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Ancaster Wedding by Crystal Clear Imagery

Posted on: June 10, 2011

Ancaster Wedding by Crystal Clear Imageryby Erin–>

June 7th. 2011 by Erin | Do-It-Yourself Inspired | Whimsical | 34 comments –>

June 7th. 2011 by Erin | Filed Under | 34 comments

This Ontario wedding photographed by Crystal Clear Imagery is bucking tradition and saying I Do to gorgeous. And guess what, there isn’t a white dress in sight. How’s that for thinking outside of the wedding box? I’m having my own little swoon fest over this black number, not to mention the bride’s sapphire ring – a winning combination for the whimsical at heart or anyone that craves a little color in their lives. See it all here.

Photography by Crystal Clear Imagery

Event Planning by Filled with Heart

Photography by Crystal Clear Imagery

Event Planning by Filled with Heart

Photography by Crystal Clear Imagery

Event Planning by Filled with Heart

Event Planning by Filled with Heart

Photography by Crystal Clear Imagery

Event Planning by Filled with Heart

Photography by Crystal Clear Imagery

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Photography by Crystal Clear Imagery

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Photography by Crystal Clear Imagery

Event Planning by Filled with Heart

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Event Planning by Filled with Heart

Photography by Crystal Clear Imagery

Event Planning by Filled with Heart

Photography by Crystal Clear Imagery

Event Planning by Filled with Heart

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From the Bride… I’m not entirely sure how long it’s been that I wanted to get married in a barn. It likely became seeded as a child growing up amongst corn fields, cows and an old red barn, but then again I was never that little girl who dreamed about her wedding day or planned what it would one day be like. It wasn’t until I was 24, browsing through a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine where I saw a photo that sent my mind into a creative flurry.  It was a photograph of mason jars that had been turned into lanterns, all softly light and hanging at different lengths from a tree. That was the photo that inspired my entire wedding that was to commence 10 years into the future.

Kevin and I never dreamed when we met that our relationship would be anything short of temporary. He was 7 years my JR. and I was 28 with the intention of settling down and having a family by the age of 30. We just couldn’t fathom that our paths would ever meet in the middle. As it turns out, love had very different plans for us. After 3 months of avoidance we wound up talking for hours, instantly became the best of friends, fell in love, bought a house and 3 years later started a family.

Clearly we are not ones for tradition. I’ve always wanted a vintage looking sapphire engagement ring rather then a diamond and dreamed of finding a gorgeous gown in any colour but white. It was obvious that a wedding based on tradition didn’t make much sense to us. So we decided to stay true to ourselves and create an intimate and interactive wedding that our guests as well as ourselves could truly enjoy.

I immediately started searching in google for barns to rent, which wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. Disappointingly, there are not a whole lot of barns around and the only one I could find was on a golf course. We took our chances and made an appointment to view it. I can’t even express how rapidly we fell in love with this place. The grounds were stunning. Giant trees as far a the eye could see, a big old barn with a quaint and charming chapel inside and a crumbled foundation to a building with the remains of a giant fire place and chimney where the reception tent would sit. Every detail was perfect. It was the first and last place we looked. The venue was booked and the planning commenced. I got started on designing our invitations. Once that task was complete we meticulously worked on the tiny details that became our celebration of us. We had a candy bar loaded with delicious treats and personalized bottles of soda. A lounge area with throw blankets, coffee table and board games. Parasols hanging at different lengths from the tent roof and of course mason jar lanterns scattered about the tent and hanging from the trees. A scrapbook area rather then the traditional guest book And our favourite, the home made photo booth!

Sadly my grandmother lost her short battle with cancer just before being able to watch me walk down the aisle, so it was decided that at our wedding we would stop for a moment and celebrate her life. My grandmother’s name was Lucy so Kevin’s very talented family got together and performed Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds while we released the giant Ivory Balloons that decorated the chapel into the air. It was a beautiful moment that brought everyone to tears and one that I will not soon forget.

I loved every little detail of this wedding. I loved creating and hunting down the decorations. I adored the time taken with my girls to put everything together and if I had to do it all over again I would do it in a heartbeat. A DIY wedding was a lot of work but it brought us so much closer to the event and created a connection to it that we might not have had otherwise. It needs to be said, however, that I never would have gotten it accomplished with such ease if not for my wedding planner Somer. She was pure magic & honey sunshine.

My Favourite moment? Despite all the details, people, and entertainment, my favourite moment was a stolen couple of minutes on a bench behind the tent, hidden away from everyone else with my new husband while we sat, hand in hand and looked at the stars.

Wedding Photography: Crystal Clear Imagery / Event Planner: Somer Zangrand of Filled with Heart / Wedding Venue: Knollwood Golf Club / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Hair: Sandra Goodfellow / Makeup: Elysse Melo / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo / Sweets Table: Sweet Carma / Cupcakes: Sarah’s So Sweets / Boutonniere & Fascinator: Sweetly Fallen / Hair Piece: Lola M Designs / DJ: 5150 Entertainment

34 Comments about “Ancaster Wedding by Crystal Clear Imagery”

  1. Oh my goodness, everything about this wedding is DIVINE!! I die!

  2. Koru Kate says:

    The black dress, the turquoise parasols, the big white balloons . . . I think I’m in love!

  3. Laura says:

    I have a sapphire engagement ring so I love love love them and hers is just soooo gorgeous. The couple is gorgeous, her dress is gorgeous just everything about this wedding is gorgeous!

  4. Rachel Tatem says:

    First time I have seen a color wedding dress in a long time! She pulled it off with no issues

  5. Rita says:

    When does one know she’s been spending way too much time looking at Pronovia dresses? When a dress is immediately recognized by its name after seeing that first picture!! Lovely wedding. Really like it when couples (and especially brides) think out of the box…

  6. ooooh i love this wedding. love the umbrellas, the straws, and the little boy’s boutonniere!

  7. It’s wonderful to see a bride go with her instincts and do what she wants and LOVES. And this just proves how beautiful deep, rich color can look on a bride. Kudus to the photographer as well for capturing the spirit and love of this wonderful day!

  8. Hailey says:

    I love how this couple threw tradition out the window and did their own thing. That dress is stunning and I think really works. It looks like such a lovely fete. Wish I had been invited!

  9. This couple is definitely unique! I love how creative and out-of-the-box they are! I especially enjoyed how the bride turned away from a traditional white gown, and went with a really elegant black one; its beautiful!

  10. I hope she inspires future brides to have the guts to go against the grain. Yay for her!

  11. Jenn says:

    omgosh love!!!

    where is that ring bearer boutonniere from???

  12. Eddye says:

    Gorgeous! IS the dress by Pronovias? Brown or black?

  13. Everything about this wedding is fabulous! I am itching to find a couple who will defy tradition, go with a colored dress and create an event that is truly all their own. Congrats to the newlyweds and the whole team of wedding professionals who made this happy day a reality!

  14. Leanne says:

    So cute!! Where is the little guy’s suit from? I’m looking for a nice khaki suit for my ring bearers and am having a very hard time finding one… and this is exactly what I want to do.. pants and a vest! Amazing wedding. LOVE all the details and that the beautiful bride did what she wanted 🙂

  15. If I could have a dream for my own someday wedding, THIS would be it.

  16. Tiffani says:

    Gorgeous! I am so in love with this wedding – the colors, the decor, the attire, the time of year…everything!!!

  17. RuffRuby says:

    As an Ontario bride-to-be that also hunted for a barn (which was a successful hunt, thankfully!), I can fully appreciate the work that went into making this wedding vision happen. Congratulations on a beautiful wedding and your marriage!

  18. Cortney says:

    So excited to see this wedding! I have a charcoal grey Pronovias dress for my wedding in August and it was nice to see another bride rockin this style! Congrats!

  19. Heather Jelly says:

    ABSOLUTELY BREATH TAKING!!!!!!!!!

  20. Krystle says:

    What a gorgeous couple! I’m getting married in Ancaster this weekend…hope it looks as amazing as this one. 🙂

  21. Wow wow and WOW!!!! I love all the details…especially the DRESS!!! Everything is of course, has been captured perfectly…incredible photography!!! 🙂

  22. I was on a site visit at Knollwood when they were setting up this wedding. Everything looked gorgeous and the groom was stoked! Congratulations to the couple and great work by their vendors.

    Stephanie

  23. So unique and memorable.. I love that they branched out and did something different…. Even though I don’t know the couple, I truly get an idea of who they are

  24. lovely! ♥ shared this on my fb page 🙂

  25. This is beyond exceptional. What a very, very special day. I am crying my eyes out about her sweet Grandmom : (

  26. Auntie says:

    I attended the wedding and was blown away by the beauty of everything combined to be a fun filled day with friends and family, a photobooth, a wedding scrapbook page center, to create your page for your photo, the vintage sweets table, the tent decor and of course the gorgeous bride and groom their ring bearer son, and their adorable niece so appropriately dolled up as the flower girl both dressed in vintage colours that complimented the entire theme. An absolutely touching moment for gramma (memere). Nothing was missed in the plans for an incredible wedding.

  27. Hannah says:

    Oh man… oooooh laaaa laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa………………..!!!!!!

  28. Josie says:

    Now this is my kind of bride. Black wedding dress and killer shoes. This girl has serious style!

  29. Oh WOW! Thank you so so much for all your wonderful comments! This is so exciting!

    Jenn – The boutonniere is from an etsy shop called Sweety Fallen http://sweetlyfallen.bigcartel.com/product/rosette-hair-clip-boutonniere-or-brooch-pin-choose-your-wedding-colors

    Leanne – Our son’s Linen suit is also from and Etsy shop called Fine Handmade Clothing http://www.etsy.com/listing/57282108/oatmeal-linen-pants-and-waistcoatvest

    xxo

  30. Madison says:

    just a breathtaking dress with killer heels, one of the best dressed brides i’ve ever seen. Love the tribute to the brides nan, its very touching.

  31. Cait says:

    WOW!! This is truly stunning! I am the bride-to-be that was visiting the venue the following day. The decorations and details I got a peek of immediately caught my eye and I knew you both had something very special! I am totally inspired by everything you did.

    It’s so funny because I did the whole google search too looking for a barn/rustic outdoor setting in our area! I came across Knollwood and within minutes of seeing it in person, completely fell in love and had a huge smile on my face! The stone wall remains did it for me!

    Thank you for sharing these photos and Congratulations!! 🙂

  32. Lindsey V says:

    Wow, this sounds magical!
    I noticed the sweets table was by Sweet Carma – AMAZING! Sweet Carma made my wedding cake and it was incredible. She is so creative and truly puts LOVE into her creations! Our guests were talking about her cake for weeks after our wedding! I can only imagine how beautiful it all was!

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