A Sweet and Stunning Golf Course Wedding

I honestly can not stop looking at these wedding pictures! Everything about Katelynn and Nick’s wedding is absolutely stunning; her dress, the bridal party, the golf course scenery, and the carriage ride. I can’t get over the part about the Katelynn’s town all chipping in to make this fairy tale wedding happen. It is so sweet.

Check out their gorgeous pictures taken by Lauren Stinson, who is a friend of Katelynn. She currently is a student and does not have a website up and running. Her e-mail address is lauren.stinson2@gmail.com in case you are interested in her photography; and trust me, after seeing these pictures, you will be! She such a talented photographer. Her talent shines through in these pictures.

Enjoy this gorgeous wedding and this sweet couple! I love how much fun that they have together. Their love certainly radiates through these pictures.

Bride and Groom on a golf course

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING IN THREE WORDS

Classy, fun, and heartfelt

WHAT WAS THE THEME OF YOUR WEDDING

Our wedding was quite traditional but we also had a rustic feel to it in the location and decorations.

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THE CEREMONY

Our ceremony was quite traditional as well. Some aspects that made it unique for us was the fact that we took communion together after signing the registry. We wanted to show the spiritual union that happens when two become one in marriage.

Bride and Groom Praying

THE MUSIC

We had a family friend play the processional called “Song for Sienna” which was a very simple and lovely piano instrumental. Then during the ceremony we had one of my bridesmaids sing “I Will be here” by Steven Curtis Chapman while Nick and I were signing the registry. We exited the church to the song “All of Me” by the Piano Guys. Our first dance was to “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath and the father/ daughter dance was to “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman. At the end of the reception we had a dance floor where we played a lot of fun pop songs like “Happy” by Pharell Williams and of course the classic Macarena.

Pianist

THE ATTIRE

My wedding gown was everything I ever imagined. I never a wanted strapless dress so the off-the-shoulder cap sleeves were perfect and the lace and beaded details were absolutely stunning. And the best part was that it was COMFORTABLE! The guys’ suits were light grey and the groomsmen wore coral ties to match the bridesmaids’ dresses while Nick wore a black tie to match me. The bridesmaid dresses were actually found on pinterest (these wedding boards actually go to good use!). The dresses were coral chiffon and floor length and could be tied different ways to help flatter different body types. Lastly, our flower girls wore adorable white dresses that had peach bows around the middle.

None of our wedding attire was purchased from big brand name stores. A lot was purchased locally from little hole-in-the-wall stores that we heard of from friends and family or found on the Internet.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHY

We had a connection through a camp that I used to work at where I got in touch with my photographer. Lauren Stinson was fantastic – she was so much fun to be around and I never had to worry about anything because she was so on top of it all. She also brought along a friend Allicia – who is a photographer from Alabaster Jar photography.They got all of the must-have shots as well as any that we specifically requested. Both were such wonderful women to work with!

Bride and Groom with flower girls

Bride and Bridesmaids

Groom and Groomsmen

Bride and Groom on bridge

Bride and Groom on a bench

Bride and Groom laughing together

THE RECEPTION

The reception was so much fun! My oldest brother was the MC and he did a fantastic job. There was always a game going on which made the evening so exciting. It took place in the clubhouse of a golf course. The whole building was made out of wood and designed like a log cabin, which gave it a rustic feel. We had speeches from both our parents, the maid of honor and the best man. The speeches were just the right length and were really personal. It meant a lot to us!

Couple at dinner

Bride and Groom playing a game

First Dance

Groom Dancing

THE DECORATIONS/DETAILS

On each of our tables, we had a card that two pictures on it; one of me and one of Nick. Each table was numbered and the table number was also the number of our age in these photos. Beside the table numbers there were lanterns with candles in them. There were also white lights strung up in the rafters, which created a starry look.

Table Decorations

THE FAVOURS

Our favours were Rheo Thompson mint smoothie chocolates, which are hand made in Stratford, Ontario. They are so delicious – and they are the only mint filled chocolates that I like! We bought tiny white paper boxes from Michael’s to put the chocolates in. We tied them shut in twine and had a tag with “Thank You” written on it.

Wedding favours

OTHER NOTABLE DETAILS

The wedding really was a town effort. We got married in my hometown Westport, Ontario – population 700. A place where everyone knows you and everyone is so willing to give a helping hand. The amount of people who showed up to help in various ways blows my mind. My brother’s boss owns horses and a carriage, and that was our ride after the ceremony! People made multiple meals for us, cut flowers out of their own garden for us, decorated churches for us, opened their homes for places to stay; the list just goes on. We are so grateful for everyone and it made our day so much more special.

Bride and Groom in the carriage

WHO WERE THE PEOPLE THAT MADE YOUR DAY SO SPECIAL

I believe this would have really been our family and friends who helped us get everything ready and who supported us that day. But also the many people mentioned above who helped in various ways.

FAVOURITE MOMENT

My favourite moment of the day would have been when Nick and I went on our own horse drawn carriage on a little tour throughout the town. We got to spend some time alone during the day together and be paraded through the town – it was truly magical, kind of like a fairy tale.

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OTHER COUPLES

This day is YOUR day. Don’t let anyone ever take that away from you. It is the one day in your life where it literally is all about you and your husband – it is YOUR celebration. So make the best of it!

Bride and Groom being goofy

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An Elegant Country Wedding

I can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous this wedding is. This couple did such an amazing job at incorporating rustic elements to their wedding while still keeping it elegant overall.

The photography for this wedding is stunning. I love the wedding party pictures with the country backgrounds. They look fabulous.

Also, how sweet is this couple. They got some amazing shots while still letting their goofy side shine through.

If you missed this couple’s engagement shoot, check that out here.

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DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING

Country, rustic, and yet still elegant

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING

Summer in the country.

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THE CEREMONY

Our ceremony took place in a small Baptist church in the country. It was short and sweet; our Pastor gave a meaningful message about marriage being a covenant rather than a contract. There was special music and a scripture reading all involving family members. There were lovely flowers at the front, bows decorating the pews, and it was a bright and sunny day outside.

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THE MUSIC

The bride came down the aisle to the song “Jessica’s Theme” from the soundtrack to the movie The Man from Snowy River. The hymn “I Love You Lord” was sung during the ceremony, with accompaniment on the piano and guitar by the bride’s aunt and two cousins. The couple exited the sanctuary to Coldplay’s “Paradise”. During the cutting of the cake at the reception, the song “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies was played. The couple had their first dance to the song “It Had to be You” by Frank Sinatra with Billy May and the wedding party danced a lively jig at the reception to celtic music.

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THE ATTIRE

Bride’s dress- Old-fashioned 1920’s style A-line, halter off-white gown made from beautiful satin material with a beaded sash around the hips.

Bridesmaid’s dresses- Knee length, cheerful summery blue coloured satin gowns with rounded necklines.

Groom- A dashing black tuxedo.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHY

Glenda Travis Photography was our photographer. Beautiful pictures were taken outside since it was a gorgeous and sunny summer day. Pictures were taken along a treeline in the countryside with striking green foliage as the background, beside a riverbank, and in front of a split rail fence. It was an elegant picture shoot over all, with a bit of mischief mixed in.

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THE RECEPTION

Dinner was served to beautifully decorated tables in a spacious banquet hall at a hotel in Orangeville, ON. There were touching speeches by family members and the wedding party as well as the bride and groom. The night ended with a lively dance. The DJ played lots of favourites which were accompanied with a video screen.

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THE DECORATIONS/DETAILS

On the tables and chairs were cream tablecloths and chair covers. The centrepieces were flowers and foliage planted in flower boxes along with sprinkled “jewels”. The bridal parties bouquets were used on head table for further decoration. The backdrop of head table was lit with white fairy lights. We had a fancy cake knife and server and champagne flutes. There were also ‘Bride and Groom’ stuffed bears on the table that were used at my two sister’s weddings as well. On top of the cake was a cute cartoon cake topper.

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THE FAVOURS

We gave out small metal watering cans (country/garden themed) with our names and wedding date printed on them which were  filled with Hershey’s kisses.

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WHO WERE THE PEOPLE THAT MADE YOUR DAY SO SPECIAL

Everyone! Family members, wedding party, guests, pastor, vendors… everyone was great!

We enjoyed saying ‘hi’ to people in the receiving line.

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FAVOURITE MOMENT

Walking back up the aisle with my new husband; exciting!

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WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OTHER COUPLES

Don’t sweat the small things too much; it’s not worth it. Have fun and enjoy!

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A Spring Garden Engagement

Check out this sweet Spring engagement photoshoot with this fun couple. They are so cute and goofy together! This garden was a perfect location for their engagement shoot. I love the variety of backdrops in these pictures. For this Spring engagement shoot, love was certainly in the air. Also, how cute are the last four pictures of the couple at their new house?! So sweet; they told me that their house number, 21, stands for two become one!

“Brian proposed to me on Christmas Eve 2011. He completely surprised me! I was up near my parent’s place that night at a Christmas Eve service at a little country church with my family. Brian was with us before that at my parents house, but he tricked me by pretending to leave to be at his parent’s place for Christmas the next day but it turns out he stuck around. During the service, my younger sister Amy handed me a card, which was from Brian. It was really sweet and romantic inside and said at the bottom “see you soon”. I was confused at first and thought that Amy had handed me the card at the wrong time. When I clued in I ran outside of the church onto the front steps (wearing slippers haha!). It was a beautiful winter night and snow was softly falling. Brian pulled up in his car in front of the church steps, got out, and promptly knelt down on one knee and proposed to me. Of course I said ‘yes’ and was so happy and excited! After we spent some time together, I ran inside to tell my family! It was a very special night.”

These lovely pictures were taken at Cullen Gardens in Whitby, ON by Glenda Travis Photography.

A Playful Engagement Paint Fight

Jamie proposed in May 2012… just three days before I was leaving for Colombia for six weeks! I guess he wanted to get his claim on me before I met charming Spanish men 😉 He proposed by recreating our first date. We both dressed up, and then we went to the restaurant where he rather shyly asked my parents if he could have permission to date me. After dinner we walked around a local park just like we did four year previous. It was so sweet! Then we went back to his house and he led me into the backyard where he had candles and paper lanterns set up on a table. He then played me a video that he made of pictures of us while we were dating put to our favourite song (You are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontange, which later became our first dance song). Then when it finished, he got down on one knee and proposed!!! The first words out of my mouth were “Are you serious? Is this real?” Thank goodness it was! I was bawling the whole time after he proposed, but I didn’t even realize it. After a few minutes I said “Wait, I’m crying”. Jamie just laughed.

The funniest thing though was that about 5 minutes after he proposed, his mom yells out the window, “Have you done it yet?” Haha! Imagine if he hadn’t yet. I would have been like “Done what?!?”

It was so sweet and perfect! I was so clueless the whole night. I thought he was just doing all of this because we wouldn’t see each other for six weeks!

Jamie and I like to have fun, and what could be more fun than a paint fight as an engagement shoot?

Our pictures were taken by our friend Zac (PictureThisImages) who also took our wedding pictures. Check out our wedding pictures here.

Hope you have fun perusing through our engagement photos (but you probably won’t have as much fun as we did taking them).

 

A Summery Winter Wedding

I thought that it would be fitting to feature my own wedding as the first wedding on this blog because I really discovered my passion for weddings while planning mine.

This day was absolutely perfect and so much fun!

Jamie and I started dating when we were just 17 and 15 respectively and got married just four years later! Yes, we were very young when we got married, but we didn’t want to wait any longer to become husband and wife. Because we were both students at the time, we got married on our Christmas break in 2012.

Our wedding was not a typical winter wedding; actually it was quite the opposite. We were going for more of a summery theme. Our wedding ended up being exactly what we always imagined and SO much fun. There isn’t a single thing that I would change.

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING IN THREE WORDS

Relaxed, fun, and summery

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING

I had always dreamed of a summer wedding, but once we decided to get married in December, I thought that dream would be dashed.

We decided though, that we could still have a summery wedding in the winter if we wanted to so our wedding colours were lime green and yellow.

THE CEREMONY

Our ceremony was very personalized.

Our youth pastor married us, our fathers both read Bible passages, and we sung a hymn that we like. We also incorporated a foot-washing ceremony to showcase that marriage is about serving one another. To top it off, we had personalized vows written for each other. These were so special!

THE MUSIC

Bridal party processional- Better Together (piano version) by The Piano Tribute Players

Bride’s Entrance- Angel by Jack Johnson

Hymn- To God be the Glory by Crosby

Foot-washing ceremony- Thousand Years (piano version) by The Piano Guys

Signing the Registry- White Dress by Ben Rector

Recessional- This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole

First Dance- You are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance- Unforgettable by Nat King Cole

Anniversary Song- Love You ‘Til the End by The Pogues

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THE ATTIRE

I knew from the beginning that I wanted an A-line, strapless, lace dress. It was the second one that I tried on. I knew right away that it was the dress.

The bridesmaids wore matching yellow dresses and nude shoes.

Jamie, being very relaxed, did not want to wear a suit. Instead he wore brown pants, a white dress shirt, a vest, brown boat shoes, and yellow accessories (socks, bow tie, and suspenders).

The groomsmen wore the same as Jamie but without the vest.

THE PHOTOGRAPHY

Our photographer was Jamie’s friend Zac, owner of PictureThisImage. He did a great job on our pictures.

My cousin Christina acted almost as our second photographer too, snapping some excellent shots of our wedding details.

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THE RECEPTION

I had always wanted a unique reception venue, and what’s more unique than an old nightclub turned into a wedding venue? It was held at the Opus in Kitchener.

For our meal, which was catered by McCabe’s Irish Pub and Grill in Kitchener, we had a delicious buffet.

We ended off the night with an awesome dance party!

THE DECORATIONS/DETAILS

Each of our tables was named after a special date that we had gone on. Also on the tables were vases of limes and lemons, yellow flowers, mason jars with floating candles, and popsicle sticks for people to write date ideas on.

We also had a timeline of pictures of Jamie and I through the years.

THE FAVOURS

Since we got married in December, we gave out little hot chocolate packages. Attached to them were clothespins hand-painted like a bride and groom with mine and Jamie’s names on them.

OTHER NOTABLE DETAILS

Jamie and I painted the backdrop from our ceremony. Also, we had a bride and groom bear as decorations which both of my sisters had at their weddings too.

WHO WERE THE PEOPLE THAT MADE YOUR DAY SO SPECIAL

Our wedding party was absolutely amazing! They were so helpful through the planning and decorating phases. We love all of them so much.

Also, our parents were so incredibly helpful!

And really, everyone who came to our wedding made it so special for us.

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FAVOURITE MOMENT

I had such a blast at our dance. It was so fun to celebrate with everyone like that.

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WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OTHER COUPLES

Try not to get stressed during the planning phases because at the end of it all, you will be married to the love of your life. It’s not worth stressing over little details because in the end, you won’t even remember any of them.

Also, just enjoy your day! It’s so much fun!