A photographer and an actor. Two very different schedules. Two different cities and many, many separate international trips. Eric and I have been together for 7 years, and have tackled all of our adolescent years as friends and our adult years as a unit. When Eric proposed, life started to make a lot more sense for us – we were finally planning our life together. We collectively made decisions, chose our strengths and tackled our individual projects throughout the exciting year of planning our day and ‘next steps’ of our future.
Tuscany, family, wine, little lights… timeless; these were a few of the words spilled on our first wedding notes. After seeing so (so) many weddings ourselves due to our line of work, we wanted to somehow try and create something we’d never photographed – something simplified and classic. E and I have both traveled through Europe separately, and have many big plans for the future there. It became a natural platform for our inspiration; after we chose that, we worried less about things matching, the size of the peonies, or the regular formalities.
We hoped we could create the ambiance of a grand dinner and dance party, one that we just happened to be getting married at! With the unpredictable weather of Southwestern Ontario, we knew we were taking a bit of a risk having a roof-less meal under the stars… this doesn’t happen in Canada! Man oh man, am I ever glad we chanced it – it allowed for an incredible and unique atmosphere as it painted a true European backyard.
Eric is a huge foodie, so he tackled the exciting venture of our on-site barbecue and menu. I love diving into DIY projects, so my sister Lori and I collected silverplate vintage antiques to plant succulents and vines in them over a period of two months pre-wedding. It was a total labour of love, thank goodness for sisters with green thumbs!
The most sentimental touch was the fact that my dad sketched a rendering of the villa that was printed on every invitation – I mean, that was a dream come true for me. We even a had chance to use slate from Eric’s parent’s 100 year old house for the table numbers; I feel crazylucky that we were able to incorporate little pieces of our favourite people!
It was the truest, warmest, most emotional day of our lives. I got to walk down the aisle to the love of my life down a natural row of 150 year old trees, and be embraced by the best people I know following an epic dancefest. It doesn’t get better than that. Thank you to photographers/adventure partners/friends Jacob & Annie for helping us see it all again through their storytelling- even more beautifully than we’d remembered.