Milton Backyard Wedding by Young Hearts Photography
June 7, 2012
North America
DIY InspiredRusticRustic Weddings

Next up, a "rustic + chic" charmer of a wedding by Young Hearts Photography that will steal your heart! Married at the bride's parent's property in Ontario, it took a village (and lots and lots of hours!) to prepare for this celebration that is truly a DIY-ers heaven. Sewing table runners, creating floral centerpieces and baking cakes was just the beginning for this drop-dead gorgeous bride and her sweet family. Get comfy, you'll be spending some serious time in the gallery!

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From the Bride... The theme we were aiming for "Rustic Chic." The wedding was held on my parents' property in Milton, Ontario. The ceremony and cocktail hour were outdoors by the pond and in the field, and the reception was in my parents’ newly renovated century barn. Sticking with a rustic feel, we felt was the best way to highlight the gorgeous backdrop of the pond and barn.My mother was the ultimate wedding planner and DIY master. Our strategy was to do as much as we could ourselves because we love to create and craft, and also because it can be easier on the budget! We used some common décor items throughout the wedding such as lavender and wheat – highlighted in the bridesmaid’s bouquets and groomsman’s boutonnieres. We used a lot of barn boards and chalk boards for signage around the property. There are so many details about the wedding that I loved. The details mean so much more for us especially since we had a DIY project for just about every aspect of the wedding.  The table centerpieces were much fun to put together, we used old tin baking pans and mini watering cans told hold small ivy plants with springs of lavender and wildflowers. We made the table markers from birch logs cut from around our property, and we collected mason jars to hold votive candles on the tables. The table runners really completed the look — we couldn’t find burlap table runners anywhere so another DIY project was born and my mother sewed them all! My mother also made the beautiful wedding cake and as designed the favours, which were seed packets of mesclun salad mix with our engagement photos on the front. She also sewed the junior bridesmaids and flowers girls’ dresses, and collected enough mismatched antique plates to use as dinner and dessert plates. The most fun project was sewing the bridesmaids dresses — we spent a few weekends all together sewing the dresses leading up to the wedding, and the dresses turned out beautifully, matching perfectly with the ladies’ cowboys boots! 

We also had lots of help from family and friends to add extra DIY capacity. The groom’s mother brought homemade pies for dessert including her family recipe for "Tart au Sucre" or Sugar Pie. My aunts and neighbour made all the hors d’oeurves for cocktail hour.  Family friends prepped the mini poutines in tiny buckets with fresh cheese curds and warm gravy (a throwback to the beloved food in the groom’s native province of Quebec). Cocktail hour was a highlight for our guests — they drank our signature cocktail out of mason jars and played lawn games like bocce and croquet. I even got a ringer playing horseshoes, and if that isn’t a sign that this was my lucky day, I don’t know what is! My cousin took pictures of all our guests in the photo booth that had a backdrop of old barn board doors and a giant antique clothes truck, full of fun hats and costumes for them to dress up with. My parents converted the old granary in the bar into our very own old-time saloon! The band could be heard playing up above in the hay loft, and the drinks were flowing in a great saloon atmosphere. Although all the DIY projects did add extra stress and a lot of extra time and effort, they were all well worth it in the end!

Our first dance was a big highlight for us. Our wedding song was ‘Un p’tit tour’ by Les Cowboys Fringants. We choose it because the lyrics really clicked with us from the first time we heard the song together. We took dance lessons for four months to perfect our choreographed quickstep/jive routine to our first dance. Being presented as husband and wife for the first time and pulling off the dance we had been working so hard on for the last few months was thrilling.  Also, it was such an awesome feeling to see all our friends and family enjoying a great meal and great party in the barn I played in as a child that used to be full of hay!

Wedding Photography: Young Hearts Photography /  Wedding Venue: The Bride's Parents' Farm in Milton, Ontario / Floral Design: Holland Park Garden Gallery (905-639-7740) / Event Design: The Bride + Her Mother / Wedding Day Coordination: Gayla Matos of Leave the Details to Me / Reception + Table Setting Decor: The Bride + Her Mother / Catering: Oakville Conference Centre / Wedding Cake: The Mother of the Bride / Pies: The Mother of the Groom / Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia via Windsor Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Spring / Bridal Party Attire: Sewn by the Mother of the Bride + Bridesmaids / Hair + Makeup: The Cutting Edge Salon / Groom's Tuxedo: Calvin Klein via Moore's Clothing for Men