Vendor Interview with Willow Creek Barn Events

Happy Friday brides! This month we chatted with Kim Vlasman over at Willow Creek Barn Events in Ailsa Craig (about 20 minutes outside of Strathroy). Her venue is breath taking - from the gorgeous rustic barn to the land itself you'll find so many beautiful places for couples photos and options for your ceremony spot! We hope this Q+A will help some of you brides who are still deciding on a wedding venue!

How did you start out? What's your story on becoming a wedding venue?

"Short form....Friends kept asking to get married at our barn. So we decided to make it a business 😊"

How far in advance do you like the bride and groom to book with you?

"One year."

What kinds of wedding packages do you offer?

"All of our wedding day packages are completely customizable."

How far in advance are you usually booked?

"8 months to a year."

Can the bride and groom have their rehearsal dinner at the venue the night before?

"If it is a simple meal like pizza yes!!!"

Can the bride and groom choose from different areas on your property to have there ceremony and reception?

"Yes!!"

Can couples book year round or do you have a designated wedding season?

"We are open for weddings from end of May to first week of October."

What is included when a couple books with you? (IE: catering on site, chairs, tables...?)

"Tables, chairs, washroom trailer, rental from Friday noon till Sunday noon."

What do brides and grooms say about your venue that sets you apart?

"Beautiful setting and excellent customer service."

Is there anything else you'd like to say about your business?

"We are the entire package. Hundreds of beautiful spots to take pictures after your incredible outdoor ceremony. Then enjoy a rustic barn dinner and dance with a separate bar area. A relaxed country wedding."

Thank you Kim for taking the time to talk with us about your venue, what a beautiful spot for beautiful weddings! We can already see lots of our dresses feeling right at home here! :) 

If you have any questions or want to book Willow Creek Barn Events, you can reach Kim via Facebook or their website here.

Maybe you already booked your wedding at Willow Creek Barn and are looking for the perfect gown to compliment the venue, look no further! Book your wedding dress experience with us today!

August Real Bride | Ryan and Alexa's Wedding

Alexa was such a wonderful bride to work with and we are so grateful she chose us at Once Upon A Time Weddings to fall in love with her lace ball gown. Alexa, you looked absolutely stunning! We are so excited to show you all their beautiful wedding day, their bridesmaids dresses, and the love these two share, enjoy!

What's your favourite memory from your wedding day?

"Our whole day was honestly the best, our ceremony had personal touches with Ryan's sister and father doing readings. We absolutely loved our cocktail hour though, we didn't have a receiving line or the big entrance at the reception, so when we finished photos, we showed up at the start of cocktail hour and mingled and had drinks with our guests; it was so relaxed and such a great way to see everyone and start off the night!"
It was so fun having Alexa and her girls back in the store to purchase their maids dresses!

It was so fun having Alexa and her girls back in the store to purchase their maids dresses!

Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"Our coordinator Alysha at Revival House (and their whole amazing staff!) honestly became friends towards the end of the whole planning process, they made everything so easy and were such a joy to work with. Designs by Cate did our amazing floral and she exceeded our expectations, I honestly met with her once to discuss ideas and just trusted in her to do her thing and it was amazing! Our lovely Pastor did such a great job personalizing our ceremony and with our marriage prep in the months before the wedding, after serving at Ryan's family's church for 13 years he is enjoying retirement currently! And lastly our photographer Mariangelica, she's just a rock star and we feel so fortunate to have worked with her and got to know her well over the last couple years."

What did your (now) husband think of your dress?

"He liked it and thought I looked pretty. He doesn't know one dress style or shape from another, so he just knew I'd look nice!"

We love our brides! If you got married in a Once Upon A Time Weddings dress, please contact us about being featured on the blog!

If you're newly engaged and haven't found your dream dress, don't hesitate to book your appointment with us, we can't wait to give you the experience of a life time!

Photography: Mariangelica Photography 

Venue: Revival House

The Adventure Themed Wedding

Do you and your finace love to travel? Maybe you're planning a destination wedding or maybe you just love the idea of taking adventures together in the future. Either way, traveling can be a metaphor for all brides and grooms getting married and starting their next adventure of life together. Today, we've put together some cute ways to incorporate traveling and adventure into your wedding day!

1) Invites or save the dates. These are especially special if you're having a destination wedding! And, even if you're not, maybe you're known as the couple that travels together or is always on a new adventure so what better way to announce your wedding than with that theme in mind!

2) Subtle decorations. There are so many cute sayings and items that you can include in your wedding day decorations that aren't over the top theme related.

3) Seating Charts. Why not make an adventure out of telling your guests where they will be seated!

4) Guest book. You can include travel themed items for your guest to sign then display it in your future home!

5) Party favours. Send your guests off with a cute little gift as they travel home from your wedding.

We hope you feel inspired if you're the adventurous and travelling couple planning their wedding! As always, if you're still looking for your dream dress, book your appointment with us today, we can't wait to give you the best gown shopping experience in town!

August Real Bride | Alexa's Dress

Alexa said yes to the dress on January 30th, 2016 for her May of 2017 wedding {which just so happens to be Erin's birthday}. We loved having her in our store, not just once, but twice because she brought her girls back to find their bridesmaid dresses here too! We hope you enjoy reading all about her experience and the wonderful advice she gives to future brides at the end is something you don't want to miss!

About how many dresses did you try on before you found 'The One'?

"Only one, my dress was the second one I tried! But I did try on about 4-6 more after my dress."

Were you expecting to purchase your dress when you came in for your appointment?

"I was ready to buy, but also prepared not to get down on the experience if I didn't find my perfect dress."

Who was with you at your appointment?

"My Mom, my Aunt Dana and my Matron of Honour Michele."

Did anyone have extra influence on helping you say yes to the dress?

"Michele, my MOH definitely helped me settle on my decision! My Mom wasn't on board right away because my dress was so different from what she, or myself, pictured me in!"

Was the dress you bought similar to what you came in thinking you wanted?

"I had honestly always pictured myself in a trumpet or mermaid, because I'm so petite I didn't think I could ever wear a ball gown for fear it would just swallow my frame. I had literally so many photos of trumpet and mermaid gowns and only one ball gown, with pockets no less, and that's what I ended up getting!"

How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"It was so lovely, Erin was so attentive and never rushed us and it was very personal. She listened to what I was envisioning for my day, and I was really open to trying colour and a lot of options so it was a really fun experience shopping! I got the veil and my belt and the whole look there too, they are just amazing there!"

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your story to finding the dress?

"I would say just be open and try on different styles and colours, but trust in your gut, even if it isn't what you yourself pictured! As soon as I tried on my dress, I looked down at myself in it and knew, I hadn't even seen myself in a mirror yet! And while I had wanted to get my dress that day, I tried not to get my hopes or expectations up in case I didn't like anything. Just trust in the experience and enjoy it, it only happens once!!!"

Join us next week to see the bridesmaids dresses Alexa and her girls picked from Once Upon A Time Weddings to compliment her gown and see how the whole wedding day came together!

Book your experience here too say yes to your dream dress.

Photography: Mariangelica Photography

How To Enjoy Being Engaged

It can be so easy to wish yourself to your wedding day but we believe being in engaged is such a special time and should be enjoyed to the fullest! You only get to call your fiancé 'fiancé' for so long so why not enjoy it!

1) Throw an engagement party! Celebrate this huge step in your relationship with all your friends and family! It's not a hassle for anyone, people love a reason to celebrate and get together! Find some cute decorations and get to celebrating! 

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2) Take engagement photos! This is a super fun way to celebrate with just the two of you. You get to dress up and be all lovey dovey for the pictures! You can even make a date night out of it! If you choose to do them with your wedding photographer it gives you an extra chance to get to know them and their style before your wedding day.

3) Get some fiancé swag! You're only engaged once so work it girl!

Learn how to DIY your own mug here!

Learn how to DIY your own mug here!

Available at Once Upon A Time Weddings!

Available at Once Upon A Time Weddings!

4) And remember! When it comes to wedding planning, the day is about your love for one another. Don't let the nitty, gritty details of planning take the joy of being engaged away from you!

Are you recently engaged and starting to look for your dream dress? Look no further! We'd love for you to book your wedding gown experience today!

August Real Bride | Alexa and Ryan Wallace

August is here and so is a new Once Upon A Time Weddings Real Bride! We are excited for you all to get to know Alexa and Ryan Wallace over the next 3 weeks. These two had known each other for 13 years before getting engaged which is why you can't help but see the happiness and love radiating off them in all their engagement pictures! Start scrolling to read all about their proposal!

How did the two of you meet?

"We met about 13 years ago in high school through a mutual friend (now our brother-in-law!)."

How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"There was no big "a-ha" moment or anything like that. We've been together so long (6 years as a couple and 13 years as friends) that it's all those little moments and challenges and memories collected over time that make you realize you want this person in your life forever."

How did your fiancé propose? (from the brides point of view)

"We were planning a fifth year anniversary getaway to Huntsville for a few days, all winter activities like skating and snowmobiling. Then no snow in Ontario! We were going to cancel the trip then Ryan suggested we drive to Montreal, somewhere I've wanted to visit for a long time, so we re-booked some things and left on Boxing Day. On our first full day there we went for a walk up Mont Royal and found a quiet trail and he proposed! I honestly was surprised, which to this day he still doesn't believe, but we had looked for rings about a year prior and I was so excited then, and then nothing! So I told myself to stop anticipating it happening and just enjoy your moments together, so it was a lovely surprise!"

How did you propose? (from the grooms point of view)

"We planned a trip for our five year anniversary to Montreal, a last minute change of plans. We had talked about hiking up Mont Royal so on the first day after breakfast I suggested we do that first thing, I had bought the ring about 7 or 8 months before and was tired of trying to hide it! We found a trail off the main path and when we paused at a lookout I proposed and she said yes."

We can't wait for you to join us next week to hear all about how Alexa said yes to the dress! 

Have you been proposed to but still looking for your dream dress? Head over to our website and book your appointment today!

Photography: Mariangelica Photography 

3 Ways To Get Organized & Avoid Stress

During times of overwhelm or stress, there are three things you can do to help reduce stress. Owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings bridal store, Erin Bouchard shares these three things with brides!