Crombie & Zak’s garden wedding

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We have known Crombie since elementary school and always loved her sense of style and appreciation for a good gathering. We are so excited to share her romantic garden wedding, which is sure to blow you away. The ceremony was held at the family’s acreage, just outside the city. From an insanely gorgeous backdrop to the best dressed bridal party, everything was naturally breathtaking.

With the assistance of Blossoms and RSVP Event Design, Crombie and Zak transformed the Adam’s Ballroom at the Bessborough Hotel into a secret garden complete with pastel florals and fresh greenery. It is clear that every detail of this wedding was well thought out and perfectly executed.

Today we get the pleasure of showing off all the photos Chelsea Basaraba and Tamara Hodgson captured of the day, not to mention hear all about Crombie’s experience planning the event.

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Bride: Crombie Stebner (formally Maltman)
Location: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Date: June 18, 2016

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning?
I would have to say that I really had fun with decorating! I had a vision in my mind and wasn’t sure I would be able to explain or share that in a way with the people who were helping me plan, that would make that vision come to life, but luckily I did! I really enjoyed hunting for every little detail to make it all come together. Whether it was finding goblets, chargers, chairs or anything in between, everything ended up having a story and a process to getting it here. I had things shipped from all over the world to make it all come together. It was a lot of fun going on a hunt for everything!

How did you decide on the beautiful garden theme?
Any time I came across a picture or an idea that I liked, I would save it. Over time I started noticing a trend strung throughout all of the “inspo” I had collected. There was a natural elegance to what I wanted, it incorporated traditional, but also unique and very natural/organic features. I didn’t quite have a “theme” that I was ever able to put into words, but over time it took on the name of secret garden! I wanted everything to blend together, no one thing to be the focus. I wanted guests and myself to have to really pay attention and take time to see every detail to be able to take in the whole experience. I always knew I wanted to have the ceremony at my parent’s acreage, so that also helped create the theme since there are so many trees and beautiful scenery there to help bring the vision to life. The mix of neutral colours, natural woods and a lot of fresh greenery and flowers all came together to create that theme and I was so happy with the results!

What was the most important aspect of the wedding – the one thing you knew you had to splurge on?
I can’t say that there was a single most important aspect of the wedding. Overall I wanted it to be a representation of Zak and myself and we wanted everyone involved in our day to see that, to have fun and feel the love that we have for each other. That being said, we really wanted to have a standout meal. Food is a very important aspect of both of our families lives and we knew if we wanted that to be a focus it would be a bit of a splurge. Luckily for us the chefs we worked with at the Bessborough Hotel were fantastic and sat down with us to create a unique menu for our wedding. They sourced fresh, organic beautiful food to create the menu. We had a tasting before the wedding and were blown away with what they were able to do. We had many comments from guests that it was some of the best food they had ever had! 

How did you decide on the bridesmaid/groomsmen attire?
Our vision of a traditional, romantic, secret garden wedding helped steer the direction of our bridal party’s attire. For the guys, it was always going to be black suits, no question. We felt that would be a timeless look that would look good on everyone. For the girls, I searched for a long time to find what I was looking for. I found traditional bridesmaid’s dresses not to fit the image that I had in mind, and ended up looking outside of the ordinary places for dresses. In the end I found the bridesmaid dresses at Free People. The color, design and fabric used all came together to make the dress exactly what I was looking for! 

What process did you go through in deciding which music to incorporate?
We had always wanted to have a live musical group for our ceremony. We were lucky enough to be able to have musicians from the Saskatoon symphony available. When selecting music, we wanted to have some of the classics for our ceremony. There was a very long list of songs they were able to play and every song we had wanted was available. We had a mixture of classical music and old pop/blues classics (Bach, Handel, The Beetles, Louis Armstrong) and were very happy with the mix. The string quartet created the atmosphere we were hoping for! They then moved over to the Bessborough for the cocktail hour. For the remainder of the evening we worked with DJ Peter Siarkos, the owner of College Fresh Music who was so awesome. From the get go he was on board to do whatever we wanted and really worked with us to make sure all details, from our entrance song, to music during dinner, to our first dance and after, was taken care of! I would recommend him to anyone!

Looking back at the day, would you change anything?
I can honestly say that there is almost nothing we would change about our day. The only wish we had was that it could have lasted longer! We would have loved to have been able to dance for maybe another 1-2 hours, so that being said maybe starting the day earlier to have more time to dance would be the only change we would have made! 

What is some advice you can give blondewalk readers who are in the midst of planning their wedding?
First, Congratulations, this is such an exciting time! Second, relax. Planning a wedding can be very overwhelming and stressful at times. There are so many details and decisions to be made and it can be hard to know if you are making the right ones. I think the biggest thing is to trust that no matter what, when the day comes, it is all about you and the person you are choosing to spend the rest of your life with and that, above all else, will make it such a special and magical day, that everything leading up to it won’t really matter. Ask for help when you need it (and you will need it!), listen and be open to people’s advice, but always remain true to what you want. Try and enjoy all the moments along the way and do your best to stay organized, it will help to alleviate the stress of keep tracking of all the ins and outs of getting the day ready. Lastly, have fun! No matter what happens, enjoy every single moment of your special day, never again will you have so many close family and friends together all there for one reason, to celebrate you, and the day will fly by, so take lots of opportunities to step back and appreciate all the amazing work you did and how wonderful your day is!

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Bride’s attire – dress: Alvina Valenta 2016 (JLM Boutique), veil: Lazaro, earrings and hair clip: Maria Elena, bracelet: Birks, JLM Boutique consultant: Gabrielle
Groom’s tux and shoes: Hugo Boss | Bridesmaid attire: Free People
Groomsmen attire: Eph Apparel | 
Photographer: Chelsea Klette Photography
Florist: Blossoms | Wedding Planner: RSVP Event Design | Salon: Capelli Salon Studio

DJ: College Fresh Music | Ceremony: family acreage | Reception: Delta Bessborough Hotel