Claire & Tyler came to us shortly after their engagement, with charming smiles and a down-to-earth approach to their wedding. A loving and stylish couple, they have modest personalities and such big hearts. They enjoy the city and countryside, great food, great company, watching and playing sports (especially the Maple Leafs and hockey), and Claire in particular, absolutely loves the art of letterpress. They are philanthropists and two gentle (and very intelligent) souls with a childlike grace when are in each other’s presence.
Their wedding was hosted at a family farm in Caledon. The property is breath-taking, with rolling hills and foliage in the backdrop, and many buildings with historical elements. Some of the most noteworthy features include a beautiful two century-old stone farmhouse, a huge horseback riding arena, tree-lined wagon paths, and an apple orchard — all wonderful facilities that allowed guests to unwind from the busy city life.
It was important to Claire & Tyler that the event was kept relaxed, with refined but understated luxury — something warm, classic and memorable.
Our vision was to create a meaningful and richly detailed experience for their guests. We sought to capture their personalities and their love for the farm setting, while maintaining an upscale simplicity. Drawing from the old farmers’ almanacs and charming details on vintage horseshoes, we created original, custom artwork and hand lettering on the save-the-dates, invitation suites, and all the day-of event stationery pieces.
The invitation truly set the tone. Presented in a quiet antique white folio, guests experienced a hearty preview of the wedding through the invitation design. The folio opened to a gorgeous letterpress printed piece that was mainly typographic. The main feature was Claire and Tyler’s names, which were custom hand-lettered and surrounded by hand-illustrated interpretations of farmer’s almanacs. Already, the piece had a sophisticated countryside feel. Once guests lifted the main piece, they discovered a bundle of cards, including the reply card and envelope, brunch card, and details, tied up with a single piece of cotton string. Then, the main focal point was revealed — printed on the inside of the folio was an exquisite pencil illustration of the entire property from bird’s eye view. From the enchanted forest to the old stone house, and where the wedding tent would be built, everything was captured in an effortless and detailed hand illustration. Family and friends were floored by the invitation design, and it set the tone leading up to the big day.
Cocktail hour happened in a Central Park themed tent, where trees were transplanted into an inspiring concept space with luxe bars and leather sofa lounges. The vows were exchanged in a clearing in the woods, as envisioned by the groom. By horse and carriage, guests were escorted into the enchanted forest; a canopy of lanterns hung from trees. They dangled atop pristine white Ghost chairs and comfy lounge furniture. Beautiful organic pieces flanked the moss path to the “altar” — all designed by the master Bill Fulghum. Sixteen waiters dressed in black lined the footpath with glasses of pink champagne. Guests were able to take these into the ceremony site, where they were continually topped up until the ceremony began. It was the most magical experience of “wedding” for many guests! In addition to the invitation, the most remarkable pieces were the custom-illustrated two-sided signs that we lovingly illustrated in pencil. The signs referenced rustic weather vanes, ornate garden pieces, and classic pointers as they led guests INTO the forest. Then on the way out, the signs were simply turned and functioned as signs leading guests to cocktail hour….
A simply delightful start to an enchanted evening of celebration.
Read more about this wedding at: http://shesaidspectacular.blogspot.ca/2012/11/there-were-signs-all-along.html
Wedding Planner: Melissa Haggerty, Spectacular Spectacular
Photography: 5ive15ifteen Photo Company
Décor: Bill Fulghum