A Glam, Garden-Inspired Wedding at the Union Steelworkers Hall in Sudbury, Ontario


                    Jillian Shell (26 and a registered nurse) and Jordan Kuruliak (26 and a power lineman) went all-out glam for their early-summer

Jillian Shell (26 and a registered nurse) and Jordan Kuruliak (26 and a power lineman) went all-out glam for their early-summer nuptials in their hometown of Sudbury, Ontario. “We were both born and raised here, with the majority of our families still living in town, so it was a no-brainer to get married here,” Jillian says. The day started with a ceremony at St. Andrew’s United Church, the same place Jordan’s parents had exchanged vows years before and where his grandmother attended weekly Mass. The United Steelworkers Hall hosted the reception, the expansive space boasting plenty of room for the couple’s over 250 guests. Wanting to create a fresh garden feel for the decor, the couple, along with Amanda at Unforgettable Weddings, looked to a palette of pale mint and white and topped each of the reception tables with lush bunches of ivory hydrangeas, which were arranged by Jillian’s maid of honor. To keep the decor feeling festive, the couple dressed the tables with shimmery chevron table runners and added a few gilded accents in the form of vases and frames. Dinner was a sit-down affair with plenty of gluten-free options for their guests, including decadent cupcakes from local gluten-free bakery Gluten Free Galore. “Jordan and I don’t eat gluten-free, but this place is unreal,” Jillian says. “Keeping with the mint theme, one flavor was chocolate with mint buttercream icing—so good!” DJ Brian Band kept the dance floor packed all night, with guests pausing only to grab a snack at the couple’s late-night poutine bar. A tip from Jillian: “Plan one thing at a time; don't try to do a million things at once. The day goes by way too fast to worry about something going wrong. Enjoy your day and take it all in.”

After a traditional sit-down dinner, Jillian and Jordan treated their guests to an assortment of gluten-free cupcakes from one of their favorite local bakeries, Gluten Free Galore.
While Jillian's bridesmaids wore matching dresses, she chose a variety of soft pastel hues to go with their coloring and styles. The floor-length Donna Morgan gowns featured a strapless sweetheart neckline that mirrored the one on Jillian’s own dress and came in shades of mint, candy apple and beach glass.
Wood-Grain Wedding Band
Personalized Red and White Table Wine
With the help of the design team at Unforgettable Weddings, Jillian and Jordan brought their vision for an elegant garden-inspired affair to life. They dressed the tables with crisp mint and white table linens and introduced a note of freshness to the expansive space with arrangements of lush ivory hydrangeas, made by Jillian’s maid of honor.
The couple opted for understated elegance when it came to the groomsmen attire. The guys donned matching pale gray suits from Reg Wilkinson's Menswear in Sudbury, Ontario, accessorizing them with striped mint-colored ties and pocket squares, along with purple succulent boutonnieres accented with sprigs of dusty miller.
Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Jillian and Jordan knew there would be no better place to say their “I dos” than in their hometown. The day started with a traditional ceremony at St. Andrew’s United Church, which Jordan’s grandmother attends weekly; it was also where his own parents exchanged vows.
Jillian’s maid of honor, Lindley, put together all the flowers for the wedding. For Jillian’s bouquet, she created a romantic arrangement of full pastel blooms to play up the day’s elegant garden-inspired vibe. The bouquet was filled with garden roses, dahlias, peonies, spray roses and soft accents like dusty miller and eucalyptus.
To keep the decor feeling fun and festive, the couple dressed the tables with shimmery chevron table runners and added a few gilded accents in the form of vases and frames. The gold and mint together really made the tabletops pop, while introducing an element of glamour and elegance to the the Union Steelworkers Hall in Sudbury, Ontario.
Whimsical Painted Floral Welcome Sign
The flower girls’ dresses perfectly captured the wedding’s festive feel. Jillian found the airy tulle numbers on Etsy and instantly fell for the shimmery gold details that matched the sequin-studded table runners for the reception. The girls wore their hair in simple updos and carried small bouquets of pink and white roses down the aisle.
Jillian and Jordan organized their stationery around a chalkboard theme. They sourced their save-the-date magnets from Wedding Paper Divas, then ordered the rest of their chalkboard-inspired stationery, including the wedding invitations, table numbers, place cards and seating chart from designer Katie Lane’s Etsy shop, Lane Love Design.