Spoiler: an Aldergrove farm wedding includes dogs and cats and cows and a bucket full of nostalgia! Ready? Ready!
When Julianna and Matthew describe their wedding day – on the family farm featuring all her favourite childhood haunts – my heart went flitter flutter. My excitement grew as I saw the depth of beauty (apparently cow barns have impeccably beautiful lighting?! whowouldathunkit?!) and the amount of detailed work that was poured into transforming a garage into a reception venue.
So let’s just start there: if I hadn’t told you this was a garage, you wouldn’t have know. Right?! Twinkle lights, hanging window frames, and florals transformed the space into a gorgeous party zone!
Julianna and Matthew chose to see each other before their Aldergrove farm wedding ceremony and then we explored her childhood home together. This tree is close enough to a hundred years old that I’m just going to say it that way: “I especially loved frolicking under the hundred year old black walnut tree in her front yard.”
Isn’t she GORGEOUS?! I’m 1000% convinced that these roses grew exactly the right height to frame her on her wedding day.
If you’re going to have a farm wedding, this is the dress you should wear. Incredibly functional with a decidedly pronounced flare for the dramatic every time the wind blew. Which, thankfully, was a lot on the day before a rain storm! I mean, check out the swish!
The gorgeous bouquets by Grey Florals & Co included my new favourite rose colour. I’ve seen it a couple times this summer and each time I am blown away by the subtle, smokey, intricate color that is that muted purple.
I have many favourite moments from this Aldergrove farm wedding (like the carefully orchestrated “bridesmaids first look” – you’ll need to watch the slideshow below for that one!) but never in a million years would I have guessed that “portraits in the cow alley” would compete for “most favourite moment”. But watching Julianna manhandle the cow lock (neck lock? cow neck lock? cattle headlock? Google says “cattle headlock” is the right nomenclature) in her wedding dress and then radiate joy as she stood next to her man with a rapt feline and bovine audience? THAT was a moment I will remember forever.
She did all this farm traipsing in high heels, in case you’re wondering. And smiled THE WHOLE TIME. (At one point her sister asked: “are your cheeks sore yet?” Valid question. Very, very valid question. Julianna, I loved seeing your bubbly joy and sparkling delight and deep calm permeate through the whole day.)
The ceremony overlooked the farm’s fields, perched up on a hilltop, and – again – the joy was palpable. (And notice the clouds! The clouds never rained on us, but they sure did bring some drama to the skies – I LOVED IT.)
Julianna and Matthew had planned to sneak away for sunset photos but with the dramatic clouds blocking the sun, I had to bring my own golden glow to the party. 😉 Good thing I have toys for that!
If you want to see even more from Julianna and Matthew’s Aldergrove farm wedding, check out this video slideshow! You’ll especially love seeing the bridal party reaction when they saw Julianna for the first time!
Julianna & Matthew’s wedding day was filled with love (and hard work!) from family and friends and was made extra fabulous by the talented team of vendors they chose: