A Quirky Non-Traditional Wedding In Kitchener, Ontario

While shopping for props for her flower studio at the Aberfoyle Antique Market, Tina met the love of her life, Harold. A vendor at the market, Harold sold Tina a potting table and helped her load it into her car. “We started chatting and exchanged business cards,” Tina shares. “One week later, he walked into my flower studio, and the rest is history.”

The couple got engaged in March while boarding a flight for a Caribbean vacation to Cuba. While Tina was distracted on her phone tending to her bridal clients, Harold was orchestrating a surprise for her with the flight attendants. They whisked her off to distract her with the mesmerizing dials in the cockpit. By the time she turned around Harold was on one knee with a ring box in his hands. “So my first words of delighted surprise were ‘no way’,” Tina says. One of the flight attendants asked if she said yes and Tina responded that it was a definite yes and an amazing way to start her vacation.

The couple wanted their wedding to feel romantically intimate but also exude a natural earthy feeling. Colour-wise, they worked with vibrant colours including burgundy, peach and gold. As a florist, Tina is used to working with colour, picking all her favourite flowers for the big day. After looking around online she found a salmon oriental poppy that fit her vision. “My one request was to have poppies, they are my favourite flower and remind me of my late grandma,” Tina explains.

Tina and her team at Living Fresh brought the florals to life, and completed the decor with harvest tables and benches. For photography, Tina enlisted wedding pro Whitney Heard. “I honestly would not have picked anyone else to shoot our wedding,” Tina says. “She is a dear friend and the sweetest, most loving person.”

One of Tina’s favourite wedding-day memories was walking down the grassy aisle to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran and seeing the love in her husbands eyes. “It was the song we fell in love to,” Tina recalls. Another memory that the newlyweds say will always stick with them is when Harold’s best man, who was his 10-year-old nephew, became overwhelmed with emotion during the day and had to be consoled by his younger sister, the flower girl.

Tina spends her days working hard in her floral business to accomplish the dreams of others, so the opportunity to design her own wedding was amazing for her. “Being a wedding professional for over a decade I really didn’t understand how important one’s wedding day actually is,” Tina explains. “I now fully understand what it means to someone and why weddings are so important in a couple’s journey together.”

Tina Riddell and Harold Sharpe, June 1, 2018, Kitchener, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Whitney Heard.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Steckle Heritage Farm
Bridal gown: Jennie Ross
Flowers: Living Fresh Flower Studio
Stationery: Flourish Calligraphy
Caterer: Little Mushroom Catering & Crazy Canuck
Hair and makeup: Amanda Zack
Bride’s wedding bands: Attic Gold

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