This Atwood, Ontario farm wedding had all of the best things that a great farm wedding has to offer: fields, a romantic wind-swept arbour, horses and dogs joining in on the ceremony, and a whole lot of love.
Emily and Mark fell in love with dairy farming before they met. When Mark found Emily, he quickly knew she was the one. Emily was gorgeous, kind-hearted, and was a dairy farmer just like him. She made it really easy for him to fall in love!
Since that time, these two have been through so much together. Their love is stronger because of their journey and it was an amazing thing to witness all fo their family, friends, and also the local farming community joining in on the celebration!
We first met Emily and Mark at their fall engagement session on the farm. Since then, we’ve been in full anticipation of their wedding day because with Emily being the animal lover that she is, we knew her horses, coonhound, and other farm animals would be making an appearance! If there’s something we’ve learned as wedding photographers, it’s that animals always make wedding days better!
This Ontario farm wedding began with the girls getting ready on Mark’s family’s dairy farm, a gorgeous property that was the perfect setting for the ceremony as well. Emily wore her grandmother’s watch (a stunning vintage heirloom), her dress was divine, and her bouquet was a perfectly-sized overflowing wildflower bouquet.
Wherever Emily went, Chester (her adorable coonhound) followed all day long. Including into her ceremony! The ceremony was a serene landscape. The white curtains on the arbour flowed peacefully in the wind. While guests waited for to bride to come down the aisle, Chester and the other family dogs cuddled into guests for a pet. It was such a sweet thing to be surrounded by so many dogs at a wedding!
Emily couldn’t imagine her wedding day without her horses! She entered the ceremony on Misty. Her other horse, Lightning, walked down the aisle beside her. Emily and Mark said their vows with their favourite animals all around them. The cutest moment was when Chester came up right between them for some snuggles during the wedding ceremony. Mark and Emily also had a video call during the ceremony with Mark’s Oma in Holland. She is 99, and when Mark was born she already didn’t think she was going to be alive to see him get married! His Oma is in a home and some relatives went to visit so they could make the call for her to watch the whole thing. It was the greatest moment when they got to show off their new wedding bands!
Emily’s late Grandpa had a beautiful vintage carriage and one of Emily’s requests was to have pictures with the carriage. It was a special thing to capture this for her and for her mom’ too. We know Grandpa would have loved to see Emily on her wedding day and see his granddaughter marry the love of her life! We think he must have been smiling looking down on her all day.
This Ontario farm wedding incorporated a gorgeous backdrop of rustic elements mixed in with hanging greenery, wildflowers, and farmhouse elements throughout. The bride and her bridesmaids and family designed and constructed the decor and it was stunning. Wagon wheel chandeliers, vintage silverware, porcelain plates and tea cups, as well as ambient fairy lights made this tent wedding a space that was cozy and so welcoming! Pashminas for guests to keep warm and homemade strawberry jam favours were the perfect farm treat for guests to take home. This rustic tent wedding was a heartwarming celebration of love all around!
These kinds of days are beautiful and emotional. Emily and Mark, such an incredible adventure is before you and we are so excited for all the milestones that await the two of you. Thank you for letting us be a part of photographing your beautiful story together. Sending all of our love!
Florist: Agatha Polle Makeup artist: Vamped Up Beauty
Hair stylist: Andrea Achilles Hair Design
Dress: Balletts Bridal and White Romance Bridal
Rentals: Devine Wedding Design and Four Seasons Party Rentals
Rings: Bakelaar Jewellers
Catering: Listowel Fair
DJ: Vanessa Riddell
Videography: Cast & Crewe Signage & Decor: Studio 651 and Barn Board and Lace
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