When I first met Brittany I immediately thought, “This girl is so cool.” Right away she was easy going and super excited about getting married. She described a 50’s themed wedding that really struck a chord with me, so fun!
Originally she had described a short dress for her retro themed wedding but once she put on the Londyn by Hayley Paige (a full length gown) it was clear that the natural waist line, full skirt and whimsical detail still suited her inspiration by taking the retro silhouette and adding a bit of a modern flair!
Brittany was all smiles whenever we saw her and when I approached her to ask if she would share her photos with us she was more than thrilled to not only show us her photos but talk to us about her amazing wedding.
Thank you so much Brittany and Mike for letting us share in your day!
Names of Bride and Groom: Brittany Jaremco & Mike Fitzpatrick
Wedding Date: August 23, 2014
Venue: Leefield Community Centre
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Delica Bridal; Alvina Valenta – 9246
Groom’s Attire: Derks Menswear
Groomsmen’s Attire: Derks Menswear
Photographer: Tami Klatt Photography
Baker/decorator: The Bride!
Bride’s Dress: Delica Bridal; Hayley Paige – 6358
Veil: Delica Bridal; Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces – Phoebe
Stationery: Minted, Vistaprint
Wedding Website: Wix
Transportation: Eternity Limousine
Catering: A Cappella Catering
Marriage Commissioner: Julie Tkachuk
This photo is our favourite! Seriously? How flippin’ adorable?!
Tell us the story of how you and your fiancé met! When, where and how!
Mike and I met in 2005, in tenth grade, through our two best friends who played hockey together. We saw each other at lunch or in the hallways once in a while before really “meeting,” but I had a little crush on one of Mike’s other friends so I didn’t pay much attention. Once Mike and I actually started talking, however, I was intrigued by him and forgot all about his buddy! Thank goodness we had instant messaging (does anyone use MSN anymore??) to hide behind, since we were so young and too nervous to really talk to each other face to face at first. We started chatting more often in the hallways and cafeteria at school, and would often take the same bus home to extend our conversation beyond the end of the school day. It took a little while, and maybe a little prompting, but Mike eventually asked me out (in person!) in March of 2006. The tradition of taking a long time continued – he finally proposed after dating for more than seven years!
Tell us a bit about your wedding! Theme, colours, any special traditions etc.
We knew from the get-go that we wanted a non-denominational wedding, so were excited to make our wedding as fun as possible.
I originally wanted a fifties retro inspired, black-and-white polka-dot theme, but since the dress I fell in love with didn’t quite fit with that idea, we had to find other ways to incorporate the theme. The men wore dark grey suits with white shirts, black suspenders, and polka-dot socks and bow ties. My girls wore gorgeous black Alvina Valenta dresses that had similar horsehair finishing to my dress. They also wore bright red heels and got their toes painted with polka-dots to match the boys. My dress was already fantastic, but I decided to add a thick black band around the waist to tie in with the rest of the black in the wedding and bring in my waist. Since I’m not comfortable in heels, I wore red Converse sneakers with polka-dot socks. I also found an amazing garter to match my theme!
How dapper are these guys?
Loving the personal touch Brittany added by incorporating this black band on her waist.
Our flowers were absolutely gorgeous. When I went in for my consultation, they asked me to describe our wedding in three words. The only word that I could come up with was “fun,” and they definitely hit the mark. Our bouquets were big, beautiful, and full of texture. All the flowers in the bouquets were red, but each managed to stand out on its own. I was also able to add some small photos of family members to the base of my bouquet, as a way of having them there for our big day. The centerpieces were amazing – big, round globes with orchids and roses. I loved those vases. The giant barbell arrangements were striking accents at the front of the room as well. Fabloomosity did an incredible job!
I love to make things. I’m a teacher, so I had almost two months to put things together for the big day. We built our own backdrops since we knew they needed to be moved between the ceremony and reception, and I didn’t like the look or cost of the “swaggy” fabric ones. I also baked four kinds of cupcakes as well as our wedding cake. You could definitely see our personalities at the wedding through all of the little touches. I collect salt and pepper shakers, so I decorated a set for each table – a miniature salt bride and pepper groom, complete with veil and bow tie. We put together a crate of “dancing shoes” for guests, finished off with the date and our initials. Also, instead of kissing at the clink of glasses, I built a spinner (think Wheel of Fortune) for people to spin at the risk of having to take a shot of alcohol or kiss someone themselves. I introduced Mike to DavidsTea a while ago, so we decided to use their tea for our wedding favors – we had to do a bunch of taste-testing and rating in order to decide on our two favorites. There was a lot to be put together – we definitely couldn’t have gotten everything done without the help of our family and friends!
We did our photos before the ceremony, since everything took place at the same location. Then we were free to get married, visit, and start the party! For photos, we again let our personalities shine through. Mike is proud of the fact that he’s gotten me into reading comic books, so we took some photos at Happy Harbour Comics downtown – there’s so much color in that store, the photos look stellar! We also got a friend to let us in to our old high school (she teaches there now) and took some photos to appease my teacher side. We even got to recreate the first photo that was ever taken of us!
Our ceremony was amazing. My all-time favourite wedding ceremony, for sure, even if it was my own. Mike and the rest of the bridal party walked in to “Concerning Hobbits” from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. To most people, it sounds like wedding music, but to the few attendees who recognized it, the song was an awesome surprise. My dad and I walked in to a prettier version of Adam Sandler’s “I Wanna Grow Old With You,” which was another fun musical touch.
Even though we had a non-denominational ceremony, we still wanted to include readings of some kind, so we opted for a couple of poems. The first was by my favourite poet, E.E. Cummings. In high school, I actually had it posted up in my locker with a photo of Mike and I. The second poem was one that I came across while scouring through wedding readings and poetry, but I adapted it so it would fit our story a bit better. When I first read it to Mike, I didn’t know what his reaction would be, but he loved it!
Upon meeting with our marriage commissioner, she asked us about a unity ceremony during the wedding. Mike and I both agreed that we liked the idea, but didn’t know what we would do with a vase of sand or another candle. Her solution? A unity shooter ceremony. We combined Frangelico and Crème de Cacao and took a shot in the middle of the wedding! My grandma may not have liked the idea, but it’s not something our guests will forget any time soon! The cherry on top was the kiss – my favourite part of the day!
I couldn’t believe how perfectly our day went – it’s too bad it flew by so fast!
(That Crispy Crunch shot is my absolute favourite! And a unity shot? LOVE IT! – Jenn)
That is the kiss of a man who is super excited to be married to his gorgeous wife!
What was your favourite part of the day?
During the ceremony, when it was time for the kiss, Mike surprised me and bent me over in a big, dramatic dip kiss. I was wearing bright red lipstick and it got all over his mouth and just wouldn’t come off, even with his pocket square and some thumb-and-spit effort. He had pinkish lips for the rest of the ceremony. The video of that moment is absolutely priceless and it makes me smile every time I watch it.
What advice would you give to newly engaged brides when they begin the planning process?
BREATHE. Stick to your guns and go with your gut. Don’t forget to have fun with the whole process! Hopefully, you’ll only do this once – you want it to be your and your fiancé’s day, so make sure that both of you get your ideas out in the open and make them a reality! You can’t please everyone; it’s impossible to even try. Just make sure that you two are happy! Also, it may contradict with “stick to your guns,” but when trying on dresses, be OPEN. I wanted a short, retro-style dress and couldn’t find one that I liked on me. I tried on something completely different, just for fun, and didn’t want to take it off! You could be surprised at how things turn out.
Congratulations again to Brittany and Mike! We wish you years of happiness!!