I think I have reached an entirely new level of obsession with these gorgeous Winnipeg nuptials. Not only am I 100% head over heels for this fabulous affair, but there's absolutely no end in sight to this love I am feeling. I want to fill my home with those gorgeous florals by Heier Designs, move right in to that breathtaking barn (or visit often) and wear that pretty, pretty Monique Lhuillier gown every single day of the week. And don't even get me started on that masterpiece of a wedding cake by High Tea Bakery. Exquisite. All captured in brilliant images by Moore Photography, this gallery just became my new best friend. Join me there for all of the pretty!
From the Bride... Our story began six and a half years ago when Darren and I met studying at university. We were both enrolled in the Faculty of Agriculture; he was studying to go back to his family farm and I was taking pre-veterinary sciences. We were introduced by a mutual friend at the campus pub one night and had much to talk about since we both grew up on dairies. It was difficult when I was accepted into veterinary medicine later that year as I had to move ten hours away for school. But, we made the long distance relationship work and two years ago, Darren took me ice skating and proposed.
For the ceremony, we decided to get married in a little white church down the road joined only by close family and friends. We celebrated afterwards with a heart balloon photo, cupcakes and lemonade. It was important for us to have the reception on Darren’s family farm where we are now living. A hayshed was being constructed on the farm and served as the perfect venue. Two sides of the building were surrounded with white washed wood planks to give the shed a rustic barn appeal. The other two sides were draped with white fabric. We wanted to have a vintage feel for the wedding. Hanging chandeliers, and silver candelabras helped achieve our look. Our color palette consisted of soft pink, champagne and ivory.
Much of the décor used for the wedding were things we found on my parents farm such as the antique furniture used for the desert, cake and guestbook tables. My dad and Darren built the bar using old barn wood and recycled doors for the bar top. We kept the beer cold in old refrigerators found at the local landfill. I collected free books from the library used for the table numbers. We picked our own farm fresh strawberries for the quest favors. Barn windows used for the seating charts were from an old hip roof and the white boards used on the shed will be made into fences later this fall. My aunt sewed the table runners and a family friend made my wedding sash.
We really enjoyed the time spent preparing for the wedding as we got to share it with our family and friends. Whether it be making strawberry jam or hanging curtains or blowing up pink balloons, the wedding couldn’t have been possible without the help of our friends, and most importantly, our parents. Darren and I decided to have a wedding planner mainly to help with the day-of events to make sure everything ran smoothly. This way, our family didn’t have to worry about the final details and could enjoy the wedding day as much as we did!
Wedding Photography: Moore Photography / Florist: Heier Designs / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Anthropologie / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew + Watters + Club Monaco / Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: High Tea Bakery / Event Planner: Soiree Event Planning