Strathroy Ontario

March Real Bride | Heather Doerbecker

Hello March! We love bringing in each new month with a new Once Upon A Time Weddings Real Bride! This month we are featuring Heather and her now husband Jamie Doerbecker. These two are seriously radiant for each other, we absolutely love their love story and hope you do as much as us! Just wait until you read Jamie's proposal below...swoon.

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How did the two of you meet?

"Orientation week at the University of Waterloo we were both leaders."
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How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"There wasn't a specific moment for me that I knew Jamie was the one, rather smaller ones added together. The smaller moments were always making me smile and making me laugh. He loves country music and so do I. He is very caring, thoughtful, and has a huge heart. He is always helping other people, putting others first which is similar to me. He always knows what to say in any situation. I have a big family and they are very important to me and when I saw him with them and feel comfortable around them and get along with my cousins I knew we would be together for a long time. I learned very quickly that Jamie's family is also important to him. Another thing that helped me see he was the one is when I see him playing with our little cousins and how natural that comes to him."
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How did your fiancé propose?

Heather: "We were going to my parents house for the weekend. We were coming from Waterloo and heading just outside of Strathroy. I had asked Jamie if we could go watch the sunset before going to my parents house because it is one of my favourite things to do. I find it so relaxing and calming and wanted to be able to spend the quality time with Jamie. It was June 10, 2016 so it was starting to be nice weather. We decided to go out for dinner and went to the Growling Gator and sat on the patio. We were able to see the start of the sunset and the few clouds rolling in. We eat supper then walked down to the beach, we found a spot to sit and I asked Jamie to take a picture of me with the sunset and I also said I wanted pictures of us in front of the sunset as well. We went over and asked a group of girls if someone would come and take our picture. One girl agreed and she came over and took off her sunglasses and said, "Hi Heather, how are you?" I responded, "Hi Emily, I am good thanks and you?" We had a quick chat and Jamie said to me, "You know her!" which I said, "Yes we grew up down the street from each other and went to public and high school together". We got a few pictures together then Jamie said, "The sunset is beautiful tonight, but not as beautiful as you Heather." He then pulled out the ring, got down on one knee and asked me "Heather will you spend the rest of your life with me?" My reaction was, "OH MY GOD THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW?" Which Jamie said yes it is. After I let it sink it for a few seconds I said, "Of course I will!!" Jamie put the ring on my finger and we hugged and kissed. I got a bit teary and I was so excited!! I was so surprised when it happened. It was the perfect timing from Jamie, after he proposed the sunset was hiding behind the clouds. It was the perfect night! We were so happy we couldn't wait to tell our family and friends."
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Jamie: "A while before I actually proposed we were driving along the 401, I decided to bring up interesting ways to propose or how she dreamed of being proposed to. We had a lengthy conservation of good, bad and that better never happen if we were to ever get engaged. This conservation really didn't sway my idea on, Heather always loved watching the sunset so I knew that is how it had to happen. Once I had asked her parents for their blessing, I went out and got a ring from Poaggs. Since I was not from the area I asked Heather's parents to pick up the ring from the store once it was resized and had to figure out a time to get it from them. It just happened to work out that after they picked it up we all ended going to a jays game and I was able to get the ring from her dad and put it in the glove box while she was with her mom. I had it for a little while when Heather said she wanted to go see a sunset on the way to her parents, so naturally i agreed because little did she know she just planned her own engagement. For that night I packed a bag and was able to get to get the ring in without Heather noticing, there were a few close calls when she put some stuff in the bag and took some stuff out but she never noticed the ring box in the next pocket. As we were driving to grand bend we were just singing along to the radio when a friend of ours texted Heather so since Heather was driving she asked to text her back. This was really helpful to calm my nerves. We went for dinner downtown and then went to the beach to catch the sunset. We walked the beach for a little bit and then Heather said where would you like to go, I remember saying it really doesn't matter to me. Once we found a spot I got some towels out so we had something to sit on and Heather said could you take some pictures of me with the sunset so I did. She then said I would like some of us so I said I will go ask someone, and there just happened to be a group of girls sitting close by so I went to ask them. Heather said here take my phone cause it takes better pictures but I walked over to them and asked if they could take some pictures for us and they said sure. I handed them my phone with a note saying I am about to propose could you take some pictures for me. As she walked over to take our picture she said hi Heather, cause they had grown up down the street from each other. I had put my glasses in my backpack because they tint with the sun so they were pretty dark, which also allowed me to grab the ring and put it in my pocket. A few seconds went by then I looked at Heather and then the sunset and said the sunset is beautiful but not as beautiful as you, then I got down one one knee and said will you marry me? it took a few seconds for her to even say anything which were the longest seconds of my life. Finally she said is this for real and then said of course I will. Pretty much after she said yes we lost the sunset behind some clouds. As we were walking back to the car we started calling our parents and close friends."
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Join us next week as we explore Heather's journey to saying yes to the dress!

Photography: Latte Productions

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February Real Bride | Celine Says Yes To The Dress

Celine said yes to the dress on May 5th 2016 and Once Upon A Time Weddings was her first stop for dress shopping! She trusted her gut and knew she had found the one! Celine also came back for her maids gowns and says this about her second experience, "My second experience was really helpful, accommodating and I felt like I trusted the staff to find what style I was looking for." We love seeing you brides more than just once! Enjoy reading all about Celine's experience saying yes to the dress below!

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

"Technically one, because the first dress I tried on was the one I came specifically for and ended up saying "Yes" too, but about 3-4 others afterwards."

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

"Yes, just like I envisioned!"
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Were you expecting to purchase your dress when you came in for your appointment?

"It was still early in our engagement so I wasn't even planning on shopping yet, but OUATW uploaded a picture on their facebook page of a brand new gown that I happened to see. I was gushing with joy, and I just knew it was "The one" and so I called the next day to make an appointment for that following Saturday. I wasn't expecting to purchase that day, but my mind was so set on the dress I seen that I just needed to know for sure. They say that most brides don't end up with a dress they always vision themselves in, but I've always been the type of women to just know. Poofy, princess, bling and ball gown is what I always seen myself in, and I got it!"
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Who was with you at your appointment?

"My mom, Grandma, MOH and aunt."

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

"My Grandma. As she was helping me in it for the second time, she silently told me how I wouldn't find anything better as mine was so unique, and gorgeous."
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How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"Amazing! I'm the type who likes personal experiences, and needs to connect with others. I enjoyed the laid back, not rushed atmosphere where I felt like the center of attention. (I waited 10 years for this day, I wanted my moment) haha!"
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Is there anything else you want to tell us about your story to finding the dress?

"I knew about OUTW before being engaged from other brides going there, and their great experiences so I was always excited at the thought of getting to go there myself one day. Leading up to dress shopping, I of course had pictures saved on what styles I wanted but nothing stood out to me like seeing the one OUATW posted that one magical night."
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Join us next week to see the maids gowns and hear all about Nate and Celine's wedding day! 

Photography: Lolaz Snaps Photography

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February Real Bride | Celine & Nate Stasiuk

We are excited to welcome our February Real Bride: Celine Stasiuk to the blog today! Celine and Nate got married on September 9th of 2017 and we loved having her in the store each and every time she was in!  We hope you guys enjoy reading their love story and proposal as much as we loved hearing it!

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How did the two of you meet?

"At a house party with mutual friends in the summertime."
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How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"I always knew when I laid eyes on him."
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How did your fiancé propose? (from the brides point of view)

"It was a typical night, nothing much going on. We were cooking pancakes together for dinner, laughing and enjoying each others company. He wasn't acting out of the ordinary, so I didn't suspect anything. After we were finished eating, I got up to start cleaning but he suggested that we just sit together and talk (this is when I started to feel something was up, cause normally after supper he would just go and play his video games). I sat back down, and he got quiet saying, he had something to tell me, but don't know how. I repeated "What" a few times feeling anxious as he was still quiet. In a flash, he pulled out a box from his sweater, placed it in front of me, opened it and asked if I would marry him. My body was in such a state of shock, that it felt like I was having an out of body experience. Still in shock mode, I kept saying "OMG, are you for real" before saying yes, of course gushing and squealing."
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How did you propose? (from the grooms point of view)

"We were having pancakes for supper, I had the ring in my pocket. After dinner, I told Celine that I had something to tell her, but that I didn't know how. I got really nervous, pulled out the ring and asked Celine to marry me all in one motion. When she was done saying "Are you for real" She said yes."
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How cute are they?!? Join us next week to read all about Celine's journey to saying yes to the dress!

Advice From a Past Bride | Racheal Taylor

We are starting a new and fun feature on our blog today and we couldn't be more excited!!! Wedding planning can be stressful so we thought it would be helpful to share advice from brides who have been there! Get some real life advice from everyday people who have planned their wedding.

Today, we chatted with Racheal Taylor who got married on September 13th of 2014 and we are loving her real and raw advice! We hope you enjoy this new feature and get some helpful hints for your own wedding planning!

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What is the biggest piece of advice you would give a newly engaged bride-to-be?

"My biggest piece of advice is PLAN AHEAD. I found this really helped keep me from being overwhelmed like I hear a lot of brides being while planning their wedding. I was able to enjoy planning my wedding, crafting up decor, all while expecting our first child to be due 3 months before our wedding."

What is the best advice you would give for a bride-to-be who is searching for her dream dress?

"Be open minded! I had an idea of what I liked in pictures, but tried EVERY style on even if I didn't think I would like the material, fit, colour etc. In the end I actually took an element from a each dress I tried on and was able to explain those things I really liked in each dress to the OUTW tribe and they had MY exact dress, all the details I had described."

What is the best advice you were given as a bride-to-be?

"I don't know if this counts as advice but I was being super cheap with my dress I had in my head $800 max. Not because we couldn't afford more but because I'm just normally a budget freak lol. My mother in law pushed me to up my budget a bit and voila my dress was found. My dream dress." 

What is something you regret when wedding planning?

"Too big! We rented a HUGE hall with over 200 people and we both wish we scaled it down a bit for a more cozy wedding."

What is one thing you're glad you did when you were planning your wedding/engaged?

"I am so glad I included my mother in law as much as I did. She was a major help! We couldn't have planned / decorated our wedding without her!"

Is there anything else you'd want to tell a future bride?

"Enjoy this time. This is honestly one of the most exciting moments the days and months leading up to your wedding. It goes by in a blink. Plan ahead so you are not so stressed out with everything piling up at once. I'm just itching to plan our 10 year anniversary one day! I love party planning!"
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How cute is that!  Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us Racheal!

If you are still searching for your dream gown book your experience with us right here today!

November Real Bride | Erin and Jeff's Wedding

We aren't quite sure how it happened so fast but this is our final blog of the November Real Bride series and we have loved showcasing Erin and Jeff's story! I mean come on, look at her in that dress! 😍 We hope you enjoy reading all about their wedding day in today's post!

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Where did you get married/have your reception?

"We got married on my family's home farm where I work. Outside on the lawn. Our reception was at the Parkhill Community Centre."
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What's your favourite memory from your wedding day? 

"Seeing each other for the first time when I walked down the isle. Also, just seeing all of our family and friends coming together to help celebrate!"
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Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"One-12 Photography, Amotion Films (Videography), Pineridge BBQ, Schwartzentruber Music Services (our DJ)."
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Photography: One-12 Photography

Interview With BBQ Feast Catering

This month we interviewed David Doherty, with the catering company BBQ Feast Catering. Our idea with these interviews is to give you insight into what to ask potential wedding vendors and introduce you to local vendors for your wedding! The food over at BBQ Feast Catering is making our mouths water, read at your own risk! ;)  

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How far in advance do you like a bride + groom to book with you?

"Any time frame, given we have an available crew."

How long have you all been in business?

"20 Years, since 1998!"

What kind of food do you offer?

"We specialize in Southern BBQ, Brazilian BBQ and Canadian BBQ. Barbecue!"
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Do you offer a tasting and what does that look like?

"Yes, We offer a selection of our meats throughout the off season(Nov. - April). The one hour appointment consists of a catering facility tour, menu consultation and meat tasting. Usually on Saturdays."

Do you set up everything on site? Is that customizable?

"As little or as much as our clients need, we can completely customize to their needs."

Do you have a max amount of guests that you can serve? If yes, what is your max?

"Minimum of 50 , Maximum of 10,000 Guests."
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What's the average price range and do you offer packages?

"$30.00 - $125.00 per guest."

When do you require a final head count?

"15 days prior to event date."
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Are you able to prepare allergy friendly plates for a few guests, and is there an additional fee?

"Yes, all dietary restrictions can be met. Sometimes fees do apply!"

Do you offer appetizers and dessert or just the main meal?

"Yes, we have a huge selection of full service or buffet apps again depending on the couple's wants and needs.  We also have many homemade desserts available."
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Do you provide a full service? IE: Plates, napkins, utensils, tables, chairs...

"Yes, but we do not provide rental items. All required food service items are provided and included in our pricing."

What sets you apart from other caterer's in the area?

"Experience, equipment, cleanliness and quality of service. Just to name a few!"

We hope this Q&A has answered some of your questions when looking for a wedding caterer! You can contact BBQ Feast Catering right here.

If you are searching for your dream wedding gown, book your experience with us today!

Simple Decor Goes A Long Way

One question we get a lot is "how do we stay within budget while still having the wedding of our dreams?" The million dollar question right! This is where Pinterest gets sticky, it's a great resource but can make your expectations a bit out of your realistic budget. Well, that's where Pinterest is also winning - their DIY ideas are on point when it comes to wedding decorations! We've pulled some easy ways to make your decor go a long way while saving a lot of money.

1. Collecting everyday items and dressing them up. Wine bottles, mason jars, cans, driftwood, etc. Spray painting, adding glitter, etc. to these items makes them brand new and you can fit them exactly to your theme! Don't be afraid to ask around, people are throwing these things away everyday!

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2. Make your own signs. Chances are you or someone you know has great handwriting so making your own signs is a great way to save on cost and gives your wedding a sense of uniquness. 

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3. Don't discount the dollar store! You can find some serious wedding decor treasures in there. Go in with an open mind and use your imagination! From frames, to candles, to vases, to rocks/pebbles; there is lots of room to go decor crazy in there!

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4. Nature is your friend! Now, this one depends on what season you are getting married in, but chances are you picked that season because you like it! Sticks, wildflowers, rocks, etc. You can use these naturally or dress them up with paint/spray paint/glitter.

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