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A Woodland Wedding In Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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A Rustic Woodland Wedding in Wolfville, Nova Scotia - Bride and Groom

Mark originally wanted to propose to Sarah at Point Pleasant Park where the couple often walk their dog. However, his plan was spoiled when it rained. Not wanting to wait another day, Mark decided to propose while he and Sarah decorated their Christmas tree. “He was pretending to do a terrible job at putting the ornaments on the tree so that I would do it and he would pass them to me,” Sarah remembers. “After decorating for a few minutes, he asked, ‘Is there room for this one?’ I turned around and he was on one knee with the ring!”

For their wedding, Mark and Sarah chose a rustic woodland theme reminiscent of their respective childhoods in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The couple selected a mint green, peach, blush, and ivory colour palette. To tie in the woodland motif, Mark and Sarah included plenty of flowers at the wedding, as well as wooden accents constructed by Sarah’s father.

“So much effort and love was put unto the decor, which made it that much more special,” Sarah says. Sarah and her father crafted almost everything by hand, including the ceremony backdrop, made from her grandparent’s old barn doors, and the bunting, made using pieces of her mother’s wedding dress. “My Aunt Anne and my mother made the cupcakes, and my dad even made the cake stand they were served on,” Sarah says.

One of Sarah’s favourite moments was her first dance with Mark to the song “Yellow” by Coldplay. “I had always dreamed of dancing to this song on my wedding day, and Mark agreed it was the perfect song for us,” Sarah says. “We also had a blast dancing with our guests afterward!”

Sarah Crouse and Mark Townsend, June 4, 2016, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Photography courtesy of JK Murphy Photography.

Ceremony venue: 
Manning Memorial Chapel
Reception venue: Ken-Wo Golf Club
Bridal gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Moores
Groomsmen attire: Moores
Caterer: Ken-Wo Golf Club
Flowers: A Beautiful Bouquet Floral Designs and Decor
Stationery: Style Scout Design
Cake: Layers Cakes
Hair and makeup: BeLeaf Salon and Spa
Favours: Wood ‘n’ Hive

A Rustic-Chic Wedding In Almonte, Ontario

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A Rustic Chic Wedding in Almonte, Ontario - Field

Joanna and Dave originally wanted to hold their wedding at Dave’s family farm in New Brunswick, but couldn’t make it happen due to logistical issues. Instead, the couple captured the feel of the farm with an Ontario celebration with a rustic-chic theme and a colour palette of peach, cream, and dusty blue. To pay homage to Dave’s childhood home, they cut down birch trees from the family property and used them to fashion centrepieces and place card holders.

The wedding began with one of Joanna’s favourite memories from day. Joanna and Dave shared a quiet, emotion-filled moment before the excitement of the ceremony. “We were so excited to see each other, and having a few minutes together alone before spending the rest of the day surrounded by our loved ones was really special,” Joanna shares.

For their wedding song, the couple chose Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ “Home”, covered by Jasmine Thompson. Joanna felt that the song perfectly captured their relationship. “My favorite lyric in this song, and the one that I feel represents us, is ‘Home is wherever I’m with you,’” Joanna explains. “Dave and I had both moved from different provinces in the east coast to Ottawa before meeting each other. We’ve built a life together in a city that is neither of our home towns but it’s home because we’re together.”

Joanna Baker and Dave Perry, June 18, 2016, Almonte, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Anne-Marie Bouchard.

Ceremony and reception venue: Evermore Weddings and Events
Bridal gown: Maureen Patricia from The Handmade Bride
Bridesmaid dresses: Joanna August from With Love Bridal
Groom’s tux: Calvin Klein from Moores
Wedding coordinator: Satin & Snow
Caterer: Salt
Flowers: Tanya Naylor from Presh Floral
Stationery: Minted
Hair: Emilie Tran from BossArts Salon & Spa
Makeup: Shannon Ranger from One Fine Beauty
Music: Professional Entertainment Group

An Ethereal, Woodsy Wedding In Nova Scotia

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A Whimsical Woodland Wedding in Pictou, Nova Scotia - Bride and Groom

Aimee and Mike met more than 10 years ago in college. At the time, Aimee was studying interior design while Mike studied firefighting at the same campus. All the while, Mike acted as a steadfast supporter of Aimee, cooking her meals and keeping her company through various design projects. Since then, Mike has remained a sturdy rock in Aimee’s life. “We’ve been through a lot of life milestones together – the biggest probably being buying and renovating our first home together,” Aimee shares. “If your relationship can be strong through renos it will last a lifetime!”

Aimee and Mike chose to hold their wedding at Pictou Lodge, which set the tone for what Aimee calls, “a woodsy ethereal” decor theme. The couple selected a combo of lavender, mint, and dusty blue for a sea glass colour palette, and added touches of green with lush florals. Aimee’s uncle also built a birch tree archway with ribbons in their chosen colour palette for the ceremony.

While the wedding had a woodland theme, Aimee explains it was important that the wedding took place by the ocean. “I had always wanted a wedding ceremony by the ocean – it has always had this magnetic pull for me as an east coast girl.” During the outdoor ceremony, Aimee and Mike joined sands from the east coast and Ontario to symbolize their connection. “It was a special way for us to show how we’ve now interconnected our lives (past and present) in a way that can never be separated,” Aimee explains.

Aimee says her favourite part of the day was the evening reception, “The love in the air was palpable,” she remembers. “The food was amazing, the speeches heartwarming, and the dance floor action was fierce!”

Aimee Chisholm and Mike O’Rourke, July 2, 2016, Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Photography courtesy of Rachel Peters Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue:
 Pictou Lodge Beach Resort
Bridal gown: 
Sarah Seven from White Toronto 
Bridesmaid dresses: 
Groom’s tux: 
Aquarius Menswear 
Thomas Carey from Pictou Lodge Beach Resort 
Weir’s Lavender Farm 
Rocco Picheca Salon
Allison Kirby 
DJ Harv’s Disc Jocket Services 


A Classic, Elegant Wedding In Quebec City

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A Classic, Elegant Wedding in Quebec City - Bride and Groom

Joanie and Aleem met while living in Philadelphia during their residency program at Temple University. Once back in Canada, Joanie went to work in Quebec, while Aleem returned to Toronto. Over the following four years, the couple pursued a long-distance relationship, travelling back and forth to see each other on weekends. It was two years into their relationship, during a romantic vacation to California, when Aleem popped the question. Aleem picked the perfect spot that evening, getting down on one knee and proposing to Joanie on a sailboat overlooking the sunset off the Pacific Coast.

To celebrate the start of a new life together, Joanie and Aleem approached their wedding with an elegant, romantic, and classic theme in mind. Old Quebec City was the perfect setting, with its refined cobblestone exteriors. “The chapel radiated elegance with its high ceilings and graceful arches,” Joanie recalls with a smile.

One of the couple’s favourite moments from the reception was watching a video telling the story of their relationship, complete with photos and their favourite music. But the greatest gift was seeing their families meet and mingle, the couple shares. “It felt so good to have both our families united in Quebec City.”

Joanie Faucher and Aleem Manji, June 11, 2016, Quebec City, Quebec. 

Photography courtesy of Valérie Busque.

Ceremony and reception venue: Musée de la Chapelle de l’Amérique Francophone
Bridal gown: 
Inbal Dror
Bridesmaid dresses:
Henkka from Hudson’s Bay 
Groom’s tux:
Harry Rosen 
Caterer and dessert station:
Lysine Gingras from La Mangue Verte
Flowers: Renée Fleuriste
Hair and makeup: 
Alexandra Poirier from Folio Coiffure
Pâtisserie Paillard
Les Productions Musicales Guillaume Renaud

A Tuscan-Themed Wedding In Beamsville, Ontario

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A Floral Tuscan-Themed Wedding in Beamsville, Ontario - Sunset

In September 2015, Monica and Chris visited Tuscany and quickly fell in love with the region, so a Tuscan theme seemed the obvious choice for their wedding. The couple replicated the sights and smells of the region with a colour palette of whites, ivories, light blushes, and earthy greens such as eucalyptus and olive. “The motif was best captured in the flowers,” Monica explains. “The blooms stayed true to the colour concept and were a mix of beautiful garden roses, ranunculus, and peonies.”

Monica and Chris also incorporated lush greens into their reception, seating guests at long harvest tables decorated with garlands and votive candles. “The foliage was so fragrant it filled the room with a subtle yet fresh aroma,” Monica remembers. Guests were served Caprese salad, thyme-roasted chicken, and slow-roasted pork loin with roasted Niagara orchard fruits or creamy polenta topped with grilled asparagus, all reminiscent of Tuscan flavours.

The day came together perfectly with clear skies and a soft breeze across the wedding venue’s sprawling vineyards. “We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day, in a more gorgeous setting for our ceremony,” Monica says. Their first dance, to “Adorn” by Miguel, was one of the couple’s favourite moments. “We’ve been together for 12 years,” Monica explains. “We always knew we were right for each other, so our wedding was much anticipated by our friends and family. It felt great to finally have them share in this expression of our love, devotion and commitment to each other.”

Monica Miele and Chris Silvestre, June 25, 2016, Beamsville, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of 3Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: 
Mike Weir Winery
Bridal gown: Diva Bridal Boutique
Groom’s tux: 
Frama Bespoke
Flowers: Fleurish Design Studio
Stationery: SPARK
Hair and makeup: 
Nine Zero Five Salon