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antique + natural on the hills of sandford road

July 2, 2013

On June 22nd, Ivy and Kevin finally tied the knot after years of dating. This couple couldn’t be sweeter if they tried. They clearly adore and admire one another, as do all of their friends and family.

This country barn wedding took place on Ivy’s family farm. Family and friends helped the couple pour their heart and soul into the planning and details of the day.

Ivy is sweet, quiet and has impeccable taste. She has an eye for detail which made this wedding so uniquely distinctive of Kevin and Ivy. A vintage, farm, chic feel was the theme of this wedding.

Ivy’s grey shoes gave her outfit a lovely contrast to the elegant white and her hairband added a bit of a whimsical touch.

The girls looked gorgeous with their simple grey dresses, keeping the colours neutral and matching the landscape.

Ivy nervously walks down the field to await her soon to be husband. She is so excited to see him!

The boys get ready while playing a game of pool. The morning is pretty relaxed overall.

Kevin is rambunctious with a heart of gold. He is sensitive and crafty beyond most women’s dreams. He engraved the names of each of his groomsmen in tools as a gift. The nifty part is that they each get a tool box which works independently but also clips together as one huge entity. The guys were elated!

He even etched each of their names into the axe handles! How sweet!

It poured rain all morning but as I always promise each couple, “It will stop raining when we need it to.” Maybe I will jinx myself, but this promise has worked for the last 2 years. I have never shot a ceremony or bridal party in the rain, and yet the weather network almost always predicts it for each Saturday.  Somehow the sun knows that we have business to do. The moment we went outside, the rain subsided and Kevin walked the fields to meet his bride.

The bridal party watches as Kevin hurriedly walks towards his soon to be wife.

I love this tearful first look! Kevin broke into tears before Ivy even turned around and then they were both crying!!!! Too cute!

The bridal party bursts into excitement as the two embrace!

The bride’s beautiful dress was by Jenny Yoo and headband was from Anthropologie. And the lovely bridesmaids were wearing Aritiza.

How sweet do the flower girls look!

The ceremony went wonderfully and the moment Ivy got down the aisle, the sun came through the clouds and didn’t subside until it set that evening. It ended up being the most beautiful sunny day, sticky and hot – but perfect.

You can’t beat that view for a wedding ceremony!

I think Kevin might be saying a little prayer to keep the rain away.

Finally…husband and wife! Time to celebrate!

A huge white tent was pitched on the property of Ivy’s family farm. Fields and fields of green outstretched over small rolling hills in Uxbridge. The setting was so perfect and simple. Driving up the gravel hill, I could see a beautiful house with rows and rows of chairs for a ceremony set-up in front. In the back was the tent overlooking the family pool and the never-ending wispy fields. Ivy and her friends got ready in the house she grew up in, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of family getting the tent and land ready for her big day.

These perfect individual sized bottles of olive oil were the guest favours that Ivy and Kevin made for each guests.

Cocktails were enjoyed all over the property. A buffet dinner was served in the tent and a few speeches were spoken, games were held and a slide show was viewed.

The couple made a dart game that got guests really involved to try and get the couple to kiss! How fun!

Even grandma burst a balloon to see a great big kiss!

Both Kevin and Ivy’s families don’t hold back the sensitive words of wisdom or tears of joy. You can feel the respect and adoration they all have for each other. It is really wonderful to be surrounded by such a feeling when you barely even know these strangers

The mood at the reception was definitely light and fun and the bride and groom had the right idea incorporating games into the festivities!

“Our favourite wedding detail: Wooden barrel bars! We bought the barrels on kijiji and friends made the bar tops.”

I love this shot of Kevin sobbing in his napkin. This guy showed so much emotion – it is just refreshing to see!

When the heels come off…the real fun begins!

The birdie cake toppers are just adorable and fit the farm theme so well. Pies, carrot cake and cheesecake were sliced up and the flavours of the night.

“Our Wedding Song : Simpliest Love – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic  Zeros – We chose this song because it reflects our relationship; simple.”

“Our most memorable wedding moment: Best man being thrown into the pool which resulted in a spontaneous pool party with 30 or more wedding guests jumping into/thrown into the pool in their wedding clothes, including all of the groomsmen, groom and fathers of the bride and groom. Too bad you had left already!”

This wedding was one of my favourites this year because of its simplicity and efforts to make sharing with friends and family the most important. Ivy and Kevin will surely be happy in love like their grandparents married of over 60 years who danced the night away together. I wish you more and more years of developing great sticky bonds like you both have done so successfully thus far. Congrats Ivy and Kevin!

xx – april



ceremony and reception:  Family Farm // wedding motif: Vintage/Farm/Chic // flowers: Heather Benjamin // stationary: custom made by the bride // caterer: O’Malley Catering, NewMarket // honeymoon: Nantucket, Massachusetts // dress: Jenny Yoo // shoes: J Crew // headband: Anthropologie // earrings: Swarovski // grooms’ attire: Suit – RW & CO, Shirt- Zara, Tie- Banana Republic, Shoes- Steve Madden // bridal party attire:  Bridesmaid Dresses – Aritiza; Shoes – Aldo; Groomsmen- Pants- Gap, Shirt- Zara, Tie-J crew, Shoes- Sperry // cake: Tin Mill, Uxbridge // favours: Olive Oil Emporium, Toronto // music: Bob Hawkins Professional DJ service, Newmarket // hair: Kylea from J Sowa-Joy Hair Studio, Port Perry // makeup: Erin Den Ouden, Freelance Makeup Artist // Number of guests: 186


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