To finish my series of wedding posts I am sharing some of the outdoor details from the ceremony and wedding site. You can read through all of my back to back wedding posts to find out more about the day starting here.
I’ve talked so much about how lucky we were with the weather and from the photo below you can really see how nice the day turned out. There was a nice breeze off Lake Ontario and the grounds are covered with mature trees, making the whole day feel very comfortable.
While getting ready we had a nice view of the lake from our bridal suite. I loved looking at all the sailboats passing by throughout the day.
I painted a wooden sign to put at the entrance to the driveway for the day of. I found the site was not an easy location to find as it was on a busy street. I had passed by it a few times trying to locate it myself so I can’t imagine trying to find it the day of!
I found an unfinished wooden arrow sign at Michaels craft store. Sold in the same section were wooden posts that we glued and nailed to the back. I painted it a minty green with a metallic gold trim and painted the lettering using a Martha Stewart cursive stencilling kit. I used basic acrylic paint and made sure to lacquer spray a nice clear finish on the top to protect it.
For the wedding programs we did a fan style in case it was a really hot day! The program itself is on the reverse side of the photo below. I really wanted to provide something fun for the guests to do while waiting at the ceremony site. I have always enjoyed doing the ‘Jumble,’ inside The Toronto Star newspaper. I set out to find a wedding themed version and located one in a ‘Jumble,’ book that I found at Indigo. With some graphics help I found a way to make the background pink, size it properly and add the logo. We found the pink golf pencils online and I made sure to get them with erasers just so the bakers twine had the metal grip to better attach to and not slip off. We found the little wooden paddles at Creative Bag and sprayed them gold. The program was glued together with the paddle in the middle! I really loved how they looked and thought it provided a bit of an activity while waiting.
It was special to have four ring bearers, all siblings be a part of our bridal party! I wanted to make sure they each had a little job. Two held the ‘here comes the bride,’ sign on either end and then two each held a ring pillow. It was a pretty cute scene!
I found this sign at BHLDN and thought it was beyond perfect for the ceremony. It was in my exact colors (it even had some gold metallic thread detailing) and had an old-fashioned feeling. On the reverse side is written ‘Just Married,’ which the boys switched to for the walk back up the aisle. This is definitely an item I have kept as a keepsake!
We made these pillows in the seersucker fabric I found online that was used for wrapping our tree favors and added a pom-pom trim. The ring bearers had little pink and white seersucker bow ties that I found on Etsy which looked really cute and tied it all together!
At the ceremony site there wasn’t a walkway to the seating area and I thought it would be nice to define some sort of pathway. I also knew because of the steps on the aisle at the site I couldn’t have an aisle runner. On Pinterest I saw a few ideas of people who put chalk or plastic decal markers right on the ground to guide people to their wedding sites and used it as an opportunity to tell their story, with each marker having a different piece of their story written out.
What I created I sort of viewed as a preliminary aisle and thought it would be nice to put the story that led us to this day on wooden markers. It was quite a bit of detail work to paint all five markers and I’ll be honest I almost didn’t use them. I was worried it was too sappy and sentimental for most people. In the end one of my bridesmaids reminded me it was a wedding and she had such a great reaction I felt silly for ever thinking not to use them (I’m an overly sentimental person)! It really set the tone for the wedding giving people an interesting timeline of our relationship.
In the photos below are some small ceremony details! I really like this photo of the calm before the ceremony, it was a really beautiful spot to get married!
Our pew arrangements were pretty cute with lots of trailing ribbon in hanging mercury glass vases!
We did a hand-fasting ceremony and I made a sash for it that was pretty unique. I found 12′ tartan squares online and ordered several from our ancestors family names. I took it a step further, and (not pictured here) ironed on patches from each country our families immigrated from. It was a nice connection to our past!
I am really happy I found these vow books so that we could keep them as a keepsake. It was a nice touch and there was no way I would have remembered my own written vows!
I love this photo! It’s at home a day after the wedding! I really recommend waiting a week or two before going on a honeymoon. We were really able to come down after all of the festivities, rest and reflect. I finished all of my thank-yous and got my dress in to be cleaned and took care of unpacking all of the decor. It was fun to bring all the extra flowers home and really enjoy them. I set up a little tablescape and made a nice dinner and we really had a chance to enjoy some of the details just the two of us!
Wow, this has been a fun little step back in time! I’m glad I found a way to divide all of the decor photos into several different posts. When I began this month long series I was a bit overwhelmed as to how I would do that! I wanted to post some of my wedding photos as I feel a blog is somewhat a story or snapshot of your life. The wedding was already over a year and a half ago so I thought getting it up a few months into the birth of the blog helps to begin my story and define an important event in my life. I’m excited to get back to ‘real time,’ because I have so many ideas- too many that I have started to have to write them all down!