This garden fête by LivePixels Photography brings a giant dose of creativity and liveliness to the lush, green hills of this Ontario vineyard. Colorfully handcrafted and personalized details can be spotted far and wide over the winery grounds from the vintage decor to the DIY centerpieces and favors. The joy radiating from the faces of the bride and groom and all the pretty details they put together is just about one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen! See it all in the full gallery!
From the bride… Planning for our wedding was a lot of fun (hard work, but nonetheless fun). The toughest part in the planning process was right at the beginning when we were searching for our venue. We wanted our wedding to feel like a giant garden party so we wanted the backdrop to be natural and set outdoors. After hours upon hours of research, I narrowed it down to three places. After visiting the first two venues, we were beginning to lose hope. But we both instantly fell in love with what we saw when we made our last stop. Surrounded by lush greenery that went on for miles and spilling over with history and character, Ravine Vineyard was perfect for our vintage-inspired, rustic elegance theme. I work as a process engineer, but I grew up surrounded by music and art, and I was dying to create something beautiful again. Even though I knew nothing about wedding planning, I knew I wanted to put as many personal and unique touches into our wedding as possible. I made the centrepieces, the wedding favours, the ceremony programs, the “guestbook,” and most of the décor myself (with the help of my bridemaids, of course!). My father made the adorable wedding signs. My maid-of-honour made our beautiful wedding cake. When the day arrived and it all came together, I was so touched by how much love and warmth was infused into our wedding, since almost everything beautiful that day was handmade with love — which gave everything that day so much meaning.
For the décor, I hunted through antique markets, eBay and Etsy for antique cameras and vintage suitcases. I found a box of vintage linen ends and used them to make signs and wrap boxes. I scored a box of vintage postcards off of eBay and used them as a “guestbook,” where guests were encouraged to pick out their favourite postcard and write a short message, a piece of marriage advice, or their favourite recipe on the back. The white string globes strung up over the sweetheart table in the reception tent took me and my bridesmaids hours to make but it was all worth it when I saw how they turned out. Speaking of my lovely bridesmaids, I absolutely adored their dresses! I didn’t want the standard matching bridesmaid dresses and I’m so happy that I found this wonderful designer in New York City who makes these gorgeous teadresses using vintage linens. For the centrepieces, I collected, hoarded, and stalked antique turquoise mason jars and wrapped twine around them for a simple and natural look. In these jars, I placed flowers that looked like someone picked fresh wildflowers that morning from a nearby field. Because the bridesmaid dresses were already so colourful, I wanted some sense of colour cohesion so I chose fresh green Spider Mums, Lisianthus and complemented them with purple Statices and Limoniums.
My favourite moment that day was walking down the aisle with my beaming father and seeing my husband for the first time. Everything else faded away as I walked towards him. And as I drew near, I could see that he was crying – not just a few tears but weeping uncontrollably. You see, my husband never cries, and seeing him so emotional that day made me fall in love with him even more (if that was possible!). It was an intimate, beautiful, and emotion-filled ceremony – so full of love and joy. In the end, our wedding day was perfect – more than we could ever hope for.
Wedding Photography: LivePixels Photography / Venue + Catering: Ravine Vineyard / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom’s Attire: Studio Suits / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sohomode / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Bouquets: King West Flowers / Wedding Flowers: Fifty Flowers / Bride’s Hair + Makeup: Olivia Ha / Musician: Tonino Chiodo