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Real WeddingsRachael & Mike’s DIY Big Day

January 16, 2019Wedding Guide Mag
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Rachael and Mike Dinsmore


September 30th, 2017


150 guests


DIY and Romantic


Thornbury, ON

Their Story

How They Met

Rachael and Mike met on a Toronto dating site before beginning a long-distance relationship. Mike, a firefighter, and Rachael, a 911 dispatcher, knew they were meant to be, and after seven months of long distance they bought a house together in Sarnia and moved in.

Engagement!

A year after moving in together, Mike took Rachael on a duck hunting trip. Sitting together in the brush, Rachael said, “Mike surprised me when he got down on one knee in a pond and asked me to marry him!” Mike did not drop the ring.

Planning

When it came to planning, the biggest hurdle was whether to have a small and intimate affair or go all out with a big 100+ person wedding. Rachael explained, “We went back and forth about [it]… but ended up going for [the big wedding] and it was the best choice for us in the end. Our wedding was a blast!”

Their Big Day

The biggest stress on Rachael’s big day was walking down the aisle with all eyes on her. In the end though, Rachel, “just kept my focus on Mike and it ended up being a really special moment for us.”

Mike was also nervous about Rachael’s entrance into the church in the handmade dress Rachael had commissioned for the first time. In the end, Mike doesn’t even remember what her dress looks like, just that Rachael looked so beautiful and happy.

During the ceremony, the couple used an oathing stone as a unique memento. Rachael told us, “This is a stone you find in a place that is special to you. You hold the stone together as you say your vows and keep it in a special place.”

Fav Moments

As for the couple’s favourite part of the day? Having all their friends and family to celebrate with them. “It’s probably the only time everyone special to us will all be under one roof.”

Advice for Couples

Their advice for anyone planning their wedding? “Just keep your ideas and your partner’s ideas in mind… It is a special day for both of you and the wedding should reflect both of you.”

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Vendors

Photographer:
Daniel McQuillan Photography

Ceremony:
Grace United Church

Reception:
Beaver Valley Community Centre

Bridal gown:
Handmade by Sew It Fits in Sarnia, ON

Bridesmaid gowns:
Henkaa

Groom’s suit:
Surmesur Custom Menswear

Wedding Decor:
Posh Services

Flowers:
Fiorissimi Floral Design

Music:
DIY playlist by the groom

Food:
Big Doug’s Texas BBQ

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