Many young girls have dreamed of having a Cinderella inspired wedding – however, it would be hard to find a better example of a “Glass Slipper Day”, than July 18th, 2015, when Genevieve Simoneau and Patrick Wilson said, “I do.” Photographers, Mike &Ness were there to capture the intimate moments as this couple’s wedding tale unfolded.
Luck was on their side, and the day dawned bright and warm when the women gathered at The Holiday in Inn in Kanata. Hair stylists and make-up artists from the Capelli Club performed their transformational magic. Curling irons were waved, twisting strands of straight hair into curls, while make-up brushes swept colourful touches on to eyes and cheeks. The hotel room was filled with laughter and shared anticipation of all that lay ahead.
Even the bride’s father checked in to see that all was well, while her mother added the crowning touch to Genevieve’s hair; a beautiful band of white rosettes. Once both the flower girl and ring-bearer were pronounced perfect, the focus was on the last minute details to make sure the bride and her maids looked their absolute best as well.
Meanwhile, the men were having their own fun getting decked out at the family home. Donned in dark sunglasses, they helped one another adjust collars, smooth wrinkles until it was the moment for a single white rose to be pinned to the groom’s lapel, and time to head inside the church.
At 3 p.m. the wedding party assembled at The Fellowship Christian Church in Barrhaven. In the entrance to the church, streamers of blue and turquoise fabric hung from the church’s ceiling. The ceremony had an old-fashioned flavour, with Genevieve wearing an enchanting strapless full-skirted, white gown and carrying a beautiful bouquet of white roses and blue orchids. Patrick beamed throughout the ceremony and seemed at ease in his dark suit with white shirt and royal blue bow-tie. When the moment came for the couple to exchange their vows, they did so with looks of much tenderness and sincerity.
And then it was time for the wedding day party to be photographed outside under a smiling sun. Mike &Ness went to work capturing the often unnoticed nuances that highlight such a grand occasion. Meanwhile, guests were invited back to the Holiday Inn for canapés and cocktails.
There they were treated to a room decked out in a regal looking blue and white. The bows at the head table, reminiscent of the ones from Cinderella. Around the room, blue and turquoise orchids with white roses punctuated the royal blue table cloths. Even the champagne glasses were adorned with princess coach stems, awaiting the most special toast of the day.
But once the speeches were made and glasses lifted to toast the couple, it was clear that much of the fun was still to come on the lively dance floor. Yet one of the most touching moments of the day was the tender waltz shared by Genevieve and her father.
The couple opted for touches of fantasy such as, romantic place cards in blue script which read, “Enchanted Castle,” “Magic Wand,” and “The Pumpkin.” Floating candles were lit in tall vases of blue orchids and glowed warmly from each table. On the dessert table, white and turquoise frosted cupcakes looked inviting and pretty. And of course there was a treat table with whimsical glass jars of candy sticks and chocolate balls.
Perhaps the nicest touch of all, and a reminder for all who celebrated with the couple this day, were the storybook themed bookmarks for each of the guests.
It was truly a magical day with all the special touches that helped make it the beginning of a “Happily Ever After” for Genevieve and Patrick.
Ceremony: Barrhaven Fellowship Christian Reformed 3058 Jockvale Road
Reception: Holiday Inn Kanata
DJ: Quality Entertainment
Photographer: Mike & Ness Photography
Limo: Infinity Limo
Hair & makeup: The Capelli Club
Cake & cupcakes: Sue’s Sweet
Decor: RSVP Events
Planners: RSVP’S very own ladies Divine & Marina