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


Once Wed was launched in March 2008 to meet a need in the marketplace for an online listing service for second-hand wedding dresses. Within a short time, the company had developed into an online wedding publication and resource to provide newly-engaged brides with inspiration and tools to plan their dream wedding. 

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