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John and Larissa Barn Wedding in Niagara

ALSO FILED UNDER > Wedding Décor, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Photography, Real Weddings

It was the pair of Fluevog shoes that caught my eye... and then I scrolled through all of the rest of the lovely details!!! Thank you Green Autumn Photography for sending us this lovely little Niagara wedding Feature. A barn and a sweet little chapel... the perfect combo for this outdoorsy couple! 

And the award for most original date idea goes to John and Larissa! For their first date, the couple attended a flying trapeze class at the Toronto School of Circus Arts. There's nothing quite like wearing spandex to break the ice. 

This adventurous and active pair loves outdoors activities like hiking and climbing. As a matter of fact, John proposed while the two were rock-climbing. For these two, a wedding that incorporated their love of the outdoors was a must. Balls Falls Barn was a perfect choice for a rustic-casual-chic celebration. A simple barn and chapel, set on a beautiful conservation area in the heart of Niagara's wine region.

Planning along they way, they took a simple approach, focusing on their personalities, hobbies and faves, rather than the trends. With her gorgeous red hair, the bride has learned what colours compliment her best and this was to be a (refreshingly) pink-free wedding. Planning the florals was exciting, incorporating warm colours and some out of the ordinary blooms, inspired by the bride's favourite wardrobe pieces and the fall season, lots of greenery and garland and even touches of wheat. She looked stunning on the wedding day in her custom wedding gown and show-stopping unstructured bouquet.

The couple worked on several DIY projects like their succulent wedding favours, ribbon decor for outside the small ceremony chapel, and their awesome cake topper. KJ and Co. sourced talented vendors and details to fit their rustic aesthetic, like the neat modern-rustic guestbook poster from Etsy. There were rustic vintage pieces that fit well with the barn venue as well. They enjoyed a gourmet dinner as bride and groom at an antique sweetheart table, set in front of the draped barn doors.

To surprise their guests, Larissa and John practiced for weeks and weeks with a choreographer in order to perform a first-dance tango under the string lighting in the barn. 

Vendor Love:

Photographer: Green Autumn Photography Venue: Balls Falls Conservation Area Musicians: Duo d'Amore Officiant: Enduring Promises Makeup Artist: Frosting Mobile Beauty Event Designer: KJ and Co. Fashion Designer: Lisa Van Hattem Invitation Designer: Minted Floral Designer: Ooh La La Designs Linens and Coverings: Simply Beautiful Decor Hair Stylist: Civello Caterer: Niche Catering DJ: Spirit Of Sound

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Niagara Wedding Venues, Rustic, Niagara Wedding Flowers, Barn Wedding, Green Autumn Photography, John Fluevog Shoes, Turquoise, Chapel

Jonathan + Jessica’s Garden Ceremony

ALSO FILED UNDER > Wedding Color Inspiration

Jonathan and Jessica's journey trace its roots back to their high school days. As the couple journeyed through high school and managed a long-distance relationship over the course of the next 5 years, the time away only seemed to bring them closer.  Jonathan proposed to Jessica in the 'Eternal City,' better known as Rome, Italy, (her favourite city) and a romantic opportunity to pop the question...the rest is history.

You could say the venue was 'love at first site' for the couple and would turn out to be the perfect place for their special day. The two tied the knot in an outdoor garden ceremony...the couple strived for a rustic chic wedding, incorporating bright corals and neutrals.

Congratulations Jonathan and Jessica!

Vendor love:
Photographer: Melissa G Photography Venue: Belle Meade Plantation Transportation: FADDS Party Buses Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero Bridesmaids dresses: JCrew Hair + Makeup: Katie Russo Beauty

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Coral, Garden Wedding, Garden, Plantation, Neutrals, Melissa G Photography

Ashely and Dave by JF Hannigan

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Real Weddings

This lovely collection of wedding goodness was sent over by JF Hannigan! Ashley and Dave exchanged their vows at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Port Dalhousie with a reception to follow at the Queen's Landing.  Three favourite things: 1. the timeless, classic blue dresses 2. the gorgeous light in the Church 3. Did you see the evening shot at the very end of the post...? Stunning! 

Gorgeous wedding...beautiful images! 

Vendor love: 

Photography: JF Hannigan Photography

Venue: Queen's Landing

Decor: Simply Beautiful

Flowers: Cathy Martin

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Niagara Wedding Photography, Niagara Wedding Flowers, JF Hannigan Photography, Blue, Queen's landing

Chris and Patricia by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema

ALSO FILED UNDER > Wedding Cinematography, Real Weddings

The first dance. It can be a little overwhelming.  Or... you can totally embrace it like Chris and Patricia did.  Their wedding was filmed by Mike Enns for Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema.  Enjoy the story!



Nick and Aleksandra by Lush Florals

ALSO FILED UNDER > Wedding Décor, Wedding Flowers, Real Weddings

We’ve been looking for weddings that feature this year’s pantone colour of the year…a beautiful rich Marsala colour.  The bouquets were created by Lush Florals and the photography by JF Hannigan Photography.

Aleksandra and Nick wanted their day to reflect their very relaxed nature.  Not too frilly, not overly traditional with just slight touches of interesting detail.  For flowers Aleksandra wanted a large garden inspired bridal bouquet in neutral shades but for the gals... a bold pop of colour-shades of Marsala with gold sequined accents.  The church service was Ukrainian Catholic and simply breathtaking in the cathedral-the florals coordinated perfectly with the cathedral. The simplicity of the crowns used in a traditional Ukranian Catholic ceremony are different from what you typically see. 

Aleksandra and Nick celebrated with their friends and family with a reception held at Chateau de charmes decorated with draping and chandeliers by Simply Beautiful. Centerpieces mimicked the garden style bouquets with gold accents. Beautiful work by Niagara's finest wedding vendors! 

Congratulations Aleksandra and Nick!  

Florals: Lush Florals

Photography: Joel Hannigan

Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor

Venue: Chateau de Charmes


Brian and Rhiannon… cheers! by Eva Derrick

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Engagement, Wedding Photography

A great photographer will be able to capture the authentic connection between a couple! To create an environment that is relaxed is the first step to allowing the couple to be comfortable. Swish List member Eva Derrick sent in this sweet engagement session-the couple planned a date and Eva followed along creating some beautiful images.

'Rhiannon and Brian really wanted to keep the session casual and about their interactions together so we met at Block 3 Brewery in a little town near kitchener.  We stopped for a few pictures at the park where they had their second date in guelph and took advantage of the sunset. When Brian had proposed to Rhiannon he bought a collection of kerosine lanterns in which he lit a pathway to walk her to the spot where he popped the questions, so of course we took advantage of their light to provide us addition warmth and light.'

Photographer:  Eva Derrick Photography  Location: Block Three Brewing Company Floral Designer: Ooh la la Designs Living Art Inc. Beauty: Peachy Keen Beauty Studio