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rustic winter winery wedding

February 26, 2013

On a bitter cold winters day of February Sunday 17th, Rachel and Jamie tied the knot in front of their closest family and friends in a little chapel at Balls Falls. Shortly after, they celebrated with a sit down dinner at Cavespring Cellars in the quaint little town of Jordan, Ontario. The setting was just beautiful! The sun shone all day long reminding us Canadians, that a bright winters day means a freezing one! Rachel however, knows what she wants and won’t let anything get in her way! She led her bridal party and groom by example in her silk gown out into the cold all while still remaining to smile and pose for the camera. This was her day and -20 degrees wasn’t going to stop it!

Rachel looked stunning in this simple, yet elegant dress by Carmen Marc Valvo.

The bridal party got ready across the street at Inn on the Twenty which is such a fabulous place. The rooms are huge, with vaulted ceilings and each one is decorated uniquely with country charm. I love when couples choose to have everything happen in basically one spot. It allows for so much more time to focus on enjoying the day.

How adorable is this? Luckily for Rachel, Jamie didn’t take this advice!

Jamie adds a little bit of playful sexiness to his suit with some pinup cuff-links.

Loving this fur shawl in brown. Looks stunning with Rachel’s rose coloured dress!

We found this great spot outside to take some photos of Rachel with her bridesmaids. They were definitely troopers being out there with no coat on. But they did huddle together for the photos so I hope that provided a little bit of warmth at least!

The chapel is just simply dressed up with little sprigs of babies breath at the end of the pews.

Always such a sweet moment when the bride hugs her dad one last time before she is given away.

Everyone got on their feet to clap for the new bride and groom as they’re presented to their guests.

The bridal party were champs dealing with the insane cold freeze! Luckily we had sun!

The locations to shoot were endless and the light was so perfect. Even though the outdoor shots were rushed and not exactly comfortable, we got some really fabulous ones! This unique and off-the-beaten track wedding has so far been one of my favourites this year.

Walking around the crispy frozen apple orchard fields was a true delight. The light was picture perfect! Poor Jamie was sick on his wedding day and he just about wanted to strangle me for keeping him outside. In the end he apologized to me and said it was all worth it once he saw the photos! No hurt feelings Jamie 😉

Winter weddings can be tricky to shoot. And the cold is definitely not fun to deal with. But those gorgeous shots we got of Rachel and Jamie outside in the snow…so worth it!

We finally made our way inside the venue where, believe it or not, we had even more amazing spots to shoot wedding photos. This location was so picture perfect!

The guest sign in was a vase full of wine corks that the couple had collected over the years drinking their favourite wines.

The dresser re-purposed as a sign in table, and later the candy and dessert station. More babies breath was used for decoration in the drawers.

This polaroid seating chart was super adorable and fun! The couple used photos from their life and wrote the names of the guests below with the table number.

All the reception details fit Rachel and Jamie’s esthetic to a T. Wedding planner, Ashley Lindzon did such a beautiful job capturing the romantic charm of the winter vineyard setting.

Babies breath, chandeliers and candles galore set the tone for romance. The sun set below the escarpment just as guests were strolling into the dining room. A huge bank of windows lined the view and lit the room with an orange glow.

A vintage dresser anchored the room, featuring corks for guests to sign and then home-made desserts at the end of the night. The details of this wedding were as much important as every guest who attended. They set the tone for a cozy and intimate night of celebration, romance and of course lots of dancing into the wee hours of the night!

Candy is a no fail option…always! So it’s a great addition to any wedding reception.

The wedding favours were small jars of spiced nuts. Such a great idea!

I had a wonderful time photographing your winter vineyard wedding Rachel and Jamie. It was a cozy and beautiful display of affection from your friends and family and of gorgeous DIY. I wish you both the best in your future!




ceremony: Balls Falls Chapel // reception: Inn on the Twenty // wedding theme: Vintage/Chic // dress: Carmen Marc Valvo // tux: Burberry // favours: Spiced Nuts // wedding planner: Ashley Lindzon // music: Dino Busato // flowers: Coriander Girl // honeymoon: Small island off the coast of Belize // budget: $30,000 // number of guests: 110

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