PHOTOGRAPHY BY BAKE PHOTOGRAPHY
A natural colour palette complemented the organic beauty of North Arm Farm at Stephanie Kingdon and Colin Montgomery's outdoor wedding
Here, Stephanie shares their story...
"When Colin popped the question, a lot of people told me to just take the time and enjoy being engaged before I started the planning process, and I think that was a great piece of advice. It’s so much fun being newly engaged and you should definitely enjoy that time while you can.
"The number one thing on our wedding planning list was finding a venue, so the first thing we did after getting an idea of when all of our most important people would be available was start the hunt for the ‘perfect’ location.
"Ideally, I wanted a venue that would serve the purpose of both the ceremony and reception site and that would be almost 100 per cent outdoors. We live in such a beautiful area of the country and I wanted to take advantage of that.
"After a few near misses, we stumbled across North Arm Farm quite by accident. As soon as I walked through the barn on our first visit up there, I knew this was the place that I wanted to get married—and thankfully Colin agreed!
"Once we had the date and venue, some of the ‘big’ things fell into place quite quickly. Being able to talk to friends who were recently married was a huge help in tackling the daunting task of choosing wedding vendors. There are so many talented people out there, but it’s always helpful when you can get feedback from someone you trust about their experiences. We were very lucky that friends of ours had found such wonderful vendors in Bake Photography and Denise Elliott Beauty Co.
"The second piece of advice that I got after starting the planning process was to seriously consider hiring a wedding planner. When we picked our venue, they didn’t require a planner but highly recommended one. I couldn’t have been more thrilled with how working with Ola Smazynski of Flock Events turned out. She completely supported me in the vision that I had planned for the day and was an enormous help with finding local vendors—not to mention how amazing it was to just be able to enjoy our wedding day and know that Ola would have everything well in hand.
"Once we had some of the big items checked off the list, I knew the fun part was going to start: all the personal details and touches that would really make this our day. When it came to picking the colour palette, I knew that I didn’t want to compete with the natural beauty of our location and that I wanted to keep it relatively simple.
"When Colin proposed, he presented me with the most beautiful rose gold ring and I knew I wanted to incorporate that as an accent metallic. We decided to pair it with various shades of blue, the natural greens we would be surrounded by and a simple white.
"A great tip I found that worked for me was to go to the hardware store and find paint chips of the colours that were the closest to what we wanted. I kept those paint chips in my purse for almost a year so that I always hand them on hand when I was out and it came in handy more times than I can count!
"We wanted our day to be relaxed, fun and romantic with hints of vintage elements. I wanted as many personal touches in our wedding as was possible, without running either myself or our family and friends into the ground. Whether it was hunting at thrift stores to collect a massive amount of crystal candle holders, pouring through recipes for our homemade dessert bar, planning the cake with my sister, refurbishing Colin’s mom’s university trunk, my mom hand-dying and sewing napkins or spending our evenings putting together invitations, wedding programs that doubled as fans and wedding favours.
"Between the ceremony and the dinner, we hosted a cocktail hour where signature drinks and passed canapés were offered and our guests were welcome to explore the farm a bit or play some of the many lawn games that we provided. The giant Jenga set and the bean-bag toss, both built by family and friends, were a huge hit.
"One of the things that I am most happy about how it came together was our dinner table. We opted to do a long table dinner out in the field at North Arm. With Mount Curry as our backdrop, the table lined with simple candlesticks and strands of greenery, each guest’s place marked by a tile with their name in copper calligraphy, we were served the most delicious family-style dinner by The Collective Kitchen.
"And we were lucky enough that the rain held off until we were finished the last dish! We retreated to the barn after dinner where the dancing was going to take place.
"After our first dance, Colin was joined by his mom for their dance. We had planned for Colin's grandma to cut in, escorted by his older brother and it was a very special moment for Colin. I then had my dance with my dad and can say that it was definitely a moment I will always cherish.
"We fed everyone a late night snack of grilled cheese sandwiches and ended the night dancing and celebrating with all of our guests. When we finally called it a night and said our last goodbyes, I can honestly say that we couldn't have asked for a better day."
Photographer: Bake Photography
Venue: North Arm Farm
Planner: Flock Events
Rentals: Sabre Rentals
Bride's Dress: Truvelle
Jewelry: Minichiello Jewellers
Bridesmaids dresses: RW&CO. and Simons
Groom & Groomsmen Suits: The Bay
Groom's Tie: Beaux Ties
Makeup + Hair: Denise Elliott Beauty Co.
Stationary: Minted & made by couple
Florals: Flowers & Jules
Catering: The Collective Kitchen
Cake: Made by the bride's sister
Officiant: Tracy Kerr
DJ: Pemberton DJ