Right from the start, one of my favourite things about my bride Lindsay was that she knew exactly what she wanted. It only took that initial phone call for her to perfectly convey her hopes and expectations for the day —and for me, it was an instant connection! Her vision of a rustic outdoor wedding was directly in line with my style of work, and the planner-client bond was instantly made!
Because we have very similar tastes, Lindsay and I could easily bounce ideas off each other and confirm important details without having to over-analyze numerous opinions. And luckily for us, she had a very supportive groom who knew the benefits of a “yes dear” response.
While Lindsay and Josh had initially hoped to have a destination wedding, they instead decided to keep it close (very close!) to home ensuring that it was more accessible to close family (especially their two young children) and friends . So with that in mind, Lindsay and Josh set out to plan the ultimate backyard wedding! Josh’s parents graciously offered their stunning property in Coldwater, Ontario and although it housed a large space, it was not quite ‘wedding-ready’. In order to accommodate the guest list of 100, a massive overhaul of the backyard went into construction. It was a labour of love to transform the property—over a year’s worth of work went into it! When I came into the picture six months before the big day, I got to see the late stages of the development unravel and WOW, it was ready for not only a wedding, but a feature in a magazine!
No backyard wedding would be complete without a tent, and Lindsay made this her fist order of business. With the help of Westway Tents, she arranged dark wood harvest tables with Tuscan folding chairs that would double as seats for the ceremony. Using a collection of rustic rental companies, Lindsay acquired mix and match china, backdrops, wine barrels, signs, and antique dressers to ensure that each area of the property had a “country” feel. The guest experience was at the forefront, and with that in mind, interactive stations were on rotation throughout the evening – lawn games, assorted drink stands and a dessert table (with some of the most delicious sweets I have ever tasted from the Mariposa Market).. Guests capped off the evening by roasting marshmallows and dancing under the stars on a custom made dance floor.
Being able to wed at home meant gifting the couple meaningful moments linked to important family memories. One significant element was the backdrop for the ceremony –a stately, over-sized rock, which has been the foundation of many of their family photos throughout the years. Guests were welcomed into the ceremony with a sweet photo revealing the bride & groom with their 2 children posing in front of this rock. I am a sucker for details like this, and what better way to personalize a space than incorporating something that has meaning.
For Lindsay and Josh having their wedding at home was a blessing, and although not the original plan, it was one that turned out to be the greatest gift and I am so humbled to have been a part of it.
Venue: Family Residence | Day-of Coordination: All Things Love Events | Photography: Shoot for the Stars Photography | Officiant: Tom Cooke | Catering: The Cooking Butcher | Cupcakes: Cakes by Design | DJ: In the Cue | Florist: Country Cut Flowers | Event Rentals: Vintage Tea Party Rentals | Rustic Decor: Gettin’ Hitched Wedding & Event Rentals | Event Tent Rentals: Westway Tents