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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.

And a sweet film from First Kiss Films… beautiful.

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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

Baking Themed Wedding in Toronto

I’m pretty sure this couple has taken the cake for the best wedding “theme” ever – because we all know the fastest way to a guests heart is with donuts! Add to that baking stations on each table, cupcake “bouquets” and tiered wedding cake macarons, and I’m half way out the door to the nearest bakery. With photos from Rhythm Photography and a design by Melissa Andre Events there are More details right here!

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From the Bride… I was one of those girls that always dreamed of a beautiful, romantic wedding. The only detail really missing in the picture was my husband. So, as soon as Jon and I were engaged (and our engagement was a long two years), I was up and running trying to put my daydreams into reality. Along the way, I found comfort and help from my family, some great girlfriends, and ultimately my ‘wedding family’ of vendors. The two years flew by so quickly, especially since Jon and I had demanding lifestyles to begin with (we’re an accountant and a banker), and wedding planning was just another element to add to our busy lives.

I knew from the get-go that I wanted a wedding with soft, completely romantic details with vintage subtleties. I found the perfect combination in blush pink and contrasts of light and dark blue. I knew that I wanted to instill a sense of our personality as well. Jon and I both love eating and cooking (for me, baking especially), and one of the very first things we bonded over as a new couple in university was a batch of chocolate-banana muffins that Jon made to ‘woo me’. So it was completely fitting that our wedding would be centered around baking and cooking.

The largest challenge initially was finding the perfect venue. For the longest time, I was stuck on the idea of having an outdoors wedding in the summer. But at a whim, Jon convinced me to try looking at indoor venues, and after one visit, we fell in love with Arcadian Court and Loft, just a 10-minute walk away from our home.

For months, I let my imagination run wild, but I needed structure, and I found realism and epiphany with Melissa Andre Events (MAE). The most magical setting of antique jars; contemporary, but playful stationery; pink and blue hydrangeas; little baking stations with whisks and wooden spoons adorning each table; and a sweet table with ‘cupcake bouquets’ and ‘tiered wedding cake macarons’ could not have been executed without the vision of Melissa Andre and her team, Roxy Zapala of Flower Parade, Isabelle Loiacono of J’Adore Cake Co, Rachelle Saevil and my imagination still gone wild.

Literally, the summer months leading up to the wedding were spent scouring Etsy and Queen Street in Toronto for whimsical, antique items (i.e. the drawers for our place cards, our Chinese / Jewish cake toppers, and many, many types of mason jars for centerpieces and decor); exchanging an abundance of e-mails and calls with MAE, my main means of structure and guidance; and feeling more excited with each day.

Wherever we could, we incorporated a piece of our family, friends or ourselves. Our beautiful ‘recipe card’ invitations were designed by Jon’s high school friend Karl – the most talented graphic designer. My sister made us a ‘recipe box’ for our kissing game and our guest book. Jon’s mom made our 3-tier ‘Wedding Pie’. Jon’s other high school friend Dave performed and sang the song for our first dance. And finally, Jon and I made homemade favors – ‘cakes in a jar’ from scratch for each of our 250 guests. It was a labor of love involving many test runs, but we found solace and support from my sister-in-law, my siblings and my bridesmaid Sabrina, who all helped to tie 250 stubborn pieces of ribbon just a few days before the wedding. Then, in the ceremony Jon broke the glass. we danced the hora, and we held a beautiful tea ceremony to celebrate our Jewish and Chinese backgrounds.

Come the wedding day, I expected to be more emotional, but instead, I was stoic. I almost forgot how to think or feel. Thank goodness for my loving husband, who reminded me to laugh and be playful during our photo shoot and even during our ceremony. The day flew by so quickly, and I could hardly remember to keep my head up high awhile walking down the aisle with my amazing father, or even to tell Jon how much I love him during my speech. Regrets aside, thank goodness for the talented work of Rhythm Photography and Let Them Eat Cake Films for capturing every smile, emotion, nuance and moment, some of which I had already forgotten. It was the most perfect day we could have asked for, complete with perfect weather, and one of the best days of my life. I married the love of my life, we were surrounded by all the people we love and cherish most, and it was an absolute joy to see how genuinely happy they were to celebrate our marriage.

Finally, all it took was just a sip of champagne and the most emotional words from my parents and I was in tears.

Photography: Rhythm Photography | Cinematography: Let Them Eat Cake Films | Wedding Invitations: Karl Chen | Catering: Oliver & Bonacini | DJ: Mint Events - Jon Davine | Officiant: Don Whitty | Chinese Dress: Alice Ko | Day Of Stationary: Rachelle Saevil | Design, Planning & Coordination: Melissa Andre Events | Florist / Decorator: Flower Parade | Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy - Theprincessandthebou | Furniture Store - For Photography Session: Calligaris | Indoor Historic Event Space: Arcadian Court & Loft | Make-up & Hair: Maggie Ng | Nails: At Your Service Mobile Spa | Park - For Photography Session: St. James Park | Pianist / Vocalist (First Dance): David Barnwell | Sweet Table: J'Adore Cakes Co | Tuxedos: Black By Vera Wang (Moores) | Tuxedos: Black By Vera Wang (Moores) | Wedding Cake Toppers: Etsy - Licoricewits | Wedding Dress (Amsale Bianca) & Jewelry, Bridesmaids Dresses (Am: Pearl Bridal House

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