Great Gatsby Retro Suites Hotel & Chatham Armoury Wedding

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Great Gatsby Retro Suites Hotel & Chatham Armoury Wedding

This Great Gatsby Chatham Armoury wedding gave us all the feels and reminded us why we do what we do.

He held the silver chained vintage pocket watch in his hand. It had belonged to his great grandfather. This was the day he was marrying the woman he had always dreamed about. And his grandfather was right there beside him, sharing the gift his father had passed on to him to celebrate… 

The day that Adam and Nicole got married, was a gift to not only the generations before them, their parents and family, but also to everyone in attendance. 

Including us.

When Adam and Nicole prepped us for their wedding day and first told us about their Great Gatsby theme, we were really excited! Their wedding theme brought my husband, Dylan and I back to memories of our own wedding — we had a classic vintage themed wedding as well and loved it!

Classic, elegant, and romantic wedding days surrounded by down-to-earth and fun people are our jam. And the atmosphere and celebration on Adam & Nicole’s wedding day delivered in spades. 

Adam and Nicole and their families were so kind and welcoming to us. We travelled west from London, Ontario to Chatham, Ontario. They are amazing people and we felt lucky that we got to document their big day!

Dylan and I first met Adam and Nicole at their Western University engagement session. Adam is a Western University trained opera singer (and a true gentleman!). He has a heart of gold and incredible character. Nicole is thoughtful, kind and intelligent. Her quiet confidence and grace on her wedding day were remarkable.

Retro Suites Hotel in Chatham, Ontario

Adam & Nicole’s Great Gatsby themed wedding day was held at three of our top favourite unique and beautiful wedding venues in Chatham, Ontario. Their wedding day preparations started at the Retro Suites Hotel, a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel.

The Retro Suites Hotel is overflowing with vintage character and class. Each room has its own gorgeous theme. Nicole’s getting ready on her wedding day was at the King William hotel suite, a grand setting. Her 1920s hairdo was perfection, and her lace dress was divine! 

While Nicole was getting ready, Adam was getting ready with his dad, grandfather, brothers and his closest friends. They were in the Town & Country suite, a swanky two-story suite beaming with amazing natural light.

St. Josephs Parish Ceremony in Chatham, Ontario

Adam and Nicole’s Catholic wedding ceremony was held at St. Joseph’s Parish in Chatham. St. Joseph’s Parish is a breathtaking wedding ceremony venue. The cathedral ceilings, columns and natural light filtering in that day were heavenly! And we loved seeing Adam sneaking glances at Nicole during the ceremony. It was so heartwarming.

After their wedding ceremony and family portraits at St. Joseph’s Parish, we all moved to Mud Creek Park in Chatham for wedding party and couples portraits. Mud Creek provided a scenic location complete with a breathtaking pathway of trees. It was such a gorgeous spot!

Following their portraits we all headed to the gorgeous Chatham Armoury.

The Armoury Banquet and Conference Centre in Chatham, Ontario

Adam and Nicole’s reception was held at the absolutely stunning Armoury Banquet and Conference Centre. The Armoury is one of our favourite wedding venues in Chatham Kent because it’s a very unique and classy wedding venue! This venue is over 100 years, sits beside the Thames River and used to be a military reserve!

The Armoury has now been transformed into a gorgeous wedding reception venue. It includes exposed red brick walls, a dreamy fairy light wall, sweepingly majestic tall ceilings, and huge windows. In addition, the Chatham Armoury lets in so much light which is another reason why it’s so perfect for natural light wedding photography. The vintage charm of this venue made for such a classy, memorable backdrop for Adam and Nicole’s wedding day!

All of the Personal Touches

Adam & Nicole’s Chatham Armoury wedding included florals by Syd Kemsley Florist. Gorgeous deep and rich timeless red flowing florals were incorporated throughout the day in Nicole’s bouquet, aisle memorials, and centrepieces. The same florals that adorned Saint Joseph’s Parish were also perfectly overflowing at the Armoury banquet hall. We loved how both their ceremony and reception venues had the same vintage classic feel pulled across!

There were also framed photographs of the parents, grandparents, and great grandparents from both sides – the people who led this beautiful couple to this point in time – at their entrance table. These photographs were displayed in such a moving way, gathered together and looking back at everyone who stepped into the hall. 

The memorials of precious people in their lives were posted throughout the reception space, too. We are such big suckers for honouring history and cherishing legacy and loved this touch.

You can imagine how many times we were tearing up on their wedding day. And you know what? The feels didn’t stop after the wedding because even while we were editing their photos, we were brought to tears once again!

A Song for his Wife

Highlights from this Great Gastby Wedding included Adam sweeping his bride, and all their guests, off their feet with an a cappella classically-sung performance of When I Fall In Love. Dancing and celebration followed! An Espresso bar and dessert table provided the perfect complements to the Armoury’s Four Diamond Catering.   

Adam and Nicole, thank you for the honour of having us as your photographers. We loved documenting your first day as husband and wife. We are so excited for your love story because we know your love will be an inspiration to other generations to come.

Who knows? The day may come when you have a son who holds that same watch on his wedding day, proving once again that love, like time, marches on.