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Christmas themed barn wedding – Emilee & Drew

Drew and Emilee met at Newspring Church. They had known each other for a while but did not start dating until Aug 11 2017. He proposed one year later on August 12, 2018. Throughout the year he had begun writing letters that he would later give to Emilee on the day he proposed. He read her the last letter and told her she could open two a week until they got married. They included his feelings throughout their relationship from their first fight to their most romantic moments. He brought her to a beautiful spot where he had a table set up with candles and pictures of them. Drew had hand made paper flowers and had them sitting everywhere. After the proposal, they went to eat where they met their closest friends and family. He talked to them about how special they were to all of them and gave each person one of the flowers he had made to remember the proposal. “It was absolutely perfect and the best part was I got to make that feeling last throughout our engagement because I got to keep opening letters until the day we said I do.”

They wanted their day to be like walking into an elegant Christmas party. They wanted everyone to be put in the Christmas spirit as soon as they walked in. They did this by adding details with the colours red, gold, and green. The bridesmaid’s dresses were red and they used lots of Christmas greenery with red berries and white roses.

“I wanted our wedding to have a wall of Christmas trees. I wanted it to glow and sparkle as you walked in. We placed Christmas trees along the back wall of the barn with nothing on them other than lights. We then put the dessert table in front of it as a focal point. I wanted people to have different options for desserts and enjoy some of our favourite desserts. We included a hot chocolate/apple cider bar so people could warm up. We included different toppings for the drinks. We also folded the napkins to make a pocket and placed a cinnamon stick and piece of Christmas greenery at each table. We used live Christmas trees throughout the ceremony. I wanted to make sure that people not only saw Christmas but the smelt, tasted and felt Christmas in the air. We did a lot of DIY for our wedding. We made all of the signs except for one. We searched for the perfect furniture by going to antique shops, finishing deals and creating something new with it. We did this with the sweetheart table, welcome table, unity table, hot choc bar, and many others.”

Emilee loves flowers so they were a big part of the wedding. She says that she believes flowers can make or break a wedding and we SO agree! With that being said she wanted their wedding to be elegant and simple. They used lots of Christmas trees with just lights, they were beautiful exactly how they were and there was no need to add anything else to them. They included all kinds of local greenery and Christmas tree greenery to the bouquets and garland. Then, added different kinds of white roses and a few red berries. These red berries gave enough contrast with the colour scheme that they had but did not compete with the roses. It all complimented each other very well. Emilee also wanted it to be very free looking. She did not want a ball of flowers, she used this in the arbour by making it a focal point to their wedding ceremony. They used white rose petals down the side of the aisle.

They used small glass heart ornaments on two of the Christmas trees as you enter the barn as favours. They wanted people to have a little piece of Christmas from their wedding that they could take back to their home. “I loved how personal our wedding was. From the ceremony to the reception we added personal touches such as having a dessert table that included Drew’s favourite 16 layer chocolate cake, made by someone local as well as my favourite macaroons. We also did our ceremony a little different by reading a letter that was one of the many letters Drew wrote be during our year of dating. This gave people a small glimpse at our relationship and journey together. We also used lots of local vendors for our wedding because we love being able to support small business and enjoy our town.”

When it came to their attire choices, Emilee and Drew said that they wanted elegant and classy but also Christmas themed. Emilee chose red bridesmaids dresses – a true Christmas red. She says it was difficult to find because she didn’t want burgundy or orange tones. They also decided to do black for the boys because a classic black tux makes a statement. It was so elegant and classy and complimented the girls so well. They also made sure to have the flower girls wear something not only cute but warm. When Emilee saw these furry jackets she knew the girls would love them – they worked perfectly. The boys also all wore red and black polka-dotted socks and were given a new watch with a red hand.

Walking down the aisle was the most anticipated moment of the day according to Emilee. “Seeing my almost-husband at the end of a beautiful aisle. Watching everyone stand up and getting to see what we had planned for so long taking place right in front of my eyes. The first look. I loved our first look. I was originally against doing a first look but decided because of it getting dark that it would be a good idea. I loved every second of it and so did drew. We decided to include friends and family because we are very close with them and wanted to share our special moment with the people who love us most. It was absolutely wonderful. It gave us a few minutes alone before the ceremony and helped calm our nerves.”

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Photographer: One Life Photography // Venue: Wildberry Farm // Caterer: Pickled Cucumber // Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero // Cake Designer: The Trestle // Event Planner: Willow Event Designs // Equipment Rentals: Event Works

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