Multiple shades of Blue mixed with brown and brightly colored florals are a few of my favorite things about Erin and Brendan’s elegant outdoor Farm wedding. Just like me, you’d be blown away by this not-your-average-diy-wedding!
About the Elegant Outdoor Farm Wedding
“Our colour palette all started from a morning coffee. I had just gotten new multi-coloured coffee mugs and happened to be drinking out of the dark teal one that morning when the wedding planning all began. Brendan was good with the colour and that was that! I never saw myself having an outdoor/tent portion of the wedding, but because of our guest numbers and our location we had limited options for other places to have the reception. My parents are always hosting people, and for me, it was such a sweet experience to have our wedding on the family farm.”
“We actually ended up making all the decorations for our wedding! I had collected ideas over the years and somehow we were able to blend them together. Once we knew we were doing the tent, I wanted the clear span with a ton of lights. Because the tent was so simplistically pretty, the decorations didn’t need to be over the top. Thankfully Brendan is handy and was able to create the decor and I don’t mind staining and painting”
“My wedding party was full of electricians which came in really handy when my wife wanted a tent full of lights.” – Brendan
“I never really had a vision of what ” the perfect look” would look like. I was open to just about anything but needed to find a dress to use as a starting point. While dress shopping I narrowed it down to 2 very opposite looking/styles of dresses. In the end, I made my decision based off of the atmosphere we wanted our whole wedding to be – a celebration, elegant but not too fancy, and an event everyone could enjoy and have fun. The dress I ended up choosing allowed me to move and be comfortable all day, and was SO fun to dance in. All the other details fell in to place after that. My jewelry matched my bridesmaids; their bracelets and earrings were in yellow gold and mine were silver.” – Erin
“I wanted the boys to all be in suits, and Erin wanted me to still stand out in some way. We went to go try suits on and took the colour swatch from the girls’ dresses and ended up going with navy. To keep it simple we told the boys to wear a brown belt and brown shoes of their choice, and then gave them all the same tie. My tie was patterned but the same colour to stand out a little bit.” – Brendan
“A friend of my sister did all our wedding party flowers. She was so gracious about my lack of flower-name-knowledge and created bouquets even better than my imagination could dream. One meeting with her and she total “got” it and did an amazing job. All the fresh cut flowers at the reception in the centerpieces and decor were grown by a neighbor just down the road. My mom collected and kept all the ferns and ivy potted plants alive through out the summer, which were awesome to throw in anywhere we needed while decorating.”
“Brendan and I both aren’t really cake-lovers, instead we wanted to have a Dessert Bar. We had about 8 different flavours of pie, 4 different kinds of cheese cakes, and an assortment of squares and other desserts. All the desserts were cut into small, almost bite size pieces and put on a display. That way our guests could sample multiple desserts and fill their plates with different options as opposed to having one piece and being full.”
“Brendan and I are both huge coffee drinkers. Going for coffee was a regular part of our dating life and is a staple in our home now. For our favours we wanted to make them personal so we had coffee beans in little bags with a tag that said “Love is Brewing”.”
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
“The whole day was personalized in some way, shape, or form. My favourite personalized part was our bar – it was handmade by Brendan and my dad out of an old grain bin from the family farm. So much time and love went in to making that crazy idea into a bonding project with the perfect outcome. The our thing I loved was on a table at the reception. We had a “Love Grows Old” sign surrounded by pictures of all our grandparents on their wedding days.”
“The songs we chose in the ceremony were ones that were important to both of us in our lives leading up to the wedding. The last prayer before we were announced as a couple, we had both sets of parents come forward and surround us. We wanted the support and blessing from our parents – they were our examples when we were growing up of what healthy marriages look like and what we want to mirror our marriage after.” – Brendan
How they Met
“Brendan and I met on a blind date through a mutual friend in September of 2016. This friend thought we would be the perfect match because we both came from big families and both grew up on chicken farms. We had both done the blind date thing before and were regretting saying “yes” to the date… until we met and sat in the restaurant for a couple hours not wanting to leave. He walked me to my front door, asked if I would want to go out again sometime, and without hesitation I said yes! Best blind date I didn’t want to go on.”
“Brendan had my ring for a total of a week and proposed on our weekly date night in Victoria Park, Kitchener while we were looking at all the Christmas lights in December of 2017.
There was a clock tower off to the one side of the park that Brendan led me towards before we were going to leave. I turned to look at the lights and when I turned back around he was down on one knee in the snow.
I will always remember the night being freezing cold – a terrible night to go look at Christmas lights. After he proposed, we had to go to the truck to blast the heat and warm up so I could look at my new bling and not have to have my mittens on. We also went to grab a coffee to enjoy the moment before we started calling our families to tell them.”
Wedding Planning Advice
“We loved having a short engagement (6 months), and found that about 4 months in we were wondering why we made it so long! That being said, our plans all came together and we had so many friends and family helping out to make our dream wedding come true. Ask for help, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Wedding planning is overwhelming, but it can be fun!”
Photography: Allison Leigh Photography | Catering: L&M Catering | Second Shooting: Caitlin Free Photography | Tent: Burke’s Tent Rentals | Videography: Beattie Film | Desserts: L&M Catering | Hair: Lavish Salon | Makeup: Nicole Dupuis Artistry | Engagement Ring: Bakelaar Jewellers | Bridal Salon: Taylor’s Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Engagement Ring: Bakelaar Jewellers | Submitted via: Matchology