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 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!