My parents threw my fiance and I an amazing engagement party and I still smile whenever I think about the wonderful memories. This backyard celebration for these two lovebirds was the perfect way to kick-off their wedding planning adventures and I’ve no doubt there will be plenty of smiles whenever they too look back, with photos by Redeemed Photography and an adorable film by CB Wedding Videography.
From the Bride… Ben and I are high school sweethearts, and although both of us are still considerably young, we’ve been together for four years. We knew we were meant to be even before we even reached our first anniversary, and since then it’s just been a waiting game. So last Christmas when Ben finally took a knee and asked me to be his wife I was elated, it was the perfect Christmas present.
We set out to plan our own engagement party, and we knew it would be our family and closest friends who we wanted to celebrate with so when it came time to pick the venue there was no hesitation to host our party at my family’s home in the countryside. Planning our own party proved to be a difficult and stressful task, but as we got closer to the day we were overwhelmed by all the help that was poured onto us from those closest to us. They made our cake and all our pastries, they put together our appetizers and fruit platters, and made our flower arrangements. They were there from morning to well after dusk to help set up and then clean up. Our church lent us all of our plates, silverware, tables and chairs. One of our Mennonite neighbours even made for us the large red flower arrangements, and Denisa, our wonderful friend, and talented photographer at Redeemed Photography offered to come and capture the whole day for us.
Stylistically, we threw a rustic chic party, with the majority of decor being DIY. We didn’t want it to feel themed, but we did want to match the season. Since it was a gorgeous September afternoon, it only made sense to incorporate reds, and oranges, and touches of navy. Going into fall there we peaches and apples a plenty. We used local apple cider as our main drink, and for favors we handed out little jars of Apple Butter, a product that Wellesley is relatively famous for. The babys breath seemed like the obvious choice for flowers because it fit in perfectly with the outdoor country setting, as did the burlap table runners, and the log pieces. The night before was a terrible thunderstorm and we were so worried about the weather, but we were blessed as the following afternoon it had fully dried and it was the most wonderful afternoon. We celebrated with our family and friends right until the sun was setting behind us.
At the end of the day our party was all we had hoped for and more, it was not only a celebration of us, and our love, but also a celebration of our two families who joined together to truly bless us in ways I could not have imagined.
Photography: Redeemed Photography | Videography: CB Wedding Videography | Invitations: Vistaprint | Groom's Attire: Stars Men's Shops | Bride's Attire: Dress & Statement Necklace: BCBG Max Azria | Catering: Main Course : Golf Steak House | Favors And Apple Cider: Wellesley Apple Products | Flowers, Vases, Log Slices, Linen Napkins: Wedding Dream | Makeup: Definitely Diana Makeup | Table Linens, Glassware: ABC Party-Time Rentals | Tent: Burke's Tent Rentals