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An Eco-Friendly Garden Wedding

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I don’t get the opportunity to post many Canadian weddings on Once Wed, so I was thrilled when Jess and Mark sent in their beautiful wedding for a feature on the site…

My partner (now husband) Mark and I got married this past august in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada.  I am a teacher and Mark is a musician and entrepreneur.  He runs a super cool vintage guitar shop and together we also run a record shop (all vinyl by amazing new artists).  We are a fairly non-traditional couple with firm environmental ethics, and did not want the usual cookie-cutter wedding, so from our own inspiration and reading Once Wed, we threw the perfect little Sunday afternoon garden wedding at the good earth, a cooking school/orchard/vineyard.

Certain things are extremely important to us, so we offered a completely vegetarian menu, fresh with local ingredients.  We had locally grown flowers, a vegan cake and we also had our rings and my dress made by local artisans. We didn’t have a wedding party – though we did ask our best friends to be our official witnesses. The day of we had rain, rolling thunder and then a whole lotta sun!  It was glorious…

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P.S. – How much do you love Mark’s shirt/tie? I don’t see many grooms pull off pink without it becoming too saccharine feeling, but his suit is awesome and definitely one of my recent favorites.

Photography by Fresh!Carlson

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