I’m a sucker for a good story, and this one? Most definitely a good one. When the hard work of three generations prior make wedding day dreams come true, it’s nothing less than 100% heartwarming. These lovely photos from Deanna McCollum Photography say it all, but don’t forget to read the Bride’s sweet story and head on over to the gallery for the rest!


From the Bride… The wedding venue we chose had the biggest impact on the overall feel of the day. The Kirkland House, is a restored farm house that was built back in 1910 by my Great, Great, Great Grandfather; William Kirkland. A portrait of him hangs on the wall inside. It seems the house is a very popular place for weddings in the summer and they were already fully booked for the year ahead, but luckily, just that morning the couple who had booked the exact day we wanted, phoned to cancel. It was meant to be. We couldn’t have dreamed of a more meaningful venue.

Not only did we have a personal tie to the house and beautifully kept grounds, but the year before the wedding the community built a barn on the premises for the purpose of holding receptions. The volunteers who organized the whole thing also organized an old fashioned barn raising event. So my Fiancée and I actually got to help raise the frame-work for the barn that became our reception site!

I toured many a web-site for ideas, and kept the venue in mind, as I chose a casual-vintage feel for the day. My husband and I were lucky to have such great friends and family to help us create our wedding day. The wedding favors I made doubled as seating cues; I wrote each guest’s name on in calligraphy. My husband and I spent the summer before picking wild blackberries, which I turned into jam and jarred for each guest. I cut fabric circles out of fabric given to me by the Groom’s mother, and tied them and the name tags on with simple kitchen string. I finished each tag with a stamp I had made at Staples that featured a cartoon image of the bride and groom, that I drew for our second anniversary. It doesn’t get more personal and heartfelt than that!

I continued the jam-theme by turning jam jars into hanging flower vases to line the isle and used larger jam jars as the vases for the centerpieces at each table. I prettied them up by wrapping brown twine around the centers, with a small strip of lace over the centre of that. I used the same fabric as I used on the favors to create triangle pennant bunting that was hung from the ceiling in the reception area.

We didn’t have enough money in our budget to buy the mother’s their traditional corsages, so I made them from felt. I bought the felt from the dollar store, as well as some alligator clips. I cut a swirl pattern for the flowers, then glued them together with hot glue, bunched them together and placed a felt leaf under them, and then affixed the clip. The mothers and grandmothers got to choose the clips they liked and wore them proudly throughout the day. I used the left over flowers to decorate some more items around the gift table and the cake table.

For the wedding, we made our own wine at a brew store. I ordered in my own wine labels and then printed them with the table’s numbers. The red and white wine we made was a hit, a money saver and they doubled as the table numbers! It was also a fun, stress free, afternoon for my husband and I to go in and bottle all the wine ourselves!

We also found a lot of treasures at thrift shops; vintage tea cups (some of which we turned into candles for the guest tables), old tins, cake plates, and frames. To keep with the rustic theme, I found ribbon, large wooden letters of our initials, and decorative items, like the bird cages and birds featured on the cake table.

We had many friends working on the day for us, preserving a personal and intimate feel for the day. Our parents and close friends helped to set up the reception site the night before. A friend, who is an officiant, married us. The musicians who played at our ceremony were friends. My husband’s father was his best man. My jewelry once belonged to my grandmother. At the end of the day, the most important aspects of a wedding are the act itself of getting married and the people you chose to share that special moment with. I’m glad that we were able to honor that on our wedding day.

Photographer: Deanna McCollum Photography | Florist: Sonia's Flowers | Catering: 5 Star Catering | Hair & Makeup: East Vanity Parlour | Tuxes: Moores | Bride's Dress: David's Bridal | Wedding Venue: Kirkland House