There’s just something so completely romantic about this breathtaking Alliston wedding, it’s almost hard to put it into words.  And for someone that talks as much as I do (read: a lot), finding myself speechless is not a common occurrence.  But, one look at the darling DIY details, uber-stunning Mr. and Mrs. and breathtaking images captured by Taylor Roades Photography and you’ll most definitely understand. Because this is a take your breath away, knock your socks off, leave you speechless kind of day – without a doubt.  See so much more right here.

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From the Bride… Adam proposed while we were away traveling in southeast Asia. Prior to popping the big question, he had never discussed specific details of where he’d want to get married or what his perfect day would be like.  However, before we had returned home from our backpacking trip, we had decided that we would get married on his family’s property along the river he grew up playing in. And in an Internet café, halfway across the world, Adam introduced me to the Gibson Centre, a beautifully-renovated farm co-op that he used to frequent with his dad growing up. After seeing pictures of it online, I knew that it would be the perfect place to host our wedding reception. Within a week of being home, we had secured our wedding date — July 7, 2012, exactly one year from the day we got engaged.

Adam and I both grew up in small towns, and we wanted our wedding to reflect a rustic, hometown feel while still being somewhat chic. After securing the wedding date we found our photographer while googling the Gibson Centre.  We met with Taylor for the first time in a coffee shop, and right after leaving, we knew we had found the perfect person to capture our wedding day. Taylor is so down to earth and incredibly talented. In the next few months, Adam and I came up with an overly ambitious list of DIY ideas and lucky for us, our family was eager to help. In the months leading up to the wedding, my mom spent countless hours sewing burlap runners and pennants, collecting antique mason jars, planting flowers and making jam. Adam and I designed and printed our wedding invitations, and closer to the wedding date, we spent a few afternoons cutting, sanding, and staining our table number and cake stands (with the help of his uncle). We ordered all of our flowers from a wholesaler and put together our centerpieces two days before the wedding.

On the morning of our wedding day, it poured rain, but a few hours before the “first look” the sun peaked through. Literally, the day was perfect! We both enjoyed the morning getting ready with our best friends before meeting in the woods to do our first look. Our ceremony was later in the afternoon so we were also able to have all of our bridal party and family pictures taken prior to the ceremony. I loved doing the pictures beforehand for many reasons. First, we spent almost the entire day together and with our best friends. Second, it was stress free, and third, I wasn’t as nervous walking down the aisle. Adam arrived by canoe while the bridesmaids and I watched everyone arrive from the house at the top of the hill. It was so exciting watching our friends and family show up. I can distinctly remember getting out of the car with my dad to walk down the aisle to marry the man of my dreams, but all of the other details just seem to blur together. It was a perfect day!

Wedding Photography: Taylor Roades Photography / Wedding Venue: Gibson Centre in Alliston, Ontario / Floral Design: DIY by the Bride & Her Mother / Wedding Cake: A Culinary Student from Humber College / Wedding Stationery: DIY by the Bride & Groom / Ceremony Music: Jake + Chris Vanhaverbeke / Reception Music: Ken Lindsay / Runners + Pennants: DIY by the Mother of the Bride / Favors: DIY by the Mother of the Bride + Mother of the Groom / Cake Stands: DIY by the Bride & Groom / Wedding Dress: Watters “Pasadena” / Bride’s Sash: Kirsten Kuehn Designs / Hair + Makeup: Artistry by Laura / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Groom’s Suit: Korry’s Clothiers