique Rivera of Rivera Make-up Artistry
Hair Stylist: Jennifer Rivera-Preston of Rivera Make-up Artistry
Second Shooter: Lindsay Collinson of Parker Rae Photography
As always, there’s much more to come from ‘Project Wedding.’