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City Meets Country – A Natural & Rustic Farm Wedding: Kevin & Lindsay

Kevin & Lindsay were married at the bride’s Dad’s farm in Ontario, Canada. Along with his wife Lynne, he spent a year perfecting the properly in order to host his daughter’s wedding. “My Dad built a beautiful deck and added a lovely pavilion that were married under appropriately named ‘the wedding pavilion’,” Lindsay told me. “Kev and I spent the week leading up to the wedding enjoying the country and spending time with our families, it was so nice.”

Although the couple told me they wouldn’t really consider their wedding to be that ‘alternative’, they did try to do a lot of things themselves to make it really special. They also enlisted the help of their friends and family wherever they could. Lindsay continues, “We did try to do a lot of things on our own. Having the wedding at a venue that had sentimental value was the best decision we made. My Dad and his wife got married three years ago on their property in a small, almost exclusively family affair. The setting was perfect, relaxed andsentimental. Although our wedding was a bigger production it had the same feeling of intimacy and informality this kind of setting afforded and inspired.”

“My Dad and his wife had pictures all over the gazebo and porch of Kevin and I throughout the years which was a really fun surprise for us and I think entertaining for our guests to see. Since we love lawn games, we had bocce ball and croquet sets all over the property providing guests with afternoon entertainment between the ceremony and reception.”

“We walked down the aisle to Crosby Stills and Nash ‘Our House’ and after the ceremony, we walked back to the Beach Boys ‘Wouldn’t it be Nice.’ My aunt was the MC for our reception and our wedding party consisted of very close friends, siblings and cousins who are all close with each other. All in all, it served for an informal but intimate day that was so much fun!”

Because the venue was so beautiful and sentimental, the couple kept their decor to a minimum. “The joke was that it was a bit of a city meets country. The colours were neutral and were really only accented by the colour of some of the seasonal wildflowers. Our hors d’oeuvre were things like cucumber gazpacho and potato latkes and the dinner was hearty comfort food followed by pie. We tried to strike a balance between refinement and understated elegance with modest decorating, food, and games that complemented the setting.”

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Marco & Corinne’s Global Folk Art, Home-Spun Wedding

When I received the initial submission email from photographer Pat Dy, dubbing this as his ‘coolest ever wedding’ I had high expectations…and you know what I’m going to say here don’t you?…I certainly wasn’t disappointed!

Marco & Corinne’s home-spun DIY wedding was a real labour of love. The wedding took place at the Groom’s arents house and they crafted their wedding mostly from items they already owned. Everything from their outfits to the flowers arrangement were hand made by the couple themselves or a close friend or family member. This created something totally unique and personal.

“Our theme was global folk art,” Corinne told me. “We just used mostly what we already had lying around our house. We wanted that all the elements were everything we both love. So much heart was put in by family and friends during the 2 months preparation of the wedding. My Mom even handpainted the 150 stones as favours.”

They even had a live mural painting – what an amazing memento to have at their parent’s house to treasure forever – and a shadow box, which made for some really great photographs.

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Katie & Olivia’s Natural Beauty

Today’s first feature actually isn’t wedding-related at all, but I just loved it so much that I had to blog it anyway. Sisters Katie & Olivia’s shoot took place at the home of photographer, and friend of their family, Lee Anne Havens of Flower Child Photography. The idea for the shoot was inspired by the girls’ natural beauty and a desire from Lee Anne to create something unique.

“It took me a long time to decide how and where to do this shoot, and in the end I settled on just doing everything at my home studio and made some crazy “costumes” for them,” explained Lee Anne.

“We played dress-up during the entire shoot. At one point Olivia spotted a basket of hats I made the hats last winter during my knitting craze so we had to use them, of course. (I’ve also made some for a charity drive, see info at the end of the post). Their tutu’s were handmade by me, the tops were purchased second hand for about $5 each and the jewellery is mine. So are the sweaters and plaid tops towards the end of the post – I just kept digging through my closet because I didn’t want the shoot to end!”

“The girls have never modelled before and were absolute naturals. I really didn’t do much posing for the most part, I would just catch them doing their own thing and ask them to hold the poses. The pics were taken using available light, sort of my signature look. This was also my first creative shoot, something to do for myself for once!”

Cam & Candace’s Homespun Engagement Session

I’m posting less engagement shoots at the moment – not because I don’t heart them, but because I literally have wedding submissions coming out of my ears! However I do still let a small number of e-sessions through, especially when they are as cute as Cam & Candace’s.

The shoot took place around the couple’s home, in the neighborhood park and in an old building with a cool looking fire escape.

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Photography Friday – A Quiet Week

There was a really heavy thunderstorm. As it cleared the most vibrant double rainbow ever appeared outside our back door

Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know this already, but on Monday I fainted, fell down the stairs, knocked myself out and chipped a back tooth (note to self: don’t try and climb stairs when feeling faint.) I’m ok now, the doctor said it was just ‘one of those things’ and that I’m fine. However I have been feeling a little sorry for myself this week so I cancelled all my appointments and spent most of this week in my PJ’s writing and chilling out at home.

Therefore this week’s Photography Friday photos aren’t that interesting (particularly compared to last week!) I just thought I’d take a few snaps of the ‘stuff’ I see everyday in my little world.

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