Romantic Canada Wedding at Ancaster Mill
October 21, 2014
Classic WeddingsSpring Weddings
This beautiful, intimate and elegant wedding is a perfect example of just how far DIY weddings have come. This talented Bride and her handsome Groom crafted a wedding that was truly them and so lovely you can hardly believe this beauty can fall under the DIY category. Lucky for all of us Karyn Louise was there to capture every picture perfect moment, and you can see it all here.
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From Karyn Louise Photography...Josh and Helena had a quaint wedding in early May. Set amongst the beautiful Ancaster old mill the couple incorporated the beautiful venue in their invites and used its location to their advantage. Helena was nothing short of the perfect bride. If I had to choose one word to describe her on that day it was "Regal" - she is dignified and poised.

Her details of the day were fantastic! It was simple and elegant - just like this beyond gorgeous couple! The bride worked hard to make sure everything was perfect, she even created the invitations and stationary herself. The sister of the groom also took part by creating the sketched version of the mill.

From the Bride...Josh and I both knew that we wanted our day to have a relaxed vibe but still wanted to keep it elegant and classic. We spent a lot of time searching for our perfect venue – something that would accommodate the relatively small wedding we wanted and that had a romantic feel to it. We ended up stumbling across the Ancaster Mill online and, after taking a short road trip to visit it one sunny Saturday afternoon, we knew it was the perfect spot for us! We loved the fact that the mill was surrounded by waterfalls and adored the stonework, exposed wooden beams, and delicate chandeliers of the Governors room.

It was important to Josh and I to really be a part of every detail of our wedding (from creating our own invitations to writing our own vows) and to include our family and friends (and their many, many talents) in our day. To save on costs, I took on the project of creating all of our stationery. I ordered all of our paper, ribbons, envelopes, and envelope liners from an online company called Paper Presentation and worked with a local printer to print everything out. Our family and friends were amazing in that they agreed to attend numerous “wedding sweatshops” where we stuffed envelopes, tied bows, folded fortune tellers, etc. – we made sure to reward them with lots of wine and endless gratitude! For our floral design, we worked with Tina at Living Fresh Flower Studio to create a soft, simple arrangement that included a lot of peonies, garden roses, Veronica, Lysimachia, and an assortment of herbs. We had decided on long, narrow tables for our reception and had Tina create a “table runner” inspired arrangement out of small apothecary-style bud vases (that I ordered from and fragrant swags of seeded and silver dollar Eucalyptus. Our bouquets were full and organic-looking, tied together with a droopy silk bow as opposed to being wound with ribbon. When I saw them on the morning of our wedding, I actually cried they were so beautiful!

In terms of searching for photographers, I was referred to Karyn from a friend and colleague of mine who was planning a wedding at the same time. Josh and I are both hilariously uncomfortable in front of the camera and wanted to find someone who could make us and our bridal party feel at ease and who would be comfortable shooting natural, candid photos throughout the day. We were blown away by Karyn’s online portfolio! I loved her soft editing and her ability to capture emotion and, after several emails back and forth and one in-person meeting, we knew she was the girl for us!

After putting so much thought, effort, and time into planning for our wedding day, we were amazed at how quickly it went by! While there were small incidents throughout the day – rain and an adorable but wild flower girl – there’s something magical about marrying the person you love and being surrounded by the love, support, and laughter of family and friends that makes even those little memories seem wonderful.