Our Wedding Day

It’s taken awhile to compile this blog post. Of all the weddings By Sharpe Design has helped put together, this August 2016 wedding is very near and dear to my heart – it is my own! It truly was the most special day of my life. There are SO many amazing images to choose from, many of which captured the love and happiness we felt that day from our family and friends. Maria Hillier Photography was an absolute pleasure to have around us. She did such an excellent job and even brought in help from Ashley Anne Photography and Krista Kavanagh Photography to ensure that every single detail was captured. This was not only important to John and I, but also to the whole team at By Sharpe Design because pretty little details are exactly what we’re all about!

In this line of work, finding a weekend in the middle of the summer to get married wasn’t a possibility. After a seven month engagement, we got married on a Tuesday in early August, the eve of The Royal St. John’s Regatta. Talk about a game of Regatta Roulette! Following a very busy work weekend, John and I, along with helpers, spent the Monday before our wedding laying the groundwork for the set-up. The day itself could not have come together without the help of our amazing families, friends, and the BSD team… thank you for letting me take off my “work hat” for the day, allowing me to relax and enjoy it. I truly did!


It was a little odd for me to be on the side of bride, and not busily behind the scenes – talk about a new perspective! Having the décor, floral and stationery all created by our team at By Sharpe Design definitely helped to keep things organized and cohesive. There are so many details to consider & coordinate when planning a wedding, and they were all important to me, right down to the position of the pretty place cards to ensure a comfortable time for our guests.

There are so many people to thank, including the gals I work with every day. With four events on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before our Tuesday wedding, we certainly had our hands full and sure did put this together at the last minute! Planning everyone else’s wedding and event seemed to always take priority over this one, but we pulled it off! Special thanks to our friend Ellen, who took on the task of creating our incredible centerpieces and helping with set-up. Such an amazing team effort!

Father Ray Earle and the late Father John Maddigan made the ceremony service quite special. We feel doubly blessed to have had them marry us.

The food and service provided by Red Oak Catering was incredible. We have worked with them many, many times over our time in business and they are always great to have as team mates. They truly go above and beyond … and really did on this day. Thank you for being so organized, professional, easy to deal with and comfortable to have around. The cool day was a challenge with a buffet line outside with threatening rain, but everyone got through quickly and raved about the meal.

Our delicious and beautiful dessert table was provided by Petite Sweet. We love working with these ladies – not only are they as sweet as their desserts, they’re also as diligent and detailed as our By Sharpe Design team strives to be. As you can see from the pictures, the desserts are exquisite and everyone will agree that they taste just as good as they look!

The Dana Parsons Band had us dancing all night! So much energy and so much fun. Despite the cool afternoon and evening, we are sure everyone kept warm on the dance floor. We sure had a time as they say.

After my experience as a bride, I can say that I strongly recommend hiring experienced, diligent vendors to execute the various parts of the day. It will help ensure you are happy, rested, relaxed and ready to focus on the most important thing – the celebration of your marriage. The day goes so, so fast and you want to be able to soak up every minute.

We truly did have a fantastic day. Hope you enjoy the photos!



Maria Hillier Photography
Krista Kavanagh Photography – Reception Details
Red Oak – Catering & Bar
Petite Sweet – Cake & Dessert Table
By Sharpe Design – Decorating, Floral & Stationery
Pearl Entertainment & Promotions – Tents
Event 3Sixty – Chivari Chair Rental
Ever After Bridal Boutique – Wedding Gown
Moores Clothing – Suits
Alfred Sung – Bridesmaid Dresses
Dana Parsons Band – Reception Music

Silk Floral ~ By Sharpe Design

Flower crowns are a very popular request for brides, flower girls, photo shoots with children, etc. We offer a full range of custom artificial floral designs, including but not limited to headpieces, flower wands, bouquets, boutonnieres, garlands, centerpieces, altar arrangements, corsages, and so much more!

We have a huge selection of silk flowers available for purchase in our gift shop if you’re going the DIY route, and we’re always happy to create custom bouquets, arrangements, etc. Some ideas can be seen below, but this is just the tip of the iceberg!

If you’d like to discuss custom floral creations, please get in touch! In addition to artificial flowers, we also offer a fresh floral design service.