Hip Ontario Backyard Wedding Filled with Fireworks & Smokebombs

Every once in a while a couple comes along and we just fit perfectly. Tomoko and Chris is one of those couples. From the start I felt a strong connection with Tomo, from her initial email to me that had me so incredibly intrigued by them that I just needed to know more. I remember reading it late at night while I was in bed and usually I wait until the morning to reply but with this one I just couldn’t. She replied right back. We were emailing furiously back and forth for the next few days. They hadn’t confirmed their venue, but everything they wanted to include in their day made me so excited and honoured that they wanted me there to capture it all for them. From a simple outdoor ceremony in front of an old farm house owned by a friend to smokebombs, late night fireworks and string light lit barn for dancing. It seemed too good to be true.

Tomo wanted to honour her Japanese heritage by enlisting the help of her mother’s long time friend and kimono stylist Kimiko. The process took nearly an hour to have her fitted traditionally. I didn’t think it was possible for her to look any more beautiful until she got into her Rue de Seine gown. I wanted to BE her. She really is that cool Japanese girl you just want to be friends with, just like what her best friend Martina said in her speech. I could go on, but instead I’ll let you read more from the couple and then see how their day unfolded so perfectly.

How did you choose your venue?

It was hard at first but then it became a no-brainer. We started off considering event venues, and then restaurants, cottages, apartments, bed & breakfasts, our own house… We searched for a photographer at the same time, and ended up falling for Jess’s work. Reviewing her style and aesthetic helped us know for certain that we wanted to be somewhere surrounded by nature. We also wanted to be somewhere that felt like home.

We are incredibly lucky in having a generous friend with a gorgeous property. We didn’t think he would allow us to invite over a bunch of people he hadn’t met before, but as soon as he said ‘yes’ everything fell into place.

Any wedding planning advice you’d like to share?

First focus on what is important to you as a couple. The brainstorming and research together can be a lot of fun! Gather many ideas/options early. Give yourselves time. Tons of creative ideas and directions came up at the beginning but after we let some time pass, we were able to really scale back and hone in on what mattered most.

How did you choose your wedding vibe?

Super intimate, chill and classy.

Our families come from England and Japan, but our shared home is Ontario. So the initial thought was to do something that felt very Canadian. This somehow translated into roaming around a farm, setting off fireworks and eating BBQ. The farm is so glorious and beautiful, we didn’t feel the need to impose anything on it. With the added spirits of our nearest and dearest friends, we ended up with pure magic.

How did you choose your wedding photographer?

We started off with some recommendations and did a lot of looking around online. We had a shortlist going. After a few days of serious research, though, we stumbled upon Jess’s work and just knew that the search was over. Her work stands out from most wedding photographers- It has such a raw and rich aesthetic, so full of atmosphere. She is able to capture real moments, and her use of light incredible.

The more we learned about her and her tastes, her process and her output, it seemed like the perfect match. We confirmed our wedding date and venue only after making sure that Jess would be available. We are so happy she was!

Backyard Wedding in Ontario
Backyard Wedding in Ontario
Backyard Wedding in Ontario
Backyard Wedding in Ontario
Backyard Wedding in Ontario
Backyard Wedding in Ontario
Rue de Seine wedding dress hanging outside barn
Rue de Seine wedding dress and invitation
Lace Rue de Seine wedding dress hanging inside farm house
Wedding bouquet on chair
Wedding invitation and wedding rings on wooden table
Japanese woman in kimono
Japanese women in kimono
Japanese women being fitted into kimono
Japanese women being fitted into kimono
Japanese women in kimono walking down stairs
Groom getting ready in cabin
Best man tying groom's tie in cabin
Japanese woman in kimono in barn
Japanese woman in kimono in garden
Japanese woman in kimono in garden
Kimono details and hands
Japanese woman in kimono in garden
Green and maroon wedding bouquet on bed
Bride getting dressed in lace Rue de Seine wedding dress
Reflection of bride in glass
Maid of honour doing up bride's wedding dress
Japanese bride in lace Rue de Seine wedding dress
Bride in lace dress holding maroon and dark green bouquet
Bride in lace dress holding wedding bouquet by window
English woman in fascinator hat in white bedroom
Groom waiting by window for bride
bride and groom first look inside old farm house
Interracial couple sitting in chair on wedding day
Interracial couple looking at each other on wedding day
Mother of bride walking bride to wedding ceremony in front of old farm house
Outdoor Backyard Wedding on farm
Backyard Wedding in Ontario
Hipster musician playing guitar at outdoor backyard wedding ceremony
Little flower girl walking down aisle throwing flowers with parents
Guests at wedding ceremony
Mother and bride walking outside to wedding ceremony
Mother of bride walking bride down the aisle
Backyard Wedding Ceremony
Outdoor backyard wedding ceremony
bride reading vows to groom
Emotional bride reading vows to groom in outdoor wedding ceremony
Emotional mother of bride during ceremony
Emotional sister of groom crying during wedding ceremony
Bride smiling at groom during wedding ceremony
Exchanging rings at wedding ceremony
Bride smiling as groom reads vows
First kiss at outdoor wedding ceremony
Bride and groom holding hands
Bride signing marriage certificate
guests blowing bubbles during ceremony
Bride and groom walking down aisle after ceremony
bride smiling at groom walking down aisle after outdoor backyard wedding ceremony
mother of groom hugging groom after ceremony
bride with guests outside farm house
guests drinking outside during cocktail hour
wedding dress
bride in garden holding bouquet
groom looking at bride
bride and groom in garden looking at each other
bride and groom kissing outside in garden
closeup of moody maroon and dark red wedding bouquet
bride and groom walking into forest
Bride and groom standing in lush garden with sun beaming through leaves
Bride looking back as she holds grooms hand
wedding couple hugging, bride in Rue de Seine wedding dress
Bride and groom walking holding hands
Bride and groom holding hands in flower garden by barn
bride smiling as groom hugs her
bride and groom laughing and hugging
bride and groom kissing in sun light
wedding dress in barn
bride and groom holding hands in barn
groom hugging bride from behind in barn
groom hugging bride from behind in barn
groom kissing bride's shoulder in barn
bride and groom walking hand in hand in orchard
bride and groom walking hand in hand in orchard
bride and groom kissing in orchard
bride and groom hugging outside on farm
bride and groom hugging outside on farm
bride and groom hugging outside on farm
flower garden at sunset
bride and groom kissing with smoke bombs around them
bride and groom kissing with smoke bombs around them
wedding guests running through smoke bombs
bride smiling with guests
bride with friends laughing in red smoke bomb
guest running through red smoke bomb at wedding reception
bride with friends taking selfie in red smoke bomb
bride dancing in red smoke bomb
Tented backyard wedding reception
sparklers in bucket
Tented backyard wedding reception
Chalkboard wedding sign and homemade wedding cake topped with flowers
Homemade chocolate wedding cake topped with flowers
Bride and groom kissing in tent at wedding reception
bride crying during speeches
Groom and mother hugging during wedding reception
bride and groom speech
bride laughing with family
sparkler exit
bride and groom kissing during sparkler exit
fireworks at wedding reception
barn lit up for wedding reception
barn lit up for wedding reception
bride on stage with string lights and balloons
bride on stage during wedding reception about to toss bouquet
bride and groom dancing
intimate first dance in barn
intimate first dance in barn
bride and groom kissing in barn during wedding reception

Vendors

DRESS: Payton Gown by Rue de Seine from Loversland
SHOES: Frye Boots
SUIT: Ted Baker
INVITATIONS: Minted
FLORALS: Holton Flowers
VENUE: The Farm, Grafton, Ontario (private property)
CATERER: Jeff Bray
DJ/MUSIC: Tobin Hawkwood | Possum
MUSICIAN: Tobin Hawkwood
OFFICIANT: Anthony Does
FIRST DANCE: Wait for Her – Roger Waters
RINGS: Leif Benner
HAIR & MAKEUP: Windy Chiu
KIMONO STYLIST: Kimiko Sugimoto
NAIL ART: Elyse Connery @angoranails | Holdengrace

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Will Pursell : 15:37 February 5, 2018 Reply
What an awesome backyard wedding. Brings me back to growing up in Ontario.
Joseph Tobiason : 15:40 February 5, 2018 Reply
I love the simplicity of this setting. Everything drives your attention to the couple and their day. Well done!
Barry Forshaw : 15:54 February 5, 2018 Reply
As backyard weddings go that is pretty epic. Love the smoke bombs!!
Elisebeth : 16:04 February 5, 2018 Reply
I think more people need to have rad backyard weddings like this!
Meri : 17:38 February 5, 2018 Reply
OH MANNNN. What a gorgeous backyard wedding! These are so cool!
Jonathon : 17:48 February 5, 2018 Reply
backyard wedding, ontario backyard wedding Love, love love!!! This set of images, the storytelling here is amazing, I adore backyard weddings!
Kasey Loftin : 18:42 February 5, 2018 Reply
It doesn't get much better than a backyard wedding. I love how you've told their story. Gorgeous photography!
karra : 01:11 February 6, 2018 Reply
The details you captured and the simplicity of this backyard wedding were stunning. I loved the sparklers around them dancing, too!! So cute!
Malachi : 08:26 February 6, 2018 Reply
You told their story so beautifully! I love everything that was captured and how you really told their story.

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