Elegant And Natural Wedding

beautiful garden rose bouquet @weddingchicks

This wedding was the highlight of a weekend full of festivities. A welcome party the night before gave old family and friends a chance to reconnect and new acquaintances the opportunity to meet. That in itself would have been more than enough but the best was yet to come.

This elegant and natural wedding is absolutely flawless! Simplicity mixed with stunning seems to be the perfect mix for making a wedding shine. See more in the full gallery here, photographed by Jessica Rose Photography.

elegant wedding party attire @weddingchicks

green and white bridesmiad dresses @weddingchicks

Perfect Day For A Wedding

It was a wonderful August summer’s day made comfortable by a gentle breeze. We were surrounded by those closest to us as we said our vows under a canopy of trees and elegant foliage. After dinner in the barn, comprised of locally selected produce, we danced the night away to an amazingly talented ten piece band. Looking back to that day, it would not have been possible without all the people who contributed to the occasion. We both felt so encouraged by the love and support as we started the rest of our lives together.

outdoor elegant wedding ceremony @weddingchicks

blush flower girl dresses @weddingchicks

Talk To Your Guests

I wish we had a little more time during the dinner. We made it about half way through saying hello to each of our guests, then we needed to move onto speeches! Once the dinner was done my husband and I made it a point to say hello to the rest of our guests during the dancing. So, it all worked out in the end. Brides, your guests appreciate it so much when you take the time to say hello and acknowledge their presence! Especially those who have traveled so far.

barn wedding reception @weddingchicks

elegant table design @weddingchicks


Let’s just say my mom and I did a lot of the details ourselves! So, that saved money right off the bat. I designed and screen printed the menus on the napkins. We also ironed on our wedding logo I designed to pillows. Not to mention we made our own terrariums! It was a very artsy labor of love on our part, lots of DIY’s! You can be so creative! When you are inspired by something, take it, run with it, and make it your own! You will save yourself room within your budget, and put it towards things that you can’t do yourself.

naked wedding cake @weddingchicks

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Photographers: Jessica Rose Photography
Fashion: BHLDN Wedding Gown
Flowers: Deryck de Matas
Cakes & Catering: Lily and the Rose
Lighting & Entertainment: Willow String QuartetNew York Players
Wedding Films: Cory Martin

Sweet Vintage Yellow Wedding

blush and white bridesmaid bouquet @weddingchicks

This wedding is so super cute, we can’t get enough! From the typewriter note that said “meet me at the altar” to all of the carefully selected vintage decor borrowed from family members, the day is one of a kind and oh so beautiful.

This couple is so sweet and a little rain couldn’t even begin to ruin their day with such beautiful and bright spirits in attendance. Feel free to fawn over more of the details from their sweet vintage yellow wedding in the full gallery here, photographed by AMBphoto.

old records for getting wedding ready @weddingchicks

bridesmaids rompers @weddingchicks

Wedding Dreams Do Come True

From the moment we became engaged, we knew what was most important to us. Our wedding would be personal, brimming with love, laughter, and praise of the Lord, and reflect who we are as a couple. Somehow, all of our wedding dreams came true. We are blessed to have shared our personal vows in my parent’s backyard in Merrickville, Ontario. We feel tremendously fortunate to call the place we were married “our family home.” There is great love there, and it meant the world to us to preserve it.

fun yellow and mint wedding @weddingchicks

mint and yellow bridesmaids @weddingchicks

beautiful organic pink and white bouquet @weddingchicks

Be Inspired By You

For our decor, we were inspired by our life together and what we love to do – spend time outside, thrift shop, play games, dance to our records, choose colorful art, and eat great food. In addition, we wanted our guests, the people we love and cherish most, to feel our love for them. Personal details were very important to us. As a result, we pulled special items, photographs, and furniture from our home and the homes of our relatives. Graham and I share an unwavering love of antiques, and it felt special to incorporate personal belongings into our decor.

outdoor wedding ceremony decor @weddingchicks

illustrated wedding program @weddingchicks

Thrift Your Heart Out

With the help of my beautiful bridesmaids, we thrifted all of our vases, later to hold the fresh cut flowers of Full Bloom Floral Design. We made wooden signs out of my dad’s scrap barn wood and made a seating chart out of old antique windows. Our centerpieces consisted of florals, table numbers made of scrabble pieces (one of our favorite board games), and vintage trinkets, some as small as tea tins and some as large as sewing machines. It was also important to us that our wedding capture our unique interests. Craft beer, Polaroid cameras, and the color yellow were obvious themes.

window pane seating chart @weddingchicks

vintage reception decor ideas @weddingchicks

scrabble letter table numbers @weddingchicks

Embrace The Imperfections

This is going to sound cliché, but I wouldn’t change a thing. That isn’t to say that things didn’t go wrong. I left Graham’s boutonniere in our hotel room. We forgot two bags of petals, intended for the aisle of our ceremony. It rained incessantly from the moment we finished our photos until the moment we said our goodbyes. But none of it mattered. It was the most perfect day of our lives. To be honest, it’s three months later and we are still completely in awe. Small imperfections only made it feel more genuine (and funny)!

succulent wedding favors sign @weddingchicks

succulent wedding favors @weddingchicks

See their beautiful day play out in action in the video below, filmed by M&K Wedding Videography.

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Photographers: AMBphoto
Flowers: Full Bloom Floral Design
Cakes & Catering: Toss it Up Catering
Beauty: Showpony HairAmy Lupiano of Ottawa Makeup Artists
Fashion: With Love Bridal Boutique
Wedding Films: M&K Wedding Videography

Mint Wedding Full Of Signs

mint and yellow wedding ideas @weddingchicks

Emily and  Raymond’s wedding day was a little rainy but it sure made for some gorgeous photos. A cheerful color palette of mint and yellow went a long way for brightening the overcast day.

The darling couple wanted to keep things simple and focus on having the time of their lives surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Simple can definitely be sweet, see all the little details from this mint wedding full of signs in the complete gallery here, photographed by Betty Elaine.

beautiful neutral wedding stationery @weddingchicks

warm hues bridesmaid bouquet @weddingchicks

warm hues bridesmaid bouquet @weddingchicks

grey groomsmen attire @weddingchicks

Why To Hire A Day Of Coordinator

I made most of the decor and our family friend made some really amazing signs for us as well. We used simple tulle for draping, kept things clean and bright with lots of white and gold and brought in color with the fun random mix of flowers. Our “splurge” was hiring a day of coordinator. Not only was she full of great money saving tips and ideas during the planning process, but the day of she was everywhere at once making sure things were exactly how they should be, and kept everything running without a hitch.

last chance to run wedding sign @weddingchicks

outdoor wedding ceremony @weddingchicks

cute wedding kiss @weddingchicks

Wedding BBQ

Highlights for us were the reception of course! It’s always so fun to get to see everyone and relax after the ceremony stress is over, and the DJ did a great job keeping things fun. The 2nd best part was the food. Double Barrel BBQ did an amazing job and the food was delicious! Our guests also really loved the open bar, surprise surprise! We had 2 signature drinks- one was my favorite drink choice , and the other was a family tradition and in honor of Raymond’s grandpa who had passed away the year before.

cards basket @weddingchicks

chalkboard wedding sign @weddingchicks

Book Your Coordinator Early

One thing I would have done different is to have gotten my day of coordinator sooner. I didn’t have her until farther towards the end, and she was such a wealth of information and help which would have been really great earlier on! Also, remember that it’s a day about you and your other half. It can be hard to remember that when planning! Just remember that everything works out, people get over any guest list issues, and the day should be about celebrating you and your person surrounded by all the people you love.

wooden wedding favor sign @weddingchicks

gold glitter table numbers @weddingchicks

sweetheart table with wooden wedding sign @weddingchicks

Let Your Venue Speak About You

We picked this venue because we had attended a wedding there over 7 years ago when we first started dating. It’s a simple but gorgeous venue, and it’s on the beach which is a place we spend a lot of time together. We kept it simple, laid back and wanted it to be more like a big backyard/summer party then a formal traditional wedding- simple decorations, simple attire for the bridal party, good BBQ food, open bar with our favorite drinks, homemade raspberry and strawberry jam for favors and a lot of handmade decorations.

we decided on forever sign @weddingchicks

silhouette cake topper idea @weddingchicks

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Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Minted

Photographers: Photography by Betty Elaine
Venues & Officiants: The Cove at Normandy Park
Beauty: Salon Maison
Flowers: Love Blooms Wedding & Event Design
Cakes & Catering: Double Barrel BBQ
Bartender: Bartenders Extraordinaire
2nd Photographer: Laura DeMers

Read on to see how much this mint wedding full of signs cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.