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Caledon, Ontario Canada Garden Wedding

A gorgeous celebration of love and family, this garden soiree captured by Joseph + Jaime couldn’t be more lovely if it tried. It’s the type of wedding that wraps you up in love from the very first moment and squeezes you tight until the very last. It will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, so trust me when I say getting lost in this gallery is one fabulous way to spend your day. 

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From the Bride… I can’t count how many times during the planning process someone told me “it’s your day.” Although it’s a lovely sentiment, Kirk and I saw it differently. For us, the wedding wasn’t only about celebrating our love for each other, but our love and respect for all the people who had supported us along the way. So ultimately, the vision for the wedding didn’t start with a theme or a colour palette – it started with a feeling. “Intimate, honest”.

Since Kirk is in law school and I work for a non-profit we were short on time and money, and neither of us had the stomach for a long engagement. We set a date eight months down the line and got to work planning. The mantra was to keep it simple and trust our guts. We booked the first venue we looked at because it felt right, and decided to have the ceremony in Kirk’s grandparents stunning English garden. After those two big decisions, everything else came together with minimal fuss or tears and, in the end, we couldn’t be happier with the vendors we chose.

Predictably, by the time the wedding day came around I was a ball of nerves, but to quote my brother “the wedding went off like gangbusters.” Our friends and family literally made our wedding day. They arranged reception flowers, baked the cake, designed our invitations, set up sound equipment, balanced precariously on ladders to tie up twinkle lights, and even drove me around at 7am the morning of the wedding, trying to find an ATM open so I could pay the make-up artist.

It meant so much to us that our favourite people were involved, adding their own special touches, and becoming an integral part of the day, the way we had hoped.

Some of our favourite details:
The gold gilded frames my brother turned into whimsical works of art, the vintage apothecary bottles we dug out of Kirk’s farmhouse attic, the best man playing me down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D on acoustic guitar, my oldest brother delivering a beautiful, soul shaking reading of a “letter from John Stienbeck to his son,” laughing uncontrollably during our first dance (The Zombies, This Will Be Our Year), the heartfelt speeches from our parents, and calling my dad the next morning to find out he had lost his voice from singing and dancing the night before!

The wedding was so special and we feel blessed to have this day full of incredible memories and stunning photos to look back on for the rest of our lives. In the end, we actually had to kick people out and we departed with a convoy of our friends in their wedding finery, laughing and marching down the empty country roads to the Inn for an after party.

Photography: Joseph + Jaime | Wedding Dress: After Six | Floral Design: Sweet Woodruff | Invitations: Cameron North | Reception Venue: Alton Mill | Bride's Shoes: 'Vintage' Gap | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Dessy Group | Catering: Gourmandissimo | Groom's Attire: Lab From Got Style | Groom's Shoes: Johnston + Murphy | Hair + Makeup: Blush Pretty

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Rustic Barn Wedding

It POURED rain the day before this wedding.  Like a tarps are needed torrential downpour that created a virtual mud bath and required pots to catch all of the drainage.  It was a water world, and you would never know it.  Because the actual day-of?  Sun shiny and perfect… an ode to a sweet duo who put a smile on your face, no matter the weather.  See it all captured by Red Button Photography right here.

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From the Bride… Cole and I met in grade 9 math, he was a new kid at our local high school and I thought he was cute, but that was where it ended for quite some time. In grade 11 we were cast as the leads in our English class’ rendition of “Romeo & Juliet” and, finally, in grade 12 we began dating. We travelled through undergrad together and to professional school, finally graduating in June 2013, he as a lawyer and me as a dentist. Did I mention his graduation was 10 days prior to our nuptials, and so was his bar exam? At any rate, we were married on June 29th, 2013 but on June 28th we had much in the way of preparations to do. We drove out to the barn at 10am to start setting up and as luck would have it, the rain had already started. Our groomsmen had packed a horse trailor full of decor I had picked up throughout the year (most of which I had refinished) the night before and we drove it into the mud pit I called my wedding venue that very morning. It rained all morning, all day, all afternoon, it rained so much that water was coming through the roof and puddles were welling up and over the concrete foundation. We literally had pots on tables catching drops and our head table, covered in a beautiful sequin table cloth, had to be kept under a tarp since the rain was running in sideways through the slits in the walls. To boot, my well-designed scale mock-up of the barn was inaccurate and the tables didn’t fit. It was all enough to make my eyes well up with tears, but when I looked around and saw how many people had come out to help us, these people had taken a day off from work and instead of resting they were hanging, folding, nailing and arranging all for us. As I drove home from the barn that afternoon, to get cleaned up for our rehearsal, my eyes again welled up with tears again, but happy ones. I felt like I had been given the greatest gift, I really had no idea so many people cared for Cole and I so much.

The chaos and terror that was the day before the wedding made the sunshine that shone down on us all day on the 29th so much brighter. So jump to June 29th, our day was made to be something special between Cole and I. It was important to have family and friends close and to also make the day as easy and enjoyable as possible for everyone. Our dream was to have a relaxed feeling, beautiful, romantic, happy day that celebrated the simple love we share. The day started with Cole and his friends getting photos in our hometown of Strathroy. Petra, one of my bridesmaids, allowed us to use her grandparents home to have the boys morning photos. This house was actually recently sold and has plans to be torn down, gardens and all, so she was happy for us to share one more memory there. Cole and the boys met Eric, our photographer, at the ground at 10am and got shots in and around the 4 acre estate. Eric then met myself, my mother and my bridesmaids at my mum’s condo in London, Ontario for our lunch and preparation session. Mum made a beautiful lunch complete with mimosa’s while the bridesmaids and I got ourselves ready. We had some extra time and I had the vibrant idea to stroll across the street to a cemetery to get some shots at a beautiful mausoleum I had seen many times on my walks or runs through the grounds. Nobody seemed keen on my thought but everyone seemed surprised by the beauty we captured here. Next the girls and I travelled in our vintage rolls royce to the barn where Cole and I would get to share our first look together in the barn. This was not only the first time I’d see Cole, but also the first time I’d see the flowers and decor all set up for the day. It was a wonderful way to take in our day together, and prepare for what was to come. We had some nice quiet moments between us and then walked hand and hand through the property to the forest behind the barn. We spent the better part of the afternoon exploring the our venue and it’s grounds, taking in how all of the planning had come together. By 4pm we were off for what was to be the greatest evening of our lives.

We were married in a sweet and simple ceremony by Cole’s childhood pastor at the Trinity Chapel in Ailsa Craig which was filled with baby’s breath and a homemade backdrop. The chapel was filled to the brim with our guests and as I looked out part way through our ceremony I could feel the love and joy from our crowd of guests as they sat just feet from us saying our vows. Our ceremony incorporated a celtic handfasting ceremony read aloud by our mothers, where we tied our hands together with Cole’s late grandmother’s apron (on a side note, when Cole’s grandmother passed and the estate was being taken care of the family went through her home and called on anything we felt attached to, I had only been dating Cole a year but he constantly talked about his nana’s cooking and so the one and only thing I kept was an apron which was conveniently blue-my something blue). We wrote our own vows and read them to each other for the first time (our something new) and exchanged wedding bands (Cole’s has my fingerprint along the inside of his ring-my fingerprint was our something borrowed). We cheered and walked down the aisle to the song “Wake Me Up” by Avicii as Petra rang the wedding bells for all to hear.

One thing that was very important to us was the feel of the day, we focussed a lot on the music playing the processional songs. We wanted the chapel to feel warm and full of love and I think our guests can attest that this is exactly the feelings our ceremony emitted. After that, the lot of us travelled down the road to the Century Wedding Barn in Denfield, Ontario for our cocktail hour and reception. We served red and white sangria as well as homemade cookies, chicago mix popcorn and fruit for the mingling guests who were free to meander the grounds. At 6 we entered our reception to hey ho by the lumineers which I belted out as we walked to our seats. We then played a short memorial slideshow for those who had passed in our families and introduced our MC-my cousin Warren. Dinner was served shortly, a BBQ buffet of pulled pork and roast beef which came back with great reviews. Dessert was homemade cakes, pies, tarts and squares from my friends and family and our favors were homemade strawberry jam that I made with the help of my grandmother, aunts and mum. I’m sure you can imagine, the night ended with speeches, some simple, lovely first dances (bride and groom-Can’t help falling in love by Ingrid Michaelson and father daughter-Sweet Pea by Amos Lea) and a wild party. Between the dental graduates, the law graduates, our family and our long time friends from Strathroy we had a wicked night on our hands that was dotted with photobooth pictures and a nacho bar. We had the best evening of our lives, it was sweet and lovely, the two best words to describe the relationship Cole and I share.

Photographer: Red Button Photography | Cinematography: First Kiss Films | Florist: Village Vines | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Chapel | Reception Venue: Century Wedding Barn | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Elizabeth Noel Boutique | Caterer: Appin BBQ & Catering | Wedding Planner: Blissful Bookings | DJ: Music Central | Bartenders: Shooters and Shots Bartending | Bridal Party Hair & Make-up: Maria Bikas Salon | Bridal Party Nails: Tetherwood Spa | Bridal Party Robes & PJs: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride's Dress: Private Label by G | Bride's Reception Dress: J.Crew | Bride's Wedding Band: Poag's | Garter: Etsy | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Wedding Band: Brent & Jess | Rentals: Signature Events | Seamstress: Ellen & Company

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Thrifted Wedding in Ontario

It’s rare that you see a wedding nearly 100% thrifted, refurbished and DIYed look as lovely as this one. Perhaps its that the bride and groom are literally glowing. But it’s also that the details feel so real. So tied to the couple and their family. From the pie bar to the fresh peaches and tractor ride, this celebration – photographed by Contagious Design – is good for the soul. See more righ here!

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From the bride…What a day. It was like entering a rustic paradise. Ever since the first stages of planning our wedding we knew our dream was for our day to be full of joy, laughing, and celebration. We have been blessed with so many amazing people who we hoped would have the most wonderful day as they shared in our love. As we narrowed down our hundreds of ideas we realized that a huge focus was on making it a fun event for everyone, that’s why tractor rides, lawn games, music, a campfire, a photobooth, and a chip wagon fit in so wonderfully!

This day was fully thrifted, refurbished, borrowed, or handmade with love by one of our family members or at one of our many crafternoons! Decorating the reception with all of our treasures was led by the groom’s talented brother Nick who coordinated and designed the big day. Mark booked the reception location before he even proposed but it was an easy choice as I lived just down the road and the area was a favourite spot for weekend hikes. Every aspect of Dyment’s Farm was our perfect venue with a beautiful rustic structure that could be layered in lace and fabric flowers to bring to life a vintage and antique lover’s dream.

Photography: Contagious Design + Photo | Videographer: Ryan Geleynse | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Invitations: Kira Lodder | Ceremony: Rock Chapel United Church | Bridesmaid Dresses: H&M | Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever 21 | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Andie's Boutique | Groom's Attire: Mexx | Groomsmen's Attire: Mexx | Bridal Shoes: Aldo | Brides Ring: Charm Diamonds Centre | Bridesmaid Gifts: Etsy | Bridesmaid's Dress: La Bichette | Bridesmaid's Dress: Andies Boutique | Cake/ Bakery: Dyments Market + Bakery | Farm: Dyments Farm | Flower Girls: H&M | Grooms Rings: Raffi Jewellers | Jewellery: Barry's Jewellers | Ring Bearers: Zara | Veil: She's So Beautiful Boutique | Wedding Catering: Dyments Farm