Cassandra & Shawn’s Rustic, Backyard Farm Wedding!

Cassandra & Shawn’s Rustic, Backyard Farm Wedding!

Family Farm in Belwood, ON  | Guelph Wedding Photographer

June 2nd, 2018

Hey guys!

I’ve been so excited to share these photos with you all! Cassandra and Shawn had the most laid back, simply beautiful and rustic perfect backyard wedding – I was in love!

When Cassandra first messaged me to photograph her wedding I was a little hesitant, due to timing. Her big day was about 2 months before mine, and I was worried about what my sanity level at that time would be like, but the more she told me about her and Shawn’s love story, the more those fears faded away and I just KNEW that I had to work with this couple. Their love story was similar to mine and my husband’s. Cassandra and Shawn are high school sweethearts and they planned their wedding date perfectly so that their wedding day would be their 10 year anniversary of being together – that’s EXACTLY what Kurtis and I did! They were also planning a rustic, backyard wedding on Cassandra’s family farm and rustic, backyard weddings are my favourite theme! Also, their Family Farm was not even a 5 minute drive from my wedding venue – crazy! Basically, this couple had a story so similar to my own love story that I knew that we were destined to work together (I believe in fate!)

Needless to say, on the day of their wedding every last detail was gorgeous! The rustic touches were scattered throughout the area with their wooden ceremony arch, hay bail ceremony seating, wooden slab centerpieces and ornately decorated mason jars. Their theme also had a vintage element to it, with mismatched dinner plates little light-coloured chachkies scattered throughout the tables. I loved the aesthetic of the ceremony space and reception space. The tented reception space felt cozy and provided beautiful, diffused light for pictures.

To start the day, Cassandra got ready for the ceremony in her childhood farm home, which made for some great shots. The ceremony was super sweet, some tears were shed and the sun was shining on the happy couple as they said their I Do’s and kissed for the first time as husband and wife!

Photo time was so much fun – we explored the property taking gorgeous photos near the barn and in the field surrounded by trees. Cassandra and Shawn have a chemistry that shines in photos and they made my job super easy! Some of my favourite shots are the ones of Cassandra leaning against a chair near the barn. She literally looks like a Bridal model! I love how their photos together turned out!

The reception was full of happiness and celebration! Some of my favourite moments included the father daughter dances (SO sweet!) and when Cassandra and Shawn’s daughter caught the bouquet at the end of the night. She was so excited!

The wedding day from start to finish was honestly so enjoyable for me. It was a gorgeous day surrounded by amazing people and I’ll never forget it!

Cassandra and Shawn, Thank you so much for having me capture your big day! I connected with you both so well and it was an honor to be apart of one of the most important days of your lives. I wish you all the happiness in the world! – Julia

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