charming fall country wedding
May 19, 2015
Talia and Alex planned a picture-perfect fall themed wedding at the Manor by Peter and Paul’s. The elegant stone building was a perfect back-drop for their outdoor ceremony in the golden fall light.
They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. We had so much time to take bridal party photos and the couple was extremely enthusiastic and laid-back to explore various locations. They found an old barn nearby where we took some of the best shots. Each one of their friends in the bridal party came and trudged through the long grasses and mud without a squeak. It was refreshing to have such a huge bridal party so relaxed about the photo taking time! They even serenaded Talia and Alex while they got their couple shots done. It was a lot of laughs.
Getting a little help from the bridesmaids. How gorgeous is the bride’s Lara by Sottero + Midgley dress?
The bride’s lovely bouquet was created by Da Vinci Flower Shop.
Talia and Alex wanted to keep their ceremony decorations rustic, simple and non-distracting. They collected some feather reed grass from the side of the road near Talia’s house, cut the stalks down to size, and stuck them inside two planters that flanked them and the officiant during the ceremony.
“Talia’s favourite moment was hearing my vows. My favourite moment was watching Talia walk down the aisle.”
The barn was left open so we had a gorgeous light leak scenario to play with inside. I could have spent days in this barn shooting but we had a pond and a corn field and many more spots to shoot in.
“We met through a mutual friend at the University of Waterloo when we were both doing our undergrad there. We became great friends and our relationship blossomed from there.”
“Our favourite detail was our ceremony. We both loved that we could completely personalize it by choosing every aspect of it. Our officiant, Richard, was great and helped us through the whole process. We were able to write our own vows, as well as pick the readings and all other aspects of the ceremony. By doing this, we were able to create a ceremony that reflected us as a couple, which we think made it more intimate and meaningful.”
The cocktail hour and reception ensued indoors and the couple had clearly marked their personal touches with many DIY projects. Using Pinterest as inspiration and a creative flair from both of them, they embarked on many personal projects.
Alex designed their invites with an engagement shot and printed them at mpix. The seating chart was written out on an 8 pane old window from an antique market near Talia’s cottage.
The couple couldn’t find a guest book idea that they really loved, so they created their own using cedar planks. They put the planks together and decorated it with nails forming three hearts. Using orange yarn, they wove it around the nails to define the heart shape and left sharpies for guests to sign their names on the wood. This would be a great decorative piece to hang on the wall in their home.
Madlib’s were made for cocktail hour entertainment and as a keepsake of their wedding day. Taking inspiration from the internet, the couple made their own that was suited to them.
Talia and Alex came across the idea of using an antique luggage as the busta box and thought that this fit perfectly with their rustic theme. They got the old luggage from a family friend and made a sign saying “Thank You” out of construction paper and twine that they strung across the top.
For the head table decor, Talia and Alex made a sign that said “Mr and Mrs Bass” that they strung across the head table. They bought a burlap banner cut into triangles from Creative Bag and then painted a letter on each one. In front of the table, they had large wooden candle holders, as well as pumpkins for a splash of colour. They even made the candle holders out of logs that they found on the side of the road. They drilled tea-light sized holes in the tops of each.
Alex really wanted to incorporate pumpkins into the decor so they decided to use them as table number charts, and painted the numbers directly onto them in white.
For guest favours, the couple bought bread dippers from a Canadian company called Wildly Delicious and then wrapped them in burlap. They added thank you tags that they designed in Photoshop and tied them to each bottle with lace. Instead of adding the customary confetti candy, they tied small bags of Jelly Belly’s to each favour because they thought they better reflected Talia’s love of candy and the fact that they are children at heart.
The dance floor was packed pretty much all night long!
Talia and Alex clearly put a lot of time and thought into their wedding day. They wanted their guests to have an experience to go home with – a day to be branded into their hearts and memories forever. I certainly did. Talia and Alex, you are kind and humble and young at heart and in years 😉 I wish you all the very best and brightest future together. You are clearly a strong and dedicated team.
reception + ceremony: The Manor by Peter and Paul’s // officiant: Richard Bristow from Enduring Promises // cupcakes: Ora Mangiamo // catering: The Manor by Peter and Paul’s // dress: Lara by Sottero + Midgley // tux: BLACK by Vera Wang // shoes: Nine West // headpiece: Nordstorm // flowers: Da Vinci Flower Shop // music: S4 Entertainment + Audio Visual // hair: Hala @ Cynthia’s Unisex Hair Design // makeup: Gina Drougas // favours: Wildly Delicious Bread Dipper // bridal party attire: Alfred Angelo + BLACK by Vera Wang // bridal party gifts: Seattle Seahawks Jerseys + Coach Double Zip Wrislet // stationery: Mpix