If backyard weddings make your heart flutter, get ready to bookmark this gorgeous party in your favorite of favorites folder! Captured by Images by Bethany Schiedel with vintage rentals from Hazlitt Vintage Rental it’s the perfect mix of casual backyard ceremony meets perfectly appointed tented affair. Not to mention, the florals (arranged by the bride, might I add) couldn’t be more gorgeous. I could on and on about all the lovely, so be sure to visit the full gallery of images to soak it all in!

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From the Bride…Having been born and raised on a tree farm in Ontario Canada, I have always had a passion for the outdoors, nature, and flowers.  Making the decision to have our wedding with all of the above came naturally.  It just didn’t seem or feel right to do anything else. The groom was born and raised in California- just like someone would picture……close to the beach, has the love of the outdoors, simple, laid back, and relaxed. This is what we based our wedding ideas and venue on.

It has always been my dream to have pictures done in a field of sunflowers- nothing is more peaceful or beautiful then for my dream to come true!  The sunflowers were hand planted with love and care, the weather throughout the summer was perfect for growing, and the timing was too good to be true for pictures.  The sunflowers were as dreamy as they sound, and photographer Bethany Scheidel captured every special moment.

The ceremony took place outside (where else?!) under large Norway maple trees on soft grass.  We were surrounded by lush green fields of soy beans, gorgeous sunflowers,  shade from the maple  trees surrounding us,  and a soft wind blowing the hair on our faces.  Walking into the ceremony the guests had to follow hand painted signs with directions and labels leading them to each site.  The wood from the signs was part of the family deck that weeks earlier had been replaced.   At the ceremony the guests had to the option to cool off with some lemon or cucumber water, and listen to the string quartet playing in the background.  A swirl of white rose petals filled the aisle, with mason jars hung with white hydrangea on the sides of each chair.  At the front of the ceremony was a hand built arbor tied with various strands of lace in different textures, blowing softly in the wind.

After the ceremony, everyone made their way over to the cocktail area.  Cocktail tables were spread out on the grass, with clusters of white hydrangea placed on each table.  The brides favorite thing at the cocktail hour and after dinner was the unique hand-made bar from Hazlitt Vintage Rentals.   The bar was made of barn wood, and had a custom sign decorated with lights that set the mood perfectly as the night light grew dim.  Hanging from the inside of the arbor were old antique windows filled with pictures of the bride and groom.  Mason jars with candles inside were strung from tree branches around the cocktail tables, creating a light during the night outside.  Pomander balls with mums, roses, and hydrangea also hung from the branches, giving the tree a whimsical feel.

The reception took place on the grass in a white tent outside in the backyard of my parents house. The tent and chairs were rented from Four Seasons Rentals located in Markham.   Being a florist, I (with the help of family and friends setting up!) made all the flower arrangements and designed the tables myself.   I choose to do an assortment of vases- from sea urchin vases from California, to old mason jars from my mom’s pantry.  Each vase was filled with a cluster of white flowers- hydrangea, dahlias, freesia, lisianthus, and even hand-picked queen anne’s lace from the tree farm.  To add a touch of color, I  included a small pop of yellow craspedia balls nestled in the white hydrangea.   Also on the tables, I incorporated white pahlanopsis orchid plants wrapped in burlap and tied with raffia. Guests were able to take the plants home after the evening was done. In between all the flowers were three sizes of cylinder vases with white floating candles.  After the evening was over, we realized that we didn’t even turn the tent lights on!  With all the candles and the lights from the bar, the setting was so relaxing no one even thought of turning the tent lights on.  Food and Appetizers were catered by Grand River Catering in Elora.  For dessert we had home-made ice cream sandwiches; oatmeal chocolate chip filled with ice cream rolled in chocolate dutch sprinkles.  There was no problem finishing them off! Throughout the farm paths were made for the enjoyment of guests to take a stroll or drive around; exploring the beauty around the tree farm.  Overall the “Uhl” wedding experience was one I will never forget.  It was the Canadian outdoors with a touch of California beach.

Wedding Photography: Images by Bethany Schiedel / Decor Rentals: Hazlitt Vintage Rental / Decor, Flowers + Gardens: The Bride + Family / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ivy & Aster / Groom + Groomsmen: Forever21 / String Quartet: Daly Live Music / Tent + Chairs: Four Seasons Rentals / Food + Appetizers: Grand River Catering