A Niagara wedding in an orchard that features rustic details, elegant accents, and lots and lots of love is simply the best, and this gorgeous gallery from Jess Shields Photographer is in every way stunning. Jesse and Liana's big day meets all the requirements for wedding perfection, beginning with that obvious this-is-the-best-day-ever-I'm-so-in-love look in their eyes, and ending with so many pretty personal details, including the most beautiful mismatched bridesmaid combination I've ever seen. Read a special note from Liana at the bottom of the post.
Jesse and I tied the knot in Niagara’s beautiful wine country, on grounds flourishing in orchard and vineyard. A long lane canopied by large trees leads to the old estate house and this enchanted welcome to the expanse of property had us immediately believing we had discovered exactly what we had been searching for in a venue, a hidden place where rustic and chic would both be distinct possibilities. It was a simple outdoor ceremony at Kurtz Orchards, by the pear trees, followed by a celebration under the stars in a twinkle-lit marquee nestled in the acres of scenic vineyard beauty. The natural surroundings combined with organic-chic and DIY details, created a laid-back charm that was enriched further by the bridesmaids in mismatched dresses, independently sourced from various locations. Fuss-free baby’s breath bouquets and boutonnieres complimented the delicate shades of blush pink and ivory. Our celebration was filled with personal details that had our 86 guests swooning, all of which I put my heart and soul into, from our DIY stationary and décor to “love is brewing” coffee favors. I hand stamped each of the kraft paper tags for the favors as well as the escort cards which were hung just outside of the marquee on a vintage shutter. We salvaged large, old windows and created a ton of framed chalkboards that were sprinkled throughout the venue and propped against trees with sayings such as, "pick a seat not a side". There was this sense that the entire place was speaking to you, some wisdom that we could all take home with us. I will always remember the incredible support we felt from our friends and family as they helped transport carloads of our handcrafted decorations to the orchard the day prior to our wedding. The best part of that day, aside from the early morning mimosas with my favorite ladies, was marrying my best friend and hearing that giddy voice inside of my head screaming, “we did it”!
As we left the orchard to the rousing "Ho Hey" of the Lumineers, guests showered us with lavender that had been given to them in paper cones made from pages of an old book. Before dinner, in the hour between, fresh and colorful charcuterie boards were spread in the gardens by the bar, and a musician set an acoustic mood as guests mingled or played a little croquet or snapped a few Polaroid shots for the guest book. It was an exceptional time when we finally entered the big top at the golden hour when light was magic, and it had us all giddy. The meal was perfect, served family style and pleasing to taste buds and sight. At one point over the dinner hour, my brother led Jesse and I to a hammock he had strung by the dessert barn and what surprise it was to realize that it was the very hammock we lay on as Jesse proposed to me two years earlier while in Haiti. Such a touch, to have it missioned home as a wedding gift, and to find one of our favorite quotes sewn to the fabric, “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.” The most memorable moment of the night was one unexpected, Jesse and I taken from the tent out to the open field to dance our song. Sparklers in hand, all of our loved ones encircled us and raised their lights to the night sky. It is an indelible memory from the most indelible day
Niagara Wedding Vendors: Photos - Jess Shields / Ceremony & Reception Location - Kurtz Orchards / Bride's Dress - Paloma Blanca (Ritche Bridal) / Bridal Party Attire - Zara, J.Crew, custom / Groom's Attire - Banana Republic / Cake & Catering - Kurtz Orchards / Favours - Birch and Lace Weddings / Wedding Planning - Birch and Lace Weddings / Hair and Makeup - Bridezilla Beauty (Alyssa Caron) / Flowers - Regal Florist / Stationery - Birch and Lace Weddings