Not only is this a bookmark-worthy wedding (it totally is by the way), but it also goes to show a little rain (and a collapsed tent…eek) doesn’t ruin a wedding day – mostly for this beautiful Bride and her amazing family. It warms my heart how they all pulled it together so perfectly just hours before the show was about to begin, and after poring through all the gorgeous images from Elizabeth Kaye, it’s hard to believe things went less than perfectly. There are SO many details to love about this gorgeous fête, but I think I love the love behind everything most of all. See even more lovely here!
From Lynzie Kent, Bride and Owner of Electric Blonde Entertainment and Events… While many brides say that their wedding day was perfect, I will admit that mine was not. I had dreamed for over a year of a beautifully sunny day and got the exact opposite. There was a torrential downpour the entire night before the wedding, complete with thunder and forked lighting, and it continued until about 12 p.m. the next day. When my mom and I arrived at the reception venue at about 7 a.m. on the day of the wedding, we found that our tent had almost completely collapsed from the weight of the rain on the roof and that so many of the details inside that we’d set up on the previous day were ruined. The people who set up the tent hadn’t done a very good job, and it was falling apart. I was bawling and my mom, who was trying to stay positive, broke down too. But thankfully, I have incredible people in my life who saved the day — literally. My dad and uncle showed up with a ladder for putting the tent back together, my friend and coordinator for the day, Lisa, dried paper bags, rearranged the broken cake stands and cleaned the flooded dance floor. And my mom, bless her, remade about a million props for the photo booth.
By the time the ceremony started at 2 p.m., the rain had stopped. It was still very cloudy and sprinkling here and there, but my photographer Beth assured me that clouds made for the best pictures. I wore my mother’s veil, a Victorian-inspired hat, and walked down the aisle to Led Zeppelin’s “Over the Hills and Far Away.” I was so nervous, but the minute I saw Andrew, my face lit up. From there, things actually began falling into place and it was the most amazing day I could ever wish for. Andrew and I chose traditional vows and I remember talking over the officiant because I was so eager to get them out of my mouth — everyone laughed at me.
The reception was so incredibly fun, and when I walked into the tent I knew that our hard work all year had paid off. The speeches were particularity hilarious and there was so much love in the room that I felt like I was buzzing. We even ended up having a rainbow! Our goal was to create a vintage rustic elegance that incorporated our Canadian and Australian backgrounds. Andrew is an Aussie and over 30 people joined us from overseas. We named all the tables after Canadian or Australian animals and had a photo booth where you could dress up as a typical Aussie or Canuck, which was a blast. My sister Kendall, a graphic designer who designed everything from the jam labels to the buttons, even put a beaver bride and a koala groom on our invites. The food was delicious and prepared right in front of our guests, and we served local micro-brewed beer and made our own wine. And to top it off, my sisters sang to us, which left the room (and me) in tears. Lastly, the most important thing to us was the music. I am a musician by trade and Andrew is a huge music fan. When we got engaged, the first thing we did was book the Neil Murray Band. We loved every song they played and the dance floor was packed from the word go. At the end of the night, the played an extra 30 minute set. Their last song, “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis, resulted in the entire dance floor surrounding Andrew and me, hugging and singing to us. I was crying; it was so moving. For the late night partiers, we held a bonfire back at my cottage where we all reminisced and sang campfire songs. A perfect Canadian ending to such a beautiful day.
Wedding Photography: Elizabeth Kaye / Wedding Styling, Décor + Coordination: Lynzie Kent (Bride) and Lisa Cascun (Bride’s Friend) of Electric Blonde Entertainment and Events / Flowers: Roots Floral and Event Design / Ceremony: Bride’s Family Cottage / Reception: Stephen Leacock Museum in Orillia, Ontario, Canada / Invitations, Labels, Programs + Buttons: Beet & Path Designs (Owned by Bride’s Sister) / Wedding Dress: Barbra Allin via Becker’s Bridals / Shoes: ZU / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Coralie Beatrix by Sophie Pearl / Bridesmaids’ Purses: FA2U / Men’s Suits: Andrew’s Formals / Men’s Ties: Cyberoptix Tie Lab / Hair: Sheila Loder of Fresh Salon and Spa by Holly + Madeleine Griffin of Body Bar Hair Salon / Makeup: Sarah Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Caterer: Era 67 / Videographer: Michael Engel (email@example.com) / Ceremony Music: Richard Grossman via Electric Blonde Entertainment and Events / Band: The Neil Murray Band / Koala + Beaver Cake Topper: Garden4Arts / Jam Favours: Bride’s Grandmother / Cake + Cupcakes: Mariposa Market / Tissue Paper Pom Poms, Cake Stands, Table Numbers, Table Runners, Place Cards, Seating Chart, Bunting + Wine: DIY