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Chris & Anne Marie’s wedding took place on Chris’s childhood property in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. Anne Marie and Chris grew up living not far from one another and were high school sweethearts. They shared their first kiss near the ponds on his property–so it seemed the perfect place to have their wedding ceremony and reception.

They partied the night away in a gigantic tent on the back lawn of Chris’ childhood home. Elizabeth Johnston of Eventdecorator.com orchestrated the entire event, overseeing the 4 day construction of the reception tent. Yes! FOUR days it took to make this gorgeous structure that had carpeting and a dance floor, and 360 degree views of the gorgeous property. Rowell Photography was so intrigued by this tent that we decided to create a time-lapse of its construction straight through to the end of the wedding.

The newlyweds danced the night away until 3 in the morning; breaking only when the food trucks arrived at 11pm. Guests were treated to a truly Canadian midnight snack of comfort foods, poutine and hotdogs.

Very special thanks to Rowell Photography for their gorgeous images, and for the incredibly fun time lapse they shared with us! Are you ready for this?

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

4 Day Back Yard Wedding Time Lapse from Rowell Photography on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Rowell Photography // Event Design, Decor and Planning: Elizabeth Johnston and Eventdecorator.com // Dishware:  Event Rental Group // Cinematography: Naz Films // Tenting: Advanced Tent // Tent Draping: Mickis // Cupcakes & Candy: Candy Creek Cupcakes // Makeup/Hair: Faces by Carla // DJ: Brown Eyes // Food trucks: Smoke’s Poutinerie and Let’s Be Frank // Wood Chairs: Contemporary Furniture

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Our favorite  is the Waverly Wallet in Fresco, a new color from the Petunia cut-velvet collection, which features the lush texture of Belgian cut-velvet with a leather interior and trim, and a bold attention-getting pattern. Luckily, the Waverly also just so happens to be today’s GIVEAWAY!!!

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It’s sweet moments like these that you’ll cherish long after your wedding. We asked bride Cori Johnson to tell us the story behind today’s “Caught in the Moment” photo, captured by JoPhoto.

This is my maternal Grandmother Sue Ballinger. This was the first time she had seen me all day and it was right after I had gotten dressed and was getting ready to walk out. My mom went to get her and bring her in to the dressing room so she could see me with my dress on , hair done, etc.

As soon as she walked in she began crying! I think I was cracking a joke about her crying the first time she saw me. She said she was crying because I looked so beautiful! She was so proud of me and happy to see me getting ready to get married. I am her oldest grandchild and the only girl so I’m sure seeing me about to get married had something to do with her emotions. Also…the women in our family, including my grandmother and myself, aren’t that great at concealing our emotions so crying is a natural reaction to everything, including overwhelming joy!

I love her and this picture! It reminds me of how happy not only myself and my husband were on that day, but how happy our families were to become part of each other! It was the most perfect day ever!

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Vendor: Photography: JoPhoto

Lacy and Mark were married in an intimate early evening ceremony held at the Chouse in Norman, Oklahoma.  The Chouse is now a privately owned home, but was originally the St. Thomas More University Parish attended by the groom as a boy. The highlight of the ceremony was the giving of rings, when the groom surprised the bride by presenting her with a beautiful and unexpected pear shaped diamond ring in addition to her channel set engagement band that she had intended to wear as her wedding ring.  Not a dry eye in the house and an audible gasp from the bride!

Lindsay, of Gibson Events and the bride Lacy worked together to design the reception in a working greenhouse. Guests were welcomed down a lantern lit path into the greenhouse.  A labyrinth like space that was filled to the brim with nooks and crannies of fountains, Koi ponds and romantic seating areas where guests could almost slip away unnoticed.  Of the approximately 5,000 square feet of indoor space only about 40% was usable for guest seating, food/bar service and dancing.  With a little ingenuity Lindsay and the vendor team made use of every available space! “The magical feeling was palpable,” said their photographer, Aaron Snow.

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Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Tell us about your vision for the big day!

I had been introduced to Lindsay Gibson previously and knew I wanted her to be the director guiding our vision. Before meeting with her I looked on her blog and fell for a small scale promotional photo shoot she had done at an awesome old Greenhouse in Oklahoma City. Our meeting was simple, I showed her the pictures and said, “please make this happen for us.” We quickly began brainstorming over venues that would serve as our inspiration. After a trip to the Greenhouse in Norman, Lindsay’s wheels began spinning and soon she had us convinced. Lindsay pulled together vendors and resources from previous associations.

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

What was your most memorable part of the day?

Mark arranged a breakfast for all the women in both families on the morning of the wedding.  It was the perfect calming and peaceful experience I needed before the busyness of the day set in.
Lindsay and our photographer, Aaron, arranged for us to do our first look at the Greenhouse so that we could see it before the guests arrived and because it was an amazing backdrop for photos with not an ugly view in sight!  I was so nervous and second guessing the idea of slipping into my gown in the back room of a garden center, but the moment Mark turned around and I saw his reaction I thought, “Yes, this is right, this is awesome, this is exactly what we wanted, now let’s have a party!”.

What are some personal details you added to make the wedding unique?

Tons of heirlooms, including: The flower girl basket — same basket used at my parent’s wedding, handkerchief I carried–my grandmother’s “something old”, I wore my Grandmother’s wedding ring for “something borrowed”, and the earrings my parent’s gave me were my “something new”.

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

How did you meet and become engaged?

Our story starts in 2007 when I was an intern at the company that Mark worked for. As we reflect on our history together he shares how he was really impressed with my passion, enthusiasm, commitment, and drive to the job. Immediately after my internship I went abroad and studied in Italy. Due to the connection we made I frequently contacted Mark while overseas to share my experiences. When I came back to the United States I started working for the same company that Mark worked for in 2009. Within a year Mark decided to take a chance and ask me out on a date. I refused at first. However that did not diffuse Mark’s feelings he had developed for me. After a month of persistent romantic gestures I agreed to go on a date with him. We went to Othello’s in Norman and what I thought would be a quick dinner turned into a three hour intimate conversation. After that dinner Mark and I were inseparable. Before knew it the first chapter of our love story lasted 3 years. Mark proposed to me on the anniversary of our first date on a surprise trip to New York City. It wasn’t long before we settled on a wedding date and began the planning.

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Vendors: Photography: Aaron Snow // Design/Planning/Coordination: Gibson Events // Venues: Ceremony: The Chouse // Reception: The Greenhouse // Rentals: Mood Party RentalsMarianne’s Rentals for Special Events // Cakes/Sweets: Amy Cakes // Catering/Bar: Abbey Road Catering // Photobooth: SNL Booth // Floral: Poppy Lane Design // Hair: Ali Earnhart // Makeup: ChelseyAnn // DJ: Blake Overstreet // Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero // Maid of Honor gown: J.Crew

Two years ago, Bryan and I had the privilege of staying at Secrets Maroma and ever since, we’ve been HUGE fans! We even convinced some of our friends to go to Secrets for their honeymoon, which they LOVED and in turn, sent another set of friends (and the list continues!!!). So of course we are beyond beyond excited to see that the new Secrets Playa Mujeres Resort & Spa is set to open in November 15, located in beautiful Playa Mujeres, and situated on a gorgeous stretch of white sandy beachfront in an idyllic location just minutes north of downtown Cancun.

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