Handmade Canadian Farm Wedding: Melanie + Brian

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While Melanie + Brian now live in New Mexico, Melanie grew up on the prairies of Manitoba, and she always knew that this was the very setting where she imagined exchanging her vows. Because so many of their guests were traveling in from out of town, it was important to Melanie + Brian that the celebration lasted for a few days – so they started with a huge rehearsal dinner at Melanie’s family farm + ended with a big brunch the day after the wedding. In between there were laid-back beach days + fun fishing trips – sounds like a pretty epic weekend, right? Their day was chock-full of rustic, vintage-inspired details, like hand-sewn lace bunting and antique postcards repurposed as table numbers. Everything incorporated was handmade by the couple (with the help of friends), or sourced by Melanie. Here’s more from the lovely bride:

The inspiration for our day was based of our lifestyle and we really wanted to evoke a rustic and natural feel. We are big outdoor enthusiasts, and I love everything vintage. We blended that together and I tried not to get too girly for Brian. Although, I had been dreaming out my wedding day since I was little, and Brian’s answer to everything was, “whatever makes you happy, babe.” :)

Thanks so much to Jasmine Nicole for sharing these gorgeous images with us today, and big congrats to Melanie + Brian!

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Melanie: I don’t know how to pick just one. The ceremony was so personal and meant so much to me, it was so memorable and meaningful. But there was a special moment during our first look, my mom, Brian’s mom and sister, my bridesmaids and flower girls were all peeking through the windows at my mom’s house watching Brian and I on the front lawn. One of the flower girls said to my mom, “look, she is just loving him.” It was a pretty sweet moment that I held onto all day.

Brian: There were so many things that stand out, but for me the most memorable part of the wedding day was when I got to see my beautiful bride for the first time in her lovely wedding dress. It was almost like I had just met this amazing woman for the first time in my life and we were about to embark on an incredible journey, which of course we were. It was dream-like.

first look

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mustard field

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groom in suspenders

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Processional: Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens

Recessional: Music Box Dance – Frank Mills

First Dance: Hey Ho – The Lumineers

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bunting and tissue paper balls

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canadian ceremony

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giant white balloons

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birdcage centerpieces

tissue paper poms

birdcage centerpieces


The personalized stones at each table setting were wrapped with feathers from the chickens at Brian’s family farm in Michigan! And Melanie + Brian gifted guests with adorable handmade dish cloths, which sweetly stated: “You wash, I’ll dry”.

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wood poles

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Every last detail was so important to me and I had this big vision for the day, but in reality, the whole day was just a blur of love and excitement. I don’t think there is anything I can say to prepare you for the feelings of the day. My advice it to just try and relish the beauty throughout the day, and really take some time delight in each other, because the wedding goes by so fast.

photography: Jasmine Nicole Photography, second photographer Josh Dookhie // venue + catering: Pineridge Hollow Springfield, Manitoba, Canada // floral design & headpieces: Shirley Feenstra (friend of the bride) // wedding dress: Claire Pettibone from Mariee Bridal, Scottsdale, AZ // shoes: BHLDN and TOMS // bridesmaid dresses: Nataya from Ruche // hair + makeup: MAC // groom suit: Banana Republic pants, GAP shirt, TOMS shoes, H&M suspenders // paper goods: Bride + Justin Vandenberg (uncle of the bride) of Dynamite Designs, printed at Juke Box Print // music: Pineridge Hollow

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Rustic Fall Wedding Inspiration

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As the end of summer begins to creep into view, it’s time to think about fall – and all of the rustic, woodsy wedding inspiration that comes along with it! Today’s styled shoot, photographed by Best Photography, is filled with so many charming details that perfectly capture the spirit of autumn – like a hot apple cider bar and a simple wedding cake, adorned with foraged berries + pine cones. And you’re going to love the pretty floral design by Freshly Picked, which incorporates some fun, unexpected blooms + a gorgeous, moody color palette. So many great ideas to pin for all of you fall brides…

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fall rustic boutonniere

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fall rustic inspiration


The gorgeous couple was styled by Brothers and Craft. The groom’s plaid shirt + wool bow tie are perfect for cooler weather, and I’m pretty crazy about the bride’s dramatic ivory gown from Solutions Bridal.

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fall bride and groom

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Love the idea of using leaves as escort cards for a fall wedding! :)

leaf seating cards

apple cider bar

apple cider bar

apple cider bar

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fall rustic inspiration

fall rustic inspiration


The warm, rustic color palette, and patterns like tartan, help bring to life the cozy + inviting atmosphere that is characteristic to early fall. And to create a lush, harvest table feel, the florist housed textured dahlias, aromatic oregano, elderberry blooms + velvety magnolia leaves in vintage brass goblets…

fall rustic inspiration

fall rustic inspiration

fall rustic inspiration

rustic dessert bar


A vintage peddler’s cart, decorated with whimsical woodland details + eclectic serving vessels, is perfect for displaying an array of fall-inspired desserts like pies + candied apples! And if you are a DIY bride, you might love our Pie in a Jar DIY – it would go perfect with this table!

rustic dessert bar

rustic dessert bar

warm up blankets

naked rustic cake

naked rustic cake

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fall bride and groom

fall bride and groom


You definitely won’t want to miss this sweet video from Imprint Cinema.


Thanks so much to the creatives below for sharing this rustic fall wedding inspiration with us today!

photography: Best Photography // fashion designer: Brothers and Craft // florals: Freshly Picked // videography: Imprint Cinema // bakery: P is for PIe Bake Shop // paper goods: Shannon Kirsten Illustration // dress store: Solutions Bridal Designer House // cake: The Sugar Suite // rentals: WISH Vintage Rentals, Dishie Rentals // hair + makeup artist: Rachel Smith with Radiant Makeup Artistry

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Malibu Enchanted Garden Wedding: Andrea + Jeff

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Andrea + Jeff’s December wedding was held at the stunning Stone Manor in Malibu, California. The property was perfect for their enchanted garden wedding with it’s perfect cobblestone paths, overgrown ivy walls, an umbrella of trees and a stunning Malibu view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A bit more about the inspiration behind their wedding from Andrea…

Jeff laughed at me when I told him that my favorite color purple and Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck perfume ad were the inspiration for the look of our wedding. The man definitely loves me as he supported me throughout the planning process despite all my crazy ideas. In the end, Vanessa (of Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations) helped bring our vision of an enchanted garden wedding to life that reflected both Jeff and myself. For our wedding day, we wanted to have an intimate family get together where both of our families and closest friends could get to know one another and we could spend quality time with everyone who came out to celebrate with us. 

I always say inspiration can come from anywhere and Andrea + Jeff prove that! Congrats to the happy couple + thanks so much to Jill Thomas for the lovely photos!

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malibu bride

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Andrea donned a simple yet stunning gown of ivory silk and carried a wild bouquet of sterling roses, lambs ear, black calla lilies and orchids. Her bridesmaids were dressed in gowns in a gorgeous array of purples, lavender and steel grey, and carried dusty sage toned bouquets of all greenery.

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Andrea: The most memorable moment for me was our first look. Getting to see Jeff before the ceremony allowed us to spend a few moments to focus on just us in that moment before I would walk down the aisle to him. He looked so handsome in his suit!

Jeff: The most memorable moment of our wedding was the cake cutting. Andrea looked so beautiful. All the attention was on us and then she rubbed icing on my face! But I got her back! The cake was really good as well.

bride and groom

bride and groom


The intimate ceremony took place in Stone Manor’s outdoor courtyard surrounded by beautiful foliage and a striking view of Malibu’s rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean. Alchemy Events worked with Krista Jon to create a white birch arbor that was accented with a crystal chandelier and sheer draped cheesecloth for a juxtaposition of glam with an understated organic, garden vibe.

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flowers by altar

Processional: A Thousand Years – Christina Perri/Piano Guys

Recessional: Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Cailat

First Dance: Wanted – Hunter Hayes

malibu ceremony

malibu ceremony


Guests were then welcomed into a stunning stone lined room with open beamed rafters from which glass votives hung that glowed over feasting style tablescapes lined with glowing eggplant taper candles in brass candlesticks. Damask silver + sage linens were lined with mossy birch bark boasting sage toned greenery, white lilies and sterling roses along with heart shaped ivy for a romantic, overgrown garden feel.

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hanging votives

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Guests dined on a delectable menu by Whoa Nelly Catering including arugula salad with persimmons + crushed hazelnuts, braised short rib and roasted winter squashes + sweet potato mash while they sipped on rich red wines to warm their hearts + bellies.

flower centerpieces in logs

purple napkins

flowers in logs


For their sweetheart table, Krista Jon created a stunning floral installation inside of a ironed framed table flowing with a gorgeous array of greenery, vines, black baby calla liles and more of the brides favorite – sterling roses.

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From Alchemy Events, For this chilly December wedding we wanted to create a cozy and fairytale worthy dessert bar nestled into the tree lined garden. We hung various mirrors and frames behind a grey velvet covered table covered with delectable sweets & treats by Whoa Nelly and Sweet & Saucy shop. Treats such as pomegranate panna cotta, salted caramel puddings with crème fraiche whip, brownie bites & chocolate peppermint cupcakes were offered above risers boating mossy arrangements, wild greenery and loose blooms. To keep guest cozy as they nibbled on these sweet bites in our heated outdoor lounge, we also offered a hot cocoa bar with homemade flavored marshmallows, caramel nibs, candy cane stir sticks and various liquors to spike them with.

dessert bar

pink cake

Don't start wedding planning until you've enjoyed being engaged for a few weeks. Then, enjoy it! No matter how overwhelmed you feel, remember that everything will get accomplished and it will be gorgeous! Remember to step back and just breathe every once in awhile. Focus on the things that matter the most to you and your future husband. Invest in a great wedding planner :) Definitely could not have pulled this off without Vanessa and Jill.

photography: Jill Thomas // event design + planning: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations // venue: Stone Manor Malibu, California // floral design: Krista Jon // rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals // hair + makeup: Bekah and Nina with Brides by Brittany // wedding dress: Alvina Valenta from The White Flower Bridal Boutique in San Diego // hairpieces: belt from Justine M Couture // shoes: Vera Wang from Nordstrom // bridesmaid dresses: Swoon from Bella Bridesmaids Los Angeles // paper goods: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations // catering: Whoa Nelly Catering // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop //linens: La Tavola

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