Tess & Jon’s Relaxed Backyard-style Wedding at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Hello and welcome to another new month of funky wedding awesomeness! Starting off the week is this casual, colorful, and totally awesome celebration of love. Tess and Jon are hopeless homebodies so they wanted a wedding that felt like they were hanging out in their own backyard and it turned out beautifully! Their ceremony was followed by fun bridal party & couple portrait session around the venue and an afternoon reception where guests enjoyed picnic food like burgers, barbecue, and pie. Tess wore an amazing short-sleeved tiered dress and her bridesmaids wore mismatched vintage style floral dresses in a pastel color palette. All the flowers — from the bouquets to the centerpieces — were crafted from paper, and everyone had fun taking pictures with the Instax cameras the couple provided. The event took place at the Black Creek Pioneer Village — the couple’s first and only choice — because it reflected their childhood roots and laid back personalities perfectly.
We have the talents of Toronto-based Tom and Keidi Photography to thank for the GORGEOUS eye candy and this feature. Enjoy!
Everything — as in everything — about this wedding is adorable… including the couple of course! Let’s get to know them a little better. Here’s Tess with their cute love story:
Jon and I met in elementary school in Oakville Ontario. We became good friends after we discovered we had a mutual love for video games, cats and British humour.
When we went to high school, we became best friends and, finally, Jon worked up the courage to ask me out in grade twelve (right before I moved five hours away to university). We survived the long distance and after finishing school, we decided to tie the knot the following July.
Seriously loving the girls’ dresses and how they all look together! <3
I know you’re dying to hear about the details because they are just so darling, aren’t they? I shall leave you with Tess for now since no one else is better suited to talk about them:
Almost everything, from my dress to our flowers, was ordered online. We tried the “meet with vendors in your area” approach, but since our tastes are so particular, it was really hard to find exactly what we wanted. When we took it online, the possibilities were endless! The prices were so much more affordable too.
A lot of people said we were brave for taking this route though, and I will admit, it takes a bit of a laissez faire attitude to pull it off. I think a lot of brides would be hesitant to order a wedding dress before they had even tried it on, or seen it in person — but I had no problems making the leap of faith (especially for a dress as PERFECT as this one).
My florist was the talk of the night! Everyone loved the paper flowers and center pieces. My bridesmaids were especially happy that they all got to take home a wilt-free memento. We decided to go with a paper alternative because Jon and I love any type of paper art (from pop-up books to origami).
The polaroid camera was a thrift store find, but you can still purchase them new from most electronic stores. I really wanted to do something fun for the meet and greet with our guests and — since we’re a bit shy — it was the perfect way to take the focus of us for a change! Everyone loved having a personal polaroid they could take with them too.
We love burgers and barbecue food, so we tried to incorporate these kinds of foods in our menu. I remember I got some very weird looks when I described what were going to be serving — but we were so excited about the food we weren’t phased one bit!
I’ve always disliked cake, so we went with wedding pies instead. One of the most exciting parts of the day for me was sitting down and finally getting to eat the delicious pies from Wanda’s Pie in the Sky. Her store is really close to our house too, so we’ve made a point to keep visiting from time to time!
The guestbook was a dictionary from the 1960s. Guests were encouraged to sign their name by their favourite word.
It was one of my favourite things about the “aftermath” of the wedding. As soon as we lugged it home, I was flipping through the pages laughing and smiling over everyone’s favourite words. The idea was sparked during a trip to our local thrift store. As soon as I saw the dictionary from the 1960s, I knew I had to have it, but I also knew the only way I would be allowed to bring it home was if I could justify a legitimate purpose for it since Jon hates “junk”. It was then I decided that this lovely treasure would be used as our guestbook and it went on to perform quite a stand-up job.
Some words of advice from the lovely bride:
Getting married really was the most exciting day of my life (so far). I don’t think I stopped smiling all day. All the work and effort you put into planning and preparing is worth it, I promise, but don’t lose sight of what’s important. On my wedding day, I couldn’t have cared less about how the tables looked or what my bridesmaids had on their feet. I just wanted to hold my new husband’s hand; the rest was just ice cream on my pie
Huge thanks Tom and Keidi for sending your beautiful images of this stunning wedding my way, and congratulations Tess and Jon! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of love.
*If you’d like to keep tabs on the cute couple, do check out their wedding-turned-married-life blog (it’s wonderful and their kitty is omg-so-cute!)
Photographer: Tom and Keidi Photography
Venue: Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto, Ontario CA
Wedding Dress: Angels Bridal Boutique
Event Coordinator: Morgan Norwich
Wedding Flowers: The Little Red Button
Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Mobile Stylist
Wedding Pies: Wanda’s Pie in the Sky
DJ: Craig Webster
Image submission via Two Bright Lights