Kortright Centre for Conservation Wedding

Laura and David’s wedding was like a forested fairytale. Filled with beautiful florals, a glass enclosed reception, string light lit dance floor and a heart shaped piñata, nothing could have been more perfect. Laura so gracefully wore a gorgeous dress from Sash & Bustle with over the shoulder detailing that made me want to never stop photographing her. After the ceremony, we escaped to a nearby field and I got them to lie down in the tall grass while I happily captured every single moment. They’ve shared more about their day:

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

To start, it was important that we had a long enough lead time so that we didn’t feel overly stressed and could plan in advance. In terms of the wedding itself, we wanted to make sure as much as possible that our selections represented us, and that we were surrounded by the people who were most important to us.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were two.

First, the ceremony itself felt surreal (in a good way). It was the moment we realized that “this is really happening” – and that was great. Our officiant really captured the spirit of our commitment and what we felt marriage meant to us. Second, the moment our first dance ended, the dance-floor really erupted. We had a wave of loving people come towards us all ready to party.

Any wedding planning advice you’d like to share?

We tried to keep the wedding small. In order to do that, we tried a rule we think worked quite well: Keep the attendance to family and people (singles or couples) that you have hung out with as a couple.

How did you chose your venue and wedding vibe?

We chose our venue based on its emotional significance to us. We had a short list of venues, all great in their own way, but there was one clear winner. We had stopped by the Kortright Centre for Conservation early on in our relationship and had a good experience there. It was really the only choice for us.

The vibe, to a degree, comes with the venue, or emanates from it. Also, the selection of the season, which was fall for us, also is an input. The size and demographics of the wedding (small and relatively young – mostly under 50) also play a part. All of these factors set the tone for what we decided, which was to fill the space with items that represented our quirks (vintage bottles, antique bowls and such) and then to have a raging dance party in the woods, because who doesn’t think that is fun? We’re not too polished so we wanted the wedding to reflect that.

Bride getting ready in hotel
Bridesmaids getting ready in hotel
Bride getting hair done in hotel
Bride holding mirror in hand
Bride getting makeup done
Bride looking at herself in mirror in hotel
Bride getting makeup touchups in hotel
Wedding dress and shoes on chair
Bride touching wedding dress
Bride putting on earrings
Wedding dress and shoes on chair
Kortright Centre for Conservation wedding
Kortright Centre for Conservation Wedding
Kortright Centre for Conservation Wedding
Groom waiting for bride in forest at Kortright Centre for Conservation
Bride walking in forest at Kortright Centre for Conservation
Wedding dress on forest floor
Bride walking in forest at Kortright Centre for Conservation
Bride walking towards groom in forest at Kortright Centre for Conservation
Bride and groom hugging in forest
Bride and groom hugging in forest
Black and white images of groom hugging bride in beautiful off the shoulder wedding dress
Groom kissing bride in forest
Bride holding large bouquet in forest
Bride and groom laughing in forest
Bride holding romantic maroon and pink bouquet
Bride and groom holding hands and walking in forest
Bride and groom holding hands, laughing and walking in forest
Back of bride's wedding dress, hugging groom
Groom's hand on back of bride's dress as they walk in forest
Bride in blue heels walking in forest holding bouquet
DIY wooden wedding sign
Forest wedding ceremony setup at Kortright Centre for Conservation Wedding
Wooden chairs with fall colours and leafs on ground
Guests waiting for ceremony to start in forest
Guests hugging before ceremony starts
Musician playing guitar in forest before ceremony
Bride waiting to walk down aisle in forest wedding ceremony
Bride walking down aisle by herself in forest wedding ceremony
Groom walking bride down aisle in outside wedding ceremony
Forest wedding ceremony
Guests laughing during ceremony
Bride and groom holding hands during ceremony
bride and groom kissing during ceremony
Bride watching groom signing marriage license
Bride surprised as guests blow bubbles at wedding ceremony
Groomsmen walking down hill
Groomsmen posing
close up of groomsmen in suits walking on grass
Bride and groom walking in field
Bride and groom kissing in field
Groom whispering in bride's ear
Bride and groom holding hands
Bride walking towards groom in field
Bride holding bouquet outside in field
Bride and groom sitting in tall grass beside forest
Bride and groom playing with each other's hands
Bride and groom sitting in field
Bride and groom lying down side by side in field
Bride and groom lying down side by side in field
Bride cuddling into groom in field
Bride and groom lying down side by side in field laughing
Bride sitting between groom's legs in field playing with each other's hands
close up of bride and groom kissing
Bride holding maroon and pink bouquet in field
Groom hugging bride from behind
Groom kissing bride's cheek
Bride and groom walking together in field
String lights and glass building
Glass room wedding reception set up with simple white linen round tables and twinkling lights
Kortright Centre for Conservation wedding reception
Kortright Centre for Conservation wedding reception
Wooden beams covered in vines and string lights for wedding reception at Kortright Centre for Conservation
Welcome table set up for wedding reception
Round tables with white table clothes and wooden chairs
Heart shaped pinata
Champagne glass tower and handmade wooden sign seating chart for wedding
Flowers in glass vases for table centrepiece at wedding reception
Romantic wedding reception table set up with simple flowers in glass vases
Flower and greenery centrepieces for wedding reception
Flower and greenery centrepieces for wedding reception with wooden table number
Sweetheart table for wedding reception
greenery vines on wooden table for sweetheart table at wedding reception
Candle lit welcome table
Guests at wedding reception listening to speeches
Little girl in stroller at wedding reception
bride and groom holding hands at table during wedding reception
black and white of bride and groom kissing during wedding reception
Bride and groom drinking wine during wedding reception
groom hugging mother at wedding reception
Mother of bride listening to speeches at wedding
Father of bride listening to speeches at wedding
bride laughing and groom kissing bride's shoulder during speeches at wedding
Bride and groom laughing during speeches at wedding
Bride and groom dancing under string lights
First dance under string lights
First dance
Bride and groom dancing with guests
Reception dancing
Guests drinking and dancing during reception dancing
Guests drinking and dancing during reception dancing
Bride and groom pouring champagne on champagne tower
Bride hitting piñata at wedding
Groom hitting piñata at wedding
Candy from piñata on ground at wedding reception

Vendors

PHOTOGRAPHY: Daring Wanderer
VENUE: Kortright Centre for Conservation
WEDDING DRESS: Sash and Bustle, tailored by Larisa Taranets
SUIT: King & Bay
SHOES: Johnston & Murphy (David), Sarah Jessica Parker (Laura)
INVITATIONS: Samson Kong
FLORALS: Coriander Girl
OFFICIANT: Jeremy Citron
PROCESSIONAL / MUSICIAN: Derek Macrae
RECESSIONAL / MUSICIAN: Derek Macrae
FIRST DANCE SONG: ‘Paradise is You’ by La Roux
CATERER: provided by venue
DJ: Most Valuable DJs

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