I’m Erica Weidelich, 27 years old, married to Colin Weidelich and we live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I recently became a mom to a sweet little boy named Smith, who is honestly a dream come true, so happy I get to be his mama!
My husband and I are currently in the process of fixing up a house that we bought – bring on the renos! I love interior design, and am so excited for this project of making our old little bungalow a beautiful home!
Our Love Story
Colin and I met throught mutual friends at C3 church in Toronto in May 2016, Col would tell you it was love at first sight, but it took me some convincing, but not too much because I said a super quick YES when he proposed just 4 months after our first meeting! It really is true when they say: “when you know, you know”… and we knew!
He proposed on August 22, at Muskoka woods – the camp he grew up going to, looking out over the lake on a beautiful deck that he helped build. The biggest surprise was that he flew us up to muskoka in a little airplane which landed on the water – it was a pretty elaborate proposal. I had to take a second look at the ring after he put it on my finger because I could hardly believe how stunning it was – we had spoken about an oval diamond and rose gold band but Colin chose the actual diamond on his own, and it’s absolutely breathtaking.
When we flew back to Toronto later in the day, he had a big group of close friends waiting at our favorite café (Baddies) , to celebrate! Colin arranged for there to be champagne, a huge display of macarons and a HUGE bouquet of white roses(my fave). It was such a special day, and the best part was that I knew it was just a stepping stone towards forever with the most amazing man I’ve ever met.
Let’s Talk Wedding Planning
Wedding Date, Geographical Location, Venue
February 19, 2017
The Berkeley Church – Toronto, ON
The day after he proposed we met up with Colin’s Aunt Brigitte, who is a wedding planner at the venue we were hoping to book – The Berkely Church. It was perfect, so we went ahead and got started on the booking process with their wedding coordinator. Because the venue does so many weddings, it really was such an easy experience – they do the catering and bar, all furniture, set up and clean up, as well as linen, etc. Since we were planning a 6 month engagement, and a February wedding, it was easy to book the date we were hoping for, February 19 – which happened to be a Sunday of the family day long weekend (an Ontario holiday). We only visited one other venue before choosing The Berkeley. We wanted a venue where we could have both the ceremony and reception, and we wanted it to be right downtown Toronto. We also wanted a venue that offered good food, because the food scene in Toronto is so amazing, we didn’t want to serve bland/mass prepared unflavored, and lukewarm food(like lots of basic wedding venues do).
230 guests – which was the venue limit for long tables (we didn’t want round tables). There was a mezzanine upstairs that overlooked the downstairs, so we sat some of our friends upstairs around the balcony, and seated mostly family on the main level. We wanted to be able to invite whoever we wanted without limitations due to numbers, and we were so happy that we did that.
What was your wedding budget?
We didn’t really have a budget, our parents were so generous to help us with the costs, but in a lot of ways we prioritized what was most important to us and chose to spend more in those areas(for example our flower arch, which was our biggest expense). We used a spread sheet and estimated what each thing would cost based on research and quotes, and we spent within what we had estimated. We tried not to fuss with little details, or DIYs and really tried not to overspend on things that weren’t super important to us.
How did you prioritize your budget, what factors were most important to you?
The things that were most important to us were the florals, food, and having an espresso bar. We also hired a day-of décor and details coordinator (margo & co), who went above and beyond so that I wouldn’t have any stress on my day, and my bridesmaids didn’t have to slave away, we got to enjoy the morning getting ready, sipping mimosas! At the very last minute we decided to organize valet parking for our guests, our venue was right in the heart of downtown Toronto and we chose to get married in winter – so we decided it would be nice to take care of that for our guests.
How did you ask your besties to be your bridesmaids?
I’m kind of sad that I didn’t have the opportunity to ask my bridesmaids to be a part of my wedding in a cute way – only 3/7 are local, so I just mailed everyone a card to ask, sweet and simple.
What was your overall vision or theme?
We didn’t really have a vision or theme for our day. The venue we chose was so beautiful and historical on its own, we decided to keep all of the details pretty simple, and I’m so glad we did. I didn’t want to be too matchy matchy, or have a obvious color scheme. I am so big on neutrals and wanted lots of greens, and as far as flowers went we stuck to white. The bridesmaids wore a pretty shade of grey(that was slightly purple but still neutral!), and the groomsmen wore black. We hoped our selections would turn out to be classy, and I feel like we succeeded!
If you had to describe your wedding style in one word what would it be?
– or at least I hope it was haha.
How did you find your vendors?
We didn’t have a ton of vendors actually, I’d say that we really only had about 5. Most were recommended to me by friends, others I found through social media. We had a couples meetings with different florists and received a few quotes and went with the one who gave us the best estimate. We had a super fun cake tasting to decide on flavors(we had a hard time agreeing so we had 3 different flavored cakes). One of our vendors offered facetime meetings and phone calls to sort out details. Looking back planning a wedding was actually a lot of work, but manageable if you choose good vendors who are good at their jobs and take care of things so you don’t have to worry about them not doing what you hired them to do.
How did you design your table layout & decor?
I used Pinterest for some table décor and place setting inspiration. Our florist did their part in regards to the greenery we wanted, and our décor coordinator that we hired separate from the venue took care of the place settings. Again, we kept it clean and simple without any fuss, which really helped make things easy. Our venue provided all of the linens and table cloths, which we got to choose in one of our venue meetings, and as you can guess we just went with plain white everything.
How involved was your fiancé in the planning process?
Colin chose to be quite involved in planning everything, he is really so helpful and I couldn’t have imagined not having his help and support. We typically planned everything together, but the floral arch was his idea and I told him he could be in charge of that, which he did and the result was incredible! He also did the honeymoon planning. Colin was pretty easygoing about a lot of things because he really wanted me to be able to choose what I really wanted, but he also gave input when needed and was excited about a lot of things with me that maybe some men wouldn’t really care too much about. It was fun to plan an awesome event together, and we were just so excited to get married which made the whole thing just the best.
Did you use a wedding planner?
Colin’s Aunt Brigitte was our wedding planner. Since neither of us had ever planned a wedding before, she was so helpful to have around at meetings, she knew what questions to ask when we were venue searching. When we chose our venue she made sure we were on track with everything we needed to do as our wedding day approached.
Did you have a Day-of Coordinator present on the day of your wedding?
Brigitte did day-of coordination and believe it or not we actually started right on time and she made sure everyone was where they needed to be always, it put my mind at ease and helped me really enjoy the day knowing that everything and everyone was in good hands and well taken care of. As I mentioned before we also had a day-of décor coordinator which was perfect, as I didn’t have to go to our venue on the day of my wedding until I was walking down the aisle and I didn’t have to put any of my bridesmaids to work – I think they all really appreciated that especially since a few of them have kids, and it would have been difficult to manage. The décor coordinator also made sure the bathrooms looked nice throughout the day, and even brought me a drink at one point…. When the coffee bar was running low on milk she ran to a convenience store and got more… I think she might be an angel. It was nice that the bridal party and family didn’t have responsibilities and could enjoy themselves to the max without feeling distracted or possibly missing out because they were busy running around. At the end of the day I said to Colin…. I don’t think that anything went wrong at all, which was an amazing feeling!
Did you guys do a “First Look”, or did your fiancé see you for the first time walking down to aisle?
Colin and I saw each other all decked up in our wedding finery as I walked down the aisle, we both preferred this as opposed to a first look. Thankfully our wedding day actually happened to be quite sunny, so taking our photos at 5pm actually worked, and we got a lot of photos while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour before the reception. I think we managed to get all the photos we wanted for our wedding day. It wouldn’t have hurt to get a few more and I’d be lying if I didn’t feel like we were rushed at times, but I don’t want to have any regrets and we did get a lot of beautiful shots.
What would you recommend as “must have pictures” for future brides?
Must have pictures for me would be to get the most of just the bride and groom, we got a good amount with the bridal party, which was amazing. But lets be honest, it is all about the bride and groom and you will never regret going a bit overboard because there could possibly be some that don’t turn out the way you hope(maybe the angle is off, or your dress isn’t sitting right, or the wind is blowing your hair awkwardly or the sun is in your eyes), if you just take more and more pics you’ll have more options in the end, and its not like you will have a do-over, unless you do a bridal shoot on a separate date). I do wish I got a couple better picture with my sister, neither of us can agree on one we like of the two of us, so having a few more would have been nice, so hopefully she will just get married and we can try again haha.
Did you have a videographer?
We did have a videographer, I am happy that we did, it’s nice to be able to look back and re-live our day. She did a short trailer, and then a full recap of the day. She also provided us with the raw footage of the ceremony, our first dance, and all of the speeches.
Escort Cards or Seating chart?
We chose to have a seating chart and name cards at each place setting, I didn’t really care too much about this aspect, as long as people found their seats okay I was happy to keep it low key.
What song did you choose for your first dance?
Our first dance was so fun, my little brother sang ILYSB(I love you so bad) by LANY, and it was very special.
Buffet or sit down meal?
We did a buffet meal, I did some research and most people who had used our venue for their wedding complained that the plated dinner ended up with some guests having cold food, so we had two stations where people could go up and choose what they wants, and they could also go up and get seconds if they wanted to! Everyone loved it! I had a little bit of time to eat my meal, but I only had a little bit as I was pretty scared to spill on my dress and we were just too excited we wanted to go around and talk to everyone and I was just too busy to think about food! Colin and I ordered room service as soon as we got to our hotel, because we were both starving!
Live music or DJ?
We had live music for the ceremony, and a DJ for the reception/dance. Colin’s Aunt and uncle were our MCs, and they were hilarious, it was great to have them hosting and providing our guests with info and introducing the speeches.
Cake or Desserts?
We had cakes, as well as buttertarts baked by my lovely grandma, and the venue offered a dessert along with our catering package. Lots of sweets for our sweet guests!
Did you provide transportation for your guest or valet parking?
We did valet parking(as I mentioned earlier!)
Top 3 most memorable moments of your wedding day?
The top 3 most memorable moments of our wedding day:
- When I walked down the aisle with my dad, he had a severe heart attack about a year and a half earlier, and just as we were about to walk down the aisle he looked at me with a tear in his eye and told me how happy he was that he had the chance to be there… I am still unsure how I didn’t lose it in that moment, but I held myself together.
- Colin and I wanted to do communion together after the signing of the registry, we thought it would be something special for us to share together as we became husband and wife.
- When we were announced as “ MR & MRS COLIN AND ERICA WEIDELICH” – I don’t think I’ve ever smiled bigger in my life!
One thing that made your wedding unique or something special and personal you added to your day that stands out from other weddings.
One thing that was super special to me was that we had so much family and friends with us to celebrate – there were 230 guests, and it was such a blessing to be surrounded by people that love us, our day wouldn’t have been the same without them!
Total months planning?
We had a 6 month engagement, which was more than enough time for us to plan, it may have been more difficult if we had chosen to try and have a summer wedding as most venues get booked up years in advanced for summer weddings. The planning was quite consistent but I’d say there was a bit of a lull in the middle where there wasn’t a lot to do. I think if our engagement was any longer we would have gotten a little anxious waiting!
What was one thing that you had difficulties with during your planning and how did you overcome it? & What was one of the easier things for you to plan?
I can honestly say that there isn’t anything in particular that comes to mind that was extra difficult to plan, maybe the fact that most of my bridesmaids and all of my family don’t live locally was a bit difficult/disappointing at times. One thing that was very easy to plan was everything regarding the venue, almost everything was included and taken care of that it really made my life as a bride almost too easy!
Anything you would have done different?
One thing I would have done different would have been to write my own speech out, I just couldn’t sit down and write out my thoughts, and so I just winged it, and tried to be a comedian, it actually was quite funny but I also missed out on saying somethings and thanking some people in the way I wish I would have, but my thoughts were just all over the place and during wedding week I just didn’t have time to be thoughtful!
I really would encourage all brides to write a speech out, because you only get the microphone for a moment and it is nice to feel like you’ve said what you really wanted to say. In regards to wedding planning, I would honestly say that my best advice is to majorly prioritize what is important to YOU for YOUR day, and don’t settle for less in those areas, and if you have the means to do so, hire people to take care of certain things for you, and let them do their job! It will put your mind at ease knowing that those things are being taken care of by a pro! We decided against wedding favors and just made sure to give all of our guests the best of everything: good food, open bar, lots of variety, tasteful music for fun dancing! Most favors end up in the garbage anyway.
One thing that helped you stay stress free throughout your planning and on your wedding day?
I just decided from the beginning not to stress and I just chose not to worry about little things.
Did you go on a honeymoon? If so, where to? Did you go right after the wedding or wait?
We went to Thailand on our honeymoon, Phuket, Krabi and Bangkok. We left the following day in the evening which was nice, it gave us some time to chill and finish packing before a long time of traveling. Colin did most of the planning, but we also planned a little bit as we went since we didn’t really know what to expect until we got there, it was fun to travel around and stay at different places. We were gone for two weeks and the weather was amazing, but by the end we were both ready to get home and start being husband and wife our real world. We would 100% go back, especially to Phuket to stay at Keemala, and the Ritz in Krabi!
Last but not least if you could give ONE piece of advice to a bride-to-be planning her wedding what would it be??
My ONE piece of advice to a bride-to-be would have to be DON’T STRESS OVER ONE DAY, a wedding is a beautiful event but it is just one day, the most important part is that you get to marry your best friend, and spend forever with the love of your life. Your wedding should be a beautiful representation of your love, focus on that and everything will fall into place(especially if you hire a wedding planner haha).
Erica & Colins’s Happily Ever After
Colin and I welcomed our son Smith into our little family on January 3, 2018, and we could not be happier. We celebrated our first anniversary on February 19th as a family of 3, so surreal but we wouldn’t have it any other way! We just sold our house and purchased another one, that is a fixer upper and plan on doing a full renovation in the fall. We’re planning on vlogging the whole thing and putting it up on youtube so we can be the next Chip and Joanna Gaines J
We are so excited for all that the future holds and are beyond happy that we said “I do”.
Venue & Catering: Berkeley Church // Wedding Dress: Miss Stella York @ Blü Ivory Bridal // Hair Stylist: Vern Hair // Makeup Artist: Nicole Grittani // Photography: When He Found Her // Videography: Dani Lyn Aye & Mya Sheffield // Florals: Toronto Florist Shop // Ring Design: Twain Designs // Day-of Wedding Coordinator & Decor Specialist: Margo & Co // Arch: Build by hubby Colin Weidelich
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Congrats Erica & Colin. Your love story is something to be admired & inspire others. When you know, you know.