REAL BRIDE: NATASHA IN JULIAN TOP & IRIS SKIRT
NOV. 11TH, 2020
There is just something so special about weddings and it never gets old for us. Our beautiful bride, Natasha and her now husband, Lucas are beaming in these photos by their photographer, Maria Denommeand we feel so privileged to learn and share all about their big day. We are also quite obsessed with her story of how she found her dress (the Julian Top is also one of Rebecca's favorite pieces and inspired her own wedding gown). Natasha found her Julian Top and Iris Skirt with our friends over at the Tilted Veil.

"I wanted to start by saying our wedding like many other couples this year went completely differently than planned. We planned on having 150 guests at a beautiful venue and then covid hit. We quickly realized in order to keep our loved ones safe, we moved the reception date to 2021, with a goal of having a very small intimate ceremony with 30 guests only on our original date of September 6th 2020. This included us, our daughter, parents, siblings, grandparent, wedding party and their spouses. Our ceremony took place at my parents property in Normandale, Ontario Canada. We had an evening ceremony, the officiant was a very good family friend who made the ceremony that much better with jokes, sentimental moments and even shots! ????. We ended the day by changing into track suits (to save our dresses from getting ruined before the reception next year) had an intimate dinner and bonfire!

Wedding Date: September 6, 2020 at parent's home in Normandale, Ontario Canada. (Future reception date to come in 2021!)

How did you two meet?!
"My fiancé and I met almost 12 years ago in our home town! We were both home from college for Christmas holidays and went out with friends to a bar. As the age old story goes boy meets girl at a bar they hit it off and never stopped texting since then, haha.."

How did Lucas propose?
"Luke had the ring for months, trying to figure out the perfect proposal, but nothing ever seemed grand enough. Then one evening we found out we were pregnant and he felt in that moment was the perfect grand moment to ask me to marry him! It was a whirlwind of a regular Tuesday evening to say the least."

Tell us about you two!
"I am from brantford Ontario Canada, same with Lucas. We currently live in a very small town near London Ontario. I went to school for fashion design, and throughout the years have found myself owning a woodworking company (@weaselnco). I love to use a scrollsaw to create beautiful and sentimental home decor items! Lucas from a super young age realized he was incredibly into computers and I don't think he's ever questioned that he wasn't destined for anything else. He works for 3M Canada, in their IT dept. When it comes to hobbies, I think we both really just prefer to be hanging out with friends, making lasting memories and enjoying every moment we can. When we aren't busy with friends (thanks covid) we love to watch tv together, play video games or board games and play with our daughter (who is 18 months old now!)
    Tell us about your ceremony. Was it religious? Did you choose your own readings, music, or write your own vows? Pick a detail or two to share about.
    "Our ceremony was performed, like I said by a good family friend. He has been in my life for over 20 years. He has known Lucas and I since we started dating. He had told a few jokes, kept it short and sweet and my favorite part is when he pulled out a flask from a Bible for some shots, hahaha. Needless to say it was not religious, it was lighthearted fun and funny! (Just like us)"
    Congratulations, Natasha and Lucas! We are over the moon for you both and this wonderful life you have been creating together. And yes! Please, let us know how your reception goes in 2021! I think we are all looking forward to love and laughter in the new year.
    How did you choose your venue/date?
    "Our date was really chosen because it was a long weekend and easy for our friends and family to have the time off haha. We originally chose a venue who ended up cancelling on us(way pre-covid), and in a scramble we found a new venue at The Rope Factory in brantford. It's the perfect industrial meets modern vibe, and really allows for the relaxed atmosphere we were hoping for. Now this venue will be our reception place next year, and the ceremony space was an easy decision since my parents have a beautiful property near Lake Eerie!"

    Tell us about your dress shopping experience. Where did you find your gown?
    "My dress shopping experience was interesting. I originally went looking for exactly what I purchased (the one I wore), however after a day of dress stores and thousands of dresses I ended up getting one I did not ever think I would (completely different style), and the minute I got home I regretted it. I had unfollowed all the dress stores I found on Instagram in my area except for one. I just loved her posts and wanted to see more. I followed her posts all the way through her New York purchasing trip and when I spotted your dress I gasped. I messaged her right away and asked if she was getting it in. I made an appointment that day with her and a few months later when it was in I tried it on with my mom there and knew immediately that this was the correct dress. I listed the old one for sale online that day and have never been more sure of my decision. I loved every second of being in that dress, I loved how I felt and how I looked. It was exactly what I thought I would be wearing for my wedding."

    Where did you find your dress and how many gowns did you try on before you said Yes?
    "I shopped at four different stores, purchasing the *wrong* dress at one, and eventually going back to Tilted Veil in Guelph Ontario to purchase the most beautiful Rebecca Schoneveld dress."

    How many gowns did you try on before you said yes?

    "I couldn't even tell you how many I tried on, maybe 30?"
    What was your favorite part of the day?
    "My favorite part of the entire day was laying around the bonfire pit, snuggled in blankets and pillows with my new husband, my best friends and family. We relaxed, drank, cooked snacks on the fire and laughed our asses off. We also went out to the lake for some photos and on the way Luke and I hopped into the side by side and I (in my dress and everything) drove us through the dirt roads for the most perfect photo opportunity."
    Do you have any advice to offer future brides?
    "My advice to future brides is to let everything go. I have always said from the beginning of wedding planning thst this isn't "my day". Lucas and I wouldn't be who we are today without our friends and family. They are the ones who shaped us, who made us and who continue to be apart of our lives. This was a day to celebrate everyone, and to thank them for being there for us. Of course because of covid we haven't had a chance to do that with everyone yet, but we know we will one day! So let go of all the little details, in the end it's about your love for each other and friends and family."
    Did you choose to wear anything sentimental on your wedding day?
    "I didn't plan on wearing anything sentimental, it never really crossed my mind.That is until my maid of honour gifted me with the most thoughtful gift ever. I was the maid of honour in her wedding a few years ago in New Zealand (gorgeous wedding) and she actually took some beads off of her dress and put them onto a garter for me to wear. She couldn't decide for certain what style I would want so she made TWO.

    Did you have any major surprises on your wedding day (or weekend)? Good or bad?
    "I feel like the planning portion of the wedding process was the most surprising with changing venues, covid, vendors dropping because of covid and having to change so much that it didn't even matter in the end. The good part of all of it is that you make the evening so simple and so joyous with close friends that there isn't really anything that can go wrong! And luckily we were outside the entire time, we had masks for those who wanted, we had sanitizer and our guests all slept in tents on the property so we could keep to our bubbles!"

    How did your dress feel during the day? Anything you would have done differently or anything you feelworked out perfectly?
    "My dress felt amazing, I loved that it was a two piece. I actually felt very comfortable because of that. (And) because I only wore it for a few hours I didn't have to try to go to the washroom in it, but I will report back after next year ????????"
    "My dress felt amazing, I loved that it was a two piece. I actually felt very comfortable because of that."
    "This was a day to celebrate everyone, and to thank them for being there for us. Of course because of covid we haven't had a chance to do that with everyone yet, but we know we will one day!"