When: September 5th, 2015 | Where: Battersea, Ontario | Theme: Country, Rustic, Backyard, Outdoor | Colors: Blue, Purple
About the Rustic Backyard Wedding
Danielle & Kyle exchanged ‘I do’s’ on Danielle’s parent’s expansive property in Battersea Ontario, surrounded by about 100 guests and the beautiful countryside. The stunning location had rolling hills, apple trees and the ceremony spot shaded by a wooded area behind where the late afternoon light shone through as they said their vows to one another. Their 1 year old daughter Gwen was also there, to make sure everything went smoothly with her parents nuptials.
Danielle put a lot of DIY into the details of their special day, using rustic found items such as an old door that they used for the table assignments for guests and making all the table signs. Every detail was so charming and thoughtful, right down to the basket of available bug spray for the evening! Danielle and her bridesmaids even made their own bouquets, which totally fit with the backyard (and barefoot) theme.
“Our theme would have been Country Rustic… we were married in the middle of my parent’s private property, outdoors, in the country, it seemed to be what fit best! I love anything old and antique, the more character, the better. We used a lot of decorations from my Nan’s home, other things we found at markets and online. A barnboard bar, old shutters, hay bales, urns of flowers, old crates and romantic lighting with globe and mini lights.”
About the Couple
“Kyle and I have known each other since public school and started dating in high school, when we were 14 and 15 years old. We dated into our early twenties, at that point we took different paths… we spent a couple of years apart and that was when we truly came to respect and appreciate each other. It was the typical cliche… you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. We reunited and it was better than ever!
We bought our first home, had our first beautiful daughter Gwendolyn, and Kyle proposed! We were decorating our Christmas tree when Kyle gave Gwen her very 1st ornament for her first Christmas! He told me that he also had an ornament for us. As I opened this gift, he knelt down before me and asked me to marry him, my high school sweetheart. The decoration was of a man proposing to a woman. What a wonderful memory and keepsake for years to come. I was so happy to have shared such a special moment as a family.”
Wedding Planning Advice
“Don’t sweat the small stuff! Outdoor weddings and those at home can be a lot of work! Make sure that you have a team of special people that you can rely on and start doing anything that you can in advance. If you love the little details, start working on them early so that you don’t feel rushed. Garden work, prepare decorations.
The week before your BIG DAY is a busy one! Time is definitely of the essence. Let someone else worry about it at that point. Have at least one person (possibly a wedding planner) available for last minute the day of and the day before. Our good friend Conny was a HUGE help while we were doing rehearsal, dinner, and getting ready for the day. Things would not have gone as smoothly without her!”