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This wedding shot by Made U Look Photography is as sweet as it gets. Aside from being entirely handmade by the bride and groom and their families, all of the TEN cakes were baked by the bride’s grandmother. Hollis and Jason’s wedding took place at Hollis‘ family barn where she grew up, and I can’t think of a better venue for such a sweet, family-centered fete. See more images in the photo gallery.

farm Ontario Canada wedding
From Hollis, the bride: There was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted to be married on the farm that I grew up on. It was what I had envisioned ever since I was little. The ceremony took place in the woods on our farm. The intimate space was lovingly created by family and friends. The reception took place in our barn which underwent some serious beautification in the weeks leading up to the wedding! There were tractors parked in there up until a few weeks before the big day!
farm Ontario Canada wedding
farm Ontario Canada wedding
farm Ontario Canada wedding

We would describe our wedding would as rustic, vintage, rural, romantic, outdoor, fun-filled and creative. Our wedding revolved around creative, handmade pieces and vintage treasures. We created a classic and simple neutral colour scheme of all white flowers and linens with the bridesmaids dressed in cream. We wanted our antique pieces to be the focus of the decor as they added so much character and charm. I would say almost the entire wedding was DIY! The projects covered all aspects of the wedding. We sewed bunting, painted signs, made our own cakes, designed our ceremony site in the woods, renovated our barn, my mom created the bar out of an ash tree, handmade bistro tables, my mother in law made the flower girl dresses, scrapbooked our place cards, designed maps, we made a vintage brooch bouquet, made our own favours, wrote our own vows and grew the produce that was served at our meal. And beyond that we collected antique dishes from thrift stores, auctions, antique stores and flea markets and used vintage pop bottle as vases for our centerpieces.

farm Ontario Canada wedding
farm Ontario Canada wedding
Ontario Canada farm wedding
farm Ontario Canada wedding
farm Ontario Canada wedding
We wanted to create a day that was not only memorable for us but for all of our guests as well. We wanted to celebrate our rural upbringings and embrace the outdoors and our love of vintage one-of-a-kind pieces. We set out to create a feeling of rustic romance on our farm. We wanted it to be fun for each and every guest. We wanted to celebrate our family and friends who helped us to reach this milestone in our lives. We wanted to make it personal to us and included that in all our details.
farm Ontario Canada wedding
farm Ontario Canada wedding
farm Ontario Canada wedding

Made U Look Photography is as sweet as it gets. Aside from being entirely handmade by the bride and groom and their families, all of the TEN cakes were baked by the bride’s grandmother. Hollis and Jason’s wedding took place at Hollis‘ family barn where she grew up, and I can’t think of a better venue for such a sweet, family-centered fete. See more images in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

My best advice would be surround yourself with the things and people you love and the day will be memorable. Enjoy the planning. Really enjoy it. My mom and I spent months laughing, planning and designing. We had a ball. It is something I will always treasure. As much as it is about you and your sweetheart, it is also about all the people that love you and it brings you closer together. It will not be easy all the time. There will be tears… sometimes lots, but with each other you will get through. It is ultimately about sharing the day with the love of your life and everyone your hold dear. When you wake up the morning of your wedding let go of all the little things that didn’t get done and live in the moment. Create a day about the two of you and do not feel obligated to follow any wedding “rules”. Here’s a secret – there are no rules. Do what makes you happy, if that means breaking tradition then that’s ok, if it means being by the book than that’s ok too. Only do things that truly mean something to you. One thing we did that I am so happy about was have a wonderful family friend perform our ceremony. She was able to be so personal and sentimental and another friend (who is a judge) presided over it and said all the legal requirements to make it official. It made it all the more personal and special.

Wedding Songs:

Processional – “Love you till the end” – The Pogues
Recessional – “Burnin’ Love” – Elvis
First Dance – “Dream Girl” – Dave Matthews Band
Father/Daughter Dance – “Heavenly Day” – Patty Griffin

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Ontario, Canada):

Venue: family residence / Flowers: Seasons Floral Studio / Centerpieces: Family and friends / Photographer: Made U Look Photograpy / Wedding Dress: Amanda Lina’s Sposa Boutique / Veil and Fascinator: Denise Cole at Pomp & Plumage / Bride’s Hair: Meaghan Murray and Hair by Crystal Chenard / Band: Lemon Pepper Pickerel / Caterer: Whitfield Farms / Wedding Cake: Family and friends at Murphy’s Farmstead / Dessert: Whitfield Farms / Wedding invitations: Peepsake Studios / Videographer: Marielle Chau of Made U Look Photography / Vintage Rentals: Vintage Dish and Doily Company

17 comments
  • reena wiseman

    Beautiful wedding.

    Are you interested in selling the vintage items you collected?

  • this entire wedding is just precious!

  • What a FUN wedding this must have been!!! Beautiful in it’s beautiful simplicity. I love “there are no rules.” That’s the way it should be!!

  • Love the dessert table and the wedding ceremony altar! Very creative!

  • Love this wedding! So sweet! Love all the vintage plate seating charts, tea cups etc. And of course, grandmas cakes!

  • oh my word. the details are so amazing!

  • Hilary

    This is one of those weddings where you wish you were a guest!

  • Claire

    Love this wedding! The homemade cakes look fantastic. Wondering where the bridesmaids dresses came from? I love them all!

  • What an amazing wedding! I love the bridesmaid dresses!

  • This wedding is just beautiful! And the photos capturing it are amazing! Every detail is so sweet. Love the teacups! I think that was my favorite detail.

  • Elena

    Where did the bridemaid’s dresses come from ? I love them!

  • I love the cake display and the vintage plates! Such a cute wedding.

  • Thanks for all the wonderful comments! It was such a fun-filled day! For the bridesmaids dresses I just asked them to find any cream dress they liked so they came from all over! I asked them all where they got them so here we go:
    Amanda (short blonde hair) – Tia Star
    Erin (long blonde hair) – Winners ($35!!)
    Jackie (long dark hair) – Aritzia
    Kate (short brown hair) – vintage find
    Secord & Jacey (brown hair in side bun – had identical dresses) – BCBG Max Azria

    And then they all got their own brown leather belts and leather boots. Somehow it all came together so well! Casual but elegant!

  • Mel

    Hello, Hollis!

    I fell in love with the beautiful venue… We are from Ontario and we are looking for a rustic, simple, charming venue.
    We are wondering if your family rents the barn at all.

    Thank you!

  • sharon

    good for you for doing what makes you happy not what people tell you to do! You had things that money cant buy . So beautiful unique and personal A great start for your life together congrats!!

  • These are the cutest bridesmaid getup I’ve ever seen! Were the boots by the bride?

  • Loving the boots they’re rocking!