Some things are just meant to be. Like a hot cup of cocoa on a crisp Fall day and my never-ending love for this breathtaking Carleton Place wedding. Yep, we're like two peas in a pod, this gorgeous soiree and me - and the stunning setting, rustic touches and downright awesomeness have me swooning from here to all eternity. Three Nails Photography snapped up every last glorious detail... and the bride groom? Cutest duo you'll ever meet. See it all here.
We took most of our pictures before the ceremony, which gave us time to relax and have fun as a group. I loved that time. There was actually almost an hour of us sitting around and just being present and laughing with each other; it was so beautiful and calming. Though there are many moments I could easily deem my favorite; my favorite moment of the day would have to be when I walked down the aisle. We had friends playing for us — two of them I grew up with and one my husband used to be in a band with. We had them play "All You Need is Love" because I grew up listening to the Beatles, and as I was halfway down the aisle, they broke into the words, "All you need is love..." and people just joined in. The wedding party was belting it out; I felt overwhelmed by the sense of community in that moment and couldn't help tearing up as I saw my husband-to-be and all of our support around us singing out about love. We had decided to bring our passions into the ceremony and combine the things we love to show our "unity" with each other — instead of the traditional lighting of the candles, I finished a painting while he sang to me. It was a really cool moment that allowed us to be "us" on our wedding day. Everything was wonderful at the reception — the speeches left everyone with tears, of either laughter or out of sentimentality. We ended the night, right before the dance, the same way I started it, with a prayer from one of our groomsmen; it was so powerful and personal and a moment I will always cherish. Afterwards, I got to dance with my new husband, under the lights in the tent, and then the party began!
If I was to give any advice to other brides it would be this: just embrace peace from the beginning of the day. Feel confident in where you are, knowing that it is right that you are to marry this man. That is what the day is about, and even if everything else goes wrong, you will still walk away with a partner and a witness to your life — there is nothing greater than that. So just embrace it all and rest in the moments you are given that day.
Wedding Photography: Three Nails Photography / Wedding Venue: Stonefields Heritage Farm in Beckwith, Ontario / Decor: Cotton and Blossoms / Wedding Cinematography: Marcus Spadzinski / Catering: AJ's Catering / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely via With Love Bridal Boutique