Rowena's Inn on the River Wedding from Mikaela Ruth Photography
May 10, 2013
North America
RomanticVintageOutdoor Weddings
The bride knew she would wed her true love at Rowena's Inn on the River before she had met him. Luckily for all of us, she met her man, and he was down with the plan to get married at this gorgeous spot, because the resulting wedding was as stunning as the mountains in the background. Captured by the talented Mikaela Ruth Photography, this wedding is one for the books.
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From the Bride... We planned a two week vacation in May 2011 to Europe. The highlight for me was the three days we were to spend in Paris, where I had dreamed of visiting since setting my eyes on the Eiffel Tower in a textbook in grade school. Marcus knew it was my dream. Our first full day in Paris had a lovely start with espresso and chocolate raspberry croissants at café on the Champs-Elysees. We then explored the Eiffel Tower and the surrounding neighborhood. We stopped to take in our surroundings on a bench in the park below the Eiffel Tower. With the tower in our backdrop, Marcus proposed!

We chose to be married at Rowena’s Inn on the River in Harrison Mills, British Columbia because when I was in my early 20’s I came across some photos of a wedding that took place on that property. I was immediately in love with the romantic and vintage whimsy of the old estate and grounds right on the Harrison River. At that point in time I didn’t even know my husband, but I knew one day I would get married there. Rowena’s is also significant to my family. When my father was very young, his family rented property on the Rowena’s estate and managed the farmland. It was very special for my family to see us begin our married life on a piece of family history!

Our vision/style for our wedding was Vintage Romance with a color palette of soft blush pinks, greens, cream, grey and silver. For flowers, we used peonies, Old English roses, mini-roses, Avalanche roses, Hypericum, Wax Flowers, and Snapdragons.

My husband and I are both very simplistic. We like to get straight to the point. Many of our guests would probably say that our ceremony was the shortest one they had ever witnessed. Which is exactly how we wanted it. Short and sweet. Although it may sound cliché, the few moments my Dad and I had before we walked down the aisle were so very special.

The reception was the part of our day that my husband and I were most excited about. We love to celebrate, and we were so looking forward to celebrating one of the biggest days of our lives. This might explain why our ceremony was so short – so we could get to the party! From the food, to the candy bar, to the lawn games, to the cocktails, and to the music, the part of our reception that our guests (and the bride and groom!) most enjoyed was the photo booth. CheddarBooth entertained and created memories for our guests. The vintage props and gold sequined backdrop definitely put our wedding photo booth over the top.[dotted] Wedding Photography: Mikaela Ruth Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Rowena's Inn on the River | Event Planning + Design: Bride + Bride's Mother | Floral Design: Family friend | Wedding Cake: Christine's Creative Cakes | Invitations: Staci J Designs & Images | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White by Vera Wang via David's Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Lulu Townsend Bow Wedge | Birdcage Veil: Carmen West Creative | Martina Liana Swarovski Crystal Sash + Garters: Luxe Bridal Couture | Earrings: J.Crew |  Makeup: Ashley of  Wedded Bliss | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Photo Booth: CheddarBooth