A few months ago I came across an image on Instagram of a stunning bride and her bridesmaids so I contacted the bride, Kayla to find out more. As soon as I saw the photos, I knew I had to feature her bohemian woodland wedding on the blog. Meet Kayla!
Kayla & Clemens
I’m already in love with how this gorgeous couple met! Clemens, originally from Santiago in Chile, but living in Kayla’s home town of Ottowa, Ontario met at a local Food & Wine show. Clemens fell in love with Kayla’s blue eyes and blonde hair and Kayla thought he was very tall, dark and handsome. Just over a year later, Clemens proposed and in June 2016, they tied the knot at a bohemian woodland wedding in Quebec.
Not forgetting how they met, Kayla & Clemens wanted to make it a significant part in their wedding. During the wedding ceremony, they used a chalice from Kayla’s parents’ wedding to drink the wine.
With just under 18 months to plan the wedding, Kayla & Clemens knew exactly what they wanted and were a very decisive couple when it came to planning their wedding. The first thing they booked was the stunning cliff-side venue, Le Belvedere in Wakefield, Quebec. They instantly fell in love with the decor and ambience, and the surrounding forest fitted perfectly with their romantic, bohemian theme. The ceremony and venue were all in the same place and offered beautiful accommodation for wedding guests to stay over and enjoy the open bar.
It’ll come as no surprise for a couple that met at a food and wine show that food was an important deciding factor when choosing a venue. Le Belvedere offers an amazing selection of delicious food using locally grown produce. Kayla & Clemens had late night pizza, candy and cookie stations to make sure no one went hungry around the boho bonfire. The 4 tier wedding cake was Baci Cupcakes with nutella, chocolate raspberry and vanilla layers with strawberry filling.
Spending time with their friends, family and loved ones was really important to Kayla and Clemens, and the morning of their wedding was no exception. They all got ready in the same cottage; Clem got ready downstairs and Kayla got ready upstairs. Kayla and her bride tribe all wore floral rompers whilst getting ready and Kayla gifted each of them a beautiful Bohemian style ring by Australian jewellery designer, Samantha Wills. No only did this accessory perfectly compliment their outfits and boho theme, but also a lovely gift that they could remember the day by and wear time and time again.
I love the simple, elegant bridesmaids’ bouquets with a pop of colour to compliment their slate-grey, Grecian Goddess dresses. x
Kayla wanted a bohemian, flowy wedding gown and this one from Aussie bridal designer, Anna Campbell was exactly what she was looking for. Both Clemens & Kayla wanted their wedding to be simple, with things that look natural and clean. Candles and fresh florals filled with greenery featured throughout the decor of this bohemian woodland wedding. The bridesmaids wore slate grey wrap dresses and Clemens brought a pop of colour in a blue suit, surprising Kayla with his tie, which matched the wine-coloured florals in her bouquet.
Kayla & Clemens had a unique guest book and Polaroid camera duo. Guests were asked to take a picture of themselves and their date or family (as a selfie or by another guest) and then put the Polaroid into the book and sign their names with a message. They could also take another photo as a keepsake of the day. I love this idea!
Displayed in the entrance of the hall of the reception venue, were photos of loved ones who had previously got married down through the years. These photos in gorgeous vintage frames from Kayla’s Nonna’s house were to show all the love stories that preceded this fab couple.
Personalised steel wall plates were handmade for Kayla & Clemens and given to them as gifts by their families. There were three in total, with the geographical location engraved on each of them: where he stole her heart, where he proposed and where they said “I do.”
Music & Dancing
Kayla & Clemens wanted to make their wedding day a celebration that they could share and enjoy with their guests. It’s not every day you have all your favourite people in the one place, so they wanted to throw an amazing party for their guests and rock & soul band, The Lionyls kept the dance floor hopping all night. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran was the first dance song. Kayla & Clemens heard the song separately, and when they talked about song choices for their first dance they both said the name of this song. As a really cute date night idea leading up to the wedding, they took dance lessons so they had some moves planned out. The Lionyls performed Thinking Out Loud with their own soul/funk twist which made the song extra special for this beautiful couple. They also sang All of Me by John Legend as Kayla walked down the aisle.
I think it’s so important that couples steal away on their own for a while during their wedding day. The surrounding forest at their venue was the perfect location for their bohemian woodland wedding photos. I love how far away these shots have been taken, making these captured moments between the bride and groom seem all the more intimate and private. There were so many photos to choose from, but these are a few of my favourites.
I asked Kayla what advice she would give to future brides, here’s what she said, “Enjoy everything! It goes by so quickly and one thing I made sure of was no one was rushing me on my day or telling me what to do. I made sure, well in advance, that all payments and final details were confirmed with all my vendors so on our day I was able to just soak it all in. I slept in and got ready with my bridesmaids and Mom as well as my little dog, Baci, and just enjoyed eating and laughing while we got ready. Make sure to make time to really enjoy your time with all your guests.”
I want to say a huge thank you to Kayla and Clemens for sharing the pictures from their incredibly special day with me and allowing me to share it on the blog. As I scrolled through their wedding album, it was clear to see that family and friends are what’s most important to this couple. Some of the most touching images were of the guests joining hands in prayer before eating, the couple being presented with gifts, friends and family sharing loving words and toasting the couple. This wedding had love at the very heart of it, and it showed.