Wedding Venue

February Real Bride | The Stasiuk Wedding

Our February Real Bride series comes to an end today and we can't believe it! Celine and Nate Stasiuk got married on September 9th, 2017 at Forest Legion and we are excited to show you all some of their favourite memories from that day including a peak at Celine's bridesmaid's dresses that were also found here at Once Upon A Time Weddings! Thanks for sharing your day with us Celine and Nate!


What's your favourite memory from your wedding day?

Celine (Bride) | "Seeing the emotion in Nates eyes when I finally got up to him, it looked like he was about to burst into tears and while reading his vows, he got chocked up and lost it."
Nate (Groom) | "When she was walking down the aisle with her dad, she looked like a princess."
Gown and Blush Maids dresses from Once Upon A Time Weddings.

Gown and Blush Maids dresses from Once Upon A Time Weddings.

Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"Lynette, our photographer from Lolaz Snaps. Jennifer, from Vintage Grace Handmade accessories. Anna, from Devorah Beauty. Our driver Bob, from Dorchester Limousine."

Any other unique details or stories about your wedding/love story you want to tell us?

"When we met at the party 11 years ago, I was instantly attracted to him like it was love at first sight. Me and a friend got into his car to go up to the store, and when he looked at me, he immediately smiled and blushed away all coy like. That is why I started off my vows with, "When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew." In his vows, he also referred to love at first sight upon meeting me, and how he knew I was something special."

One of our favourite things about Celine + Nate's wedding was all the DIY touches.  Her attention to all the little details shined through on her wedding day and we adore it.

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Photography: Lolaz Snaps Photography

How To Make Your Indoor Wedding Unique

One of the main things people are drawn to when it comes to outdoor weddings is all the room you have to be creative, whereas, an indoor wedding venue can look the same from weekend to weekend. So, how do you make your indoor wedding stand out from the wedding before yours? We've come up with some ideas to help you turn your indoor wedding venue into your own unique space.

1. Lighting. There are so many interesting ways that you can light up your reception or ceremony; from candles to Edison Bulb lights, to professional creative lighting. There are so many choices, this one has so many ways to make it your own!


2. Your Centrepieces. This one may seem obvious, but it's also obviously easy to make different than the other bride and groom you know that got married at that venue. Be creative and be YOU here! 


3. Seating Arrangements. Most venues include tables and chairs into your booking but that doesn't mean you have to opt for the traditional way that they set them up! Get your pen and pad out and get creative with how you can arrange the tables and even where you'll place your head table!


4. Use The Ceiling. This is something you don't get to use outside so take advantage of it! From linens to florals there are lots of options here to make the venue fit your theme.


5. Add a backdrop to your head table. You can do so much with this and it'll be the centre of a lot of your reception pictures, so make it count!


However you decorate your wedding venue, remember to make it YOURS!

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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?


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!