Backyard Wedding and Sparkly Reception

Sep 18 2014

Richard and Kelly had two totally different feels to their wedding! Their ceremony was held a little ways out of town and in Richard’s parent’s yard–in the middle of a field. Kelly wanted the whole “in the middle of nowhere feel” and she got it! So, in front of all their favorite people, they said their “I Dos” in a gorgeous and simple ceremony. The rain even held off–just for them! We’re thrilled to bring you Kelly and Richard’s rustic field ceremony and modern sparkly reception. Enjoy as our beautiful bride walks us through some highlights from their joyful, vibrant day.

Bride and Groom outside of barn

Wedding Style: Modern-Rustic
Colors: Sapphire Blue | Silver
Ceremony & ReceptionDaVinci Centre, Thunder Bay

Photographer: Jamie Dawn Photography
Wedding Stationery: MagnetStreet Weddings

blue umbrellas and wedding party in the rain

About the day…

It rained the whole day in Thunder Bay. Having an outside ceremony with a SMALL backup plan was very stressful! Richard kept calling my mom and telling me to make the call. Of course I wanted to wait another half an hour every time. By an hour before the ceremony it was still raining and I said “let’s just go for it!” We were supposed to marry at 1:00pm and all of a sudden at 12:50, the rain stopped and it got really sunny. We got married and by the time we finished and took a couple of family pictures, it started pouring again. It was perfect!

Sapphire blue bridesmaid dresses

sparkly flip flop wedding shoes

Groomsmen in gray suits and sapphire blue ties

backyard wedding ceremony

rustic farm decor

darling flower girl

Father walking daughter down the aisle

Best part of the whole wedding day…

Coming down the aisle and seeing my husband to be as well as the many many people that drove 45 minutes to watch us get married!

rustic wedding ceremony

outdoor wedding ceremony

backyard wedding

wedding sand ceremony

backyard wedding ceremony

Advice you’re glad you took…

Enjoy the day! Be really organized and make sure everything is all put together as of the night before and then just enjoy! People tell you the day goes by fast and boy, were they right! Take the time to stop and look at the people around you and take in every moment!

Advice you wish you’d taken…

YES! If people tell you not to go with a vendor for this reason and that reason… listen to them! I am a person that gives everyone a chance and some of my stuff wasn’t exactly like I wanted it!

Groom and flower girl

Advice you’d like to give...

The only thing that I didn’t realize until after the wedding… was that the flowers are the biggest chance you take when it comes to the wedding. You don’t usually see your bouquets until they arrive the morning of. Just make sure you make everything that you want VERY clear and a picture of what you want does wonders! The last thing you want is coming home the morning of your wedding after your hair appointment to flowers that you really didn’t ask for!

 wedding party in blue and gray

About your dress…

My dress was a very simple Maggie Sottero that went straight down but was very sparkly on the top. I needed something that fit with both the field wedding as well as the bling at the reception. I wore David’s Bridal blinged out flip flops for comfort and my flowers were a mixture of white flowers wrapped with a blue ribbon.

wedding photo of couple in barn

Thunder Bay wedding reception featuring blue, silver and white

Instagram wedding message

DIY blue and white wedding sign

Highlight of the wedding reception…

Another something that was special to my heart was our first dance. Aside from my full time job, I am a dance teacher and while my husband and I were having our first dance, eight of my dancers danced around us. It was so special for everyone to watch and we even had grown men in tears!

first dance, surrounded by dancers

First Dance accompanied by dance team

blue and silver wedding cake pops

bride feeding groom a blue cake pop

Candle wedding centerpieces

beautiful bride

bride and groom first dance

Personalized Wedding Stationery 

Richard and Kelly personalized 4 different designs for their wedding stationery–coordinating their colors and achieving the results they wanted. Bravo! Great job!!

Enchanted Encounter Save the Date Magnet
In Full Bloom Bridal Shower Invitation
Antique Filigree Wedding Invitation + Enclosure
Timeless Photo Thank You Card

Blue and silver wedding stationery from MagnetStreet

Congratulations Kelly and Richard!!


Wedding Pro Shout Out

Jamie Dawn Photography
I would like to throw a shout out to Jamie Dawn Photography as she was just amazing during the day! Capturing every moment (especially the moments in the rain) and following through with every request I had, she was simply amazing!

MagnetStreet Weddings
MagnetStreet has been amazing. I ordered my Save the Dates, Shower Invites, Wedding Invites and Thank Yous from this Company! My Save the Dates were on Magnets, which everyone loved because no one lost the date of the wedding because it was easily on their fridge! Every time I signed in, they had my colours from the previous order so everything matched! I loved how I could work on my wedding invites and save the file to come back to later!

I feel like MagnetStreet has designs to fit EVERY different situation you would be in when it comes to invites! I remember when looking for a design for my wedding invites, I was torn between three different options! I love the fact that I could order a “Just One” invite to see how they would turn out before committing to ordering hundreds of their product! I also loved the fact that they take what you paid for the “Just One” and included that cost in the total of my final order.

Nathan Allard Videography
Also a shout out to Nathan Allard Videography
It was so helpful to have a Photobooth come with a Videographer! He was amazing from beginning to end! Lots of laughs and my Sneak Peek was so Special! Thank you!

Maggies Magical Occasions 

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Romantic Winter Wedding in Mustard Yellow and Navy

Sep 17 2014

Naomi and Alex had an intimate winter wedding–saying “I Do” right before sunset with gorgeous, soft light streaming in through the church windows. After the ceremony, they ventured to the chilly outdoors for some fun photos in the snow. What a cute couple Naomi and Alex are–and their color scheme of mustard-yellow and navy was just perfect. Some of our favorite details include Naomi’s pearl wedding ring and mustard-yellow cardigan, the groom’s tweed jacket,and their alternative to bridesmaid bouquets: birch boxes with cut out hearts and candles inside. Love!

Bride in mustard yellow sash and wedding shoes

groomsmen-in-mustard-yellow-ties and navy cardigans

birch candle box alternative to bridesmaid bouquet

light pouring in church windows during wedding ceremony

bride and groom at the altar

beautiful bride

ceremony photo

pearl wedding ring

bridal party in yellow-mustard and navy

outdoor winter wedding photo of bride and groom

cute bride and groom winter wedding photo

adorable bride in mustard-yellow cardigan and groom in tweed jacket

Bride and groom winter wedding

winter wedding photo



Photographer:  Melissa Avey Photography  | Bethany United Church | via Two Bright Lights

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Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Shoot

Sep 16 2014

Johnny and Eileen are one of those couples that when you look at them, they just make you smile. There’s a joy about them that’s contagious and their love for each other is obvious. Well, this Brazilian boy met this American girl and they fell in love in Germany–while in seminary school. And it only makes sense that they’d have their engagement shoot on California’s Crystal Cove Beach! This shoot is so sweet and adorable. The fedora, the vintage camera, the guitar, beach setting … it just works! Find your happy place right here. Thanks to Perpixel Photography for sharing the love.


Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Photos

Beach Engagement Photos at Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Shoot

Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Session

Playing guitar in Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Photos

Crystal Cove California Beach Engagement Photos

Fun beach engagement photo of couple at Crystal Cove in California

Cute beach engagement photo

Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Photo

Couple walking along in beach engagement shoot

California's Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Photos

Engagement Sesh on Crystal Cove Beach in California



Photographer: Perpixel Photography | Crystal Cove Beach | via Two Bright Lights

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Color Monday: Warm and Romantic September Wedding

Sep 15 2014

A perfect “Color Monday” for some cool mid-September inspiration! Today our color scheme of regal neutrals provides just the right amount of drama we need for a romantic wedding in the woods. This palette is so down to earth yet with the accompaniment of gold, hints of warmth and glamour. Setting the tone for this woodland affair is a Rectangle Invite from the Luminous Charm suite. Dangling string lights and dramatic typography draw attention to your names and right away–you know it’s going to be a fun party! Can you see this design in your wedding colors?

Colors: Black | Ivory| Gold | Champagne

Wedding Invitation from the Luminous Charm design suite. Get free custom samples.

Cool + Warm = Rustic woodland wedding inspiration and string lights Wedding Invitation from MagnetStreet

Deets on the suite

Luminous Charm is the name of this Design Suite. Artful typography, string lights and stripes are the design elements featured across the suite. Modern and romantic, want to see the design in person? Be sure to request free samples–personalized in this color palette–or in your color palette!

With permission to use their photography, much thanks to…

Hot Cocoa Photo by Megan Hayes {via Green Wedding Shoes} | bride photos by Love Is A Big Deal {via Green Wedding Shoes}

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