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Erica and Luke are a fierce and funny duo and here is the layered back story of how they met:

“In 2009, Luke and his friends were randomly put on a Sail Croatia boat with two of Erica’s friends (one of them, Kayla, was a bridesmaid) for a week-long sailing trip.

Fast forward to 2011, Kayla was visiting Erica, who lived in Vancouver, and Luke was living in Whistler to do a snowboarding season with Richard ( a groomsman). Kayla, who had Luke on Facebook still, said “I met this guy a few years ago, I don’t really know him, but he was cool and he would probably let us stay on his couch for free if we want to go snowboarding”. And so Kayla and Erica went up to Luke’s. Kayla ended up deciding to stay in Whistler for a few months, so Erica would go up every weekend (between studying her masters degree) to hang out with Kayla, Luke and their friends.  Within a month, Erica & Luke were dating (but they pretty much got together after about 5 days knowing each other!). The rest is history!”

This story seems like perfect fate. I love to hear how couple’s meet and especially love circumstances so looming on chance.

Since Erica is a fellow Canadian and Luke is an Aussie, but both are living in Australia, the couple concluded that they would need to have two weddings in order to properly celebrate with all the people they love so dearly.

The Canadian wedding was chosen to be as casual and backyard bbq style as possible. 40 people flew in from overseas and they wanted to make sure that the wedding was focused on their guests and the party. Since neither Erica or Luke are very serious people, they wanted it to be fun and laid back!

A pig roast was the inspiration with lots of lawn games and outdoor seating to encourage guests to mingle and get to know one another. Since people were flying from all over the world for this wedding, Erica and Luke wanted to make sure that they could spend tons of time with each friend and family member.

Since the couple lives overseas, most of the planning and coordination was done by Erica’s extraordinary mom and Aunt Debbie. Aunt D made all of the chocolate favours, which were Canadian themed (loonies, maple leaves etc) and a campfire with feature smores were part of the Canadian integration. Since most Aussie’s have never heard of smores and are banned from making campfires, this was especially entertaining.

As for decor, Lesley Lebel, the owner of the stunning venue Sagewood Farms, handled all of that with her personal collection of vintage dishware, furniture, and more!

Even though I only knew you two for a day, I feel like I’ve known you for years. You make an obvious loveable pair, evident by the outpouring of love and admiration from your family and friends from around the globe. Wherever your adventure together goes, go with all of your heart.

xx- april

 

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“FROM THE BRIDE’S MOUTH”

FAVOURITE DETAIL

“The popcorn bar! We wanted an affordable way to provide food/snacks to everyone at the end of the night after all the shots, and the popcorn bar was a hit! Also, the cupcakes – Erica LOVES baking them at home, so they were a perfect touch, and the caterers did a BEYOND BEAUTIFUL job decorating all of them and our cake… just gorgeous. Luke’s was the beer cans!! The Molson Canadian beer cans were a bit retro and also very Canadian, and they just fit the scene perfectly (and the Aussies loved them… haha!)”

ERICA’S FAVOURITE MOMENT

“My favourite moment was reaching the base of the aisle with my dad; everyone under that big beautiful tree, and my husband-to-be looking like a stud at the other end of the walkway.”

LUKE’S FAVOURITE MOMENT

“My favourite moment was at the end of the night, with a sparkler send-off to the Canadiana camping tent where we spent our first night together as man and wife.”

FIRST DANCE SONG

“Island in the Sun by Weezer – It’s been my favourite song since forever, and when we got together, Luke really got into them as well. We even saw them live at a festival in Squamish BC, where the lead singer sang the song while walking beside us in the crowd! The band has always held a special place for us, signing along to their songs on road trips, seeing them live in Melbourne, and the song was perfectly upbeat, laid back, and very paradise-y (with a bit of a rock-y chorus), perfect for our day.”

WHAT ERICA HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR WHEN CHOOSING A PHOTOGRAPHER

“Number 1 important factor, is that the photography was non-cheesy, candid and natural photography, which you don’t just nail in 80% of your portfolio; you nail it every time. So that was a major factor. But we also fell in love with your stuff the moment we read how you try to take lots of photos of the guests so that we can remember that too – obviously, with everyone flying in, that was a big thing for us. And finally, the finishing and editing of your photos is just so natural but with that light, pink-y kind of finish that makes it look like a fantasy (which it was). It’s just enough editing to make it beautiful but still totally imperfect like the subjects are. And to be honest, I totally think you could charge more than you do. The only other photographer that we considered other than you was $4,500 for one photographer. That was super expensive, but I thought you were a total bargain for what we got, and now that we’ve seen the result… like, we legit won the lottery.”

VENDORS

VENUE

Sagewood Farms

OFFICIANT

Rob Brouwer

CATERING

Feast Your Eyes Catering

CAKE

Feast Your Eyes Catering

FLORALS

Mint Floral Co

MAKEUP + HAIR + NAILS + TANS

Brooklyn Salon+ Spa

DRESS

Maggie Sottero

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE

Tip Top Tailor

SHOES

Klub Nico

FAVOURS

Homeade Chocolates

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS

Coordinates bracelets from Etsy + Etsy Robes

STATIONERY

Custom designed by family friend

MUSIC

Spotify playlist

BUDGET

Between 30-35k

NUMBER OF GUESTS

130

SECOND SHOOTER

Jasper

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Jen and Dan’s wedding is imprinted in my mind. It was a DREAM. Not to mention the bride and groom had connectivity that made your heart melt. Every single detail about this wedding was thoughtfully planned and executed and all in 3 months! Yes people – it can be done! You do however need the right help and that couldn’t go any smoother than with wedding planner extraordinaire, Alexandra McNamara from Blush + Bowties. This relaxed elegance theme carried through the entire day and suited Jen and Dan quite perfectly.

Dan had worked in Africa for a safari company living in safari camp tents with Jen, so a wedding theme that encompassed both the outdoors and camp vibes suited the down-to-earth couple. Dan’s South African roots and love for safari and the outdoors meshed well with Jen’s simple, family oriented and laid-back personality. Luckily they found Sagewood Farms to host their unique celebration and allow guests to feel as though they could experience a huge part of Jen and Dan that was left in Africa.

Lesley Lebel is the owner and creator of Sagewood Farms. She has a gift for styling and collecting antiques and goodies from all around the world. Her eclectic vision and personal collection is what helped kick-start the vision for the wedding. Lesley’s collection ranges from vintage teacups and saucers, to vintage cutlery, old window panes, furniture and props. She created a honeymoon tent for the bride and groom and styled it to the nines with Canadiana decor that makes it feel like a cosy boutique cabin. This farm not only has Lesley’s creative input but it is set on acreage of land that will blow any photographers mind. Corn, mushroom and soy bean fields surround the farm and a treed tunnel stretches as far as the eye can see. Lesley also has a plethora of vintage vehicles to rent, a shaded ceremony space and outdoor bar that is connected to the barn. The sun sets over the fields and creates a magical orange glow for the dreamiest of photos to complete this vintage fairytale.

Jen and Dan emphasized that they wanted their guests to feel relaxed and special. They really wanted to express who they were as a couple and how they loved each other and promised to continue loving each other. The ceremony was dreamy and personal and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the field. An outdoor cocktail hour ensued, followed by a sunset entrance into the barn for dinner. Food was served and teary speeches began. The party started quickly and a surprise Hora was revealed to the couple from friends and family.

As night fell, Jen’s favourite band “Ride the Tiger” played the night away and people dispersed around the farm. Some sat quietly at the bon-fire roasting marshmallows, while others danced the night away and some took in the starry sky in a romantic moment. I would have to say that for barely knowing anyone – I felt like one of their guests and friends. This group of people were close and shared their love and energy with the people that surrounded them. I felt touched by the majesticness of the day and by the beautiful people these two love birds had connected to them in their lives. You can tell a lot about a person by their friends – and I feel certain that Jen and Dan will grow old in love together.

You can also view this wedding on one of my favourite wedding blogs : 100 Layer Cake.

xx – april

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VENDORS

Venue, Decor + Styling: Sagewood Farm, Port Perry, Ontario 
Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Blush + Bloom
Centerpieces: Blush & Bowties & Groom’s Mother Christine Achber
Hair & Makeup: Kim Timbol
Invitations: Paper & Poste
Cake: Le Dolci
Vintage Furniture & Décor: Style Me Vintage 
Bride’s Dress: Anais Anette ‘Beatrice’ from Vogue Sposa
Shoes: Cubanas
Earrings: Bride’s Friend’s from Swarovski
Wedding Rings: Matsu Jewellers
Groom’s Suit: Elliot Falovitch
Tie: Gotstyle
Cufflinks: Bride’s Dad
Maid of Honor’s Dress: BCBG

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