On the weekend of September 10th 2010, Janelle and Nick flew to Toronto (from Ottawa) to visit Nick’s sister. Upon their arrival at the Westin Harbour Castle, they went for a walk on the boardwalk, along the water. Alone, on a lookout point at sunset, Nick got down on one knee and proposed. When they reached Nick’s sister’s apartment, her family, Nick’s family and some family friends were all there waiting for Janelle. Nick brought them in from different cities to surprise her and celebrate with them. “It was perfect!” -Janelle
Janelle, an elementary school teacher, and Nick, an NHL player with the Ottawa Senators, were married on July, 15, 2011.
(WedLuxe:) How would you describe your wedding day?
(Janelle:) “I would describe it as an incredible celebration. It was a special day filled with love – the love we have for each other, the love we have for everyone in our presence that day, and the love they reciprocated to us. It was a very elegant yet fun setting.”
Was there a specific theme or mood you were trying to to achieve on your wedding day?
“We wanted to achieve a romantic and elegant mood by having it in a vineyard, which tied into our love of wine.”
What was your favourite design detail?
“Our favourite design detail was our centerpieces. They had a great presence in the tent and in our opinion, they were stunning. We added purple ostrich feathers to them which helped give the mostly white decor a punch of colour and touch of whimsy.”
How did you personalize your wedding day?
“We feel that every aspect of our wedding, from the location, to the food, to the music and the décor, represented who we are and what we enjoy. We also incorporated our Italian and French cultures through our choice in music and foods. Those who know us well would echo the fact that our Dairy Queen Bar definitely represented us, as it is our favourite treat.”
What was the most luxurious aspect of your wedding?
“In our opinion, the most luxurious aspect of our wedding was the setting. Being in a vineyard, surrounded by beautiful vines, added a sense of luxury to the celebration. It made for a stunning backdrop and incredible pictures for our guests and ourselves. You really felt secluded in this gorgeous setting and we felt it allowed everyone to be in the moment and take it all in.”
What was your favourite moment on the wedding day?
“Our favourite moment of the wedding day was seeing each other for the first time. We took our pictures before the ceremony so we had a ‘First Glance’ moment in a vineyard. This was special because it was a time just for the two of us, before all the events of the day happened. We were able to share each other’s excitement and spend time alone before the wedding.”
Who was your favourite wedding vendor and why?
“I have to say that our favourite vendor would have to be our photographer, Bernie Aho from Sudbury, Ontario, because he was able to capture all of the details and the special moments throughout our wedding day. At the end of the day, all we are left with are the pictures and we feel he did an incredible job at displaying all of the aspects, for us to remember. He and his wife Lisa were so great to work with and we felt comfortable with them from day one. ”
Janelle wore a stunning strapless mermaid style Monique Lhuiller gown (2011 Collection) in light ivory with a sweetheart neckline, Chantilly lace, tulle bottom, and a button-down back.
She accessorized it with a Vera Wang crystal sash, purchased from The White Dress in Ottawa, Ontario. “Jasmine, a co-owner of The White Dress, suggested I try the Vera Wang sash with the gown and it made up my mind right away that it was the one!” -Janelle
“On my bouquet, I had a diamond cross brooch pinned to the lace tied around the stems. This brooch was leant to me by Nick’s sisters Cara and Lisa and belonged to Nick’s mother who passed away two years ago. It was a way of having her close to us and holding her in memory that day.” -Janelle
Large classic style vases stood on white pillars on either side of the church’s altars and filled with large round arrangements of ivory hydrangea, white peonies, white garden roses, ivory spray roses, white phalaenopsis orchids, purple phalaenopsis orchids, black vanda orchids and purple mokara orchids.
Pewter colored candy boxes filled with wine gums (in keeping with the vineyard theme), were tied in a pewter ribbon with a gift tag created by Paper Studio. Shimmery ivory paper with a purple watermarked vintage graphic was designed for the ceremony program.
Clarinet vases with a silver crystal band around the throat of the vase, filled with large round lush textured arrangements designed with ivory hydrangea, white peonies, deep purple lysianthus, white garden roses, deep purple freesia, off white spray roses and purple ostrich feathers incorporated. Strings of crystals hung down from the sides. Each vase was surrounded by small clear cylinder candle holders with ivory candles. In addition, purple tulips were set on the head table décor, as a reminder of the groom’s mother.
The dining tent was set up just five feet from the vines at Chateau des Charmes Winery featuring stunning picturesque views! Crystal chandeliers hung from the white ceilings and teardrop candleholders with ivory candles hung on the sides of the tent.
“Stacey [of Marry Me Productions] came highly recommended to me from some of her past clients, and I would definitely highly recommend her to others! She not only kept us on task but provided fantastic suggestions for decor throughout the planning process.” -Janelle
Photography: Bernie Aho Photography
Reception Venue: Chateau des Charmes Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Planning: Stacey Price, Marry Me Productions
Bride’s gown: Monique Lhuiller with a Vera Wang sash from The White Dress (Ottawa, Ontario)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ‘Belsoie by Jasmine’ from With Love Bridal Boutique (Ottawa, Ontario)
Bridesmaids’ Jewellery: Stella & Dot
Hair Styling: Enrica Dewar, The Grateful Head Salon (Sudbury, Ontario)
Make-up Artist: Paje Pojowy, Be.You.Tiful Brides Hair & Makeup (Niagara Falls, Ontario)
Groom’s Formal Wear: Domenico Vacca, Giovanni Clothes (Montreal, Ontario)
Floral: Pauline Vanderkuip, My Bouquet Floral Design (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario)
Decor: Angelica Sala, Simply Beautiful Décor (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario)
Cake: Vineyard Sweets
Stationery: Cheryl Cogan, Paper Studio (Ottawa, Ontario)
Catering: Queen’s Landing Hotel (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario)