Laura and Tony’s Canadian countryside nuptials is the epitome of a rustic chic fall wedding done right. Rich reds and oranges against wood backdrops, similar to this past Maine wedding, make us feel like we’re running through the apple orchards! Grab a PSL and get to pin your heart out with this stunning wedding.
It’s highly unlikely you’ll get bored browsing this rich gallery from Mango Studios – these photos are keeping us on the edges of our seats!
Designed + coordinated by Toronto wedding planner, Art of Celebrations, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room as guests admired those details so meaningful to the couple.
Man, this Rosa Clará gown has the kind of texture we’re living for!
From the bride: Tony and I live on the Isle of Man, which is in the middle of the Irish Sea between England and Ireland and we met at work when Tony joined the same company as me in 2012. More specifically, the first time we spoke was after I had performed a (glorious) rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody at a local pub’s Karaoke night, whilst out for a work social event. He told me, “that was really good”, and with those first words, I knew that he was kind (unnecessarily so), friendly, and outgoing. The rest, as they say, is history. Tony proposed on Christmas day 2016 and it wasn’t long before we had decided on a venue and a date for the wedding. I knew I really wanted an autumn wedding at home in Caledon, Ontario, just a 40 minute drive from Toronto. Growing up in the Caledon Hills gave me a love of nature and especially the autumn colours that I’ve rarely seen elsewhere in the world.
The theme of our wedding was ‘rustic, country elegance’ and I knew that the vast array of options on my parent’s property, Cadogan Farm Estate, would be perfect for our ceremony and reception.
We chose the gorgeous backdrop of the forest glade overlooking the pond for our ceremony before moving our guests to The Pine Room in the Courthouse Barn for a cocktail and canapes sunset reception to enjoy our house cocktail, the Apple Cider Bellini, made with fresh, seasonal apple cider from a local orchard.
Our grand-reveal to the main room in The Courthouse Barn was met with gasps of amazement from our guests – it truly looked stunning – and with the help of our caterers and wedding planners it turned out better than I had even imagined. A jazz quartet played throughout cocktails and reception to continue the classic, elegant theme and food was chosen based on local, seasonal produce. The ‘Pie Bar’ was a particular hit with the guests, who are still talking about how amazing our caterer’s homemade maple butter tarts were!
Much of the décor for the reception was hand-sourced, including hand-sawn logs from the property, large maple branches adorning the tables, floral displays for the tables lovingly assembled by a family friend, and home-assembled items such as floating candles in mason jars and hessian table runners. Even our wedding favours, little bottles of maple syrup, came from Cadogan Farm Estate’s own maple plantation and were bottled by hand.
The bar in The Pine Room, is a particular highlight for me as it is something my dad and I hand-made together out of reclaimed copper and pieces of timber I found around the property. Hours of hand polishing the copper was a labour of love and it turned out so well that it is now a permanent fixture for future couples and their guests to enjoy who choose to hold their events at Cadogan Farm Estate.
Whilst preparing many of the décor and other items ourselves was time-consuming and added extra pressure in the run up to our big day, the little touches we were able to get involved with made everything so much more special (and also saved us a bit of money!).
Looking back through our wedding photos and video just makes me want to relive the day over and over again, it was truly perfect.
Photography: Mango Studios
Planning + Coordination: Art of Celebrations
Venue: Cadogan Farm Estate
Rentals: McLean Sherwood
Catering + Bar Services + Cake + Pie Bar: Gourmandissimo Catering
Hair + Makeup: Bene Pham Beauty
Dress: Rosa Clará
Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Suits (Custom-made): The Drop, UK
Bouquets + Boutonnieres: Art of Celebrations
Entertainment: Willer Music
Videography: Elle & Bee Films