Ottawa Wedding from Melanie Rebane Photography
June 18, 2012
North America
DIY InspiredRustic WeddingsSummer Weddings
Is there anything sweeter than a wedding filled with handmade and heartfelt details, vintage charm with the guests in mind, and a dessert table filled with all the famous desserts of the bride's and groom's families? We think not. And nothing is more beautiful than Melanie Rebane Photography's view of the pretty, pretty day. Don't believe us? Visit the gallery and see for yourself!
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From Live Love Plan Weddings & Events ... When Sarah and Steve set out to plan their wedding they envisioned a unique and personalized day focusing as much on their guest experience as their own.

Guests arrived to towering trees throughout the sunlit lawn lined with floral filled mason jars hung on white chairs leading to the farmhouse stone steps artistically displaying a vintage inspired vignette by Sparrow Floral Designs. Welcoming touches such as lemon infused water crafts and instructions to choose a button to be held during the ceremony only to be returned to a mason jar "preserving their love and support” confirm the consideration and detail added by Sarah and Steve. Excitement was certainly in the air as even the lace curtains hung between trees fluttered in the breeze as if they too were anticipating the Brides arrival. "A Million Years” by Alexander echoed throughout the air as the processional began and guest’s smiles outshone the beautiful fall day. 

The Wedding Party’s recessional accompanied by Hall and Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True” was the idyllic transition to the upbeat celebratory energy of the poolside cocktail hour. Guests crossed the lawn to an array of delights and thoughtful details. Small cards to be placed into mason jars preserving family & friends well wishes acted as their guest book, the Groom’s vintage bike and Bride’s family quilt leaned up against a shady tree acting as a gift table neighboring a “DIY” photo booth crafted from old frames and flower pomanders hung from tree branches. Tall glass self serve crafts played house to refreshing signature cocktails and the Whalesbone Catering served up an impressive and delicious array of canapés.

As the sun began to set, handmade pennant escort cards strung between tree trucks flapped in the wind as if ushering guests to the reception tent across the property. Sarah and Steve personally greeted each friend and family member as they passed the chalkboard menus and vintage inspired gateway into the tent. White lights were strung across the big top with family style seating arranged in rows. Guests settled into their seats while admiring hand painted mason jars filled with florals and candlelight lining the DIY burlap runners. After a delish meal and heartfelt speeches, a nod to the importance of family is unveiled. White linen acts as the perfect canvas for tiered china dessert plates made by the Bride herself. The long table proudly displayed baked treats from the Bride and Groom’s relatives showcasing family recipes and affectionately surrounded their wedding cake, made by a friend of course! 

The day was flawless with guests being truly treated to an experience that had the warmth of tradition, the surprise of so many thoughtful details and most of all fun, among closest friends and family.

From the Bride ... My favourite part of the planning process was coming up with ideas to personalize our wedding so that it was a true reflection of who we are as individuals and as a couple. The venue was a snap, easy decision! We both fell in love with Stonefields immediately, it’s an excellent venue. They were extremely hospitable and the site itself was stunning.

Always stay true to what matters to you as a couple. Your wedding day should reflect your journey to marriage and not what you feel you have to do. Get creative! Be bold! Spend your money on what matters the most to YOU and not anyone else. Surround yourself with a great team of vendors and the stress of the planning months will melt away (or nearly melt away!). Enlist the help of your family and friends – and don’t feel guilty about it. I remember feeling ridiculous asking my close girlfriends to come over to cut out tiny triangles for our seating chart but in the end it not only saved me hours and hours of work and stress but we had a great time doing it together. HIRE A PLANNER and don’t question your decision to do so. It doesn’t matter how “organized” you may be – you shouldn’t have to raise an eyebrow let alone a finger on your wedding day- and neither should your close family or friends.

Photography: Melanie Rebane Photography / Flowers: Sparrow Floral Design / Wedding Stylist & Planner: Allison Turner of Live Love Plan Weddings & Events / Ceremony and Reception Location: Stonefields Heritage Farm / Dress: Alfred Angelo / Caterer: The Whalesbone Catering / DJ: PM Events / Hair: The Hair Committee / Bridesmaids Dress: The Bay / Bow ties: Etsy