Modern Toronto Backyard Wedding: Jac + Adrian

backyard Toronto wedding

Easy, simple and inviting were the key words Jac + Adrian initially threw around when thinking about their big day. And they already knew where they’d tie the knot before they knew any of the other details. Jac’s family cottage on Lake Simcoe in Toronto was the perfect place to throw a low-key, low-stress backyard wedding, that still had tons of style + personality. Color was key and the event design was a family affair: J + A, and their talented fam and friends designed, made and set everything up + we’d say the end result was totally flawless. Let’s hear what Jac has to say about it all:

Adrian and I are both inspired by clean, simple and crisp contemporary design so that is what set the stage for the day. Flowers were all white with lots of greenery as the backdrop.We had ferns EVERYWHERE! The food was incredible without being fussy. We are both creative people but didn’t feel that our wedding needed to be an exact representation of that! The main source of inspiration was geometric sculptures and ferns. We saw a painting (randomly) and were inspired by the lush organic nature contrasted with the sterile white geometric shapes.

Thanks so much to Heidi from Our Labor of Love for these beautiful photos + big congrats to the happy couple!

rings

letter from bride

bride getting ready

Major shoe envy for Jac’s perfect, gold Chloe heels!

silver heels

red bridesmaids

Toronto first look

backyard Toronto wedding

Haux Couture wedding dress

Jac co-designed her wedding dress with Jim of Hoax Couture in Toronto. It’s so simply stunning…

backyard Toronto wedding

navy blue suit

backyard Toronto wedding

backyard Toronto wedding

backyard Toronto wedding

lakeside portraits

backyard Toronto wedding

backyard Toronto wedding

backyard Toronto wedding

red bridesmaid dresses

Red, coral, and fuchsia perfection. This crew of ‘maids has totally won us over!

red bridesmaid dresses

colorful wedding party

colorful wedding party

brides dancing entrance

backyard Toronto ceremony

backyard Toronto ceremony

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Our Vows. I was not expecting our ceremony to be the most wonderful part. It was beautiful. It was romantic. It was emotional. It was us. I walked down the aisle to 'Bossy' by Kelis which quickly turned into ‘Stay’ by Maurice Williams and the wedding party walked down the aisle to 'My Baby' by Nina Simone. We had a lovely reading by my aunt and our friend read a Mya Angelou poem. As we signed our papers, Adrian's best man and his brother sang 'First Day of our Life’ by Bright Eyes. For sure the entire ceremony was the most memorable.

backyard Toronto ceremony

backyard Toronto ceremony

backyard Toronto ceremony

backyard Toronto ceremony

backyard Toronto ceremony

group hug

backyard Toronto wedding

backyard Toronto wedding

backyard Toronto wedding

seating chart

daisy centerpieces

And we adore the modern, graphic paper goods and signage. Jac + Adrian designed + printed everything themselves. (A’s an illustrator and J’s a designer.)

pattern table numbers

colorful pattern menu

wedding rings

first dance

first dance

backyard Toronto wedding

backyard Toronto wedding

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

If something is stressing you out. Don’t do it. Take a step back and think about why you’re here in the first place. I’m sure everyone says it but NOTHING really matters but the two of you and your promise to each other. It may not make sense now but it will. Also, enjoy it. Take it all in and make time for just the two of you, that has nothing to do with wedding planning.

photography: Heidi from Our Labor of Love // venue: bride’s family cottage + farm in Lake Simcoe ov Orillia Ontatio Toronto, Canada // event design: Friends and family contributed. It was a collaborative affair // florals: Daniela Bosco and my bridal BB’s (Annie, Christina, Andi, Louisa) // wedding dress: Custom made by Hoax Couture in Toronto, Jim Searle made it and we designed it together // shoes: Chloe, SS 2014 // bridesmaid dresses: everyone wore something different – Markoo Studios was the lovely red jumper on my bestie Carla //hair + makeup: Justin Rousseau at Brennen Demelo Studios & Bree from Plutino Group //  groom suit: Tiger of Sweeden // paper goods: Adrian and I made them, He’s an Illustrator and I’m a Designer // catering: Era 76 // music: the Sensations from Orillia, and dj was Shannon, 1/2 of Toronto based duo Bitch Craft

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