Plan Your Fabulous Local Wedding

With the unique beauty of Revival House, Chad and Taryn didn’t want to take away from that with a lot of décor. Instead they focused on bringing in complimentary colours and lot’s of flowers!…

Bride & Groom: Chad & Taryn Duchesne

Wedding Date: June 2nd, 2018

Ceremony & Reception Location: Revival House in Stratford ( “We chose this location because we were attracted to the simplicity of having food, alcohol, music etc. all handled by one venue. On top of that, it is a beautiful space! We attended an open house for Revival, before it had opened, and we were so in love with the direction that they were taking the venue that I remember us discussing at that time that it would be the perfect place to have a wedding.” – C&T

Colour Palette: Blush, navy, and gold, with some rose gold.

Theme: “Our theme was somewhat vintage. We looked for older items to incorporate into our wedding and chose décor that would fit the venue. Our venue matched our theme perfectly, and we didn’t want to take away from the beauty of the venue itself. We went very minimal on décor and focused more on flowers.” – T

Flowers: “We used Blackcreek Flower Farm out of Sebringville ( The majority of the flowers were white, but we incorporated our wedding colours with pink peonies and blue thistles.” – T

Décor: “We tried to do as much décor on our own as possible. We hunted through several thrift stores for antique mirrors and vases to decorate with. We used an old picture frame for our seating chart. Smaller items like votives and table numbers were purchased new. The only décor service we used was table cover rentals. This was from NPR rentals in Clinton and we were amazed with everything they offered for rentals. I had found out about them after I had gone with a friend to pick up a slushie machine for her wedding.” – T&C

Fav décor element: “Our dog Rupert is a big part of our lives. Although we could not include him in the ceremony, we made a bandana for him that said, ‘I do too’ and it was perfect for photos! We opted out of an alter and had two large flower arrangements made instead. These were huge but worked well for the space. Once the wedding was over, we gifted these large arrangements to friends who had put a lot of work into making sure the day ran smoothly” – T

DIY: “With Taryn having a background in graphic design, we created our own invites, seating chart, sign for flip flops and the sign for our guest book. We paid attention to small details, like having the same font used, and carried this through on our decorations. We made decals to go on our card box and an ‘I Do’ for the bottom of Taryn’s shoes. We also made our ring box for the Ring Bearer to carry. On top of that, we saved money for our groomsmen by making their pocket squares. For our guestbook, we made a photo album from our engagement photos and had the guests write a special message in it.” – C

Invitations/stationery: “We did these ourselves, I had designed invites for friends in the past, so I was familiar with setting up the files and where to send to print.” – T

Cake: “After exploring costs and serving options, we opted out of having a cake. This tradition was not important to us. We found serving desert through the venue would be more efficient in serving our guests quickly and allowed the events during dinner to flow smoothly. We had a flourless chocolate cake and were able to accommodate any dietary restrictions this way.” – T&C

Wedding Favours: “We ordered the key shaped bottle openers from Amazon and had the tags custom printed so that they matched our invites. The tag read ‘The key to happiness is Love (and the ability to open a bottle).” – t

Groomsmen and Groom’s attire: Hudson’s in Stratford ( “Chad has his fathers wedding band, and had both his parents and our wedding date engraved on the inside.” – T

Bridesmaids attire and accessories: David’s Bridal ( bridesmaids chose a style that was most comfortable and best for their body type. We wanted the bridesmaids to choose their own style because our wedding party was all different shapes and sizes. We had two Maid of Honors, who both wore the same gold sequin style dress. It was not planned for the MOH’s to wear the same dress, however, they tried on the gold sequin dress for fun, and both liked it, so it worked out perfectly! On the day of the wedding, the bridesmaids were gifted a personalized gold and pearl necklace for them to wear.” – T

Bride’s dress and accessories: “My dress and veil were from David’s Bridal, my shoes were from Aldo and my earrings were Kate Spade. My mother offered for me to wear the necklace that she had worn on her wedding day. It had belonged to her mother (my grandmother). After planning on wearing this necklace, a few months later looking at my Grandmothers wedding photos, we noticed she was wearing the same necklace! The same necklace has now been worn through three generations. It is a vintage cameo necklace that is gold and soft pink and it worked perfectly with our wedding colours.” – T

DJ: Brendon Walkhom

Hair & make-up: Expressions Hair Design ( Makeup Artistry by Heather (

Photographer: Nina Polidoro Photography ( “Chad’s aunt recommended the photographer. We had seen her name come up every so often on Facebook and decided to look. It turns out Nina is a distant cousin of the groom and we had a fun time discovering that at our initial meeting. As soon as we met with Nina we knew that she had to be the photographer for our big day. Her personality was so comforting to be around, and her work was amazing. It was an easy decision to choose Nina as our photographer. Investing in professional photos was important to us.” – T

Biggest challenge: “The biggest challenge was to have a wedding where we could incorporate both sides of the family. A majority of the Taryn’s family follow a lifestyle where they do not drink, dance, or listen to music. In the end, we decided to have two separate events to avoid having any of our guests feel uncomfortable. Our favourite memories of our wedding were the things we could not plan – some friends and family had showcased some interesting and memorable dance moves out on the dance floor! The Flower Girls had long trains on their dresses, they were only four and five years-old at the time and it was hilarious trying to watch them try to move around in these long dresses. They were adorable!” – C

Advice from one couple to another: “You will probably hear this often, but don’t leave things to the last minute! There is so much to be done the final months leading up to the wedding. The more you can check off your list at the beginning, the more time you will have to spend on details, and this will help avoid any unnecessary stress leading up to the big day!” – T&C

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