In my book, gorgeous bouquets and gorgeous weddings go hand-in-hand – it’s that simple. So when this peony-filled stunner popped up on my screen, I knew we were in for one heck of a day. Alyssa Alkema Photography captured it all from start to finish and you can follow the pretty on over here.
From the Bride + Groom… We met at a friend’s birthday party at a club. I was dancing with his friend only because I had lost my friends (this guy was not a very good dancer) and Jordan saw that I was uncomfortable, so he was my knight in shining armour and came and took me away from him.
Jordan took me to Lowville Park in Burlington, Ontario and proposed to me while we were on a picnic. This was where we had talked about getting married on the first time, while on a picnic, so he wanted to replicate the experience. He had told me that he was going to get me a sweater from his car because I was cold, but I noticed that he was taking a really long time. Little did I know, this was because he was waiting for other people in the park to go by with their dogs. When he finally came over to me, he started to put the sweater on me, but instead of me standing there so he could drop to one knee, I sat right down, so his plans were crushed and he had to crouch instead.
We were married in the timber frame and glass pavilion at the Cambridge Mill, overlooking the water. We only added two altar pieces to this building as decoration since it was already so beautiful already. Though it rained, the water flowed over the glass, creating an impressionistic view of the Grand River as I walked down the aisle to Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 Prelude. The reception took place in the Mill’s Gallery Room, full of rustic and elegant details.
We incorporated their personalities into every detail. We are a mix of rustic and elegant–Jordan’s love of woodworking was brought out with the wooden table number holders (made by the Jordan himself), the stone walls of the mill and the timber frame pavilion. My love of elegance came through in my dress, the simple flower arrangements and the chandeliers. A mirrored French menu board as the seating chart alluded my years spent in France. We chose a laurel crest motif for our invitations that carried through to the programs, table numbers, and cake.
We both love fashion, and both tried to incorporate something unique into our looks—Jordan chose bowties for the groomsmen’s and I found a pair of art deco vintage earrings.
We both have fun and goofy personalities and added a touch of whimsy to the affair with gold animal placecard holders (we both love animals, especially bears). I also insisted on a late-night pizza bar (pizza being my favourite food—I’m half Italian) and we chose truffles from SoMA Chocolatemaker in Toronto for the favours.
Photography: Alyssa Alkema Photography | Flowers: The Bakery (Gravenhurst) | Stationery: Pomegranate Letterpress + Design | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy from Saratina Bridal | Makeup: Vanity Presse | Hair: Romeo Salon | DJ: Bil Copeland | Bridal Gown: Sottero And Badgley "Celeste" | Bridal preparations: Langdon Hall | Bride’s Earrings: Fashion Crimes | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Ceremony + Reception: The Cambridge Mill | Favours: SoMa Chocolatemaker | Groom’s Tux: Coppley